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Hitman HD Collection Screens

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Hitman fans around the world can rejoice as the HD Collection containing Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money is set for release on 1st February 2013 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The compilation will support Achievements and Trophies, ranging from ranking challenges, weapon purchases and difficulty completions. This will be the first time PS3 owners get to experience Hitman: Blood Money and it will be the first time for Xbox 360 owners play Hitman: Contracts and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

The latest screenshots released show off classic missions in the series. It will be great to revisit your favourite missions and be rewarded for your efforts this time with Achievements and Trophies. Back in the day you would invite your friends over to prove you've attained a certain score but Achievements and Trophies have definitely changed that. Hitman: Absolution is the latest game in the series and was well received when it was released last November.

Revisit the origins of the series when the Hitman HD Collection is released on 1st February 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Dead Space 3 Preview and Demo News

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This latest entry in the Dead Space series takes a more directed focus on co-op, which at first thought sounds like a detraction from the series we've grown to love. However in actual fact it expands upon the narratives scope and gives you a much needed companion, to sustain the onslaught of Necromorphs on the planet Tau Volantis. While it's possible to play the campaign solo as Isaac, it's recommended to play with a friend to see the game from a different point of view.

John Carver is a new playable character with a traumatic past and brings in additional elements to the story and uncovers paths and clues, Isaac can't see. Co-op is seamlessly integrated into the single player experience, so friends can drop in and out without having to wait for each other to progress. 

Weapon crafting is one of the main features of the game and allows you to create a unique weapon that can be shared with the rest of the world. This allows you to tweak your favourite weapon and possibly attach a flamethrower to it, to become the ultimate force in the games frozen planet.

Dishonored: How Will You Play?

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Dishonored allows players to play the game in multiple ways using various game mechanics. The stealthy approach to missions would be to use distractions and lean around corners, to avoid being seen. AI is very aware of your movement and will be alerted to footsteps, should you decide to run in their vicinity.

Corvo's arsenal of weapons includes a blade, pistol and crossbows, all of which can be used simultaneously. The same goes for his powers and when there chained together you can expect devastating effects.

Borderlands 2 Preview

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The game that popularized shoot and loot is back, bigger and better than ever. Borderlands 2 has a bazillion procedurally built weapons, guaranteeing no one will have the same gun. They can be traded with friends in four player co-op or local/online split screen.

Pandora is the fictional setting of the game and has changed since the events of the first title. The environment stretches far beyond sand and dirt, with the likes of icy and toxic landscapes to explore. The barren wasteland is under the reign of Handsome Jack, who is driving Pandora in to the ground and eliminating Bandits.

 

Prototype 2 Review

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Sergeant James Heller is one angry super soldier, mourning his families death due to the Blacklight Virus (AKA Mercer Virus). The virus has spread across New York and it's been 2 years since the last event. With a blaze of fury against Alex Mercer, his beloveds passing will be avenged at any cost.

Right from the get go you can run up buildings and glide across the city like a flying squirrel. NYZ has been split into three zones, each one being progressively worse. The scale of each zone is reasonably large and mainly differentiated by environment effects or destroyed buildings.

Radical Entertainment has perfectly captured the feeling of being invincible. Heller is literally immortal compared to the inhabitants of NYZ, bullets and missiles barely scratch his jacket. Especially when you start upgrading his abilities, strength and health with experience points. Upgrades are frequent and measured by experience points, which are easily obtained after any skirmish.

This is a great way to reward players for their efforts and progressively get stronger. It's not long though, before your path of destruction becomes effortless and the challenge is minimal. Nonetheless your abilities are far too entertaining to get bored.

Battlefield 3 Premium Trailer

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Take your Battlefield 3 experience to the next level with the latest Premium add-on, available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Purchasing Battlefield 3 Premium entitles you to 5 expansion packs and early access. This includes Back to Karkand, Close Quarters, Armoured Kill, Aftermath and End Game.  You also get 20 new weapons, over 10 more vehicles and more customization items.

Battlefield 3 was released last year and became the most visually stunning shooter for its realism. This is all thanks to the Frostbite 2 engine by DICE, producing the most realistic lighting conditions and shaders seen in the Battlefield series.

The Premium add-on is available now, with enough content to keep the upmost enthusiast content. Be sure to pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter, to gain access to the Battlefield 4 beta. The new Medal of Honor is also powered by Frostbite 2 and will be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on 26th October 2012.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Launch Trailer

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Valve's Source Filmmaker helps build up the intensity of this tactical shooter, with a cinematic launch trailer. The game which pioneered team base action gameplay, has been revitalised with updated classic maps and new content. Ranging from new weapons, characters, maps and gameplay modes.

 This is the first time the multiplayer phenomenon will be gracing a console near you. CS:GO is slated to release on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network on 22nd August 2012.  The PC and Apple Mac version is being released today on Steam with a total of 167 achievements to unlock.

If your planning to purchase the PC version you’ll be pleased to know, CS:GO is easy on the hardware when it comes to system requirements. Windows XP is supported and can also be played on Windows Vista/7. An Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom X3 processor is required as a minimum and 1 or 2GB of ram will be sufficient. In terms of graphics cards any DirectX 9 card or better will be stable enough to run the game.

Sleeping Dogs Launch Trailer

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Wei Shen may be a Police Officer but he's struggling to be civilised, whilst infiltrating the Triads.  As a member of the Sun On Yee, you will need to prove yourself via aggression and cold blooded attacks. Climbing up the ranks will lead to the inevitable showdown with the Sun On Yee dragon, the man you've been tasked to take down.

Use Wei's fighting skills, experience with firearms and fine tuned driving to take out the Triads, however you like. United Front Games have crafted an epic action game that sends cars derailing off the road after a shot to the tires and a brutal combat system, which allows you to use the environment to your advantage.

This is the first game I've seen that allows you to throw enemies in the boot of your car and slam their  heads with a car door. There's also some player customization with purchasable clothes, which affects how fellow Triads perceive you.

17th August is around the corner now and it won't be long before your playing Sleeping Dogs on either PS3, Xbox 360 or PC.

Sleeping Dogs: George St-Pierre

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George St-Pierre has had a major hand in crafting an authentic combat system in Sleeping Dogs. Using his expertise and passion for his field, George was able to give  animators useful feedback to correlate the impact moves  have in real life to the game. The developers felt his fighting style reflected what they had incorporated in game and was fitting to invite him to their studio.

Although it may not be possible in the shipped game, we are given a glimpse of what it would be like to fight a dozen or more enemies on screen.  Square Enix have also announced a George St-Pierre pre-order bonus, which includes his outfit (T-shirt, headband, shorts) and signature flying punch as a move in the game.

One of the great things about these behind the scenes videos is we get a chance to understand the mindset of the developers. It also gives us a glimpse at what development tools are used and Autodesk 3D's Max is evident in this trailer.

Take a trip to Hong Kong when Sleeping Dogs is out on 17th August 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Sleeping Dogs: Mrs Chu's Revenge

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In this latest trailer were given an insight to the mission structure of the game. Wei uses his ties to the police and introduces a new way of tracking people. Using a tracking software on his phone, players must try to get in the centre of a triangular display. Once you reach the designated point, your given a list of possible location the receiving end may be situated. Selecting the one with the strongest signal strength leads you to their location.

High octane varied action is a key aspect of the game, switching between hand to hand combat, shootouts and car chases on the fly. To create an authentic combat system the developers looked towards UFC'S George St-Pierre, to motion capture martial arts manoeuvres.

The Driving mechanics have been given tender care as well, looking sharp in the trailer. Whilst aiming on a vehicle, time slows down giving you enough time to shoot the tires of the opposition. Causing chaos on screen like any good action movie, with explosions  everywhere in your rear-view mirror.

Sleeping Dog is released on 17th August 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Sleeping Dogs: Hard Boiled Gunplay

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Hong Kong cinema has some fantastic shootouts and is a true inspiration for Sleeping Dogs. Players can  create those moments themselves using Wei's skills. When hand to hand combat isn't enough, disarming an enemy will gain you the advantage. Every bullet is brutal than the last, piercing the flesh of the brave and dim.

To make scenarios more atmospheric the environment is destructible and explosive.  Slow motion kills are ever present in Hong Kong action films and can be initiated whenever you vault over cover. Think The Matrix meets Infernal Affairs; both films have inspired the game one way or another. Especially Infernal Affairs which is a Hong Kong crime-thriller, about an undercover cop who infiltrates the Triads. In a similar fashion Sleeping Dog's plot happens to be the same. 

United Front Games have crafted a promising open world crime drama, exploring the nitty-gritty world of the Triads. Hit the streets of Hong Kong like never before when the game releases on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC come 17th August 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man Launch Trailer

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Our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has got more than he bargained for in his latest adventure, with the likes of Black Cat, Rhino, The Lizard, Scorpion and Oscorp Robots roaming the streets. Beenox has given fans an open world Spidey game, taking place after the events of the upcoming Spider-Man film.

Web slinging has been revolutionized to provide the most authentic experience as the wall crawler. Giving players the sense of acceleration and vertigo as Spider-Man leaps off a building and gains momentum with every web swing.

With the inclusion of Stan lee and Rhino as pre-order bonuses, Beenox sure knows how's to do fan service right. Collecting comic books, unlocking costumes and fighting crime are amongst the many things to do in Manhattan.

The city is your playground and ready to explore right now on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii/DS/3DS. A PC release has been confirmed for 10th August 2012 and will make its way on Steam with achievements.

Lollipop Chainsaw Review

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Juliet has just turned 18 and arrives at school to discover a zombie invasion. Instead of running away like any other cheerleader, she's slices her former classmates with a chainsaw. Get ready to embrace  the mindset of Suda 51, who brought us No More Heroes , Killer 7 and most recently Shadows of the Damned.

After performing black magic on her boyfriends (Nick) decapitated head, he discovers Juliet's a zombie hunter in this hack and slash adventure. Lollipop Chainsaw doesn't take itself seriously and will humour you from beginning to end, with cheesy, profanity filled dialogue.

Wielding a chainsaw Juliet can either decapitate heads and arms or slice a zombies leg. To add insult to injury players can also use pom poms to stun enemies. It's quite fun to slice zombies limb by limb which disappear into a rainbow. You'll want new moves sooner than later to freshen the combat and tackle more challenging zombies with ease.

killing zombies gives you currency which can be utilized at pop up shops throughout the game. There is a selection of items to purchase from new clothes, songs, concept art and upgrades to Juliet's health and combat.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Bruce Campbell Trailer

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Renown Hollywood actor; Bruce Campbell, best known for The Evil Dead films is in The Amazing Spider-Man video game. As the Extreme Reporter, Bruce's character will be dishing out challenges from his blimp. Which includes racing around the city to collect flares or getting to a location under a time limit.

Bruce made an appearance in all three Spider-Man films by Sam Raimi, either as a ring announcer, an usher and maître d. He also provided his voice for all the game tie-ins as well, so it's no surprise he's in the upcoming video game.

An open world Spider-Man game always goes down with the fans, especially when it has unlockable alternative costumes. Pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man for a chance to play as Stan Lee or Rhino. Swing your way to the nearest retailer when the game is released on 29th June, for Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, DS, 3DS and PC.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Free Roam Developer Diary

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In this latest trailer Beenox gives us a sneak peak, at how Spider-Man’s Smartphone is used to navigate missions. In this latest instalment players can free roam Manhattan as Spider-Man like never before. The camera has now been adjusted quite closely behind Spider-Man’s shoulders, making web swinging more immersive than ever. 

Roaming around the city you’ll come across random crimes and in this trailer, the combat system is revealed. Using the face buttons for control you can activate strikes, signature moves and dodge enemies. Objects in the environment such as trash cans, can also be used in combat. 

Other activities involve assisting the police with car chases. Using web rush you can both leep off cars and the environment or perform a signature swing on to an enemies getaway car. From here you can fill their windscreen with Spidey’s web and trap them, in a giant web across two buildings. 

Long time fans will be chuffed with Beenox’s efforts to bring all the action and thrills, from the big screen on a console near you. 

Pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man and receive bonus content when the game is released on 29th June 2012, for Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii/DS/3DS and PC. 

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