Today I’d like to introduce a small new feature here at game-preorders.com: the upcoming games list. When you navigate our site using the menu on the right, the articles get sorted by their publish date like on a regular blog. On the other hand, this new list shows games arranged by their release date, which is much more convenient when you want to see which titles are coming out soon. You can also filter the results by platform (multiplat games will be included as well). The list can be found at the following URL:
Need for Speed: The Run is the next installment in the seemingly endless NFS series from EA. This new racer is developed by EA Black Box and uses Frostbite 2, the much-touted graphics engine of Battlefield 3. The game is said to feature on-foot scenes and a cinematic storyline.
Need for Speed: The Run centers around an illicit street race across the US, in various settings ranging from urban to desert and icy mountains. The story follows protagonist Jack Rourke (voiced by Sean Faris) who is in debt to the Mob and has to win the Run – the titular race from San Francisco to New York – to pay them off. In the best traditions of Hot Pursuit, he will have to do that while being chased by both the Mob and the police.
Other notable features include unlockable cars and challenges, online matches for up to 16 players, and improved Autolog network for sharing your progress with friends. One of the downsides of The Run is that it won’t offer any car customization.
UFC Undisputed 3 is an upcoming MMA simulator from a Japanese game studio Yuke’s. It is published by THQ, which has an exclusive agreement with Zuffa, LLC to release UFC-based games until 2018.
The game offers a number of changes and improvements over its predecessors, UFC Undisputed 2009 and 2010. You’ll be able to play over 150 UFC fighters, including the new featherweight and bantamweight classes. UFC Undisputed 3 also features a Pride mode with its own authentic environments, commentators, and rules (such as allowing brutal soccer kicks and head stomps).
On the technical side, there’s graphical improvements, new camera positions, fighter entrances, and a new Amateur control scheme to make the game more accessible to new players. Finally, the online aspect of the game is also getting a revamp.
CoD: MW3 is an upcoming first-person shooter game developed by Infinity Ward with assistance from two other Activision-owned game studios: Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. The game is set to release in November this year for all three major platforms.
Like its predecessor, Modern Warfare 3 will offer a single-player campaign and a multiplayer, which will have an improved ranking and unlocks system. The game will also feature a new Spec Ops co-op mode where two players will have to fight waves of increasingly stronger enemies. The single-player story will continue right after the events in Modern Warfare 2. MW3 is also going to use the same engine as the previous game.
The second Spider-Man title developed by Activision-owned Beenox studio is scheduled to come out in October this year. The game will run on all major consoles and feature a story written by Peter David.
Like the name suggests, the plot of the game involves copious amounts of time travel. Edge of Time will feature both Amazing and 2099 universes, similarly to its prequel Shattered Dimensions. Both Spider-Men will have to fight together against the Big Bad, Walter Sloane, who (typically enough) is trying to take over the world. Other notable characters include Mary Jane, Anti-Venom, Sandman, and an original Black Cat 2099.
Silicon Knights is working on a new X-Men game, one that will be released for consoles at the end of September this year. X-Men Destiny will offer a non-linear storyline and allow the players to choose their allegiances and powers, which will affect the ultimate fate of their character.
Speaking of characters, the game will have three playable ones. First off is Grant Alexander, an American college student and football player who was indifferent to the human / mutant conflict until he awakened his own powers. The second is Aimi Yoshida, a Japanese teenager whose parents sent her to San Francisco to save her from incarceration in a mutant camp. Finally, there’s Adrian Luca, a member of the Purifiers (an anti-mutant organization) who was trained to hate mutants before discovering that he is one himself.
X-Men fans might be disappointed to not be able to play their favorite characters from the franchise. However, lots of them will make an appearance in the game (even though they won’t be playable), and you will also be able to equip some of their powers using the X-gene system.
King of Fighters XIII is an upcoming fighting game to be released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on October 25th. The game features Arcade, Story, Versus, and a few other modes, as well as online battles and rankings on Xbox Live or PSN. It has a roster of over playable 30 fighters, including some console-exclusive ones. KoF XIII is published in the US by Atlus.
There are some changes in gameplay compared to KoF12: mechanics like Critical Counter and Guard Attack have been removed altogether, and new EX Special Moves and Drive Cancel systems have been added. The first allows the player to execute more powerful moves by using their power gauge, while the second lets you cancel your special moves into different ones.