Hitman 3 only came out this week, and already we’re seeing players absolutely smash the completion time of its first level.

If you’ve looked at the leaderboards since the game officially came out, you’ll know that some enterprising players are already smashing the six levels in the game, but Dubai in particular seems to be attracting some particularly quick attempts.

Currently, the world record completion for the level stands at a frankly baffling nine seconds. Nine! Verified by speedrun.com (via PCGamesN), two speedrunners completed the any% category for On Top of the World in under 10 seconds.

Wreak and Der_Lauch_Linus manage to achieve the remarkable feat by shooting the two targets you need to complete the level as soon as they spawn in at the beginning of the mission.

With a steady hand enough forethought, you can enter the level, run up the steps of the lobby in the … Read the rest

In the wake of the surprise ‘drop’ of the Resident Evil Village ‘Maiden’ demo for PlayStation 5 last night, the Digital Foundry team sat down to talk about their impressions of the new demo. John Linneman and Alex Battaglia are joined by series expert Alex Aniel, author of Itchy, Tasty: An Unofficial of Resident Evil. The result? The video embedded on this page!

Image quality makes for a good portion of the discussion, where the PlayStation 5 delivers a full 3840×2160, with Capcom deploying RE Engine’s excellent checkerboard-style image reconstruction technology to render up from a lower base resolution. It’s one of the more impressive implementations, looking very, very close to actual native rendering. The handling of materials and rich geometry in evidence in the demo also impressive, as does the HDR solution. In fact, the game doesn’t quite have the same punch viewed in standard SDR – blacks are … Read the rest

Hey, Survivors!

The moans of the undead echo as you fight for your life in the Outbreak series, a collection of titles that pay homage to classic survival horror experiences from the ‘90s. From fixed camera angles, to over-the-shoulder adventure, you’ll be leading your group of survivors to safety amidst a global undead epidemic. As you scrounge and manage extremely limited resources, it’s up to you to choose when it’s the right time to fight, or flee, while solving puzzles and desperately searching for the truth behind the outbreak. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a fellow survivor to fight alongside you in local split screen co-op!

Outbreak: The New Nightmare Definitive Edition is available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, running on the latest Xbox framework and featuring native 4K on Xbox Series X, this release is packed with over three years of content, features, bug fixes … Read the rest

The latest Stardew Valley patch has arrived on PC, and is coming to consoles soon.

Stardew Valley patch 1.5.4  is now available and fixes some lingering issues from the 1.5 updates released in December.

It also makes slight adjustments to the game. ConcernedApe said in a blog post that this will hopefully be the last bug fix patch necessary for 1.5.

The patch is now in certification for consoles and is expected to be released later this month or in early February.

You can look over the patch notes below.

Stardew Valley 1.5.4 Patch

Changelog (w/ Spoilers):

  • Adjusted the logic for checking for Perfection so that it accounts for games where the farm switched to the Joja route partway through a Community Center playthrough.
  • Lucky Rings no longer lose their luck bonus overnight.
  • Fixed an issue where fishing with multiple rods in your inventory after catching a treasure could cause your
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Hitman 3 arrived this week in what became the series’ biggest digital launch of all-time – and rightly so. As a culmination of the existing trilogy, Hitman 3 caps off the generation with the most impressive iteration of the Glacier Engine to date, with all existing current-gen Hitman content retrofitted into the latest game, while being essentially ‘remastered’ for next-gen consoles. PC owners can rejoice too – the game does everything that PS5 and Series X can and more besides, thanks to some nice upgrades and further scalability.

In delivering this article, IO interactive has furnished us with the exact PC settings for every console the game is running on. So, by using these settings on PC at the proper resolution, it is possible to see how a PC GPU fares in comparison to the consoles, with some interesting observations. First of all though, I’d like to give IO some … Read the rest

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Yakuza Remastered Collection, The Medium, and More
Remember so long ago, way back in December during The Game Awards when we gave you a preview of what games were coming soon? That soon is sooner now than it was then, and we have more games now than we had then, which means we have even more… Read more

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Resident Evil Village


Pre-order bonuses:
– Mr. Raccoon Weapon Charm
– Survival Resources Pack

Experience survival horror like never before in the eighth major installment in the storied Resident Evil franchise – Resident Evil Village.

Set a few years after the horrifying events in the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline begins with Ethan Winters and his wife Mia living peacefully in a new location, free from their past nightmares. Just as they are building their new life together, tragedy befalls them once again.

This pack includes the following content:
• Resident Evil Village
• Resident Evil Re:Verse

Details of the operational period for Resident Evil Re:Verse, including commencement of availability and any potential announcements relating to the end of service, can be found on the official website:


Please note

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Agent 47 is a skilled assassin… but nothing is worse than a locked door.

Hitman 3 has a wonderful, open-ended series of levels which gradually escalate and challenge the player – but one thing every level of the game has in common is that each features at least one locked door or locked safes that will stand between you and valuable intelligence at the very least – and in some situations, these codes will stand between you and major mission objectives.

Remember, standard locked doors in Hitman can be tackled a few different ways. You can carry a lockpick into missions on your person – which is always very handy. You can also often find crowbars within missions, and these can be used to jimmy doors open. Some, however, are electronically locked – and that’s where these codes, and this guide to the Hitman 3 codes, comes in.

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Traditionally, the cross-gen period – the awkward transition from one set of consoles to the next – hasn’t really worked out. There’s the sense that the next-gen versions aren’t necessarily everything they could be, while the software served up to owners of the older consoles often verged on the unplayable. But as move from PS4 to PS5, from Xbox One to Xbox Series, it’s clear that we’re seeing something very different this time around. IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 shows that cross-gen can actually work out just fine, and there’s the feeling that prior generation consoles are being pushed closer to their ultimate limits, while simultaneously, massive gains are achieved when playing on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Of course, Hitman 3 is a game with additional interest for us, because IO’s excellent Glacier Engine has evolved, bringing impressive new features into the technology – while at the same time back-porting … Read the rest

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! Here we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released [email protected] titles! Get more details on the games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Jump in!

Cyber Shadow – January 26 – Xbox Game Pass

The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through the techno hordes, leap past traps, and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity. Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan’s ancient powers in Cyber Shadow, the quintessential Ninja Action game.

Dead Cells: Fatal Falls (DLC) – January 26

Dead Cells: Fatal Falls (DLC) – January 26

Take on two new levels and a boss as you … Read the rest