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BioShock Infinite: it always starts with a lighthouse

Monday, 25 March 2013 11:59 GMT By Dave Cook

BioShock Infinite is one of the most controversial and politically-charged games VG247′s Dave Cook has ever played. It’s simply one of the best games of the generation.

BioShock Infinite

Developed by Irrational Games, BioShock Infinite is the true follow-up to the studio’s 2007 original.

Releasing March 26 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, BioShock Infinite also comes with a DLC season pass option. Check out what you get for your money here.

Publisher 2K Games released the game’s official TV spot last week. Watch it in full here.

The publisher also released a gameplay trailer that shows the district of Emporia torn apart by civil war. Watch it here for a good idea of how BioShock Infinite plays.

Humanity is capable of some truly despicable acts. One glance through the history books will reveal atrocities and inequality so inhumane you’ll start to question the true extent of man’s morality.

Pages dedicated to slavery, racial segregation and the rich-poor divide can’t be ignored and cannot be erased. These things actually happened, and they serve as the backbone to BioShock Infinite’s warped tale of arrogance, religious doctrine and turn-of-the-century change.

It’s one of the bravest games I’ve ever played. As you walk the sunny streets of Columbia’s floating paradise you’ll see posters depicting Chinese and African-Americans as demons. You’ll see people of colour working in chain-gangs. The ‘N word’ is used often.

At one point you’ll walk down a dank hallway. To the left is a dilapidated toilet marked “Irish and Coloureds only”. Take 40 paces along the corridor, and through the double doors you’ll be met with plush red carpets, leading to a pristine bathroom for white residents. Inside you’ll find an apologetic black man waiting to dry your hands.

Its shocking, but Irrational Games hasn’t done this just to outrage the games press or score spun headlines. The brazen bigotry exists to make a point. Much like the original BioShock’s Rapture, the imagery shows the folly of ignorance, and that every utopia is flawed at its core.

Ruled by Zachary ‘The Prophet’ Comstock, Columbia is a false heaven that weans its children on militaristic toys and propaganda, moulding them into soldiers who will live and die to serve its twisted ideals. Behind its carnival veneer lies a brutal underworld brimming with hypocrisy and death.

Then protagonist Booker DeWitt arrives in town, turning Comstock’s immaculate utopia of the sky on its axis, and leaving immeasurable death in his wake. He’s a deeply flawed man, someone you’ll spend all of the 12-hour campaign trying to understand.

After racking up some sizeable gambling debts DeWitt is forced to search Columbia for Elizabeth, a prodigal child who is said to lead the city to a new age of prosperity. Your first experience on the streets will probably see you wandering around in an amazed stupor. It’s a beautiful game.

No screen space is wasted as market vendors peddle their wares, airships drift lazily overhead, all set to a filter of red, white and blue confetti. It’s technically superb, even if some Xbox 360 textures look quite muddy up close, and like Rapture before it, Columbia feels so tangible that it’s a character in its own right.

There’s a real sense of dread that sustains for the duration. It burrows under your skin and refuses to eject, backed up by mystery at every turn. You already know this game has plot twists, but Irrational hangs evidence and misdirection in front of you that constantly keeps you guessing. It’s engaging, frequently powerful stuff.

On the mechanical side, BioShock Infinite handles well. There are stark similarities to the original game such as raiding containers for cash and food. Automated vending machines that dispense ammo and medi-kits, as well as upgrades for both your weapons and Vigor powers.

These supernatural tonics give Booker a range of powers such as Shock Jockey, which can be used to electrocute enemies or bodies of water. You can also use it to charge up switches and as with all Vigors, has an alt. fire mode that typically lets you lay down proximity traps.

There are eight Vigors in total and while they back up the gunplay well, they don’t feel as prominent as BioShock’s Plasmids. You can fight your way through most encounters without them, as they don’t do much damage to begin with.

Until you start buying upgrades they’re more useful for crowd management and as a finisher instead of an out-right means of attack. But even once you’ve paid to improve each Vigor, they still aren’t as destructive as you might like.

That said, you can also combine Vigor effects for added depth. Blasting a pack of guards with Bucking Bronco will cause them to hang in the air paralysed so you can then torch them with Devil’s Kiss, or blast them off the city’s edge with Undertow. There’s an element of strategy at play, even if it feels wafer-thin.

Then you have Elizabeth, the heart of BioShock Infinite’s plot. She’s a superb companion, and one you never have to coddle or worry about. Her AI is visibly smart as she seeks cover and tosses you useful items during a gun fight. You can also use her reality-warping powers to give DeWitt an edge in combat.

An example of this sees the pair trying to commandeer the late Lady Comstock’s airship. You’ll fight through a large sandbox area full of Skyhook rails and terrain that gives you freedom to proceed as you see fit. Elizabeth’s ability to open rips in reality called ‘Tears’ can change your approach further.

You can phase in ammo crates, health caches, ad hoc cover, auto-turrets and more. Summoning in Motorised Patriots – lumbering statues of George Washington and other founding fathers armed with hulking mini-guns – is a personal favourite. You’ll also have to fight your fair share of these monstrosities of course.

One monstrosity who is severely under-used is Songbird. You’re led to believe that Elizabeth’s mechanical guardian will block Booker’s rescue mission at every turn yet it rarely appears throughout the campaign. Resident Evil 3′s Nemesis it is not.

Other antagonists will hound you in Songbird’s place, such as leader of the Vox Populi rebel movement such as Daisy Fitzroy. She fights for the people, but wants to paint the streets red with the blood of the white upper class. She and Comstock are essentially a palette swap, both idealistic dictators on either side of the race divide vying for Columbia’s throne.

None of these players come close to matching the fractured psyche of BioShock’s Sander Cohen, or Andrew Ryan’s misplaced self-righteousness. In fact, BioShock Infinite’s final third trades words, characters and ideals for bullets and bombs. Its cast makes way for gunfights that seem to outstay their welcome.

The game falls into a similar trap as Dead Space 3, steadily shifting focus from pathos and immersion to walled off arenas full of enemies. Kill everyone in the area and you may proceed. It feels like filler compared to the incredible sights and symbolism that come before it.

There’s not enough time to drink in the geography during the closing hours. You’ll be too busy zipping along Skyhook rails volleying off RPG rounds at Handyman sentries, as flame troops hurl balls of flaming death at you. You’ll want the game to shift focus back to story-telling.

As the plot begins to wind down it returns to the same “delicious” question being asked throughout. Whatever answer you come up with is probably wrong, and when you come to understand the context of “Infinite” itself you’ll see everything in new light.

After the end credits roll you’ll have a million questions on your mind, but that’s not because the plot fails to tie everything together. Instead, this is a game that wants you to be sceptical, to distrust everything you see so that it can rail-road you with twists until the end. It wants you to think.

Although Rapture and its host of psychopaths, monsters and liars makes for a more engrossing experience, BioShock Infinite is a superb piece of story-telling that deserves to be played by all. It surpasses Levine’s original concept on many occasions, but just falls short of ascension.

It succeeds in shrouding everything in a deeper mystery than its predecessor. There are half-truths everywhere. But no matter which way the narrative shifts, or what you choose to do while playing BioShock Infinite, you’ll want to go back right back to where it all started and experience it again with clearer eyes.

You’ll want to go back to the lighthouse.

Disclosure: To assist with writing this article, 2K Games sent Dave an Xbox 360 copy of BioShock Infinite. No other merchandise or advertising was offered or accepted.

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32 Comments

  1. Edo

    “You’ll want to go back to the lighthouse.”Are you trying to tell us something Dave cause I don’t like spoilers even as subtle as this? :).How long is the game btw and which version did you play(sorry for not reading but as I said spoilers and all).

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Nope, no spoilers man. I wouldn’t do that to you guys.

    it took me 12 hours on hard :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Edo

    @2 Interesting…maybe I should start on hard too,is it true that there is much less exploration than in Bioshock,cause that kind of worries me?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    Picking up my copy today, although I have a shitty metting to prepare for tommorow…

    Must resist playing till then… O_o

    Bioshock was basically my perfect setting for a game. Am a little bit worried I won’t really get on with this one.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @3 Nah I wouldn’t say so I spent a lot of time rummaging for loot. It gets more fenced in towards the end due to the gunplay, but it’s mostly the same as the original.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @4 I think Rapture is the stronger setting. I prefer Infinite’s plot and mystery though.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    @6

    Im a sucker for diving history and anything to do with ocean exploration, so Rapture just blew me away! :)

    Glad the plot has had alot of work. To be honest, I was actually really worried this would get f**ked up what with all the delay’s and multiplayer fiasco.

    Im glad it’s turned out well in the end.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Let me know what you think once you play through it. Keen to see how people react to it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Edo

    @5 Thanks,that is good to know.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 any time :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @8

    Will do!

    Huge fan of the series, I even liked Bioshock 2,

    I find a harpoon gun usually makes any game better though! ;)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Cobra951

    “Irish and Coloureds only”–is that a reference to Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles? Looks like an off-color joke anyway.

    This game doesn’t turn into “Django Infinite” does it? The woman wielding the revolvers, following what you wrote up to that point, made me wonder.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @12

    The leader of the rebellion is a black woman who was a slave which I figure is the woman with the revolvers.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    @13 Correct. Daisy Fitzroy.

    @12 possibly, but there are a lot of Irish and ethnic minorities (in Columbia they’re minorities anyway) in the slum district. It’s depressing.

    On the Django thing. No. Honestly, whatever you guess about the game will end up being wrong. It’s insanely well-written.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Cobra951

    @14: Thanks. I can’t wait to grab this, but I’m going to have to. I’m going to be busy through the Easter weekend.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @15 ah that sucks :( Well, seriously avoid spoilers.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ActionGameKing

    Thanks for the spoiler-free review Dave. Unfortunately I won’t be able to get this immediately, so for the next few weeks I have to avoid spoilers like a madman! A.K.A Youtube comments and forum threads.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @17 Yeah do it mate, try your best to avoid them It’ll be so worth it :)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Kabby

    How does this game stand out if you thought the previous two were tedious tat?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. ActionGameKing

    BTW I have MG Rising, and just defeated Sundowner. The game is a blast, but more of a Viewtiful Joe experience than a Bayonetta one. Not really about combos, but just classic hand-eye co-ordination here. The camera is an issue, and the game rarely tells you about lock-on (or anything else for the casual gamer), but I see something special here like no other action game I’ve played. I think the potential on next-gen hardware is massive, hoping for a sequel. Going to go read your review for that again now that I’ve played a couple days worth of the game.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Samoan Spider

    I’ve managed to clear up a huge amount of games just in time for my gaming calender to be clear. One thing I’ve noticed in all this, so many games have ridiculously low running times. With the 12 hours, are their diversions you missed or is this to be expected? I. Cannot. Wait.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. polygem

    shit. i suck at avoiding spoilers. countless times it happened to me. i just can´t resist to read/ watch stuff about a game i am interested in. i planned to play bioshock infinite in the summer, maybe even in the fall just before the next gen rolls out but there is probably zero chance not to get spoiled by then. maybe i´ll just pick it up for the weekend :)

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @19 define ‘tedious’ in that context mate, I’ll try my best to help :)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Dave Cook

    @21 yeah you can miss a lot mate, you need to scavenge like mad.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    Damn those screens alone just reek triple A quality. This is a game you instantly look at the back of the box and say yea I need to play this. Can’t wait to pick up my copy tomorrow.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @25 visually it looks superb, until you get up close to some textures. I found the 360 build to be blurred out in many places. Take a step back though and it’s truly a sight to behold.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Samoan Spider

    @24 Well that’s awesome. I’m the gaming equivalent of your local pikey so I should have a lot of fun with this ;)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Dave Cook

    @27 oh yes, tons of loot :D

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Jet Black

    Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B and A = 1999… ;-)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Cobra951

    @16: I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers. I even skipped some sentences in your review, and that’s mostly safe. :) I want the experience to be surprising and unexpected. I don’t even want to know much about abilities (vigors, I guess) ahead of time.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Beta

    I love story driven games so I’m very much looking forward to rushing down to pick up my pre-order tomorrow :D

    Will try to do it in one sitting on normal to avoid spoilers.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    Just finished it. Maybe it’s because it’s so raw and I’ve Not really processed it all yet, but the ending left me feeling disappointed.

    Spoilers ahead

    It felt rushed.

    “Okay, so here’s how it works with the lighthouses and here’s who you really are and here’s how it ends. Die. Credits.”

    As if the developer was so busy cramming in as much combat in the end as possible and then went: “Oh shit, we forgot to tell the story.”

    Right around the end I tried to avoid combat, because it was getting boring. They definitely should’ve toned that down.

    I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to feel about the characters yet. Booker is way too broody at times, always saying his mysterious shit whenever godi’mterriblewithnamesELIZABETH asks him anything.

    “I’m dark, I did terrible things, you shouldn’t ask me too much, you’d be afraid of me. I’m gonna go and and listen to Linkin Park now while I cut myself.”

    And seriously, some of the plot points were predictable. As soon as he mentioned a baby I thought “What if this baby survived? What if it’s her? Wow! Would that mean that he might be Cockstick? Of course, that would make sense, that’s why he can see in the future! He did it all before.”

    And then you have the ending, where Booker tries his best to save Elizabeth so she wouldn’t become her other self.

    We’re supposed to believe that all is good now, that people can change, and that this change can impact the future. But then you find out that he’s actually Cockstick before his bath and he kills himself.

    Why can Elizabeth change, but not he? If he can kill himself, why can’t he simply avoid the rebirth? Just go home Booker, you’re drunk.

    Spoilers behind

    And what happened to the choices? You could choose one or two things at the beginning but they completely threw that concept over board even before you reached the middle of the game.

    And the environments can get pretty stale after a while. Though, I have to add that right around the time when I said “God, this is getting boring” Bo & El went to the slums. That was nice. Not too different though and very short.

    The game could also have benefited from some stealth gameplay mechanics. There are a lot of situations where the enemy has not spotted you yet, but you can’t really sneak past, or kill him silently.

    I expected much, much more from the game.

    #32 2 years ago

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    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]