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Halo Spartan Assault: pocket rocket

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 13:59 GMT By Stace Harman

Is that a Halo in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? Stace Harman takes a first look at Halo: Spartan Assault as the series makes a long overdue return to PC. Sort of.

Halo: Spartan Assault

Halo: Spartan Assault is Windows-8-exclusive title developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games.

To promote Halo: Spartan Assault and further bulk-out its fiction, 343 has teamed-up with Dark Horse comics to produce a three-part tie-in story called Halo: Initiation, which offers more insight into the Human-Covenant wars.

There’s no Master Chief, instead players have the choice of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis and the option to customise their appearance and loadouts before each mission.

Halo: Spartan Assault launches in July, worldwide pricing is yet to be announced but it will retail for $6.99 in the US.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows-8-exclusive, single-player twin-stick shooter. It features touch-optimised controls and will provide a mobile Halo experience that’s supported by optional micro-transactions.

If you’re still reading then please set aside your cynicism for the next five minutes so that we can explore just what all of that means.

I’ll start with an admission, Halo: Spartan Assault is not what I expected to see when I accepted Microsoft’s invitation to experience its new, “non-console” Halo project.

I was thinking it would be something along the lines of the recently confirmed Halo: Bootcamp or, at a push, a PC-collection of its notably absent Halo releases from the past six years.

Instead, Halo: Spartan Assault is an arcade-style, top-down shooter for Windows 8 whose fictional purpose as a battle-simulator program aboard the UNSC Infinity addresses the question that’s on nobody’s lips: what do Spartans do for fun?

The answer will soon be apparent as the game is on its way to Windows 8 as early as July.

As a Windows 8 exclusive (did I mention that yet?), Halo: Spartan Assault will be available for all devices that run Microsoft’s latest operating system and while that certainly includes laptops and desktop PCs, the design ethos has been focused primarily on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

“We wanted to create a mobile Halo experience that you can take with you wherever you go but we wanted to make the right mobile experience, we didn’t want to just make a port of the console game,” explains Dan Ayoub, executive producer of publishing at 343 Industries.

“Halo has always defined the platform that it’s on, it’s always been the crown jewel of Xbox and Microsoft and we wanted to do the same thing here, we wanted players and other people in the industry to look at this and say ‘wow, how are they making the game look and sound this good.’”

At this point, disgruntled PC Halo fans may be asking not how 343 and co-developer Vanguard Games are doing it, but why. With only two of seven previous Halo titles released on PC, why is the series returning to the platform with an off-shoot of the main franchise?

The answer lies in that desire to create a mobile Halo experience, the host operating system’s mobile-friendly architecture and the simple notion that Halo: Spartan Assault looks to be aimed more directly at those searching for a quality mobile arcade-shooter than it is at series aficionados.

The Sarah Palmer Chronicles

That said, franchise fans will appreciate the wider Halo fiction that underpins Spartan Assault. Set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, Spartan Assault tells the story of Sarah Palmer and the events that led her from a UNSC Shock Trooper to become the Spartan commanding officer aboard the Infinity warship.

The game exists inside the Halo universe as a battle simulator that the UNSC uses to both educate and entertain its current crop of Spartan hotshots on their days off. The simulator serves to highlight important conflicts in the UNSC’s history, in this case the battle of Dreatheus 5 that took place in 2552 when a splinter sect of the Covenant ignored a ceasefire and attacked a UNSC installation.

This fiction provides a jumping-off point for Halo: Spartan Assault’s 25 levels, which each last between 5 and 10 minutes and include shooting aliens, planting bombs, commandeering vehicles, defending bases and the odd escort mission.

Ayoub estimates that playing through all of the levels will take around 2.5 hours and so the focus is really on replay value, which is added via mission-specific challenges, such as killing 20 grunts with a plasma pistol or destroying two shield turrets with a grenade. There are also varied weekly challenges and global leaderboards to keep you interested.

Meanwhile, Halo 4 players will be able to earn XP, achievements and medals while stat-tracking will be incorporated via Halo Waypoint and multi-platform play will allow progress to be tracked across all of your Windows 8 devices.

Of course, control schemes across those devices will vary. Halo: Spartan Assault will support keyboard and mouse on launch for laptop and desktop platforms, while Xbox controller support will be added a few weeks later. However, it’s the touch controls of tablets and mobiles that are intended as the primary input for Halo: Spartan Assault.

To this end, 343 and Vanguard have found an effective solution to the problem of “gliding”, where your thumbs gradually move up toward the top of the screen of a tablet device due to the lack of purchase on the smooth surface.

Here, movement is handled by the left thumb while shooting is assigned to the right and, without finicky on-screen thumbsticks, these controls will work no matter where your thumbs move to on the screen. At any point you can lift your thumbs away from the screen and plant them back down in either corner in order to reset their position.

Other controls involve double-tapping for melee and visible on-screen buttons for grenades, picking up items, swapping weapons and activating Spartan abilities. Vehicles utilise the same control set-up as when on foot with the exception of double-tapping being the trigger to fire heavy weaponry such as cannons.

The economic environment is still being finalised, but Ayoub explains that there will be two different currency types: one you earn and one you buy. Weapons, temporary boosts and customisation items can be purchased via microtransactions or earned in-game, though there is currently no word on whether certain goodies will only be obtainable by via one currency or the other.

From a brief hands-on with a handful of levels on a Windows 8 tablet, Halo: Spartan Assault looks to provide a series of fun, bite-sized levels with solid controls, high-quality visuals, recognisable weapons and Covenant species, familiar sound effects and ample replay opportunities.

What Halo: Spartan Assault does not provide is an answer to PC players’ ongoing calls that they be permitted to conclude the original Halo trilogy; nor does it offer them the chance to experience 343 Industries’ own Halo 4.

Instead, Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows-8-exclusive, single-player twin-stick shooter. It features touch-optimised controls and will provide a mobile Halo experience that’s supported by optional micro-transactions. So, does your cynicism tell you that’s all you need to know or is your curiosity urging you to give it a try?

Halo: Spartan Assault is a Windows 8 exclusive title that’s set for release in July 2013.

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22 Comments

  1. Gheritt White

    The game that literally NOBODY was asking for. MS have officially run out of fresh ideas.

    There’s lots of scope for a tablet/smartphone game set in the Halo universe… but a twin stick shooter? REALLY? Talk about setting the bar waaaaay low.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Jonathan42TD

    I’m worried for the future of Microsoft. They are really loosing it! First the XboxOne, now this… this… sad excuse for a Halo game. They have absolutely no interest into making fresh, new IPs. What a disappointment!

    They just want to cash in on any given chance, just because the greedy bastards will do anything in their power to alienate themselves from the gaming community by selling out to mainstream consumers who don’t care much for games, just a TV that watches you when you sleep.

    The PS4 will stand over the XboxOne, and become this generations console. E3 is just a few more days away… that’s all I’m saying!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    I like twin stick shooters. Actually a real lack of good ones on iOS (I’m still amazed an MTX version of Geometry Wars hasn’t surfaced).

    I won’t play it as I don’t have a Windows device, but it looks nice enough.

    Feel like they’d have made a killing if they had gone multiplat.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TheBlackHole

    @2

    “They just want to cash in on any given chance, just because the greedy bastards will do anything in their power to alienate themselves from the gaming community by selling out to mainstream consumers who don’t care much for games, just a TV that watches you when you sleep.”

    Funny that, being a business and all.

    Remind me how well Sony’s hardware and platform division is doing?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Edo

    Ha ha ha ha NO!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Jonathan42TD

    @4

    A business, yes, I agree.

    How well is Sony’s hardware and platform division doing? In a word, ok. They’re not doing exceedingly well, but “ok”. Microsoft, however, is not doing any better. Both companies want to affirm themselves in peoples lives through consoles, phones, etc., but they have are not succeeding in a way that they expected, because they have other competition. Its a business, yes.

    On the other hand, their consoles speak differently. Sony has oriented the PS4 towards gamers. Microsoft has oriented the XboxOne towards a general public that want a multi-media device for their necessities.

    Microsoft has stated over and over again, that the console is for gamers who want a “better experience of entertainment”; and that’s a nice thought, but it still isn’t as promising as to what people want out of a gaming console, which basically are games, not a TV!

    I could be wrong, that’s a possibility. But… after reading and hearing all of their new policies on “Always-online” and “disc-linked profiles”, I just really feel let down. Maybe they will bring new models in the future with less restrictions, or gamer-friendly policies, who knows?

    Thanks for the comment ;D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    Other people put £thousands into their hobbies.

    Some so-called gamers whinge because they can’t ‘borrow’ a game.

    Not real gamers IYAM…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    Should have been a touchscreen Halo Wars RTS sequel…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    @7 Yup, I know a guy that likes racing. So he bought a new Caterham Seven (Zetec 1.6 if you care) at £18,000. He had to put it together himself. 2 weeks spent doing so, followed by days of tweaking. He then spends tons on race days, insurance, repairs, a trailer and a car to tow it with and so on. That’s a fucking expensive hobby. Makes ours look bloody cheap by comparison :D

    #9 2 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    @8:

    Yeah, those screens make me wonder why they ever canned Halo Wars.

    One of the best games MS have ever made…

    @9:

    Yep. Even Sunday league football needs a whole lot of money spent on a regular basis.

    Skiing, tennis, golf, paintball, and even keeping fit costs a load of money these days.

    I honestly couldn’t imagine having a hobby where I rely on other people giving me stuff they don’t want anymore.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheBlackHole

    #6

    “Microsoft, however, is not doing any better.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22210762
    $6b in profits and beating market predictions. I’m not being a pedant, but Microsoft are doing better than okay, even considering the Windows 8 debacle.

    “what people want out of a gaming console, which basically are games, not a TV!”

    But X1 clearly isn’t a television, it’s a very powerful piece of hardware that allows you to watch television through the device, via whatever cable box you already have. It’s simply being a hub for all your entertainment so you don’t have to keep switching channels and devices. It’s not a set top box, it’s a gaming console with a lot of bells and whistles, whether you want them or not.

    “after reading and hearing all of their new policies on “Always-online” and “disc-linked profiles” ”

    You mean the policies they haven’t actually released yet, and stated they would explain in greater depth at a later date? I admit that their attempts to explain the issues have been awkward at best and piss poor at worst, but ultimately nobody knows what these ‘restrictions’ genuinely amount to.

    Also, I’d like to point out that millions of PC gamers manage to cope with Steam and its restrictive DRM and lack of sell-on policies. I don’t see people damning Valve. I hate that blatant hypocrisy, but it’s not unexpected, sadly.

    Appreciate the response – always a good debate on this site.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ysleiro

    @#12 TheBlackHole

    Don’t bother citing legit numbers. Most commentators don’t know how these companies are doing (stock market) in the first place. The very fact he said “isn’t doing any better” means he is just clueless. MS and Sony are in VERY different financial situations.

    Guys complaining about this game: Would you have preferred 343 create another FPS only this time for touch devices? (WOULD THAT HAVE WORKED?)

    Give the studio a freaking break it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s different and looks new.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ayman03

    I hate M$ so very very much

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ps3fanboy

    Look at that shit, it’s just what every Halo fan wanted, HAHAHAHAHA!!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Hcw87

    Atleast it’s not Killzone, right?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    @16 Killzone is hardly as successful as Halo and as such fans are very picky to what they want to see. Personally this and the Halo TV series is not what no-one asked for.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    @18 after micro$haft have killed off their halo game and made into a crappy rts clone. only for win8 and tablets/mobil phones… i can promise you killzone will be the more successful.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Merlot

    As long as virtual controls are done right will be instant buy for my Nokia920.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. noamlol2

    the halo series died with the takeover of 343i

    Halo 4 was a disaster-a piss poorly made game, with terrible story,balls to the wall shot everthing that moves, and half finished multiplayer with a crappy comunity

    no thx, no more halo 4 me

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Jonathan42TD

    @12
    “But X1 clearly isn’t a television, it’s a very powerful piece of hardware that allows you to watch television through the device, via whatever cable box you already have. It’s simply being a hub for all your entertainment so you don’t have to keep switching channels and devices.”

    This feature that is implemented into the Xbox is set once the console is released in the U.S. In Europe, this feature will take some time before it is up and running when companies like Sky, Virgin, Ono or other free-view services have the needed requirements to broadcast the given channels through the box.

    Even so, doesn’t it seem that this console is tending towards an HTPC box? Given that the previous console already shared functions with WindowsMediaCentre, this console seems to be completely integrated for multi-media entertainment.

    You mentioned as well: “Also, I’d like to point out that millions of PC gamers manage to cope with Steam and its restrictive DRM and lack of sell-on policies.”
    This is true, and it is a pain in the backside. But that was one of the benefits of having a console; not to go through so many restrictions just to enjoy a game. Alas, now it seems that this will soon cease to become a benefit, and more like another restrictive policy.

    So, one could say that the Xbox is actually a PC than a console, if you look at it.

    @13
    I’m sorry if my phrasing on Microsofts status was inadequate, but I was making a general comparison between both companies in a console-gaming situation, not in a financial situation.

    And in retrospect to the Halo game, it would have been nice to see a sequel to Halo Wars; thats just my opinion. I still have hopes for 343i.

    Thanks for the feedback. I enjoy a good debate!

    I’ll add this here if anybody finds it interesting:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S_ipybUR00

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Joe_Gamer

    Sweet! This is exactly the game that PC gamers…didn’t want at all. I fervently hope that Microsoft suffocates itself in it’s own fetid bowels as it turns itself inside out by jumping through it’s own asshole in a futile quest to become the one true “Apple”.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. redwood

    either you die a AAA with meager sales, or you sale millions of copies long enough to be spinned off into a mobile game.

    #22 2 years ago

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  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

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  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]