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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WWE ’12 is a pro wrestling simulator from THQ and Yuke’s. Compared to its predecessors, the game features a more realistic animation system, better physics, and numerous gameplay changes. For example, grapple animations before finishers have been removed, while new Dynamic Comebacks – moves that you can use after taking lots of damage – have been added.
WWE ’12 also includes a powerful Creation Suite which allows the players to design their own Superstars, Entrances, Stories, and Finishers. New to the WWE series is Create-an-Arena feature which lets you make your own arenas and share them online. Furthermore, an improved WWE Universe mode makes a return as well.
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Release date
Feb 7, 2012 (NA)
Feb 10, 2012 (EU)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an upcoming fantasy RPG from 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. According to this preview at RPGFan.com, the game has four playable races, five distinct regions, and over a hundred secondary quests, giving the players a good incentive to explore. It also features a unique advancement system which uses unlockable “destinies” instead of the traditional classes.
There are some big names working on this title: Ken Rolston, the lead designer of Morrowind & Oblivion; bestselling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore; and Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn comics. Considering all this talent and the promises of a complex RPG system, deep storyline, and engaging combat, Reckoning is definitely something RPG fans should take note of.
Capcom’s remake of the fairly well-received Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds brings eight new stages, balance improvements, and various interface and character tweaks. The game increases the total number of playable characters to 50, adding fighters like Strider and Phoenix Wright from Capcom, and Ghost Rider and Hawkeye from Marvel universes.
The online aspect of the game – something that a lot of MvC3 players found lacking – is also getting upgraded, including a new Spectator mode. The core gameplay mechanics remain the same, although there are some changes to the way aerial exchange and X-Factor work.
PS3, Xbox 360
- Release date
Oct 11, 2011 (NA)
Oct 14, 2011 (EU)
Assault Horizon is an upcoming title in the popular Ace Combat flight arcade / simulator series from Namco Bandai Games. It takes place in year 2015, putting the player into the shoes of a 108th Task Force veteran pilot, William Bishop. The said military unit is a part of NATO forces and is on a mission to stop a dangerous insurgent group in Africa.
The game features an improved physics engine, which allows for more realistic destruction of aircraft and buildings. It offers two control schemes: “Original”, which is similar to “Expert” in previous Ace Combat titles, and “Optimum”, the default mode designed to use with the new Close Range Assault system. In addition to these changes, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon will also let you pilot helicopters and bombers for the first time.
Today I’d like to introduce a small new feature here at game-preorders.com: the upcoming games list. When you navigate our site using the menu on the right, the articles get sorted by their publish date like on a regular blog. On the other hand, this new list shows games arranged by their release date, which is much more convenient when you want to see which titles are coming out soon. You can also filter the results by platform (multiplat games will be included as well). The list can be found at the following URL: