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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is a direct sequel to Troika’s acclaimed but troubled 2004 title. Published by Paradox Interactive, who acquired White Wolf and thus the rights to Bloodlines in 2015, the game places the player into the role of a recently-turned fledgling vampire who finds themselves in the middle of a blood trade war in modern-day Seattle.

The Bloodlines‘ lead designer and writer Brian Mitsoda has worked as lead narrative designer of the sequel. The game promises the same open-ended play and freedom of choice as the original, from the way the protagonist uses (or abuses) their newfound vampiric powers, to which of the city’s factions they curry favor with.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Heart of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Heart of Chernobyl is a long-awaited sequel to the horror survival S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise. The game is produced by GSC Game World and is coming to PC, Xbox Series X/S.

After the second massive explosion in 2006, you once again enter the post-apocalyptic world of Chernobyl. You play as a lone stalker on a mission to cover valuable artifacts. But be warned as Chernobyl isn’t a forgiving place!

In the massive 64-km² radioactive zone, you must be ready to face hostile mutants and deadly anomalies. And to top it all off, there are many warring factions. So to survive and thrive, you need to pick your side and engage in battle!

To defeat the various enemies, you should pick out the right rifle. The game comes with over 30+ weapons, each one having numerous modifications to suit your playstyle.

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Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is the second entry in the Dying Light series of games. It is a first-person survival-horror game developed by Techland Studios and Warner bros. The game will be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Windows PC this winter.

A deadly virus has its hold on mankind pushing humanity to the verge of extinction. Zombies outnumber humans forcing them into hiding. The last stronghold of mankind, “The City,” is where our protagonist Aiden Caldwell’s, story begins.

Use your parkour skills to explore the world and interact with different characters. Shape your story to fit your playstyle as your choices will have consequences and will affect the game world

Experience unforgiving combat as you face hordes of zombies that roam the streets. Use weapons, traps and your surroundings to level the playing field to survive the long days and the even longer nights.

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The Dark Pictures Anthology House of Ashes

An intense firefight deep in the Zagros mountains awakens terrifying unearthly creatures in The Dark Pictures Anthology House of Ashes. The Dark Pictures Anthology House of Ashes is an interactive survival horror game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco. Set aside your differences and work together with people you once considered enemies to survive the night and make it out alive.

The Dark Pictures Anthology House of Ashes will be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC this Autumn.

A special forces group searching for chemical weapons is ambushed by enemy Iraqi forces and plunged deep into the cracks of the Zagros Mountains. Ancient creatures disturbed by the activity above the ground are awakened and set out to hunt their newfound prey.

Fight for survival in single-player, multiplayer, or Movie Night mode. Movie Night mode is an offline mode that lets 5 players interact with the story by passing the game controller around.

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The Medium

The Medium is a chilling horror-puzzle game developed and published by Bloober Team. Set in the ruins of an abandoned communist hotel. Follow the story of Marianne as she seeks to uncover the secrets behind her unusual abilities. Bridge the gap between the world of the dead and the living as you work your way through what remains of a twisted massacre. The Medium once an Xbox exclusive will be coming to the PlayStation 5 this autumn.

Marianne, as a medium between the two worlds, has the ability to exist and interact with objects within the two planes. The medium plays like an old-school survival horror game with tight environments and a terrifying but gripping story.

Disturbing images and scenes unveil themselves the deeper you go into the hotel. Lurking in the hotel is a creature known as the Maw that desperately wants to leave the spirit world by taking over Marianne’s body.

Solve puzzles and use your selection of abilities such as shooting out psychic blasts and creating energy shields as you fend off the maw and uncover hidden mysteries in this incredible journey.

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Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood is a first-person co-op shooter developed by Turtle Rock and published by WB Games. As a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, it shares many similarities with the acclaimed series. Up to four players join forces to eradicate the Ridden, once-human hosts of a deadly parasite eager to devour what’s left of humanity.

The game implements a roguelike card system that modifies the experience and enhances replayability. In addition to the narrative campaign, Back 4 Blood offers competitive multiplayer where the player can take on the role of a Cleaner, one of the immune survivors, or the Ridden, each with their unique abilities and weapons.

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Returnal

Returnal is a third-person roguelike shooter from Finnish developer Housemarque. The game follows Selene, a space explorer who crash-lands on a shape-shifting planet filled with alien horrors. She finds herself fighting for survival – and each time she dies, she wakes up again right before the crash, with her surroundings and enemies transformed.

As a PlayStation 5 exclusive, Returnal comes with full next-gen feature support including fast loading, adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and Tempest 3D audio on supported headsets.

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Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares II follows the macabre adventure of Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by the humming transmission of a distant Signal Tower. Guided by Six, the yellow-raincoated girl from the previous installment, he sets out to discover the secrets of the Signal Tower and save Six from her terrible fate. They will solve intricate puzzles, discover the mysteries of the Pale City, and fight to escape its fearsome residents.

The game comes in three different editions and also has an exclusive pre-order bonus, all detailed after the jump.

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The Dark Pictures: Little Hope

Little Hope is the second standalone installment in Supermassive Games’ horror game anthology The Dark Pictures. It centers around four college students and their professor, who get stranded in an abandoned town of Little Hope following a bus accident. The town is surrounded by an impenetrable fog that is filled with nightmarish apparitions.

The Dark Pictures: Little Hope can be played alone, in Shared Story mode with a friend online, and in Movie Night mode where up to five players can pass the pad to each other controlling each of the game’s characters. Much like its predecessor, Man of Medan, the upcoming game has a Curator’s Cut that enhances replayability, and early access to this mode is offered as a bonus to pre-order customers.

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The Walking Dead: Onslaught

The Walking Dead: Onslaught is a survival shooter developed by Survios for PSVR and PC VR systems (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Valve Index). Based on AMC’s hit TV show, the game features an original story that slots in between the show’s seasons eight and nine.

Onslaught is purely a single-player title and involves scavenging for supplies, rebuilding the settlement of Alexandria, upgrading character stats and weapons, and, of course, fending off walkers. The player will have to deal with as many as 30 walkers on the screen and eliminate them using a variety of ranged and melee weapons, with the damage viscerally depicted by the developer’s touted “progressive dismemberment” system.

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Maid of Sker

Maid of Sker is a first-person horror game from independent developer Wales Interactive. Based on an eponymous 1872 novel by R.D. Blackmore, it borrows heavily from Welsh folklore and is set in Sker House, a real dwelling that is said to be the most haunted in Britain.

The gameplay mechanics revolve around sound, with the player having to run, hide from, and distract enemies that possess supernaturally sharp hearing. Their only weapon is a sound-based defensive device that can cause temporary disorientation. The game offers multiple endings that depend on the player’s actions and paths taken.

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The Last of Us Part II

Joel and Ellie’s story continues in The Last of Us Part II, this time with the latter acting as the protagonist. After five years of peaceful life in Jackson, Ellie’s love interest is kidnapped by another group of survivors, causing her to set out on a path of vengeance – and Joel won’t let her do it alone.

Developer Naughty Dog promises new combat and stealth mechanics, more realistic animations to fully express Ellie’s desperation and resourcefulness, vaster environments, and smarter human enemies. The game runs on an overhauled engine and utilizes motion capture to bring its new and returning characters to life. Unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t have multiplayer.

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Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3 is a remake of the survival horror classic, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, which was originally released back in 1999. The remake brings overhauled visuals and revamped over-the-shoulder camera gameplay. According to developer Capcom, both characters and zombies are based on real people, scanned using photogrammetry.

Story-wise, Resident Evil 3 follows Jill Valentine as she tries to escape the zombie-infested Raccoon City. To make matters worse, she’s being hunted by Umbrella Corporation’s relentless bioweapon Nemesis.

In addition to the story campaign, the game includes Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical multiplayer mode that pits four Survivors against a single Mastermind. The Survivors attempt to escape an experimental Umbrella facility riddled with zombies and traps controlled by the fifth player.

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Hunt: Showdown

Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown is a competitive multiplayer shooter that mixes PvP and PvE elements. The game is match-based, with each match taking approximately 20 to 40 minutes. In the main Bounty Hunt mode, up to 12 players take on the role of bounty hunters and set out to eliminate their monstrous targets solo or in teams of two or three. Once their target is defeated, the players have to carry their bounty off the map without being killed by their competitors.

Hunt: Showdown has been available digitally for PC (Windows) and Xbox One since 2019. This article is concerned with the upcoming physical launch on Xbox One, and for the first time, PlayStation 4.

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Man of Medan

Man of Medan is the first installment in Supermassive Games’ anthology of standalone supernatural horror games The Dark Pictures. The story follows a group of young divers on vacation who are kidnapped and trapped on a ghost ship. The game has a branching storyline with multiple endings, and the choices the player makes decide which characters live and die.

The replayability of The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is further enhanced by something called the Curator’s Cut, which is unlocked after completing the main story once – more on that after the jump.

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The Sinking City

The Sinking City is an action-adventure game with an investigative slant set in an open world haunted by Lovecraftian horrors. Taking on the role of a troubled detective Charles W. Reed, the players will depart for a 1920s city of Oakmont, Massachusetts to investigate a mysterious flood and the darkness corrupting the minds of the citizens.

The game’s world can be explored on foot, by boat, or a diving suit. The investigation system is non-linear, meaning each case can be solved using different methods, and there are different endings depending on the choices made. Digging for clues aside, combat is also on the menu, as is managing the protagonist’s sanity after confronting otherwordly horrors.

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Days Gone

Developed by SIE Bend Studio and published by Sony, Days Gone is a third-person action-adventure game set in an open, post-apocalyptic world. After a global pandemic swept through the planet, millions of humans and animals were turned into Freakers – mindless feral creatures who attack any uninfected human on sight.

The player takes on the role of Deacon St. John, a former member of a bike club who took to working as a mercenary after the apocalypse. As a survivor, Deacon is adept at hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship, and stealth, and can utilize his diverse skills in any combination to achieve his goals.

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World War Z

World War Z is a third-person co-op shooter for four players developed by Saber Interactive and published by Mad Dog Games. Based on the movie of the same name, the fast-paced game pits players against swarms of zombies in New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem.

World War Z features six classes with unique abilities and play styles, and supports both local and online co-op. For improved replayability, it uses procedural enemy and item spawning that is based on the players’ performance. In addition to cooperative PvE, the game also offers competitive PvP – or rather PvPvZ, as the players still have to deal with zombie hordes while completing objectives and battling one another.

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Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 is a remake of the 1998 horror classic, rebuilt by Capcom in their proprietary RE Engine previously used for Resident Evil 7 and Devil May Cry V. The company promises a fresh take on the original cult-classic, bringing it up to date with photorealistic visuals, immersive audio, a new over-the-shoulder camera, and a modernized control scheme.

The game stars rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who find themselves in the middle of a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City. Both of these fan-favorite characters have their own playable campaigns, allowing the players to experience the story from different perspectives.

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We Happy Few

We Happy Few is a survival horror game developed by indie studio Compulsion Games and published by Gearbox. Taking place in a dystopian, retrofuturistic 1960s England, the game puts the player into the shoes of three “moderately terrible” people who seek to escape the fictional town of Wellington Wells and its perpetually drugged-out and cheerful inhabitants.

While originally intended as a small, Kickstarter-funded title, the game has since then grown in scope, and will now be getting a worldwide release digitally and through retail channels. The standard version will cost the usual $59.99, but pre-order customers will be getting $10 off that price – more on that after the jump.

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