Hitman: Absolution

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IO Interactive is currently working on the fifth installment of Hitman for Windows and consoles. Titled Hitman: Absolution, the game mixes familiar stealth mechanics with new gameplay features like improvised weapons and “Instinct Mode”. The latter allows the player to spot enemies through walls and see their patrol paths.

As for the story, it is supposed to be quite a bit more personal than that of the previous Hitman titles. Betrayed by people he trusted, Agent 47 is on the run and in search for answers. The game’s lead producer says this will let the players learn more about the protagonist’s character as he makes his own decisions.

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The Secret World

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    Jun 19, 2012

Funcom’s upcoming MMORPG title – The Secret World – might have some tough competition in the form of ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2, but the game has plenty of unique features to offer. TSW is set in a twisted version of the modern world where every conspiracy theory and urban legend is true, and secret societies (the Illuminati, the Dragon, and the Templars) rule from the shadows.

The game has no classes or levels, allowing you to freely choose from ~500 abilities as well as many different melee and ranged weapons. Players can also pick one of the “deck templates”, each of which contains 7 active and 7 passive abilities that complement each other and create an effective build. In other words, new players will be able to start immediately with a pre-made build, while experienced players will be able to customize their character as they please.

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Guild Wars 2

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    Aug 28, 2012

Guild Wars 2 is a highly anticipated MMORPG from ArenaNet. Similarly to the original game, GW2 offers an engaging storyline, no grind while leveling up, and competitive PvP. The biggest addition in the sequel is a persistent world, making Guild Wars 2 a true MMO.

The game also doesn’t have a subscription fee, although there is an item shop where players can purchase optional upgrades for their characters via microtransactions. Don’t worry, though: the items are cosmetic in nature and won’t turn Guild Wars 2 into a pay-to-win MMORPG.

Other interesting features include Dynamic Events (ArenaNet’s attempt to improve classic MMORPG quests), new class archetypes (Damage, Support, and Control), a personal story that grows as you play the game, and slick graphics combined with Havok physics engine for creating a pleasant visual experience.

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Gamestop Coupons – March 2012

We now have a pair of new Gamestop coupons for the second half of March and the first days of April. Gamers shopping online at gamestop.com can use these codes to save some money. Two deals are available, both of which expire on April 3rd:

  • Use code “SHAMROCK” to get a 10% discount on purchases of in-stock games and accessories. Valid for orders worth $89.99 and more.
  • Use code “LUCKY” to get 10% off in-stock PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS games priced at least $39.99.

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Sniper Elite V2

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Sniper Elite V2 is a remake of the 2005 game by the British Rebellion studio. It is a tactical shooter where the players assume the role of Karl Fairburne, an American sniper tasked with eliminating or capturing the German scientists working on the V-2 missile program during the World War II.

Like its predecessor, the game emphasizes stealth, tactical thinking, and planning. However, to make things more interesting, Sniper Elite V2 introduces a brutal kill cam that shows the bullet’s passage through the body in slow motion X-ray vision.

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Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is an upcoming action RPG based on the award-winning A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga by George R. R. Martin. The game is developed by Cyanide studio and published by Atlus (North America) and Focus Home Interactive (Europe). It uses Unreal Engine 3 graphics.

Game of Thrones RPG lets you to play two original characters and visit many familiar regions of Westeros during its 30 hours of gameplay. The two playable protagonists can be customized by choosing a class, skills, equipment, and so on. According to the publisher’s website, character interaction is an important aspect of the game, and dialogue can help you solve problems and complete your goals without resorting to violence.

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Borderlands 2

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The unexpectedly successful and highly entertaining shooter Borderlands is getting a sequel this September. Borderlands 2 brings new characters and skills, improved vehicles, and a whole lot more weapons as well as other items. Plot-wise, the game picks up 5 years after the events in the original, and tasks the players with killing Handsome Jack, the dictator of Pandora.

Borderlands 2 retains the unique visual style of the first game, something that no doubt contributed to the title’s popularity. Just like the original, the sequel also offers a four-player co-op mode. Overall, the game should play similarly to Borderlands – except it is “bigger, better, and more badass”.

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