Showing posts with label Stealth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stealth. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Metal Gear Solid Board Game Announced

IDW Games and Konami Entertainment have signed on to bring Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game in 2019.

These days, tabletop games are really making an impact to a larger group of video game fan-base who actually indulge in one of those board games adapted from their favorite franchises and we have so many examples in front of us that back it up.

We already have Assassin's Creed, Dark Souls, Horizon Zero Dawn and Resident Evil 2 on our hand as prime examples of what is slowly becoming of it and now action-adventure stealth video game series Metal Gear Solid is being adapted into tabletop game.

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Metal Gear Solid Board Game Announced

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IDW Games have announced today that they are teaming up with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. to adapt the story of the very first game of their acclaimed series into Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game for an exciting gaming experience.

IDW has previously worked with Konami, the original developer/publisher of the series, to bring on the saga on the pages of comic-books and now they are partnering up once again to adapt the legacy of MGS into miniature tabletop gaming medium.

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Designer Emerson Matsuuchi, who was the man behind the sci-fi stealth ops masterpiece board game Specter Ops, has joined the venture, which he considered as an honor and eventually came up with a mockup of the cover for the product.

Francesco Orrù has a reputation as a highly regarded sculptor and he is supposed to work on miniature figures for the project while artist Kenneth Loh (Dead Rising: Road to Fortune, G.I. Joe) will be providing art. Eager players will have a chance to test the demo at E3 2019.

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Emerson Matsuuchi Returns to MGS

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The fact that modern day video game maestro Hideo Kojima being the mind behind the inception of Metal Gear Solid franchise made it one of the greatest and even after his departure, the series still thrives among fans.

When Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is fully completed, players will assume the role of Solid Snake, while play along with Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich and the Cyborg Ninja, Gray Fox as they get into a fully cooperative system to take on sandbox-style missions.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thief of Thieves: Behind Audio & Art

Learn more about the Rival Games studio creative forces behind the making of Thief of Thieves: Season One.

Developer/publisher Rival Games took materials from original comic-book series Thief of Thieves by creator Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead) to create action-adventure game Thief of Thieves: Season One while keeping the vibe of the source intact.

The main plot centers around a female lead named Celia, who works as an apprentice for Conrad "Redmond" Paulson, the titular Thief of Thieves. The stealth and social elements of gameplay is blend nicely as the creative minds behind it worked so hard for it.

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Thief of Thieves: Behind Audio & Art

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The game is currently out on Steam, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass to play on your preferred platform. Director of art and audio teams decides to talk in-depth about how they collectively managed to do a pretty awesome job creating the game.

The very first unique challenge was designing the audio that well suits the feel of graphic novel. Creating sounds to generate the same level of atmosphere that is consistent and ample with the comic frame scenes required well-planned guidelines.

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Cohesive and Comprehensive Scape

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In overall, the mastermind behind many events, the character of Conrad "Redmond" Paulson is portrayed in a classic way. An extended vibe of that can be felt on Celia's home base and on other key part of the game to keep up the consistency in music influence.

You may notice the use of modern rock- influenced music in action sequences to maintain a dynamic and textural contrast. Whatever gap there was between classical music and rock, were overlapped with additional sound effects.

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Spotting music and sound effects during the graphic novel segments of the game was one of the technical parts of the game where the pacing was to be short ad accurately timed to the comic panels as a player controls the frames.

The creative team of audio department carefully picked up sound effects to either include them in places where they saw it fitting or to completely leave them out if not that necessary. All these efforts were to visually portray the storytelling format of the comic-books.

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High-Contrast-Storytelling

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In terms of designing background art, Thief of Thieves: Season One offered a lot of freedom and opportunity for the art team to think outside the box. This is the sole reason why the illustrations used in the game gives you a distinct vibe than many others.

In favor of using a heavy ink style to carve up every backdrop, character, object and fine details, the team ditched texture maps and result came out in vibrant art pieces. The biggest plus side of this move was that each level would look different and unique.

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Comic-Book Style Game World

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Since the game is an adaptation of a popular comic-book, people are inevitably going to compare the game world with the one they saw in colored pages. To create more in-depth feel, some of the objects had to be drawn from more than a few different angles.

There is a 25% off for Thief of Thieves: Season One on Steam to celebrate the launch of the game on Xbox One. Also, a membership to Xbox Game Pass will let you play the game for free as long as it is on their catalog that has more than 100 games for their subscribers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hitman 2 Out Now

Stealth action-adventure game Hitman 2 from IO Interactive and WB Games is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Agent 47 is back again in Hitman 2 from the latest installment of the stealth action-adventure Hitman game series developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The return of silent assassin carries out elements from the previous game of 2016 and then incorporating them with the newest features developed for the game. Not only is the title the most up-to-date in franchise but it also is the best iteration of the protagonist.

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Hitman 2 Out Now

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To hunt down the mysterious Shadow Client, 47 go on a global chase throughout Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Miami, Santa Fortuna of Colombia, Whittleton Creek in Vermont, Sgàil in North Atlantic and even locations of Mumbai, India.

Each of these locations will present tons of opportunities to get the job done if you keep an open eye and many character will come and go while you meet them to overhear conversations related to the job. Killing your targets and then getting out alive is the task.

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Sniper Assassin Multiplayer Mode

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Test your assassination skills from hundreds of challenges in three different levels to prep you up for the Silent Assassin rating. Aside from going deep down inside the life of Agent 47, Hitman 2 brings out two new multiplayer modes for players.

The first one among the twp is Sniper Assassin mode, where you go solo or play in online co-op with fellow ICA operatives Stone or Knight, aiming for long-range kill. All you have to do is to take down targets to earn points, unlock challenges and upgrade your rifle.

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The second one is a unique 1v1 competitive play called Ghost Mode, where the multiplayer mode pits you in a direct PvP match to get five target kills before your opponent. You will be on two different realities that doesn't affect each other but let you see the progress of your competitor as he moves.

Before we jump into the final notes, we offer you to take a look at the official gameplay launch trailer that briefly showcases what you are getting into.




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Developer IO Interactive has more plans for Hitman 2 post-launch live content and they are already bringing actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Oath) as the first Elusive Target Mark Faba, who goes by the name of  The Undying.

November 20 marks the arrival of the content and Elusive Target runs for only 14 days and awards you Explosive Pen for completing it, so do not miss it out anyhow. The studio is very proud to bring back Agent 47 to dedicated fans of the series and promises to keep up with players by providing more in future.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hitman 2 Live-Action Launch Trailer

Hitman 2 official live-action launch trailer brings back Sean Bean as elusive target Mark Faba, "The Undying".

The release of Hitman 2 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as an upcoming rebooted sequel from the stealth video game series Hitman from developer IO Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive is only a week away, on 13 November 2018.

So far, the game looks impressive and it comes with a lot of improvements to gameplay elements. A trailer is just released to celebrate the launch of the game and with that actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Oath) returns to play an in-game character.

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Hitman 2 Live-Action Launch Trailer 

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Watch the live-action launch trailer for Hitman 2 as Sean Bean narrates the nature of an assassin in his usual charisma.




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The role Sean is playing in the game is of an Elusive Target named Mark Faba but he is mostly known to people as "The Undying". In the previous trailer, he came for a therapy session and opened up about his life before shooting down the counselor, revealing him to be an assailant sent to kill him.

He now explains that a true assassin doesn't need a silencer pistol or a hidden blade, instead he should use his head to become the master of his craft. He then shows using a rubber ducky as a detonator and toilet flush as a distraction noise for others.

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To be innovative while on work you can take a weird disguise by wearing a huge mascot suit and then use a big fish, boat, a frying pan, a steel pipe or propane tank to hit your target. Electrocuting them is not off the table as well.

As he was closing his statement and takes a sip of his drink, it is implied that he was served by the silent killer protagonist who purposefully spilled poison in the glass previously. He then goes outside blending into the crowd after changing into his work dress.

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On a lighter note, the actor opened up with UNILAD Gaming about his experience to become the elusive target Mark Faba in Hitman 2 and you shouldn't miss it.




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Considering how every character Sean Bean ever plays always end up dying, his role as "The Undying" is quite a pun here. Because, not only is he going down one way or another, he hinted to bite the dust pretty easily according to what the trailer suggests.

The game is a follow up to Hitman from 2016, which stated to revamp the whole franchise but the lead, Agent 47 remains the same in his role. You can pre-order from the Standard, Silver, Gold or Collector's Edition of the game if you haven't already.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adds Sniper Elite 4 and More

As November approach towards us, games like Sniper Elite 4 and much more are added to Xbox Game Pass.

Right after adding four new horror games to the catalog for celebrating Halloween, Xbox Game Pass update for November is revealed today. Just as always, there is some great selection of games and do not forget about over 100 of great games for your membership.

Among the five newly added titles, four of them are coming on the very first day of next month and the fifth one drop on November 6. Hopefully Microsoft will bring in more exciting titles for subscribers to keep going just like the good old days.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Sniper Elite 4 and More

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In racing game quota, you get to pick a next level game that is still on Early Access but has a very positive reception from fans. Then there is a game in sport category from Roll7 studio, which may not have the best looks to offer but a joyful ride instead.

Then comes the good part where you are treated with a task to save the world from Space Grunts as a young little kid. Afterwards, a survival game in form of a simulator and a stealth shooter based on the biggest war of the world has you covered for the month.

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Grip: Combat Racing on Xbox Game Pass

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Grip: Combat Racing
To get the taste of high octane, hardcore action of Grip: Combat Racing, you will have to sit tight until November 6 from developer Caged Element Inc. and publisher Wired Productions. If you are a racing game lover then the wait will be worth it for sure.

Aside from a single-player campaign, the game features a Carkour stunt mode and 22 unique tracks to drive through in four different planets. There are 15 armored vehicles for combat racing and you can share a split-screen with up to four players.

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Olli Olli 2 XL Edition on Xbox Game Pass

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Olli Olli 2 XL Edition
This unconventional skateboarding video game on the list may remind you of retro gaming era but on a larger scale, which is backed up by rhythmic soundtrack to match. This sequel to a critically acclaimed game has five new worlds and 250 challenges to complete.

If you share your love for skateboarding then Olli Olli 2 lets you perform all new tricks and sick maneuvers. Of course the graphics of the game is nothing to brag about but the game still manages to get mostly positive response from players who tried it.

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Rise and Shine on Xbox Game Pass

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Rise and Shine
Although the title may give you the idea or rainbows and sunshine, it is more like a gun-blazing shooting adventure that follows the adventure of an eleven year old boy Rise and his powerful fun Shine to save his peaceful planet Gamearth from an alien invasion.

Brought to you by Super Mega Team and Adult Swim Games, Rise and Shine is an indie action fest that has evil aliens, robot bosses and zombies all over it. This game is like a next level Metal Slug game with improved graphics and more fluid gameplay.

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Sheltered on Xbox Game Pass

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Sheltered
A survival game set into post-apocalyptic time may give you the typical idea of a world ravaged by zombies in most cases but this is where Sheltered stands aside. The plot of the game revolves around a family fighting to survive after a nuclear war.

Developer Unicube and publisher Team17 has done a great job creating a bunker simulator where players try to keep four of their family member alive against various obstacles and threats by constant struggle on a randomly generated map.

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Sniper Elite 4 on Xbox Game Pass

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Sniper Elite 4
The fourth game from a popular third-person tactical shooter franchise based on World War II that heavily relies on complex ballistics and stealth mechanics into gameplay, Sniper Elite 4 definitely is the biggest game among the lot and the series itself.

SE4 from developer/publisher Rebellion Developments offers you the largest and diverse maps of wartime Italy to overthrow oppressive forces. If you have somehow missed to catch the title earlier on Humble Monthly or in PlayStation Now lineup, this is another good chance for you to pick it up.

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Also, you haven't already then join Xbox Game Pass right now for more than 100 great games for a very affordable monthly subscription fee or just start with a 14-Day Free Trial now. In return, you get to play Xbox One-exclusives of this year like Forza Horizon 4 ad State of Decay 2.

Still not satisfied? Then you can simply head to Inside Xbox at X018 on November 10 to have a blast of new great games and interact with more than 10,000 fans that will come to visit the program at Mexico City or just watch the whole thing online the next day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Lets You Unlock Bayek

As a tribute to Assassin's Creed Origins, you can unlock Bayek as a Legendary-level lieutenant in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

With Assassin's Creed Origins, developer/publisher Ubisoft has set a new framework for their popular action role-playing franchise and Assassin's Creed Odyssey is simply following that groundwork from its predecessor as the latest title from the series.

The reinvention worked fine for Origins and the sequel is doing even better following the same formula for most part. In order to connect to the larger Assassin's Creed world and as a nice callback to the previous game, they have added Bayek in Odyssey.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey Lets You Unlock Bayek

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Though Bayek can be unlocked within the game, he is still not a playable character in the game. Instead, he will assist your selected character, Alexios or Kassandra as a Legendary level lieutenant during the Peloponnesian War onboard the ship Adrestia.

Just because he is not a playable character doesn't mean that Bayek could come in handy naval battles and offer buffs to the vessel. He will talk to Adrestia's crew and when boarding on enemy vessels, he can assist you as well.

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According to the rarity, lieutenant's perks can vary and so does their amount of damage inflicting ability. Since Legendary is the strongest among Epic, Rare and Common level, having him on your side is like having an ace on the deck.

Lieutenants can also aid in combat when player summon them using their ability "Call to Arms" under the Stealth branch of skill tree. Depending on their weakest to strongest level, they will either distract enemies to provide cover or even kill them.

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This is not the first time where Odyssey brought a protagonist from a previous Assassin's Creed game to feature as a lieutenant. Earlier, the game drafted Victorian era assassin, Evie Frye from Assassin's Creed Syndicate as a Legendary lieutenant.

Aside from aiding Alexios or Kassandra on board, she wielded a spear on fight and buffs javelin damage by 9%. Available as Ubisoft Club reward, both Evie and Bayek can be assigned as lieutenants at the same time when you upgrade the Adrestia.



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Evie can be unlocked by completing the Master Assassin challenge whereas Bayek would be up for 40 Units at Ubisoft Club. Though it is not absolutely necessary but as you can see, having them watching your back is a great relief when you are fighting.

Currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Assassin's Creed Odyssey added these characters as additional content, which is a fun piece of nod to their expanded in-game universe and fans who haven't been following the past games for so long can sure appreciate the effort.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sean Bean to Star in Hitman 2

Actor Sean Bean is the Undying and it makes him a perfect fit for being an Elusive Target in upcoming Hitman 2.

Upcoming stealth action-adventure game Hitman 2 from developer IO Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is less than a month away from releasing on November 13, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Videos regarding gameplay and various modes are being dropped every now and then to reveal more about the game to players. One of the most recent revelations came out to be the inclusion of actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Oath) in the game as an Elusive Target.

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Sean Bean to Star in Hitman 2

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Watch the actor monologue throughout the new live-action trailer as an in-game character that came up on the hit list of Agent 47.




The character Sean plays here is named Mark Faba, who is known as a man of many lives and deaths because of his trait of faking his own death too many times, which eventually earned him the nickname of "The Undying".

Faba is a former MI5 agent who went rogue and become a freelance assassin, who is now a target for the protagonist. He will be visiting the Global Innovation Race event in Miami, to complete his own contract and probably meet his demise there.

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A week before the release of the game, the Undying will be added as the first Elusive Target on November 20 available only for a limited time, which is still undisclosed and can be ranging from either 48 hours to a whole week.

Serving as an Elusive Target that would most likely die perfectly resonates with Bean as most of the character he plays on movie or TV ultimately ends up dying and over his three decade long career, we saw him die over and over in different ways, too many times.

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This particular news of Sean Bean appearing in the latest Hitman game would make many movie goers and avid fans of television series very happy. On top of that, the whole trailer was a one man show narrated by Sean himself.

However, this is not his first time and those who keep track of all of his works on different media know that Sean has previously worked on video game projects like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Sid Meier's Civilization VI.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Crysis Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Xbox One backward compatibility feature brings all three games of the Crysis saga from Xbox 360 platform.

Originally released for PC back in 2007, Crysis from the first-person shooter game series by developer Crytek and publisher Electronic Arts was one of the best games for the platform that was later ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.

Modern day eighth generation console players however, never had the pleasure to play the franchise on their respective platforms until now, because the Crysis trilogy of games is available from today on Xbox One via its backwards compatible feature.

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Crysis Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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If you are one of those nostalgic fans of old games, who happen to have a physical copy of the Xbox 360 version, then you are good to go with it right away and the same goes for digital copy too. Or you can always buy a copy of any of these titles from Xbox online marketplace by spending $19.99 only.

Microsoft gaming network spokesperson Larry Hryb, usually goes by the name Major Nelson on Twitter, has officially announced the good news today on social media.



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The first Crysis game follows an alien invasion on an island in 2020 where players take the role of U.S. Army Delta Force soldier Jake Dunn AKA Nomad fighting alien enemies, mercenaries and North Korean soldiers wearing futuristic nanosuit.

A sequel, Crysis 2 came out in 2011, which took place in New York City of 2023 starring US Marine Alcatraz, fighting an outbreak caused by an unknown virus and rescue scientist Nathan Gould. The second sequel, Crysis 3 launched in 2013 and brings back a series regular hero, Prophet.

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Though the series had quite the potential for more sequels, the developers decided not to continue because of the poor sales of Crysis 3. The studio is currently focusing their efforts on multiplayer horror shooter title Hunt: Showdown.

With the ever-growing directory of video games for Microsoft console, the entire Crysis series surely makes a fine addition. The most recent notable inclusion to this vast catalog is Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.