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XIII

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XIII is a remake of the 2003 first-person shooter based on an eponymous graphic novel. You play as an elite soldier Thirteen, who wakes up in a deserted beach without any memories but still in possession of his skills. As you set off to uncover your past, you soon learn that you played a role in the murder of the President of the United States of America.

True to its comic book heritage, XIII features a cel-shaded art style, onomatopoeia sound effects, and speech bubbles. The game’s solo campaign includes a total of 34 levels, and there is a PvP multiplayer mode as well.

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Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme vs. Maxiboost On

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Originally a 3D arcade fighting game in Japan, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxiboost On is making its way to PlayStation 4 in the West. Players purchase mobile suits using points and participate in 2v2 mecha combat featuring three Ex Burst systems: Fighting Burst, Extend Burst, and Shooting Burst. All 183 suits from the arcade iterations of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. are playable, and the game also brings 2 new ones.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxiboost On can be played in single-player, two-player split-screen, LAN Connection Battle, and online battle modes for up to 4 players. The Western release features Japanese voiceover with English subtitles.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a platformer developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision. It is a sequel to the 1998 Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. After Neo Cortex and N. Tropy escape their space-time prison and launch an assault on the entire universe, Crash and Coco set out to collect the Quantum Masks and save the day.

The masks are more than just a story element and will grant new powers. The Time Mask, for instance, slows time while the Gravity Mask allows Crash and Coco to walk on ceilings. The game can be played in Retro mode with limited lives or in a more forgiving Modern mode where dying only sends the player back to the latest checkpoint.

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FIFA 21

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FIFA 21 is the latest entry in EA Sports’ popular soccer game series. It offers more ways to play in the streets and the stadium and includes officially licensed teams and rosters of the UEFA Champions League and CONMEBOL Libertadores. On top of the usual updates and tweaks there’s a bigger focus on the Career Mode.

The game will be available on the next-gen consoles with a plethora of improvements thanks to the more powerful hardware: haptic feedback, near-instant load times, dynamic lighting, lifelike animations, and spatial audio.

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Madden NFL 21

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EA Sports’ latest yearly installment of Madden brings more polished gameplay mechanics, new Superstar and X-Factor abilities, and a new season of Ultimate Team content. The single-player Face of the Franchise mode makes a return and will document the player’s career from a quarterback in high school to College Football Playoff and NFL Combine. The cover athlete for the upcoming game is the Baltimore Ravens’ superstar Lamar Jackson.

As is the case with the previous titles, you have several options when pre-ordering Madden NFL 21, and this time there are retailer-exclusive bonuses to boot.

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Star Wars: Squadrons

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As one might guess from its title, EA’s latest Star Wars game focuses on ship combat. Set after Return of the Jedi, it allows the player to side with either the Empire of the New Republic, strap into iconic X-wings and TIE fighters, and take part in frenetic dogfights, both in single-player campaign and 5v5 multiplayer. Star Wars: Squadrons can be played traditionally or in VR on PC and PS4 with cross-play support.

The starfighters can be customized with components such as weapons, hull, engines, and cosmetic items as the player rises through the ranks. Pre-ordering the game nets some of these items as a free bonus.

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a cross-genre game developed by Japanese studio Vanillaware of Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown fame. It combines side-scrolling adventure with real-time strategy combat in an original sci-fi setting.

The adventure segments lean on dialogue and exploration, and feature thirteen protagonists with intertwining storylines. The combat involves controlling up to six chosen characters, who pilot Sentinel mechs and defend humanity from giant monsters, the kaijuu.

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