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Diablo III Inferno mode twice as difficult as internal testers approved

Monday, 7 May 2012 00:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

When Blizzard tested Diablo III’s Inferno difficulty, it ran detailed testing to ensure it found an appropriate challenge level – and then threw that data straight out the window in favour of turning the dial all the way up.

“Internally, we had this super hardcore test group – we’ve got a lot of hardcore players at Blizzard – that tested Inferno, and we got it to the point where they thought it was challenging enough,” Blizzard’s Jay Wilson told IGN.

“Then we doubled it. Because we knew, no matter how good we are, our players are gonna be better. We focussed on making that as difficult as we could make it.”

Wilson said the hardcore “can absolutely solo” Inferno, as the game scales depending on the number of players there are, but that multiple skilled players co-ordinating abilities will have an easier time of it.

“The ability to combine different classes together is one of the things that makes Inferno really interesting,” he noted.

Diablo III releases on May 15 for Mac and PC. Hit the link above for more tips on how to survive Diablo III’s ultimate difficulty, which is accessible only to level 60 players.

Thanks, Evil Avatar.

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15 Comments

  1. mad1723

    This should be interesting. I can imagine the designers discussing Inferno.

    So, we have this epicly hard level, what should we do? Crank it over 9000! :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GwynbleiddiuM

    I just hope it doesn’t get nerfed every 2 weeks.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TMRNetShark

    They better be right about the difficulty. I know there will be someone who will breeze right through it and be done with the campaign in a couple of days.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Sini

    this is blizzard, shit gets nerfed on daily basis

    #4 3 years ago
  5. BULArmy

    Yeah Inferno is super hardcore, but Normal is rainbows and flowers. The Beta was so friggin’ easy.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Shit gets nerfed on daily basis, but only 3% of the WoW community can only pass the Dragon Soul Raid.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Zeydlitz

    It’s just stupid. Increasing difficulty by turning dial is not clever and just unfriendly method.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Sini

    this is WoW community, they don’t care about deathwing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIsIHgVWP7g

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    “Internally, we had this super hardcore test group – we’ve got a lot of hardcore players at Blizzard – that tested Inferno, and we got it to the point where they thought it was challenging enough,” Blizzard’s Jay Wilson told IGN.

    “Then we doubled it. Because we knew, no matter how good we are, our players are gonna be better. We focussed on making that as difficult as we could make it.”

    This is false. The same bs approach to end game cati is a problem too.

    The issue here isn’t that some players could be that good. The issue that most player aren’t. You cannot tune your game for 5% or 12% of the players base. I have zero problem with requiring skill to beat something. I have a huge problem when games cross the line into frustraition.

    The fact is all of a games players pay the same amount to enjoy the game. Dificulty should be a player option. An adjustable slider. A choice. Likly Diablo III is going to be a short game, and if the game cuts a large section of the people that paid for it off at the second mode, thats crazy. I had that problem with Diablo II, it got to a point where you couldn’t even play some classes solo.

    The idea that the devs think this is ok is sad news to me.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 It is a fully optional difficulty level out of four, what’s the problem?

    I haven’t see any suggestion that Diablo III is going to be a short game either, unless you consider Diablo II a short one. Blizzards community manager and Jay Wilson claim that it will be slightly longer than that.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103191-Blizzard-Diablo-III-About-as-Big-as-Diablo-II

    http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=27026379243&sid=3000

    Personally I think WoW became a far lesser game once they started trying to cater to everyone. The result was incredibly easy entry-level raids, leaving the serious raiders with little more than a tweaked version of bosses they had already killed, or aiming for pretty lame achievements.

    It just ruined the sense of accomplishment in raiding to me. It became a chore to have to do the “rehearsal kill” before the real thing. I’m sure that you could find some way of including everyone that didn’t involve taking the fun out of it for the hardcore players, and ruining that whole eco system.

    Choice is all well and good, but there was a system there. The top raiders gave everybody else something to aim for, and even if you started out in a less than top notch group, you actually had somewhere to go if you outgrew your buddies in that guild, which then also helped keep the top level guilds going, by providing new blood.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    Play wow w/o add ons or macros, the way most players play. You will find it a different experience all together. I have add ons telling me when to move and what to do. And the reason for those add ons? Because the game can be a pain in the ass to begin with. Mostly it has gimmicks, if you don’t know the gimmicks, you die. The party wipes.

    Wow is a simple math game. Have the gear score, get the right stats. Have the right stats, use the right rotation. Do all of that and you are going to beat every boss, everytime. So they do gimmicks. Don’t use magic attacks here, stop attacking there, move your butt or you die, drag the boss into the lava to debuff him, jump every three seconds, stand here, don’t stand there. …All gimmicks.

    And I understand your a good player DSB, prolly a lot better then me. But I don’t think a game should be geared for the 12% elite players. Nore should it be geared/tuned for players that use add ons/macros. I know your going to strongly disagree. But what you have to understand is that people that spam forums aren’t representive of the bulk of the player base.

    Yet those players pay just as much to play as the elite players. They don’t recieve a discount because they can’t down end game raid bosses. So my agruement is that those players are the ones that need to be catered to and brought along. Wows one glaring failure and flaw is that it is too end game focused. Combine that with the fact that there simply isn’t enough new content(new races, new classes, new expansions). And you have to figure out a way to extend the content you do have so it becomes an end game grind for gear.

    It makes sense that elite players will get bored once they have experienced all their is. But it also makes sense that the bulk of players also get bored because they CAN’T experience all of the content. They feel locked out. And it is worth noting that if said bulk of the player base did get to experience everything, they to would prolly also get bored.

    It is a no win situation for Blizzard. But…a steady flow of new content would help.

    Oh and please don’t think this, please I beg you. it is all kinds of wrong. “The top raiders gave everybody else something to aim for,” All that really does is fuel rage. You see in trade chat all of the time. I don’t becomes inspired to get a mount you have, I becomes angry and dejected when I can’t.

    The whole thing is made worse, imo, by the dungeon finder. The game has pretty much thrown out the entire overworld and questing in it, in favor of random dungeon runs. Plus, as you level those runs are easy. Very easy in contrast to playing end game. Nothing better then running random and having half your party leave once they figure out it is a certian heroic dungeon.

    I could write pages on wow, but I gotta feeling that you and I DSB would be pretty polar in our points of view. thats ok, I can respect that.

    And it is too early to pass judgement on Diablo III. I was just saying that I would rather have a slider to make the game easier or tougher. A choice. I don’t want to be cut off after two or even three modes. I want to be able to get the best outfits and weapons. Call me crazy, but I paid for it, I would like to experience the whole thing.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. canderous

    Had to create an account to reply to #11′s TLDNR

    First off, the max level difficulty on any game shouldn’t be tailored so that the majority of players can complete it, it should be designed so it is very challenging, even for the best of players, the whole point on difficulty settings is to give the sense that there is always a new challenge to be faced.

    I also don’t understand the assumption that making the max difficulty…. Difficult… Somehow robs averge players of content, remember its the same storyline, areas, and quests as the other difficulties… Just harder? Comparing it to endgame raids in WoW makes no sense, its not like people who can’t beat Inferno mode in D3 will be missing out on content…. There are 3 other difficulties for them to work on and leave them alys with another challenge to take on. Unless… The content you are refering to is the loot… Which is even more disagreeable saying that everyone should be able to get the very best items without having to try hard to get the,.

    And if you’ve played the beta, you will see Blizzard has gone to great lengths to allow casuals to easily understand the game and what to do.

    It is a ridiculous statement to say the max difficulty in a game should be easy to beat, it defeats the whole purpose of it existing in the first place.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ky8306le

    @ #9

    No… absolutely not. The entire idea that everyone should be able to access content regardless of their abilities or play schedule is what ruined WoW and brought on the fail fest that is LFR.

    It’s true that everyone pays the same subscription fees to play a pay to play game, but it’s the hard core gamers that drive the content. By your logic why have any mechanics in the game at all? Why not just make super scary looking bosses that just vomit up loot at the sight of you?

    No hard feelings if you can’t do the hardest difficulty of a game. Enjoy the identical content on the difficulty levels that you can handle, but don’t belly ache and bring the entire experience down to your level when other people can and want more of a challenge.

    Back to the WoW juxtaposition there are plenty of players and guilds out there who aren’t server first HM killers but who still have the skills to clear the content.
    Because of people like you who demand that end game content be handed to them, players are having opportunities for challenges taken away from them.

    So in summary… STFU & L2P. You want casual play, go play bejeweled.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Geez you fellas are scary, good thing your wrong.

    Canderous:

    “it should be designed so it is very challenging, even for the best of players,”

    Article:

    “Internally, we had this super hardcore test group – we’ve got a lot of hardcore players at Blizzard – that tested Inferno, and we got it to the point where they thought it was challenging enough,” Blizzard’s Jay Wilson told IGN.

    “Then we doubled it. Because we knew, no matter how good we are, our players are gonna be better. We focussed on making that as difficult as we could make it.”

    Me:

    “The issue here isn’t that some players could be that good. The issue that most player aren’t. You cannot tune your game for 5% or 12% of the players base. I have zero problem with requiring skill to beat something. I have a huge problem when games cross the line into frustraition.”

    The thing with a game like Diablo III is that the game doesn’t end after one play through. It has four play throughs. Four. Your toons can still advance and grow through all four modes. Four, not three. This isn’t Sonic the Hedghog where you replay the same level in order to get better ranks. Or a game where the only point of a replay is the impress your friends by earning achivements.

    There is content there. 25% of the game there.

    Cad:

    “It is a ridiculous statement to say the max difficulty in a game should be easy to beat, it defeats the whole purpose of it existing in the first place.”

    Why would you think I said it should be easy? Where did I write that? Same lame knee jerk thought process that Ky8 had. Just because someone says it sounds like it will be too hard doesn’t mean that person is saying anything other then it might be too hard.

    I believe a game like this should take skill. I wrote that btw.

    My guess is that your not getting the big picture. My guess is that the difficulty is tooned to encourage players to buy better gear when they get to inferno mode from the AH/blizzard store. Some players won’t need it, most likly will, and Blizzard is there to sell them gold and items.

    All you say was good players will enjoy a chalange and people that complain aren’t good players. I called it the way I see it, there fore in your mind(and your not alone) I must be an outdated relic that has no game skill.

    KY8, your a jerk. Sorry bud for a lack of a better way to put it, your a jerk.

    What ruined wow? LFR?

    No.

    My opinion what ruined started ruining wow was lack of new content. And too much importance on end game. At several points the game threw aside the out of dungeon questing world. Deathknights starting at lvl 55 because the hardcore guys couldn’t stomach building a toon from lvl 1(psst build is the point of the game).

    What happens is that the bulk of the players reach end game, quickly, and then just as quickly become bored. I will take the opisite stance of you, I believe that by opening up the end game to more players, it keeps people playing longer. Maybe not the elite players, but they were alays going to leave anyways. If you gear your game for a small % of the user base, while perhaps satisfying for that small %, what do you think happens to the rest of them?

    I am sure you would like them to all go play Bejeweled. And in truth your not too far off. They play what they can, get mad with they can’t, then leave. That isn’t what Blizz wants. They want active subs.

    I don’t think it is sustainable without a steady stream of new content. New races, new classes, new noob zones, new storylines. Expansions with more then 5 levels.

    W/o new content people get bored. Bored players leave. LFR was a way to open up more content to more players. Here is how much an elitest you are, and it is funny really; without LFR, you had to put together a raid on your own, ussualy from your guild. But with LFR, you can still do that. Nothing has changed in that regaurd. I just think your ticked because your not special, hint, you never were, your just playing a game, doesn’t mean anything. But you prolly feel like some of the glory you worked for has been tarnished because anyone with gear can easily que up for raids. Just plain silly.

    What does LFR really mean?

    It means friends can stay in guilds they enjoy without worrying about trying to join a raiding guild. It means that with falling server popultaions, people can still find raids. It means that people playing in off server hours, can find raids. It means that more players are able to keep playing instead of hitting an impassable brick wall, and that means more money for Blizz.

    It also means that I am right. Too much focus on end game gear grinding.

    Even Blizz admited that they didn’t bring out new content fast enough.

    And also new games hurt wow. Not so much that new games are better, but that they are new. Wow has been out a long time, people get tired of doing the same thing all of the time.

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/03/20/blizzard-attributes-drop-in-subs-to-swtor-other-games-content-wait/

    Trust me, LFR isn’t the caitylist that is ruining wow. That is elitest and delusional.

    “Back to the WoW juxtaposition there are plenty of players and guilds out there who aren’t server first HM killers but who still have the skills to clear the content”

    Yes, I know. I am in a guild like that. In fact I tank, my wife heals, my 19 and 16 year old sons and my brother inlaw dps. That is our heroic group. And half of our guild ten man. Its a family thing. And if family means casual to you, you need to redefine.

    “Because of people like you who demand that end game content be handed to them, players are having opportunities for challenges taken away from them.”

    Really? handed to them? really? Just open your eyes next time your in wow. There are a mega ton of players that can’t break 5K dps, let alone the 25K+ needed for raiding. I won’t blame you, it is all you know. But look around, talk to people(and not just your “Ubber Raiders” guild). There are a ton of players that will never get past their first heroic. And in fairness, I believe it is hard. Esp after the breeze fest that was levels 1-85. Not all players have been playing for 7 years.

    We are bringing my brother inlaw along and it is painfuly slow. The rest of us had forgottten just how hard end game be. He has been playing now for a couple of months. A few hours a day, most days of the week.

    “So in summary… STFU & L2P. You want casual play, go play bejeweled”

    I love this remark. Shows your charecter and class. And your ignorance.

    Something to maybe keep in mind is that for every gamer that visits forums(here or a place like at Blizzard) there are untold masses that play the same game that don’t visit forums. Most gamers can’t be bothered with checking forums all of the time, or even bothered to post if they do. Most people are very content to just play the games. But if you based your pov on forums, and then started thinking that those people posting represented everyone that plays, you would be very misguided. Sometimes that happens to companies too. They think that their game is only played by that pool of players. Doing that can often drive away other gamers.

    Like it or not fellas, your just one fish in a bigger then ever sea of other fish. A face in the crowd. It isn’t about hardcore or casual. Instead it is about selling as many copies as possible. And not all gamers are elite players, infact most or not. Let me replace a word for you. Instead of casual, try average.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @14, I really don’t understand what point you’re trying to make? Blizz have made a game that’s renowned for being difficult, actually difficult, and in doing so have done something wrong?

    Your characters do not grow and advance through all four levels of difficulty… I’ve only just started hell and I’m 8 levels from max. I imagine I will gain max level during my hell playthrough and from there the only thing “advancing” is my gear and stats.

    And what is the 25% of the game you’re talking about? If I can’t get past Diablo on Hell I won’t feel like I have been cheated out of anything (money especially), I will just feel like I’m not good enough and either a) keep trying until I get better, b) go to the AH and buy what I can to boost my stats to help me proceed or c) get some friends that can handle hell and inferno to help me out. Or, crazy thought, get over it as a game I’m not good enough to finish.

    #15 3 years ago

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  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • 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. […]