Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a spin-off platformer from Playtonic Games and Team17 that stars the chameleon Yooka and the bat Laylee. When their arch-nemesis Capital B concocts an evil plan to enslave a kingdom of bees, it is up to the buddy duo to save the day.

Unlike its 3D predecessor Yooka-Laylee, the spin-off is a side-scrolling 2.5D platformer in the style of Donkey Kong Country. It does however have a 3D Overworld that acts as a hub and contains secrets and puzzles.

Tonics that modify the gameplay or the visuals are making a return in Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, and there’s a total of 62 to collect. Four of them are offered as an exclusive pre-order bonus – details after the jump.

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Journey to the Savage Planet

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Journey to the Savage Planet is a colorful and upbeat first-person exploration game developed by Typhoon Studios. Players take on the role of an interstellar explorer who gets dropped into an uncharted world AR-Y 26 to catalog the alien flora and fauna that inhabit it. Gameplay involves exploring the planet, analyzing and facing off against its wacky creatures, and upgrading gear to open up new areas.

Journey to the Savage Planet can be tackled solo or in an online co-op with a friend.

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Kingdom Under Fire II

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Kingdom Under Fire II is a game by Korean developer Blueside that blends MMORPG and RTS elements. It is being published in North America and Europe by GameForge. While known for their portfolio of free-to-play MMOs, GameForge is choosing a premium pricing model for Kingdom Under Fire II – which is to say, a one-time upfront payment, and perhaps higher drop rates than in regular F2P titles.

Notably, the game was announced all the way back in 2008, and languished in development hell for years. Several publishers have released it in Asia and Russia, where its success was mixed at best.

Three editions of KUF2 are available for pre-order, each offering exclusive bonuses for doing so. The game can be purchased through the official GameForge website.

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Contra: Rogue Corps

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Contra: Rogue Corps is a top-down run-and-gun game from Konami that picks up after the events of the classic Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992). Players assume the roles of the titular Rogue Corps – Kaiser, Ms. Harakiri, The Gentleman, and Hungry Beast – who are supported by the newcomer Aero Captain. Their mission? Enter the Damned City that arose on the grounds of the final battles, and shoot every alien in sight.

The game can be played solo or in a co-op of up to four. There is also a PvP mode with two different rulesets.

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Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition

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Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition is the latest iteration in the farming simulation game series from GIANTS Software. It adds 35 new vehicles and tools from CLAAS, one of the biggest farming brands in the world, for a total of 380 vehicles and tools from 100 manufacturers.

The game can be purchased standalone at a launch price of $49.99. Existing owners of FS19 should instead opt for the Platinum Expansion ($19.99) available digitally on all three platforms. Both options come with the same bonus pre-order content as detailed after the jump.

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Need for Speed Heat

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Developed by Ghost Games and published by EA, Need for Speed Heat is an open-world street racer that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The game promises an authentic representation of urban car culture and deep vehicle customization.

NFS Heat is set in Palm City, which hosts a sanctioned competition called Speedhunters Showdown during the day, and is home to illicit street races at night. In the former, drivers earn Bank, and in the latter they compete with their Rep on the line while trying to avoid being taken down by the city’s corrupt police force.

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Trails of Cold Steel III

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is a JRPG with turn-based battles and animated cutscenes. Taking place two years after the events of ToCS II, it follows Rean Schwarzer, now a combat instructor at Thors Branch Campus, who must prepare a new class for an uncertain future, and uncover a dark plot threatening his homeland.

The game has been released in Japan back in 2017, and NIS America is handling the upcoming launch in the West. Trails of Cold Steel III will launch with dual English & Japanese audio, and English & French text.

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