Ubisoft breaks cover and reveals its variety show of a stealth
Developer: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Red Storm
Format: Xbox 360. PS3
Origin: France, US
According to Ubisoft Paris level designer Florent Guillaume, the process of making Ghost Recon: Future Soldier “was an interesting way to work. There was lots of prototyping, with levels like gameplay blocks we could rearrange.” The truth of his words becomes evident in our hands-on session with the singleplayer campaign: no two missions feel the same, and the most polarised, and gripping, of those we dip into are opposites in both pace and structure.
The first is a manic shootout through the streets of Peshawar, Pakistan. With traffic at a standstill, you and your three fellow Ghosts need to push through a miniature army of enemy soldiers and panicked oncoming civilians to reach the other end of the main street. Vehicles can be used for cover, but the aggressive enemies, many wielding shotguns and hellbent on close-range kills, mean that you have to keep your blind spots under careful observation. The best strategy, then, is to make use of your gadgetry. Throw a drone up into the air (selected with the D-pad and launched like a grenade with a tap of the left bumper) and you can scan the area ahead for hostiles. Its elevation needs to be controlled via triggers to avoid detection, but once you have the enemy in your sights a press of the right bumper can tag up to four units for your squadmates to prioritise or eliminate simultaneously on your command.
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Can we abilities redeem a different breed of Agent 47 for series fans?
The mission is simple: rescue a young girl from an orphanage that’s been overrun by violent, masked mercenaries. But when a representative from IO Interactive plays through this level twice in order to demonstrate the breadth of strategy that Hitman: Absolution will offer, the pair of approaches we see couldn’t be more distinct.
The first time around, Agent 47 creeps and skulks through the orphanage’s blood-stained halls, sticking to cover, crawling through air vents, and taking care to avoid being spotted by making timely dashes from point to point. Eventually, 47 quietly subdues a guard and hides the body ir. a laundry bin, stealing his outfit in order to walk among the rest of the hired killers undetected.
The second playthiough, however, is carnage. Where before guards were overcome with sleeper holds, now necks are snapped and bones are broken in savage takedowns. The stealthy 47 improvised his way from room to room, throwing toys to distract his foes, and borrowing syringe-based sedatives found in the medical wing. His violent alter ego is equally happy to make use of items left lying around, but it’s the fire axe he seems to prefer. Previous titles saw 47 fumble up close — at least when he wasn’t attacking from behind — but melee combat in Absolution does a better job of preserving its star’s proficiency. There’s a hint of QTE about the takedowns, though, with split-second slowdown telegraphing when it’s time for you to land the next blow.
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Hey there… my name is Shawna, and as a girl who’s been with both guys and girls, I can tell you 2 facts I know about sex that are totally true:
1. Women instinctively know the spots on another girl’s body to touch – and how to touch them – to make her feel INCREDIBLE
2. When a MAN knows these same spots and how to touch them… it feels even better!
But here’s the problem…
Most Men Don’t Have The First Clue
About How To Touch A Woman…
Have you ever been with a woman and worried she may have been disappointed with your performance or that her last lover was better in bed than you are?
If so, you’re not alone. Do you know the biggest reason why women cheat on their partners? It’s very simple…
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He wants a gym—a serious one where nobody’s socializing, serious athletes dot the landscape, and everyone’s moving with purpose. And god forbid there’s a Shake Weight anywhere in sight. “I hate when people go to the gym and do the same routine,” says Chmerkovskiy, a former competitive dancer. “You are lying to yourself.”
It’s a few days before Christmas, and Chmerkovskiy is eyeing the equipment at Peak Performance, a spartan, no-frills operation in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. It’s his kind of gym—there’s even a rottweiler patrolling the office—and he’s eager to break a sweat. “This is great,” he says, watching a gym patron push a weighted sled. Chmerkovskiy is ready to move hard. He occasionally fusses and musses his thick black hair. His beard is a perfect 5 o’clock shadow.
Picking his way through Peak’s offerings, he points out a heavy rope. “These burn your back, your arms, your shoulders, the whole thing.” He moves to a machine that mimics running with resistance. “Working out your legs is very important,” he says. “Our style is Latin, so it’s explosive. We don’t go at the same pace for a long period of time. You could run 10 miles a day but jive for a minute and you’re dead.”
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You can hit the gym religiously or even be a pro athlete making millions off your fitness and still have a belly. It means something’s gone wrong in your training and diet. Four of the biggest factors likely limiting your progress:
1/You always do the same workout
• If you’re not switching your routine every three to four weeks, your body will get used to what you’re doing, and the workout that was once effective will start burning fewer and fewer calories. To avoid that trap, make sure your workout is constantly evolving-try to change one variable, like the intensity or duration, each time you head into the weight room.
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Limited time for the gym? Here’s how to make the most of it.
FIND AN EMPTY MACHINE
Don’t worry if it’s not your favorite type of cardio. You won’t be there long. Instead of slogging away on one machine for your entire workout, your new goal is to rotate among three to four different options, hitting each as hard as possible and keeping your rest period between machines as short as possible.
WORK UP A SWEAT
Do a two-minute warm-up on the first machine, then your first five-minute set. work as hard as you can-imagine a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest, and aim for a 7 or 8. When your five minutes are over, jump to another apparatus for five more minutes, and then another, and so on. After your final five minutes, do a two- to three-minute additional cooldown.
HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
Somebody snag the empty StairMaster you had your eye on? Grab a jump rope instead and spend five minutes with it. You’ll burn just as many calories (or more) without having to fight for space.
Join the elite with these three tough-as-nails, fat-burning routines BY ADAM BIBLE
When soft and plump high school kids who just signed their lives over to the military are weeks away from a punishing boot camp, they turn to Stew Smith, C.S.C.S., former Navy SEAL, BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) trainer, and author of The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness. Besides helping forge new warriors and getting our most elite war fighters combat-ready, Smith also trains FBI agents and SWAT teams. He knows tough, and he knows fitness. We asked him for three quick routines you can do at the gym, in your home, or outside in the park for the ultimate in real boot camp training. Get strong, get lean, get some.
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Work your whole body fast with just dumbbells
• if you’ve got a set of dumbbells at home, or a wall-length rack at your gym, you can get in and out fast with this routine. You can use the same pair of dumbbells for every exercise.
Perform the exercises as a circuit. Do one set of each without rest in between. Afterward, rest one minute, then repeat for three total circuits.
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