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Civilization 5 gets enormous balancing patch

Saturday, 3 November 2012 17:48 GMT By Jeff Dunn

Civilization 5 has received an absolutely massive balancing and bug-fixing patch. Seriously, it’s huge. Get the full list of changes below.

As detailed on the 2K Forums (via PCGamesN), the “Fall patch” polishes up everything from the strategy game’s AI to its UI, and nearly everything in between. Writing it all down would probably cause me to pass out, so here’s the copied list for your perusal.

BUG FIXES
General

  • Mod Browser – The “Get Mods” button is now hidden if the user has disabled the steam overlay.

Civilizations and Traits

  • Ottoman naval upkeep is now fixed. Save games that were started before the fix will not be corrected.
  • German UA and Oligarchy social policy now work together correctly.

City States

  • Mercantile CS now only get a unique luxury for their first city (and not the cities they conquer). Unique luxury is removed upon capture (players can no longer get it by taking over a CS). Unique luxury is given back upon liberation.
  • Prevent double counting of resources when an improvement is gifted to a minor civ, then the minor civ techs up to activate the improvement.

Diplomacy

  • Research Agreement code was previously giving double-credit to research “overflows” (i.e. when you finished a tech and the extra research was being applied to the following tech). Now the credit toward a RA will be based on Science earned that turn.
  • Corrected an issue that caused the AI to attempt coups too often, when chances of success were too low. Also implemented a new factor: Attempting a coup in a location where there is no defending spy (the current ally does not have a spy there) is >=2x as likely to work as it would if there was a spy there.
  • Resurrecting a player will have both sides forget any denouncing that happened before resurrected.
  • Don’t treat player as a deal breaker just for going to war with a player again.

Exploits

  • Do not let a player earn the 2 free techs from the Rationalism Finisher twice. Also removed the +1 Science from Libraries from that finisher.
  • If you intentionally starve your city by reassigning all your citizens to be unemployed, you won’t end up with more citizens than you have population.

Religion

  • Fix Found Religion screen so you can’t find out about civs you haven’t met by mousing over the religion icons.
  • Correct “Peace Loving” belief so it doesn’t negate other happiness benefits from religion.
  • Rebuild religious pressure in case it was corrupted in older save games.
  • Clarify Interfaith Dialog so it mentions that Prophets earn you science too (not just missionaries).

Scenarios

  • Removed notifications that appear at the beginning of the Fall of Rome and Mongol scenarios about lacking the proper strategic resources.

AI

  • Dutch now will build farms before polders are available.
  • Do not allow Carthaginian units to spawn on mountains.
  • Do not allow Carthaginian Workers to end turns on mountains.
  • AI will now build more workboats and will improve oil plots in the water.
  • Automated workers that don’t have anything to do will not consume all their movement.
  • Allow rush built units to trigger the operation they were built for to proceed into Gather Units phase.
  • Fixed an issue where automated workers evaluated danger incorrectly and consequently behaved incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where citizen management focus on Production (and possibly others) could lead to starvation.
  • Clicking on an unemployed citizen to set them back to work does not “unlock” locked citizen assignment.
  • The logic to recommend Artist improvement placement now does not count plots where improvements can’t be placed, e.g. oases.
  • Add additional sanity checks for deceptive attacks. Previously, if an AI was choosing to deceptively attack, they would not check to determine if it was a good idea or not the moment before launching, which could result in “dumb” attacks.

Units

  • Fix unit de-selection so the mini-map indicator clears.
  • Better “Next Unit” selection. Previously, the camera would jump great distances to select the next unit that needs orders, when a closer unit was available.
  • Unit cycling improvement: when a unit is promoted, do NOT cycle immediately off that unit.
  • Change minimum area size for all naval units to 10 (from 20). That allows them to be built in the same cities as harbors, seaports (and great admirals) — i.e. on any body of water not considered to be a “lake”
  • Fix advanced promotions for melee naval ships.
  • Restore missing Cover 2 promotion entries so it is available to units again.
  • Fix a hang if a (melee) unit advanced across the world wrap seam after a combat.
  • Correct Great Admiral AI placement bug that prevented it from selecting a valid coastal city of yours.
  • Unit list now re-sorts itself correctly when a unit is promoted.
  • Subs are no longer visible (all the time) in Hot Seat mode.
  • Don’t give GG points from Barbarian ranged attacks.
  • Helicopters now take damage when ending their turn over mountains.
    Interception promotions now help the right unit (had previously been reversed).
  • Evasion promotion helps the right unit (had previously been reversed).
  • Two top-of-screen messages added to explain what is going on with intercepts (one for if the attacking air unit is eliminated, and another if he is just damaged).
  • Fixed a unit movement issue that broke melee attacking from more than one hex away.
  • Janissary heals 50 instead of 100 when killing enemy units.
  • Supply promotion now heals 15 HP outside friendly territory; matching text (was 25 HP).
  • Added a check to make sure that after a city is disbanded (ex. razed), the units remaining on the plot are allowed to be there. If not (ex. naval units), then they are moved to the nearest valid plot.
  • Fix for barbarians that would not move the turn after they spawned.
  • Have Great Engineer pick both the wonder and the city it needs to be built in (the bug was that the AI could repeatedly try to build a wonder in a city that it couldn’t).
  • Make sure Caravels and Destroyers always have the Withdraw before Melee promotion, even if you don’t own DLC02.
  • Barbarians should now spawn in their camp if it is empty of combat units instead of beside it.

Optimization

  • Many performance improvements, particularly in the renderer.
  • Pathfinder fixes and optimization.

Text Bugs

  • Fixed several text bugs.

Misc

  • Fixed rare crashes that could occur depending on hardware.
  • Only the “alive” civilization capitals are tested for majority religion in “We are family” achievement.
  • Added missing Polish Dawn of Man audio.
  • Advisors: Messages concerning your people being unhappy/livid now display correctly (a bug was causing this to fire at the wrong time).
  • Economic Overview: Don’t list diplomacy values as an expense and an income at the same time.
  • Fix auto-scrolling between turns. If a user was scrolling when a turn ended, or when combat ended, it would occasionally get “stuck” and continue scrolling.
  • Fix unit de-selection so the mini-map indicator clears.

BALANCE CHANGES
General

  • Reduced Happiness a bit from Mercantile City States. You no longer get +1 bonus happiness going from Friends to Allies (since you already get the luxuries then). And eliminated the +1 Happiness entering Industrial era.
  • Ballistics now requires Railroads. This will force the AI to get railroads before getting too deep in the tree.
  • Pillaging tiles now awards +25 hit points to the pillaging unit.
  • Tweaks to culture border growth: Should get coastal resource tiles a bit sooner; Should mildly steer towards tiles that are near unclaimed resources; Should get resource tiles in rings 4 and 5 a bit sooner.
  • Austrian UA balance changes: Increase the cost of a City-State by at least the amount of gold you will get from scrapping their units; Must be ally for 5 turns before you can undergo a diplomatic marriage with a City-State; “Yoink!” achievement is now: “As Austria, acquire a City-State with 15 or more units through Diplomatic Marriage.”

Religion

  • Pilgrimage belief now gives +2 Faith per foreign city following this religion.
  • Follower and Pantheon beliefs provide Local Happiness; Founder beliefs provide Global Happiness
  • Faith output per city is now listed in the economic overview – general information panel. Note: Faith output per city is hidden if religion is disabled.
  • AI: Buy Missionaries in city with Great Mosque as TOP priority (even over Holy City if different).
  • Tall/Wide Religion Balance Change: Add Grand Temple (National Wonder).

Diplomacy & Espionage

  • New peace deals. Now 9 AI levels instead of the previous 5 (so one new level added between each of the earlier ones). Peace levels are now:
    0: White Peace (give up nothing)
    1: Armistice (1/2 gold, 1/2 of max GPT)
    2: Settlement (all gold, max GPT)
    3: Back-down (all luxuries, all gold, max GPT, open borders)
    4: Submission (all resources, all gold, max GPT, open borders)
    5: Surrender (one city)
    6: Cession (1/4 city value, 1/2 gold)
    7: Capitulation (1/3 city value, all gold)
    8: Unconditional Surrender (all but capital, all gold)
  • Peace deal code now prioritizes both cities that are close to winner’s capital AND cities that were originally built by winning player (previously it was distance only).
  • Reduced espionage notification spam. Will only be notified of election and coup activities if you have met them and (have a spy in the city or are friends with them or have a relationship with them that is above the resting point.)
  • Added ability to liberate cities that are not owned by their founders or originally owned by the player. The player will receive a diplomacy bonus with the liberated player for liberating up to three cities. This liberation is not part of the “recalled to life” resurrection of a once annihilated civ. This functionality only runs if the city liberated is owned by a player that is alive. There are two ways to lose the diplomatic liberation bonus are:
    1. Declare war on someone you have liberated cities for. You have to be the first player declaring war. This does not count defensive pacts or someone you liberated declaring war on you.
    2. Capturing a city from someone you liberated. This case comes into play if A liberated a city of C’s, then A & B have a defensive pact, C declares war on A & B, then A captures a city of C’s. C will forget that A liberated any of their cities.
  • The AI will now liberate cities and resurrect players. There are notifications when the AI resurrects players and cities. An AI will resurrect another (non-human) player when they are trying to win a diplomatic victory. An AI will return a city if the original owner of the city has a defensive pact with the player and they are both at war with the previous owner of the city, or, the AI and the original owner have a declaration of friendship and the AI is going for a diplomatic victory.
  • Diplomacy: Peace treaty duration scales with game speed.
    Quick: 10 turns
    Normal: 10 turns
    Epic: 15 turns
    Marathon: 30 turns
  • Diplomacy: Declaration of Friendships/Denouncements now scale with game speed.
    Quick: 50
    Normal: 50
    Epic: 75
    Marathon: 150
  • Changed diplomatic globals: The opinion thresholds (unforgivable/enemy/competitor/favorable/friend/ally) have been pushed farther apart. They were initally 50/30/10, now 80/40/15; Diplomatic intrigue bonuses have been lowered by 1/2, from 20 to 10; “Asked Stop Spying” penalty dropped from 20 to 10; There are a number of changes to the duration of city-state interaction penalties, greatly reducing their duration.
  • Diplomacy overview improvements. Now displays “your open borders/embassy”, “their open borders/embassy”, “shared open borders/embassy”
  • With making deals, AIs will notify you when they’re not willing to give enough on their side to make the deal work. This addresses some issues where you ask an AI to propose a deal and they say “we can’t make a deal” and then you propose a lop-sided deal and they accept it. They will say “we aren’t willing to give you enough to make this a fair trade.”
  • Other civs won’t warn about expansion unless the player has founded a city in the last 10 turns.
  • “We attacked your protected City-State” statements are now triggered by damage done (ex. killing a unit) rather than simply being at war. As a result, the statement should no longer be triggered by a quick succession of DoWs (such as those done automatically by a CS changing allies).
  • The AI will no longer ask other players to join in a war when they are already involved in at least one.

Units

  • Unit Balance Changes: Drop Ironclad to 45 combat strength (from 50); Remove +33% vs. Cities from Battleships; Drop Gatling Guns to 30 Combat and Ranged Strength; Make sure Air Ambush 2 and Air Targeting 2 work for fighters and bombers; Carriers now get naval melee promotions instead of naval ranged; Prize Ships Balance Change: 50% chance of converting ships with equal intrinsic combat strengths. Scales up and down (between 28% and 80%) based on relative intrinsic combat strengths of the two ships. Conversion chance if you do sink the opponent is shown in blue text on combat preview window; AI attackers will now pillage.
  • Promotion balance change: make the +200% vs. Cities promotion go away on upgrade.
  • Promotions: Push back Air Logistics promotion for Fighters and Bombers so it requires Bombardment 3 (not 2) or Air Siege 3 (not 2).

AI

  • If the AI is able to build the UN, but would not win based on the current vote breakdown, have the AI refrain from constructing it unless conditions change.
  • AI adjustments to Wonder build priorities.
  • Tactical AI Improvement: Spend more gold on defense. AI will now spend gold at their cities where tactical dominance is EVEN (before it had to be enemy-dominated). AI will now also spend money on naval and air units for defense in such cites (before it was only land units and defensive buildings).
  • Changes to AI settling: Expand the ring search; Flatten the value of rings a bit so that tiles in the further rings are worth a bit more; Make the default preferred spacing further for players not going for extreme expansion; Lower the value of tiles a bit so that the AI is a bit pickier about settlements; AI will try to reclaim lost settlers and builders; AI will no longer wait forever for a settler escort; Minor tweak to settlement location; More aggressive offshore expansion
  • Do not give priority to bonus resources in rings 4 and 5 when deciding next tile to grow towards.
  • Tweak to AI settle to reduce bonus of tiles in rings 4 and 5 if already owned.
  • Small change to make Haile Selassie less keen to expand wide.
  • AI will now consider annexing cities it has conquered.
  • The AI will not consider annexing if it is trying to win a culture victory or their empire is currently unhappy.
  • Increased happiness flavor for circus to match Colosseum.
  • Tactical/Homeland AI Improvement: Do not heal if under enemy ranged fire (that is making you lose more HP per turn than you can heal).
  • Allow AI to capture civilians more than 4 hexes from their cities.
  • Have AI build its units for sneak attack at a slightly higher priority if at high difficulty levels.
  • Have AI weight Biology a bit stronger especially if liking tanks and airplanes (unlocks oil).
  • AI tweaks to help coastal based civs: Change to settlement (cities beyond the first also prefer coast); Buildings that help coastal Civs have flavors adjusted (they didn’t take some rules changes into account); Do not force high Naval civs to build a large navy (15+ ships) in the first 100 turns; Make Dido deceptive (as historical).
  • Tweaks to allow cities to make better use of extra tiles from previous change: On average on extra worker or two will be built; Slightly less prioritization of connecting up luxuries (still the highest priority); Allow one tile islands to be settled (if they have a resource on them); Slightly more prioritization of production tiles; Builders will emphasize the capital so that it will always be a nicely developed city.
  • City Governor AI: Prevent focused city AIs from starving as much; Make a wonder that has already been started in this city a higher priority; Lower the value of food for the governor when you have a large surplus.

POLISH
UI

  • Add in a UI overlay that shows which AI is processing its turn.
  • In the detailed view of a mod in the mods browser, additional required mods will display their title if it has been provided instead of the ID of the mod.
  • Add an “Exit to Main Menu” button to the player change screen in Hotseat.
  • Added “Restart Game” option to game menu. This option lets you restart the game and generate a new map using your current pregame settings. It’s only available at Turn 0.
  • Advanced settings are now persisted across multiple single player games (NOTE: This feature can be disabled by setting “PersistAdvancedSettings = 0″ in Config.ini).
  • The top panel now displays the month of the year if the game speed is so slow that it actually matters.
  • Messages about a player losing their capital and regaining it are now included in the replay log.
  • Messages about a player being resurrected are now included in the replay log.
  • Fixed an issue causing the replay graphs to be corrupted when a player was resurrected.
  • Display currently active mods in the single player screen.
  • Add a separate graphics option for enabling/disabling the GPU texture decode.
  • Fractal added to the map short list and random map types.
  • Garrison ring properly disappears when unit moves out of city.
  • Resource icon stacking. At lower resolutions, the resource icons clip into the date display along the top. We now hide the part of the list that clips if it’s too long, and instead, the player can mouse-over the list to see all the resources.
  • Better timing for pop-ups (finding ruins, etc.).
  • Auto unit selection improvements: On load, only cycle to the next unit if the currently selected unit is not ready for selection; Swap the direction that the CycleRight and CycleLeft buttons move the selection in the cycle list; When closing the city screen. Re-select the last unit that was selected; If the player has auto-unit-cycling off, don’t auto-select the unit that is blocking the end turn.
  • Further refinement to pop-up reordering. Pop-ups should now “feel” correct each turn (in the right order, at the right time).
  • Don’t prompt the player when removing fallout. Just do it. The prompt incorrectly referred to the action as removing an “improvement”.

General

  • Switch a number of Great Merchants to Great Admirals. Add Great General: Hannibal and Great Merchant: Jakob Fugger.
  • Optimized overlay system (culture borders, etc.). This system is now making half the draw calls that it did before.
  • Flavored all the civs for anti-air and air-carrier.
  • Add a combat weapon parameter that allows for a projectile that is not going to do any damage to have a “miss” radius. The helps spread out projectiles when there are a lot of attackers, but only one or two targets.
  • Modding: Fix the hard-coded length of the promotions boolean array.
  • Modding: Provide a way for Lua to query if the UI is in “Touch Screen” mode UI.IsTouchScreenEnabled().

WIN8 AND ULTRABOOK

  • Many performance optimizations specifically targeted to Ultrabooks with Intel Core processors with HD Graphics. NOTE: You will want to update your Intel video driver if you are running Intel HD Graphics.
  • New launcher button for Windows 8 Intel touch-enabled version.
  • Touch/Gesture Support: New “gesture” menu button on main menu, and when you bring up the main menu in-game; New sliders to control zoom and momentum speed in Options menu; Single finger tap for all UI buttons; Single finger drag for scroll bars or two fingers together swiping to scroll menus by gesture; Single-finger touch and drag to see tool-tips (terrain, UI, etc.); Pinch and expand finger for camera zoom; Two fingers dragging together moves map; Three finger tap is “escape” (from other menus, or to bring up Main Menu); Unit Control: Single-finger tap to select unit, and then drag to issue a movement order, or…Double-tap to enter “movement mode”; Once in movement mode, single-tap on destination to issue an order, or touch and drag to preview movement path.

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4 Comments

  1. OlderGamer

    About time, good stuff.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    …and yest still nothing to fix the problem of the AI taking forever to think in between rounds later in the game.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. jacobvandy

    @2 Get a better CPU.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    Weird that they can bang out a mostly useless expansion before actually fixing the game.

    Still, I hope this keeps up.

    #4 3 years ago

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    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

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  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

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  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

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  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    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

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  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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  • 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?

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  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

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  • 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 ComingSoon.net, 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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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 […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

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