Hitman: Absolution – Being an Assassin has Never Looked this Fun!

The Hitman series is looking to return back to its roots with Absolution. Sporting a new graphical engine that supports hundreds of NPCs on screen at the same time, Absolution has got to be one of the best looking games to be coming out this year.

Back are the days when you can get in, kill your target, and leave without raising any alarms. Hunters of the “Silent Assassin” rating rejoice!

Examples of gameplay given include using the environment as a weapon, poisoning food, and setting off an alarm to attract your targets attention (and then detonating a planted explosive when your target is close by).

If you, like me, have been waiting for a true modern day assassin game, then this is the title to keep a look out for. Release date has been pinned for the 20th of November!

Tomb Raider – To the beginning

Lara Craft has always been tougher than life. The one girl who could stand up to men and trade blows with them, and the men would come off second best.

The Tomb Raider series, however, dwindled in quality over the years. Some of the worst adventure games ever are graced with the Tomb Raider title (Angel of Darkness anybody?). Crystal Dynamics have been tasked with the job of rebirthing the Tomb Raider series and taking it back to its former glory.

The rebirth sees the series going back to before the start. Borrowing many concepts from the exceptional Uncharted Games, the new Tomb Raider takes a more cinematic approach. Huge set pieces set in an intense story filled with treachery and emotion featuring a fragile Lara Craft sounds like a recipe to success!

The new trailer shows us a shivering Lara Craft starting a fire to try and get warm, hunting a deer for food, and trembling with fear when captured. Tomb Raider is set to take us on the adventure that made Lara Craft into the strong woman we now know. Will this be enough to pull the Tomb Raider name out of the pit it has put itself in? The game is set to come out on the 5th of March, 2013.

Dishonored – The New Bioshock?

Dishonored, the new game by Arkane Studios (the makers of Bioshock2) looks to be borrowing many elements from Bioshock. Have a look at the trailer from GameTrailers and see if it looks like your cup of tea (or late night gaming session). Dishonored sees release October 9th.

LEGO Ring to Rule Them All

Its no secret that I am a huge fan of the Lego games. They’re the perfect games to play with girlfriends (or non-gamer boyfriends for girl gamers), kids or parents. With simple jump in-jump out co-op, I’ve always enjoyed the adventures the Lego games have supplied.

Lego Lord of the Rings has been requested repeatedly by fans over the last few years, and it has finally been officially announced! Following in the footsteps of Lego Batman 2 (which has yet to come out), the little lego characters all talk. The voices have been taken directly from the movies to keep the authenticity of the series in tact.

The game will cover the entire trilogy, going across all of Middle Earth. As in previous games, the good and bad characters will all be playable. Once again, 2 player co-op is available.

Lego Lord of the Rings will be available on pretty much every platform known to man some time in the future. My guess is between June and August 2013.

Dota 2 will be free to play

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Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/dota-2-will-be-free-to-play-6379759

Valve plan on making all heroes available from the start free of charge. Steam wrote the following on the Dota2 blog: "We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it's something we plan to avoid."
You can buy early access into Dota2, however, for $39.99 with the purchase of the Dota2 Early Access Bundle of Items. Only cosmetic items will be able to be bought with real money.
Dota2 will also be following Team Fortress 2 with regards to player created content being able to be bought. Over $3.5 million was paid out to users for their fan created content in the first year of Team Fortress 2. I’m sure Dota2 will be able to top that!
Dota2 launches officially later this year, and the Beta is currently being played my millions of gamers around the world already!
"The opening of the Dota Store is a big part of our final push to launch," Dota 2 design lead IceFrog said in a statement. "By making the game free to play, we hope to give gamers the ability to decide how--and how much--they want to invest in the game."
Dota 2 is scheduled for PC and Mac release this year. The game combines action and real-time strategy elements in multiplayer matches that pit teams of player-controlled heroes against one another. The game will include integrated voice chat and computer-controlled characters that will take over for players who disconnect during play sessions, as well as a coaching system, where veteran players will have the chance to tutor newcomers.
I for one am a huge MOBA fan, and cannot wait to get my hands on the final product!