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Upcoming video games: 'Divinity,' 'Sniper Elite III'

tech reviews Updated: Jun 28, 2014 11:26 IST

Belgian developer Larian offers an ambitious take on the action-RPG genre with "Divinity: Original Sin" and the wartime "Sniper Elite" series returns, this time relocating to North Africa.

Divinity: Original Sin (Mac WinPC)
International via download: June 30

A Kickstarter success by the skin of its teeth but nonetheless a worthy addition to the open world action-RPG genre inhabited by "Skyrim" and "Pillars of Eternity," sporting a sophisticated range of options when it comes to character development, conversations, and even basic mission acquisition and completion. Single player or two player online co-op, Linux date TBA.

Sniper Elite III (360 PS3 PS4 WinPC XBO)
North America: July 1
European regions: June 27

A series singular in its focus expands to move its historical setting from Europe to North Africa, with players dropping into the boots of a World War II OSS sniper tasked with bringing the conflict to a close.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (360 PS4 WiiU XBO)
International via download: July 2
PlayStation 4 edition: July 1

A well-praised celebration of jump'n'run platform games, of Mexican art, culture and wrestling convention, and containing a slew of pop-culture and meme-culture. The base game was released on PS3, Vita and Windows PC in 2013, followed by a Linux edition in February 2014.

One Piece: Unlimited World RED (3DS PS3 WiiU Vita)
Japan: since November 2013; June 12 on 3DS
Europe: June 27
North America: July 8

Slick cartoon-style brawler continuing the 14-year tradition of tie-ins for Eiichiro Oda's longrunning manga and (more pertinently) animated series. The Trafalgar Law character is exclusive to the new Coliseum Mode, encouraging players to try out a team battle inspired by One Piece's most recent episodes.

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)
Japan: July 17
North America: July 25
European regions: July 11

Treated to a staggered release via the Nintendo eShop, five sporting diversions, upgraded from the original "Wii Sports," are here collected at a lower overall price for the retail edition: Tennis, Bowling, Golf, Baseball, Boxing. Suitable for mutliplayer games at home or online, with regional clubs to join and integration with the Miiverse network.