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Modern Warfare 2 was “an immense disappointment”, says Crysis 2 writer

Friday, 9 April 2010 19:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Crysis 2 writer and novelist Richard Morgan has said that Modern Warfare 2 was an “immense disappointment” to him, with an implausible story.

Speaking with CVG during the Crysis 2 event in New York City, Morgan told the site that the game was just full of bad storytelling all around compared to Uncharted 2.

“I thought Modern Warfare 2 was an immense disappointment,” he said. “It was a massive stepdown from CoD4. What I thought when I played it was, ‘Jesus guys, what have you been doing? You’ve not ramped anything up. The story is worse and the game doesn’t really hang together, it’s just a bunch of mission levels.’”

“It made no sense. It was totally implausible. It doesn’t resolve. Basically, all the things that bad storytelling does. I just think they were way too impressed with themselves and that’s always a danger. It’s just unfortunate.

“Conversely, with Uncharted 2, those guys went back and look at the first game. Everything that didn’t work very well, they fixed or ramped up or did something with.

“They really took it to a new place and you can honestly say to people if you played the first game, the second one is the same but better. Modern Warfare 2 is the same but… way worse. And it cost more money.”

It was announced today that Morgan would be penning the script for the game.

Pat was on hand at the event as well, and you can read Part 1 of his interview with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli through here.

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43 Comments

  1. blackdreamhunk

    never played mw2 but i would agree =)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    I agree with him and agree with the statement about Uncharted 2.

    I can say that MW2 storyline was worse then kindergarten shit.

    To make a storyline about bad Russian Federation where people worship russian terrorist at Red Square (making a statue of a terrorist there) and then making cheap level where Russian terrorists kill Russians in not a Russian airport (It looks like not a Russian airport) + Russian Policeman going with GERMAN M9 was the most funniest thing i ever saw.

    No to mention bullshit in Favella where Americans shoot everybody with no reason.

    and stupid Russian attack to the USA that makes no sense at all. Why they attack and e.t.c. Just no reason. They just attacked because Russians found dead american terrorist that was a spy.

    Logic is over 9000.

    Oh man, it’s just a disaster. Same disaster goes to Battlefield:Bad Company 2 singleplayer, but atleast it’s more fun with destruction.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Razor

    Infinity Ward and Activision don’t.give.a.fuck.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. get2sammyb

    I absolutely agree. Modern Warfare 2′s a fun game, but it’s massively overhyped and the story was terrible.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. TheWulf

    Primarily American console shooter has hackneyed and poorly written storyline, news at eleven, read by Captain Obvious!

    Aside from the Wii, consoles don’t have point and click adventures or strategy games, they’re not targeted at people who want clever and intelligent/intellectual games, it’s just average people looking for a quick rush. Brit Joe sixpack in his living room with his beer and 360 controller wouldn’t give a shit about the storyline.

    Is this really a surprise to anyone?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    @ 5: Um… Assassin’s Creed and BioShock would like to say a big HELLO.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    @6

    Gutter tripe, really. Assassin’s Creed was known or having an exceedingly poor plot, the future stuff was undiluted nonsense. BioShock also had a really clever setting, but many people thought the whole Adam thing and the storyline was ludicrous and filled with holes.

    If those are what you classify as a good story then you’re just Joe Sixpack, and I thank you for proving my point for me, you clearly don’t know what a good story is and have rarely experienced one.

    Like I said, console owners don’t give a shit about that.

    If you’d said Mass Effect 2, then you might have earned yourself a surprised raised eyebrow. At least that had a fairly well written storyline with some very memorable characters.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    Plus, the whole Atlas is Fontaine thing was gut-wrenchingly bad. Along with the “Would you kindly” mechanic that was supposed to explain why you did what you were told, but never managed to convey why the player obeyed and listened to Tenenbaum.

    Really poor storylines, honestly.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gheritt White

    Jesus! Wind your neck in, I was only passing commentary. As an ex-student of medieval history (incl. the crusades), I’d say that AC1 had a terrific plot with some great twists that captivated me throughout. The conspiracy subplot in the sequel only compounded it, but hey, just IMHO and I am quite partial to fiction that postulates everything we know is a lie.

    ME2 ‘s plot was science fiction 101 – the gameplay was great, but it’s no 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    How about Heavy Rain then? Sold well and is hardly made with Joe Sixpack in mind.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    Ironically, I really didn’t get on with CoD4 at all but really enjoy all parts of MW2.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. DaMan

    wow, finally someone who thought that Bioshock story wasn’t good.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Hunam

    The problem with Bioshock’s story was that it ended before the game did.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. DeSpiritusBellum

    The guy isn’t wrong, but come on, he was a writer on Crysis. The only story told throughout that game was “Check out our graphics engine!”.

    I haven’t seen a story in any game that I found compelling in a long time. It seems to me like they’re just hiring the guys who can’t cut it anywhere else. You can pretty much tell which 1980′s action flick they’re ripping off after 5 minutes.

    The original Mass Effect had me going, but Mass Effect 2 was just one big plot gap struggling to justify a total lack of continuity, like everybody was scrambling to make it up as the programmers went along. That ending… That’s definitely the most ridiculous derailing of an otherwise good story I’ve seen yet.

    That being said, if you buy a Call of Duty game looking for a great narrative, you’re a moron.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Ghost_Dog

    This dude is 100% spot on.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    To be fair, the resolution of ME1′s plot was exactly the same as the Book of Job (the antagonist’s motives are beyond man’s comprehension) and made about as much sense. For good hard sci-fi, you’d have to look at Marathon (obviously) or System Shock 2.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. AHA-Lambda

    @ 13 – to be fair this guy is a writer for crysis 2 not crysis 1

    #16 5 years ago
  17. subversus

    Bioshock had the best fucking story this generation, you guys are just not smart enough to comprehend its underlying messages :D, since they are not written, nor shown, but done. They are not obvious and usually games should be obvious even if they contain some kind of clever message. Bioshock went beyond that but a lot of people were left behind with “em… err… that was mkay”.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. MushroomStamp

    Strongly disagree with that.. I found Bioshock to be boring.. i HATED the time period it was copying of the 20′s & 30′s.. That “3 generations Old” to me sucked severely.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    Bioshock shined more through its setting and back story, the actual plot you played was abit boring and nothing special imo.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. DeSpiritusBellum

    @16 Very true. I always miss those things.

    He’s definitely got his work cut out for him though, the Cry-games never had a whiff of story beyond the Wolfenstein school of narrative. But of course he wouldn’t want to touch on that.

    Ka-ching, and what not.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @Gheritt White, Assassins Creed and Bioshock story is generic at best. I’m sorry. Especially Assassins Creed story. After so much books about that shitty sci fi Animus stuff. It’s not interesting, but yeah, Renaissance and setting is just a poor excuse.
    Bioshock have just great setting and atmosphere, everything else is for typical console gamer that don’t give a shit.

    @13 he is a writer of Crysis 2 and Crysis 1 had allmost no writer at all.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    If AC’s story is so generic, please can you detail which pre-existing paradigms Ubisoft Montreal was referencing?

    Furthermore, how about Far Cry 2? If you don’t think that’s an “intelligent/intellectual” game, please explain your reasoning.

    I’ve a feeling that some would prefer to look down on console games no matter what than concede that a few are actually quite weighty.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @Far Cry 2? Owwww…. That is just a FAIL. It’s just a typical B movie with sand box element with the cliche story about a guy the idiot who you need to kill (+ he was at the start and for no reason he left you alive. Awesome). Thats the plot. Awesome.

    I like playing games on console and i don’t look down on it, because there is my favourite game that has the best story, settings and e.t.c. overall.
    It’s just “MOST” of people who play consoles in most cases don’t give a shit. (Games like Modern Warfare 2 with sales prove that).
    + We are in the generation where game designers look for the good writers.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gheritt White

    I mentioned Far Cry 2 not because of its story, but because of its mechanics.

    FC2′s attempt at brutal realism through open-ended non linearity, weapon degradation, vehicle malfunction, disease, dynamic fire and the dynamic weather system that has an effect on enemy AI is far removed from the arcade shooter-like traits of games such as CoD and Halo. In that sense it requires a far more measured, smart approach than other console shooters.

    The plot, as it happens, is set in a location few (if any) videogames have visited before and attempts to a construct a narrative incorporating socio-political commentary in a modern real- world context. Far from being all very simplified and gung-ho, a la CoD: MW2, I’d say that it’s quite morally complex, especially considering that The Jackal is far from being an out-and-out bad guy.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    Well, with that i agree. It’s an interesting approach and interesting idea. The problem is that it is not a good game and intellectual ideas are not perfect there.

    So i don’t understand why you tried to explain me why it is an “intelligent/intellectual” game. No matter what mechanic there are, it’s not good.

    Games like Stalker or ArmA 1,2, Operation Flashpoint 1 and e.t.c. have deep interesting mechanics and they are GOOD games.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gheritt White

    Whether the game is good or bad is not the point here – TheWulf said above that console gamers do not want “clever and intelligent/intellectual games”, but rather console gamers are “just average people looking for a quick rush”. I disagree with both points and have argued accordingly. I think it’s a mistake to characterise such a numerous demographic with such a broad stereotype.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. polygem

    he´s right…after the hype of cod 4 iw just rested on their laurels. they delivered a fun game wiht mw2, but it´s only fun because they did not change the gameplay. the story and singleplayer was not only a joke – it was ha punch in the face of their customers- what they were trying to say was: you stupid idiots will buy any crap we come up with because we are the greatest and you are just a stupid videogame nerd who believes it. you can see that happening again with the recent dlc. i don´t get it.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. AlmightyDogbert

    @Gheritt,

    We want it, we just don’t seem to care a great deal if we don’t. That applies to the pc crowd as well.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. DaMan

    I find it funny btw how TheWulf makes it sound as if one way of entertaining yourself via videogames is more superior to the other though, one can as well say PCs don’t have fighting/slasher games, thus a typical PC gamer is a pretentious pseudo intellectual playing Zuma during launch breaks, and can’t hold a gamepad in his trembling hands.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Erthazus

    @29 Bullshit. Why people think that PC don’t have fighting, slasher games? There are a lot of fighting and slasher games.
    And who want to play with gamepad have a chance to do that with Xbox 360 controller or PS3 controller.

    @26 sales of Modern Warfare 2 prove that console gamers search for no brainer non stop stupid action. Or Gears Of War sales and e.t.c.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. AlmightyDogbert

    @30
    May I remind you, that many pc players play Call of duty and the boycott certainly wasn’t over story.

    It is not “Console” gamers, it is transends platform, we have grown accustomed to games with little story and so don’t mind it and will buy “no brainer action”, hell those games are still fun – multiplayer-centric games don’t need story to be enjoyed by anyone.

    HOWEVER, we do love it when there is an exception, a game that does have a richer world, or storyline e.g. Mass Effect, Bioshock.
    So please, do not be so simplistic, it makes you look like a dick.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. DaMan

    @Erthazus heh. you really don’t understand what I’m saying don’t you?

    and no it doesn’t. Ninja Gaiden games, Bayonetta, DMC games (DMC4 was a port anyway), it doesn’t even have something like GoW. I’m not even sure Dante’s Inferno was ported. these games were born on consoles and PC has half assed ports, if any at all.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    @31 you mean 57000-60000 people playing COD online? WOW.
    and i understand that. I don’t mind games with little story, but i don’t agree that console gamers have games without story. Final Fantasy games, my favourite story game ever: Metal Gear Solid
    I’m talking about the people that buy shitty stuff like Modern Warfare.
    And please, don’t try to explain me what is console, because i play PC and consoles.

    @32 i understand what you are trying to say, i’m just giving you the examples of slasher games and fighting games that you said in the early 29 post: *one can as well say PCs don’t have fighting/slasher games*

    DMC 3,4 + Street Fighter 4 and e.t.c. there are still fighting games and slasher games. Yes, its not much like on consoles but to say that someone can say that PC’c don’t have fighting or slasher games is bullshit. So your example is out of place.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. DaMan

    wow, you’re funny. and you don’t even understand what’s ‘out of line’ as well.

    explanation for Erthazus:
    ———————————–
    I was generalizing, similarly consoles have some point and click/adventure games. and PC doesn’t have any of the better ones. a 2 years late port of DMC3 Special Edition, a late port of DMC4, a port of Darksiders. and that’s about it is since 2001!

    go play some Oniblade haha.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Gheritt White

    @ 33: In the same way that you cannot say PCs don’t have fighting or slasher games, so in turn you can’t say that “console gamers search for no brainer non stop stupid action”. Heavy Rain, BioShock, Far Cry 2, Assassin’s Creed – fuck it, even Shenmue – all speak to the opposite.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. aki

    @Gherrit White Post #9:
    Heavy Rain’s story was disappointing as well (imho).

    —SPOILER:
    A former policeman (who obviously is too fat to crawl through the funnel in the second task and garnish it with bits of broken glass) drowns little boys because his father did not love him… mkay?
    Not to mention that there is no explanation for Ethan Mars’ blackouts.
    —End Spoiler

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Gheritt White

    Just because it disappointed you, doesn’t mean that it’s aim wasn’t to be deep and meaningful. This isn’t about personal preference or notions of good and bad/success and failure, it’s about what the games were trying to achieve as well as why their audience purchased them.

    All I’m saying is that there is an an appetite for “clever and intelligent/intellectual games” on consoles.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. AlmightyDogbert

    There’s just no point,
    I was trying to argue against the idea console gamers aren’t interested in story, I quote

    “sales of Modern Warfare 2 prove that console gamers search for no brainer non stop stupid action. Or Gears Of War sales and e.t.c.”

    I may have misinterpreted the point, but that makes it seem that
    1) Console gamers are more simple-minded than PC gamers
    2) People don’t care for games with story

    I was saying that PC gamers aren’t immune to buying ‘no-brainer action’ just like console gamers (because they can still be great)
    And that decent story or world is loved and welcomed by gamers as it makes it a more immersive and so more enjoyable experience, as it is the case with many critically and commericially successful games.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. aki

    @37: You’re right – there is a certain interest in story-driven games.
    “doesn’t mean that it’s aim wasn’t to be deep and meaningful”
    Unfortunately Heavy Rain is neither deep nor meaningful (this is not personal preference it is a fact).
    I appreciate the attempt to create a good story-driven game but sadly Heavy Rain is a game for people who think it makes them look intellectual.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. AlmightyDogbert

    I can’t imagine many people bought heavy rain to make them appear intellectual… you try impressing someone by saying you play video games of any sort.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. The Hindle

    Another guy having a go at MW its gettin pathetic now.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. DeSpiritusBellum

    I don’t think it’s about story or not story, or some genre or not some genre. It’s fundamentally about including gameplay elements that work, and that are loads of fun. What those elements might be is anyones guess.

    For some it’s destructible environments and a ton of TNT, for others it’s neat, concise gameplay, for yet others, it’s an epic story.

    Personally I’d love to see some more games that actually attempted a real story. It seems to me like developers aren’t even trying anymore. That being said, as long as the gameplay is solid, I’ll still give ‘em a spin.

    @41 The biggest players always take the hardest hits, but it is interesting to see how blindly people attune to that sort of thing.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Charlie Sheen

    is this guy writing crysis 3? guy needs shot for writing crysis 2

    #43 3 years ago

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    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • What is Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection?

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]