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Watch Dogs, May 27
Who watches the watchdogs? You do! In an alternate Chicago where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, you play Aiden Pearce, an extraordinary hacker who takes control of the grid in a quest for vengeance. Pearce can use his smartphone to access security cameras and ATMs, manipulate traffic lights, and even control public transit (watch out, CTA). Ubisoft’s ambitious adventure features a huge, open world and a variety of multiplayer modes that could make it the summer’s biggest hit. (Rated M; multiplatform)

The Evil Within, Aug. 26
Since Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami left Capcom, the series has become more like an overblown action movie. But Mikami’s new game looks to pick up where Resident Evil 4 left off. You play detective Sebastian Castellanos, who’s sent to investigate a mass murder, but things go terribly wrong. Castellanos must battle a series of nightmarish creatures — all bent on dismembering him — to survive the horrors that lie within this surreal, grotesque game. (Rating pending; multiplatform)

Super Smash Bros., Summer
A competitive bunch, those Nintendo characters. Whenever you get them together, they can’t help but race for supremacy (see: Mario Kart) or start punching each other in their adorable faces. The long-running four-player brawler goes portable for the first time but loses none of its manic action. It also includes the new Smash Run Mode, not found in the forthcoming Wii U version, which puts players in a dungeon full of enemies and power-ups and culminates in a spectacular (but still so cute!) beat-down. (Rating pending; Nintendo 3DS)

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