Sonic Forces

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Sonic Forces is the latest installment in Sega’s most popular action platformer franchise. It combines three gamestyles: Classic Sonic, which is played in a side-scrolling 2D view; Modern Sonic with 3D levels similar to those in Sonic Colors or Sonic Generations; and, lastly, Hero Character stages played with a custom character. There also are Tag Team levels, where Sonic and the hero character work together.

When it comes to creating their own character, the player may pick one of the seven archetypes, each with its own special ability, and then further customize their avatar with costumes and accessories. In fact, some exclusives costumes are offered as a pre-order bonus – more on that after the jump.

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Secret of Mana

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The upcoming Secret of Mana is a 3D remake of the 1993 SNES action RPG from Square Enix. It follows the adventures of a courageous young man Randi, who alongside a noblewoman Primm and a mischievous sprite Popoi take on a treacherous empire in an attempt to restore balance to the world.

Compared to the original, the remake features revamped visuals and controls, voiced characters, a rearranged soundtrack, and local multiplayer for up to three players.

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The Crew 2

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The Crew 2 is an open-world racing game developed by Ivory Tower and published by Ubisoft. Compared to its predecessor, it offers more freedom by allowing the players to drive not only cars, but also planes, boats, and bikes, and even swap between them on-the-fly. The missions and challenges are divided into four categories – Street Racing, Off-Road, Pro Racing, and Freestyle – with different vehicle types used.

Much like in the previous title, there is a focus on co-op multiplayer and social aspects of the game, with the players able to join various racing events and challenge each other to beat their records. All progress and achievements are tracked and ranked online.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Japanese company Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco for current-gen consoles and Windows PCs. The game uses a 3v3 format, with players selecting three characters from the wildly popular Dragon Ball franchise to form a team. The characters can tag in and out of combat at any time, and call for assists to perform combos with the entire team.

As expected of a competitive fighting game, Dragon Ball FighterZ runs in 1080p at 60 FPS, save for the action cutscenes where it intentionally drops the framerate to achieve an anime-like look.

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Cuphead

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Cuphead is a run-and-gun action game developed by indie company StudioMDHR Entertainment. Its plot centers around the titular character, Cuphead, fighting increasingly difficult bosses to repay a debt to the devil. The game is notable for being drawn in the style of 1930s cartoons. It features a branching level design, and offers a local co-op, with the second player assuming the role of a similar cartoonish character, Mugman.

Cuphead is to be released digitally for Xbox One and Windows 10. As it is a part of Xbox Play Anywhere program, purchasing a single copy allows you to play on both platforms.

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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The Yakuza franchise of action-adventure games renowned for realistic urban environments, over-the-top brawling, and silly shenanigans is getting another installment. Titled Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the upcoming game deals with the final chapter of protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s story. Returning from a three-year stint in prison, Kazuma finds his surrogate daughter Haruka missing from the orphanage, and sets out to investigate.

Publisher Sega promises visual improvements thanks to Yakuza 6 being built from the ground up on a new Dragon Engine. For the first time in the series, the game will be fully voiced in Japanese. The players will get to explore the modernized streets of Kamurocho, the largest red-light district in Tokyo, as well as the scenic coastal town of Onomichi.

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Pure Farming 2018

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Pure Farming 2018 is a farming simulator developed by Polish studio Ice Flames and published by Technland. According to the official website, the game includes almost all aspects of modern farming: animal husbandry, field cultivation, orchards, greenhouses, and so on. The vehicles used in the game are officially licensed and faithfully recreated, and include brands like Zetor, Landini, McCormick, Kärcher, Mitsubishi, and others.

Players may farm in four different continents and grow region-specific crops (specific locations are Italy, Colombia, Japan, and Montana, with one more available as a pre-order bonus). There are three different game modes: free farming, learning the basics of agriculture, and testing one’s skills in objective-based challenges.

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