This compilation includes Bethesda's massively popular action-RPG, as well as its three expansion packs, the Legendary difficulty mode, and the ability to continue leveling characters indefinitely. The Dawnguard expansion focuses on vampires, gives players the ability to fly, and offers more than a dozen new quests; the Hearthfire add-on lets gamers purchase land, use raw materials to build their own home, and adopt and raise children; and the Dragonborn expansion sends players to a glacial island off the coast of Morrowind for a series of new adventures. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
A cyberpunk action title set in 2084, Remember Me puts players in control of Nilin, a memory hunter forced to roam the streets of Neo-Paris because her former employer, the Memorize Corporation, had her memories erased. In the world of Remember Me, nearly all of the populous has been implanted with Memorize's Sensation Engine (Sensen), which lets people digitize and share their memories with one another. A small group of resistance fighters known as Errorists reject the new technology, and gamers must find them to help bring down the corporation and restore Nilin's identity.
Neo-Paris is a bustling metropolis that boasts elements of a technological utopia, such as flying vehicles and sentient robots, but many residents have fallen through the cracks and are forced to live in the slums, or even the sewers. Players can explore this world on the ground or by clambering up walls and along ledges to engage in rooftop platforming. Guided by the Errorist's leader Edge, Nilin makes her way around the city, meeting friends to recover memories, and collecting ability-enhancing plug-ins left behind by fellow resistance fighters.
As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that Nilin was tremendously skilled before her memory was wiped, not only in melee and stealth combat, but also in advanced memory retrieval techniques. She can enter the minds of other characters, and through a mini-game process known as memory remixing, she can change small details to affect their recollection and personality. Gamers can also steal memories from specific characters and then watch them unfold in real-time 3D to help avoid potential pitfall. As players engage in combat they earn experience points (known as PMP) that can be used to upgrade four different kinds of fighting moves. And while Nilin can only perform four different combos at any given time, gamers can customize the result of each individual button press within those combos, resulting in thousands of possible attacks.
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An updated version of the 2012 3DS title, Capcom's long-running and complex survival horror series takes to the high seas as players battle twisted mutants through an abandoned cruise ship in Resident Evil: Revelations. Upgraded graphics and sound accompany gamers as they guide Jill Valentine, Parker Luciani, and other BSAA operatives through the halls of the SS Queen Zenobia on a hunt for Chris Redfield. From there things get significantly more complicated, with terrorist plots, short land missions, and flashbacks breaking up the seaborne action.
As always, players must skillfully manage their ammunition, weapons, and inventory to survive their confrontations with mutated monsters. The main campaign offers a variety of difficulty modes, including the new, extremely difficult Infernal mode, while the Raid mode lets gamers battle waves of enemies, level up characters, and earn weapons upgrades in solo or online co-op multiplayer action. The Raid mode also offers more weapons, skills, and playable characters, including the mysterious series mainstay Hunk. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
In Fast & Furious: Showdown gamers take part in an action-packed story that sees them pulling off heists, hijacking enemy vehicles, engaging in shootouts, and driving at dangerously high speeds through 30 missions set in eight locations around the globe. Players can customize licensed vehicles and earn upgrades and performance bonuses as they switch between the roles of driver, daredevil, tactician, and gunman. Gamers can play alone or team up with the computer AI or a friend for local multiplayer action, while the Challenge mode offers specific tasks and includes online leaderboards. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
This compilation from Maximum Games bundles together three titles from Team17's long-running turn-based strategy series starting homicidal annelids. Players can launch artillery at competing invertebrates in graphically updated versions of Worms, Worms: Armageddon, and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem, and the package also includes six bonus DLC packs. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Gamers return to the post-apocalyptic subways and catacombs beneath Moscow to scavenge for resources, battle twisted mutants, and contend with the territorial nature of man in Metro: Last Light. Set one year after Metro 2033, and picking up from that game's "bad" ending, players join survivor Artyom as he searches for a mysterious prisoner who is said to be the key to humanity's survival. His trek takes gamers from the twisted subway ruins, where different factions vie for control of each metro station, to mutant-infested transition zones, and to the violently toxic surface.
Supplies are rare and valuable in Metro: Last Light, with gas masks being absolutely essential, most weapons cobbled together from various parts, and ammo scarce enough to actually become the currency of the subways. Light and shadow are also key to the action, with players using a hand-crank flashlight, a lighter, and torches to illuminate dark corridors and keep mutants at bay, while a special wristwatch lets them know how much oxygen they have and if enemies can see them. Gamers carry three customizable guns at a time, and while the action is linear, players can often choose to engage in direct assaults or use stealth to sneak past trouble zones.
This Limited Edition offers an exclusive in-game weapon, 100 military-grade bullets (currency) and Ranger Mode which is designed to offer more of a challenge by removing the HUD and making ammo far more difficult to obtain. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
An update to the 2010 cult hit Xbox 360 title, Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut puts gamers in the shoes of FBI agent Francis York Morgan (and his split personality Zach) as he travels to the small wooded town of Greenvale to investigate the murder of a beautiful young woman named Anna Graham. Heavily influenced by Twin Peaks and other David Lynch works, Greenvale once bustled with life thanks to the local lumber mill, but is now only a shadowy village that plays host to a few eccentric locals who are plagued by mysterious events and supernatural creatures.
The gruesome murder foments a sense of distrust among the townspeople, and players must help calm fears while they gather clues, speaking with more than 20 unique characters and forming personality profiles in the process. Greenvale operates on a 24-hour cycle, and gamers can explore the area freely, joining its inhabitants for dinner and drinks, going fishing, and heading to the outskirts of town to search for clues to solve the so-called Red Seed Murders. The adventure-style investigation is offset by periods of action in which Agent Morgan must fend off pasty Shadow monsters and avoid the fabled Raincoat Killer, a lightning-quick enemy who leaves gamers with little choice but to flee or die.
This Director's Cut includes additional game scenarios and support for PlayStation Move while also attempting to address some of the main criticisms of the original version by offering updated HD visuals and a completely new control scheme. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Gamers return to the tropical archipelago of Banoi for more intense co-op zombie combat and open-world exploration in Dead Island Riptide. The four survivors from the original game -- washed-up rapper Sam B, hotel receptionist and Chinese spy Xian, former football player Logan, and Australian bodyguard Purna -- thought their nightmare was over when a helicopter took them to a nearby military ship. But a massive storm and another viral outbreak leave the quartet marooned once again, this time joined by Navy cook John Morgan on the fictional island of Palanai.
As in the original game, users can take control of any of the playable characters, guide them through open environments, and gain experience points by completing missions and engaging in bloody combat with hordes of zombies. Melee weapons like axes, machetes, and clubs remain the primary means of defense in Riptide, but a variety of guns are also available and are particularly useful for the new hub missions, in which survivors protect a base from waves of zombie attackers. Multiplayer remains central to the Dead Island experience, with the main campaign letting up to four gamers drop in or out of co-op action at any time.
This Rigor Mortis Edition includes the full game, a zombie hula bobble figurine, a severed hand bottle opener, a bungalow key, a digital strategy map, and the Survivor Pack and Fashion Victim DLC. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide
Dark Arisen is a re-release of Capcom's 2012 RPG Dragon's Dogma, offering the full original game as well as a completely new island full of quests and mythical creatures. The game puts players in an open-world environment, mixing traditional fantasy RPG mechanics with hack-and-slash combat, and letting gamers enlist the help of AI pawns who provide valuable information and battle assistance. Players can explore the cursed Bitterback Island, make use of new skills, and collect new weapons and armor, while those who own the original title get a number of in-game rewards. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide