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A jaunt through Tyria: hands on with the Guild Wars 2 beta

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

ArenaNet held a closed beta for Guild Wars 2 over the weekend, and Stephany Nunneley won the ensuing brawl for VG247′s lone key.

To say that Guild Wars 2 has been “highly anticipated” over the last couple of years is a bit of an understatement; there’s been tremendous buzz in both the diehard MMO community and among those playing the original Guild Wars for the ArenaNet sequel.

This weekend, press were given a chance to try the MMO in a private beta which allowed choice of three races and both PvP and World vs World events. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to participate in the later, which in retrospect is probably as good thing as I am admittedly horrible at PvP.

However, I did manage to log quite a few hours playing the core game, and I came away extremely impressed. Having no previous GW experience, I was looking forward to finding out first-hand why so many MMO players harbor such reverence for Guild Wars and ArenaNet.

Guild Wars: In Brief

The original Guild Wars was released in April 2006.

Guild Wars 2 will not have a monthly subscription fee, adhering to the original Guild Wars business model.

Players can choose between eight professions and five races.

Races available in the press beta were: Charr, Human and Norn.

An open beta is expected in the spring, with the game launching sometime this year.

I am Norn, hear me roar

The first character I chose to play was Norn, a race I’d seen in last year’s GDC demo. I picked a female. Classes are professions in GW2. I could choose from: Elementalist, Engineer, Guardian, Mesmer, Necromancer, Ranger, Thief, or Warrior.

Whenever I play an MMO, or an RPG which gives me a choice in the matter (or even tabletop games), I usually pick a ranged or tactical class because I’m terrible at tanking. While I might not be the best at taking down enemies that get all up in my grill, I excel at crowd control and burning down mobs with massive amounts of DPS. So, with GW2 I chose a class I was comfortable playing to start with before stepping outside of my comfort zone: Ranger.

The next step was character customization. There were plenty of options to choose from regarding height, body type, hair-style, the shape of various facial features, armor color and tattoos. My Norn was a lovely, tall readhead with braids and some really sexy-looking black and red medium armor. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take screencaps of our character or the game; trust me, you’d notice her right off down the pub and start having racy thoughts about her as you downed your pints.

You then choose various character attributes for your adventurer’s biography, which provides the player with a main backstory that lasts throughout the game. I took Ferocity, Instinct, and a Wolf Totem.

Your totem, or spirit guide, is one of the various animals the Norn revere: the wolf, snow leopard, bear and raven make up the group. Since I decided early on my pet in GW2 would be the wolf, choosing this as my spirit guide just made sense to me.

The final step to finishing out my character was deciding my back-story. Of the various options provided, I chose to have “blacked out” after too much drinking during a “celebratory moot.” Because of my choice, one of the running threads during the game will be to find out what happened during my time of being “blacked out”. I thought this sounded fun and interesting.

Once a player finishes the customization process, it’s time to name the character. Once Guenhwyvar was finished, her story was told through a cutscene which featured the various choices I had made during customization.

My instincts guide the way to the glory

Much like the Hunter class in World of Warcraft or Lord of the Rings Online, the Ranger can use a sword or an axe as its main hand weapon, as well as carry an axe, dagger, torch or warhorn as an off-hand weapon. Two-handed weapons are also an option, such as the long or shortbow, and this class did well using a greatsword as well. As you gain more proficiency with your weapon, extra weapon abilities will open and appear as an option on your attack bar.

Character customisation.

In the introductory quest, I was tasked with going out into the wild and bringing back trophies of various animals: those who bring back the best trophies earn a place in the great hunt. With my trusty axe in hand and my loyal wolf Tess by my side, we went out in search of Minotaurs, Owl Griffon Sire, and the Dire Boar. While in search of these great beasts to murder for their heads, a World Event occurred. These events happen quite often in the game, and are essentially instances in which all players in the area can participate. Unlike an instance, however, you will not leave the current game screen – you simply walk into the area circled in orange on your map radar showing in the bottom right of your screen, and start doing what the event tells you needs to be done. You can also leave at anytime, simply by walking away, and it’s possible to miss out on it all together if you don’t get there fast enough.

In this case, the event was the Dire Boar, which was on the trophy list. Without other players and the NPCs which also participated, this boar would have been my first taste of death in GW2.

After obtaining all the trophies on my list, I returned to the village to show my worth and participate in the great hunt, which involved felling a giant iceworm called Issormir. When I arrived, I found smaller versions of this worm sticking up out of the snow, basically spawns of the main enemy. As in other games, I had to kill a number of these before it triggered a very brief cutscene in which Issormir burst through the ice to challenge me. This is where being a Ranger came in handy, as I could use my Ricochet skill, which basically tosses my axe in multiple form through the air, hitting both my main foe and the mobs around it, while my wolf tanked.

Once the battle was over, and I was victorious, the tutorial ended. I was whisked back to the village, and told to venture out into the world to help residents in need of my aid. Various quests and events occurred during this time. I helped bring a much needed elixir to a sick boy in the Norn capital city of Heolbrak; I assisted the great spirits of the bear, wolf, raven, and snow leopard with cleansing their shrines (I was even transformed into a leopard at one point which was very, very cool); and I killed many a beast, demon worshiper, and other enemies of the Norn. There were various World Events to participate in, and in the end I gained quite a bit of coin, and my bags were filled with loads of saleable merchandise and crafting supplies.

The attention to detail on the slightest item, NPC, building or surrounding landscape was impressive. The city is massive; I got a bit turned around a few times and became slightly lost.

What do you do for a living?

Upon entering the gargantuan city of Heolbrak for the first time, I was struck by just how much work has gone into GW2′s environments. The attention to detail on the slightest item, NPC, building or surrounding landscape was impressive. The city is massive; I got a bit turned around a few times and became slightly lost. However, this is where the game’s map radar becomes indispensable. When running about the world, you’ll notice a dotted white line on your radar, appearing behind your character arrow. Think of this as the breadcrumbs Hansel and Gretel dropped when lost in the forest. This is a handy mechanism; if you find yourself geographically challenged you can just look at your radar and retrace your steps.

Another way of getting around the city are waypoints, which upon discovery can be used to transport yourself to various zones in an area, saving your feet in the process. Waypoints are also out in the wider world map, so if you need to run to town in order to empty your bags or receive a reward for doing an NPC a favor, waypoints will come in handy – for a fee. Another option is Asura Gates, which take you to larger zones, and these are located in each race’s main city, as well as story-specific locations.

Also within Heolbrak are plenty of vendors; NPCs interacting with one another; banks; an auction hall; and profession and crafting vendors. As you move through the game world, mobs will drop various items which can be used to craft. Players will also note foodstuffs such as herbs and berries growing in the wild, as well as ore which can be mined. You don’t need to have nominated a particular crafting profession in order to gather these items, which I found refreshing, nor was it necessary to carry around a tool for harvesting, which in other games take up much-coveted bag space.

The crafting system in GW2 is divided into specific professions, or in this case disciplines, where a player can choose two out of eight different disciplines from a field of Armorsmith, Artificer (magical items and weapons), Cook, Huntsman (bows, pistols), Jeweler, Leatherworker (medium armor), Tailor or Weaponsmith.

I chose Jeweler and Huntsman, in order to make my own jewelry and bows – items which most, as MMO player can attest to, are some of the more expensive items in any game auction house. So it makes sense to be able to make certain items for yourself in order to save a bit of coin.

Each craft will have several levels of advancement which will match the character’s progression throughout the game, which also is a bit handy so you’re not creating items you will have to haul around until you have reached the appropriate level to use. If you find you’re not enjoying a crafting profession you have chosen, you can always visit a master craftsman and change your discipline for a fee.

Look at the pretty kitty

After playing around with my Norn Hunter a bit, I decided to see what other races were on offer for the beta weekend: these were the Human and the Charr.

Considering I’m human already, and I find that a bit tedious most days of the week, I chose a Charr. Being the crazy catlady I already am, this made purrfect sense [Good grief - Ed].

The Charr’s formidable appearance is totally badass. I probably spent more time customizing this character than I did with my Norn. The sheer variety of coat pattern and color options available for this race really impressed me, but, in the end, I had to quit playing around with her: my time with the beta was going to end in a few hours, so I chose a white coat with black spots similar to that of a cheetah.

As with the Norn, and every other race in the game, I was able to choose the build, and look of the character and its backstory. My Charr, again named Guenhwyvar which is more fitting as a name for a glorious cat of this size, chose to be part of the Blood Legion, which is known for its prowess in combat. I was also given the option to choose a warband; my father’s character (he was a renowned warrior); and a character in my legion I am closest to – in this case I chose a ranged character as I would be playing a Guardian. In retrospect, I should have chosen an Engineer as they get to use guns and turrets, but, again, I decided to step out of the comfort zone I described to you earlier – and had fun with it in the end.

Once my Charr was complete, and her story told through the opening cutscene, I started off in the Plains of Ashford near the Iron Legion stronghold called Black Citadel. The home instance started in a barrack, and I was tasked with reporting to duty with the head legionnaire – unfortunately, my help was needed in stopping a host of ghostly human warriors and their commander who came to life through a statue erected to him, and some of my warband perished in the battle.

Upon returning from battle, the death of my comrades was blamed on me, and I was sent on menial tasks in order to regain the confidence of the head of the legion.

If the Norn city of Heolbrak was easy for me to get lost in, you can only imagine how directional challenged I was upon entering the Black Citadel. All the attention to detail I noticed earlier was multiplied tenfold in this city, which was built by some of the finest engineers in all of Tyria. If you are a steampunk fan, then this is the race for you: the city is entirely built of metal, and there are interesting contraptions all over the place. It was a wondrous sight to behold, truly.

ArenaNet has created a colorful, bright, detailed MMO with a large amount of character customization that feels truly unique in a genre filled with cookie-cutter WoW clones.

All adventures must come to an end

Writing a preview of an MMO is no easy task because they can last for years, not just a few hours. However, from the 12-14 hours I was allotted, I came away extremely impressed. ArenaNet has created a colorful, bright, detailed MMO with a large amount of character customization that feels truly unique in a genre filled with cookie-cutter WoW clones.

I’ve played a lot of MMOs over the years, and I get really, really bored with most after I hit the 20-30 hours mark. I will be the first to admit it isn’t fair of me to judge an MMO based in such a short amount of playtime for a game that is intended to last for so long, but you wouldn’t continue reading a book if it failed to draw you in, and you would stop watching a television series if you kept falling asleep while watching. It’s the same for me with MMOs. If I’m not interested after dumping large chunks of my time into one, or I find it tedious and utterly repetitive, I’ll drop it like a bad boyfriend and never look back. This is one of the reasons I continue to play Lord of the Rings Online after four years. Yes, it can be repetitive, and yes, I get bored every once in a while when new content has been slow coming, but the story and the sheer beauty of the game – and the maturity of its community – always pull me back after a short break.

That being said, I could easily see myself playing Guild Wars 2. It’s gorgeous, it’s fluid, the UI doesn’t get in the way, it’s noob-friendly without holding your hand the entire time, it’s interesting, and it can be challenging. The character customization is impressive, and being able to have your own story instead of something canned is refreshing. While I will always feel the pull to venture forth into Middle-earth in order to taste sweet revenge upon the orcs and taint my blade with their blood most foul, I would also consider it a privilege to aid Tyria in its time of need, whenever she calls for it.

An open beta for Guild Wars 2 will go live in the spring, and the game will be released later this year.

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9 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    “I decided to step out of the comfort zone [...]”

    Good for you.

    No, really, I mean that. If only more people would do that and see what they could discover. I will admit that I find it genuinely depressing that most people, given adventure, even in a game format where it’s safe, will choose the safest and most familiar options.

    I mean, the most common race and profession choice in Guild Wars 2 is inevitably going to be Human Warrior. HUMANITY, WHY MUST YOU DISAPPOINT ME SO? That’s typical, really. Even when given the safety of a game, the vast, vast majority of people just won’t experiment or be adventurous.

    They want exactly what they’ve seen a billion times before.

    Then they complain about how nothing is new in the game they’re playing, and they become bored and demand new things. But the new things are there, you must simply play them. Damn you all!

    I find it quite infuriating, to be honest.

    And it’s like a big, neon sign that tells the games development industry to be creatively bankrupt and dull, and thus, to be lazy. Because lazy is safe, lazy sells. If you even dare to intellectually or emotionally challenge your users, then you’ll learn to fear their wrath.

    More people need to be adventurous, really. It’s just a truly sad state of affairs.

    YOU. YES YOU! YOU. OVER THERE. AND YOU. ALL OF YOU. BE INTERESTING, DAMN YOU.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    Also, lore nerd time!

    The Black Citadel was built by pretty much all of the finest engineers, not just some. See: The lore clarified that the Engineering profession began with the charr and then trickled down through all the other races. So whatever technology an engineer uses in the game? It’s of charr construction.

    There’s a reason for this!

    The Black Citadel, as you may have noticed, is a factory city. And a factory city can mass produce for thousands of people. And that’s exactly what it does! It produces wares for both charr and non-charr alike, since everyone’s on the same side, now. (Though I can’t help but think that the Ash Legion are secretly working on their equivalent of fatmen for the inevitable post-war asura incident, where the little buggers betray us all.)

    But yes, engineering is purely a charr thing. Other races learn it from the charr and are supplied by the charr. Even the asura engineers use charr technology (which I find hilarious). So, there you go.

    THE MORE YOU KNOW! *STAR*

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    And no sub fees to worry about either. Can’t wait, looking forward to it. And hoping my PC can play it.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GwynbleiddiuM

    No worries there, you can run it.

    We should start our own Guild as well. VG247 guys team up to kill stuff and have fun together. cool it would be as Yoda would say.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. viralshag

    Guild me up, beeatches.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    Theres something about the sheer fluidity of GW2′s animations that just makes me want it. It looks fantastic, smooth and responsive, I was going to be a Ranger aswell but now im not all that sure, I was a Monk/Necro in the first GW then made a Dervish/Monk when Nightfall came out.

    I loved the Dervish and there seems to be nothing similar to it in GW2 :(

    #6 3 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    @6

    It’s getting rolled into other professions.

    The thief, for example, will have elements of both the Assassin and the Dervish. So that’s perhaps what will work for you.

    Me? Charr Engineer – all the way. Because I’ve never seen anything like that in an MMO. (Not the Charr nor Engineers.)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    @3

    Official statement: “If you can run Guild Wars 1 on high settings, then you will be able to run Guild Wars 2 on at least medium.”

    #8 3 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    we all know it’s going to a great game.

    #9 3 years ago

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

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

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

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

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

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

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

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

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

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

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

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

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

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

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

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

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

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

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

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

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

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

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live Gold Members can play NBA 2K15 for free this weekend

    NBA 2K15 is free to play this weekend on Xbox Live for Gold Members in celebration of the NBA Playoffs. All Gold Members can play the basketball game for free starting at noon PDT April 24 through 12.01am Monday, April 27. Should you decide you want to purchase the game, your progress will carry over […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access and is 10% off

    Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power has finally arrived on Steam Early Access and until April 28, you can knock 10% off the list price. After that, the title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99. There’s also a three-pack available if you want to buy some friends a gift. It will run you $44.99 with the 10% […]

  • You can now grab Killing Floor 2 through Steam Early Access

    Killing Floor 2 is now available through Steam Early Access. Players who purchase Killing Floor 2 during Early Access for $29.99/₤19.99/€26.99 will given free content which carries over to the full release and even more content upon release. The Early Access version of the game contains the following, per Tripwire: Three non-linear levels – The […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves livestream will reveal The Reef social space tomorrow

    A Destiny Twitch stream will take place tomorrow and provide a sneak peek at the House of Wolves expansion. The stream takes place at 11am PDT/2pm EDT tomorrow and will show The Reef social space along with a look at new Vendors. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player arena […]