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Sandman – Spec Ops: The Line gets hellish launch trailer

Monday, 25 June 2012 13:49 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Yager’s Spec Ops: The Line releases in the US tomorrow, sinking Walker and his squad of Dubai-probing numpties down to an especially sandy hell, apparently. Still trying to work out exactly why these people are walking around in the UAE without any water or support, but whatever. Extreme prejudice, and all that. It’s out in Europe this Friday.

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20 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Definitely plan on buying it. Loved the demo, though i had some serious problems with it, so i probably download it first, to see if the bugs are in the final version. If they are i’m gonna have to buy the console version.

    The Ai didn’t react in the PC Demo. As in, it just stood there, waiting for something and most of the scripts weren’t triggered, which lead to me having to reload the checkpoints.

    Hope it’s not in the final product, because i expect a lot from this game.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    Did you like the section where a helicopter arrives, and then lots of enemies run to attack you on a rooftop, some with sniper rifles? I thought it was great. Amongst the best parts. It took me several attempts to get through, and my squad got shot up a lot lol!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    The demo was so bad I didn’t even finish it. I just don’t have any words for it. I don’t see myself getting this, even on sale.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    Looked much better at ”beginning ”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRDt8FlYesc&feature=player_detailpage#t=42s

    #4 3 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    That’s interesting. I don’t think there was much that I disliked, in fact. It’s a pity that no art book is available, especially. Features like the huge banner adorning the building, and the variety of the environments brought to mind 2K’s Rapture, several times. I thought the level layout was very good.

    I particularly liked how they weren’t just funneling you through corridors, you could take the scenes in, and there was good verticality. I didn’t find any of the technical problems that YoungZero mentioned.
    When it was over I was still really interested to see what is to come, and I will probably get the game on the strength of the demo, and the promising multiplayer. I liked the comradery in the script between your squad – it was intelligently chosen, didn’t seem forced, but still got the idea across.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 I pretty much had the opposite experience.

    The scenery is nice, but that’s pretty much it. I don’t see how it compares to Rapture though.

    The chase scene in the beginning is just ridiculous. The effects look terrible, the choppers are scripted to crash, kinda like a GTA game where the chase ends whenever the designer decides it should. You’re just being strung along and allowed to shoot a few guns while you watch.

    If that wasn’t some kind of poorly hidden loading screen, I don’t get it.

    I thought the banter was totally out of place. It was really the worst kind of writing. “We just got attacked by a million choppers and suffered a brutal crash that killed our buddies, but that doesn’t mean we should take any of this seriously. I sure hope nothing bad happens, because that would be completely unexpected! And by the way, we’re Delta, we just like saying that to eachother, durhurhur”.

    And then, even though the entire city is destroyed and even though something is very clearly fucked up, they really don’t expect to see a dead body. They’re like “Oh noooo, someone died!”.

    I mean really, if you didn’t see that coming from a mile away, then how the hell do you get yourself dressed in the morning?

    The gameplay was just the final nail in the coffin for me. It makes Homefront feel inspired. There’s no physics, no real response. Just a little pop pop with some splat splat, after you press A to cover.

    Granted, I wasn’t hot on the game to begin with, but the demo was a lot worse than I thought.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    @6: The city’s condition is the result of a natural circumstance. The team have been sent in to investigate a missing person, and military unit. I think that the surprise over the corpse was understandable. After all, it does raise questions about the state of the area that they’re headed into, to find that kind of disregard and neglect.
    The jaw jacking squadmates can get in to isn’t about not taking a situation seriously, but just sometimes keeping their own apprehension under control, and reinforcing the team dynamic.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @7 So being attacked by a hundred American choppers on the way in didn’t raise any suspicions? Okay then.

    I don’t really get how you can find that sort of pathos in what they’re saying. It’s a highschool play. I doubt the writers ever considered any sort of irony.

    They just got shot down, everyone died but them, they’re walking around a wasteland full of dead civilians, that has obviously also seen combat, and they’re just casually cracking jokes.

    The last transmission from Dubai, which triggered their mission, pretty clearly stated that a lot of people were dead. How on earth did they forget about that?

    It’s just awful :P

    #8 3 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    I missed the part that they were American attacking helis. I just took it as a given that because I’d spawned straight in to the main gunner’s place on a helicopter after starting, and other choppers were shooting at the craft I was in – it was a fair guess (well, that and the prompt ;) ) that they needed to be shot out of the sky to advance.

    “wasteland full of dead civilians”…I thought it more to be a wasteland formed from the abandoned vehicles of fleeing civilians, in the wake of Dubai’s devastation.
    “everyone died but them” Their aggressors died, and they didn’t. On the point you make about the initial transmission, lots of people died, we’re told, in the evacuation – lost beneath the sand, the city cut off?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 What happened to the pilots and the rest of the people in the chopper? I’m guessing they died pretty hard.

    I just don’t think there’s any room to be that naive :P

    It’s the classic “clueless person” routine you see in every horror movie.

    Not that you can’t enjoy that, but I don’t see any kind of depth in that conversation.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @8: I think you missed something important here. The chopper opening fight is not the real beginning of the game, but takes place later in the game. You can see that in the clothes the main character wears (mostly in bad condition) and i could swear after you complete the opening, right before the main character talks about Conrad, you see a text at the bottom right saying “EARLIER…”

    Edit:

    http://youtu.be/qSAcX__VksY

    Around 4:00

    #11 3 years ago
  12. NeoSquall

    Man DSB, you sure don’t know jack about “flashforward”, do you?
    The chase was obviously a flashforward to introduce players to the game, before the actual story begins.

    Also you didn’t seem to undestand the backstory and the story itself, which says that Dubai was hastily evacuated before huge sandstorms began to hit it and cover it in sand. Colonel Konrad and his soldiers volounteered to stay behind and try to rescue the last refugees but they didn’t make it.
    After this the Army receives the transmission saying “a lot of people are dead”, he’s obviously referring to the people he was supposed to save, so they send the Delta to find Konrad and save him and the refugees because they don’t know Konrad has gone nuts.

    That’s the reason the Delta are surprised to see a FRESH dead body from the 33rd Regiment (the Konrad’s ones), and from being attacked by Insurgents first, and then by Konrad’s men.

    But please, go on with your baseless rambling.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @11 My bad. It still doesn’t really make the chase itself, or their behavior less cringe-worthy though.

    @12 Fair points, but it still does absolutely nothing to explain why a bunch of highly trained operators are frolicking around like highschool girls, when they’re supposed to be working.

    I don’t see anything specific about “a lot of people are dead”. Aren’t soldiers people? Considering that it’s his last message and there’s no communication with the rest of the force, I’d say you’d have to be quite the optimist, not to sense that something was seriously wrong.

    You do realize that military commands don’t only communicate through their highest ranking members, right? That hasn’t been the case since the 19th century.

    Even if people weren’t smart enough to put two and two together, which is pretty unlikely, I think most people in the military and government would still be expecting those guys to act professionally, and doubly so when they don’t know what’s going on.

    Doe-eyed Delta operators isn’t usually something you’d see outside of 1980′s action movies, but regrettably that’s where a lot of the less talented games writers get most of their material.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @13: I think you’re dismissing it too early. Sure the demo wasn’t long, but just after a few minutes they stopped ‘taking it light’ as Lugo put it.

    The lighter the tone at the start, the better the chance that you could get a crass reaction from the player when it changes. You’d see this mostly in films that try to shock you and i don’t think there is a lot wrong with that approach.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 Yeah, that’s what they’re trying to do, but that’s also part of what makes it disappointing for me.

    Horror movie logic is “good” for horror movies, which are basically about toying with your emotions in the cheapest possible way. But it’s really not if you want to create any kind of story around it, because those characters lose credibility by being that dumb.

    I could get past that if it had been flanked by some solid gameplay, but to me it felt like playing Homefront. I didn’t get any feeling from the guns, just running from one very neatly composed shooting gallery to another.

    It felt way too simple in the way it used cover too. “Have a concrete block to crouch behind”. I didn’t love Kane and Lynch 2, but I think it did a better job on the basic mechanics.

    I guess I’ll see when it’s launched, but I think the demo set the bar pretty low.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    @13 Why don’t you seem to understand that people can actually die in a violent sandstorm, even if they comply with the supposed military personnel that is there to help you (it’s one of the things I think you’ll have to find in the game)?
    The dead people in the transmission can be read like a simple status report given by a supposed trained and professional ranking officer of the Army in a dire situation.

    Also, I find it hard you still didn’t get the mutiple Apocalypse Now/Heart of Darkness citations and apparently fail to realize why they’re there.
    This game is like a modern day, interactive version of Apocalypse Now, set in a modern day, fictional conflict zone (Dubai struck by huge sandstorms and pretty much more of that), with a probably deranged colonel named Konrad (colonel Kurtz is the antagonist of the movie and the author of the original book is Joseph Conrad) guiding his own personal army against the protagonist, the protagonist is a captain Walker (Captain Willard is the protagonist of Apocalypse Now) and his crew is apt at making crass jokes (like the PBR crew of the film).
    Also the protagonist is from the Delta because this type of mission is what they do for a living, and I think Willard would’ve been a Delta if the force existed in the Vietnam War.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    @16 Well, Apocalypse Now is my favourite movie, and I thought that was pretty obvious, even before they named the guy.

    But how is that impressive?

    “We couldn’t come up with anything, so we just stole Apocalypse Now”.

    The difference of course being that Apocalypse Now is one of the best movies ever made, and Spec Ops, at least judging from the demo, is awful in pretty much everything from writing to mechanics.

    I don’t see any major parts of Heart of Darkness in there, beyond the name.

    Comparing the PBR crew to a Delta operator doesn’t strike you as slightly stupid? That crew is made up entirely of undisciplined, potsmoking, acid dropping rejects, including a surfer, a chef with anxiety and a kid from the ghetto.

    Being undisciplined is what you’d expect from those guys.

    You somehow feel that’s comparable to some of the best trained and most highly professional soldiers on the planet?

    Okay!

    Also, Delta are not assassins. Willard was part of the Phoenix Program under the CIA, which recruited special forces to carry out assassinations. If they wanted to make him regular army or navy, they could’ve made him a green beret (the 5th Special Forces Group are widely regarded as the father of Delta) or a navy seal. They didn’t.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @17:

    “You somehow feel that’s comparable to some of the best trained and most highly professional soldiers on the planet?”

    While i also think ‘Apocalypse Now’ is one of the best films ever made, i don’t think it’s wrong to make the main characters highly trained professionals. Again, the developer is trying to provoke a reaction from the player.

    I think they’ve chosen them for 2 reasons:

    A.) Sending 3 undisciplined soldiers into Dubai would seem even more unrealistic.

    B.) From the few glimpses we saw, it’s clear that Yager wants the squad to go through hell. The fact that they are professionals makes it much more interesting. They want the player to see those battle-hardened soldiers to ‘break’ after what they experience.

    “Also, Delta are not assassins.”

    And that’s fine, because they aren’t there to kill Konrad.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. absolutezero

    The one think that kept on popping into my head while playing away at the pretty average demo was, Dubai is a coastal city right next to the sea. No amount of sandstorm is going to blot out the fucking sea. Its the sea.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    @18 Basically I think it’s pretty silly to make a pseudo-Apocalypse Now, for a number of reasons. One of the major ones being that Francis Ford Coppola is one of the best screenwriters in history, or at least the most recognized.

    If you were going to borrow a plot… Don’t make it from one of the best movies ever made.

    The second one being that games in general use far too much material from movies, instead of trying to go their own way. It makes videogames look like a wannabe medium.

    Sending in Delta makes perfect sense for the game though. The primary job of special forces has always been surveillance behind enemy lines, and this is the sort of job they would be handed (even if the sandstorm is unrealistic, the game isn’t meant to be realistic).

    I’m just saying that it makes the dialogue so out of place that it triggers my disbelief, since these units are defined by an extreme level of discipline. They’re not regular infantry, they’re not in a safe situation, and there’s no comparison to the PBR crew in Apocalypse Now.

    #20 3 years ago

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    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]