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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Dartmoor (Death In The Family)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Dartmoor, Death In The Family, is one of the more interesting Hitman levels because it involves solving a murder mystery. Your target, Alexa Carlisle, has faked her death, so a fake funeral is being arranged at the family manor, but another family member was found dead in his room the night before. The real death was made to look like a suicide, but Alexa suspects foul play. Solving this mystery is fascinating and part of the mission's challenges, but it also lets you take care of your real objectives--including locating the case file--in the process.

One of the Mission Stories leads you through the whole investigation but doesn't spell everything out for you. In addition, our guide will look at the other Mission Stories to help you in case you need pointers or get stuck. 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.

Means, Motive, And Opportunity

This one covers the murder mystery and it's the best one to start with for first-time playthroughs of this mission. The investigator will start at the gates near you, and you'll need to take his place to uncover the mystery yourself. Tail him by taking the side path on the right through tall grass up until you reach the manor. Stay out of guards' sights by continuing to stick to the right of the investigator's path and hop through an open window at the front right of the manor. You'll be in a hallway right of the main foyer. The investigator will eventually walk through here alone, and this is your best opportunity to knock him out and steal his disguise. You can hide his body in a nearby closet in this hallway.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Dubai (On Top Of The World)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Dubai is the opening mission for Hitman 3 and eases you into the wild world of assassination. It's fairly basic in terms of objectives and the complexity of its Mission Stories. For those new to Hitman, the Mission Stories are events that occur within the mission that lead to opportunities to assassinate your targets or grant you access to the necessary objective to complete your mission.

Mission Stories are good for first-time runs and help you understand the level, but don't exactly hold your hand. In this guide we'll walk you through the Mission Stories, highlight the quirks you need to consider, and provide tips for how best to complete them. 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 in Dubai.

(In)Security

This one grants you access to eliminate Marcus Stuyvesant cleanly. The best way to go about this is to head to your first marker, which leads you through the main bar and upstairs near the security room; stand nearby and eavesdrop on the Mission Story reveal.

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Star Fox And F-Zero Character Designer Takaya Imamura Announces His Retirement From Nintendo

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:47

With a career that lasted over three decades at Nintendo, art director Takaya Imamura has had a hand in shaping the design of some of Nintendo's most popular games and characters. Having worked across games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, F-Zero, and Star Fox, Imamura announced his departure from Nintendo on his Facebook page this week.

"This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won't be coming in here anymore. As you'd expect, I'll miss it," Imamura wrote (as translated by Kotaku). Imamura's selfie was taken outside of Nintendo's empty Kyoto headquarters, as staff are currently working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Imamura also took the time to thanks many of his fans who left him encouraging messages of support as he headed into retirement.

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Fortnite Predator Skin: Where To Unlock By Killing The Predator

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:34

Fortnite began a Predator crossover event recently with some preliminary challenges, and the event is now in full swing with the introduction of the monster itself as part of update v15.21. One of the latest tasks in Fortnite is to kill the Predator, and you can also now get the Predator skin as part of the Battle Pass.

Where to find the Predator

Remember where the Mysterious Pod was located for that challenge last week? You can find the Predator nearby within the Stealthy Stronghold region. Once you find him, you need to kill him in order to unlock the Predator skin if you have the Battle Pass. The Mysterious Pod's location is marked on the map below, so that's a good place to start.

Fortnite: Mysterious Pod Location

The Predator can be a dangerous enemy, and this is made worse by the fact that he's within the walled-off Stealthy Stronghold region and can temporarily go invisible. Try to take him about from afar, as the damage you'll face up close can spell death very quickly.

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Netflix Talks Competing With Disney For Streaming Dominance

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:27

Netflix is facing increased competition in the streaming world thanks to new entrants like Disney+ and HBO Max. Netflix is still on top, with more than 200 million subscribers, but Disney+ is surging with more than 87 million paid subscribers of its own. During Netflix's latest investor briefing, CEO Reed Hastings and other executives discussed competing with Disney.

Hastings praised Disney for what it has achieved, and Disney's success is fueling Netflix's energy and enthusiasm for doing better with its own platform. Disney+'s success also speaks to the wider trend that people are eager and willing to pay more and more money for entertainment, which is a positive for the media landscape overall, the executive said.

"It is super-impressive what Disney has done. Incredible execution for an incumbent to pivot and taking on an insurgent. So that's great. And it shows that members are interested and willing to pay more for more content, because they are hungry for great stories," Hastings said. "And Disney does have some great stories. So it gets us fired up about increasing our membership, increasing our content budget, and it's going to be great for the world that Disney and Netflix are competing show by show, movie by movie."

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Netflix Announces Most Popular Movies And Shows Of Q4 2020

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:11

As part of Netflix's very strong earnings report that saw the streamer exceed 200 million paid subscribers for the first time, the company also announced new viewership figures for its biggest programs and movies for Q4 2020.

The Crown Season 4 was the biggest season so far, reaching more households than each of the prior seasons, though a specific number was not announced. However, Netflix did say that more than 100 million Netflix subscriber homes have now watched The Crown.

The new Shonda Rhimes show, Bridgerton, was also a success; Netflix said it was "immensely popular." While no streaming numbers were announced, Netflix said it will have "some exciting news" about the show to share later this week.

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Valve, Five Other Publishers Fined For Geo-Blocking Steam Keys

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:57

The European Commission has ordered six game publishers--including Steam creator Valve--to pay the equivalent of more than $9.4 million for their role in "geo-blocking" game digital game access between territories.

In addition to Valve, the publishers fined for their role in the practice are Focus Home Interactive, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Koch Media, and ZeniMax. Koch Media owns Deep Silver, while ZeniMax owns Bethesda--and will soon be owned by Microsoft.

"Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain PC video games on the basis of the geographical location of users within the European Economic Area ('EEA'), entering into the so-called 'geo-blocking' practices," the report said. "The fines for the publishers, totaling over €6 million, were reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the Commission. Valve chose not to cooperate with the Commission and was fined over €1.6 million.

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Hulu's Boss Level Trailer Delivers Insane Time-Loop Violence

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:51

Following last week's first teaser image for the upcoming time-loop action movie Boss Level, the first trailer has been released. The movie stars Frank Grillo, who is best known for his role in the Purge series, and it hits Hulu in March.

Grillo plays a former special forces agent who finds himself in a loop in which he is killed by a variety of heavily armed assassins every single day, on repeat. An evil colonel played by Mel Gibson seems to be behind this plan, so Grillo sets about trying to find out why. While the repeating-day gimmick has been used many times over the years, the trailer suggests Boss Level has put a ridiculously violent and over-the-top spin on the story. Check it out below.

Boss Level is directed and co-written by Joe Carnahan, who previously helmed The A-Team, The Grey, and Smoking Aces. It also stars Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks), Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek Discovery), and Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy). It will be released on Hulu on March 5.

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Netflix Now Has More Than 200 Million Subscribers; Shuffle Button Coming Soon

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:45

Netflix has released its latest earnings report, providing a fresh look at how the streaming company is performing from a business perspective while also revealing new features.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, Netflix added 8.51 million new subscribers, boosting the company's total global subscriber base to 203.66 million. This compares to 8.76 million new subscribers added in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Hitman 3: How To Unlock The Secret Ending

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:33

Hitman 3's release this week brings to an end a journey that has been four years in the making. Developer IO Interactive's return to the world of assassination began with Agent 47 infiltrating a Paris fashion show, but it ends on a smaller and bloodier note as players navigate their way through a train that is filled with Providence agents.

There are spoilers below regarding the end of Hitman 3 from this point on, so consider yourself warned.

Agent 47's destination eventually ends with a face to face with Arthur Edwards, the head of Providence who players have been chasing across the world. Cut off from the rest of the train and with no security to protect him, Edwards still has one ace up his sleeve in the form of a special serum that performs a factory reset on a subject's mind.

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Halo's 343 Guilty Spark Will Narrate The Next Book

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:21

One of the Halo series most famous characters--or infamous, depending on your opinion--is the robot 343 Guilty Spark. The little flying orb is responsible for some of the most dastardly acts in the series' first few games, and voice actor Tim Dadabo brought him to life. Now, you'll be able to hear Dadabo's golden pipes for hours on end as the narrator of the Halo: Point of Light audiobook.

Halo: Point of Light will release on March 2, and it was written by Kelly Gay, who previously wrote the books Halo: Smoke and Shadow and Halo: Renegades. Point of Light will continue the story from Renegades. It's set after the main trilogy had come to an end, meaning 343 Guilty Spark has been very exploded by a Spartan Laser weapon, but destroying his body did not eliminate the mischievous little monster within.

We're thrilled to announce that Tim Dadabo (@davocal1), voice of 343 Guilty Spark, will be narrating the #audiobook edition of Halo: Point of Light by @KellyHGay, coming March 2!

Pre-order it via @SimonAudio:
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— Halo (@Halo) January 19, 2021

343 Guilty Spark made his first appearance in the original Halo game, helping the Master Chief fight the Flood as he made his way further into the nooks and crannies of the Halo ring, but failed to address that activating it would wipe out humanity. He alternated between helping and hindering the UNSC's goals over the next few games, and his adventures have been limited to outside media since Halo 3.

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Fortnite Dev Pledges $20 Million In Prize Money For 2021 Tournaments

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:15

Epic Games continues to invest in the Fortnite competitive gaming scene, this week pledging a whopping $20 million for the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS).

That is up from a $17 million prize pool last year, but not more than the $30 million that was at stake for the 2019 edition of the tournament series.

There will be four FNCS seasons for the 2021 series, each featuring a $3 million prize pool, for a total of $12 million across the four seasons. There will also be mid-year and end-of-year tournaments where the top players from each region will compete for a further $8 million in prize money. More details on these events will be shared at a later date.

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Among Us Dev On Why Updates Are Taking So Long

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 23:50

Among Us was one of 2020's biggest and brightest success stories across all of gaming, but the surge in popularity hasn't been easy for developer Innersloth to manage. As such, some players are wondering why new features, the Xbox console edition, and more updates are taking so long.

The studio has now responded directly to this concern. In a blog post, community boss Victoria Tran said the success that Among Us enjoyed later in 2020 was unexpected, and as such, it drove "a lot" of change for the studio.

"Not to dive into too much organizational stuff, but not only did we need to switch back to working on Among Us after thinking it was done, but we also needed to set ourselves up more sustainably to work on the game," Tran said. "We had to spend two months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board."

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Chris Hemsworth Confirms When Thor: Love And Thunder Begins Shooting, And It's Soon

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 23:34

It appears production on the new Thor movie, Love and Thunder, is ramping up. After we learned that Matt Damon is in Australia to reprise his role in the sequel, it's now been confirmed that series star Chris Hemsworth is lined up to begin shooting his scenes very soon.

Hemsworth himself said on Instagram that he is set to start filming Love and Thunder this week. The actor was enjoying some R&R at Australia's remote Lord Howe Island with his family before jetting off again to film the new Thor movie somewhere else in Australia.

Hemsworth is an official partner of the Australian government's tourism body, and this is not the first time he's promoted Lord Howe Island specifically.

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Red Dead Online Weekly Update Brings Big Bonuses For Moonshiners, Naturalists

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 23:31

This week's bonuses in Red Dead Online make it a good time to be either a Moonshiner or a Naturalist, with extra rewards for both roles. Other players can still get their hands on freebies, as well as a handful of discounts on cosmetics, weapons and horses.

For Moonshiners, RDO$ and Role XP payouts will be doubled for all Moonshine Story and Bootlegger Missions this week. You can also redeem a 50% discount on the cost of relocating your Moonshine Shack, if you're after a change of scenery.

Naturalists are also getting a boost from missions all week, with Naturalist Free Roam events awarding double Role XP and double RDO$ payouts.

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Snowpiercer TV Show Has Been Renewed For A Third Season

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 22:53

The Snowpiercer TV adaptation will be getting a third season, with TNT announcing the season order just days ahead of the premiere of Season 2 on January 25. The first season of the Snowpiercer series was the most-watched program when it launched last May, and TNT's biggest success since 2018's The Alienist.

Season 2 is set to continue the story of the post-apocalyptic train, following on from the revelations (and sneak peek teaser) that ended Season 1. The biggest change the new season brings is the addition of Sean Bean, who will be playing the train's creator, mastermind, and leader, Mr. Wilford.

The second season will follow the fallout of the train's revolution, with Daveed Diggs' Layton emerging as a leader and Jennifer Connelly's Melanie doing her best to protect the train from a returned Mr Wilford. Another newly introduced character is Melanie's daughter Alexandra, played by Rowan Blanchard.

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Everything New On Disney Plus In February 2021 - WandaVision And The Muppet Show

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 11:07

February is cold and much of the world is frozen solid right now, but Disney+ is still moving forward. WandaVision headlines throughout the month, but there are a bunch of other shows and movies sneaking in that you'll want to keep an eye on as winter wears on.

Marvel's Behind The Mask hits Disney+ on February 12 and will "explore the power of identity behind the world's most iconic Super Heroes," with interviews from writers and artists behind characters like Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, the X-Men, and others. The classic Muppet Show arrives the next week on February 19th. This includes not just the first three seasons, but also the fourth and fifth, which aren't available on disc anywhere.

Also premiering that weekend is the live-action adaptation of Flora and Ulysses, the children's novel by Kate DiCamillo. The movie, which stars Ben Schwartz, Alyson Hannigan, and Matilda Lawler as the titular Flora, tells the story of "10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers which take them on an adventure of humorous complications that ultimately change Flora's life--and her outlook--forever."

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Rockstar NPC Tech Patent Has People Talking About GTA 6

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:24

A new patent filed by Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive suggests that the studio is looking into new gameplay systems to increase the situational awareness of its NPCs.

The patent, titled "System And Method For Virtual Navigation In A Gaming Environment," outlines tech aimed at creating a "realistic experience" in video games by making AI smarter at detecting their environment. Specifically, the patent is targeting NPC vehicle driving behaviors.

Currently in video games, NPCs can only sense a few objects in their immediate vicinity. This level of detection is typically relegated to other cars almost exclusively, which is why NPC drivers tend to not only run into each other but also into the objects found within the world. Through this new patent, though, Rockstar is looking to give NPCs a distinct driving profile.

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New On Hulu February 2021: The Shape Of Water, Sonic The Hedgehog Movie, And More

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:14

It feels like this year has only just started, but it's already time to start setting sights and plans for appointment watching in February. Hulu has announced the full set of content for next month--here's what you can expect to watch on Hulu in February 2021.

If you missed The Shape of Water back when it came out in 2017, there's no time like the present--starting on February 15--to catch director Guillermo del Toro's moving and out there love story between a humanoid amphibian creature and a mute cleaning woman who works in the high-security government laboratory housing it. The movie doesn't just have an unusual story working for it--the visuals, production design, and writing all fire on all cylinders throughout, making for a wild experience that will stay with you. Watching it will help you understand how it won four Oscars, but also have you wondering why it didn't net more. You can read our review here.

For something similarly potentially horrifying, the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog Movie lands on Hulu on February 18. Video-game movie adaptations are always a mixed bag, but it might change people's minds to give it a try if we just mention that, sincerely, this movie tries (and at times, kinda succeeds) at being something more grounded and even vulnerable. Yes, Sonic still goes fast. Yes, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik is even more cartoony than the digital characters he interacts with. But if you miss out on the first movie, you'll be that much further behind for the upcoming sequel.

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Karen Gillan Confirms She's Playing Nebula Again, Most Likely In Thor

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:00

Playing the daughter of Thanos in the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Karen Gillan has cemented herself as Nebula, and she is coming back for more. In a recent Instagram post, Gillan confirmed she'll be shooting as the character again very soon, out in Sydney, Australia, but for what project?

In her Instagram Story post, which DigitalSpy also posted, Gillan said, "This is my hair. I cut it the other day in preparation for Nebula, so we don't have to get so much hair into the bald cap because I have so much hair. It's unbelievable. It's just so thick."

However, this most likely isn't for Guardians of he Galaxy Vol. 3, as director James Gunn is in Vancover, British Columbia filming the first season of HBO Max's Peacemaker series--a spin-off of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

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