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Aliens: Colonial Marines demo comparisons raise eyebrows [Update]

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 18:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Aliens: Colonial Marines bears little resemblance to video walkthroughs shown well before the game’s release, and Randy Pitchford has commented on the matter.

Update

Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has addressed these concerns on Twitter , stating that the team is looking into why the demo for Aliens: Colonial Marines and the final product differ.

“That is understood and fair and we are looking at that,” he tweeted. “Lots of info to parse, lots of stake holders to respect. Lots to learn and discuss here… Beyond the scope of twitter. I appreciate and value criticism. I do not appreciate threats, insults, rudeness and intent not to add value, but to injure.

“I have always profited from criticism and, thankfully, I have never been in short supply.”

Original story

Demos can often be misrepresentative in their ambition to present “a vertical slice” of gameplay; Dead Space 3′s, for example, is spliced together from gameplay sections which take place several hours into the game and don’t occur in sequence. Additionally, many demos are code specially crafted for events like E3 and gamescom, rather than being pulled from the actual current game build.

This hasn’t held any water in the wilds, though; VideoGamer put together a video comparing the demo and final game side by side, and a highly disappointed Jim Sterling tackled the issue in a special edition of the Jimquisition. Both videos are below for your perusal.

Although it isn’t going down very well with critics, it’s worth noting that plenty of players seem happy enough with Colonial Marines despite its various flaws, especially the multiplayer, so you may want to give it a try despite the poor scores; it’s available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. I don’t personally recommend it, and neither does Dave. Sam’s filmed the first ten minutes of the campaign and some multiplayer, too.

The demo comparison is just the most recent of a number of scandals plaguing the game; its long development and possible outsourcing is at the centre of furious debate.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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39 Comments

  1. CaptPierce

    From I know, Gearbox had other projects like Borderlands 2 to do, so they outsourced it to TimeGate Studios (makers of Section 8, also a bad game). They pissed away four years of Gearbox’s development, so they had to start over and fix it up in only 6 months time. Gearbox couldn’t delay it again because Sega would’ve taken legal action against them for the game being in development for so long, so this is why we have the product we do now. All in all, it’s a huge shame for fans but all 3 companies are really at fault here in some way. Shame. :(

    #1 2 years ago
  2. alterecho

    Exactly what I was wondering. The previews looked quite realistic and then read reviews of bad textures, etc.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. tmac2011

    ign said not to get this game im not that into an alien fps right now

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DeVitowned

    @1
    Maybe Gearbox should have concentrated on their obligations and put Borderlands 2 on hold? If the outsourcing rumor is true, and Gearbox was paid to make Colonial Marines, them pulling a Napoleon by spreading their assets and workforce, playing a cop-out by pushing their responsibility to an unproven studio, was quite stupid. The early “demo” showed a lot of promise that gained faith they knew what they were doing. And here we are, consumer and publisher deceived and given a below average product that looks far worse than the original demo.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. CaptPierce

    @4 I agree, that’s why I say that all 3 people are at fault for it. To me, they should’ve just delayed Borderlands 2 and finish the game they started 6-7 years ago rather than to do that.

    Kind of like the situation with Deus Ex: Human Revolutions boss fights being trash for being outsourced as well only on a bigger scale. :P

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DeVitowned

    @5 Very disappointed. I was looking forward to picking it up on Wii U. I’ll be passing on future games with a Gearbox logo.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    So… That “Faith in Gearbox”, still holding up?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The_Red

    @1
    I don’t think GearBox is as innocent as your post makes them to be. Even if TimeGate did waste 4 years, it was GB who outsourced more than 75 percent of the game to them. When you are hired to do a product, you DON’T outsource most of it and then use your name and money for another game. In short, everyone is responsible and guilty of ruining this game, not just TG.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Telepathic.Geometry

    :O What the fuck did I do??!!? ;_;

    #9 2 years ago
  10. GrimRita

    Its probably Sega. They did the same with Shogun 2. Lots of hi-res bull shots, incredible videos/gameplay videos and then the game was released without the DX11 support shown in all those bullshots/demos.

    Infact, it took 6 months to add dx11 support. Its not right, but get used to it – hence why any Total War/Sega published game isn’t a day #1 purchase going forward

    #10 2 years ago
  11. harr0w

    @4 that’s bang on the money. Deceived!!!!!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Jet Black

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADqIh9_zAp4 Randy Pitchford in action…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    What a disaster. :(

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ianos

    Sterling there, voice of the voiceless and truthbringer of a generation, saying the sentry gun sequence is ‘a complete lie’.

    Even though the VG video shows it is indeed in the game, albeit in shit form.

    But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of some good old fashioned hyperbole.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. freedoms_stain

    @8, Did they? Or did Sega?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    Oh I blame Gearbox and Gearbox alone. 6 years in development. Putting it on hold and essentially starting from scratch again every time just to put it on hold again. You should’ve had your priorities straight.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    14: Jim said nothing of the sort about that! Gearbox, on the other hand, thoroughly misrepresented that sequence. (Now we’ve got mind-bogglingly incompetent “damage orientation operatives” trying to play salvage crew.)
    /doubletakes @360 version footage. Has DF had a look at this?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. LuLshuck

    @16 It was SEGA that put the game on hold, not Gearbox but Gearbox should of took better care with it, seems like they were way to focused on borderlands 2 then aliens

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ianos

    @17 So the bit on the video where it’s the sentry gun section and he says it’s a ‘lie’ and isn’t in the game doesn’t happen then?

    I’m not saying the game is great and people are lying about how shit it is, I am saying he’s exaggerating to make a point that could be made better by dealing in nothing but facts.

    Plus – watch them both – the sentry gun section is in the VG video.

    It’s a minor point, but it irritates me. If he’s going to call something out as a ‘lie’ and a ‘fabrication’, he needs to not make silly mistakes like this.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. SplatteredHouse

    @19: He says that it is not part of the finished game, that it is something entirely made up for the purpose of the demo. Those are not false observations. Both sources agree on that point.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. The_Red

    @15
    Gearbox did. They had a contract with Sega to make an Aliens game for them (Sega). The GB people started focusing on Borderlands 1 and 2 which meant that they had to outsource Aliens to TimeGate. During an IGN interview, Randy Pitchford has stated that TG’s involvement accounts for about 20 to 25 percent of the development time excluding pre-production which was commissioned by THEM (GearBox).

    So… they took Sega’s money 6 years ago but instead of working on that, they spend some Aliens time and possibly money on BL1 and 2 while another team did most Aliens for them. Unless there is big evidence to the contrary, I hope Sega sues their ass for every dime they got. After this, I have lost all respect to them (To be fair though, this was obviously an executive decision by Pitchford and board members rather than the poor designers, artists and coders).

    #21 2 years ago
  22. SplatteredHouse

    Tech Talk – “That E3 demo [was done] after very little time with the new engine that we’ve created.” (this technology is exclusive to this game, he also states) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OjBJu4oOjlg#t=165s

    So…How many instances of LITTLE TIME taken to accomplish THAT, did it take to reach the finished game quality? 0.o

    #22 2 years ago
  23. vicrysty

    Gearbox shame. You smashed a franchise, which accounted for science fiction movie fans something unique.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gigabomber

    I’ve got it: hire the guys that made metro 2033 to make an Aliens game.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. vicrysty

    For those who bought the game, it would be common sense on their part that future DLC will be free.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. ManuOtaku

    I will get the game when is cheaper, because i dont trust demos and reviews anymore since a couple of bad experiences in the past, demos in particular are very deceiving to say the least, they dont give the right representation of the final product.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Stephany Nunneley

    Post has been updated with comments from Randy Pitchford on the Twitter.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. absolutezero

    Poor old Randy is making everything a million times worse for himself, banning the twat Sterling and a bunch of other people asking for answers.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. FabioPal

    Sorry, but I stopped at “there’s no dynamic lighting here” in the first video.

    People that don’t know what they’re talking about should not talk at all.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. manamana

    Still, it’s bizarre how the demo differs from the final game. Though, I’m still quite intruiged by this game, as I liked the foggy corridors, am I bizarre too ;-)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OlderGamer

    I was really looking forward to this game. What a shame.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    “We’ll look into that.”

    Should’ve done that before you released it.

    Who’s he trying to kid here? We all know he lied about the whole thing.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Sylrissa

    That second video with the demo, that is what sold many on the game, is what people were hoping to play, and it is just downright disappointing to see the final game be nothing like it.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. LuLshuck

    remember how Randy didn’t get tired to state, how he constantly stole from Aliens his whole career? Well, I think he did it again; although this time in the most literal sense possible. Isn’t that a prime example of irony? He confessed to the whole world, that he’s a thief, whilst he was conducting his biggest coup. That’s better than Ocean’s Eleven man, that guy is a genius.

    And after all I think that the whole A:CM disaster is our fault as well. Maybe Pitchford needed professional help since he’s obviously a kleptomaniac. Maybe this “I’ve been stealing from Aliens my whole career” thing wasn’t meant to be funny, maybe it was actually some kind of crying out for help, but we utterly misinterpreted all the signs. Instead of helping him, we threw money at him. Seriously guys, that’s like giving an dry alcoholic Liqueur pralines for a present.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Gekidami

    Has he only commented on the demo thing? Sorry to say but the game not looking as good as the demo really is a minor point, the game being utter shit is what people should be focusing on. A games final version can look nothing like the early builds (its happened in the past), so long as its still good.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. _LarZen_

    It’s called fraud ladies and gentlemen.

    Showing something that is probably pre-rendered and saying it’s a early build of a game to get the press hyped and getting gamers to pre-order something that looks completely different then the product you buy.

    Fraud and lies, someone should be hold responsible and there should be a huge fine either Gearbox or Sega have to pay. And it should be so high it will ensure no intelligent person will ever do it again.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DSB

    Preordering is always a risk, the developer doesn’t make that decision on your behalf.

    You should really be smart enough to realize that there’s a risk that something is being made to look better than it is. It’s called marketing.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. orakaa

    « We are looking at that » ? Like… they’re discovering the fact the demo and the final product were not the same???
    It’s really too bad this game went through such a disastrous development to end up, at best, as an average uninspired shooter, even for a fan (boy, the story is so bad…)

    #38 2 years ago
  39. TheWulf

    It wasn’t the critically bad critic scores that told me all I need to know about Colonial Marines. It was Penny Arcade slamming it into the ground. They rarely ever do that, and if they do, then the game is invariably horrendous. They’re pretty good at gauging when they should, and when they shouldn’t.

    Furthermore, Gabe provided a vine video of a hiding alien that just told me all I needed to know about the AI. The problem with a game that involves aliens is that it’s 90% AI. If you don’t have the AI, then everything else is worthless. The aliens need to be smart.

    That the AI is far, far worse than that of a game from 2000 is telling.

    Also, GearBox is slowly climbing the bullshit-o-meter, really. I’m absolutely fed up of ‘vertical slice’ demos. Ron Gilbert did a blog post about why vertical slices are really stupid and I agree. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Demos are necessary, but what a demo should be is just a timed version of the game itself. Give the players an hour or two (whatever you feel comfortable with) to experience the game.

    For an eight hour game, providing two hours isn’t going to kill it, but it will tell players whether they’ll like it or not. And it will tell them in a far less dishonest way.

    I feel everything about Colonial Marines has been dishonest.

    It seems the only thing that Gearbox can do even marginally right is Borderlands, and even that’s being milked to the point where it’s getting boring. We’re looking at a dying developer, here. And they have nothing but their own poor practises to blame.

    #39 2 years ago

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    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    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

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • 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 […]