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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – an open world done right

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:15 GMT By Catherine Cai

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt fronted an E3 demo three times longer than other games. Was that really necessary? Oh, yes, says Catherine Cai.

Behind closed doors at E3, CD Projekt RED showed off a sprawling 45-minute presentation to the trilogy’s finale. To give you an idea, most demos at E3 are usually 20 minute affairs, including Q&A. Was the extra time for the presentation necessary? You bet.

Open world was the catchphrase of E3 2013. Just about every developer working on a next-gen game excitedly discussed the possibilities with new technology and an open world setting. And it makes sense: when you have cool new toys to play with, why not show off what cool tricks it’s capable of performing?

That attitude is precisely why we have a bevy of games of the open world persuasion for the PS4 and Xbox One. Though developers’ optimism for the open world in a next-gen setting is infectious, I’m still a little hesitant. Too often, developers spend more of their time bragging about the size of the world they’ve created, rather than worry about what they’ve decided to populate their world with. The result is often vast, yet boring, landscapes. I’ll admit it’s why I’ve never been able to finish a single Grand Theft Auto game to date and why I was a little nervous when CD Projekt RED announced that The Witcher 3 was going to be an open world game.


Seriously, take a look at this landscape.

Both The Witcher and The Witcher 2 were linear experiences for the sake of the flow of the narrative. I enjoyed both games because they were games that weighed story to be just as important, if not more, than gameplay. It’s a design philosophy that most developers don’t take after.

The mechanics of an open world game don’t tend to mesh well with a fast-paced story. Side quests and long distances between locations, meant to encourage exploration, only serve to distract a player’s attention away from the main storyline. Many open world games, like Grand Theft Auto, attempt to skirt this issue by having plots without really having any sense of urgency to them. It creates a disjointed narrative experience; players don’t really feel compelled to play the main story in lieu of the many, many other interesting things there are to do in the game.

Games like Fallout 3 or Skyrim, which steer the player towards the main storyline by turning it into a “do or die” situation don’t do it any better. The world’s ending and Dragonborn’s just dicking about picking flowers to finish so-and-so’s quest, just because the developers didn’t see the necessity of tying side quests into the main quest from a narrative standpoint.

I sat down with CD Projekt RED’s game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz after watching a 45-minute gameplay demo of The Witcher 3 to discuss the series’ transition into the open world.

“Every landscape has got its own storyline. In every landscape, you need to gather some information. If you gather all you progress in the storyline. Every landscape got these quests that are quite near themselves, because we need to be sure that we can achieve this intensity of the storyline.”

“Yeah, it’s very, very challenging, because we have this goal that we want you to have the same intense feeling/experience that you got you got in The Witcher 2 and we want to combine it with the open world. Not the other way,” said Tomaszkiewicz.

“We got these challenges – you know, these huge distances between these points and you can forget what you need to do, and so on.”

He isn’t exaggerating about the large distances in The Witcher 3. Part of the reason why the E3 demo was the 45-minute monster that it was, was precisely to show off just how expansive the game is.

“We decided to create these three main landscapes. One you saw in the presentation. It was Skellige Archipelago. This is only one of them. We got also what we call No Man’s Land. It’s a ‘Slavic mood’ landscape. And we got the biggest city in the world Novigrad and the surroundings.”

In the demo, Geralt begins wandering about in the Skellige Archipelago to meet Jarl Crach. Crach has commissioned the witcher to looking into the Wild Hunt, which has destroyed one of his villages. Only one survivor remains as a witness to the grisly deed. Naturally, Geralt heads off to look for this villager.

“Every landscape has got its own storyline. In every landscape, you need to gather some information. If you gather all you progress in the storyline. Every landscape got these quests that are quite near themselves, because we need to be sure that we can achieve this intensity of the storyline.

“Second thing is that after few hours when you’re playing in this landscape and you get into the city, we ask player to go far from this point. When you’re travelling there, you’ll see points of interest in the distance,” explained.

The demo showed this off flawlessly. Not long after meeting with the survivor, Geralt comes across a village that’s been plagued by some sort of wood spirit. The villagers are at odds with how to deal with the problem. The elders believe that the wood spirit is a being to be worshipped, and that returning to traditional roots is the best way to appease the wood spirit and keep it from killing again. The younger villagers are skeptical and believe that the wood spirit is a threat to be murdered.

VG247 Book Club

The Witcher is based on a series of Polish-language books by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Those who’ve read the books will meet familiar characters and explore locales; CD Projekt RED is keen on recreating the franchise’s world.

Four books have been translated into English so far. The Witcher and The Last Wish are collections of short stories. Blood of Elves and Times of Contempt are the first two entries in a five-part saga.

Geralt, stumbling across this conversation, is willing to help the villagers solve their problem, for a price. After a quick investigation in the woods, Geralt finds evidence of the beast’s nature via scratch marks on a tree trunk. He believes the monster to be a Leshen, which is a level up from your ordinary monster.

The player then is faced with one of the many choices they’ll have in the game: they can decide whether they want to approach Harald, the one most vocal about worshipping the spirit, or Sven, a younger villager who wants to kill the beast. In the demo, Geralt chooses to side with Sven, who’s attitude is one that’s far too enthusiastic about killing the woodland spirit. When Geralt explains that Leshen always “marks” a villager to prevent its death, and that the villager happens to be Sven’s girlfriend, Sven is more than willing to offer her up.

After all is said and done and Geralt takes down the Leshen, he returns to the village for his payment. It turns out that Sven and his cronies have slaughtered the town elders and his enthusiasm for murdering the woodland spirit was really a play for power. The unforeseen conclusion to this all was rather unfortunate, but the witcher doesn’t involve himself in petty villager’s squabbles.

What was most striking about the demo was how organic every encounter felt. Though The Witcher 3 may not have found the solution of the disruption of the narrative as a result of gameplay—and it’s entirely possible that there just might not be one – CD Projekt RED’s definitely figured out a good sense of pacing between encounters and side quests to keep the player engaged.

Rather than having no impact on an empty, husk of a world, the player’s choices will leave visible changes. “You need to have believable situations,” said Tomaszkiewicz. “If you put only black and white choices into the game, you will feel that it is [sic] a fake.

“And these choices are very hard sometimes. You need to leave later with the consequences of these choices.”

Should the player decide to return to that same village in a few months, there will no nothing left but its charred remnants. Sven ran the village to the ground, to the point that it was no longer able to defend itself from outside attacks. These are consequences you must live with throughout your play through. This choice is just one of the many that the player is able to make to shape the world, albeit in a way that they never expected.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014.

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30 Comments

  1. backup

    PS4 version will be best

    Just like crytek they move away from PC

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Sadismek

    I have so much faith in these guys, I don’t doubt them a little that they’ll deliver. Witcher 3 is my most anticipated game yet. EXCITEMEEEEENT!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KAP

    Audio to the 45min E3 demo shown to the media.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRsNFKfOh4o

    Yep. Your welcome.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Mjorh

    @1 PS4 version will be best

    Why? there is no difference according to the devs!
    +

    I’ve got this hunch that this game will be the GOTY,it seems flawless.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. MFBB

    I really hope that pirating wont hurt this game again as much as The Witcher 2.

    Remember the news about the PC version selling 1 million times (which is great for PC) but they also said it was pirated about 6 million times so far (and that was only torrent, not even counting the bigger one click hoster users).

    Many people always talk about how great CD Project is for not using annoying DRM but than they all pirate the shit out of the game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Radaway

    More info- Recent Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq7-V04guUE

    Highlights: 45 minutes back and forth for world map travel.

    Dice will be back!

    Info on Romances- yum yum.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. backup

    @5

    lol

    there u go PC gamers are pirates,hackers and all evil things happens only on PC

    PC gamers themselves know wat they are

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Mjorh

    @7 Y So Obsessive ?!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ninjanutta

    because pc gamers get a bad rap for piracy but id bet it was pirated just as much on 360 aswell.
    If they didnt make enough money then witcher 3 would not happen…FACT

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @10 Going to give it a rest on the whole torrent thing pal? It’s getting boring.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. MFBB

    #9 it is not a bad reputation, it is sadly the truth.

    I could always buy great PC exclusive games, but since years all that is left are MMOs and 1 game a year like SimCity.

    Only reason for that is pirating, it is completely out of control on PC.

    Playstation/Xbox still sell very well even with people pirating, the rate is much lower and people buy millions of copies.

    I really want to buy great PC exclusive games with awesome graphics like I did all my life, but they no longer exist due to people stealing games on PC so god damn much.

    They lowerd the price for PC games a lot in the recent years and it didnt help at all.

    PC gamers have to realise that they are ruining the PC gaming market and stop stealing games.

    If you dont have the money, but the games a few month later like I do it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. GwynbleiddiuM

    @10 Just to shut you up:
    http://torrentz.me/search?f=games+xbox360
    http://torrentz.me/search?f=games+ps3

    Piracy exist everywhere, PC and console alike. so STFU maybe?

    @11 Honestly Dave I have no idea why you (VG247 staff) let this buffoon roam around the site and post utter garbage all day long.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Vice

    @12 Don’t give me this crap, PC market is getting better and better, we even got few fighting games lately, for fuck sake! FIGHTING GAMES! The only few console games we don’t have are either some jrpgs that nobody wants anyway, or console-exclusives that will stay console exclusive even if there was NO piracy at all. Oh yeah and also RDR, but I can live without it. Have it on xbox, it’s not as good as everyone says. I’d not lose much if I wouldn’t play it.
    Btw I pirated Witcher 2. I quit after making it to the middle of the game. It’s horribly boring. Finished it like one year later out of sever boredom, but would never buy a game like this. They’ll have to work harder on third game if they want my money.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Hcw87

    @13
    Difference being you have to buy a modded console to play them, so you can’t bring it online. It’s nowhere near as easy as PC.

    Not that i agree with this backup monkey, but piracy is a bigger problem on PC than on consoles.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Hcw87

    @14
    Just by saying RDR and Witcher 2 isn’t good, your future comments are hereby ignored by everyone and their mother.

    Horrible taste in gaming, man.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    @15 As if modding a console is an impossible thing to do. People play on modded consoles in my country all the time. Since the day of Atari 2600.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Hcw87

    @17
    I had a modded original xbox myself, so i know it’s not impossible.

    Costs more than an original console though, and not everyone has the know-how to transfer games to their console.

    PC pirating is EASIER. fact.

    With that being said, i have nothing against PC gaming, as i play alot of PC games myself (Steam games and MMO’s, so no pirating).

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Samoan Spider

    @15 I had a soft-modded Xbox back in the day because it made such a fantastic media player. At that time streaming media was just kicking off and the Xbox proved extremely capable. Modifying it was a matter of having the right game disc (Splinter cell for me :) ) and the right save on a memory stick. Very simple. Things have got harder as time has gone on but it is far from impossible and chances are, in most pubs in the land, there’s someone who knows someone who does it cheap.
    PC pirating on the other hand has always been reasonably simple. But the complexity has caught people out because it’s from knowing where to go for the cracks, keygens or disc images. For the most part though, just because a person could use a PC in every day life, it doesn’t mean piracy was easy for them because it still required knowledge and time. Which is no different to consoles. There are simply far more PC’s in the world and far more people gaming on them than consoles. It distorts the figures. Also, no one has mentioned how frightening the pirated DS game numbers are. On my local Facebay page just now, I saw 3 separate adverts for DS cards with 300+ games on them preinstalled. You can even select from different groups of games too (Boy, Girl, Puzzles and so on).
    Movies and music suffer far more than games, so this is not even just a gaming problem.

    On topic: The game looks fucking fantastic. Very much looking forward to it!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. loci

    “players don’t really feel compelled to play the main story in lieu of the many, many other interesting things there are to do in the game.”

    You say that as if it’s a negative. This is why open world games are so amazing…when done right.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. lubu

    @backup

    i’m going to put “psfanboy” user in your ass and then put you in your mother’s ass then i fuck all three of you at the same time in the ass. :)

    psfanboys are specials

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OwnedWhenStoned

    @23

    Methinks the lady doth complain too much.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. OwnedWhenStoned

    You seem upset.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    Oh Catherine hasn’t completed any GTA title neither has Dave, strange? Does VG247 staff not have time to complete it in their free time?

    Speaking of free time can’t one of the staff members just dedicate five or ten minutes deleting troll accounts. Backup has posted nine posts filled with garbage in this thread alone.

    On topic: great write up.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. loci

    I suspect backup was bullied at school by PC gamers ~_~

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Samoan Spider

    @31 Hahaha, because he was too busy sat in the corner pirating console games.

    @27 Erm, come again? Anyway, just to annoy you I typed ‘ps3′ into torrentz which you’ll find via google if you were to go looking. Although I’m certain you have it bookmarked.
    It returned “6,943 Torrents (0.008s)” which I thought was nice.
    For DS “8,469 Torrents (0.011s)”.
    For 360 “16,839 Torrents (0.019s)”.
    For Wii “21,313 Torrents (0.020s)”.
    Does that cover your console piracy? PC piracy is as always, mental at “118,683 Torrents (0.083s)” but hey, who gives a fuck, Steam is so cheap and downloads at 12MB/s so why would I want to pirate shit at 12KB/s.
    And just for kicks – DVDRIP returns “591,656 Torrents (0.134s)”

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Un-HolyMOTHERofGOD

    How the hell could you never have finished a GTA game? Good lord! They’re only some of the best open-world games out there.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Kuppz90

    As long as the crafting system and material gathering are godlike, im happy

    #27 2 years ago
  28. lubu

    @backup

    listen my dear mother fucker friend, i have all the consoles and a high end PC and i don’t care about GTA V because i’m not buying it on any platform. what bad about gay ? i like your tiny white ass and i like to fuck it, whats the problem ?

    someone please ban me or these to idiots. i though this site is better than N4G but little ccrying babies ruind here too. shame

    @Samoan Spider

    yeah, you always find more pc games on torrents because of 30 past years the platform still stands. pc is not a 5 to 7 or 8 years platform.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Vice

    @backup: Just shut up already…

    #29 2 years ago
  30. FatalTee

    Hehe piracy debate!

    But first, I am so much looking forward to this game. I never was interested in Witcher franchise… then steam summer sale came, and for 3,74E when I just got sick (and sick days + interconnected vacation days) I was easy buy. Boy, these games are awesome from narrative standpoint, and story execution within the game. (I have yet to finish the first one — look I have a life — but Witcher is realy f**** A.)

    Piracy debate!
    First piracy… well that was copying of UI, Mouse, Networking concept etc etc by Apple, Microsoft, TI, when they copied everything they could from Xerox (oh, irony).

    But hey, tapes were copied, cartridiges were copied, floppies, CDs, DVDs, paper…. :)

    It is not really “PC only” phenomenon. Actually, one of reasons PSP flopped was piracy VS. high game price in beginning. (29,99E for handheld game?… no, sorry. Downloadable things for 3-10E? Yeah, probably.)

    Either way, there are no demos. When the game costs less than 5 EUR, I feel like okay, no need to test, I am interested, it is great price. But when there is new game for 50-60EUR, I really want to know what I am spending on. So for that I thank a thousand times to Piratebay. It helped me not buy so many games. (All Call Of Duties, Endless Space Disharmony, Test Drive Unlimited, Most recent NFSs, HOMAM6, Metro LL, StarTrek VG, StarCraft2, Tomb Raider…etc).

    But, GAMEDEVS should thanks PirateBay for the fact that testing the game on pirate copy lead me to buy so much more games!! (Codemasters racing games -except Dirt Showdown and Grid2, thanks PB-, KOTOR 1/2, Call Of Juarez:Gunslinger, Mortal Kombat 9, La Noire, Max Paynes…. I mean, a lot.)

    Since there are no demoes, or demoes does not represent the game well, I find PB great alternative. Also there are plenty of games which are not yet on Steam or GOG, and are only on PB, so thanks for that too.

    In the end, I do like the system, where I can try everything (torrent-based) and buy what I “really” like, not what commercials are telling me. (Also, gaming press, I know, but gaming press can persuade (and persuaded a lot) me to try, not to buy.)

    #30 2 years ago

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    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]