Thief hands-on: meeting Erin, Garrett's troublesome shadow

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Garrett doesn't need a sneaking sidekick. I don't need a sneaking sidekick. Stealth is a solitary adventure. Characters come and go for the sake of narrative and theater, but when it's time to get down to the dance of detection, they're left behind. For good reason: nothing gets me to hit “Quit” faster than a wayward ally barging into a carefully planned route, or blowing my position with the umpteenth complaint of “C'mon, we gotta move!”

And so, when I was given the opportunity to experience the introductory sequences of Thief and meet Garrett's protégé Erin for the first time, I could already feel a sneer forming. I had doubts—Garrett had broken his professional partnership with her for Mysterious Reasons. In my mind, she was already a nuisance. When I heard the first few tense exchanges between her and Garrett, however, I realized her qualities symbolized an important facet of the stealth genre—her aggressive, confrontational style shows just how varied approaches to stealth can be.

Hitman Contracts hits Steam, initial audio issues fixed

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The silent assassin Agent 47 completed his most stealthy operation to date, launching Hitman Contracts on Steam for $7 without making a single peep, literally. As the first batch of Steam reviews indicated, the game initially launched without any of the soundtrack and voice work.

Square Enix announces Collective, offers older Eidos IP to indie dev pitches

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Square Enix has announced it's partnering with Indiegogo to create a new crowdfunding platform called called Collective, to help developers turn their pitches into games. According to Collective’s site, indie developers can pitch their ideas to the Square Enix community. If, after 28 days, the pitch earns enough votes from the community, Square Enix will evaluate the project and decide if it’s good enough for a page on Indiegogo.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut coming to PC

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A director's cut version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is coming soon to PC, according to a new report by Gamespot. Although it had previously been announced as a Nintendo Wii U release, the new multi-platform edition will integrate previously released DLC as well as offer updated boss fights, altered combat, and "enhanced visuals," according to the title's official website.

Eidos executive tells broadband providers they're holding gaming back

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When a man who's the co-founder of tabletop game manufacturer Games Workshop and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire talks, people listen. Or at least that's the hope when longtime Eidos executive Ian Livingstone, who was promoted to the title of "life president" after Eidos was absorbed like a sponge by Square Enix, berated broadband providers for impeding growth of the gaming industry at the Broadband World Forum on Wednesday.

Hitman: Absolution Contracts mode will let you create hits and challenge friends

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IO Interactive have been showing a bit of Hitman: Absolution's Contracts mode that'll let us tag up to three assassination targets on any level and challenge our friends to take them all out in the most efficient manner they can manage. If the mission walkthrough trailer and that enormous factory at the end of the new Contracts trailer are evidence, Absolution's levels should be rather large, which suggests that there should be plenty of potential targets to choose from

Eidos add that "HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will also ship with many pre-set CONTRACTS, each designed by the very best assassins at IO Interactive." Neat. I CERTAINLY look forward to TRYING IT.

Football Manager developer speaks out on Eidos split

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It's one of the great breakups in gaming. Up there with John Romero leaving id software, or West and Zampella walking out on Activision. The story of how the developers behind Championship Manager, one of the most profitable and successful game series of all time, left their publisher Eidos, and abandoned the franchise they'd spent years building to start again with Sega and Football Manager.

Until now, everyone involved was legally unable to talk about what happened, but yesterday Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobson and Eidos' Ian Livingstone finally spoke about what happened nine years ago.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Missing Link review

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Human Revolution was brilliant at letting you play the way you wanted. Its boss fights were terrible for not doing that. When it emerged that they’d been outsourced to another developer, you had to wonder: what would they have been like if Eidos Montreal had made them?

Here’s one they did. I won’t spoil anything about the plot of the new Missing Link DLC, but I’ll tell you how I took out its boss.

Square Enix show off stunningly realistic graphics

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Square-Enix have been demonstrating their new graphics engine, called 'Luminous' at a press conference in Japan. The video above, brought to us by Develop shows off some impressive technology, virtually indistinguishable from the real location. Shame they chose such a boring place.

Check inside for more details on the technology and side by side comparisons of real life locations and in-engine footage.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Missing Link trailer sails the augmented seas

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Eidos Montreal have released the second part of their walkthrough for the Deus Ex Missing Link DLC. Like the first part it's about five minutes long. which means they're only show the first ten minutes of the game. Those who fear spoilers might want to avoid watching, but keep in mind that The Missing Link is going to be five hours long.

The Missing Link will be out this month, for more details, check out our Deus Ex: Human Revolution Missing Link preview.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC trailer and screens show battered Jensen and glowing red doom eye

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The Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC, the Missing Link, has gotten a trailer and some screenshots. The trailer depicts Adam Jensen getting pretty badly beaten up by his captors, having apparently failed to save some civilians, while the screens include an extreme close up of a mysterious glowing red eye. We'll know more when the DLC arrives in October.

Deus Ex DLC official, The Missing Link will land later this year

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The first DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution has now been confirmed, and will fill in the gap of Adam Jensen's three days off the grid during Human Revolution. Jensen has reportedly been tortured by Belltower and had his augs de-activated while aboard a cargo ship and must rebuild his skills from scratch and make new allies in order to escape.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution augmentation guide

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Usually the modern sequel to a classic PC game ends up simplifying it. Human Revolution, however, doubles the number of different augmentations you could give yourself in Deus Ex.

It also puts more of the burden of choice on you: you can install any augmentations you have the points for, rather than just the ones you’ve found the right canister for.

So until you know how they all work, it’s not easy to plan your character. You earn Praxis points, the level-up currency, quite slowly at first, and there are no refunds for choices you regret. So I’ll talk you through the best augs, what they do, and what kind of playing styles they suit.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC rumours surface

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VG247 say that a the mysterious Deus Ex: Human Revolution code is leading to the announcement of new DLC for the critically acclaimed game. Their unnamed source also revealed that the DLC takes place over two days spent on a ship, with no communication or support for the player through the commlink. Players will also choose a new aug configuration, rather than importing a save file, which they speculate might mean you play as another character, maybe even original Deus Ex protagonist JC Denton. How this fits in with the previous hints regarding Ayers Rock in Australia is uncertain.

Haven't played the original game yet? Check out our Deus Ex: Human Revolution review to see just how amazing it is.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes second in monthly chart after just two days on sale

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MCV are reporting that Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the second best selling game in the UK for August, second only to perennial chart topper Zumba Fitness. This would be impressive enough by itself, but the real twist is that Deus Ex was only on sale for two days during the tracking period. It still managed to outsell almost all the games that were on sale for the entire month.

Deus Ex is currently number one in the UK charts, having finally toppled the long dominant Zumba, if you want to know why, read our review.

Crack the Deus Ex: Human Revolution code

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Have you seen the cryptic code on the Deus Ex: Human Revolution title screen? Reddit has, and its codebreakers are already at work. A URL? An SQL injection? Part of a longer reference to Megadeth? All theories are welcome, and if you're looking for a hacking challenge slightly more involved than realising you can click multiple nodes at once when attacking systems, here you go.

This mysterious code follows up promises of a special announcement yesterday, which could be anything from DLC to news of an expansion, to a slightly premature celebration of Deus Ex at least temporarily kicking Zumba Fitness from its perch on the Top 10. At the very least, it looks like there's something interesting on the way, regardless of how long it takes this code to be cracked open.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution review

Tom Francis at

Adam Jensen, the perfect cyborg, is wrestling with a vending machine. It’s not refusing to serve him orange drink, it’s refusing to fit through a door.

He is, as I play him, the worst chief of security in the world. He works for Sarif Industries, the company who make his robotic arms, and indeed the company who gave him his robotic arms after he failed to protect the company from a major assault and got himself shot in the head. Why this caused his arms to fall off is not yet clear.

Jensen finally gets the vending machine out onto the roof. He has a plan: “Maybe if I throw this vending machine off the roof...” The plan ends there.

Lulzsec suspect arrested in joint Scotland Yard and FBI investigation

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The suspected ringleader of Lulzsec has been arrested in a joint operation between Scotland Yard and the FBI. The 19 year old Brit is accused of masterminding the recent spate of cyber-attacks on CIA.gov and a number of games company sites, including Nintendo, Minecraft and Eve Online.

The teenager was apprehended at his home in Wickford, Essex, in a joint operation that could see the suspect extradited to America to face charges, reports Sky News.

Update: Lulzsec have tweeted in response to the arrest, saying "seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?" The suspect has been named by the press as Ryan Cleary, and is thought to be an ex-member of notorious hacking organisation, Anonymous.

Epic and Bethesda sites compromised as hacker attacks continue

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Epic and Bethesda are the latest victims of wave of cyber-crime that has so far seen data stolen from a number of games company sites, including Sony Online Entertainment, Nintendo, Eidos and Codemasters.

A post on the Bethblog yesterday revealed that the game publisher's site and forums had suffered "an unlawful intrusion" that resulted in the theft of an undisclosed number of forum and website passwords and email addresses.

On Friday, Epic sites also experienced downtime in the aftermath of a similar attack that compromised a number of forum accounts. Thankfully, both companies report that no credit card information was stolen. Other companies have been less fortunate.

E3 2011: Tomb Raider screenshots show Lara's cave escape

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AA fresh boatload of Tomb Raider screenshots have landed. Most are taken from the demo level shown at the E3 2011 Microsoft press conference yesterday. The injured old man Lara tends to in the first few screens can also be seen in the Tomb Raider cinematic trailer. Lara grabs onto his hand before she falls into the sea. Looks like he's going to be an important character.