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Through the Wire: Hitman Turns 15

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by Jon Ledford November 19, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
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It's been fifteen years since we first wrapped up that iconic garrote wire and choked someone out as Agent 47 in his first stealth adventure, Hitman: Codename 47. In order to celebrate Hitman hitting the mid-teens, it's time we look back at one of our favorite stealth/assassination franchises. While Thief, Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid and the Batman: Arkham series have all gone toe-to-toe with Agent 47, we still prefer Hitman when it comes to good old fashioned wetwork.

Clearing the Mist: Final Fantasy IX Turns 15

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by Jon Ledford November 13, 2015 @ 3:01 PM
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Fifteen years ago, Square released its ninth Final Fantasy game in North America. It's time we look back at this stellar and criminally overlooked classic of the franchise. Square may have developed Final Fantasy IX alongside Final Fantasy VIII, but the two were quite different. While the emo Squall, Quistis and the rest of the time-travelling SeeDs had more realistic designs, the characters and world of Final Fantasy IX stayed in line with the more traditional art style of Final Fantasy's disproportionate body types. Sure, Squall's crew was more realistic-looking than the blocky, deformed models in Zidane and Cloud's posses, but that doesn't mean that Final Fantasy VIII or even Final Fantasy XII were better games just because their characters were "normal"-looking.

Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts II.8 Name Explanation Makes No Sense

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by Jon Ledford September 22, 2015 @ 3:42 PM
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Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura's explanation of Kingdom Hearts II.8's title makes about as much sense as the series' overall story.

Lara Grapples in New Rise of the Tomb Raider Trailer

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by Jon Ledford September 21, 2015 @ 2:17 PM
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Xbox has released the newest trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and we get to see Lara do what she does best: survive elaborate puzzles that must have taken centuries of unfathomable planning by now-extinct societies to orchestrate.