Ryse: Son of Rome screenshots show swordplay, shield bashing

Thursday, 7 November 2013 18:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ryse: Son of Rome is set to launch alongside Xbox One on November 22, and today, Crytek has released a new batch of screenshots as well as another look at the box art. Gaze upon the lot below.


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  1. Nephilimator

    Good idea to only show screens instead of gameplay footage.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. POOhead

    @1 gta 5 did the same thing…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps4fanboy

    dead rising 3 looks better than this to me

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    I think this looks like the best X1 game in technical terms at launch. Really cohesive and polished. Completely not my thing game wise but very nice graphically.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. UuBuU

    @1 The gameplay is beyond awful. The visuals are the only selling point, so it makes sense to only show screenshots and cinematic trailers.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Djoenz

    Can you back that up? Opinion is opinion. I”ll wait for the solid reviews.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Opalauge


    No he can’t and the first previews proof him wrong.


    Gamplay footage has been posted yesterday!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. UuBuU

    @6 I can just tell from all the footage i’ve seen so far that the gameplay will be terrible. But if you want the opinion of someone who’s actually played the game:

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Djoenz

    lmao I knew it talking BS. Also previews dont mean shit. I need me some solid reviews then we’ll talk.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. UuBuU

    @9 That gameinformer preview is as honest an opinion as you’ll find about the game from game journalists.

    Most will be paid to give it good reviews, or they’ll let the impressive visuals cloud their judgement as they rush out a review on launch.

    For a common monkey like you, impressive visuals and a 9/10 from IGN will be enough. Gamers with taste and experience will see Ryse for what it really is – trash.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. bobnice

    @1 unless you havent been paying attention this week. There are tons on new gameplay videos, big 5 minute – 10 minutes gameplay previews on IGN, Gamespot, Gametrailers, Rev3games with adam sessler, and escapist…all within the last 2 days. There was even a preview video posted here on VG247 yesterday, why so critical?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dendroball

    @10 This game is trash ! How dare you monkeys like a game I don’t like ! Every game review outlets are being paid except the ones I agree with !

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Djoenz

    You are too quick to bash. Im a Sony fanboy tbh but you just eager to find shit to bash about.

    Previews are glorified demos. 2 hours of gaming doesnt mean shit. For all we know chapter 1 is a failure but might pick up later on and maybe have the best ending ever.

    Its about the whole package.

    I’ll wait for reviews. Until then you are just talkin bollocks.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    The game definitely looks pretty but I have seen enough game play and played every single Crytek game to know what it will be which is all flash, no gameplay. The Crysis series has that problem so somehow they went and focused on gameplay? Suuuuure.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Djoenz

    New IP man they better dont fuck this up.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Super Girevik

    Several users seem to loath this game, targeting the gameplay as the main culprit. But just to even things out a bit, didn’t Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls have gameplay that revolved around quick-time events? I’m assuming the main selling point for BTS was the story and it’s characters. Maybe Ryse will have an engaging story ;)

    As for Gameinformer’s critique on Ryse, don’t forget that quite a few reviewers rated Beyond: Two Souls below average. Actually when you look at the list of reviews, you have some high scores and some low scores. That should remind us how different our opinions can be.

    Making a personal choice dependent on another person’s own personal preferences reveals a lack of confidence in our own judgement.

    For me personally, while the visuals are truly impressive, this is not my cup of tea.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Djoenz

    I dont think its a lack of confidence in my own judgement when I base my purchases on reviews.

    Like everyone was like wow uncharted this and that but I never fell for the hype until I saw some reviews and gameplay and bought it super cheap.

    I like to research before I purchase a game. I didnt do it with Dead Rising 2 and oh boy I was disappointed as fuck.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight


    I don’t think Beyond and Ryse are in the same field. They are completely different demographics. Quantum Dream is all about telling a story to its audience. That is not the case here with Ryse. Ryse would be more comparable to Arkham series.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Super Girevik


    So if 5 out of 10 reviews give it a thumbs up, who do you believe? If one reviewer, for example, says COD:Ghosts has the best maps in the series and another says the complete opposite, who do you believe?

    Reviews can be helpful but I think at the end of the day, you have to be able to see a game for yourself and make the call. Youtube and Twitch are great tools for getting a real view of what a game is all about.

    That’s my point of view.

    EDIT: Just noticed you mentioned how with Uncharted you did your own research by watching some reviews and actual gameplay videos.

    So in that case, you didn’t rely soley on the reviews. You used your own judgement while watching videos and the reviews were used to compliment your own research.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Djoenz

    Hell yeah sorry forgot to mention Im an avid youtuber sometimes.
    I love gameplay vids of genuine ppl on youtube. Amazing stuff sometimes although some ppl man damnzz.

    EDIT: You’re a cool dude man. Its refreshing. Hope you stick at VG247. (not starting a bromance or anything)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Super Girevik


    But the gameplay is still rather poor, isn’t it? If you detest quick-time events, you detest quick-time events.

    Story is a different topic.

    Just to be clear, I’m not implying Ryse and Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls should be compared as a whole. I was just referring to their gameplay, which is what people are talking about here.


    Twitch is really good too.

    Btw, you some like a cool dude yourself 8)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight


    Yeah and? Batman is built upon those QTE through gameplay.

    Beyond Two souls is a modernized point and click adventure so you know what you are expecting especially with Quantum Dreams history of games. Without QTE there would be no game it would be like watching a CG film. Ryse is not trying to be that if they were than their marketing, interviews, etc are showing something completely different. I have yet to see anything related to plot though then again Crytek’s history with plot…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Super Girevik


    I personally don’t have anything against quick-time events (QTE). But aren’t QTE the main complaint against Ryse’s gameplay?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    Not just QTE but the lack of depth of combat. QTE just exaggerate the issue since its the most obvious to point out.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. bradk825

    I am growing a little weary of comments based on the unfinished build shown at E3, but on the other hand that wouldn’t happen if they hadn’t been dumb enough to show an unfinished build at E3 instead of just a video or something.

    It has mixed reviews on the gameplay, and it’s not the QTE fest many people think it is. In the end, for me, if the gameplay is at least “acceptable” it comes down to the storytelling. If that’s good, it’ll be a good game. If the storytelling doesn’t measure up I’ll find it disappointing.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Phoenixblight


    I hadn’t realized that people that played it this week were playing the E3 build. Wanna try that again?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Super Girevik


    Thanks for pointing that out. I really haven’t kept up to date with Ryse since it’s doesn’t call my attention. But with so much bad publicity via the comment sections, I’m intrigued to do a little investigation on this game.

    After all, it can’t be all bad :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight


    People said the same thing about Colonial Marines :P

    #28 2 years ago
  29. bradk825

    @26 Thanks for being a dick. I made no comment about people who played it this week. Fuck, I just got here and you’re jumping down my throat. Is that how you deal with people normally? You must so well-liked.

    Those who played it this week can feel free to say what they want. I am referring to people who make comments about the gameplay they saw from E3, which is still happening in forums with frequency. As for people who played this week, reviews are indeed mixed. Some like it, some don’t. Fair is fair.

    So nice though to be able to come and say what I think without being afraid that some nutsack is going to be way too eager to fight and argue over one part of it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Phoenixblight


    Ahh I see so your comment had nothing to do with the actual thread of comments. My bad.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Opalauge

    So where is the problem (expect the fact, that the opinions from the previews are mixed and are based on the easy mode)?!
    This is a Hack’n'Slay and the combat system is based on the “easy to learn and hard to master” philosophy.
    Will it work? No one knows yet.

    So wich game is an icon in this genre? Yes…God of War. Is the combat system of God of War deep? Fuck NO!!! You can beat every single God of War Game with “Sqare, Square, Square and hold Triangle” only using the Chaos Blades…the rest ist QTE. Every other weapon or combo in theese games is completly useless (except the moments when the developers force you to use them, cuz they realized how useless they are).
    The rest is presentation and “story”.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Phoenixblight


    That is true except this game is based on reality so no bad ass bosses, no interesting looking monsters and characters. It does look pretty but the game looks bland especially since it just you vs barbarians with simplistic controls. If I were to get an Xbox One at launch it would be for Dead Rising because at least that looks interest to play along with not based on reality.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Hcw87

    So you’ve played the game then? There’s been some rumors of some supernatural elements in the game, so don’t play this and expect a 100% authentic experience.

    Obvious spoilers.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. TheBlackHole

    Wow… okay. Too much uninformed verbal diarrhea on this thread.

    Anyone else actually PLAYED this game yet? Anyone?… No? Just me then.

    I’m not going to acknowledge the obvious stream of fanboy wishful thinking (on either side of the fence), but I will address the broader issues brought up in the thread. And as for my opinion, you can take it or leave it.

    - The graphics are fantastic. Detailed, sharp, great colour palette. 900p seems to this game no harm. Looks as good as ANYTHING else coming out at launch for either console. Shows that in the right hands the One has no problem producing stellar graphics.

    - The QTE thing is a misnomer. Only the executions, which are a relatively small part of each encounter, are even classifiable as QTE, and even then that’s stretching it somewhat. There is no failure for the timed executions like most timed events, only bonuses and better animations when you get the timing right. The idea of each battle is that your moves fit together in an almost rhythm-like way, building a string of hits much like a beat-em-up. Its combat does, as has been noted elsewhere, feel somewhat like Batman AA/AC. That is a good thing, by the way.

    - Yes, the game has real historical context, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t bosses or more fantastical elements. One of the videos I’ve seen posted actually references a Minotaur, although I didn’t see that in my playthrough. You also throw people with your sword, cut through limbs like jelly, and throw javelin’s with the accuracy of a sniper, so yeah – not so realistic. I didn’t find that distracting though.

    - The multiplayer IS a tad ropey. It’s distracting enough, but it’s not as instantly enjoyable as the main campaign, and I don’t think it will grab people’s attention for too long. Multiplayer is not where this game excels. Having said that, the Colosseum and the way it adapts is completely boss. Can’t wait to see how that fits into the campaign.

    - There is a serious case of invisible wall syndrome, but then this is not Skyrim 2.0. It’s like a 3D Streets of Rage with swords, togas and only one playable character. Still, as a launch title I think it’s shaping up nicely, just don’t go expecting 10/10s.

    I can see some bemoaning the style over substance, but it plays like a perfectly fun hack’n'slash that could hold some replay value if the campaign is long/varied enough, and the multiplayer modes come good.

    Just my 2 cents.


    #34 2 years ago
  35. Phoenixblight


    No I haven’t played it but I have watched every video(2 hours worth) of gameplay that I can so just basing off of that which they have all shown you vs other humans of other cultures.


    “One of the videos I’ve seen posted actually references a Minotaur, although I didn’t see that in my playthrough.”

    Yeah I saw him in a playthrough its relatively big dude with a bull skull on his head. This game seems to be more centered on the 13th warrior. It alludes to mythical beings but its really just barbarians wearing dead animal that have been put together to give fear to enemies.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. polygem

    i haven’t played it. i can’t really judge it. it looks interesting. it really is a title that you want to check out to find out what all the fuss is about. that’s a job well done for a launch game.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. fearmonkey

    @35 – Yeah I noticed that about the Minotaur and thought the same thing, that it reminded me of the 13th warrrior, mythical reality.

    I hope this game is really good but the reviews are mixed so far, this game seems to have many people love it or hate it, like a Cage game.
    I am getting a PS4 but that doesnt mean I want all the launch games the Xbone to fail. I’ll be getting an Xbone eventually and picking this up, just because it’s ROME.

    I think that Crytek missed an opportunity with this game though, the look and feel of this game screams for an RPG, and yet it’s a button mash fighter. I would love a RPG like this.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Phoenixblight


    Well Crytek has never done a RPG. The closest we will get is the talent systems in Crysis and Ryse.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. fearmonkey

    @38 – yeah I Know and they should. I think Crytek would make a great RPG if they actually worked on one. They could still make it a shooter, but add RPG elements, like a Deus EX kind of thing.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Phoenixblight


    Maybe the new Austin Studio since a good portion of the team worked on Darksiders.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Super Girevik

    The fact that Ryse went from being a Kinect based title to a gamepad controlled game doesn’t help neither. If this game would have been designed and developed from the ground up using the gamepad, it could have been a totally different beast.

    I definitely have to hand it to Crytek in the visuals department. “Screenshot0002.jpg” looks like cover art for a game, can’t believe that’s a gameplay screen grab. Simply amazing.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. zoopdeloop

    Crytek’s history consist of the best graphics and a lot of marketing hype.Everyone knows well Crysis franchise is nothing spectacular.
    i remember how Crytek continuously hyped Crysis 2 like it was gonna be the pinnacle of story telling and gameplay in the FPS genre and it turned out it was mediocre on all fronts except from graphics.

    Although i don’t see it since Ryse seems to me shallow and repetitive there’s a chance this will turn out to be at least good

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Ekona

    Sometimes all you want from a game is something pretty to look at with some very simple gameplay, and you can be perfectly happy with it. Bit like a Michael Bay film: Not exactly deep, but you can still be entertained by it.

    Ryse doesn’t look particularly intricate at all, but I won’t write it off simply because it’s a QTE-fest.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. TheBlackHole

    “I won’t write it off simply because it’s a QTE-fest”

    Again, for those hard of hearing.

    It is NOT a QTE-fest. Categorically. Factually. Actually. Not a QTE-fest.

    Just so we’re all clear.

    #44 2 years ago

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    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]