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Eurogamer gives MGS4 8/10, IGN 9.9/10

Friday, 30 May 2008 09:37 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Oh Lord. It’s internet-snapping time. Eurogamer’s given Metal Gear Solid 4 8/10, which has a rather Halo-esque ring to it. The score’s in contrast to almost blanket top scores from other publications – including this 9.9/10 from IGN – and is already being twitched over in the review’s comments thread.

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51 Comments

  1. Tonka

    M8S4

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Eurogamer sure do love appearing at the bottom of Metacritic pages.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. patlike

    That’s a sure-fire interquake, right there.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Teh internets are going to go fucking crazy about that.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. mart

    Hehehe, you should see some of the emails we’re getting.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    I bet :)

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    The odd thing is I would have reviewed the game in exactly the same way. I love it and I hate it.

    I do notice that EG has now gone from “one of the best reviewers on the net” to “fanboy hacks” in a single review though. Strangely enough it seems to be ardent fans of the game who have had this sudden change of heart.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I think it’s stupidly difficult to review a game like MGS which is blatantly a love/hate title. There is no middle ground here – you either love MGS and can accept its faults and foibles, or you hate it and use those self-same faults and foibles to batter it. It’s a bit like Smash Bros.

    Ugh. Sorry. I said “Smash Bros”. Now I must shower.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Incidentally, I am generally ‘meh’ about EG reviews these days. There are so many different reviewers there’s no consistency any more. Back in the good old days when it was basically the editorial team doing them you knew where you were. Now you’ve basically got no idea, and (while we’re being frank) there have been too many eye-brow-raisingly controversial scores of late for my liking. It makes a man suspicious.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Tonka

    I’m tempted to barge in with a “( isn’t a bad score” comment at this moment. It really isn’t you know. If people could just realize that.

    But I guess everyone was expecting another 10.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    What amazes me most is that people are so quick to disagree with a score for a game they haven’t played.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. Tejstar

    But why was everyone expecting a 10? From everything I’ve read and seen, what does MGS4 do so radically different from its predecessors? I enjoy the MGS games a lot but imo the Eurogamer review seem fair to me. Too many people get worked up about scores, 8/10 is still a good score and won’t put me off buying it.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. rauper

    Blerk: Actually, we’ve deliberately reduced the number of freelancers on the site for that exact reason – to improve consistency and familiarity with the writers. If you do look at the writers of the reviews over the past couple of months they are all regulars…

    As for controversial scores, that’s your opinion. We’ve never just scored games the same as the metacritic average in order to please everyone all the time – nor do we make them “controversial” for the sake of it – it’s just sometimes a big game comes along like MGS4 that in our writer’s opinion maybe isn’t the 10/10 that everyone is expecting from the hype and suddenly we’re the bad guys :)

    #13 7 years ago
  14. Blerk

    I’m not saying I disagree with the review, by the way. There’s plenty of stuff wrong with the MGS series which would prevent me from giving it top marks. :-D

    It’s good to hear the number of reviewers is coming down. However, regardless of whether it’s “site policy” or not to make reviews controversial, I do sometimes wonder whether freelancers who have no real tie to the site in question deliberately make their reviews more controversial in order to draw attention to themselves and secure more work. I’d prefer it if you didn’t use them at all, tbh.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    Seems the reviewer set his viewpoint well in the second paragraph. It is that sort of game and if you do feel like that the score seems right. It’s actually how I feel about the series myself. So absolutely a perfectly valid review.

    What I think is more the point is EG choosing someone like that to review the title, and whether or not that was a conscious decision. As I’ve said previously I come here for my news first now. The reason being a over abundance of hit grabbing, flame fanning articles and news stories – which have had a terrible negative affect on the comment threads.

    #15 7 years ago
  16. rauper

    I’m not really sure what you mean by “someone like that” as Oli is one of the best writer’s we’ve got (and he’s not a freelancer btw) – http://www.eurogamer.net/archive.php?author=256

    #16 7 years ago
  17. Tonka

    Someone over at £G hit the nail on the head.
    8 is a great score for a marmite game.

    I would like to know how the MG series went from the gaming bliss that was MGS to marmite.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. ecu

    The recent Edge preview read like an 8/10 game, but I’m still really surprised. Not that it matters to me, I’m still going to buy it, but I’m still going to wait a few months. PS3 is STILL waiting for that brilliant exclusive.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. trav

    Well, its a better score than the last PS3 exclusive.

    #19 7 years ago
  20. Blerk

    It’s spreading! :-D

    http://tinyurl.com/57ocwk

    #20 7 years ago
  21. patlike

    Blimey.

    #21 7 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @Rauper
    It wasn’t meant as a detrimental comment about the reviewer – I share many of his views of the game series. Simply that as someone who has that view on the series he was always likely to give a more controversial score.

    #22 7 years ago
  23. patlike

    I honestly don’t think 8′s controversial, personally. I mean, it is a controversial score because it’s lower than everyone else, but opinion’s opinion. Surely 8 says anyone with a passing interest won’t be disappointed?

    #23 7 years ago
  24. Blerk

    The EG thread is like a special kind of brain-dead hell now. The number of people who think an 8 means a game’s shit is quite astonishing. IGN have a lot to answer for. :-D

    #24 7 years ago
  25. patlike

    If it’s not a 10 it’s rubbish, Blerk.

    #25 7 years ago
  26. Blerk

    Obviously. I won’t point out how many “5 or less” games I’ve really enjoyed in the past. :-)

    Equally amusing is the whole “omg MGS is shit PS3 is doomed!” thing, like a review score ever stopped anything that’s been super-hyped from selling. I’m looking at you, Haze! ;-)

    #26 7 years ago
  27. Psychotext

    Blerk: Haze is a different story. They shipped it before people could cancel their preorders. ;)

    #27 7 years ago
  28. absolutezero

    The Metal Gear series has faults, but is the actual game fun enough to get beyond those faults.

    GTA4 is filled with glitches niggles and the same boring progression of missions, its still fun enough that it got its 10.

    Thats my problem with the review. 1 rule for one game and because the reviewer has changed he might have a slightly different view of that rule.

    I also have to say that so much was riding on this game anything less than its being perfect was always going to be seen as a failure by idiots.

    #28 7 years ago
  29. klanger13

    I think what Rauper was asking was why the review was given to someone who wasn’t a fan of the series? To me it makes a lot of sense as that the way the review is a little more useful – most fans will probably buy it anyway. I’d actually like to see them do that more often. Some other sites even have ‘another take’ on the game along with it.

    #29 7 years ago
  30. Blerk

    I think there’s a lot of mileage in the ‘two points of view’ thing, one view for the fans, one view for everyone else. Trouble is, you can only have one score if you’re intent on making it into Metacritic. :-)

    #30 7 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    Yep two points of view is always good. I saw a review of the Sex in the City film with two scores the other day. For fans = 4/5 for everyone else = 1/5 :-D

    #31 7 years ago
  32. klanger13

    This isn’t aimed at Eurogamer by the way, but I suppose the only real problem with the ‘two points of view’ thing is that perhaps online games journalism attracts a certain type of game lover so there may be no contrasting opinion.

    I often think some of the Wii games have a hard time just because most of the online sites are run by gamers who perhaps aren’t really going to be into that type of game.

    Personally I think that some of the FPS scores are a little bit skewed but then thats just my personal opinion – not mentioning names for fear of flame war :)

    #32 7 years ago
  33. SplatteredHouse

    I read it as a review of a fantastic game, best of breed example, that did things which annoyed Oli. In no way, had the text been read, could you say that he snubbed the quality of the game, or seriously questioned the enjoyment you could get from it. I thought the review, and score were consistent, and the deductions, if you like, were more down to awkward decisions which didn’t sit well with the reviewer.

    If you can overlook the highlighted “flaws”, add one, if you were rampantly determined to get it anyway, then the review really isn’t going to prompt alarm bells, so go ahead and retain that preorder! :)

    #33 7 years ago
  34. morriss

    From what Olly actually said in the review – like you know, the words – I actually think the game will be brilliant. The issues he had with it, aren’t things I can see a hindrance for me personally.

    Anyway, I understand all the arguments, but ultimately it’s an editorial decision. If I was in charge (several reasons why I’m not) I would have given the job to the resident MGS fanboy , if he/she would have given an 8, then something’s definitely up. However, Olly isn’t the biggest fan of the series any, he explains that in the second paragraph, so his review should be read as such.

    #34 7 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    Morriss: Is there any real point in having a fanboy of the game review it? Unless it’s utterly dire it’s going to end up as a 10. I’d much rather someone who was neither here nor there on the franchise reviewing it.

    I’ve said it before, but if you’re a hardcore MGS fan then the reviews are utterly meaningless to you anyway.

    #35 7 years ago
  36. morriss

    Well yeah, because his/her expectations will be extremely high. Just because the word fanboy is mentioned, it doesn’t have to include the term, blinkered. I just mean a big fan of the MGS series.

    I mean, it’s part 4 of a series, of course it’s not going to be anything unbelievably new and different. Same with Halo 3, it’s high-def Halo, that’s it. GoW2 will be Gears of War and a few new bits. Marking stuff down for that seems a bit strange, but it’s Olly’s opinion and he’s entitled to it.

    #36 7 years ago
  37. Shatner

    I’m reminded of the fallout that Zelda: Twilight Princess got following Gamespot’s 8.8 review.

    Holy crap, that was funny.

    I’ve just imported a Dualshock 3 in anticipation of this title. I love the MGS games. I’m actually quite disappointed the cut-scenes aren’t 100+ minutes yet. Maybe MGS5 will rectify this oversight.

    #37 7 years ago
  38. Elandyll

    Speaking to the people of Eurogamer if they happen to see this, it really was -not- smart to give the MGS4 review to a MGS hater.
    I think people will clearly see where it’s at, just by the end of the review:
    “It’s a crying shame, given how many genuinely classic gaming moments there are here, given the countless exquisite creative touches, but Metal Gear Solid 4 is its own worst enemy. You could not ask for a funnier, cleverer, more ambitious or inspired or over-the-top conclusion to the Metal Gear Solid series, but it’s definitely time to move on.
    We love you, Snake. Don’t come back. ”

    Clearly the game is excellent, from the produciton values to the settings, gameplay and story, but it’s MGS, and would at the very least get a 9/10, but the guy just can’t bear MGS…

    For the record I have never played a MGS in my life, but given the great reviews the game is getting all accross (ranging from 9.6 to 10/10), I am def. thinking of getting MGS4.

    #38 7 years ago
  39. patlike

    Shatner: mart actually bought a PS3 to play it earlier today. It’s the platform-driving dream made real.

    #39 7 years ago
  40. Psychotext

    Elandyll: MGS hater? Don’t you think that’s just a tad strong?

    I really like MGS games and I don’t want to see Snake come back either. Enough is enough.

    #40 7 years ago
  41. morriss

    Pat: It’s also pretty much the sole reason why I haven’t sold mine.

    #41 7 years ago
  42. Truk

    1000+ in the comments thread. Has anyone dared read any of it?

    #42 7 years ago
  43. morriss

    We’ve only got 958 posts to go to match it! Come on, chaps! Who’s with me?!

    EGbiasedlol etc. etc.

    #43 7 years ago
  44. Nugent

    I don’t know why everyone is/was expecting perfect scores across the board. Metal Gear doesn’t appeal to everyone, period. Heck, I like Metal Gear but haven’t played through all of the ones I’ve bought because I get bogged down by slow portions and then never get back to them.

    The odd thing about the EG review is that its extremely negative; it can’t say anything positive without following it up with something negative. Yet the game still gets an 8/10, which is a good score. The odd thing about the IGN review is that it doesn’t actually say much about the game, but just goes on about how great the game is. Its not really a review, more of a statement.

    #44 7 years ago
  45. Tonka

    The only one who could have anything to gain from a review written by a fan is another fan. For someone on the fence it wouldn’t mean much.

    I find this to be a problem with a lot of gaming reviews. They are tinted by the reviewers awe of Japanese music composer X or character designer Y.

    So to read the words “Then there are those – this reviewer included – for whom Metal Gear Solid is a love it and hate it proposition.” fealt great.

    #45 7 years ago
  46. morriss

    I agree to an extent, he set his stall out from the start, you knew that he wasn’t the series’ biggest fan.

    Again however, the overwhelming majority of people that will be buying the games are fans: it’s MGS number ’4′.

    #46 7 years ago
  47. OrphanageExplosion

    I don’t see the problem with the review. I like to play games, not watch them. I like games with a decent storyline – this apparently doesn’t have a very good one. So why should it automatically get 10/10 then?

    #47 7 years ago
  48. morriss

    I don’t think anyone is saying is should get 10/10.

    #48 7 years ago
  49. OrphanageExplosion

    Well they are… on the basis of what other games – eg GTAIV – scored. And what everyone else is apparently scoring it at.

    Personally I don’t care. I thought MGS was staggeringly good, but find Kojima’s obsession with really crap story-telling to have been the downfall of MGS2.

    #49 7 years ago
  50. morriss

    I mean, no-one ‘on here’ is saying it should have got 10/10. We haven’t played it.

    #50 7 years ago
  51. Psychotext

    No, on reflection… not upset. Perhaps just not pleased.

    #51 7 years ago

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  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]