Digital Foundry: 360 FFXIII is “a lot worse than it should have been”

Friday, 5 March 2010 00:53 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter has properly stuck right into Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360, saying the PS3 version is the flavour of the day.

In the latest Eurogamer face-off, the results went like this:

“The rumours are true. Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 isn’t anywhere near as impressive as it is on PlayStation 3. The real kicker is that it’s a lot worse than it should have been.

“Square Enix’s latest epic – 4.5 years in the making – follows on the basic principles established by all of its PlayStation predecessors in combining an excellent 3D engine along with vast amounts of pre-rendered CG. This presented two very difficult issues for the developers tasked with porting an already mature PS3 work-in-progress over to the Xbox 360.

The article further adds at the end:

“So, occasionally fine, sometimes grim: a statement that effectively sums up how much of Final Fantasy XIII looks on Xbox 360 when compared to the PlayStation 3 game, meaning that if you own both consoles, there really is only one choice when it comes to the purchasing decision.”

Ouch. Loads more on it through the link.

Final Fantasy XIII is out on Tuesday in a US/EU sim-ship for PS3 and 360. Reviews are starting to flood in: get them here.


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  1. Razor

    S-E may as well just keep future FF games on PS3.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Bleak Harvest

    Youch. It’ll still outsell it, though.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DJ Deathstar

    Prob doesn’t helping porting a game already far into development

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Michael O’Connor

    The fact that these barely-different comparison are even *done* is just sad – it’s little more than fanboy pandering.

    The game looks so astounding that the difference in resolution is completely insignificant to the overall experience.

    “S-E may as well just keep future FF games on PS3.”

    People will enjoy the game on whatever console they own. It gives the consumer more choice, and considering that neither console dominates the market any more than the other, it is a completely rational thing to do to release this on both formats.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Alakratt

    Amazing, when DF say that a PS3 port is horrible, everybody says they’re right and that the PS3 is shit bla bla bla. But, when the heavens open up, and God comes down from the sky, and DF say otherwise…it doesn’t matter, comparisons are useless, bla bla….You gotta love the xbots…

    TEA come here quick, I might need back up!!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Retroid

    Bollocks to “not noticing”. I’m pretty damned certain I’d notice the difference between 1024×576 upscaled to 720 (and then upscaled again to 1080p) and 1280×720 upscaled to 1080p on my 43″ screen.

    Not to mention the rubbish re-encoding they’ve apparently done on the video.

    I’d prefer to know which version of a game to get. It’s that simple.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Michael O’Connor

    @ Alaktratt

    I’ve *always* considered these tests pointless, regardless of format.

    Go back to the days of the PS1 versus the Dreamcast, or PS2 versus Xbox, of better yet, go back the Commodore vs. Amstrad vs. Spectrum. At least with those consoles there were actual glaring differences between the formats, instead of the naval-fluff pickings these tests are based off of.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Retroid

    At least Spectrum & C64 owners could unite in their derision of CPC owners.


    #8 5 years ago
  9. Razor

    Alakratt, it’s more about people now suddenly acknowledging reasons why the 360 version is inferior, which have never counted for a poor PS3 conversion.

    Now, all of a sudden, the fact FFXIII was led on the PS3 is acknowledged as a factor, when I’ve seen countless comparisons whereby the fact a game was led on the 360 means nothing as to why games look inferior on the PS3.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Michael O’Connor

    “At least Spectrum & C64 owners could unite in their derision of CPC owners.”

    Pfffff, whatever! The Spectrum versions were always shite compared to the CPC versions!

    (My first computer was an Amstrad CPC 464.)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Alakratt

    Yeah, back then the differences were more obvious. Can’t say anything about the Commodore days…ummm lol.

    But, if fanboys or even people that have both consoles but favor one, celebrate when comparisons happen, then I’m entitled to this one too. Thank God this happened to MS, really, no, better yet, to SE. A bad 360 port, but not just from any game, from a FF title. This is so good!! That money wasted….All I can say is thank you greed for making MS look worse!! (yeah I know, nothing’s happened yet) But when those sales numbers start rolling in…I wonder what MS has to say about this…about their “superior” console?

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    A practically identical looking game is “a terrible port”?

    Okay then.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Michael O’Connor

    Uuuuh… dude, I can get the pre-ordered changed for whatever version I choose at a moment’s notice. I *choose* the 360 version by choice despite the “inferior” graphics.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    Oh no… I won’t be able to watch the 1080p video of the PS3 version on my 720p HD-TV! How ever will I survive?! *feigns distress*

    And… oh god… I’m gonna have to get off the chair every 15 hours to change the disc! That’s well beyond my physical capabilities, being a gamer and all!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Goliath

    The game was ported in 4 months, what did any of you expect? What I hope gets across is that the problems with the XBox 360 version isn’t because of storage space or hardware, it’s simply a lazy developer. It’s funny but when PS3 ports are inferior, it’s the first cry of elitist PS3 fanboys. In this case, where that clearly applies, all focus seems to be on the hardware.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. yacaman

    PS3 1. Microsoft outdates.
    Next out is Uncharted 3 for the XBOX. 5 discs and 20gb download.

    Keep paying to play online. Idiots!!!!!
    One Ring to screw them all!!!! The Ring DEATH! OF DEATH!!! OF DEATH!!!!

    Hi Im a XBOX and Im a PS3.
    This year Xbox gets its first Antivirus.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. theevilaires

    Im here Alakratt :D am I too late

    hey O’Connor you still getting this on 360 like you did with tekken6, LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh and fuck Digital Foundry, I hate those cunts.

    No 360 game looks better than Uncharted2, There I just got rid of the need for that lame site forever.

    BTW you are totally right in post 5 Alakratt, Anyone see that bum Mike Bowden :D ….oh Mikey come out come out wherever you are.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Goliath

    @ RGW1982

    It’s not. Clearly the game could have been efficiently ported utilizing 3 disks without compromising the games structure. The issues with the port is that it was rushed and poorly done.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Blerk

    Shoddy work, Squenix. Tut tut.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. NiceFellow

    Well, the difference is noticable although not huge either, apart from the cut-scenes, which is a pretty big gap.

    Won’t affect the gameplay though. Clearly the decision to port took place to far into the development for PS3 and they didn’t give themselves enough time (or weren’t willing to spend that much more) to put in extra effort for 360 specific code.

    However, pretty much all developers agree it’s easier to port from PS3 to 360 than 360 to PS3, so I have to assume that if they’d gone with 4 disks vs 3, and not compressed so much, the game would look a lot better.

    The fact is the 360 has the horsepower to look better, but here is struggling with game assets (textures, etc) that are weaker from the get go and less optmized code.

    I guess the irony is this is exactly what happened with the PS3 early on, and indeed than it was the console’s fault, not the developers for not optimizing the code, etc. so I guess 360 owners shouldn’t be surprised at a little ‘shoe on the other foot’ crowing when 360 get’s the sub-optimal code for once.

    It’ll sell okay on 360 but without Japan, where it’s exclusive to PS3, the PS3 version will easily sell more so the final analysis is going to be this wasn’t tbe best of transitions to multi-platform.

    MS won’t care anyway. This was about preventing more people outside Japan picking up PS3′s and giving them the option of getting this on 360, and weaker port or not MS will probably have accomplished that.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Newbie101


    #21 5 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Indeed, Nice – as with Bayonetta, most people won’t even realise that one’s better than the other. It’s only us lot who even give a shit.

    If I’d actually been planning to pick it up it would definitely have put me off, though – a half-arsed port deserves to be bought at no more than a half-RRP price.

    As it is, my excitement level for the title is practically non-existent anyway. I think me n’ FF are finally over. Sniff.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. mington

    Comparison shots to your hearts content

    the 360 screenshots make me want to throw up :P

    #23 5 years ago
  24. dirigiblebill

    Can’t say the resolution clash bothers me particularly, but given the option I’d pick the PS3 version.

    I read DF articles more to hear about how the games actually function than whose graphical testes are rounder and firmer – thankfully, they cater to both kinds of reader. Also worth remembering that Richard doesn’t just publish face-offs – there are some cracking interviews and features on there which go more or less unsung.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Retroid

    I love how, apparently, *all* the comparison test websites are biased towards 360 and against PS3. At least, they must be, because they all generally agree and it CAN’T be the fanboys having issues with the facts, can it…!

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Blerk

    Some of the comments on the DF article are genius. The PS3 is the clear winner for a change, but they’re still unhappy because they don’t like his “tone”.

    It’s winning, but it’s not winning enough, dammit! :-D

    #26 5 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    All the Xbots are in uproar on Eg lol refuse to believe that a Ps3 game looks way better then the 360 version. :)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Bulk Slash

    I cancelled my 360 pre-order the other week and went for the PS3 version when I heard about the lower resolution of the 360 version (I had pre-ordered it for the 360 back before I even had a PS3)! Looking at DF’s HD videos in motion it’s surprisingly hard to see any difference between the two. It’s only in the stills that the differences are more easily apparent.

    Still, this is pretty shoddy work from Square. The Last Remnant was a mess too. They really need to put more effort into their 360 work.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Eregol

    To be honest, if I didn’t know what I was looking for, I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.
    Especially if I’m not a number cruncher of any sort.
    Granted, the 360 version has a better frame rate, but with a less defined picture, that’s hardly going to be a surprise.
    The cut-scenes obviously have a difference, being blurry in quieter times and blocky in high energy moments. It’s kind of like watching upscaled SD.

    Either way, 360 owners aren’t missing out on much. They still get a great looking game.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. itsucks

    @Bulk Slash: How is this port solid?

    Just shows how strong is the hardware running a copy-paste port made just to tackle the descrepancies of one hardware. They could use better Video compressions codec, instead they went for the esier and faster routte… they even had unused space for video.
    The traparencies used in the hair of Ps3 look like shit, yet they have a port that runs better and could use other thecnique than the same displayed in a lower resolutrion making it more apparent.
    It just screams a shoddy port where the minimum runs good enough and they even had any work to minimize the visual hip-cups the lower resolution brings.
    It performs better, but that doesn’t mean much when it doesn’t look as crisp.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. daytripper

    the DF article headlines as “FMV” comparison, has anyone got any confirmation about the in-game stuff? i’m more interested in the in-game review rather than cut-scenes.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. itsucks

    @daytripper: Well you should, seems like all the Demo cutscenes, even the ones that tries to pass as in-game are pre-recorded shit.

    Rule of thumb, if you can’t control it, then probably its just a freaking video you could be watching in a media player.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. daytripper

    @ 36 its ok just checked out the eurogamer article

    i honestly cant see that great a difference between the two in game, the PS3 version looks more clinical to me but thats about it, the cutscenes however are sublime on PS3.

    far too much is being made of this, Bayonetta was right slamed as it should of been equal on both systems but all this over FMV? the fanboy war gets worse.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. JonFE

    At least Spectrum & C64 owners could unite in their derision of CPC owners.


    Those sad, pathetic little creatures couldn’t stand CPC superiority! 6218 FTW :lol:

    #34 5 years ago
  35. onyxbox

    I find it concerning that this comparison is presented more as a damage limitation for 360 than a face off.

    Smells of bias (the nod is given *reluctantly* to the PS3).

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Filofax

    Who the hell listens to cunts like Digital Foundry anyway, if a games that bad why don’t they get off their useless fucking arses and make a better one.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. OlderGamer

    I agree with Mr. O’Conner to be honest.

    To me it seems that SE knows the 360 version will out sell the PS3 version in the states. So they have to port it for that reason alone(and keep in mind they started making two copies back when PS3 was tanking). However, it seems to me that if the PS3 version outshined the XB360, it wouldn’t bother the JP centric SE.

    Look at other big name multiplat devs/pubs. They want both version as dead even as they can get. Be it Beyonetta to Fifa/Madden to BFBC2 or CoDMW2. Too have one version less then the other reflects poorly on the dev/pub NOT on the systems themself.

    I am sure that SE believes otherwise.

    And really, given the result of games, there is no need for one version to be out of sorts.

    And my guess is that it isn’t dramiticly different.

    But there is a legion of fans(many of them consider themself Core FF fans) that will eat this up and make a mountian out of a mole hill.

    Couldn’t honestly tell you one way or another what version is better. And because I don’t care to play this game on either system, it really doesn’t matter.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. itsucks

    @39: Sure as hell I wont listen to lens of Bias opinions:

    Games like Bioshock 2 is All around better on 360, yet some of the players use some minor advantage to decide it will play on PS3 because of that. Not because of other reason, because of that.

    Sells not of bias, smells like shit site to me.

    #38 5 years ago

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    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]