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Killzone: Mercenary dev talks PS Vita optimisation, AI tech

Monday, 4 February 2013 16:42 GMT By Dave Cook

Killzone: Mercenary isn’t developed by Guerilla Games – it’s Guerilla Cambridge to be precise – but that hasn’t stopped it from being a technical powerhouse on Sony’s PS Vita hardware. It’s no secret that the game closely apes the visuals of Killzone 3, but the developer has now confirmed that it uses the same AI tech, as well as divulging fresh campaign information in a new interview.

Speaking with PS Blog EU, development lead Piers Jackson commented on Killzone: Mercenary’s technical similarities to Killzone 3.

“In some regards we’ve tried not to shrink it at all”, he explained, “we’ve tried to get a full Killzone experience running on PS Vita. The system is incredibly powerful – we’ve got graphics that are comparable to Killzone 3 running on a handheld.

“It’s optimised in a lot of locations but the core AI system is based precisely on Killzone 3. We’ve had to replace a few of the audio and rendering systems but the back-end leading into them is pure Killzone engine architecture. We’ve also got certain things in the renderer that are unique to our system – we’ve added reflection mapping on the floor and particle systems can actually be lit as well.

“There may be a few areas we’ve had to tone back a bit, but we’re pretty convinced that we’ve come up with something that touches most of the technical features from the main Killzone engine.”

How similar are Killzone: Mercenary and Killzone 3? Well VG247′s own Pat Garrat had a chance to play the game last month. Here’s everything he had to say about it, as well as the debut trailer.

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41 Comments

  1. nhowell14

    I still think Killzone 2 has yet to be surpassed by any other FPS in terms of realism. Halo 4 looks like an over-detailed cartoon by comparison. Call of duty looks closer, but the lighting and motion blur is never realistic.

    The fact that this is running on a handheld, just stuns me. I have now seen better graphics on a portable device than I have on the Xbox 360….

    #1 2 years ago
  2. polygem

    sigh…

    sony….please talk to your “fans”. i want to enjoy your platforms…but this…is just killing me!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. lexph3re

    Really don’t see how someone opinion can deter you from enjoying Sony’s console. That’s like me being turned off of MS because of the fabled superior online play. Or nintendo because others say they are the definitive gaming experience.

    Just take it in strides and enjoy the things you like

    #3 2 years ago
  4. polygem

    i do man…but this stuff spoils the fun in EVERY comment section. i just prefer to talk with people who enjoy games in general not fandrones.

    look at this guy. we do not need more sonybots here:

    “You do understand the PSP has sold more hardware units than either Microsoft based consoles, right? That’s just one console. The PSone/2 have both sold over a 100 Million, something that no Microsoft product has actually accomplished. “But gee guys, they spin themselves so well here and their hardware is amazing, software is so polished and bug-free that there’s no way that Microsoft may be sinking!!!”
    Wake up hahaha seriously, whatever Microsoft defending idiot that is out there.”

    if you call that stuff opinion. fine. i call it a pile of shit. why? THE PRESENTATION.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. nhowell14

    well dear polygem, you know what they say about opinions…..

    Until then, kiss my asshole, because that’s where that pile of shit came from.

    You see, it has been a thing for some time now to see mobile tech rival what home consoles have done. I’m merely voicing my observation. Get off the fact that I have my own opinion, you could’ve just kept your overweight trap shut…again, my opinion….

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    polygem who with defend Nintendo magic to the bitter end is being a hypocrite again, i see.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. lexph3re

    Well considering that all platforms have people who spin things to their liking it is just what it is. I don’t care about sales figures overall, I’ll reference them to a point for debate. But, all in all I don’t care at all.

    When it comes to the MS hate you can find people spreading the same hate on the opposing console just as a measure of retaliation. It doesn’t stop me from buying the things I like and ignoring the things I don’t. Just let them say what they say and contribute in a solid fashion.

    Comments like that cause others to get disoriented. Then the readers of that comment carry it without realizing the original poster is long gone and no where to be found.

    How do you feel this game looks for the Vita? Do you think this opens a spectrum of potential games in the future? Perhaps it will help to increase or define the KZ franchise better? What do you think?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. nhowell14

    Obviously I hit a nerve somewhere or else polygem wouldn’t have taken the time to highlight a recent quote

    bahahaha, “call and the xbots will answer!!!”

    #8 2 years ago
  9. polygem

    see, the presentation…
    Geki…
    i just praised the god of war saga in this forum today and ni no kuni….hypocrite nhowell´s ass. cuz i wont do that.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. nhowell14

    “When it comes to the MS hate you can find people spreading the same hate on the opposing console just as a measure of retaliation. It doesn’t stop me from buying the things I like and ignoring the things I don’t. Just let them say what they say and contribute in a solid fashion.”

    @ lexph3re; Thank you, I obviously haven’t had a good experience with Microsoft, hence my distaste, but this is America and everyone is entitled to their own experiences. I just voice mine often, which upsets those who have whatever minted, wrinkle-free image of whatever stuck in their head, don’t really care to hear such things. Or cry loudly and obnoxiously when they do.

    Again, opinions and assholes…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    @lex: i posted that aleady. i loved liberation and i enjoyed the killzone games but i definitley prefer the resistance games. i just love the feel of the weapons. insomniac nail the weapons in their games. resistance bs was just that though: bs and i hope sony wont continue to trash their great ip´s. sly cooper looks rock solid. i don´t think the vita needs a console style shooter. 3ds line up is great for this year. vita needs to counter with unique games. i don´t think killzone is the way to go. it looks good….but nowhere near halo 4. that´s just trolling. no need to argue about that.

    EDIT:
    @nhowell14: “Again, opinions and assholes…” +1

    #11 2 years ago
  12. nhowell14

    Well you see, if one of Microsoft’s consoles would’ve worked long enough for me to enjoy any of the “exclusive” xbox games, then maybe, just maybe, I would’ve been able to form a solid opinion of the game, but alas until I can inject the media within my brain and play it remotely from my mobile phone, I’m stuck with the stick up my arse that was once my $300 console.

    Excuse me for my bitterness. In all fairness, I love Nintendo and Sony equally. I own the Wii U/3DS and PS3/Vita which for whatever reason, still are running and playing my games over 20 hrs a week, whereas there is only one current gen console that just didn’t hold up on it’s promise. Oh did I mention that I had to pay $60/year just to watch my Netflix and Hulu subscriptions that I already pay for…..they just unlocked Netflix for Silver membership but common, HOW DOES THAT NOT BOTHER YOU.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gadzooks!

    So, comparing two platforms games when you admit to not having played games on one system.

    TROLL. I’m guessing an alt-account.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Pretty obvious whos alt that is Gad.

    Going to be a very long year.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. nhowell14

    @Gadzooks!; No I got to play Halo 4 long enough to figure out that dual wielding is completely absent, even though it was in 2 AND 3.

    But no man, I totally didn’t play it. I play = I finish the game, so no I haven’t playED the game.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. lexph3re

    Why does everyone want to scream Alt-accounts everytime something like this happens. I do think it’s possible for multiple people in the world to share common thoughts.

    Heck, out of 6 billion people you think every new user is an alt account?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. nhowell14

    yes and thank you again for some very grounded reasoning lexph3re, I havn’t started an account so I couldn’t voice my opinion, I know my opinions are opinions, just like everyone else’s.

    Problem is, I have this insane notion that mine are valid, and more often than not, they are.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    whatever guys i´m off playing god of war 2 now, on my xbox, with the touchpad…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. lexph3re

    Well they are indeed factual. Because you do say what you have gained from the experiences from what I read. You also don’t force what you say to be a global opinion. It is a massive group of mutual feelings on the topic. However, it is a little out of place for a general topic on this Vita game.

    How about we all refresh this topic?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    You would be amazed Lex, prolly down right shocked tbh.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. nhowell14

    @polygem

    Sigh. Kids.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. nhowell14

    How bout this; its about damn time I was given some reason to dust off the old Vita? Now, does that make everyone happy??

    In all fairness, the Uncharted game for Vita and Resident Evil Revelations for 3DS have only been surpassed by the enjoyment I’ve gotten out of having Minecraft on my Galaxy S3! HAS ANYONE ELSE JUST BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THAT!?!?!?!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. fps_d0minat0r

    @ nhowell14
    ‘Blown away’ that must have been the battery in your S3 after playing minecraft for 30 minutes.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CPC_RedDawn

    @1

    You sir, have no seen Crysis 1 on PC running @ true 1080p with 8xAA, 16xAF, everything maxed out with mods have you?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyThAWiLyGk

    That youtube clip does not do it justice as even at 1080p the video is locked to 30fps and its actually a slightly lower res than 1080p but it was recorded at full 1080p.

    Welcome to graphics from 2007!!!

    Now look at Battlefield 3 running maxed out on PC, in 64 man servers, and the game still running @ 60fps!

    Killzone whilst, I do agree is without a doubt the best looking FPS game on consoles BY FAR!!! and it was pretty close to its target render from “that e3″ showing its still pretty bland, low AF, no AA, draw distance is abysmal the only impressive thing in the game is the gun model textures which is probably why it takes up 45% of the screen view LOL.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. CPC_RedDawn

    #23 fps_d0minat0r

    I have played Minecraft on my S3 for well over 3 hours straight with all features up to max and my £6.99 4300mAh extra long life battery does not even go below 85% after being on a full charge. The stock 2300mAh battery on the other hand would be something like 55-60% left over still its not bad.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. nhowell14

    @fps_d0minat0r

    Oh? is that what is supposed to happen? Cause it runs in the background. Constantly.

    I get through 9+ hours a day with my GS3 surprisingly, all while enjoying TRUE 4G LTE speeds. Win

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    @OG

    Yes, we know who it is. Pretty pathetic really.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet

    Alt accounts detected… AGAIN…

    Strange it always seems to be the Sony Wank Stains again and again….

    In actual fact it’s good, it highlights exactly the kind of assholes I’ve been talking about all along. Holy shit, if Sony over eggs the pudding again with PS4, it’s going to be a complete cluster fuck here….

    #28 2 years ago
  29. daytripper

    There is no moderation to the comment sections so what do you expect? I would do it for a couple of hours a day but I suspect Pat and the guys are not really arsed much

    @28 I don’t know, bit harsh saying its just Sony people mate

    #29 2 years ago
  30. monkeygourmet

    @29

    Well, I don’t know what to think. I’ll happily lay my cards on the table.

    I created one alt account once when things got really shitty here. It was going to be used to try and defuse certain situations in a jokey way, never to try and twist things. In the end, I couldn’t be fucked.

    Never once have posted under anything other than monkeygourmet tag.

    I’m completely happy for that to be checked and verified if ever it was in question. Honestly, it feels like part of the ‘Thing’ movie in here some times, only way to know is to tie everyone down and get a blood sample… I’ll heat up the copper wire! :)

    It’s not always Sony fanboys, but I’d really like too know how many people we are dealing with.

    We all know Polygem is Dragon246 and TEA is O’ Conner, but who else is hiding behind alt accounts and to what ends?! :D

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Gekidami

    The funny thing is that if comment moderation was stepped up, Monkey would be one of the first to go. His posts here are pretty representative of the general flame bait and trolling he always posts. It would seem his only goals on this site are to insult people and wage a war on Sony. Thats trash we really dont need on here, so more moderation? Bring it, please.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. polygem

    @30:

    :)

    it´s only 5 people around here anyway…

    #32 2 years ago
  33. polygem

    @31: you are kidding now aren´t you?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. monkeygourmet

    @31

    Yep, completely ignore any of the forum threads I’ve created over the last year or so (a lot completely nothing to do with gaming and generally trying to be fun).

    Ignore the fact I enjoy a lot of Sony games, just the company pisses me off.

    Ignore the fact that only Sony fanboys get upset when being confronted by the truth of some of the cold hard facts regarding Sony’s dubious business practice.

    Ignore the fact that I also direct these comments at MS and Nintendo where appropriate.

    What’s your alt Geki? Do you have something to hide? :)

    #34 2 years ago
  35. polygem

    read it kinda backwards mg: “i am Ge kid” so who could the “Ge kid” be? what stands “G E” for? Geometry.Evilaires? Nahhhhh…. :)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    Acting like a dick is acting like a dick, and its something you do perfectly. I dont see why whatever forum threads you made would redeem that.

    As for alt accounts, considering the amount of trolling you do, theres more chance you’re an alt account then the opposite. Of course i dont actually believe that, i’ll leave the paranoia to the Nintendo magic squad, what other line of defence would they have otherwise? Actual factual information? Ha, as if.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. monkeygourmet

    @36

    Forum threads are helpful so shortsighted asshats like yourself see a less one dimensional view.

    Of course my comments are not always Sony hate, but certain people will read them as they will.

    If they are negative towards Sony, I have the good grace of fleshing out my opinions rather than just slagging them off then pissing off.

    My forum threads tend to try and encompass all the community and gamers on different topics. That’s a good way to gain perspective.

    Or revolve around a particular game I’m enjoying (again platform generally irrelevant).

    Have happily laid my cards on the table revolving alt accounts, you happy to do the same?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Gekidami

    lol And who exactly is meant to be my alt account in your nut case, paranoid head?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dragon246

    @Gek,lex
    Some people are not worth talking to.
    Why bother talking to them?
    These are the people who think others have alt account just because they have a minority opinion. Sucks to be like that. Maybe they think just because they used an alt account sometime, all others are like that.

    Amazing how this thread got derailed after #2 wanted to take potshots.

    On topic, looks like an amazing game. Hoping we can do a vg247 community match for this.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. polygem

    just open your minds a little kiddos

    #40 2 years ago
  41. polygem

    i never used an alt account here btw. just for the record. i believe i wont be using any account here anymore soon though. far too many sony bot kids around here. it became painful, worse than ign.

    #41 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

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

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

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

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

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

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

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

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

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

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

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

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

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

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

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

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

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

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

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