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How Assassin’s Creed: Revelations ended our love affair

Wednesday, 7 December 2011 05:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

After years of romantic picnics, long walks on the beach, and candlelit dinners with Assassin’s Creed, the light of love has faded from Brenna Hillier’s eyes.

Having wooed me to the weak-kneed, lip-trembling stage, the game did the equivalent of clearing out the joint back account and running off to Mykonos with the au pair.

Last month, I had a tempestuous affair with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. It was love at first sight, of course. AssCreeRev, as I call it, is just my type. I adored the first game – the one often described as a failed experiment or a tech demo for the rest of the series. I was blown away by the sequel. I had a ball with Brotherhood, and I fully expected Revelations to deliver exactly what I wanted: more of the same, only bigger and better.

It does. Oh, sure, the tower defence sections are so poor as to be unworthy of the name, and those teeth-grindingly unpleasant sojourns into Desmond’s memories are a strong argument in favour of play testing, but because I love the franchise so much, I invented convoluted justifications for both.

AssCreeRev won my heart. I found elderly Ezio and his low-key romance much easier take than the bafflingly magnetic sleaze of his adolescence. I liked that Ubisoft Montreal, quite rightly assuming that we know what we’re about by this stage, ripped away a lot of the lengthy exposition and slow-build feature glut of the last two games, dropping you right in and handing you all your tools almost immediately. I liked the tactical options offered by the surprisingly flexible bomb crafting system, and spent many a happy hour chasing trophies and thereby exploring their varied uses – something the main quest failed to demonstrate, it must be said.

Unfortunately for the happy family of half-Brenna, half-AssCreeRev children I’d imagined for us, having wooed me to the weak-kneed, lip-trembling stage, the game did the equivalent of clearing out the joint back account and running off to Mykonos with the au pair.

Of the game’s nine memory sequences, I had arrived at the seventh. This had taken a great deal longer than it should have given the relative brevity of the campaign, but as my partner was away for a week I’d indulged myself in daily, five-hour play sessions of collecting all the treasures, buying up all the shops, training my assassin recruits – generally ticking boxes on the way to 100% completion well before it was necessary. I had about 25 hours invested in it. (That should tell you everything you need to know about my devotion to this series, right there.)

The E3 2011 trailer made my mouth water.

My mission was to find a spy. According to every walkthrough I can find on the matter, this should involve approaching a plaza, using eagle vision to identify the target, trailing at a distance, and finally, confronting her.

When I arrive in the plaza – I use the present tense here because I’ve attempted this a dozen times – I use eagle sense on everybody, and nobody is highlighted. Nevertheless, the game eventually decides someone is, in fact, the spy – a nearby doctor. The camera attaches itself to this innocent vendor whenever I use eagle vision and will not be dissuaded.

“Confront the spy,” the game advises me. I tried buying some poison from him a few times, the only interaction I’m allowed; this does not seem to satisfy anybody.

After resetting both game and console a few times I realised that if I moved far enough away from the doctor, the camera would return to normal. A target appeared on my mini-map, and a golden trail showed a path through the streets, Following both, I discovered a female NPC standing in a corner, facing a door, and looking around furtively.

Unfortunately, whatever it is she sees in that corner is so absorbing, she won’t respond to Ezio’s blandishments. I’ve hammered the interact button, despite receiving no prompts to do so. I’ve danced around in front of her. I’ve tried tackling her repeatedly with my feeble old man body, trying to trigger whatever response is due, but she’s as immobile as a rock – more immobile than some. I’ve even tried killing her – the game refuses to acknowledge her as a target, but I’ve piled bombs up around her. No go. She doesn’t even blink.

And that’s it. The end of my 25 hour journey with AssCreeRev. I can’t progress, and when I think about doing it all over again – repeating all my tentative steps towards the Platinum trophy – I’m strongly tempted to snap a control pad.

Assassin’s Creed

Four core entries, beginning with Assassin’s Creed in 2007. Subseqeunt releases in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Another promised for 2012.

Spin-offs include two DS games later ported to iOS and Android, one PSP release, and two more recent mobile titles.

The franchise has also produced five novel and comic adaptations and three short films.

There was a time when a story like this would have elicited some strong emotional response in you, the reader. “Bad luck, old sport,” you’d sympathise, weeping inside for me. “It shouldn’t ought to be this way,” you might add, forgetting grammar in your desire to comfort me.

That time is not now. Yesterday Nintendo acknowledged a game-breaking bug in Skyward Sword, a bug which is unlikely to see remedy as the Wii is not a patch-friendly platform. Skyrim may as well be listed in the dictionary with the description “Noun: A glitch which breaks a major questline, thus requiring a reversion to an earlier save file”, it’s become so much of a byword for this phenomenon. I could probably point at any large-scale RPG or open world adventure of the last two years and find a third example, but you get the idea.

It’s easy to sympathise with the developers; the scale of triple-A games means any mission or objective based game is almost certain to contain at least one possible instance of a broken quest (sorry, I mean, a “Skyrim”) which slips past QA. The problem is how quickly – or not – these major issues are identified and corrected. A few days after I gave up on AssCreeRev, I started my PlayStation 3 up and, thanks to my PS Plus subscription, noticed the game had been patched. Delighted, I fired it up. The patch fixed a number of issues including a very annoying problem with how quickly Ezio can pile up cash, but it didn’t fix my bug.

I’m philosophical about this. Sometimes, the first post-launch patch catches the problem I’m having, and sometimes it doesn’t; it’s a bit of a lottery. We can’t all be lucky. But it did mean I switched my PS3 off in disgust, and loaded Skyrim on my PC. I haven’t even switched the console on since then, and I doubt I will until the next big release turns up.

AssCreeRev has joined the pile of games which didn’t get finished in the giddy throes of early love.

What that means in turn is that AssCreeRev has joined the pile of games which didn’t get finished in the giddy throes of early love, and with quality games releasing at a pace of what feels like every six and a half minutes, it’s quite unlikely it will crawl out before the next iteration is expected. For a franchise game, a game that prides itself on being story-driven and sucking the player into a world, it’s a death sentence. I have no motivation to hear the next chapter when I’ve no idea how this one finished.

I bought the Animus Edition of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, with the encyclopaedia and everything, because I loved this series so much. But now, when I think about the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed III, a prospect which inspired foaming fangirlism in me just weeks ago, I’m not even ambivalent. There’s no feeling there. The force which drove me through three and three-quarter games is gone; what’s going to push me to a fifth and beyond?

I think we should see other people, Assassin’s Creed. The love has died.

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24 Comments

  1. FrankWhite

    You seem to boast a lot about how much you love the game and series, and then when presented with the opportunity to play for 25 more hours, you nerdrage.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Rudderless

    Being a videogame journalist, Brenna probably has very little free time, certainly not enough to make it worth her while playing through any game for another 25 hours. Heck, as much as I loved Skyward Sword, if I’d encountered the aforementioned bug (though it has to be said, you have to do things in a very strange order to trigger it) I’d have had a tough time justifying repeating it all over again.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    There was a similar game breaking bug in AC2 if you quit the game after a certain memory sequence.

    My love affair with AC series ended with previous game and it didn’t need any bugs. I LOVED original AC and mostly liked its sequel but Brotherhood killed my interest in the series. I felt playing the exact same game for the 3rd time and that time (In Brotherhood’s case) the game was actually a copy paste of previous without any story progress. The whole thing was just padding and filler. Goodbye Assassin’s Creed.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I’m confused, have you heard of the internet ?

    There’ll be a million youtube videos/FAQ entries on how to get past this problem…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    I know the pain, stuck on a part in Skyrim involving the companions because some bug is refusing the prompt for the next mission, I’ve tried many things to fix it, & so far, none of them are working. Thankfully the companions aren’t a crucial part of the overall game.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Whats the bug with companions do you have?

    I finished the whole game (finished every quest and i know how to fix major bugs by myself in this game without patch). Maybe i can help you with something.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. silkvg247

    I totally sympathise with you getting caught out by a nasty bug, I do wonder if a respectable site like this making such a bug public will prompt UBI into action? :)

    Just out of interest you mention resetting the console etc. But I wondered does the bug repeat itself if you simply restart the quest through the menu?

    Have you tried targetting her properly? (I think you tap L1 or L2, can’t remember off top of head).

    Hey this has me thinking, you could have a BUG SPOTTING article weekly or monthly, publicising the nastiest bugs out there which people want fixing asap. It annoyed the *** out of me that Skyrim pre patch on PC was riddled with key config bugs but still got 95% and above. An article such as this would have made me wait for a patch before purchase.

    Likewise BF3 (PC); Still can’t rebind throttle down, spot, or mousewheel to anything. Don’t know if latest patch fixes it, took them an age in either case. An article like this might have helped prompt them into action sooner, it was game breaking for folks like me.

    Alice: Madness returns (PC). They *still* haven’t fixed the umbrella bug. i.e. Rebinding any keys at any time makes the umbrella un-usable, and you can’t get past a boss because of it. I actually had to buy a control pad to get past this. Sigh. Also FPS is locked at 30, which I’d class as a bug (have to edit a config file to fix).

    #7 3 years ago
  8. sleepyfox

    Maybe I read it too hastily, but your love affair with the series ended completely in a bug? This in a headline?

    I don’t know how the saving system in the game works, but I assume like in pretty much every other game; you’ve got a ton of different save slots and you’re not using a memory card.

    You only used one save slot (and if not, according to you – 25 hours apart), and never thought about a game/quest-breaking bug, save file corruption etc. which even game sites (assumably also VG247) report now and then? Really?

    You must be new here!
    http://www.hk94.com/hk/uploadgal/gallery/album_195/gallery_1_195_65489.jpg

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Mr-Brett

    @1: I don’t get why some people can’t understand that while you may love a game, you don’t want to repeat it all again. I imagine people are wired differently but I find repetition very dull and having to redo 20 minutes is frustrating let alone 25 hours. Also it’s an entirely different matter if you’re redoing by choice rather than because a bug broke progression.

    @8: The point is that the article highlights a serious issue with modern games. It might not be called “BUG IS GAMES ARE BAD YO!” but the issue is highlighted via an anecdote (which makes a change from straight up news stories). Also Brenna has been here a while, so I can only assume that you haven’t since you weren’t aware of that ;)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    The FAQ I spent five minutes looking at says to air assassinate her from above :

    http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps3/628357-assassins-creed-revelations/faqs/63377

    #10 3 years ago
  11. sleepyfox

    @9:
    That last bit/image was just supposed to be a witty point about the author’s gaming career/habits, to what I wrote above about save file usage. Not about how long she has been a game journalist.

    I understand that the game bug issue was approached a bit differently today, but I thought it was a bit… harsh, ‘ragey’? …can’t find a fitting word here… that the love for the entire series ended in one bump in the relationship, albeit biggish (which could have been lessened somewhat).

    It isn’t, and never has been, unheard of that there are bugs that break quests, sometimes even the main quests like in this case apparently has happened. I can’t generalize, but I consider it (multiple game file saves) an axiom, especially for tech savvy people and gamers. Well at least those who started on PC gaming.
    Just as that you don’t write an essay on your computer for hours without ever saving it manually (even if there are autosave functions in some cases), or even sending an email/long forum post without Ctrl+C’ing it first before hitting the ‘send’ button.

    About bad bugs on Wii games: I remember Paper Mario on Wii had a game-breaking bug, but you got the offer to change that disc to a new one which had the updated version of the game. It probably wouldn’t be used on many games that has some rare game-breaking bugs, but if it’s really easy to encounter and lots of people has it, maybe then it’s a possibility?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Kabby

    I still haven’t forgiven Capcom for the broken audio on Hugo’s Stage in SF3 Anniversary Edition. Come to think of it I’ve not bought a Capcom game, personally, since that incident.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    @8 Have you played Assassin’s Creed? Because, unless I’ve missed something really obvious, each game has only one save slot and it auto-saves to that one, without any other option to save anywhere else.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    ^ They offer 3 save slots but they’re pretty much like the slots in Zelda in that they hold all of your game, you cant hit pause and save your on-going game to a new slot like you can in Skyrim. At least as far as i know, i cant say i really looked into it.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Good article, sums up how I very nearly feel about Skyrim. Lots of fucking niggling bugs, a patch that makes my characters race traits useless and a Blood Dragon who does not attack or die… I had to turn it off. Christ I hope the next patch works… Or the one after that… Or the one after that….

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Freek

    From what I heard on the GiantBombcast this already sounded like a filler game. The story does not progress in a meaningfull way and neither does the gameplay. So just skip this one and wait for Part 3 so you don’t get burned out on the franchise.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Gekidami

    ^ Yeah, “filler” sounds about right. After i beat it i really didnt get what the point of the game was in terms of the overall plot.

    I guess it was to show Desmond where the apple was… But didnt he already find it? So wait, there are two apples? I mean Enzio has one, and he hides that one and Desmond finds it, then Enzio goes looking for the one Altair had… So there was indeed two. Wait, so did Enzio hide his one before or after he went looking for Altair’s one? ..And when he finds it, he just leaves it? So what was the point of doing all that?

    Seriously, this games plot makes no fucking sense.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Tamo123

    I’m not sure about everyone else, but for me I loved 1,2 and revelations. I absolutely hated Brotherhood.

    Revelations for me was about Altair’s struggle in his life to save the creed despite losing his family and passing the apple on because he understood he had no greater purpose.

    For Ezio, it was his struggle to make sure the knowledge Desmond needed was given to him. Sure Revelations wasn’t anything majorly new, but I enjoyed training and using assassins (it had more uses and felt worth it compared to Brotherhood) and I overall loved the game.

    I think people expected too much and I am really glad they didn’t discard the first game after its reception and instead chose to expand on its story and tie it into Ezio’s life as an old man.

    Regarding the apples, it has some obvious significance in the next game for Desmond. Ezio knew he did the task he was given and chose to leave it to Desmond.

    The overall story was never intended to advance. It was to tie up the past to Ezio’s present with some minor advances here in there in small ways. I also enjoyed collecting the 30 animus fragments to play through Desmonds childhood, it gave him as a character more depth to his past.

    Revelations for me had meaning. Brotherhood did not. Each to their own though.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    I wouldn’t discount 3 either. Every clue so far suggest that AC3 is definitely not going to be a “filler” game. New character, new location (won’t spoil it, but it definitely has tonnes of potential), probably a completely redesigned combat system, and plenty of advancement in the story.

    Did Ubisoft admit they wouldn’t keep releasing this every year after 3? That the series would be get at least a two year break after? I can definitely see them closing up Desmond’s story in the next one. After that, we’ll probably move on to different Assassin’s with different ancestors around the world. The scope is virtually limitless in that regard.

    I didn’t feel like Revelations was filler myself, personally. Especially, I like Constantinople as a city far more than I did Rome. All the tight alleyways, elaborate rooftops, and snugly placed landmarks. It makes for a far more interesting and intimate experience, and it was a place I felt like I could can actually learn the design of, unlike Rome, which just felt like miles of the same randomly placed buildings.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    I always thought it was pretty boring. The first one was interesting because it showed off the mechanics and an interesting setting, but it didn’t really do anything else. Convoluted justifactions would be the only way I could really enjoy the other one I’ve tried.

    I tried to get into Brotherhood since it came with a gfx purchase, but ultimately the characters were too mindnumbingly naive and chipper to really make me care about the threat of capture and death hanging over their heads, and there’s just no way I’m entertained by bog standard Tomb Raider climbing sections or little ballista shooting galleries. It doesn’t really add flavor, it’s really just half a feature trying to earn my time without really giving any kind of satisfaction.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DarkElfa

    I’m playing this game right now Brenna, if you’d like me to tell you what happens when I’m done. let me know.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Samuel

    Swearing off a game, and it’s entire series, over something like this sounds pretty foolish to be honest. I don’t see how it’s warranted. Sure, it’s a frustrating incident. But especially after saying how much you loved the games, one thing like this and it’s over? Sounds like an angry over-reaction.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. HighWindXIX

    Brenna, I understand your pain. Its not that bug made you angry, its that you can’t imagine starting over and suddenly, the feeling isn’t there anymore. I was enraptured with Fallout New Vegas till I went and got myself locked in a vault on a broken quest. Sure I had another save file 15 hours back but the spark was gone. There was no motivation anymore. The love died. I don’t hate New Vegas. I enjoyed my time with it but I doubt I’ll ever go back to it.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    I’ve had this happen to me. I hate doing something more than once at the best of times. But doing it more than once because of a bug? Fuck that… especially if “that” is 20 odd hours.

    (I can barely manage 10 hours for gaming lately, let alone 20 just to get back to where I was with a game)

    #24 3 years ago

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    Blizzard’s confirmed a summer release date for upcoming MOBA Heroes of the Storm. Heroes of the Storm’s open beta kicks off on May 20, followed by the official launch a couple of weeks later on June 2. A short trailer was released following the announcement, watch it below. Heroes of the Storm’s roster includes characters […]

  • Disney Infinity 3.0 spotted, Disney attempts to quell chatter

    A member of the Disney Infinity fan forum has spotted mention of a third game on Chinese retailer Taobao’s website. Infinity Inquirer posted the rumour earlier today, but was contacted by Disney Interactive and asked to take the post down. Disney Infinity 3.0′s line-up apparently consists of 11 characters, including those from Pixar’s Inside Out, […]

  • 22 Cans’ Godus co-creator leaves to work on Indie project

    Jack Attridge left 22 Cans last week for greener pastures, but has made it clear his departure has nothing to do with the rocky few months the studio faced after experiencing some problems with Godus. Speaking to The Guardian , Attridge said : “It was January that I said to Peter I was looking to […]

  • The Order: 1886 character models can now be viewed in all of their naked glory

    Ready at Dawn’s Adam Skutt – character lead for The Order: 1886 – has created a thread over at zbrushcentral to showcase the gloriously detailed character models from the game, including a refreshing number of todgers. The gallery is stunning, and also features weapon models and uniform detailing. Admittedly it’s slightly NSFW with the amount […]

  • New high-res Star Ocean 5 screenshots are all splendid all the time

    Square Enix has given Famitsu a pretty extensive preview of Start Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness, including high-res screenshots and a ton of details on the characters and combat system. Gematsu has translated the piece to reveal the character backgrounds, more info on the world in which the game takes place, and an insight into […]

  • With new Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero, is Activision ushering back a golden era of games?

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  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 Return to Spira trailer features giant whale, shiny visuals

    Ready to head back to Spira on PS4? You will be after watching this. Square’s released a new trailer for the HD remaster of Final Fantasy X/X-2, and it looks amazing. Dust off your blitzball and take a gander. It hits PS4 on May 15.

  • Xbox One May update now in beta, multitasking and voice messaging incoming

    The latest Xbox One update’s gone into beta testing. The beta for the Xbox One’s May system software update has arrived. As well as fixing a couple of issues, you can now multitask and leave voice messages while in a party. Find an existing preview member if you want to take a look. Swear them […]

  • How do GTA 5 PC’s normal settings stack up to ultra? Like this

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  • Star Wars Battlefront is 60 FPS, splitscreen not available for all modes

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  • This is what time The Witcher 3 will go live globally

    The Witcher 3 will be available simultaneously around the world. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-loads are now available, so naturally you want to know what time you can actually start playing. The good news is all platforms and all regions will unlock at exactly the same time, so as long as you’ve downloaded and […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront playable solo with bots

    Star Wars Battlefront players who can’t or won’t play with others can always team up with and against AI. Star Wars Battlefront will support AI bots for those who want to play alone, DICE has confirmed. According to design director Niklas Fegraeus, bots will be available both on and offline. We have a feature called […]

  • Free Helldivers update coming soon

    Helldivers developer Arrowhead Games has begun teasing a free update. The Helldivers teaser below is called “Turning up the Heat”, which seems to be the name of the update. It doesn’t tell us very much otherwise, but I’m sure fans can figure out some of the details from watching the gameplay. The update is “coming […]

  • Borderlands creator farewells Gearbox

    Borderlands creator Matt Armstrong has announced his departure from developer Gearbox Software. Borderlands was Armstrong’s baby; he created the franchise and wrote the first game. the franchise has gone on to great success, but nevertheless Armstrong is moving on. He announced his departure from Gearbox on Twitter, sounding quite cheerful about it. Things changed. No longer […]

  • Sony Pictures has been working to secure the Smash Bros. rights – report

    Super Smash Bros. might be a Nintendo flagship, but it’s Sony’s movie business that wants to bring it to the big screen. A Super Smash Bros. movie is referenced several times in documents published by Wikileaks following the huge Sony Pictures leak. ArsTechnica dug out these interesting snippets, discovering that Sony made a “full court […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 3 coming next month

    Life is Strange Episode 3 will arrive as expected next month. Life is Strange developer Dontnod confirmed on Twitter that the third episode is on track for a May release. It's great to hear so many of you are excited for Episode 3 which will be released in May! (official date TBA) pic.twitter.com/jIp7upU2u9 — Life […]

  • Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness – details on story and setting emerge

    Information pertaining to the story and setting in Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness has been detailed by Famitsu. According to what Siliconera reports, several centuries after leaving Earth, humans have created the “Galactic Federation” in order to maintain unified order and peace after years and years of war. But all is not peaceful, as […]

  • This homebrew app turns your 3DS into a remote desktop – shown running World of Warcraft

    Modders are busy working on a Nintendo 3DS homebrew app which turns the system into a remote desktop. A post on the gbatemp forum (thanks, Eurogamer) shows the app in action running World of Warcraft on a 3DS – although not perfectly. At present, the app has a rather low frame-rate, but development is still […]

  • Release dates for three Hyperdimension Neptunia games announced

    Hyperdimension Neptunia fans will be pleased to know three games in the franchise have release dates for Steam and Vita. Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, which was announced for western audiences last year, will arrive on PS Vita will be released digitally and and at retail in North America on May 19 and in Europe […]

  • Mass Effect 4 survey contains info on crafting, exploration, a Horde Mode more – RUMOR

    Remember when a Dragon Age: Inquisition survey popped up and outed possible content for the title? It’s happened again and this time it’s for the next Mass Effect game. Note: take the information contained herein with a grain of salt. Surveys, if this one is legit, are usually sent out to test ideas and aren’t […]

  • GTA 5 PC: modders poking around the files find Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT textures

    More GTA 5 information has been posted by modders poking around in the files of the PC version. This time, instead of zombies and horses, textures for the Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT vehicles have been found. New leaked vehicles Barbarian, Detonator and Tampa are also mentioned in the thread. A screencap of the files […]

  • Sony leaks: Uncharted movie similar to National Treasure but more “intense” and not as “silly”

    Sony Pictures wants the Uncharted film to be similar in tone to the National Treasure franchise, but not as soft or silly, and with deeper romantic storyline than the Nicolas Cage films. The information on the upcoming film was pulled from emails and database files derived from the Sony Pictures hack last year by North […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

    DICE boss Patrick Bach has promised Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” as the game carries the Battlefront title for a reason. Speaking with Eurogamer during Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Bach said the team stayed true to the “core ethos” of the Battlefront series by adhering to what […]

  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

    Valve has implemented a new policy on Steam which limits user accounts which have spent less than $5 through the store. The new policy is to protect users from phishing scams and spam. If the users hasn’t spent anything on the store, they at least have to have $5 sitting in their Steam Wallet. This […]

  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

    Sony is hosting another Flash Sale on the North American store with plenty of action games, and some films, to help get your weekend started. The list is super long, so here’s a few highlights: Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Bayonetta Beyond Good & Evil HD Castlevania: Harmony of Despair […]

  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

    It appears Postal 2 has a new add-on available. No, it’s not for the 2003 version, but the Complete Edition which was greenlit on Steam 10 years later. Called Paradise Lost, the add-on stars the Dude and contains a new single-player story campaign and new areas featuring free-roam gameplay. The original voice actor for the […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

    Rockstar has released patch 1.01 for the PC version of GTA 5 and along with a fix to the character’s facial features changing when transferring to PC, the launcher will no longer drain your CPU and crash. Here are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high […]

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

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  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

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    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]