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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    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    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 […]