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The Last of Us: first review heaps praise on Naughty Dog’s PS3 swansong

Friday, 31 May 2013 10:04 GMT By Dave Cook

The Last of Us reviews aren’t due yet, but movie mag Empire published its own appraisal of Naughty Dog’s PS3 farewell this morning. The article has since been pulled but not before the internet got its grubby paws all over it.

The 5/5 review was found here before it was nuked, but Videogamer has handily posted the best bits.

It’s an “easy contender for the best game of this console generation”, they said, and added, “The Last of Us is not just the finest game that Naughty Dog has yet crafted and an easy contender for the best game of this console generation, it may also prove to be gaming’s Citizen Kane moment, a masterpiece that will be looked back upon favourably for decades.”

Hot damn.

The Videogamer article kindly reminds readers that The Last of US demo that was bundle with God of War: Ascension will go live later today, but as you can see in my hands-on with it, you shouldn’t let it give you the full picture of the game. I personally thought it was weak.

But be sure to let us know what you think later today.

The Last of Us hits PS3 worldwide on June 14.

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81 Comments

  1. Iliad

    Definitely waiting on all the reviews for this one.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    The full review is here:
    http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/The-Last-of-Us-General/First-TLOU-Review-No-Spoilers/m-p/40516015#

    Apparently we’re also expecting MP details sometime today.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TrickyAudio

    Want.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    YES!!!!!!!!
    I’ve also heard it has one of the best openings to a game ever too…

    E3, Man Of Steel AND Last Of Us…. All in the same week! Damn!!!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Beta

    Nobody could be surprised by this :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Edo

    You guys might want to delete that post #6.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Beta

    @6 Shut up you cretinous little man.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Thanks man, done.

    What an idiotic thing to do @6

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    ^ I hope he’s getting more than just an edited post for that…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @10 I’ll have words.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Ohhh, my eyes are burning…. saw spoilers.
    Not.
    Still… saw them :(

    #6 Smells like alt account of some banned guy, any guesses? :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dragon246

    Yup. Definitely an alt account.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Beta

    How childish can you be sir? I don’t give a shit about spoilers since I’m going to enjoy it anyway. :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    @11 He has done it again!
    I guessing it was spoiler good thing i was sleeping, um lets see the multiplayer did not seem to bring the review down so i guess that dispels my fears of it being a flop but then again ND at the helm should have dispeled my fears. Supreme Greatness awaits when i pick it up June 14.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    What a cock.

    As I no longer have a PS3 I will most likely miss out on this one. I am a little surprised as from what I have seen didn’t impress me that much but if I did have a PS3, it seems like one that would be worth trying.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Beta

    POTENTIAL SPOILERS IN COMMENTS.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack

    @13…

    Dave, do your stuff.
    Frankly, intentional spoilers should be an immediate ban as they WILL repeat. If it’s a longtime viewer typing before thinking they may deserve 1 chance but I’ve never seen this guy post before, just ban him so I don’t glance at it again.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Beta

    I can have fun playing to see if what he posted was legit ;)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. woe

    Empire also gave LEGO: LOTR five stars, so take it with a grain of salt.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. bitsnark

    Got my copy all preordered!

    Loving all the good buzz surrounding this game and its the perfect way to cap off E3 week too!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @Dave
    So the reviews go live next week according to one site, who has the pleasure of writing their impressions?
    @Woe different people, different opinions your right in a way more people needed to make judgements.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Edo

    What a sad pathetic creature,I will not play this game since I don’t own a PS3 but I hope he din’t ruin the game for those who do.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Beta

    Sigh.. just ban it please.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    Fucking ban it now. Block its IP too if you can.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    @26 I can’t, I’m asking Pat to get it done but he’s not around.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. zinc

    Erm, are they spoilers though?

    I mean, who’s played it through? Guy could be talking utter shite :)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Beta

    Wake up Pat! :P

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @Dave
    The boss has the power while the employees have different sets of powers, strange.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @33 You poor sad troll, no one wants you.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Gekidami

    Pat doesnt want dedicated mods, fair enough. But i’ve always been baffled as to why he doesnt let the news editors ban people. This has happened before, if i recall correctly too.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Beta

    I’d offer a rebuttal. But frankly why waste the oxygen. :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. redwood

    can’t wait.. can’t wait

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Sini

    wii u GOTY candidate destroyed.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Dave Cook

    @36 No sorry. I can’t ban you, but Pat can. We’re speaking once he returns.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Samoan Spider

    A proper shame I don’t have a PS3 as this looks fantastic. Might need to arrange to borrow one for this.

    What a sad, pathetic little troll. Bye :)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Night Hunter

    It’s an “easy contender for the best game of this console generation”, they said, and added, “The Last of Us is not just the finest game that Naughty Dog has yet crafted and an easy contender for the best game of this console generation, it may also prove to be gaming’s Citizen Kane moment, a masterpiece that will be looked back upon favourably for decades.”

    Dat hyperbole …

    Hyyyyyyype!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Beta

    All day? Are you unemployed or a child on holiday from school?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Dave Cook

    @44 That’s me talking :P

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Samoan Spider

    Aw, gone already? It was actually quite fun to watch :D

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve unapproved all his comments, deleted his account and blocked his IP. No spoilers.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Beta

    Haha sorry Dave :D

    #41 2 years ago
  42. viralshag

    Pat Garratt, God of Gods, has spoken…

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Irani

    Shame to Naughty Dog , They are American Company and Why Work For Sony? For Enemy? Naughty Dog Is Home sales and Traitor.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Lengendaryboss

    @43
    This isn’t a war :) Which is what you make it sound.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Coheno

    Please stop Citizen Kane’ing my vidjagames, kthxbye!

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Samoan Spider

    @43 And you do realise that Japan are an incredibly strong ally of the US thought right?

    #46 2 years ago
  47. povu

    The first ‘leaked’ review is always very positive.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. mistermogul

    Anyone think this will come to the PS4?

    #48 2 years ago
  49. redwood

    @43 are you high or something?

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Joe Musashi

    @19 – Don’t be dissing Lego LOTR, that shit was tight!

    Oh, also..

    JM

    #50 2 years ago
  51. polygem

    still not hyped yet. i should be. what´s wrong with me?
    i mean i have a ps3 and all that.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Lengendaryboss

    @Poly
    Could it be your hyped for something else, GTA V, Battlefield, COD etc etc.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. polygem

    now that you name it, no :(

    not really

    i liked the deep down gameplay a lot and knack too, i play dark souls atm, love it and cannot wait for dark souls 2 (want to finsih the original first though – will take a while).

    was hyped for destiny like crazy when we first heard about some bits and pieces here and there 1,5 years ago but that has faded as well….so what´s wrong with me doc? what is it? how much time do i have left as a gamer?

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Lengendaryboss

    @Poly
    You will pull through as long as you put your priorities straight :D

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Moonwalker1982

    Could it be that the article on this site nog so long ago, about a rather average demo, was just that? An average demo but full game is fabulous?

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Beta

    Some other sites were also full of praise for that demo though. :)

    #56 2 years ago
  57. polygem

    @Moon: it´s just news about the first review of the game which happnes to be extremely positive. no personal opinion of the author here just news, the demo piece was a hands on opinion though…but yeah, i played plenty of bad demos and thought the full game was great or vice versa.

    @Legendary: thanks for the cure. will try doing that.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. polygem

    btw…is the demo available for everyone now on psn?

    ok read first post later, will go live later today. cool!

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Beta

    Got the countdown up now 3 hours 40 mins.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Moonwalker1982

    @Polygem

    The playable demo will go live for everybody today?

    Ah shit…only if you have Gow.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Hcw87

    No, only those with God of War Ascension can play it today. I’d rather wait even if i had GoW, release is close anway, and i got a week off for it.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Moonwalker1982

    Has the multiplayer even been detailed yet?

    #62 2 years ago
  63. Lengendaryboss

    @62
    No. Details are a few days away.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. tmac2011

    im really excited for this gazme, hoping multiplayer is good. @51 you dont have to be hyped for every single game, like im hyped really hyped for GTAV i got standard and collectors edition preordered. Last of us looks awesome and really detailed.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. No_PUDding

    To be fair Dave, you thought it was a weak demo, but even said you can’t judge it as it’s an excerpt of a larger piece.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. Clupula

    @43 – My god, he acts like Naughty Dog are working for an Iranian company or something.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. bitsnark

    @61

    Is that right? I thought the countdown hadn’t ended yet.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. Ireland Michael

    @51 For me its a weird sense of déjà vu every time I see videos. I feel like I’m looking at Uncharted with a twist. Everything about the design and camera and movement feels almost exactly like it.

    I’m sure the game will be fun, but this is probably going to be a rental for me, not a purchase,

    #68 2 years ago
  69. Beta

    @67 The countdown hasn’t ended. There’s about 1 hour 45 mins left.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Erthazus

    I preordered this thing already. Can’t wait to be honest.

    I wanted a Limited edition, but I don’t want ELLIE EDITION CRAP with STICKERS FOR PS3 CONTROLLER!

    * R A G E *

    #70 2 years ago
  71. TheLastDodo

    Also pre-ordered this, standard edition, just want the soundtrack. Got a few games to finish off first but I’m beyond hyped.

    Naughty Dog haven’t let me down yet, I don’t see TLOU bucking the trend.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. Beta

    I also have it pre ordered :D

    Unfortunately a few of us were potentially spoiled in this thread by some ass wrench, and thanks to Naughty Dog leaving a list of cutscene titles in the demo code. And apparently being stupidly descriptive with them.. But I’m still looking forward to it. :)

    I suggest anyone who is not spoiled avoid any media to do with TLoU.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. TheLastDodo

    @Beta

    Really? What a prick. I’m glad I accidentally slept in this morning now

    Been a vg247 reader for like last three years but only signed up today :)

    #73 2 years ago
  74. Beta

    @73 Unfortunately yeah. Now I have the fun of seeing if the prick was lying or not.

    But fortunately, I can still enjoy the whole story :)

    #74 2 years ago
  75. polygem

    Welcome Dodo!

    #75 2 years ago
  76. xxJPRACERxx

    Who was the asshole?

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Beta

    Some random troll. Never seen his username before. Probably some alt account of a previously banned user..

    #77 2 years ago
  78. polygem

    @Moon: ahh i didn´t get that either i thought the gow exclusive demo thing ended already and today it would be available for everyone…i even had ascension but traded it in. whatever, will check it out later then. no problemo. too busy with other games anyway atm.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. TheLastDodo

    @Polygem

    Thanks :)

    #79 2 years ago
  80. falconofstorms

    I was excited for this. Now I’m almost shaking in anticipation.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. CaptPierce

    Glad I didn’t see whatever spoiler there was earlier. That being said, E3 and this will make June all the better for me. Naughty are hands down the most consistent, talented developers out there, and this will be no different. Honestly can’t wait to enjoy this!

    #81 2 years ago

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    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

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

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

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

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

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

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

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

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

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

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

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

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

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

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

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

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

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

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

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

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

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

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

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

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

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

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

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

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

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

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

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

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

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

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

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

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

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

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

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