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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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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]