Weekly Video Game Round-Up: Hitman, Tetris, Star Wars Battlefront, and More

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This last week was exciting for comic fans, as San Diego’s Comic Con produced some new and exciting revelations for both movie lovers and gamers. Among the news came new information about Halo 5, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and Disney Infinity 3.0, among others.

With the excitement around Comic-Con, there were a few stories from this past week that didn’t make the front page on Game Rant, but that were interesting enough we wanted to take a moment and spotlight them in our weekly Video Game Round-Up.

Here are a few stories from last week worth checking out:

Hitman Gameplay Footage Leaks Online

Hitman Alpha gameplay leaked by play3-live

It’s become a regular occurrence for gameplay footage to leak online, which usually causes headaches for those games’ developers. In the case of Hitman, someone shared a few bits of Alpha gameplay online, giving fans a taste of the upcoming Agent 47 title.

The footage was originally shared on Vid.me, though it was quickly taken down due to copyright issues. However, it seems other gamers picked up the videos and have continued sharing them anywhere they can. Check out the brief bit of gameplay above, which shows Agent 47 at work in the upcoming Hitman title.

Source: Dailymotion

Hitman Release will not Include Whole Game, but a Sizable Chunk

Hitman E3 Trailer

In addition to the leaked gameplay footage, gamers received a bit of extra information concerning the next installment in the Hitman franchise. According to a Q & A piece on the Hitman website, the game that launches on December 8th will not be the full Hitman game, but rather a “sizable chunk of it.” What’s left of the game, including the remaining locations and missions of the game’s story arc, will be released “throughout 2016,” and will be included in Hitman’s original $60 price tag.

When reading this, it’s hard not to feel like Square Enix is trying desperately to prepare fans for the fact that Hitman could very well be broken – and will now surely be incomplete – at launch. This tactic may be a way for the developer to release their game on time, while trying to avoid kickback from gamers, but maybe it would just be better if the team behind Hitman delayed the game until next year and avoid any potential issues. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Source: Hitman

Rise of the Tomb Raider Lara Croft Looked ‘Too Real’

Rise of the Tomb Raider: New Details Will Arrive June 1 - Lara Croft looking in mirror

Game developers work hard to give gamers the best, most visually impressive experience they can. However, thanks to a recent Polygon interview with Crystal Dynamics Senior Technical Artist Jon Robins, it seems there is such a thing as “too real” when it comes to character development.

As the art team behind the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider built the latest iteration of Lara Croft, they discovered that their character looked a little too much like the actress who voices the popular Lara Croft. That, in turn, led the team to take a step back and reevaluate their character model, so they could make it more like Lara Croft, and less like Camilla Luddington, who lends her voice to Croft in the game. In the end, the team at Crystal Dynamics is happy with the change, as it affords Lara Croft her own, unique identity.

Source: Polygon

Study Suggests Tetris Could Help Treat PTSD

Photo courtesy of Geeks of Doom.

Photo courtesy of Geeks of Doom.

Gamers have long loved the entertainment value in video games, but for some, those games provide more than just a distraction. Games open opportunities for relationship building, teamwork experiences, and ways to learn and grow.

And thanks to a new study, it looks like at least one game, Tetris, may even have the power to help people who experience PTSD flashbacks. What the study found is if people play Tetris right after a flashback experience, the game has the ability to interfere with the power of a traumatic memory and help heal the person of their PTSD episodes.

Source: Psychological Science

Final Fantasy 14 Mac Sales Suspended, Refunds Issued

Final Fantasy 14 Chocobo Mount

Every once in a while, a developer will release a game on a new platform and discover that the title experiences game-breaking issues. Usually, said developer can make a few quick updates to fix those issues, but other times the game is so broken, the developer has not other choice than to recall the game and offer a refund.

This was the case when Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn for Mac late last month. The title was so fractured, the developer has suspended all sales of the game and is offering any gamer who purchased the game a full refund. Hopefully, for Final Fantasy fans, the developer can make the needed updates quickly so gamers can have another go at it.

Star Wars Battlefront 4K Screenshots Surface

Star Wars Battlefront Hoth Gameplay

Gamers were elated when EA released a couple bits of gameplay footage for Star Wars Battlefront at this year’s E3 conference. Since that moment, gamers have been begging for more details and footage for the game.

Fortunately, one of the gamers who attended EA’s alpha test for the game captured a handful of 4K screenshots on the game’s highest graphics setting, and has shared them with the world. Check out the screenshots below.

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