Rumor: An Amazon Page Says Deus Ex: Human Revolution Is Heading to the Wii UA listing for a certain Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut has recently popped up on Amazon US. The Wii U-exclusive rerelease apparently has "a multitude of improvements, features and additional content" over the original game, along with the ability to use the Wii U Gamepad via a brand new augmentation, the Neural Hub. Features list below:

  • Ultimate Deus Ex: Human Revolution experience : take advantage of a multitude of improvements, features and additional content that bring this already critically-acclaimed adventure to whole new levels
  • Tap into the Wii U's GamePad true potential: Adam Jensen's newest augmentation, the Neural Hub, offers an immersive and empowering experience, right at the tips of your fingers
  • Absolute fusion of action and role-play: A unique combination of action-packed close-quarter takedowns and intense shooting, offering a vast array of augmentations and upgrades for the many weapons at your disposal
  • Multi-solution structure: Choose how to accomplish each mission using combat, hacking, stealth or social mode to create a customized experience to suit any gaming style
  • Diverse customization: Engage in combat and challenges utilizing deep, specialized character augmentations and weapon upgrades

The Amazon page advertises a price of $49.99, and a release date of May 7. We're contacting Square Enix for any comments, and will update this post if we get a response.

Update: Square Enix told us that they do not have a comment at this time.

DeusEx Human Revolution Director's Cut


This Teased Image Sure Looks Like Just Cause 3You know what game was a lot of fun? Just Cause 2. But as delightful as it was, it had more than its share of flaws. So, you know what game will probably be really fun? Just Cause 3. And this image shared by Avalanche head Christofer Sundberg on Instagram suuuure looks like a new Just Cause game.

Here's the full image:

This Teased Image Sure Looks Like Just Cause 3

That sure looks like a plane, and that guy sure looks like Rico Rodriguez.

Avalanche has several games in development at the moment; Kotaku's resident investigator Superannuation believes that one, code-named "Project Mamba," is likely a new Just Cause.

Sundberg recently tweeted another blurry image that also looked like a new Just Cause game, and this new airborne shot seems to reinforce that theory. His description of the image remains cryptic: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? #yearoftheavalanche #avalanchestudios."

First of all: No, it's not a bird. Yes, it's a plane! Well, or a blimp or something. But is this a shot of Just Cause 3? Or some other Avalanche game that simply has a very similar look? And if it is a new Just Cause, does it mean that Just Cause 3 might take place somewhere with a desert? That'd be cool by me. We may not know yet, but it seems likely that we'll find out soon.

Christofer Sundberg [Twitter via VG247]


These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come

Wednesday's PlayStation 4 event showed us what next-gen graphics are capable of, so if you had any doubts that game environments could grow even better looking and more detailed, they're probably now gone.

Cities and city skylines in general were always a perfect way to show how beautiful a game is, so we collected some huge and gorgeous cities from upcoming titles—and a few from recent memory as well.

SimCity (SimCity 2013)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: EA

Hengsha (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Deus Ex Wiki

Panau City (Just Cause 2)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Just Cause Wiki

Vekta City (Killzone: Shadow Fall)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Killzone.com

Chicago (Watch_Dogs)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Ubisoft

Los Angeles (LA Noire)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Rockstar

Los Santos (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: GTAGaming

Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto IV)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Rockstar

Liberty Dome NYC (Crysis 3)

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Crysis.com

And this is how it looked back then. The neon lights of Moonside in Earthbound are still pretty charming.

These City Skylines Prove Just How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come source: Starmen.net

You should submit your picks with visuals in the comments below!


Playing Hitman: Absolution professionally requires a lot of stealth and planning. You scope out the scene, and land your kills in such a fashion that no one will notice.

Playing Hitman: Absolution like—in timtimfed's video's words—an "idiot," however, doesn't require much planning at all. It just requires a trigger happy finger and maybe a chicken suit.

Watch the live action video to see one scene, played out in the two different methods. Then pick your favorite. I'll go with idiot, because: chicken suit.


I adore YouTube user Criken. I don't understand how he manages to break games the way he does. Here he is playing Hitman: Absolution, making me feel like I put too much effort into trying to be sneaky when apparently Hitman is more hilarious when you're sloppy about it.

I'll have to test this out next time I boot it up. Kirk Hamilton, who has actually beaten Absolution, assures me that the video isn't quite reflective of the game. Either way, it's flippin hilarious.


Hitman: Absolution Site Wants You To Threaten Your Friends With Really Tacky Insults [Update: Square Enix Apologizes] Look, it's already pretty clear that the folks at IO Interactive like a particularly adolescent style of joke-making, what with the closet-humping and all. But the latest effort at promoting the Square Enix published game invites you to fling their poor taste at your Facebook friends. It's pretty tacky.

As spotted on Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Hire Hitman is a site that hooks into your Facebook profile and lets you aim the series' lethal protagonist at your social network buddies. Not too bad so far, right? The icky stuff comes when you pick the reason you want Agent 47 to kill your friends' identifiable traits. In the drop down menu, nestled in with other rude observations, the selections include small genitals for men or small breasts for women. Classy, no?

Hitman: Absolution Site Wants You To Threaten Your Friends With Really Tacky Insults [Update: Square Enix Apologizes] Completing the selections generates a video that has the data you input popping up on Agent 47's laptop and pictures from your target's photo albums flit on-screen to represent flashes of their life passing before their eyes as they die.

Maybe you really like Hitman and want to get your friends to play it. Fine. But, it doesn't really seem like insulting them with bullying language is the way to go about it. And, sure, the defense might be that you and/or Square Enix are having a laugh in the spirit of their game. But the person on the receiving end might not be laughing at all.

Update: As of this writing, the Hire Hitman site appears to have been pulled down by Square Enix and previously generated hits redirect to the main Hitman homepage.

Update 2: Square Enix has sent along a statement that apologizes for their Hitman Facebook app:

Earlier today we launched an app based around Hitman: Absolution that allowed you to place virtual hits on your Facebook friends. Those hits would only be viewable by the recipient, and could only be sent to people who were confirmed friends.

We were wide of the mark with the app, and following feedback from the community we decided the best thing to do was remove it completely and quickly. This we've now done.

We're sorry for any offense caused by this.


Hitman: Absolution lets players don a variety of disguises. And now, one of those outfits is the Deus Ex suit. Because if you want to blend into a crowd, what better way to do that than with a futuristic body suit!

The suit not only offers Hitman's Agent 47 better protection, and the "Zenith" gun from Deus Ex is also available as DLC, completing the whole look. Both the Deus Ex Suit and the Deus Ex Zenith are available on Xbox Live for 80 Microsoft Points each and on the PlayStation Network and PC for US$1.00 a pop.

Why stop at Deus Ex, Square Enix? Surely, Agent 47 wants to dress as Final Fantasy characters or even Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.

Backhanded Box Quotes: 'I Wish They Would Do a HD Remake of Blood Money'Welcome back to "Backhanded Box Quotes," a collection of measured, thoughtful criticism from the user reviews of Metacritic.

Coming to the end of the year's major release calendar, we still have no shortage of righteous indignation and implacable disappointment in the world of user reviews.

Hitman: Absolution

Released: Nov. 20.

Critic: monkeylion (Metacritic)
"My first review was just with a couple of hours of gameplay, now after finishing the game I can tell you that there are 3 or 2 missions segments that are old classic hitman style, the others however suck, and suck bad."
Score: 2

Critic: Raphael Johnson (Amazon)
"I wish they would do a HD remake version of Blood money!"
Score: 3 stars

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Released: Nov. 18.

Critic: LesbianGoku (Metacritic)
"The campaign is dull and overscripted, the online is cheesy and full of 12 year olds screaming in the mic, and the game is still full of cheaters."
Score: 0

Critic: Ubifail (Metacritic)
"If CAPCOM did this Smash Bros clone, and made a small roster to sell DLC, you would have killed them. So WHY THE HELL would you support such a rip-off and distribute perfect 10's??? "
Score: 1 ("The '1' is for Nariko")

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2

Released: Nov. 18.

Critic: capthavic (Metacritic)
"I played for about 30 minutes before quitting because I was so mind numbingly bored with it."
Score: 3

Critic: wesker2012 (Metacritic)
"I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this game unless you want to be really pissed off."
Score: 0

Backhanded Box Quotes will be an occasional feature of Kotaku's Anger Management, unless it isn't.

Hitman: Absolution is, for the most part, a serious game. It's a great game. But there's definitely some lowbrow humor at work.

Kirk's not the biggest fan of the back-to-back, incessant appearance of nasty jokes. But, and maybe it's because I haven't actually played the game yet, I find it hilarious in Achievement Hunter's video above where they compile a bunch of "bromance" scenarios.

There's some cuddling, some hand-holding, and then some more rated-R-implied content.

I know, I know. It's like I'm five.


Far be it from me to only harp on Hitman: Absolution's less admirable qualities. The game is also frequently funny, and often very well-written. The overheard dialogue is often worth sticking around and listening to, and the crowd chatter is among the most convincing I've ever heard in a game. (The game itself is a lot of fun, too.)

I've cut together a few good examples of quality overheard dialogue (there are some slight location spoilers, but nothing huge), each of which demonstrate how much fun the writers and voice actors had with the material. I'm not sure what it takes to make a one-sided cell conversation sound so convincing (maybe you write the whole exchange, then leave half out?), but time and again, these writers pulled it off.


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