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Watch the Golden Gate Bridge get destroyed in Advanced Warfare


Okay, those grenades are hecka cool
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ghosts was a giant disappointment but man Advanced Warfare is looking really good. I'm mostly interested in the multiplayer at this point, but the single-player looks like it will be worth it this time around too.  The latest video for the new Call of Duty focuses on San Francisco, showing off a chase and the eventual destruction of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. 
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It's the return of Sanctuary in Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Good for competitive mataches
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Lots of Halo news today, but this should be the last of it for now. Check out the updated return of Sanctuary that you'll be able to experience in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 
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Sierra is back! New King's Quest and, uh, Geometry Wars coming


As Activision's indie label
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well look at that. Sierra is back from the dead. Activision is reviving the label, with a focus on indie development. It'll host new IPs and re-imaginings of beloved classics. In this case there's a new King's Quest coming in...
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Indies on X1

Superhot, Space Engineers, SMITE and more coming to Xbox One


Through the ID@Xbox program
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Look, more Cuphead footage! But we all already know that's going to be great. So what else is there? Well plenty as it turns out. The ID@Xbox program is beefing up with even more indies. Superhot, Space Engineers, and even SMITE are making their way to the Xbox One. Ghost of the Devil looks quite adorable, as does Rivals of Aether. A good offering of games, all in in all. 
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See how mixing up Hunters in Evolve changes things up


Brand new map shown off
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
You want more Evolve? Well here you go. The latest trailer from gamescom shows off a mix up of the past Hunters that have been revealed, plus the squid face monster that the opposing players will take control of. All of this is shown on the new map Distillery.  This video is also eSports like whoa. 
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Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros on 3DS is getting this neat Game Boy stage


Ba-ding!
Aug 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I had ever intention to just play the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. I think I'm going to have to check out the 3DS version now though after seeing there's going to be a Game Boy stage.  Sakurai even threw in a "ba-d...
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European limited edition of Hyrule Warriors includes that awesome scarf too


No scarf for North America ... yet at least
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
In all of the Hyrule Warrior Nintendo Direct coverage we never got around to mentioning the limited edition Europeans will see. Which is that you all will be getting that awesome looking scarf that Japan will receive too...

Mario Kart 8 update adds map display to the TV screen

Aug 05 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Drivers will now have the option to display the course map on the TV screen during races. The order of the menu after each race will be changed to “Next Race”, followed by “Watch Highlight Reel”. The game will remember the most recent kart options that were selected, even if the Wii U system was powered down. Users will be able to change options of other players’ Mario Kart TV downloaded highlight reels, such as changing the focus to different characters or actions. A score screen will be added so players can see how many coins they’ve collected, the win-loss record of their online battles and their frequently used characters. Improved the stability of the online connection to enhance user experience during online battles.
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Also three free Mercedes-Benz cars
[Update: Nintendo has confirmed an August 27 launch for the update in North America as well. Find the full list of improvements below.] Welcome Nintendo to the modern age of gaming with downloadable content! Hey, at least th...

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Velocity 2X looking to melt your eyeballs on September 2


Awesome looking space shooter/adventure game for PS4 and Vita
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Velocity X2 is one I've been keeping my eye on for awhile now. It's part space shooter, and part Metroidvania-like platformer that's in one sweet package. This is coming out for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on...
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Diablo III sold 20 million copies worldwide


The original and Reaper of Souls across all platforms
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Diablo III has been performing rather well for Activision Blizzard. Since it released in 2010, Diablo III has sold over 20 million copies worldwide on all platforms. That's combined with Reaper of Souls too. Activision a...
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Looks like Apple is going to reveal a new iPhone next month


July saw record-setting App Store revenue
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Apple is set to host its next iPhone unveiling on September 9. It's expected that the iPhone 6 will feature larger displays (4.7" and 5.5") and run the new A8 processors. And if this video is true, than the screens will be v...
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Let's check out all the wonderful cosplay from SDCC 2014


San Diego Comic-Con!
Jul 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest convention for all things geek in the world. A ton of cosplay happens at this show -- even celebrities cosplay! Mostly to hide from the public though.  But hey, here's a couple of mont...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer teased, collector's edition detailed


The $120 version includes a season pass
Jul 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A brand new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has dropped today, detailing how the conflict leads the way for the Atlas PMC to come into power. It's your typical Call of Duty trailer, with tons of cool looking set p...
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Zanzibar gets reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Blur does great stuff
Jul 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Halo's presence at San Diego Comic-Con continued today with some new details on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The team at 343 and Certain Affinity showed off for the first time the re-mastered Zanzibar map from Halo 2. ...
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PlayStation Store has 2-for-1 sale going on this week


On 11 pre-selected bundles
Jul 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The PlayStation Store has got a 2-for-1 sale going on this week on 11 curated two-game bundles. Here's the breakdown:  Brothers A Tale of Two Sons + How to Survive -- $14.99 Bionic Commando Rearmed + Rearmed 2 -- $9.99 ...
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The secret origin story of Super Mario Bros. finally revealed


Or, the final episode of Mario Warfare
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's the long awaited final chapter of the Mario Warfare series. It's been a long wait, but the gang at BeatDownBoogie wrap the saga up in a rather splendid way. While this is the last episode of the series, this won't ...
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Destiny's Limited Edition and Ghost Edition detailed


Get a talking Peter Dinklage
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Destiny is getting multiple versions because that's just what gaming companies do nowadays. This latest video here details the differences between the Limited Edition and the Ghost Edition. The Ghost Edition is the big one, ...
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Confirmed: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have audio


*shrug*
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A new behind-the-scenes video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has confirmed that the game will indeed have audio. Guns will have the pew pew noises, dudes will go "oh no you shot me how did you know bullets were my weakness!?. Oh, and there will be lots of explosions. 
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Luigi and his death stare takes on the cosplayers of Anime Expo 2014


Green shells for everyone!
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Cosplayer troller D Piddy hit up Anime Expo 2014 this past weekend, where he debuted his latest cosplay: Death Stare Luigi. Watch as Luigi rides around AX, throwing green shells at all the cosplayers. 
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Project Spark officially launches this October


A game where you make games
Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Project Spark is the game where you can make your very own videogame. Any kind of videogame. Whatever game you want! It's been in beta for a long time now, but it's officially launching this October on the Xbox One and Window...

Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome

Jun 26 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Legend of Korra [PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [previewed], Xbox 360, Xbox One]Developer: Platinum GamesPublisher: ActivisionRelease: Fall 2014 For all you fans of the series, The Legend of Korra game takes place right after book two, centering on the consequences of what happened at the end of last season. Think of this as more of a self-contained episode, a nice side story before we deal with the real consequences in Book 3: Change which debuts this Friday on Nickelodeon. Show creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko worked closely with Platinum to develop the game. They even jointly created the new villain, one that uses a new type of Chi blocking that has left Korra powerless at the beginning of this adventure. Her powers haven't been taken away completely, and as you go through the levels (with set pieces taken from the show such as Air Temple Island, Republic City, more), Korra will remember how to use her bending abilities once again.    The story here will reference elements from the show and there will undoubtedly be a lot of callbacks that will make fans happy. That said, don't let that keep you from this game. The action elements are pretty awesome, thanks in large part to Platinum's skills at making great combat mechanics. All you need to know is that you're playing as a real badass who can bend the four elements of fire, water, air, and earth to her will. As Korra re-discovers her various bending skills, she'll find that she's stuck using more of the basic attacks with each element. But as you progress and level up, you'll upgrade your attacks and learn new combos. What makes the fighting top notch here is how seamlessly you can swap between your four powers as you're unleashing combos on enemies. Water bending, for example, is good for long-range attacks -- either throwing out projectiles, or using a "water whip"-like move to reel enemies closer to you. On the other hand, air bending is best as an area-of-effect attack when dealing with a group of enemies surrounding you. Each bending style offers something unique, and it's best to mix up your attacks as much as possible. Oh, and you totally can summon an air ball and ride it around just like in the show. Between your light and heavy attacks, you also have a special charge attack for more powerful bending moves, plus there's a dodge and counter move as well. Countering is especially encouraged, most of all when dealing with boss-type enemies. It's a similar counter system to that of Revengeance, where you have to learn the enemy patterns to best time the counter over being babied and getting some notification to time the counter correctly. Though, admittedly, the learning curve for timing is way smaller in The Legend of Korra.  And yes, you can go into the Avatar state. The specifics of what will allow you to summon your special ability haven't been quite nailed down yet, but ultimately the game will let you know when you can go full out, and at that point you'll be unleashing all your bending abilities at once for a duration of time. Again, for an alpha, the combat system was pretty damn fluid. The camera was a little finicky during my hands-on time, but didn't ultimately hinder my session. I was impressed with how far along the game was already, and there's going to be loads of time for polish between now and the release date. Visually, the game was looking nice too. The cartoon-y/cel-shaded look was pleasant, especially when the different bending elements were in use by the player or enemies. Speaking of which, while the big boss is new, most of the enemy foot soldiers were recycled from the past two seasons of the show. My playthrough saw me encountering chi blockers, Mecha Tanks, and some of the Triads too. A nice touch though at least is that chi blockers can knock out whatever last ability you were using for a small duration of time. The voice actors from the show reprise their role here for the game, and a large chunk of the game's music is taken from the show too. On top of the core action elements, there's also a Naga-running section where you have to navigate levels much in the same way as something like in Temple Run. Plus there's Pro-Bending sections where Korra, Mako, and Bolin will be fighting others in Pro-Bending! So, you're probably asking at this point how this crazy collaboration came to be. Platinum, a Japanese studio, working on a license game of a American TV series that takes heavy influences from Japanese anime. And it's being published by Activision, no less. Well, on Activision's end, the specific office in charge was presented with a list of developers to work with. It was a "no brainer" when they saw that Platinum was an option, as Robert Conkey, producer on the Activision side told Destructoid. "These guys are one of the best third-person action developers in the world." As for Platinum's perspective, producer Atsushi Kurooka broke down exactly what made the Japanese studio interested in working on this project (as translated through Robert Conkey): "One of the first impressions with Korra was that [we] were blown away by how awesome the show was. The main reason [we] were interested in the brand was one, [we] were really impressed with how involved the story was and how detailed it was. It was just really fascinating to [us]. Just the fact that it's so detailed and the fact that each of the bending styles is based on actual different types of Kung-Fu. The way that it's actually animated is just really impressive. "There's more to it than that too. There's the love story that they have, and there's Bolin as the comic relief and the comedy in it is just awesome. [We] felt that it was an incredibly well put together and balanced show and [we] hadn't seen something like that before ... [We] felt like [we] could relate. In a lot of [our] older games, it was often that they had a serious side to it but it also had a tongue-in-cheek aspect. We considered it a challenge that we never really had to do it very strictly before, stick to a brand and actually realize that brand while still keeping to [our] way of making games." I think the one only downside to The Legend of Korra game is that it's going to be four hours long for an average playthrough. Of course you can do replays and go for 100% completion, but as a giant fan of the cartoon series, I wish there was going to be more. Otherwise, like I said before, think of this as a self-contained episode. It's not going to outstay its welcome, and it's a solid deal when you also factor in that this will be $14.99 when it comes out. Oh, and there's a 3DS The Legend of Korra game in the works. I only found out because it was offhandedly mentioned in the press release I got so I guess Activision doesn't have much faith in it? Anyway the 3DS game is being developed by Webfoot Technologies as a retail release where it follows the same story as the console version, but it's a turn-based strategy RPG where you maneuver Korra and her allies around on the battlefield.
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First hands-on preview
Yup, you read that headline correctly. Platinum Games, the maker of such fine titles as Mad World, Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising, The Wonderful 101, and more, is creating a game based on The Legend of Korra series. It's being ...

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Borderlands, Aliens: CM writer to open PAX Prime 2014


Concert lineup announced too
Jun 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Gearbox's Mikey Neumann will be opening up PAX Prime 2014 with his Storytime Session. Mikey has worked at Gearbox for 13 years, and has created the stories for such games as Borderlands, and Alien: Colonial Marines. Mikey's o...
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Batman: Arkham Origins Complete Edition outed by Amazon


Oh what a surprise, said no one
Jun 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A listing for Batman: Arkham Origins: The Complete Edition has been outed by Amazon Germany. You are all shocked, just shocked, that Warner Bros. is planning to re-release the last Batman game with all the downloadable conten...
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Titanfall update adding new game modes, Titan Burn Cards


Plus bug fixes and other updates
Jun 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The next Titanfall update will include a a Featured Game Mode that will see new game modes added for a limited time only. The first of which is called Marked For Death, where a player on each team is marked for death. Players...
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Halo: Master Chief Collection will be at Rooster Teeth Expo


Destiny and Sunset Overdrive will be at the show too
Jun 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update: An earlier version of this story stated that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be at RTX in playable form. It will be at the show, just not playable to the public.] Rooster Teeth's annual convention takes place ...
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29 pieces of goddamn DLC included


Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition collects all the DLC in one package
Jun 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well just like Saints Row: The Third, Deep Silver is re-releasing Saints Row IV and including all 29 downloadable content packs. Really? 29 goddamn pieces of DLC? Ugh. Gross, but now's as good as time as ever to buy Saints Ro...
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8-bit Destructoid

Get retro with the Destructoid shirt and hoodie!


Just like a NES box cover!
Jun 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's about time we did something like this! The Destructoid Videogame News System captures the retro Nintendo Entertainment System box covers with an 8-bit Destructoid. The new design was created by the talented Drew Wise, an...

Destructoid's Best of E3 2014 winners!

Jun 18 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Game of the Show: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain The couple days of E3? A bit uneventful. Nothing matching the convention's bombastic scale. The Phantom Pain wasn't a a big, surprising reveal, but it was enough to wrest a lot of us from the throes of cynicism.  Ground Zeroes was too light an appetizer, too free of Metal Gear idiosyncrasies that make Kojima the highest budgeted auteur around despite some whacked writing (also, Konami has no games). After a goofy monologue, the demo transitioned seamlessly into gameplay and a horse started pooping in real time. I really, really hope you (or enemies) can step in the poop and respond accordingly. Metal Gear Solid V offers the excitement and technical fidelity of big budgets, but with unique ideas that manifest themselves in atypical mechanics. Like the Fulton recovery system, which can be used to balloon knocked out soldiers, vehicles, and sheep back to Mother Base. Or subtler touches like rolling onto your back while crawling so you can shoot without spinning around while inching back on your elbows. Snake smokes an e-cig with holographic smoke for aesthetic effect to pass time. It's Metal Gear's grandiose self-seriousness with enough juxtaposition of weird, quirky stuff to make it interesting. To make it surprising. That capacity to surprise, to offer something new, even within a set staple mechanics, is why it's our E3 2014 Game of the Show. -- Steven Hansen. ---------- Here's our Game of the Show nominees again, with all the other winners for each category listed below.  Nominees:  Bloodborne Sunset Overdrive Hyper Light Drifter Super Smash Bros.  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt EVE: Valykrie  Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Far Cry 4 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor No Man's Sky Best PlayStation Exclusive -- Winner: Bloodborne Nominees:  BloodBorne DriveClub The Order: 1886 Hohokum Persona 4: Dancing All Night LittleBigPlanet 3 Freedom Wars Best Xbox Exclusive -- Winner: Sunset Overdrive Nominees:  Halo: The Master Chief Collection Sunset Overdrive Forza Horizon 2 Fable Legends  Killer Instinct Ori and the Blind Forest D4 Best Nintendo Exclusive -- Winner: Super Smash Bros. Nominees:  Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Super Smash Bros. Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire  Hyrule Warriors Yoshi's Woolly World Bayonetta 2 Splatoon Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Mario Maker Persona Q Best PC game -- Winner: Civilization: Beyond Earth Nominees:   Civilization: Beyond Earth The Sims 4 Skyforge Gauntlet Best Portable game -- Winner: Persona Q  Nominees: Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire Theatrhythm: Curtain Call Persona Q Super Smash Bros Freedom Wars Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate  Story of Seasons Hitman Sniper Best Action/Adventure -- Winner: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Nominees:  Alien: Isolation Hyper Light Drifter Assassin's Creed Unity Batman Akrham Knight Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Bayonetta 2 Below No Man's Sky Best Shooter -- Winner: Far Cry 4 Nominees:  Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Destiny Evolve  The Order: 1886 Battlefield: Hardline Far Cry 4 EVE: Valykrie  Sunset Overdrive Splatoon Halo: The Master Chief Collection Best Strategy -- Winner: Civilization: Beyond Earth Nominees: Civilization: Beyond Earth Defense Grid 2 GreyGoo Best Platformer -- Winner: Yoshi's Woolly World Nominees: Skylanders Trap Team Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Disney Infinity 2.0 - Marvel Super Heroes LEGO Batman 3 Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty To Leave LittleBigPlanet 3 Yoshi's Woolly World Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Ori and the Blind Forest Best RPG -- Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Nominees: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Fable Legends Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire Bloodborne Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Persona Q Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Story of Season Dragon Age: Inquisition  Freedom Wars Best Racing -- Winner: Forza Horizon 2 Nominees: DriveClub World of Speed The Crew  Forza Horizon 2 Best Sports -- Winner: NHL 15 Nominees:  NHL 15 Madden NFL 15 FIFA 15 Best Fighting -- Winner: Super Smash Bros. Nominees:  Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Super Smash Bros. Mortal Kombat X Killer Instinct - Season 2 Legend of Raven ----------------------- Editor's note: We only nominate up to a max of ten games per category. We also only select games that were actually playable in some form here at the show. 
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And our game of the show winner is ...
E3 was all about the games this year. With the console launches out of the way, game developers have been able to focus on making great games, and we saw a ton of that at E3 2014 this year.  We shared with you our nominees for game of the show and about a dozen other categories. Now it's time to find out what games have won our Best of E3 2014 winners!

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Colossalcon is a cosplay convention that takes place at a waterpark!


Animals, arcade, waterpark, oh my!
Jun 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
We've featured plenty of cosplay videos and pictures on Destructoid in the past, but this is the first time we're seeing a cosplay convention taking place at a freaking waterpark! Colossalcon takes place over in Ohio, and on...

Go on a sniping rampage in Hitman Sniper

Jun 13 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Your objective in the game is to take out a target on any given level. In the one I was playing, I was able to take my target out the second the sniper scope came up to my face at the start of the level. Sure you can just shoot your target right there and then, but you’d be missing the point. Really what you’re trying to do is kill as many bad guys as possible in creative ways to score as many points as you can. Hitman Sniper is emphasizing competitive play through a leaderboard system. You’ll see in real time as you’ve scored more points/money than your friends, and you’ll also see as they pass you up.  So you’ll need to get creative with how you kill others, as the more creative the kill the more points you get. Thankfully creative killing is something that Hitman has always been good at. One example involved me shooting at the front of a parked car. This set off the car alarm, which caused two nearby guards to come investigate the noise. One was near the car already, and another guard was a couple of stories above in the house, looking down to see the fuss. As soon as that guard leaned over the railing, I shot out the glass that was a part of the railing, and this caused him to fall over and land right on top of the guard on the ground. Double kill!  What you’ll have to be careful of is that the main target will eventually start to notice that his guards are going missing. Plus, other guards can potentially find the dead bodies if they’re simply just taken out where they stand. Eventually this will scare the main target, causing him to flee the scene and you’ll fail the mission. It starts off with how much do you really want to risk, but as you replay scenarios and understand the layouts better you’ll find yourself really cleaning up house. There will be multiple goals and missions you can take on a level too, so it’s not always going to be same thing if you don’t want it to be.  Along with your main sniper you’ll be able to equip perks and the like. A couple I saw included a super sonic round which removed the need for lead time, and another that made my bolt-action rifle fire rounds off like a semi-automatic. You’ll be able to earn a variety of perks, plus improvements and additions to the rifle itself. And that in turn will help in scoring more points in the game.  The developers behind are looking to have a variety of locations available for players, and they’re looking to develop the game along with the community. If there’s a demand for classic hits, or say certain places from around the world the team will work something out.  Hitman Sniper will be out this fall, and it will be a free-to-play title. Players will be able to unlock everything without ever having to pay, but those that just want to get to the good stuff as fast as possible will have the option to put some money down.  Nothing too complicated, but it’s easily going to be one of those games I will enjoy playing while on a flight or looking to pass the time. 
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A fun, simple little game in the Hitman universe
Square hasn’t been afraid to use the Hitman IP in fun and creative ways. Hitman GO was a critical success for doing something unique, and while Hitman Sniper isn’t on that same scale, it is still at least a ton of fun.


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