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Blair Witch: Experience the Horror of the Movie By…Solving Puzzles? – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Diving into the Blair Witch world through puzzles seems strange, but the tabletop experience captures the mystery and spookiness of the original.

TheBlair WitchProject changed the landscape of horror movies after its 1999 release, and brought audiences into the story through the found footage style filming. Many subsequent movies have tried to emulate it, butBlair Witch is still beloved by horror fans. It's no surprise that games would want to capitalize on this fan-base, but Hunt A Killer and Lionsgate Games dive into theBlair Witch story in a surprising way -- with puzzles.

TheBlair Witchtabletop experience is an at-home puzzle adventure that asks players to help solve the disappearance of Liam Kent, who's gone missing fromBurkittsville, home of the fabled Blair Witch and the events of the original movie. Piecing together timelines and alibis, deciphering cryptic clues and getting to know the inhabitants ofBurkittsville allow the players to participate in a mystery while immersing themselves in the spooky atmosphere of the haunted town.

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Part of what makes theBlair Witchexperience so compelling is that many of the puzzles and clues are all physical objects that players can manipulate and combine in order to find a solution. Each mailing also makes use of digital tools to provide real-time feedback and augment the physical clues. The final multimedia result is deeply satisfying to dive into and just as immersive as the movie's found-footage style.

Rigorous code-breaking and complex puzzle-solving seems at first glance like a strange way to engage in the horror of the Blair Witch universe. But the mystery at the heart of the movie actually transfers well into the escape-room-esquetabletop experience. While the stakes don't seem quite as high, and the puzzles are certainly safer than a recorded exploration of the woods, the mystery genre is a great transition for the story.

Related: 5 Underrated Horror Movies to Get You in a Spooky Mood

If some of the aesthetic of a dark night deep in the woods of Burkittsville is lost in this new medium, the puzzles do a good job of trying to reintroducethe creepiness through attentive writing. Clues range from newspaper and magazine clippings to fake social media posts, sometimes including hand-written marginalia to set the mood even more.

The at-home puzzleexperienceis also perfect for lockdown. Blair Witch makes a perfect solo journey for the ardent puzzle solver, but also a great small group activity for quarantine pods or even date night.

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Out Now: ‘Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead’, ‘The First Tree’, ‘Moonlighter’, ‘One Night at Flumpty’s’, ‘Tomb Toad’, ‘DeLight: The Journey Home’,…

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, weve kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years thats the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this weeks new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games youll be picking up!

Art Restoration Puzzle (Free)

iTunes Description

What is the most satisfying feeling in the world? Recover masterpieces! Genius artists painted them 100 years or more ago. With time, those amazing paintings cant keep their original form. You are an art collector with the passion to recover the quality of those invaluable paintings. By rolling the color ball to repaint all damaged parts of the painting you will successfully recover that masterpiece.

Forum Thread: Art Restoration Puzzle (by Genix Lab)

Book of Beasts (Free)

iTunes Description

Book of Beasts is a multiplayer, free-to-play collectible card game (CCG).You place cards on the board by smartly connecting Gems on Beast Cards. Every card on the shared battlefield can be used against you. Additional Spell Cards and deck building offer unlimited strategies and endless battle challenges!

Forum Thread: Book of Beasts CCG (by Millform)

Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead ($4.99)

iTunes Description

Experience the fun of KILLING WALKERS using the POWER of your BRAIN!

Prepare for the ultimate mashup experience! Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead combines the legendary and challenging puzzle gameplay of Bridge Constructor with the post-apocalyptic zombie universe of AMCs The Walking Dead.

Forum Thread: Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead (by Headup)

DeLight: The Journey Home (Free)

iTunes Description

Story of Sammy, a girl blinded in war, and her journey to find her lost parents.Play as Sammy and step into a perilous journey into the unknown, with the help of her seeing-eye dog Deli Every decision you make will influence her fate

Forum Thread: DeLight: The Journey Home (by Wexplore Games)

Dragon Blaze classic (Free)

iTunes Description

The unique feature of this game is that able to pick one among four dragon knights, which is able to knight and dragon dismount attack through dragon shotDefeat the enemies with variety of attack patterns through mount and dismount.

Forum Thread: Dragon Blaze classic (by MOBIRIX)

The First Tree ($4.99)

iTunes Description

The First Tree is a third-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a son reconnecting with his estranged father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the sons life as he becomes intertwined in the foxs journey towards The First Tree.

Forum Thread: The First Tree (by David Wehle)

Freeway Fury: Annihilation (Free)

iTunes Description

Freeway Fury: Alien Annihilation is the ultimate version of the popular arcade-action game, featuring:

35+ different vehicles for you to grab and cause general mayhem with. Fill the Nitro and Fury meters by performing a variety of stunts. 13 distinct areas.

Forum Thread: Freeway Fury: Annihilation (by Serius Games)

Frog Hop Game ($2.99)

iTunes Description

A cute and quirky classic adventure platforming game about a frog named Hoppy searching for his frog friend Jumpy.

Swing and launch yourself through levels with your tongue ability.

A vast array of gimmicks, enemies, and obstacles; theres always something new youll encounter in each level.

Forum Thread: Frog Hop Game (by Tiny Warrior Games)

Hellopet House (Free)

iTunes Description

Enter the world of Hellopet House! Help Jane collect pets and transform a rundown old home into a beautiful mansion. Step in and begin your journey with new friends, neighbours and your very first pet!

Rush to complete special cooking, gardening and crafting tasks in time to help renovate and decorate the space in your mansion. Restore every corner of your home for your cats and dogs as you master your skills as a chef, gardener and carpenter. The exciting world of Hellopet House is free to play and cute fluffy pets await you, so just get right to it!

Forum Thread: Hellopet House (by Appxplore)

Hotrod: Speed Boat Racing Game (Free)

iTunes Description

Welcome to the world of Top Fuel Hotrod: Drag Boat Racing!

Its the newest, most realistic Speed Drag Boat Racing Game ever made- all available on your iPhone device. Customize every aspect of your builds down to the piston with a detailed engine simulation to boot!

Forum Thread: Hotrod: Speed Boat Racing Game (by Studio Pareidolia)

Lineweight (Free)

iTunes Description

Lineweight is a brand new experience from Cipher Prime. Each of its five chapters showcases a story with a specific emotional focus, illuminated with the studios signature stylings of color, light, and music. Every moment, word, and image is controlled by your swipe, marrying storytelling and graphic design in a unique union we cant wait to share with you.

Forum Thread: Lineweight (by Cipher Prime/The Label)

Maze Thief Puzzle (Free)

iTunes Description

Deep in an ancient tomb, lied a lot of treasures to loot. Aladin is a skillful thief who wants to change his life by entering the tomb and collect all these treasures. Unfortunately, no one ever escaped the maze of the tomb successfully, tricky gates, pins, mummies would come to stop them get the rewards. Aladin needs your help to solve those tricky puzzles and get all the gold from the tomb.

Forum Thread: Maze Thief Puzzle (by Genix Lab)

Moonlighter ($11.99)

iTunes Description

During a long-passed archaeological excavation, a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was founded near the excavation site providing refuge and a place for adventurers to sell their hard-earned riches.

Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.

Forum Thread: Moonlighter (by Digital Sun Games & 11 bit studios)

Oculux (Free)

iTunes Description

Oculux is a relaxing, minimalist and beautiful puzzle game that offers hundreds of hand-crafted levels to immerse yourself into. A dreamy meditative soundtrack accompanies you in your delightful experience.

How to play:Move the orb by swiping your finger in the direction you would like to move. Avoid traps and use different puzzle mechanics to collect all the diamonds in the least amount of moves possible.

Forum Thread: Oculux (by Logisk Studio)

One Night at Flumptys ($1.99)

iTunes Description

Hi! Im Flumpty Bumpty. Im an egg. Im immune to the plot and can transcend time and space. I brought you to this special place so we can be friends. I hope you are good at hiding, because I am coming after you. Have fun!" Flumpty

Survive till 6 am by avoiding Flumpty and his friends. If you survive the entire night, you will have a new friend! If you dont, well youll see.

Forum Thread: One Night at Flumptys (By Jonochrome)

PathPix Year ($3.99)

iTunes Description

Wishing you had LOTS of new PathPix puzzles to play? PathPix Year has 365 puzzles, one for each day of the year. Celebrate the seasons, enjoy the holidays, find quirky quotes PathPix Year has it all. A million squares to solve 12 full months of puzzles. Each month includes a wide variety of puzzle sizes, puzzle shapes, and difficulty levels. Solve one puzzle a day or do them all as fast as you can its your choice!

Forum Thread: PathPix Year (by Kris Pixton)

Queen Rules ($1.99)

iTunes Description

Explore this hypnotic world built of handmade modelling FIMO clay characters. Whats your vehicle? Logic and planning. Its a puzzle experience thats challenging but fun.

Led by a benevolent King and Queen, youll visit enchanted lands and enjoy an atmosphere like no where else you know. Your job while heredefeat a dark curse set in play by an evil witch. Sounds easy, right? Wrong! The puzzles begin simply and slowly advance in challenge, level by level, kingdom by kingdom.

Forum Thread: Queen Rules (by Juan Gabriel Palomino)

Ready, Set, Draw! (Free)

iTunes Description

Ready, Set, Draw! Draw the word before time runs out!

Artificial Intelligence will guess what you are drawing. Make your drawing as clear as possible for a faster correct guess.

Forum Thread: Ready, Set, Draw! (by BuildLoop)

Roll of Fortune (Free)

iTunes Description

Use skill and strategy to compete against your friends, family, and co-workers! Create a game just for your group or join a game that your friends created. It is a simple game to play but the strategy can be as complex as you would like it to be.

Forum Thread: Roll Of Fortune (by FairTran)

Slay the Beat (Free)

iTunes Description

Do you have what it takes to defend our Neon-Cyber Earth from an Alien bots invasion?Challenge yourself in this super innovative musical roguelike game!

Clear the Earth from Alien cyborgs with the flow of the rhythm. Bring your clones to the battle, attack and defend with the beats and feel the music to succeed. Use rhythmic patterns to prioritize your targets and try to stun your enemies for extra damage. Unleash all your power with a special attack that will crush your opponents! Choose the right path on our procedurally generated maps and select the correct items sets that will lead you to Victory!

Forum Thread: Slay the Beat (by Gosiha)

Sudoku Master (Free)

iTunes Description

Endless number of sudoku puzzles to explore. Install now to start mobile sudoku learning! Sudoku Master Classic Sudoku has different sudoku puzzles and comes in four difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard sudoku and sudoku expert levels. Sudoku kingdom for all kinds of sudoku players!

Forum Thread: Sudoku Master (by Peaksel)

Tomb Toad ($3.99)

iTunes Description

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Elite Dangerous and The World Next Door are free on the Epic Games Store this week – Neowin

Epic Games Store has put on offer Elite Dangerous and The World Next Door to claim and keep for free this week, taking the place of The Textorcist.

Elite Dangerous is a massively multiplayer space simulation game developed by Frontier Developments, featuring an open-world representation of the Milky Way galaxy. Its the fourth title in the Elite series. Heres how the Epic Games Store describes it:

Take control of your own starship in a cutthroat galaxy. Elite Dangerous is the definitive massively multiplayer space epic, bringing gamings original open world adventure to the modern generation with an evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way.

The World Next Door is a visual novel and puzzle game with a story featuring a teenager who is trapped in a parallel universe and must escape it before her time runs out. Heres how the Epic Games Store describes the title:

A mix of lightning-fast puzzle battles, powerful storytelling, and immersive visual novel elements, The World Next Door follows Jun, a rebellious teen trapped in a parallel realm inhabited by magical creatures, who must find her way home before time runs out.

Epic Games Store is offering The World Next Door for Windows and macOS and Elite Dangerous for Windows. Here are the minimum requirements:

If you wish to claim The World Next Door or Elite Dangerous, you can find them here. They will be free to claim until November 26, which is when Epic will put on offer MudRunner for its next giveaway.

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The Pathless review: The joy of the unknown | Entertainment – UT Daily Beacon

In modern games, many have grown accustomed to tons of tutorials, built-in guides and tips that help players find their way from objective to objective. The Pathless, the newest game from indie developer Giant Squid, takes all of these helpers and throws them in the garbage.

In The Pathless, players take control of the Hunter, a master archer on a quest to destroy a great darkness that has spread quickly over the world. After arriving on the mysterious island that the darkness calls home, the Hunter must team up with a newfound eagle companion and bring light back to the world.

The Pathless is a game that revels in telling players as little as possible. From the second you hit start, youre told the bare minimum: the basic controls. From there on out, players are given almost no guidance at all. Though this can be intimidating or off putting at first, The Pathless does an amazing job of guiding players without them even really knowing it.

After a few minutes in game, players come across a visor that will scan the area around them, showing off evil presence or any other weird energies. Using this allows players to see objectives, puzzles or challenges without the use of a map, markers or any other clear indication. This makes every single discovery in-game feel more significant than they would have otherwise.

Though story isnt the most important aspect of The Pathless, the team at Giant Squid still did a fantastic job of scattering traces of a compelling one throughout the world. Very little is actually told to you, but small anecdotes and pieces of world building are scattered throughout the island on tablets and in the tales of lingering souls.

Without ever really knowing everything that is going on, players are given just enough to pique their interest and become enthralled in The Pathless world.

At its core, The Pathless is a puzzle game with a coat of action/adventure paint. Aside from a few tense boss battles, theres no combat in the game. Instead of slaying enemies, players must search for puzzles hidden around the island. Once found, they must figure out a way to free a number of charms from the darkness. These charms are used to light up towers that weaken each areas boss enough for the Hunter to purify them.

Just about every puzzle in The Pathless was clever and gives players a run for their money. Sure, some are relatively straight forward, but others will have you stumped for longer than youd be willing to admit. None of them feel cheap, however. Once you actually end up solving them, the feeling of accomplishment is worth every second spent cursing the developers for coming up with a puzzle so obtuse.

No matter which platform you play it on, The Pathless is an absolutely beautiful game. Giant Squid has done a masterful job crafting a stylized world that can look both good on an iPhone through Apple Arcade, and stunning running at 60 frames per second on a PlayStation 5.

Composer Austin Wintory has crafted a masterful score to go along with the game. Every second spent running through the island is accompanied by some of the most gorgeous music ever put in a video game, which is saying a lot.

Luckily, The Pathless also plays extremely well. Running around the island while firing arrows all over the place is an absolute joy, thanks most especially to how well the Hunter controls. Slinging arrows form target to target feels almost perfect.

There were, however, a few times that it felt impossible to hit exactly what you were aiming for. Though the auto-aiming for the bow works most of the time, it feels like there should be a way for players to aim directly at what they want for certain puzzles.

Though The Pathless is only a few hours long, it has proven itself to be one of the best games on PlayStation 5 at launch (and on Apple Arcade). With gorgeous visuals, challenging puzzles, interesting world-building and a moving score, The Pathless is a must play for anyone who considers themselves even remotely interested.

Game reviewed on a PlayStation 5. Review code provided by Annapurna Interactive.

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Every PS5 launch game ranked worst to best – Looper

What PlayStation or Xbox console would be complete without a Call of Duty game? Well, it's here, and this time it takes place during the Cold War.

Over at Hardcore Gamer, Kevin Dunsmore began his review by reflecting on the gimmicky nature of recent entries in theBlack Ops series. As such, he credited Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as a return to form. He praised the story, which he found gripping, intriguing, and mysterious, while also highlighting the more advanced integration of decision-changing plot points.

Unfortunately, the decisions you make, according to Dunsmore, do not pay off as they did in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Dunsmore was also critical of the overall duration of the game and its side characters. Ultimately, he liked Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as a more grounded entry, with a solid single-player mode and a fast-paced, if imperfect, multiplayer experience.

PlayStation LifeStyle's Chandler Wood gave Black Ops Cold War points for its unification of single-player, multiplayer, and zombie modes. While his score was near perfect, he did admit that the campaign gameplay is par for the course, calling it "relatively basic." According to Wood, multiplayer stands out the most, which he felt would only get better as time goes on.

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Call of the Sea sets sail in December – Gamesradar

Raw Fury have revealed that their first-person puzzle adventure game Call of the Sea will launch December 8 on the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and PC.

Call of the Sea, developed by indie studio Out of the Blue, is a mystery tale set in the 1930s where you play a woman in search of her missing husband in the uncharted reaches of the South Pacific. Set on an island paradise, you must investigate clues and solve a variety of puzzles to piece together the mystery surrounding your husbands expedition and eventual disappearance, inspired by H.P. Lovecrafts stories with influence from the likes of Firewatch, Soma and Subnautica.

Out of the Blue is an indie studio composed of 12 veteran game developers who have individually worked on titles such as Celeste, Red Matter, Metroid: Samus Returns, Deadlight, Gylt, Guacamelee! 2, and Space Lords.

The otherworldly adventure game Call of the Sea is Out of the Blues first game and a love letter to the teams biggest passions of adventure, puzzles, and story-driven games.

Call of the Sea was announced in May earlier this year during an Inside Xbox showcase, which also debuted numerous indie games coming to the Xbox Series X.

We cant wait to try out this puzzle adventure game on next-gen and its less than a month away. In the meantime, you can read our review of the Xbox Series X, check out our list of upcoming Xbox Series X games, or look out for some Xbox Series X deals.

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‘When the Past was Around’ confirmed for launch on Switch / PlayStation and Xbox mid-December 2020 – Gamasutra

Experience Love, Loss and Letting Go in the Award-Winning, When the Past was Around; launching on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox One in Mid- December

London, November 18th, 2020 From the teams that brought cult hits Coffee Talk and A Raven Monologue, Indonesian developer Mojiken and Indie publisher, Chorus Worldwide proudly present When the Past was Around, a whimsical point-and-click puzzle game about love, loss and letting go. Prepare for your soul to be touched and your heart to be warmed When the Past was Around launches for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in mid-December.

The game offers a wordless yet profound narrative experience and features heart-wrenching moments to move players of all ages. When the Past was Around invites gamers to gather clues, solve puzzles and unravel secrets buried deep within the protagonist's memory. Award-winning violin music accompanies you as you explore Edas world, as she re-traces the steps of her lost love within her memories.

When the Past was Around won the coveted Best Game Award at this years Gamescom Indie Arena Booth. Original music, composed by Masdito "ittou" Bachtiar, also won Best Audio at this years Taipei Game Show Indie Game Award.

Features:

Pictures Paint a Thousand Words - Experience the games story not through words or dialogue, but through beautifully hand-drawn art created by talented Indonesian artist, Brigitta Rena.

A Short, Sweet, Whimsical Journey - Explore a bittersweet tale between a girl and her love in disjointed rooms of memories through time.

Personal and Relatable - A game about overcoming the past and finding yourself.

Brain Teasing Puzzles - Solve intriguing puzzles to uncover the story.

About Chorus WorldwideChorus Worldwide is a game publisher that brings distinctive and unique games to players around the world. Established in 2014, based in Tokyo and Vancouver, Chorus Worldwide publishes games on the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam, and mobile games on the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit chorusworldwide.com, and follow us on Facebook/ChorusWorld and on Twitter (@ChorusWorldwide).

About Mojiken StudioMojiken Studio is an indie game studio based in Surabaya, Indonesia. The studio boasts one special point, for the team consists mostly of artists, giving a breath of uniqueness in the games they craft. Games hailing from the studio, among others, are A Raven Monologue, She & The Light Bearer, and A Space For The Unbound.

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‘Myst’ (yes, that ‘Myst’) is coming back as an Oculus VR game in December – Mashable

Almost 30 years ago, the computer puzzle game Myst, well, mystified players around the world, leading to a slew of follow-ups. If you fell in love with Myst back in 1993 and want to feel like you're really part of that strange, haunting world, it's coming to VR very soon.

Facebook announced Wednesday that a remake of Myst is coming to Oculus headsets on Dec. 10. Supposedly built with VR in mind, this version of Myst will let players solve all of the original game's inscrutable puzzles to unravel the mysteries of its iconic island setting in VR instead of on a low-res early 90s CRT monitor.

Myst on Oculus was originally revealed earlier this year, so the real news here is the imminent release date. To accompany that, Facebook announced release dates for a couple of other titles that were announced earlier this year. First up is Pistol Whip 2089, a sci-fi sequel to the original Pistol Whip. If you aren't familiar with it, Pistol Whip is about shooting people with guns in a colorful, stylized world while a bass-heavy synth soundtrack fills your ears. The sequel will launch on Dec. 1.

In addition to that, fans of Warhammer 40,000 will be able to visit that severe and intense sci-fi world in VR for the first time in Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister. That's also a first-person action game, though it looks to be significantly more bloody and violent than the other two games in this announcement. It's out on Dec. 8.

For gamers of a certain age, Myst might be a reason to invest in a VR rig. Nostalgia is powerful, after all. If nothing else, it's a decent excuse to keep an eye on Black Friday deals for Oculus headsets.

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It’s Hitman’s 20th anniversary, so here are 20 facts about the silly stealth sim – Rock Paper Shotgun

Hitman: Codename 47 was released 20 years ago today. In all that time, IO Interactive have crafted an entertaining seven-game series (not including spin-offs), with the eighth aiming for the heart in January 2021. The subject matter might be grim, but from the very first game, IO Interactive were always happy to fold information and easter eggs into their immersive sim (dont @ me) to a ridiculous degree. The games all have murderdeathkills, but they also have hauntings, mythical creatures, and real-world actors as targets.

Ive had a blast digging up some forgotten facts and 47s more bizarre moments (this does mean this list contains some spoilers, so beware). There are so many that this could have been 200 facts for 20 years, but I stuck with 20. It seemed right. Enjoy!

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Hes a clone of multiple people. The DNA of four crime lords and terrorists was used to craft Agent 47 by German scientist Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer (who also added his own DNA to the mix). The plan was to create an army of subservient clones and organ donors for the men who provided the genetic goo. 47 was one of those experiments.

Most people get mum, but as 47 is more of a product than a human, he has a barcode. 640509-040147 does have some meaning, though. He was created on September 5, 1964. 640509 represents that but backwards. He was part of the fourth series of clones, the first clone of that batch, and he was the 47th clone created, hence 040147.

During his training, 47 took revenge on another bullying clone by garotting him in a bathroom before fleeing the facility that held them both. He was found at a bus stop and taken for breakfast pancakes.

The four main targets of the first game turn out to be the four DNA daddies. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer hired 47s agency to kill them all, which also ended up with Otto being killed for being a wrong un.

At least thats what his dating profile says. But its also true. IO were not happy with their hair tech, and so his iconic dome was born.

Exhibit Arrrrgh!

Hitman: Codename 47 was followed up by Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. 2016s Hitman, was followed up by Hitman 2. This information might one day save your life.

Theres a mission in Silent Assassin where its possible to kill several Sikhs in a Sikh temple. Not only that, but it looked quite a bit like the Harmandir Sahib, the holiest of the Sikh Gurdwaras, where several worshippers were massacred in 1984. The references were toned down in a patch, and use of the racist slur towelheads was removed. However, the GOG version is based on the unpatched release.

Though IOs action shooter was still a year out from release, you can see a quote fromFreedom Fighters Christopher Stone on one of 47s ammo boxes in Hitman 2. Later on, the game appears on computer monitors during the Samurai Showdown mission. There is a nod to this in Hitman 2 (2018) where theres a Freedom Fighters arcade cabinet in the Colombia level.

Technically Hitman: Contracts starts in between the Curtains Down and Flatline missions in Hitman: Blood Money, which is the next game. 47 is shot and relives a number of missions in his head, including all of the ones from the Codename 47. Its an elegant way to remaster the original game, while still bringing something new to the series.

Because it takes place in 47s head, Contracts enabled the developers to get a little bit wacky. As he dreams of the Traditions of the Trade mission from the first game and wanders through the hotel at the heart of the level, a ghost will appear in several locations. If you catch up to him in a corridor, you can garotte him.

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There are two dance floors in Blood Money, in the The Murder of Crows and Till Death Do Us Part levels. If 47 is left standing on either one without the player interacting with him, hell cut a rug instead of cutting throats. In Amendment XXV, you can force a group of marines to Riverdance by stealing a briefcase from a lady at the start of a mission, wearing a Marine uniform, and throwing the case onto an unlit fireplace.

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In the lobby of Hitman Absolutions Dexter Industries, theres a large bomb dangling from the ceiling. Its a lovely bit of industrial feng shui but suffers from the technical glitch of being a live nuke. If you accidentally shoot the tip, a cut-scene plays showing you the aftermath of your actions with a bonus cameo from Kane & Lynch.

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Everything about the character Mark Faba is a twist on Beans acting career. He has survived a multitude of assassination attempts (like, for example, being riddled with arrows) and nicknamed The Undying. He was designated Elusive Target #1.

It gets more meta: during the mission, Faba stops and talks to 47, asking him as a thought experiment how hed go about killing him.

In this case, both actors were portraying themselves. The fans chose which Gary was more evil. Busey won and was designated an Elusive Target, though both actors appeared in-game.

You can unleash one in a special Easter egg. Look!

Hitman has always been known for a dark sense of humour, like letting the assassin pluck clown costumes and Santa outfits during his missions. The last thing Dom Osmond saw in Hitman: Absolution was the cold, dead eyes of the chipmunk outfit I was wearing.

Hitman 2 took things a step further. Whats further than cosplaying and killing? Using dolphins as escape vehicles, thats what.

This time around, 47 makes an even more implausible escape during a hit in Miami, wearing a flamingo outfit and flying out of the level.

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Square Enix Montreal had an AAA Hitman game in development back in 2012. The plan was to take Hitman off of IOs hands to enable them to work on other projects. In hindsight thats hilarious, but at least they tried. Though it never panned out, Square Enix Montreal did make Hitman Go, a turn-based toylike puzzle game. IO Interactive have remained the stewards of the Hitman series, and have truly excelled in building a huge assassination sim over the last decade. It bodes well for their upcoming Bond game.

And it should include all the content from Hitman and Hitman 2.

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Xbox head Phil Spencer on video games as a way of life, even for the powerful – CNET

In 1993, the US Senate held hearings about violence in video games and the influence of those games on children. Now, 27 years later, members of Congress are playing video games online.

Last week, Microsoft and Sony released their Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 video game consoles, capping off years of research and development. At this point in time, the game industry has become a central part of popular culture and entertainment.

"There's 7 billion people on the planet, and there's 3 billion people who play video games. It's almost half of the world plays video games on some device," Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Xbox chief, said in an interview with CNET sister site GameSpot. "When I started in this business, 20-plus years ago, it wasn't that way."

The video game industry today has grown to $120 billion worldwide. Large swaths of humanity are playing games on their phones, or on Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation or Nintendo's Switch. Some of that's been driven by the games themselves, which have not only gotten scarier and gorier than the fighting game Mortal Kombat, shooting game Doom and interactive movie game Night Trap, but also more mainstream with puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga and competitive titles like Fortnite.

Over that time, the people who played games as children have grown up. Some of them still play games, and they've brought their children into it too. Entertainers like the rapper Drake and sports stars like Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield talk about playing too. President-elect Joe Biden's campaign created an island, complete with voting information, that people could visit in the city-building game Animal Crossing. And US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezof New York broke view count records in October when she started playing the online who-done-it game Among Us to promote voting.

And because of the social aspect, gaming has become particularly popular during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to connect with people.

"We're just seeing record levels of engagement, meaning people playing every day, playing online, connecting with friends and family," Spencer said.

Spencer also talked about the company's Xbox Games Pass subscription service, how the Xbox Series X has been received by fans and how his company's trying to make enough of the consoles to sell to eager customers. Listen to the interview up top for the full story, and you can read other details inhis interview with GameSpot as well.

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