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Hitman: Absolution Review

Agent 47 has had it rough over the years. Rougher than any genetically-engineered professional assassin could ever come to expect. Missions have taken him just about everywhere in the world, almost everyone he has ever met either tried to kill him or was supposed to be offed as a contract and now, in Hitman: Absolution, the fifth game in the venerable series, he is tasked with ending the life of the only person who he has ever come close to caring in his life, Diana Burnwood, his former handler and in a way, the only person he could consider a friend in his dangerous lifestyle. Absolution begins on that very mission, which acts as a tutorial of sorts for the game. Hitman, as the name implies, is all about taking down targets as quietly and carefully as you can (or as chaotically, if you so...
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We Are Living in a Post THQ Bundle World

The organic liveform that is Humble Bundle has just grown yet another branch. This time, their actions may or may not have been enough to help out a struggling publisher. There are some complaints though. Was this even worth it after all? The recently ended Humble Bundle was a special one indeed: it featured games from well-known publisher THQ, . To be frank, the $5.76 average purchase price is quite low considering the ridiculous amounts of content available – nine(!) AAA titles plus a DLC for Red Faction: Armageddon. It has made over 5 million dollars total, which, mind you, will be divided between charity, THQ and Humble Bundle itself based on the buyers’ choices in contributions. So all in all, probably not the greatest financial first-aid kit for the California-based publisher. I think we, the consumers have had a fantastic opportunity here, this was...
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Splice Review

Beautiful, elegant, minimalist: those are the traits of Cipher Prime, makers of acclaimed puzzle games such as Auditorium. All of their works follows those three tenants, both in gameplay, visuals, and music. In Auditorium, you manipulated colored streams of sound that produce symphonic music once directed to corresponding canisters. A grey background and a few simple nodes emblazoned with symbols dictating what each node does – whether it be an arrow signaling the direction the stream will move in or shields heralding their reflection – were all that populated the scene. Simple visuals, gorgeous music, and overall graceful design: a perfect encapsulation of Cipher Prime’s philosophy. In Splice, you arrange cells to create sculptures. The scene, a softly colored, microbial ocean. Carefully placed white lines dot the area, outlining the structure, guiding your calculated alterations to the cellular figure. Calming piano notes fill the air,...
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