Total Insanity: Ubi Montreal’s Dan Hay on Far Cry 3

Monday, 13 June 2011 14:25 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Far Cry 3′s E3 demo got jaws dropping and gums flapping, but let’s be honest: it raised more questions than it answered. We sat down with producer Dan Hay to fill in a few blanks.

Far Cry 3

Announced last week during Ubisoft’s E3 2011 conference.

Out next year.

Set on a tropical island full of mad people.

“Meh.” No one has ever uttered that phrase in relation to Far Cry 2. “I fucking hate it,” on the other hand? Definitely. Innumerable times, I’m sure. For every one of those, however, there’s almost assuredly been an, “It’s my favorite game of all time,” to balance things out. Point is, Far Cry 2 doesn’t “do” neutrality. It’s hot or cold. Black or white. Love or hate. It’s a powerful quality, that – to inspire a range of opinions oftentimes more violent than the game’s hilariously trigger-happy citizens. That very quality, however, also makes crafting a sequel quite the puzzle. After all, one of Far Cry 2′s “flaws” may be an irritating, painful rough edge to some, but to others, it’s a sprinkle of genius. So what do you fix? What stays? What goes? At the very least, Ubisoft Montreal definitely isn’t treading water.

The developer’s not being shy about it, either. Far Cry 3′s E3 demonstration – themed around the repetitive nature of the “definition of insanity” and viewable here – took pages out of its predecessor’s book and then spat on them. A myriad of scripted scenes? A speaking main character? Visible points awarded for each kill? To many Far Cry 2 fans, it seemed like, well, insanity. Producer Dan Hay, however, assured us that there’s a method to the madness.

“I think we’re definitely building off Far Cry 2, and you know, we use the scripted moments to introduce you to certain characters. But it’s really about exploring the space and discovering the space. It’s Far Cry. It’s open-world. Absolutely, right? If you enjoy shooters, you pick up a gun, you’re going to be successful. And we use those little vignettes to basically intro you to the insanity of certain characters. Vaas is a really good example of that,” he told VG247 during a post-demo interview.

And while Hay wasn’t quite willing to confirm the return of another of Far Cry 2′s holy grails – its mercenary companion system – he certainly didn’t slam any doors.

“There are certain things that I can’t talk about yet,” he said. “But if you played Far Cry 2 and you enjoyed it, it’s a great building block for us.”

Out of the frying pan, into the fire

Far Cry 2′s Africa wasn’t a gentle place. Its denizens acted more like hornets than people – immediately swarming on you without even the slightest provocation. For some, that blood-soaked red carpet drove home the game’s central themes and stirred up constant excitement. But for others, well, let’s just put it this way: how many times have you heard something compared to a hornet’s nest favorably? So say goodbye to never-ending legions of nameless eagle-eyed baddies who each bear personal life-long grudges against you and you alone; this time around, it’s all about player choice.

“There are certain things that I can’t talk about yet. But if you played Far Cry 2 and you enjoyed it, it’s a great building block for us.”

“That was the key thing for us – making sure that we focused on AI. When you choose to engage, that’s when they react. You can sneak up on these guys – you can get pretty close, actually – and if you’re smart about it, you can choose to skulk your way around. You can choose to get up above them and do a death-from-above kill. You can stab the guy in the neck and do a knife throw like you saw in the demo. There’s a lot of good stuff in there, but we really, really made sure that you felt like you were in control. And if you decided to hang back, they weren’t just going to see you from any sight line. Our focus was making sure that you controlled the action,” Hay explained.

Granted, many of Far Cry 2′s best moments came when you weren’t in control – when you were surrounded, riddled with bullets, and oh god why is everything on fire? Make no mistake, however; Far Cry 3 hasn’t suddenly become Call of Duty. Combat’s still as free-form as ever – perhaps even moreso.

“If you look at your environment, we want the full sweep,” said Hay. “If you love shooters and you want to just pick up the game, it’s going to respond to a shooter. You can pull out your AK-47 and it’s satisfying. But we also want to make sure that you’re using your environment. So the environment’s a character. You’ve got water you can use. You’ve got waterfalls that you can hide behind and get kills on. You’ve got a vantage point. You can use the camera. You can do a death-from-above. It was pretty much about creating a ‘What would you do as the player, in that moment?’ [scenario]. What feels right? And that was our focus.”

Which is all well and good, but what about nature’s fiercest killer, the tree? Far Cry taught players that clotheslining baddies could be endlessly hilarious – and also useful, I guess – but will the green-friendly technique be making a return?

“What they probably can’t see is that – when you asked that question – I smiled, but I probably can’t talk about it.”


Again taking a few steps back from Far Cry 2′s focus on unscripted narratives and a lead whose defining personality trait is malaria, Far Cry 3′s Jason Brody actually talks. He’s not just some faceless one-liner machine either. While the demo only had him toss out a couple quick quips, Hay didn’t mince any words: this is Jason’s story.

Far Cry 3′s E3 demo. Watch it if you haven’t. If
you have, watch it again.

“Jason gets to the island and he’s a little bit cocky. He’s like, ‘OK, I’ve got this covered.’ But when he moves through it, he meets guys like Vaas who are crazy, as well as other characters who have their own unique brand of crazy and justice. The experience is that full sweep. So Jason begins to change a bit,” he said.

Granted, based on the demo, it seems like Far Cry 3′s cast of impossibly insane baddies will take up just as much of the spotlight. And if Vaas is any indication, players won’t mind one bit. So then, why have Jason speak at all?

“You know, to be honest, I think our focus was just on what felt right for Jason. We want to make sure that this guy feels young, and he’s accessible. So if he fell down a well and somebody dumped his body down there, and he came up and he swore, and it felt right? Then it felt right,” Hay explained.

But let’s be honest here: Shooting? Stabbing? Swearing? The three S’s of FPS hardly seem like distinctive character traits. Fortunately, the demo might have given us another big hint: that camera. Hay wasn’t entirely ready to let the cat out of the bag, but he did lop off a couple whiskers.

“I can’t tell you too much about that, but here’s the deal: We wanted to make sure that this guy was real and accessible, right? Jason Brody’s a real character. He’s a real guy. If there’s a camera available, he’s going to pick it up and use it as a scope. If there’s an opportunity for him to take pictures, he’s going to take them – because the stuff that’s going down, I mean, somebody’s got to document it, right? So he’s really kind of learning as he goes. So the camera does play a role, and I think the players are going to enjoy it. But I’ve got to keep that one to myself for now.”

Welcome to the jungle

Far Cry 3, then, isn’t necessarily trying to be a second helping of Far Cry 2 – despite what some fans may want. Instead, the game is its own animal, guided more by the instincts of its creators than anything else. And so, if you ask for a blow-by-blow comparison, Hay will just shrug his shoulders. Fact is, it’s simply not a priority.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t say that I’ve done a comparative ‘How big are we?’ I think what we did is we made the island, and the island feels really good. And then, you know, we made a couple spaces after that too that are kind of cool – that I can’t tell you about. You’re going to feel good. You’re going to play the game, and you’re going to meet the characters. You’re going to use your environment. This place is going to feel like you can explore it and you can discover,” he explained.

“It was funny; we specifically did not go out trying to make it bigger or focusing on the scope or the scale. What we said is ‘What feels right?’ Or ‘What feels right around every corner?’ So for us, it was making sure that – if you’re out and you’re walking around – it felt like you were exploring and there was discovery around every corner.”

After all, who wants to make the same game over and over and over? Why, that’d just be insane.


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  1. Erthazus

    Far Cry 3 looks good.

    but in reality, it’s going to be shit i know that. Why? Because Crytek is not doing it and Far Cry 2 was absolutely horrible and they still think that it was enjoyable + Far cry 3 won’t have mutants which is a shame.

    Far Cry 1 on PC is still one of the best FPS games to date. It’s the title which made Crytek as a company.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bluebird

    “Far cry 3 won’t have mutants which is a shame”

    A good thing in my book. :)
    In any case, this sound like they are trying to make it quite different to FC2, so it’s a bit early to judge.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KingCancer

    the trailer looked interesting but, I have no trust in ubisoft to recapture the spirit of the original or build anything half decent after the 2nd game especially in-regards to the multiplayer. cunts.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    Wow! Erthazus says a game looks good but remains cynical-all in the same post!? :O
    Far Cry 2 was a good game but not great, but it looks like Ubisoft are are fixing all the things that held Far Cry 2 back.
    I already believe that this could be GOTY material, as long as the gameplay remains consistent.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. guapo

    The mp map editor for fc2 was AWESOME !!!! Too bad the mp gameplay sucked. I hope they bring it back with a mp that is actually playable. The sp was o.k.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @2, “A good thing in my book.”

    Well of course not, fighting terrorists again and again is so much better right?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @6, Mutants aren’t much better, they’re up their with soldiers & aliens.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Len

    Original was great with an appalling last level, why did they do that?

    2nd was all sorts of fun with some interesting mechanics, just remember to stay off the roads.

    Can’t wait for the 3rd to see what they bring to the table… :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Bluebird

    @6: I’d rather fight believable enemies in a believable world. It’s the one thing that bugs me about Uncharted.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Christopher Jack

    @9, If I want a believable game, I’d play a sim, that’s why CoD doesn’t interest me but still like Halo.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Bluebird

    Yeah, that’s not what I meant at all.
    I find it jarring when you suddenly encounter some supernatural beings/zombies and whatnot when every enemy you encountered before was either human or animals of some kind.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    @11, Fair enough, I do think that the supernatural encounters in both Uncharted One & Two were their lowest points.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    “but in reality, it’s going to be shit i know that. Why? Because Crytek is not doing it”

    Weren’t you calling Crysis 2 a horrible piece of shit? Can you decide for once?

    “Far cry 3 won’t have mutants which is a shame.”

    Thank god. That was the worst thing about Far Cry 1.

    “Far Cry 1 on PC is still one of the best FPS games to date.”


    @9: Agreed. The supernatural aspects of Uncharted are just stupid.

    “Why do these guys survive for so long?”

    “It’s magic.”

    “Oh, okay.”

    There are only two FPS were i accept monsters in ‘em: STALKER and Metro 2033.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. BigEdMan

    Far Cry was by far one of the best games ever made! Far Cry 2 was extremely disappointing compared to the original. But it was still playable just rather repetitive just rather repetitive just rather repetitive. I love open world games, I love being able to pursue my primary and secondary objectives in a manner that best suits my game play Style. So I sure as hell hope I won’t be stuck constantly driving from one side of the island to the other side of the island and back.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Maximum Payne

    Did you know that in Far Cry 1 when you are in dark area when you turn on flashlight NPC get blind! Now 7 years later we seen in Battlefield 3….

    #15 4 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @15: You mean like in Metal Gear Solid 2 which was released 3 years ealier?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Maximum Payne

    @16 Hehe I don’t know I never played MGS series.
    But again you can’t do that in Metro,Stalker….

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Dralen

    Farcry 3 was definitely in my top 4 games at E3. But “WOW!” those screenshots look impressive.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Espers

    that CG guy looks like he fled Assassin Creed to Far Cry 3 :P

    #19 4 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    Can’t remember any Natives running around in AC. :P

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    Guys, Far Cry 1 mutants were freakin amazing. I still remember hearing that voice in the Jungles. I guess you never played Far Cry 1 because most of the people here play only on consoles. Ok, i got that.

    The point is that Far Cry 1 premise was cliche as possible from the start. You are a typical everyday rambo trying to escape the island, but after few hours you understand that it’s not just jugnels and it worked for Far Cry very well.

    Far Cry 1 was praised very well for everything. That game basically made Crytek. Except that i regret that they started to make horrible consolized games like Crysis 2… or kinect SHIT like RYSE.

    Ubisoft made a lot of money from a game and even in the end purchased for few millions Far Cry brand and ….. turned it to horrible mess :D

    Now, Far Cry 3 returned to Jugnels (Far Cry 2 had interesting setting in Africa) and you fight… Stupid terrorists.
    It’s like almost every game out there with them.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    Far Cry was an amazing game, and it essentially still is.

    The only thing Far Cry 2 had going for it was the visuals and the hype regarding things like the fire. It played like an MMO with a million pointless firefights, too much driving, braindead AI, and shooting mechanics that just didn’t make you feel anything.

    Open world games are great, but Far Cry 2 pretty much did everything to prevent you from enjoying it at every turn. Weapon maintenance served absolutely no purpose other than to bother you, and somehow force you to use the gun merchant, same thing with the malaria, and the incessant checkpoints just ruined any sense of flow that a mission might’ve had.

    Not that you were compelled to do anything in a depressing warzone full of scumbags, of whom you were very much a member.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Maximum Payne

    @21 Not to mention first time you encounter them in tunnel OMG it was so unexpected and scary and there were invisible one and then you need to use some kind of thermal vision to see them.
    I love Far Cry 2 realism but it have broken AI and to much driving…
    Did I ever tell you what is definition of insanity ?
    Its when you driving 5 hours in game and expect that it will stop later in game :D

    #23 4 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @21: “The point is that Far Cry 1 premise was cliche as possible from the start. You are a typical everyday rambo trying to escape the island, but after few hours you understand that it’s not just jugnels and it worked for Far Cry very well.”

    Lol, yeah i never seen that before … Preditor perhaps?

    @22: Agreed. The only thing FarCry 2 was missing is a decent Game Design. The location and whole art-direction was superb. But everything from shooting, to driving, to mission-design was absolutely horrific. Still i prefer the brown and deadly africa from FarCry 2 over the boring jungle from FarCry 1.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. IL DUCE

    @13 AMEN

    I liked FarCry2, just a little tedious and the enemies were not that bad if you played on a lower difficulty and rocked the stealth suit, I skulked around in brush most of the time in the game and used the dart gun pretty much all the time unless I ended up in a firefight…I’m more worried they will try to give this character too much of a back story and shit, and almost force it on the player…other than that, FarCry 3 is looking pretty sweet, characters look a little cartoonish to me, at least in the cut scene, but environments are looking beautiful and the gunplay looks satisfying…looking forward to this game, can’t go wrong with an open world shooter…

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DSB

    @24 Definitely, Africa is sadly absent from gaming these days. Unless it’s arab nation X.

    I think they were extremely careless in the way they incorporated very unpleasant things like south african mercenaries or war profiteers, though.

    Casting south african mercenaries as the heroes, while paying the protagnist in blood diamonds doesn’t exactly make you feel like one of the good guys. If anything it’s an example in how not to do Africa.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Hunam

    It sounds like those provocative elements that are usually ignored because they are too complex or controversial for gaming turned you off. I didn’t like the game, but I’d rather they painted the place as a place you’d really not want to be with people you’d really not like to meet as some really screwed up parts of africa are.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    @26: Heroes? I never felt any of the people in the game were heroes. And i don’t think you were supposed to feel like a hero.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    @28 The whole plot was about stopping the guy who armed both sides, and thus allowed the war to continue. Ending a war is pretty heroic.

    When the whole uprising happens, you’re saved by South African mercenaries who tell their sad tale of being hunted by the evil africans, who no longer want any foreigners in their country.

    Considering the crimes South African mercenaries are attributed in real life, that’s more than a little cheeky. I don’t want them in my country, either.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Moonwalker1982

    Really loved the gameplay video of it, and i’m still wondering on what system it was demonstrated.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. YoungZer0

    @29: Yeah, i mean the game tells you alot of things, but as you and me demonstrate: It’s up for debate. I never thought of myself as being the hero in the game. Even if i managed to give some innocent people their travel papers.

    I was just the dude who was trying to kill the Jackal, but after a hours my goal was getting kind of blurry.

    Most of the games inspiration is based on the civil war in Sierra Leone in the early 90′s. There are absolutely no heroes in this game. You kill for profit, and they rebels are just as horrible as the Mercs themselves.

    Don’t know if you finished the game but the conclusion was very nice if you ask me.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Kuwabara

    far cry 2 is one of the best shooters ive played. Loved the setting, atmosphere, graphics. AMAZING!

    #32 4 years ago

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    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]