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    Our first full week back at the helm threw up a number of interesting little tidbits for us all to get stuck into. In terms of news, the first reveal of XCOM: Enemy Unknown screenshots generated far more questions than they answered, while the UKIE provided us with some interesting trivia knowledge by releasing a list of the UK’s best-selling games of 2011 (shock: Modern Warfare 3 was top).
    In terms of ‘proper’ features, the review season has still yet to kick in which meant Choplifter HD and Steel Armor: Blaze of War were our ‘headline’ critiques this week. Tim and Peter, respectively, took charge of their dissection – both coming away with a feeling of mediocrity. 
    Expect a lot more review action come end of Januaury and throughout February. To make up for that delay we’ve provided an interview with Hitman: Absolution’s game director, who explains the how and why of the changes to Agent 47’s latest outing, as well as a sounding off by Peter about which settings/envronment he’d like to see used a future game.
    Everything you need to know about the week of 9-15 January 2012 is below. Enjoy!
    Image above taken from XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
    Features

    Getting shot down in Choplifter HD [Review]
    Tactical tanking in Steel Armor: Blaze of War [Review]
    Hitman’s gameplay is changing with Hitman: Absolution, here’s why [Interview]
    Ten settings/environments deserving of a great game [Feature]

    News

    First X-Com: Enemy Unknown images released
    Full list of 2011’s best-selling games
    The week’s releases [09/01/12]
    IAA Nominations fronted by Uncharted 3 and Portal 2
    Call of Duty: Black Ops was most played game over Xbox Live in 2011
    Star Wars: The Old Republic patch 1.1 adds new content and fixes bugs
    Fifa 12 tops the first UK chart listing of 2012
    Fallout MMO rights returned to Bethesda
    Diablo 3 coming to consoles, confirmed
    Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is coming to the PC
    EA hit target of $1 billion a year from digital revenue
    Stalker 2 is still in development
    First major Star Wars: The Old Republic update due next week
    Arkham City, Skyrim and World of Goo were 2011’s best reviewed games

    Paul Younger
    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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