Best Buy has announced a pretty sweet deal for their Reward Zone Gamers Club members. Pre-order five games of your choice from the list of 15 upcoming titles below, and you will get a $100 RZ certificate (or to be more precise, 5,000 points in your Reward Zone balance). PC versions of the following games won’t count, but all special editions (e.g. collector’s) are also eligible for this promotion.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is an upcoming action-adventure game by Ubisoft, and a sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It will take place in Constantinople in 1511 AD for the most part, where you will play as Ezio and attempt to unlock a powerful artifact that could be used against the Templars. Desmond in modern days, and Altair in the past will also be controllable in various stages of the game.
The gameplay of AC:R will be similar to the previous installments in the franchise, but some new elements will be introduced too. One of these is the hookblade, a weapon which will allow Ezio to use zip-lines to navigate the city faster, as well as pull enemies in for a finishing blow. Another addition is a crafting system that will let you make bombs of various types.
AC: Revelations will also include a multiplayer mode with new maps and characters. The players will be able to customize their appearance and choose their own weapon.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a highly anticipated action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog for the PS3. The third installment in the series will follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan as they search for the legendary city, the Iram of the Pillars. The game will take you to various locations around the world, including Europe and the Middle East.
Uncharted 3 will introduce a number of improvements and new gameplay elements. For example, the game will feature a melee combat system that allows you to fight multiple opponents at the same time and crush enemies located below you by jumping down on them. Drake’s Deception will also offer numerous online multiplayer and co-op improvements, as well as support for stereoscopic 3D.
Forza Motorsport 4 is an upcoming Xbox 360-exclusive racing simulator developed by Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios. The fourth installment of the Forza series will feature Kinect support for better immersion, and narration by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. Rumor has it, as many as 500 cars from 80 different manufacturers will be available for the players to customize and race with, each with its own virtual showroom. In addition, the game will have car clubs and support up to 16 player online racing.
The graphics of the game will also be significantly improved. According to the article linked above, Forza 4 will have “graphic fidelity 10 times better than the previous version, including new lighting and shading models”. The impressive gameplay videos we’ve seen from E3 certainly serve to back up this claim.
Resistance 3 is a PS3-exclusive shooter developed by Insomniac Games that will be released in September this year. The game takes place four years after Resistance 2, in a world where United States and the rest of Earth is lost to the Chimeran menace. Unlike in the previous two games, the main character of R3 is going to be Joseph Capelli, who after the events in Resistance 2 settled in an underground outpost, Haven, in Oklahoma.
Resistance 3 will play similarly to the previous installments, but there have been some changes to game mechanics. There won’t be health regeneration, so you might have to play more carefully. The game will feature both new and old weapons, all of which will be upgradeable. The player will have the ability to climb over walls and jump through windows, and the controls will also be tweaked slightly.
Madden NFL 12 is an upcoming American football simulator, developed, as usual, by EA Tiburon, and published by EA Sports. EA owns an exclusive license to use NFL materials until 2013, so it is still going to be a while until there’s any alternative to their Madden series.
Madden 12 will feature a number of improvements and additions, such as a new tackling system, enhanced defensive AI, custom playbooks, and online communities. The Franchise mode has also been improved with new features like dynamic player performance, expanded rosters and cut days, new rookie scouting system, and more. Josh Looman, the senior designer in charge of the Franchise mode, even calls it “the most in-depth career mode game ever”.
Bethesda has announced that they will be releasing a special edition of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to mark the game’s fifth anniversary. This is an excellent chance to give Oblivion or its expansions a try if you haven’t played them before. It is going to be re-released in a sweet SteelBook package and will include the following goodies:
- Oblivion GotY edition (comes with both Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles expansions)
- A full-color map of Cyrodiil and the Shivering Isles (from the Collector’s Edition)
- A bonus making-of DVD (from the CE as well) with added Skyrim trailer
- A $10 discount coupon for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (coming out 11/11/11) – probably the best part of the package, and according to NitroBeard.com, it’s redeemable at any retailer in the US.