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Action Adventure

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Title: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Publisher: WB Games
Platform: Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/19/2014
Overview: NOTE: This is a two disc game, but it only counts as one disc against your rental plan.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action role-playing game set in an open-world version of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. You play as Talion, a ranger who develops wraith-like magical abilities after coming back from the dead. You’ll decide whether to develop Talion’s wraith skills or his ranger skills as you journey to familiar Tolkien locations on a quest to return to Mordor and pay Sauron back for that whole “killing you” thing. There are a ton of optional side quests, and the new Nemesis System makes Middle-earth more personal by remembering players’ interactions with specific types of NPCs and adjusting how those characters react later. That includes enemies, of course, some of whom will curse your name and seek you out for revenge! Fan-favorite Gollum even shows up as an NPC.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Title: Assassin's Creed: Rogue
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS3
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/10/2014
Overview: Set in North America during the bloody Seven Years War, this action-adventure game lets you play as Shay Patrick Cormac, an assassin whose life has history-wide implications. Cormac’s journey is from Assassin to Assassin-Hunter, so he’ll use all of his skills and training to take down his ex-brothers. The open-world setting and stealth gameplay mechanics from previous AC games are back, as are the naval battles from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This time your ship can navigate rivers. You’ll also have a new arsenal of weapons to choose from. New ship-based weapons include an oil slick, which can be ignited. Personal weaponry features the customizable air rifle, which allows you to silently strike down enemies from very far away.

Grand Theft Auto V

Title: Grand Theft Auto V
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: Xbox One
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/17/2014
Overview: GTA V unleashes a saga so big you’ll need three main characters to experience it. Switch between the lives of three criminals chasing success in a city that was once great, but now finds itself awash in economic doubt and cheap reality TV. Explore the massive (even by GTA standards) city of Los Santos and the surrounding Blaine County, a world of fading celebrities, wannabe starlets, self-help gurus, fitness freaks, and other sun-soaked weirdos. Here, street crime will only get you so far. To score big, you need to create a blockbuster. Work together on epic heists, multi-part missions that require precision planning and execution, and risk it all in a city built on big dreams…and littered with spectacular failures. The Xbox One version features new weapons, vehicles, activities, and enhanced gameplay to make your experience more immersive than ever.

Hyrule Warriors

Title: Hyrule Warriors
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 9/27/2014
Overview: Hyrule Warriors mashes up The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors franchises to create a truly one-of-a-kind action game. You’ll play as Link, Zelda, Midna, and other favorite Legend of Zelda characters and travel through Hyrule, mowing down hordes of enemies with Dynasty Warriors-style moves. As you progress, you’ll explore different realms of Hyrule, unlock new characters with unique abilities, and collect rupees to upgrade weapons and add abilities. Face an array of enemies, including well-known Zelda favorites and new baddies created just for Hyrule Warriors. Two players can enjoy local co-op, with one player using the Wii U GamePad and the other using the Wii U Pro Controller or Wii Remote.

The Evil Within

Title: The Evil Within
Publisher: Bethesda
Platform: Xbox One
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 10/11/2014
Overview: Fans of survival-horror games are in for a terror-filled treat with The Evil Within. This grueling game was directed by Shinji Mikami – the father of survival horror – and features an immersive, highly crafted world full of brutal creatures and fiendish traps. Its intricate story is designed to take you beyond the edges of tension and dread. You play as Sebastian Castellanos, a detective investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder. After witnessing a mysterious force slaughtering his fellow officers, Sebastian is attacked, knocked unconscious, and awakes in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to learn the secrets behind this evil force.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Title: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Publisher: WB Games
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Overview: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action role-playing game set in an open-world version of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. You play as Talion, a ranger who develops wraith-like magical abilities after coming back from the dead. You’ll decide whether to develop Talion’s wraith skills or his ranger skills as you journey to familiar Tolkien locations on a quest to return to Mordor and pay Sauron back for that whole “killing you” thing. There are a ton of optional side quests, and the new Nemesis System makes Middle-earth more personal by remembering players’ interactions with specific types of NPCs and adjusting how those characters react later. That includes enemies, of course, some of whom will curse your name and seek you out for revenge! Fan-favorite Gollum even shows up as an NPC.

The Last of Us Remastered

Title: The Last of Us Remastered
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 7/28/2014
Overview: This thoughtful, post-apocalyptic action game puts you in the shoes of Joel, one of the few desperate people struggling to survive after a horrible zombie-producing pandemic. A loner who has counted on violence and brutality to get by, Joel’s life is turned around when he meets teenage Ellie, who might be the key to saving humanity. Equal parts action and character development, The Last of Us is a modern classic. The Remastered version has been rebuilt to run in 1080p and features higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, and upgraded textures. It also comes with bonus DLC material, including the Left Behind single-player expansion chapter, the Abandoned Territories multiplayer map pack, and the Reclaimed Territories map pack.

Kirby Triple Deluxe

Title: Kirby Triple Deluxe
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 3DS
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 5/2/2014
Overview: The pink, puffy video-game icon is back with new abilities, new adventures, and a multiplayer battle mode! Kirby: Triple Deluxe, a colorful, side-scrolling platformer, sees Kirby devouring trees, obstacles, and huge chunks of levels with the new Hypernova ability. Kirby can also inhale enemies to copy new moves, jump from the foreground to the background, and duke it out in Kirby Fighters, a four-player battle mode. Take on three others in an all-out fight, where you use abilities like Sword or Ninja to defeat your foes. Whether you’re new to Kirby or an old fan, Kirby: Triple Deluxe offers enough action, adventure, and multiplayer battling to keep you occupied for a long time.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Title: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Publisher: Activision
Platform: Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 6/23/2014
Overview: A video game complement to the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie, Rise of the Dark Spark features 40 playable characters in a blow-everything-up action game. Rise of the Dark Spark promises superquick running and gunning, vehicle sections, and large, open levels. Gamers can play as either the heroic Autobots or the evil Decepticons throughout the single-player game, and you can even switch between sides in the middle of the campaign. Multiplayer will include head-to-head battles and the return of Escalation Mode, a co-op experience where up to four players work together to survive waves of enemy attacks. Levels you gain in single-player carry over to multiplayer portions of the game, so the new characters, abilities, and weapons you’ve unlocked are useable everywhere.

Grand Theft Auto V

Title: Grand Theft Auto V
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: PS3
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 9/16/2013
Overview: GTA V unleashes a saga so big you’ll need three main characters to experience it. Switch between the lives of three criminals chasing success in a city that was once great, but now finds itself awash in economic doubt and cheap reality TV. Explore the massive (even by GTA standards) city of Los Santos and the surrounding Blaine County, a world of fading celebrities, wannabe starlets, self-help gurus, fitness freaks, and other sun-soaked weirdos. Here, street crime will only get you so far. To score big, you need to create a blockbuster. Work together on epic heists, multi-part missions that require precision planning and execution, and risk it all in a city built on big dreams…and littered with spectacular failures.

Watch Dogs

Title: Watch Dogs
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS3
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 5/24/2014
Overview: NOTE: This game requires a patch for optimal performance. Code required to access bonus content is included with purchase, but not with rental of this title.

Watch Dogs is an ambitious, open-world action game that puts players in the middle of a technological police state. In near-future Chicago, a comprehensive and connected system of cameras, screens, and computers keeps the populace under constant watch. Aiden Pearce disrupts the oppressive operating system behind it all. As a supreme hacker, Pearce can infiltrate the system and hijack the technology around him. He can turn the system against itself by messing with traffic lights, eavesdropping on strangers’ cell-phone calls, and otherwise creating chaos. Watch Dogs pushes current-generation consoles to their limits and creates a fully immersive, living, breathing city where your actions can affect everything around you. It features innovative multiplayer modes, breathtaking visuals, deep AI, and an engrossing story.

Thief

Title: Thief
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 2/24/2014
Overview: If you’re into first-person stealth gameplay, you have to play Thief – a reboot of the franchise that created the stealth genre. Thief puts you in the role of the legendary burglar Garrett, who aims to steal from the rich in a fantastic, Victorian Steampunk world. Obstacles can be overcome in multiple ways, and weapons and items can be used to attack or distract, as true thievery is about deception and cunning. You’ll need your wits and a quick hand to overcome the dark forces lined up against you, as you pick the pockets of NPCs, stalk the shadows of The City, and eventually face The Baron – the evil overlord of this twisted realm.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Title: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS3
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 3/3/2014
Overview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is an RPG based on the notorious cartoon series. Stick of Truth is true to the South Park experience. The series’ creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, wrote the script for the game, oversaw the project, and provided the voices of the characters – so it’s the real deal. You begin as the new kid in town facing a harrowing challenge: making friends. As you start your quest, the children of South Park are enmeshed in a citywide live-action role-playing game, but this simple children’s game escalates into a battle of good and evil that threatens to consume the world. You’ll fight Crab People, Underpants Gnomes, hippies, and other forces of South Park evil to save the world.

inFamous: Second Son

Title: inFamous: Second Son
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 3/20/2014
Overview: A new hero emerges on the rainy streets of Seattle. The inFamous franchise returns seven years after Cole McGrath had to choose between saving humanity and working with the Beast. This time, the game has you controlling Delsin Rowe – a skateboarding graffiti artist who’s just discovered his superhuman abilities, which allow him to control smoke and draw in neon. With superhumans now hunted down as terrorists by the Department of Unified Protection (DUP), Delsin decides to take matters into his own hands and fight back. As an open-world action-adventure game, all the decisions you make will affect the story around you, so choose wisely!

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Title: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/11/2013
Overview: NOTE: Rental of this title does not include the Uplay Passport required by Ubisoft for access to online features and game modes beyond level five. The single-use code is included with purchase. Code required to access bonus content is included with purchase, but not with rental of this title.

The latest Assassin’s Creed takes players deep into the world of pirates, privateers, and the salty dogs and scallywags of the open sea. Set in the exotic Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag boasts a huge open world ripe for plunder and exploration. Experience ship-to-ship combat, underwater investigation, and the kind of stealthy gameplay and exotic weapons that fans of the series crave. You’ll play as Edward Kenway, genetic relation of past AC protagonists Connor and Haytham Kenway, and delve deep into the history-wide conspiracy that defines the Assassin’s Creed experience. The PS4 version takes advantage of the DualShock 4’s touch pad and will feature over an hour of additional content starring Aveline, the lead female assassin from Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, in three exclusive missions.

LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes

Title: LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes
Publisher: WB Games
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/13/2013
Overview: With great power comes great responsibility. So grab those powers by the horns as your favorite superhero and smash them LEGO style! With close to 150 characters to choose from, take control of the Marvel Universe using the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man, and many more. Band together to stop Doctor Doom, the trickster god Loki, and the rest of their villainous friends from destroying the world brick by brick. Explore LEGO Manhattan and geek out as you venture into famous Marvel locations like the X-Mansion and Stark Tower. Side missions are narrated by the mercenary antihero Deadpool. With LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes, the power to save the world is in your hands!

Knack

Title: Knack
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/13/2013
Overview: The unlikely hero of Knack stands only three feet tall, but harnesses the power of ancient relics to transform himself into a powerful brute or even a gigantic wrecking machine! Knack will need all the relic-based power-ups he can gather for his battle against a world-destroying army of goblins, tanks, and robots in this frantic action-adventure game from video game legend Mark Cerny. Knack allows for two-player drop-in/drop-out co-op play, and features easy-to-learn controls, a unique and vibrant world rendered with stunning PS4 graphics, challenging enemies, and a style Sony describes as “old-school meets next-gen.” In other words, Knack is the perfect mix of Old, New, and Goblins!

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Title: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 1/29/2014
Overview: Lara Croft is back, and this time she’s been given a next-gen style makeover. With the power of enhanced graphics from the PS4, this is Lara Croft like we’ve never seen before. Find out how the legend came to be, with Lara’s origin story from a nervous graduate student to the high-flying action heroine we’ve come to know and love. The story begins with Lara searching for the lost kingdom of Yamatai. After her ship splits in two, Lara finds herself alone on a strange island, separated from her friends. Grab your controller and assist Lara in her quest to rescue her friends and escape capture from the inhabited island’s mysterious cult. Whether it’s using your wits and getting by on stealth, or using your brawn by taking enemies down with brute force, next-gen Lara is ready for adventure!

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Title: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox One
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/18/2013
Overview: The latest Assassin’s Creed takes players deep into the world of pirates, privateers, and the salty dogs and scallywags of the open sea. Set in the exotic Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag boasts three major cities and over 50 smaller locations within a huge open world ripe for plunder and exploration. You’ll battle fellow brigands in ship-to-ship combat, go deep into underwater investigations, and enjoy the stealthy gameplay and exotic weaponry that fans of the series crave. You’ll play as Edward Kenway, genetic relation of past AC protagonists Connor and Haytham Kenway, and delve deep into the history-wide conspiracy that defines the Assassin’s Creed experience. 

Ryse: Son of Rome

Title: Ryse: Son of Rome
Publisher: Microsoft
Platform: Xbox One
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 11/21/2013
Overview: Ryse: Son of Rome is an action-adventure game that tells an epic tale of revenge spanning an entire lifetime. The story follows Marius Titus from his early childhood to his ascension to General in the Roman Army. Once you’ve seized power, you’ll work with the Roman infantry to enact your terrible vengeance, commanding your troops in ruthless battles and getting your hands dirty with quick-time-event finishing moves during combat. Fifteen heroic, fully motion-captured characters have the same level of detail as Marius, and Ryse takes advantage of Microsoft’s Kinect by allowing players to control Marius while simultaneously directing his legion through Kinect voice commands. There will also be a co-op multiplayer mode, where players fight each other in a gladiator arena setting.