SSX

  • Genre
    Snowboarding
  • Platform
    PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date
    Feb 28, 2012 (US)
    Mar 2, 2012 (EU)

The new installment in the arcade-style snowboarding series, SSX, is set to release in February 2012. Titled simply SSX, the game features the same fast-paced races and over-the-top tricks that the franchise is famous for, while introducing more serious elements as well.

SSX utilizes actual satellite data and recreates nine real mountain ranges (such as the Himalayas) in the game. A number of old and new characters are available – this time dressed appropriately for the cold weather, and carrying gear like headlamps, ice axes, and even wingsuits. The latter add a new gameplay mechanic that allows you to glide long distances and cross gaps that would otherwise be insurmountable. Despite the more realistic visuals, SSX is still very much an arcade game – consider the Rewind feature that lets you redo a landing or a trick you just messed up, although with a penalty to your score. The game includes a single-player campaign as well as a number of online and social features (you can find out more about these in the trailer below).

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Syndicate

  • Genre
    Shooter
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Feb 21, 2012 (US)
    Feb 24, 2012 (EU)

Syndicate is a reimagining of the original tactical shooter series from the nineties. It is a cyberpunk-themed FPS game with some RPG elements, set in the near future where the world is ruled by all-powerful corporations. The upcoming title has a single-player and a 4-player co-op campaign; the latter actually offers nine missions adapted from the original ’93 game.

Business is war in the Syndicate universe, and the main weapon in it are agents: biologically-engineered and cybernetically-enhanced humans with powerful abilities like slowing down time or seeing through walls. The protagonist of the game, Miles Kilo, is one of them: a new prototype agent of Eurocorp who can not only wreak havoc using all sorts of high-tech weapons, but also utilize the military-grade chip implanted in his head to hack other people’s implants, forcing them to commit suicide or turn on their comrades.

The game might sound remarkably similar to Deus Ex: Human Revolution at first, but elements like megacorporations and cybernetic augmentation are found in most cyberpunk settings. Furthermore, GiantBomb writes that Syndicate seems to have a lot more guns-blazing action, so we expect it will play somewhat differently from DX: HR.

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GoldenEye 007: Reloaded

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is an upcoming remake of the 2010 Wii game for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. Besides the obvious improvements in graphics, the game features a new set of MI6 Ops missions which are unrelated to the main storyline.

Like its predecessor, the game stars Daniel Craig as the voice of James Bond, and features 4-player split-screen as well as 16-player online matches. There also are new multiplayer modes, weapons, maps, and other content. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded has an achievement system and is compatible with Playstation Move.

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The Darkness II

  • Genre
    Shooter
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Feb 7, 2012 (US)
    Feb 10, 2012 (EU)

Darkness II is an upcoming sequel to the gothic first-person shooter, based on a comic book series of the same name. The plot of the game picks up two years after the events in the original, with Jackie as the Don of the Franchetti family. After an attempt on his life, Jackie cannot contain the Darkness anymore and sets out on a merciless hunt for his attackers.

New in Darkness II is Quad-Wielding, which allows you to use your Demon Arms while firing two weapons at the same time (you know, because dual wielding just isn’t cool enough). More brutal executions are included, such as promisingly-named “Wishbone” and “Anaconda”. The visual style of the game has also changed, with cel-shaded textures resulting in a more comic-book-like look (scroll down to the trailer to see a preview).

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Final Fantasy XIII-2

  • Genre
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Jan 31, 2012 (US)
    Feb 3, 2012 (EU)

The newest console RPG in the Final Fantasy series launches in December 2011 in Japan, but fans in the West will have to wait until 2012 to play this FFXIII sequel. The game introduces some changes to the combat and dialogue systems, as well as two playable characters: Serah, the younger sister of Lightning, and the new protagonist; and Noel Kreiss, a time traveler from the future who wields two combinable swords.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 features multiple endings and is said to have a darker story than FFXIII. It starts off in New Bodhum, from where Serah and Noel set out on a journey to find Lightning.

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Stronghold 3

  • Genre
    Strategy
  • Platform
    PC
  • Release date
    Oct 25, 2011

Firefly Studios seems to be going back to the roots of the franchise with Stronghold 3, taking more inspiration from the first game than from the not-so-successful Stronghold 2. Sure, there are major improvements in the graphics and physics departments, as well as in enemy AI. However, the game should play more like Stronghold 1 – meaning less micromanagement, and more castle-building (and attacking) fun. Even the single-player campaign is a sequel to the original, featuring a return of the Wolf.

The game does offer a number of new features and improvements. For example, the building system will give you a lot more control than before, and the map editor should be powerful enough to create detailed replicas of real castles. The online aspect of Stronghold 3 (which uses Steamworks platform) will include a global, as well as local, ranking system. Finally, for some medieval fun, you will be able to chuck a wider variety of diseased animals at your enemies – including the fan-voted badgers.

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Gamestop Coupon Codes for October 2011

Gamestop has just announced some pretty good deals for this month. Use the following coupon codes to save money when shopping online on their website.

Update – two new coupon codes that are valid from October 15th to 31st have been released:

  • Get 10% off in-stock purchases of $69.99 or more by using coupon code “SMARCH“. Not valid for consoles and gift cards. Expires on October 31st.
  • Buy 2 in-stock games priced $59.99 or more and save $15 off your order total by using coupon code “KRAKEN“. Limitations: online only, may not be combined with other offers. Expires on October 31st.

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