GoldenEye 007: Reloaded

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is an upcoming remake of the 2010 Wii game for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. Besides the obvious improvements in graphics, the game features a new set of MI6 Ops missions which are unrelated to the main storyline.

Like its predecessor, the game stars Daniel Craig as the voice of James Bond, and features 4-player split-screen as well as 16-player online matches. There also are new multiplayer modes, weapons, maps, and other content. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded has an achievement system and is compatible with Playstation Move.

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The Darkness II

  • Genre
    Shooter
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Feb 7, 2012 (US)
    Feb 10, 2012 (EU)

Darkness II is an upcoming sequel to the gothic first-person shooter, based on a comic book series of the same name. The plot of the game picks up two years after the events in the original, with Jackie as the Don of the Franchetti family. After an attempt on his life, Jackie cannot contain the Darkness anymore and sets out on a merciless hunt for his attackers.

New in Darkness II is Quad-Wielding, which allows you to use your Demon Arms while firing two weapons at the same time (you know, because dual wielding just isn’t cool enough). More brutal executions are included, such as promisingly-named “Wishbone” and “Anaconda”. The visual style of the game has also changed, with cel-shaded textures resulting in a more comic-book-like look (scroll down to the trailer to see a preview).

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Final Fantasy XIII-2

  • Genre
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Jan 31, 2012 (US)
    Feb 3, 2012 (EU)

The newest console RPG in the Final Fantasy series launches in December 2011 in Japan, but fans in the West will have to wait until 2012 to play this FFXIII sequel. The game introduces some changes to the combat and dialogue systems, as well as two playable characters: Serah, the younger sister of Lightning, and the new protagonist; and Noel Kreiss, a time traveler from the future who wields two combinable swords.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 features multiple endings and is said to have a darker story than FFXIII. It starts off in New Bodhum, from where Serah and Noel set out on a journey to find Lightning.

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Stronghold 3

  • Genre
    Strategy
  • Platform
    PC
  • Release date
    Oct 25, 2011

Firefly Studios seems to be going back to the roots of the franchise with Stronghold 3, taking more inspiration from the first game than from the not-so-successful Stronghold 2. Sure, there are major improvements in the graphics and physics departments, as well as in enemy AI. However, the game should play more like Stronghold 1 – meaning less micromanagement, and more castle-building (and attacking) fun. Even the single-player campaign is a sequel to the original, featuring a return of the Wolf.

The game does offer a number of new features and improvements. For example, the building system will give you a lot more control than before, and the map editor should be powerful enough to create detailed replicas of real castles. The online aspect of Stronghold 3 (which uses Steamworks platform) will include a global, as well as local, ranking system. Finally, for some medieval fun, you will be able to chuck a wider variety of diseased animals at your enemies – including the fan-voted badgers.

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Gamestop Coupon Codes for October 2011

Gamestop has just announced some pretty good deals for this month. Use the following coupon codes to save money when shopping online on their website.

Update – two new coupon codes that are valid from October 15th to 31st have been released:

  • Get 10% off in-stock purchases of $69.99 or more by using coupon code “SMARCH“. Not valid for consoles and gift cards. Expires on October 31st.
  • Buy 2 in-stock games priced $59.99 or more and save $15 off your order total by using coupon code “KRAKEN“. Limitations: online only, may not be combined with other offers. Expires on October 31st.

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WWE 12

WWE ’12 is a pro wrestling simulator from THQ and Yuke’s. Compared to its predecessors, the game features a more realistic animation system, better physics, and numerous gameplay changes. For example, grapple animations before finishers have been removed, while new Dynamic Comebacks – moves that you can use after taking lots of damage – have been added.

WWE ’12 also includes a powerful Creation Suite which allows the players to design their own Superstars, Entrances, Stories, and Finishers. New to the WWE series is Create-an-Arena feature which lets you make your own arenas and share them online. Furthermore, an improved WWE Universe mode makes a return as well.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

  • Genre
    RPG
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date
    Feb 7, 2012 (NA)
    Feb 10, 2012 (EU)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an upcoming fantasy RPG from 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. According to this preview at RPGFan.com, the game has four playable races, five distinct regions, and over a hundred secondary quests, giving the players a good incentive to explore. It also features a unique advancement system which uses unlockable “destinies” instead of the traditional classes.

There are some big names working on this title: Ken Rolston, the lead designer of Morrowind & Oblivion; bestselling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore; and Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn comics. Considering all this talent and the promises of a complex RPG system, deep storyline, and engaging combat, Reckoning is definitely something RPG fans should take note of.

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