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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 demo hits Xbox Live, later today on PSN in North America

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 12:47 GMT By Dave Cook

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has received a demo on Xbox Live. It comes ahead of the JRPG’s launch on PS3 and Xbox 360 next month.

You’ll find the demo page over on Xbox.com. It weighs in at 1.14GB.

DualShockers reports that the demo gives a taster of the game’s battle mechanics and social features, which enables players to post fight scores to Twitter and Facebook.

Those posting scores will receive a Siegfried costume for Lightning as a reward.

Here it is:

I recently posted my hands-on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 preview, and found that it’s got a few problems. Hit the link to see what I thought.

The demo will be made available later today for PS3 on PlayStation Network in North America, and tomorrow in Europe. Downloading the demo through PSN will also net you the Utsusemi Samurai garb.

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16 Comments

  1. Hcw87

    Never played a single FF game in my life. Should i play this? Will i understand anything that’s going on?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Nope. It’s my favourite series and even I had trouble following it.

    Start with 7 or 8 on Steam. Go from there.

    My favourites are 7, 6 and 12, but the core games are mostly all great.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. FoureyesZero

    Anything before 13 is great.
    The series took a massive step backwards with 13 and it hasn’t gotten any better with the crappy sequels.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. feopoli

    @2 You’re forgetting FF X!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. pablo2008jedi

    What I need is a PS3 demo!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @2 Can’t fault a man who loves 6 and appreciates the strengths of 12.

    Your lack of 9 in that list is blasphemy though, and you shall be beheaded as punishment for this heinous oversight!

    #6 1 year ago
  7. CycloneFox

    As with the older Star Trek Films, the even numbers and 7 and 9(which is not the case for StarTrek) are mostly worth playing/watching. But you might have a hard time, getting used to the graphics prior FF 7, if you are not a really big fan of 8/16 bit graphics. And if you don’t like early PS-One era semi-3D games with prerendered graphics, everything prior FFX is also not a good idea for you.

    So you are quite stuck with FFX, which gets an HD remake soon. But every FF-fan would recommend all the FFs between 6 and 10 of course.

    If you find the graphics of FF13 so appealing that you want to try it out, I wouldn’t recommend FF13, itself but its successor FF 13-2. It did a, by far, better job as a game. The story is still very confusing, but you can watch everything, you need to know about FF13s story and plot in the main menu of FF 13-2. And it only takes minutes instead of wasted tens of hours. Lightning Returns – Final Fantasy XIII, actually looks quite promising and, as FF XIII-2 did too, seems to continue to fix what FFXIII destroyed. In my opinion it might get good.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. jomac3db

    @1 ff is the best RPG franchise ever and I agree with @2 except my favorites are, 7,8,9,10, &12

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Hcw87

    @8
    I don’t really agree on that, if it was that good i’d have played it allready. The combat has really put me off before, turnbased just isn’t my style (KOTOR and Dragon Age 1 i liked though).

    The story also seems very confusing and random.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. fihar

    @1
    I like to chime in by stating that if you don’t like lengthy battles with ridiculously long animations, you might as well skip the three PSOne classics, 7, 8 and 9.
    And you could probably skip the first three, they don’t age very well.

    4 is the first one to have well-written story and characters, and as such is a classic.
    6 is in my opinion, the best in the series and I still have trouble finding something bad to say about Kefka.
    10 has my favorite battle system, as it doesn’t use ATB and enables you to switch party members during battles, which I thought was brilliant.

    The complete edition of 4 is available for the PSP. 6 is available as a PSOne classic on PSN and 10 is about to receive the HD makeover in March.

    If you like Dragon Age, then you should like 12, as both have similar battle systems.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. deathm00n

    @9 Then yeah, you don’t really know much about the series. Let me explain the basics to you, as I’m a fan since 8.

    Every game has a different combat system starting from 6 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 all had turn based gameplay) 7 uses a system where every action must load before it’s done, 8 uses the same principle but magic works different, you don’t have mana, you need to draw magic from your enemies to use it (so you draw fire from a weak enemy for example to stock and use it on harder enemys). 12 (I didn’t play 9 and 10, 11 is an mmo so nevermind) made the most drastic change in gameplay, you don’t have a overworld where you stumble in enemys, they all appear to you and you can atack them anytime while exploring the map. 13 shows the enemys on the map but you need to run into them to enter the battle and the gameplay uses an auto battle, just spam x to kill everything, but in harder enemys you need to use Paradigm Shifts where you change your party classes middle battle (from 1 warrior and 2 mages to 1 warrior, 1 mage and 1 medic for example).

    And the story ins’t hard to follow since every new game happens in a new world with a totally new background. Just get one you like and drive into it. I recommend 8 or 7 like dave said.

    EDIT: And don’t hear people saying that 13 is bad, it’s bad for Final Fantasy standards, still an amazing game despite it’s flaws.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. salarta

    @1: If you really want to get started on FF games, pretty much any of FF4-FF10 + FF12 is excellent. And if you enter into them with the right mindset, FF1-3 can be good too. Personally, I only beat FF1 when it was ported and upgraded to PS1 (which made it much easier), and I never got far past the beginning of FF2 and FF3.

    I left out FF11 because it’s an MMO and therefore not a proper gauge to the franchise proper, and I leave out FF13 because it’s not Final Fantasy. It’s a new IP with the Final Fantasy name and perversions of Final Fantasy concepts slapped in to sell it, same as much of the heavily promoted garbage Squeenix has been making for over 10 years now. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest are literally truer to being Final Fantasy than FF13.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. deathm00n

    @12 Now you are going too far. The Spirits Within more FF than 13? Why do you say that? 13 is more true to FF than 12 to me, 12 did way more changes and no one complained, in 13 everybody boarded the hate train. After you finish the linear part in 13 you arrive in a big world full of things to do , monsters way harder than the last boss. You spend more time in this part of the game than in the hated linear part. And what about the story? Everyone I see complaining about 13 never talk about the story, I thought it was amazing, the mistery not knowing what gran pulse is like, humans relying everything to deitys they know nothing about.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. salarta

    @13: No, I’m really not. The Spirits Within didn’t have the concepts expected of Final Fantasy, but it did have the atmosphere and themes associated with the franchise. There was a mix of technology and what is essentially that world’s version of magic, with the magic being the core focus. It couldn’t provide a ton of exploration or grandiose detail about enemies because it was a movie, but it did provide a fair amount of both (there were many kinds of phantoms). By contrast, FF13 is all about technology and corrupts what were mystical concepts like magic and summons by turning them into mechs and the like.

    I’ve seen the argument people make that “technology you don’t understand can be considered magic,” and that’s bullshit here. It may be true but it’s not Final Fantasy. In FF4, you don’t call the Giant of Bab-il a summon. For FF8, you don’t call the cannon that sends Squall and the rest to the space station a “teleportation spell.” They’re blatantly pieces of technology, and nobody tries to pull the “but they’re magic because technology is magical if you don’t understand how it works” line. People only try to pull that with FF13 because they want to defend the notion that it in any way deserves to be called a Final Fantasy game, and a main entry at that, when it’s not.

    You reach a big area full of things to do? So what, if The Spirits Within was a video game, the city where Aki was found would’ve been the same way, the dome city would’ve been full of chances for exploration. There’s nature? Yeah, The Spirits Within has that too.

    The only thing about FF12 that could count as a complaint about not being enough like Final Fantasy is how the gameplay is modeled after a more action-oriented MMO style with gambits, and FF13 is worse in that regard.

    You may have thought FF13 was “amazing,” you may have thought it was the best game ever, but that still doesn’t automatically make it a Final Fantasy game, in the same way that taking Resident Evil 6 and renaming it Devil May Cry 5 and switching out all the characters with Devil May Cry franchise characters and names but keeping the zombie and bioterrorism elements doesn’t make it a Devil May Cry game.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. deathm00n

    @14 I don’t get your logic as to what makes FF. Please elaborate. Is it gameplay, is it story, is it magic mixed with tech?

    What makes FF in my vision: a world in danger of ending by the hands of someone crazed by power; this world has magic and magical beings; a group of people that are the only ones capable of stoping the evil, each one with a unique personality; combat system that makes you act fast and smart at each battle.

    But 13 had magic mixed with tech by the way. The fal’cie are deitys created by a goddess, they choose humans to do their purpose by cursing them, if they don’t complete their mission they become zombie-like creatures, if they do complete they rest forever in crystal, being cursed also give access to magic. If this isn’t a magic world I don’t know what is.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. salarta

    @15: The emphasis on the “goddess” and how her nature was in any way mystical came later, after tons of complaints about FF13. Stuff like FF13-2 and the like started adding more emphasis to such things in the same way as changes were made to make towns and exploration more robust than what FF13 provided.

    My understanding of what makes Final Fantasy into Final Fantasy is simple. Every game in the series takes place on a world that has a mix of technology and magic, and the magical elements serve as the central focus. That is the overall atmosphere. The themes are different depending on what entry is the focus, but the themes are ALWAYS focused on the mystical, magical aspects of the world, and those parts always take greater importance to the story than technology.

    In FF4, a world that has technology like a spaceship and a giant robot, the focus is on mystical crystals and ultimately Zemus’ spirit of hatred (FF4:TA ruins the crystals, which is one of several reasons I consider it an cheap officially-licensed fangame and not real continuity). In FF7, Shinra may have cars and TVs, but the emphasis is on the Lifestream, materia made from the Lifestream, WEAPONs, etc. In FF8, we have space stations and spaceships, cars and moving Gardens, but the focus is on the Sorceresses, able to wield immense magical power that makes them feared by ordinary humans. Even in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, we may have modern barrier cities and space stations and people toting ghost busting guns, but the emphasis of that world is on the spirits of aliens, a mystical phenomenon that also leads to Aki receiving dreams from them.

    FF13 turned summons into mechs. The final boss of the whole game is essentially mechanical. In every prior main entry, you have villains turned into full-fledged gods or half-angels, gods that possess summons to become roving terrors, a member of an alien species turning into an embodiment of hate. FF13? You have a mech.

    Even if we take the “god” as being definitely confirmed as a mystical entity in FF13 itself (everything I’ve seen suggests it was open-ended enough that the “goddess” could’ve been nothing more than a member of an alien species like they pulled on the “Creator” for FF4:TA), the “goddess” not being mechanical doesn’t change the fact that the whole emphasis of the game is on a world where technology is the focus. It would be the same thing as FF8 approaching the Sorceress concept by having anyone that becomes a Sorceress turn into a half-cyborg and claiming that the original Sorceress is a goddess that provides magic as a power source. It’s still technology.

    The Alexander summon in the franchise is a mech too, and we call it what it is. We don’t pretend it’s a mystical, magical being like entities like Shiva and Ifrit are in anything that isn’t FF13 just because it’s a summon.

    I focused most of this post on magic and technology in the franchise, but there are obviously other things that need to be present in each game. Exploration is critical. An actual story is another. I want to say that each game needs to have the common dynamic of “a great powerful nation is doing nefarious things, but there’s some evil schemer within the nation only using it as a puppet for his/her own grander nefarious goals,” since that trope is consistent across almost every Final Fantasy game that isn’t FF13 (FF4: Baron and Golbez, FF6: The Empire and Kefka, FF7: Shinra and Sephiroth, FF8: Galbadia and Edea which is later Ultimecia, FF9: Alexandria and Kuja, FF10: Yevon and Seymour, FF12: Archadia and Vayne), but that could be way too limiting and unnecessary, especially given not all FF games had that.

    A Final Fantasy game doesn’t necessarily have to be turn-based gameplay (though I can definitely understand people that support such a view), it doesn’t need to be in a medieval setting, it doesn’t even need to have a world map like every game did until FF10 (though I want that back, badly). It just needs to have a mix of magic and technology with magic taking the emphasis, themes that cater to that magic emphasis, plenty of exploration, and gameplay that is generally RPG style in nature.

    This is why I’m actually looking forward to FF15 and plan to buy it even though I’m currently not buying anything from Squeenix. By the time it comes out, it’ll be the first real Final Fantasy game I’ve seen come out of the company in ten years. Sure, I’d vastly prefer if the game was in a medieval setting, I’d vastly prefer a turn-based system of gameplay, I’m not excited about a modern setting, but the fact of the matter is, it STILL covers all the things that make Final Fantasy what it is. It’s a world that has a mix of magic and technology, the core theme is going to be on that magical side of the world, we know it’ll have exploration because the team has at least tried to make a world map (even if it eventually gets cut), and the gameplay we’ve seen so far may be more action-oriented but it’s still got the RPG side included as it’s action-RPG.

    Straight out, what Squeenix released as “Final Fantasy XIII” should have been, if I’m being generous, Final Fantasy Versus 13. At least with that much, it would’ve gotten across the idea that while it may have some elements of the franchise, it’s going to do them completely different.

    #16 1 year ago

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    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]