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gamescom interview: Ray BioWare confirms intro content for ME2 PS3, included DLC, more

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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BioWare boss Ray Muzyka, speaking in Cologne today, has told VG247 that the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 is to include introductory content to provide a “seamless introduction” to the IP’s universe, as well as confirming the inclusion of DLC and access to the Cerburus Network.

Following confirmation of a January 2011 release for a PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 in EA’s gamescom press conference yesterday, Muzyka said it was important to the studio to “bring some new things to bear” for the PS3 version.

“One of the things we’re doing is that we’re bringing a lot of the post-release downloadable content and will integrate it into the experience, so that PS3 fans can check that out and play it,” he said.

While confirming the inclusion of an introductory segment for the PS3 SKU, Muzyka was cagey on specifics, refusing to confirm whether or not new gameplay is to be included over the 360 and PC version.

“We’re making sure there’s a really seamless introduction to the world of Mass Effect, for players that haven’t experienced it before,” he said.

“So even though it’s Mass Effect 2 specifically, we’re making sure there’s a nice introduction experience, that provides the back-story and the things that have happened up to that point in the universe, and makes it a really seamless introduction.”

He added: “We haven’t revealed what that is yet. It’ll be something that provides a good introduction and provides a lot of the back-story and introduces you well to the story-arc, and kind of makes you feel like you’re part of it all. And then you can jump right into the action in Mass Effect 2.”

Muzyka said that, while Cerberus Network features are unnannounced for the PS3 version, it will be available in a “full way”.

“I guess in terms of what the Cerberus Network represents, it really represents a lot of content, it represents a lot of post-release support, and we… do want make sure the PS3 fans get that experience in as full away as possible,” he said.

“But we’ll reveal more of that over time.”

Multi-format future is “good guess”

When asked the obvious question of whether or not this announcement of a PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 means we’re going to see future games appear across the console formats, Muzyka would only hint at what’s to come.

“That’d be a good guess, but we haven’t announced any details on any future formats or anything, or even formally announced Mass Effect 3 yet, although there’s a natural assumption that there will be a Mass Effect 3 as it’s a trilogy. We’ve said that and more or less confirmed it, but we haven’t announced any details on the product yet, or the platforms.

“EA is a company that wants to support different platforms, reach different audiences; we’re part of EA and we want to make sure we can embrace that as well. I think we’re trying to do that with all of our products, whether it’s Dragon Age or Mass Effect.”

Whatever the future holds for Mass Effect, though, Muzyka laughed when we told him the announcement of the second game on PS3 flattened VG247, saying it was “fun” to see reaction from gamers.

“We’re really excited about the idea of bringing Mass Effect to PS3,” he said.

“I said it on stage; we’ve been asked again and again by journalists, fans, the community, ‘When’s it going to happen?’ We wanted to make sure we could do it right. We’ve been working on it for a while. We’re pretty excited by it. We’re excited to bring Mass Effect to a new audience.”

Mass Effect 2 releases on PS3 next January.

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52 Comments

  1. Robo_1

    The PS3 specific introductory experience sounds promising. Providing it’s fleshed out enough, they could avoid criticisms that PS3 users are only getting half the story.

    It needs to be something playable though, a big intro movie with decision making moments can lol right off. The bigger it is, the better.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Nozz

    And there we have it. Who thinks it’ll be a Mass Effect 1 montage?
    I’m hoping for something a little more interactive! only time will tell :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ExclusivesMostly

    Well that’s good that there’s an intro…

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    people on the bioware forums are saying they feel ripped off if a lot of the dlc like kasumi etc is free, i can understand that.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I’m thinking it’ll be a sort of interactive cutscene, showing the main story bits from the original and asking you to make a few decisions along the way. And it’ll be optional for the people who don’t give a crap and just want the defaults.

    I’m also thinking that they’re likely to launch a ‘game of the year’ version on 360 at the same time with all the extra content bundled in so as to avoid those ‘this is full price on PS3 but only a tenner on 360!’ issues.

    And ME3 will be multi-platform from the off.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. cookiejar

    I thought there would be some sort of recap of the previous events, without actually having to play the game and still get into the experience.

    Looking forward to this a lot.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. James Mac

    Is he kind of suggesting that DLC Xbox users paid extra for is going to included as part of the game on Ps3, and not DLC?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. daytripper

    @7 i think so, thats a bit shitty on those pc/xbox players who supported the game and all the dlc imo.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Lord Gremlin

    Solid piece of PS3 exclusive content please or it’s a no-buy.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. cookiejar

    I see where your coming from on the DLC front, but by the time it comes out on PS3, it’ll be a year old game at probably full price. So surely the DLC balances it out? I have no idea how much the DLC costs btw, is it about a tenner?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    @7/8, yes – and another reason for launching a 360 GOTY version at the same time. “PS3 users aren’t getting it for free, they’re buying the GOTY version”.

    Worked for other games in the past – see Assassin’s Creed 2, for example.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    @11, my thoughts exactly, GOTY or otherwise special editions containing all dlc to date are commonplace now.

    I’m not saying that I particularly agree with the practice (It still stings that you can buy GOTY FO3 now for like half what I paid in dlc alone) but I think complaints about this case are misplaced unless you attack all GOTY/special editions equally.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. daytripper

    @10 £6 for Kasumi – full mission and new character

    £8 for Overlord – full mission about 90 minutes

    loads of armour/weapon packs that cost about £2-3 each

    Lair of the shadow broker – coming soon and meant to be a real in depth DLC mission, so probably between £8-12, if that comes to PS3 for free I can see some really kicking off

    i’m not pissed off you understand, the more people buy mass effect the better imo, i can see where the normal not over the top complaints are coming from but it will all even itself out in the end.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Quite. Early adopters always pay more – higher prices for the game at release, full whack for DLC, etc. The longer you’re prepared to wait the better the price, that’s just how it is. PS3 owners will have waited over a year for ME2 by the time it comes out, I think that’s a reasonable enough timeframe to launch a ‘game plus extras’ rejig without raising too many eyebrows.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. distraet

    I don’t see a problem with the PS3 version including DLC. The version is long overdue, it kinda evens the score. Either way I’m going to pick this up, even though I have it for 360. Just be happy that BioWare is spreading the love.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DJ Deathstar

    @9 Don’t see that happening to be honest, but seriously are they gonna try and condense a 30/40 hour game into a 5/10 min cutscene, cos that will be ridiculous if they try that

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    The European version of Xenosaga 2 for PS2 came with a two-hour DVD of the story from the first (unreleased in Europe) game. I couldn’t be bothered watching it. And then because of that I couldn’t be bothered playing the game either.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. zoopdeloop

    @5 Same guess here Blerk

    @10 Exactly…the game would be already one year old.So paying it full price for the ps3 with all DLC included will even that out with those who bought it on PC/360

    #18 5 years ago
  19. daytripper

    Just been looking at MS’ exclusives and its shockingly weak (well to my tastes anyway), they really need to get away from the Halo at the forefront of their line up and produce more hardcore variety.

    There is Gears, Fable, Forza, the crytek game and a few less budget Xbla games, what else?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Hunam

    @17

    The US version came with a 6 hour video of the cutscenes from the first game (well, most of them) which I did watch :P

    Then again, I did buy and complete all 3 games, like a winner.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Blerk

    Fable?

    I’d agree that they’re slacking of late. But they shitcanned most of their internal teams so there’s little surprise that their output has dropped. They were previously balancing things out by funding external exclusives, but even that appears to have fallen off of late.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. cookiejar

    Like ive said for ages, the only true exclusives are ones the platform holder owns or develops in house.

    Anything else is fair game, and the highest bidder wins. Or, even more so nowadays, its full on multi-platform.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Blerk

    @20 was it 6 hours? Maybe the Euro version was the same. I forget, because I thought “pft, can’t be arsed watching that” and just put the game in the cupboard and forgot all about it. :-D

    #23 5 years ago
  24. daytripper

    @22 yep. something i’ll always give sony credit for, they give genuine support for 1st party, plus they were very smart securing naughty dog and media molecule

    #24 5 years ago
  25. The Hindle

    The first 2 Me games are pretty much stand alone anyway, you dont need to play the first to play the second. The choices you make in the first are hardly in the second, but….. the first Me game is worth playing definatly.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. zoopdeloop

    @16
    I think Sony has some terms in their contracts when it comes to ex-exclusives from others platforms making the “jump” to their consoles at a later date which indicate that there will be additional and exclusive content.
    Tales of Vesperia,Star Ocean,Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 to name a few examples.So there may be exclusive content in the ps3 version.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. cookiejar

    @24 Yeah same. I truly believe Sony have the best 1st party games and dev teams, they just have a hard time working with others, or atleast they used to.

    Microsoft always used their wallet to buy rather than develop, and it used to work for them. Now, not so much.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Aimless

    Microsoft has a lot of exclusives people aren’t mentioning, trouble is they’re for Kinect.

    Anyway, I hope they give PS3 owners some means to impact the opening of ME2. Lumbering them with the default choices with no means to change them would be a cruel, cruel fate.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    I said that ages ago if Microsoft rely on 3rd party it could turn to be a bad choice, and i got burned for it :D you see im way ahead of my time :D But again they will have a lot of games unanounced so we dont know yet.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. zoopdeloop

    @29
    the same goes for Sony too.Relying too much on 1st and 2nd party isn’t a good choice either.They must “chip in” on 3rd party devs and support them too…to some extend.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    The Ps3 is proof of what happens if you rely on 3rd party imo, it was thier first party that contributed to keeping them in the race.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. cookiejar

    @30 its if the 3rd parties even want to know.

    It was easier back early on this gen, because the 360 was well ahead and had a better install base. Now its more or less even, the 3rd party publishers are saying screw that, let us put it on out on everything we can!

    Having said that, PSN is a good place for small 3rd party teams to put stuff out on.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. zoopdeloop

    @31 yes it was…but if they were also supporting 3rd party as Microsoft does they wouldn’t have a really bad headstart.
    I think now Sony is starting to get the gist of it…approaching 3rd party and not relying too much on their own.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. daytripper

    @33 they can do both, support and build relationships with 3rd party devs while continuing to support their own studios. its good business and strategy.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. DJ Deathstar

    @25 Yeah but its supposed to be that your choices from the first and secocnd will have a big effect in the third, i’m expecting quite a different story depending on what choices you made

    Spoilers!!!
    If anyones played the first game they know theres a choice whether to kill the Queen Rachni, i think that if you saved them they’ll appear in the last game to help you in some huge battle
    End Spoilers!!!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. ExclusivesMostly

    @34: Agreed :)

    #36 5 years ago
  37. James Mac

    @19 Unless you include Kinect, there’s AoE: Online and Flight… but I think that’s it.

    Meanwhile Sony has been making hay whilst the sun shined.
    MS has done this to themselves by selling or closing all their in house studios.

    To paraphrase a very wise man:
    “No mean feat, fucking yourself in the ass, but how often we manage to pull it off”.
    Al Swearengen.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. daytripper

    @37 kinects not something i look forward to

    #38 5 years ago
  39. James Mac

    @38. I don’t mind Kinect, but I think they really fell down when this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw wasn’t made a launch feature, after all Microsoft hired the guy, and Kinect should be able to do it.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Darkling

    Exclusive Content for the PS3 other than a introduction = boycott EA/Bioware

    #40 5 years ago
  41. cookiejar

    @40 Overreacting much? I didn’t see any PS guys boycotting Rockstar Games when GTA IV went 360, or when FFXIII did. Well if they did, they were quickly captured and put back in their padded cell.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. daytripper

    @41 they are being used for the cuckoos nest sequel

    #42 5 years ago
  43. WetSnake

    @ 40
    Oh nay, one fan less for BioWare, Millions of more thanks to the PS3?

    #43 5 years ago
  44. The Hindle

    Microsoft have issued a statement regarding this

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=260669

    they seem pissed.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Blerk

    If they’re so pissed they should’ve stumped up the cash and bought Bioware themselves instead of letting EA take them. :-D

    All that said, that looks to put paid to any faint ‘first game on PS3′ hopes. I seem to recall Microsoft funded development of the original or something? Might be that they own a bit of it contractually or something. If that’s the case, I wonder if they could put the spoilers on any of the original game’s content being used in any form for the ‘bring you up to speed’ bit of the PS3 sequel?

    #45 5 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    F***** awesome man. I remember Shenmue for XBOX1(?) had a prologue disc where they showed the events of the first like a movie. I have no issue with this since standing in long loading elevators was the majority (51%) of ME1 :D

    I got to read these comments above BRB….

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Hunam

    ME1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ME2

    #47 5 years ago
  48. LOLshock94

    OMFG what a good way of bioware showing there love to everyone who brought the DLC nice one bioware you fucking tossas

    #48 5 years ago
  49. HighWindXIX

    Know what would be awesome? If the “introduction experience” was just straight up Mass Effect 1. Both on one blu-ray. I wonder if they could do that since even though MS owns the publishing rights for ME1, they’re only selling ME2. I’m sure its impossible but would be awesome. I actually just bought ME1&2 so I’ll still play the first one and then figure out what to do about the 2nd. I do like my PS3 better though . . .

    #49 5 years ago
  50. theevilaires

    If the 1st doesn’t come to PS3 in some form or faction so what I’ll still get it on 360 I don’t care. The fact is the series is now multiplat and that has hurt a lot of egos….ones that make me very happy to see hurt.

    ….still waiting for the apologies gentlemen.
    You know what come to think of it isn’t there a PC version of ME1?! Hell I might as well use this beast of a PC I just built playing that. And for that matter Crysis 1 also. I got a lot of back tracking to do before 2011 :(

    #50 5 years ago
  51. Dibol1987

    @first poster:

    I’m very doubtful. Willing to bet that the “intro cutscene” is the carbon copy of Martin Sheen narrating the first game from the recent XBox 360 demo. We’re looking at Shenmue 2.0 again.

    #51 5 years ago
  52. blackdreamhunk

    i have the perfect link for this story

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrnUquxtwA

    #52 5 years ago

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  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

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

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

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