LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a LEGO-themed action-adventure game developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros for all major gaming platforms. While mostly based on the eponymous movie, it also includes content which covers the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The gameplay is said to be similar to that of its predecessors, but LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens does include some new mechanics, such as space dogfights, Blaster Battles which use a cover system, and Multi-Builds where players can choose from multiple building options to solve puzzles and open up new paths.

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Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

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Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is the latest installment in the popular Atelier series by Japanese developer Gust. The upcoming role-playing game follows a girl named Sophie Neuenmuller who runs an atelier on the outskirts of a small medieval town. Sophie has the mysterious power to combine items in order to form new ones, but with no one to guide her, her attempts often fail. One day she encounters a mysterious talking book, and, aided by its knowledge, sets out to unlock the secrets of alchemy.

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Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy XV is the latest installment in the highly popular Japanese action RPG franchise. The game puts the player into the shoes of Noctis Lucis Caelum, the heir to the kingdom of Lucis, which is the last nation to possess a Crystal. Other countries in the game’s world – a single landmass called Eos – have been conquered by the technologically-advanced Empire of Niflheim, which now threatens Lucis as well.

Final Fantasy XV features vast, open environments which can be explored on foot, using party’s car, or chocobos, with loading screens only appearing when entering towns. The game uses a seamless, real-time battle system called AXB (Active X Battle); the players only control the protagonist, Noctis, but can issue commands to their companions.

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DOOM

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DOOM is a reboot of the classic first-person shooter series by id Software. The new installment targets 1080p at 60 FPS on the consoles, with higher resolutions available on the PC (FPS is still locked at 60). The game features a large variety of weapons, including classics such as the chainsaw or the super shotgun. The new combat system encourages players to keep pushing forward, as enemies drop ammo and health packs when killed.

In addition to single player, DOOM also has multiplayer with several modes such as deathmatch and freeze tag. Furthermore, it includes a level editing tool called SnapMap, which allows the players to create their own maps and game modes.

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Star Fox Zero

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  • Genre
    Rail Shooter
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Apr 22, 2016

Star Fox Zero is a 3D scrolling shooter developed by Nintendo and PlatinumGames for the Wii U console. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, the title is a re-imagining of the classic Star Fox 64 with some new gameplay elements and locations. Players are shown a third-person view on the TV and an alternate cockpit view on the GamePad, and are now able to shoot in one direction while flying in another.

The game is available digitally through Nintendo eShop for $50, while retail versions are priced at $60. That being said, the latter include Star Fox Guard, a standalone tower defense game, as a bonus.

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Overwatch

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Overwatch is a team-based hero shooter developed by Blizzard for current-gen consoles and Windows. The game boasts a diverse cast of playable characters, each with unique abilities and playstyle, but still falling into one of four roles (Tank, Offense, Defense, and Support). There are three main game modes: Assault, Escort, and Control.

Overwatch is to include ranked play with seasonal divisions, tiers, and leaderboards at launch. Due to its competitive nature, the upcoming game has already garnered interest as a potential esports title.

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No Man's Sky

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No Man’s Sky is a space adventure game developed by indie studio Hello Games and published by Sony (PS4) and iam8bit (PC). It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “open world”, featuring an effectively infinite, procedurally-generated universe with billions of star systems. Players can explore the galaxy on their spaceship, land on planets, discover new forms of flora and fauna, and fight or trade with various NPC factions. The ultimate goal is journeying towards the center of the galaxy, but the increasingly hostile environments will require upgrades to the player’s ship, space suit, and multi-tool.

As all the planets are generated on-the-fly, the game can be played offline. However, No Man’s Sky does have some multiplayer elements, such as crediting the first player to discover a certain planet or a lifeform.

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