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GTA Online: keys to the city, but the lock’s broken

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 08:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto Online is online now, and VG247′s Dave Cook has been playing it for a few hours. Does it make good on its ambitious goals, or is there still room for improvement? Find out here.

I logged in to GTA Online yesterday to try it out and like many of you out there, I encountered a wide range of technical issues. This is in no way a complaint because look, Rockstar North is playing an ambitious hand with this service. It’s a complex beast that needs time to stabilise.

Without seeing the stats I can already tell that the game’s servers were being flogged mercilessly by the flood of gamers scrambling to get online. Log-ins were temperamental, jobs failed to get started and some missions are simply broken. I tried to play the ‘Roadgame’ key mission about ten times for it to fail as soon as the match began.

There’s the classic argument that goes something like, ‘Oh but Rockstar must surely have known the service was going to be busy. Why didn’t they better prepare?’ Well yeah, that’s a point, but we don’t really know what the issue is, and the company even said that the launch would likely run into issues. If you do manage to get online you’ll start to see just how ambitious the service really is, and perhaps even appreciate why it’s not all quite there yet.

After the initial tutorial is through, you really are handed the keys to the city. You can free roam around Los Santos in search of other players to work with or kill, accept jobs to earn money and start to build your online empire one dollar at a time. I said in this blog that GTA games have always intimidated me. While I didn’t find that with GTA 5, I am finding it already in GTA Online. It’s vast. So very vast.

You can walk into marked stores and hold them up, sell cars to Mod-Shops, kill other players and nick their money, take part in team deathmatches, vehicle deathmatches, car races, bike races, water races, parachute jumps and much more already. it takes a while to learn the menus and options open to you when it comes to setting up sessions, join other game instances, invite your pals and get the ball rolling, but once you do, there’s a danger you might get yourself sucked into GTA Online’s black hole and never emerge again.

One thing I like is the ability to buy-in to Passive Mode, which means you can’t be killed or have your car stolen. It’s the safest way to free roam at your own pace and get a handle on what’s going on around town. But once you deactivate it, all bets are off. I parked my car in an alley and went for an actual piss and a coffee, only to return to see some dude shotgunning my face into paté. Cheers, whoever you were.


Griefers … ROLL OUT!

I was worried that people would be able to kill me and steal my favourite car, but this is where the game gets clever. You can visit a garage and have a tracker installed in your ride, which highlights it on the map all the time, should you become separated. There’s even an option to insure it. If it gets totalled, you can then call up the company to have it replaced. This doesn’t work if it gets confiscated by the cops after a bust though. You have to break into the nearest impound and steal it back before it gets cubed.

On the map you’ll see a mess of blue icons, each representing a ‘Job’ type. You can travel over to them or quick-join via the menu to start the session. For example, I entered a team deathmatch around the Los Santos country club. It was a big map that saw four teams shooting the crap out of each other by tennis courts and opulent club houses. The shooting feels just like it does in the campaign, but as host you can turn match-making on and off, and other variables to tailor the session.

PvP maps are dotted with guns and body armour to give either team an edge, but you do have to enter each fight with your own guns bought in free roam. Fights that aren’t match-made can potentially see tougher players with better weapons whaling on newcomers with starter guns, but I haven’t played long enough to see if this is a issue. I was being one-shotted from miles away in one game, but they could just be a great shot. Again, it’s too early.

I dabbled in a few races too, and there’s mass griefing potential there. One dirt bike sprint saw a bunch of dicks crashing into everyone going nto the first turn, knocking some of us off a ledge and unable to hit the first checkpoint gate. You can hold Y/Triangle to respawn ahead of the last gate you missed, but by that point there was no point in carrying on. We had lost before the race it had really begun. That sort of scenario really grinds my gears, but I’m not sure anything can be done about it really.

These things still didn’t water down the fun I had when things went right. Deathmatch is a riot, the races can be fun when it’s not a destruction derby and I’m really intrigued to see where it all expands from here. My highlight was a horde-style stand-off in a dilapidated plane hanger, as waves of screaming hicks bore down on us. I was just playing with three total strangers but we worked together well and got really far. I could have played that one mission for ages.

While Job creation isn’t fully there yet – aside from quick races – I can’t buy a house or garage yet as that broken Roadgame mission is blocking my progress, but I really am fascinated to see how GTA Online evolves. There’s real scope to keep this thing going for months if not years, but only if the broken elements are fixed and remain stable soon.

I’ll write more in a week or two once everything’s calmed down a bit. To make a judgement call now would be unfair.

Disclosure: To assist in writing piece, Rockstar sent Dave a copy of GTA 5 on Xbox 360.

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21 Comments

  1. KAP

    Great article. Great to see that your atleast trying to give a game a chance you didn’t initially like.

    Want to hear a little fact, there were more people yesterday trying to get online with GTA then any game in history.

    If Blizzard runs into these kinds of problems, then it wasn’t a big surprise yesterday happened really…

    I have a good feeling this will all get sorted in a few days, by weekend.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Were there really? Jesus that’s impressive. It was inevitable that such problems would arise. The game is full of so much emergent tech and play that it’s impossible to predict and prepare for literally everything.

    I can’t wait for it to get fixed. The potential is vast.

    Also, the horde mode missions are just ace :D

    #2 1 year ago
  3. KAP

    Horde mode?

    Jeez, I honestly can’t wait!
    I got as far as the initial intro, then got the usual crash. but I must say, It felt alot like SP then I ever expected, in the sense of polish and presentation.

    I can’t wait til this is all sorted and they introduce the heist machanic.

    Oh and also I’m glad Rockstar have completely shut the mouths of everyone complaining of a female role. Even If GTA and GTA4 both had female playable characters.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 Yeah man Horde Play is in there, called ‘Survival’. It’s basic shit, but still very fun. Gets ace when the enemies roll up in trucks and choppers. Proper insane.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Diingo

    I get the feeling it may be a few more days before the online sustains itself properly.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Fin

    “Want to hear a little fact, there were more people yesterday trying to get online with GTA then any game in history.”{{citation needed}}

    Once I got past the first race (+glitches involving me warping throughout the city in the second mission), I’d a fairly painless experience.
    Bit concerned about the amount of money required for stuff though – like is the only way to get a plane buying one?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. TheBlackHole

    I don’t understand why people are still failing to understand the basic principle of server load and how it works.

    Imagine the service is like a football stadium – it has room for 100,000 people, but the doors to the stadium are only small and can only let a limited number of people in at a time. If too many people try to get in simultaneously, the doors get blocked and nobody can get in.

    Over a longer period of time, everyone will fit and the service will work fine, but people have to be patient. There ought to be an orderly queue, which would mitigate the blocked doors.

    Also, to why they can’t just ‘make the doors bigger’. Sticking with the stadium analogy, to make the doors bigger, you’d have to make the stadium bigger, but making a 200,000 seat stadium when you only have 100,000 people doesn’t make any financial sense, so it wouldn’t be worth doing.

    This is why EVERY online game falls over at launch. The best implementation I’ve ever seen has been Guild Wars 2, who literally didn’t allow everyone in at the same time. They forced people to ‘wait their turn’ in the queue. This is what EVERYONE should do.

    Hope that’s crystal clear.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    Does anyone know what JP is for? I don’t recall the game ever explaining its purpose. If there was a tooltip about it, I apparently missed it.

    @3 There’s a horde mode? When do you get that? Do more mission types unlock as you level up?

    @6 “Bit concerned about the amount of money required for stuff though – like is the only way to get a plane buying one?”

    No, there are definitely places on the map you can find them.

    @7 Most people assume you can just throw more servers at a game and that suddenly makes it better. The best servers in the world wouldn’t be able to handle the load this game is trying to process right now.

    I was lucky. I had one crash in the tutorial (entering LS Customs), but it’s been running perfectly for me since.

    —-

    You know, I’m enjoying it so far. The deathmatches and general PvP is a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Boat races are also fun as hell. Its awesome just messing around in the overworld with friends… and I’m also not ashamed to admit to enjoying a round or multiplayer tennis. =P

    But…

    I don’t know. There’s something missing.

    I felt far more engaged in the sandbox of Red Dead Redemption’s online mode, and I can’t quite put my finger on why that is. I think its the variety of “jobs” that has something to do with it. They seem really lacking, and they’ve all been incredibly dull, even with friends joining me.

    It’s also pretty damn clear that the game *is* designed to make you excessively grind for money (or pay up), despite what Rockstar claimed to the contrary. The fact that there’s money penalties for death and money costs for even basic actions makes this blindingly apparently. I’ve yet to decide if the online has enough draw to make the long haul for money work it.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. GK

    R is lossers,had so much time to make it work and screw it.still impossible to play and one day gone already.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Fin

    @8

    Best I could find online re JP is that they’re “Job Points”, but that’s all.

    I looked all through the airport, couldn’t find any planes – more luck up in the desert, or at the fort?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @10 I know the army base is supposed has the jet, but it’s supposed to be super hard to get out with it. I think you might have to be a certain level to get access to some of that stuff.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. jaysea

    There are jets and occasionally you can get a c130 type cargo plane at the fort. They will shoot you down fast so fly low until you get away!

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Lloytron

    @9 Comments like that are very easy to throw out. It ‘should’ work from day one and ‘should’ acommodate everyone that wants to play. Sadly lots of things ‘should’ happen. Actually doing them though is a herculean task.

    As a consumer we are within our rights to want things to work on day one. But also we should be kind of understanding.

    If my online shopping delivery doesn’t turn up on time because of the snow, even if it was forecasted, I can forgive the driver because he’s probably had a rough day.

    Similarly I can forgive Rockstar this because the hammering their service will have taken is unprecedented. Yes, they would have known that many millions of people would try to log on on day one.

    What exactly do you suggest they do about it that they are not already doing? Flick a switch marked ‘work’?

    The real criticism here is not that it doesn’t work – its that they should have handled it entirely differently. They should have mate GTA Online free for everyone as part of a beta test.

    Curiously I know someone who was involved in the beta test and they got banned yesterday for playing it before it was released, even though they were an official tester. lol :D

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Jericho Wolfe

    I haven’t had one problem with the service as yet and I’m currently level 6 (still early days) but I think you may have to buy aircraft in the game or reach a certain level as I went to the Airbase and the Airport and no sign of anything to fly yet.

    Although from everything I’ve seen so far (bar getting shot while getting a tattoo) GTA Online is just going to get better and better.

    Recommend driving up to the top of Mount Chiliad on an ATV and Skydiving off the top.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lloytron

    @15 are you on Xbox or PS3? Not sure if that matter. I’ve not been able to get on at all on my 360. I made a character and now when I try to play I just get stuck on the first forced mission, waiting for players…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. GK

    13,what kind of understanding? that they get milliards? :D what kind of testers if even first mission is f*** up :D why they could not release online the same date like GTA5? there are a lot of people who likes to play online,but there are people like myself who likes to play single player.automatic is big chance that online had been working good.even in diablo 3 they had problem,but atleast it was possible to play,try five minutes and you in.yertarday and today i tried many times and nothing happening :) so maybe they like to give us some present because of that? like cars,weapons,money for understanding? because that way world is spinning,you f*** up,you have to pay.i order pizza,came later than suppose to come,they give me 50% off the next pizza.tv does not work one day,they extend my subscribe one week,what is how it work.psn out,they give us free games.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Arcnail

    So you buy in game money with real life money, and can lose in game money when killed etc?

    Not sure I like the sound of that.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @18 Nah, it’s different currency.

    The in game money that you spend as your character is just regular dollars. The money you buy yourself is GTA$, which is used in the in-game store.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Fin

    @17

    Shit bro, you should definitely work in the games industry.
    Games would have trouble-free launches if you were round to tell people what to focus on!

    #19 1 year ago
  20. VibraniumSpork

    @20 http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130119025633/glee/images/2/28/Funny-gif-baby-I-See-What-You-Did-There.gif :D

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Lloytron

    @20 +1

    People love saying how things should be, when they have no clue about what is involved!

    #21 1 year ago

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  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

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    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]