Wii U launch games hands-on: play details from Germany

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 16:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U is on tour following Nintendo’s launch details reveal event last week. VG247′s Dave Cook goes hands-on with the console’s launch slate in Germany to find out which ones are worth getting.

What defines a solid console launch? The answer is different depending on who you ask, with anything from technical clout to online functionality taking precedence. For many the success of a console launch is dictated by its day-one software line-up, and this is something Nintendo was looking to communicate at a German press event today.

Getting together 14 of the Wii U’s launch games under one roof and letting the press play them for a day is a great move from Nintendo, and it gave us a chance to play them at our leisure and to really understand what the hardware is capable of.

So read on to find out which of the Wii U launch games are worth your time – with the exception of Zombi U – because it’s so awesome we’ve given it a separate write-up, which you can check out later.

But first, how does the Wii U GamePad handle?

The Wii U GamePad is a nice bit of kit, and it’s surprisingly light given how powerful it is. Playing a game on the pad’s screen is perfectly fine, and the backlight really helps the sharp visuals stand out. All in all, it’s a superb design, expect for one small issue.

Weirdly, the face buttons are below the left analogue stick, which is an odd design choice, given that most controllers place them above. The same goes for the Wii U pro-controller, which feels light compared to PS3 and Xbox 360 pads.

It’s a small issue, but the build quality is excellent overall, plus the GamePad is rammed full of buttons and the TV button – which switches display between the pad and your telly – works almost instantly. It’s impressive, but how are the games?

New Super Mario Bros. U

Yes, OK it does just look like New Super Mario Bros. Wii at a distance, but come on, it’s Mario. The game just gets everything about the series right, and revisits many of the environments and platform elements of SNES classic Super Mario World, which should get long-time fans excited.

Boost Rush mode is a killer new attraction, which supports one person playing on the Wii U’s GamePad, and up to four Wiimote players. The hook is that levels scroll continually, so players need to think fast to avoid being pushed into hazards or down pitfalls.

Collecting coins quickly will make the screen scroll fast, so performing well raises the difficulty, but you can pick up the new wingsuit power-up to glide over gaps and make stages more manageable as you go.

Meanwhile, the person using the GamePad can see the same action as on the television, and can create platforms by tapping the screen. These can be used to catch players falling to their death, create bridges over hazards or help players reach floating coins.

It may sound like the person using the GamePad is being short-changed, but they really are a valuable asset to the players. Platforms also degrade once they’ve been stepped on, so the GamePad user has to constantly top them up to help players reach the goal.

It’s fun and chaotic, the same brand of silliness that you get from a four player bout of Smash Bro, but much more wholesome. We can certainly see families crowding around their TV playing this one come November 30.

Assassin’s Creed 3

Ubisoft brought demo code featuring one of Assassin’s Creed 3′s naval battles to the show, and actually sitting down and playing it proves just how indistinguishable it is from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

In this particular stage, Connor is pursuing British war vessel The Randolph in the Caribbean. You can switch between speeds by lowering or hoisting your ship’s sails, and cycle through your cannon types using either the d-pad or GamePad touch screen.

The visuals are superb as Connor’s ship tears across the crystal blue waters and past a lush green coastline. The majesty of the scene quickly dissolves as The Randolph is spotted on the horizon, along with two Man-O-War ships. It’s battle time!

Each engagement with the Man-O-Wars is tense, as you have to manoeuvre your vessel alongside them in order to get a decent line of fire. Suddenly a violent storm rolls in, sending massive waves across the ocean, making both steering and aiming significantly harder.

As if that wasn’t enough, you have to constantly keep an eye on both the GamePad’s radar and the surface of the water. If a stretch of water glows red, it means that an enemy ship is about to fire its cannons there. Issuing a brace order in time will command Connor’s crew to duck and avoid damage.

It’s a lot to take in, but before long you will have destroyed the Man-O-Wars with your flame rounds, leaving just The Randolph to contend with. As you have to capture the crew unharmed, you must use chain rounds to snap the ship’s masts, leaving the craft ripe for boarding.

The demo ends shortly after, but it’s a neat taster of how naval battles play out, and proof that Ubisoft isn’t cutting corners in its Wii U build. There’s absolutely nothing to complain about here.


This is Wii U’s equivalent of Xbox 360′s Game Room, giving you a central hub filled with smaller games. They can all be played solo, but come packing some seriously fun multiplayer modes. We’ve tried them all so far, with the exception of Donkey Kong: Crash Course as it wasn’t playable.

Pikmin Adventure
This is brilliant. The player using the GamePad controls their Mii dressed as Captain Olimar, while up to four Wiimote players offer support as Pikmin. Each stage is top-down and sees players hack-n-slashing their way through giant insects, and picking up items that level up their health and attack power. The person controlling Olimar can hoover up other players and throw them on top of armoured enemies to attack weak spots on their back. It’s simple, but fun, and like most NintendoLand games, requires teamwork.

Mario Chase
Also brilliant, Mario Chase sees the gamepad player controlling their Mii dressed as Mario, and up to four Wiimote players trying to catch him as he runs around a colourful maze. Coordination is key, as chasing players must shout out Mario’s location to corner and tackle him to the ground to win the game. It’s wonderfully chaotic.

Zelda: Battle quest
Perhaps the smartest NintendoLand title on show, Zelda: Battle quest requires immense team coordination to win. This game supports one GamePad player – who controls Link – and two Wiimote players who must fight alongside him. Link only has a bow and the GamePad players must hold up the controler and look through the device in an Augmented Reality fashion to physically swivel around and aim. Shooting birds out of the sky gives the team hearts, while aiming at enemies can support your comrades from the backline.

Wiimote players have a sword and shield and walk ahead of Link, swiping foes and raising their shields to repel enemy attacks. Together all players must defeat bosses and gather Rupees across a colourful patchwork rendition of Hyrule. Lovely stuff.

Balloon Trip Breeze
This is a purely single-player game, that sees players using the GamePad’s touch-screen to create gusts of wind that direct their Mii across the ocean, into coins and around spiked hazards. It’s very simple, but incredibly charming and fun. Players can also bop enemies on the head to defeat them, similar to NES classic Balloon Fight.

Metroid Blast
Finally, Metroid Blast is another game that sees up to four Wiimote players trying to take down the GamePad-wielder. The Wiimote holders play as their Miis dressed as Samus, and must run and gun around a futuristic arena, while the GamePad player hovers ahead in a Metroid-shaped battleship. The team must work together to take the ship down, as well as using a grappling hook to jump up floors, and curling up into a Morph Ball to get around faster. The ship’s cannons are fired by holding up the GamePad, looking around, and aiming. It’s another simple game, but it’s absolutely chaotic once the action kicks off.

Rayman Legends

Perhaps you’ve seen Ubisoft’s ‘Castle Rock’ gameplay trailer for Rayman Legends? If not, have a watch:

This is essentially what we played, but what you maybe didn’t see is that players using the GamePad must tap eyeballs dotted around the environment that only they can see on the controller’s screen. You can see them in the video above, but normally they wouldn’t appear on the TV screen.

Tapping them in time with the music makes bonus Lums appear for Rayman to collect, giving the player holding the pro controller a nice little score boost. We can alreeay tell that Rayman Legend will be a worthy sequel to Origins, plus that song is awesome, don’t you think?

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition

This is essentially the same as the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions, save for a character editor mode – which wasn’t on show – and a new Wii U specific mode that puts both fighters in a small arena littered with randomly spawning mushrooms.

It’s insane, chucks balancing completely out of the window, but manages to still be fun at the same time. Giant mushrooms make your fighter massive and more powerful – but make your enemy harder to hit – poison mushrooms deplete your health and regular mushrooms make you a little big bigger.

So while it’s fun and ludicrous, it’s not a fair fight, so don’t expect this mode on the EVO tournament circuit any time soon. Also, you can dress your fighter up as a host of Nintendo characters – with only Mario, Luigi, Link and Bowser costumes revealed so far – and map out quick combos to the GamePad touchscreen. All in all, it’s a solid port.

Mass Effect 3

Ah yes, twin stick shooters. Now, they definitely work on the Wii U GamePad, but the controller is perhaps a little bit too chunky to make it feel comfortable over long periods of time. Plus, the position of the face buttons may take some getting used to.

This port is fundamentally the same as previous versions, except that special abilities, maps and squad commands are plastered on the GamePad screen. There is also a new Ladon Rocket Launcher that, when zoomed can paint targets via the GamePad screen, before unleashing a salvo of six rockets.

It’s not a seismic shift, but bundled with the game you will get a host of extra content. First is a digital comic that recaps the first two games, and lets you make Shepard’s most pivotal choices before starting the game.

You will also get the From Ashes DLC, Extended Cut endings, all existing Multiplayer DLC, as well as some bonus maps, characters and weapons. It’s a sizeable package, but at core level this is basically the same game.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sega’s colourful racer is essentially the same as it PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts, but with the added edition of a map screen on the GamePad, and a rear view mirror that removes the need to cycle the camera behind your car. That side, it’s a solid conversion.

Skylanders: Giants

Activision’s juggernaut franchise has received a strong port treatment on Wii U, but the only real let-down is that the lack of NFC support, meaning you can’t just place your Skylander figures on the GamePad screen. It’s a shame, but this is still a solid port that is indistinguishable from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

And the rest…

Darksiders 2 is a great port with an inventory view and maps displayed on the GamePad, as well as incoming DLC Argul’s Tomb bundled for free, giving you a new dungeon, side-quests, weapons and upgrades for Death’s horse Despair.

Ninja Gaiden 2: Razor’s Edge is a neat version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 original, bolstered with the inclusion of Dead or Alive’s Ayane. She’s great fun to play, with insane speed and balletic combos that spray the screen with blood. You can also use the Wii U GamePad to track command lists, unleash Ninpo moves, switch weapons and activate Ninja Sense. It’s simple stuff, but the command list is a great feature, especially as the range of attacks is so vast.

Nano Assault Neo is comparable to Super Stardust, and is a colourful arcade shooter that throws an incredible amount of enemies at you. The GamePad displays a radar, but can also support the full game by hitting the TV button.

Toki Tori 2 ups the ante over the incredibly popular iPhone version. The plucky little bird can now whistle, which can be used to attract friendly animals, Creatures can be manipulated to solve puzzles, such as making crabs walk in a certain direction to create makeshift platforms.

Given how popular the iPhone game is, Toki Tori 2 could be a really strong addition to the Wii U’s launch line-up,, and its colourful, family-friendly visuals and charm makes it feel right at home on Nintendo’s console.

Trine 2: Director’s Cut is an enhanced edition of Fronzenbyte’s well-received PC platformer, and is perhaps the most impressive multiplatform game on show, due to how well it uses the Wii U GamePad.

Each of the three characters can be cycled through using touch, and the wizard can create ramps and crates by tracing shapes on the screen. You can also drag and pull objects in the environment by swiping your finger, and put your skills to the test in a raft of Wii U-exclusive levels.

Plus, Trine 2′s lush fantasy environments look outstanding in HD, marking a considerable effort from Frozenbyte, and another Wii U launch title worthy of your money. Show them some love on November 30th.

That’s your lot. See anything you like?


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  1. bitsnark

    Great hands-on but, no Zombi U impressions? :)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    He’s done a separate feature on it. It’ll go up in a bit.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    @2 Ah brillo. If it has its own separate feature, I imagine he must have really enjoyed it :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    He was most excited by it, yeah.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Kabby

    You are still dead to me Nintendo. Must try harder. C+

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Nice hands on Dave. Side fact – the word ‘fun’ is included in the write-up 7 times :).

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    Thanks again Dave, great post and nintendo land is what i did imagine, it looks fun and demostrates in various ways the assymetrical gameplay style, one question though, there was not project p-100 hands on right?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    Stop, just stop writting this stuff VG247 Staffers, I want the system so bad already. The more I read, the more I want it! I am beyond excited for WiiU. Dave, your killing me man.

    Going to be a long wait till Nov18th.

    Great coverage guys, thnx.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Though not quite as long as 30th November is it? ;)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    @Doc, indeed.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    You guys are lucky, here will take till January in order to see it in stores, or perhaps even more, you are lucky and you dont realize it ;)

    #11 3 years ago
  12. _LarZen_

    A nice read! Cant wait to play some games on this new controller.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Mako

    Bellybutton battles in Assassin’s Creed 3, again?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’ll have to wait until December before it’s released here, if I end up buying it. /trembles

    Dave, I had a quick question about the New Super Mario Bros. Wii U game in single-player. If you’re only playing with the gamepad, how can you create those playing card blocks in real time? Or do you not need to? (i.e., maybe the blocks linger for a long time?)

    Cheers for the article, a nice read. /shuffles off to read the ZombieU feature

    #14 3 years ago

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    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]