Hitman Beta Available For PlayStation Plus Members One Week Before Launch

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If you happened to miss the Hitman closed beta on PlayStation 4 or PC, you’ve got one more shot. If you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you can get in a week before the game launches.

The March 4 semi-open beta was announced alongside a new trailer. The video below depicts the time in between the prologue (featured in the beta and taking place at the outset of 47’s career) and present day, revisiting some of the assassin's most memorable hits from previous games.

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Obsidian Entertainment Brings The Tabletop Experience to Tablets

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Obsidian Entertainment Brings The Tabletop Experience to Tablets

The developers at Obsidian Entertainment are no strangers to adapting successful, lore-filled universes. From KOTOR II to Fallout: New Vegas to even South Park: The Stick of Truth, they’ve consistently delivered new takes on existing and well-loved franchises. Pathfinder is the latest series to get the Obsidian treatment, with a mobile adaption of the deckbuilding Pathfinder Adventure Card Game coming March 29. We recently had some hands-on time with the game and played through its first (and free) scenario, Perils of the Lost Coast.

Fans of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game will feel right at home with Obsidian’s mobile title. It’s a very accurate port of the tabletop game’s experience. Players guide a party through various locales to corner and defeat what is essentially a boss character, taking down henchmen and picking up loot along the way. As items, weapon, armor, allies, and spells are picked up, they’re added to the character’s deck. These cards are then used to modify checks on character statistics like their dexterity, wisdom and strength. So, for example, a mace can be used to add an extra D6 to a character’s strength check against an enemy, and a lockpick might add a +1 boost to your character’s dexterity check.

Axiom Verge Is Still Headed To Vita As Dev Details Road To Completion

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It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that porting a game is a simple process. Especially as the prevalence of PlayStation 4 and Vita simultaneous releases with cross-buy and cross-save has grown, we often don’t consider that there are challenges in delivering the whole package.

We quite enjoyed Axiom Verge when it was released last year (our review), and many of us have been eagerly awaiting the Vita port. Unlike some unfortunate late-stage cancelations, Axiom Verge is still coming to the handheld, and when it does, it will be cross-buy with the PlayStation 4 version (though not cross-save right away).

Developer Thomas Happ has laid out the features that need to be polished and implemented. Those in the image below labeled critical are necessary prior to shipment.

Explore Ruins And Settlements On A Dystopian Mars In This Trailer

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Explore Ruins And Settlements On A Dystopian Mars In This Trailer

Publisher Focus Home Interactive released a new trailer for the sci-fi action RPG The Technomancer. It features a close look at some of the remaining settlements and exotic lifeforms on the ravaged surface of Mars in the distant future.

The Technomancer, developed by the French studio Spiders, takes place hundreds of years after the colonization of Mars. A catastrophic event has all but destroyed life on the planet, leaving only a few satellite settlements standing. 

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First Full Screenshots Revealed For Styx: Shards Of Darkness

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Styx: Master of Shadows is getting a sequel from Cyanide Studio, Styx: Shards of Darkness, and some early screenshots have been revealed.

The goblin assassin Styx will resume his role as the main character in Shards of Darkness, exploring a variety of lands throughout the game. These include the City of Thieves, built from the remains of shipwrecks, and the Elven city of Korangar, hidden high in the mountains. You can see them in high-res in the gallery below.

The new environments in the game are designed with an emphasis on verticality, making them larger and more open. According to Cyanide Studio, there is a lot of freedom in completing different mission objectives.

Codemasters Talks Hardcore Rally Racing In DiRT Rally Dev Diary

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DiRT Rally has been out on PC for a few months, and Codemasters is now moving towards their console release of the game. In a brand new developer diary released today, the team discusses the gritty details of bringing back hardcore rallycross simulation.

In the video, which you can watch below, Codemasters goes over the process of making a focused and challenging rally racer in the vein of their earlier Colin McRae titles. It further shows how input from the DiRT community helped shape the core ideas behind the game, and how it tries to emulate the concentration and endurance that real rally racers need to win.

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Id Dives Deeper Into Doom’s Hack Modules And Capture-Style Warpath Mode

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With Doom still a few months off, we’re still learning about what the speedy, bloody first-person shooter has to offer. We explored quite a bit in our February 2016 issue, but there’s still more to uncover.

Today, id is talking about how hack modules work. These consumables confer a variety of effects, including displaying item respawn timers, pinging enemies on the map, and displaying health bars so you can sweep in for an easy kill. 

Bethesda is clear to point out are not microtransaction driven. You’ll earn modules by playing. The idea is to give players enhanced awareness rather than more raw power or resilience.

Explore Elysia In A New Launch Trailer

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Soul Axiom, the new adventure game from developer Wales Interactive, launches on February 29. You can see a first-look at the game’s cyber-world of Elysia in a launch trailer released today.

Soul Axiom’s puzzle-based gameplay has been compared to Myst . Players will explore neon-lit environments, acquiring new hand powers (think tonics in Bioshock) that allow them to better interact with their surroundings.

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One More Look At The Walking Dead: Michonne Before Tomorrow’s Release

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With Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne out tomorrow, we’ve got one last look at what the popular character has gotten herself into. In the brief launch trailer below, we discover that she’s made herself new enemies.

The first episode, “In Too Deep,” kicks off a three-month arc. The second installment, “Give No Shelter,” will be out in March. Michonne’s mini-series concludes in April with “What We Deserve.”

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