Battlefield Hardline

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Battlefield Hardline is a first-person shooter developed by Visceral Games in collaboration with DICE, and published by EA. Unlike the previous installments in the series, BFHL is police-themed and pits cops against robbers in a variety of game modes. Heist, for example, tasks the criminals with stealing money from a vault and escaping while law enforcement officers attempt to stop them. Blood Money has both teams competing to carry money from the main cache to their own vault. Then there’s the Rescue mode, which, like the name suggests, involves retrieving hostages being held by the criminals.

In addition to the ever-popular multiplayer, Battlefield Hardline also features a proper single-player campaign. Its story follows Nick Mendoza, a rookie detective who, alongside with his more experienced partner Khai Minh Dao, attempts to take down Miami’s drug lords.

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected

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A remastered version of Saints Row IV is scheduled to launch for the new-gen Sony and Microsoft consoles in January 2015. Titled Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, the game features enhanced graphics, includes all the current DLC, and can be purchased either separately via digital download, or in a boxed version together with the upcoming standalone expansion, Gat out of Hell. The latter is also sold separately, and includes approximately 6-8 hours of gameplay; the story follows Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington as they attempt to invade Hell and save Boss’s soul.

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Evolve Box Art

Evolve is a sci-fi themed asymmetric multiplayer FPS developed by Turtle Rock Studios (creators of Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead) and published by 2K Games. The game pits four Hunters against an alien Monster in various environments on Shear, a wild and dangerous planet that humanity is trying to colonize.

There are four Hunter classes in total (Assault, Support, Medic, and Trapper), with three different characters each. In addition to the class ability, every character possesses unique weapons and equipment of their own. Combining these and working as a team is crucial in order to achieve victory as a Hunter.

As for Monsters, there also are three, with more likely to come after launch. Each Monster has a unique play-style with different abilities which can be improved when the player consumes enough wildlife to evolve to the next Stage. Monsters can win the match by either killing all four Hunters, or evolving to Stage 3 and accomplishing a secondary objective (for example, destroying a power relay).

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Batman: Arkham Knight

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Batman: Arkham Knight is an upcoming action-adventure title developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. This last installment in the main trilogy is set one year after the events of Arkham City. Scarecrow returns to Gotham, and unites the most powerful villains of the Rogues Gallery (including the new and mysterious enemy, Arkham Knight) to destroy Batman for good.

New to the franchise is a drivable Batmobile, which can be summoned to the player’s location at any time, and transforms into Battle Mode when more firepower is needed. As expected of a new-gen game, Arkham Knight also features significant graphical improvements; the developers claim that just one character can have the same polygon count as the entire Arkham Asylum environment.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The third installment in the popular action RPG series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues the story of Geralt of Rivia, and brings a number of improvements to the franchise. New mechanics like horseback combat, Witcher sense, and climbing add more depth to the game. Nonlinear gameplay is emphasized even more, with each quest having several different solutions, and the player’s choices affecting the world around them.

The game’s world is significantly larger than that of its predecessors, with the new REDengine 3 providing stunning graphics on current-gen consoles and PCs, and eliminating annoying loading screens. According to CD Projekt RED, TW3: Wild Hunt will have around 100 hours of gameplay.

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Bloodborne Box Art

Bloodborne is an upcoming action RPG developed by the famous Japanese studio From Software, the creators of Demon’s Souls and its successors. This Gothic-themed game begins in the sprawling city of Yharnam, and is set during the Victorian period. As a result, the medieval armor is gone, replaced by cloth, and various guns fitting the period are available for use.

Interestingly, the lack of heavy armor is also reflected in the protagonist’s mobility, which is increased significantly as compared to Dark Souls. Not only the players are more agile, they are also rewarded for playing aggressively with the new health regeneration mechanic, which grants a short period of time to regain lost health by counterattacking.

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Far Cry 4

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The fourth installment in the popular Far Cry series takes the players to Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan region ruled by the game’s antagonist Pagan Min. A power-hungry Hong Kong drug lord, Min used an ongoing civil war in the remote kingdom of Kyrat to claim the throne, and then proceeded to remake the country to his own liking. Yet not everyone in the land is willing to submit to his despotic rule. The parents of the game’s protagonist – Ajay Ghale – were the leaders of the resistance movement in Kyrat. That’s why, when Ajay returns to the country of his birth from America to scatter his mother’s ashes, he gets a warm welcome from the unpredictable Pagan Min.

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