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Four great games that will be overshadowed this holiday season

The 2015 holiday season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting ever with games like Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5, Call of Duty Black Ops 3, and Fallout 4 on the way. But this huge surge of incredible AAA games on Xbox One, PS4, and PC is making the market tough for other games to record a more than solid Q4.

The aforementioned games may very well be fantastic, but there are others coming that would be top selling games any other year. Here are just a few that gamers can’t forget about.

Just Cause 3

Avalanche Studios seems to have finally perfected the Just Cause formula over the nine years the series has existed. Just Cause 3 (which I got the change to play at NY Comic Con) takes a good look at what fans of the franchise have loved and turns them into more refined features.

The first Just Cause game was on the fringe of being a good game with solid ideas that were made infinitely better in Just Cause 2. The sequel offered better grappling hook mechanics, more destruction in the environment, and a larger world.

And this upcoming third game? It offers better grappling hook mechanics (three-way grappling hook), more destruction (fully destroyable bridges, refineries, and more), and a larger world… and a new feature to keep the gameplay fresh and evolving. A wing-suit has been introduced and in conjunction with the parachute and grappling hook players can virtually fly — pulling themself across the terrain as they glide by.

Just Cause 3 launches December 1 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC retailing at $59.99.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Ubisoft has bordered on the line of oversaturating the market with Assassin’s Creed games, but the quality of them is (normally) worthy of being mentioned in this list. Syndicate brings a slightly darker feel to the excellent Assassin’s Creed engine running things.

Now set in Victorian London just as the industrial revolution changes the landscape of western society, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate looks to have an interesting narrative taking on another setting seldom explored in gaming. Despite the enjoyment fans of the series surely will find in it, this is a prime game to miss it’s target sales numbers (especially considering gamers seem to be growing tired of the year-after-year releases of the games).

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate launches October 23 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Rainbow Six: Siege

Though the recent beta has done a decent job creating some excitement for the first Rainbow Six game since Vegas 2 back in 2008, Rainbow Six: Siege is flying relatively under the radar despite it bringing back the classic realistic/intense style of the franchise to the new generation.

Rainbow Six thrives around player communication and strategy, and gamers looking for something that contrasts to the casual Call of Duty/Battlefield games. Rainbow Six is not a game in position to reach the same level as those games sales-wise simple because of the nature of the game, but any other year this game could be a top 3 game being sought after by way more gamers.

Rainbow Six: Siege is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC on December 1.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Microsoft was banking on Rise of the Tomb Raider giving it an advantage in exclusives this holiday season, but with so many multi-platform titles it’ll be tough for Tomb Raider to make a significant dent in the market. There’s no question though that the quality of the game will be fantastic. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition currently available on Xbox One offers one of the best most exciting narratives.

The adventure game has been a consistent icon in gaming — especially with it’s prevalence on the PlayStation 1, and Microsoft would have struck gold if this game was not poised to be overshadowed by other games this holiday season.

Rise of the Tomb Raider releases November 10 with timed exclusivity on Xbox One.


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Rainbow Six Siege beta codes rolling out now

For those that signed up for the closed Rainbow Six Siege beta the access codes are being rolled out now in emails. The beta was open for sign-up back in late March — soon after the closing of the closed alpha.

The last alpha showed the game still had quite a ways to go with unfinished textures, lackluster lighting, and other general gameplay gaffes. Not particularly out of the ordinary for an alpha version of the game, but fans will certainly be hoping for better things in the closed beta that will become available September 24.

This beta will be coming oddly close to the game’s full launch October 13, 2015. It’s questionable how many problems uncovered during the beta could be patched and fixed within that 2-3 week span.

Those who have a code are prompted to head to rainbowsix.com/beta where they can select their platform of choice and enter their beta code. Ubisoft will then send another email at a later date with more instructions pertaining to setting things up.

Rainbow Six Siege will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC and will retail at $59.99. Gamers who have preordered the game will also receive closed beta access.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege gameplay video leaked

Though Ubisoft is working tirelessly to keep the Alpha footage video concealed from the public eye, clips of a close-quarters Rainbow Six: Siege map has been popping up online.

The gameplay showcases the same 5v5 multiplayer mode seen in the official Ubisoft release from last summer. Players battle for either the capture or saving of a single hostage.

Rainbow Six Siege screenshot 1

Compared to the earlier E3 footage though the gameplay looks underwhelming. It’s possible that the E3 showing is what they’re aiming for in their final product, but visually this showing is still far behind what they initially conveyed.

The most evident features in the Siege are the gadgets that are always prevalent in Rainbow Six games, and the obstacles that can be placed down to make for a more dynamic experience each time players play the same maps. Shown in the video — destructable barricades to board up doors, barbed wire, and expandable shields that can be placed anywhere on the ground.

Primary weapons shown in the video are an MP5 MLI submachine gun, a P90 submachine gun, a 591A1 shotgun, a Famas G assault rifle, a K33 Nato, and a G36C assault rifle.

Secondary weapons shown are the Np-9 smg, Model 586 revolver, MAC 11 smg, MK25 pistol, and M45 MEUSOC pistol.

Gadgets and additional equipment shown in the video are frag grenades, breaching charges, stun grenades, EMP Grenades, the “Shock Drone”, and a “Bonfire Launcher”.

Also to be expected based on the variety between each character model is the customizable online player builder like that in Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2.

Rainbow Six: Siege is due to release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC in late 2015.

Check here for an unlisted Youtube video of the gameplay.