4. Halo Wars 2
Coming to: Xbox One, Windows 10
Creative Assembly is the pedigreed developer that brought you the Total War series and Alien: Isolation, and is working closely with Microsoft and 343 Studios to develop this real time strategy game set in the beloved Halo universe. Set after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, it sees the crew of the Spirit of Fire battling the Banished, a splinter faction of the Covenant, while allying with Isabel, an artificial intelligence who seeks retribution against the Banished.
3. For Honor
Coming to: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
This game from Ubisoft Montreal is a hack and slash adventure that features a medieval inspired fantasy setting that sees knights, samurai and Vikings clashing arms. For Honor’s special emphasis on a sophisticated melee combat system that recognizes the nuances of different weapons while accommodating unique styles of fighting. It’s basically historical combat porn and that’s wonderful.
2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Coming to: PlayStation 4
From Amsterdam-based Guerrilla Games, this open world action game that combines all the bells and whistles of survival gameplay with the nuances of tactical combat. Lush visuals, an exciting premise and a unique future setting filled with synthetic life, tribal civilizations and unchecked nature make this one to watch out for from the Amsterdam-based studio that brought us the Killzone series.
1. Mass Effect: Andromeda
Coming to: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4
Mass Effect: Andromeda returns us to the universe from which the legend of Commander Shepard was born. The usual Bioware strengths are expected: action-packed gameplay, intricate conversations, and deep relationships and romances. There’s also massive exploration and base building the likes of which No Man’s Sky can only dream of. It’ll be an adventure you’ll be talking about with your friends for months, if not years.
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