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Skyrim wins best game of the generation in Amazon poll

Monday, 5 August 2013 14:28 GMT By Dave Cook

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has topped Amazon.co.uk’s poll to determine the generation’s greatest game. Agree?

The poll was voted on between June 1 and August 4 by customers, and operated in a tournament system.

Skyrim beat fellow semi-finalists The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to claim the mantle.

Here’s a breakdown of the tournament table, scroll down for a larger version:

other games involved in the shortlist were Fallout 3, GTA 4, BioShock, Portal 2, Mass Effect 2, Super Mario Galaxy, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Batman: Arkham City, Far Cry 3, BioShock Infinite, The Walking Dead and Metal Gear Solid 4.

What do you think of the final winner? Let us know below.

Thanks MCV.

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60 Comments

  1. Citrus raptor

    Well, that’s taste for you. It’s a good game, but it doesn’t even reach my top ten.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Sadismek

    Out of the semi-finalists, I would’ve picked Red Dead Redemption the winner, but I have yet to play TLoU. I highly doubt that it can change my mind about RDR though.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ekona

    Can’t really argue with that result.

    How FC3 made it onto the shortlist though, I’ve no idea. GTA4 is a more rounded game than TLoU though, in my eyes.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    Where was Two Worlds 2?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. mistermogul

    Skyrim is good but not the best of this gen imo.

    In fact I’d pick most of the other contenders over Skyrim…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    No Souls games = No shit given (Though kinda surprised by TLOU’s performance).

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SlayerGT

    Generation ain’t over. Polls…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Beta

    An excellent game, I do love TES series. But personally I would have gone with Red Dead or Uncharted 2.

    Overall they’re more polished and less glitchy experiences.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. SlayerGT

    @4 Pretty sure you’re kidding there Dave, but my buddies and I played the shit out of the co op :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. TF_PtMaster

    How this is possible?

    A game more patched than a MMA fighter, wins game of the generation, when the generation is a little bit far away to end?.??????

    These polls are so funny

    #10 2 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    Oh great, so this is basically a big shout out to devs everywhere that we love shit slow clunky unresponsive combat.. woo

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Cobra951

    @10: It was the never-ending terminal bugs that eventually soured me to the experience. I would have loved it otherwise.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Lengendaryboss

    @10 LOL :) :D

    Personal favourites are GTA IV, The Last Of Us, Red Dead Redemption, MGS4, Uncharted 2 Among Thieves maybe Uncharted 3 Drake Deception, Max Payne 3.

    In no particular order.

    Future: MGS V, (GZ+TPP) GTA V, Watch Dogs.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    @11
    LOL :D :P

    #14 2 years ago
  15. TF_PtMaster

    BTW, i loved Skyrim.

    But he is not even in the first 20 best games i’ve played this generation. I think Demons Souls and Dark Souls are far far better games.

    Top 5
    1-The Last of Us
    2-Zelda: Twillight Princess
    3- Uncharted 2
    4- Journey
    5- Halo 3

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    laughable! Shop keepers (and publishers) crying for this generation to end for 3 years now. News flash, ain’t over yet and it wont be for at least another year.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Robbins

    Skyrim has an advantage being multiplatform, which makes TLOU’s performance all the more impressive.
    Personal top 10
    1.The Last of Us
    2.Uncharted 2-3
    3.Bioshock/ Bioshock Infinite
    4.Mass Effect Trilogy
    5.Red Dead Redemption
    6.Portal 2
    7.Journey
    8.Bayonetta
    9.Fallout 3
    10.Spec Ops: The Line

    #17 2 years ago
  18. VibraniumSpork

    I wonder if people were voting for this purely for the epic sense of scale it offered, which – don’t get me wrong – was quite an achievement. Still, that’s what turned me off to the game; my life’s (unfortunately) too busy to be sinking 50-100 hours into a game these days, and Skyrim seemed to demand exactly that kinda level of commitment. I played it for maybe 10-20 hours and then really felt the urge to move onto something else.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Hcw87

    Any game that you can play for hundreds of hours, and you can still find new things to do and explore deserves this recognition.

    Pretty sure that GTAV will be the true game of the generation at the end of the year though.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. actuallyisnotafox

    1) Fallout 3
    2) Metal Gear Solid 4
    3) The Last of Us
    4) Heavy Rain
    5) Broken Sword Shadow of the Templar’s

    thats mine anyway :’) and certain people they prefer Morrow Wind, so I guess we cant count on the majority of amazon gamers :p

    #20 2 years ago
  21. KineticCalvaria

    It’d be Red Dead for me, fantastic fun.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. domnage

    This poll should be renamed to “Best Game of The Generation Before GTA V Was Released”

    #22 2 years ago
  23. SlayerGT

    @19 It’s gotta a shot to be sure. Can’t wait!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Lengendaryboss

    @22
    :)

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Aullah

    Im just glad that TLoU did not win.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    On the one hand, there are many games I’m really glad are not represented in the poll. On the other hand, these are all games that are popular, and popularity does not = best, only best of the popular games. Out of this list, having not played some of the games, I would place either MGS4 or Portal 2 at first. Mass Effect 2 would be third. I definitely wouldn’t put Red Dead Redemption before MGS4. And I’d include games like The Last Story and Xenoblade for starters.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Judicas

    Wow looking at which games were voted through during the earlier rounds it sure looks like they had a whole pile of muppets voting :P

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    the top 5 (in no particular order):

    demons souls
    hotline miami
    mario galaxy
    plants vs zombies
    halo reach

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @27
    :D :D :D

    #29 2 years ago
  30. macronia

    am i the only one who think that skyrim sucks ?!! it was boring , as a PC gamer i would choose bioshock infinite / bioshock 1 , maybe witcher 2 !!

    #30 2 years ago
  31. SplatteredHouse

    Meh. Of the shortlisted, I would probably have picked one of CoD4, Mass Effect 2, or TWD.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. bradk825

    Skyrim was great but I think for the time it was made Oblivion was a little better put-together. I found Skyrim’s main quest line a little lacking when compared to secondary quest lines like the Dark Brotherhood, thieves guilds etc.. It should have stood out from the pack as far as all the quest lines in the game, but it was only about “as good” as the rest I’d say.

    There are also some notable games missing from the contest altogether like The Orange Box and Dragon Age Origins. Doesn’t seem like it was very scientific. That said, Skyrim was a great game.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. SplatteredHouse

    @30 it was dull as dishwater for the most part. There’s a difference between expansive/spacious, and vacuous. Skyrim snuggles to far too great an extent near the latter.
    While I thought it was fun to explore the game’s landscape and world and the early combat wasn’t bad, you quickly gather what underpins the game, and it’s a swiftly forming monotonous progression system, which WILL become increasingly apparent as you reach higher levels.

    The game actually gets worse, less fun to play, as you get more time put into it – and that, really, ought to be inexcusable as a point of design shortcoming.
    Interesting to find the previous poster reference Oblivion, because I think it managed to escape a similar fate, by virtue of being more focused. Morrowind may be “last gen”, but it ends up stronger compared to both (especially Skyrim) as it’s much more of a game, than an attempt at an “experience”.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. salarta

    @30: I wouldn’t say Skyrim sucks, but it definitely shouldn’t be called the best game of this generation. The only fun in it is running around and exploring on your own, and even that starts to feel dull after a while. I really don’t grasp what makes everyone see it as so godly, the freedom to run around and do whatever you want loses a lot of its appeal when the characters all feel fairly bland and the choices just feel like typical quest material.

    The only aspect I can imagine fairly justifying all the buzz for Skyrim is openness to modding.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. macronia

    @33 totally agreed , unfortunate that i didn’t play oblivion and morrowind , alot of people thanks the latter , wish i picked oblivion or morrowind instead of skyrim ;)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. macronia

    @34 maybe i lost the appeal in open world games after playing these only type recently , maybe i will try it again after some linear straight forward games :)

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Darksider123

    Oh man, that’s sad. I guess every man to his own taste

    #37 2 years ago
  38. fearmonkey

    Kind of surprised Fallout:New Vegas wasnt in there, it was actually a better game than Fallout 3, at least story wise.

    I can agree with Skyrim, It is an amazing game.

    In no particular order, loved them all.

    1). Skyrim
    2). Deus Ex:Human Revolution
    3). Alan Wake
    4). Fallout 3 series
    5). Two World’s Series
    6). Bioshock Series
    7). Mafia 2
    8). Mass effect series
    9). The Darkness Series
    10). Borderlands 2

    Honorable mentions go to The Witcher series, Kingdom of Amalur:Reckoning, Fable 2, Portal 2, Fear 2, Mafia 2, Dishonored, Saint’s Row: The Third, Assassin’s Creed series.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dark

    Far Cry 3 was a contender? LOL!

    #39 2 years ago
  40. UuBuU

    Skyrim isnt even the best Elder Scrolls game this generation ~ although Oblivion doesn’t really deserve to win either considering how flawed the vanilla game is

    #40 2 years ago
  41. fihar

    I was mindlessly strolling through Skyrim the other day when I stumbled into a cave called Halldir’s Cairn.
    What I found inside that cave was waaaay more than I bargained for and I honestly can say that for all their faults, Bethesda do know how to pull you in. These little discoveries are what Skyrim is about. Who cares about shitty combats and buggy engines?

    Of course, that photo with the note ‘Forgive Us’ written in the back on The Last of Us still stands as quite possibly the best gaming moments I’ve had these past few years.
    Although in all honesty, I’d put L.A. Noire in contention. The Homicide desk alone puts that game above most of the games I’ve played this generation.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. TheWulf

    It’s very unexpected seeing Two Worlds in fifth, and that’s about all I have to say about that.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. KineticCalvaria

    @42, I know, it’s terrible. :P

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Biscuitpants

    games good but bioshock is better

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Bowser

    Oblivion would be my pick. I found changes to the series made in Skyrim to be a definite downgrade.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Agt_Pendergast

    I think I just threw up a little.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. DSB

    Portal 2 was pretty special to me, instant classic. The Walking Dead and Bioshock weren’t very far behind.

    Skyrim was great, but it ultimately traded quality for quantity. Some of the main quests are still bugged

    #47 2 years ago
  48. 2021vince

    dont get me wrong i like skyrim but i think either mgs4 or tlou should have won

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Vice

    Man, I’m glad none of those shit console exclusives won. I mean RDR? Have you even PLAYED this borefest?? It comes nowhere even remotely close to Skyrim! The Last of Us? Haven’t played it, but it simply can’t be awarded a game of generation award, no matter how good it is, simply because it’s a PS3 exclusive. Generation means available to everyone (aka PC or multiplatform), not just to owners of one system.
    As about Skyrim… Well.. Yeah if we talking about fully modded PC version, then I kind of agree. Even though for me personally it’s Mass Effect 2.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. OlderGamer

    Minecraft comes to mind for contender of the generation. Most of those games on the list aren’t anything I would enjoy playing. Most of them are about the experience, and as such are often tightly controlled story lines that often have to you being held by the hand going from one scripted event to the next. That isn’t a game, imo, it is an evolution of fmv.

    I can see why Skyrim made the grade, but it was way too rough around the edges and glitch filled to win out. Most of my top games over the generational cycle ended up being on PC. Civ V is prolly my top pick.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. KineticCalvaria

    @49, Red Dead and boring don’t go together, it’s far from it. You can’t judge The Last Of Us because you haven’t played it and you’re clearly just being a pc elitist.

    Also generation refers to a generation of consoles along with pc, so it can be on any of those individual platforms. Skyrim is nowhere near game of the generation, if anything was a snooze fest its that, making it prettier doesn’t help it become fun.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Dave Cook

    I thought Red Dead was boring, but it’s more a gripe with sandbox in general, I still think it was a colossal achievement. To deny that is pretty mad.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. KineticCalvaria

    @52, I have that general feeling about a lot of open world games but I thought Red Dead was awesome, beats GTA any day for me.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Christopher Jack

    Take 2 has 4 games there, impressive.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Joe Musashi

    Given Bethesda’s shoddy (to put it lightly) management of the issues that plagued Skyrim and their lack of transparency, I exclude the title from any accolade race. It is not an example that should be looked up to.

    Of the games that I’ve played this generation, I’d probably point to Portal as the game that represents the generation the most:

    - Technologically sound, using realistic physics and the ability to peek through your portals to see beyond them. Doubtful that either were achievable to such a degree prior to the current gen.

    - Excellent writing. An aspect of game development that has really come to prominence this generation.

    - Available digitally. Again, an area of gaming that has become the norm from this generation

    - A great game, an original concept, flawless execution. Whilst not my personal favourite it is recognised as a classic and rightly so.

    - The rise of the indie developer. Originally conceived as Narbacular Drop by students at Digipen Institute, Valve caught sight of the game, showed interest, and employed the team behind it – combining and nurturing their talent with established members of the Valve team.

    Yeah, I think Portal is a great game and a great representation of this generation’s gaming.

    JM

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Llewelyn_MT

    I’d vote for GTA5 or BioShock. Anyway, polls like that should be held 5 years after the generation is over, otherwise it’s biased.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. backup

    wow a copy pasted game wins lol
    TLOU is miles better

    #57 2 years ago
  58. MadFlavour

    A poll of morons.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Kuwabara

    You can’t really say one game is the best, most of those titles offered something unique. To me Demon souls was the most immersive game, to the point where i felt like i was actually in that world, same as portal 2, uncharted 2 was the most edge of your seat game and most wow factor and probably best looking game, god of war 3 was the most epic in terms of what the game achieved at the time with interactive levels and boss fights, red dead had the vistas and the most satisfying ending, just when you think the game is going to end it continues in a way like no other, skyrim had awesome ambient music and soundtrack that made exploration with grand scale even more beautiful, fallout had the awesome vats and exploration, last of us has some of the best graphics to date and probably the best tense mood atmosphere. Mgs4 and gta4 are also great. Flower and journey made me the most happiest with intense joy, journey most awe inspiring.

    But i can’t see why everyone has ditched uncharted in favor of last of us. I think the majority of people who voted last of us as their best game have not played much stealth games or even the uncharted series. I have yet to play survival mode, so that may change things. I do however put Joel on the same level as drake.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Dongers GamerK

    1- CoD shouldn’t be there. i think Fallout 3 should win, but it’s ok every game that is in there is good (except CoD, you can call me a hater i don’t care) :)

    #60 2 years ago

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    Stardock has revealed Ashes of the Singularity, a new take on sci-fi RTS. Ashes of the Singularity is described as “not an RTS battle, an RTS war” which sounds pretty exciting. Built on Oxide Games’ Nitrous Engine, Ashes of the Singularity boasts of thousands of units on screen at a time, each with multiple targeted […]

  • Disgaea 5: meet Zeroken and Christo

    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]