These are Agent 47’s new destinations in Hitman 2

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These are Agent 47’s new destinations in Hitman 2

A major element of the Hitman series’ appeal is the setting of each mission — Agent 47 is a globe-trotting assassin who travels to exotic places and blends in with the local population so he can pull off hits without anyone ever knowing he was there. Hitman 2 developer IO Interactive previously announced Miami and the Colombian rainforest as locations that are playable in the game, and on Tuesday the company revealed the other five settings.

In addition to southern Florida and Santa Fortuna, Colombia, Agent 47 will head to Mumbai; the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand; Whittleton Creek in the U.S.; and the Isle of Sgàil somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean. Hitman 2’s story missions take place in those six settings, whereas the Sniper Assassin game mode is set in Himmelstein, Austria. The latter three locations are completely fictional, although as usual, they’re likely inspired by real places. (For what it’s worth, “sgàil” means “shadow” in Irish Gaelic.)

Pokémon Go’s Halloween event introduces Sinnoh legendary

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Pokémon Go’s Halloween event introduces Sinnoh legendary

This year’s Pokémon Go Halloween event will highlight the freshly released generation-four Pokémon. No, it’s not just Bidoof getting the spotlight: Starting on Oct. 23 and continuing until Nov. 1, ghost- and dark-type Pokémon from Sinnoh — such as Drifloon and Stunky, which will make their first appearances — will pop up more frequently. Trainers will also earn double candy for every Pokémon caught.

There’s also some special research tasks from Professor Willow, focusing on a mystery Pokeémon roaming around Professor Willow’s lab after he found a strange stone. The tasks will highlight all the spooky-scary dark- and ghost-type Pokémon that roam the world.

Uniqlo takes on Pokémon for its annual design contest

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Uniqlo takes on Pokémon for its annual design contest

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is teaming up with Nintendo once again, choosing Pokémon as theme of its annual T-shirt design contest. Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, Pokémon game designer Ken Sugimori and Japanese fashion designer Nigo will judge the designs.

From now until Dec. 8, artists can submit Pokémon T-shirt designs for a chance to win big. The grand prize winner receives $10,000; second place gets $2000; and third gets $1000. All three will be invited to an award ceremony in Japan, and to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C. The winning designs will be released in summer 2019.

Pokémon as a horror movie is an upsetting reimagining

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Pokémon as a horror movie is an upsetting reimagining

For as long as Pokémon has been around, there’s always been some pretty dark takes on what really goes on in its universe: What do the people of the Pokémon world eat if “normal” animals don’t exist? Do our lovable pocket monsters actually hate their existence? And now, YouTuber Ryan Higa (known as nigahiga) has decided to reimagine Pokémon based on these horrifying questions, as a straight-up horror movie told by one young Pikachu.

The Pikachu, played by Higa himself in a Pikachu onesie, comes home one day to find his Pikachu mother on the floor as a trainer stands over her limp body. The trainer then chases after him, trapping him inside the small, enclosed Poké Ball. The Pikachu is forced to battle a Charizard as a crowd of humans cheers them on. He’s nearly beaten to death, but wakes up to find Nurse Joy smiling over him.

Giant Red Dead Redemption 2 ‘thank you’ note is Rockstar’s latest step toward goodwill

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Giant Red Dead Redemption 2 ‘thank you’ note is Rockstar’s latest step toward goodwill

Since the backlash stemming from an aside about its staff’s “100-hour workweeks” in a lengthy Vulture feature, Rockstar Games has been on something of an image-reconstruction tour. The studio has taken steps to appeal to dismayed critics and fans, with its latest being a massive “thank you” note to the thousands who worked on Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been a massive project spanning many years and multiple teams, and we are extremely proud of the work of the entire company in bringing this game to the world,” Rockstar Games wrote in a public letter on the Red Dead Redemption 2 site.

Here’s why Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players might be missing surefire shots

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Here’s why Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players might be missing surefire shots

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been out for a little over a week, but fans are already finding some frustrations in the multiplayer game. The biggest of these frustrations, which has taken up several posts on the front page of the game’s subreddit, is a common one for multiplayer games: hit registration.

Hit registration, more or less, is whether or not bullets are going where player expect them to and whether they’re actually doing damage to their target. A little too often, Black Ops 4 players are seeing their bullets not go where they expect them to based on what they’re seeing on screen, and that’s causing a lot of frustration.

Buy Red Dead Redemption 2 at GameStop, save $100 on an Xbox One

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Buy Red Dead Redemption 2 at GameStop, save $100 on an Xbox One

GameStop will be releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 a little earlier than expected — you’ll be able to pick up your pre-ordered copy starting at 9 p.m. local time on Thursday, Oct. 25. But the retailer is offering an even better deal on hardware to try to get you to buy the game for the Xbox platform.

If you buy Red Dead Redemption 2 from GameStop, you can save $100 on any Xbox One console purchase. This brings the price of the Xbox One X down to $399.99, and the Xbox One S down to $199.99. The deal is valid from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3, a GameStop representative told Polygon.

Fallout: New California mod released, just in time for folks who crave single-player

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Fallout: New California mod released, just in time for folks who crave single-player

Following seven years of development by a team of dedicated volunteers, Fallout: New California launches today. The mod uses 2010’s Fallout: New Vegas as its base, a title widely regarded as having some of the best writing of all the modern Fallout games. Also known as Project Brazil, the mod’s release is conspicuously timed to coincide with the first closed beta for Fallout 76, the first online-multiplayer entry in the franchise’s history.

According to its developers, New California is intended to bridge the gap between Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It tells the story of what happened after the war between the New California Republic and the Enclave, all from the perspective of a vault dweller raised by a rugged faction of scouts in the San Bernardino Mountains.

World of Warcraft’s next patch changes up how players get Azerite armor

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World of Warcraft’s next patch changes up how players get Azerite armor

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth has had a rough go of it for the past few weeks. What started out as a great expansion has quickly devolved into a mess of problems. But Battle for Azeroth’s issues aren’t terminal, and Blizzard has found a way to fix one of the expansion’s major problems in an upcoming patch.

Azerite gear — the expansions’ main form of post-leveling progression — has been filled with lackluster and uninteresting perks. That’s changing with patch 8.1, Tides of Vengeance, with the devs adding abilities with greater impact. More importantly, there will now be a new vendor specifically for Azerite gear, which should make acquiring the pieces you need far less random.

Pokémon Go leans hard into Bidoof meme, now that it finally can

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Pokémon Go leans hard into Bidoof meme, now that it finally can

Generation four Pokémon recently debuted on Pokémon Go, bringing some Sinnoh favorites to the mobile game. Most importantly, Bidoof is now a catchable Pokémon!

Bidoof is a normal type Pokemon, described as a “plump mouse Pokémon,” though it really gives off some beaver vibes. It appears very early on in the Sinnoh games, essentially rendering it the Rattata of Gen Four, but cute and chubby, with eyes that emit all things love and kindness. Although it can learn a lotta Hidden Moves, Bidoof is also essentially worthless when it comes to stats and usually regarded as totally useless.