Battlefield 4

The Battlefield series from DICE is continuing to evolve, with Battlefield 4 bringing photorealistic graphics, improved environmental destruction, dynamic weather effects, and better animations. This is made possible thanks to the upgraded Frostbite 3 engine and Destruction 4.0 feature, which will hopefully allow more structures to be demolished.

Like its predecessors, Battlefield 4 offers an intense single-player campaign in addition to its staple multiplayer modes.

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Cities in Motion 2

Cities in Motion 2 is an upcoming public transport simulator for PC and Mac systems, developed by a Finnish studio Colossal Order. The game features realistic graphics, dynamic cities, day and night cycles, and adds new multiplayer game modes. Compared to its predecessor it also offers more vehicles and new gameplay elements like timetables and fare zones, which add more depth to the game.

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Lost Planet 3

Lost Planet 3 is an upcoming third-person shooter from the Lost Planet series by Capcom (although this latest installment is developed by Spark Unlimited instead). The game takes place years before the events in Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and follows Jim Peyton, a miner working on E.D.N. III in order to earn money for his family back on Earth. Lost Planet 3 is said to be a story-driven game, and in this regard it resembles the first title in the series more than the second one.

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Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls is a PS3-exclusive psychological thriller game developed by a French studio Quantic Dream, the makers of Heavy Rain. The main character is Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page), a girl who can communicate with a mysterious entity known as Aiden. This ghostlike being assists Jodie throughout the game, protects her from harm, and grants her supernatural powers. These are of great interest to Nathan Dawkins (portrayed by Willem Dafoe), a government scientist investigating the paranormal.

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SimCity is a reboot of the popular city builder series from Maxis. The game uses a new, powerful simulation engine, and gives the players more freedom with upgradable civic buildings and freeform roads. SimCity also adds city specializations such as Mining, Electronics, and Gambling, which can be mixed together. The game requires an online connection, and allows the players to trade goods in a global market and compete for the top positions on the leaderboards.

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

This upcoming FPS game from Terminal Reality is a prequel to The Walking Dead TV series which puts the player into the shoes of Daryl Dixon (voiced by Norman Reedus). Daryl, along with his brother Merle, have to make their way across the walker-infested Georgia to the city of Atlanta.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct lets the players choose between trying to sneak past groups of zombies and fighting them head-on. The Walkers aren’t the only problem in the game though: the two brothers also encounter other survivors who can either help or hurt them. Furthermore, the unforgiving, post-apocalyptic world makes it necessary to ration food and save ammunition in order to survive.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an upcoming action / stealth game which takes place 6 months after the events in Splinter Cell: Conviction. The word “Blacklist” refers to a series of terrorist attacks against the US, which Sam Fisher will have to stop as the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon.

Much like its predecessors, the game allows for different play styles. Depending on your approach to the mission, you will earn points in three categories: ghost (silent & non-lethal), panther (stealthy kills), and assault (just shoot ’em up). This score will then translate into cash for buying, upgrading, and customizing your equipment.

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