Forza 3 reviews go live, all looking rosy

Thursday, 8 October 2009 09:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt


The first Forza 3 reviews are now live, and it’s all looking pretty safe if you were thinking of investing.

Today’s the embargo deadline for reviews of the Turn 10 racer, so we’ll keep adding them as we go along. If you’ve got one you want us to flag up, just stick a link in the comments.

The game’s out on October 23.


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  1. sel

    Here’s ours ( 9.5 / 10

    #1 5 years ago
  2. lk

    because god know we need more reviews written with a self-admitted fanboy slant.
    thanks for that, sel.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    17/20 from

    #3 5 years ago
  4. CrashOberbreit

    By the way here’s yet another interview with producer Dan Greenawalt which went live today too:

    #4 5 years ago
  5. sel

    Don’t want to derail the topic, but:

    “self-admitted fanboy slant”

    What kind of self-admitted fanboy slant, dear Sir? Like when then reviewer admits that he’s a Gran Turismo fan by heart? It hardly registers as a slant in a (positive) Forza review, I suppose.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. JCC : 5/5

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    First 10, there.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. lk

    well someone still owes me an explanation for the fact that a car racing sim with worse looking cars and lower resolution than 2 year old GT5P, no night races, questionable handling, not so hot damage modeling and no weather effects can get nigh perfect scores.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Dannybuoy

    GT5 take note of that career mode. I still think GT5 will be better than this.. or at least I hope it will.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext : 10 / 10 :

    360 Achievements : 9.3 / 10 : : 9 / 10 :

    “First 10, there.”

    Other than the G4 one you posted. :P (Pat needs more sleep)

    @ik: Gameplay, customisation and online modes. If you stop to read some of the reviews you can see exactly what people are praising it for.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    Ah, you see. A 5/5 isn’t a 10/10. There’s a clear difference. In my head, anyway ;)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Your head is broken. :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    You’d be amazed at the endless arguments that go on in editorial teams about scoring systems. Is 5/5 the same as 100%? Why mark out of 20 instead of 10?


    #13 5 years ago

    well someone still owes me an explanation for the fact that a car racing sim with worse looking cars and lower resolution than 2 year old GT5P, no night races, questionable handling, not so hot damage modeling and no weather effects can get nigh perfect scores.

    No one owes you anything.

    If you don’t like the game, don’t buy it.

    #14 5 years ago

    5/5 is marked as a 10 on Metacritic though…

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    I always like the 10 / 10 (or 5 / 5) ones because you can argue that a game really got 9.6 / 10 (or whatever) then got rounded so as to avoid the “100% = perfect game” discussions. :)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    “well someone still owes me an explanation for the fact that a car racing sim with worse looking cars and lower resolution than 2 year old GT5P”

    Wrong. It looks much better than GT5:P and also doesnt tear like a bastard.

    “no night races”

    Which really have a significant effect on a race game, right? Wrong.

    “questionable handling”

    You meant to say ‘The best handling model of any console racer by a significant margin’.

    “not so hot damage modeling”

    Visual portion only. Damage still has the appropriate effect on performance.

    ‘and no weather effects’

    Weather would be nice, I’ll admit.

    It gets the scores it does because it’s a superb racing sim. It looks beautiful and more importantly it plays even better than it looks.

    Gran Turismo scores on looks alone, because frankly every GT since GT3 has been just a reskin. GT5:P and I expect GT5 are last-gen games with nice graphics.

    They are the games that don’t deserve good scores.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. lk

    No one owes you anything.

    figure of speech, jeez.

    Oh well, guess I’ll have to try it myself eventually if it really is as good as everyone says it is. Demo didn’t do much for me, but I guess it was missing the customisation and online modes.

    If you don’t like the game, don’t buy it.

    way to jump to conclusions.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. lk

    Gadzooks: for what it’s worth, I am not too hot on GT5(P) either, but I did enjoy it a tad more than the Forza 3 demo, especially graphically. I clearly see and admit that Forza 3 seems to have the nicer tracks, but I think if it comes to cars, GT5 simply can’t be beat.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    Worse looking cars but better looking everything else.

    Lower resolution but a much more consistent 60fps and none of the notable screen tearing from GT5P

    Questionable handling? Are you questioning why you wheels don’t squeal like a piggie at every single corner like in GT?

    Not so hot damage modelling? Well it’s got one for a start. It’s more about how it affects the car than the visual damage. Visually it looks similar to what we have seen of GT5.

    I did like the GT series, I bought and played GT5P. In terms of pure car porn GT is still the king, but in just about every other are Forza has overtaken it. That and the simple facts below …

    GT4 (2004)
    Forza (2005)
    Forza 2 (2007)
    Forza 3 (2009)
    GT5 (2010)

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    Joy… it’s going to turn into another one of those comments sections.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. RoarrrUK

    My car is better than your car so there..

    Why does it always break out into GT vs FM3, every site is suffering from it.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    Because system warriors are idiots.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. lk

    Same reason why Resistance 2 was constantly compared to Gears 2, same reason that Killzone was supposed to be the Halo killer.

    We’re lucky there’s no Gears coming out this year, otherwise the Uncharted 2 posts/threads would be… wow, I can’t even fathom how bad.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Gadzooks!


    For the simple reason that PS3 owners are a very hurt bunch of people, having had their beloved platform fall from an unassailable lead to a firm last place, and feel the need to lash out at everything that isnt PS3 related, and naturally people will defend the things they enjoy when challenged.

    Someone says to me ‘GT is better then Forza’ in a Forza thread and I’ll list the facts that prove them wrong. Simple.

    These assholes know when they are deliberately provoking. There’s a time and place to discuss things with like-minded people, and it isnt in the review thread of a competitor product.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. bobbymington

    I played the demo, which had a default difficulty of easy, so i thought i’d wack it on medium for my first play of the demo……the bloody auto braking is turned on on medium, i couldn’t believe it!! what has happened to the world, when you play a racing simulator on medium difficulty and you don’t even have to brake. This saddens me.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    To add to that, go look through the latest 360 and PS3 exclusive news threads. You will see a lot of PS3 tard comments in the 360 threads and surprisingly few unpleasant comments in PS3 threads.

    It’s a small cross-section of the console owner demographic I know but, and yes this is a bit of a generalisation, PS3 owners are without doubt the most vocal, aggressive and downright stupid of the internet mobs.

    It’s partly because of this contemptable fanbase that I am steering clear of PS3 ownership as I like to be involved in the online community.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Gadzooks!


    For best results: Set to ‘hard’, adjust AI level to required difficulty, disable traction control.

    #28 5 years ago

    Can you not just have it on medium and turn auto-braking off?

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    Hey Gadzooks… you’re making an already shit situation worse. If you want to rant about PS3 owners, try the forums.

    @GHz: You can change as many settings as you want. You can have medium AI and all assists off (or on) if you like.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    Forza 3 seems to be taking a step towards greater accessibility this time round. See rewind option. However in a driving sim braking is one of the trickiest parts to master. It’s not auto-braking on normal, but braking assist I would guess, so you still have to hit it at round about the right time. As long as the options are there then it doesn’t make much difference to me.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. RoarrrUK

    No problem, it was kind of a rhetoric question but badly put. Not sure you can claim which side of the two evils are worse, i’ve seen equal rubbish from both parties. But hey lets not argue about that either. :)

    @on topic
    I used to own a 360 but sold after purchase of a top end pc and still have a ps3. FM3 and the new episode of GTA IV are tempting. I shouldn’t have sold the thing tbh.

    Does the camera in FM3 remain static? I’ve played a lot of NFS shift and GTR evolution and in both cases it adds a lot of immersion (nfs shift is overkill though).

    #32 5 years ago

    Does the camera in FM3 remain static? I’ve played a lot of NFS shift and GTR evolution and in both cases it adds a lot of immersion (nfs shift is overkill though).

    There certainly isn’t much noticable camera shake. Certainly nothing like you get in NFSS (which I think gives it the most immersive in car experience of any racing game yet, btw).

    IGN US has a video review with loads of in car views if you want to see how it looks first hand.

    #33 5 years ago

    Good comparison of in car views here:

    #34 5 years ago
  35. RoarrrUK

    thanks. I should have said in-car camera. I’ve looked at a fair few fm3 videos to date (gamersyde in particular), seems to be some movement. but I guess I’ll have a look at some video reviews this evening.

    NFS:S while compltely frustrating in handling (veyron, carrera gt etc are so bouncy it’s not funny) but I agree that some elements add a great deal of immersion which if you get used to, cause a flat feeling elsewhere. Though NFS:S used too much blur imo.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Gekidami


    Coming from you Gadzooks the irony is deadly.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. davidkenobi review is laughy

    #37 5 years ago
  38. DrDamn

    I’m a big fan of the immersion in NfSShift and thought Forza 3 would leave me cold as a result. From demo play I’d say they’ve certainly worked on this area, it moves around a bit more than Forza 2 and as such feels a lot more lively. Even the slower cars have a more immersive feel to them.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. No_PUDding

    I wanted to post some sense to the first kind of fanboy post here….

    But it seems worthless now.

    Just recognise that Forza does things differently to Gran Turismo. It’s just different. And it’s great by the sounds of it. It’s a much more Western experience. Taking the some difficulty and frustration out of the experience, and streaminglining it. Also highlighting user expression.

    It’s not worth comparign it to GT5 right now, becuase a bit of competition might have chnaged their tactics, but goign by older GT’s, it’s a much more archaic and Japanese experience. Highlights on the looks, the car library, the collect-a-thon.

    Neither has more of a highlight on the ‘sim’ aspect, they just do it differently.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. lk

    I shouldn’t have sold the thing tbh.

    selling a 360 is downright crazy. you just KNOW microsoft is going to do something amazing or reel in an awesome exclusive. that’s what endless money does.

    also, points. never forget the points.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Patrick Garratt

    GameReactor’s given it a 7.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    “You just KNOW microsoft is going to do something amazing or reel in an awesome exclusive.”

    Like what?

    #42 5 years ago
  43. DrDamn

    I think given his previous post the latest one from lk was dripping with sarcasm. It does highlight a key differentiator between MS & Sony approaches this generation though. MS has bought in a lot of exclusives, Sony concentrated on internal development. Very different approaches but arguably in sales terms MS has worked best so far. Sony’s may well reap more benefits longer term. Sony also went for a lot of new IP and neglected big franchises it should have been more focused on. Going for new IP is laudable but they should have ensured the big hitters like God of War and GT were out last year at the latest.

    I think given the difficulties in getting the most out of the PS3 the Sony approach was possibly the best for them though. Assuming there is a lot of collaboration and communication between the internal teams.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. lk

    More Halo. Splinter Cell. Alan Wake. Gears 3?

    #44 5 years ago
  45. lk

    DrDamn, can I still love my 360 why being a bit skeptical about Forza 3?

    #45 5 years ago
  46. lk

    MS has bought in a lot of exclusives

    I would say funded, rather than bought. I think that due to the relative ease to make nice looking games on the 360, a lot of studios can spend that money on things they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford. Hell, everyone should be somewhat thankful for MS throwing all that money around. Who knows if we had a PS3 version of Fallout 3 if it wasn’t for the moneyhats Bethesda got to release the DLC on 360 first.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Gadzooks!


    Go do your weak trolling at GAF. They like your single-digit braincell ‘wit’ there.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. lk

    and I always thought GAF was the place for the cool kids…

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Gekidami

    “Lot of studios can spend that money on things they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.”

    Yep like PS3 versions If rumours are anything to go by.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Gekidami

    Atleast my trolling has wit Gadzooks, unlike the ignorant things you say.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. lk

    Gekidami: that’s pretty much what I was implying ;)

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Psychotext

    Another foreign one:


    #52 5 years ago
  53. lk

    sel: I just wanted to drop a quick apology, I did skim your article a little too fast it seems. something about forza 3 just gets my blood boiling. must be dan greenawalt. >:(

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Psychotext

    C&VG 9/10 :

    #54 5 years ago
  55. sel

    lk: no problem, mate.

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Gadzooks!


    “Atleast my trolling has wit”.

    Ironically that’s the first funny thing you’ve said.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Quiiick

    #57 5 years ago
  58. DrDamn

    Fair enough I just thought it sounded sarcastic :)

    RE: Funded/Bought. Essentially the same but I take your point.

    #58 5 years ago
  59. awesome_gamer

    why would anyone put GameReactor review? when it’s a site created by one of Sony’s employee named Wollan, who used to be a viral on NeoGAF Boards.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. Psychotext

    Not everyone knows the history of everything you know. :P

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Psychotext

    Related to the game… just saw these smoking hot designs done by m0dus over at Neogaf:

    I can’t wait to see the variety of madness we’ll get when the game gets released. :D

    #61 5 years ago
  62. Jadeskye

    Why do people hate forza? XD it’s a good game!

    #62 5 years ago
  63. Psychotext

    A late one…

    1UP : A-

    Who knows when EG will get theirs done. Also looking forward to seeing the SimHQ review.

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Patrick Garratt


    #64 5 years ago
  65. JonFE

    Eurogamer’s review is finally up (better late than never): 9/10

    #65 5 years ago

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  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • 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! — 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 […]

  • 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 […]