First look at Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in LA

Friday, 17 December 2010 11:24 GMT By Justin Kranzl


Hollywood is a logical place for Sony Computer Entertainment and developer Naughty Dog to throw an event to unveil Uncharted 3 to games press. The series has evolved into one of gaming’s best examples of the interactive medium taking on film at their own game. In fact with Indiana Jones’ last cinematic experience verging on self-satire, there’s merit in the argument that Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake is a figure more sympathetic to modern times; the everyman adventurer.

The goal with Uncharted is to capture the feel of the classic action adventure movies but front them with a contemporary hero, states Amy Hennig, creative director. The 17 year-old games industry veteran has won recognition not just from games press but also awards from the Writers Guild of America for Uncharted 2’s storyline, and it’s clear from Uncharted 3’s presentation that the ND team is committed to continuing down the same path that saw Uncharted 2 move over 4 million copies to date and a slew of “best of” gongs.

Uncharted 3’s double “D”

The “Drakes Deception” subtitle, we’re told, has multiple layers of meaning. Apart from the obvious reference to the protagonist, it also refers to Sir Francis Drake – sea captain and buccaneer. This time around, Nathan and sidekick Sully start off in Europe retracing movements of the historic figure and find themselves on the trail of another – TE Lawrence, the studious archaeologist who was to later become known as Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence, we’re told, was obsessed with finding the “Atlantis of the Sands”, a legendary lost city in the Rub’ al Khali desert. When Drake joins the hunt, it’s revealed he’s up against a secret order, lead by a tyrant who manipulates through fear. The nature of the nemesis’s powers wasn’t explained by Naughty Dog save for noting Drake would be forced to confront his greatest fear, presumably not snakes.

With the backdrop in play, the actual gameplay demonstration begins in a large, dilapidated chateau in France. We’re told for narrative purposes that Drake and Sully believe themselves to be one step ahead of their pursuers, however in true Uncharted fashion (“Where bad goes to worse”, in Naughty Dog’s words), they’re wrong. It doesn’t take long for Drake and Sully figure out they’re not alone. Henchmen of the unnamed foe are trying to set fire to the building, lugging barrels of oil and conversing with each other in the oafish manner of cannon fodder since the dawn of entertainment. Trapped on the upper levels of the building with the enemy below, Drake does some acrobatic shimmying and leaping as rotting beams give way under his hands. Before long, gunplay enters the equation, as Drake and Sully race to exit the building before the fire at ground level takes hold.

No such luck of course. In keeping with “bad goes to worse” the remnants of the enemy force exit the building and taunt Drake as they close the doors behind them. What occurs next is a superb example of how revisitation in level design (retracing the same territory) should be done. As the conflagration builds into a fiery pit, Drake and Sully clamber and jump from foothold to handhold in a race to remain rare and not well done. Structurally, the architecture remains the same, however navigation is completely rerouted courtesy of the disintegrating, burning interior. It’s fitting the demo closes out with Drake left hanging over the inferno.

The dialogue we heard was also noteworthy, and for better or worse, clearly executed with an eye towards mainstream cinema. More often than not just when you would expect the sidekick to chip in with a warning or wisecrack the game obliges. There’s little extraneous or forced chitchat, and about the only verbal red flag we heard was Drake uttering “crap!” when faced with serious peril, which seems mild for a man facing the threat of immolation. That subjective note aside, it’s clear Naughty Dog are not taking past storytelling kudos for granted.

The mechanics

While we’re yet to see the desert stages in action, what we have seen of Uncharted 3 is vintage Uncharted – verdant greenery surrounding the chateau’s edifice of stone and wood. The sun streams through gaps in the ruined building, allowing shafts of light to illuminate the interior as well as the players. Once the chateau’s fire starts to grow, motes of flame swirl around crazily, flames leap, and the whole thing comes off more like a gorgeous tech demo than gameplay.

All this beauty is secondary to Naughty Dog’s main tech focus, which has been on bringing a realistic desert to life in Uncharted 3. Promised on the engineering side of the equation is modelling of sand displacement, dunes, mirages and heat haze. We did get a glimpse of a heat haze effect – the rippling distortion of superheated air above the flames in the blazing chateau – and it definitely looked a cut above the wobbly texture warbles gamers may have become accustomed to in other games. It looked like the real deal.

On the interface front, as could be expected, Naughty Dog has persisted with a clean and minimalistic style. It’s bare beyond a weapon icon and ammunition count that flashes up, a basic sight indicator when Drake is shooting (the game camera swings to over his shoulder when he does) and a button indicator when a quick time event (e.g spamming a button to perform an action) comes up. The design intent is clearly to bring the player closer to the action and less focused on glaring at health bars or waypoint indicators. Players are encouraged to gauge Drake’s well being by his posture and demeanour. In addition to what Naughty Dog describes as a very long ambient animation cycle, Drake will further hold himself differently at rest than in times of stress, hopefully making Uncharted 3 on game where the protagonist doesn’t sauntering casually through passages of potentially life-ending peril like they’re on a late night shopping mission at a supermarket.

Naughty Dog also is trying to tie Drake even closer to the game’s geometry. Drake will rest his hands against nearby surfaces if he stops for a breather, and his arsenal of moves in combat and negotiating the game world (Naughty Dog’s term: “traversing”) have also been expanded with more options for Drake to climb from A to B. Objects in the game world imbued with physics modelling (the example used: a chandelier) will now react in a realistic manner when Drake jumps onto them. Other objects lying within the game world will be able to be picked up in combat and used as weapons as well.

Drake will no longer get away with beating up on the bad guys once by one, a new brawl mechanic introduced means hand-to-hand combat can involved fighting multiple people. There’s also new stealth options, including an overhead takedown that wouldn’t look out of place in Batman: Arkham City. The application of these moves in multiplayer wasn’t discussed, save for a proise of a “massive multiplayer expansion” within Uncharted 3, which we read to mean as not a product, but rather an “expansion” of the role of multiplayer in this Uncharted.


It would have been good to see what the desert holds in store in Uncharted 3, but Naughty Dog and Sony are no doubt going to drip feed goodies to the public when they’re good and ready. About the only qualm we have with what we saw wasn’t the technical execution or even the storyline, which seems imaginative and fitting to ND’s classic adventure brief. It’s more reflective of the conflict game designers face as they try to tie players deeper to the characters in the game. On one hand Naughty Dog want to have the player empathise with Drake as a character who is essentially human, with the attendant frailties. On the other, Uncharted 3 will see players rack up an impressive kill count, often firing first. Uncharted 3’s likely strengths – uncanny valley-challenging presentation, terrific characterisation and a cracking yarn – are potentially undermined every time Drake pulls a firearm and kills a bad guy, often in cold blood.

We dug deeper into this topic and others with cinematic lead Taylor Kurosaki, the chap charged with bringing that storyline home to players. The interview will be here as soon as the media embargo is lifted on 9.00am December 28 (US PST).


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  1. Tallon 4

    Can’t wait :) …. but still 11 months to go.
    Bummer :(

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Updated with direct-feed gameplay movie and screens.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. back_up

    teh awesome

    #3 4 years ago
  4. KAP

    This is going to be epic and i swear to god, i wont see any other gameplay footage now til release.. its going to be fresh for when i play it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    Looks shit.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    @5, lol.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    To be honest…

    Looks OK. I like it, but i’m not blowed away in the ass like i saw first trailer in the Modern district of Uncharted 2.

    But i like the thing that there is a bloom effect when you shoot out of the pistol. Thank god, because pistol in Uncharted 2 was the ultimate sniper rifle.

    and to be honest, i started to see less details then in Uncharted 2, because of the 3D, i’m just sure of it. I’m afraid it’s not going to be so detailed like the second game. With 3D you need a lot of resources and PS3 does not have some kind of magic to resist lower textures.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. spiderLAW

    @ Johnny
    Get some rest bro, clearly your mind is lossed. lol

    I know you know i know you know this shit looks great.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    It’s looking very nice but IMO not a huge step up from U2, but thats ok cause U2 still looks awesome now. I hope the game won’t suffer from being in 3D now. I don’t give a damn about E3, but i doubt they’ll mess it up.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Hunam

    I just want to know why his face looks like a gorillas face now. And why is his head huge?

    Graphics don’t seem that great to be honest (compared to UC2, which looks insane), 3D will have an impact overall because you need to render twice, so you have to get 60fps rather than 30 meaning something has to be scaled back

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    Well yeah, after screenshots i’m sure for 100% that rendering did too much with the textures… It’s still too early to judge.

    but just look at the ground, walls…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. The Hindle

    Well its like ive said a few times now, this game has “Delayed to 2012″ all over it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. osric90

    @Holy shit, so freakin’ much PRO-critics we have here! (Note my sarcasm). You’re doing now what we call “jugde the book by its cover”. Not even with a demo this game will represent 100% what it is, not in graphics, not in final gameplay much more less story. Remember TFU2 and its demo. Don’t be fool. As far as I see, this game will be mind-blowing and new fighting mechanics it’s all that I’ve been expecting.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @12 Depends on the E3 build really. Maybe they will blow us again, but for now it’s “alright”.

    They made Uncharted 2 for 1 year and 7 months. They still have 11 months for Unchartd 3.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. typeface

    There’s one thing to note in particular about these screenshots, seems like they’re all badly compressed. I mean you can tell there’s some artefacts here and there. They could’ve given better ones :/

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    The original images are here:

    #16 4 years ago
  17. typeface

    @16 to clarify I meant they as in Naughty Dog not you guys :). The images provided aren’t the best really considering they’ve given better quality images in the past. I’d checked multiple sites before I came across the source and that’s the reason for my comment.

    If you look at the fire in the original image itself you can see the artefacts. Nothing to do with you guys. whoever compressed them on Sony/ND’s side did a bad job.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Hunam


    “Holy shit, so freakin’ much PRO-critics we have here! (Note my sarcasm). You’re doing now what we call “jugde the book by its cover”. ”

    “Don’t be fool. As far as I see, this game will be mind-blowing and new fighting mechanics it’s all that I’ve been expecting.”

    These two statements appear to be at odds with each other :S

    Seriously though, why does he now have a giant head. That’s the oddest thing about it.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @18 you mean giant head in the third picture? It’s just a camera work.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. KrazyKraut

    dudes..i thought u will be off for some weeks^^
    but the question is now why I am checking the site everyday even If I know that u guys are off (°_°)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. onlineatron


    It’s not giant, and it is to do with the camera’s perspective.

    You’ve got Drake at the front of the picture, with his right shoulder hanging down giving you a greater view of his head. Couple that with Sully looking smaller for being at the back of the picture and you have your optical illusion.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Kuwabara

    get the fuck out of here xbox fan boys. Go masturbate, hump ur dogs , do something to keep u busy for another yr till gears 3 comes out.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. typeface

    @21 well it’s not good enough for wallpapers and artwork. Don’t get me wrong the game looks great and I’ll enjoy it as always (even more more likely, collector’s ed again (fortune hunter type please)).
    Just the compression wasn’t great for the screenshots. The videos look fine even with the compression due to motion but the screenshots are badly compressed. I mean come on one tiny zoom shouldn’t let you see the artefacts which it does.

    The game will run fine and look better and they have 11 months to make it even better, all I’m saying is they could’ve released better screenshots since we’re so long away from the next info release/E3 and the release :)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Dannybuoy

    It’s looking pretty hot. Pun intended. We could all speculate and argue about this game till we’re blue in the face. But we all know one thing; Naughty Dog isn’t going to drop the batton here. It’s going to be amazing

    #24 4 years ago
  25. OrbitMonkey

    @4 I’ll join you in the abstinence, though its gonna be rough >_<

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Crysis

    Saints Row 3 was supposed to be officially unvieled @ Spike’s VGA, i’m upset that i still know nothing about it.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Nonamegamer

    looks good never played the previous two but ggotta say it looks good.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. TraceableX

    Is VG247 dead or something? No new news?? :(

    #28 4 years ago
  29. onlineatron

    Look one post back Trace.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. osric90

    It’s sooooo boring without regular VG247 news. Splinter Cell Trilogy confirmed, Tomb Raider Trilogy confirmed… That Final Fantasy Collection for PSP… Ok… Let’s hope holidays are gone soon.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    @30 – :(

    We’ll be back soon enough. We have to stop now, because it really is the only chance we get to take a break. Next year’s going to be awesome, though, so hang tight.

    #31 4 years ago

    Yeah, I think next year could see an external Blu-ray drive for the 360, A new game from Bungie called ‘Chief Masters’ on the PS3 and the Wii HD.

    Oh, and I’m also looking forward to seeing Respawn Entertainment’s new game!

    Oh, the fun!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. polygem

    …looks dope indeed…but i will never get tired of saying that nathan drake is a retarded, boring, enrique eglesias, ricky martin lookalike with no style and no soul…the women of uncharted are even more boring. the bad guys are pretty cool though. the monsters sucked…a mixed bag it is – a great game with a hero i freakin hate and i don´t want to play as…still both uncharted were overrated imo they are both 8ish…and i really mean that. good but not outstanding story, nothing new but a lot of old and nothing i could really get excited about. i get involved but not excited – not the type of game i have to keep on playing just to find out what will happen next. i can guess it and i will be right. the few newish elements sucked (monsters). some great, some superboring charakters (especially the main charakters suck while some of the sidekicks are awesome). mediocore puzzles, good but repetitive shooting mechanics and enemies, awesome graphics and awesome climbing gameplay, but with some flawed parts (i remember a wall and a rope in UC 1 which drove me crazy – that shit was just broken)…i can really understand the love for the game but imo they could have made so much more out of it by taking some risks in storytelling, charakter development…it´s just not very creative.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Kuwabara

    go screw ur momma polygem, u dumb shit head :)

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Crysis

    @34, grow up, people are allowed to have different opinions, i disagree with him but not entirely, the game does have a cliché feel about it, but it’s just an opinion.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Epic Fool

    *doesn’t read*


    *(in this article I mean)*

    Nah but seriously, most western game developers couldn’t character design their way out of a wet paper bag…

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Epic Fool


    #37 4 years ago
  38. polygem

    Yo kuwa. My mom is dead and i wont screw yours. Sorry. I didnt bash the game. I didnt hype the game. Im ok with that.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Kuwabara

    sorry about ur mum :(, but ur still an idiot for ur views on drake. Uncharted 1 is one of my fav games of all time, i finished it at least 10 times, and i found the game to be perfect, except the jumping every now and then. To me it had the best done story of any game, and the chemistry between drake and elena was great. and drake was perfect! every line he did was spot on. In part 2 however it seemed a little over done sometimes, forced maybe, but he was perfect in part 1. Dnt bloody compare him to ricky martin or enrique, because he has charm and wit, because ur probably used to super heroes and master chief on ur xbox.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Michael O’Connor

    Oh god, shut up Kuwabara.

    polygem, just ignore him. He’s not worth it.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Kuwabara

    Shut up Michael, go play ur xbox.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Crysis

    Kuwabara, how old are you? seriously, you act like a spoilt 12 year old.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Michael O’Connor

    @41 Too busy enjoying the LittBigPlanet 2 demo and DC:Universe Online beta to turn on my 360 right now. <3

    #43 4 years ago
  44. ChrisPilote

    We need TEA to arrive and elevate the debate. :P

    #44 4 years ago
  45. onlineatron


    LBP2 is bloody brilliant isn’t it?

    My hopes weren’t so high (I didn’t enjoy the first as much as I thought I would), but after playing the demo I’m damne excited for the game!

    Me and my brothers played the ‘Rocket Funland’ level 20 times in a row and marvelled at the rolling hamster vehicles!

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Kuwabara

    crysis, shut up, and merry christrmas :)

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Monk

    Btw, 2 new videos for Uncharted 3 :

    Part 1 :

    Part 2 :

    #47 4 years ago

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    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

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

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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

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

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

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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

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

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

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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