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Metro: Last Light doesn’t treat you like a moron

Monday, 13 May 2013 17:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Metro: Last Light is a dark, provocative shooter that neither coddles or insults your intelligence. VG247′s Dave Cook plays the final code and explains why it’s a breath of fresh air.

Metro: Last Light

Developed by Ukraine studio 4A Game, Metro: Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033

While Metro 2033 was based on the book by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro: Last Light is a brand new story set in the same world.

The game’s script and dialogue were penned by Glukhovsky, and will make up part of his next book Metro 2035.

You can read my interview with Glukhovsky – in which we discuss how he wrote the story and more – right here.

Metro: Last Light hits PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 across North America from May 14, and across Europe on May 17.

Narrative in shooters can be hit or miss. On one hand you could try to crowbar sentiment and empathy into a game like Call of Duty, only to obliterate the impact by following it up with yet another bombastic duck-shoot sequence.

Does the hail of gunfire that threads these scenes together water down the plot, or do these tales get in the way of the action? Should these games simply shut up and get back to the wanton slaughter of faceless foes, or is there room for deep stories in the genre?

I’m guessing that the answer would be different for everyone but personally I’ve experienced – actually, ‘endured’ is probably a better word – countless scenes that are supposed to be touching, only to have them crippled under the weight and din of the ludicrous battles that followed.

It worked in Half-Life because of the game’s ambiguity. Most of the story is left up to your imagination, and that is a neat way to tackle these particular problems.

The world is largely what you make it, just like Gordon Freeman is – in essence – a blank canvas for the player to paint his or her characteristics onto.

I’m quite far through Metro: Last Light now but due to many factors I’ve yet to finish it. So this isn’t a review by any means, but I really wanted to touch on the way the game treats you with real respect in terms of both plot and gameplay.

It’s a remarkable thing that delivers real narrative heft, hammering you constantly with its bleak tone, scenes of extreme violence and lack of hand-holding. It’s about time we had another FPS that doesn’t shepherd you every step of the way, or corrodes its own integrity with dialogue that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Jason Statham film.

So we all know that Metro: Last Light is a game about the apocalypse. World War III has turned the planet into an ashen wasteland where radiation has rendered its surface uninhabitable. In Moscow, the populace has taken up residency in the city’s sprawling Metro underground network.

Protagonist Artyom is on a path of redemption, trying to make amends for a terrible deed carried out in the first game – I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t played it. So off he trots, wading right through the middle of a bubbling civil war between the Metro’s various factions and getting his hands very bloody in the process.

But for all of its harrowing scenes and sense of constant despair, it’s an optimistic game. Life before World War III is scarcely mentioned. Instead, NPCs talk about soldiering onwards, about salvaging what they’ve been left with, about rebirth. You see families with young children enduring their lot in life, and it’s clear that this is – in actuality – an optimistic story.

It’s still as depressing as hell though, but it’s very smart too. The dialogue is clever, there are personal stories to be found everywhere – be it a mother consoling her child after he loses his teddy bear, or people citing Russian poets. These stories are tangible and they are told in a believable tone. As a literary work, – to me – Metro 2033 author Dimitry Glukhovsky has penned a compelling piece in Last Light. Writing is subjective after all.

There are no ‘OORAHS’ or ‘broseph-speak’. Just people with stories; avatars emulating life. You can still kick back and play the game without giving the plot much thought, but you’d be fool to do that as the Metro network is a place you really can invest yourself in if you spend time hearing people out. The end result is that you’ll have a greater appreciation for Artyom’s station in the world as you progress.

It’s a tough place to live, clearly, and this actually translates to the game’s central mechanics too. There’s a notable lack of typical HUD elements. There’s no health bar, no constant ammo counter, no mini-map and best of all, none of those intrusive objective markers, I’m glad that the latter is absent as it’s really becoming an excuse for lazy signposting lately.

Artyom’s flashlight will run out of juice over time, and it doesn’t simply recharge on its own. Instead you have to find a safe spot and whip out his battery device and pump it up manually. If you want to see where you need to go next you have to equip Artyom’s compass, leaving him open to attack unless you’re careful.

It’s a hard game too, with hidden treasures – both in the form of loot and NPCs tucked away – down roads less-travelled, and it never once treats you like an idiot. I recently wrote a blog about a hidden area I found off the Metro line, in which a young woman is almost raped.

If you save her in time you don’t get an achievement, and there is no loot reward. She just curls up in a ball and cries. I found it strange at the time. But that’s how it would happen in real life, and while it may seem like a small scene, it challenged my pre-conceived notion of game design and reward mechanics.

This is a bold game that will absolutely challenge your perception at many junctures. It can surprise, shock, upset and scare you all in one chapter, but most important of all it will entertain you. Thoroughly.

So if you’re sick to the back teeth of the way some genres and franchises seem to deliver more explosions and chest-beating bravado, than brain cells and provocation, then I implore you to play Metro: Last Light. It may be murky and at times downright sad, but it’s given me hope that shooters aren’t turning into mindless run-and-gun exercises.

Alongside BioShock: Infinite, this – to me personally – deserves a place as one of the best-written shooters of the generation. The streamlined core gameplay is, sadly, cause for another debate entirely. But then again I’m yet to finish the game, so maybe this is something worth returning to once I’ve beaten it?

Let us know what you think if you check it out when it releases on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 across North America from May 14, and across Europe from May 17.

Disclosure: To assist in writing this piece, Deep Silver sent Dave a copy of Metro: Last Light on Xbox 360. No merchandise or advertising was offered or accepted.

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19 Comments

  1. Lincks_RUS

    *_*

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Yep, Day-1 for me. Gonna buy it for PC, hope my rig can still handle it. I loved the first Metro. You could compare the atmosphere only to the STALKER series. IMO it even surpassed the series by a mile. It simply does so many things right when it comes to narrative. The atmosphere is as thick as it gets, there is no hand holding and the difficulty is just right.

    IMO, it’s everything the Bioshock series is not: Show, don’t tell. The writing is sharp, especially in the russian version. The world and the people in it feel real. They talk about their needs, their situation, the world before and philosophy.

    There is a certain scene from the first Metro I won’t forget. I just entered base of the Neo Nazis and the first thing I heard were two fascists talking to each other. Now, what could they talk about? Probably how they are superior to everyone else of course!

    But you didn’t find that here. Your curiosity and exploration is rewarded, not just with more ammo/money, filters and the chance of a better ending but with things that made the world and its characters more believable.

    Those fascists talked about their families and what would happen to them if they would die here. How they can’t expect the “Sturmbannführer” to take care of their families.

    I went from “Oh yeah, fucking Nazis to kill!” to “I have to do everything I can to avoid a fight with those guys.”

    I remember giving a little boy a piggyback ride to his station, listening to his perspective of the world. The world is so bleak, it’s surprising how cheerful a kid can be. Some of the things he said made me smile, because of how innocent and naive they sounded. Even little things seemed to amaze him. Yet they didn’t put him there just so you have a comic relief. This is a “real” kid and it lost someone, naturally that experience impacted it.

    I don’t even remember if the book had the kid in it, but I’m glad he was in the game.

    Anyway, I can’t wait for the second installment in the series.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Bomba Luigi

    Nah, sorry, but these “Please pay to unlock difficult Mode” makes me feel like an Idiot when I buy this Game. Really don’t care anymore if the Game itself is good or not, was never really sure if I want that Game or not.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ps3fanboy

    it’s only Deep Silver that treat you like a moron… with their $5 difficult Mode. i don’t accept being treated like a moron, so i am not gonna support this shit!

    if anyone want to play this i strongly suggest you go get it of piratebay. this will send a strong message to the idiots at deep silver that the shit their doing is not accepted.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @4
    Lock them up, throw away de key and batton down de hatches it time to drink rum and coke and live de good life of a pirate :D Damn my pirate speak is not so good.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. PEYJ

    @ Dave

    Have you any idea how long the game will be? I haven’t read the article as I don’t want any spoilers (only the length).

    #6 2 years ago
  7. noamlol2

    great article
    i’ve read it all and enjoyed every part of it

    yet i’m still angry over the fact of that 5$/pre-order ranger diffculty mode

    -WHY?
    why do they do this? is 5$ soooooooooo fucking neccesry for them to aquire from loyal metro fans?

    i don’t want to support this but i do want to support 4A games

    and people for the love of god (if he cares)
    don’t pirate their work (4A’s) they have no control over the DLC
    only deep silver has

    and those people who worked their ass off for this game deserve a share

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    May be an odd question but can the game be played completely in Russian with English subtitles?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    i’ll pirate the shit out of this game. deep silver is going down!! enuff is enuff!!!1

    #9 2 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @8: Not odd at all and yes, you can play it in russian with english subs, just like the first one.

    @9: Shut your fucking face.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. MidlifeAxe

    How much face palming I’m doing as I’m reading these comments referring to this whole $5 situation. You realize that was the retailers, don’t you?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @11: No, they don’t seem to get that.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. cyruz

    I just registered to comment. Well-written article, thanks. I pre-ordered the game many months ago. The EU release date is May 17, which kinda sucks, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

    Metro 2033 already had pretty good story-telling. Even if there were some technical shortcomings, it’s still a very great game. With the now added polish additional to a great story, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it very much.

    I’ll be very depressed if I can’t save that women though, that’s messed up.

    @Clupula:
    I believe you can. If you dig around their Twitter page and tweets from the last 2 days, I’m sure you’ll find your answer. They mentioned it and I’m positive you can play it in Russian as well as English, but I’m not sure whether you can switch audio language and subtitle language separately.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    “but I’m not sure whether you can switch audio language and subtitle language separately.”

    That was possible in the first game, so it should be possible in the second one as well.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Vashya

    metro has always been stalker on rails for console babys

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    I’d like to repeat what so many people still don’t seem to get:

    If you buy the game at launch (retail), you will have the Ranger Mode.

    Also keep in mind that Ranger Mode in the first Metro 2033 was only free for PC. It did cost Xbox users.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Llewelyn_MT

    @11&12: I’m well aware it’s the retailer’s fault. Therefore I’m not getting it from the retailer. If an independent game studio goes into partnership with a crappy retailer they should blame themselves. These are unfair practices that won’t get support from me. I never preorder, so I will get it one day on Steam sale, thus bypassing the surcharge.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Clupula

    Cool. I don’t speak Russian, but I’m one of those people who always feels it definitely gets me into a game more when the characters speak the language that they would speak in real life (it’s why I am usually never opposed to Japanese games with European looking characters getting dubbed into English and why I wouldn’t play a dubbed Yakuza game).

    #18 2 years ago
  19. CyberMarco

    Does it have a quick-save feature?

    #19 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]