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    Video Game Industry at a Turning Point with the Approach of E3

    The sales of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 continue to move rapidly with a sense of transition looming over the video game sector. The cumulative sales of PS4 and the Xbox One are higher by over 40 percent compared to their predecessors after two and a half years in the market. The impending kick-off of Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3 on June 14, 2016, emphasizes the turning point in the gaming industry. The annual trade fair in the gaming industry takes place in Los Angeles. Video game publishers and manufacturers of accessories use this platform to advertise and introduce game-related merchandise and upcoming games. E3 is an industry –only trade where the individuals who want to attend have to verify that they have a professional link to the video-game industry.

    According to the managing director at Equity Research for Wedbush Securities, Michael Patcher, this year’s E3 is set to have a notably different feel to it. In 2015, E3 was more about big games such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Halo 5, Fallout 4 and the long-anticipated return of the Last Guardian. The later was initially introduced in 2009 but has been MIA since then. The 2016 E3 is rumored to be more focused on hardware.

    Industry giants such as Microsoft and Sony are expected to both launch updated versions of their console systems. Patcher mentions that it is not clear if the new hardware from Microsoft will be considerably stronger than the existing versions of the Xbox One. However, he does state that Sony is expected to launch a PS4 that is more advanced and optimized for 4K gaming and Virtual reality. The two features would need significantly resilient computer and graphics processing chips. Sony is also set to display its PlayStation VR headset. HTC, Samsung, and Oculus will also be present at the show as a result of the virtual reality headsets they recently launched.

    Virtual reality is still a few years away from becoming mainstream and is still in the phase of attempting to demonstrate to people what the prospects are. Eric Handler who is a senior equity analyst at MKM Research thinks that companies are likely to use E3 to lay the groundwork.

    Amidst all the focus on hardware, Nintendo has stated that it has no intentions of divulging any details related to its looming new system. The system, code-named NX is set to launch in early 2017. As an alternative, the company has adopted an all-or-nothing strategy to this year’s E3. It has focused on one playable game, The Legend of Zelda. The Wii U version of this long-awaited game will dictate Nintendo’s presence.

    Another aspect that makes this year’s E3 a different looking show is the fact that the two largest publishers in the industry, Electronic Arts, and Activision have opted not to host booths. Instead, EA is scheduled to host a competing show across the street that is open to the public. These moves have brought up queries about the future of E3 with some people wondering if it is losing its spot as a tent pole event in the video gaming industry.

    Analysts are split with some like Handler pointing out that there are still many games that people would want to see, so there is no need to downplay E3. Here are some of the anticipated games in this year’s E3.

    l Crackdown 3 (Microsoft)

    There has been little said about the most recent title in the incredibly destructive, open-world gun romp by Microsoft. However, we hope for a surprise appearance on the floor of the show. Have a look at this podcast on the creative process by Reagant Games, the developer to see how integrating things look.

    l Detroit: Become Human (Sony)

    The intriguing Sony exclusive which is the newest title from Quantic Dream is a timely tale of intelligent human-like droids that are in search of acceptance and purpose. They are more likely to discern tragedy and quick-time events. Here is a sneak peek into the game.

    l Legend of Zelda Wii U

    The latest title in the renowned role-playing series is likely to be something of a last hooray for the besieged Wii U. With an aptitude of massive open environments and a nearly Ghibli-like visual sheen; it ought to be a magnificent send off for the machine.

    l Dishonored 2 (Bethesda)

    The follow-up to Arkane’s visually unforgettable stealth adventure adds new locations and an innovative playable character, Emily Kaldwin. It also promises a familiar mix of fascinating narrative and stimulating mechanics.

    l Kona (Parabole)

    The mystery survival adventure is set in a snowy 1970s Nothern Canada. It promises a cross between The Long Dark and Alan Wake, making it more intriguing.

    You can see more anticipated games here.

    On the other hand, Patcher feels that the separate event hosted by EA and others by publishers outside the E3 timeline can hurt the industry. He argues that as EA attempts to have the best of both worlds, abandoning the E3 floor is a threat to the well-being of the industry since they are among the largest players. If other players follow this choice, E3 is likely to suffer tremendously in future. Patcher is, however, less worried about Activision’s resolution to bypass the trade show. He says that this year, the company has a light lineup of titles, and he expects that it will return to E3 in 2017 in force.

    With the absence of EA and Activision, Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive Software will be more poised to gain additional attention. Take-Two has shifted to the prominent floor space where EA previously was, saluting people as they go into the Los Angeles Convention Center’s South Hall. The company is set to showcase Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and Mafia III.  Ubisoft is undergoing a battle for the company’s control with Vivendi and will showcase the sequel to Watch Dogs and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. It will also display Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and an innovative intellectual property. Additionally, Ubisoft will also shine a spotlight on its PlayStation VR title, Eagle Flight.

    The E3 show floor does not open until June 14th, but E3 begins unofficially two days before. On June 13th, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony are all set to hold press conferences.

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    10 Most Anticipated Video Game of 2016

    The video game industry definitely went out to deliver in the year 2015 for gamers. Things are not slowing down, 2016 is shaping up, and things are looking better. The following are some of the most anticipated games of the year 2016.

     

    Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens

     

    With a release date of 28th June, this game will run on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, as well as PC platforms. With a wide platform, right about every gamer has reason to play. This Lego game is great especially for gamers who love Star Wars. With a history in the market, this game is bound to capture a lot of attention. You will be glad to know that Warner Bros confirm it, which is one of the biggest blockbuster movies.

     

    No Mans Sky

     

    This game has a release date of 10th August and will only run on PS4 and PC platforms. A sci-fi game seeks to improve your survival skills. Yes, it is a game, but it makes it feel as real as it gets. It creates a universe that gamers seek to survive through one level to another. It constitutes planets and the solar system, which arise as you build them. The more you progress, the better the system you create. The planets change and you have a different objective to fulfill. This game has had previous release dates that did not materialize but many are looking forward for the current release date.

     

    Dues Ex: Mankind Divided

     

    This has a release date of 23rd August and for those who have played Dues Ex, the original game, you will love this one. It gives a glance into the future. The game is based on the decisions gamers make. In this, the concept of mystery is alive and one cannot tell what will happen providing every player with a different ending. Gamers can play this game on their PC, Xbox One, as well as the PS4 platforms offering diversity.

     

    Final Fantasy XV

     

    This fantasy franchise is due for release on the 30th of September will be played on platforms such as PS4 and Xbox One. It is available for pre order on Amazon, GAME, and Zavvi. It creates an open-world adventure with combat and adventure as the key themes. The display seems amazing and if you are looking to survive through a pre-historic age where dinosaurs and other creatures come to live and still include modernity and technology, this is the game to take on board.

     

    Mafia 3

     

    This action themed game is due for release in 7th October and it will play on PS4, Xbox One, as well as PC platforms. This is ideal for gamers who love the aspect of violence and are looking forward to better their gaming skills. It is based on Lincoln Clay who was a Vietnam veteran and operates organized crime. The thrill of taking part offers players something to cling on. Operate heavy machinery and weapons in the game to give that mafia feeling. It is available to pre-order from Amazon, GAME, as well as Steam.

     

    Gears of War

     

    This game is due for release on the 11th of October focusing on Xbox One platform. Though this exclusivity factor is limiting, gamers cannot wait to get their hands on it. It creates a future with the key theme rotating around war just as the name suggests. With technologically improved equipment, war gear, as well as weapons, this game will definitely bring out what war is all about. The surrounding also offers an environment that reflects on the theme. You can pre-order on Amazon and GAME.

     

    Zelda for Wii U

     

    With much anticipation, this game does not yet have a definite release date but it is said to be released before the end of the year. After all, it was long awaited even in the year 2015. It is exclusive to the Wii U playing platform. From its creators, the previous game served the market well and with everything on the table about this game; it will not be a letdown. The setting is on an open world. The short teaser by Nintendo has gamers going wild.

     

    Horizon Zero Dawn

     

    Yet another game that has not announced a definite release date but many are hoping it will be out before the end of the year according to the way things are heating up. It is exclusive to Guerrila Games playing on PS4 platform. With creativity, the theme is set about 1000 years into the future with the concept that robotics have conquered the planet and humanity seeking to fight for what they believe in. gamers will come in as a character who using her skills hunts the creatures, gets their parts, and uses them in her defence. Pre-order the game on Amazon, GAME, as well as ShopTo.

     

    Tekken 7

     

    Gaming enthusiasts definitely understand Tekken games as the creators have had previous games that are well known in the market. With better display every time a release has been provided, gamers are waiting for the release of this game. It is said that this will probably be the last release series of this game with the conclusion of the Mishan clan saga. It will play on PS4, Xbox One, as well as PC platforms.

     

    Scalebound

     

    Scalebound from the developers Platinum Games, with two key characters who are bound together to the end. Rumor has it that it may be released within the year but if not, it will definitely deliver in 2017 but gamers cannot wait. The setting of the game is epic with survival a key feature for players. These players are in a world where dragons and other monstrous creatures make it appetizing. It takes you back to the pre-historic age where even the gear and weapons are not technologically advanced. It is exclusive to play on Xbox One platform.

    There are more games out to be released in 2016 but the above games are stirring up the video games industry. They feature different themes and have different goals to ensure every gamer has much more to look forward to, to spice things up.

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    Video Games are now a Permanent Part of Modern Culture

    The video gaming industry is growing at a phenomenal rate and is showing no signs of slowing down. The gaming industry made a whopping $23.5 billion dollars in 2015 and this number is 5% more than what was earned in 2014. These numbers clearly indicate that video games are big business and that they are going to be around for many years into the future.

     

    One of the biggest reasons why the video gaming industry is so strong has to do with the culture. Millions of Americans play or have played a video game at some point in time. Nearly everyone plays games a console, computer or mobile device. Also, there are many different games that appeal to just about every person alive.

     

    Games from the Past Built the Current Foundation for the Gaming Culture

     

    The gaming culture was formed in the 80s. It was during this time that video games started to really impact the culture. Games such as Galaga, Centipede and Mrs. Pac Man helped to lay the foundation to the video game culture. These games helped to usher in a new era for mankind. Seriously, that statement is no joke. The video games that were around during the 80’s revolutionized the culture and how people would structure their lives around gaming. This never went away. Since the 80s, the home life of many American people (and those around the world) are strongly connected to video games.

     

    Video Games Appeal to all People

     

    The older generation liked to play games such as chess, checkers, dominoes, bingo, Scrabble, Monopoly and even Uno. All of these classic board game titles are available in software or application form. Adults who have been around since introduction of video games play retro titles such as Pac Man, Pong, Space Invaders, Dig Dug and Qbert.

     

    The Super Nintendo generation has nostalgic games such as Donkey Kong World, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart to keep them entertained. Sony Playstation fans should not forget Crash Bandicoot, PaRappa the Rapper, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy VII. Computer games such as the Age of Empire Series, the Total War franchise and World of Warcraft has elevated gaming to a whole other level.

     

    Halo, Call of Duty and Madden Football have helped to establish the gaming culture in the 2000s. Mobile games were all the rage in the 2010s. Games such as Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Subway Surfer, Talking Tom (and Angele) and Five Nights at Freddy’s have become a part of the modern culture. Once again, that is the secret to the success of gaming.

     

    The point is that all of these games from the past (and present) have cemented video games into the hearts and minds of millions of people. People wake up playing games and they fall asleep while playing them as well. Games help to pass the time and keep people from being bored. They also can be used to help people to calm down when they are angry.

     

    People also socialize through gaming and there has even been some instances where people have found their future husband or wife by playing a video game.

    The world of gaming is getting bigger as each new generation embraces it. Gaming companies and developers understand this fact. They are now making thousands of game titles each year that will constantly help to make the gaming world a permanent part of the culture.

     

    Parents and the Gaming Industry

     

    Parents are important to the world of gaming. They are responsible for controlling their children’s playing habits. While many people adults between the ages of 25 and 50 have outgrown video games; a lot of them still continue to play. Parents that still play games have become indirect advocates for the gaming industry.

     

    Moms and dads often promote their love of gaming onto their children. Since they do, the gaming industry can count on them to purchase and even play games with their children. This is especially true for families where the children are 10 and under. Family time is now being centered on video games. Developers are now making more titles that appeal to both parents and children. These type of games are going to become more common starting in 2017 and beyond.

     

    The Gaming Industry and the Merchandising Effect

     

    Video games are now moving outside of the digital world and are showing up in all sorts of merchandise. Back in 2010 when Angry Birds had bombarded the mobile gaming world; stores everywhere had some type of Angry Birds merchandise. Whether it was a backpack, costume, t-shirt or key chain; Angry Bird paraphernalia dominated the landscape. In the future, more video game titles are going to be created with merchandising in mind.

     

    Video Game Channels are becoming more Prominent Among Gamers

     

    Millions of people not only play video games they also watch them. At least 120 million people tune in every month to watch gamers play their favorite titles. Game watching is becoming a huge pastime for so many people that commercial sponsorship is now available for some of the better players. A person can literally make a living by playing a video game if they have a large viewing audience.

    Players are now becoming Involved in the Developing Process

    Game creators are now using more players to help create titles for their systems. Players are now being included within the developmental process for some games. Many players often complain about games not having the right elements or features that they desire.

    Developers are allowing players to become more involved within the creation process so they can sell more titles. They want to ensure that players are getting the type of games that they want to spend their money on. This process is going to become more widespread in the future and it will also help to guarantee a constant revenue stream from gamers.

     

    The Rise of eSports

     

    Video game players can now compete like real life sports athletes. There are video game leagues that actually have different franchised teams with sponsors, coaches and team members. eSports have been around for years but now they are coming to the forefront of popular culture. They have already been very successful in Asian markets. American markets are going to start going mainstream within a short amount of time.

    Keep in mind that there are millions of people who enjoy watching people play games. With eSports competitions; people can view their favorite teams compete in video game matches. Teams often compete for millions in cash prizes and there are some stand out star video athletes as well. eSports team members often train for months for competitions and they take their gaming seriously. When there is millions of dollars on the line they cannot afford to joke around or just play games. No pun intended.

    The world of video gaming is expanding and growing bigger as each day passes. It is not going to fade away any time soon if at all. Video games are evolving and there is so much that can be done in terms of the technology and the type of games that are created. The future of the gaming industry looks bright and it will continue to get better as each year passes.

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    Top Superhero Video Games You Must Play Right Now

    For countless years now, superheroes have dominated the box office. However, video games are one arena where capes and cowls crowd are yet to take over fully. Granted, the past years have brought us pretty awesome superhero games, nevertheless, sometimes they can be few and far in between.

     

    Therefore, after cutting through the noise, here are the top superhero games you must definitely check out now:

     

    DC Universe Online

     

    Is DC universe your forte? Then this the ideal MMORPG for you. DC Universe Online allows you to create ow, the original character. The character interacts with the villains and heroes of DC universe. Pick everything from character traits to superpowers. Ultimately, earn a spot on the Justice League Society or League roster if you feel villainous.

     

    Keep at it — you can easily level up your villain or hero and finally become a main player in DC universe. To prevent things from being monotonous, DC does an amazing job of updating DC universe regularly. Therefore, there is typically fresh content that is always popping in so that things never get stale.

     

    Infamous: Second Son

     

    Ever desired to be a superhero and discover what the heck you’d do with powers? Then this incredible open

    world game is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. The game was released in 2014. It drops you right into the shoes of an individual with enhanced abilities. You are the one to decide what happens next.

     

    You can opt to be a villain or a hero. The game play promises to be topnotch across board. It boasts an out of this world combat system. Admittedly, it is not precisely a superheroe per se, but it is certainly close enough … oh boy isn’t it fun.

     

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

     

    In the recent past, there has been an array of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. As much as you would assume, they vary in quality. Nonetheless, in 1991, the franchise arguably reached its zenith with the SNES title. It finds Turtles fighting Shredder together with his goons throughout.

     

    Surely, it is a side scrolling beat them up to its core. The good thing about the game is the fact that it manages to rarely be repetitive. There is no doubt that the game was so good. In fact, in 2009, it was remade for modern consoles. It remaking so it come with updated graphics as well as re-recorded voicework. The modern version has plenty of fun. Nevertheless, it misses a bit of original’s nostalgic charm.

     

    Injustice: Gods Among Us

     

    Together with the Arkham series, this game is the other big DC that surely oozes with greatness. A fighting game, it is incredibly set on a world where Superman set ups a new order. This is after being tricked into murder Lois Lane as well as destroying Metropolis.

     

    In an attempt to try and stop him, Batman gets some assistance from mainstream heroes of DC universe. Without a cloud of doubt, the fighting mechanics were beyond fantastic. The storyline also kept the game hopping. Another great thing about this game is the fact that it was also excellent to inspire parts of Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice.

     

    The Wonderful 101

     

    Nintendo is highly popular with pushing the boundaries for creativity. The Wonderful 101 is Nintendo’s quirky take when it comes to superhero genre. This animal themed superheroes action adventure plays out from an isometric viewpoint.

     

    You’ll quickly jump from enlisting new heroes and growing the team to solving puzzles as well as fighting off alien adversaries within a fantastical world. mostly, the game ran under the radar. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a contemplary superhero game, which thinks outside the box, then this is it.

     

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

     

    An action packed RPG; this game hit shelves in 2006. It proved a commercial and critical hit on everything from Xbox 360 to PS3. The game features two dozen playable characters from Black Panther to Spider-Woman. Of course, major players such as Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Captain America are equally well represented. Marvel has exploded onto so many casino slot games too, like the branded games in bet365 casino. If you want to play and need to know how to claim the bonus code, read this bet365 bonus tutorial. The game also crams in many villains from Doctor Doom to MODOK.

     

    Spider-Man 2

     

    Undeniably, the maiden two installments of Spider-Man were the best versions put to film. Spider-Man 2 carries a similar honor. The game was released in 2004 with major consoles of the time such as GameCube, Xbox, and Playstation 2 etc. Spider-Man 2 does an amazing job of perfectly bringing the web slinging fun of the world of Spider-Man to life.

     

    Spidey faces off against a number of rogues from comic canon. Gliding from one building to another and blasting web has feelings that remain completely hard to match. For anyone that dreams of being Spider-Man, then this game is worth digging up for vintage gaming.

     

    Freedom Force

     

    Freedom Force is an oldie, but surely a goodie. A real-time tactical game, this 2002 PC game is set in an environment where folks gain superpowers. Individuals have to defend the beautiful Patriot City from monsters and villains.

     

    The game features a few different characters that bring different abilities and traits to the table. as much as the game dates way back to 2002, it holds pretty well. Depending on how new you are, you can still track Freedom Force on Steam.

     

    Earthworm Jim 2

     

    You gotta love the 90s. For a brief time, the Earthworm Jim franchise was unquestionably a monster hit. Along the way, it spawned an awesome animated series and a couple of fantastic video games. Earthworm Jim 1 was great. However, Earthworm Jim 2 was the real deal. The game was a weird and witty plat former. Earthworm Jim, the hero, looks to save a princess. This is a another game you ought to try not only on this video game month, but beyond.

     

    The above are some of the top superhero games you ought to try not only in June but beyond. They bring with them everything you can ever look forward in an intense video game. other games that should be in the above list include Marvel Heroes, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes. Try them today and discover their magic.

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    The Latest News On Video Games Industry

    Video games industry is one the fastest growing industries in the present day. Thanks to the modern technology. There is a lot that has been going on in the industry that game lovers would really want to know. We bring you the latest news about games being released this year as well as upcoming platforms, consoles, downloads and more. This exclusive news will keep you up to date with the latest development in the video games industry so that you are not left behind.

    Great Expectations Among Game Lovers As New Games Are Scheduled To Be Released This Year

    Game lovers are full of great expectations as new games are scheduled to be released in 2016.This follows 2015 announcement by most game developers that they were working on fantastic games that would take the industry by storm.

    ReCo is one of the most eagerly awaited games. According to the game creator Keiji Inafune, this extraordinary video game stands out from other games because the scene changes when sandstorm occurs. The sandstorm has a huge impact on the maps found in the gameplay. This feature will not only add fun to the game but also make it interesting and exciting. This impressive game features Jewel and Mack as the main characters. They try to bring human beings to earth but their fervent efforts are being hampered by some robots. Game lovers have a feeling that they will derive maximum enjoyment from ReCo.

    Another exciting game whose release was expected this year is Doom. The good news is that the game has just been released and therefore game enthusiasts have a reason to smile. This thrilling game is available on different platforms such as Xbox One, PC and PS4. According to the game developer, id Software, the new Doom has undergone several improvements to fit users expectations. The game is expected to attract new customers and retain the existing ones. Game enthusiasts are already downloading Doom from the internet. If there is any game that will shake the video games industry in 2016, then it is none other than Doom.

    The most highly anticipated video game in 2016 is Final Fantasy XV. This wondeful game will take game lovers on an amazing road trip and even bring cars to the FF World. This exemplary game will feature a dynamic weather system that will have an impact on the whole game. Another additional feature is that there will be rain which will soak the clothes of the player thus changing its appearance. This nice game is different from the previous version of FF. Game lovers expect that it will have action combat as well as good visuals. The game is expected to be released on 30th September 2016. It will be available on platforms such as Xbox One and PS4. It is developed by Square Enix.

    For those who fancy video games dominated by wars, Battlefield 5 will suit them. The eagerly awaited game will take place in WW1 setting. According to EA, the game publisher, the combat will be much greater when compared with other games that it has released before. DICE, the game developer has stated that there will be many vehicles in the much anticipated game. Such vehicles include ships, bomber planes, horses, battle tanks and more. This clearly indicates that the combat will be intense and mightier than ever. Many people are waiting to see how everything will go when the game is finally released on 20th October 2016. It will be available on platforms such as Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

    Of all the games that are expected to be released in 2016, Crackdown is so unique in the sense that it will be full of fun. Characters who will keep you laughing as you participate in the video game. This interesting game has been developed by Cloudgine and published by Microsoft. It will be available on Xbox One platform.

    Game enthusiasts who love Dishonoured video game have a big reason to smile because the latest and improved version has been developed by Arkane Studios. It is called Dishonoured 2. In this thrilling game, players will have the freedom to choose whether they want to play as Corvo or Kaldwin. This impressive game will be set about 15 years after the occurrence of Dunwall Plague. It will make use of Void engine of Bethesda. The game will be available on platforms like PS4, Xbox One and PC.

    Boss Key Productions’, Lawbreakers is another exciting video game that is expected to be releassed in 2016. Its tone is more mature and features better themes. There is also a lot of blood in the video game. The lawbreakers in the game are very different from arena shooters witnessed in other games belonging to the same category. It will be available on PC platform.

    Lovers of adventure are likely to spend their time indoors when Below video game is released in the course of the year. The game will feature a warrior who makes all attempts to explore the depth of a certain island in remote location. The character on this exploration mission is expected to face numerous challenges. The game was developed by Capybara Games and will be available on two platforms, namely Xbox One and PC.

    Tekken 7 is one of the most anticipated video game which is expected to hit PS4 platform this year. This outstanding game runs on Unreal Engine 4. In addition, two mechanisms have been added. For instance, Rage Art that enables players to execute many moves that can’t be blocked and Power Crash that enables players to combine efforts when being attacked by enemies. This superb game comes with 29 fighters.It has been developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and will be available on PS4 platform.

    Even though it was underated in the past, Mafia 3 is expected to take the industry by surprise when it will eventually be released on 7th October 2016. This historical game is about Licoln Clay. He is Vietnam vetaran that comes back home. After his return, he decides to join Black Mob. When his group is cleared, he is set for revenge. Burke, Cassandra and Vito Scaletta are his allies. The game was developed by Hanger 13. It will be available on different platforms such as Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

    Game enthusiasts have big hopes as the new games are expected to hit different platforms in the course of the year. We only hope that they will enjoy to the maximum.

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