Bizarre Winnie the Pooh references, yelling by Treyarch's David Vondehaar about sniper etiquette, insider info as to the premise of Mass Effect 4 - our latest, now-on-sale issue has it all. But what it mostly has is exquisitely dressed face-murdering care of Hitman: Absolution, reviewed to the tune of nine body-filled dumpsters out of 10.
Deeper in, you'll find more thoughts on the ice-bound, robot-fixated Lost Planet 3, along with a verdict on Need for Speed: Most Wanted, a worthy alternative to this year's finest racing game, Forza Horizon. There are also sprawling guides to Halo 4 and Black Ops 2's respective multiplayer components (hence the yelling about sniper etiquette), and a mighty Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance preview which should give Devil May Cry the sweats. No pressure, Dante, but the competition's pretty handy with a blade.
Out back, there's a lengthy behind-the-scenes account of 10 heavyweight games that got stuck in development hell, including Sleeping Dogs, Bioshock, Alan Wake and (gasp) Halo: Combat Evolved. On the disc this month, demos for Resident Evil 6, Pro Evolution Soccer, cute RTS Age of Booty and Kinect star The Gunstringer, among other bountiful goodies.