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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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Dragon Age: Inquisition Pre-Order Bonuses

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an upcoming sequel to the highly popular Dragon Age franchise. After the success of Origins and a lot less well-received DA2, BioWare went back to the drawing board for Inquisition. The new game is said to combine the best elements of its two predecessors; for one, tactical view is making a return, although it is still possible to play in a more action-oriented style with over-the-shoulder camera. Then there’s multiple playable races (including Qunari), more open world exploration, and improved customization for your gear. Finally, borrowing one of the better features of Dragon Age 2, the protagonist of the game – the Inquisitor – is fully voiced.

Inquisition is also the first installment of the series to include multiplayer. It offers cooperative quests which can be played with up to four players, and are separate from the main storyline.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 Pre-Order Bonuses

LBP3 is an upcoming third installment in the core LittleBigPlanet series developed by a British studio Sumo Digital. The game includes three new playable characters – Swoop, Oddsock, and Toggle – each with their own unique powers; Sackboy himself also gains an ability to climb certain objects. In addition, there are new power ups such as the Pumpinator, which releases gusts of wind to move light items.

The Create Mode has also been greatly improved with the removal of the thermometer; HDD space is now the only limit. Furthermore, levels can be made more complex thanks to sixteen available layers, giving them more depth. Players of the previous titles will be happy to hear that LittleBigPlanet 3 is going to be backwards-compatible with the user-created levels from LBP and LBP2, rendering them at a higher resolution in the PS4 version of the game.

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Far Cry 4 Pre-Order Bonuses

The fourth installment in the popular Far Cry series takes the players to Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan region ruled by the game’s antagonist Pagan Min. A power-hungry Hong Kong drug lord, Min used an ongoing civil war in the remote kingdom of Kyrat to claim the throne, and then proceeded to remake the country to his own liking. Yet not everyone in the land is willing to submit to his despotic rule. The parents of the game’s protagonist – Ajay Ghale – were the leaders of the resistance movement in Kyrat. That’s why, when Ajay returns to the country of his birth from America to scatter his mother’s ashes, he gets a warm welcome from the unpredictable Pagan Min.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pre-Order Bonuses

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an upcoming FPS game developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision. Set in year 2054, it features highly futuristic combat with exoskeletons that allow their users to perform enormous leaps, blazing-fast dodges, and supercharged melee attacks. The players can even become invisible for a brief period of time using the powersuits’ cloaking capabilities. The weapons arsenal is also getting a sci-fi upgrade in the form of directed-energy guns which fire laser-like beams.

Advanced Warfare also offers a more advanced “Pick 13” system which now includes customizable scorestreaks, new multiplayer modes, new vehicles and drones, and tools like the grappling hook or IR grenades that add interesting tactical possibilities.

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Destiny Pre-Order Bonuses

Destiny is an online multiplayer FPS with a flavor of RPG developed by Bungie and published by Activision. While the game does have some MMO elements – such as its massive, persistent world – it is referred to as a “shared-world shooter” instead.

Destiny offers the player a choice between three playable races and three classes, the latter of which gives access to different subclasses, abilities, gear, and so on. Multiple game modes are available, such as Campaign (a story mode) or Raid (endgame 6-player coop mission of high difficulty). PvP fans will enjoy the Crucible, which includes multiple competitive game types (Skirmish, Control, etc.) and rewards the players with reputation and special currency.

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Watch Dogs Pre-Order Bonuses

Watch Dogs is an open-world action game with stealth elements from French studio Ubisoft Montreal. It is set in a fictional version of Chicago, where ubiquitous computer software called ctOS controls the city’s infrastructure and monitors every single resident.

Everything is connected to the ctOS network, from traffic lights to security cameras and mobile phones. This means a huge opportunity to the game’s protagonist, Aiden Pearce – as a hacker, he can access someone’s personal data, eavesdrop on phone conversations, and jam phone signals. Even more impressively, it’s also possible to raise bridges and barriers, control subway trains, and rupture nearby water pipes: abilities which definitely come in handy when escaping police.

Watch Dogs has a reputation system, so the way Aiden accomplishes his goals is going to affect the disposition of various NPCs. Harming many innocent civilians will result in him being denounced as a murderer, causing people to react negatively to the hacker’s presence.

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Drakengard 3 Pre-Order Bonuses

Drakengard 3 is an action RPG developed by Access Games and published by Square Enix. It is a prequel to the first game and has the player assume the role of Zero, the eldest of the five Intoner sisters who control powerful magic through songs. Zero’s goal is to kill her sisters with the help of her dragon mount, Mikhail.

The game features fast-paced ground and aerial combat with combos, special modes, and on-the-fly weapon switching. The Japanese release was rather well-received by the reviewers.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Pre-Order Bonuses

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is an upcoming third-person hack & slash game developed by Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Comcept. The titular character, Yaiba Kamikaze, is a cyborg ninja who had his arm and eye replaced with mechanical implants after losing them in a fight with Ryu Hayabusa. Now he seeks revenge against Ryu while fighting a zombie outbreak at the same time. Unlike Ryu, Yaiba is crazy, sadistic, and unpredictable – he doesn’t give a damn about honor, drinks alcohol constantly, and is basically a complete asshole. You can see some of his cocky attitude in the trailer below.

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Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Pre-Order Bonuses

The HD remastered versions of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy X and X-2 role-playing games are developed by a Chinese studio Virtuos and published by Square Enix. Both games will be released on a single BD for the PS3, and as a set for PS Vita (first game on a cartridge, and second one available as a download) in North America. Besides greatly improved graphics, FFX/X-2 HD also feature rearranged music and some additional content.

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Dark Souls II Pre-Order Bonuses

Dark Souls II is an action RPG developed by From Software and published by Namco Bandai Games outside of Japan. It is a successor (but not a direct sequel) to Dark Souls, a title famous for its difficult gameplay. The gameplay mechanics of DSII are said to be quite similar to those of the previous installment, but the game world is twice as large, and the graphics are considerably improved. There also are various changes to classes and the multiplayer system.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth Pre-Order Bonuses

South Park: The Stick of Truth is a RPG based on the very crude, very popular TV show, South Park. The players take on the role of a new kid in town, picking one of the five classes (Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric, and Jew), and setting out on an epic adventure along with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and others. The game is developed by Obsidian Entertainment known for RPGs like Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, and uses the trademark cutout animation visual style from the television series.

The Stick of Truth is similar to Paper Mario or Final Fantasy in that the players can explore South Park freely as a party, while the battle system is turn-based where each member of the group can attack, use an item, or perform a special move when it’s their time to act. Some elements like blocking or dealing additional damage require a well-timed input.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Pre-Order Bonuses

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is an upcoming action game developed by MercurySteam and published by Konami. It is a sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and also features Dracula as the main character, offering intense, fast-paced combat. However, in contrast to the previous installment, LoS2 has an open world, a movable camera, and a significantly longer storyline. Lords of Shadow 2 also runs on a new proprietary graphics engine.

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Thief Pre-Order Bonuses

Thief is an action-adventure game which, as expected from the title, is highly focused on stealth rather than combat. The player takes control of a master thief named Garrett, who sets out to steal from the rich in the sprawling industrial metropolis known simply as “The City”. The fourth title in the series, Thief is a complete reboot with a reinvented main character and a slightly different visual style – less wood and gold, and more “rusty stuff where you see the welding”, according to the devs.

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Gran Turismo 6 Pre-Order Bonuses

Gran Turismo 6 is an upcoming racing simulator developed by Polyphony Digital for the PlayStation 3 platform. This sixth major release of Gran Turismo boasts 71 layouts of 33 tracks – including brand new locations for the series – and as many as 1,200 different cars.

Other improvements in GT6 include a fresh handling system, more detailed environments complete with accurate constellations during night racing, and a variety of challenges for the player to enjoy.

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Need for Speed: Rivals Pre-Order Bonuses

Need for Speed: Rivals is an upcoming open world racing title developed by a new Swedish studio, Ghost Games, and published by EA. This latest NFS installment features gameplay similar to that of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, in that it gives the player a choice of playing either as a cop or a racer, with the option of switching between careers as you please. The game uses Frostbite 3 engine and offers seamless transitions between single and multiplayer.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Pre-Order Bonuses

AC4: Black Flag is the sixth main installment in the highly popular Assassin’s Creed franchise. The game takes you to the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century, also known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

The main character of AC4 – Edward Kenway – is subject to no one, living the dangerous life of piracy. A part of the Assassin Order, he is the grandfather of Connor from AC3, as well as an ancestor of Desmond Miles.

About 60% of the game takes place on land, which includes the cities of Havana, Kingston, and Nassau, as well as smaller villages, jungle areas, Mayan runes, and plantations. The other 40% are all about naval battles, upgrading your ship, recruiting crew, and exploring. Speaking of which, Assassin’s Creed IV is said to offer a lot more freedom in this regard compared to its predecessors.

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Battlefield 4 Pre-Order Bonuses

The Battlefield series from DICE is continuing to evolve, with Battlefield 4 bringing photorealistic graphics, improved environmental destruction, dynamic weather effects, and better animations. This is made possible thanks to the upgraded Frostbite 3 engine and Destruction 4.0 feature, which will hopefully allow more structures to be demolished.

Like its predecessors, Battlefield 4 offers an intense single-player campaign in addition to its staple multiplayer modes.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Pre-Order Bonuses

Batman: Arkham Origins is an action / stealth title set as a prequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. Unlike the first two games in the series, it is developed by WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady Studios.

Batman: Arkham Origins takes place in Gotham City during the winter, with the caped crusader having to fight off multiple assassins sent by the crime lord Black Mask and figuring out his intentions. In addition to the main storyline, Batman can also perform dynamic side missions for XP and other rewards.

The game does offer some new features, perhaps the most notable of which is the improved Detective Mode which allows Batman to reconstruct and replay crime scenes, helping him discover new evidence. There’s also a new gadget called the Remote Claw, which can tether two objects together.

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Beyond: Two Souls Pre-Order Bonuses

Beyond: Two Souls is a PS3-exclusive psychological thriller game developed by a French studio Quantic Dream, the makers of Heavy Rain. The main character is Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page), a girl who can communicate with a mysterious entity known as Aiden. This ghostlike being assists Jodie throughout the game, protects her from harm, and grants her supernatural powers. These are of great interest to Nathan Dawkins (portrayed by Willem Dafoe), a government scientist investigating the paranormal.

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