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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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    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

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  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

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  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

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  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

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  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

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  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

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  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]