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Sony stays on target as E3 offers an open goal

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:24 GMT By Rob Fahey

E3 hasn’t officially started. The dust hasn’t settled on a heavy day of conferences. But Rob Fahey is ready to crown Sony king – and Microsoft has only itself to blame.

Today, we got to see something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in this industry before – one opponent on the ropes, and the other lapping up the crowd’s adulation as they kept on landing the punches. For Microsoft, this was simply brutal stuff.

I’m usually deeply skeptical of people trying to proclaim “winners” and “losers” from an event like E3. It’s always more complex than that – each conference contains a balance of good and bad, after all, and judging games from brief trailers and demonstrations is just as foolish as judging platform strategy from a few carefully worded sentences from executives. The most impressive E3 conferences often break down in the months that follow as the devil emerges from the details.

I can make an exception to my skepticism, just this once. There’s a clear two-way fight right now between Sony and Microsoft – two next-gen consoles based on very similar architecture and launching within weeks of one another. Today, we got to see something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in this industry before – one opponent on the ropes, and the other lapping up the crowd’s adulation as they kept on landing the punches. We can pick holes in Sony’s conference, certainly – there are holes to be picked – but for Microsoft, this was simply brutal stuff.

In the end, too, Sony’s triumph wasn’t actually about the games. For the past few weeks we’ve been praying that both platform holders would just focus on the games – and for the most part, both Microsoft and Sony lived up to that promise. Sony started slightly weakly, segueing from a strong commitment to continue supporting PS3 and Vita into a dull piece on movie and music content, but it quickly became apparent that the Sony Pictures exec had been wheeled out early on simply in order to get him out of the way quickly. Once Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida took the stage, it was all about games from there until the end of the conference.

Worldwide Studios is working on interesting stuff (30 PS4 titles, 20 in the first 12 months and 12 of those are brand new IP), while the roster of major third-parties supporting PS4 is as much a who’s who of development as you’d expect. Exclusives aren’t terribly thick on the ground within that roster, of course – the slightly glassy-eyed enthusiasm with which largely meaningless exclusive content (costumes, levels and so on) was announced is a testament to how cross-platform the next generation will be, just as this generation was. For exclusives, you need to look to Worldwide Studios (which, in fairness, houses some truly excellent development talent) and, perhaps even more interestingly, to Sony’s commitment to indie developers, which it spent much time and energy on re-stating.

Sony’s instructional video on how to share PlayStation 4 games. It knows exactly what it’s doing here.

In fact, Adam Boyes rapidly showcased eight games from eight different indie studios – some of them well-established creators, others entirely new teams and in at least one case, a team with no commercial releases to their name. All of them looked interesting; not all of them will be great, of course, but as a statement of intent this was remarkable. Boyes reiterated the magic words “self-publishing” and promised that PS4 would be the “most open and inclusive platform for developers”. The contrast with Microsoft’s message is stark; Phil Harrison seemed rather miffed at the suggestion that Microsoft doesn’t work with indies, yet where Sony talked up self-publishing and showed off eight interesting looking games, Microsoft’s response to indie-related criticism was to show off Minecraft – a game which had already made tens of millions of dollars before it came to Xbox. Minecraft is stupendous, don’t get me wrong, but a commitment to supporting creatively risky indie development it is not.

That being said, I’m not sure there was a lot to choose between Microsoft and Sony in terms of game software. I liked the Sony showing better, personally, but individual taste plays a big role in that. It’s telling that both companies ended with a game that essentially mixes Call of Duty with Halo – one from the makers of Call of Duty, one from the makers of Halo. Ultimately, you’ll be able to play most of the biggest hits of the next generation on either Xbox One or PS4, and whose exclusives you’ll prefer will be very much a personal choice.

So the moment when Sony “won” E3 wasn’t about games; or rather, it had everything to do with games, with your right to own and enjoy them as you see fit, with all the horrible corporate nonsense about licensing and reselling and sharing that we’ve been forced to sit through in the weeks since the Xbox One reveal. Many of us expected that Sony would announce something similar, albeit perhaps less restrictive than Microsoft’s plans. After all, Microsoft had presumably implemented this anti-sharing, anti-trade-in system at the demand of game publishers; wouldn’t Sony face the same demands?

The moment when Sony “won” E3 wasn’t about games; or rather, it had everything to do with games, with your right to own and enjoy them as you see fit, with all the horrible corporate nonsense about licensing and reselling and sharing that we’ve been forced to sit through in the weeks since the Xbox One reveal. You can forgive Jack Tretton, then, for milking the moment.

You can forgive Jack Tretton, then, for milking the moment. Sony may have faced the same demands, but it has faced them down. The PS4 places no restrictions on ownership beyond those we already understand – you can buy games, sell games, trade games and share games just as you do on your existing console. It doesn’t require an online connection to play games. It doesn’t need to check in with the mothership every 24 hours. Tretton couldn’t stop grinning as he spoke, announcing that the PS4 would do none of the things gamers have criticised about the Xbox One in the past few weeks. He kept drumming home the points, tearing apart Xbox One’s strategy bullet point by bullet point. The rousing cheers from the crowd as Tretton essentially announced “we’re going to do the same thing we did with PS3” were partially adulation for Sony, but they were mostly condemnation for Microsoft, whose entire strategy now looks isolated, anti-consumer and downright nasty. Tretton slaughtered them; last time I saw a massacre on this scale, The Rains of Castamere was playing.

From that moment on, this conference must have been agonising to watch in Redmond. Discussing PlayStation Plus, Tretton effectively announced that subscribers are going to get some of the launch software for PS4 free – an impressive giveaway which almost but not quite masked the fact that PS Plus is now going to be required for online multiplayer, although I suspect gamers will forgive Sony for slipping in that one piece of bad news. Next came a more subtle blow at Microsoft, as Halo creators Bungie popped up for a lengthy demo of Destiny, a hugely ambitious open-world shooter that looks a lot like Microsoft’s most cherished Xbox IP. It’s not an exclusive on PS4 (although there’s an “exclusive partnership”, whatever that’s meant to mean), but its very presence there will rankle, no doubt.

Finally, Andrew House took the stage again for one final bombshell. PS4 is out this November in the US and Europe (not in Japan?), and it’s going to cost $399 / £349 – a full $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, despite higher system specifications and less restrictions on ownership. It was a killer blow; a delighted House looked like he wanted to drop the microphone and walk off stage there and then.

Sony didn’t do anything truly special. It’s Microsoft who provided an open goal – Sony just kicked the ball in a vaguely straight line and scored one of the most dramatic goals in E3’s lengthy history.

A $399 console with some decent games which doesn’t demand constant connection to the Internet and allows you to share and trade-in your games is, well, exactly what we expected and wanted from this generation. It’s not a radical departure – it’s just a solid, reasonable console business model, spiced up with some clever things like indie self-publishing and cloud gaming support. That’s, in some ways, the extraordinary thing here – Sony didn’t do anything truly special. It’s Microsoft who provided an open goal – Sony just kicked the ball in a vaguely straight line and scored one of the most dramatic goals in E3’s lengthy history. All the adulation, the cheering, the “thank god for Sony!” comments on websites and social networks – this is all a response to a company simply doing what it’s always done, in the face of a competitor making the huge, stupid mistake of treating its consumers like idiots and thieves.

It’s a long way to November and, while it will undoubtedly be embarrassing, Microsoft still has time to backtrack, while Sony still has time to mess things up. “Winning” E3 doesn’t mean a lot in the final analysis; it’s how you back up your E3 showing in the months and years that follow that actually matters. Yet, all that being said, I’ve never seen an E3 victory like this one. Winning actually wasn’t about the games, in the end. It was about something even more fundamental – showing some respect to the people who buy your products.

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29 Comments

  1. John117

    “It’s telling that both companies ended with a game that essentially mixes Call of Duty with Halo – one from the makers of Call of Duty, one from the makers of Halo.”
    Except if I buy Xbox One I can play both though. Or if you are one of the smug PC guys since almost every game announced for the PS4 will be for PC as well :S

    #1 2 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    I didn’t stay up for the Sony conference but they seem to have nailed it. Pity they couldn’t manage an October release just to put the boot in, maybe in Japan.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    “Except if I buy Xbox One I can play both though. ”

    Except the Ps4 will be getting exclusive content. THe Ps4 you just have to wait a year and TitanFall will be on that system.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. fihar

    To sum up, Sony didn’t won E3.
    Microsoft simply lost it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. backup

    Sony won by mile
    xbots and PC pirates left crying

    #5 2 years ago
  6. machy

    couldn’t agree more .. great article

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cobra951

    That was a terrific read. Thank you. I don’t remember a previous time in this industry when heroes and villains were this clearly defined. And my history with gaming goes all the way back to its humble beginnings.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. machy

    @1 in terms of games
    Sony:
    killzone: sf
    infamous
    drive club
    the order
    knack
    and 15 more to come all from the 1st party studious
    unlike MS most of those titles were from 3rd party which ms had to buy them to fell the hole in the 1st party .. in terms of exclusively Sony always out runs MS it’s a given fact , take a look at ps3 and 360

    the e3 actuly made it easy form me to wait a lit bit before heading to ps4 … too many hits exclusively are coming to ps3 great titles which I can’t simply mess, starting with the last of us all the way to rain

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mistermogul

    I declare Nintendo the winner! ;)

    Actually well done to Sony, you will get my money, yay!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Great article – sums it up perfectly.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. BraveArse

    “this is all a response to a company simply doing what it’s always done, in the face of a competitor making the huge, stupid mistake of treating its consumers like idiots and thieves.”

    This, a million times this. I’m actually thinking of ditching Microsoft altogether including for business use. My adobe creative cloud stuff will just transfer to Mac I think, and I’m just about ready to upgrade my kit.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. polygem

    microsoft really positioned themselves there. i do not feel sorry for them. i still cannot believe they did what they did.
    let´s wait for sales though…there could be a huge market for a tv, sportsgames, shallowshooter box.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. mistermogul

    I am getting the feeling that MS will really have to re-consider their stance with 24 hour connection and used games. If they don’t then they really are arrogant.

    They’re getting so much negative press it’s crazy (though understandable and warranted).

    It really is time share holders kicked Ballmer out too. MS have been useless since he took charge and now their most successful division has lost the plot.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. BraveArse

    Totally agree re: Ballmer. He’s the archetypal corporate psychopath. Arrogant, aggressive and eventually it always becomes apparent that they’re really bad at their job, depending on having good people around them. His problem, I think, is that he drove a lot of the talent out.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Beta

    @13 I agree. Though can they really go back on their choices? The publishers would not be happy for one.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. orakaa

    Excellent article. Thank you Rob, you took the words out of our mouths :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. manamana

    Great read, Rob! Congrats, you perfectly summed up my feelings.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ge0force

    Excellent writing Rob, I really enjoyed reading it and I share your opinion completely!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. laughing-gravy

    That video, LOL!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Telepathic.Geometry

    @15: They can. They’d have to eat humble pie, but I honestly can’t see how they can afford not to now.

    Most gaming journos I’ve been listening to or reading have all heavily implied or outright said that the success of this MS move with regard to DRM and requiring online checks will depend heavily on what Sony does. I guess everyone assumed that they would have a similar thing going on but perhaps a little stricter here, a little more lenient there…

    Now that Sony is cheaper, freer, and technologically a little ahead, MS are in a really tough spot. It’s hard to know what hardcore Xbox Live gamers – used to high quality online gaming, and with an established gaming community – will do, but I don’t see how MS could NOT backtrack, if even only a little.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. laughing-gravy

    @13 & 14 Yep MSoft’s one over-riding and massive problem just happens to be that clown Ballmer. Surely it’s time to get rid of him isn’t it?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. GwynbleiddiuM

    Excellent read Rob, thanks.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. redwood

    just don’t fuck this up sony.. just .. don’t .. fuck.. this…up!!!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. yeoung

    Great read

    #24 2 years ago
  25. The_Red

    Excellent read. Especially loved the football example about empty goal.

    Just one thing though: Am I the only one who feels the “Share instructions” vid from Sony feels cheap and low (albeit in a entertaining and fun way).

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    Great read and fantastic video lol!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gigabomber

    Is this a comedic piece? Sony has said they will not impose fees, but they have not owned up to what the publishers will do. Sony is doing a great job of propagandizing and playing up microsoft’s mistakes, but they will introduce the same restrictive system, just you wait and keep drinking the koolaid, fanboys. I thought you Brits were more careful with grammar, this article proves me wrong, once again.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. NiceFellow

    @1 it is almost a given Titanfall is merely a timed exclusive. Respawn have already made comments it may come to other platforms later. We already know from PS3/360 gen that basically means it will definately come to other platforms.

    Also, if PS4 does sell better wordlwide (which is looking like a given unless MS eat a ton of humble pie and drop their price) you can be sure Titanfall will be heading to PS4 as soon as it contractually can.

    The only sure exclusives for either platform are those developed 1st party or where IP is owned even if developed by a 2nd/3rd party studio. Everything else is timed exclusive only – we know that from this gen.

    It’s a pity really – I enjoyed having both a 360 and PS3 this gen – but right now MS really do seem to have scored an own goal with people wanting a gaming console as the primary focus and unless they backtrack rapidly I think they’re going to pay for it.

    That damn 3rd console curse I guess.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. pacitobg

    Nice read Rob
    “Tretton slaughtered them; last time I saw a massacre on this scale, The Rains of Castamere was playing.”

    #29 2 years ago

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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

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  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

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  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

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  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

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  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

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  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

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  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

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  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

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  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

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  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

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  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

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  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

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  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

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  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

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  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

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  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

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  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

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