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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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Past Cure

Past Cure is a third-person action thriller developed by Phantom 8, an indie studio based in Germany. The game’s protagonist is Ian, an elite soldier who for many years was subjected to horrifying human trials and locked away in a dark prison somewhere in Europe. Upon escaping, he seeks revenge on the people responsible.

The experiments granted Ian the powers of time manipulation and astral projection, but the price was his sanity: his madness grows every time he uses his supernatural abilities. Thus the gameplay of Past Cure takes place in two opposing worlds – the real one, where the focus is combat, and the nightmare world with survival horror and puzzle solving.

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The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 is a survival horror game developed by Japanese studio Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda. It picks up three years after the events in the first instalmment, with the protagonist Sebastian Castellanos forced to partner with Mobius and re-enter the nightmarish world of STEM to save his believed-to-be-dead daughter, Lily.

According to Bethesda, the sequel offers a more flexible pacing, allowing the players to explore as much – or as little – as they like before delving back into the main storyline. Besides the usual assortment of creepy enemies, Sebastian will also have to contend with his own personal demons, as well as sadistic humans who would use STEM to satisfy their depraved urges.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action-adventure and psychological horror game developed by Ninja Theory. It is self-funded by the studio, and is described as an “independent AAA” title. Hellblade is expected to offer around 7 to 9 hours of gameplay.

The game is steeped in Celtic and Norse mythology, and follows the titular character, Senua, on her haunting and perilous journey into a hellish underworld to fight for the soul of her dead lover.

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Little Nightmares Pre-Order Bonuses

Little Nightmares is a puzzle-platformer made by independent developer Tarsier Studios. The game follows Six, a little girl in an oversized yellow raincoat, who is trapped in a mysterious and gloomy prison called The Maw. Armed with nothing but her wits and a lighter, Six has to evade the Maw’s monstrous residents, and make her way to the outside world.

Published by Bandai Namco, Little Nightmares will be out on current-gen consoles and PC (via Steam and

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Pre-Order Bonuses

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom for current-gen consoles and Windows. The PS4 version includes full PlayStation VR support. In a departure from the previous games in the series, Resident Evil 7 is played in first-person “Isolated View” perspective.

The game follows a new protagonist, a civilian named Ethan whose search for his missing wife leads him to a decrepit plantation mansion in Louisiana. Resident Evil 7 is said to return to the roots of the series, with less action and a bigger focus on survival horror, exploration, and puzzles.

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Dead Rising 4 Pre-Order Bonuses

Dead Rising 4 is an upcoming zombie brawler developed by Capcom and published by Microsoft for Xbox One and Windows 10. Set in an open world, the game once again stars the badass photojournalist Frank West. It picks up a year after the events in Dead Rising 3, and also takes place in Willamette, Colorado during the holiday season.

The game is said to have a huge array of weapons and vehicles to combat the horde with. New features include a larger, seamless 4-player co-op, new and more dangerous types of zombies, and powered exosuits which allow Frank to deliver devastating melee attacks.

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Dying Light Pre-Order Bonuses

Dying Light is a first-person action / survival horror title developed by Techland, the makers of Dead Island. Like its predecessor, the game is also centered around a zombie apocalypse, but there are numerous changes as well. For one, Dying Light takes place in a slum city, and gives the players the ability to traverse it easily using parkour-style jumping and running. The day and night cycle is a core gameplay element, with the infected becoming stronger and faster in the dark. The idea is to scavenge for supplies during the day, and find shelter before the nightfall, when the truly dangerous monsters come out to play. Even the best player-crafted weapons and traps might not be enough to kill enemies like the fearsome Night Hunter.

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The Last of Us Pre-Order Bonuses

The Last of Us is an upcoming survival horror / action game set in a post-apocalyptic United States. Twenty years ago, a mutated parasitic fungus infected and killed millions, essentially turning them into zombies. Most of remaining survivors live in quarantined areas under the harsh rule of US military. Joel (the playable character) escapes one of these areas, taking a 14-year-old Ellie (AI companion) with him as a favor to a dying friend. Outside the quarantine zone, they will face not only the Infected, but other Survivors as well. Furthermore, the military also seems intent on hunting Joel and Ellie down.

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Dead Island Riptide

Dead Island Riptide is an upcoming action / survival horror game with RPG elements. It is developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver. The game picks up immediately after the events of the original, and allows the players to import their heroes or start off fresh. Dead Island Riptide adds a dynamic weather system, more powerful weapons, new enemies, and numerous improvements and fixes.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Pre-Order Bonuses

Aliens: Colonial Marines is an upcoming first person shooter game based on the popular Alien movie series. It is developed by Gearbox Software and published by Sega. The game takes place after the events in Alien 3, and puts the players into the shoes of Corporal Christopher Winter whose team is tasked with investigating spaceship U.S.S. Sulaco and rescuing any survivors.

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Dead Space 3 Pre-Order Bonuses

Dead Space 3, the sequel to the popular survival horror series, takes Isaac Clarke to the snowy planet of Tau Volantis, which is believed to hold the key to ending the Necromorph infestation. The gaame can be played in single player or online co-op mode, with the second player controlling John Carver, a hardened soldier and Isaac’s reluctant partner.

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Resident Evil 6 Pre-Order Bonuses

RE6 is the newest Resident Evil installment that takes place in 2013, more than 14 years after the Raccoon City incident. The game features both Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield as playable characters. The third protagonist is Jake Muller – a mercenary and the son of Albert Wesker. The characters start out in the United States, China, and Eastern Europe, respectively, but eventually all three storylines converge in China. According to the devs, that is where most of the action is going to take place.

Resident Evil 6 plays like a third-person shooter with an over-the-shoulder camera. The game finally allows the players to move while shooting. It is also possible to dodge to the sides and take cover behind objects. The game includes splitscreen and online co-op, as well as competitive multiplayer.

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Silent Hill: Downpour Pre-Order Bonuses

Silent Hill: Downpour is the eighth installment in the series. It is developed by a Czech studio, Vatra Games, and published by Konami. The game’s plot is unrelated to its predecessors, and centers around Murphy Pendleton – a convict who escaped when the bus transporting him crashed.

According to game producer Tomm Hulett, SH: Downpour takes place to the south-east of Toluca lake, a region that wasn’t explored in the previous Silent Hill titles. Unlike the previous installment, the game has a combat element, although Murphy is only be able to carry a single firearm and melee weapon. The weapons also deteriorate with usage.

Similarly to the previous installments, the game features multiple endings and involves puzzles, monster fights, and exploration. It’s also worth mentioning that Downpour is the first Silent Hill game to support stereoscopic 3D.

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