Mass Effect 2 looks like it runs rather well on a netbook when using Gaikai

Thursday, 2 December 2010 19:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Want to know how Gaikai works or how it will run a game like Mass Effect 2 on a netbook with a “single core Atom CPU”?

Engadget has you covered.

Below, you’ll see how the game runs on the netbook used for the Gaikai beta. It looks fine to us, honestly.

That’s not all either. Engadget also has loads of information on how Gaikai’s servers work and how publishers can determine how much latency “makes for an acceptable session on a per-game basis” based on your internet connection speed.

It confused us a bit, but many things do, so just take our word for it and read up on it yourself.

Currently in open beta, Gaikai is slated for a mid-December release.


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  1. Patrick Garratt

    That’s pretty fucking cool.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. CroMagnon

    Looks like cloud based gaming has two major contenders. Except that Gaikai actually looks as expected here while OnLive only push fancy pre-rendered videos.

    I know which one I’d trust.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Why not Onlive does the same type of thing and works great too.

    Now it comes down to price point and game selection.

    I know that Onlive is moving to a 10usd/month flat fee for unlimited play on what seems like all but brand new games.

    Ball is in your court Gaikai.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    @2 What are you talking about? I use Onlive, the games run fast and smooth, in full graphic glory. My guess is that if you can’t fully run Onlive, you will have the same trouble with Gaikai, because it is likly your isp and not the services themself.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Always connected to the internet is the bad idea

    + i see lags and not the best performance.

    If i want lags and not the best performance of the game the best way to go with consoles for now. They don’t require nothing.

    If you want better visuals and don’t want to be connected to the internet by playing singleplayer then standard PC is the best choice.

    Onlive and Gaikai have chance after 10 years maybe when internet will be better and performance will be better.

    Nothing amazing here for now.

    WOW, Gaikai runs Mass Effect 2. Such an achievement. You can’t run it on your PC or what?

    Let them run CRYSIS 1, CRYSIS 2 or ARMA 2 or RAGE on max graphics. Or Battlefield:BC 2, Black Ops without lags.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. onlineatron

    Cloud-based gaming is the future for sure.

    I’m all for it as long as publishers don’t use it as an excuse to screw us on price.

    If the cloud is to really take off pricing needs to be handled in a similar way as Steam. Standard prices at launch but relatively frequent sales.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Cool but I don’t care I’m playing it for PS3 :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    “single core Atom CPU”

    Thats not an achievement considering my sister playing Mass Effect 2 on the single 3.0 GHZ CPU having Geforce 9600 GT that is cheap and playing it at the same quality (if not better) and without lags.

    Nothing impressive there. Absolutely nothing.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @8 Nothing wrong at all with an NVIDIA Geforce 9600 GT.

    /pats her other PC tower lovingly

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    You almost sound scared of Cloud Erth. Has it harmed you in some way? ;)

    Ok lets look at Tea for a sec. That man is on the go alot. ALOT. If he can have a game service that costs about the same price as renting one game(Onlive is putting a 10usd/flat fee into place), and he can play those games in a hotel room on a tiny(easy to travel with) work laptop/notebook/netbook, why shouldn’t he?

    I can think of many reasons that something like this would be apealing. Not like he can fit his Desktop or his PS3 in his carry on bag when he travels. Sure he could take a PSP, but he couldn’t play fullblown console/PC games on that either.

    No one is replacing your PC or stealing it. But if someday no one needs high end game rigs to play games … how is that a bad thing?

    I’d like to dream and say that maybe someday all games will be multiplat and none exclusive and 100% playable from a wide range of things from a iPad/iTouch to desktop to a microconsole to a netbook. Opens games up and should drive down costs because it would effectivly release the death grip certian companies have on the industry right now.

    if nothing else it would end the stupid console fanboy crap that plaques us all.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    @9 – exactly!

    *pats 9600GT SLI pc tower*

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @10 People like portable devices because they like to carry something small in their pockets.

    thats one of the reasons why DS succeed while PSP being sold for 62 million units that is not bad.

    Look, when you are on the go you want to play with something and be done with it. Thats where DS, iOS device games did right and PSP didn’t.

    LapTop on the go? well, you have a point about a Hotel room thing. Thats ok if Gaikai can support 1080p and good framerates, but again… Without decent internet you won’t play games with good framerate.
    + you still need to carry controller or mouse with you.
    Still PSP or iOS, DS devices is a better choice.

    It’s still too far for this thing. Gaikai and Onlive are not ready for now. Just not ready.

    “You almost sound scared of Cloud Erth. Has it harmed you in some way?”

    You are absolutely right. You are a smart man and you know why i’m scared?

    Because platform will not be open. We need less services like that. What i don’t like while playing my games on the 360|Ps3 is that i feel like i’m being watched by some company. You are restricted to a lot of functions on your PS3 or 360, while on PC when it is open platform you can do with your game what you want. Mods, no stupid security systems and etc. You can upgrade your videocard if you want. Basically you have choices.
    + service always will want some additional cash from you. Some small little 10 bucks a month or another shitty thing.

    For now STEAM does everything right. When i play game on Steam i feel myself that i can do with my game what i want.
    If someone wants to make that service… Steam dev team must do it.

    I’m sure you like Civilization 5. I’m sure you wanted something more from this game and maybe looked at the internet and searched for some good mods for it. Or community, or something.
    With services like GAIKAI or OnLive it’s going to be less freedom. + there are already… a lot of services… Gaikai, Steam, OnLive, D2D, Stupid Ubisoft system, GFWL, GOG,

    Seriously enough…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. theevilaires

    @11 – exactly!

    * Pats NVIDIA RSX PS3 tower * ;)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. spiderLAW

    I llloovvveee my Nvidia RSX pc. Such a wonderful machine.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DSB

    If cloud gaming could iron out the kinks, that would be a huge boon to the PC market. Possibly even comparable to Steam.

    The real question is how much money the licences can throw back on one of those services. Or rather the margins those licences throw off.

    It would suck if a huge rise in cloud gaming lead to cheaper, less cared for games, designed for the PC “rabble” so to speak.

    @5 Let the average PC player run “CRYSIS 1, CRYSIS 2 or ARMA 2 or RAGE on max graphics. Or Battlefield:BC 2, Black Ops without lags” – Spoiler alert: They can’t, because they’re still on a dual or single core machine by a margin of 7 to 3 against the minority of quadcore gamers.

    If you could actually offer those games to 100% of the PC market (or rather a vendor that enables 100% of the PC market to play them) that would be one of the best things to happen to PC gaming since the 90′s.

    Let’s face it, hardware manufacturers have done more to kill PC gaming than pirates could ever dream of. Here’s a potential bandage for that injury.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    “Or Battlefield:BC 2, Black Ops without lags” – Spoiler alert: They can’t, because they’re still on a dual or single core machine by a margin of 7 to 3 against the minority of quadcore gamers.”

    these games don’t require super hardware. (except Crysis 1, Crysis 2, Arma 2. Yeah, here you are right.)

    Ok. Battlefield:BC2 require a lot, but COD for example can run pretty fast on the outdated 8600-8800 GT without a freakin problem with a single CPU.

    But how about… Buying yourself a 9600 GT and you can play COD and most of the games on that hardware and be satisfied with this?

    Or for sake… just CONSOLE is not enough? Soon we will see next generation.

    “Let’s face it, hardware manufacturers have done more to kill PC gaming than pirates could ever dream of. Here’s a potential bandage for that injury.”

    I don’t agree here. No one asks you to buy SLI 580 GTX with I7 970x and 12 GB Ram RIGHT NOW to play Call Of Duty.
    While pirates finish of the sales for some games. Look each year for the graph where are statistics about how much people downloaded Call Of duty. you will be so surprised with that number.

    Onlive or Gaikai btw can fix that problem. Thats maybe the only GOOD thing for the PC market. Because that thing can destroy pirates by delivering game from their own system, so PC will have better games this time around.

    + i’m sure for 90% that people won’t use single CPU for serious gaming. STEAM stats are not ridiculous, i’m just not sure that everyone of them play Assasins Creed or Battlefield:BC2. Games like Plants vs zombies? Ok.
    You still need a good LapTop that can run something else with good quality.

    I just don’t see this thing as a game changer. So far no one wants it. I mean really almost no one. Everyone see it as a cool technology.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    Oh but this is not really that new.

    This Netbook from Asus…i forgot the exact model, runs ME2 perfectly. For a netbook ridiculously impressive.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    @16 Yeah, no it can’t.

    I’m stuck in the US at the moment, with a silly little dualcore laptop that has no chance of playing it, but I did have the chance to try it out on a dualcore “gaming rig from yesteryear” – And it was lagging all over the place. It was completely unplayable on the very lowest settings on Veteran.

    So, we busted that myth.

    Not that my argument was those specific games that you keep going on about, but merely the fact that most modern PC games won’t run very well on the level of hardware that’s available in peoples homes, and certainly not near the optimal.

    The PC currently demands updated hardware for a proper experience. Fact-of-life. You might wait one year, you might wait two, you might wait three but you’re going to have to upgrade to keep up – A cloud service will flatten those requirements out and allow people not to worry about that, which is exactly the same device that made most people jump to consoles in the first place.

    You might not care because you’re living in some kind of bubble where everybody’s got a quadcore and a 1GB graphics card (Which couldn’t be further from the truth – Again 30-35%) – but the fact is that the graphical splendor and the technical genius of most games isn’t available to 70% of the PC market.

    That’s not even mentioning the fact that less people will be likely to pirate games if all they have to do is buy a subscription (a la Netflix) to play games. Why would I want to download a season of Dexter on a lousy torrent when I can just stream it for no added cost?

    I’m not sure cloud gaming are offering those kinds of subs right now, but I’d be surprised if no one made the attempt. As you can tell just from this comment section, it certainly appeals to a lot of people already.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. freedoms_stain

    Have any of you read the Gaikai business model?

    It’s GENIUS.

    Basically they’re pushing it less as a full-on cloud gaming service and more of a “try before you buy” demo service.

    Basically you’ll visit the games web page (or even VG247, IGN, EuroGamer, pretty much any website advertising the game) and if you’ve got the bandwidth you’ll be offered a free trial period of the game.

    The FULL game, from the start for x amount of time. It doesn’t cost the devs/pubs any time or money in creating a unique demo, they just provide Gaikai the full game and they cut your trial off once you’ve played the allotted time. After that they link you up to partner websites where you can buy the full game, or you can pay Gaikai for a license to keep playing the game over the cloud.

    You don’t have to wait for anything to download, you just start playing, right in your browser. It won’t do anything for megaton hits like CoD, but for the smaller games where people are wary of punting their cash on unknown quantities, the ability to cheaply provide the actual full game experience could generate some serious sales.

    “I like the idea but not sure if I’ll like the game” Gaikai it bitch.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    “I’m stuck in the US at the moment, with a silly little dualcore laptop that has no chance of playing it, but I did have the chance to try it out on a dualcore “gaming rig from yesteryear””

    It depends not on cores, it depends on the GHZ and speed. Dual core is not impressive until i will hear numbers of it’s MB cash, speed and GHZ.

    Because Intel Core i7-875 2.93 worse then Quad core S775 Q9650 for example.

    I can buy for todays standard 1 core CPU that will do a much better job then some Dual core models. + overclocking.

    Not to mention about videocard and RAM. CPU is not that important in PC games, compared to a good videocard.

    “The PC demands updated hardware. Fact-of-life. You might wait one year, you might wait two, you might wait three but you’re going to have to upgrade to keep up”

    BS. I didn’t upgraded my second PC for two years and it’s old already and have Quad Core CPU Q9550 and 4 GB Ram with Geforce 9800 GT 1 GB.
    Nothing needs to be changed. I can even play ARMA 2 on mid-high settings.
    But if i will overclock it i can use it for 2 years more if i want to play on max.

    You don’t need to upgrade every freakin year except if you want every freakin pixel on max. graphics settings.
    This generation of 360 and Ps3 my old second PC can live to the end and don’t need an upgrade at all.

    @freedoms_stain, Not a bad idea using it with that business model

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Crysis

    @Erthazus, the fact is you spent hundreds on something that’ll only last 4 years, then you will spend hundreds more to get a new top of the line rig, these cloud service eliminate that cycle completely, but it’ll be 15-20 years before it becomes big in the rest of the world, hopefully new service like this will halt Australia’s net providers from capping us, it’s ridiculous! we’re in the 21t century now.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Michael O’Connor

    Cloud gaming is nice, and it has some great uses for specific people in specific circumstances. But it’s not the future, and it never will be. Not unless someone finds a magically way to eliminate lag. Which is impossible.

    It’s a nice concept, and I have nothing against it personally, but it’s not that future.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Crysis

    @22, you can’t imagine a future where streaming HD video takes less than a millisecond? seems pretty short sighted, ofc it won’t be happening anytime soon for the common man, but we’ll get there, we’ll definately get there, give it some time.
    But for now, digital distribution is the now & future, i personally prefer physical game disks, but that’s just me & that won’t last forever…

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Freek

    But ofcourse computing power for home based devices doesn’t stand still either. So the question is will it still be relivant to use that streaming power for games in the future? Or will be it just as cheap to just run the game locally?
    Gaikai with it’s demo on the fly service nicely sidestepps the issue by still offering something of value: the power to try a game where ever and then decide how you want to buy it. A form of interactinve advertisement.

    OnLive on the other hand is trying to be the replacement of home computers and consoles, that’s allot more difficult.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DSB

    @20 Denial is a terrible thing.

    The fact that you went quadcore early hardly means it’s going to be the same for everybody else, quite to the contrary. As the adoption rate clearly shows, most people haven’t.

    Clearly you can’t handle reality, so should we just leave it at that? I’ll take any bet you make against cloud gaming failing to generate massive profits within the next half decade.

    @22 Of course. It’s not “the” future, but it could very well play a big part in it. It won’t appeal to very many with a 30 percentile computer and a decent job with room for several higher end Steam purchases a month, but why would it need to? It just needs to catch the 70 percent with an outdated rig and a budget.

    The client is a gamer, he has little money to spare and his computer sucks. Gaikai comes along and offers him to pay 40 euro or dollars a month, roughly the price of one full game, for access to a library of more than 2000 streamed games.

    A lot of people would take that deal. You have massive populations in the eastern and southern part of Europe and big percentages in America to whom that would be extremely appealing.

    They might not get the perfect experience, but they’ll be playing modern PC games without having to get through either the hardware or the software paywall.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    “Cloud gaming is nice, and it has some great uses for specific people in specific circumstances. But it’s not the future, and it never will be. Not unless someone finds a magically way to eliminate lag. Which is impossible.

    It’s a nice concept, and I have nothing against it personally, but it’s not that future.”

    I dunno, I bet alot of people said the samething about Netflix and it’s instant streaming once upon a time.

    We all know how that turned out. And in a somewhat short period of time too.

    I am optimisticly watching these services, hoping for a better, cheaper, faster, and easier way for me to play games.

    #26 4 years ago

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  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – here’s what your PC needs in order to run it

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out next week, and Bethesda has today released the PC specs for the standalone title. MachineGames has made some tweaks to the system requirements and have included both minimum and recommended specifications. Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – watch the livestream reveal right here

    Bungie will be showing off Destiny’s new 3v3 Team Deatmatch Trials of Osiris today, and you can watch the Twitch stream right here if you like. It kicks off at 11am PDT/2pm EDT and will feature community manager Deej and design leads Lars Bakken and Derek Carroll. More will be revealed on House of Wolves […]

  • May Xbox Games with Gold: Mafia 2, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, F1 2013

    Microsoft has announced the free games Gold members will be able to pick up through Xbox Live. On Xbox One, Gold users can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition for the month,and Pool Nation FX is being offered for an additional month. Starting May 1, Xbox 360 Gold members can download Mafia 2 through May 15, and […]