If you’re going to try to keep up with the best video gaming has to offer, you’ll want to start thinking about getting these titles when they launch.
Marc Saltzman, for USA TODAY
Gamers, get your thumbs ready.
If 2019’s E3 is any indication, you need to rest them up for the onslaught of upcoming titles, for all gaming platforms.
Attracting roughly 60,000 attendees – most of whom play a role in the multibillion-dollar interactive entertainment industry – the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles once again shone a light on the near future of video games, hardware and services.
Especially if you’re into action-heavy games, the following are eight highlights from this year’s E3 that will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and upcoming streaming platform Google Stadia.
The wait is over as gamers get a glimpse of Activision’s 2019 “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
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“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” drops players into a modern-day conflict, with a storyline seemingly ripped from today’s headlines, as you join international forces to fight against nefarious groups in several European cities and into the Middle East.
Along with the single-player campaign, the stunning first-person shooter will include multiplayer modes, including new cooperative (“co-op”) skirmishes. In fact, Activision says “Modern Warfare’s” multiplayer modes will support cross-platform support.
The game is set for release Oct. 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
What happens when you modernize one of the greatest games of all times? The answer is “Final Fantasy VII Remake,” Square Enix’s reimagining of the original “Final Fantasy VII” role-playing game (RPG).
Along with upgraded graphics, memorable characters and a deep story, “Final Fantasy VII Remake” will feature a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic command-based combat, across the sprawling fictional city of Midgar.
Debuting first on PlayStation 4, the game will launch in March 3, 2020.
While the iconic Minecraft game is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the developer Mojang isn’t resting on its laurels.
Due out this summer, “Minecraft Earth” will be an all-new, free-to-play augmented reality title for smartphones and tablets. When you look through the lens of your compatible iPhone, iPad or Android device, you’ll be able to see, build, collect and play “Minecraft” – by yourself or with friends – and the digital world will be superimposed on the real world around you.
The game can be played in tabletop mode, such as seeing your Minecraft world on a kitchen table, or in the much larger full-size view.
Players can sign up for the closed beta at earth.minecraft.net.
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Hollywood star Keanu Reeves stepped on stage at the Xbox conference ahead of E3 to announce he’ll play a character in the upcoming game, “Cyberpunk 2077.”
Played from a first-person perspective, CD PROJEKT RED’s open-world sci-fi role-playing game has you climb into the boots of V, a hired gun in the uber-violent Night City. You get to choose V’s gender, physical traits, character skills, and more, which could influence the direction of the single-player game, along with the decisions you make.
Keanu will lend his likeness and voice to the character Johnny Silverhand.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC, when it debuts April 16, 2020.
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Luigi’s Mansion 3
Fusing action with puzzle-solving, Nintendo’s “Luigi Mansion 3” – an exclusive title for Nintendo Switch – has players control Mario’s brother in and around a haunted hotel.
Along with using your flashlight to stun ghosts and a new Poltergust vacuum cleaner to suck them up, players can summon Gooigi – Luigi’s transparent and green doppelganger – who can help our hapless hero access areas he can’t in the flesh (such as slipping through bars).
A new ScareScraper mode can be played online or locally with up to eight players on four Nintendo Switch systems.
“Luigi’s Mansion 3” is slated to launch sometime this year.
If it’s visceral first-person action you want, 2K Games’ “Borderlands 3” saw some of the longest lines at E3, where gamers could face off against others on expansive maps.
The popular “shooter-looter” game introduces a fresh story, four new playable and customizable Vault Hunters, new enemies, and a cache of never-before-seen weapons. Whether you play solo or with friends online, the goal is to blast away at relentless baddies, collect loads of loot, and protect your home from the galaxy’s most ruthless cult leaders.
“Borderlands 3” will launch Sept. 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on the Epic Games Store for PC, and then on the Steam platform next April.
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What would happen if Nazi Germany won the Second World War?
This alternate universe has been realized in “Wolfenstein: Youngblood,” the latest in the 38-year-old franchise.
Due out July 26, Bethesda Softworks’ first-person shooter takes place in the ’80s, where you can choose to play as twins Jess or Soph Blazkowicz, daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz, the tough protagonist from previous games.
As the duo travels to Paris in search of their dad, each girl has her own weapons and abilities, plus players can complete the game in co-op mode with a friend or via the game’s artificial intelligence.
Missions can be completed in a non-linear fashion, plus players can unlock new gear and abilities as they progress throughout the game.
The game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, and Google Stadia, the upcoming streaming platform.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Created by Ubisoft Toronto, “Watch Dogs: Legion” is the latest installment in the blockbuster Watch Dogs franchise.
In the not-too-distant future, the city of London has become a corrupt surveillance state. Despite the watchful eyes of Big Brother, your goal is to build a resistance to fight back against the authoritarian regime.
Considered a technological breakthrough, players will have complete freedom to “play as anyone” in the game – meaning, every Londoner in this open-world is controllable to further your mission. Therefore, no two games will likely play out the same. From a hacker to a football star, street racer to MI5 agent, every character has a unique backstory, character traits, and abilities. You’ll be able to swap between all your resistance fighters, depending on the specific task at hand.
Four-player co-op will also be available.
“Watch Dogs: Legion” will be playable on March 6, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Google Stadia.
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