Sleeping Dogs

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    Aug 14, 2012 (US)
    Aug 17, 2012 (EU)

Sleeping Dogs (previously known as True Crime: Hong Kong) is an open-world action game developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London, and published by Square Enix. You can think of it as GTA set in Hong Kong: there’s gunfights, street races, and melee combat. The latter is a lot more complex than in Grand Theft Auto series, and is said to borrow from Batman: Arkham City. Players can perform badass martial arts moves, and use the environment to their advantage. Furthermore, it is possible to enter bullet time when shooting, and destroy your enemies in action movie style.

The game puts you into the shoes of Wei Shen, a cop attempting to infiltrate the Triads. In addition to the dramatic storyline there’s lots of side missions and other activities for you to take part in, such as street races, gambling, and even fight clubs.

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Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw is an upcoming hack ‘n slash action title from Grasshopper Manufacture with Suda51 as the Creative Director. The game’s protagonist is Juliet Starling: an 18-year-old high school student and a professional zombie hunter. The sexy cheerleader is armed with a customized chainsaw and accompanied by a decapitated head of her undead boyfriend. Predictably, the game is rated “Mature” by the ESRB due to violence, nudity, and strong language.

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Resident Evil 6

RE6 is the newest Resident Evil installment that takes place in 2013, more than 14 years after the Raccoon City incident. The game features both Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield as playable characters. The third protagonist is Jake Muller – a mercenary and the son of Albert Wesker. The characters start out in the United States, China, and Eastern Europe, respectively, but eventually all three storylines converge in China. According to the devs, that is where most of the action is going to take place.

Resident Evil 6 plays like a third-person shooter with an over-the-shoulder camera. The game finally allows the players to move while shooting. It is also possible to dodge to the sides and take cover behind objects. The game includes splitscreen and online co-op, as well as competitive multiplayer.

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Hitman: Absolution

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    Stealth
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  • Release date
    Nov 20, 2012

IO Interactive is currently working on the fifth installment of Hitman for Windows and consoles. Titled Hitman: Absolution, the game mixes familiar stealth mechanics with new gameplay features like improvised weapons and “Instinct Mode”. The latter allows the player to spot enemies through walls and see their patrol paths.

As for the story, it is supposed to be quite a bit more personal than that of the previous Hitman titles. Betrayed by people he trusted, Agent 47 is on the run and in search for answers. The game’s lead producer says this will let the players learn more about the protagonist’s character as he makes his own decisions.

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The Secret World

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    Jun 19, 2012

Funcom’s upcoming MMORPG title – The Secret World – might have some tough competition in the form of ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2, but the game has plenty of unique features to offer. TSW is set in a twisted version of the modern world where every conspiracy theory and urban legend is true, and secret societies (the Illuminati, the Dragon, and the Templars) rule from the shadows.

The game has no classes or levels, allowing you to freely choose from ~500 abilities as well as many different melee and ranged weapons. Players can also pick one of the “deck templates”, each of which contains 7 active and 7 passive abilities that complement each other and create an effective build. In other words, new players will be able to start immediately with a pre-made build, while experienced players will be able to customize their character as they please.

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Guild Wars 2

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    Aug 28, 2012

Guild Wars 2 is a highly anticipated MMORPG from ArenaNet. Similarly to the original game, GW2 offers an engaging storyline, no grind while leveling up, and competitive PvP. The biggest addition in the sequel is a persistent world, making Guild Wars 2 a true MMO.

The game also doesn’t have a subscription fee, although there is an item shop where players can purchase optional upgrades for their characters via microtransactions. Don’t worry, though: the items are cosmetic in nature and won’t turn Guild Wars 2 into a pay-to-win MMORPG.

Other interesting features include Dynamic Events (ArenaNet’s attempt to improve classic MMORPG quests), new class archetypes (Damage, Support, and Control), a personal story that grows as you play the game, and slick graphics combined with Havok physics engine for creating a pleasant visual experience.

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Gamestop Coupons – March 2012

We now have a pair of new Gamestop coupons for the second half of March and the first days of April. Gamers shopping online at gamestop.com can use these codes to save some money. Two deals are available, both of which expire on April 3rd:

  • Use code “SHAMROCK” to get a 10% discount on purchases of in-stock games and accessories. Valid for orders worth $89.99 and more.
  • Use code “LUCKY” to get 10% off in-stock PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS games priced at least $39.99.

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