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Winter release roundup

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Despite 2015 having already seen the release of 'Halo 5,' 'Call of Duty Black Ops 3,' 'Metal Gear Solid 5,' 'Fallout 4,' 'Starwars: Battlefront,' 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate,' 'Mario Maker' and many more, there are still many great games coming right around the corner. By the time you are reading this, a couple of big games will have just been released. Those games are 'Rainbow Six: Siege' and 'Just Cause 3.'

I was lucky enough to get to try out the beta for 'Rainbow Six: Siege' a few weeks ago, and as someone who isn't a big fan of competitive shooters, I think this may be one I have to play. The game sees groups of terrorists and counter-terrorists doing battle in small, enclosed environments. These environments can be ripped apart. Whether you are shooting a shotgun through a wall or placing explosives on a roof so you can drop through and catch the enemy by surprise, there are not many quiet moments. The matches are fast, tactical and exciting.

'Just Cause 3' is also built around destruction, but takes it to a whole new level. You must liberate an island nation from the grip of a tyrannical dictator. How do you do that? As it turns out, you just need to blow up almost everything you see in a sprawling open world. You have many tools at your disposal, including a parachute, wing suit, grappling hook and an infinite supply of explosives. Anyone familiar with 'Just Cause 2' will know what to expect. Those who are new to 'Just Cause' are in for a fiery, over-the-top treat.

Dec. 3 will see the release of 'Dragon Quest Heroes' on the PC. The game came out recently on the PS4 to surprisingly good feedback. The game is a 'Dynasty Warriors'-style take on the Dragon Quest universe. I'm excited (and surprised) to see it getting a PC release so quickly.

Dec. 4 sees the release of 'Xenoblade Chronicles X' exclusively on the WiiU. This open world RPG is the follow-up to the Wii cult classic 'Xenoblade Chronicles.' This game has you exploring five full continents of an uncharted planet in an attempt to keep humanity going. Early word is that the game is absolutely massive and it takes dozens of hours just to unlock the flying mech that allows you to fully explore the world.

January 2016 has some noteworthy releases as well, including 'Mario and Lugi: Paper Jam' for the 3DS. This Mario RPG crosses over with the Paper Mario games and should be a humorous adventure filled with wacky characters and a fun combat system.

Considering what a great year it has already been for video games, it is exciting to that there are still some big releases to come. Whatever console you play on, whatever kinds of games you play, it is looking like everyone will get something to enjoy.


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