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SCEE ships Home beta invites en masse

Saturday, 29 November 2008 08:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Remember we told you SCEE put out 100,000 Home beta invites last week? Well, it didn’t actually happen. To cut a long story short, email problems meant the planned deluge was delayed.

Never more. Super-mod TedTheDog, speaking on the EU PS boards, has confirmed that everything’s now been sent.

In fact, we got an invite last night. Check your mail.

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31 Comments

  1. mart

    Nope, still not got one. Oh well!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Got one yesterday, and according to TedTheDog it’ll be in open beta before Xmas.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Cort

    I’m in the UK and got one last week. Strange.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gamoc

    I got one last week in the UK too, on Saturday morning.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    Anyone actually shocked how it’s not a pile of steaming shit?

    I was so down on it. And I am in a very closed out Beta, theres nothing to it, yet I can actually see it being useful, and I can play Echochrome for free!

    And Pool and Bowling with friends. It’s actually not that bad.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Gamoc

    No, you can’t play Echochrome for free, it’s completely different to the downloadable Echochrome, as far as I can tell.

    Regardless, the pool and bowling are good. I didn’t think it’d be bad anyway, but it’s got about the amount of content I expected for something in a closed beta.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Cort

    Um, but it’s still Echochrome.

    But glad to see others recognising that, as a Beta, it doesn’t have much – if not most – of what’s coming. FAR too many people talking as if this is it.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Gamoc

    I’m assuming that Sony will release a few game spaces when the open beta goes live.

    OH, and if any high-and-mighty admin-writer wants to post this small piece of news: Home was patched to 1.01 recently (not entirely sure which day, but I got it yesterday).

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Esha

    It’s nice to know that I back the right racing equines, as I’ve been supporting Home for what seems like forever and a bit, now (defending it from claims of shitty nothingness and even offensive software aplenty). As people are getting in though, more and more make it seem like it’s not as bad as the random flamers claimed, and more and more realise that content is yet to be added and that the game spaces could make it something really special (this is something I’ve been saying for months).

    It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who’s open-minded about this anymore, and that there actually are other peple who see that there’s a lot of raw potential in Home, and depending on how Sony tap that potential, it may very well be one of the better things that’s happened to the PS3. I feel vindicated by the new opinions though, and I can’t wait for the open beta and proper release to see just what changes.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    So what does it do that’s actually useful? That’s the thing I’ve always been a bit unclear on. The whole ‘wandering around dancing with strangers and playing mini-games’ thing is all they seem to concentrate on. Why do you need it?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Quiiick

    Yes, Esha, “Home” definitely has potential!
    I’m very much looking forward to experience this interface.
    Unfortunately I didn’t get a beta invite. :(

    The openness of what “home” is “actually useful” for seems to be intended.
    This service will change a lot over time, based on user input. It may not be that popular at launch but I’m confident that “Home” will evolve into something you don’t want to miss anymore.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Gamoc

    I like the idea of meeting with friends in Home, having a game of Pool, maybe dancing like morons, then launching straight into a game of Warhawk. That’s useful, if you ask me – oh, and seeing trailers and stuff is good too. I watched EGTV’s piece on LBP last week in the Home cinema place.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Syrok

    But it’s all in a very low resolution. I don’t understand why you would want to walk (or teleport) to a virtual cinema to watch a trailer or a short feature when you watch in better quality on your PC or download it.
    I don’t want to launch Home just to be able to move from game to game with the people on my friendslist, I want to this straight our of the XMB.
    I agree that it does has potential, but right now it’s just a virtual place of boredom and I have my doubts about it becoming the next big thing.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Gamoc

    The stuff in the cinema is a much higher quality than the stuff on the TVs dotted around the public spaces, I saw no problems with it. The stuff on the TVs outside isn’t great quality when you zoom the view in, though

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Michael O'Connor

    “I like the idea of meeting with friends in Home”

    Lets all stare at our laggy, slow loading avatars while chatting with our headsets and USB keyboards *after* we load up Home.

    “having a game of Pool”

    You’ll only be able to most of that stuff if they live in the same general continent / speak the same language as you. Access on Home is region specific, so you won’t be able to go to a public location with your European friends if you live in the US, for instance.

    “maybe dancing like morons”

    Animations that will get boring in five seconds.

    “then launching straight into a game of Warhawk.”

    Or… lord forbid, they could launch you straight into the game without having to first boot up Home, then leg into the servers, *then* invite you friends and *then* launch into the game.

    I don’t hate Home. I just think it’s existence is completely pointless. It’s just a gloried money-making advertising product, not that Sony would ever admit that.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Gamoc

    Know why they wouldn’t admit that? Because it isn’t. That’s why.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. David

    Gamoc home is an advertising product because its free to the user it has to make the money by offering up virtual space to company’s as advertising space.

    I don’t see the appeal of it and it seems to just complicate what other company’s have gotten perfect.

    NXE on 360 invite friends to party chat, load game up make a room invite everyone in the party chat to the room done and dusted. No other logins or loading required.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. morriss

    It had “shit” written all over it from the word go, really.

    But I’m more than interested in being proven wrong.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Gamoc

    …so, anything with advertisements should be ignored as crap because they have advertisements in them? VG247 has ads and is free, as do most other websites.

    Besides, Home = free. I wouldn’t complain.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    How can you prove someone whose just said something is “shit” period? You dont like it then dont use it, then again, seeing as its not on 360 i doubt you would have anyway.
    Seriously Morriss, being a games Journalist working on a multiplat site you could atleast TRY to hide your blantent hate for all things Sony.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Gamoc

    I’d also like to ask where the real ads are? There are trailers/posters for some games, sure, but it’s not like they’re advertising pampers.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Esha

    I find that Home is compared to NXE marginally depressing, too. It just means that people are seeing “chat with graphics” versus “chat with graphics”, and not considering anything beyond that.

    The most important point to consider with NXE’s stuffs is that those services must be paid for, whereas Home is free. I’m not a Gold subscriber, and I personally refuse to rent a console I just paid for. That’s like paying up the mortgage on a house and then having to pay rent to stay there.

    Before anyone jumps in with any poorly thought-out arguments against that statement; I will concede that I understand that servers are costly to run, and I can accept that online play from within games is something that can be tied to a subscription.

    But basic services which are supplied with the console should be free, but even something as basic as an avatar chat on NXE isn’t free, and I think that’s disgraceful. That’s my opinion, whomever is reading this can live with it or argue the toss over it, I don’t really care.

    So what’s the alternative of actually leasing a console out to people who’ve just bought it? Ads. The old XBox dash was filled with ads all over the bloody place anyway, despite the rent, but ads can serve to cover server costs. That’s a model that a good chunk of the Internet uses, including VG247.

    It’s also the model that Home puts to use.

    So let’s consider that the advertisements are but a vehicle that takes Home from potential to realisation. What we have left is a network in which people can socialise. People can also play social little mini-games, they can wander around the game-rooms together, and even hang out at virtual locales. This is much better than sending avatars to a rather nondescript lobby, in my opinion.

    And all of this is free.

    So I really think Home’s nifty, it’ll be great to meet up with my International friends on, and we’ll certainly have a laugh there. And I doubt any of us will have sticks up our butts about the ads, because we won’t be paying anything to be there. Eh?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Withnail

    If Home is full of ads, and that means Sony has no need to ever put ads in the XMB, then I like Home.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. GGCAN

    I love Home for being a great social networking system.

    They took away a couple of spaces when 1.0 update went in, but I’m sure when Home goes live they’ll be back again.

    Also think when Home does go live, there are going to be many things that aren’t currently in Home now; why spoil a surprise in the Beta and not leave it until all can join in.

    Remember as well, Sony said it’s going to be an ever evolving space and I think we’ll be seeing many things to come.

    It’s a good place to meet your other PS3 buddies, or new people with the same interest as you have and then start a chat session or game either in Home or outside of Home.

    Last week a group of us wanted to play Resistance 2 and couldn’t start it up in Home (maybe in the future this will be possible)…so we got out and met up for a great evening of R2.

    Sure, there are weird people in Home, but aren’t there these same weirdos in our Real world ?

    Don’t know about Syrok’s comment for low resolution, I find with the new update of Home that the resolution has greatly increased and it’s pretty high def on my TV.

    For me, it’s much better than trying to text my PS3 friends on the XMB and with the new Socom headset, chatting is really easy and FREE.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. No_PUDding

    Blerk, thats such a fallacy like breakign down games into the sum of it’s parts and criticising it on that basis.

    It’s just not the point.

    It’s fun, it’s entertainmenet, it’s not needed. And all the shit surrounding it, I genuinely (kind of) believed that when I launched Home a great big knitting needle was going to protrude from my TV screen and impale my left eye and the important parts of my brain.

    And it’s actually pretty fun, especially when there will be conventions in it, and when it’s got the gamespaces with extras and stuff. And the 2D element looks cool too.

    I agree I am not won over yet, by any means, it’s still basic, but it’s not eye/brain stabbingly bad. It’s actually quite good.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    Not sure how it could be eye-stabbingly bad. It’s not like you have to have anything to do with the thing.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Syrok

    You might have to if they decide to put features in that are quiet nice to have (ie to enter and exit games with a group of friends) but can’t be made used of unless you load up Home first and go through all the loading times of various areas, which really shouldn’t be as long as they are now.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Gamoc

    I do agree about loading times, though. They’re not long, but I want them shorter.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. GGCAN

    Psychotext….totally agree with you.

    Home is there…it’s an option….if you don’t like what you see…don’t use it….but let others that do appreciate another new application that just adds to the PS3 features.

    I think the women are gonna love it, especially if they shop at the Mall when the stores again have stuff to purchase.

    I heard one guys girlfriend was loving the Mall back in Sept of this year when you could get a few things for free from it.
    He said she never wanted anything to do with the PS3 until Home arrived and she saw the Mall.

    Like I mentioned before…it’s a good place to chat with others…I’m sure certain sessions like the Sony events may be streamed into Home in the future.

    I like the ability to talk to people all over the world (we could when we could region travel) and it’s all free…no long distance charges.
    I’d like to see the PS3 Eye incorporated into Home so we could have video as well (I know online poker (for the PS3) has it and you can have 8 video chats going in a game, so it has a possibility of being implemented into Home).

    There are so many great things that could be added to Home and I think all the users have to do, is ask and Sony will most likely see if it can be built.

    Remember though…Home will be free…but I’m pretty sure there will be costs for clothes, furniture, Clubs, etc…coming when it does go live.

    Keep those credit cards hidden from your girlfriend/wife. (ha ha).

    The loading times have greatly improved in the past few months…before it could take quite a while and many times you were booted off the system…now it’s much better…

    I’m willing to give it a chance for improvement.

    There’s been a lot of improvement in just the last couple of mths.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. sennasnit

    I got the Beta invite last thursday, i realise people will be critical, but it’s not finished yet hence the Beta. I’ve been on it quite a lot this weekend looking around playing pool and bowling, met some interesting people, played a sripped down version of echochrome and breakout. I think it will just get better and better. I have a feeling that the people who are down on it, have never used it. It’s the potential that interests me…

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Syrok

    Oh, I have used it, but there is just nothing that appeals to me and I agree that it can only get better, just like the economy of Zimbabwe. ;)

    #31 6 years ago

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    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]