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Don’t Expect New Maps for Hitman 3

IO has proved to be one of the most consistent and talented developers working today. It might be a bummer to hear that plans of additional maps will not come into fruition, but IO has chosen a select team to continue post-development on Hitman 3, while others focus on Project 007.

Hitman 3 – If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

The culmination of the new Hitman trilogy is finally upon us, delivering an absolute essential stealth action experience right before developer IO Interactive turns their attention towards Project 007. An overwhelming amount of critical praise has poured in - our 4.5/5 review for instance - alongside a hefty number of unfortunate, yet identified technical issues tied to their “carry over” progression and mastery system, leaving many saddened by the grim reality that this might be our last endeavor with Agent 47.

‘Atomic Heart’ is Apparently Still Pumping

After rummaging through Russian developer Mundfish’s official website five months since my last coverage of Atomic Heart, some things have changed, while others remain the same.

4 Components of a Great Resident Evil Game

Resident Evil 7’s new take on perspective opened up a new avenue for horror without sacrificing the series’ core mechanics, while the recent Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes offered a fresh coat of paint for those who were previously unable to play the originals. As Resident Evil Village approaches, let’s take a look at the components of a great Resident Evil game

The Swine Proves that Small Indie Titles Deserve a Console Port

The Swine, priced appropriately at £1.69/$1.99 on Steam, deserves enough recognition to eventually get a console port.

Turtle Rock Studios Reveals New Concept Art for Upcoming Zombie FPS Back 4 Blood

Turtle Rock Studios, the development team behind Left 4 Dead and Evolve, has revealed new concept art for its upcoming co-op zombie FPS Back 4 Blood

NBA 2K21 and the Inevitable Inflation of Next-Gen Game Prices

NBA 2K21 has unveiled the cover art for its most expensive edition - Mamba Forever - priced at $99.99/£84.99 for both standard and next-generation consoles. Some users are unhappy with EA’s use of the late Kobe Bryant as a model for the game’s most expensive edition, while others got exactly what they wanted.

4 of the Worst Running Games On the Launch Xbox One Console

To this day, I continue to game on my launch Xbox One console from 2013, a true dinosaur that just barely chugs along. It’s ugly, clunky, massive and heavy - the antithesis of the recent Xbox One X. As we move past the halfway point of the year, developers' minds are on next gen, but I thought it would be fun to look at previous games that launched with a rather bad reputation.

New Welsh Survival Horror Game Maid of Sker Launches Later this Month

Brave the nightmares of the Quiet Ones! Maid of Sker is an upcoming survival horror game from Wales Interactive, the developer/publisher behind the live action, cinematic interactive sci-fi thriller The Complex, Late Shift, and the VR survival shooter Time Carnage. And now, after a delay, it's got a new July release date confirmed.

Crysis Remastered Delayed By a Few Weeks

One day after the leaked trailer for Crysis Remastered, which had a July 1st scheduled drop, publisher Crytek has released a statement on the game’s delay. Originally slated to release on July 23rd, Crysis Remastered was hit with severe backlash due to the overall quality of the remaster.

Hard West Ultimate Edition Review – Cowboys & Demons

Appropriately priced, Hard West: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One offers hours of enjoyment throughout the eight unique campaign scenarios, for those craving an XCOM-like tactical action game - just without humanoid aliens and mass genocide, of course.

Looking back to 2010 and Naughty Bear: 10 Years And Still No Invite

At its launch, Naughty Bear was seemingly overshadowed by E3 a couple of weeks prior. Major releases like Fallout: New Vegas and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty grabbed gamers’ attention months prior, whereas Naughty Bear, comparable to its terrible stealth mechanics, released on a whimper. The overwhelming influx of poor reviews didn’t help its case either. Yet, a decade later and here I am - writing about a game that continues to serve as a stress reliever or a rainy day substitute. That has to count for something, as I can’t say the same for most triple-A releases. 

The Evolution of Video Game Explosions

The video game industry is growing exponentially, which is why I wanted to take a moment to analyze a rather trivial topic within this broader spectrum. Explosions. They’re cool, they’re grandiose, they’re spontaneous, yet often scripted, and give insight on the graphical capabilities of a particular console generation. From the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto III to the upcoming Destroy All Humans! Remake, explosions have evolved to something greater than poor SFX and pixelated images. Explosions now, well, look like explosions.

Looking back to 2005 with Conker: Live & Reloaded – 15 Years, Same Squirrel

Conker: Live & Reloaded is a parent’s worst nightmare. A potty-mouthed, borderline-alcoholic squirrel tries to find his way back home after a disastrous night out at the local tavern with friends before they depart for “some war” - as Conker so innocently puts it. Back when this game was released exclusively for the original Xbox in June of 2005, I remember the big label at the bottom that read, “WARNING: This game is not made for anyone under age 17”. It’s as if the M for mature label and the war-ridden squirrel with a cigar hanging out of his mouth on top of a tank weren’t enough of an indicator already.

What is Valorant and Will it Come to Consoles?

Will we ever experience Valorant on consoles? As someone who has dumped well over 50 hours into the beta and the 1.0 release, it’s tough to predict how successfully the game will translate.

The Innate Nature of Online Toxicity

Online toxicity is not a new concept. It’s been here since the earliest days of online gaming, and it does not intend on leaving in the near future. It’s a phenomenon that spans across all gaming platforms, whether you play with a controller or a mouse and keyboard.

Another Counter-Strike Port For Next Gen Consoles? Probably Not

As someone who loves to research game creation starting from ideation to execution, it amazes me that Counter-Strike started out as a mod for Valve’s Half Life 2 created by a couple of college kids, and has since become a well-known household name and esports staple.

The Horror, The Horror! Top 5 Necessary Horror Games

These are the five most inventive horror games that offered some of the most memorable scares in recent memory.

Less of the same: Resident Evil 3 Remake

Aside from the possible ethicality behind delaying the game due to its similar reality to our own, Resident Evil 3 is here. I have to point out, it was pretty surreal - a deadly virus, within a matter of a couple of months, has evolved into a global pandemic. Sound familiar? After breezing through its five-or-so-hour campaign, and diving head first into its asymmetrical multiplayer mode Resident Evil Resistance, I often questioned how it compares to the fantastic 2019 remake that is Resident Evil 2.

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Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges Guide Series 21 – Autumn

Time waits for no man, as the saying goes, and so it proves as Autumn rolls into Mexico in Forza Horizon 5 and with the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges. We've got some flamingos to catch!

Game Pass welcomes a previous 3DS exclusive and a forgotten Double Fine classic

Take that, Nintendo 3DS! The Xbox rubs salt in the Nintendo wound today, as a previous handheld exclusive gets the Game Pass treatment.

Nocturnal delivers gamers some captivating combat and stunning visuals

There are a ton of 2D action-platformer titles out there, with satisfying combat systems to guide you through a mysterious story - take Dead Cells, for example. However, we don’t think there have been many that are as cryptic and vague as Nocturnal.

5 of the best fishing games on Xbox One

As I've played almost every fishing experience that you can find on the big black box, I thought I'd attempt to rank them, nailing a list consisting of 5 of the best fishing games on Xbox One, if you will.

PGA Tour 2K23 vs EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Which is the hole-in-one and which is out of bounds?

Which is the best golf game on Xbox? Is it PGA Tour 2K23 or EA SPORTS PGA TOUR?

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Loop8: Summer of Gods Review 

Loop8: Summer of Gods is a delightful visual novel with decent RPG mechanics that’s let down greatly by repetition and below-par battling.

Final Apex Review

Some driving games would give a front axle to control as well as Final Apex does; we just wish there were more satisfying things to do when you’re in the car.

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun Review

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is a hugely enjoyable title. No back reading is required here - just a happy trigger finger.


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Zombie Derby 2 Review

Zombie Derby 2 looks to address the grind of the first game, but only ends up changing the flavour of it.