First Halo: Reach map pack, Noble Map Pack, launching on November 30 for 800 MSP

Thursday, 14 October 2010 14:18 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft’s just announced details of the first map pack for Halo: Reach, known as Noble Map Pack.

The three new maps, known as Anchor 9, Tempest and Breakpoint will launch on Xbox Live Marketplace on November 30 for 800 MS points.

Anchor 9 is a repair base for UNSC ships, as its dockyards “provide rapid refueling and repairs for a variety of UNSC vessels”. and is a perfect map for two-eight players on Free for All, Team Slayer and Team Objective.

Tempest, meanwhile, is an “abandoned shoreline facility” that “bends both sea and sky to an unnatural purpose.” The map is suitable for eight-16 player combat on Big Team Battle, Free for All, Team Slayer, Team Objective and more, and also provides a “a huge Forge palette.”

Finally, Breakpoint is a map which has an “artifact” buried beneath it which is “key to our survival.” It’s perfect for eight-16 players and is suitable for Big Team Battle and Invasion.

Here’s the full details:

  • TempestThough we may never fully understand these devices, it is not our nature to leave ancient stones unturned.” This abandoned shoreline facility bends both sea and sky to an unnatural purpose, but the ground itself has quickly become another all too familiar battlefield. Though the two opposing symmetrical bases may never reveal their ancient purpose, both now offer makeshift shelter and access to strategic routes perfectly suited for small and large scale skirmishes alike. Tempest supports 8 – 16 players and offers a variety of modes including Free for All, Team Slayer, Team Objective and Big Team Battle. Tempest also provides players with a huge Forge palette, allowing them to create new custom map variants that can be shared with the community-at-large
  • Anchor 9 – “Orbital dockyards provide rapid refuelling and repairs for a variety of UNSC vessels.” Within the confines of this low orbit dry-dock, UNSC craft undergo rapid repair and rearmament in support of the enduring war effort. But for the small squads of infantry who now fight over the mirrored interior hallways and open central hangar bay, this platform no longer provides any safe harbour – whether the close quarters combat is occurring inside or out of its artificial gravitational field. Anchor 9 allows 2-8 players to face off in game variants including Free for All, Team Slayer and Team Objective
  • Breakpoint – “ONI officials believe the data buried within this artefact is key to our survival.” Atop this icy precipice, the Invasion continues. These modular archaeological labs were never intended to withstand such a large scale onslaught of Covenant military power, but the information being extracted here may prove vital to humanity’s survival. In response to the imminent Covenant threat, UNSC ground and air assets have been deployed to bolster entrenched Spartan countermeasures. This dig site must yield salvation, or it will become a grave. Breakpoint offers multiplayer mayhem for 8-16 players, and supports the Invasion and Big Team Battle game variants

The Noble Map Pack will include all new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore points.


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  1. Suikoden Fan

    the halo cow is looking awfully dry right about now, too many games with too many map pack dlcs, its getting fucking ridiculous

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DJ Deathstar

    I’ll be getting this methinks, also apparently Bungie are gonna also be adding some new Forge World variants into matchmaking too at some point

    #2 5 years ago
  3. reask

    @ 1
    I agree fully I mean the game only came out a couple of weeks ago.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. evilashchris

    I’ll have to get it, I suppose.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. spiderLAW

    Well, if you look at #2 and #4 (prime examples), why wouldn’t they do this and so early.
    This map pack is nearly as much of a rape as MW2 map packs. You get 3 maps for 800ms? WTF….1) If these maps were ready that fast, I’m sure they had them ready for launch and could have included them in the actual game or gave DLC codes for free unlocking. 2) For 800MS they should have made it at least 4 maps and 1 extra game variation or something similar.
    These map packs and DLC in general get more and more ridiculous as time goes on. Pretty soon its going to ruin games entirely and I will quit being a gamer.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Freek

    Isn’t Breakpoint just a recycled SP and firefight map?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. spiderLAW

    @6 I think Tempest is too….im not sure.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DSB

    Nobody forces anyone to buy a map pack.

    The fact that they’re steeply priced just means you’ll have plenty of people to play with if you choose not to buy it.

    You can always choose to be outraged for the sake of being outraged, but you still have complete control over what you buy or you don’t. That’s the only vote you get as a consumer, and that’s why I don’t buy from publishers putting Ubisoft, Starforce or Microsoft DRM in their games.

    Of course the fact that most developers are cutting content that’s already been made from their games, and only letting you have it if you pay again, is a huge bummer. That’s a bit like a drugdealer.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. _S_E_R_G_

    let the milking begins..

    #9 5 years ago
  10. reask

    I fully agree dsb.
    My point been the rip off is getting more and more blatant.
    In no time you will be buying a game with only half the story on it with the rest been DLC. :)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Freek

    The whole “nobody forces you buy anything” is a non argument. It’s the comments section where people express their opinion. Some of those opinions will be “I like this map pack” some of them will be the oposite. Some of them will be about price. All are valid reactions. There’s no outrage here, just opinions.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. DJ Deathstar


    Nah i know the maps your thinking of, but these definately aren’t remakes of them judging from the screenshots.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    “It’s the comments section where people express their opinion. Some of those opinions will be “I like this map pack” some of them will be the oposite. Some of them will be about price. All are valid reactions.”

    I like cheese.


    Fuck. =/

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Freek

    Damn straight, nobody likes cheese.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    These map packs in my opinion are ridiculous.

    Map packs in the past in most cases were always free. Now it’s more of a business thing.

    I remember when you buy a game you are done with it. Now, it’s different.

    Look at the Mafia II. Crappy game and to make it decent you need to buy loads of DLC.

    I hate it. I bought only Uncharted 2 DLC 1 map pack and felt robbed by a company.

    DLC always existed in some form (before 7th gen consoles) like TES 3:Morrowind missions pack or Battlefield 2 thing, but it was cheap and not important. Just added some experience to it if you are a frekin apeshit about the product.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Blerk

    Would you still like cheese if it was 800 points though, eh? EH?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. spiderLAW

    Yup. Thats why i never buy DLC (will be getting Red Dead’s new Undead Nightmares though as thats a perfect example of GOOD DLC if the price is right of course) and the only DLC i have bought so far was the $2.99 skin pack that let you play as Sev, Helghast, G.Cole, E.Cole, N.Hale, and Chimera which to me is worth the buy as all those probably took some time and money for Naughty Dog to get the liscense to use the characters.

    My complaint about DLC is really that the more money they earn, the more DEVS want to use it to make more money and eventually it will ruin games entirely.I mean, soon we will probably see “pay $5 for the DLC to continue on to level 3″….disgusting

    Sorry if my words are all crazy and jumbled…havent slept for 28hrs

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Psychotext

    “Would you still like cheese if it was 800 points though, eh? EH?”


    As long as it got me a kg of mature cheddar, sure.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    “all those probably took some time and money for Naughty Dog to get the license to use the characters”

    Sony owns all of them. It would have cost ND nothing.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Dralen

    3 Maps for 800ms! That really is a bit of a piss take.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. spiderLAW

    was just about to edit that out. i wasnt thinking while typing.
    I am really okay with buying the skin pack because those characters dont belong in Uncharted so it was cool to have them. Should they have been in the game as unlockables, probably but with how long it took them just to get a few skins out, i think it might have been an idea that came after release.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Freek

    As soon as I become emporer of the universe, cheese will be outlawed.
    Wich ofcourse will lead to a cheese mafia to smuggle the illicit dairy product. I will allow them to exist so as long as I get a 20% cutt of the proffits, from the top.
    I can be a hypocritcal greedy bastard because I’ll be empororer of the universe, and my shock troops will deal with any decent.

    Long story short; you’ll soon be paying allot more then 800 magic space MS bucks for cheese.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. DSB

    @11 I wasn’t telling anyone to shut up, I was just pointing out that it’s being offended for the sake of being offended. That’s as much a comment as anything else.

    If you truly want those maps, that price isn’t going to keep you from them. And if you don’t want them, there will be many others who feel the same way, so you won’t be stuck playing with yourself.

    The existential threat that might pose to anyone completely escapes me.

    @15 That’s a highly selective memory. Map packs haven’t even been around for that long. Back in the old days, they were made by fans a lot of the time, so of course they were gonna be free.

    A great example is Battlefield 2, which certainly did everything it could to maximize profits with its expansion packs. Those were way too expensive compared to the content, as well.

    Then again, there were three free map packs for PC players in World At War.

    I’m not saying that free maps wouldn’t be awesome, but I have a hard time seeing any professional developer, and especially publisher, give away their stuff for free.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    @Freek: Says you, I’ll have Wallace & Gromit on my side, and you can’t deal with those odds.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. spiderLAW

    I DO want those maps. I really do want more maps in Halo Reach (Reach has the least amount of maps ive seen in Halo since CE)
    but i wont pay 800ms for them. I dont think that we should even have to pay 400ms for them but at least 400ms would have been a pretty reasonable price (free would be ideal since we already forked out $60 for the damn game).

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Fantastic

    DSB, your such a fucking tool sometimes.

    But I guess your right, we don’t have to buy DLC. We could also stop playing games altogether. But then again if you want to enjoy your hobby, and the investment you have already made(hello games aren’t cheap even w/o DLC), if you don’t want to have your friends list split between those that have the maps and those that don’t, you need to buy the fucking maps packs.

    Its why they do it to begin with.

    I would rather them charge me the upfront price and be honest about it. Just charge me 120bucks for the game. Because that is exactly where they are going at this point.

    Sometimes industry people wonder out loud why new game sales drop. Some blame used games. Some blame the draw of online. I give both of those nods, but I also blame DLC.

    Instead of buying several games, alot of us have to buy fewer and focus on keeping those games “upto date” with our money instead. Great if your one of the top sellers in the Online MP market. Not so great if your trying to push something different(Alan Wake comes to mind), or if your trying to push a not so well known IP.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Freek

    Not me personally no, but the cheese mafia has a stake in this aswell. This is bigger then you and me and certain people simply won’t allow their bottom line to be effected.
    Accidents can happen…

    #27 5 years ago
  28. DSB

    @25 Then you don’t want them bad enough, man :P

    I know I’m a bit of a cynic, but that’s just the way the market works. The guy selling stuff sets his price, and you either give it or you don’t.

    Of course it really sucks if you’re on a bootstring budget, and I live in a place where people usually aren’t in that situation, so maybe I’m being too introverted and cynical, but it just doesn’t strike me as a pile of cash.

    @26 I’m not out to insult anyone. I try not to do that unless someone else kicks it off.

    I completely agree with everything you say, but that’s just the way it is today, and that’s certainly how the industry intends to keep it.

    If you throw a rally against retarded DLC schemes, I’ll be there. Until then, I accept it as the way it works, and make my own decisions as a consumer accordingly.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Psychotext

    @27: lol

    #29 5 years ago
  30. spiderLAW

    So then maybe instead of charging super high prices for Pro Developed maps they should allow user created (using a PC) maps to be downloaded and used in the game’s private matches or split screen matches or friendly matches or….um….etc. lol

    I do want them bad enough, so bad but i wont budge on the DLC crap. I have plenty other games i could play if i get bored of the same old maps.
    Im not on a bootstring budget. Im a very successful freelance concept artist. Its just that i am a gamer. I shouldnt have to feel that part of my game that i payed $60 (which i used to pay $50-$40 for) for is missing for the sake of cashing in on DLC. Its cheating. Just like capcom and there Multiplayer DLC for RE5.
    I think DLC would be great if it added something entirely NEW to the game like the Undead Nightmare dlc is going to for Red Dead redemption. You know, kinda like a spin off game or a 1.5 game before part 2 comes out (basically a new continuation). And it should be a fair price. The DLC for GTA4 side games (stories and gay tony) was a bit overpriced but it was going in the right direction of adding something new. DLC can be great, if done right which right now it isnt.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 I don’t blame you, but from the point of view of the market, you don’t want it bad enough to pay the price.

    That’s all I’m saying.

    I don’t savor paying 16 euro for a stupid map pack, but if it’s a game I spend hours and hours on, I’ll bite the bullet on that. As such, the publisher wins, he got me that time.

    I wish DLC would go to hell, and I wish that publishers would rely on quality to make people pay for their games, rather than punishing them with shitty DRM schemes and stupid surcharges, but that’s not the way the world works right now.

    I totally agree though. Actual expansions are leagues better, and they’re totally ripping you off by removing content from the finished product and selling it seperately.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. back_up

    3 maps for 10$ wtf

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Dralen

    I am also one of the people that really want these maps, but I refuse to pay more than what they are worth. If people keep buying them at the high prices they are currently, developers inevitably crank up the price again in the future, so I will not pay for them at those prices.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. abnormal alan

    my view on this can be summed up in one link

    #34 5 years ago
  35. freedoms_stain

    What sickens me about a lot of map packs is that they’re rehashed single player sections.

    The devs have done little more than block off areas, add weapon spawns and away we go.

    Very little work and boom, $10 bucks a pop.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    These maps should have been included on the master disc for consumers. Plain and simple.

    The “just post release DLC scandal” has gotten WAY out of control.

    Great game, but fuck this company. I won’t be buying this map pack that’s 100% certain.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. freedoms_stain

    @36, maybe they are, wait to see how big the download is :p

    #37 5 years ago
  38. DrDamn

    I’m often a defender of DLC on here, but this does seem too soon for map packs which are going to splinter your online community. On the price there is a history in Halo of price reductions and eventually becoming free to download isn’t there?

    #38 5 years ago
  39. polygem

    i think it´s too expensive for 3 maps. they could have been included on disc for sure. BUT…i love this game. the replayability of reach is outstanding. you really get some great value for your money if you are into the mp. i love to get new maps already because i play a few matches almost every day. i´ll definitely get all the map packs…it´s not 1200 points at last. which would indeed be a complete rip off. i think 800 for 4 (not 3) maps is ok as dlc pricing…

    #39 5 years ago
  40. spiderLAW

    they never become free. They become discounted for amonth and then back up to normal price. The only occasion where people THOUGHT they got the whole experience for free was with ODST 2nd disc which was the complete Halo MP experience….but then soon after release, Bungie release 1 more map pack so people got raped yet again.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Dralen

    @39 I think 400 is a good price for 4.

    @40 I think one of the map packs became free in Halo 3 for a while. Because I never bought any of the packs and I remember getting the first map pack for free after the mythic pack was released.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Hybridpsycho

    It’s quite ridiculous that they release map packs (like most companies) so early after release…they’re like “Yes, we actually had this made and fixed before release but we want yer money so we’re being jerks and taking extra money from you.” :/

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Callum

    After a while they did become free in Halo 3. I remember doing some LAN tornys and different boxes having different map packs caused a complete fucking nightmare!

    I won’t be buying any DLC. I love the game itself and I adore the multiplayer, but I just don’t feel the NEED yet. The old maps aren’t old and they aren’t boring…I havn’t learned all the ins and outs and I still disocver new stuff most days.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Michael O’Connor


    I’ll be waiting for the obligatory half price sale of these about so months down the line before I even consider touching these.

    #44 5 years ago

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    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]