Sections

Is it too early for Assassin’s Creed 4?

Monday, 4 March 2013 13:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has now been officially announced, but is the yearly cycle model a good fit for the brand? VG247′s Dave Cook argues for and against the move.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

You can see Sam’s video interview with Ubisoft here, in which they talk about Black Flag’s open world, upgrading Kenway’s ship and much, much more.

Stace saw Black Flags running last week and has written a huge and rather brilliant preview based on everything from combat to exploration. The game sounds massive.

We’ve got a big gallery of Black Flag screens right here, showing off dual-sword combat, free-running and whales.

There have been two Black Flag trailers released so far. You can watch the reveal trailer here, and a second clip that sets up Kenway’s character.

I really disliked Assassin’s Creed 3.

When I wrote my appraisal of Ubisoft Montreal’s open world romp, I struggled to find positive things to say about it. To me it embodied everything wrong with modern gaming today. The developer had somehow managed to take the dense geography of colonial America and make it feel like a dull corridor devoid of choice and features.

Personally, I think they dropped the ball. Combat was whittled down to contextual, singular button presses, the plot was a confused mess and the free-running mechanic had become too clever for its own good, frequently battling against the increasingly intricate terrain. Running in a straight line became a chore, the code was rife with glitches, and the sign-posting was overbearing to the point of annoyance.

You simply cannot take a huge open world, litter it with a stack of uninspired, rudimentary side-quests and call it worthwhile content. I completed the whole game without spending a single penny of in-game currency on new gear, or through hunting. Don’t get me started on the insulting micro-payment model either.

Ubisoft knows it fucked up hard, that’s why special attention is being drawn to Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s naval exploration, seeing as it is the one positive element of Assassin’s Creed 3 that most critics agreed on.

Can it atone for the sins of Assassin’s Creed 3? Well, if our first impressions are anything to go by, then yes it might. But I’m cautiously optimistic about the publisher’s ability to steer the ship around, despite claims that the team is fighting hard to combat previous short-comings.

The game follows Edward Kenway, a pirate rogue who sails the Caribbean in search of loot and adventure, as well as the odd drink or three. Ubisoft’s big pitch is the idea that Kenway will be able to sail a seamless open world full of islands, undersea treasure and port towns waiting to be explored. It sounds a lot like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, but with interracial pirate three-ways.

There’s definitely a darker edge on show in the official reveal trailer, but a few things still aren’t sitting right. We see Kenway’s quad-revolver and dual-blade combat at work (expect ‘quad-revolver’ to become a mainstay of the game’s marketing-speak), but I’m still concerned that his combos will be executed simply by tapping one button. Assassin’s Creed 3′s combat didn’t feel like you were really in control of what was happening. It felt boring and uninvolved.

There’s also a feeling that Black Flag is simply a response to the positive reaction to naval sections scattered throughout Assassin’s Creed 3. Granted, development will have started over a year ago, but it’s as if Ubisoft knew that its ship gameplay would shine brightest. My worry here is that the whole game will place great emphasis on sea-faring and not enough on the elements that made the early games – Assassin’s Creed 2 in particular – so enjoyable.

Assassin’s Creed 2 delivered a dense world teeming with character, tangible side distractions, and an intriguing modern day story. With Desmond out of the frame and replaced by a faceless Abstergo employee trying to uncover Kenway’s mysteries, Ubisoft is missing out on giving us strong modern day lead. At least they won’t be another also-ran that receives immense scorn from gamers and critics alike.

Here’s a wild stretch: make the hero female Sure, a woman controlling a male ancestor like Kenway might be a stretch, but he seems like a total philandering bastard. The character clashes would make for intriguing plot points. You’d grow to hate and love Kenway in equal measure.

After all of this my key concern is that the open world will still feel sparse. Assassin’s Creed 3′s colonial hubs were often pretty to look at but offered little in the way of interaction or added value. Seeing as Ubisoft failed to create an involving play-space first time around, you can understand why I’m wary when approaching Black Flag’s increased scope.

Seamless open worlds aren’t easy to craft and to keep interesting. Far Cry 3 succeeded with gusto, as you actually felt compelled to wander off the beaten patch and explore every shack and cave you came across. Assassin’s Creed 3 didn’t have an inch of Far Cry 3′s intrigue. Ubisoft needs to capture that essence in Black Flag or it will stumble.

On paper the concept of an open world connected by Kenway’s ship is ambitious but rather incredible. I genuinely hope Ubisoft pulls it off as it could be epic in scope, and because I sunk many, many hours into the Ezio trilogy, I’d like a reason to come back after feeling burned by Assassin’s Creed 3.

This isn’t an impossible feat. It can be done, but I’m worried that this yearly cycle will stunt development. Call of Duty gets away with it, but that’s because it’s a linear corridor shooter. Open worlds take time, consideration and a strong attention to detail. That’s why Red Dead Redemption’s old west took some five years to develop.

Rushing Black Flag out the gate could be costly for Ubisoft, but I hope for their sake they know what they’re doing. I’ll follow this one with keen, but cautious interest from now on. How about you?

Latest

  • GTA 5 PC: modders poking around the files find Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT textures

    More GTA 5 information has been posted by modders poking around in the files of the PC version. This time, instead of zombies and horses, textures for the Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT vehicles have been found. New leaked vehicles Barbarian, Detonator and Tampa are also mentioned in the thread. A screencap of the files […]

  • Sony leaks: Uncharted movie similar to National Treasure but more “intense” and not as “silly”

    Sony Pictures wants the Uncharted film to be similar in tone to the National Treasure franchise, but not as soft or silly, and with deeper romantic storyline than the Nicolas Cage films. The information on the upcoming film was pulled from emails and database files derived from the Sony Pictures hack last year by North […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

    DICE boss Patrick Bach has promised Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” as the game carries the Battlefront title for a reason. Speaking with Eurogamer during Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Bach said the team stayed true to the “core ethos” of the Battlefront series by adhering to what […]

  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

    Valve has implemented a new policy on Steam which limits user accounts which have spent less than $5 through the store. The new policy is to protect users from phishing scams and spam. If the users hasn’t spent anything on the store, they at least have to have $5 sitting in their Steam Wallet. This […]

  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

    Sony is hosting another Flash Sale on the North American store with plenty of action games, and some films, to help get your weekend started. The list is super long, so here’s a few highlights: Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Bayonetta Beyond Good & Evil HD Castlevania: Harmony of Despair […]

  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

    It appears Postal 2 has a new add-on available. No, it’s not for the 2003 version, but the Complete Edition which was greenlit on Steam 10 years later. Called Paradise Lost, the add-on stars the Dude and contains a new single-player story campaign and new areas featuring free-roam gameplay. The original voice actor for the […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

    Rockstar has released patch 1.01 for the PC version of GTA 5 and along with a fix to the character’s facial features changing when transferring to PC, the launcher will no longer drain your CPU and crash. Here are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high […]

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

50 Comments

  1. bitsnark

    “Ubisoft knows it fucked up hard, that’s why Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag exists.”

    Didn’t development on Black Flag begin in Summer 2011? Do you contend then Dave, that because of the perception that AC3 wasn’t up to scratch, that Ubisoft hurried development on Black Flag and that we otherwise wouldn’t have gotten an AC game this year at all?

    Bearing in mind that when it releases in October, it would have nearly two and half years of development time attributed to it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Yeah we’ve heard that they realised it wasn’t up to scratch mid-development and set out to improve on certain areas in AC4. That said, I’ve edited that bit to make it clearer. Cheers for the heads up :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    @2 No worries bud! Great article though; I’m sure there are many that share your trepidation.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    I just can’t do it. I feel like I really should play Assassins Creed 3 because I paid for it and all, but goddamn… That game is boring!

    If there was such a thing as digital reselling, that game would be long gone.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    I reckon they already botched the series.

    Brotherhood and Revalation should never have happened, or they should have taken the modern day out of the equation for those games, because they’ve killed off any interest people had in the over-arching plot by stretching it out.

    At this point they’re never going to change the combat. If you complain the combat is ridiculously easy (on reddit for example) you’ll get a ton of upvotes, but you’ll also get a ton of replies from people along the lines of “oh, but I like feeling like a badass!”. Which makes me feel kind of depressed about the direction the industry is headed. I see a future where I’m not going to be able to play the majority of big budget games any more because they’re all mind-numbingly simple.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. wlodi

    Dave, you didn’t read the info about modern day gameplay, which seems to indicate there’s no modern-day hero – instead, “the player is a hero” hired by Abstergo to research Edward’s life – which might have a lot in common with Ubisoft’s Initiates project (which is now under NDA), possibly bringing social gameplay features to AC4 – think similar to Watch Dogs is hinting at. A very interesting concept for me, but I think I’m going to miss having a modern day character.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Sylrissa

    I do feel as if Assassin’s creed has become Ubisofts Call of Duty, but I can’t help but feel that black flag does look really interesting and might turn out to be really good.

    By taking what was many peoples favorite part of AC3 and building the next game around it (hopefully)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. alimokrane

    I have given up on the franchise since Brotherhood. Didnt buy Revelations or AC3..They have messed up the whole premise of the game since its conception, no wonder Desilets (the creator of the franchise, let’s face it, it was his idea) left the company.

    Yearly cycles have ended up producing empty and shallow open world games.

    They need to give the granchise a long break and try and do something exceptional on the new hardware and release something in late 2014 at the earliest but here we AC4 is being released this year.

    Dont also get me started on Watch Dogs. the game uses the exact same formula and it will do Ubisoft no favours.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @6 I did read it, I just didn’t like the concept. I think having a strong modern day character would be much better than someone faceless, or really weak. It’s a strange direction.

    What sort of character would you like to see?

    Thanks for reading :)

    Dave

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    Another great read, Dave. I admit that I only played AC1. And I always wanted to get the next iterations but somehow I lost interest. What I also admit, is that I love to be in anticipation of something. And the AC series has this yearly CoD/NBA/Madden vibe to it, which I simply find hard to get exited about. Stopped playing Cod with MW2 btw.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. wlodi

    @9 Haha, fair enough. It’s a great read, Dave. I like the concept, but it’s all in the execution, and yes, it sounds very risky.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xXNapsterManXx

    I liked AC3 but my favorite is still AC2 can’t wait for AC4

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @11 Thanks again :) Yeah it could work out really well depending on how they play it, but based on Desmond and the other modern day characters – don’t get me started on Danny Wallace’s character – I’m not sure at the moment.

    Past games seriously made me feel like I was tagging along with the cast of some modern Scooby Doo reboot.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    Yeah, I think I’m done with the series. Russian Revolution is not going to happen any time soon. Nor are we going to get any Ninjas or Industrial London. Imagine a plot about Jack the Ripper being not one but many killers and the prostitutes he killed were assassins.

    Or something like that. The potential for the stories are unlimited.

    AC3 was a disaster, the game was simply not fun to play, I forced myself through it. From story, to character (Ugh, Connor), to gameplay, to missions, to sidemissions, to full synch. All, except one thing didn’t work.

    I expected to hate the Naval missions, mostly because I thought they didn’t fit into the whole scenario, but I loved them. They were the best part about it. I literally cheered “FUCK YEAH!” after my I destroyed my first Man-o-War. There was a Rush while playing it, ruined by full synch, but anyway, it was good while it lasted.

    The new AC is a mixed bag. I’m glad I’m going to have more Naval missions in a fitting scenario, yet still, how far is that away from Assassin’s Creed original premise? I generally think that the series has lost its soul, what it was all about. They keep stuffing useless shit into it that barely fits and it’s barely about assassinating people anymore. Remember when the main missions were actually fun? Were you’d prepare yourself before killing the target? Where you WANTED to kill the target in a specific way?

    I don’t know about you, but that stopped in AC3. I stopped caring about the perfect hit, mostly because the game would continue to interfere. The missions were linear, broken up by many cutscenes, most of the time THE GAME would force you to kill the target in one way and one way only.

    Oh, I see you prepared for the mission very well, so here’s a cutscene in which Connor gets spotted and has to fight his way out, later you ride on a horse back only to conclude the whole thing in a fight.

    And if that wasn’t enough the full synch would make it worse. It would force ONLY ONE way to complete the mission and it would fuck up the narrative COMPLETELY!

    I shot most of my targets in the back, because I was so fucking annoyed by the broken gameplay mechanics, the forced, linear gameplay or the bugs. I had to literally (!) restart the last mission over 40 times, because A.) Full Synch wouldn’t allow me to be touched by people or by fire and I could only be max. 25 m away from the target. B.) The way wasn’t clear enough, so I would run into fire and die. C.) A bug would throw Charles through the floor and the mission would abort, because he would be too far away.

    At the end, I had the way memorized so well, that I was actually AHEAD of Charles, but don’t you dare to think that the game would allow me to kill him, no-no sir. I had to wait for him to catch up, so the scripted events would open up the paths.

    We had to fight on a burning ship, only for him to escape.

    As I said, a total disaster.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    For the most part, imo, the franchise formula is used way too much and way too often. Over saturation and over exposure leaves a lot of gamers looking else where for something to play. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you play, at some point you are going to have had enough.

    ACIII, for me, was the first game in the franchise I played. I liked the setting and it drew me in. For the most part, I enjoyed it. It didn’t grab me to the point of wanting to play another one.

    Besides where is the gaurentee that AC4 will be any better then ACIII? Like most companies, when a game in a franchise dips, instead of putting it on the shelf for a bit, they quickly produce another one. Seems backwards to me.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    I should’ve been smart enough to leave it be. I got Brotherhood with a graphics card (never really played it) and I got Assassins Creed II on a fire sale.

    I just think the American revolution is really interesting, so I figured that whatever they did, it would somehow interest me. Clearly not so…

    @13 Haha, spot on man. That’s exactly how it feels.

    … And what the hell for? Personally I think a lot of those settings are genuinely interesting (ancient middle east, how often have we been there?) but the games insist on never letting you actually be there, and regularly pulling you out.

    It’s just ass backwards, somehow.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    I haven’t bought an Assassin’s Creed game in forever, not since the first. I was thinking about giving III a go, it was somewhat tempting due to the setting, but the reviews convinced me otherwise. It was just more of the same, really. But more of the same of the parts I liked least.

    I honestly wish they’d just drop Assassin’s Creed at this point and either create a new IP or revisit some long-neglected older ones. Doing a good job of a proper Beyond Good & Evil sequel would be brilliant, but I can’t see them doing that. They have plenty of other IPs though, regardless, and they could pen a new one too. It just seems like a waste. They’ve become pretty much ‘The Assassin’s Creed Developer’ and nothing more. The most intriguing thing they’ve done recently is a 2D Rayman game, and that’s… kind of sad.

    There have been a few points in history where the Ubisoft logo meant new, exciting, and interesting things. But this particular point isn’t one of them. Damn shame. Damn shame.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    “Is it too early for Assassin’s Creed 4?”

    Nope. It’s not. Assassins Creed 3 sold for 12 million units and it was a horrible game but still it sold gajillion of copies.

    If I was Ubisoft I would release the damn thing every 6 month with DLC for every week. Milk it boys. It’s easy to make money out of console consumers.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ps3fanboy

    i played the first game on the pc. played half way though it then gave up the whole game series. never touched a ac game since…. this game have the most boring story ever.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    well, it´s not my franchise. i played the first one half way through and got bored, tried the second one but was instantly bored again, never touched the third and probably wont touch the fourth or any other. the franchise is just shit imho. it´s a lazy excuse for a blockbuster videogame. no passion. no fun. just soso games with full blown marketing. there are so many great alternatives out there… i don´t understand what people see in these games. i wish they would just let it die so we can get more games that are actually good and not just mediocore.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Edo

    I’am excited for this game,but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons as I wanted an open world Pirate game with naval battles since forever.When back in 2010 Disney canceled Pirates of the Carribean:Armada of The Damned,the game that looked really promising I gave up all hope that something like that might actually happen.
    Then AC III showed up with it’s exciting naval battles that were the only pleasant surprise in this game and as YoungZero said they were thrilling from the very first battle at sea.Sure,some of the later ones were a bit frustrating and a tad repetitive,but there is just something incredibly satisfying about defeating not only enemies ship(s) but also the treacherous sea that constantly preys on your fragile vessel.
    Now,don’t get me wrong like most of the other people I started to play this series because of the potential it was showing both in gameplay and story department but I am afraid that ship has sailed and it’s long gone now…so as I said I’m in it for the adventures at sea and why not,if the pirate life brings is it…even the inevitable debauchery :P .

    #21 2 years ago
  22. M. K.

    Definitely not to early. Like Erth said, it’s too easy to make money with AC.

    For me the series died after the second game, which was great imho, but now? They can release as many games as they want, I don’t care.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @22 In a business light it makes sense, but should consumers settle for pumped-out sub-par experiences? I think this all goes back to a debate we had on here recently where I said I happily buy CoD games each year as I enjoy them, despite people saying they’re poor quality.

    Apples and oranges I guess.

    I’d like to see AC4 do well as I’ve put serious time into the franchise. AC3 was the only one I really disliked.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. sonny

    @10 +1
    It just went too fast and some people never had the chance to catch up.
    I simply don’t feel that it’s something special anymore when they release it every year.
    That’s why I stopped playing AC, COD, NFS…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. SameeR_Fisher

    well Dave I agree with you on the modern character thing, a really bad choice.

    But for ACIII I will respectfully disagree, Connor was simply the best character, I loved him and related to him more than Ezio, heck I am having headaches cause the new guy seems like another Ezio-Clone, meeeeeh.

    As for the combat, well this is kinda strange, I fail to remember any time where AC offered challenge through combat, ACIII may have mainstreamed it even more, but the game was as easy as any other AC game, except for ACI cause it had more balance, AC combat was never complex, hard, or challenging, at least ACIII offers some variety. -but I agree lacking the challenge is really bad-

    Climbing and Running, I never had a problem with them in ACIII, and again neither were any AC complicated with the mechanics, the modern times weren’t as cool as I hoped for, but Connor made up for it, there were ALOT of technical stuff, but that is a thing I am welling to forgive due to how big and awesome ACIII.

    Regarding AC4:BF, it is way too early, this should have been something like Brotherhood/Revelation, not a sequel, I mean there is no continuation to the modern setting, and we are kinda in a prequel, how can this be a sequel !!!!

    Also AC focusing on Naval Battles ?!, WTF is that, they are cool and amazing, as Side Quests, not the focus of the game, Naval Battles are not the reason why I would play an AC game.

    I wanted more Connor to be honest, nothing big like Brotherhood or Revelation, just like 12hrs or something after the events of ACIII to see how he was like after all of that.

    I have put 36hrs & 25min in ACIII, and I can say it is my most enjoyable AC title.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. M. K.

    @23: Only because me, you and some other guys on the internet think, the expirience is “pumped-out” it doesn’t mean that the “not-so-hardcore” crowd doesn’t enjoy them.

    I mean, I know a lot of people who only play shooters and buy only one action adventure annualy, I think you know which game they buy every year ;)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Sadismek

    Assassin’s Creed is my only guilty pleasure in gaming, but this is going too far. It’s sad to see something I like butchered in this way, when it still holds so much potential.

    This will be the last AC I’ll buy at launch, and if it fails, then you can kiss goodbye from a fan, Ubi.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Zarckan

    No it’s not too early.

    Connor was shit! end of.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Mus42

    I’ve never played an AC game – I always thought they looked cool but I never took the plunge. However if they make a decent game out of this new one then I will be making a purchase. As others have said, the world definitely needs a quality Pirate game. So fingers crossed this is the one!

    #29 2 years ago
  30. heroes159

    Thanks Dave. Great article :)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dave Cook

    @30 Many thanks :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. mehdidante

    never is soon for another AC’s game . i just cant get board of this game .

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Moonwalker1982

    To be really honest…i disliked the first AC, except for its mechanics. ACII was awesome, with Brotherhood things started to drag, to become boring and feel unnessecary and Revelations was just a big let down for me. When they announced ACIII and said it had been in development for many years i got excited again and expected a true difference but that’s not what we got.

    Problem with annual releases is, there’s no time to truly innovate it, bring real new stuff that feels different and truly improve on things. With improve i don’t mean making things more casual. At this moment not looking forward to this one at all.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lengendaryboss

    Great article Dave. in all honesty there is a point when this will get boring (Assassin’s Creed 3) and Sales and Quality will decrease. Of course from the business perspective i can see why Ubisoft are bleeding this cow dry and with sales showing no sign of decreasing yet it is not early for another Assassin’s Creed game .

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Eddie Rodrigues

    People now compare AC games to CoD due to yearly releases, that simply doesn’t justify the comparison: CoD has two main studios, one works at a game for a certain year (Infinity Ward), the other for the next year release (Treyarch), although they feel like a 6 month development game. AC games have multiple studios and begin years before for that the next sequel may launch year after year, but the game feels like a 2-3 year project (as @1 said, Summer 2011).

    Call of Duty’s campaign is dull and quick, the multi is fun most times, AC makes the great equilibrium of those two aspects and AC3 being my top favourite.

    FOR THOSE SAYING AC:III IS BORING: After you beat an Assassin’s Creed main campaign most elements on it gets boring. AC:II left me with a ‘meh’ while I continuously and aimless explored Venice after clearing the missions. AC:III, or should I say, every AC game since Brotherhood, made me feel free and happy to play them as they had tons of diverse side quests and a multiplayer mode, which is fun if you know how to play. Even though Brotherhood and Revelations were expansion packs IMHO, AC:III felt new and different, and finally had DLC content that actually made me feel proud to buy a Season Pass (which I personally hate these).

    #35 2 years ago
  36. nollie4545

    If you find it boring, don’t buy it! For every numbskull that does not buy into the AC franchise, I hope they get given a free Cock of Duty and Butthurtfilled game instead to play until their moronic minds are satisfied.

    Nothing wrong with the AC story or single player, far more ‘story’ in them than all the COD/BLOPS/BF lot combined.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Eddie Rodrigues

    @36 This is the comment that made my day :D

    #37 2 years ago
  38. nollie4545

    Seriously, I can actually predict the story line and overall play for the first 5 missions of the next big box shooter from either camp right now, watch this, here we go.

    Mission 1: enter game, attend training camp. Move and practice shoot stuff. Cutscene: exit level.

    Mission 2: Cutscene: Arrive in level via vehicle. Move and shoot stuff.

    Mission 3: Cutscene: some boss guy telling the player what to do. Move in and shoot stuff. To make it even harder to move and shoot stuff, they throw in some moving stuff you aren’t allowed to shoot. Cut scene: boss guy saying good job but the real bad guy is in location X.

    Mission 4: Cutscene: repel down rope or swim into level. Move and shoot shut. Deactivate bomb after stuff is shot. Cut scene: boss telling player what to do next.

    Mission 5: Cutscene vehicle entering level. For the reasons of variety the player is now sat in a vehicle so only has to shoot stuff, without moving.

    Can we see a pattern here?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. vicrysty

    Personally I think is the best franchise. From my point of view is never too early for a new game Assassin’s Creed. Come on Assassin’s Creed 3 was not that bad. I continue to occur each year about a new game Assassin’s Creed. No female character. I would like to see Assassin’s Creed in ,,ww2″ or in the ,,future”. Bad idea
    I liked all Assassin’s Creed, including Assassin’s Creed 3.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. nollie4545

    Assassins Creed set in WW2 or even WW1 would be truly epic. It is just dying to be done. All the ingredients are already there. It could be epic.

    The thing I like about AC is that it has picked up where Hitman left off.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Diingo

    YES.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Lewis247

    “Assassins creeds 3 has been in development for years so it’s ok…. Oh yeah and assassins creeds 4 has been as well. ACCEPT IT EVERYONE. ITS TOTALLY JUSTIFIED”

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Moonwalker1982

    @36

    So you are not afraid that Ubi is slowly destroying their franchise? Cause i sure am. You are right about CoD, i feel the exact same way. Used to love the games, now i’m just beyond tired of it. I can see that happening with AC as well if they keep this on. You simply can’t inovate enough in only a year or so, you need time to make it special and not just milk that goddamn cow. Sadly the latter seems to be happening. I said it before, Ubi should take a lesson from Take Two. What Take Two’s Strauss Zelnick said about annual releases like CoD. The man is spot on there.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. DSB

    It doesn’t really matter if you use 50 different studios and put them to work for 10 years.

    If all they can do is these halfbaked reruns, then I honestly couldn’t give less of a fuck about the working conditions they were made under.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. gkenobi

    i may be in the minority, but i enjoyed ACIII and can not wait for this.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. nollie4545

    I’ll be getting AC4 as soon as I can justify it. It won’t be at launch because I haven’t even got AC3 yet but I have played it and I did enjoy it.

    Seriously, if you are a true fan of any gaming franchise, you would never complain of a sequel being released ‘too soon’. So long as it isn’t cronked or half baked, does it matter if it comes out 6 months later?

    Rather be blown away by too much content than screwed by devs resting on their laurels and doing nothing like HL3. And in the end, the developers will make more money and have a bigger fan base if they are seen to release more titles rather than less.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Kuwabara

    Dave your a damm noob. Ac 3 is the best in the series.The sheer joy of the stealth kills possible only in this game due to the frontier/outdoor terrain is enough to make it the best. I really liked the Ai and ability to certain terrain and leap through trees, which again was useful in combat or stealth situations. Add to that the naval missions which was enjoyable for the most part and was amazing at times and the discovery of 2 or 3 islands. I enjoyed the story but there could have been more better missions. Still very good game, and improved on the last few games in almost every regard.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Digital Bamboo

    Interesting article. It’s a tough question. I was definitely surprised when ACIV was announced, and thought it was, perhaps, premature; then I watched the trailer and thought ‘well, that looks pretty cool’.
    For me, personally, it’s not too soon, as I generally don’t play games until years after they’ve released anyhow, so it makes little difference to me when they come out. For Assassin’s Creed super-fans I imagine it’s not too soon. For Ubisoft’s short-term profits, I don’t think it’s too soon. They’re making boatloads of money now, so why change course?
    But is it too soon for the long-term health of the series? Tough call. Would the series be better off (in terms of quality & innovation) if the teams behind ACIII & IV had worked together to make one game, instead of two? We’ll never know. Does Ubisoft even care, as long as they’re making a shit-ton now? I doubt it.
    I haven’t yet played III, so I can’t speak to it’s quality (or lack thereof). I was planning on buying it some day, but this article/thread has given me pause. Really like the look of IV so far, so I do hope it turns out great.

    Nitpick: I don’t think the firearms Kenway is wielding are revolvers, but rather pistols (hence the necessity to carry 4, as they only offer a single shot).

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Ali

    The idea of this series turning into a yearly release pattern isn’t just made purely for the money but rather to avoid situations that Ubisoft would face without their millions seller.

    The thing is, there are more than 300 guys working on this franchise, the building of the studio is the biggest yet in gaming industry. Ubisoft keeps spending millions on it and on the other hand gives the green light from time to time to unusual and special projects with which they can afford the risk.

    This series isn’t just there for the sake of it being there, Ubisoft is reaching a point where it just can’t operate without it, but they ain’t gonna admit it nor imply it.

    To their own merits, they succeeded into planting what makes the series justifiable for the yearly release. They sat up a story that’s milkable and not confined to a certain timeline. It is interesting enough to get a huge number of fans that would be following the series yearly yet on the same time.

    Now for a gamer who hasn’t been following the series, it is not likely he bough every yearly installment. I believe many skipped AC3 (Conner was shitty enough to throw me away( Native Americans are much more interesting than that) and are looking at AC4 as just their way of getting in again.

    Eventually, they will find themselves looking for alternatives… finding another series to fill in with AC turning it into a two year series (U think they haven’t tried that with PoP ?) No luck so far…. eyes are rolling over Watch Dogs though..

    #49 2 years ago
  50. photomaven

    good article over all though a couple of facts are wrong:

    1. the game has been in development for over 2 1/2 years.
    2. the far cry 3 team is working on the open world aspect of this game.
    3. you dont play as a faceless abstergo employee, the employee is you!

    great article, cant wait for this game!

    #50 2 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]