360 Crysis 2 multiplayer closed beta now live – shots, video

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:28 GMT By Patrick Garratt


EA has now released the Crysis 2 multiplayer closed beta, at a hard drive cost of 1.8Gb. This is an 360 exclusive. Get it here, and find a direct-feed movie and screens below.

The beta features the “Skyline” map, and two game modes: “Team Instant Action” and “Crash Site.”

Team Instant Action pits two teams against each other as they kill as many opponents as possible to earn higher ranks.

In Crash Site, players will battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.

EA has “no other announcements to make at this time” regarding a multi-format release for the test.

On release, the shooter’s multiplayer will include six gameplay modes and 12 maps set across recognizable locations in New York City.

Throughout the campaign, players can earn up to 50 multiplayer ranks and a variety of different upgrades to their weapons and Nanosuit.

Crysis 2 will be available PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on March 22 in North America and March 25 in Europe.


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  1. BULArmy

    The betrayal of Crytek for the PC community is just astonishing, no demo no MP beta. Almost all of the footage was from the console versions… It is sad how they forgot very easy how the PC community made them the company which they are now and that this kind of attitude is definetly not a good marketing idea.
    Before something come and say something about piracy, even with the piracy thay bought a lot of stuious and invested in other things outside of gaming.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. EscoBlades

    You do realise that the PC is the LEAD platform for this game right?

    Quit crying.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Saw some vids of this yesterday. Looked better than I expected for a console version.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2 Really? =\ i’m waiting for the PC footage almost for year now you know?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. EscoBlades

    Yes really!

    This game has been “optimised” for console performance. NOT the other way around.

    Given the success of the original Crysis on the PC, it only makes sense that Crytek’s foray into console gaming (with Crysis) would involve heavy advertising and marketing towards console gamers.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    At the risk of sounding immensely stupid, isn’t a closed beta something which only allows a finite amount of players and is generally distributed through more controlled means? (e.g. A limited number of sign ups get sent e-mails with beta client activation codes).

    This seems like an ‘open’ beta more than anything else.

    Feel free though folks to call me out on my stupidity/ignorance however.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5 i’m waiting for the Crysis 2 demo or decent PC trailer already for the year.

    and it’s like PC version does not exist.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. EscoBlades

    @6: You are right.

    It is in fact, an MP demo.

    The wording remains the same from the Closed MP Tech test a few of us played towards the end of last year. They clearly didn’t bother to change that.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    You’re correct.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve added shots from a game I just played. Video very soon.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    I’d love to know what goes through some peoples’ heads when they pick their XBL gamertag. I’m suspecting the answer might be ‘air’.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    Just played a game myself. Its pretty odd that you have to equip grenades to throw them.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. StolenGlory

    Pat – what is the framerate like?

    The build that I saw at the EG Expo late last year was horrid in that regard.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. BULArmy

    @Gekidami I lol’d haven’t you ever played CS or something more oldschool shooter? Now if you tell me that there is a separate knife I will see light in the tunnel for the game.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Patrick Garratt

    @13 – I literally played it for five minutes, but it seemed solid. I’ll play it more later.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. StolenGlory


    Ah brilliant. Cheers.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Fin

    Shooters handle so much better on 360 than on PC anyway. Good job Crytek, hopefully go console-exclusive for Crysis 3!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    I have. But most games these days stay away from that kind of thing. And no, melee is single button, though theres no knife just just hit with the butt of the gun.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. EscoBlades

    @13: I agree…the eurogamer build was BAD.

    The tech test (beta if you will) however, was, as Pat said, solid, and actually quite enjoyable.

    I suspect this will be too. Am at 80% downloaded. Will post thoughts when i’ve played.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. StolenGlory


    You know that Erthazus posts here right? :)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    “Just played a game myself. Its pretty odd that you have to equip grenades to throw them.”

    Oh jesus… So fucking casual..

    Have you ever played Counter-Strike? Or.. Half-Life? Or something old school?

    @Fin, “Shooters handle so much better on 360 than on PC anyway. Good job Crytek, hopefully go console-exclusive for Crysis 3!”

    I can’t comment on this shit.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. orakaa

    I don’t get it : THIS was supposed to be the most beautiful game ever released on consoles ?

    From those screenshots, the game isn’t better looking than MW2 or Killzone (I would rather say the opposite, the environment look rather generic, uninspired and “cold”, lots of alisasing, lighting seems odd at some points, etc.)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    Gosh… Now i really need to think about my statement where i said: “Crysis 2 looks better then Killzone 3 on consoels”

    Because from these screenshots it looks like a complete CRAP.

    Thats basically LOW-Medium settings of Crysis 1 at best… AT BEST.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Gekidami

    ^ I wouldnt say its “complete crap” but KZ3, it aint.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    nuff said… Oh lol…

    #25 4 years ago
  26. orakaa

    @23 : indeed… the more I look at the screenshots, the more it feels like an updated version of CounterStrike.

    Maybe it’s just this map, but even if you don’t consider the environment, it looks quite “meh”

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    Video added.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Psychotext

    That video looks awful. lol

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Gekidami

    I’d say its more of an updated CoD than anything else. Its CoD with Nano suits, seriously nearly everything is lifted from CoD. The biggest difference (apart from how you throw grenades) if the bullet damage, you seem to die really quickly in this, its probably to give maximum armour more use.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Erthazus

    Saw video.. super shocked…

    Thats low-medium settings, i’m serious. I can even show a youtube video.

    Killzone 3 blows this by a 1000 mile. Crysis 2 on consoles is at the Call Of duty console level. Just LOL.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. M2Kx

    Downloading, no hating… (not yet :D)

    #31 4 years ago
  32. orakaa

    @29 : I meant that quality-wise, or rather artistically speaking, the game feels uninspired.

    I’m not a huge fan of the COD games but any single map of a COD game has got a more refined approach and atmosphere than this.
    It doesn’t feel like a beta but rather like a test demo on a generic map -___-

    What shocks me is all the PR made by Crytek on this game, saying it would be “the next milestone” for video gaming in terms of graphics… when in the end it isn’t even as good as average games of the genre

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    “Saw video.. super shocked…”

    There are far better vids out there than that in fairness. I wouldn’t say it’s representative of what I have running in front of me right now, not that it looks a whole lot better.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Fin

    @20 Of course, but even he should realise that PCs won’t last more than a few years. Consoles are the future, graphics and control wise.

    #34 4 years ago

    Skill Pat, Skiiiiiiiilllll!

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Patrick Garratt

    I think you’ll find I’m highly skilled at first-person shooters. That’s clear from the way I died many times in quick succession and tried to hit a man on the head with a hand grenade.

    Obviously, this is SD, and it’s capped at 30FPS. There’ll be HD caps on YouTube soon enough. I’ll stick one up as soon as they’re there.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Crysis

    Any split screen for online guys?
    Mate’s bringing over his 360, cool if we both could play, I sold mine after my Gold sub ran out, Fuck paying to play online.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. StolenGlory


    I love you dude. :D

    #38 4 years ago

    @ Pat:


    That granade to the head was über l337.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Blerk

    Oh dear, the internets appear to be somewhat unhappy with this as well!

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Crysis

    At least you got the kill with that close quarters grenade XD

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Psychotext

    Well, played a bit of it… meh.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. absolutezero

    I fucking hate console fucking matchmaking jesus fucking christ I spend more time staring at a revolving fucking symbol in these games rather than actually playing.

    Fuck off Matchmaking you are the worst thing ever.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Gekidami

    The game is ok really. Its obviously made to please the CoD fans so alot of people should be happy.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Ge0force

    @17 Not every gamer is a noob that needs auto-aim. Mouse owns every controller available.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. mojo

    wow, from what i can read here the game does seriously underwhelm?!
    and actualy the first time a successor looks worse then the predecessor.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Blerk

    Struggling to find a single forum post that’s anything better than “disappointed”. Ouch!

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Nozz

    ouch indeed. From the footage ive seen so far it looks generic as hell

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Crysis

    @45, Erthazus provides all the Anti-console we need on this site, we all already know KB&M will normally beat a gamepad, but noone gives a flying fuck about it & it’s quite frankly pathetic to call those who prefer comfort & accessibility over precision, noobs.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. sickgamer


    #50 4 years ago
  51. Callum

    Fin, don’t feed the troll!

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Tallon 4

    Played it for about half ab hour and I find it meh at best.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Ge0force

    @49 Not really, comfort is also for me one of the reasons why I play most of the games on console.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. M2Kx

    Played it for an hour.

    It’s not bad, not as bad as I thought it would be. The problem is that in every minute you play it, you notice that it’s not the final build. The perks, the movement etc. All feels not done yet, so I’m pretty sure the final is going to be a good shooter, maybe no real danger for call of duty but still a good one.

    Also pretty funny, attachments, perks and killstreaks almost everything’s like in CoD4 (besides the crazy stealth shit etc.)

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Ge0force

    Perks and killstreaks in Crysis 2? Time for me to cancel my pre-order…

    #55 4 years ago
  56. M2Kx

    …and noobtubes, DON’T FORGET THE NEWBTUBES!!!111 xD


    #56 4 years ago
  57. Fin

    @51 ;)

    #57 4 years ago
  58. albo88

    x360 this time has surpassed itself epic light crisp visuals

    #58 4 years ago
  59. spiderLAW

    I enjoy your sarcasm

    #59 4 years ago
  60. kinny999

    not impressed, its gone from a day one purchase to a rental at best based on the last hour of the demo.

    #60 4 years ago
  61. freedoms_stain

    A few thoughts:

    It’s ugly. Sorry, but it is. Graphically it looks no better than CoD or Bad Company, possibly a little worse.

    No destruction? I’ve gotten used to being able to blow a wall out to disrupt a campers killfest in BC2, Crysis 2 is supposed to have this fantastic destruction engine, but not online? What a waste.

    Hit detection online seems poor. You can see in the kill cams blatant misses and even dudes that weren’t even looking at you, result in kills (and I think I was hosting :/)

    Head shots don’t seem to matter. I saw a guys head, just his head, plowed my pistol at it and he didn’t go down.

    The concept of balancing your power levels is pretty cool, but it sucks that you have to share power with sprinting.

    Bit shitty to lock up the team based mode until you reach lvl 5.

    I have to manually select grenades? That’s not cricket these days ladies and gents.

    #61 4 years ago
  62. M2Kx

    ^ ladies and gents, a typical bad company player :D

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Crysis

    The only FPS I’m interested in this year are Battlefield 3, Homefront, Resistance 3 & Crysis 2.
    I will not get BF3 near launch,
    I’m very iffy on Homefront,
    I want to know how Crysis 2 will run on PS3 before i reserve judgment,
    But i’ll likely buy Resistance 3 day one depending on the overall impressions.
    Although I do have a very slight amount of interest in Brink & Bulletstorm, but they are nearly invisible on my radar.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    At work till 9pm, so I can’t play it till tonight, but keep in mind it’s a demo folks. I can think of a few demos that didn’t do the full game justice (ie. Castlevania, Dead Space 1, MOH beta sucked imo, but the campaign is much better).

    #64 4 years ago
  65. theevilaires

    Rock-Paper-Scissors SHOOT!

    Halo Reach beats this and KZ3 will slaughter all….KZ3 it is!

    #65 4 years ago
  66. Crysis

    This year is the year of the PS3, no other console has as many AAA full retail games coming to it, but the PC also has some top notch shit coming exclusively like Witcher 2, Diablo 3 & Dawn of War 2: Retribution, but thankfully for the 360 crowd they have nearly as many multiplatform games & ofc possibly Microsoft’s best game, Gears 3 & for car fanatics there’s Forza 4 & for the Nintendo loyalists there’s Conduit 2, Zelda Skyward Sword & a shitload of casual, shovelware & spin offs.

    #66 4 years ago
  67. Hunam

    I am kinda disappointed by non-kinect Xbox exclusives of the last few years. Microsoft got rid of most of their internal studios and so they have lost their ace in the hole in some respects.

    Sure, multiplatform is generally better on the Xbox but having few reasons to just get stuff on the Xbox is wearing thin.

    #67 4 years ago
  68. M2Kx

    And again another news turns into shit thanks to comments…

    #68 4 years ago
  69. freedoms_stain

    The range on the beatdown in this is insane. I jumped into a camper nest at the top of the Skyline map spamming shotgun fire and beatdowns and guys were getting beatdown from miles away while the combined fire of 3 guys couldn’t get through my armour in time.

    Also, cloaking + semi-auto sniper and insane range one-hit beatdowns = campers paradise.

    I think I’ve lost all interest in multiplayer games like this.

    #69 4 years ago
  70. Isaaclarke37

    The Music sounds epic.I can’t wait for the OST.

    #70 4 years ago
  71. IL DUCE

    I would love to try it but it has continually froze for me and I have given up on it…

    #71 4 years ago

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    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]