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Hitman: Absolution

According to our reviewer, Adam "The Riveter" Rosenberg, Hitman: Absolution is a triumph of detail, plot and murder, and a lot of the credit goes to the details made possible by the game's engine.

Check out this snippet of our Hitman: Absolution review

"Every one of the game's 50+ discrete environments is brimming with life and personality, as well as any number of points of interaction. There are makeshift weapons to be found, shortcuts and secret access points accessible via ledges and air ducts, distraction opportunities... so much that it's almost daunting. Replay value is at an all-time high in the campaign since you can approach any challenge in a ridiculous variety of ways."

Read the rest of our glowing Hitman: Absolution review.

Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

LA Game Space

Imagine a space where developers work together, share information, show off their newest projects, and you can be a part of it. Now stop imagining and start giving because LA Game Space won’t make it if you don’t open your hearts and your wallets.

This new endeavor aims to develop a space where indie developers can work with others and learn from some of the top minds in the business. The Kickstarter offers up 30 games from developers behind Hotline Miami, Unfinished Swan, and the BIT. Trip series for only a fifteen-dollar donation, but that’s only the tip of the reward iceberg. Additional funding will nab you original art; a pixel portrait from the likes of Paul Robertson, Adam Saltsman, and others; and generous donors can even find themselves in a game. Of course, this isn’t just about gifts and trinkets.

LA Game Space looks to build a hub of information that can be accessed by other developers outside the walls of their space. You don’t have to be in LA to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to collaborate with others or to listen to lectures from other developers that will be posted on YouTube free of charge. Don’t pass up this opportunity to get some great games but to also help those who make the great games you love.

Reward: For $15 dollars, you’ll get 30 games from some of your favorite indie developers, artists, and designers.

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How many Clueless Gamer reviews will it be before we can start holding Conan O'Brien to the same standards that any other video game critic is held to? Conan's latest Clueless Gamer review looks at IO Interactive's Hitman: Absolution in a gross violation of the review embargo set by Square Enix. Pitchforks, people! Grab them!

I kid, I kid. Conan can review whatever he damn well pleases WHENEVER he damn well pleases, because he's Conan freaking O'Brien. His non-gamer perspective is also a refreshing change of pace when it comes to discussing so-called "hardcore" games. He often picks up on things that other critics might not. He's also a really funny mofo, and this Hitman: Absolution review is one of his best Clueless Gamer sketches yet.

Gamescom 2010: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Preview

The cyberpunk flavor of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is going to Hollywood, with CBS Films confirming plans to produce a big screen adaptation of the 2011 game. Sinister director Scott Derrickson will take the helm, and he's also developing the script in collaboration with his Sinister cohort C. Robert Cargill.

For those who haven't seen it, Sinister is quite a solid little horror movie, with lots of creepy imagery and a very memorable antagonist. Deus Ex isn't exactly a horror story, but the gritty cyberpunk setting should mesh well with Derrickson's and Cargill's creative sensibilities. 

Borderlands 2 DLC Returns In Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage

The second of four confirmed Borderlands 2 DLC packs is days away, with Gearbox Software confirming a November 20, 2012 release for the add-on pack. The new content is introduced on Twitter by none other than Mister Torgue himself, the big boss at the weapons manufacturer that shares his name.

Mister Torgue wants to know if you're badass enough to survive his Campaign of Carnage. He also appears to like explosions. A lot. So much so that he creates a new form of punctuation right inside his Twitter feed. He also shares the above screenshot to get you in the right frame of mind for the Campaign of Carnage.


G4tv presents two Hitman: Absolution walkthrough videos showing off Agent 47's diverse skill set as well as a gameplay walkthrough of the Vixen Strip Club mission. Narrating these two walkthrough videos are IO Interactive's Tore Blystad and Sven Liebold. This is your chance to find even more about Hitman: Absolution before it comes out November 20, 2012.

Agent 47's mission in the Vixen Strip Club is to kill Dom Osmond, the owner of the place. Find out how we eliminate Mr. Osmond in our Hitman: Absolution "Vixen Strip Club" gameplay playthrough below.

Hitman: Absolution "Vixen Strip Club" Gameplay Preview »

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BioShock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition Trailer »

A few weeks back, Irrational Games unveiled the Columbia-fied collector's edition for BioShock Infinite, much to the delight of dystopian fiction lovers everywhere. The stunning collection includes a number of wonderfully detailed pieces, including the real eye/wallet catcher of the collection, the statue of what's quickly become Infinite's most recognizable characters, the Songbird.

We recently spoke with Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine and concept artist Robb Waters via email to find out more about how this collection came together and the Songbird's creation.

Of all the characters that have been revealed so far, the Songbird has consistently been a fan favorite. Did you have a sense when you were creating and designing him that, not unlike the Big Daddy, there was something inherently fascinating about him and that he had the potential to be such a popular character?

Robb Waters: I got a glimpse of the potential for Songbird when I sketched out a rough picture showing Elizabeth touching the monster’s bowing head. It was the unique express ability of the character that was apparent to me at that moment. Seeing beyond the gruesome exterior of the monster and getting a sense of the monster’s soul can make for a more interesting character. The abstracted, mysterious form of the character also allows the viewer to remain engaged, as it keeps them guessing as to what they are actually seeing.

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The MMO Report: Mailbag!


Posted November 15, 2012 - By Jonathan Goorvich

Sure, sure... Star Wars: The Old Republic has officially gone free-to-play. We know, we know... The Elder Scrolls Online has just released an incredible introduction trailer. But in this week's episode of The MMO Report, Casey reads his way to the bottom of Uncle Casey's Mailbag for one last time. If you're a fan of the Mailbag segment, then you're gonna love today's show. If you hate the Mailbag segment, well, this is the last time you'll ever see it, so you're gonna love today's show. Enjoy.


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Minecraft 360

Minecraft offers a wonderful platform for creative people to mess around in, as long as you're okay with your various creations never existing in anything other than a virtual, voxel-based world. That's how things used to be, at any rate. Now, thanks to FigurePrints, you can spend some cash to turn your Minecraft dreams into a reality (via Kotaku).

FigurePrints will create a full 3D replica of any chunk of Minecraft world that you choose, with the price dictated by the complexity of the creation. To get started, you'll need to download a Minecraft World Exporter from the company's website. The catch is that the Exporter only supports Windows PCs (XP or later), so Mac users will have to Boot Camp it. Or steal someone else's PC at gunpoint.

Crysis 3 sure is looking pretty, as you can see for yourself in this newly released six minutes of gameplay footage. The content is pulled from an early moment in the game, with Psycho leading returning protagonist Prophet into the ruins of New York City.

Although clearly marked as "alpha gameplay," Crytek appears to be making great progress on the 2013 release. Check out that bit in the first half of the trailer where Prophet uses some alien electro gun to blow up an enemy tower. Loving the environmental destruction and sense of scale here.

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5 Life Lessons We Can Learn From The Walking Dead

The fifth and final episode of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is set to hit all platforms next week, with the PlayStation Network version arriving on November 20, 2012 and all other platforms (Xbox Live, PC/Mac, iOS) on November 21. The final episode is titled "No Time Left," which should make sense to anyone who made it through the heartbreaking events of the previous episode.

Telltale is currently on pace to deliver a Game of the Year-caliber refresh of the adventure game genre with its heavily character-driven focus and emphasis on building relationships with the rest of your fellow survivors. I can't speak highly enough about what has been accomplished so far, and I've little doubt that the close of this first season of content will deliver as it needs to.

For those who have held off on picking up individual episodes to wait for the inevitable disc-based collection, you'll finally get your chance to see what all the fuss is about when The Walking Dead is released in stores on December 4, 2012.


Black Ops 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is here. Unless you live beneath a rock sitting in the corner of a ruined basement in rural Arkansas, you are probably already aware of this fact. What you might not know is that Treyarch implemented some of the biggest changes that the series has seen since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to every facet of the game. Campaign features an odd sort of branching story, Zombies is set in a newly open world, and multiplayer introduces the new Pick 10 create-a-class framework.

It's the last of those that we're going to zero in on today. The class creation feature that fans have grown to love since the first Modern Warfare is a shadow of its former self, replaced by the arguably more robust and customization-friendly Pick 10. It's fun to play with once you get the hang of how it all works, but there's no clear tutorial within the game that explains it.

This is your tutorial. Read on for a rundown of Pick 10 and how to best take advantage of it!

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Announded For The Android

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is now a free-to-play browser based game. The game is being released using Google's Native Client on Chrome. It is currently available for both PC and MAC users. The down side is the free version of the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has ads. If you wish to play without ads, you can pay $9.99 for the full version of the game.

There are 10 missions available, and each can be accessed at anytime. 

If you're at work, or school, it would probably be wise to spend some time checking this game out in your browser. I recommend typing a lot every now and then before sighing and hitting the backspace a few times. No one will suspect you're actually knee deep in a Toxic Swamp!

Note: If you're playing on a MAC you have to use Chrome.

Play now!

Grand Theft Auto 5 Official Gameplay Trailer »

Grand Theft Auto 5 has a new trailer, people.  You can see the GTA 5 video above. As you can see, it shows off the three different characters you'll be playing as when the game comes out., and even shows the trio meeting. Judging from the trailer, Rockstar is aiming at a little bit of a lighter tone than Grand Theft Auto 4. It's also got some jaw-lowering action set pieces, fast cars and fast women.

Personally, I loved seeing a rottweiler in the game. Dangerous dogs: CONFIRMED!

Also: In case you're wondering, the amazing song in the soundtrack is "Skeletons" by the great Stevie Wonder.

Mass Effect Trilogy Coming This Holiday Season

It seems that a fair number of boxed retail copies of the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are shipping with Mass Effect 2 data on the second disc, something that Mass Effect creator BioWare is now taking advantage of. The developer is inviting the thousand or so affected customers to step up and receive a code for a free download of the Mass Effect Trilogy on PC.

All you have to do is snap a photo of yourself holding the offending Disc 2, with both yourself and your misprinted disc fully visible. Send the photo over to community@bioware.com and the developer will sling a code back your way. To BioWare, all I can really say is: well played, y'all. Well played.


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