Hitman: Absolution Review (X360)

Hitman absolution could very well be one of the best marketed titles of 2012. Square Enix kept a constant stream of videos, screenshots and developer diaries going for many months, and even released the Hitman: Sniper Challenge minigame to help build anticipation. One thing that Square Enix did very well in their campaign was to keep the game on people’s minds – so much so that I forgot that its predecessor (Blood Money) is more than six years old already. Now that Absolution has been released, how does it stack up against all that hype? We checked out the Xbox 360 version to find out more – read on to find out how we walked away from Agent 47’s latest outing. Continue reading “Hitman: Absolution Review (X360)”

F1 2012 Review (X360)

If you were a racing gamer in the nineties, you had two choices for Formula 1 games. The PC market was dominated by Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix games which showcased unrivalled realism, while the console market had plenty of arcade-like F1 games to offer. When Codemasters acquired the F1 license, they merged both approaches into a single and well-received experience. Today we look at F1 2012, their third entry in the series. Continue reading “F1 2012 Review (X360)”

Gamescom 2012: 1C

1C Company may not be the most familiar software publisher/developer for a lot of you, but the Moscow-based company licenses and publishes over half of all the games we know and love in Russia. Arguably the largest publisher in the world, they also have their own development teams and release Russian-developed titles globally. Flight sim fans should check out their IL-2 Sturmovik games, and real time strategy buffs could do a lot worse than check out 1C’s Men of War series. Time to see what they will be releasing next… Continue reading “Gamescom 2012: 1C”

WRC 3 Preview (multi)

Every so often, events like Gamescom allow you to sit down and talk to some of the producers and hear about their vision, their hard work and their enthusiasm. This year, I got do that with Sebastien Pellicano, a producer for Italian studio Milestone. The studio is currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on WRC 3, a rally racing game featuring the FIA World Rally Championship license. Just in case you haven’t heard of Milestone; they know what they’re doing when it comes to racing games. Every game they’ve released since 1995 has been a racing title, so needless to say I was eager to find out about their upcoming title, due out in October for X360, PS3, Vita and PCs. Continue reading “WRC 3 Preview (multi)”

Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)

Formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs was abandoned by Activision in 2011 for not living up to their standards for the open world genre. In a market dominated by titles like GTA, they felt there was not enough room for success with the United Front Games title that combined driving and gunplay with the hand to hand combat you would expect from an action title set in Hong Kong. Square Enix subsequently picked up the game and renamed it, and now that it’s ready for release we’re about to see who was right. Sleeping Dogs is available for X360, PS3 and PCs – we tested the X360 version. Continue reading “Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)”