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Army of Two Devil’s Cartel: hasta la vista, EA

Friday, 2 November 2012 13:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel is heading your way in March. VG247′s Dave Cook goes hands on with the Frostbite 2 bromantic comedy and chats with Visceral about its reboot.

Army of Two series

The first game launched March 4th in the States. It holds a Metacritic rating of 72 on Xbox 360 and 74 on PS3.

Co-op has always been a big series focus, and heroes Salem and Rios have re-defined the term ‘bromance’ for many gamers.

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel is a series reboot developed by Visceral Games, due for a PS3 & Xbox 360 launch March 29th 2013.

It is the first time that Visceral and the Army of Two series hae used DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine.

Like a salvo of searing hot buckshot into the face of some guy we think is from Mexico, EA lifted the lid off its Army of Two reboot at the publisher’s pre-gamescom conference a few months ago.

The crowd went mental for it, and that’s strange because we guarantee that many of the people in that room gave the previous game five or six out of ten at review. Why then were people whooping and hollering like drunks at football match?

We were there. The pounding sound of unrelenting gun fire tortured our ears as Frostbite 2 particle effects made it impossible for our eyes to focus. Two soldiers named Alpha and Bravo shouted things the distortion made it hard to decipher, a chopper arrived and blew more things up. An onlooker next to us started crying.

It was surreal. Did anyone ask for this game? Was there any call to keep this franchise alive? Well clearly someone feels it deserves to exist, and you know what? That’s OK.

It’s OK to indulge in some guilty pleasure violence and gunplay now and then. Not every gaming experience needs to test the mind, push artistic boundaries or ask far-reaching questions about the human psyche. Sometimes we want a break from deep thought.

This is just two men with big arms, massive guns and an army of goons to vaporise. It’s the Rambo 4 of shooters. Don’t ask questions, don’t try understand the words coming out of anyone’s mouth, just look at all the pretty slaughter and destruction on screen. You’ll be fine.

South of the border

Fast forward to our first hands-on session with the game, and the same criticisms remain. The plot sees a four man group of masked mercs running an operation in Mexico.

It’s not long before the group is ambushed and two of their squad is assassinated, leaving Alpha and Bravo stranded in a sea of faceless bad guys.Their only option is to talk it over with their attackers rationally, discuss terms and conditions for their escape and reach a treaty agreement.

No of course not, their only option is clearly to shoot first, ask questions later, and man does it kick off with an almighty bang. In terms of handling, it’s a solid cover shooter that falls in line with the cream of the Gears of War pack. Nothing revolutionary, but it’s a format many devs screw up.

”Picture this: you take Frostbite 2′s environmental destruction, apply it to the human anatomy and up the gore factor. The resulting bloodshed is absolutely insane, and it gave us flashbacks of Soldier of Fortune 2′s infamous body melting bullet effects from 2002.”

The game’s ‘hook’ is Overkill Mode and you already know how it works without us having to explain it. Take a guess at what it involves, and chances are you’ll be correct. We’ll give you a second to think about it.

Ready? OK, so Overkill Mode basically fills up as you score kills. Activate it and both players become invincible for a short while and infinite ammo. It’s not inspiring in the slightest, but it comes with a hidden ace up its sleeve in Frostbite 2.

Once in Overkill Mode, your bullet create more destruction, and we’re not just talking about blowing up the environment here – although the sight of granite pillars, walls and vehicle shattering and distorting on impact is perfect for action junkies.

But picture this: you take Frostbite 2′s environmental destruction, apply it to the human anatomy and up the gore factor. The resulting bloodshed is absolutely insane, and it gave us flashbacks of Soldier of Fortune 2′s infamous body melting bullet effects from 2002.

Limbs sever with ease, heads burst like ripe tomatoes, enemies are torn in half and once Overkill subsides, the ground is littered with blood spray and still-hot body parts. The 18+ PEGI rating is certainly justified, make no mistake.

It’s senseless, stupid but again, it’s geared towards the Arnold Schwarzenegger generation. However there is a slight degree of depth in the game’s chaining mechanic, that doles out additional Overkill for targeting the same enemy, stealth killing enemies and other criteria.

We simply had to ask Visceral Games where the inspiration behind the series reboot came from, and if there’s any hidden depth we’re missing. Enter Visceral Games lead designer Julien Lamoureux.

Down Mexico way

Lamoureux explained, “With this game, when we started on it, we decided to switch to the new Frostbite 2 engine, which is way more powerful. So while we were doing that we were like, ‘OK, let’s take a step back and think about what Army of Two is all about.”

“For us it was kind of a no-brainer to think about co-op,” Lamoureux continued, “because yes previously, there was Salem and Rios, the masks, the big guns, customised weapons, and all of that. But at the end of the day we’re all about a solid co-op experience.”

“Army of Two without co-op would be like taking away Mario’s ability to jump. The game simply had to have it, and while the small section we played didn’t showcase the feature to any great degree, it’s already clear that the game will be a riot with a second person.”

“This is what we wanted to deliver right from the get-go”, he added, “Any decision we make we check back like, ‘is that co-op?’ or ‘how does this reinforce co-op?’ So the first obvious thing that we did was to make the single player campaign playable with a partner AI, in online co-op, or on split-screen.”

Army of Two without co-op would be like taking away Mario’s ability to jump. The game simply had to have it, and while the small section we played didn’t showcase the feature to any great degree, it’s already clear that the game will be a riot with a second person.

“We wanted to make sure all progression was persistent across all modes,” Lamoureux stressed, “You can start the campaign in single-player, hop over to split-screen with your buddy, play online, and then go back to solo play. You will never lose your character’s progression, and it’s also drop-in, drop-out, which is pretty cool.”

“That was fine,” Lamoureux said, “but then we also looked at what else it meant to be a co-op game, so the other thing was to think of a feature that didn’t just enforce co-op, but also reward it. So this is where the Overkill Mode started.”

“We went into the game and quantified all of the co-op actions,”Lamoureux explained, “and all actions for that matter. So for instance, if you just kill someone you’re going to get some points. But if you really work together and shoot at the same guy, you’re going to get more points.”

“But if you work even more together,” he added, “here one guy is taking all the aggro by shooting at enemies while the other one walks around to flank them, then you’re going to make even more points.”

What’s interesting is that the game doesn’t have an aggro meter, and this is something that actually works in its favour. You have to think on the hoof when running and gunning, simply using your wits to know when flanking and combo opportunities are possible.

That’s where I fell in love

As we said earlier, Frostbite 2 is the big draw here, because not only does it give rise to The Devil’s Cartel’s show-stopping spectacle, but it’s the first time Visceral has used it in a game. We asked Lemoureux if the engine was challenging to use, and how it bolsters the experience.

“Whenever you decide to trigger Overkill, you’re practically invincible, you do way more damage, your bullets become like mini explosions, you don’t have to reload, and you get infinite ammo. We take the Frostbite 2 engine here, and its shining. You can destroy anything from the little props, cover and even the enemies. Like, the destruction is just crazy and all over the place.”

That’s all well and good for lifeless, inanimate objects, but what about the Frostbite 2 melts human foes? We ask Lamoureux if the threat of censorship is a concern for Visceral.

”“It was a no-brainer to switch to Frostbite 2. It’s a really powerful tech. Overkill wouldn’t be the same without it, so yeah it’s great.”

“Not so much to be fair,” he replied, “because we felt it was a natural thing – having all the destruction in the world – such as destroying cover or a piece of geometry, but you also want to do that to NPCs. It just makes sense.”

“In Army of Two: The 40th Day there was a really brutal scene with a sniper,” Lamoureux recalled, “so we just felt that this was a natural thing to keep based on feedback. With Overkill and the destruction from Frostbite 2 it feels like an action blockbuster, and we though we should go there.”

“It was a no-brainer to switch to Frostbite 2,” he continued, “it’s a really powerful tech. Overkill wouldn’t be the same without it, so yeah it’s great.

As a final point we asked Lamoureux who the Devil’s Cartel are, but he kept his cards close to his chest, “We can’t talk too much about the story, but what I can tell you is you play Alpha and Bravo who are on a mission to escort a politician in Mexico.”

“Pretty soon everything goes sour – this is where the game starts – and the more you play, one of the Cartel leaders Batista appears. That’s the guy you saw in the demo.”

Mysterious.

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel launches across Europe March 29th on PS3 and Xbox 360.

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14 Comments

  1. SameeR_Fisher

    Let be brutally honest here Dave, I fail to see how Army of Two Devil’s Cartel is good, it looks to me like a TPS wanna be FPS title, or like you said a game so much towards Arnold Schwarzenegger generation, and it isn’t exciting at all.

    I believe EA is shooting itself in the foot with Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, being released in March after Gears of War: Judgment ?!, not sure it will sell alot, there is also Fuse which may get released in March, 3 Co-Op games, Army of Two seems pretty lacking compared to the other 2, not to mention there is also Tomb Raider which looks way better ((yet not Co-Op I know)).

    You know I would rather they make Dante’s Inferno 2, make it something special that competes with God of War, I know the first one was kinda a rip off and not without it’s flaws, but it had potential, and it sold around 2Million Copies or more, so I would rather wait for Dante’s Inferno 2, EA will get my money only for Dead Space 3.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 I didn’t say it was good :) I said it was OK for people like it, regardless of how dumb or threadbare it is – and it is believe me. But some people like mindless gunplay, so who am I to judge them?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. viralshag

    I’m probably going to get this. I like the characters and the lighter comedic tones in the game to the usual gritty military stuff that most games have.

    With Frostbite 2 I can only see this being a lot more fun.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 it is fun, but it’s unbelievably shallow. Frostbite 2 adds mindless carnage into the mix, and I think that is what will get people playing it. They shouldn’t approach it expecting depth or new ideas in any capacity, because they’re going to come away bitterly disappointed.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    i have said hasta la vista to EA along time ago… never touching any games from these vultures ever again.

    by the way for does that dont know, the frostbite2 engine is shit on the ps3. you will have a lot of screen tearing, texture popping, framerate droppings and horrible vaseline blurriness in a game with that engine on the ps3.

    if you want a good frostbite2 game experience, then stick to pc. becouse it is only high end pc’s that run games properly with frostbite2…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @Dave, Shallow mindless carnage based fun, you say? Sign me up, to be honest. I didn’t see much wrong with the last two games other than a few problems here and there, like most games, so I’m of the mind if it ain’t broke…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 I loved the bit with the tiger in the second one. Madness.

    I won’t pretend they’re good games. They’re passable at best, but they saw me through many hangovers on a Saturday morning. Don’t question it: just squeeze the trigger and feel the alcohol melt away.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    Dave you sum it up quite nicely in your post with this two words guilty pleasure, this game is the definition of guilty pleasure, a game that is not that great or good, but you cannot stop playing it or complaining about it, i cannot wait for this game even more now after reading the use of the frosbite 2 engine.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    If I didn’t have AC3 and NFS to play this weekend, I would totally fire up the old games.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SameeR_Fisher

    @dave: true you never said it was good :D, I meant more from EA’s point of view you know, and I totally agree, I think there is a crowd to that kind of game out there, but it is still seems to me they can get more from other games.

    Beside this is EA, if a title X doesn’t sell 5million copies, then it isn’t a success.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phasmatis75

    When I first heard about this game my opinion was “EA ruined another Franchise” but I wanted to be fair and give this preview a chance because maybe a blue moon will occur and they won’t screw up one of my favorite series.

    Yet as I kept reading you never got to a part where you proved my initial opinion wrong. I’m not going to say that the originals were Voltare or Shakespeare but they weren’t mindless. The 40th day is easily one of me and my brothers favorite co-op games because it had enough tactical joy to make it challenging.

    Taking that away from the series is the same as taking away multiplayer from Call of Duty. All it leaves you asking is why even bother? Fact of the matter is EA knows this and instead of launching a new franchise which this in all practicality is, they decided to capitalize on the Army of Two franchise. Sad day indeed.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @12 I would perhaps wait until the next preview stage before writing it off entirely, as what we played was a tiny snippet of a stage that didn’t really do much in the way of co-op originality. Often at this this early stage preview code can be curbed down to a test area, or a purpose built stage to show off new features. Usually what happens after the initial hands on preview stage is that a studio will build press debug code that gets sent or showcased to press.

    I’d wait and see what happens at that point, because that build will likely show much much more of the game and give you a better idea of what it’s like :)

    Keep the faith for now man.

    Dave

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    @Dave
    When I first heard about this game, I felt that it was a very story driven experience concentrating on different drug cartels. Was I wrong in my assessment? Is it just another co-op game with paper-thin story?

    #14 2 years ago

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    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]