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Miami vice.

The best thing about Hitman is its huge sandbox levels, and fortunately this year’s sequel will continue that trend. IO Interactive’s keeping a lid on the full roster right now, but it has been showing off its Miami stage, which is built around a race track. Depending upon the actions that you take, you’ll alter the outcome of the Grand Prix – and open up new assassination options.

As is the case with its predecessor, this level is a sprawling sandbox with a multitude of different murderous opportunities. You’ll be able to masquerade as a mascot, infiltrate a kitchen, and even work as a mechanic. Exactly how you kill your targets is up to you, and it looks like there’ll be even more options than ever before.

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DICE's Project Hardcore originally made for Mega Drive.

A story that’s sure to have editorial overlord Damien McFerran perspiring like former SEGA America chief Tom Kalinske at a 90s PlayStation press conference, Strictly Limited Games has announced that it’s resurrecting an old 1994 shooter that was originally created for the Mega Drive and Mega CD. Project Hardcore was developed by DICE and set to be published by Psygnosis in 1994, but it never saw the light of day. Incredibly, it’ll now launch both physically and digitally on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next year.

The press release reads: “Project Hardcore is a Euro-style Metroidvania-platformer appealing especially to classic 2D-action-game enthusiasts with its intricate level design and numerous mid- and end-bosses. Vertical-scrolling shoot ‘em up stages, originally planned to be exclusive to the SEGA Mega CD version will also be integrated into the final version, delivering the most complete experience possible and bringing back memories of games like SWIV for the Commodore Amiga.”

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Bag 'em.

You know how in Metal Gear Solid V you can snag non-playable characters if you like the look of them? Adding them to your army back at base? Well you can kind of do that in Assassin's Creed Odyssey as well, as if the game didn't have enough to keep you occupied already.

Much like The Phantom Pain, Odyssey populates the map with randomised enemy soldiers, each with their own name, look, and abilities. Spy a grunt that you like, and it's simply a case of knocking him out and telling him to bugger off back to your ship, where he'll become your newest crew member.

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Simply divine.

Just not quite sure what Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition actually is? Well you're in luck, because Bandai Namco's pumped out an informative new trailer that goes over practically everything that you can expect. From the game's in-depth character creation to the deep and tactical combat, there's plenty here to whet your appetite.

Original Sin II launched on PC earlier this year, and it was swamped in praise from critics and role-playing fans alike. The Definitive Edition features a bunch of enhancements, too, so as the name suggests, PlayStation 4 users can look forward to the definitive version of the game. Or so we hope, anyway.

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In the back.

Crikey, Gamescom 2018 is shaping up to be a cracker. We’ve already got confirmation that titles like Devil May Cry 5 will be playable at the Cologne convention, and here’s news that FromSoftware’s upcoming samurai outing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be joining it.

“How you make the kill is incidental, as long as you make it yours,” a spokesperson for the game tweeted on the title’s official Twitter account. “Get hands-on at Gamescom 2018.” We can’t wait to see more of this one when the German show gets underway from 21st August.

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Zero recollection.

Avalanche Studios has its work cut out right now. Just Cause 4 is out in December, and it's also working alongside id Software on RAGE 2. Oh, and don't forget about Generation Zero, the free roam, co-op, 80s, sci-fi shooter. This was announced during E3 2018 to a lukewarm reception, and it's flown under the radar ever since.

This new trailer talks us through the game's core gameplay. Either playing alone or in co-op, you must explore an open world Sweden to find out what has happened to a population that has disappeared, as well as survive the hostile attacks from a mysterious robot force. The persistent baddies roam the environment until you destroy them, so there's a constant threat meaning you'll have to use everything available to you to get an edge. It sounds like scavenging for supplies and upgrading your equipment will be a big part of the loop, while the mystery behind the story will keep you playing.

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An extreme remake.

Before Yakuza was niche on the PlayStation 3, it was even more niche on the PlayStation 2. The original Yakuza was undeniably rough around the edges and its somewhat shaky remake, Yakuza: Kiwami, reflected that. But with Yakuza 2, the series found a real foothold. Improved gameplay and a more complex, intriguing narrative pushed the sequel forward, and Yakuza: Kiwami 2 is a loving recreation of that defining moment for the franchise.

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Team Vector.

Team Sonic Racing is shaping up fairly well, with interesting team-based mechanics injected into traditional kart racing goodness. One of the bigger question marks over the title is its roster of characters -- without SEGA's other properties to flesh it out, this game's lineup consists purely of Sonic's friends and foes, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Just announced are the below three characters: Silver the Hedgehog, Blaze the Cat, and Vector the Crocodile.

Just in case you're unsure of who these are, Silver hails from the infamously terrible Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Blaze initially starred in the Sonic Rush series, and Vector's first gig was all the way back in the SEGA 32X game, Knuckles' Chaotix. Together, they make up Team Vector in Sumo Digital's upcoming racer.

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Almost 22 million pieces of software sold.

PlayStation VR has sold over three million units worldwide since its launch in 2016, with over 21.9 million virtual reality games and experiences sold to date. That means each headset owner purchases an average of seven pieces of software, which is a pretty high attach rate. It shows that people who own the expensive accessory tend to use it quite a lot.

While the numbers aren’t going to inspire much confidence in isolation, they have to be taken in context. Sony’s headset is comfortably outpacing its PC-based competitors the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and the trickle of software continues to be quite compelling, with Firewall Zero Hour the next big title due out, following The Persistence last month.

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Joy to the world?

We Happy Few is a confusing game at first glance. It’s got the trappings, grand scale, and look of a AAA title. But dig a little deeper, and it’s really an indie title masquerading as one of the “big boys”. Given that just about everyone in the game wears a mask, this is a rather enjoyable double entendre, but the real question is ultimately whether developer Compulsion Games – one of the studios Microsoft announced it had acquired at this year’s E3 conference – was able to make us happy with its game. And the answer to that is: it’s complicated.

Compulsion’s first title, Contrast, launched alongside the PS4, and along with the amazing Resogun, marked the first PlayStation Plus titles of the generation. While it was ultimately a massive let-down, there were redeeming qualities to it. It was an uneven, buggy game that nevertheless had some redeeming qualities, and that by-and-large describes We Happy Few as well.

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Welcome back to the jungle.

Hot on the heels of Overcooked 2, it's been announced that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will feature a New Game + mode. After surviving Lara's latest foray into dangerous territory, you'll be able to go through the game again, keeping all your skills, weapons, upgrades, and gear.

What's more, you'll also have three new paths to choose from, each of them rewarding specific gameplay styles with further abilities, as well as themed outfits and weaponry. Path of the Serpent focuses on stealth, Path of the Jaguar is all about combat and hunting, and Path of the Eagle emphasises traversal and tactical play. It's an interesting addition, and these paths that unlock specialised abilities could warrant an extra run.

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It's electrifying.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is just over a month away, and everything we've seen so far has looked great. This latest video takes a look at Hurricos, a level from Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer (or Ripto's Rage for our US readers) and, once again, it shows off Toys for Bob's wonderful work on the beloved PSone games.

It's looking like a lot of fun, and even though you'll have to download an update in order to play the second and third games, we can't help but feel excited to play through these charming adventures once more.

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Will it be battle royale?

Housemarque, the studio behind some of PS4's best arcade shooters like Resogun and Nex Machina, is ditching the thing it does so well in favour of something more mainstream, and that game is Stormdivers. We still know almost nothing about this multiplayer title -- up to now we've only seen a short teaser trailer and some images of weaponry and environments.

Fortunately, the developer is planning to reveal the first gameplay footage of this mysterious game during Gamescom 2018, so we won't have to wait much longer to find out exactly what it is. Many have speculated that Stormdivers will be a battle royale experience, and that's certainly a possibility. To tide us over until the full trailer is available, Housemarque has put out the above tiny teaser, and it definitely looks battle royale-esque.

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Playable alone or with friends.

Gamescom 2018 is just around the corner, and it looks like the industry is starting to re-awaken from its E3 slumber as announcements start to take shape. To kick things off, Deep Silver has just revealed its latest project, an RPG titled Outward.

"Outward is an open world RPG that you play alone or with friends, either online or in split-screen. It's more than just an open world RPG you can play co-op though. You live the life of an adventurer, from his or her humble beginnings up until you become a hardened wanderer, whilst traversing incredible landscapes rich with diversity and life."

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Dreams can come true.

Whenever we post something about Dreams, there’s always a comment from someone who says they haven’t got a creative bone in their body. Media Molecule doesn’t believe that: the reason it’s made this game is because it wants everyone to be able to make something. Whether you’re an artist, programmer, musician, or you just like pushing buttons and seeing what happens – this is a product for you.

We love the ambition behind this release, and every time we see it in action we fall in love with it a little more. Unfortunately, there's still no release date attached to it.

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Time twister.

Unearthing Mars 2 will expand upon the scope originally hinted in last year’s game, bringing a full first-person shooter campaign with PSVR Aim Controller support to PlayStation VR next month. Due out on 18th September, the title will see you travelling back in time, where you’ll need to face off against an ancient civilisation from the Red Planet.

It sounds a little cliché, with “Ark Devices” used to analyse mystical fragments, but the key thing is that you can bend time in order to take the extraterrestrial suckers out. “In any enemy encounter the player is able to trigger sharp focus, where within a split second of slowed time, the player is able to quickly aim and take down enemy weak points,” Winking Entertainment’s Eleanor Liu explained.

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Which titles support Sony's new gun?

Sony’s virtual reality solution PSVR already requires significant investment, but the PlayStation VR Aim Controller really is worth owning if you’re – ahem – aiming to get the most out of the headset. While the peripheral is only supported by a handful of games thus far, it really does add to the immersion, particularly in first-person shooters like Farpoint and Bravo Team. Here’s a list of all PlayStation VR Aim Controller compatible games.

Which PS4 games support the PlayStation VR Aim Controller?

Here are all the PS4 games currently confirmed to be compatible with the PlayStation VR Aim Controller:

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Not a fan.

It seems that Marvel’s Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider are locked in a furious war for trailer superiority, and while Lara Croft’s currently on top, Peter Parker ain’t giving up without a fight. This brand new open world trailer, debuting exclusively on IGN, reveals many of the sandbox activities you can expect to encounter in Insomniac Games’ new romp – but rather than hire a Rockstar-esque narrator, the clip plays out from the perspective of a radio show hosted by J. Jonah Jameson.

There are actually quite a few Easter eggs in this video, including a glimpse of Doctor Strange’s infamous Sanctum Sanctorum and the iconic Avengers Tower. There are also some real-world landmarks, like the Manhattan Museum of Contemporary Art. In the game, Spider-Man carries a camera around with him, so you’ll be able to photograph all of these for XP boosts. Of course, if you live in New York for real, then there’s an even better landmark you should look out for: a Spider-Man branded subway train.

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There's a Lara blood shed.

Here is Lara Croft doing Lara Croft things in a new Shadow of the Tomb Raider mini-trailer. We suspect that the clip, which is titled ‘Makeshift Arsenal’, is meant to highlight all of the creative combat options the heroine will have in battle – but it doesn’t paint her in the most mentally stable light, as she sets unsuspecting goons on fire and poisons them without a care in the world.

We did enjoy in Rise of the Tomb Raider how you could choose to use bottles and cans as distractions or craft them into impromptu explosives, so hopefully there’s much more of that in the brand new game. There’s still a month until release, so we’re sure that Square Enix will reveal all in the 10,984 trailers it has planned between now and then.

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Just what is Project Mephisto?

Gamescom 2018 gets underway next week, and a “jury consisting of German and international games journalists” as well as a handful of YouTubers have nominated a series of games for awards across a variety of disciplines. There are some oddities here, like the mysterious inclusion of a title called Project Mephisto in the Best PlayStation 4 Console Game category – we’ve never heard of it before, and Google isn’t returning anything.   

Also of interest is that Life Is Strange 2 is included among the Best Casual Game and Best Family Game categories. While this could be down to awkward categorising, it’s perhaps worth noting that we haven’t seen a single second of gameplay from the long-awaited sequel yet, so maybe it’s a hint at what we can expect when the release is fully revealed next week.

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