Assassin’s Creed Chronicles

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Title: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
Publisher: Ubisoft
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Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 4/4/16
Overview: This game combines all three Assassin’s Creed Chronicles episodes into a single volume. Each stand-alone action-adventure game features a different location and protagonist. In “China,” you’ll play as female protagonist Shao Jun, who’s practicing parkour and assassination in 1526 China. “India” takes place 300 years later and sees you playing as Arbaaz Mir, a young man in search of the Koh-i-Noor diamond. The final chapter in the trilogy, “Russia,” follows Nikolai Orelov through the Red October Revolution. A bit of a departure for the series, these three games feature a 2.5D perspective, and each has its own distinct art style in keeping with its historical period. Don’t worry, though – the jumping, climbing, leaps-of-faith, and stealth killing that AC fans expect will be well represented in the Chronicles trilogy.

DiRT Rally

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Title: DiRT Rally
Publisher: Square Enix
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Genre: Racing
Release Date: 4/4/16
Overview: Your helmet’s on, your seatbelt is strapped, and the engine roars. Are you ready for some full-throttled action? DiRT Rally puts you in the driver’s seat and lets you experience rally driving as you never have before. From classic to contemporary, choose from 39 iconic rally cars as you race across winding country roads full of danger. Travel the world from Wales to Monte Carlo with over 70 stages of muddy off-road mayhem. As you gain experience, you’ll be able to upgrade your car and hire new crew members to give you the edge you need. Multiplayer lets you challenge your friends and see who can win the rally-driving championship crown!

RBI Baseball 2016

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Title: RBI Baseball 2016
Publisher: Nighthawk Interactive
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Genre: Sports
Release Date: 4/8/16
Overview: Get on deck for some super-realistic baseball action! RBI Baseball 16 improves on the popular series with better lighting and graphics, better defensive AI, and an enhanced batting system. Your teams and players come straight from the Big Leagues – the roster is based on the real MLB roster. Player lists update automatically to reflect real-life events over the course of the 2016 season. You can play individual games or run simulations for whole seasons. You’ll be able to perform new dives, wall catches, pump-fakes, and more. Plus, you can do it online – RBI 16 offers head-to-head online play as well as local play. If you’ve ever wanted to win the World Series, now’s your chance!

Ether One

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Title: Ether One
Publisher: Soedesco
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Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 4/6/16
Overview: Welcome to Pinwheel, a picturesque seaside town in England, full of whimsy. You are a Restorer, tasked with diving into the mind of a 69-year-old patient diagnosed with dementia. This first-person adventure game is full of heart and earnest emotion. Ether One allows you to choose between two paths for gameplay exploration. One path allows you to wander the world freely at your own pace, letting the game patiently take you to the conclusion of the story. The other path leads you through a world of complex puzzles that you must solve. Delve deeper into the mind of the dementia patient to help reconstruct the memories of her past. Ether One is a unique game that takes you down the rabbit-hole of memory.

Resident Evil 6 HD

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Title: Resident Evil 6 HD
Publisher: Capcom
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Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 3/28/16
Overview: Now in high definition, the sixth Resident Evil begins in the Oval Office. Leon Kennedy is about to decide whether to shoot the leader of the free world, as the C-virus has just infected the President of the United States. That sets the tone for the franchise’s most ambitious saga yet. The story unites Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller and their partners in an intertwined battle against the undead that spreads across three continents. Use new controls that give more options in battle, play the returning Mercenaries Mode, and more. Underlying the action is the eerie vibe of early Resident Evil games, with more moments that make you wonder what’s lurking in those shadows. Resident Evil 6 HD includes all previous DLC along with additional costumes.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

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Title: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Publisher: Ubisoft
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Release Date: 10/22/15
Overview: The newest action game in the Assassin’s Creed series is set in 1868 London. With the Industrial Revolution as a backdrop, you are a gangster assassin who is recruiting a ragtag gang of anarchists and revolutionaries to overthrow the corrupt system. This being an Assassin’s Creed game, no doubt a greater world-spanning conspiracy is at the center of the story. The franchise’s open-world, climb-anything action style is back, as is the fluid, brutal combat that it’s known for. You’ll fight with a huge assortment of weapons, including the kukri knife, brass knuckles, and sword cane. Your new rope launcher will get you climbing Big Ben in no time, and the fiendish puzzles and unique, memorable characters will leave both fans of the series and newcomers amazed.

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

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Title: Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations
Publisher: Little Orbit
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Release Date: 10/20/15
Overview: This fully 3D Adventure Time game gives you the chance to completely explore the land of Ooo with Finn and Jake. After discovering a ticker-tape machine that prints out mysteries, Finn and Jake go into the investigation business. In a series of connected adventures, they explore iconic AT locations like the Candy Kingdom and Wizard City to solve the mysterious cases. Along the way, they’ll interact with all of the best-loved characters from the show. This is the first Adventure Time game that features the entire voice case from the cartoon. The focus is on exploration and puzzle-solving, but there are plenty of chances for Finn to bust out his sword and go nuts too. Between cases, you can even kick back in the treehouse, hang out with BMO, and pile up tons of treasure.

Just Dance 2016

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Title: Just Dance 2016
Publisher: Ubisoft
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Release Date: 10/19/15
Overview: Another year, another megahit dance game! The newest entry in this music-game series lets you play without a camera peripheral – the Just Dance Controller app uses your smartphone as the motion controller. New modes this year include Dance Party, which lets players work together or compete in dance-offs, and Dance Quests, where you unlock 4-song quests. World Video Challenge lets players send videos of their performances to challenge people from all around the world. New modes and tech advances are nice, but the most important part of a Just Dance game is the songs. Happily, this year features an extraordinary mix of danceable tunes. Whether you dance to newer songs like “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars or older jams like “Let’s Groove” by Equinox Stars, there’s something here for every taste.

Hasbro Family Fun Pack

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Title: Hasbro Family Fun Pack
Publisher: Ubisoft
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Genre:  Family/Party
Release Date: 10/19/15
Overview: Game night is on – it’s time to see which family member gets to claim bragging rights! Play four of your favorite classic Hasbro board games electronically on the Xbox One. See who can stake a claim on Boardwalk and Park Place first, and win fortunes in Monopoly. Wage war against your friends and family members in Risk and conquer the world. Score a 7-letter bingo on top of a triple-world square in Scrabble to leave your opponents in the dust. Show off your knowledge in Trivial Pursuit to see who the biggest brainiac of them all is. Whichever game you decide to play will bring endless amounts of family-friendly fun!

Tales of Zestiria

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Title: Tales of Zestiria
Publisher: Namco
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Release Date: 10/19/15
Overview: Two nations divided by war fight for domination and conquest. Standing in the middle of this is Sorey, a young man on a quest to return peace to the realm. He searches for answers to the mysterious seraphim – entities with powers beyond his imagination. This role-playing adventure will take you back to a land of medieval enchantment. Experience the beautiful animations of the new dynamic Fusionic Chain Linear Motion Battle System. Sorey will have the help of Alisha, a female knight who joins in on the fight. Also along for the ride is Mikleo, Sorey’s childhood friend. An epic for all ages, Tales of Zestiria will satisfy any fantasy lover’s thirst for adventure.

The Talos Principle

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Title: The Talos Principle
Publisher: Devolver Digital
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Release Date: 10/17/15
Overview: This intellectual puzzle game was developed by Croteam, the developers of mayhem-fest Serious Sam. The Talos Principle is a “philosophical first-person puzzle game” that presents more than 120 puzzles in a non-linear world. The fiendish conundrums are the key to this “metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in a doomed world.” Players must determine his or her place within a mysterious land where high technology and ancient ruins are intertwined. Along the way, you’ll uncover clues to your strange location and get closer to the person or thing that set you on this quest to begin with. Don’t expect any easy explanations though – Talos is all about drawing your own conclusion about life, faith, and human purpose.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below

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Title: Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below
Publisher: Square Enix
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Release Date: 10/12/15
Overview: The friendly-seeming Slimes are back and ready for more goo in a new Dragon Quest adventure. Fans of the legendary franchise should keep in mind that this latest incarnation is a more action-oriented take on the RPG than the usual turn-based system the series is known for. Choose to play as either the hero Luceus or heroine Aurora. You’ll be handed the task of saving the city of Arba from the once-peaceful monsters that have suddenly gone crazy. To battle the forces of evil, a roster of Dragon Quest fan-favorite characters from previous titles will help you in your quest to bring back peace to the land.

Grand Ages: Medieval

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Title: Grand Ages: Medieval
Publisher: Kalypso
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Release Date: 10/15/15
Overview: In this historical real-time strategy game, players start as the humble mayor of a small European settlement. As population and progress explode all over Europe, you’ll explore the countryside and seize power – either through commercial endeavor or outright war. The game world is huge – over 20 million square kilometers, from Scandinavia to the Middle East – and the variety of strategies is endless. As your empire grows, you’ll construct new buildings, raise armies, research new technologies, and wage war against your neighbors in a quest to rule all of Europe. But it won’t be easy – along with other would-be kings, you’ll also face natural disasters like storms, fires, volcanoes, droughts, earthquakes, and even the Black Death! Besides the deep single-player campaign, Grand Ages: Medieval allows for 8-player online competition.

Teslagrad

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Title: Teslagrad
Publisher: Soedesco
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Release Date: 10/17/15
Overview: From acclaimed indie developer Rain Games, Teslagrad is an innovative side-scrolling platformer. It features intricate puzzles, hand-drawn visuals, and an intriguing story that unfolds entirely without words. The hero of Teslagrad is the “Teslamancer,” a little guy who wields a huge amount of power. As you travel through the mysterious Tesla Tower, you’ll pick up ancient artifacts that change the nature of the world around you. The Magnet Glove lets you attract and repel metals. The Blink Boots can “blink” you through solid objects or space. You can reverse gravity with the Polarity Cloak and even wield the mighty Teslastaff itself. You’ll need all the tools you can get to survive – Teslagrad’s steampunk-style bosses are mighty and deadly. From the evocative visuals to the unique storytelling, this is everything great about indie games in one package.

Farming Simulator 16

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Title: Farming Simulator 16
Publisher: Maximum Games
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Genre:  Strategy/Simulation
Release Date: 10/16/15
Overview: Farming Simulator 16 may be the greatest farming video game in history. If you’ve ever dreamed of plowing the north 40, this is the game for you. Farming Simulator 16 has everything a virtual farmer could ask for. It features massive open-world farms, over 50 vehicles and tools, new crops to harvest, and you can even play with a friend in local multiplayer. If trees are blocking your land, no problem – cut ’em down with high-tech logging machinery. Once you’ve cleared a suitable plot, you can plant soybeans, corn, or other crops and drive your gleaming, officially licensed tractor to harvest nature’s bounty. Finally, take your produce to market and see if you can make a few bucks off all that hard work.

Back to the Future 30th Anniversary

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Title: Back to the Future 30th Anniversary
Publisher: Telltale Games
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Release Date: 10/17/15
Overview: Back to the Future is back! Six months after Back to the Future III, the time-traveling DeLorean arrives in Hill Valley without a driver. Play as Marty McFly in an all-new story and journey through time to save Doc Brown’s life. Meet Biff, Jennifer, and other characters from the trilogy. Get help from a teenage version of Doc in a 5-part adventure featuring voices of the original cast, including Christopher Lloyd. But beware the consequences of your actions – you never know what will happen when you change history! The 30th Anniversary Edition features enhanced visuals and a behind-the-scenes video with cast and developer interviews.

Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut

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Title: Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
Publisher: Deep Silver
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Release Date: 10/12/15
Overview: This RPG combines dark humor, a post-apocalyptic setting, and deep tactical combat to create a totally unique experience. Upon its PC release, Wasteland 2 earned rave reviews for its complex story and for keeping the feel of old-school RPGs while adding new wrinkles to the genre. The Director’s Cut is even better than the original. Much more than a repackaged PC-to-console port, the Director’s Cut is a complete overhaul. It was built on a new game engine and adds new perks and quirks systems, precisions strikes, encounter changes, balance changes, and expanded voice acting. Kept intact are the original’s player-driven story, memorable characters, and blacker-than-pitch humor. If you liked the first two Fallout games, you’ll love Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut.

Rock Band 4

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Title: Rock Band 4
Publisher: Harmonix
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Release Date: 10/14/15
Overview: NOTE: Gameplay requires a drum or guitar controller. Rock Band 4 supports most PS3 Rock Band and third-party wireless guitars and drums. Game does not include drum or guitar controller with rental or purchase.
This new addition to the Rock Band franchise turns the music-game genre up to 11. While the graphics have been updated for current consoles, Rock Band 4 still contains everything fans love about the series. It lets you live the life of a rock star, complete with world tours, adoring fans, and lots of music. For the most part, the gameplay Rock Band is known for remains the same, but there’s a huge new wrinkle – actual guitar solos. During the solo sections, you can use your plastic axe to create original solos, racking up scores and combos by laying down song-appropriate licks. Up to four can play at once, and players can choose from drums, guitar, bass, or vocals. Rock Band 4’s eclectic track list contains everything from Elvis Presley to The Black Keys.

Legend of Kay Anniversary

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Title: Legend of Kay Anniversary
Publisher: Nordic Games
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Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: 7/27/15
Overview: This remastered version of 2005’s platformer Legend of Kay commemorates a decade since the release of the original game. It features more detailed character models, higher resolution textures, new surround sound, and other improvements. The core elements of the game remain, so you’ll still pilot a ninja cat with attitude through the colorful world of Yenching. Along the way, you’ll solve puzzles and fight rats, lizards, gorillas, and more with your sword, hammer, or claws. Each weapon is suitable for a distinct style of fighting, and Kay’s fast-paced combat is perfect for the PS4. There are 25 levels with over 15 enemy types, and the Anniversary edition even features online rankings so you can compare scores and compete against gamers all over the world.

Lost Dimension

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Title: Lost Dimension
Publisher: Atlus
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Genre: RPG
Release Date: 7/27/15
Overview: The End is nigh. There are only 13 days until the world ends. Even worse, there’s a traitor in your midst as you work to save a world that’s on the brink of cataclysmic destruction. Lost Dimension transports you to a fantasy world where humans have special abilities. As a member of a group of psychics known as SEALED, you must conquer a tower known as the Pillar to stop a powerful entity who calls himself “The End.” Your choices will determine the outcome of this role-playing adventure, and no one on your team can be trusted. It’s up to you to root out the traitor as you ascend the Pillar.