Sections

Arkham Origins – dissonance between gameplay, narrative

Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:11 GMT By Catherine Cai

Warner Bros Montreal has some big shoes to fill with Batman: Arkham Origins, thanks to the populartity of the Rocksteady titles in the series. So, how does it fare? We sent Catherine Cai to E3 to find out for us.

WB Montreal has done a fantastic job overhauling work from the previous two games and for the most part, melee combat still functions very much the same. What I found most impressive was the work that’s been done to touch-up detective mode.

Before I begin, I’m just going to make it clear that the hands-on Batman: Arkham Origins demo I played isn’t actually featured directly in the game itself. Instead, it’s a series of side missions, with elements that may be included in the finished game.

As a result, I wasn’t able to really get a good sense of what was going on, since you’re essentially dropped into the game and there were quests thrown at you in rather quick succession.

One of the first things Batman does as he swoops around Gotham City is beat down some Black Mask thugs, a great introduction to the game’s melee combat. Warner Bros. Montreal has done a fantastic job of overhauling Rocksteady’s work from the previous two games and for the most part, melee combat still functions very much the same.

However, it’s been touched up so that Batman handles a little more lithely and the AI feel like they’re definitely a little bit better equipped to fight back. Rather than functioning as little more than meat sacks with the brain capacity to every so often strike a blow at Batman, enemies are now able to counter Batman’s strikes and force him to counter mid-strike.

What I found most impressive was the work that’s been done to touch up detective mode. For most of the game, detective mode is still just the alternative view to mark out enemies and hint toward things like weakened walls, that otherwise wouldn’t be obvious. However, one of the side missions involved Batman having to solve a mysterious helicopter crash.

In that sequence, detective mode became more like a mini-game. I think the one flaw I did find with Rocksteady’s games is that while they nailed pretty much everything that a Batman comic is supposed to be, there was rather little investigative work to be done in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The puzzles, for the most part, were rather obvious after taking a gander around the world in detective mode.

When Batman locates the site of the helicopter crash, he switches to detective mode to figure out the crash trajectory. Detective mode now also involves time, and you can fast forward/rewind events virtually in order to help solve the crime.

Batman: Arkham Origins – Debut Trailer

Playing back the tape of the events, Batman is able to track where the helicopter was exactly when it lost control and crashed. He returns to the building where it stood, and in detective mode, he’s able to see that a bullet struck the tail rotor. He calculates the trajectory of the bullet and follows it up to another building. There lies the body of a cop holding a sniper rifle, but it doesn’t make sense for the cop to have shot down the helicopter.

Winding backwards and forwards through the tape, you’re able to see that someone else fired and killed the cop. The bullet then ricocheted and hit the helicopter, sending it spiraling down into the streets. Of course the shot was intentional and Batman concludes that the only individual capable of pulling off such a move would be Deadshot.

Warner Bros. Montreal has also introduced some new gadgets to add to Batman’s arsenal. The one that one of its developers took time to point out to me was the new Remote Batclaw. Essentially, this new toy allows Batman to tie any two things together, which is rather useful in combat. Enemies can now be tied to different parts of the environment or to each other, rendering them mobile for an easy takedown.

However much I enjoyed playing through Batman: Arkham Origins demo, I did walk away somewhat unsatisfied. Warner Bros. Montreal proved to me that it very much had a good handle on building off and improving the gameplay that Rocksteady had left the series with. That much is obvious. But my problem with Batman: Arkham Origins is that there’s a bit of dissonance between the narrative and the gameplay.

Batman: Arkham Origins is meant to be a prequel to the other two games in the series. In the timeline, it’s set just a few years after Frank Miller’s “Year One”, which features Bruce Wayne just stepping into the role of Batman. “Year One” showed Batman still trying to get his bearings on being a vigilante. The world’s greatest detective wasn’t just magically good at doing what he does. Even he had to be on training wheels and make a few mistakes. However, this inexperience, which supposedly is also a part of the narrative of Arkham Origins, isn’t translated across in the gameplay.

Games don’t necessarily need to have a good narrative in order to be fun. It’s an outdated philosophy because as interactive mediums, games have the potential to bring understanding about an experience in a narrative in a way that other forms of entertainment simply cannot. Unfortunately, it’s a philosophy that plenty of game designers still hold to.

As I mentioned previously, Batman still handles very much the same as he did in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Batman needs to feel “weak”, per se, but there should be something in the gameplay that shows that Batman hasn’t got it all figured out.

I spoke to the game’s art director Jeremy Price. He explained that the decision to not change up much of the gameplay for Batman is intentional.

“Gameplay comes first, right?” said Price. “You want to empower the player. You want the player to be Batman. It was a conscious decision that was made.

“Narratively-wise, yes, it’s a prequel. It’s the formative years of Batman, but at the same time, we still want the player to have a very enjoyable experience.”

I find that rather unsatisfactory.

I understand that Warner Bros. Montreal has some big shoes to fill with the legacy that Rocksteady’s left behind, and that’s a rather bad position to be in from a creative standpoint. Since it’s making another Arkham game, it better handle similarly to its predecessors and be satisfactory to its fans, lest the studio be damned and accused of ruining the franchise or something else equally heinous. But I don’t think this means that it can’t make adjustments to the gameplay in a way that would be true to the narrative without disrupting of how the game handles.

That’s chiefly one of my problems with games today. Games don’t necessarily need to have a good narrative in order to be fun. I think it’s an outdated philosophy to have, because games, as interactive mediums, have the potential to bring understanding about an experience in a narrative in a way that other forms of entertainment simply cannot. Unfortunately, it’s a philosophy that plenty of game designers still hold to.

Ultimately, so far, that’s my only disappointment with Batman: Arkham Origins. In all other aspects, it’s shaping up to be the Batman game that Arkham Asylum and Arkham City fans have been waiting for. Still, I have absolutely no idea what the game’s story will really be about, as the only details that I was given have been pretty much the same ones that have been given out in recent months.

Any inquiries I have about the main storyline had been deflected with responses of “you’ll have to wait and see” and “we won’t talk about it until the game’s released.”

I guess our hands are tied.

Batman: Arkham Origins launches worldwide on October 25 on PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360.

Latest

  • Super Smash Bros. joins Nintendo’s million-sellers list

    Nintendo maintains a list of current games it likes to call its “million-sellers” collection. Every time Nintendo briefs its investors on financial happenings for the year, it updates this list with the latest and greatest titles. This quarter saw both versions of Super Smash Bros. join the likes of Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

42 Comments

  1. tatsujin

    0 comments?

    Edit — Guess someone deleted all comments on this.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    @1
    Could it have something to do with it being the weekend, peoples free days off? Spending it in luxury?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    It’s good to see a bit of skepticism in a preview. Nice one.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MasterMiller

    what about the graphics ??
    cus’ I was a little disappointed about the graphics based on the trailer they showed at sony conf.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KAP

    @2
    Everyone’s playing The Last Of Us..

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Bomba Luigi

    The Two Batman Games are some of my Favorites of these Gen, but this 3 Titel just don’t get my Attention. I just saw nothing that made my want this Game, its strange… don’t know why it is so.

    Anyway, I have to go, need to play more The Last of Us :P

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @KAP
    Hit the nail on the head :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. catherinecai

    @4
    The graphics didn’t blow me away. The game looked akin to Arkham City.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Edo

    I have to say that I am actually glad that they are not revealing a lot of things that are related to the main plot as I was disappointed that Rocksteady did exactly the opposite.They revealed pretty much every villain that was in the game and don’t even let me start about that ending “game” they played with the Arkham City previews.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Pytox

    this game just seems more of the same on a different location with new characters

    #10 2 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @10: So it’s to Arkham City what Arkham City was to Arkham Asylum?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SameeR_Fisher

    @catherinecai: really nice preview, and I totally share your concerns regarding overpowering Batman, but personally I don’t think it is the narrative problem, but the developers not wanting to take risks, it is a line they are afraid to cross.

    For example The Grapnel Boost from Arkham City, it was a prototype there, but suddenly Batman has it in Origins as well which takes place years before the events of Arkham City, it doesn’t make any sense from a narrative point of view, but the developers are afraid of removing it, it was one hell of a mechanic in AC, removing it would leave sour taste for some players, but they should have made something different that function somehow similar.

    Also I have to disagree regarding the narrative, the narrative needs to be strong in any game, games without good stories or strong narrative feels bland to me, Dishonored comes to mind, it was an amazing game from gameplay perspective, story was interesting too, but the narrative was so shallow due to Corvo being a silent character, it really affected the game for me in a bad way.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. catherinecai

    @12: I don’t disagree with you about narrative. However, games can lack a narrative and still be fun. It just doesn’t work out when you have a game like Dishonored and Arkham Origins that DO has a semblance of a narrative. I think if you’re going to commit to having a story in your game, you should commit all the way. AAA games these days suffer from lazy storytelling because a lot of developers operate off the idea that gameplay comes first and narrative comes second. I think that’s a rather foolish notion to have.

    Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Max Payne

    Problem with Arkham Origins seams that only story is ”Origins” and not gameplay. Which is fine, every game did it, from God of war,Gears of War, Halo Reach… Imagine you play prequel and you have worse weapons and less gadgets ? That would be just stupid.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 Not really, it would be perfectly logical.

    If you don’t care to regress, then don’t do a prequel.

    You don’t have to have less gadgets or worse weapons, you just have to have weapons and gadgets that make sense in preceding the ones you had in the “sequels”.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Max Payne

    @15 Yea but just imagine people bitching up how their precious game has change how game is not up to Rocksteady standards, how WB is milking…
    Also I don’t they had many options really , obviously Rocksteady is working on some kind of next gen sequel so obviously they don’t want to intervene

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    @16 If they truly care about that, then an origin story is a bad idea.

    I don’t think doing the most obvious thing is the best way for a new studio like Warner Brothers Montreal to prove themselves.

    They could take any of those gadgets, weapons and mechanics and put their own spin on them. And obviously, since they’re working a moment in time that hasn’t been described, they’d be so much more within their rights to do so.

    Personally I’d hate to have a series as good as the Arkham games turn into CoD, BF or Assassins Creed.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. zinc

    @17, I see where your coming from & agree. Way i see it, Batman will become a cash-cow & this is Warner Brothers Montreals test-run.

    A multimillion dollar test-run, but test-run, nontheless.

    If this recieves a good reception, expect more experimentation in their biannual releases.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @14: Why worse? Why not different? A low-budget version of the detective mode that highlights different objects. A rawer version of his Arkham Asylum gadgets. Completely different gadgets that are kind of like his newer gadgets but have a different effect.

    This is a younger Batman, so I’d imagine that he should be faster and rely less on his gadgets, as he doesn’t have as many.

    From what I’ve seen they kind of ruined it already, his Origins gadgets are better than his Arkham City gadgets and he can do things he could only do in Arkham City.

    Tbh though, it’s not enough to make me care. I’ll keep my eye on the game. For once I’d actually be happy with just getting more of the same.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. SameeR_Fisher

    @catherinecai: Totally agree, developers these days don’t really invest in good stories, I personally play video games for stories above, I feel heartbroken when there is a game with great gameplay but the story is lacking or 7hrs long.

    I also agree about lacking narrative and being fun, almost every NES title was like that, Crash Bandicoot was something similar, and other tons of games.

    I hope to see more writing from you :)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. SameeR_Fisher

    @14: you got a point, but you also not taking developers creativity into considerations, for example in Batman’s case, take out some of his gadgets and introduce other raw gadgets, or abilities that are as helpful.

    The Explosive Gel for example, take it away, and instead introduce some sort of Flash Bang Grenade, of course Batman will put a twist on it, make it smaller or something, it will have a similar function but it is very raw.

    Take away the Grapnel Boost, but make Batman more athletic and can jump better or faster between building, something like that.

    you see removing stuff from characters may sound bad, but actually playing as a yet to mature character is a great thing, like Lara Croft in TR, Origins should have made you experience Batman becoming the ultimate crusader he is, rather than already being one.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. YoungZer0

    @20: If you look past most AAA titles then you’ll find a lot of good games with an interesting story. Hell, even AAA titles have a better story than a lot of older games. We got Last of Us this month for christs sake.

    So I can’t say I agree with the typical “Everything was better back then” view so many overly nostalgic people seem to have.

    @21: Instead of the explosive gel he simply could have C4 shaped like a bat or something. The gel takes way too much time to place anyway.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Jerykk

    The devs are right. You shouldn’t compromise gameplay for the sake of narrative. People enjoyed the player’s abilities and tools in Arkham City so removing them would just make Origins less fun. The new Tomb Raider game is a perfect example of this. They severely reduced Lara’s move set, which in turn limited the gameplay. Yes, they introduced some new mechanics but these mechanics were primarily used for gating the player rather than making Lara more interesting to play. It felt like a step down from Underworld where Lara had the most moves of any TR game.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Clupula

    The fact that Rocksteady is not working on this is a big deal to me. And honestly, I don’t like the idea of giving him stuff he doesn’t supposedly get until later.

    You know what one of my favorite things in the God of War games is? The Icarus Wings. And yet, that mechanic is not in any of the prequel games, nor should it be, because, canon-wise, Kratos doesn’t get it until GOW2.

    It wouldn’t have killed them to come up with a different solution for certain mechanics in Origins, if they’re so determined to have them in here.

    When you are so focused on narrative, you HAVE to make the gameplay reflect that narrative, as well, or you’re just going to throw the player off. Arkham City is, in my opinion, one of the greatest games ever made, and the connection between the story and the gameplay is a big part of that. They’re stripping the game of something that made it special in the first place, and it’s a bad move.

    My favorite game of all time is Metal Gear Solid 3, yet it’s missing the remote controlled rocket launcher from MGS1 & MGS2 that was my absolute favorite weapon in the game. The rest of MGS3 is so good, I didn’t miss it. Maybe the members of Origins should think about that.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. SameeR_Fisher

    @22: seems you misunderstood me ?, I didn’t say every developer sucks at telling stories, nor did I say old times where better.

    I said that some developers don’t invest in good stories, again like Dishonored, it got a somewhat good story, rich history, but Corvo being silent ruined it, and the narrative to me turned out weak, heck actually the whole Good ending was very weak, while the bad ending held the better narrative design.

    Another example is Castlevania Lords of Shadow, I freakin loved that game, and it had an amazing story for me, full of twists, lore, history, and great characters.

    When I say bad stories, it is when developer don’t take the time to actually think about their stories.

    & your suggestion for a C4 in the shape of a Bat, totally love it, very good idea indeed, why can’t devs implant something like that !!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Max Payne

    @21 Yea I can agree with that, its just I think developers are playing way to safe.
    Who knows maybe there are still lot of stuff that we don’t know ?
    I am wondering does anybody know more about story than just” 9 assassin’s want to kill batman” ?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @25: Okay, I can agree on that. I just don’t think that developers back then focused more on story than they do now.

    I too was mad about Arkane’s decision to make Corvo a silent character. That is the laziest decision they could’ve made. I heard the new DLC makes things better though, as you play a different character who actually speaks with others.

    It also hurt the narrative of Metro 2033/Last Light, but the game still had a fantastic story.

    Dishonored’s story was mediocre, but it had a rich history and amazing atmosphere. That was enough for me to enjoy it.

    I wish the ending would’ve mattered though. The only thing I cared about when I finished the game was that I completed it without killing anyone.

    @26: They are very secretive about the story. I don’t think the story is as simple as it seems. Remember, we thought Arkham City would be about the Joker taking control over the City. Yet the game was far from being that simple.

    One example: Bane in Origins seems to be one of assassins Black Mask hired. Yet – for some reason – he works for Joker.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. SameeR_Fisher

    @26: indeed, they are playing it way safer than they should, they won’t be taking risks I am afraid, and there are 8 Assassins, I think as YoungZero said they will be so secretive when it comes to the story, personally I don’t mind that.

    @27: very true, old games had next to no stories, actually when I got PSOne my friends/neighbors who were gamers use to skip every single cutscene, I hate that, they didn’t care about stories at all, and I kinda found it insane.

    I am yet to try Dishonored’s DLCs, but your words for it got me excited.

    Did you go for the High Chaos Ending ?!, it features a way better narrative and a better ending in my opinion.

    As for WBMontreal, I am so happy they got Bane right, and reduced him from being a Titan to actually being just a Muscular Guy, he looked more awesome and intimidating this way, I hated his Titanic representation.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Clupula

    @28 – I remember how happy I was when I played the Ninja Gaiden games on NES and they had the earliest example I can remember of cutscenes, to move the story forward. Thought it was awesome.

    Same reason why I always preferred SNK fighters to Capcom ones.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    @28: Nope, not killing anyone doesn’t grant you the High Chaos Ending, but I saw it on Youtube and I agree with you. Still both endings are far from satisfying.

    I’m also happy they seem to do a different Bane this time. Remember how Batman defeats Bane in Arkham City? He closes the elevator door.

    -_-”

    I like the different art-direction here. Hate that so many of the Arkham characters look like muscles glued together. Bane and Batman being among them.

    “actually when I got PSOne my friends/neighbors who were gamers use to skip every single cutscene, I hate that, they didn’t care about stories at all, and I kinda found it insane.”

    Agree. I loved watching cutscenes. It was one of the reasons why I got myself a PS1. I still remember starting a few games just to watch the cutscene at the beginning.

    One of the reasons why I got Oddworld and Heart of Darkness were the cutscenes. The gameplay was the icing on the cake.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. SameeR_Fisher

    @29: Ninja Gaiden was one of my fav. on NES, I think it was NGIII that I was playing, always spent hrs to reach the final boss yet never able to kill him, LOL — good times.

    @30: Bane encouter in AC was …… underwhelming, the whole Elevator scene was meeeh indeed, and I agree regarding the art style, you see WBMontreal got Bane right, but they turned around and screwed Batman, he is a lump of muscles now, his thighs are so huge, I hate it.

    My starting days on PSOne were Resident Evil -which had puzzles confusing as hell for a kid who doesn’t know English that good-, Spider Man, and Syphon Filter -where I mistakenly thought the Green screens of Night Vision Goggles to be screens of some sort of survival horror- LOL

    #31 2 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    @31: Wait, no … I thought that was just armor?

    #32 2 years ago
  33. SameeR_Fisher

    @32: naaah, I think it is his thighs that are so big.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. YoungZer0

    @33:

    Looks like armor to me:

    http://www.technobuffalo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Batman-Arkham-Origins-13-1280×1976.jpg

    He seems to be completely covered in armor this time around.

    Also another example of the IMO better character-design:

    Black Mask in Origins:

    http://www.batman-game.de/sites/www.batman-game.de/files/batman-arkham-origin-blackmask.jpg

    Black Mask in City:

    http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111123105310/batman/images/8/87/Black_Mask-character.png

    #34 2 years ago
  35. SameeR_Fisher

    @34: isn’t above the knee a bit too bulky ?!, even in comparison to his arms, his Bi-ceps are acceptable, his hands are covered in armour, it isn’t the same for his thighs.

    and totally agree on Black Mask, he is more fearsome in Origins.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. ps3fanboy

    i tell you guys this will be my first batman game on the ps3… i know other have praised earlier batman games to the death on the ps3 but i felt it wasn’t for me, it just felt to nerdy in a kind of way and batman was a joke. but it looks like it will change now, Arkham Origins looks and feels like a real batman game. so i am looking forward to it :D

    #36 2 years ago
  37. YoungZer0

    @35: I think he’s too bulky anywhere you look, but that’s mostly thanks to his armor. We simply do not know how thick the layers are.

    @36: “Arkham Origins looks and feels like a real batman game”

    How would you know?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Clupula

    37 – I think it’s time we stopped entertaining his rambles.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Tvz

    I think WB Montreal should have done some kind of spin-off, like a game with only Catwoman or Robin or Nightwing… It would have allowed them to use the already existing world/mythos of Arkham City without messing around with Batman and annoying fans.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. YoungZer0

    @38: Yeah, I guess you’re right.

    @39: Ohh, I’d love to play a game that is completely focused on Robin. Why not go a step further and add Coop?

    Wait, scratch that. I don’t like forced Coop.

    Just a game about Robin.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. BellAlan

    #41 2 years ago
  42. tnyhughes

    Initially, I have been expecting Arkham Origins, and when I see the gameplay, it looks pretty amazing. But the narrative is a prequel, yet the grapnel boost appears when it is not supposed to have existed yet, or the upgraded detective mode and the new gadget called the remote claw make Batman’s techniques used in Arkham City unnecessary. Then, there’s an explanation about Batman not bringing all his gadgets everyday. Well, the new gadgets mentioned seems to be useful when applied in Arkham City, so it does not really give a reason for the always-prepared-Batman to not bring them. Even though the game has not been released yet, Arkham Origins has jumped out of the story.

    #42 1 year ago

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]