Star Wars: Battlefront II

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EA’s latest installment in the Battlefront franchise brings improvements across the board, most notably a proper single-player campaign and a revamped multiplayer. The campaign’s story is told from the perspective of the Imperials and picks up right at the end of The Return of the Jedi; it is centered around an elite squad commander Iden Versio, who vows revenge on the Rebels following the destruction of the second Death Star.

The multiplayer in Battlefront II spans the entire Star Wars timeline and includes playable heroes from the prequels as well as the new trilogy. The game retains the original reboot’s 20 vs 20 multiplayer mode, but expands it to include “galactic-scale” space combat, a feature that was much requested by the fans. There is also a split-screen co-op for two players, exclusive to the consoles.

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Yakuza Kiwami

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The 2017 version of Yakuza Kiwami is a full remake of the very first title in Sega’s long-lived Yakuza series. The game runs in 1080p and at 60 FPS, and features re-recorded audio by the original Japanese voice actors. There also are new mini-games, enhanced fighting mechanics, additional cutscenes, and the “Majima Everywhere” system, where Kiryu’s deranged rival Goro Majima will pop-up to challenge him to combat when he least expects it.

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MotoGP 17

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MotoGP 17 is a motorcycle racing game from Italian developer Milestone. Based on the 2017 world championship season, it includes all this year’s riders, teams, tracks, the new rules, and the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship. A total of 110 official riders and 76 historical riders are included, as well as over 20 bikes from the official 2017 season and over 40 historical ones.

More than just a seasonal update, the title also comes with several innovations, according to lead designer Matteo Pezzotti. First for the franchise, the game will run at 60 FPS on all platforms. It also has a new competitive online mode, a revamped career mode, and more robust character and bike customization. For added realism, the physics system has been improved, and the new sound design features engine samples extracted by putting each single motorbike through its paces on a dynamometer, once again demonstrating Milestone’s dedication to a realistic racing experience.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a standalone story chapter in the Uncharted universe starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. Chloe enlists the aid of the renowned mercenary from Uncharted 4 to recover an ancient Indian artifact and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless war profiteer. Together, they venture deep into the Western Ghat mountains in India to unearth the mystery of the artifact, fight their way through fierce opposition, and prevent the whole region from falling into chaos.

Chloe is the playable protagonist of the game who specializes in stealthy attacks. As a standalone expansion, the game grants access to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Multiplayer and Survival modes.

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Warriors All-Stars

Warriors All-Stars is a hack-and-slash crossover game featuring fan-favorite characters from multiple Koei Tecmo franchises, including Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Yukimura Sanada from Samurai Warriors, Kasumi from Dead or Alive, William from Nioh, Zhao Yun from Dynasty Warriors, Horo and Oka from Toukiden, Sophie Neuenmuller from Atelier Sophie, and others – thirty playable characters from thirteen series in total.

The game takes place in a mysterious land brought to the brink of destruction after a magical spring, the source of its power, dries up following its kings passing. Young princess Tamaki performs a ritual which calls up heroes from other realms, but the summoned champions become scattered across the world and divided between three factions vying for the throne.

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Golf Club 2

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As the name implies, The Golf Club 2 is a golf simulator, developed by Canadian HB Studios and published by Maximum Games. It brings numerous advances compared to its predecessor, most notably Golf Societies with their own clubhouses, in-game bank balances, and the ability to compete with other Societies online and climb the leaderboards. The Player Creator with its almost limitless combinations for customizing your avatar is another significant enhancement, according to the developer. Finally, there also are gameplay improvements as well as better graphics due to the game switching to Unity 5 engine.

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Cave Story

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Cave Story is a metroidvania-style 2D action platformer originally developed by Daisuke Amaya for the PC back in 2004, and later ported to numerous other platforms by Nicalis. The game follows an amnesiac protagonist who wakes up in a cave and becomes embroiled in a conflict between its inhabitants and a mad Doctor trying to conquer the world.

This post specifically concerns the Nintendo Switch release, which will be the enhanced Cave Story+ version already out on Steam, but with additional improvements. Besides its upgraded graphics, the $30 game offers seven play modes such as Wind Fortress and Boss Rush, more than twenty boss battles, fifteen levels, ten unique weapons, and four different endings.

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