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Agent 47's return back in PCPP#194 first had us seeing red - what were these scripted helicopter encounters doing in a Hitman game? Now, in PCPP#208, we've played the first five hours and spent hands-on time with Hitman: Absolution's all-new asynchronous multiplayer Contracts mode. Is this actually the Hitman game we've been wanting to see? Find out, inside!
Elsewhere, we drop-pod into PlanetSide 2's true global multiplayer warfare, and chat to SOE about what modern FPS means for this reimagining of the world's only MMOFPS.
Then, it's HYPER vs PCPP in XCOM's all-new tactical multiplayer mode. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will jump at the chance to play as the aliens? And who left their heavy assault soldier sitting idle because the turn timer ran out? This is a battle report that will go down in magazine history.
Continuing the multiplayer mayhem, we spend quality hands-on time with the beta of ShootMania: Storm. Just how well does TrackMania turn into an FPS? Our impressions, and chat with Nadeo, have the answer.
Want some reviews? Sure you do. How about 18 of them? They're here! I bet you even want one of Borderlands 2. It's here! There's a gazillion guns! And just as many points out of ten! Plus, Guild Wars 2, Dark Souls, Darksiders II, Sleeping Dogs, Another Counter-Strike Game, the return of Death Rally, and a whole host of indies that you shouldn't miss! (Plus some you should.)
Is your lap feeling empty? Get the right gaming laptop for it with Tech's definitive roundup. Is a gaming laptop even possible? You'll be surprised! Plus, a field report on our expert overclocking workshop, a 1000W pro gaming PSU, and Gigabyte's new cutting-edge mobo.
On the disc is the full free version of Team Fortress 2 - with its all new Mann vs Machine co-op mode ready to play! Plus, Heroes of Newerth's new free-to-play client, and the demo version of GTA-in-space simulator, Skyjacker!
Want more from PCPP? We've also got massive previews of Tomb Raider and Hotline Miami; a roundup of the scariest indie games to watch for; a conversation with the developer of an old-school hardcore RPG that includes the phrase 'spreadsheet porn'; four pages on DayZ; and the diary of a games journalist playing Deus Ex for the first time today.
PCPP#208. Hair today, gone tomorrow.