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Review: ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’

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At a glance, “Horizon: Zero Dawn” bears a striking resemblance to any number of open-world action games on the market.

The influences are hard to miss, whether it’s the post-apocalyptic world reclaimed by nature (“Fallout”), the protagonist’s ability to see things in the world undetectable to the naked eye thanks to the aid of technology (Rocksteady’s “Batman” series), or how large sections of the game map are revealed by platforming to the top of a tall structure (“Far Cry”).

But look closer and you’ll find a game that, while familiar, succeeds in forging its own path. “Horizon: Zero Dawn” isn’t just another open-world game, it’s one of the best games of any genre I’ve had the pleasure of playing.

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‘Hitman’ season premiere trailer arrives

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Publisher Square-Enix and developer Io-Interactive today have given gamers a fresh look at “Hitman” with the season premiere trailer.

With the first episode launching in just over a week, the new trailer highlights several locations from both the prologue and the first two episodes. A total of six episodes are planned for 2016, with the first arriving March 11.

The recently conducted beta showcased much-improved visuals and the return of the classic open-ended “Hitman” gameplay that has made the series such a success with players. The beta was a welcome return for Agent 47 and certainly whet my appetite for the full version.

“Hitman” is releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. For more information on the game, visit the official “Hitman” website.

‘Uncharted 4’ delayed

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PlayStation 4 owners will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on Nathan Drake’s latest adventure.

SCEA President Shawn Layden announced Tuesday on the PlayStation Blog that “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” will now release two weeks later than expected. Layden says the delay is to allow for additional manufacturing time, which makes sense considering “Uncharted 4” is likely to be one of the hottest-selling PS4 titles of the year.

“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” will now launch May 10.

In related news, an open multiplayer beta for “Uncharted 4” will run March 4-6.