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Witcher 3 “quest per pixel” as “high as humanly possible”

Monday, 22 July 2013 06:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

CD Projekt RED is willing to bet it’s packed as much content into each inch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it possible could.

“The quest per pixel (we should trademark this!) metric is as high as it’s humanly possible in The Witcher 3,” game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz told Stickskills.

“We’ve added quite a few people to the departments responsible for quest design and writing – we’re willing to go very far make side-quests seamless and coherent with the whole world you’ll get to explore.”

Tomaszkiewicz said CD Projekt has tried to avoid generic content and clichés as much as possible, and to build everything manually rather than auto-generate.

“We try to give every NPC a convincing backstory and every part of the land a bit of their own folklore. If you remember our E3 demo, where we showed the Leshen and the monster’s impact on the local folk who build something of a ritual around it, yeah, that’s what we mean. And it was ‘just’ a side-quest,” he added.

In a similar vein, the developer said that although The Witcher 3 has taken the series open world for the first time, that’s not really the point.

“What we excel at is reaching that centre of the brain that’s responsible for evoking emotions – we constantly put stuff in and observe a full palette of gamers’ reactions,” he said.

“Adding the open world to The Witcher is just another step to make it a more complete experience and not the main feature of the game. We’re still focusing on the narrative, the world just got a lot bigger and the borders within it disappeared.”

Although it might not be the team’s first priority, Catherine took a look at The Witcher 3 at E3 and was blown away by what she called an “open world done right”.

The RPG sequel is due on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014.

Thanks, OXM.

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19 Comments

  1. KAP

    Not having played any of The Elder Scrolls games apart from Skyrim, I loved the side quests. I put 272hrs in to the game. So if Witcher 3 is promising a more richer and polished world an quest structure then I’m super excited.

    My only gripe is I’ve not played the first two Witchers so I’m gonna feel a little disjointed stepping into this…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dsr

    Personally, I’m sick of quests.
    Witcher 2 was just a fantasy movie with poor combat and lots and lots of dialogue. Just like Mass Effect and Dragon Age were.
    I think we need games like Dark Souls, less bullshit, more game. You had some set of goals there, but other than that, its free for all. You could finish the game talking only to one or two NPCs, jumping around and skipping half of the game, or you can search every nook and cranny, speak with every person you meet, read all lore you can find.
    Just my opinion.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, I’m hoping that when this is released on PS4, that they also release Witcher 1 and 2 on there too. Possibly in the lead up to its release…

    That would make good business sense and please dudes like me who really wanna play it, but don’t wanna shell out for a 360 just to play Witcher, Fez and Rez.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. NocturnalB

    Don’t feel too bad, I’ve never even seen the first Witcher, and only demo’d Witcher 2, and I have to admit it was one hard game for me to play mechanically and difficulty wise, and I love RPG’s. I’m definitely excited for this game and it does encourage me to want to at least play 2 through… but I’ll be damned I think it just may be too hardcore for me lol. Guess I need to give it a playthrough on noob mode? Is there anything below easy?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Digital Bamboo

    @3 I’m of the same mind too.

    I’d even be fine if they waited until after Witcher 3 dropped, and offered 1 & 2 as enhanced digital downloads, as Bioware did with ME1 on PS3 (though preferably not taking as long) since they likely don’t have the resources to port the two previous Witcher games before the release of the new one.

    However, unlike the Mass Effect trilogy, I suspect that each Witcher game is, (or will be) considerably better than the last. As happily as I would hand over $100 for a Witcher trilogy on PS4, perhaps CD Projekt RED only wants to look forward.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silverstorm

    Really like the what they’re doing with this game but what i like even more is the studio. They just seem to give a shit about people who play their game, and that is something rare nowadays.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’ve heard that the very start of that game has a brutal difficulty spike, but that once you get past it, it very quickly becomes manageable. If that is the case, then I wanna give it a shot…

    If you’re like me and you love your RPGs and action/adventure style games, it’s extremely hard to miss out on one of the big ones. I’m sure that the next Zelda will break me for sure, and force my hand on gettin’ a Wii U.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. NocturnalB

    Yeah T.G I definitely hate missing out on the big ones even when it’s a franchise I normally never play. This game definitely gives me that vibe, I know for a fact all of my old PC buddies will be in the loop on this one and I don’t want to miss out, unless I just absolutely can’t find any interest of my own in the game I will definitely try to give it a push through the “brutal beginning”, that way I can at least say I gave it a shot.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Telepathic.Geometry

    @Digital Bamboo: Because they were PC games, I’m thinking that 1 and 2 could be more or less trivially converted over to the PS4 or xbone. Well, obviously it’s not trivial, but I guess it’d be way WAY more straight-forward than for the PS3 architecture…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. infernalism

    @3 & @5
    The Witcher 2 on PS4? Quite possible, the game is already designed to play well with a pad, and the console seems to be easier to code for than the 360, so it might happen down the road.
    Witcher 1 on PS4 and/or XBone?
    Not going to happen without a serious amount of development time (say, maybe something like with TW2 on the 360), since the game has an isometric view (they have a different, over-the-shoulder camera, but it also doesn’t really fit the pad that well, to be offered on the consoles “as is”), and that kind of a game can only be played with a mouse.

    TW1 also didn’t really age that well, and the english voice acting (I’m Polish, and I don’t even like polish voice acting either) is some of the worst in recent years (save Geralt himself), so I think that would also have to be re-recorded…I think for TW1 to appear on next gen consoles, we would need something akin to a remake, not just a few fixes, and fortunately (though, not in this case obviously), CDPR and CDP are not EA/Bioware, to do something like ME1 on PS3.

    I would advise you to play it on your laptop, TW1 doesn’t require the best specs by recent standards.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. FatalTee

    #9Telepathic.Geometry

    For Witcher trilogy complete I would recommend PC with Steam Big Picture and controllers of your choosing (I am using PS3s, cause I like dualshock design). But I know…. decisions, decisions.

    #10infernalism

    TW1. I very very recently got into that. I have to try Polish and Czech voice acting, thanks for tip! (I am from that not brightly known country on southwest border of Poland). But even though it is “a bit” quirky and stiff I see no problem with voice acting. (It is not a bug, I find it to be a feature.)

    But to point, I got into that just with recent massive Steam Summer Sale (3,74E for series, you kidding me?) and I am enjoing the first Witcher very very much. On PC it ages beautifully (with knowledge that this is 2007 game) and exactly as you said, I can play it on my laptop even in FHD.

    But I tried it on gamepad and while it is technically possible to map controls somehow, It misses to acheive playability . Whole interface for Journal/Inventory/Alchemy etc is not very gamepad friendly. And battling is in least tricky in full impossible.

    Article.
    I already like the way they interconnect central narrative to side narratives and how it very nicely paints a picture of the social world behind pixel and polygon characters. So yeah, I won’t preorder — never a good idea — but I certainly try and most likely buy afterwards.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Mjorh

    It sounds incredibly promising !
    Like FatalTee said,4 those who haven’t played Witcher1&2 i recommend PC version , don’t worry about specs or sth it’ll run smoothly n don’t 4get a controller cuz its almost impossible 2 play with keyboard!
    Witcher2 had a lot loose ends in story n so many things gonna be revealed n i’m super excited !

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Telepathic.Geometry

    Great to see we have a strong European representation here. ^-^

    I don’t mind losing Witcher 1 as long as the events of Geralt’s past are explained somewhere in Witcher 2. Like was done with the absolutely excellent PS3 version of Mass Effect 2.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Telepathic.Geometry

    @FatalTee: One day, I’ll get my paws on a Steambox, and on that day, Deus Ex, Witcher, Half-Life etc. will ALL be downloaded and played. ^-^

    #14 2 years ago
  15. infernalism

    FatalTee, Baldurs Gate also aged well, but it’s not coming out on consoles is what I’m saying :D.

    When I remarked about the game “not ageing very well”, I meant in terms of a possible console release. On PC it’s quite OK, especially after the Enhanced Edition release. I remember playing it in 2007 (i think it was 2007) on my old desktop and the loading times were killing me. Today, the game runs like a breeze on any modern PC.

    I bought those two games in retail about a year ago for 99 PLN (circa 25 Euro), and got a DRM free GOG digital copy of them as an added bonus. It wasn’t quite close to 3,75 Euro, but I thought it was quite a steal. :]

    On the topic of TW3…I can’t remember being as hyped for any title as I am for this one. Fallout 3 maybe? Starcraft II? But those came after a long hiatus in their respective franchises (I was disappointed in F3, but New Vegas made the wait worth it).

    They are really trying to make the game of my dreams in one of my most beloved universes. The action and challange of Demon’s/Dark Souls, the open world of Skyrim, and the choice/consequence heavy storytelling that they themselves are known for. Plus the dynamic weather and NPC behaviour that impact the world, plus the gorgeous next-gen graphics…If they can deliver, then for me it just might be the best RPG ever made.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. roadkill

    @2 You a fucking idiot!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    I can’t say I agree with #2 on the dialogue front, but this game is representing a lot of RPG fatigue for me as well. In some ways, the previews I’ve seen seem to represent what’s wrong with the genre at the moment. And I’m all too happy to explain.

    * The obsession with a terrain-generated open world, thus eschewing any kind of level design;

    * The obsession with padding and the quantity > quality design ethic, padding is rife in RPGs;

    * Becoming ever more obsessed with stale fantasy tropes over creative settings;

    * Rabid wolves, rabid wolves everywhere, because no one bothered to dream up better foes.

    At this point I’m ready for more RPGs with levels which can be completed in different ways. Not unlike Alpha Protocol, I suppose.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the Witcher’s setting, but in all honesty I think they left the actual setting behind with 2. 2 felt way more homogenised in regards to Western fantasy. It was a very different game from the first Witcher, which was by far a more enjoyable experience.

    Allow me to offer a counterpoint: New Vegas. A lot of people complained about that one because they used a lot of invisible walls. In the areas where things actually happened, Obsidian really gave their all in regards to level design. Yet people complained about having actually interesting areas just because they couldn’t climb over such and such a mountain.

    What this leads to is increasingly generic games. Skyrim was a fantastic example of such a game, as it was tiresomely generic. The best thing to happen to Skyrim was Moonpaths, but that had separate ‘levels,’ all of which were brilliantly designed.

    And yes, I’m tired of dynamically generated ‘kill X’ quests, I’m also fed up of settings being so creatively drained that they don’t have any imagination whatsoever.

    I’m in a brilliant fantasy world! Oh, the possibilities! The adventure! Oh my! Now to kill ten wolves.

    :I

    I really hope that at some point CDPR remembers what made the first Witcher so great, because I’m really not sold on this one.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. TheWulf

    @1

    I’d honestly start off with the first Witcher, as it was by far the better and more interesting game. Plus, on top of what I’ve already mentioned, in the Witcher 1 they didn’t boil down all moral choices into good/evil BioWare/Bethesda binary choices. In 2 they pretty much did.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. infernalism

    @17 & 18
    ” in the Witcher 1 they didn’t boil down all moral choices into good/evil BioWare/Bethesda binary choices. In 2 they pretty much did.”.
    I’m sorry, what? What was evil or good about Roche, or Iorveth for instance (and every choice that involve said characters? What was more evil, sending two people to be killed by a wraith, to atone for their horrible past crimes, or to save them…because they yet live, despite their cruelty? Or maybe killing the succubus instead of a murderous elf? It’s still living off of peoples blood, and that drove the elf insane, even if said succubus didn’t actually kill anyone. Do you help a Nilfgaardian sorceress, who had a hand in kidnaping your woman, or kill her outright? Just to name a few very “good and bad” choices indeed.

    “And yes, I’m tired of dynamically generated ‘kill X’ quests, I’m also fed up of settings being so creatively drained that they don’t have any imagination whatsoever.”
    I understand you’re talking about Skyrim here, but you also continue your previous point, about TW3 going in the wrong, mainstream RPG trend direction.

    * The obsession with a terrain-generated open world, thus eschewing any kind of level design;

    * The obsession with padding and the quantity > quality design ethic, padding is rife in RPGs;

    They are mentioning in almost every other interview, about how they’re not going to have fedex quests, and how every NPC and quest will have a story behind them. Every single one will be hand crafted, not randomly, or dinamically generated. About how they create the open world, basing it on medieval Amsterdam (Novigrad), slavic medieval (No Man’s Land), and nordic medieval (Skellige ISlands) themes. One whole f***king trailer is basically about them taking inspirations, while visiting Scottish moutains and cliffs. Come on man…

    * Becoming ever more obsessed with stale fantasy tropes over creative settings;

    * Rabid wolves, rabid wolves everywhere, because no one bothered to dream up better foes.

    If you are bored of this low fantasy world, than wait for Cyberpunk 2077. If you are also ALREADY bored with that setting, then go replay Alpha Protocol, or wait for The Stick of Truth, since you seem to enjoy Obsidian games so much.
    On the topic of rabid wolves…did you see the design of the Fiend, or Leshen? Two of the 80 types of monsters in this game? Did you hear about their special abilities, and how they, especially the latter, can use the environment against the witcher, hence the rabid wolves, and the forest itself attacking Geralt? I guess you did, and it didn’t impress you…

    New Vegas is the best open world RPG to date in my opinion, but TW3 is not succumbing to the mainstream tropes just because it’s set in a fantasy world.

    #19 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • 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 […]