Shadows of the Damned

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What do you get when you combine the talents of Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil)? The answer is Shadows of the Damned, a twisted third-person shooter for consoles that takes place in the underworld.

The protagonist of the game is Garcia Hotspur, a badass demon hunter clad in a leather jacket and armed with an array of unusual weapons – like a handgun called “Big Boner” (I kid you not). Garcia’s hot girlfriend Paula was kidnapped by demons from hell, so now he has to travel to the City of the Damned and rescue her from the clutches of the demon king Fleming.

Shadows of the Damned features a punk-rock theme with dark and macabre environments, outlandish humor and creative monster designs. The soundtrack by the British gothic punk band, the Damned, and video game composer Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) also contributes to the thrilling atmosphere of the game.

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Catherine

Catherine is an adult video game that combines puzzle platformer gameplay with a story full of erotic and horror elements. It is developed and published by a Japanese company Atlus, with cinematic scenes done by Studio 4°C.

The protagonist of the game is Vincent, a 32-year-old office worker who finds himself torn between two beautiful women. The first is his long-term girlfriend Katherine (shown on the Xbox 360 cover), and the other is a mysterious young Catherine (featured on the PS3 cover) who seduced Vincent after meeting him in a bar. After spending a night with the latter, the main character starts having nightmares in which he has to fight for his life.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: DotM is an upcoming third-person shooter from High Moon Studios, the people who brought us the well-received War for Cybertron last year. The game is a tie-in for the movie of the same name that opens in theaters on July 1st. It is set right before the events in the film, and offers 18 missions in various locations on Earth, ranging from jungles to urban environments and military bases.

The gameplay of Transformers: Dark of the Moon should be similar to that of War for Cybertron: a 3rd-person shooter where players can switch between robot and vehicle forms and use different weapons depending on their class. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new Stealth Mode – a hybrid form that gives you access to the impressive firepower of the robot weapons without sacrificing your speed.

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RAGE

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RAGE is an upcoming post-apocalyptic game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda. It is going to be primarily a first-person shooter, but it will also have some extreme dune buggy racing thrown into the mix.

The players will be able to upgrade their vehicles using the money won from races – and these upgrades are going to offer not only more durability and speed, but some serious firepower in the form of chaingun and rocket launcher turrets, too. Likewise, it will be possible to upgrade your own weapons with things like clip extenders and aim stabilizers.

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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire is a highly anticipated action-adventure game from the devs of Team Bondi and Rockstar that will be released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles in May this year.

The game will put you in the shoes of Cole Phelps, an aspiring detective working for the LAPD in the post-war Los Angeles during the 1940s. Violent crimes and drug trafficking are on the rise, mafia controls the city underground, and even the government officials are corrupt. The young detective will definitely have his work cut out for him.

The gameplay of L.A. Noire will involve solving cases of varying difficulty. The players will have some freedom in how they want to go about doing that: investigate the crime scene, interview (or interrogate) people, and so on. There will be different routes available for most cases, and false evidence to boot. Unlike GTA though, it’s not going to be an open-world sandbox, but rather a story-driven game.

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inFAMOUS 2

inFAMOUS 2, the open-world action game from Sucker Punch, is probably one of the most anticipated PS3 releases this year. The sequel will take you to the city of New Marais where you will have to grow stronger and eventually face a terrifying enemy which was foreshadowed in the first game – the Beast.

Other factions will get in the way of the protagonist Cole MacGrath as well, namely the monstrous mutants called the Corrupted, and Militia, a radical organization which seeks to destroy all abnormal entities including the Conduits.

inFAMOUS 2 will have a number of new features and improvements, such as better cutscenes, more destructible objects, many new powers for Cole (including fire and ice ones) and so on. Like in the original game, your karma choices will affect Cole’s appearance and powers, as well as the route and the ending of inFAMOUS 2.

User-generated content deserves a separate mention. inFAMOUS 2 will allow its players to create their own missions and share them with others. inFAMOUS was already a great sandbox game, but this adds a whole new element to it, with a potential for endless fun and freedom.

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Battlefield 3

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  • Genre
    Shooter
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Oct 25, 2011 (US)
    Oct 28, 2011 (EU)

The ever-popular Battlefield series of first-person shooters will see a new addition this year. Titled Battlefield 3, the game will use a next-generation engine called Frostbite 2, which takes full advantage of DX11 and 64-bit CPUs. The new engine is said to deliver improved dynamic lighting, destructible environments and highly realistic character animations.

BF3 will re-introduce fighter jets and the prone position which was absent from Bad Company. The multiplayer mode is going to feature a kill cam similar to that in Call of Duty games. Battlefield 3 will support up to 64 players per server on the PC, but only 24 on consoles due to hardware limitations. Multiplayer is, of course, the main focus of Battlefield games, but BF3 will still have a single-player campaign, which is going to take place in year 2014.

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