Guild Wars 2

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    Aug 28, 2012

Guild Wars 2 is a highly anticipated MMORPG from ArenaNet. Similarly to the original game, GW2 offers an engaging storyline, no grind while leveling up, and competitive PvP. The biggest addition in the sequel is a persistent world, making Guild Wars 2 a true MMO.

The game also doesn’t have a subscription fee, although there is an item shop where players can purchase optional upgrades for their characters via microtransactions. Don’t worry, though: the items are cosmetic in nature and won’t turn Guild Wars 2 into a pay-to-win MMORPG.

Other interesting features include Dynamic Events (ArenaNet’s attempt to improve classic MMORPG quests), new class archetypes (Damage, Support, and Control), a personal story that grows as you play the game, and slick graphics combined with Havok physics engine for creating a pleasant visual experience.

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Gamestop Coupons – March 2012

We now have a pair of new Gamestop coupons for the second half of March and the first days of April. Gamers shopping online at gamestop.com can use these codes to save some money. Two deals are available, both of which expire on April 3rd:

  • Use code “SHAMROCK” to get a 10% discount on purchases of in-stock games and accessories. Valid for orders worth $89.99 and more.
  • Use code “LUCKY” to get 10% off in-stock PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS games priced at least $39.99.

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Sniper Elite V2

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    May 1, 2012 (US)
    May 4, 2012 (EU)

Sniper Elite V2 is a remake of the 2005 game by the British Rebellion studio. It is a tactical shooter where the players assume the role of Karl Fairburne, an American sniper tasked with eliminating or capturing the German scientists working on the V-2 missile program during the World War II.

Like its predecessor, the game emphasizes stealth, tactical thinking, and planning. However, to make things more interesting, Sniper Elite V2 introduces a brutal kill cam that shows the bullet’s passage through the body in slow motion X-ray vision.

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an upcoming action RPG based on the award-winning A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga by George R. R. Martin. The game is developed by Cyanide studio and published by Atlus (North America) and Focus Home Interactive (Europe). It uses Unreal Engine 3 graphics.

Game of Thrones RPG lets you to play two original characters and visit many familiar regions of Westeros during its 30 hours of gameplay. The two playable protagonists can be customized by choosing a class, skills, equipment, and so on. According to the publisher’s website, character interaction is an important aspect of the game, and dialogue can help you solve problems and complete your goals without resorting to violence.

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Borderlands 2

The unexpectedly successful and highly entertaining shooter Borderlands is getting a sequel this September. Borderlands 2 brings new characters and skills, improved vehicles, and a whole lot more weapons as well as other items. Plot-wise, the game picks up 5 years after the events in the original, and tasks the players with killing Handsome Jack, the dictator of Pandora.

Borderlands 2 retains the unique visual style of the first game, something that no doubt contributed to the title’s popularity. Just like the original, the sequel also offers a four-player co-op mode. Overall, the game should play similarly to Borderlands – except it is “bigger, better, and more badass”.

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Darksiders II

Darksiders II is a multiplatform action-adventure game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. This Darksiders sequel takes place during the events of the first game, but puts you in the role of a different Horseman of the Apocalypse – Death. The Horseman sets out to prove the innocence of his brother, War, and believes he can accomplish this by resurrecting the mankind.

The game features a number of improvements over its predecessor. For one, the world of Darksiders II is twice the size of the original. Some RPG elements are introduced, such as skill trees and loot drops. DII still lacks a multiplayer mode, however.

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Starhawk

Starhawk is a PS3-exclusive third-person shooter, set to release in May 2012. Similarly to its predecessor, Warhawk, the game offers split-screen and online multiplayer. New additions include a single player story mode, and a Build n’ Battle system which allows the players to call down various structures from the orbiting ship, giving the game some RTS flavor.

Starhawk takes place in a sci-fi universe, where two factions – Rifters and Outcasts – clash over control of Rift Energy. Players can fight on foot or use various vehicles to do battle on the ground and in the air. Both competitive and co-op multiplayer modes are available.

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