Posts Tagged ‘Square Enix’

The Turing Test Gets Release Date, Asks Big Questions

It’s hard not to watch the latest trailer for The Turing Test [official site] and see all the stark parallels between Portal and The Talos Principle. A science fiction first-person game where a robot sidekick guides you through various chambers full of puzzles with themes of transhumanism? Still, despite those on-the-sleeve inspirations, I can’t help but feel drawn in by The Turing Test’s atmosphere and heavy philosophical rumblings. And late last week, a new release trailer revealed that we won’t have to wait too much longer, as The Turing Test is due out on August 30.

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Tomb Raider DLC Rising: Co-op, Croft Manor, Zombies

New Rise of the Tomb Raider [official site] DLC will bring two-player co-op support to its survival mode Endurance and a whole load of things for Lara to do around Croft Manor. I like when video game people have homes. Lara will be kicking around her mansion in a new hunk o’ story, as well as shooting through it in a nightmare thanks to a zombie mode. Given everything she’s seen on her adventures, zombies seem relatively tame for a nightmare.

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Life Is Strange Episode 1 Going Free Tomorrow

The full first episode of Life Is Strange [official site] will tomorrow be set free forever. We’ve written a lot about one of our favourite games of 2015, about individual episodes as they each came out and giving them the Fail Forward and Cogwatch treatments and… it’s weird to be thinking about Episode 1 again. Now knowing where Life Is Strange was going and what it would become, I want to add disclaimers like “Look, Episode 1 is awkward but it really does find itself, okay.” I’m weirdly protective.

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Summer Hols: Hitman’s Summer Bonus Episode Is Out

Ian Hitman is off on his summer sols. He’s packed his swimming trunks (with garotte drawstring), his beach ball (infused with francium to explode when hurled into e.g. a water polo match), his goggles (infrared vision obvs), his camera (firing poison darts), and his sunscreen (a slaphead’s gotta be careful!) and headed into the Hitman [official site] Summer Bonus Episode, which launched today. It doesn’t add new areas but it does re-work Sapienza and Marrakesh a little for two new missions. Someone’s filming a sci-fi action movie in Sapienza with a honking great robot, for starters.

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Wot I Think: I Am Setsuna

I Am Setsuna is an attempt by Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory to recapture the glory days of the JRPG. From the mournful piano overlaying the title screen to the world map where your character stands tall like a rampaging kaiju next to a diorama village, it aims to intoxicate you with nuclear-grade nostalgia – but does it live up to their legacy or is it just a pale, snowy imitation?

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Twin Trouble In Hitman’s Interesting New Elusive Target

The sixth ‘Elusive Target’ is wandering around in Hitman [official site] for the next three days and – wait, this one is interesting – so is his identical twin. Like other Elusive Targets, Dylan Narváez is only in Hitman for a short while and he’ll be gone forever if you skip this or fail to murder him. Unlike other targets, Dylan has an identical twin. If you harm his brother Gonzales, that’s it, you’ve blown it. That’s an interesting little wrinkle in something that was becoming formulaic.

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Hitman’s Fifth Elusive Target Now Roaming Marrakesh

The next episode of Hitman [official site] isn’t due until later in July, but IO Interactive are ringing in the new month with a little spot of murder. The fifth ‘Elusive Target’ is here, an arms dealer hanging around Marrakesh for three days before he vanishes forever. Five is a magic number, as it means folks who snuff this chap out and have hit all previous targets can unlock Ian’s suit from Hitman Absolution.

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