Dungeon Siege III

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Dungeon Siege III is an upcoming action RPG game set for release in June 2011. It is the first Dungeon Siege game to be developed by Obsidian Entertainment (the makers of Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas). As such, it’s going to be quite different from its predecessors.

While the game will still take place in the Kingdom of Ehb (the same setting as the original DS), the gameplay, leveling, and dialogue systems have undergone numerous changes.  We’ll talk about them in a minute, but for now, let’s see what kind of goodies you can get if you reserve a copy of this game before the launch date.

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Gamestop Coupon Codes for March 2011

Gamestop has released a number of coupons that will allow you to save some money on video games or get free shipping with your order. Most of these promotional codes will only be valid until 15th March, so make sure to use them in the next week. There are some restrictions on each coupon which are explained below.

Update: Gamestop just released 2 new coupon codes! 10FREE will give you $10 off and free shipping on orders priced $79.99 or more. 20PRE will give you a 20% discount on pre-owned games and accessories. In addition, they are offering some nice deals on Nintendo 3DS Bundle pre-orders. These deals are valid through March 2011. Old coupons can be found below.

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

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  • Genre
    RPG
  • Platform
    PC
  • Release date
    May 17, 2011

The Witcher, a bestselling PC RPG from the Polish company CD Projekt RED, is getting a sequel in May 2011. Titled The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, this game will once again put you in the shoes of the badass monster slayer, Geralt, and continue the story where the original left off. It will be possible to import your game saves, so the choices you made in the first part will be reflected in The Witcher 2.

The sequel will feature numerous improvements, such as better graphics, a more dynamic combat system, more armor types, and almost no loading screens. It is going to be fully localized in 5 different languages (Polish, German, Russian, English, and French). The plot of Assasins of Kings will be less linear and offer more different endings than the first game.

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Portal 2

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  • Genre
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Apr 19, 2011 (US)
    Apr 21, 2011 (EU)

Portal 2 is an upcoming sequel to Valve’s wildly popular game Portal, which came out back in 2007. According to the developers, it is going to be at least twice as long as the original. Portal 2 will also include new gameplay elements (such as the Repulsion Gel) and more complex puzzles.

Besides the single player campaign, the game will offer a multiplayer co-op mode which will allow players to take control of two cute robots and use teamwork to progress through the dangerous levels.

Portal 2 plot

In the updated ending of the original game, Chell (the protagonist) gets dragged away by an unseen robot and loses consciousness. The story of Portal 2 will pick up several hundred years later, with Chell waking up from a stasis and finding herself in a now-decrepit Aperture Science facility. Of course, our favorite insane AI – GLaDOS – is still alive, and eager to do science again. As for the aforementioned co-op mode, it will have its own unique plot and setting.

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Shogun 2: Total War

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  • Genre
    Strategy
  • Platform
    PC
  • Release date
    Mar 15, 2011

Shogun 2 is an upcoming title in the Total War strategy game series developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. The developers are going back to the roots of the franchise and remaking their first game with better graphics, smarter AI (said to be based on the principles of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”) and vastly improved gameplay.

Shogun 2 will take you to the 16th century Japan which is devastated after a 10 year long civil war. You will have to take control of one warring clans and unite the country under your rule. There will be 9 playable clans in total, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

The clan leaders (daimyo) are going to play an important role on the battlefield and have unique abilities. Also new in Shogun 2 are powerful hero units which add yet another layer of strategy to the game. These won’t be invincible one man armies, but they will have special skills, such as dealing bonus damage against cavalry or boosting the morale of your troops.

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The Sims Medieval

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The Sims Medieval is an upcoming game in The Sims series by EA. While it will run on the same engine as The Sims 3, the gameplay is going to be quite different and feature some RPG elements like quests, crafting, magic and leveling up.

Like the title suggests, the game is going to take place in the Middle Ages. Players will be able to start their own kingdom and shape it to their liking by choosing an ambitious goal (such as building the most wealthy, enlightened, peaceful, or warlike realm). To achieve this, you will have to create heroes (Clerics, Wizards, Merchants, Bards, Knights and so on) and use them to do various quests.

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Killzone 3

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Killzone 3 is an upcoming first-person shooter game for Playstation 3 platform, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony. The game will continue right where Killzone 2 left off, with players once again taking control of Thomas Sevchenko. Guerilla promises an improved single-player storyline and more character development in KZ3, and they’ve hired an outside writer to achieve that.

The online multiplayer will offer five distinct classes (Tactician, Engineer, Field Medic, Marksman and Infiltrator), each with six different abilities and weapons to choose from. If you’re interested, you can check out the Killzone 3 Open Beta on PSN from February 3rd to 15th.

The technical aspects of Killzone 3 are impressive. The devs have stated that the game will push the PS3 hardware to its limits, using 100% processing power of the SPUs. KZ3 will also support the Playstation Move controller and offer a stereoscopic 3D mode.

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