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Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Games: DISHONORED 2, TYRANNY, YESTERDAY ORIGINS, STARCRAFT II & DIABLO III BATTLE CHEST and More

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The huge highlight this week is the release of "Dishonored 2", Bethesda and Arkane Studios' sequel to their hit stealth action game. There are also plenty of interesting choices outside of the spotlight, as well, like Paradox Interactive's RPG "Tyranny", Microids' adventure sequel "Yesterday Origins", Bigben Interactive's "Handball 17" and PQube's visual novel "Root Letter". Also Blizzard released Battle Chest editions featuring the complete versions of "Starcraft II" and "Diablo III". And if you're into VR games, check out Crytek's "Robinson: The Journey".

Find out more about all the new video game releases after the jump.





DISHONORED 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Product Description: Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2, the highly anticipated follow up to Arkane Studios’ 2012 Game of the Year! Explore a world unlike any other as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano - both powerful assassins with their own unique set of supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets. Define your own playstyle by blending immersive first-person action, assassination, stealth, mobility, and the game’s brutal combat system. Combine the tools at your disposal to creatively eliminate your enemies whether you choose to pursue them unseen or ruthlessly attack head on with weapons drawn. Show no mercy and leave chaos in your wake or find a more subtle way to eliminate your targets. More than ever the choices you make will determine the outcome of each mission, and ultimately the game.

Purchasing Links: PS4 (Limited Edition), PS4 (Premium Collector's Edition), PC (Limited Edition), PC (Premium Collector's Edition), Xbox One (Limited Edition), Xbox One (Premium Collector's Edition)


Dishonored 2 Game Screenshot 1
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Genre: Stealth, Action, Adventure

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Developer: Arkane Studios

Rating: M for Mature (Strong Language, Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes)

Game Features:
  • The Assassins: As fully voiced characters, Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano now bring their own perspectives and emotional responses to the world and story.
  • Supernatural Powers: Advanced bone charm crafting and all-new upgrade trees allow you to customize your powers in vastly different ways.
  • Imaginative World: The world is a character in its own right, rich with story, architecture and eclectic characters. Challenge: Customize your gameplay options and difficulty settings for an even more tailored adventure.
  • The Void Engine: Dishonored 2 is beautifully brought to life with the new Void Engine, a leap forward in rendering technology, built from id Tech and highly-customized by Arkane Studios.

System Requirements (PC):

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB or better
  • Storage: 60 GB

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770/AMD FX-8350 or better
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB/AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB or better
  • Storage: 60 GB






TYRANNY (PC)

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Product Description: In Tyranny, the grand war between good and evil is over – and the forces of evil, led by Kyros the Overlord, have won. The Overlord’s merciless armies dominate the face of the world, and its denizens must find their new roles within the war-torn realm... even as discord begins to rumble among the ranks of Kyros’ most powerful Archons.

Players will experience the new world order under Overlord in a reactive role-playing game, interacting with the populace as a powerful Fatebinder in the Overlord’s forces -- roaming the lands to inspire loyalty or fear as they bring control to the last holdouts of the Tiers.

Purchasing Links: PC (Online Game Code)


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Genre: Role-playing game

Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Rating: PEGI 16 (Bad Language, Violence)

Game Features:
  • Branching, unique stories in an original setting: The battle between good and evil has already taken place, and evil stands victorious
  • Choices matter – make world-altering decisions with far-reaching consequence: As a Fatebinder in the Overlord’s army you wield a vast amount of power in the occupied lands of the Tiers. Will you use that to inspire stability and loyalty, will you be feared, or will you seek your own power?
  • Challenging, classic RPG combat: Tactical real-time-with-pause combat with new party-driven mechanics and modern presentation
  • A rich original setting: Not just another “hero’s journey” -- Tyranny turns the archetypal RPG story on its head and allows players to explore a new take on good and evil

System Requirements (PC):

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or newer
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9505 @ 2.80 GHz / AMD Athlon II X4 840 @ 3.10 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 or NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 with 1GB VRAM
  • Storage: 15 GB

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or newer
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.10 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.10 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 6850 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 with 1GB VRAM
  • Storage: 15 GB






YESTERDAY ORIGINS (PC, PlayStation 4)

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Product Description: Discover the latest adventure from Pendulo Studios, creators of the Runaway series! Yesterday Origins" will take the immortal heroes, John Yesterday and his other half Pauline, not only across the world, but across history itself. This interwoven narration gives the plot its depth and richness. It's 1481. In the dead of night, young John is publically humiliated and dragged through the street. He is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition under suspicion of witchcraft.

Later, he undergoes an alchemical transformation making him immortal. But not. This means that after each resurrection, John completely forgets who he is. In the current day, John and Pauline are searching for an artefact that is needed to make the potion, this time correctly. During their investigation, they will have to face dangerous new protagonists who want to steal their secrets...

Purchasing Links: PC (Steam)


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Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Microids

Developer: Pendulo Studios

Rating: M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence)

Game Features:
  • Pendulo Studios: over 20 years of adventure gaming experience
  • An original story taking place over several different eras
  • A mix of different styles: investigation, thriller, adventure, occultism
  • Off-the-wall dark humor typical of the studio
  • Over 10 different places to visit, and over 50 backgrounds
  • More than 25 colorful characters
  • An original soundtrack
  • Adapted to mouse and controllers

System Requirements (PC):

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Processor: AMD /Intel quad-core processor running at 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI/NVIDIA dedicated/integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least Shader Model 4.0 support
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0






HANDBALL 17 (Xbox One, PC, PS4, PS3)

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Handball 17 Game Cover

Product Description: Find the 82 official teams from the most prestigious European leagues: the LIDL STARLIGUE and PROLIGUE in France, the DKB Handball Bundesliga & 2. Handball-Bundesliga in Germany and the Liga ASOBAL in Spain.

Handball 17 features entirely redesigned controls, dynamic artificial intelligence, single player Season and Career modes, local and online multiplayer modes, and several levels of difficulty for an experience that is as close as it gets to the real thing.

Purchasing Links: PC (Steam), PS3, PS4,


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Genre: Sports

Publisher: Bigben Interactive

Developer: Eko Software

Game Features:
  • All the players and official teams of the 2017 season
  • Fast-flowing matches in both single player and multiplayer modes
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • All the handball moves: the spin shot, the hip shot, the feint, combinations, etc.
  • Several levels of difficulty
  • Dynamic Season and Career modes

System Requirements (PC):

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows®7 / Windows®8 / Windows®10 64 bits
  • Processor: AMD Phenom™ 9850 @2.5 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT / AMD Radeon™ 6570
  • Storage: 9 GB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows®7 / Windows®8 / Windows®10 64 bits
  • Processor: Intel® Core i5 4570 @3.2 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 750Ti / AMD Radeon™ R7 265
  • Storage: 9 GB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0






STARCRAFT II BATTLE CHEST (PC)

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Product Description: Play through three sweeping single-player campaigns with a combined total of over 70 missions. With millions of players already in the fight, StarCraft II has made gaming history. Now it's your turn to take command and lead vast armies of terrain, protons and zero to victory amongst the stars. Prepare for interstellar war, commander. You're needed at the front. Group up with other players in Co-Op Commander Mode, or test your mettle against them on a vast competitive ladder with leagues for every level of play.

Purchasing Links: PC (Standard)


Starcraft 2 Game Screenshot 1
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Genre: Real-time strategy

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Rating: T for Teen

Game Features:
  • Full Campaign: Wings of Liberty
  • Full Campaign: Heart of the Swarm
  • Full Campaign: Legacy of the Void
  • Multiplayer: All Modes, Maps and Units
  • Seven Co-Op Commanders: Rayner, Kerrigan, Attains, Swann, Zegura, Borazon, Kara
  • Arcade: All Community-Made Games
  • Bonus: Also includes Artanis in Heroes of the Storm

System Requirements (PC):

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows® XP/Windows Vista®
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo sau AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7600 GT, ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2600 XT sau Intel® HD Graphics 3000 sau superioara
  • Storage: 30 GB
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 sau procesor din seria AMD FX sau superior
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 650, AMD Radeon™ HD 7790 sau superioara
  • Storage: 30 GB
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection





DIABLO III: BATTLE CHEST (PC)

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Product Description: Over 13 million players have battled the demonic hordes of Diablo III. Now, it's your turn to join the crusade, and take up arms against the enemies of the mortal realms. This Battle Chest contains both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set, together in one definitive volume. So stand ready. The ultimate action-roleplaying experience lies within.

Begin your quest as one of humanity's last defenders-crusader, barbarian, witch doctor, demon hunter, monk or wizard. Lay waste to hordes of evil, gather legendary gear and push beyond your limits as you battle the tide of demons rising throughout the mortal realms.

Purchasing Links: PC (Standard Edition)


Diablo 3 Game Screenshot 1
Diablo 3 Game Screenshot 2


Genre: Role-playing game, Action

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Rating: M for Mature

Game Features:
  • Six Character Classes: Crusader, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Barbarian Monk and Wizard.
  • Campaign Mode: Five Acts of the Diablo III Storyline
  • Adventure Mode: Seek Bounties, Nehalem Rifts and More.
  • Current Season: Start fresh each season and compete with friends to earn exclusive rewards.

System Requirements (PC):

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows® XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro
  • Storage: 25 GB
  • DirectX: Version XX
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest service pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
  • Storage: 25 GB
  • DirectX: Version XX
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection






ROOT LETTER (PS4, PS Vita)

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Product Description: Root Letter is the first in a brand new 'Kadokawa Game Mystery' series - a collection of Visual Novels with exceptionally high production values. Set in Shimane prefecture - a place rich in history, culture and natural beauty - vLetter revolves around the mystery of Fumino Aya, your old high school pen friend who went missing 15 years ago. On receiving her final letter 15 years late, in which she confesses to a murder, it's up to you, the player, to unravel the mystery of what happened to her. Reminiscing through previous letters from Fumino Aya, you must piece together the truth, alongside the testimonies from seven witnesses who knew her. Did she really murder someone, was she telling the truth in her letters - was she even real? Travel from location to location in Shimane prefecture and interrogate people from her past - only by examining her letters can you unravel the mystery. Boasting beautiful character artwork from Mina Taro and some of Japan's best-loved voice actresses, Root Letter represents one of the most exciting additions to the Visual Novel genre in years.

Purchasing Links: PS4, PS Vita


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Genre: Visual novel, Adventure

Publisher: PQube

Developer: Kadokawa Corporation

Rating: M for Mature (Violence, Strong Language, Blood, Suggestive Themes)

Game Features:
  • An intense murder mystery set in a gorgeous, real-word, rural Japanese setting
  • Stunning Visual Novel artwork from the renowned Mino Taro
  • Travel freely from location to location interviewing suspects based on real-world places and people
  • Unravel the truth from your pen-friend's letters - was she telling the truth, was she even real?
  • Five different endings with wildly different routes - for a huge level of replayability






ROBINSON: THE JOURNEY (PS4)

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Product Description: Adventure on a prehistoric scale: Experience a living, breathing world with your own eyes using the power of PlayStation VR - and keep all your senses finely tuned to stay alive in the natural habitat of enormous prehistoric dinosaurs. Experience a mysterious and beautiful extrasolar world as you navigate dangerous terrain and come face-to-face with dinosaurs in an intensely realistic adventure powered by PlayStation VR and CRYENGINE.

Purchasing Links: PlayStation 4


Robinson The Journey VR Game Screenshot 1
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Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Crytek Studios

Developer: Crytek Studios

Rating: E for Everyone (Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language)

Game Features:
  • See this new environment through the eyes of Robin, a young boy whose spaceship has crash-landed on a mysterious planet where the Jurassic era envelops the entire world.
  • Uncover the secrets of Robin's incredible surroundings and explore the unknown lands alongside HIGS and Laika - your AI and a baby T-rex companions-at every step of the journey.
  • Interact with the terrain, foliage and creatures you'll encounter, from harmless herbivores to terrifying, immense apex predators.










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