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US Army spending $57 million on military simulator using CryEngine 3

Friday, 27 May 2011 20:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

American tax dollars at work: The US military us spending $57 million on “the most realistic military simulator ever developed,” using Crytek’s CryEngine 3.

Called the Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS) and in development from Intelligent Decisions, the simulator allows the Army to train using a videogame environment with real weather effects, squad-based interactions, and motion sensor tech.

“What we’re trying to do with infantry squad-level training is suspension of disbelief, and the CryEngine 3 is the best video game technology on the market today,” said Floyd West, director of strategic programs, Orlando Division of Intelligent Decisions.

“With CryEngine 3 being used for Crysis 2 and the capabilities that game engine provides, it allows us to make the most realistic simulation possible. We’re able to transport soldiers to accurately recreated locales like Afghanistan and Iraq, where we can simulate everything from visuals to 360-degree sound.”

Army personnel will use special “head-mounted displays on their helmets,” to be able to use the virtual word, but will also need to use “real-world peripheral vision to ensure they don’t bump into their squad mates.”

Each soldier will also don a backpack, called a “man wearable system,” which is basically a laptop, and then run around using the simulator, which is a training area with a 10-by-10 foot pad.

“While the man wearable units aren’t running on an off-the-shelf Alienware, the internal components themselves are commercial off-the-shelf CPU’s and GPU’s like NVIDIA graphic cards and whatnot,” said West during his interview with GamePro.

“The goal is to complete common operating environments, so the things the Army is doing today would be Afghanistan, the mountainous, cavernous regions, and the Iraqi desert-like regions, as well as wooded areas.

“We have some geotypical and common operating environments built-in for training, but the system will come with an editor that allows real missions to be created in the field.”

West went on to say CryEngine 3 was used due to the tech’s ability to accurately depict: “ground vehicles, aircraft, dismounted infantry, and guided weapons, footprints, disturbed soil and grass, rolling terrain, and dense vegetation.”

It will also allow military trainers to modify a particular mission before sending Special Forces or other soldiers out.

The Army plans to have 102 systems installed globally by January 2012.

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29 Comments

  1. Maximum Payne

    When Arma 3 comes out it will eat cryengine for breakfast :P

    #1 4 years ago
  2. NightCrawler1970

    Is Socom 4 and MAG is not realistic for the soldiers?? like Team Death match or taking over a post(MAG) or stealing a truck behind the enemy lines????

    I remember i was playing(VALOR), and we plays agains very professionals Raven(one of the member send a message to Valor player) that they where Florida Seals that had a day off, well basically we as Valor getting ASS kicked by a bunch of Navy seals that plays Raven, and i was not trusting the way the Raven was playing, they play(under sabotage) formation of 5×3(attack team) and 2×5(defense team) that was protecting there mates(normally, snipers)…

    It took them 10 minutes… man they’re good lmao….. never been STAMPEDE BY SEALS!!! but we have a laugh after when the one seal send a message “Ya’ll being asskicked by the Navy Seals”…..

    #2 4 years ago
  3. rrw

    #2 notsureifserious.jpg

    Update: cool story bro, that remain me one of my friend that work as SWAT. he claim that L4D2 realistic mode or something like that is very hard even for SWAT and actually good practice for communication skill as SWAT commander

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    I wonder what kind of simulator they’re building. There have been lots of attempts at making simulators, but often they get stuck in an peripheral role in tactics class where they’re used as glorified power point presentations.

    It seems like a pretty tall order to recreate combat without a physical component.

    @1 Keep the faith on that one.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @1 :D ahaha.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Bloodyghost

    Man Crytek is making bank!

    Dubai Police, and several other countries have invested a lot of money into the engine to produce simulators.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    @4 @5 Well I don’t know if you laugh at me because I right or wrong :D but I don’t see more realistic simulator then Arma…IMO they could mods for it to suit for them:D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    @7, it was just hillarious statement. :D you have a very good sense of humour.

    I agree with you about the most realistic simulator.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    Except, ArmA isn’t realistic, and technically it’s not even a simulator since it doesn’t actually simulate any systems by attempting to replicate them, it merely designs around them to make it seem like it does.

    It’s certainly getting prettier, and it was nice to see ArmA II step up its game once Arrowhead came along, but it still has very little to do with actual reality, which is what a simulator is all about.

    I consider it one of the best games out there to “play soldiers” with, just like when you were a kid and you had a box of little plastic figures. A game like Combat Mission Shock Force goes a lot further in trying to capture reality.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    @9 But i was thinking like ARMA have good ”background”(dont know how to say it on english) because they already made like bullet drop,vehicle physics,full body awareness… And that Crysis nor Crytek don’t have…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 That doesn’t make it a simulator though. None of that is very hard to do.

    The vehicles are really extremely simple, they don’t respond realistically to getting hit (something like an Abrams could potentially take 20 RPG hits before starting to feel it) they do extremely poorly in terrain, and making them work with infantry in a tactical way is still appallingly difficult.

    Seriously, try to make a vehicle advance with a squad, effectively. Only a few people I’ve seen have been able to make scripts that make them act in a somewhat proper way. In general, making any unit bring its firepower to bear in a way that’s effective, is extremely difficult.

    A simulator would have to account for things like casualties and casualty evacuation, morale/suppression (more than simply an array like doFlee, in ArmA), M16′s, M249′s and poorly maintained AK47′s jamming, fire control for airstrikes and artillery, and everything else that plays a very real role in actual combat today.

    It’s good to play soldiers with, but in terms of actual realism, it’s vastly overrated. Just looking at the configs and scripting betrays how simple it really is.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Maximum Payne

    @11 Agree I just say is Cryengine really up to Army’s request ? But hey the bought 100 PS3 to make one supercomputer!!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Freek

    “Each soldier will also don a backpack, called a “man wearable system,” which is basically a laptop, ”

    I looooooovveeee army speak! Is that a cup? No it’s a “man operated, liquid containment vessel”. Tanks now come with a “man operated, liquid containment vessel-dynamic stabilization unit” also known as a cup-holder. Although because it’s designed by the US army it’s now gyrostabilized, bullet proof and costs a million dollars.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    @12 A simulator doesn’t need to look excessively pretty, it just needs to accurately render an environment for training purposes.

    But that’s why it would be pretty interesting to learn what they’re looking to do with that simulator. Quite often the infantry simulators are of very little use.

    @13 And they use 360 controllers to fly the Predators around. I wonder what the military nomenclature for those are.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Noodlemanny

    I would probably say that the cryengine is the safer bet. Simply because its made to a higher budget. Arma is a PC only game meaning its more low budget, you can tell by looking at the graphics and simply playing it. The cryengine by nature is going to be way more complicated and precise. Although the cryengine is going to have been developed to fit to a more accessible game than that used in Arma, simply to make sure all that added funding pays off.
    Ultimately though how the GAME uses the engine determines how realistic it is, “The rifle is only as good as the soldier”.

    @ 13
    That made me really Lol. And I don’t do that very often.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. xxJPRACERxx

    The Army already use the “pro” version of ArmA, VBS2.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Maximum Payne

    There is trailer!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OglCqZq3pcE&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
    AND LOL FOR COMMENTS ON YOUTYBE!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Uncontested

    When I went to Infantry Anti Armor Leaders Course in early 2007 the Marine Corps was using a Simulator developed by the same company that made the original ArmA, based off the ArmA engine I believe as well. Was pretty interesting, We had a scenario with our class in a mounted (See: Humvees) patrol through a middle eastern city and then the Instructors used in game enemy characters as Snipers.

    We had to locate the snipers using the in game communication (See: Headsets) that were set to sound ‘kind of’ like real radios we used.. The first time through they wiped us out because half the people there had never played a computer game and didn’t grasp the concept of using a mouse to aim and etc, lol.

    By the 6th scenario they were still wiping us out but that was because they set IEDs all over the place and blew our convoy to hell anytime we got close to taking them out lol.

    As for #2.. sorry bro but that sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    @17
    “Be careful US Army! It will only ship with DX9 support! Don’t be fooled!
    SuperAdamAnt89″

    :D

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    I still believe what US is doing right now is outrageous.
    Buying some shitty simulation games from game developers is absurd.

    57 million for freakin simulation videogame?

    Come on. Their National federal debt is 14 000 000 000 000.00+
    That does not mention the debt of all banks together in US. USA is in the situation where their nation can extinct with their dollar and americans still like to to play “at a high price” when it comes to their military for NO reason at all.

    Look for example at Russian elite military forces example.

    Russia does not need this shit. They have Specnaz for example that don’t use any simulation PC Game. All they do is train everyday since 18 and with the last exam where you need to run full of equipment with AKM through forest, then swamp, then another stuff like for 30 KM, then last “12 minutes of hell” (they call it) when you need to fight with your comrade and if you survive and in the end shoot the gun (if AKM is working after this marathon you passed) you get the red beret that is a symbol of Specnaz.
    Thats a REAL training and thats why they are still the best operatives in the business since Soviet Union.

    or German military “Bundeswehr” where these guys train for ranks in it’s military career. That system was created in Prussia and later German in 1940 used it to create it’s own military in short period of time. They don’t spend a lot and they train in the woods all the time. Everyday… Sometimes they train with other europien countries together.

    So whats here? Us soldiers will play CRYSIS 3 and feel better when they are going to another Arabian country? Pfff… =\

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    @20 In a budget of 1,5 trillion dollars, very few people at the department of defence will ever know it exists.

    Sadly that’s the case with most ministries of defence, where you have civilians or officers with next to no understanding of combat, actually buying the weapons and equipment for it.

    You’re not really understanding the purpose though. None of it is going to replace actual combat training. It’s probably going to be a visual indicator simulator as Uncontested describes, meant to allow you to spot shooters and IEDs.

    The US still has some of the most impressive special forces in the world, so I don’t know where you’re going with that last bit. In Iraq under McChrystal, they were running up to 3 raids a night. That’s literally flying around in a helicopter, busting down doors in unsecured neighbourhoods, getting into firefights and maybe even losing comrades, but still getting on the bus and going to the next place.

    I don’t think anyone would doubt their professionalism.

    Spetsnaz have performed poorly in their last few campaigns. The strategy of the USSR was to try and make them out as supermen during the Cold War, claiming things like they weren’t assigned vehicles, because they’d just steal them from whatever army they were up against. Bullshit, obviously.

    I’m not sure I’ve heard of German forestdwelling armies, but I’m sure they’re great.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. OrbitMonkey

    Why spend $57 million now, when they can get MW3 for $50 in November?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    “In Iraq under McChrystal, they were running up to 3 raids a night.”

    fighting against poor arabians with shitty Medieval military full of old AK-47 is an achievement? Come on… Come on. Thats not even funny. all the world saw how it is going.
    http://data.primeportal.net/m1_iraqp/rob_m1_broken/Iraq%20021.jpg Broken Abrams all over the place, not even because someone shot it, but because tanks could not even survive in that heat is just pure comedy.

    “Spetsnaz have performed poorly in their last few campaigns.”

    they performed poorly only once, when Soviet Union collapsed. At that time “Mechel” didn’t had any support from the government that didn’t existed. Obvious situation is obvious.
    but after 1991 they are in perfect shape. These guys eliminated a leader of the Chechen rebel movement in 2006 – Salmanovich Basayev and his army. The biggest FSB campaign in history. How is this not a success?

    “’m not sure I’ve heard of German forestdwelling armies, but I’m sure they’re great.”

    they are very good.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/040610-N-1823S-348_G36andpracticenade.jpg

    Example in which American troops (behind) stand and watch how these guys train. They don’t have sick reputation like Specnaz, but they have reputation of skilled guys that work in secret for counter-terrorism purposes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundeswehr – info.

    “You’re not really understanding the purpose though. None of it is going to replace actual combat training. It’s probably going to be a visual indicator simulator as Uncontested describes, meant to allow you to spot shooters and IEDs.”

    for 57 million US dollars… a game and probably simulation equipment. Comedy.
    No offence, but this is a smell of a corruption. I’m sure that few military fanatics that likes programming can make from the CE3 or ARMA engine it’s own simulation videogame (even with equipment) and to sell for less then 1 million :D
    The only difference is that these guys don’t have decent brand name, marketing support and it’s own Bobby Kotick that likes money for breakfast.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    @22, too much arcade stuff :D

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Uncontested

    Shitty arabians with medieval weaponry? Are you fucking high? Don’t fucking run your mouth you stupid bitch if you don’t know what you’re talking about fuck face.

    You know what the Russians are fighting in Chechnya? By your logic: Muslims with shitty weapons. (Oh right, the Russians lost between 4,700 and 7,000 troops in Chechnya the second time around, when the US has been fighting 2 wars to lose less than that.)

    FYI Those Chechens were there fighting us in Iraq too, Former Special Forces operatives from Saddam’s regime (Republican Guard), Iranian, Saudi, Syrian trained special forces/snipers/etc operatives.

    So keep playing arm chair military analyst because you obviously don’t know shit and just feel like sitting here trashing the U.S.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Hunam

    Wow, you’re all such nice people.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    @23 They were not just poor arabs, although I don’t think you’d want to be the first guy through the door to a bunch of poor arabs with AK-47′s, either. Quite a few were foreign fighters, highly trained by Al Qaeda, some were former Fedayeen, and some were Iranian agents.

    Combat, and close quarters combat, isn’t a question of training or schoolboy “stats” – It’s not a cardgame where the numbers win. It’s a question of hiding behind a corner and shooting whoever comes around it in the face. A bullet doesn’t care if you’re Delta Force or a farmer with a shotgun, it’ll kill you just the same.

    You might not find it impressive sitting behind a computer screen, but anyone who’s studied this sort of thing is in awe of what they managed to accomplish, very noticeably creating a massive drop in carbomb and suicide attacks.

    Spetsnaz (as in the various tiers of Russian special forces) performed very poorly in the Chechnyan campaign, getting ambushed time and time again, and they suffered appalling losses in the Beslan school siege.

    I don’t see why you’re surprised that the US lost tanks during an invasion. That’s combat. People tend to shoot back every once in a while, and getting hit has consequences, no matter how good your vehicle is. If you look at the actual numbers of casualties from Abrams getting hit, it’s really quite impressive. One was immobilized and on fire for 24 hours, but the crew still managed to survive.

    I’m sure the Germans are perfectly capable in combat, but they’re still not achieving a better casualty rate than the Americans on a by-engagement basis, and their vehicles certainly aren’t of a better quality (Fuchs and Marder don’t stand up to IEDs very well either).

    If you really want to know about combat performance, beyond Wikipedia articles or online fantasy, you should study the actual circumstances on the ground, and the systems involved. There are quite a few books on those subjects.

    The US military certainly isn’t perfect, and personally I don’t like their “fire support above all” doctrine, but their soldiers are still performing extremely well compared to any armed force currently fighting, and there’s a reason why so many other militaries sign on to train with their specialized regiments.

    I don’t disagree with you that ministries of defence are typically some of the greatest wasters in any society, though. Far too often people are left in charge who have no place being there. How can you expect to buy a proper infantry fighting vehicle when you’ve never even held a rifle?

    The same thing goes for the military ranking system itself. Far too often it’s about playing politics, rather than earning your spot. That’s how it’s always been, though, and it just makes the efforts of the average soldier and NCO all the more impressive.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    +1 to DSB and Uncontested.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. blackdreamhunk

    i bet it is coming to the pc ahahahahaha

    #29 4 years ago

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    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]