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The brakes have failed on our game-drought-bus and we’re now careening downhill towards a glut of new game releases. Don’t you just love this time of the year? The time of the year when the question changes from “can I afford to buy this game?” to “will I have time to play this game now that I’ve bought about seven in the last week?”

Two massive first-person shooter franchises are looming: Battlefield 4 and Killzone: Shadow Fall. Yesterday we shared a new, lengthy gameplay clip of the latter in case you missed it. Today, however, we have story trailers for both games.

Fun fact: the Battlefield franchise actually has a single-player campaign which normally has a story attached to it. You’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise judging by the colossal emphasis on MULTIPLAYER. Also, they punch a dog in the face because Call of Duty: Ghosts has a dog, and Battlefield and Call of Duty don’t get along that well on the playground. We’re not sure why; they’re both very lovely children on their own. We’ve contacted both sets of parents but it just seems as though they might be the source of this animosity anyway. Go figure.

Then there’s Killzone: Shadow Fall with its sizable dollop of racial tension peppered with images and narrative devices meant to hark back to history’s Berlin Wall. The game is set 30 years after the events of Killzone 3, in which (SPOILER ALERT!) the Helghan home world was destroyed by the Vektans who, rather politely, then offered the surviving Helghast refuge on their home planet of Vekta. What could possibly go wrong, right?

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