Dead Island

  • Genre
    Sandbox, Action
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Sep 6, 2011 (US)
    Sep 9, 2011 (PAL)

Dead Island is a first-person, open-world survival RPG, highly anticipated by zombie fans. The game will take place in a fictional Banoi island near Papua New Guinea. The players will start in a five-star hotel, Royal Palms Resort, where a zombie outbreak suddenly takes place.

Dead Island is going to offer four named playable characters, each with their own skill tree and upgradeable abilities. Performing an action – such as swinging a weapon or sprinting – will consume stamina, which is regenerated as you rest. The game will have a large number of ranged and melee weapons, many of which you will be able to modify and improve. These customizations will range from hammering a few nails into a baseball bat for increased damage, to more complex weapon mods.

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FIFA 12

  • Genre
    Sports, Simulation
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Sep 27, 2011 (US)
    Sep 30, 2011 (EU)

EA comes up with a new FIFA title every year, and this one is no exception. FIFA Soccer 12, to be released on September 27th in the US, offers a variety of new features and gameplay improvements. Chief among them is the new Player Impact Engine on which EA developers have toiled away for two years. According to the official sources, it will allow for realistic results from player collisions on the pitch. This new physics engine will be able to tell whether the player was injured, and which part of their body was damaged.

Other improvements include Tactical Defending, Precision Dribbling, and better AI which considers the strengths of their teammates when making decisions. The game is said to include over 500 licensed clubs and 15.000 players, more authentic crowds and easier navigation.
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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is the fifth installment in the highly successful Elder Scrolls series, and possibly the most anticipated game in 2011. As the name suggests, it will take you north of Cyrodiil, to the snowy land of Skyrim which is home to the proud Nord people.

The game will take place 200 years after the events of Oblivion. Like in TES IV, players will start out in a prison, sentenced to execution for crossing the border. After escaping, they will learn that the dragons are coming back, and that the only person they fear is Dovahkiin, the Dragonborn.

TES V: Skyrim is going to use a brand new Creation Engine that will offer unprecedented graphics, improved AI, and side quests that are dynamically generated based on your character’s actions. The gameplay and combat system will also be improved. For example, you’ll be able to equip a spell or a weapon in each hand, allowing you to dual wield weapons and magic. Another new feature is Dragon Shouts – extremely powerful spells that can be obtained by defeating dragons and absorbing their souls.

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Batman: Arkham City

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  • Genre
    , Stealth
  • Platform
  • Release date
    Oct 18, 2011 (US)
    Oct 21, 2011 (EU)

Batman: Arkham City is a highly anticipated sequel to Arkham Asylum. It picks up one year after the events of the first game, which left both the Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison damaged and unfit for use.

In the upcoming game, Quincy Sharp runs for the mayor of Gotham and wins the election. His first decision is to isolate a notorious slum district and move all inmates to this new “Arkham City”. The criminals are left to their own devices, as long as they do not attempt to escape. The situation, however, quickly gets out of hand as Two-Face plots to publicly execute Catwoman, and Batman is forced to enter the Arkham City to save her.

Like its predecessor, Batman: Arkham City is an open-word action game, with even more side missions and challenges. The game world is larger, and divided into turf zones owned by different gangs. You start with all the gadgets you’ve obtained in the previous game; there also are new ones in your arsenal, such as smoke bombs. Finally, Arkham City gives you more skill upgrade choices (33 as opposed to 20 in Arkham Asylum).

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$100 Credit for Reward Zone Members at Best Buy

Best Buy has announced a pretty sweet deal for their Reward Zone Gamers Club members. Pre-order five games of your choice from the list of 15 upcoming titles below, and you will get a $100 RZ certificate (or to be more precise, 5,000 points in your Reward Zone balance). PC versions of the following games won’t count, but all special editions (e.g. collector’s) are also eligible for this promotion.

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations

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  • Genre
  • Platform
    PC, PS3, X360
  • Release date
    Nov 15, 2011
    (Consoles)
    Nov 29, 2011
    (Windows)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is an upcoming action-adventure game by Ubisoft, and a sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It will take place in Constantinople in 1511 AD for the most part, where you will play as Ezio and attempt to unlock a powerful artifact that could be used against the Templars. Desmond in modern days, and Altair in the past will also be controllable in various stages of the game.

The gameplay of AC:R will be similar to the previous installments in the franchise, but some new elements will be introduced too. One of these is the hookblade, a weapon which will allow Ezio to use zip-lines to navigate the city faster, as well as pull enemies in for a finishing blow. Another addition is a crafting system that will let you make bombs of various types.

AC: Revelations will also include a multiplayer mode with new maps and characters. The players will be able to customize their appearance and choose their own weapon.

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is a highly anticipated action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog for the PS3. The third installment in the series will follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan as they search for the legendary city, the Iram of the Pillars. The game will take you to various locations around the world, including Europe and the Middle East.

Uncharted 3 will introduce a number of improvements and new gameplay elements. For example, the game will feature a melee combat system that allows you to fight multiple opponents at the same time and crush enemies located below you by jumping down on them. Drake’s Deception will also offer numerous online multiplayer and co-op improvements, as well as support for stereoscopic 3D.

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