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Is Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands a must-buy for D&D fans? An expert definitively answers: “maybe”

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a love letter to our favourite RPG, but can the game scratch the same itch as a proper tabletop game? Giant mushrooms twist about each other, rising like trees as they block out the sunlight. Corrupted crystals bleed from the earth, glinting with malice. Mist circles your feet as you stand in the Banshee’s lair. Captain Valentine’s voice rings out: ‘Watch out, she’s going for a total party kill!’ What do you do next? Well, you grab your shotgun, of course, and run head first into a chaotic battle of green slime, loot boxes, and unicorns!…

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Abermore review: an indie Thief-’em-up that steals your time in the worst way

It all started going wrong when I died taking on the old McDuckitt job. In Abermore, you play as a thief making a name for themselves in its titular city. Every day you wake up, leave your apartment and hit the streets, chatting to the locals, picking up a bit of info, even gambling a bit. The folks you meet are from the shadier side of society and they’ll hire you for jobs. Sometimes it’s simple burglary, sometimes it’s breaking a vase, or snatching a specific bit of loot. There’s even a guy who keeps trying to offer me wet…

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Cracking cooperative heist ’em up Monaco has a sequel coming

A sequel is coming for excellent cooperative heist game Monaco, publishers Humble Games announced today. Jim Rossignol’s Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine review in 2013 was pretty straightforward: “This is one of the most important independent games this year, and might well end up being one of the best-loved games of the decade.” I don’t think it panned out quite that way, partially because indie games grew so larger and more mainstream than expected across the decade, but the IGF Grand Prize winner is still a cracking game. And Monaco 2 looks pretty. Read more

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Hitman 3 hits Steam and Game Pass today, also adds new mode and PC VR

It’s a big day for splendid sandbox stealth stabber Hitman 3, now entering its second year of content and support. The developers, Io Interactive are going hard out the gate by adding the new Elusive Target Arcade mode and bringing VR support to PC. It’s also ending Epic exclusivity today, hitting not only Steam but Game Pass too, with the full trilogy coming to Microsoft’s subscription service. Busy busy. Read more

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Rainbow Six: Extraction review: Ubisoft’s experimental shooter tries its best, but it’s still under Siege

I’m left scratching my head with Rainbow Six: Extraction. This sci-fi FPS from Ubisoft Montreal feels like it’s pulling in multiple directions, trying to appeal to multiple crowds. It’s marked with flourishes that go a long way to express the passion that went into it, but disappoints a little where it matters. Extraction is fun, for sure, but it’s hard to ignore its clear-and-present problems. For those not in the know, Rainbow Six: Extraction is built atop the foundation of a pre-existing, rather excellent, multiplayer FPS called Rainbow Six: Siege – a game that has attracted a diehard community thanks…

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Ubisoft have stealth announced a Splinter Cell Remake

After eight years of radio silence, Ubisoft are finally bringing Sam Fisher in from the cold, as they’ve just announced a remake of the original Splinter Cell. In keeping with the series’ stealth roots, the game was announced with little to no fanfare this evening via a blog post, with Ubisoft declaring its existence along with some developer chat before scampering back into the shadows. Typical. Read more

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Deathloop has made NPC AI a lot more aware of you with a new patch

Arkane’s sneak-o-shooter Deathloop is a good game, but maybe not quite as stealthy as you might expect from the studio behind Dishonored. Even our Deathloop review said “stealth is just the thing that goes wrong before a good fight”. Well, you might want to be a bit sneakier now, as the game’s second major update has arrived and it makes NPCs a fair bit smarter. The patch addresses some common complaints about the PvP Invasion mode too. Read more

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Colt’s squishy vulnerability is stopping me from enjoying Deathloop’s action

Let’s try action. Let’s try action. Let’s try action. This is the Deathloop I’m in at the moment, but I’m slowly beginning to think it’s worth breaking the cycle and taking the stealthy approach as often as I can. I’m confused, you see. In many of the game’s pre-release teasers, we saw Colt bursting into action. Stealth? No no, this is more of an FPS. The music flares, enemies die, it is carnage. But when I actually give action a go in the game, I’m mostly left dead in seconds. Either that, or I meekly duck behind some cover and…

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Let’s Play Aragami 2 – an arcadey take on ninja assassins

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Gameplay footage of Aragami 2 was captured on PS5. Aragami 2 is an enjoyable third-person action stealth game that reminds me of some of the older retro ninja type games like Tenchu, Ninja Gaiden, and Onimusha. To its benefit, Aragami 2 does have a more arcadey feel to it than those three. In the let’s play video above you’ll see that the mission objectives are fairly straightforward and the combat is simple, but it gets interesting with all of the…

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Aragami 2 review: a breezy ninja stealth ’em up

‘Breezy’ seems like an odd word to slap on a stealth game – a measured, sometimes plodding genre – but it fits ninj-em-up Aragami 2 perfectly. Flow like water, it says; stabby water, with wings. Flow, then, like an irresponsibly sharp ice-sculpture of a hummingbird. Flow imperfectly and playfully, for the same tools that allow you to strike masterfully silent also let you mitigate sloppiness with improvisational glee. If Tenchu was an armoury to select from, and Shadow Tactics a map to study, Aragami 2 is a toybox. Let’s play ninjas, shall we? Read more

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Deathloop review: a thrilling, slick adventure – and Arkane’s best game yet

At the heart of Deathloop in both narrative and video game terms is the titular loop. One might argue that Arkane Studios has embraced something of a loop itself, too. There’s a certain type of game they make, a certain feel that ties together Dishonored, Prey, and now Deathloop. Like this game’s lead, Arkane has forged a new path with a canny combination of repetition and experimentation; repeating and refining many of the mechanics and ideas that made their past games great, while introducing new concepts that serve to elevate the game as a whole. Like I said, chief among…

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Hitman 3’s Dartmoor Garden Show sets up some prize-winning murders

If Hitman 3’s latest escalation mission looks familiar, it’s because the last time you were here, 47 was working hard to solve a murder mystery in Dartmoor Mansion. Returning to the scene of the crime finds the mansion in full bloom, and now playing host to a garden party. With four full gardens installed in the grounds, the murky murder mystery setting makes way for bright skies, gorgeous plants, and milling judges in the Dartmoor Garden Show. Read more

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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 (via PCGamesN), two speedrunners completed the any% category for On Top of the World…