Forza Horizon 3

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Forza Horizon 3 is an open-world racing game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft. This time the Horizon Festival takes you to Australia, where you’ll be able to tear through roads, beaches, rainforests, and the dusty outback while listening to one of the eight radio stations or your own music collection on OneDrive.

The game has an impressive total of 350 Forzavista-enabled cars, and a map twice as large as that of its predecessor. Horizon 3 also offers more customization including widebody kits, vanity licence plates, tire lettering, and even horn sounds. Finally, the fan-favorite Auction House and Storefront features are returning in the upcoming installment.

Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means you can play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 at no additional cost. Cross-platform play is supported in the four-player seamless campaign co-op.

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ReCore is an action-adventure game with some with puzzle and platform elements developed by Comcept and Armature Studio. The game’s protagonist is Joule Adams, one of the last remaining humans in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mechanical enemies of all shapes. Joule is aided by her own robotic companions called Corebots, each of which has unique abilities to aid their fearless leader in her journey.

The game is a part of Microsoft’s new Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which essentially means that you can play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 (UWP) at no additional cost. Cross-save is also supported between the two platforms. According to the official website, ReCore promises more than 12 hours of gameplay at a price tag of $40.

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Attack on Titan

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Attack on Titan is an upcoming action game based on a popular Japanese manga and anime series of the same name. It is developed by Omega Force and published by Koei Tecmo. While the game originally only launched on PlayStation consoles in Japan, the Western release will also include Xbox One and Windows (Steam) versions.

Attack on Titan features the key moments and characters from the anime, and offers some additional content as well. Players battle Titans, accomplish missions, and earn resources used to upgrade their swords and 3D maneuver gear. There is a Survey Mode which allows the players to roam freely outside the city walls. The game also has a multiplayer co-op mode supporting up to four people.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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    Dec 6, 2016

The Fractured But Whole is a sequel to the 2014 comedy RPG, The Stick of Truth. The New Kid returns as the protagonist, and this time the boys are playing superheroes. Players create their own hero, choosing from several classes and customizing their appearance, and join the Coon and Friends to fight crime which has been on the rise in the town. There is also a competing group, Freedom Pals, which split off from Cartman’s organization resulting in a civil war between the superheroes.

SPFBW makes the combat more complex by adding a tactical grid, which means the players now have to mind their positioning and use the environment to their advantage. Also new to the game is a crafting system which allows the players to create their own equipment.

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Watch Dogs 2

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Watch Dogs 2 is an open-world action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The sequel features a new protagonist – a young hacker named Marcus Holloway – and takes place in a fictionalized version of San Francisco Bay Area.

Through the citywide ctOS system, Marcus can hack anything from vehicles to smartphones, and more. He is also equipped with tools like the quadcopter drone which can be used for scouting and remote hacking. The game supports different playstyles titled Stealth, Aggressor, and Trickster, and offers according items and upgrades for each.

Multiplayer is also making a return in the sequel, and it is more seamless than before. Players can meet up without leaving their single-player experience and cooperate to accomplish missions together, using basic emotes for communication. Besides the co-op, there also are separate, competitive multiplayer modes.

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Titanfall 2

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Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter which, like its predecessor, is developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA. New to the game is a full-fledged single-player campaign, telling the story of a lone Militia rifleman stranded behind IMC enemy lines and teaming up with a with a veteran Vanguard-class titan against overwhelming odds.

As expected, most of the focus still remains on the multiplayer, where the developers are bringing six mech classes, improved customization, additional modes, and new pilot abilities including a grappling hook which adds extra mobility to the already fast-paced gameplay. There is also a new feature called Networks which aim is to provide an easy way to team up with friends for social or competitive play.

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Dishonored 2

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Dishonored 2 is an action-stealth game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda. It gives the players a choice of stepping back into the shoes of Corvo Attano, the protagonist of the previous installment, or playing as Emily Kaldwin, the daughter of the Empress. Both characters have their own set of powers, gadgets, and uniquely-tuned weapons. Unlike in the original Dishonored, the protagonists are also fully voiced.

The missions in Dishonored 2 can be approached with stealth or violence, and the skill upgrade trees as well as bonecharm crafting allow the players to tailor their character to suit their playstyle. In addition, the sequel is said to have more in-depth gameplay and difficulty options aimed at those looking for a more challenging (or easier) experience.

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