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Crytek confirms lack of Online Pass in Crysis 2

Monday, 7 March 2011 18:06 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Crytek confirmed in a statement today that, as previously rumoured, Crysis 2 won’t include EA’s Online Pass system.

“All we can say/confirm is that we aren’t using Online Pass for Crysis 2,” a rep told CVG.

The news was initially reported by Gamertag Radio, who said that Crytek chose instead not to be a “testbed”: the system was offered to the developer early on in its development.

The site said last week that the German developer wasn’t looking “to put a wall up to keep people away from the multiplayer.”

Online Pass is a system EA uses to make buyers of secondhand games pay an extra fee for online services.

Crysis 2 releases on March 22 in the US and March 25 in the UK for PS3, 360 and PC. Multiplayer demos for PC and 360 launched today, with a PS3 version coming soon.

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19 Comments

  1. DSB

    Crytek 1 – EA 0

    #1 4 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    If they are really going to use this Online Pass system i’m not even going to buy it second hand. It’s a double lose.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    i was going to get this on pc and not deal with that shite anyway =/

    #3 4 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    @3: I thought they meant the PC Version?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    EA PC games dont have to deal with online pass, only consoles

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Shonak

    So I guess this means no free Map DLC as in BF:BC2? Smart greedy move, Crytek.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 I don’t think your logic could possibly be anymore broken than that.

    Allowing millions of people to purchase and play this game used, without charging them an extra 10 dollars a pop (of which Crytek would certainly get a share) is greedy?

    And BC2 actually had free original maps? Geeze, I own the game, and I never saw any, except recycled landscapes with the borders redrawn that were unlocked a good time after the game released.

    Thanks for those recycled maps months after release, EA, you’re the Mother Theresa of gaming.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @5: Ah, okay, thanks for the heads-up. Is EA the only one using it?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Shonak

    THe Online Pass is quite easy explainable and I don’t consider my logic broken at all – EA loses through the second-hand market since it doesn’t get any profit from the player to player deal. While a used copy gamer can enjoy the SP he can easily unlock the MP for 10 bucks so that EA has a little bit of this share. I might be a corporation-whore, but I think its a smart move from EA. Since I mostly buy first-hand copies of a game, be it on release or months/years after, I obviously prefer the Online Pass instead of Map Packs. Logic fixed?
    BC2 Maps were free to me – so it’s fair to me. Although I must say that the Onslaught mode was money not worths spending. Crytek will surely release Map Packs for 800 or maybe even 1200 MS Points if the game sells well. This gives me extra cost then, and everybody else too who bought an original copy.
    And…
    @BC2: No, they were not original since each map was included in the game already or in the previous title, but still a constant supply of maps came which allowed me to have always enough time to adapt to a map while not losing the “gaming info” about the old maps or sometimes the interest. Still I ended BFBC2 cuz the leveling got too annoying after Lvl 30-35 (dunno my exact level anymore) and too many SP titles were released (AW, RDR…)
    Also, I never said something about free original maps.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    EA doesn’t lose anything, since they never had those sales before. They’re just greedy and they want people who never wanted to pay full price to begin with, to give them a cut for it.

    To me that’s fairly extortionist. That’s a real ethical problem. If you charge people 10 bucks extra for a new copy, that’s a fair deal. If you surcharge people 10 bucks for a resold game they’ve already paid for, that’s an issue to me.

    Logic fixed? I don’t know, explain to me why Crytek saying “No thank you” to surcharging people an unnecessary 10 bucks for a resold game, is actually greedy?

    I’m not impressed by a company throwing me content that’s simply stripped from a finished version. If they were to give something away that would actually take some effort, then I’d be impressed.

    I’d rather pay for original content than be stuck playing the same stuff from a different angle. At least they’ve made the effort to earn that sale. Different tastes, I guess.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Shonak

    No, EA as well as other publishers lose something indeed. A couple of months after a game releases most of the games get cheaper, of course not Call of Duty but that’s a different story. While the games first-hand get cheaper the second-hand market is still flourishing, simply because its cheaper to buy a used copy then a new one. EAs and THQ stratgies with an Online Pass is just a way to secure that they get at least a little bit of profit out of this. Sure, the fans of a game keep playing it and the collectors keep a copy, but there are many people who buy a game just for the SP or (short-term) MP and then sell it. I don’t really say that its right, its just that for me the strategy is just absolutely understandable – and for me as a person who buys mostly original copies also favourable. If you are someone who prefers to buy games a couple of weeks or months later much cheaper than of course this is something that seems more greedy to you, but overall I think that the strategy of EA, THQ etc. is quite a fair one – they made the product and they should get at least a little bit of profit from it.

    Also, EA doesn’t charge 10 bucks extra from original customers. It’s just a nice extra for the original buyers. But yes, second-hand buyers have to pay 10 bucks to EA if they want to play MP or want to have other additional content; the price they payed for it is not important. If its 10 or 40 bucks for the game – 10 bucks go to EA if you want to. And I think thats important. You don’t have to pay EA if you only want to use the SP or like in ME2 play it with only 9 (or ten?) squad members. So it’s up to the gamer if he wants to pay those bucks or not.

    And also I’d like to mention: If a gamer wants to sell his game and doesn’t want to fear that his game in terms of price will have any disadvanteges he just shouldn’t use the code. It’s pretty simple. Then he can charge 10 (or 5) additional bucks since its what people would save since they have the online pass included.

    @Crytek being greedy: I personally think that they will surely make Map Packs for 800 MS Points or maybe even COD-style 1200. In this case I imagine they would get much more revenue instead of just allowing an Online Pass. Of course I don’t have figures but since original buyers wouldn’t have to pay for it (in theory) they would lose money. And just to say it again, I’m pretty sure there will be a map pack. That’s how the system works.

    “I’m not impressed by a company throwing me content that’s simply stripped from a finished version. If they were to give something away that would actually take some effort, then I’d be impressed.

    I’d rather pay for original content than be stuck playing the same stuff from a different angle. At least they’ve made the effort to earn that sale. Different tastes, I guess.”

    I agree, I’d prefer to see new SP missions, completely new maps etc. more like just remapped stuff. I don’t know how EA handles it with Dead Space 2 or Medal of Honor but I was also a little bit disappointed that they e.g. charged for the Onslaught mode money. In theory, as I’d like say, the strategy of EA is really pretty good and understandable, but they don’t really offer enough bang for the bucket. And DLCs like Overlord or Shadowbroker – well, you have to pay for them. EAs strategy should definitely be improved (or fixed, however you see it) if they really want to be so customer-friendly. And yes, I say this by absolutely knowing that it might be completely contradictional to my previous statement. After all, I was disappointed too that BC2 didn’t offer any original, new maps too, when DICE promised constant free map-support – well, I imagined something different.

    Just wondering: Would the Online Pass be ok for you if it included for a game in the future new original maps or chars or anything?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    @6
    It really doesnt matter, Dead Space 2 has an EA online pass and has given no extra content as of yet. And none seems to be planned.
    So if EA want their online pass in a game but wont promise any extra content from it, they’ll do it anyway. They’ll have their cake, and eat it too.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    Good question. I don’t dabble in used games myself, but I just don’t buy the notion that it’s absolutely neccesary for a publisher to charge people for buying a used game. It’s not their transaction. If people are buying used, then the publisher has already lost that sale, and I don’t think they deserve to intrude.

    If they want peoples business, they can make games that are good enough to be bought at the original price.

    I don’t dislike online passes because they help the publishers, I dislike them because they represent a powergrab that encroaches on consumer rights. The gaming industry has always been one of the worst offenders when it comes to attempting to dominate their end users, and this to me is just yet another stretch, which ultimately hurts gamers, and neccesarily sets a new precedent for what publishers can get away with.

    I’d rather pay 2 euros extra or 5, or 10, than have my rights restricted. At least that leaves the power squarely with me. So the answer is that even though I always buy first hand copies, I’ll never agree with the underlying philosophy of an online pass, no matter what they might tempt me with.

    About Crytek: If they put in the effort to actually make original DLC, how is charging for it greedy? If they put something into it, shouldn’t they be allowed to profit?

    They’d arguably make a lot more by stripping finished content, reselling that (or giving it away) and then scalping the used games market with an online pass.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    Could you imagine buying a used toaster or leafblower, and having the manufacturer (or a power company, or any other third party) charge you 10 dollars just to use it?

    It’s insanity. We already have internal revenue services trying to do that, and now corporations want to tax us too? Fuck that.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Shonak

    @12: As I said I don’t know about Dead Space 2 too much. I saw it Justin.tv and decided not to buy it because as I saw it, it was more of the same. Maybe I get a little bit too much like yahtzee in terms of horror games, but yeah… They will probably add multiplayer maps. Or isn’t a Story DLC annoucned already? If they charge for it – then yes, that’s greedy.

    @DSB – Crytek: Yeah, I see and I guess I understand your point. Of course they deserve profit for their work, even for their additional content. After all every developer does it nowadays. It’s just that I personally kinda prefer the step EA is taking with the Online Pass – and so it was for sure quite a over-the-top statement by me. You win. ;)

    @DSB – Online Pass: People don’t really know how good a game is or not. When they know it, it’s already too late. Honestly, if I buy a game and I like it, I sure as hell won’t buy it again for the sake of the publisher. Mass Effect 2 won several goty awards and still they said after the first month that the sold copies was around 1-2 millions. Compared to other blockbuster titles that’s not very much, and it’s like the GOTY 2010 next to RDR, which sold much, much more. Alan Wake, my personal favourite game of last year, got more pirated than sold; although MS offered the first DLC for free for original buyers. Publishers need a certain strategy to make their games valuable; despite making them awesome and pushing a lot of marketing budget in it. And games have a much higher living cycle than any movie or maybe even book (and god knows, I read way more than playing games). You grab them over and over again maybe for months or years, especially in Multiplayer. Surely, it’s not right from a personal, maybe even moral point of view, but EA isn’t saying something like “Buy the copy and everything is there”, but instead every buyer should know that they don’t have the additional content such as MP or Map Packs. And yes, I demand from buyers that they inform themselves over a product – after all, you don’t go into a store to buy a toaster or leafblower without informing yourself. And your example with a toaster or leafblower by the way is not really fitting, because it is to hypothetic and has nothing do to with it all. There’s a difference between such companies and a gaming company – they make the most revenue in the first month instead a toaster company will have its product on the market for several years and only has decreasing sales over time until the next one comes out. Also gaming companies have server costs afaik and teams working to patch it etc.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    People make their own decisions based on the information they’re presented with. 9 times out of 10, that information will be strongly indicative of the quality of the game.

    If EA can’t handle the fact that people don’t think their games are worth 50 euro at release, then they should either make some games that are, or lower their prices. Measures like online passes and DRM just reek of desperation to me.

    Really, there’s no difference between a games publisher charging people to use their products or a leafblower company charging people to use their products. Both constitute a tax for use of a resold product.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Shonak

    9 out of 10 is fairly exaggerated, or do you have any statistics by hand of the behaviour of game buyers?

    I hate DRM, I think it’s useless. And yes, they should keep always try to sell games by qualitatiy rather than business decisions. But still I don’t see Online Pass as nearly as bad as DRM.

    And yes, there is a difference between a leafblower company and a games publisher. I really don’t like to make the comparison again since it is way too hypothetic as I’ve already said, but a leaflower company has after the release of its newest leafblower only the production costs and maybe some little marketing costs now and then. A game publisher has to provide for a game in its cycle for support, server, content or other things such as the game developer or even future titles. I still don’t see anything wrong in charging for a Multiplayer from a used copy as long as original prices don’t go up anymore. If they do, I’ll sure as hell be pissed.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    I’ve been buying games for at least 15 years now? Does that count? I can remember exactly one game off the top of my head that was utterly crap but wasn’t publicly labelled as such – Mass Effect 2.

    A games publisher has other expenses, but it isn’t the paying customers fault if it hasn’t planned for those in advance. It’s just a pathetic excuse, since we’ve been online for more than a decade, but suddenly now it’s a huge problem? Right, right.

    If they can’t make a living on the games they sell, they should make a subscription.

    They won’t do that, though, because it’s an obvious lame excuse, and it certainly doesn’t cost them more, that the same copies get circulated around. It actually costs them less since you have two unique users using the same “slot” of bandwidth, as opposed to a new buyer who would actually need his own slot.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Shonak

    Companies have to adept to the internet, it’s fair. Shitty music industry had to do it, shitty movie industry had to do it, now it’s the games industry – and they found their way, maybe. Online Pass won’t even succeed probably because the subscription model will be introduced someday and it will gain profit much more. Then I actually have to reconsider my hobby.
    Also, I don’t understand the last part of your post, but it doesn’t sound really right to me, because a gamer who sells his game won’t be able to use the server anymore, or?

    I guess we’re just two different types, so let’s agree on that we disagree? In terms of business model and probably in taste of games too? I’d like to thank you though for quite a new point of view in that matter. :)

    #19 4 years ago

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  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

    Sherif Said tackles Bloodborne’s links to Lovecraftian horror, explaining why you should face the madness and immerse yourself in its lore. Spoilers inside. No other game could commit to its themes so religiously without feeling the need to compromise its vision and veer towards accessibility. Bloodborne stands tall above any game that dares attach itself […]

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

    WWE 2K15 will make its way to PC this spring. WWE announced that WWE 2K15 will make its debut on PC in the spring. The game will be based on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, both of which came out in November. MyCareer and 2K Showaces modes are included, as well as all […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

    Xbox Live Deals with Gold for the week of April 20 are now live with mostly Call of Duty games. Various Call of Duty games are on sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Live this week. Indie games Never Alone and We Are Doomed managed to sneak in as well. With the […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

    GTA 5 has received a new patch on PC to fix issues caused by the lack of Windows Media Player and getting stuck between online matches. Patch 335.1 is now available to all owners of GTA 5 on PC. The strange issue that affected those who didn’t have Windows Media Player installed, has been fixed. […]

  • Halo 3: ODST and Relic remake come to The Master Chief Collection in May

    Halo 3: ODST and Halo 2′s Relic map remake are coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month. 343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners will get Halo 3: ODST campaign and the Relic remake in the next content update, due in May. And as promised, the April update has […]

  • Rockstar says Social Club wasn’t hacked, account details leaked from other websites

    Following a number of reports from users who had their Social Club accounts hijacked, Rockstar has confirmed that the service has not been hacked. Over the last couple of days, a few users on Reddit and Rockstar Twitter support started reporting getting kicked out of their GTA Online sessions and seeing an error telling them […]

  • That Destiny: House of Wolves teaser is packed with new intel, Reef reveal at 11.00am PST today

    The new Destiny: House of Wolves social space was revealed more fully than you might believe in today’s teaser. A teaser for a Destiny: House of Wolves’ new social space went live earlier to advertise today’s full reveal. But resident Destiny expert Arekkz went over the teaser with his very fine-toothed comb and turned up […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront content not shaped by DLC plans, says producer

    Star Wars Battlefront may have DLC on the cards already, but DICE hasn’t built the game with extra content in mind, apparently. Star Wars Battlefront releases on November 17, and then on December 8, before the launch of the new movie, it’ll receive a slab of tie-in DLC. This early, pre-meditated content drop is a […]

  • We’ll finally get a look at Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 at E3 in June

    CI Games will show off Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 at E3 in June, according to the event’s official website. The Lords of the Fallen developer confirmed the game was in the works back in December as a AAA “production effort”. It is set during a modern day conflict in Eastern Europe and players will be […]

  • Ultima 7 Complete, Wing Commander 3, others added to Humble Origin Bundle 2

    The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has been updated with four more titles. The new titles are for Windows only and are SimCity 2000, Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger, Wing Commander 4: The Price of Freedom and Ultima 7: The Complete Edition. All can be yours if you pay above the current average, which […]

  • Don’t Starve Together has been updated to inlcude Reign of Giants expansion

    Don’t Starve Together has been updated and now includes “the vast majority” of the Reign of Giants content. Players who currently own Don’t Starve on Steam will get Don’t Starve Together for free when it exits Early-Access. During Early-Access, current owners of Don’t Starve get 2 copies of Don’t Starve Together through the Frontier Pack […]