New Halo Reach shots blow our minds

Friday, 16 April 2010 12:05 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Reach 3

Halo: Reach is looking awesome, going by these multiplayer shots. And we do mean ‘properly awesome’.

Get them over at 1UP, where the site’s gone live with a massive hands-on of the multiplayer beta you’ll be getting your hands on in two-and-a-half weeks.

The preview mentions four new modes for the full thing, featuring Headhunter, Stockpile, Generator Defense and Invasion. It looks properly mental, so give it a look.

Halo: Reach releases this fall for Xbox 360, with a multiplayer beta due to kick off two-and-a-half weeks from now on May 3.

Bungie’s saying you should all look forward to E3 when they show off the game. And look forward to it, we shall.


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  1. Redh3lix

    Not that it’s a bad thing in any way, but everytime I look at this game it soooo reminds me of Battlefield 2142, what with character modeling and colour pallete.


    vs Halo Rach:


    Halo Reach:

    #1 5 years ago
  2. loki

    @1 please fuck off with you peace off crap named BF2142

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Redh3lix

    @2 Seriously, “with you peace off”…. please go back to school :/

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    Oh god, I am so pumped for this game.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Windsmeare

    All this talk about Halo, and not enough talk about midgets!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @1 If you ask me, it reminds me of Unreal Tournament 2004 that i played at 2004.
    I can’t understand how people pumped about this. M$ PR brainwashing machine? Maybe.

    The most funniest thing that multiplayer new mods are Straight from the UT2004.

    Just look at this:

    Even design is superior. It’s a 2004 year start of the UE 2.5 engine.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. El_MUERkO

    the doesn’t look awesome at all, it looks dated

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    I haven’t played any multiplayer games in a long time, but I’m really looking forward to this.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. mington

    with all the new gimmicks and features i feel like this is the game halo 3 should have been, yes get excited about the graphics, but in terms of gameplay they are a couple of years behind

    we should of got this game 2 years ago (albeit lesser graphics)

    we should be getting the halo/xbox equivalent of MAG

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dralen

    Looks nice, but I still feel this is what Halo 3 should have looked like. I’ll see how I feel after I’ve played the beta, since I’m pretty certain now that reviews are not to be trusted when it comes to the Halo franchise.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    “yes get excited about the graphics”

    *Looks at screenshots*
    *re-reads that line*
    *looks at screenshots again*


    But i agree, H3 really didnt do much to advance the serie’s multiplayer. Whats being brought to the table in Reach should have happened in H3.

    “I’m pretty certain now that reviews are not to be trusted when it comes to the Halo franchise.”

    Indeed, i cant believe the scores H3 picked up.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. mington

    @11 i didn’t bother looking at the screen shots, i just didn’t want to anger an halo fanboys so i thought i better add the graphics would be nicer :)

    i just want to see huge scale maps with massive amounts of enemies, then i’ll think about raising an eyebrow

    #12 5 years ago
  13. mington

    Halo has a face for radio

    hey that rhymes :)

    #13 5 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    I don’t know Halo seems dated on a lot of levels to me.

    I want squads, classes, custimization, different kits/perks/unlocks/upgrades. No it doesn’t have to be Mag/BFBC2/MW2, but games like Halo are far too arcade like and shallow for my liking.

    Used to be alright, now its just Meh.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    @14 Actually it was always MEH… People just started to realize that when they see really good games on consoles.

    Back in the day when i played a LOT at the PC and not so much at the consoles, Halo even at that time was outdated compared to any PC FPS.

    It’s just now when everybody (TOP tier developers) seriously switched to consoles, they started to develop seriously for the consoles and result is here. Halo was never something special at all.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Petulant Radish

    It was to me! I’ve never, ever played games on a PC so consoles are all I have. I like Halo, I’m looking forward to this, so sue me!

    #16 5 years ago
  17. mojo

    nothing better then cs.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Gheritt White

    I won’t even be playing this for the MP – I want to get stuck into the campaign!

    #18 5 years ago
  19. mington

    yeah the campaign, i wonder what the evil turkeys are up to this time

    Quake 2 changed me life!

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    I saw an advertisement in a magazine that said remember the Alamo, Remember Waterloo and then remember Reach. Thats the reason i cant get exclited about Halo its just overhyped to hell.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    The Covenant win.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. The Hindle

    :D im wondering if this is going to recieve the same levels as success as Halo 3 though as Halo Odst and Halo Wars has according to some sites and fans watered down the franchise. Am i right in saying that? The irony of it is that its looking like it could be the best one.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Gheritt White

    @ 15: I take it you must have played Marathon then, because before Halo, motion trackers/sensors were virtually unheard of.

    Let’s not forget that Halo introduced re-chargeable shields – it was all health packs and/or percentages before then.

    Plus, it was the first FPS to limit your weapon load-out – before Halo, you could carry all the game’s weapons simultaneously. This had an effect on your battle tactics. Plus, what about sticky grenades? Never done before Halo.

    Also, Halo was the first game that let you approach the same battle in a multitude of completely different ways. Just look at the non-linearity of The Silent Cartographer, or how you approach the Pyramid in Assault on the Control Room (do you snipe from either above or below, storm it or use a vehicle?).

    I appreciate that you might not like Halo – we’re all entitled to our opinions – but let’s not re-write history.

    EDIT: Oh and how about having AI drivers/gunners for the Warthog? Another brand-new feature. Being able to swap weapons with your AI squad-mates? Again, completely new. I expect I could go on…

    #23 5 years ago
  24. mington

    …and it was the first game that made me organism. Plus, throw up and shit at the same time.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @23 and what? This makes Halo: Combat Evolved a great game? Nope, it doesn’t. Everything else is flopped and just bad compared to Unreal or Half-Life. It’s just boring. Some interesting ideas don’t make Halo a great FPS. first of all Game must entertain you and this is what this game don’t do and never did.

    Halo was seriously boring. I liked only AI. It was interesting to play with them at that time, but one slice of pie among shit is not great.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gheritt White

    Halo:CE wasn’t *just* full of brand new innovative ideas – its strength lay in how it took existing concepts, and either improved them, simplified them, or in some cases turned them on their head.

    Here, I found a full a list:

    - A two-weapon limit forcing the players to utilize the weaponry at hand.
    - A smaller number of total weapons in the game made each weapon unique and usable in different situations.
    - Grenades mapped to the left trigger, instead of being forced to use them like a weapon. This sped up combat, and made for more dynamic battles with a greater emphasis on terrain.
    - Vehicles in the game, both in single-player campaign and multiplayer.
    - Motion tracking sensor.
    - Intelligent friendly and enemy A.I.
    - Large open levels that conveyed a sense of scale instead of a small linear paths.
    - Revolutionary shield system that replaced the conventional health pack/body armor system used at the time in conventional FPS’s.

    There you go. So it really isn’t fair *at all* to say that “Halo was never something special at all” or that “at that time [it] was outdated compared to any PC FPS”.

    As for whether or not you found it boring, that’s personal preference and I’m not going to codemn or condone you for your personal tastes.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Petulant Radish

    I found it very exciting indeed.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    - A two-weapon limit forcing the players to utilize the weaponry at hand.
    - A smaller number of total weapons in the game made each weapon unique and usable in different situations.
    - Grenades mapped to the left trigger, instead of being forced to use them like a weapon. This sped up combat, and made for more dynamic battles with a greater emphasis on terrain. ***

    Ok awesome. But this makes game great? NOPE. It doesn’t

    ***- Large open levels that conveyed a sense of scale instead of a small linear paths.***

    Large open levels that looks like shit. Landscapes with 0 level design. sometimes it felt like you are playing pre-alpha version and they are doing this gigantium formula for every Halo.

    ***- Vehicles in the game, both in single-player campaign and multiplayer.***

    Again, it’s just an idea that was not executed well.

    ***- Revolutionary shield system that replaced the conventional health pack/body armor system used at the time in conventional FPS’s. ***

    and god dan thanks for the REVOLUTIONARY health regeneration we see shitty games with it where you are almost invincible and immortal.

    It was outdated and boring in all level aspects. I remember when Halo arrived to the PC later, after Star Trek: Elite Force 2 and other games like Half-Life, Quake 3:Arena, Unreals, Wolfenstein i could not look at it.

    Basically Halo: Combat Evolved is a Serious Sam game, but much more boring.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Gheritt White

    Erthazus, thanks for sharing your opinion – you don’t like Halo and that’s okay. I’m genuinely not trying to convince you to like it.

    However, you did say that “at that time [it] was outdated compared to any PC FPS” and that “Halo was never something special at all”.

    All I wanted to do was point out some facts to the contrary.

    Halo was innovative and went on to influence the design of many subsequent FPS games. This is a fact. If you don’t think it succeeded in being a “good” game, fine – I’m not fond of many innovative games. However to say that it didn’t do anything fresh or new isn’t an opinion – it’s just plain wrong.


    #29 5 years ago
  30. Erthazus

    @29 I never said that it didn’t do anything fresh or new. It’s just everything is not well executed and if it is not well executed no one cares.

    In innovation i can compare Halo:CE to IPad. Same shit. Interesting idea, but formula is not properly cracked yet.

    After Halo, many games made it right. Bungie after Halo 1 started to make same shit over and over again. Especially when Halo 2 came out, that was something hillarious and i never said i don’t like Halo, as a franchise it has a potential but not in hands of Bungie. If game was made by Valve, oh hell yes what we could have seen.

    I remember Halo:Wars sure as a PC gamer that RTS sucked hard, but i can call it a game and it was fun.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    If it wasn’t for Halo, I would never have played any console FPS games… so for me at least they must have been doing something right.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Gheritt White

    @ 30: Bullshit. You definitely *did* say that Halo didn’t do anything fresh or new. It’s right there in post #15 when you said “Halo even at that time was outdated compared to any PC FPS.”

    How can it be “outdated” when it brought so many innovations?

    Also, Seropian-Bungie and Microsoft-Bungie are two very different entities, as I’ve pointed out before in other posts. I’ve not been a fan of Bungie’s post-Halo:CE output, but with Halo: Reach it looks like they’re back on the right track, IMHO.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    @32 YES, it’s outdated in terms of technology, story telling, mechanic, graphics, design, multiplayer – this is the most IMPORTANT aspects of every game.

    And for me Halo:Reach looks really outdated. When i saw VGA trailer of Halo i was pumped for it, but then i saw glimpses of gameplay and it reminded me of something between everyday Halo and Unreal Tournament 2004 in terms of technology, mechanic, design. Thats not an achievement. It’s not great. Still, they have time to improve.

    when i see this, it reminds me of 2004 year. Time when i played UT2004. Thats just a Rip Off with Halo formula.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Gheritt White

    @ 33: Can you back up those statements? Please explain how Halo:CE was outdated in terms of technology, graphics and mechanics, given the innovative features I listed above.

    Story-telling, design and multiplayer are too subjective topics to debate, however in terms of technology and mechanics Halo:CE was objectively ahead of the pack – graphics-wise it was probably the best looking console game around on its release.

    You might want to read some of the reviews of Halo:CE’s graphics before answering.

    Regarding Halo: Reach – given how little we know of the game, how can you judge its design? There hasn’t been a full campaign level reveal yet.
    Mechanically, I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle the armor abilities (as the implementation of equipment in Halo 3 was rubbish).
    I’m not that fussed about technology – gameplay is more important IMHO, and I like Halo’s gameplay (my personal preference).

    Like I said before, I get that you don’t like Halo – but to say the first game was objectively poor is a ridiculous statement that’s impossible to back up with facts.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. daytripper

    selling my 360, finished with it the gpu and everything just makes me feel bad because i bought something which by common opinion now is showing its age and really inferior

    #35 5 years ago
  36. cookiejar

    Hell yeah! I love Gears of Halo. Bring it on.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Erthazus

    @34 Back up? Easy

    In terms of technology and graphics it can suck major ass. If i will start to compare games like Half-Life, Wolfenstein or Unreal tournament to Combat Evolved it wil be hillarious. But i won’t do that. If you want to compare for yourself, just play these games and after that play some Halo:CE.
    Mechanics? It was an oldschool fast paced FPS like Quake 2 or UT and compared to them Halo:CE was a simple cluster fuck. People used Quake or UT for tournaments but when i played Halo after these games i was shocked at what they did… Fuck, better if i could never see that.

    ***Story-telling, design and multiplayer are too subjective topics to debate*** absolutely. You never played Half-Life, Unreal Tournament to say that. That was a bold statement. If you said that, then at that time you didn’t played these games.

    ***graphics-wise it was probably the best looking console game around on its release.*** – maybe. I don’t know about that. I played more PC at that time.

    ***Regarding Halo: Reach – given how little we know of the game, how can you judge its design?***

    I saw level design, gameplay mechanic design. Everything is outdated as hell and look like Unreal Tournament 2003 or 2004. You actually can put Reach to original Xbox, just throw away character polygons and guns polygons and shaders and tra la la. Welcome to Xbox 1.
    It’s not a next gen title at all.
    Look at this:

    AND This outdated 2007 crap.

    I’m showing you Outdated Unreal Tournament 3 that was launched in 2007.
    Reach looks embarassing at best at the DESIGN, graphics and engine over all now.

    and i never said that i don’t like Halo. Halo games from Bungie sucks and thats a fact. Stop saying that i don’t like Halo.

    and thank you, i never read reviews from stupid IGN. When Halo 2 came out IGN and other shitty US reviewers praised it, but oh fuck, did they actually played Half-Life 2 at that time? Oh, snap.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Gheritt White

    You know, I think I seriously overestimated your ability to conduct a calm, rational debate. My apologies. Have a great weekend.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. daytripper

    Erthazus, i’m not being critical towards you or want to get into a argument with you so dont take this question the wrong way

    if you are being that critical towards the game why be that bothered about it? why post such a long rant like above?

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Erthazus

    @daytripper it’s the internet. Everybody bothers with something.
    I don’t hate Halo. Who likes it, Kudos to them. But i’m pissed at the Hype. Halo don’t deserve this hype and it’s probably the most overrated franchise in terms of sales and review scores. This big hype deserve other great FPS games.
    Microsoft have enough money to make a great game out of it, but in what formula Bungie create this game, is not right.

    In terms of storytelling and e.t.c. writers like Richard Morgan say that it’s not right and e.t.c. Why there are no Halo movies for example? Because Holywood don’t like it’s plot. In my eyes. Eyes of the gamer that played a lot at the PC and played console games = Halo is nothing special right now. Everything is just old and recieves great hype because of nothing. CE had some innovations that are implemented in the same level as we see now with IPad.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. daytripper

    i’ve never bought a Halo game for either my xbox 1 or 360 but for whatever reason I showed interest in Reach because I thought it would be different than what has happened before.

    I agree with what you said about hype, its just not justified imo

    #41 5 years ago
  42. matt_nothing

    @Erthazus (but just in general because this nonsense always comes up when people talk about Halo)

    “Mechanics? It was an oldschool fast paced FPS like Quake 2 or UT and compared to them Halo:CE was a simple cluster fuck.”

    It really wasn’t. All 3 Halo games are much slower than Quake and Unreal Tournament by necessity (no mouse control) and the weapon balance, health/shield mechanics and enemy AI are built around this slower pace.

    Multiplayer Halo:CE was a wierd mix of tactical shooter and action death match game – the only PC game I can think of back then with a similar approach was Tribes.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. DaMan

    Halo Combat Evolved absolutely wasn’t “outdated in terms of technology”, these angsty haters obviously played the game several years after it’s release or something. sure 2001 PC fps games had better draw distances, and you could run the games in higher resolutions than Xbox/PS2 were able to do. but there were simply no fundamentally more advanced things on PC at that time, same keyframe animations, same projected shadows, etc. Halo engine even had pixel shaders ffs.

    #43 5 years ago

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    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]