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Ocarina of Time “beautifully remade” for 3DS – Keza goes hands-on

Monday, 24 January 2011 13:20 GMT By Keza Macdonald

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My first experience with the 3DS was in July, back at Nintendo’s UK showcase at the top of a very tall building on the Thames. It was a landmark moment; I’ve not felt like I did when I turned up that 3D slider for the first time since my introduction to the original iPhone touchscreen. It’s a moment where technology feels like magic.

The second time I laid hands on a 3DS, circumstances were rather less favourable. As Street Fighter legend Yoshinori Ono so elegantly put it, I was in a giant, cold shed in the middle of nowhere. Like everyone else, I’d been up since stupid o’clock in the morning and had been forced to sit through a press conference in which nothing was announced for fifty minutes. I had to fight with about 1,300 other people in order to get hands-on time with anything. But seeing one of my favourite games beautifully remade in 3D honestly made it worth the pain.

I’m hardly alone in my love for this series, nor am I under any illusions – Nintendo could throw Zelda fans practically anything and we’d still lap it up. Happily, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D isn’t the glorified tech-demo re-release that it could so easily be. It isn’t a straight port, nor an emulated ROM like the Master Quest versions for the Gamecube. It’s a real remake, updated with better touch-screen controls and given a makeover that goes beyond the purely superficial.

The art style has been redone in Skyward Sword-reminiscent colours, doing away with the N64′s sharp polygons and strange, angular landscapes, but it’s still true its source. Although Ocarina of Time’s original artistic direction was partly the result of restrictive technology, it still had an abstract beauty that this remake thankfully preserves. It looks much, much better without betraying the original stylistic vision.

There are three things that make the 3DS the ideal platform for an OOT remake in my eyes: the circle pad, the touch screen and, naturally, the 3D. A DS version would have needed a radical overhaul to accommodate the game on a D-Pad – Super Mario 64 managed it admirably, but not everybody got on with that thumbstrap, and its conspicuous absence from subsequent Nintendo titles suggests that even the creators knew that it wasn’t the most brilliant idea. Simultaneously, the touch screen allows for subtle, natural-feeling improvements to things like item selection.

The 3D, meanwhile, lets you see the game with new eyes, even if they’re things you’ve seen a hundred times before – like that iconic intro sequence where Link and Epona ride across the vast expanse of Hyrule Field as the dawn sun rises in the background, which, thanks to the 3D effect, is as strikingly beautiful this time around as it was twelve years ago. God, that intro sequence was a wonderful thing. If you’re ever suffering from gaming ennui, put this on and see if it doesn’t make you feel better.

The demo offers three five-minute slices from early in the game: exploring and socialising in Link’s native Kokiri Forest; the beginning of the first dungeon, Inside the Deku Tree; and a fight with that dungeon’s boss, the one-eyed tarantula-like Gohma. They’ve been selected because they show off the 3D in different ways – in the forest, sparkly particles float around in the air in front of and behind Link as he moves around. Text, the map and button prompts are all static in the foreground whilst the forest itself stretches out ahead of you.

Navi the fairy flies in and out of the screen, circling people and things and enemies of interest (she doesn’t seem to shout ‘HEY! Listen!’ with quite such irritating frequency, but then it’s difficult to hear the game that well in a room full of so many people). In a more dangerous place, the Deku Tree, the 3D makes Deku Baba plants lunge out towards you or shrink away from your sword. Z-targeting is now mapped to the R-button, and it’s still one of the best combat systems in gaming.

This first dungeon is as familiar as the back of my hand, and nothing much has changed. Little Link is still captivating in his childishness, opening small chests with a little kick and plunging head-first into the bigger ones to emerge with a vital trinket – another beautiful showcase moment for the 3D effect. After a few minutes, the Catapult makes his first appearance – in first-person, you can aim at wall-crawling Skullwalltulas by tilting the console around, using the gyroscope. Here, the sense of depth makes a tangible improvement to the actual gameplay.

The touch screen, too, improves things noticeably. In the first dungeon, there aren’t really enough different items to choose from for the touch-screen to be essential, but later on it’ll make life so much easier. As Eiji Aonuma famously mentioned, being able to switch in and out of the Iron Boots without going through two menus in the Water Temple will remove one of the N64 version’s biggest game-design frustrations.

It was never really in doubt that OOT 3D would be a faithful and beautiful remake of one of the best games ever made. There are cosmetic and interface improvements, but remarkably, the game itself still feels modern, and the flawless design philosophy at its heart doesn’t need improving. Ocarina of Time is now twelve years old; a huge portion of the 3DS’ audience will never have played it before, and this will doubtless introduce the game to a new generation of enraptured new Nintendo fans.

But the question for the rest of us is, would you pay £40 for a game you’ve already played? I would, obviously, because it’s this game, and Zelda is the most important series in the world to me (I’ve got the tattoo to prove it), but I’m sure not everyone would. Beyond the initial novelty of the 3D – which shouldn’t be underestimated – there’s nothing new here, and though there’s no shame in nostalgia, Nintendo must not rely on remakes for killer apps. Still, at the very least, the quality of this remake makes me very, very excited about the potential for an entirely new 3DS Zelda.

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30 Comments

  1. chronoss2

    Everytime I buy a Nintendo console it’s for Zelda!!! Now i’m getting the 3DS for Ocarina of Time, my second best Zelda game after Zelda 3. It looks good, and the 3D must be a great addition.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. theevilaires

    Talk about milking franchises holy cow…..and I thought m$ was bad with halo.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. StolenGlory

    @2

    Nintendo were milking cows before Microsoft even stepped onto the farm :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2 and Sony milking their cows in HD?

    Hmmmmmmmmm… and what?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    @3 +1
    @4 -2 and shut up. Ocarina of time has been re made 3 times already.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    @2 & 3 Either of you guys have a problem with a MGS Trilogy HD release? No? Didn’t think so.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Dannybuoy

    I love this game. Like love it. It changed my life when I was younger. I remember buying this game and catching a really nasty flu. I was in bed for days, sweating and aching. All the while I played this game pretty much non stop during that time. A testament to how incredible it is. But will I want to play it on a small screen? Even in 3D? Probably not. Very tempting though.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    I gave Wind Waker a waz on the Wii this weekend, has to be said, looked fantastic on a 40″ hdtv. The cell shaded graphics upscale nicely.

    I know that had little bearing on the matter ay hand, but I felt like sharing :p

    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    @6

    I don’t have a problem with it, because it hasn’t been remade 3 times already.

    Simples :)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Callum

    Hmm, don’t like the sound of that ’tilt the controller’ mechanic for the sling shot…I’m not a fan of mechanics that make me look like a dick on trains lol.

    One mario game had a mechanic where you had to blow into the microphone to make bowser breathe fire…fuck doing that in public lol…and the worst part was there was no secondary option! Sure, for kids or when your at home it’s a laugh to breathe virtual fire, but give me a push button option aswell please.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Callum

    @2 Troll more TEA!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    Sorry, but I can’t be bothered to play this game on THREE different consoles.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    @9 3 or 300 what’s the problem? If it was on the same console I could maybe see you point, but its been remade for 3 different consoles. You might as well be moaning that a certain album has been released on vinyl, cd & mp3.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    The problem is that it’s a puzzle based rpg.

    What’s the point of playing a puzzle based rpg when you know every single puzzle and every single hidden item location?

    Even reading the dialogue becomes boring, because you know the whole story from beginning to end.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    @14 So your problem is, that your buying the SAME game on various formats & expecting something DIFFERENT? Interesting o_O

    #15 4 years ago
  16. frostquake

    Copy and Paste, and reiterate Nintendo Fanboy..LOL..This copy and paste was done from another um, Praise writing Keza did..LOL ;)

    Wondering if this reporting was a piece of Editorial reporting or just an OP Piece? OlderGamer, I think we found out Nintendo Fanboy? Fangirl? Sorry I don’t know Keza’s orientation?

    Keza said:

    “Face Raiders, aside from having the best name of any game ever”

    “I think Face Raiders is brilliant”

    “astonishing piece of hardware”

    “serves its function with panache”

    Words Like Best Ever, Brilliant, Astonishing, Panache…all those things come off to me as someone who is a Fanboy of what ever they are describing. I would suggest you just report what it does, and let others make up their own mind what they think about it, or your “reporting” will be seriously discounted. That’s just my opinion, which really doesn’t matter..LOL.

    Here you say, “It was never really in doubt that OOT 3D would be a faithful and beautiful remake of one of the best games ever made.”

    And also here you say, “Zelda is the most important series in the world to me (I’ve got the tattoo to prove it)”

    Best Game Ever Made, Most important and the tattoo to prove it..WOW…Now I know you are a Nintendo Fanboy…OlderGamer should be happy now, he has someone to debate against…LOL

    #16 4 years ago
  17. LOLshock94

    sony keeps milking the playstation never mind metal gear

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    lol you gotta love it!

    I remember the first fanboys, it was like Atari or CollecoVision?

    Now it seems like samething PS3 vs XB360. Most Nintendo fans are either 12 or in hiding. Or I gues to be fair, married women that think Wii Fit is a video game that will actualy get them back in shape.

    As for this game, its like G1GA said. The game is more adventure puzzle then RPG, it plays exactly the same each and everytime, and it has been released and rereleased.

    A deffo pass unless you have a kid that has never experienced the game before.

    But I am reminded of a Nintendo rep saying that the reson they reboot franchises is that every year million of childern turn 12 for the very first time.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    @15:

    No.

    The problem is that whereas Nintendo used to offer me some of the best gaming hours I’ve ever had, they seem to be content with offering me the exact same thing that they offered me over a decade ago.

    Which is exactly why I WON’T be playing the game on different formats, as my original comment clearly says.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DaMan

    truly great games never get boring, it will be nice to replay this on 3DS.

    also, MGS has been remade on GCN, and released on Windows, NGage and is now coming out as an er, part of a backwards compatibility patch.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. SOMI

    One of the worst game series ever.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. lexph3re

    Difference between mgs remake and zelda remake. Mgs is not a 1st party game for sony. Konami owns them and choose to release it on THEIR platform of choice. Zelda is a first party developed game and chooses to “remake” their games on the SAME consoles of choice I.e anything nintendo.

    So what have we learned? Mgs is milked amoungst several consoles such as nintendo, gameboy, psp, psx,xbox, pc, ps2, and ps3.

    Where zelda is milked soley on nintendo,gameboy,snes,n64, advance, ds, 3ds, gamecube, and wii

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    thanks, captain. just because one had a Gameboy doesn’t mean he also owned a GCN.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. lexph3re

    True and also holds the fact that out of a population of 365mil not even 10 percent are actually console owners. These games are only boring to the mainstream hardcore gamers that are now a minority in the gaming industry.

    These games that are old to us are brand new to our predecessors. And I don’t know about you guys but I rather these noob cod gamers play a beautifully polished mgs on ps3 or a beautifully polished zelda on 3ds then the old blocky versions that are barely playable from our childhood.

    Also, stating what I said doesn’t mean we have to settle for these games. We have been supporting the gaming industry for far to long to not get new innovative games.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Michael O’Connor

    It’s perfectly okay to milk a cow when the cow (OoC in this instance) is a prized heffer.

    When the cow is an old bovine who hasn’t produced good milk in years (God of War) they are better off left in the barn, to rest out their days.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    O’Connor O’Please shut the fuck up. You are the biggest attention whore ever on this site. GO AWAY!

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Isuru86

    @25 – I hope Kratos cuts you a new asshole…

    #27 4 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    @26 Pot calling a kettle black? :D
    Seriously though, if a company wants to milk a franchise, so what? YOU don’t have to buy it. Let’s change medium & use movies for a example. I loved Star Wars the original trilogy & was pumped when Lucas announced he was making 1,2 & 3. Was fucking horrified at the crap they turned out to be D:
    But guys who were new to the the whole Star Wars thing loved them… Christ, even Jar Jar *shudder*
    Point is games are not sacrosant, just cuz you played the origional on whatever console, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be remade on the next gen. These remake are for the NEW gamers.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Callum

    ^^ got it in one. The remakes aren’t made for people who have played it all before…(unless of course, you got a tattoo of it…) it’s for all the NEW 12 year old kids who are searching around for a game to inspire them (and maybe even get a tattoo of)

    I will play it at some point, just to revisit a world that once kept me fascinated for the best part of 3 months.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Michael O’Connor

    @27 You kiss your momma with that mouth, sonny?

    #30 4 years ago

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    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

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  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

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  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

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  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

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  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]