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

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

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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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38 Comments

  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.

    Losers…..!
    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

    Ouch!

    #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

    http://www.eurogamer.net/gallery.php?game_id=6140&article_id=995017%22#anchor

    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

    http://www.eurogamer.net/gallery.php?game_id=6140&article_id=995017%22#anchor

    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.

    http://www.lensoftruth.com/?p=17989

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

    #38 5 years ago

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  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]