Another issue! Of OXM! Is on! Shelves! Now! And it's the best thing we've published since the last thing we published, which was better than the one before and so forth. Assassin's Creed 3 is our latest cover game, and the latest preview explores it from top to bottom. Expect glaciers, raging sea battles, QTE bear-wrestling, Tea Parties, a trip round Connor's expandable, upgradeable Homestead, convoy massacres, Wolfpack mode and Happy-Fun Times with Tomahawks. There's more than one way to skin a wild cat. Turns out there's more than one way to axe somebody in the kisser, too.
Further in, there's another ma-hoosive breakdown of Far Cry 3, in which Log skins a Komodo dragon, breathes hallucinogenic fumes and learns to cook a grenade like a heron. Over on page 76, Matt goes all Choose Your Own Adventure on two new scenarios from Hitman: Absolution - the Terminus Hotel and the Vixen Club. No, not as in foxes, unless by "fox" you mean "scantily clad lady". It's a glistening, gaudy and hyper-violent experience however you approach it. Like to do your killing in company? Skip back to page 44 and my preview of Insomniac's four-player B-movie shooter Fuse, the only shooter I've played where you can turn somebody's ribcage into a quantum singularity.
On the features front, Matt's talks up the all-importance of free-to-play gaming (and more specifically, Defense of the Ancients), stalwart part-timer Alice Scoble-Rees looks into Bungie's Xbox-exclusive Destiny project, and Nathan Meunier explains who exactly does what in videogames development, from art directors to public relations managers. Scope for much stroking of chins there.
On this month's disc? Playable demos for Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, Modern Warfare 3 and Wreckateer, plus some Joe Danger Gamerpics and video interviews with the minds behind Star Wars 1313. You can buy a physical copy online with free postage, download a copy for iPad from Apple Newsstand, or nab an Android-friendly version from Zinio. Enjoy.