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Someone has completed Hitman 3’s Dubai level in 9 seconds

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 15:54 GMT Hitman 3 only came out this week, and already we’re seeing players absolutely smash the completion time of its first level.If you’ve looked at the leaderboards since the game officially came out, you’ll know that some enterprising players are already smashing the six levels in the game, but Dubai in particular seems to be attracting some particularly quick attempts.Currently, the world record completion for the level stands at a frankly baffling nine seconds. Nine! Verified by speedrun.com (via PCGamesN), two speedrunners completed the any% category for On Top of the World…

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Check out the Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny character trailer here

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 13:24 GMT Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 later this year, and ahead of its launch in the West, we’re being introduced to its central cast.Developer Nippon Ichi Software has published a new video showing off the various characters you’ll be leveling up until they can deal damage numbers in the millions as you play through the no doubt bizarre story of the RPG.The trailer introduces us briefly to the story before changing lanes and focusing entirely on the ragtag bunch of weirdos and strangers that’ll…

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Dying Light 2 Collector’s Edition may have leaked via European retailer

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 11:23 GMT It looks like what appears to be a Dying Light 2 Collecter’s Edition has leaked via a European retailer, suggesting the game may be coming soon after all.Dying Light 2 developer Techland had promised, very recently, that it will share some “exciting news” on the game “soon.” But a listing that was uploaded by a retailer in the Czech Republic (image below), we may have seen more than we were supposed to at this stage of the game’s marketing campaign.The supposed Collector’s Edition of the game (thanks, Resetera) comes with a variety of extras…

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The King of Fighters 15 trailer reveals Meitenkun for the roster

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 21 January 2021 15:03 GMT SNK has published another trailer for The King of Fighters 15, and this time the company has confirmed that the carefree and sleepy Meitenkun is returning from KOH 14.Meitenkun – who has become something of a meme amongst the series’ fans because he is always, always seen carrying a pillow – will be returning to the long-running fighting franchise in King of Fighters 15.The combatant, who uses a sort-of Drunken Fist fighting technique called Hakkyokuminminken (or ‘Eight Extremes Sleepy Fist’), first appeared in King of Fighters 14, as part of Team China. You…

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Watch the Resident Evil Showcase livestream here today

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:10 GMT Capcom’s first Resident Evil Showcase this year is due to go live later today, and the publisher assures us it’ll feature a slew of announcements related to the iconic horror franchise.According to the company, today’s presentation will mostly focus on Resident Evil Village – we’re due to get our very first look at the gameplay of the title, and we’re promised more information about the characters, setting and tone of the game, too.Last week, Capcom published a tweet that noted the info will be presented in a new Direct-style video that will be…

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Apex Legends Season 8 and Aussie explosives expert, Fuse, arrive in February

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 18 January 2021 19:20 GMT Respawn Entertainment has announced that Apex Legends Season 8 will go live on February 2, and it will introduce Fuse – the 16th Legend.In a press release paired with a brand new Stories from the Outlands video, Respawn describes Fuse as “the laid-back explosives expert” hailing from Australia.Apparently, his love affair with all things explosive kicked off when he was a kid, where he and his childhood mate found “a bloody beautiful grenade” that seemingly once belonged to the resistance faction on their home planet, Salvo. Check out the new trailer below.Though…

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Xbox studio Ninja Theory shows off photo-realistic graphics in Project: Mara

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 18 January 2021 18:12 GMT A new trailer has gone live giving us more insight into the ground-breaking visuals of Ninja Theory’s Project: Mara.Last year, we heard about Ninja Theory’s experimental title called Project: Mara – the developer revealed the game as a peculiar game that will explore “new ways of storytelling” and will be based on a “real-world” and “grounded representation” of mental terror.Now, in a new trailer, we’ve heard a little bit more about the game and seen some of the mind-blowing photo-realistic visuals Tameem Antoniades and his team are creating for the mysterious title.Perhaps…

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GTA 6 could feature smarter NPCs thanks to newly uncovered Rockstar patent

A new Take-Two patent has been discovered that appears based on improving the intelligence and navigation capabilities of AI.The patent, which registers a “system and method for virtual navigation in a gaming environment” has been posted on Reddit in the last few days, though the actual document was originally filed by Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, back in October 2020.In the simplest terms possible, the patent is geared at making non-player characters’ (that’s NPCs, for short) artificial intelligence a little smarter and more organic, in an attempt to move away from current AI solutions that are starting to feel a little out-dated.The…

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Nuts, the adventure game about squirrel surveillance, comes to Switch and PC in February

Nuts, a game all about keeping your eyes on squirrels as they get up to no good, finally has a release date on PC and Switch.The game is set to launch on Apple Arcade first on January 22 before landing on PC and Switch on February 4.“Gear up your caravan, boot up your GPS, spread out your map and head for the depths of Melmoth Forest,” reads a blurb for the game over on the Nuts site. “As a rookie field researcher, you’ll place cameras during the day, and watch the footage at night, tracking the movements of a scurry…

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Check out the Hitman 3 launch trailer here

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 18 January 2021 15:20 GMT IO Interactive has published the launch trailer for Hitman 3, and it’s a stylish whistlestop tour of Agent 47’s brave new World of Assassination.Hitman 3 is due to launch on January 20 for PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox One X/S (as well as on Nintendo Switch, via the cloud) and to mark the arrival of launch week, we’ve got a brand new trailer to wrap our eyes around.The new video shows off some of the locations in which you’ll be conspiring to take down your targets (you can read…

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game sold over 25,000 copies on Switch in under 3 hours

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:48 GMT Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition has been a very successful modern re-launch, according to Limited Run Games.Though the digital version of Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game was published by Ubisoft, it was Limited Run Games that oversaw the physical release of the game.Limited Run Games is responsible for three versions of Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition, and pre-orders for the Switch and PS4 versions of the base game, the Classic Edition, or the K.O. Edition opened up on January 15.“In less than 3 hours we sold…

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Cyberpunk 2077 staff didn’t think game should ship in 2020, the 2018 demo was ‘entirely fake’ and more – report

A new report has given us a deeper insight into the development and launch of Cyberpunk 2077, with comments from the studio challenging the contentious write-up after its publication.According to Bloomberg, Cyberpunk 2077’s development was even more troubled than the studio let on – even in spite of the months of delays the game eventually suffered.A massive new report over on the site (protected by a paywall) dives into the nitty-gritty of the game’s troubled development, revealing tensions between the development staff and CD Projekt’s management. One developer told Bloomberg that working on the game was like “trying to drive…

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Bloodborne PSX is an impressive fan-made PS1 ‘demake’ of Bloodborne

Ever wanted to see what hit hardcore action-RPG Bloodborne would look like as a PlayStation title? Well, you’re in luck.Bloodborne PSX is a project that’s being developed by Lilith Walther, and is effectively a demake of the massively popular From Software title that many gamers fell in love with at launch back in 2015.You can see some snapshots of the Unreal Engine project over on Twitter (thanks, The Gamer). In various tweets on the developer’s @b0tster account, you can see elements of the game in action and read up on the development history of the project so far. For todays…

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A Way Out and Brothers developer Josef Fares thinks Xbox Series X is “a f**king confusing name”

The Xbox Series X and S naming convention has been the cause of a lot of conversation since it was announced, and it appears even A Way Out and Brothers developer Josef Fares thinks it’s a confusing name.Fares – known for his candid and energetic interviews – has told IGN that the naming convention of the latest Xbox machines is “fucking confusing” (thanks, Eurogamer).“That’s a fucking confusing name,” Fares said in the colorfully transcribed interview. “What the fuck’s going on with Microsoft? They’re losing it, man. What the fuck is going on? Like Series S, X, Mex, Next. I mean, who…

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PS5 game release dates quietly removed from CES 2021 trailer

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 17 January 2021 11:31 GMT After revealing a suite of release dates for a number of third-party PS5 exclusives during its CES 2021 keynote, Sony has quietly removed the info from its uploaded trailer.Earlier this week, Sony’s CES conference introduced us to some unexpected information thanks to a sizzle reel that included footage from a number of upcoming PS5 games with release dates tacked onto the end of the trailer.Amongst the information listed, we saw dates for Capcom’s Pragmata (pushed back to 2023), Square Enix’s Project Athia (listed as January 2022), cat-based indie game, Stray (October 2021), Kena: Bridge of Spirits (March 2021), Solar Ash (June 2021),…