Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

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Dawn of War III is an upcoming real-time strategy title developed by Relic Entertainment and Sega, and set in the WH40k universe from Games Workshop. The playable factions available in the game are Space Marines of the Blood Ravens Chapter, who will be familiar to anyone who played the previous Dawn of War installments, as well as the Eldar and the Orks. The three will battle over the legendary Spear of Khaine recently discovered on the lost planet of Acheron.

The game also offers a multiplayer mode, which is said to borrow heavily from the MOBA genre. Common elements include three-lane maps, an emphasis on Elite units, and destroying enemy’s turrets before taking down their core, as reported by Eurogamer.

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The Surge

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The Surge is a sci-fi themed action RPG developed by German studio Deck13 and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game is set in a dystopian world ravaged by war and global warming, and takes place in an automated industrial complex of mega-corporation CREO which has gone rogue. While the hostile mechanical monstrosities prowling the complex pose a lethal threat, the protagonist is an augmented, exo-suit wearing human who is up for the challenge.

The developers promise a hardcore and unforgiving, Souls-like experience where even the weaker enemies are deadly if the player isn’t aware of their attack patterns and weaknesses. Innovative combat system allows the player to lop limbs off enemies in combat, and use the tech scrap to upgrade and modify their own gear.

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Farpoint VR

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Farpoint is a VR shooter developed by Impulse Gear for the PSVR headset. Stranded in an inhospitable alien world, the player will have to search for survivors and a way home.

As expected of a first-person shooter, the game has a good variety of weapons, from charged plasma rifles to a railgun, as well as plenty of hostile alien life to use them on. In addition to single player experience, Farpoint also offers a co-op mode for two players. It does require an active PS Plus membership.

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Dirt 4

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DiRT 4 is a rally racing game developed by Codemasters for current-gen consoles and the PC via Steam. The game features over 50 off-road cars, as well as tracks in five locations from three continents: Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden, and Wales.

New in the upcoming title is a system called “Your Stage”, which according to the developer blog allows the players to create a nearly infinite number of unique stages at the press of a button. This ambitious feature should provide more variety and give DiRT 4 more replay value.

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Superbeat: Xonic

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Superbeat: XONiC is a rhythm game where players tap notes to the beat of a song, according to the chosen difficulty level: 4TRAX (beginner), 6TRAX, and 6TRAX FX (master). There are over 65 tracks and 200 play patterns to choose from. The game includes real-time DJ rankings for players all across the world.

The game is developed by Nurijoy and published by PM Studios in conjunction with Acttil in North America. It already saw a release on PS Vita back in 2015; as such, this article is concerned with the upcoming launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. Superbeat: XONiC will be available digitally for the Xbox One, and digitally as well as at retail for Sony’s core console.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

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Monolith Productions is working on a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the award-winning action-adventure game set in Tolkien’s universe. Titled Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the upcoming game is set between the events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features ranger Talion and wraith Celebrimbor, returning characters from the previous installment. Wielding a new Ring of Power, the two will confront Sauron and his Ringwraiths, and lead massive armies to conquer Mordor.

The game will be out on current-gen consoles and Steam. It is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, allowing Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers to play on both platforms with a single purchase.

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Dragon Quest Heroes II

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Dragon Quest Heroes II is a hack-and-slash action RPG which combines the world and characters of Dragon Quest with combat mechanics from Dynasty Warriors. Players will set out on a new adventure to protect the Seven Realms, battling hordes of monsters and exploring diverse and expansive environments. The playstyle is said to be more customizable than in the first installment thanks to the ability to change vocations (Warrior, Priest, Mage, and so on). The game supports online co-op for up to 4 players.

Dragon Quest Heroes II is developed by Omega Force and published by Square Enix. The Western release is limited to PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

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