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DICE: Battlefield 3 needs “special attention” on PC

Thursday, 21 October 2010 18:23 GMT By Justin Kranzl

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Developer DICE is well aware of PC gamers’ fears Battlefield 3 will be “consolized”: designer Alan “Demize99″ Kertz acknowledged the concern in a forum thread on EA’s BF3 messageboard this week.

The good news – Kertz is promising not to ignore that concern, which flared up in full force after he mentioned on his Twitter account it wouldn’t be cost effective to develop multiple – PC and console – versions of the one game.

Stating it was too early to discuss BF3 specifics, Kertz gave some background on the design philosophy DICE has adopted when developing titles for console and PC:

Early on BFBC2 our PC playtest feedback showed that weapon feeling was lacking. It just wasn’t as much fun to shoot the guns on PC as on console. With controls being the big gameplay difference (mouse vs pad) it quickly became clear that simply put the original weapon tweaks, which were done on the PS3, weren’t working on PC. The guns all had a bit of base inaccuracy, that with a gamepad wasn’t really noteworthy, but on PC it really prevented players from taking advantage of the mouse input. On 2142 one of the key things about the guns is that they were all deadly accurate, they lost damage over range sure, but if you could put the crosshairs on the target you could hit it. Sure, some people feel like an AR should be more accurate than an SMG or carbine. I feel like the issue is “ARs should be better at range” and thus, they do better damage over range than the SMGs.

In response to the feedback on PC, I completely retweaked the accuracy. The next playtest it was immediately obvious that it was a change for the better, and surprisingly it also made gamepads feel much better as well.

Fundamentally I think it is an error to have different core gameplay on console vs PCs. PC gives a player more input control and if a gun feels good on PC it feels good on console. I won’t “dumb it down” by lowering the recoil or changing the damage model or other such silliness.

PC and Console Battlefield players want similar gameplay: Epic sprawling Battlefields, and also tight infantry fights. Balanced weapons and land/sea/air vehicles with a rock-paper-scissors emphasis. Squad and teamplay, where no one player can be a do-it-all super soldier, and communications systems to support teamplay. And a deep and rewarding system of progression with deep and varied gameplay that keeps you wanting to go 1 more round. Everyone also wants it to be easy to play with their friends.

Consoles generally are less tolerant of overly complex interfaces. They have less buttons, you need more elegant interfaces. Deep systems work well though if they have a straight forward interface. The fun is not in figuring out how to use the system, it’s in figuring out how to best use the system.

PC players have their own set of requirements. They tend to play only on PC, and they know their PCs have capabilities beyond that of a console. The gap is narrowing, but PCs still have a clear advantage in memory. PC players also demand a PC interface, a server browser, and anything that feels like it might have been “ported” from a console is going to get flamed hard. They are more forgiving of complex systems and will tear any design down into its parts to really figure out how it works. It’s a damn sight harder to please a PC player, they have higher expectations.

It’s too early to talk BF3 specifics. But it’s never too early for me to acknowledge that PC players have a fear that BF3 will be “consolized.” PC gaming is alive and well, BFBC2 has proven that and no one at DICE or EA can argue with the numbers. Battlefield 3 needs an extra bit of special attention on the PC. I intend to give it that attention, tradition and our community demand it.

Thanks, Bluesnews.

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29 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “It’s too early to talk BF3 specifics. But it’s never too early for me to acknowledge that PC players have a fear that BF3 will be “consolized.””

    I hope not. Console players can enjpy stupid Halo and think that it is GOTY.

    Please DICE, make it good on PC. Make it a great PC title. Please.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. choochoo

    Halo isn’t stupid also we xbox360 owners can Kick your pc butt anyday pc gaming is for losers. So become a man and chuck your pc and get a xbox360 its where all the action is lol.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Anders

    @2 :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Yoshi

    I really hope they make the PC version unique. As much as I love BFBC2 it just doesn’t feel on par with what BF2 offered, okey they are slightly different in styles but still.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @2 I don’t know where to start LOL. This post is full of epicness :D

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Elrood

    Statement: “Console players can enjpy stupid Halo and think that it is GOTY.”

    Reaction: “Halo isn’t stupid also we xbox360 owners can Kick your pc butt anyday pc gaming is for losers.”

    It’s this kind of talk which ends in utterly stupid conversations.

    Play what you want to play, but don’t insult another Gamer because he likes something else than you do.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @Elrood, it was a joke man. I said “Halo” because it is way to arcadish shooter for my tastes.

    PC is PC and i hope DICE will make a great PC title that is developed specifically for PC.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. polygem

    you call halo stupid but consider yourself a gamer? wow. that´s a statement. it´s like saying i´m a vegetarian but i love big macs…

    #8 4 years ago
  9. spiderLAW

    @8 so wait, you arent a gamer if you dont like Halo?
    When did this start happening? Shit, i might just stop liking Halo just to prove you wrong.
    Half-Life PC>Half-Life2 PC>Counter Strike PC> Unreal Tournament(original)PC>COD4>BfBC2>MW2>Halo2(MP)>Halo:Reach
    ‘IMO’

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @8 i don’t want to start flame wars, but look at the spiderLAW list. Great list, just don’t understand why he did not included there Quake, Doom or UT2004.

    Halo is Halo. It’s a very subjective thing. First Halo really bring vehicles and regeneration, but is it a good game?

    Some people say Yes, some people say No. If thats the case than it’s really something wrong with it.

    People say that Half-Life is an awesome franchise. 90% of people say that and don’t argue about it because everybody know its a masterpiece.

    Halo is basically Unreal tournament but a little bit slow and arcadish. Not my cup of tea.
    Cheers.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. spiderLAW

    I didnt include UT2004 because i didnt play it. I skipped over it to the next UT and never got around to trying it afterwards (i was in between PCs ofr like a 1yr at the time). Quake 1 i liked (and it was revolutionary for its time) but never played the rest of the Quake games afterwards (where trhough a time where all i played was half-life and unreal tournament). Didnt care much for Doom3. Doom 1 and 2 were amazing though (for the time anyways lol)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Grimrita

    Despite all his hot air, you still need to actually miss the head to get a headshot. No mention about the bullet proof leaves.

    The standards of shooters has declined greatly over the past couple of years. Lots of bugs, lazy developing, crap maps and to think, DICE use to be the masters.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. polygem

    well if you call halo stupid i´d definitely say you do not know much about games. if you do not like it that´s something different. if you say you do not like it because it´s “too slow paced, too arcadish” (which it isn´t imo – unreal tournament or cod are way more arcadish) – then say that – i´m fine with it. BUT still halo is a great game, a very well crafted and balanced one. hate it for it´s artwork, pace whatever but this doesn´t make it a bad or even “stupid” game. it´s a pretty clever game actually. it just doesn´t fit your taste. to say it´s stupid because of that is kind of stupid – that´s all i was trying to say.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. spiderLAW

    @12
    Yeah it seems that its becoming a normal thing to have issues in FPS. Halo Reach, COD4, MW2, BFBC2 all have bulletproof leaves. I have yet to encounter that issue in BFBC2 myself but ill take your word for it. As for the other 3 games, i sure have experienced that problem. Not sure if MOH has it or not (not very many leaves in MOH)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. spiderLAW

    @13
    Okay that makes sense. Just still doesnt mean that hes not a gamer for saying that.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    “which it isn´t imo – unreal tournament or cod are way more arcadish”

    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/titan-pack-unreal-tournament/46965

    Show me a Halo gameplay trailer with that gameplay. Thats Unreal gameplay that is used for cybersport.
    Halo use same things slower.

    Everything else is just a matter of opinion.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Shokaku

    DICE should be not ‘consolization’ with making MoH.. FAIL! MoH multi was always with big tradition on PC…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. FadeLive

    Dedicated servers and mod tools are all im asking for. Please make it happen DICE. Oh and no sneaky “map packs” that just add existing maps to new modes. Rather have some new maps instead amirite.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. CaptPierce

    Another day, another elitist PC gamer attitude that sees console players as inferior and PC players as members of the so called “Aryan PC master race”. Honestly, what is so great about PC gaming I can’t do for less money, more friends, and the same amount of graphical detail and fun?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. spiderLAW

    MOH for PC sucked. I bought it on PC and even on my i7 it was choppy. I had a solid 55-60fps but still would get these sudden jolts when id play online and they were very frequent. I adjusted everything possible (even over clocked my 2g crossfire cards) and still the jolts persisted. So i sold it for $50 and bought it on PS3 for $40 instead. Havent had any issues on PS3 besides framerate drops in single player.
    Its sad when a game like Crysis with its powerful graphix can run better than MOH on PC. hopefully BF3 doesnt have this problem. BF2 was epic

    #20 4 years ago
  21. spiderLAW

    @19
    I prefer consoles to PC (now, not back in the late 90s and 2000-2004) but to say its the same level of graphics isnt a correct statement and thats actually the only superior part of a PC. The graphics and the framerate are far better on PC, but you pay the price for it.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. CaptPierce

    @21
    Yeah, I’ll admit that some games on the PC look better than consoles do, but we’re reaching the age that PS3 games can reach detail to where it doesn’t even matter. Besides, why would I use $700-$800 on a PC that will be obsolete 6-18 months later for something that plays the same game for $300 that will make games for at least 8-10 years?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. SwiftRanger

    Good to see that Dice acknowledges these points but they said the same stuff about BC2 and that still had a server browser which was as bad as the BF2 server browser.

    I believe they are making BF3 for PC first given the lineage and popularity of past Battlefield PC-only titles. The biggest problem imo seems to come from the fact that BC2 already filled a gap that BF2 and BF2142 left. BC2 feels too crowded and too limited at times but not that much. I am starting to worry about what exactly BF3 is gonna add more to that; that leaked document from a few years ago wasn’t exactly thrilling.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. RoarrrUK

    @CaptPierce
    Why PC? Choice. It’s a thing people should value. If myself or anyone else can afford it and want the superior (full >native HD res, 16 xx, dx11) then so be it. If you just want simpler instalaltion, friends lists etc, then console.
    Or better sstill just get both.

    But there are differences. Theres no need to justify to anyone but yourself why you don’t use PCs. If you can’t see genuine reasons, I don’t know why that is.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @CatPierce,

    First of all when you pay 500-800$ to play games multiplatform they always will look better.
    After 6-18 months you just can’t play in the same benchmark quality but it will be ALWAYS better than on consoles.

    Do you realise that consoles have graphics chips at the level of NVIDIA Geforce 7900? Basically a 500$ USD PC is enough to play anything this gen on max or on medium settings and it will look always better on PC.

    Second, Games are cheaper

    Third, Steam is Free and it is better that PSN and XBOX LIVE and you have all Netflixes and e.t.c. there

    Fourth, Mouse and keyboard. If you are playing shooters it is a definitive choice to play these games. Much better and smoother in most cases.

    Fifth, MODS and giant mod community.

    and e.t.c. Try it before you say something stupid about PC gaming when you never had a decent PC gaming rig.

    PC gaming was always a great thing. There is not such thing as a “Aryan PC master race”, but people who pay money for it enjoy gaming a lot.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. polygem

    @16: you really don´t have to tell me about ut. i played these games a lot. but it´s not the same things just slower in halo. wtf? it´s a completely different game. maybe you should play halo first? @15 in the context of him saying it´s a stupid game i can call him a non gamer. only fair. yingyang. karma is a bitch. but we sorted that out in the end i guess.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Oct..

    Oh c’mon!! Where’s Mirror’s Edge 2!!

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Freek

    The hilarity of the situation is that there is verry little difference between the platforms in terms of technology or in terms of gameplay desire.
    The audiance for Battlefield expects the same on both platforms: Battlefield gameplay. The technology doesn’t stand in the way of that either.

    The silly arguments come from the past when technology between the platforms was verry different and developers did not fully understand that people on either platform diden’t desire a simplyfied gameplay.
    Game developers got past that stage and are simply making the game they want, regardless of where you play it. Fallout, Bioshock, Battlefield, they aren’t any more or less complex on any particular platform. They are as the designers intended them to be.
    It’s time gamers moved on from the silly arguments aswell.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. SwiftRanger

    “The technology doesn’t stand in the way of that either.”

    It does, especially for Battlefield-gameplay. Even though MAG makes it sound easy (it’s built specifically for one kind of console), most multiplayer FPS games on consoles have smaller maps and less maximum players on said maps than is possible on a medium PC spec. For a multiplatform title features do get restricted on PC, it happened with BC2 (32 player limit). I hope it won’t happen with BF3.

    #29 4 years ago

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    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]