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Xbox 360 tech hasn’t hit its limit yet, argues Epic Games

Friday, 8 March 2013 11:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Gears of War: Judgment co-developer Epic Games has argued that the Xbox 360 can still be pushed further, even though rumours of a next-gen Xbox are growing by the day. The developer and People Can Fly claim to have squeezed even more out of Microsoft’s rig for their upcoming shooter.

Speaking with OXM, Epic’s lead level designer Jim Brown said, “I’m trying to remember if it was the transition between Gears 1 and Gears 2 or the transition between Gears 2 and Gears 3, there was like a million different changes to Unreal Engine 3 to get to that point.

“When we first released Gears of War, the first one, people were like ‘woah, they’re pushing the Xbox to its limits, they’re doing crazy things’ – and every single time we’ve been able to step it up and find some corner of the 360 that no one was aware of and more areas for us to push.”

Both teams felt they had pushed things even further with Gears of War: Judgment, with more enemies, more action and more visual trickery than before.

People Can Fly art director Waylon Brinck added, “We’re pushing way more enemies, way more particles, the environments are a lot more dense than on previous games. Our rendering engine, we’ve even added a few new features that allow us to do richer lighting, more dynamic lighting, darker darks, brighter brights.

“It’s the most colourful Gears game ever, which feels weird to say. But I think it also has the richest darkest mood out of any Gears game since the first one. So yeah, it was all hands on deck optimising this thing, we squeezed a lot more out of it.”

When the site asked Brinck if this extra clout meant there was no immediate need for a new Xbox, he replied, “Yeah, there’ll always be something more we can figure out, do better.”

What do you think? Is the Xbox in danger of looking under-powered soon? Let us know below.

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39 Comments

  1. woe

    It would have even looked more prettier on the Next Xbox.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Deacon

    To be fair, it is sort of remarkable what they’re able to squeeze out of the ageing hardware. Graphics don’t make a game though Mr Brown.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    I’m shure he’s right. Will not change the fact that I’m already tired of Gears. New IP please.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. twisted89

    I dont think cranking up the effects and reducing the resolution counts as pushing it further.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. minxamo

    I love seeing what developers can squeeze out of fixed hardware, but we hit the point of diminishing returns long ago, and there aren’t going to be any radical changes until next gen hardware hits.
    We’ve seen amazing graphical feats on the xbox 360, like GoW:Judgement, Crysis 3, Halo 4 etc. but the rest of the industry is moving on, and MS needs to keep in pace.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gadzooks!

    #4

    Judgement is 720p, just like the other Gears games.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. shangothomas

    I don’t think 360 will look underpowered by the likes of ps3 I mean all new ps3 games don’t wow me same polygon counts same graphics effects it’s just that Sony has good iP’s and developers and I think their is no edge to a console I’m sure if ps3 and 360 where left for another 10 years they’ll look like ps4 by then the hardware isn’t the problem the problem is the coding I haven’t seen a ps3 and 360 all look the same to me I hope naughty dog isn’t thinking it’s impressing anybody all I can say is I’m tired of developers saying they can push something further this isn’t about that its about us enjoying our games freely and in that sense we need new consoles not sob’s saying oooh we pushed two more polygons on screen fuck that

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gnosis

    I believe in punctuation.

    Oh and that graphics don’t make a game.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. shangothomas

    It’s about getting the message if you do then thank you

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    “It’s the most colourful Gears game ever”

    Huge technical achievement.
    Anyway, Xbox and PS3 were dated since 2010. Just look at the PC multiplatform games and console and difference is day and night.

    Crysis 3 on Xbox 360 showed how great Xbox hardware is in 2013. Minimum settings with few medium in 15 fps.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. dizzygear

    They might be able to push the 360 further but why would they want to? Even cheap entry level laptops run circles around the 360 and PS3. Either move to PC or wait for the nextbox.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Da Man

    It’s allright, #7 your posts are just fine. In contrast, the infamous ‘Erzanutcase’ thinks he can actually write in Engrish.. For some weird reason he also thinks he ‘s talking to people on the internet.. Apparently that’s the closest to having a chat they ever got to.

    That’s bloody insane. Much more than Epic figuring how to squeeze visuals out of the 2006 hardware.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. manamana

    @11 because of the huge installed user base. And milking a franchise, of course.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    @11:

    Wrong.

    This is by no means running on a “cheap entry level laptop” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-d19mZv6K4

    In fact, going by the description in the video, this is the $1299 laptop: http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-l502x/pd

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    “In fact”

    you are fucking retard.

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-15-l521x/pd

    3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3230M
    Windows 8, 64-bit, English
    Silver Anodized Aluminum and 15.6″ FHD 1080p Truelife WLED Display and Skype-Certified HD Webcam
    6GB1 DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
    500GB 7200 HDD with 32GB mSATA
    8X Slot Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 630M with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
    Standard :: 1 Year
    5.79 lbs

    and description in the video:

    I5-2430m (2.4Ghz – Turbo boost to 3.00Ghz)
    4Gb Ram (2X2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
    1GB GT 525m (Stock clock)

    Do you need me to explain what is 1gb gt 525m dedicated graphics or should I explain the difference between GT 525 GG and NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 630M with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM and other stuff?

    1) these are two different models/different laptops.
    2) the one you linked will make every game look that is on current gen from 30 fps to 60 in 1080p with the best visual quality that is day and night. It has it’s own 630 Nvidia chip, sexy Sandy Bridge Processor and great Ram.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dizzygear

    @14 You are a lousy shopper. A laptop with average specs like that go for for about 600~700. His was prolly even cheaper due to the shittastic 1366×768 resolution screen.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    Who gives a crap what the PC can do? This is an Xbox game. PC is irrelevant.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    @16:

    It doesn’t matter.

    It’s definitely not a “cheap entry level laptop”.

    Even going by your $600-700 estimate, it’s still at least three times more than the price of a 360, and still clearly incapable of playing Skyrim at anywhere near the level of a 360.

    Find me a $199 laptop that can run Skyrim at a higher quality than a 360.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    I agree with Ghz on this. Consoles as I said earlier offer best band for the buck. A 700$ laptop only matching a 199$ 360 or 250$ ps3 says a lot. Consoles offer best value for the money. No PC will ever beat that, this gen, previous gen or next gen.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. ps3fanboy

    the x360 are taking it’s last breath… when x720 arrive the x360 is rushed out the door to the junkyard, they did the same with the xbox1.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. dizzygear

    @18 right. you get your bullshit claim that you need a 1299$ machine for skyrim debunked and suddenly it does not matter.
    You can even run skyrim on a AMD e450 APU and it will still look better than any the console versions.

    @19 Except that the prices for the actual games are much cheaper on the PC and i can run them all on the same box.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dragon246

    @21,
    Believe me, it depends. Unless you are counting piracy, which is most rampant on PC.
    PSN has a lot a great deals. I am able to buy new games for not more than 30$ like FC3. Plus, no service in the industry matches the awesome PS Plus, which frankly provides more than I could play. If PC had a Plus like sub, I would seriously consider buying PC over ps4/720.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. dizzygear

    @22 Yeah its called STEAM. i paid 5 bucks for both Bioshocks, 98 cents for Halflife 1, 2.50 for STALKER and countless of bundles with discounts up to 75%.
    Of course you also get cloudsaving for supported titles, unified friendlists, workshop for user made mods, achievements, cross region gifting, big picture mode, voice chat, the ever so handy overlay and many more cool stuff all for free.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    @21:

    I never said that ” you need a 1299$ machine for skyrim”, so stop talking complete rubbish.

    The description in the Youtube vid, clearly says that the guy is running a “Dell XPS 15 502x”

    A quick Google search for a “Dell XPS 15 502x” brought up the exact page that I linked to on Dell’s own website.

    Price?

    $1299.

    Even if the specs have been slightly updated since the owner of the Youtube vid bought his laptop, the price isn’t going to be anywhere near as low as the $600-700 that you plucked out of the sky.

    It’s still the same model Dell XPS 15, and it still costs $1299 right now.

    Fact.

    So, stop trying to dodge the bullet, and back up your (incredibly stupid) claim:

    “Even cheap entry level laptops run circles around the 360 and PS3.”

    Find me a $199 laptop that can even run Skyrim at all, let alone, better than a 360, or shut up.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. spoffle

    What’s with this obsession with people calling anything that can play games “rigs”?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Christopher Jack

    @15, I wouldn’t look any further than a Clevo based laptop if I wanted to run high end games on the go.

    Also I wouldn’t look for anything below the GT640m- even in a budget laptop, helped a mate buy one a couple months back, $500 for Core i7 ultrabook with GT640m. Granted that because it was a budget laptop, the i7 would probably be about as powerful as an i7, doesn’t really matter though.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. dizzygear

    @24 As #15 pointed you did not even bother to check the configuration. And the fact remains you are absolutely clueless when it comes to PC specs.
    The CPU alone in that vid and the page you linked are not even from the same generation. Not exactly a minor update.

    So take a hike kid.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    So you you can’t back up your stupid claim, then?

    What does my knowledge of PC specs have to do with anything?

    OK, lets just assume I’m a complete tech noob. I really don’t care.

    The FACT remains that the guy had a core i5 laptop with 4GB of RAM and a GeForce 525M in 2011, and it COULDN’T run Skyrim very well at all on average settings.

    And that is clearly NOT a “cheap entry level laptop”.

    YOU said that it costs “$600-700″, yourself, so even if we ignore my quick Google to get a price, and go with your unrealistically low guess, you’re still talking out of your rear end.

    So, AGAIN, back up your stupid, ignorant, nonsense claim that “Even cheap entry level laptops run circles around the 360 and PS3.” or SHUT UP.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Cobra951

    I don’t know of any cheap (read: integrated video) PC that can match current consoles on the big games. There’s also the matter of the lack of an abstraction layer on the best-performing console software. (The low-level software speaks to the hardware directly.) That gives it an advantage that takes PCs several times the hardware power to overcome through the DirectX middleman. And that too is a fact.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. fearmonkey

    @Dragon246 – “If PC had a Plus like sub, I would seriously consider buying PC over ps4/720.”

    I just wanted to mention to you that if your a gamefly member, you have access to their PC client that has free games you can download and play. Bioshock is one of the games, I cannot remember all the others. It’s the closest thing to PS plus on the PC I have seen yet.

    The deals that Steam has when they are on their big sales are incredible. I picked up Fallout3 with all DLC for $4.99, Oblivion with all DLC for $4.99 and Fallout:new Vegas with all DLC for $7.49 during the last summer sale.

    I also want to note that my 2007 PC with a dual core Intel e6600, 4GB ram, GTX480 can play about everything at 1080p with all the settings on high. It doesnt take a super PC to play pc games anymore. You could probably build a similar machine to what I have for under $500 new. I have a new PC thats much better for 1440p gaming, and I got a deal on it for about $1100

    #30 2 years ago
  31. kaffikjelen

    “I also want to note that my 2007 PC with a dual core Intel e6600, 4GB ram, GTX480″
    I’d like to note in passing that your time machine, with which you aquired a GTX 480 in 2007, probably could be put to better use.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. fearmonkey

    @31 – the Gtx480 was a more modern addition from 2010., which you can buy for a whopping $200 or so now, the rest of the machine was from 2007.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Christopher Jack

    You can actually get a $400 laptop capable of running Skyrim on medium. The Radeon 7670m is quite respectable for a GPU found on so many budget configurations.

    A $200 console isn’t exactly comparable to a $400 budget laptop either. For starters the laptop doesn’t require anything else to play with right from the start, you already have the screen built in & most online games don’t require any subscriptions+ can be found much, MUCH cheaper.

    Also the functionality isn’t even comparable, the console has been over simplified to the point that you can’t do much with. They make terrible media players (not so much the PS3 but using the X360 to watch shit is just a headache).

    #33 2 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Even if it were possible to run Skyrim on a $400 laptop (and I doubt that it is), it’s blatantly not going to “run circles around” the console versions by any means.

    This was the nonsense claim that was made.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Christopher Jack

    I do run on Skyrim on medium on my $450 laptop that’d cost less now.
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7520G-HD-7670M-Dual-Graphics.81182.0.html

    Although I tend to score better frame rates than listed. I can run it on high @30fps but I tend to have VLC running in the background on a second screen- another thing I couldn’t do on a console.

    So many myths about PC gaming, you don’t need to spend $2k+ to run games that look better than a console. Not that they’re directly comparable either.

    Granted it’ll cost you about $1200 to get a laptop that will run just about anything on ultra.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    CJ,

    Does the quality of the visuals on your $450 laptop “run circles” around the console versions or not?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXGL9FvfCv0

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Christopher Jack

    Doesn’t run circles but even on medium looks better.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. G1GAHURTZ

    “Doesn’t run circles…”

    Thanks.

    That’s what I thought.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. TheDED1

    Have you seen the new Tech Demo for Unreal Engine 4? The 360 may not be done yet, but the new Xbox is going to blow it away. The PS4 looks pretty great with their Quantic Dream Demo, but there’s something about Epic’s efforts that I really like. I’ve always liked PC’s graphics, but I’ve never liked the control scheme.

    #39 2 years ago

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    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]