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Battlelog inspired by Facebook, Halo Waypoint, others

Thursday, 20 October 2011 00:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

DICE drew inspiration from a number of existing networks as it developed Battlefield 3′s social service, Battlelog.

“I looked at all social networks from Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, to of course [Halo] Waypoint and [Call of Duty] Elite,” developer Frederick loving told Gamasutra.

“We looked at everything. That’s inspirational for me just finding out what other people do and just sort of grabbing the good pieces out of it.”

Loving doesn’t see any problem in cannibalising other network for Battlelog’s feature set, because when you boil them down, all social networks are the same.

“Of course we’re inspired by a lot of the social networks that are out there and they’re all pretty common if you look at them,” he said.

“They have the similar feeds, they have similar likes, they have similar comments so there’s a lot of common features amongst all social networks.”

Battlelog launches alongside Battlefield 3 next week. Its rival, Modern Warfare 3, will also support a social network – Call of Duty Elite.

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46 Comments

  1. Yoshi

    wow what a surprise :O

    #1 3 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    “I looked at all social networks from Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, to of course [Halo] Waypoint and [Call of Duty] Elite,”

    Fixed.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 Are you seriously trying to take the piss?

    Battlefield has had this sort of stat tracking stuff for years. They’re just adding a social layer of it.

    If you actually think Battlelog was some sort of reactionary response to Call of Duty Elite, you’re kidding yourself. Call of Duty Elite is not some sort of revolutionary idea.

    And at least Electronic Arts doesn’t make you pay a subscription fee for the service.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    Be serious.

    EA/DICE are just ticking boxes.

    What is CoD doing? Ok, lets make sure there’s nothing that they have that we don’t have.

    And at least Electronic Arts doesn’t make you pay a subscription fee for the service.

    Are you implying that Activision does? You know full well that CoD Elite is a free service.

    That’s like me saying that Sony makes PS3 owners pay for PSN because of PSN+.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    “EA/DICE are just ticking boxes.”

    Yeah, because Activision totally isn’t the physical personification of this concept taken to its most extreme limits.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Yay, another hunting ground for chicken hawks!!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. viralshag

    Well I for one, actually liked it and didn’t have a problem. I reckon if I was still on one monitor at home I would feel differently.

    I wouldn’t be against it all be in-game but the fact that Battlelog is used for something less than 5% of my intended gaming time, I don’t see what the big deal is.

    I generally opened it up, found a server, joined game and then an hour or two later leave and check my stats and stuff. I would hardly say that’s any more of a painful process than doing the equivalent with in-game menus.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. endgame

    @G1GAHURTZ dude u’re such a f**king douchebag! Elite is a paid service u pathetic moron!! some of it isn’t but the most important parts of it (for some) are. if u want map packs and some other similar sh*t u will have to pay for them u idiot! f**king COD fans u’re so stupid u don’t know your own services. with Battlelog EVERYTHING will be for free. map packs WILL BE FREE! but nvm that, wtf r u doing on a BF thread u f**king troll? did u ever see me writing anything on a COD thread? NO u piece of s**t because it’s not worth my time dealing in decade old standard def games. gog (.com) excluded. those r awesome!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Battlefield map packs will be free!? Lol, do EA’s shareholders know about this?

    Check yo facts baby ;)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Fin

    |u’re so stupid u don’t know your own services.

    |map packs WILL BE FREE!

    Hmmmm…

    PS – “fucking” and “shit” aren’t censored.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. endgame

    yup BF map packs will be free.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Fin

    @11

    Sounds awesome! Source please!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @11: Like Return to Karkand?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. endgame

    @13 yes Return to Karkland is free.

    @12 I can’t point u to the exact source right now but if u would have been reading vg247 these past 2 years you would have know that. DICE said that btw. they wouldn’t want to split the community like that other game does.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @14: Only if you buy the Limited Edition. So … not really.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. endgame

    @15 1. LOL! why wouldn’t u buy the LE?
    2. if u buy it online (from Origin) that’s the only version u can buy. ok please stop now. u’re sounding like u’re striving to look retarded.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Moxifool

    Oh look, G1GATWAT is unleashing his not-inconsiderable trolling talents on yet another BF thread.

    Honestly just shut up you bellend. Your boring. Nobody cares.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Fin

    @16

    Right, so you’re saying Karkand is free if you buy the LE?
    PROTIP: that means Karkand isn’t free to everyone.
    I have been reading VG247 these past two years, and I don’t think the map packs will be free. If you can dig up a quote (“DICE said that btw”) to support this please do, but until that happens, I’ll just assume u’re so stupid u don’t know your own services.

    @17

    lol u mad bro?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. endgame

    @18 ok dude w/e. tbh I don’t give a sh*t about what u know and u don’t and frankly I don’t have to bring u up to speed with anything. not my fault that u’ve been living under a rock. but I think I know what’s going on since u’re defending (as Moxifool called him) G1GATWAT. u’re COD fan! so I’ll tell u the same thing I’ve told him: GTFO troll!!

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Fin

    @19

    No story or source or quote?
    I wasn’t defending him actually, I was just calling you out on you BF knowledge.
    Oh well, I guess u’re so stupid u don’t know your own services.

    Map packs may be free, but (to the best of my knowledge), nobody’s said either way. Considering Karkand definitely won’t be free to everyone, I imagine nor will the rest of them.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. endgame

    COD troll please stop feeding misinformation! Return to Karkland will be free to every person who buys BF3 LE.

    edit: btw the LE is the ONLY BF3 edition u can buy. so there u go. I’ve showed u the obvious. anything else I just cba to look for.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Fin

    @21

    Bzzzt!

    Return to Karkand will be free to every person who preorders BF3 or buys it during its first run. Preowned and those who wait will be out of luck.
    Hence the “Limited Edition” name.

    So, say if someone waits until after Christmas, then buys BF3. When Karkand is released (I don’t think there’s a date for it yet?), they’ll have to pay for it.

    lol u’re so stupid u don’t know your own services.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Tweek444

    Don’t forget that with Elite premium, You get the four mappacks that are worth more then the Elite Subscription, So you’re not just paying to see extra Stats and stuff.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. OrbitMonkey

    @21 Yeah Fin is a HUGE CoD fan, he spent about 500 hours playing blops over the summer…

    Or was that someone else ;)

    #24 3 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    @16: Because it costs more? Because i don’t give two fucks about Limited Editions?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh dear…

    The closer we get to the BF3 release, the more sensitive these silly little BF3 fanboys get.

    1. Map packs have absolutely NOTHING to do with a social networking service.

    2. Frederick Loving tried to imply that he drew inspiration from Facebook and MySpace. Being careful to ‘credit’ CoD Elite, lastly.

    That’s the entire point of this article and exactly what I was refering to when I implied that in reality, they’re just copying Elite.

    It’s no coincidence that just after IW announce Elite (a social networking service!), DICE suddenly announce the social networking features of Battlelog.

    They’re blatantly ripping it off!

    And fanboys… Don’t try and deny it. EA have openly admitted their obsession with destroying CoD, and it’s obvious that they don’t want MW3 to have a social networking feature while BF3 doesn’t.

    3. For the most part, CoD Elite is free.

    None of the SOCIAL NETWORKING (the entire point of this article) features cost a single penny.

    FACT.

    You fanboys who shout “TROLL!” every time anyone dares mention anything less than positive about your ‘champion’ are pure comedy.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. viralshag

    I think the people that keep trying to compare the games and the features are funnier.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Fin

    @24

    lol like I’d play that shitty sub-hd console kiddy elementary school game for 500 hours

    ;)

    #28 3 years ago
  29. viralshag

    @28, I think you mean “sup-bar HD”… God, that annoyed me everytime.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. StolenGlory

    @29 ‘Sup-bar’, heh yeah, that sounded like a pub or something :)

    In other news, I really couldn’t give an ass rat’s about Battlelog, Elite or any other such stuff, i’ll just be looking forward to BF3 next week and MW3 two weeks after that.

    As you were gentlemen!

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Freek

    BF has been doing stat tracking for years, as have other games. And EA was going heavely into social for a while now, see AutoLog.
    You dont’t just thrown these things together in a matter of weeks, it takes months to impliment and if you are going to use a game as a data source then that too has to be taken into consideration and planned and developped. To even think they just threw this together after CoD Elite was anounced is silly beyond reason.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. viralshag

    @31, If you haven’t noticed most people here are beyond reasoning.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. G1GAHURTZ

    You dont’t just thrown these things together in a matter of weeks, it takes months to impliment…

    Elite was revealed months before the BF3 SN features.

    Who said anything about “weeks”??

    On top of that, how is Autolog anything like the kind of SN features that Loving is talking about??

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Joe Musashi

    Attack is the best form of defense!

    JM

    #34 3 years ago
  35. viralshag

    @33, To be honest, why does it matter whether it was copied or not. It works, and works well. It’s hardly like they have copied it and come out with an inferior product.

    Plus, the fact that the main game seems to heavily rely on what Battlelog is: launching games from there, both MP and SP it seems, would make me think it would have been part of the developement or at least the idea for the game, for some time.

    But like I said, why does it matter so much?

    #35 3 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    First of all, why do we keep getting seperate aspects confused?

    We seem to be taking three seperate things and combining them into one, for some reason.

    There is DLC, paid or free. There is the stat based system within Battlelog. There are the social networking features. They’re all part of the same game, but they could all pretty much operate independently of each other.

    Of course, the main selling of the SN feature is that it helps to highlight the stats and encourage people to compare them, but the main pupose of it is building a thriving social community.

    Read the article again.

    Loving clearly admits that he “looked at” Elite among other sites to draw “inspiration” from them.

    How could he look at it if EA were working on their SN features before Elite was announced??

    Anyway, it doesn’t matter that much to me. I took issue with the fact that although he was crediting Elite, he seemed to be trying to belittle it’s importance by mentioning it last. He’s not trying to compete with Facebook or MySpace. He’s trying to compete with CoD.

    I made a simple, flippant remark and got called all sorts of things by a bunch of hyper-sensitive fanboys who oh-so wrongly seem to think that I’m in every single BF article, when that’s not the case.

    That’s why I continue to clarify my point. It’s a very simple one.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. StolenGlory

    @36

    On a (not entirely) seperate note, G1GA, are you going to be updating your YouTube channel with some vids when the game comes out? :)

    #37 3 years ago
  38. viralshag

    @37 & G1GA, yeah haha, that “learning to snipe” one was ace.

    @36, I honestly don’t think he was trying to belittle CoD or Elite by mentioning it last. That’s not how it read to me anyway. He grouped the two game-focused SN features together and if anything I would have read that as “saving the best for last” kind of thing.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. G1GAHURTZ

    @SG:

    I want to!

    I need to get a few cables before I can get my video capture setup running again, but I’m hoping to do lots of new vids.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. StolenGlory

    @39

    What video cap software do you use out of interest? Sony Vegas 10 HD?

    #40 3 years ago
  41. G1GAHURTZ

    @ VS:

    Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the vid!

    He grouped the two game-focused SN features together and if anything I would have read that as “saving the best for last” kind of thing.

    Hmm… Having read it again, I suppose it’s entirely reasonable to interpret his words either way.

    I haven’t tried Battlelog, but I had the Elite beta and I saw huge potential there, to be honest.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. G1GAHURTZ

    @ SG:

    I have an HD PVR and I just use Windows Movie Maker. It’s not the latest version, as I believe MS took some features out, for some reason.

    I even made my intro (simplistic as it is!) using it.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. StolenGlory

    @42 Oh wow, that’s pretty cool. I didn’t realise it was so versatile!

    #43 3 years ago
  44. viralshag

    @G1GA, I’m the total opposite in the respect that I haven’t tried Elite but have tried Battlelog, but I too would say there is big potential.

    Is Elite going to be like Waypoint and accessible through the console or is it purely a browser based thing? I only ask because MW is always a console purchase for me and so I doubt I would use it much if it was browser based.

    Further to my point about how it read, I think it would have been more flippant to comment about Elite before last, as a simple off the cuff remark rather than finishing the comment with the most similar system to what they will launch.

    #44 3 years ago
  45. G1GAHURTZ

    @ SG:

    Yeah, I think it’s version 2.6 you need if you want to export in HD, though.

    @ VS:

    AFAIK, it’s not going to be accessible through console. However, IIRC, there was something mentioned about making it accessible through moblie.

    Most smartphones have full browser functionality these days, anyway, so they must have been talking about specific iTunes/Android apps.

    #45 3 years ago
  46. StolenGlory

    @45

    Mobile functionality would be the shit. It would be so useful to just have my phone on the couch with me and be able to glance over at it whenever I feel like.

    #46 3 years ago

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    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 […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    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 […]