FIFA 21

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FIFA 21 is the latest entry in EA Sports’ popular soccer game series. It includes 30 official leagues, 700 teams, and 17,000 players, and offers more ways to play in the streets and the stadium with the new Volta Squads and enhanced Career Mode. Players can also join forces with a friend in the new FUT Co-Op and play Squad Battles and Division Rivals cooperatively.

FIFA 21 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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Dirt 5

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Dirt 5 is the latest off-road racing game from Codemasters. Players can race rally cars, stadium super trucks, and off-road buggies in diverse environments and terrain around the globe. The weather and time of day are dynamic, making for unpredictable and different race conditions each time.

The Career Mode is said to be the biggest yet and follows the player’s rise from obscurity to infamy. The story is divided into five chapters with 9 race types and 130 events scattered around the world. The career is covered by an in-game podcast and features 20 real-world brands that will sponsor the player. This mode can also be played in split-screen with up to four players as a drop-in, drop-out experience.

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light is an upcoming expansion to the Destiny 2 universe. Guardians will brave Jupiter’s frozen moon of Europa and wield a new power of Stasis against the empire of Fallen. Rooted in Darkness, Stasis is based around manipulating time and opens up new subclasses and supers.

Before the release of Beyond Light, Bungie is launching a new Season of Arrivals that will span June 9 through September 21. It involves a Pyramid ship arriving above Jupiter’s moon Io and includes events and rewards to prepare for the upcoming war against the Darkness.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is available in five editions: Standard, Standard + Season, Deluxe, Collector’s, and Stranger. Each of these comes with a bonus pre-order DLC pictured below.

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a third-person action-adventure game set in the LEGO Star Wars universe. Like the previous installments in the series, it is developed by British studio TT Games.

The game adapts all nine Star Wars episodic films into a whimsical, playable story. The players have access to an open-world hub from which they may freely select and play any Skywalker saga episodes, with each episode featuring five story missions.

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