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Crytek: graphics “matter,” are “60% of the game”

Friday, 12 April 2013 16:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has said graphics “matter” in a game because it drives gameplay and helps with player immersion.

Speaking with Xbox 360 Magazine, Yerli said graphics make up 60% of a game.

“People say that graphics don’t matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter,” he said. “It’s always been about graphics driving gameplay. Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion, and immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world.

“The better the graphics, the better the physics, the better the sound design, the better the technical assets and production values paired with the art direction, making things look spectacular and stylistic is 60% of the game.”

It’s rumored that Crytek’s gladiator game Ryse will be a launch title for the next Xbox console from Microsoft.

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54 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    After playing Crysis 2, I think you need to reassess that viewpoint.

    Play FTL, graphics are about 6% of that game.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Define “matter”.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Eregol

    Matter, generally is a substance (often a particle) that has rest mass and (usually) also volume. The volume is determined by the three-dimensional space it occupies, while the mass is defined by the usual ways that mass is measured. Matter is also a general term for the substance that makes up all observable physical objects

    #3 2 years ago
  4. orakaa

    Hahaha… oh, boy, this guy is funny. Seriously, between him and Cliff Bleszinski, is this “developper trolling day”, today?

    Those guys really need to stop expressing themselves and media should stop relaying their bullsh*t.

    And if graphics are 60% of the game, then I think it tells a lot about the “quality” of their next title, “Ryse”.
    I can already see first hands reactions
    Journalist: “This game has no story and is totally unplayable with Kinect!”
    Cevat: “Yeah… but who cares: it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Strawb

    @2: I assume he means “matter” like he explains it, i.e. graphics drive the immersion, plus the better graphics, the better the other technical assets are.

    I don’t really agree with his point that graphics basically equal immersion, and are therefore the #1 thing that get you into the world of a game. Plenty of games have horrible graphics by design, and still manage to captivate the player. Graphics being 60% of a game depends completely on the game itself, and is not a set number across the board.

    And unfortunately, in the cases where most of the production value is spent on graphics and other technical avenues, the gameplay seems lacking. So saying that graphics drive gameplay doesn’t seem very accurate to me.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Zana

    More than graphics alone, I think what really matters is the art direction. I don’t want to play an ugly game.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. MFBB

    Well good graphics…Crysis 3 had those and it still sucked, didnt help at all.

    Rather take a step back on the graphics (dont put so much time/effort in there) and make a better game.

    When i think about the recent years…all those graphics bomb are not in my top 10.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. foofly

    Hmm… tell this to the millions of Minecraft players.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    ^ Tell them not to install mods that have much better looking visuals/ detailed blocks.

    visuals do matter a lot. Always. If not, we would play NES games only.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ps4fanboy

    Agree with the guy. Visuals do matter.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    It’s funny how people either say “graphicz are everythinggg!!!!l1!!!” or “graphics don’t matter, gameplay is everything”.

    Well, if it wasn’t for gameplay, the gaming would be nothing AND if it wasn’t for advanced graphics, we would still be playing Pong. BOTH graphics AND gameplay are important and have to be good. As for MineCraft, it’s actually a graphically TAXING game. They couldn’t even run it on 360 and had to downsize everything.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Beta

    They matter yes. Want to know what else matters Crytek? FUN! Heard of it?

    Otherwise it’s nothing but a glorified tech demo.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    Graphics do matter quite a bit, especially if the game is going for immersion. IF the game is not trying to immerse you in the world, then its not required to have awesome graphics.

    That being said, focus on the graphics doesn’t not guarantee a good game, and it has to be properly balanced. I find Crytek games beautiful, but overall I dont find them in my top games ever, so they could be working on the gameplay more.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. BD

    I played Crysis 3 to the end, and I can safely say it was one of the worst games I have ever played.

    Great graphics.

    Awful game.

    I contest the 60% assessment.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. rockman29

    Telltale’s Walking Dead graphics suck completely, but that game drew me in.

    I say Yerli is wrong, as per usual.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lord Gremlin

    He’s an idiot. One of the most impressive games I’ve played recently was Persona 3 Portable. As for Crysis… I won’t play 3rd, because first was boring, second was straight up piece of shit and why would I even try the third?
    Jesus, he is an idiot indeed. Movies have awesome graphics. Like always. Some of them are garbage too.

    I will put it this way. Graphics can amplify good parts of the game. But you need something to amplify in the first place.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TD_Monstrous69

    The more quotes I see from Cevat Yerli, the more annoyed I grow with this guy. 60% of the game, really? Sure, graphics are important, but last time I checked, if your gameplay, story, sounds, and design suck, it means nothing on how your game looks. For then, all you’ve created is the world’s prettiest piece of shit, kind of like the story for Crysis games.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    @3:

    +1

    #18 2 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    If gameplay = 9, gameplay + good graphics = game score 10
    but
    If gameplay = 9, gameplay + bad graphics = game score 9
    Or
    If graphics = good, + gameplay = 0, game score = 0
    Do while
    Goto line 2
    End;

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Max Payne

    @17 Battlefield 3 SP and MOH approved.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Battler624

    i assume minecraft has that extreme of graphics?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. SplatteredHouse

    I have played Crysis, and once out was enough to show me that for all the talking, the press, and all else; they couldn’t top the competing Far Cry, in terms of which, and how much I enjoyed playing.

    “It’s always been about graphics driving gameplay.”
    In fact, it’s more the case, that Yerli’s business has always been about graphical majubbins. Gotta sell dem engine licenses… :/

    “Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion”

    Microsoft stand at odds with its importance in that statement, because they recently sold Mediaroom to a display manufacturer, prioritising their platform strategy over that concept.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Cobra951

    @21: Beat me to it. Minecraft is not immersive either, right?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. deathm00n

    Yesterday I was playing The Elder Scrolls 1. Still a good game. I can probably run 50 of them at the same time with my cellphone. So yeah, I don’t think graphics matter so much. Of course, without good graphics your game MUST be very good by itself. But if the game is bad you can try to hide it behind graphics, people will fall for it sometimes.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. TheWulf

    What an absolute moron.

    I mean, I’m sure graphical fidelity matters so much! That’s why To the Moon and Bastion have been two of the most genuinely interesting and poignant games of the last few years, played by myself and my friends. Yep. Sounds legit. Oh wait.

    There are many games out there which have high fidelity but look like arse. Anything CryTek does falls into this category. Then you have low fidelity games which can look incredibly beautiful. I’ll take artistic style and flair over fidelity any day.

    It’s just funny because CryTek games really do generally look terrible.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Francis O

    Graphics matter to an extent. In Crisis, Graphics matter too much to where it’s detrimental to the game. Crysis 3 sucks balls, the framerate dips are laughable on PS3 and Xbox 360. Even the PC version is just a boring shooter that has zero new ideas.

    So screw this guy, I will not buy you’re games, because all he cares about is graphics. Gameplay takes a back seat at Crytek, I’m more of a gameplay first guy…. then graphics.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Lewis247

    By that logic then it’s the 40% that Crytek can’t seem to do well or realise matters the most.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    Bullshit, good games have been and forever will be about gameplay and great artdesign. graphics are just the cream topping. i do not want some cream on every cake i eat though, sometimes i just want a purer taste as well.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Quige

    Just finished Crysis 3 and in my opinion they really need to concentrate on that other 40% then. Was very disappointed by the gameplay in Crysis 3, having enjoyed Crysis 2 quite a bit with several play throughs. The stealth + bow started out a good idea but actually sucked a lot of the tension out of the game. Every situation could be dealt with by stealth and shoot arrows. A lot of the upgrades didn’t seem that useful either once you’d put some points into hacking assistance and a couple of others. Not often I don’t go back for another play through but don’t think I will for this one.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Lengendaryboss

    Oh god i feel like smacking this pompous, arrogant CEO right in the face. Graphics matter, it doesn’t matter if the gameplay is given 40%, i be bored out of mind through playthrough.
    It should be 50/50 or 100/100, basically you provide the best output on all fronts.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DreamCleaver

    It’s thanks to Crysis’ graphics that made it stand out so much in the first place.

    It’s even more prevalent in Crysis 2 and 3 where the gameplay is adequate, at best. Graphics matter, for Crysis, because it’s the only thing that raises it out of the swamp of mediocrity.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Eddie Rodrigues

    @30 He didn’t said it was the most important, and “60% of the game” is the combination of all visual effects and the audio (and other things surrounding art) plus physics.

    I want to play a game with appealing graphics, be it realistic or cartoonish

    #32 2 years ago
  33. redwood

    i played crisis and the “gameplay” didn’t matter :D

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Da Man

    60 percent? Not 61 or 59?

    Typical marketing for typical isolated nerds.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. malethief

    Not sure where he’s coming from. Graphics add to the game they aren’t the thing that matters most. It’s a factor for some just like gameplay, fun factor, and length are

    #35 2 years ago
  36. jevonski

    aesthetics matter more than graphics.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. f5inglurker

    Crysis graphics were god awful namely because of its art direction, and poor visual fx. I really mean that! It looked like a terrible extended tech demo which more or less is what it was! Honestly ask yourself did you complete the game or uninstall it?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Djoenz

    Wow it seems lately everything Microsoft related is giving me a bad taste in the mouth.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. DSB

    At least he didn’t tell anyone to deal with it.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Clupula

    How no one referenced this immediately after he said that, I don’t know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQXbyeztSe4

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Djoenz

    SE is doing the same with FFXIII style over substance ffs no wonder costs are skyrocketing etc..

    Oh well “Tough titty”.

    I remember Dragon Age the shittest graphics Ive ever seen but as soon as I went for a mage I was in love with that game.

    @40 wahaha omg the graphics are too much

    “Believe it the graphics are there your mind just cant process it xD

    #41 2 years ago
  42. _LarZen_

    “Crytek: graphics “matter,” are “60% of the game””

    And suddenly it made sense why Crytek games are so bad…

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Mjorh

    doesn’t make sense really ! i think it depends on the kind of game ur playin , suppose ur playin a puzzle game , graphic doesn’t matter that much on the other hand if ur playin FPS it matters so much , however not as gameplay ! as i said it depends on genre…

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Clupula

    @41 – I could totally imagine the Crytek CEO watching that video and thinking it was complimentary.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Djoenz

    @44
    I have to admit though that swamp scene with the frog..I havent seen anything like it before.. Am I missing out? cause that did look freaking delicious.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Clupula

    @45 – NOW YOU’RE ENTRANCED BY THE GRAPHICS!!!!

    #46 2 years ago
  47. xxJPRACERxx

    Graphics are important to me, I just can’t play play a game with ugly graphics. But gameplay is still the most important thing, it count like 80% of the game.

    PS: It would be nice to see the post # when using the mobile theme.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. OlderGamer

    Tell that to the indie guys. In short, imo, it is thinking like this that creates so much of the same ole crap and stiffles inovation.

    Case in point, the WiiU is a hell of an inovative way to play games. The GamePad dramaticly chnages the way games can be played, and in a good way. But all most gamers see are “last generations grafix”.

    He is right grahpics matter, too much imo. Now I am not looking to go play on a PSx anymore. However, I think too much gets made of a games graphics sometimes.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. ManuOtaku

    For me is 20% graphics 80% gameplay, but i know iam quite a minority here.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Bomba Luigi

    “People say that graphics don’t matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter,”

    Its funny, the last Time I played Crysis I realized that Graphic dosn’t matter. It was nice to look at, but booring and stupid when it comes to Gameplay or Story.
    Of Course its good to have good Graphics, of course it can help to provide a better experience, but all the best Graphics are usless when the Rest is bad. Then the Game is just Shit.

    But that is something Crytek never will understand.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Digital Bamboo

    Graphics matter to a varying degree depending on the game & genre.

    For Crysis games, 60% sounds about right, as they are widely used to show what high-end PC’s can do visually. For countless others…not so much.

    But I’m really having difficulty connecting the dots between better graphics and better sound design. What about games like Xenogears and Nier? They’re not much to look at, but have stunning soundtracks.

    Yerli just needs to add another 30% and he’ll have full-blown Lucasitus.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. monkeygourmet

    I keep going on about it;

    But ‘Mario Galaxy 1/2′ are perfect examples of amazing graphics and gameplay / control.

    Crytek can only dream of creating something even a 1/4 of the quality.

    Mario Galaxy even used old hardware and still ran silky smooth…

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Battler624

    and yet megaman x6 is still one of my top games of all time..
    oh yeah and lets not forget minecraft, its the ultimate graphics right?

    #53 2 years ago
  54. CL4P-TP

    screw graphics. make 100% gameplay 0% graphics. text based gameplay is where its at

    #54 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]