Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising

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    Jun 21, 2011

Gods & Heroes is an upcoming MMORPG set in a mythical version of Ancient Rome, which mixes real historical elements with beasts of legend and Olympian gods. The game will put you in the shoes of a powerful demigod hero, and let you choose one of the four classes (Gladiator, Mystic, Soldier, and Priest) as well as a deity you’re aligned with.

Two of the most interesting features of G&H are Estates and Minions. The first one is a personal instance system. Several MMORPGs have offered player housing before, but Gods and Heroes goes one step further by giving each player control of an entire valley. Estates are account-wide, so your alts will have access to all the buildings and NPCs you’ve acquired.

The Minion system will allow the player to control a squad of up to 4 AI hirelings. There will be more than 130 minions of various types to choose from, such as warriors, archers, mages, and mythological beings (including exclusive ones depending on which god you follow). Regretfully, PvP won’t be in the game at launch, so you will be limited to battling monsters.

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Alice: Madness Returns

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Alice: Madness Returns is an upcoming multiplatform action-adventure game from Spicy Horse studio with game designer American McGee. It will be released in June this year for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms.

The sequel picks up 11 years after the events of the first game. Alice is living in the gloomy Victorian London, still haunted by nightmarish hallucinations that interfere with reality. She seeks refuge in the Wonderland, but finds it warped by her own insanity. If Alice is to save herself from the madness, she has to use her Vorpal Blade and an array of other crazy weapons to defeat twisted enemies and recall the repressed memories of her past.

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Shadows of the Damned

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What do you get when you combine the talents of Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil)? The answer is Shadows of the Damned, a twisted third-person shooter for consoles that takes place in the underworld.

The protagonist of the game is Garcia Hotspur, a badass demon hunter clad in a leather jacket and armed with an array of unusual weapons – like a handgun called “Big Boner” (I kid you not). Garcia’s hot girlfriend Paula was kidnapped by demons from hell, so now he has to travel to the City of the Damned and rescue her from the clutches of the demon king Fleming.

Shadows of the Damned features a punk-rock theme with dark and macabre environments, outlandish humor and creative monster designs. The soundtrack by the British gothic punk band, the Damned, and video game composer Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) also contributes to the thrilling atmosphere of the game.

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Catherine is an adult video game that combines puzzle platformer gameplay with a story full of erotic and horror elements. It is developed and published by a Japanese company Atlus, with cinematic scenes done by Studio 4°C.

The protagonist of the game is Vincent, a 32-year-old office worker who finds himself torn between two beautiful women. The first is his long-term girlfriend Katherine (shown on the Xbox 360 cover), and the other is a mysterious young Catherine (featured on the PS3 cover) who seduced Vincent after meeting him in a bar. After spending a night with the latter, the main character starts having nightmares in which he has to fight for his life.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Transformers: DotM is an upcoming third-person shooter from High Moon Studios, the people who brought us the well-received War for Cybertron last year. The game is a tie-in for the movie of the same name that opens in theaters on July 1st. It is set right before the events in the film, and offers 18 missions in various locations on Earth, ranging from jungles to urban environments and military bases.

The gameplay of Transformers: Dark of the Moon should be similar to that of War for Cybertron: a 3rd-person shooter where players can switch between robot and vehicle forms and use different weapons depending on their class. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new Stealth Mode – a hybrid form that gives you access to the impressive firepower of the robot weapons without sacrificing your speed.

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RAGE Box Art

RAGE is an upcoming post-apocalyptic game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda. It is going to be primarily a first-person shooter, but it will also have some extreme dune buggy racing thrown into the mix.

The players will be able to upgrade their vehicles using the money won from races – and these upgrades are going to offer not only more durability and speed, but some serious firepower in the form of chaingun and rocket launcher turrets, too. Likewise, it will be possible to upgrade your own weapons with things like clip extenders and aim stabilizers.

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L.A. Noire

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L.A. Noire is a highly anticipated action-adventure game from the devs of Team Bondi and Rockstar that will be released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles in May this year.

The game will put you in the shoes of Cole Phelps, an aspiring detective working for the LAPD in the post-war Los Angeles during the 1940s. Violent crimes and drug trafficking are on the rise, mafia controls the city underground, and even the government officials are corrupt. The young detective will definitely have his work cut out for him.

The gameplay of L.A. Noire will involve solving cases of varying difficulty. The players will have some freedom in how they want to go about doing that: investigate the crime scene, interview (or interrogate) people, and so on. There will be different routes available for most cases, and false evidence to boot. Unlike GTA though, it’s not going to be an open-world sandbox, but rather a story-driven game.

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