Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy XV is the latest installment in the highly popular Japanese action RPG franchise. The game puts the player into the shoes of Noctis Lucis Caelum, the heir to the kingdom of Lucis, which is the last nation to possess a Crystal. Other countries in the game’s world – a single landmass called Eos – have been conquered by the technologically-advanced Empire of Niflheim, which now threatens Lucis as well.

Final Fantasy XV features vast, open environments which can be explored on foot, using party’s car, or chocobos, with loading screens only appearing when entering towns. The game uses a seamless, real-time battle system called AXB (Active X Battle); the players only control the protagonist, Noctis, but can issue commands to their companions.

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DOOM

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DOOM is a reboot of the classic first-person shooter series by id Software. The new installment targets 1080p at 60 FPS on the consoles, with higher resolutions available on the PC (FPS is still locked at 60). The game features a large variety of weapons, including classics such as the chainsaw or the super shotgun. The new combat system encourages players to keep pushing forward, as enemies drop ammo and health packs when killed.

In addition to single player, DOOM also has multiplayer with several modes such as deathmatch and freeze tag. Furthermore, it includes a level editing tool called SnapMap, which allows the players to create their own maps and game modes.

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Star Fox Zero

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  • Genre
    Rail Shooter
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Apr 22, 2016

Star Fox Zero is a 3D scrolling shooter developed by Nintendo and PlatinumGames for the Wii U console. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, the title is a re-imagining of the classic Star Fox 64 with some new gameplay elements and locations. Players are shown a third-person view on the TV and an alternate cockpit view on the GamePad, and are now able to shoot in one direction while flying in another.

The game is available digitally through Nintendo eShop for $50, while retail versions are priced at $60. That being said, the latter include Star Fox Guard, a standalone tower defense game, as a bonus.

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Overwatch

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Overwatch is a team-based hero shooter developed by Blizzard for current-gen consoles and Windows. The game boasts a diverse cast of playable characters, each with unique abilities and playstyle, but still falling into one of four roles (Tank, Offense, Defense, and Support). There are three main game modes: Assault, Escort, and Control.

Overwatch is to include ranked play with seasonal divisions, tiers, and leaderboards at launch. Due to its competitive nature, the upcoming game has already garnered interest as a potential esports title.

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No Man's Sky

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No Man’s Sky is a space adventure game developed by indie studio Hello Games and published by Sony (PS4) and iam8bit (PC). It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “open world”, featuring an effectively infinite, procedurally-generated universe with billions of star systems. Players can explore the galaxy on their spaceship, land on planets, discover new forms of flora and fauna, and fight or trade with various NPC factions. The ultimate goal is journeying towards the center of the galaxy, but the increasingly hostile environments will require upgrades to the player’s ship, space suit, and multi-tool.

As all the planets are generated on-the-fly, the game can be played offline. However, No Man’s Sky does have some multiplayer elements, such as crediting the first player to discover a certain planet or a lifeform.

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Quantum Break

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Quantum Break is an upcoming third-person action-adventure game developed by Finnish studio Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft. It follows protagonist Jack Joyce, who gains time manipulation powers after an experiment goes wrong. These include stopping time briefly to freeze enemies, reversing the direction of bullets, and so on.

The title is split into segments; after the player completes each part, an episode from the Quantum Break live-action series will play, telling the story of the game’s antagonists. The events in the show are influenced by the player’s actions in the game, according to the developers.

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Hitman

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The latest stealth-action game from IO Interactive is titled simply Hitman. It features more sandbox elements, a revamped Contracts mode, and an ability to create your own, custom assassination scenarios and share them with other players. Plot-wise, the new game takes place after the events of Absolution, except for the Prologue, which serves as a prequel and has Agent 47 meeting Diana for the first time.

What’s unusual about Hitman is that it is going to be released digitally in seven distinct episodes over the course of the year. Players can pre-order “The Full Experience” ($60) which includes all future episodes like a Season Pass, or get the “Intro Pack” ($15) which only includes the Prologue and the first episode, but still grants full access to Contracts and Escalation modes. The rest of the episodes can then be acquired by purchasing the “Upgrade Pack” ($50) should the player wish to do so. Lastly, boxed versions will be available in late 2016 and include all the content.

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