Ryse: Son of Rome reviews begin, get all the Xbox One scores here

Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Ryse: Son of Rome reviews have been kicked into the news pit like that poor sod from 300. As always, we’re collecting them here for your convenience. THIS. IS. ROUND-UP!

You can check out Brenna’s full Ryse: Son of Rome appraisal through the link.

The game’s out tomorrow, November 22.

Now then, here are those shiny numbers:

Eurogamer – 5/10
Joystiq – 2.5/5
Polygon – 6/10
Destructoid – 5/10
Shacknews – 5/10
OXM – 7/10
IGN – 6.8/10
Kotaku – Yes
GameInformer – 6/10

Got a score we’ve missed? Paste it below and we’ll add it when we get a moment.


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  1. Dragon

    Knack vs. Ryse
    Who shall take the wooden spoon?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Lv01


    #2 1 year ago
  3. xFidelCashflow


    #3 1 year ago
  4. Djoenz

    I did not expect this. I need to read the reviews but must be a damn short game. . . . . Crytek are truly dipshits oh boy.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. viralshag

    Looking like I was spot on what I said earlier about scores… I’m not sure I’ll bother reading them as I’ll see for myself tomorrow anyway.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. f1r3storm – 7/10

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Nam3M3King

    Lol guess they could QTE out of this situation

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    So… They hid a shit game behind mediocre ones…

    Welcome to next gen! The star of the show?

    Indie games!!! Games you can play on a machine for half the price of the next gen consoles, whoot!

    My girlfriend has decided against an X1 now, looks like we are sticking with PC & Wii U for a good while now till things start to catch up.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. VibraniumSpork

    So…kinda like Killzone: Shadow Fall. An enjoyable though fairly pedestrian affair with some heartily-impressive visuals that show off the system. I’d still hit it though.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    Judging by Eurogamers breakdown of the combat, it’s criminal that games like this will probably sell, and games like Wonderful 101 don’t get a look in.

    Sad state of affairs really.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. viralshag

    @10, Well if W101 made it to a next-gen system then it might have.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @1 The difference with Knack is that it isn’t a glorified QTE fest and has actual gameplay, and everyone whose actually played it loved it.

    Everyone knew Ryse was going to be terrible from the moment they saw it. As with everything Crytek makes, it’s a technical marvel with no soul. This scores were entirely predictable.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. viralshag

    @12, I do find it funny that you’re defending a game that got bad reviews based on people getting more time to actually play it but not offering the same courtesy to this game.

    It might end up still being shit but at least give the game the same chance.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. VibraniumSpork

    @12 +1

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Xbone

    gametrailers 7/10–son-of-rome-review

    #15 1 year ago
  16. absolutezero


    Man people bad-mouthing Crytek makes me sad. Far Cry 1 is still great and the first Crysis is the best sand-box FPS to date, still. Fuck Crysis is fucking superb at what it does. I think it might be a case of “playing it wrong”, I know I managed to change one of my friends minds about the game by just getting him to play a little differently.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Beta

    A glorified tech demo then. As always with Crytek, a beautiful game let down by average gameplay.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. monkeygourmet


    Not guarenteed by previous selling efforts from the studio.

    It all boils down to if you want to play good games or mediocre ones. Not saying that the X1 won’t have some fantastic titles in the future, but the launch titles are average at best (although that was to be expected).

    If you can’t fork out £149 to support titles like 101 but you CAN fork out £429 to play titles like Ryse, well, I don’t know?! Seems arse backwards to me, but each to their own eh? :)

    #18 1 year ago
  19. mistermogul

    @9 – Like Killzone but worse! (if you take metacritic into consideration, currently 73 & 60)

    #19 1 year ago
  20. mistermogul

    Here’s Destructoid’s –

    #20 1 year ago
  21. monkeygourmet


    Everyone who’s actually played it…?

    Bit strong Mike! JM will ask you to justify that kind of statement if your not careful.

    Also, watch out with the ‘soul’ comment, thats frowned upon too…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. VibraniumSpork

    @19 Meh, I’d say that they’re both meeting the same ‘just above average’ plateau, review-wise.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Xbone

    @16 I does not disagree with you, but I dont think Crysis 1 was a real sandbox game, cause you always went from A to B. Of course there was plenty of room but still. I think the best sandbox FPS is Far Cry 3.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @13 I rest fairly confident in the belief that the vast majority people won’t enjoy Ryse, simply because of its utterly transparent monotony. It’s a glorified tech demo. The game has barely any gameplay to actually speak of. Knack at least has that.

    @21 I like you MG, but please, please don’t use me to passively insult someone else.

    I have a bad habit of using absolutes when it’s not what I actually mean, bad habit. You understood my points though.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Pytox

    Knack wins :p

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Djoenz

    Come on Monkey go in your basket noaw! Dont start that shit.

    Seriously why are people comparing a game like Knack to Ryse? Different target audience and perhaps even different genres? Im not that sure about the genre tbh…hmmm.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. naffgeek

    Well at least Microsoft didn’t hold back reviews until it was too late for people to cancel their pre-orders….!

    You stay classy MS!

    And before anyone screams fanboy I have been desperately looking for a reason to own both next gen consoles and between them the yhaven’t given me a single one.

    This time next year then.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. mistermogul

    @22 – You’re probably right but QTE’s are not my thing, so the difference in score is probably valid for me…

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Djoenz

    Havent you guys noticed that Gigahurtz never post in positive ps4 news or negative Xbox One articles unless he really can defend something.

    You have been OUTED my friend! BAM! ALABAMA!

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Xbone

    @27 not sure if serious or irony.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. VibraniumSpork

    Real Talk: I’ve been playing a lot of Vita Jak & Daxter over the last few days…this has me ludicrously pumped for Knack, reviews be damned >_<

    #31 1 year ago
  32. naffgeek

    @30 Sarcasm to be clear :).

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    @26 The comparision has more do with the similarly low scores and not really the games themselves, since they’re both supposed to be showcase launch titles for their respective consoles.

    At least nobody has called me a CrapStation 3.5 fanboy yet.

    It’s suspiciously nice around here the last day or two… it’s making me a little nervous…

    @31 Knack is great, as long as you play to its strengths – different enemy types has very specific strategies, and you *have* to use them to beat them.

    Knack is definitely from the Jak / Dexter school of game design as well, but that sort of thing isn’t “cool” anymore. It doesn’t have guns and violence ‘n’ shit.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. monkeygourmet


    Okay, fair point, I shouldn’t have had a dig. Sorry JM in advance.

    @Your original point

    Don’t you think your dislike of monotonous violence has slighlty ‘skewed’ your judgement?

    After all, Knack has been described as a ‘kids God of War’ by many, and you seemed to dislike that combat system?

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Xbone

    @32 Ok. I thought it wasnt serious but I wasnt sure :D

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Djoenz

    Ireland Michael is spot on IMO without Soul its all pointless. It needs to have magic!

    #36 1 year ago


    #37 1 year ago
  38. naffgeek

    @35 Like I said I am no Fanboy and really want a reason to own a next gen console but some of the business practices employed lately have been less than transparent.

    Drives me mad….yeah I’ll pay £429 for a console, then £50 for a game…what’s that you want more money in micro-transactions…!!!!

    And it’s not just MS, GT6 has just announced them too :(

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Christopher Jack

    So essentially God of War without the fun & monsters?
    & I’m not even a huge fan of God of War so this seems like it’ll lull me to sleep.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. Djoenz

    Thats my Gigahurtz again :)
    You said the same thing in the Knack article so Im very proud of you my friend you actually listened a bit to me.

    Im just kidding btw nothing personal bro ;)

    PS: I was just curious why you never replied to the EA: Many COD hours played on PS4 since you like COD?

    #40 1 year ago

    “A flop, is a flop, is a flop.”

    - G1GAHURTZ 2013.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Ireland Michael

    @35 It has nothing to do with monotonous violence, it has to do with monotonous gameplay. There’s barely anything to the gameplay at all. It’s funny that you mention God of War actually, because Ryse is even more limiting and basic that Kratos’ outings.

    I’m okay with violence in games (Bulletstorm and Silent Hill are two games I love to pieces), I just don’t care about violence for violence’s sake… especially if the game is lacking in decent gameplay to boot.

    Knack and God or War is a poor comparison. Knack requires you to mix up your attacks and strategies constantly if you want to progress. God of War doesn’t even has an inch of that much strategy to it. Knack is the far superior title, gameplay wise.

    #42 1 year ago


    Do what? which story? link?

    #43 1 year ago

    Knack and God or War is a poor comparison. Knack requires you to mix up your attacks and strategies constantly if you want to progress.

    That’s not what the reviewers said.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Djoenz

    My bad I misread the signals NVM!

    #45 1 year ago
  46. VibraniumSpork

    @33 RE: Knack. Cool, thanks fella. I think I’ve got to pick it up. I love the general look of the game, and I’ve rediscovered my love for platforming recently. Nice to have something a bit more relaxing and fun to play than the usual video game practices of shooting/stabbing stuff in the face ^_^

    Have also been hitting that Knack iOS game up for added collectibles…would hate to see ‘em go to waste!

    #46 1 year ago
  47. Ireland Michael

    @44 I don’t give a flying fuck what the reviewers have said when I’ve actually played the game and come to the conclusion myself.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. SCAssassin 7/10

    #48 1 year ago
  49. TheBlackHole

    Many of these reviews read like they are reviewing a product based on far loftier expectations than other games had.

    This is the problem with reviews nowadays – no game is reviewed in an open, level context. Things like developer heritage and product budget and pre-launch hype are inevitably taken into account, which have literally no bearing on the end user experience.

    I’ll be picking this up because it’s fun. I don’t need every game to be an indie-inspired wonder hit or a technically demanding open-world RPG.

    @33 So Knack is great, because the shit scores ignore the fun you had with it, but this is shit just because you don’t like the lack of variety, despite it getting marginally better scores?

    #49 1 year ago
  50. monkeygourmet


    Sorry, but it just sounded like you parroted the Knack article DrDamn posted the other day.

    You could replace ‘Knack’ with ‘Ryse’ in that article and im sure it would express how some people feel about the X1 title.


    “Knack requires you to mix up your attacks and strategies constantly if you want to progress.”

    That pretty much describes God of Wars gameplay.

    #50 1 year ago
  51. Ireland Michael

    @49 Gameplay for me is what matters, and it’s my personal *opinion* that many people will feel the same way about this game, and that it will not receive the same positive love Knack has from those who eventually play it.

    Do you have an argument to make on the subject or are you just going to resort to lazy ad hominems?

    @50 “Sorry, but it just sounded like you parroted the Knack article DrDamn posted the other day.”

    No, I just happen to completely agree with it.

    “That pretty much describes God of Wars gameplay.”

    It really, really doesn’t. You barely have to diverge from the basic chain attack in God of War, and you can still steamroll most of the game on normal mode. In Knack, that kind of laziness will see you back at the nearest checkpoint. Over, and over, and over again.

    #51 1 year ago
  52. _LarZen_

    Buying Knack even tho the revews are all over the place. Gamer feedback on twitch,forums and metacritics are way more positive then the reviewers.

    So I am going to pick up Ryse also, I think it looks stunning and fun. I don’t care that it can get a little simple or repetitive. If I cared about that I would have played 1 FPS game a year and not 5-10.

    #52 1 year ago
  53. DrDamn

    This looked shit from the beginning. Plenty of people could see that, myself included.

    Absolutely NO surprises here.

    Edit: for reference


    #53 1 year ago
  54. KineticCalvaria

    Oh this is just too funny, this is the only game that was tempting me over to the X1 and it’s shit, phew lucky escape there.

    #54 1 year ago
  55. absolutezero

    That first trailer when little was known about the title is still a nicely made piece of fluff.

    Then it was a Kinect title, and then it was not a Kinect title and then it was moved to next gen and then it was terrible.

    Potential was had, potential was lost.

    #55 1 year ago
  56. Nephilimator

    Pure shit just like dvrxboxone

    #56 1 year ago


    So all of the reviewers are wrong, and you’re right?

    How did this happen?

    #57 1 year ago
  58. DrDamn


    #58 1 year ago
  59. Ireland Michael

    @57 No, they’re not “wrong”. Their opinions are just different to mine.

    I already went into my opinion in a previous thread on why I think the game scored the way it did and factors that could have influenced it… but at the end of the day, my personal experience of the game counts for me far more than someone else’s.

    The user reception of the game has been overwhelmingly positive, and with the exponentially growing popularity of user reviews and streaming, “professional” reviews are honestly starting to become a little… outdated.

    Opinions are not facts, and are completely free to be as flexible as the individuals chooses. At no point have I ever said my opinion was law and that you had to agree with.

    By the way, there *are* positive reviews of Knack.

    You really should take that chip off your shoulder, bud. It’s really weighing your down. Chill out, junior.

    #59 1 year ago


    I stand corrected.


    By the way, there *are* positive reviews of Knack.

    Please quote me exactly where I said otherwise…

    Go on. Find the quote.

    Do we really have to go through all this again?

    You make a false accusation… I ask you to prove it… You, unable to do so, call me a bully… etc, etc.

    It’s boring. Just be honest instead of doing exactly what you’re doing now.

    #60 1 year ago

    Interesting quote from DDs first link:

    The basic mechanics are simple; you have one attack button, a dodge move on the right analog stick, and three two-button combos that unleash special moves like a shockwave or one that turns Knack into a deadly tornado of relic shards. It doesn’t sound like much, but the myriad enemies you face force you to use this small selection of moves in a wide variety of ways. Even on normal difficulty, you die often. Surprisingly, the tense battles often made me recall the God of War series.

    #61 1 year ago
  62. Sini

    no tits

    #62 1 year ago
  63. Ireland Michael

    @60 “Please quote me exactly where I said otherwise…”

    “So all of the reviewers are wrong, and you’re right?”

    If all the reviewers are wrong, than that means I must therefore be the only one with a positive opinion. Pedantry, thy name is GIGZ.

    Then again, I never said all the reviewers were wrong.

    “You make a false accusation.”

    Except for the part where I never made that accusation.

    I’m sure all those starving journalists will appreciate your knightly chivalry though.

    “It’s boring.”

    Agreed. Have fun.

    @62 NO TITS?! Damn… FLOP! FLOP!

    #63 1 year ago
  64. Dave Cook

    This is hilarious stuff. Keep going.

    #64 1 year ago
  65. VibraniumSpork

    Ireland Michael continually reminds me of this gif (in a good way) ;)

    #65 1 year ago
  66. monkeygourmet


    Exactly. I have heard Knack compared to God of War many times.


    “It really, really doesn’t. You barely have to diverge from the basic chain attack in God of War, and you can still steamroll most of the game on normal mode.”

    I couldn’t disagree more. I used all of the weapons in many encounters as each allows access to new combo links. If you found it too easy, well, thats what ‘hard’ or ‘nightmare’ difficulty are for.

    Knack borrows much of the mechanics of the GOW titles, thats just a fact.

    Look at this!!!

    Even the guy who made it states where his inspiration came from…

    Cerny cites numerous influences for Knack’s gameplay, hinting that Crash Bandicoot and God of War fans may find a lot to like in the finished product. “The way I look at it – there’s a bit of Crash Bandicoot in there, a bit of Katamari Damacy, which is a game I love and must have bought three or four times over the years,” he explains. “And there’s a bit of God of War too. You can see that game’s influence on Knack – especially in the control set, where the right stick is the dodge.”

    #66 1 year ago
  67. Djoenz

    “Thy name is GIGZ” lmao
    “Thy name is buttHURTZ”

    #67 1 year ago
  68. monkeygourmet


    Are you continually suprised how we can all put so much effort into arguing about nothing? :)

    #68 1 year ago
  69. Ekona

    Sod you all, I’m looking forward to playing Ryse tonight. Sometimes I don’t want epic drawn out sagas, sometimes I just want flashy graphics with lots of blood.

    #69 1 year ago
  70. Joe Musashi

    @69 Ekona. Nicely put!

    I hope you enjoy it – just to spite us. :P


    #70 1 year ago
  71. Dave Cook

    @69 I’m starting it tonight as well, though what I played of the multiplayer at gamescom was pretty poor. Very clunky. Then again, I love Bayonetta. They’re miles apart in terms of combat.

    #71 1 year ago
  72. Ireland Michael

    @65 Hahahahaha, that’s pretty brilliant.

    Calm as a log here though. It often perplexes me why people seem to latch onto my opinions so aggressively.

    “And there’s a bit of God of War too. You can see that game’s influence on Knack – especially in the control set, where the right stick is the dodge.”

    That seems like an extremely vague similarity.

    I guess I can see how the linear progression is fairly similar, but the core mechanics? Not really.

    My main problem with God of War is how poorly polished the combat is. Its just so clunky and unresponsive. Even if it borrowed from it (which I simply don’t see) Knack feels a lot more responsive and fluid, and more enjoyable to me as a result.

    @69 Let us know what you think. Always nice to see a different opinion on these things.

    #72 1 year ago
  73. KineticCalvaria

    Don’t even bother Mike, some people live in their own little world where everything they say is always right, unfortunately he hasn’t realised we aren’t in that world with him.

    #73 1 year ago


    Here we go… Just wait for the “you’re a big mean bully” accusation.

    It’s coming…

    The facts


    “Knack and God or War is a poor comparison. Knack requires you to mix up your attacks and strategies constantly if you want to progress.”

    That’s not what the reviewers said.


    @44 I don’t give a flying **** [edited for decency] what the reviewers have said when I’ve actually played the game and come to the conclusion myself.



    So all of the reviewers are wrong, and you’re right?

    How did this happen?


    By the way, there *are* positive reviews of Knack.

    In summary…

    1. You said that the combat in Knack “requires you to mix up your attacks and strategies constantly”.

    2. I said that’s not what the reviewers said about the combat.

    3. You said (using the foul language of someone unable to muster an intelligent response) that you didn’t care what the reviewers said. (bear in mind that I only mentioned your point about combat, and in no way talked about the game in general.)

    4. I asked (specifically continuing to speak about the combat) if you were right, and all of the reviewers (later corrected to not be “ALL” by DD) were wrong.

    5. You accused me (falsely) of saying that there were no positive reviews of Knack by direct implication.

    To conclude…

    You have accused me (by direct implication) of saying something about a game, when I never even typed a single keystroke about its overall quality.

    So… You fail *YET AGAIN*.

    (PS. this is the part where you get frustrated at getting proved wrong for the nth time, and either disappear, or call me a bully.)

    #74 1 year ago
  75. Ireland Michael


    Wow… just…

    #75 1 year ago
  76. KineticCalvaria

    Wow, so every conversation pretty much plays out the same. Hmm…

    #76 1 year ago
  77. Dave Cook

    One second guys, I just finished that bag of popcorn. Can you pause this fuck-fest while I go out to get some more? Cheers.

    #77 1 year ago
  78. Djoenz

    Ireland Michael please dont go further into it. He is just making a fool out of himself twisting your words and all and taking everything out of context just to be a smart ass.

    #78 1 year ago
  79. KineticCalvaria

    @77, isn’t it funny how we’ve had 2 of these fuck fests this week, both involving a certain individual. ;-)

    #79 1 year ago
  80. Ireland Michael

    @77, Sorry Dave, the after-credit scene just played. It was pretty hilarious.

    @79, I’m not really sure a short back and forth debate where one person expresses an opinion and the other goes off on an explosive, narcissistic tirade really counts as an explosive fuckfest.

    Sorry to disappoint you guys. =P

    #80 1 year ago
  81. Dark

    The Comments section =

    #81 1 year ago
  82. Beta

    This thread.. :’) Getting me through my lunch break cheers guys ;)

    #82 1 year ago

    This is cool. It’s like… Let’s line up to get pwnd by G1GA.


    Twisting words…? That’s funny.

    No, really. “twisting your words”! The desperation of some people is just ridiculous sometimes.

    #83 1 year ago
  84. Ireland Michael

    Yes, it really is, isn’t it?

    #84 1 year ago
  85. Joe Musashi

    @77 I’m pretty sure there’s a .gif for that.


    #85 1 year ago
  86. KineticCalvaria

    @80, I meant on his side not yours, conversation always plays out the same with that one.

    If we ignore him he may go away. :-)

    #86 1 year ago
  87. Djoenz

    The one that sounds really desperate is you. It was just his opinion you’re the one that makes it much more than it really is.

    This aint no battlefield lmao.

    Here is sum gangsta shit for yall ears KEEP IT ON THA REAL:
    Keep it 100.

    #87 1 year ago

    No reply, because he keeps proving himself wrong.

    Just diversion and waffle.

    How does he manage it? It’s amazing.

    If I kept saying stupid things so frequently, I’d just shut up, instead of repeating the same pathetic mistakes over and over again…

    #88 1 year ago
  89. Ireland Michael


    Now, that shall be the first and last gif I ever post on the Internet.


    @87 Its not a battlefield, but he had to heed the call of duty.

    @88 This man is not a childish bully! Hear me now, courts! IT IS THE TRUTH, SO I SAY ON THE WORD OF GOD!

    #89 1 year ago
  90. VibraniumSpork

    How has this not been posted yet? You guys…

    #90 1 year ago


    His opinion was what, exactly?

    #91 1 year ago
  92. monkeygourmet

    The problem originated in IM’s ‘sweeping’ statements:

    “EVERYONE who plays Knacks likes it &
    EVERYONE knew Ryse was going to be terrible.”

    It’s hard to bolster sweeping statements like that when Ryse has scored a lot higher than Knack.

    Then trying to draw personal opinion into it afterwards when the comment started with ‘everyone’ is a bit of a clusterfuck…


    I should have not said ‘a lot higher’ just ‘higher’.

    #92 1 year ago
  93. TheBlackHole


    I was referencing a different one of your posts – my oversight.

    I’ve no doubt you enjoyed Knack, but you’re speaking as if you’ve already played Ryse front to back. If you’re going to state how important experiencing a game is to forming an opinion (“I don’t give a flying fuck what the reviewers have said when I’ve actually played the game and come to the conclusion myself”), you probably ought not to contradict yourself by shitting on something you’ve never played.

    “The game has barely any gameplay to actually speak of.”
    “Ryse is even more limiting and basic that Kratos’ outings.”

    That’s not stating an opinion. that’s stating something as fact.


    What’s your point? It looked shit and it reviewed badly. The scores were in line with my expectations. I never said it WAS shit, because I haven’t played it.

    On the other hand, I’ve played Ryse, and I liked it.

    #93 1 year ago
  94. Ireland Michael

    @92 A sweeping statement I corrected in a later post. I fully agreed it was bad phrasing.

    #94 1 year ago
  95. bradk825

    @77 I just got up and this has 91 comments. If you’re out of popcorn have some of my eggs and bacon here while I go over them, lol

    I am still picking up Ryse tonight. I expected fairly poor reviews, but based on everything I’ve seen from it, every once in a while that mindless action movie stuff is exactly what I need. And I can be a sucker for pretty graphics, as well as dismemberment.

    #95 1 year ago



    So true.

    It’s exactly those sweeping statements that can’t be backed up, then quickly end up turning into overly-defensive ‘**** off! It’s my opinion!’ sulks, that happen time and time again.

    #96 1 year ago
  97. Ireland Michael

    @93 “you probably ought not to contradict yourself by shitting on something you’ve never played.”

    I said it doesn’t *look* fun, based on the elements of this kind of game I enjoy, and what video footage and reviews seem to think the game is lacking. I will be playing it in a couple of days, and if that changes my perception of the game, I will say as such.

    I never said my opinion was some sort of infallible, concrete fact mate.

    #97 1 year ago
  98. Djoenz

    I see where MonkeyGourmet is coming from. You are on point unlike GigaHurtz. He is terrible at discussions.

    Look out Michael before he outs your FB page.

    #98 1 year ago
  99. Ireland Michael

    @98 Oh no,someone on the Internet might know I have a face!


    #99 1 year ago
  100. gamereck36

    One low review score I understand but 6 and 7 bad scores means this game might be a renter.

    #100 1 year ago
  101. G1GAHURTZ


    Ignoring the question, because you didn’t even know what you were talking about in the first place, eh?

    I like you, Djoenz. You’re delightful at times.

    #101 1 year ago
  102. DrDamn

    Just highlighting the difference between your reaction to bad reviews for a game you wanted and one you didn’t. There must be some other explanation for the one you wanted, but the one which matched your preconception was no surprise and obviously spot on.

    #102 1 year ago
  103. G1GAHURTZ

    I’ve got a suggestion for the site redesign.

    There should be an option to include signatures, and O’Connor’s should be this:

    I have a bad habit of using absolutes when it’s not what I actually mean, bad habit.

    Classic, that one.

    #103 1 year ago
  104. monkeygourmet


    Either way, when it comes to Knack vs. Ryse, one thing that can’t be denied:

    Both games will be in the bargain bins come Feb…

    #104 1 year ago
  105. Ireland Michael

    @102 I’ve already explained that though. It’s not that it meets my preconceptions (plenty of games I’ve looked forward to turned out to be shit, and plenty more titles surprised me out of nowhere), but that I think the wider public will also be disapproving. Again, only an opinion.

    We’ll have to wait and see in the coming days. I’m more than happy to see if people enjoy the game. I’m interested in seeing why.

    #105 1 year ago
  106. legion2013

    rise scores:
    Kotaku – Yes
    GamesBeat – 86
    Xbox360achievements – 80
    Gameswelt – 75 – 75
    EGM – 75
    GameTrailers – 70
    Eurogamer Italy – 70 – 70
    Gamesradar – 70
    VideoGamer – 70
    OXM – 70 – 70
    IGN – 68 – 65
    NZGamer – 65
    Vandal Online – 64
    games(TM) – 60
    Polygon – 50
    GameInformer – 60 – 60
    NowGamer – 55
    Eurogamer – 50
    Shacknews – 50
    Destructoid – 50
    Joystick : 50
    cvg – 50
    Joystiq – 50
    Gamespot – 40
    Metro GameCentral – 30

    #106 1 year ago
  107. KineticCalvaria

    @98, love it Djoenz, you legend.

    #107 1 year ago
  108. monkeygourmet

    Suprised Kotaku went with a ‘YES’.

    I hope they go into great detail about Kinect features in Ryse after they declared Mario 3D World ‘YES’ (but a not very good Wii U showcase).

    If your judging Wii U games on tablet features, then Xbone games should be judged on Kinect features and PS4 games on touchpad / speaker features.

    #108 1 year ago
  109. G1GAHURTZ

    Let’s play spot the difference!

    Everyone knew Ryse was going to be terrible from the moment they saw it. As with everything Crytek makes, it’s a technical marvel with no soul. This scores were entirely predictable.


    We’ll have to wait and see in the coming days. I’m more than happy to see if people enjoy the game. I’m interested in seeing why.

    What a climb down, eh?

    #109 1 year ago
  110. monkeygourmet


    I think it’s quite obvious that he should have taken a deep breath and started with his second comment in this thread.

    #110 1 year ago
  111. Ireland Michael

    No climb down at all. If *some* people enjoy it, power to them. It’s no skin off my back.

    You seem to have a hard time understanding the idea that people can have different opinions, and still have them be equally as valid. People expected the game to score badly, and it did, but public opinion might be different.

    #111 1 year ago
  112. DrDamn

    @Ireland Michael
    That wasn’t directed at you :)

    #112 1 year ago
  113. G1GAHURTZ



    I hope some lessons can be learned.

    #113 1 year ago
  114. Francis O

    Yup, just like I said. This game sucks.

    #114 1 year ago
  115. Djoenz

    Ok then its over right? Michael stated now twice his statements might be overblown. Yet you take those statements and twist it again just to continue this nonsense.

    Shake hands please.

    #115 1 year ago
  116. Ireland Michael

    @115 Its the Internet. Its an easy soapbox for people who enjoy flaunting their superiority complexes, sadly. Lord forbid people be mildly fallible.

    #116 1 year ago
  117. Gekidami

    “If your judging Wii U games on tablet features, then Xbone games should be judged on Kinect features and PS4 games on touchpad / speaker features.”

    No. The Wii U’s pad was sold by Nintendo as being the main attraction, the reason it exists. Then comes along the first decent first party game and it barely uses it (which is looking like a rerun of last gen where the best first party Wii games just had you turn the mote on its side and use it as a normal pad).

    On the other hand MS have only really been pushing Kinect as a “neat way” to navigate the menus, they havent put much focus on it when it comes to games. The touch pad and speaker for PS4 are just ‘there’, Sony havent been pushing them at all.

    So its in no way comparable.

    #117 1 year ago
  118. KineticCalvaria

    Let it go guys… :)

    #118 1 year ago
  119. Reddpayn

    Cryteks crap, almost as poor execution as knack, hah. Thats a little poem for you guys.

    #119 1 year ago
  120. legion2013

    Rise VS Knack

    #120 1 year ago
  121. TheBlackHole

    “There must be some other explanation for the one you wanted”

    I never said that ‘there must be some explanation’. I pointed out that reviews factor in multiple viewpoints unrelated to game quality. That goes for Knack too, evidenced by the superior user score vs review score or metacritic.

    Even if all that weren’t true, I wouldn’t need an explanation. I’ve played Ryse, and I know I like its core gameplay.


    #121 1 year ago
  122. Djoenz

    I think smartglass and the speaker in the DS4 will have a lot of potential.

    Ingame calls you can receive on your mobile phone and through the speaker.
    Imagine a horror game where you get a call from someone ingame but you need to pick up using the touchpad or mobile phone and in the case of the DS4 you hear the npc whispering while shitting his pants.


    #122 1 year ago
  123. Dragon

    I just meant it as a joke. Both are very different games meant for very different audiences.
    Should have added a smiley :)

    #123 1 year ago
  124. Ireland Michael

    @118 Well, it took 118 comment, but we finally have a platform bias accusation.

    I have absolutely no format biass. I’ve supported every major console equally since the days of the Amstrad / Spectrum / C64.

    I take personal issue with some of Microsoft’s recent practises, but that is irrelevant to the quality of the games. Good games are all that matter. Just yesterday, I was congratulating Forza on its great scores, and I consider the launch lineup for *both* consoles to be severely lacking.

    #124 1 year ago
  125. TheBlackHole


    “I consider the launch lineup for *both* consoles to be severely lacking.”

    I think we can all agree on that.

    #125 1 year ago
  126. Gekidami

    That terrible Silent Hill game on Wii did that. I dont know what the quality of the speaker on PS4 is like, but if its anything like the Wii, then no thanks. There was a puzzle at one point that forced you to listen to a message through the mote, it was inaudible.

    #126 1 year ago
  127. Djoenz

    Someone told me that Wii had that. Damn I have been missing out. Thats a shame cause the concept really intrigues me!

    BTW I have noticed I added you on the Rockstar social club since Max Payne 3 lol. You still up for Heists on GTA when it releases?

    #127 1 year ago
  128. Gekidami

    ^ If it comes out on PS4, sure.

    You really werent missing much, btw. Which is a good way to resume the whole Wii experience.

    #128 1 year ago
  129. Edo

    LOL .

    #129 1 year ago
  130. Djoenz

    Well even if I get a ps4 in the next 1-2 years I wont rebuy GTAV no way.

    #130 1 year ago
  131. DrDamn

    “That goes for Knack too”

    That was kinda my point, it didn’t in your comment. Your reaction to the Knack reviews came across as a self congratulatory pat on the back “Called it!”. Where here it’s more “that doesn’t match my experience … reviews are rubbish”. Reviews are rubbish in general, that I agree with.

    #131 1 year ago
  132. TheBlackHole

    “Your reaction to the Knack reviews came across as a self congratulatory pat on the back “Called it!”.”

    Yeah, there was a little bit of that.

    #132 1 year ago
  133. Ireland Michael


    #133 1 year ago
  134. livewired500

    Well, this is a complete shock that it would be getting mediocre scores considering Ryse started as a Kinect game for the 360.

    #134 1 year ago
  135. monkeygourmet


    “Then comes along the first decent first party game and it barely uses it”

    Well… You play the whole game on it, it uses off screen play, it allows access to the Miiverse and drawing community (a feature only possible on the tablet), it uses the touchscreen and mic…

    I don’t know what else you would want from the device? The off screen play is a feature that is unique to a single console set up. People complain about ‘tacked on waggle’, then complain if features aren’t used to their liking…

    MS has spent a great deal talking up Kinect 2 and it’s gaming potential, so don’t try and make out it’s now suddenly a ‘neat way to navigate menu’s…’

    #135 1 year ago
  136. TheBlackHole


    “MS has spent a great deal talking up Kinect 2 and it’s gaming potential”

    I honestly haven’t seen much of that. And what I did see was more around its ability to be an experience additive through voice and gesture (i.e. lean, or menu navigation) that through core gameplay control.

    #136 1 year ago
  137. manamana

    Honestly, those scores were expected. Crytec build great engines – storytellers they ain’t.

    #137 1 year ago
  138. bradk825

    How much of the comments are about Ryse in this thread. About 40%?

    #138 1 year ago
  139. bradk825

    EGM gave it a 75 after giving Forza a shit score? How drunk are they?

    #139 1 year ago
  140. monkeygourmet


    The same number as it’s metacritic!

    Ba zinga! :)

    #140 1 year ago
  141. Spider Law

    On topic. I dont care about the reviews much for this. I just want to try it out and see for myself. Although i am no longer planning on ever buying an Xbox One, I am a sucker for Greek and Roman mythoogy so i will end up playing through this somehow. Probably at my local PC and Xbox play center.

    #141 1 year ago
  142. monkeygourmet


    Of course, but it’s there none the less. MS even turned Rare into a Kinect focused gaming dev much to everyone’s dismay.

    All I was saying is, these new play controls are in each of the boxes. You can’t judge one without judging them all.

    Nintendo’s promises with the WII U pad have largely been realised if you actually look at the software. Most of the demo’s of functionality have ended up in software form. Wether you want those is another matter entirely, but for Kotaku to say Mario ‘fails at being a Wii U game’ is a little stupid IMO. If you are going down that road, then all games should make use of the options that are available too them. Or not. You can’t single one out.

    There have been many interviews with devs drumming up hype for Kinect, the same way Nintendo hyped the pad. It’s business that’s all.

    #142 1 year ago
  143. polygem

    buy wiius and 3ds´s people. playstations and xboxes are for next years christmas.


    #143 1 year ago
  144. KineticCalvaria

    @144, still looking forward to your PS4 next week Poly? :P

    #144 1 year ago
  145. polygem

    @145: you bet! i cannot wait for that thing to arrive. i´m even going to a launch party at the sony center with a friend here in berlin. i HATE events like this but they sell ps4´s early there and he preordered late. might be a chance for him to get one at launch :)
    i don´t expect too much from the ps4 -it will be a nice and fun machine but i know we´ll probably see the usual games draught in the coming months and then it´ll be picking up steam with the second wave early next year – but i´m pumped anyway. i am looking forward to playing bf4 with the new controller, 64 players, 60fps.

    #145 1 year ago
  146. Nephilimator

    Wow DVRSxboxone games suck hard. Games are a secondary thought though for DVRXBOXONE. More focus needs to be made for watching days of our lives, scanning QR codes, and talking with inlaws on skype.

    #146 1 year ago
  147. Lewis247

    Was never hopeful about this game but the launch line up is so weak. BF 4 on PS4 better get fixed by Christmas.

    #147 1 year ago
  148. fearmonkey

    I don’t get the Knack Vs Ryse review comparisons, who cares which had the lower or higher scores. Buy or rent the game and make your own decision, they are in the range of scores that means its not a definite hit, but you may like the game if you try it.

    Anyone remember the first Two Worlds game? It got terrible reviews, and I ended up loving that game and putting over a hundred hours into it. When GTA:IV came out and I went out and got it because of all the stellar reviews and got bored with it and quit. Games like music has subjective tastes, don’t listen to reviews, give the games your interested in a chance.

    Killzone:SF got mixed reviews and I am really enjoying the Single player so far, the further I get into it, the more I like it. I look forward to trying Knack and Ryse one day when I get an Xbox One.

    Fanboys celebrating low review scores puzzles me, we are all gamers, having great games to play is what matters, not the brand name.

    #148 1 year ago
  149. Lewis247

    @149 I agree, the loyalty gamers have for companies confuses me so much. It’s like they are celebrating the fact they are limiting the amount of games they can play?

    #149 1 year ago
  150. Cort

    So … the PS4′s “poor” launch line-up has a higher Metacritic score average than the One’s “superior” launch line-up, and Forza 5 is scoring lower than NfS:R?

    Oh dear. That didn’t go to plan, did it?

    #150 1 year ago
  151. Legendaryboss

    Oh my lord! No.

    #151 1 year ago
  152. Dimaco

    Let’s be honest: who didn’t see this coming?

    #152 1 year ago
  153. Legendaryboss

    The 150+ thread or the reviews?

    #153 1 year ago
  154. Dimaco

    I was referring to the scores, actually… but I guess it applies to both! :-)

    #154 1 year ago
  155. manamana

    Sooo, what is the Kinect actually good for? They launch the console bundled only with Kinect but have nothing at launch to showcase? Hmm, interesting.

    #155 1 year ago
  156. Legendaryboss

    Have you not heard? Xbox One IS Kinect: They are one and the same.

    Serious answer: MS have a Kinect Sports Rival free trial and Ubisoft’s The Fighter Within.

    #156 1 year ago
  157. manamana

    Ah ok, didn’t know about the Ubisoft title. But then, Ryse was developed for 360s Kinect, then delayed to this gen, just to see it works better with a controller…
    Ubisoft might be the only reason for kinect as I remember Dance Central was going strong at home and I imagine that a new Dance title will show up for Xbone

    #157 1 year ago
  158. Ekona

    Well you know what? This is actually okay. Granted, I’m really not very far in, but it looks stunning and the voice control works well too. Me likes.

    It’s clearly lacking a bit of depth, but that doesn’t make it unenjoyable.

    #158 1 year ago
  159. Djoenz

    Checking out Twitch now. The graphics are insane! Infamous Sparta kick aha.

    #159 1 year ago
  160. viralshag

    Just checking in to say I’ve been playing this game for a while now and so far I think it’s great. It’s got a very similar combat style to the Arkham games focusing on timing and a variety of enemy types.

    You COULD button bash your way through this very quickly but I don’t know why you would…I mean, the game really does look amazing and when you actually try to nail the combat and land combos and executions, it’s very satisfying.

    Short clip of me early on actually having a nice run in combat here if you want to check it out:

    #160 1 year ago
  161. Dragon

    ^First view on that link belongs to me :P

    Looks great too. Cannot say about controls since I haven’t played it.

    #161 1 year ago
  162. G1GAHURTZ

    Wow. So uploading gameplay is that easy?

    I wanna see some picture in picture commentary, next time!

    #162 1 year ago
  163. viralshag

    Gratz ;)

    I’m really loving the upload features of the console. I’ve never been into the whole video sharing thing but it’s so easy I’ll do more now I think.

    @Giga, I uploaded straight to Skydrive and then from my iPad sent it from Skydrive to YouTube. Now I know how it would take me about 5 minutes or less I reckon to get it on YouTube.

    There might be an easier way…

    #163 1 year ago
  164. G1GAHURTZ

    Well, that sounds easy enough as it is.

    With MW3 and BO2 (they removed it in CoDG), you linked your CoD Elite account to your YouTube account, and as soon as you uploaded a vid, it went there straight away.

    But yeah, having to do it from SkyDrive doesn’t seem like much of a big deal, though.

    #164 1 year ago
  165. viralshag

    I’ll look into it more today, there might be a better way that I’m missing.

    #165 1 year ago

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    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]