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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…

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Hitman 3 Codes: door and safe code list for every keypad in every level

By Alex Donaldson, Friday, 22 January 2021 16:20 GMT Agent 47 is a skilled assassin… but nothing is worse than a locked door. Hitman 3 has a wonderful, open-ended series of levels which gradually escalate and challenge the player – but one thing every level of the game has in common is that each features at least one locked door or locked safes that will stand between you and valuable intelligence at the very least – and in some situations, these codes will stand between you and major mission objectives.Remember, standard locked doors in Hitman can be tackled a few…

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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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You have to buy Hitman 3 Access Pass to play Hitman 2 levels on Epic Games Store

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 15 January 2021 17:55 GMT If you own the game on Steam, you won’t be able to carry progress over.If you want to play Hitman 2’s levels in the upcoming Hitman 3, you will have to buy the Hitman 3 Access Pass.That’s according to a post on developer IO Interactive’s website, which says that because Hitman 2 was never released on the Epic Games Store, you have to buy this extra content again. There’s an 80% discount on the Hitman 3 Access Pass that will be running for 14 days after the game is released on…

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All six Hitman 3 locations have been revealed by IO Interactive

IO Interactive has released a guide that lists all the new locations you will be guiding Agent 47 through when Hitman 3 launches later this month.In a new blog post, the developer has shed some more light on the passport stamps Agent 47 will be collecting in the third and final installment of the rebooted trilogy, following on from the previously-teased locations of Dartmoor, Dubai, and Chongqing.If you want the assassination tour of everyone’s favorite contract killer to be a surprise, we recommend you don’t read on below the video embedded below, taken from our preview and interview earlier this…

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Upcoming Dead By Daylight update will add more graphics updates, HUD refresh and more

Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive has shared an update that reveals what changes are planned for the game in an upcoming big update.As per a statement released by the studio, we can expect updates to six of the multiplayer survival game’s six perks (Diversion, Fixated, Hex: Undying, Iron Maiden, Open Handed, and Second Wind) as well as some overarching changes to the game’s HUD and UI.After four years and a tease last year, the developer notes that it feels the time is right to apply a big overhaul to the game that will see widespread changes for both Survivors…

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Live service worked for Hitman, but it may not necessarily be IO’s future

IO Interactive has gained some valuable insight into running a live service with Hitman.The new Hitman games represent a great deal of experimentation on the part of developer IO Interactive. The original game experimented with the seasonal release format, making it the studio’s first live game.Hitman 2 and the upcoming Hitman 3 expanded the live service, even if both games abandoned the seasonal release model the reboot introduced.Ahead of Hitman 3’s launch, we spoke with IO Interactive to learn more about what the studio learned from operating a live service element all those years, its approach to zaniness in Hitman…

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IO on the infamous briefcase and how to balance zaniness with darkness in Hitman 3

IO Interactive is happy to embrace the zaniness in Hitman, but only when it makes sense.The Hitman series has recently became known for its ridiculous, over-the-top deaths and sometimes zany assassination tools. With Hitman 3, IO Interactive wants to tell a darker story, without abandoning all the jokes and goofing around.Speaking to VG247, communication manager Travis Barbour explained that some of that reputation was accidental.“In Hitman 2, it sort of took us by surprise. The first trailer had somebody getting hit with a fish, and everybody went nuts for this fish,” he said.“One of the things we’ve actually heard is…

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Alien: Isolation is free on Epic Games Store until tomorrow

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 21 December 2020 18:03 GMT Creative Assembly’s horror masterpiece, Alien: Isolation, is free to claim on Epic Games Store today.Epic Games Store’s Twitter account announced that Alien: Isolation is free to claim and keep if you log into the storefront and add it to your account before December 22 at 8am PT /11am ET / 4pm GMT.The initial announcement managed to crash Epic’s storefront thanks to the popularity of the licensed stealth-horror jaunt. The store is back up and working now – and if you click through, you’ll also find 75% off the game’s add-on content,…

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Watch Hitman studio IO Interactive’s new project announcement here

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:58 GMT IO Interactive is revealing its latest project today, November 19, and you can tune in to the action right here.The Danish developer announced plans to reveal a “new project” today at 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm GMT. Though we currently know very little about what this game will actually be, we do know a few select bytes of information.We know, for example, that IO Interactive was tasked by publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create a game in a “new universe,” thanks to an announcement from the company earlier…