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Where To Buy Hitman 3 At A Discount On Release Day

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 04:40

Agent 47 is back in action in Hitman 3, which released today on consoles and PC. Hitman 3 is the final entry in the World of Assassination trilogy developed by IO Interactive. Since Hitman 3 has arrived right after the holiday season, you may be wondering how to save some cash on the excellent stealth game. Luckily, Walmart is currently selling physical copies of Hitman 3 for $10 off.

Hitman 3 $50 (was $60)

This deal only applies to PS5, PS4, and Xbox versions of the game. PC digital codes and the Nintendo Switch cloud version are only available for the full $60 retail price at the moment. We'd suggest scooping up this deal at Walmart as soon as possible, as Hitman 3 appears to be in somewhat shorts supply. Amazon, which also had the discount, is currently sold out of Hitman 3 for all platforms. Unfortunately, Walmart estimates that orders won't be delivered until January 27. Target also has Hitman 3 for PS4 (free upgrade to PS5) and Xbox for $50 right now.

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If you're an XP Program member at Green Man Gaming, you can get Hitman 3 for PC for nearly five dollars off. The catch is that you need to have previously spent money at Green Man Gaming to be eligible for this discount.

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Samurai Shodown Hits Xbox Series X|S This March, Simultaneous Launch With Season Pass 3

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 04:28

Developer and publisher SNK has announced that its critically acclaimed 2D fighter Samurai Shodown will make its way to Xbox Series X|S on March 16, with a physical edition coming to Europe and North America through a collaboration with Koch Media.

In announcing the Xbox Series X|S release date, SNK shared a trailer revealing two notable features Xbox players will get to take advantage of. The first being 120fps gameplay, giving players a smoother fighting game experience when playing Samurai Shodown. The second is Smart Delivery. Thanks to Microsoft's handoff system, those who own the game on Xbox One will get the free next-gen version of Samurai Shodown on Xbox Series X|S via Smart Delivery.

Through Smart Delivery, all previously purchased DLC and save data will transfer between consoles so players don't lose their content when going from Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S.

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Valorant 2.01 Patch Notes: Nerfs Jett, Revamps Split

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 04:16

Riot's competitive shooter Valorant is always evolving, and the game has already received a new patch just days after its major 2.0 update. As its number implies, Patch 2.01 isn't nearly as large or all-encompassing as the previous update, but it still contains a number of significant changes to the game, particularly to the map Split and the character Jett.

As the patch notes reveal, Valorant's designers feel that the game currently allows offense-focused "duelists" like Jett to serve as substitutes for the more utility-oriented "controller" characters like Brimstone and the perennially underpowered Viper. As such, Jett's smokes now last for less than half of their previous seven-second duration.

The patch also applies several major changes to the map Split, increasing the width of doorways to give attackers more room to navigate, as well as changing some angles to make it more difficult for defenders to post up in hard-to-attack areas. These changes are intended to make the map more favorable to attackers. The patch also introduces several other small changes, such as the ability to hide custom games from your match history.

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Co-Op Arcade Game Moving Out Gets Free "Moving In" Update Soon

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:58

Publisher Team17, alongside co-developers DevM Games and SMG Studio, have announced that the couch cooperative moving simulator Moving Out will get a bevy of new content soon.

Titled Moving In, the update adds a new game mode that tasks players with moving items from a packed van into an empty house. In other words, players will be performing the opposite of the game's name. There are 12 levels in total for players to take on, all previously used in Moving Out's standard mode. And to make the unpacking a little easier, Moving In introduces a new "auto-snap" toggle option to Assist Mode to help players place items more securely.

The Moving In update also brings about new character customization options, including two new dances and additional accessories like hats and uniforms. There's no definitive release date for the Moving In update yet, but the developers said it will launch on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One "soon." For now, check out the announcement trailer below.

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Halo: MCC Update Will Let You Turn Off The New Halo 3 Armors

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:50

343 Industries is rolling out some changes to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, including the ability to toggle off custom armor in Halo 3 after fans spoke out.

Several new armors for Halo 3 recently came to MCC, but the feedback came in swiftly that people wanted the option to keep the game looking like it did all those years ago. In response to this, 343 will add the ability to toggle off the new armors.

"We heard you and are happy to report that this feature is coming to MCC," the developer said in a blog post.

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Hitman 3 Progress Transfer Site Isn't Working On Launch Day

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:33

Fans of the Hitman franchise were ready to shave their heads and don the suit of their favorite genetically-engineered assassin for the release of Hitman 3 today, but they've run into a nasty snag. The site that developer IO Interactive set up to allow players to carry over their progress from the previous games in the World of Assassination trilogy isn't working, and that's leading some fans to declare their frustration on social media.

We're hard at work on getting IOI Account back online to enable progression carryover.
We'll tell you when it's fully operational again. Please press F5 on Twitter instead of our site. We want it back up and running just as much as you do. Thanks! pic.twitter.com/4St0a2hYtQ

— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) January 20, 2021

While it might seem like a matter of simple patience, it's actually a lot more unfortunate than it sounds. Since the site overwrites your Hitman 3 save as part of the transfer process, players are essentially having to choose between forgoing transferring their progress from previous games or sacrificing any they make in Hitman 3 when the carry over site begins working again. That means some fans might make the decision to treat launch day as a trial run for the game, since they know that any progress they make will soon be nuked.

Hitman 3's launch was previously overshadowed by a minor controversy when IO Interactive announced that PC players wouldn't be able to play the levels from Hitman 1 and 2 within Hitman 3 without paying an additional fee. Console players were exempt from this fee. However, IO quickly backtracked, saying that PC players will be able to access the levels for free, although they're still working on the specifics.

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GTA 5 Actor Is Out Of The Hospital After Battling COVID-19 And Pneumonia

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:33

Actor Ned Luke, who plays Michael in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V, has left the hospital after he contracted COVID-19 and came down with pneumonia.

Posting on Twitter, Luke shared a video of himself walking out of the Georgia hospital where he was staying as he was being treated for the virus. If the video looks familiar, that's because Luke is basically reenacting the respawn scene from GTA 5 when Michael leaves the hospital.

We’re #CrushingCoVid Thanks so much for all the support and love. Y’all really helped pull me thru. We got this. #LoveMyFans pic.twitter.com/onU6T7rAsb

— Ned Luke (@ned_luke) January 20, 2021

"Thanks so much for all the support and love," Luke said. "Ya'll really helped pulled me thru."

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Pokemon Go Kyogre Raid Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses, And Tips

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:30

Two more Legendary Pokemon have returned to Pokemon Go for a limited time. To coincide with the game's Hoenn Celebration event, both Groudon and Kyogre are back in five-star Raids from January 19-26, giving you another chance to capture them (and their Shiny forms). If you're looking to add the Legendaries to your collection, we've rounded up some tips to help you beat and catch Kyogre below.

Kyogre Raid Schedule

Like Groudon, Kyogre will appear in Gyms as a five-star Raid boss until 10 AM local time on January 26. Legendary Raids don't follow a set schedule and will occur periodically throughout the week, but you'll receive a notification within the game when a Raid is about to begin at a Gym in your vicinity.

Kyogre

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Pokemon Go Groudon Raid Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses, And Tips

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 03:15

Pokemon Go has brought two more Legendary Pokemon back for a limited time. As part of the game's Hoenn Celebration event, both Groudon and Kyogre are returning to five-star Raids from January 19-26, and you'll have a chance to capture their Shiny forms. If you're interested in adding the Legendaries to your collection, we've rounded up some tips to help you beat and catch Groudon below.

Groudon Raid Schedule

Groudon will appear as a five-star Raid boss starting 10 AM local time on January 19, and it'll remain in the game until the same time on January 26. Since Legendary Raids don't follow a set schedule, they'll be occurring periodically throughout the week, but you'll receive a notification within the game when a Raid is about to begin at a nearby Gym.

Groudon

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Activision Blizzard Stock Price Hits A 37-Year High Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:52

Activision Blizzard, like many other gaming publishers, is riding high right now thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic that's keeping people at home playing more games and spending more on them. As The Wall Street Journal noticed, the company's share price recently exceeded more than $95 per share, which is the highest value for the firm since 1984.

MKM Partners, a research firm, recently raised its revenue and earnings-per-share guidance for Activision Blizzard. The firm also raised its price target up to $105 per share.

One of Activision Blizzard's biggest success stories in 2020 was the free-to-play battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone, which has generated many millions of dollars from microtransactions. The newest Call of Duty game, Black Ops Cold War, also had a strong year in 2020, as the game was the overall top-selling title of the year in the US.

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Ubisoft And Viz Media Partner For Assassin's Creed Manga

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:49

While the next gen Assassin's Creed: Valhalla recently launched on multiple platforms, fans of the series may be thirsty for some new content while waiting for another new game. Ubisoft is producing some more Assassin's Creed stories, but in manga form, as the production company has partnered with Viz Media to create Assassin's Creed: Blade of the Shao Jun.

Hitting stores on February 16, Blade of Shao Jun spins out of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, extending the game's story. Creator Minoji Kurata takes readers back to the Great Ming Empire where Emperor Jiajing created a period of turmoil thanks to a political purge. The Brotherhood only has one assassin still around, Shao Jun. Check out some of the interior pages from the book below.

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"The story reveals details of Shao Jun's present-day descendant, LisaHuang, a research subject testing a machine called the Animus," reads the official synopsis for the manga. The Animus allows Lisa to relive Shao Jun's memories through powerful simulations; thinking this is behavioral therapy, Lisa is unaware that Dr. Kagami is using her and Shao Jun's memories to discover the location of the mysterious box treasure. The fate of the mysterious box is now in the hands of both the past and present!"

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Lord Of The Rings Star Liv Tyler Reveals She Contracted COVID-19, Shares Her Experience

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:29

Actress Liv Tyler has revealed she contracted COVID-19 recently and is speaking out to share her experience with the virus now that she is recovered.

Posting on Instagram, the Lord of the Rings star said she is normally a private and shy person but felt compelled to share her story to help drive awareness of the virus to help people to understand they are not alone.

Tyler tested positive for the virus on New Year's Eve. "Sh**, I had made it all the way through 2020 keeping myself and my family safe. Doing everything I could to protect my wolf pack and follow the rules to protect others," she said. "Suddenly on the morn of the last day of 2020... boom it took me down. It comes on fast, like a locomotive. Owchie."

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Fortnite v15.21 Update: The Predator Is Here, Patch Notes

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:28

Fortnite has updated battle royale to v15.21, and this update may seem small in terms of the total number of changes it brings, but they are still significant. They include the introduction of a certain boss character who may give you and your friends a bit of a scare. There isn't a traditionally-organized set of patch notes, but we've laid out all the changes the update brought below.

The biggest addition with v15.21 is the "new boss character," which is the Predator itself. You can find the boss so you can kill the Predator and get its skin. You can also get a cloaking device mythic item, which can temporarily make you nearly invisible. This will give you a huge advantage in hectic firefights. You can check out a full video of the fight below from YouTuber creator HarryNinetyFour.

The update also comes with new Jungle Hunter quests. These are related to the Predator, as well, and you'll need to complete them in order to unlock additional cosmetic items for the Predator theme. IO Guards have also been removed from The Arena, which should make things a little less frustrating if you're into that mode.

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New On Shudder In February 2021: Exclusive Horror Movies, TV Shows, And More

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:21

Horror streaming service Shudder celebrated its most successful year ever in 2020 and has set itself an ambitious release slate for 2021. The company recently announced that it will release a new movie every week for the next 11 weeks, and February is packed with scary delights for fans to dig into.

That means no fewer than four new, original horror movies will be available next month. A Nightmare Wakes focuses on Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley and her relationship with famed poet Percy Shelley, while After Midnight is the story a young man experiencing weird things in his garden while he deals with the disappearance of his girlfriend. There's also the social media satire Shock, and the nightmarish family chiller The Dark and the Wicked.

The British fantasy series A Discovery of Witches also continues throughout February. The show is based on the All Souls Trilogy of novels by Deborah Harkness, and focuses on the hidden word of witchcraft and magic in Elizabethan London. Season 2 started in January, and episodes will be released weekly in February.

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New PS5 And PS4 Game Sale Features Great Games For Bargain Prices

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:19

If you're looking for something new to play on PS5 or PS4 without spending a lot of cash, a new sale on the PlayStation Store is definitely worth checking out. The latest reincarnation of the Games Under $20 sale is live now and features great deals on hundreds of titles, including Death Stranding, Resident Evil 2, The Division 2, and much more. The sale runs until February 4, so you have about two weeks to make your selections.

The Games Under $20 sale focuses heavily on AAA games from years past. Games from the past couple of years featured in the sale include: Death Stranding for $20, Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $15, Resident Evil 2's Deluxe edition for $20, Ghost Recon Breakpoint for $9, and The Division 2 for $9.

Role-playing fans can save on some stellar games that are great for these cozy winter months. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered is slashed to $14, while Persona 5 is up for grabs for $8. You can also grab Final Fantasy XV's Royal edition, which comes with every piece of DLC, for $17.49.

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Fall Guys Is Not Coming To Xbox Game Pass, Publisher Says Citing Satan

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:07

The Fall Guys community has received some mixed messages today about whether or not the battle royale game is coming to Xbox Game Pass, but the official word is that it is not.

This all kicked off after it was discovered in a comment on Instagram that Fall Guys would be coming to Xbox Game Pass. The person running the Xbox Game Pass account said "it's coming" when someone called for the game to release into the subscription catalog.

However, publisher Devolver Digital quickly followed up to say, "That's incorrect." In another tweet, the publisher said, "There are no plans for Fall Guys to come to any form of Gamepass," a comment that sought to clear up confusion regarding the console vs. PC versions of Game Pass.

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Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Begins Production On Season 4

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:56

Amazon's sublime period dramedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has reportedly begun production on Season 4 in New York. According to Deadline, production began on Wednesday, with the entire series cast returning--and everyone following COVID safety protocols. Series star Rachel Brosnahan recently posted a peek at her costume for the upcoming season on Instagram, wearing a dress, big floppy hat, and a COVID mask. No release date for this season has yet been announced.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel began in 2017 and is the story of Miriam "Midge" Maisel's quest to push against gender norms of the 1950s to become a stand-up comedian. This act of following her heart precipitates a divorce and further inspires those around her--especially her family and in-laws--to question if they're living the lives they really want to.

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Hitman 3 Dubai Assassination Guide: How To Unlock Every Challenge

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:51

Hitman 3's first destination is an opulent one. The Scepter skyscraper is an engineering feat for the ages, but it's also home to the next two targets on Agent 47's list: Carl Ingram and Marcus Stuyvesant. Having faked their deaths, Ingram and Stuyvesant have holed up in the newly-erected building that sits in the heart of Dubai, and it's up to Agent 47 to make certain that the duo is disposed of before he can dismantle the rest of the Providence organization.

There's no shortage of methods with which to dispose of your targets here. From skydiving with shredded parachutes to a round of golf that ends with an explosive swing of the club, here's how you can cross two more names off of your hitlist.

For more guides, be sure to read our Hitman 3 mission 1 story walkthrough for Dubai (On Top Of The World). Otherwise, read our Hitman 3 review.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Chongqing (End Of An Era)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Some big things are about to happen in Chongqing for the fourth mission in Hitman 3. The pouring rain, bright neon lights, and high-tech human experimentation going on really give this one a heavy cyberpunk vibe. You have two targets: Imogen Royce and Hush. Both can be assassinated in fascinating ways where you turn their impressive tech against them, which you can do through the Mission Stories.

As per usual, one Mission Story lets you take care of both your objectives in one fell swoop, while the other two are conceptually satisfying. Mission Stories will lead you to opportunities, but often leave you to figure the rest out; we'll guide you through both if you're having trouble with that. For more on the game, be sure to check out our Hitman 3 guide hub for walkthroughs on every mission and tips on how to complete special assassination challenges.

Impulse Control

This Mission Story is to hit the target named Hush, who runs human experiments and uses homeless people to do so. The first step is to eavesdrop on a group of homeless people marked on your UI. Grab the crowbar near them, as this will come in handy later. One of them will begin walking off on his own, and you should follow him to find an opportunity to knock him out and steal his outfit. People will show up sporadically along the path so be careful. He also drops a flyer for the Future Progress Initiative, which gives you a location hint for where Hush is posted up.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Mendoza (The Farewell)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Hitman 3's penultimate mission, The Farewell, takes place at a beautiful winery in Mendoza, Argentina. The rich and influential are there to party and mingle, armed guards are everywhere to protect dark secrets, while hard workers toil at the vineyard and winemaking facilities. All three of those aspects come to light in this wild mission. You have two targets again, and if you follow the Mission Stories, you can get to them fairly easily. But there are a few tricks you can use to get away unscathed, and there's even a secret Mission Story that's not given to you in the planning phase.

This mission has some really good goofs and serious moments that embody the Hitman 3 experience, and we run you through how to find them in order to complete it. The hidden Mission Story also provides a more satisfying cinematic conclusion to the level that's worth working toward.

For more on the game, be sure to check out our Hitman 3 guide hub for walkthroughs on every mission and tips on how to complete special assassination challenges.

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