Monthly Archives: March 2012
Hitman : Absolution seems to be taking the low-key path to retail, as befits a game about a stealthy assassin. Now and then, a couple of tidbits do leak out, however; such as this screenshot showcasing Hitman : Absolution’s ‘crowd technology’, which reportedly allows for ‘very dense crowds which allow players to both interact with and influence the behavior of each individual character.’ If you ignore the suspiciously co-ordinated clappers to the left (seriously, they look like a flash mob), it actually looks pretty good.
As promised, Ubisoft finally went public with the official announcement of Assassin’s Creed III today, along with the above trailer. Here’s an excerpt from the press release, followed by a closer look at the trailer :
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.
Assassin’s Creed III is powered by Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a revolutionary new game engine that delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence. Assassin’s Creed III will feature a ground-breaking level of stunning graphics that bring Colonial America to life.
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Fans of puzzle-platformers, take note – Vessel is now available for purchase on PC, through either Steam or the Strange Loop Games website. (There’s also a demo available for download via Steam.) Purchasing it from the developer nets you a DRM-free copy of the game plus a Steam code. Also, until March 8th, it’s available for $13.49, or 10% off its $15 price. Unfortunately, there’s still no official release date for the PSN/XBLA versions.
What is Vessel, and why should you be interested in it? Take a look at this :
The game looks absolutely gorgeous, and the mechanics are quite interesting. I haven’t been this excited about a platformer since Limbo. As soon as I finish it, I’ll be doing a full review; until then, you can try the demo out for yourselfon Steam.
After weeks of speculation, Ubisoft finally released a picture of the Assassin’s Creed III box art via Twitter. Shortly after Ubisoft’s reveal, Game Informer went public with the news that Assassin’s Creed III will grace the cover of their next issue, as seen below.
The Baldur’s Gate series is held by many – myself included – to be one of the finest RPG franchises of all time. So, you can understand the immediate interest when BaldursGate.com went live a few days ago, bearing the above image and playing the original game’s theme music. In the background, you can see some faded character portraits; if I remember correctly, they look a lot like the portraits you could choose to represent your character.
More information can be found in the page’s source code, which I’ve posted after the break.