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Top 5 PC games to pre-order from GamersGate

by Han Cilliers (Lola)  Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 12:59:00 PM

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2014 is going to blow a massive dark hole in gamers' wallets. We are going to be enticed to buy some of the most groundbreaking games that have ever invaded PC. To help you navigate through the tough decision on what to buy and what to miss, we bring you our top 5 games to pre-order from GamersGate.

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1. Thief

Release date: 28 February

Age Restriction: Mature

Genre: Stealth

Modes: Single-player

Synopsis: Garrett, the Master Thief, steps from the shadows into the City. With the Baron’s Watch spreading a rising tide of fear and oppression, a mysterious sickness grips the streets. Led by Orion, the voice of the people, the citizens rise in bloody revolution. Garrett’s thieving skills are all he can trust as he walks the fine line between politics and the people, entangled in layers of conflict. With time running out, the Master Thief unravels a terrible secret from his dark past that ultimately threatens to tear his world apart.

Gameplay: Choice-driven,  with players having a number of possible paths and approaches in a given level. Players may use the environment to their advantage, as well as pickpocket characters. As Garrett attempts to steal in levels, guards and other non-player characters (if they are aware of his presence) will try to flush him out and kill him. Different NPCs may use different means to find him, and the game's artificial intelligence will be aware of the level design, and therefore, know of potential hiding spots.

Players may enter a "Focus" mode, which provides several advantages. It enhances Garrett's vision, highlighting pipes that can be climbed, or candles that can be put out to make the area darker. Focus can also slow down time, so that Garrett is able to steal more effectively while pickpocketing. Garrett can also use Focus to push enemies or perform debilitating attacks. It can be further upgraded over the course of the game.

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Eidos Montreal

Download: Thief Standard Edition / Master Thief Edition

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2. The Elder Scrolls Online

Release date: 1 April (if you pre-order)

Age Restriction: Mature

Genre: Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Modes: Multiplayer

Synopsis: TESO’s storyline takes place 1 000 years before the events of Skyrim, while the prince Molag Bal is reigning chaotically on Tamriel, throwing the world and its nine provinces into conflict and dividing its people into three factions with one singular goal, to end the reign of Molag Bal. Each territory will have its own history, culture and traditions so we will see the style of architecture and appearance of cities differing a lot. The size of each area is rather big. If you imagine that all previous Elder Scrolls games have focused on one area, now, think of the scale of all of them plus more combined. This means that exploration and discovery will still be a core aspect of TESO as it was in previous Elder Scrolls games, which for me is just downright exciting.

Gameplay: Four classes, these include: Dragon Knight, Templar, Sorcerer and Nightblade. With an enhanced Elder Scrolls combat system, engage in real-time targeting and strategic attacks and blocks. Use any weapon or wear any armor at any time, no matter what type of character you play and develop your own style with deep character customization and abilities.With ESO’s Megaserver technology you no longer choose a server, but instead play in one connected world. The game automatically places you with friends, guild mates, people you’ve encountered before, and other like-minded players. Simply jump in and begin your adventure. 

Publisher: Bethesda

Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios

Download: The Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition / The Elder Scrolls  Online Imperial Edition

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3. Murdered Soul Suspect

Release date: 27 June

Age Restriction: Mature

Genre: Action-adventure, puzzle

Modes: Single-player

Synopsis: Murdered: Soul Suspect is a dark, detective thriller with a supernatural twist: solving your own murder from the afterlife. Play as Ronan O’Connor, a Salem police detective with a checkered past, whose life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal killer. Trapped in a limbo world called Dusk, he is unable to find peace until he can bring his killer to justice.

Gameplay: Using his new-found supernatural abilities, Ronan is free to explore the town of Salem, Massachusetts, from his shadowy afterlife. Unable to communicate with the detectives on his case, Ronan must read the minds of the living, influencing their thoughts and actions. As part of his investigation, he must interrogate the ghosts of Salem’s past citizens to piece together the puzzle, while battling demonic spirits to save his soul and uncover the shocking truth about who is responsible for his death.

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Airtight Games

Download: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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4. Watch_Dogs

Release date: Q2 2014

Age Restriction: Mature

Genre: Action-adventure

Modes: Single-player & Multiplayer

Synopsis: You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy.  Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you'll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy…and more. Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.

Gameplay: Hack into various electronic devices tied to the city's central operating system (CtOS), allowing various methods for the player to solve numerous objectives. Examples include hacking into people's phones to retrieve bank data and steal funds, triggering malfunctions in equipment to distract other characters and hacking into traffic lights to cause collisions. Players can also receive information on civilians via augmented reality feeds, providing the player with information on demographics, health and potential behaviour. Objectives showcased in presentations include finding specific targets to kill, evading the police and following potential victims in order to stop their would-be killers. Combat utilizes a combination of stealth components and parkour, along with the mechanics of a cover-based third-person shooter.

The multiplayer experience is a one-on-one interaction between two human characters in which one player seamlessly and secretly joins the single player experience of another player. The first player (which entered the other player's world) is tasked with finding the second player (which is initially unaware that another human is in their game session - no notification is given to the second player). Once the first player finds the second player the objective is updated.

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Download: Watch_Dogs Standard Edition / Watch_Dogs Delux Edition

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5. Alien: Isolation

Release date: September 

Age Restriction: Mature

Genre: Survival-horror, stealth

Modes: Single-player

Synopsis: Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien™, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother's disappearance.As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.

Gameplay: Instead of following a predetermined path, the artificial intelligence of the Alien has been programmed to actively hunt the player by sight, sound and smell. The player has the ability to crouch to hide behind objects to break line of sight with the Alien, to which the player can then covertly peak over or lean around to gain view. Throughout the majority of the game, the player does no have access to weapons to fight the Alien, and instead is only given a flashlight and a motion tracker to detect the monsters movement, however using these creates light and nose that increases the chance of the player being found by the Alien. The game features no onscreen HUD, instead requiring the player to use their inventory to acquire information, such as bringing up the motion tracker to locate the Alien.

Publisher: Sega

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Download: Alien: Isolation

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Are you gonna play any of the five titles, or all of them?

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