Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

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    Consoles:
    May 22, 2012 (US)
    May 25, 2012 (UK)
    Windows:
    Jun 12, 2012 (US)
    Jun 15, 2012 (UK)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is an upcoming cover-based shooter game from Ubisoft. It is the fourth title in the series and takes place further in the future than the previous installments. Naturally, this means that more advanced military technologies are available, such as the new Optical Camo system which makes you harder to see when activated. The players also have customized weapons and controllable drones at their disposal.

The single-player campaign of GRFS will take you to Asia, Middle East, Africa, and other regions. As a leader of a Ghost squad, you will have to fight an ultranationalist Russian faction that has taken over the country and started invading nearby nations. Of course, the game has a multiplayer as well; several co-op and competitive modes are available, including the new Guerilla (survival) mode.

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Assassin's Creed III

Assassin’s Creed III is the next installment in the popular action game franchise. It is said to conclude the story of Desmond Miles, who once again enters the Animus to experience the life of his ancestor. This time he’s sent back to live as Connor Kenway, a half-English, half-Mohawk assassin who fought in the the American Revolutionary War. Connor uses a variety of weapons like a tomahawk, knife, fintlock pistols, and, of course, the signature Hidden Blade.

The game runs on a new graphics engine, resulting in better visuals and allowing Ubisoft to incorporate seasonal weather changes into the game. The combat and stealth systems are remade, and include a lot of new features unseen in previous AC titles. Assassin’s Creed 3 also has a multiplayer aspect.

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Dragon's Dogma

Dragon’s Dogma is an upcoming action RPG from Capcom. The game’s main quest line involves hunting down a giant red dragon which stole your heart (as in, ripped it out of your chest and made away with it). In addition, Dragon’s Dogma has a vast open world for you to explore, and a large number of side quests.

The game offers three basic classes (vocations): Fighter, Strider, and Mage. These can later be upgraded to second tier vocations, or combined together into hybrid classes like Mystic Knight or Magic Archer. The players will also be assisted by several NPC companions (pawns) which can follow basic commands and help you defeat some of the game’s tougher enemies.

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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

  • Genre
    Stealth
  • Platform
  • 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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