UK Charts: Tomb Raider climbs to the top spot, SimCity second

Monday, 11 March 2013 09:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomb Raider has entered the UK charts at first place, beating off all comers with a bloody climbing axe and a barrage of firearms.

Crystal Dynamics’ reboot launched last week to rave reviews and strong sales, making it the biggest UK launch of the year so far. You can check out all of the scores here. The game saw double the launch sales of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was number one a few weeks ago.

Dave and Brenna have both written appraisals of the game, you can find them here:

Tomb Raider: a worthy reboot?
Tomb Raider is tops, but multiplayer feels unnecessary.

Here’s the top five chart. We’ll update once we have the rest.

1. Tomb Raider
2. SimCity
3. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
4. The Sims 3: University Life
5. FIFA 13
6. Crysis 3
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
8. Far Cry 3
9. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
11. Assassin’s Creed III
12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
13. Skylanders Giants
14. Hitman Absolution
15. Aliens: Colonial Marines
16. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
17. Halo 4
18. GTA IV
19. Dead Space 3
20. Forza Motorsport 4

What do you make of the above positions?

Meanwhile, Dave has written a summary of the SimCity launch woes, which saw servers crippled, hearts broken and the games press changing scores all over the shop. It was an odd week.

Get the full story here:

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  1. Malmer

    Yet still they say there is no money in having a female lead…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. anik_lc

    The game is amazing. Deserved to stay at the top for a month+.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Now that I’ve played through this awesome game, I went back to read Dave’s story and I think he really got it represented precisely. Good to know for future articles, at least for me.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    I’m waiting for them to patch it for Nvidia users, it looks great but it’s too glitchy and I want a solid experience.

    @1 Yes, this is the point I keep trying to make on “sexism” threads. It isn’t about physical strength – it’s about strength of mind, heart and will. Lara is a believable and strong woman.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Well, she’s believable to a point. I gotta be honest, the moment she starts to go on a rampage and kill thousands of dudes (And ONLY DUDES, so sexist!) is the moment where the believability takes a nosedive.

    FarCry 3 had the same problem. The very same problem. Rewarding the player for killing was a huge mistake. The game shouldn’t have done this. Should’ve been taken the Arkham City approach.

    They messed up the narrative with this element. Why wouldn’t I run around and kill the wildlife? I get REWARDED for it!

    It’s a missed opportunity. The game could’ve really stand on it’s own, if the combat would take a step back and the raiding of tombs would be front and center. Now, it’s ‘just’ a gritty Uncharted with multiple paths and a sandbox approach to gameplay.

    I like this Lara more than the old one, but I still think they should’ve tried to give her more depth. There were a lot of moments where she would run around on her own, why not have more monologues? Something that would also go a little bit into details about her past? There was not enough of that. I was especially interested about her relationship to her father.

    As someone who never really cared about the previous game, this Tomb Raider had me scratching my head more than once. Who are the Croft’s? What’s so great about them? What was her father doing? What about her mother? Not mentioned once. Where are they now?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. salarta

    @5: The game as a whole is indeed sexist (though seemingly not intended that way by the team), it’s just the kind of sexist that people overlook and don’t call sexist because they want it to be true. Same way society more than a century ago considered women only allowed to be housewives to not be sexist.

    Feel free to complain, I’m not going to argue with you, just stating the obvious since you felt the need to mock it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    I think you’re confused.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. PEYJ

    @ 5 and 7

    I totally agree.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gnosis

    @5: That’s basically the same things I’ve been wondering about through the whole series. It’s kinda frustrating, that they’ve managed to completely ignore some of the most interesting parts about Lara and her origin. I really hope, that there’ll be more information about it in the future games.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    Gone are the days, where one would play a game because it’s entertaining, I reckon.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    This is on my list, will be playing sometime a next few months, but I liked the great puzzles previous TRs had. I bit saddened that this one has gone the cinematic route. But still looking forward to a great game.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @11: Then be prepared to be disappointed. The Tombs are the most disappointing aspect of the game. There are only 7 of them and each has one puzzle max.

    Still a fantastic game.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dragon246


    I still remember how much fun I had completing TR-Anniversary without any guides. I played it on and off and finished it in one year, but was really happy with the game.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @9: Wait, so they didn’t go into details in the previous games as well? How stupid is that?

    @13: I’m sorry, but it’s better that you know now.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    No need to be sorry, but I am starting to feel like whatever I like gets the axe in the sequel. I liked the renewed camps in FC2 and that got the axe in FC3. And now this.
    :( indeed.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    Renewed Camps? You mean the fact that the Outposts don’t reset? They included that in the newest patch. You can reset them.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gnosis

    @14: In Underworld you “find” her mother, but only for, well, few minutes. Information about her father is very scarce, mostly based on speculations. The games explain you just the most basic things.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @17: Another missed opportunity, I guess.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    I know that. I still have FC3 waiting on my ps3. But its not just that, FC2 just had a different feeling. Degrading guns, handheld map, the setting, everything clicked for me. Even though the ending felt forced and odd, the game was awesome imo.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    Yeah, I loved the setting, but that’s about it. Weapons degraded way too fast. The missions weren’t fun. The sidemissions were limited and not fun. Exploration wasn’t rewarded. Enemies would respawn too quickly and would suck up bullets like it was nothing. Enemies only fought you, not each other. There wasn’t a clear indicator who was who anyway and the and the overall story was boring.

    Oh and the buddy-system was pretty much useless if you play it on PC. One word: quicksave.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. salarta

    @21: But the real question, spambot, is that are you doing all of this while driving your Ferrari around your mansion? It’s no good if I’m not able to do that at that same time.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sk4r

    Hope that SimCity gets kicked out of the top 10 by next week.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Hope that Lara stays on that spot by next week.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @10 Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure it’s a fad. Remember how in the 80′s we were all super concerned about “saving Africa”? Apparently by singing about it, and being super intimate with our headphones. Yeah, that went away in a hurry.

    This decade it seems to be all about saving the women.

    Want to take bets on what the next major first world “outrage” will be? I mean we’re all pretty comfortable, so we’re gonna need to find our misery somewhere else, or just make it up.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. manamana

    ^ Amen. :-)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @25: I’d say by the number of sales that there isn’t really any concern about “saving the women.” We’re actually in a backward slide on all levels, when you think about the need for “slutwalks” and women needing to fight for reproductive rights concerning abortion and contraception. We also don’t have strong female icons anymore on the level that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess provided them in the 90s.

    Not that I’m “arguing” anymore. In fact, this game is very liberating, since just about nothing counts as sexism anymore; the only thing that might count as sexist to people is having rape depicted in a video game at all. I’m just pointing out that your assumption that people care about “saving the women” is false; that was the 90s, not the present day.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    The need for slutwalks. That’s hilarious.

    You know why it’s called dressing provocatively? Because it provokes. The fact that it happens to provoke a few fools into insulting a few feminists hardly qualifies as a “need”.

    Changing human nature takes a bit more than dressing slutty and getting on the news for 5 minutes.

    The argument that women are somehow oppressed and huddled masses got defenestrated once they got the vote and started becoming world leaders.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. salarta

    @28: Actually, the “slutwalks” were done because the insults you refer to were made by someone remarking on how women that got raped were, to sum it up, “asking for it” because of what they wore. Sort of like saying Lara was asking to be strangled to death because she looked so vulnerable. But then again, I’ve been unwantingly stumbling upon more guro porn of Lara coming out of the woodworks due to this game, on sites that normally don’t show off such content, so we’ll see what the future holds.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DSB

    @29 Right. One idiot cop. The fact that that apparently qualifies as a pressing concern for that movement only serves to further undermine it.

    Nevermind the fact that rape is illegal under any circumstance and that they’re already protected to the fullest extent of the law, just like every other person, regardless of gender.

    You can cry about human nature all you want, but it’s not going to change. There will always be idiots like that cop, and rape is sadly inherent to our species, just like murder, robbery and other forms of violence.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    You’re Schrödinger’s Rapist, DSB. Prove to us that you do not intent to rape any woman on your way to the supermarket. Leave it to feminism to make men feel like second class citizens.

    I think the slutwalk is immensely stupid. So a cop said something stupid, kind of blaming the victim of a rape and you running around in the street showing us your hanging tatas is going to change what exactly? We know the cop is an idiot, but rape is not going to get away because you dress up like a prostitute. It’s not going to change a damn thing.

    We’ve reached a point where informing women how to avoid being raped (avoid dark alleys, don’t show off too much skin (It’s called ‘dressing provocatively’ for a reason), don’t walk alone, etc. etc.) is being viewed as offensive. You have morons running around with signs saying “We live in a society that teaches how not to get raped, instead of not to rape”.

    OH REALLY?! So that’s the problem!?

    And I thought the FACT that rape is a crime is enough. But fuck all those classes that teach you self-defense and how to avoid being a victim. Yeah, fuck those misogynistic rape enablers. We need to teach (shame men) that rape is bad. That’s the problem you see, the rapists just don’t know that they are doing something bad.

    So the next time you might be the victim of rape, just inform the dude that what he’s going to do is bad. That will help ya.

    God that topic makes me so fucking sick.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    @30: Right, but I think the point of the “slutwalk” was less “we’re trying to make rape no longer exist” which would be an impossible goal, and more “we’re trying to discourage professionals in fields that have to legally work on rape cases from making comments like that.” The comments being unprofessional, chance of making rape victims not feel like the cops will take the violation seriously, etc. That’s how I understand it, but maybe I’m completely wrong.

    @31: I haven’t seen any cases where informing women how to avoid being raped is seen as offensive, please enlighten me. I’ve only seen the “don’t show too much skin” one, and while you can have cases where people view a legitimate warning of how some men think as a sexist remark, that’s pretty rare. The rest, eh, I’ll take a page out of Squall’s book. I was concerned about these matters before, but after the new Tomb Raider, I figure it’s not something for me to worry about much. Let the women deal with it, they’re the ones that need to live with however society perceives them, my life can go on fine either way.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DSB

    Dressing slutty and walking down the street is going to shame misogynists into shutting up?

    Really, if you’re indifferent enough to make that statement, I doubt you’re very impressed at a parade like that. I think it’s highly debatable what you would actually be achieving even if you did silence them.

    I see the entertainment value though. It’s fun to give those guys the finger, but I reacted to the notion that there was somehow a “need” for slutwalks.

    It’s like the saying there’s a “need” for another March on Washington simply because racists still exist. It’s just taking things completely out of proportion.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    I think the next big cause will be the protection of threatened men. This thread alone highlights the horrifying increase of guys feeling their rights are being threatened by imaginary forces outside of their understanding…

    Or y’know, getting ultra defensive over some girls giving them a little back chat.

    Quick Robin, to the masculineposturingmobile!!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. YoungZer0

    @32: I guess you never spend a second on a feminist blog/tumblr/website like Jezebel or any of that bullshit. They are completely irrational when it comes to that subject … or any subject.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. salarta

    @33: You could say the same thing about most public demonstrations nowadays, the point is that public demonstration at least shows a public face to a voice and to an extent the stakes of an issue. The Church of Scientology is still in existence, which means it was technically worthless, but the campaign could have kept at least one person out of the cult’s clutches.

    @35: I’ve seen some irrational stuff before, it’s just pretty rare that a majority believes it. I even imagined a pretty unconventionally insane and stupid one for the real Lara Croft: that the real Lara set an unhealthy precedent that women are so equally capable as men that it implies any failure to defend themselves from men means they wanted it to happen. It’s a stupid hypothetical, but one I can see some people thinking. I’ve learned people on the internet can eagerly accept a lot of idiotic things without putting any real thought into it.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DSB

    @36 That’s fair enough, like I said I think it’s fun, but in that case it’s still a personal need on behalf of those women, rather than an actual need stemming from society as a whole.

    Which brings me back to square one, which is that it’s a fad, as opposed to a collective response to social injustice.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. nollie4545

    I couldn’t give a feck what sex the character is in a videogame, nor do I see what the cronk Lara Croft has to do with rape. Feminists are about as nuts as they come, slot in between pro-lifers and animal rights folk.

    The end.

    It’s a social injustice we don’t see more nakedness in Tomb Raider.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Vice

    Yes yes, this game is brilliant and deserves to be a huge hit. It better stay in top spot for at least few weeks.

    #38 2 years ago

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    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]