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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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  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

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

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

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

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]