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Hitman Absolution: new trailer focuses on Agent 47′s past

Monday, 12 November 2012 13:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Hitman: Absolution is the latest in a long line of games featuring the bald assassin, but if you’re not up to speed on the escapades of Agent 47 you can delve into his past via this snazzy new trailer from IO Interactive. Check it out below.

Hitman: Absolution is out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 from November 20th.

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37 Comments

  1. SplatteredHouse

    I really hope the finished game of HA delivers, since it’s pretty much the only game on the radar for me, currently, of its type. (AAA, day-one-buy) It looks like they may have a special game there.

    I wouldn’t be against seeing a dev demonstration of it in action. I wonder what the next Hitman from Squeenix Montreal will be like!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    @1: Haven’t you watched the 16 min + gameplay footage with dev commenting on it?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    I’ve seen the stage demonstration that ends with the helicopter, and I vaguely remember a commentated vid around a bustling market. If what you’re talking about is one of those, then yes.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Here’s some more gameplay footage from the ‘Streets of Hope’ level:

    http://youtu.be/szOYjJeHVyw

    Definitely looks good.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. absolutezero

    Having read the PC Gamer review fully its not sounding all that great. Instead of keeping the story on the edges because it was always pretty terrible they have instead brought it to the fore and its had a direct negative impact on the game.

    Instead of each area being its own contained freely navigatable location with a target of some description and everything else being up to you its now all about getting from A to B without being detected. The story itself seems terrible.

    One of the new skills to get past the re-done detection AI is putting your hand over your face while walking past guards. It uses the “Instinct” resource which is recharged by killing people. So theres now a direct reason for simply murdering people as you wander about. Theres no load-outs at all anymore because letting you choose the style you want to play would deter from the precious story-telling.

    From the review :

    “Currently, though, Absolution is not worth buying. If they can somehow patch in a save function, improve performance and let players do interesting things with Contracts, it will be. Until then, I’d wait for a preposterous Steam sale.

    That’s something I never thought I’d have to saying about a Hitman game. I desperately hope the reaction to it is strong enough to convince the developers to change direction, because I could’nt stand to watch the series die like this.”

    :(

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Edo

    @5 There’s no load-outs anymore!?!?WTF!!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. absolutezero

    Nope according to the review you start each stage with a shitty pistol and have to find everything else within the level itself.

    So if you fancy sniping someone from a distance you just have to hope that one of the level designers decided to drop a rifle somewhere for you to try and find.

    Want to set up an explosion? Samething you need to go and try and find the C4 or whatever yourself, you can no longer throw, place in things or stick explosives to walls either.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. RandomTiger

    Ah good, I was hoping someone would talk about the PCGamer review, the score and conclusion were circulating at the weekend but I couldn’t get any info beyond that.

    I’ll probably cancel my preorder, this was to be my last game of the year :(

    #8 2 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    “If they can somehow patch in a save function”

    Why? I have to imagine progress saves between missions, so the above request sounds more like spoon-fed gamer complaints. Why would I want to save mid-mission, since the purpose is to allow the environment to react, and then the player reacts…If you can just save-as-you-please, doesn’t that potentially blunt the whole intrigue and effect of 47′s behaviour and activities. I don’t like the sound of the Instinct> murder idea, though.

    To your second paragraph mentioning the stage layout, I thought that that style (which we saw some of in the stage demo) was a limited situation. Because, the next time they showed the game the scenario was quite different – if that was the norm instead, with “bustling market” being pulled out in the face of criticism to try to throw people off the scent the next time that the game was shown; then, that’s not good. Although, your post’s contents contributes to the reason that I am keen to see more video coverage of Absolution: figuring out which of the messages is the accurate one.

    No doubt, independent commentators will have their say soon enough. But, I’m staying optimistic for now. That contracts system sounds brilliant, and it’s encouraging to see they picked up on an existing tendency of their fanbase, and then formally supported it in the game.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Edo

    @7 Sigh………..

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    “Currently, though, Absolution is not worth buying. If they can somehow patch in a save function, improve performance and let players do interesting things with Contracts, it will be. Until then, I’d wait for a preposterous Steam sale.”

    Someone that has never played the series obviously. All Hitman games never allowed you to save mid mission when you exited the mission it literally deleted the save. All those mid mission saves were a form of manual checkpoint system that you can only do while in the mission. I would rather not have that feature and I plan on playing in the higher difficulties which doesn’t allow instinct which btw to refill you don’t just “kill people” there are other ways to refill it. I also never cared for loadouts so that doesn’t bother me either.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    “Currently, though, Absolution is not worth buying.”

    I’m not a fan of this approach. I don’t know how someone can say that without investing proper time into it.

    For the record, I’m sure you have your reasons for saying this, so I’m not having a go at you, but sometimes it does pay to not be cynical. Games – like all media – can surprise you if you give them the benefit of the doubt.

    As for me, I’ve not played enough of it to have an opinion yet.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    Dave, that part’s a review quote from a magazine.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    @13 so it is. Hmm, well then that’s a different story ;)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    Its Tom Francis.

    Blood Money is one of his favourite games of all time. I’ve taken some shots of the review with my camera, I’ll upload them somewhere for you to read yourselves.

    http://i.imgur.com/hLHmf.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/aSpYu.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/beSVC.jpg

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    I already read his complaints are minor for me. Its someone that like to be spoon fed on how to play a game. Well if he wants that type of game there is Assassins Creed 3.

    Also to complain about a save feature mid mission shows he didn’t play Blood Money. That game is the one I am talking about it deleting saves so why ask for that feature if the series has never had that. Herp derp

    #16 2 years ago
  17. absolutezero

    No its the complete opposite.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Moonwalker1982

    Weird, so he loved Blood Money but isn’t really happy at all with the new one? That stuff about saving is BS. It’s part of the tension (for me) NOT to be able to save.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @17

    First two paragraph proves what a tool he is and just claiming to enjoy Blood Money. All of the games did exactly that so to like that one but hate this one for doing the same thing is moronic.

    Him also complaining about aiming another one of Hitman series weaknesses.

    This guy is just saying Blood Money to sound cool. His opinion is that of someone that is looking for a third person run and gun type of game that helps you along the way. This game is not that as I said there is Assassins Creed 3 for that.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. absolutezero

    No hes not.

    Stop fucking grasping.

    http://www.pentadact.com/index.php/2006-09-23-blood-money-and-sex
    http://www.pentadact.com/2010-09-04-postcards-from-a-weekend-of-premeditated-murder/

    He really does love Blood Money. Trying to say that he has no real connection with the previous titles is fucking stupid. and wrong.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    There’s some concerning things in that article. It sounds like they’ve managed to recall the clean mission ruining shade of Splinter Cell! It also sounds very poorly optimised – thanks again, Microsoft twits…(designed for controller certainly, console port possibly…oh. this is just getting better!)
    :( indeed.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    @20

    Read the article he says it in the first paragraph not allowing a save system mid mission makes it broken for him even though Hitman 1 to BLood Money has always done it this way. Aiming a gun in the series has always been difficult through mechanics and the environment.

    The only real complaint he has is the A to B level design and no load out which Blood Money only gave you weapons that you have unlocked so it wasn’t like at the beginning of the game you had an arsenal because you didn’t.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Moonwalker1982

    To me that reviewer sounds like someone who wanted nothing but a Blood Money 2. Well sorry, but ever since they announced Absolution, it was clear that it wasn’t gonna be that. He whines alot if you ask me. Here’s a good review:

    http://gamingbolt.com/hitman-absolution-review-brilliant-mission-design-extremely-motivating-game-mechanics#OIAoZKkegbVF6db3.99

    #23 2 years ago
  24. RandomTiger

    Thanks absolutezero, I’m on the same page as the reviewer on Blood Money and am probably going to be disappointed if I buy this at full price.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. SplatteredHouse

    @22: Did you miss the part where it explains that missions are made up of multiple small areas separated by one-way doors? Ala, Thief DS. Design that was looked down upon at the start of this generation as an oddity, and here it reappears at the end.

    So, the enemy AI behaviour, and the disguise quirks aren’t worth criticising? I would have thought that such flaws threaten to undermine a lot of the draws to the game.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Moonwalker1982

    Hey may have a few legit concerns but it’s ridiculous to score it that low and already say it’s not worthy of your purchase right away. Sorry, but sounds like someone who is just soooooo disapointed it’s not BM2, that it’s automatically not worth buying. Not what i’d call a good reviewer honestly.

    I just read this..and i’m really not that worried to be honest. I suggest you all read it too :)

    http://www.hitmanforum.com/index.php/topic/56808-official-review-thread-for-hitman-absolution/page__st__800#entry1570464

    #26 2 years ago
  27. absolutezero

    You know what?

    Thats cool. Blood Money was the culmination of every that the series had tried beforehand, it was a playground of black humour and player interaction at its finest.

    Absolution just seems to be a huge step back and when the preceeding game in the series was something as good as Blood Money then it gets a little bit depressing.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight

    @25

    “So, the enemy AI behaviour, and the disguise quirks aren’t worth criticising? I would have thought that such flaws threaten to undermine a lot of the draws to the game.”

    All of the Hitman series have had its quirks and even so in Blood Money. Many of times I have done an entire mission up to the point of the kill and because I moved too fast everyone and their mother was after me. Its what the series has always had issues with.

    I said that the level design may be his only legit complaint but again the series has always had a door or a single way to complete the mission. The difference now is that instead of the missions being all over the world and disconnected, They made them connected.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Moonwalker1982

    I will judge the game myself when i buy it. I played the Chinatown mission at Gamescom and it was there that i truly fell in love with the game. It was awesome. I honestly hope i won’t be agreeing with the reviewer eventually. Finally Hitman is back, looking so damn good in terms of graphics, details and atmosphere…and it would turn out to be a miss? Ah hell no >:(

    #29 2 years ago
  30. SplatteredHouse

    @26: There’s an amount of points that are not mere opinion, that he encountered during his time playing which he’s reported on. It wouldn’t be smart to discredit the review altogether, at least not until some kind of pattern emerges. I think the fact that the reviewer noted the information about their past feeling about the franchise, doesn’t affect the value of their opinion.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. absolutezero

    “I wanted this game to be good, here is a review that tells me it is good. It is a better review than the negative review because it backs up what I wanted to hear.”

    mmhhmmm

    NEW GAMES JOURNALISM.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    What are you people talking about? You could save mid-mission in the previous Hitman games.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight

    @32

    Yes you could but it would only work while you were in that mission but once you turned off the system or got out of the mission you couldn’t get in because the game was designed to delete it so you couldn’t start at that same point.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Soong

    @Phoeinixblight man oh man. Are you on drugs? Did you hit your head? Or have you simply never EVER played Blood Money? Because if you had played Blood Money you would know that the amount of saves in previous Hitman games depends on the difficulty levels:

    http://hitman.wikia.com/wiki/Difficulty_level

    And saves DID NOT get deleted if you quit a mission! STOP LYING

    #34 2 years ago
  35. RandomTiger

    @34 I seem to remember my saves getting deleted in Blood Money, not sure if it was the PC or 360 version as I played them both.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. VizioRogue

    Stupid people that have no idea what they’re talking about, here’s how the save system has changed.

    In Blood Money, you got a certain number of saves that depended on the difficulty you were playing on. However, when you quit out of the mission, the saves were gone. So, basically, think of them as quick-saves you could make at any point during the mission to save the state of everything (costumes, pedestrians, people who’ve been killed, weapon drops, etc) as long as you were playing. If you quit the mission, your saves no longer existed and you had to start over. Go ahead, load up Blood Money. Unless you have some kind of mod, you’ll have missions unlocked but can only start at the beginning of each one.

    In Absolution, there’s no quick save system at all. It’s replaced by ‘checkpoints’ trigerred by certain events and they reset everything on the map (including guards, costumes, weapon drops, etc). And it sucks.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Talkar

    @36 Why? The checkpoint system won’t be active on purist mode anyway, so i can’t see how it would interfere with a true Hitman fan…
    Of course for casual players it might, but then again, they are casual players, i doubt they care too much about playing Hitman the hard way.

    #37 2 years ago

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    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]