Maid of Sker

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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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Far Cry 6

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Far Cry 6 is an open-world first-person shooter from Ubisoft. The game is set in a fictional Caribbean island of Yara and follows Dani Rojas, a guerrilla fighter trying to liberate the nation from the oppression of the dictator Antón Castillo (played by Giancarlo Esposito). To burn the tyrannical regime to the ground, players will employ makeshift weapons and vehicles, build a network of allies, and hire new animal companions.

Far Cry 6 will be available on current and next-gen consoles, with both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 receiving free digital upgrades to their next-gen counterparts.

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UFC 4

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EA Sports UFC 4 is a MMA fighting game based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Compared to its predecessor, it boasts EA’s RPM Tech that brings more fluid animations, two new environments, Kumite and Backyard, and new Blitz Battle as well as Online World Championship modes. The fighters’ progression is unified across all the game modes.

UFC 4‘s official cover art features UFC middleweight champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya and UFC welterweight contender Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.

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WRC 9

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French developer Kylotonn is working on the next installment of their officially licensed off-road racer series. Titled WRC 9, it brings the 2020 World Rally Championship to the players’ screens. The game includes three new rallies (Kenya, Japan, and New Zealand), over 15 classic cars, and 100 special stages.

There are two new game modes in WRC 9. The first is a Clubs system that allows the players to create custom championships and compete online against their friends. The second is a Co-Driver mode for playing in a co-op. Besides these new modes, the developer also promises improved physics and reworked engine sounds.

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WWE 2K Battlegrounds

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While there won’t be a mainline WWE 2K installment in 2020, the company is instead releasing WWE 2K Battlegrounds: an arcade-focused wrestling experience with over-the-top action set to the background of outlandish environments.

The game’s modes include Exhibition matches (with online and local multiplayer), a solo Campaign whose story is told through original comic strips, the last-man-standing mode King of the Battleground, and Online tournaments. Over 70 wrestlers are included at launch and more will be available as DLC, one of them as a pre-order bonus.

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Fuser

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Fuser is an upcoming rhythm game from Harmonix, the makers of titles like Rock Band and Dance Central. Players step into the shoes of a DJ and make mixes for a virtual audience, scoring points when they add new tracks in time to the beat and play songs requested by the audience.

The game features multiple modes: Campaign Play, Freestyle Play, Multiplayer, and Social Sharing. Over 100 songs across various genres are included in Fuser, and three more are added as a pre-order bonus.

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NBA 2K21

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NBA 2K21 is the latest installment in 2K Games’ popular basketball sim series that is said to bring best-in-class graphics and gameplay, varied game modes, and competitive and community online features.

It will be available on both current and next-gen consoles, but instead of free cross-generation upgrades, 2K is opting for separate versions of the game. These include the Standard Edition for current-gen platforms, the Standard Edition for Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, and the pricier Mamba Forever Edition that grants access to both. Let’s take a closer look.

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