Sections

E3 2012: Halo 4, Splinter Cell and Lara lead MS presser

Monday, 4 June 2012 10:51 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Microsoft’s E3 2012 press conference was headlined by Tomb Raider and Black Ops II gameplay as well as the first showing of Halo 4′s campaign and the announcement of Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

MS E3 2012 presser – at a glance

Call of Duty: Black Ops II gameplay was shown. Xbox 360 will have timed exclusive DLC.

Halo 4 campaign demoed.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist was confirmed and shown.

A playable section from the later part of Tomb Raider was seen, looking for all the world like Uncharted. Xbox 360 will get timed exclusive DLC.

Gears of War: Judgment was trailered.

Harmonix announced Dance Central 3. Usher played a track for it.

Madden and FIFA will now have Kinect controls. Madden’s out August 28.

Forza Horizon is releasing October 23.

Xbox Music was announced and demoed. It’s out this year for 360.

SmartGlass, a Microsoft app which syncs iOS Windows and Android tablets and phone with 360 was announced. It’s out this autumn.

Internet Explorer coming to Xbox 360 this year. It can be controlled by phones, tablets and Kinect.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 press conference in Los Angeles today was dominated by a predictable showing of strong triple-A software and the impressive announcement of SmartGlass, an app for synching mobile devices with Xbox 360 and Live.

A Halo 4 trailer kicked off the event, showing single-player action, Master Chief moving through jungle with Cortana talking in his ears.

The first showing of the game’s campaign, the demo saw Chief fight against “defence AIs” that were “definitely not Covenant” and ended up in a tense fight against a non-organic enemy. He ended up using Forerunner tech.

The plot seems to have something to do with an AI being put into service seven years ago and only having a year to live. The demo was greeted by loud cheers.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist, as expected, was confirmed with a trailer. The game’s story sees a group of nations create a blacklist, which amounts to attacking US troops. A section on the Iran-Iraq border was seen, with Sam Fisher killing, climbing and “taking out targets quickly and fluidly”.

A Kinect feature was shown, with the player saying, “Hey, you,” at the screen in order to attract an enemy. Fisher entered a heavy firefight, ordering in airstrikes using Kinect voice commands. Ubisoft described the game as “the most ambitious Splinter Cell yet,” with co-op, campaign and Spies vs Mercs. It’s out spring 2013.

It’s in the game

EA Sports boss Andy Wilson then came onto stage to confirm Kinect integration for FIFA and Madden. Players can talk to other players and even swear at the referee.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana showed off the Madden Kinect functionality, speaking to the game to make pre-snap calls.

Madden 2013 is out August 28.

Fable: The Journey came next with a new trailer, showing the fireball-throwing seen at Microsoft’s San Francisco Spring Showcase this year.

“Only the best games are on Xbox,” said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios . “This will be the biggest year for games on Xbox.”

He showed a trailer for Gears of War: Judgment, a touch of CG showing Delta Squad in chains. It’s out “2013″. A Forza Horizon trailer followed, showing Imprezas and other road cars racing to dubstep across an island. It’s out October 23.

A string of service announcements started with confirmation that Bing voice search is to be expanded into 12 different languages this year, potentially reaching another “half a billion people”.

Nickelodeon, Paramount, Machinima and a Spanish video provider were all confirmed as new live partners. NBA and NHL programming was confirmed for Xbox 360.

Xbox Music was announced and trailered, which will add 30 million tracks to Xbox 360. It’s out this year. Nike was confirmed as a major partner for Xbox, in a collaboration described as “the future of fitness”. Nike’s Stefan Olander talking about the sports manufacturer’s digital services before announcing Nike+ Kinect Training, a system which provides a “personalised digital training experience”. You get phone updates every time you’re due a workout, and assessments every four weeks. It also hooks you up with like-minded gamers. It’s a retail product: box art was shown.

There was a nice surprise among all the predictability. Xbox Live boss Marc Whitten came out to show Xbox SmartGlass, which hooks up Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices together. You’ll be able to watch a movie on your tablet, then stop watching and start watching again at the same place on your 360. This was an impressive demo. Whitten’s phone and tablet were feeding info on Game of Thrones to him while he watched it on TV, with all devices synched.

Further, Madden was shown being controlled with a tablet, and Halo 4 Waypoint updates were seen being transferred from game to a tablet in real-time. With SmartGlass, you’ll also be able to control the 360 dashboard using your phone.

Internet Explorer was announced for Xbox 360 this year. Whitten controlled it on the screen using his voice through Kinect, playing Flash movies from the internet on his TV.

“This is the web transformed for TV,” he said.

He moved the cursor around on the screen using his phone. You can pinch and zoom on your mobile device. SmartGlass is out this autumn. Windows 8 integration was also confirmed.

Uncharted waters

Then we were back to the games. Crystal Dynamics showed Tomb Raider in playable form. It was “from later in the game,” and showed Lara using cover and her bow and arrow in a firefight. This looked very much influenced by Uncharted.

Lara was trying to find her friend, Sam, running and jumping over slat bridges and using a rope slide. She used flaming arrows to ignite enemies, swapped the bow for a shotgun and performed knife kills. There was a section in fast-flowing water where she had to dodge obstacles as she was pulled down a river.

She eventually parachuted over a cliff and glided through a forest, falling through pine trees in Rambo-esque fashion.

The first piece of Tomb Raider’s DLC will be a 360 exclusive.

Spencer came back out to announce some exclusives. Ascend New Gods from Signal Studios was shown, a fantasy action title in the vein of God of War. LocoCycle from Twisted Pixel, and Matter, from a partnership with Gore Verbinski of Pirates of the Caribbean, will both release next year.

Capcom showed a playable section of Resident Evil 6, with Leon dutifully refusing to abandon survivors and throwing grenades at the horde. The demo culminated with Leon running away while everything blew up, a helictoper crashed and Leon and companion fell into a group of zombies. Something to note: there were a bunch of QTEs in this.

Alex Ruiz from the Xbox Live team showed of Kinect Live title Wreckateer. This was shown in San Francisco earlier this year. You essentially catapult rocks at castles with your arms. It’s fun.

South Park: The RPG was also seen. This is from THQ and Obsidian. There was a trailer and some gameplay. It looked simple and funny, as you’d expect. Trey Parker and Matt Stone came out on stage and ripped the shit out of Microsoft. The crowd liked it a great deal. They said they needed the game to feel as though you were playing in an episode of South Park, so it had to have a “crappy” look. In the game, you’re the new kid in time and are trying to become the fifth boy in the group.

Harmonix announced Dance Central 3. Microsoft managed to get Usher on stage performing a track. He got a big cheer.

Don came back on with a “wow”.

“That was really great,” he said, saying the Microsoft is “ushering” in a new, golden age of entertainment.

The final game was Black Ops II, obviously. Mattrick confirmed that 360 would, again, get exclusive content. A new demo was shown, this time of gameplay. It started in an APC, with protagonist Mason protecting the president. They were driving down an LA freeway when a helicopter got rocketed, someone shouted “holy shit” and everything turned black.

Gameplay included climbing on top of vehicles and using a futuristic heavy machine gun. Chatter included “sitrep” and “RPG”. There was a sniping section involving rounds which could be charged to be powerful enough to shoot through walls.

The freeway collapsed and the demo moved to close combat in buildings and streets. This looked very much like Call of Duty, so worries the future setting would dilute the formula may well be unfounded. The fighting took place around the Staples Center in LA. A building collapsed and the president was rescued. Mason took off in a plane (an “FA38″) and protected the car driving the president, firing rockets and machine guns at enemies.

Hit this for information on the rest of E3′s Monday conferences.

Latest

  • Madden 15 predicts Super Bowl XLIX winner

    Like every year, the latest Madden game – in this case Madden NFL 15 – predicts the winner of the Super Bowl. This year isn’t any different. Despite the Seattle Seahawks leading the first half of the game, Madden 15 predicts The New England Patriots will walk away with the coveted Super Bowl 49 trophy. […]

  • The time has come for another Majora’s Mask 3D video

    Nintendo has released a new video for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and it’s almost three minutes long. Enjoy. Majora’s Mask 3D arrives in stores alongside New 3DS XL in North America and Europe on February 13.

  • Here’s an in-depth breakdown of Battlefield Hardline’s beta video

    Want an in-depth look at some of the Battlefield Hardline changes noted in the latest trailer for the game? Westie has you covered. In the video below, our Battlefield expert notes the significant changes made to Battlefield’s long-standing Reflex Sight. The reticle has been changed from a Red Dot to a Yellow Triangle, which Westie […]

  • Take 90% off when you purchase the GOG Devolver Game & Watch bundle

    GOG and Devolver Digital have teamed up to offer a deal which includes games such as Hotline Miami and movies for 90% off. Starting today through February 3, individual games and movies can be purchased for 50% off the regular price, or you can grab all in bundle form for 90% off ($13.75). The Devolver […]

  • Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch announces departure from Gearbox

    Borderlands 2 writer and Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’? creator Anthony Burch has announced his departure from Gearbox Software. Burch announced on Twitter today he had left the developer to work as the lead writer on an original Hulu series from Freddie Wong’s RocketJump. The show will be produced by Lionsgate. The new series will expand […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video shows contents included in Collector’s Edition

    Some lovely gameplay screenshots and a video showcasing the Collector’s Edition for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD have been released by Square Enix in order to tempt you into purchasing one. The video shows off the artwork of illustrator Yoshitaka Amanthe and also provides a look at the exclusive content included in the limited product such […]

  • The new modes in DmC: Definitive Edition sound agonizingly difficult

    The PlayStation Blog has posted a hands-on with DmC: Definitive Edition which includes more details pertaining to the collections new game modes. According to the article, one of the new addition is Turbo Mode, which ups the game’s speed by 20%, which makes fighting off hordes monsters much more challenging. A new difficulty level titled […]

  • Reminder: GTA 5 PC pre-order incentive ends February 1

    Just a friendly reminder for those planning on pre-ordering GTA 5 for PC: the free game and $1 million $GTA incentive ends on February 1, which is this Sunday. As previously reported, those who pre-order will be handed $500,000 in-game cash for GTA 5 and and $500,000 for GTA Online. Pre-order by February 1, and […]

  • Free Evolve: Hunters Quest launches for smartphones, tablets

    A free companion app for Evolve has been released on smartphones and tablets titled Evolve: Hunters Quest. Developed by 2K studio Cat Daddy Games, Evolve: Hunters Quest is a match three puzzle-combat game with over 100 missions set in the Evolve universe. Players join a team of Hunters on the planet Shear to find unique […]

  • Super Bowl participants play Mortal Kombat X in latest Clueless Gamer segment

    Late Night talk show host Conan O’Brien aired another Clueless Gamer segment last night, and it featured NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski playing Mortal Kombat X. Seattle Seahawks running back Lynch and and New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski will go up against one another during Super Bowl 49 this coming Sunday, February […]

  • Full release of Prison Architect to occur in 2015

    Prison Architect, which first surfaced in 2011, will finally be released at some point this year. After numerous updates over the years, and over a million units sold, Introversion said a mobile version is also in development. Prison Architect is still currently in alpha, and started life as a crowdfunding project on the developer’s website […]

  • Bloodborne console bundle confirmed, new Chalice Dungeons video

    The Bloodborne PlayStation 4 console bundle which popped up on Amazon Spain yesterday, has been confirmed by Sony for release across Europe. The bundle includes a black PS4 console, matching Dualshock 4, and a physical copy of the game. Prospective buyers are encouraged to check their local retailers for pre-order options. Sony has also released […]

  • Parkour saves Dying Light from the edge of mediocrity

    Techland’s latest scrapes together enough fun to help you survive the winter. But only just. “There’s a great sense of vertigo in Dying Light. Techland has done a thorough job of building a tiered city that you can scale quickly and easily.” Dying Light doesn’t do itself any favours in the first 30 minutes. It […]

  • GTA 5 looks a lot like Limbo without textures

    Every screenshot you see for Grand Theft Auto 5 is carefully textured, carefully lit. But what if everything was tripped down to basic silhouettes? Artist Kim Laughton has created a project called los_santos.obj. It strips the well-detailed GTA 5 textures from the landscape shots, resulting in a haunting, Limbo-like aesthetic, that brings depth into the […]

  • #IDARB made free on Xbox One a few days early

    February’s Games with Gold game on Xbox One, #IDARB, has been made free a few days ahead of schedule. #IDARB is a couch co-op, arcade sports game. It’s also February’s free Games with Gold game on Xbox One. But you don’t need to wait until February. The game is available right now through the Xbox […]

  • 300 staff offered voluntary retirement as Sega focuses on mobile and online PC games

    The jobs of around 300 employees at Sega will be cut amid ongoing restructuring of the company. Sega has released a note today advising that 300 of its staff members will be solicited for voluntary retirement. The company is going through restructuring and as it realigns its focus on smartphone and online PC games. 120 […]

  • Watch the first gameplay footage for Sid Meier’s Starships

    The first gameplay footage for Sid Meier’s Starships has been shown through a developer Twitch stream. Developer Firaxis hosted a Twitch live-stream yesterday to give everyone their first look at Sid Meier’s Starships, the upcoming turn-based strategy set in the Civilization: Beyond Earth universe. Sid Meier even shows up at one point, so watch the […]

  • Life is Strange reviews round-up, all the scores

    The first episode of Life is Strange comes out today. So, is it worth your time? Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game in the style of recent Telltale games. The game is developed by Dontnod, the team behind Remember Me. A few outlets have gone live with their reviews of the first episode […]

  • No PC specs yet for Battlefield Hardline, but should be close to Battlefield 4

    Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral Games has said that the PC requirements for the game won’t be that much different from those of Battlefield 4. Visceral Games has been pretty active on Twitter recently, revealing details about the game and the upcoming beta, as well as answering fan questions. The developer tweeted this earlier regarding the […]

  • Hearthstone: Team Archon releases player following cheating allegations

    Hearthstone’s Team Archon has released member Raphael ‘Hosty’ Tsantili from the team following cheating allegations. The cheat allegations originated in a Reddit thread that showed Hosty watching the his opponent’s stream, AKA stream sniping. The match was played against Lifecoach in the Pinnacle 2 tournament. Team Archon later announced the news in a tweet. “Archon […]

  • H1Z1 survival guide: tips and tutorials for surviving your first days

    It’s a zombie-eat-man world out there, newbie. Follow this guide and you may survive to see the sun come up. H1Z1 wants to be the new DayZ. Whether or not it has the depth to truly compete is yet to be seen, but first impressions are solid. You may be here for some time. That’s […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 30, 31

    Xur’s weekly shopping event has commenced with the usual assortment of Exotics. Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrive at the Tower in Destiny for yet another week of mystifying lines murmuring and Exotic gear trading. Strange Coins and Motes of Light are the only currencies he accepts. Along with the usual suspects, Xur will […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta will be 11GB, pre-load date revealed

    The file size for the open beta of Battlefield Hardline has been confirmed along with some pre-load information. EA posted a handy FAQ that reveals a few small details you may missed about the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline. The beta download will be between 10-11GB on PC, Xbox One and PS4. As for Xbox […]

  • Competition: Win graphic novel Ricky Rouse Has A Gun

    We have five digital copies of acclaimed graphic novel Ricky Rouse Has A Gun to give away on iPad. Ricky Rouse Has a Gun – Out Now from Oiffy on Vimeo. Named one on the best graphic books of 2014 by The Boston Globe Ricky Rouse Has A Gun has been praised by Minecraft creator […]

  • Dying Light reviews round-up, all the scores

    A few reviews of Dying Light have started going live and we’ve gathered them all. As you’re probably aware, review copies for Dying Light were sent to outlets only 24 hours before the release date. As a result, it’s taking most of them a while to play and asses the game. There are a few […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – epic kills and loot rage

    Destiny Guardians continue to prove they are the funniest, most talented and wildly handsome players around. This week’s top Destiny videos are a short but sweet bunch. We’ve mostly got Crucible material this time, kicking off with two particularly awesome kills. This first one comes from Steven Genore. I don’t want to call it a […]

  • Ouya scores $10 million cash injection – rumour

    Ouya has been granted a new lease on life thanks to a hefty investment. Ouya games and software may be added to Alibaba’s set top box following a $10 million investment, according to rumours out of the financial world. The Wall Street Journal cited “people familiar with the matter” for the news. No further details […]

  • Chinese console trial to expand nation-wide

    China will open its borders to video game consoles. Last year, the Chinese government allowed a trial of video game console sales in Shanghai, ending a 14 year ban. Bloomberg reports the trial went well enough that China has elected to allow the business nation-wide. Platform holders still have to wait on local governments, who […]

  • 3DS life to date sales top 50 million, Wii U at 9.2 million

    Nintendo has released update hardware life to date sales figures. According to figures released in Nintendo’s latest financial briefing, the 3DS has sold over 50 million units, and spawned 215 million software sales. The poor old Wii U is still languishing at under 10 million hardware sales, with 52 million software sales to its name. […]

  • Destiny heavy ammo bug to be fixed, probably won’t break everything else

    Praise the Sunbro, Bungie is finally going to fix the heavy ammo bug in Destiny. If Destiny has one bug that has gone too long unresolved, it’s the heavy ammo issue. For quite a while now Guardians wearing armour that increased heavy ammo capacity have found their supply emptied whenever they respawn, return to orbit […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

102 Comments

  1. Moonwalker1982

    One thing is for sure people, it’s gonna be alot better and more entertaining than last year.

    Last year the only good thing was Tomb Raider. Furthermore it had MW3 mehhhh, and Kinect nonsense. Now we’ll see…

    Tomb Raider
    Halo 4
    Gears of War: Judgement
    Capcom will show something (resi 6 and/or Lost Planet 3?)
    Square Enix will show something too (unless its Tomb Raider only, could be Hitman as well)

    Alan Wake 2 maybe?

    So sure….most of these are multiplatform, but it will make for a much nicer conference. No doubt we’ll get Kinect too though, there’s no way around that.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    OH FUCKING MAMMY, BRING THE NOISE! Pumped!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @1
    I actually think this year is gonna be worse (MS Conference). I agree that Tomb Raider was the highlight of their show but it’s because it was a new game (No gameplay was shown before) and it looked awesome. Even if a great new demo gets shown from Tomb Raider or BioShock or Dishonored or etc, it won’t be that fresh since all have shown gameplay footage before.

    Plus MS is really gonna try and hype Kinect as a TV center with Tablet features for Xbox 360 so that even MORE non-gaming stuff will be shown. Gears Judgement is just another Gears. Halo 4 is really predictable and not much can be said.
    Alan Wake 2 is the only thing that could matter to me and even then there aren’t many people that love that game as much.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    I can’t say I have high hopes for this one, having awful flashbacks to those 2 fucking disney kinect kids from last year… eurgh >:(

    I fully expect, as per usual for MS, that the 3rd parties will steal the show at their conference.

    Oh and MS? Once again great job in diversifying your 1st party offerings. Yay, another Halo, Gears, Fable and Forza. Christ, try a little harder, no?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    I reckon it’ll be very similar to last year. CoD, Tomb Raider, etc.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    Pat, I thought you were supposed to be hyping this thing up…?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    No hype whatsoever unless some megaton NEW exclusive comes (not gears of war and halo 4)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    Microsoft, unlike Sony, actually seem to know how to keep things secret until their conference.

    @6 OMGBLOPS2EXCLUSIVEFOOTAGEANDTIMEDEXCLUSIVEDLC11!1!1!1!1

    #8 3 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    Shouldn’t you be working or something…?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. The_Red

    @8
    Couldn’t agree more.
    I really don’t understand why everything from Sony either:
    1) Is revealed by THEMSELVES before E3
    2) Leaked through a really stupid mistake like Big Daddy in Playstation All-star.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @9 Not until the conferences start. I’m not there this year anyway. Got other guys on the show floor.

    @10 It’s been relatively quiet on the spoiler front this year compared to the last few years, honestly, though still embarrassingly full of leaks.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – Heh. Next year will be different, I think.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    As much as i like halo 4, alan wake 2, another fable ( a good one like 1 and 2), forza motorsport, etc i really hope they have a few surprisses like a new rare game, i hope it is killer instinct or a new banjo, and other suprisses as well, something on the exclusives front, it doesnt matter where they come from, (sony, microsoft and/or nintendo), i love exclusives, they are the main reason for having a console (insert all of them).

    #13 3 years ago
  14. The_Red

    @11
    Yeah, it hasn’t been as bad as the full Last Guardian leak a month before E3. That was the worst one in my humble opinion. Seriously, how do you leak a FULL 3 minute trailer of the first gameplay reveal of one the most anticipated PS3 exclusives ever?

    So far the worst case for Sony’s E3 2012 has been Big Daddy in Sony SBB (Unless Diablo 3 for PS3 is not a baseless rumor).

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @14 God, I hope we see something on the Last Guardian. PLEASEPLEASPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    “14 and #15, not to be a prick or anything, but this is a microsoft e3 post, could you talk about that, i got the feeling later you will have the sony post just to talk about the sony tittles, sorry.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @16 Dude, it was a bit of conversation. I’m interested in both.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. manamana

    Microsoft should have the least interresting show of all three, I guess.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Be good if Phil Harrison turns up.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. The_Red

    @15
    So true. Goddamit what happened to team Ico :(

    @19
    That would be EPIC. Now that I think about it, seeing him on stage would be another way to make MS conference really interesting for me (The other being AW2 reveal).

    #20 3 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    @19:

    Now that would be LOLtastic!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve just been told that Harrison won’t be on stage.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    Everyone should boycott the MS press conference until they get him presnting the first half an hour…

    #23 3 years ago
  24. DSB

    @22 Awwwww…

    But Paa-aat… I wanna see the cloo-oooown!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    :(

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Patrick Garratt

    I’m sure he’ll be doing teh reel next gen reveal next year.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve embedded the Gamespot stream in the article, so you can watch the conference here.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. daytripper

    I hope it’s great just to piss some of you off

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Annoyinglobster

    I haven’t had a good laugh today, I hope the kinect demo’s help

    #29 3 years ago
  30. daytripper

    @29 the gifs are always great, neogaf always has some of the best Kinect piss take gifs :-)

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    OK. 30 minutes. The liveblog’s active. I am so ready. Readier than ever.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. mojo

    teh youtube link in this article will be live when?

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Patrick Garratt

    10 minutes

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Sadismek

    Wow, it seems I’m a bit earlier in the presentation than you guys. Johnny just said Cortana appeares and that happened to me 2 minutes ago… Woo

    EDIT: What the hell, when that guy started speaking arabic, again, Johnny said Mattrick is saying that thing about Xbox uniting all your things in the same place

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Sadismek

    Double post! Sorry.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    “Number one in the US to number one world wide”
    Its always good to open on a lie.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. manamana

    God, Splinter Cell is dead. Fisher is on a Ghost Recon killing spree with a sign here to kill five enemies in a second cakewalk. Absolute letdown imo.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Sadismek

    Damn Splinter Cell looked amazing! The climbing reminded me of Assassin’s Creed. I wonder if this is using AnvilNext. The way he run over obstacles was reminiscent of the ACIII’s gameplay video.

    ^While I agree that there was a tad too much combat for a Splinter Cell, I quite liked what I’ve seen. That red sign over the enemies’ head is bullshit.

    P.S. Why is the site loading so slowly?

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Kona

    I’m sorry but that gameplay and those animations looked like they were taken straight out of Uncharted.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Gekidami

    So thats Gear of War: Judgement. Moving on.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. AHA-Lambda

    fuck this is awful…once again

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    ^ Patcher warned that MS told him this wasnt going to be about the games but the interface and other features. Though its funny they’re name dropping Halo 4 at every occasion, just to make sure the public are still awake.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. absolutezero

    I sure do love all these games Microsoft.

    I don’t think I would have understood TV on the Xbox if it was’nt for that aspirational trailer.

    #43 3 years ago
  44. AHA-Lambda

    I don’t feel well playing my drinking game, everytime they mention entertainment or kienct I need to take a drink =/

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Razor

    MS, what happened. It started so well.

    #45 3 years ago
  46. AHA-Lambda

    Why call it Xbox music if it’s on windows 8? why?!

    #46 3 years ago
  47. absolutezero

    You’ll die!

    #47 3 years ago
  48. Razor

    Get this guy off the stage.

    lol

    #48 3 years ago
  49. absolutezero

    Im watching the fucking TV I don’t want to look at a map for fuck sake.

    “I know you all love cars”

    aha ha ha ha ha

    #49 3 years ago
  50. G1GAHURTZ

    Are you telling me I can control my 360 with my iPad???

    oh my daaaaaays!!!

    #50 3 years ago
  51. absolutezero

    Now thats pretty fucking stunning.

    #51 3 years ago
  52. manamana

    SmartGlass is looking absolutely amazing but why are they spoiling so much of Tomb Raider …

    #52 3 years ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    *falls asleep*

    #53 3 years ago
  54. Patrick Garratt

    Sorry for the formatting on the article. We’re getting hammered. Trying to sort it now.

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Edo

    Tomb Raider looks spectacular!!!

    #55 3 years ago
  56. absolutezero

    The pacing off this Resi gameplay is all over the fucking place.

    Quick kill. Quick kill. Escape. Cut-Scene. Sliding. Door. Running away.

    BAM BAM BAM BAM

    Also Grenade indicators, proper third person controls and I dunno. I dunno man.

    #56 3 years ago
  57. MadFingerz

    “IE for your Xbox!” Woot!!

    -_-

    Tomb Raider is looking damn cool indeed.

    #57 3 years ago
  58. Ireland Michael

    Tomb Raider looks phenomenal, but the rest of this is dull as mud.

    #58 3 years ago
  59. Razor

    Erm… Usher?

    #59 3 years ago
  60. Gekidami

    Well at least journos who are there can say they saw a live Usher concert…

    #60 3 years ago
  61. AHA-Lambda

    south park saves the show! :D

    *cue usher*

    FOR FUCK SAKE MICROSOFT!!!!!! ARGHHHHH!!!!!

    #61 3 years ago
  62. pukem0n

    holy crap, why the fuck is Usher performing some crappy song? wtf?? just W.T.F?

    #62 3 years ago
  63. polygem

    halo 4 opening was mindblowing. tomb raider was great. the rest was a huge pile of shit. right now theres usher on the stage. it can only get better. what a douche. not sure if i will survive this…just show more halo. the only reason i got a 360 these days.

    #63 3 years ago
  64. Razor

    Well that was pitiful.

    #64 3 years ago
  65. Da Man

    The bits of TR they showed were boring, obv it’s just for advertising. The rest is rather impressive.

    Halo4 day one.

    #65 3 years ago
  66. absolutezero

    BAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMM

    Inception

    BAAAAAAAAOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM

    Kinect.

    #66 3 years ago
  67. ManuOtaku

    Its already over yet?, darn i was hoping for a new killer instinct, banjo and too human games, and/or more information on alan wake 2, as much as i like halo, forza, tomb raider and gears, they need something new IMHO.
    Hey and the south park game will be awasome.

    #67 3 years ago
  68. absolutezero

    Explosions pew pew pew explosions. Up your arse. Go here use this. Explosions. Pew nyeaworroroeee.

    Revolutions in the campaign. Choice!

    Rappel and shoot the dudes or stand on the bridge and shoot…the…dudes.

    #68 3 years ago
  69. Gekidami

    Its over. Well, two words come to mind:
    “Filler” & “Multiplat”.

    #69 3 years ago
  70. polygem

    halo 4 and tomb raider….anything else i wont need. that was a shit ms e3 presentation! halo 4 looked insaneley awesome though.

    #70 3 years ago
  71. triggerhappy

    All very disappointing apart from Tomb Raider. Even RE6 was a bit meh.

    #71 3 years ago
  72. jdfoster00

    AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL

    #72 3 years ago
  73. lexph3re

    Welp…. That killed my E3 boner

    #73 3 years ago
  74. Froseidon

    I dunno about that conference, I mean, I prefer Xbox above all but that seemed rather abysmal. Gotta admit, Usher didn’t make it better at all.

    The only good parts were (in order):
    - Halo 4
    - Gears of War
    - Splinter Cell
    - Tomb Raider

    The rest was shite if you ask me. I do not give a flying f*** about inter-connectivity to my phone. If I wanted that, I would have gotten a windows phone.

    Also that woman with the Kinect game annoyed the living shit out of me. She was worse than the kids in 2011.

    #74 3 years ago
  75. Erthazus

    GUYS, SELL YOUR PC’s because XBOX 360 HAVE INTERNET EXPLORER NOW!

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

    #75 3 years ago
  76. Da Man

    Methamphetamine is bad. Don’t you ever forget that, kids.

    #76 3 years ago
  77. Ireland Michael

    I love how half those game trailers were half cutscenes.

    #77 3 years ago
  78. Dragon246

    Hooray!!! Now you can use IE on xbox to download firefox for xbox!!!

    #78 3 years ago
  79. Christopher Jack

    Snooze fest, the streaming app intrigues me & I’m ofc interested in Halo 4, but everything else? The fuck?

    #79 3 years ago
  80. Gekidami

    Why happened to the Crytek Kinect game? Considering the amount of barrel scraping MS did, i assume this game is either canned or on hold?

    #80 3 years ago
  81. daytripper

    In terms of gaming announcements that was piss poor, some are of the opinion they are keeping a lot of stuff back for next gen, I am not that confident. For me the reasons to keep a 360 when I have a ps3 and 3DS are diminishing.

    #81 3 years ago
  82. FuriousMachine

    I’m ready to call the E3 winner. Didn’t see Nintendos pre-E3 thingie and, obviously, the other press briefings haven’t even started yet, so on the basis of only having seen the MS presser, I can declare a winner.

    A little bit about me (so you get the context). I’m a 37 year old “core” gamer and own an Xbox 360, a PS3, a PC built for gaming, a Wii (connected but effectively discontinued after I got House of the Dead: Overkill for the PS3 with a Move-gun), a PS2 (basement) and an original Xbox (also basement).

    I suffer from shooter-fatigue (FPS and 3PS) so the bookending of Halo 4 and BLOPS2 gave me nothing. GoW:Judgement also failed to inspire as I’m still trying to get through GoW2. Resi 6 seemed to take the series into the action/shooter range where any sense of suspense seems to have been replaced by action set-pieces/cutscenes and QTEs. No biggie, the only Resi title I actually ever played was Resi 4 on the Wii, so I’m not heavily invested.

    Furthermore, I live in Norway and have a Kinect that is gathering dust due to the fact that my living room is too small. The Nyko add-on helps a bit with the Golf on Kinect Sports 2, but everything requiring any sort of precision is out the window. I have yet to be able to start Gunstringer because it’s impossible with the lack of precision Nyko brings to the table. Additionally, no voice recognition (I speak English quite well and with a solid American accent to boot, I am told, but alas, I’m not allowed to converse with my XBox until it understands my native language which I loathe to use with my games and other software anyway).

    The cool new apps? Not available in Norway and probably won’t be for quite some time.

    So, Kinect and Apps: Does not apply.

    Smart Glass and IE: Potential! As long as web-browsing can be done with Smart Glass alone (not sure, streaming died at that point) and isn’t reliant on Kinect Voice Recognition, that’s cool. Smart Glass could, with proper implementation, make Nintendo look a bit silly with their proprietary tablet-controller, as the potential here is to make any tablet and smartphone just as powerful. Will it, though? Probably not. When did they first start touting Live Anywhere (which this effectively is)? 5 years ago?

    The new IPs could be fun, but didn’t really excite. I was reminded of Ryse. Trot out a new IP and never hear from it again (until next-gen, possibly?)

    The new Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell looked good! Some excitement there for me! (But where’s Ironside?!)

    So all in all, close to 90 minutes that for me and my gaming profile made me question my Xbox future. Thankfully, there’s plenty of Xbox history yet to be enjoyed. As soon as I hit “Post Comment” I will dive into Lost Odyssey.

    So why am I willing to declare this an E3 winner?
    Trey Parker & Matt Stone

    All your arguments are invalid :-D

    #82 3 years ago
  83. manamana

    Yes, its confirmed: Microsoft only has Halo4 as a game and SmartGlass as a gimmick. What a letdown. The rest is up to Sony now.

    #83 3 years ago
  84. Monk

    ” Hooray!!! Now you can use IE on xbox to download firefox for xbox!!!

    Craaaaaaaaaaaaaap, that`s awesome :D.
    Really, what a crap conference that Halo which
    I don`t really like, save it for a little, TR and
    RE is not exclusive so whatever !

    #84 3 years ago
  85. OlderGamer

    Meh. More shooting, there is a shocker.

    I am guessing if you went into this a MS fan, nothing changed. And if you tend to like other things, you still do. Is the TR game exclusive? And how exciting to have Kinect do more, ‘eh? I kid. IE thing could be nice, we will see what kind of choping they have to do to it(But kind of confirms IE for Next gen too). More service choices for XBL is a good thing too, paying for each service, not so much. But hey thats the way it works.

    Next.

    #85 3 years ago
  86. G1GAHURTZ

    xbox-glass looked cool!

    #86 3 years ago
  87. Erthazus

    @85,
    Tomb Raider is not exclusive of course.

    #87 3 years ago
  88. Gekidami

    @81
    We’ve heard that kind of wishful thinking in the past already. I remember their E3 about 2 years ago where the excuse was “They dont announce games long before they come out”. Yet throughout the year up in till the next E3, nothing. And last years E3 they announced stuff that has still yet to see the light of day. So MS apparently ‘holding back’ for the next gen? Yeah, i dont really buy it.

    I think the real horror of all of this is that outside of E3, MS really dont announce games. Unlike Sony, they dont hold random events throughout the year where they invite the press to see a new games. So this is pretty much every exclusive for the remainder of 2012 and a good part of 2013; Gears of War: Judgement, Halo 4 (which they announced a year ago), three other IP’s that by all accounts sound like they’re going to be Live games, and Live games.

    Theres no real point in even acting surprised, fact is, this is been par for the course with the 360 for at least the last 3 years now.

    #88 3 years ago
  89. Da Man

    Fact is: the video games I like are good, the ones I dislike are bad.

    Is angry video game nerd posting on vg247?

    #89 3 years ago
  90. Patrick Garratt

    OK. We’re approaching normal service again. Sorry for the slowness. We’re getting absolutely battered. This article’s been edited now. Still working on it, though.

    #90 3 years ago
  91. Lewis247

    Halo 4 demo was a total treat, I want it so bad! Tomb raider looks absolutely stunning, can’t wait.

    I thought to myself ok, kinect stuff isn’t interesting but nothing TOO embarassing so far… Then, Usher came on.

    NOOOOOOO.JPG

    They just had to ruin everything.

    #91 3 years ago
  92. Ireland Michael

    @91 It wouldn’t have been so bad if he had been able to dance…

    …or sing.

    #92 3 years ago
  93. Dragon246

    We have at least now have an unanimous winner for the coveted “Wooden spoon” of E3.

    #93 3 years ago
  94. polygem

    @91: i´d sign that.
    @92: LOL. indeed.

    #94 3 years ago
  95. Dragon246

    “even swear at the referee”
    And get red carded for free. A really well thought implementation of kinect I must say.
    “Only the best games are on Xbox”
    Looks like the only time in this conference he forgot about kinect.
    “This will be the biggest year for games on Xbox”
    Yeah sure. This is better than NO games at all. Sony and nintendo fans would vandalise their conference if their show was this piss-poor.

    #95 3 years ago
  96. Dimaco

    Hell, didn’t watch the whole thing, but from the comments it looks like this wasn’t exactly a big deal… can’t wait to see what Sony comes up with now!

    #96 3 years ago
  97. daytripper

    @88 I am surprised actually, a little, I expected one full retail big game to be announced but more fool me I suppose. I honestly believe they wont announce a new system next year, I think they will milk this kinect/apps/give em a halo,gears,fable,forza for 360 route for as long as possible.

    #97 3 years ago
  98. polygem

    @97: yea, but i really doubt they´ll get away with it again next year. halo 4 is amazing. that saved their butts. but next year they have to show next gen halo´s, gears´,forzas´ etc… or they will get lynch mobbed….

    #98 3 years ago
  99. daytripper

    @98 I think you will get a forza 5 on 360, gears on 360, halo dlc on 360. Dunno, I am not as passionate as I once was about games, something is missing, would love either ms, sony or nintendo to give me that passion back.

    Must say Halo4 looked good and some of the third party stuff was good, Tomb Raider especially (she looks like Cheryl Cole yum) but nothing to make me really excited.

    #99 3 years ago
  100. polygem

    yep. same here. the magic is gone.

    #100 3 years ago
  101. OlderGamer

    @99 and 100

    I told you it would happen ;)

    Actualy I bet it is just fatigue. This gen has dragged on for what seems like forever. And even the biggest IPs feel stale. For the record, I wouldn’t be amazed if MS held on to this gen one more year. If Sony decides to push cloud and sit tight. I doubt MS will make a move forward. The platform holders like the long gen cycles. It means cheaper hardware, more bundle options, more pub fees, and more focus on services.

    And no one to show them up and upstage them.

    Xcept if WiiU does fly off the shelf. Or PC market continues to really grow.

    I expect MS to bring out new hardware next year. I just wouldn’t be blown away if they didn’t.

    #101 3 years ago
  102. daytripper

    I think the E3 comment sections today so far has been good, people expressing opinions without much petty insults.

    #102 3 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]