Agent 47′s return has been a long time coming. Hitman: Absolution brings the professional assassin back to his craft, six years after Hitman: Blood Money helped defined the series; achieving widespread critical acclaim. The Hitman franchise took a few titles to find its stride before disappearing from the radar like the ICA agent himself, only to re-emerge with IO Interactive back at the helm for what has been touted as the ultimate Hitman experience to date. Does Absolution hit its mark with pinpoint precision?
Naughty Bear returns with the downloadable sequel to teddy bear mayhem in Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise. The original Naughty Bear was poorly received, chastised for its repetitive gameplay and less than perfect controls. Can Panic in Paradise redeem the franchise and establish itself as a solid franchise?
Resident Evil 6 has received mixed opinions since launch, dividing fans and critics on the survival-horror franchise; and with fairly good reason. Capcom rattled the foundations with the sixth outing and not everyone is pleased with the latest exploits of the Resident Evil crew.
After the huge success of the revamped Resident Evil 4 and the fairly solid showing from Chris Redfield and co-op play in Resident Evil 5, there’s a lot riding on Capcom’s flagship zombie-slaying title. It’s a hit-and-miss affair; and despite excelling into new areas, unfortunately takes a few steps back.
It’s been a while since we last went full throttle in the stunt-tastic Trials Evoluion, having moved on to the latest and greatest games that have been soaking up our time. This 400 point download may have come at the best time then, serving up another slice of arcade antics at just the right time to make for a welcome distraction.
You already know whether you love Trials or not, in which case you might still be tinkering with the track editing tools and leaping around on the creations of others. With such a wealth of content so readily available, does Origin of Pain do enough to stand out from the crowd?
The Silent Hill series has become a bit of an enigma. The once pinnacle series of the survival-horror genre has gone through a metamorphosis as development shifted from disbanded Japan-based Team Silent to numerous studios implanting their own interpretations on the franchise.
Enter Silent Hill: Book of Memories, quite possibly the biggest shake-up to the series so far as the first Silent Hill title for PS Vita with a top-down view and multi-player elements. It’s enough to make Silent Hill purest cry foul play but has WayForward captured the chilling Silent Hill heritage?
It seems that in the past year there have been less and less original ideas for games as almost every second title is either a sequel or franchise reboot that no one really wants. As a result, I am always a little excited to try games that at the very least try to walk the path less travelled.
Dishonored is set in a fictional English town, Dunwall, which has become overrun with plague from rats and infected humans. You play as the mysterious Corvo Attano, the Empress’ bodyguard framed for her murder. Your goal is to exact revenge upon those who have framed you for the crime and rescue the Empress’ daughter from captivity.
The annual challenge for soccer (or football depending on where you’re from) supremacy is on again for another year as Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 launches the first striking shot against opposition FIFA 13. Although many may not recall, at one time the Pro Evolution Soccer series was the benchmark of soccer simulation gaming, and with a new season means new opportunities. Can Konami’s PES 2013 regain the mantle as the top tier soccer title?
High above the city streets, as the rains pours from the night sky, a man paces. Hearing a noise, he moves to investigate. Looking above and around, he shrugs it off as little more than paranoia. A flick of a dart and the light above shatters… it’s an ominous sign of what’s to come. Shaken, the guard pulls out a flashlight and begins his search.
A shadow creeps slowly from above, the sheen of the blade revealing its deadly intentions. The guard feels a hand over his mouth and the sword at his back, but it’s all too late. It’s a flawless kill, just one of many – and it’s this sense of empowerment that lifts Mark of the Ninja above many of its big-budget contemporaries.
When someone mentions MMO, the first title that’ll come to mind for most is the behemoth that is World of Warcraft. The success of Blizzard’s flagship has spawned many challengers attempting to replicate what the powerhouse has done with the genre. Despite the many newcomers staking a claim on a major slice of the WoW pie; most of fallen, disappearing into an obscure existence where they live out their days.
One finer example that has held its ground over the years, co-existing alongside World of Warcraft‘s dominance is Guild Wars. Seven years in the making, fans of the MMO now have a sequel and what an MMO experience Guild Wars 2 turned out to be! View the full article »
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The starlets of Dead or Alive return to the ring after a seven year hiatus on consoles. If the success of DOA Dimensions on the 3DS proved anything, it’s that Kasumi, Lei Fang, Tina and co remain popular among gamers. All eyes are on this latest iteration following Team Ninja’s disastrous attempt at Ninja Gaiden 3, which was one of the first games to have been developed sans the creative eye of Tomonobu Itagaki. It’s clear that the cast members have received a visual overhaul since we saw them last, but does Dead or Alive 5 do more than impress on a superficial level?