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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s highly-anticipated action-adventure game which takes players back to Hyrule. The game begins with the series’ protagonist Link awakening from a long slumber by a mysterious voice that guides him to fight Calamity Ganon, who has been sealed in the Hyrule Castle for a century.

The upcoming title brings numerous changes from its predecessors, including a more open world, voice acting, an advanced physics engine, and, of course, HD graphics.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pre-Order Bonuses

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a LEGO-themed action-adventure game developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros for all major gaming platforms. While mostly based on the eponymous movie, it also includes content which covers the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The gameplay is said to be similar to that of its predecessors, but LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens does include some new mechanics, such as space dogfights, Blaster Battles which use a cover system, and Multi-Builds where players can choose from multiple building options to solve puzzles and open up new paths.

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Mighty No. 9 Pre-Order Bonuses

Mighty No. 9 is a side-scrolling platformer developed by Inti Creates and Keiji Inafune’s Comcept. Touted as a spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise, the game raised $3.8 million on Kickstarter and was developed with significant input from the Beckers (a pun on the protagonist’s name). According to the developers, they intend to bring the best elements of the classic 8- and 16-bit era titles to the modern gaming platforms.

PlayStation owners will be happy to learn that Mighty No. 9 features Cross-Buy across PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. The game is 3D-enabled on the 3DS, and supports Wii U’s GamePad. The system requirements for the PC version have also been announced, and can be found on the official website.

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    Apr 22, 2016

Star Fox Zero Pre-Order Bonuses

Star Fox Zero is a 3D scrolling shooter developed by Nintendo and PlatinumGames for the Wii U console. Neither a sequel nor a prequel, the title is a re-imagining of the classic Star Fox 64 with some new gameplay elements and locations. Players are shown a third-person view on the TV and an alternate cockpit view on the GamePad, and are now able to shoot in one direction while flying in another.

The game is available digitally through Nintendo eShop for $50, while retail versions are priced at $60. That being said, the latter include Star Fox Guard, a standalone tower defense game, as a bonus.

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Project CARS Pre-Order Bonuses

Project CARS (short for Community Assisted Racing Simulator, as the game was crowdfunded) is an upcoming motorsports sim from a British developer Slightly Mad Studios. It aims to provide a realistic driving experience for different types of cars and forms of racing. Players can experiment or practice in Solo mode, immerse themselves in their driver’s Career, compete against each other using the Online mode, and participate in various Community events. Project CARS supports a wide variety of steering wheel peripherals, 4K surround setups, and even Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus VR gaming headsets.

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    Sep 26, 2014

Hyrule Warriors Pre-Order Bonuses

Hyrule Warriors is an upcoming hack-and-slash game developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja. The setting and the characters of this title come from The Legend of Zelda series, while the gameplay is borrowed from Dynasty Warriors, a result of a collaboration between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei. As a consequence, the game has a much bigger emphasis on combat, and no traditional puzzles.

Hyrule Warriors has already been released in Japan, where it has received positive reviews.

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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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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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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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Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends is a platform game developed by Ubisoft for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii U consoles. It is also a sequel to, and shares many gameplay elements with the 2011 title Rayman Origins.

The game supports single-player and 4 player co-op modes; the latter is actually increased to 5 on the Wii U. The fifth player can control Murfy using the Wii U gamepad, and assist the others by activating switches, cutting ropes, and even moving platforms.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is an upcoming action / stealth game which takes place 6 months after the events in Splinter Cell: Conviction. The word “Blacklist” refers to a series of terrorist attacks against the US, which Sam Fisher will have to stop as the leader of the newly formed 4th Echelon.

Much like its predecessors, the game allows for different play styles. Depending on your approach to the mission, you will earn points in three categories: ghost (silent & non-lethal), panther (stealthy kills), and assault (just shoot ’em up). This score will then translate into cash for buying, upgrading, and customizing your equipment.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Pre-Order Bonuses

Injustice: Gods Among Us is an upcoming console fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. The game is based on the DC Comics universe and features popular characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Bane, Green Lantern, Batman, and Harley Quinn. In order to make it more accessible to casual players, Injustice uses a simple four-button control scheme (light / medium / hard attacks, and a “character trait” ability unique to each fighter).

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

This upcoming FPS game from Terminal Reality is a prequel to The Walking Dead TV series which puts the player into the shoes of Daryl Dixon (voiced by Norman Reedus). Daryl, along with his brother Merle, have to make their way across the walker-infested Georgia to the city of Atlanta.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct lets the players choose between trying to sneak past groups of zombies and fighting them head-on. The Walkers aren’t the only problem in the game though: the two brothers also encounter other survivors who can either help or hurt them. Furthermore, the unforgiving, post-apocalyptic world makes it necessary to ration food and save ammunition in order to survive.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Pre-Order Bonuses

Aliens: Colonial Marines is an upcoming first person shooter game based on the popular Alien movie series. It is developed by Gearbox Software and published by Sega. The game takes place after the events in Alien 3, and puts the players into the shoes of Corporal Christopher Winter whose team is tasked with investigating spaceship U.S.S. Sulaco and rescuing any survivors.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Pre-Order Bonuses

Black Ops 2 is an upcoming FPS from the ever-popular Call of Duty series. It is a direct sequel to the original Black Ops. The single-player campaign features two different timelines: the late 1980’s with Alex Mason as the protagonist, and year 2025 where you play as his son, David Mason. Most of the story takes place during the latter timeline, where United States and China are locked in a conflict over rare earth elements.

BO2 introduces a number of features previously unseen in any Call of Duty game. Perhaps the biggest addition is the branching storyline: your choices and performance actually affect the ending of the game, and even the conclusion of the second Cold War. There’s also a new type of mission called Strike Force, where you have to achieve various objectives using a limited amount of units (that you can switch between at will). It goes without saying that the battlefield itself looks quite different in the future, with unmanned combat drones, airships, and even robots fighting alongside regular soldiers.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 Pre-Order Bonuses

Assassin’s Creed III is the next installment in the popular action game franchise. It is said to conclude the story of Desmond Miles, who once again enters the Animus to experience the life of his ancestor. This time he’s sent back to live as Connor Kenway, a half-English, half-Mohawk assassin who fought in the the American Revolutionary War. Connor uses a variety of weapons like a tomahawk, knife, fintlock pistols, and, of course, the signature Hidden Blade.

The game runs on a new graphics engine, resulting in better visuals and allowing Ubisoft to incorporate seasonal weather changes into the game. The combat and stealth systems are remade, and include a lot of new features unseen in previous AC titles. Assassin’s Creed 3 also has a multiplayer aspect.

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter Pre-Order Bonuses

MoH: Warfighter is an upcoming sequel to the 2010 Medal of Honor game. It uses an improved Frostbite 2 graphics engine and features additions like Dynamic Door Breach and destructible environments. The game is developed with help from actual Tier 1 operators and includes real world locations, making it one of the most authentic first-person shooters. The multiplayer gives you a selection off 6 classes and twelve factions, plus several different game modes to choose from.

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007 Legends Pre-Order Bonuses

007 Legends is a multiplatform action-adventure game which combines stories from 6 James Bond movies starting with Moonraker (1979) and ending with the upcoming Skyfall (2012). The storylines from older movies are adapted to a modern-day setting, and James Bond is voiced by Daniel Craig throughout the game.

This isn’t the first James Bond game from Eurocom developers. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, which released for Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms last year, received mostly positive reviews from the critics. Similarly to GoldenEye 007, 007 Legends includes MI6 Ops missions in addition to its main campaign. A multiplayer mode is also present, and pre-ordering the game will net you some bonuses for it.

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NBA 2K13 Pre-Order Bonuses

NBA 2K13 is an upcoming basketball simulator from 2K Sports. It is available in two editions: regular and Dynasty. The game’s cover features Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Derrick Rose.

NBA 2K13 is said to include new gameplay features and an improved My Player mode. One of these new features is the NBA All-Star Weekend with contests like Slam Dunk and Three Point Shootout. Do note that you’ll have to pre-order the game in order to get these events (more on that below).

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Madden NFL 13 Pre-Order Bonuses

Madden NFL 13 is an upcoming football simulator from EA’s highly popular Madden NFL series. The game features improved play action, a new pass-ready system, better AI, and motion blur effect to give a true sense of speed. In addition, EA developers are adding more quick cutscenes to make the game look similar to a live TV broadcast. Madden NFL 13 also boasts a new Connected Careers mode which merges Franchise, Online Franchise, and Superstar modes from the previous titles. Finally, the new Infinity Engine brings real-time physics to the game.

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