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The Order: 1886 – the new PS4 exclusive with a lot to prove

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:00 GMT By John Robertson

With interactive cut scenes, quick-time events and cover shooting, Ready At Dawn’s PS4 exclusive needs to offer a lot more than just a pretty face.

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Designing, building and launching a major new IP isn’t easy. Being a PlayStation 4 exclusive, the task facing The Order: 1886 is perhaps even more difficult – it’s not enough to be merely good, it has to be a system seller. If it doesn’t achieve its job of convincing people to purchase Sony’s console over and ahead of the competition then it will, at least in its publisher’s eyes, have failed.

“Much of the story and world is told and viewed through what Ready At Dawn is calling ‘interactive cut-scenes’. Over half of the 20 minute long demo we were privy to consisted of these sorts of moments.”

Developer Ready At Dawn has made that task slightly easier by taking The Order down the third-person shooter path… it’s easier to convince people to buy something within a genre they understand and have had a positive experience with in the past. The challenge, then, becomes one of convincing the potential audience that The Order is better and/or different enough from the competition to warrant investment.

Set in a heavily stylised variation of 19th-century, industrial-era London, The Order sets about trying to stand out from the over-populated shooter crowd through tone, place and presentation. Steampunk-inspired airships fill the skies, retro-futuristic guns fill the hands and the secret service-esque ‘The Order’ themselves are decked out in costumes lavish enough to make enough even Elton John turn his nose up.

Layered on top and throughout this undeniably eye-catching aesthetic is a story that melds politics, science and power. Over a millennium before the events told here humanity began to split into two; one side remaining fully human, the other experiencing mutations that gave them physical superiority. A war has been raging between the two sides and only now, with the onset of the industrial age, have humans the weapons capable of confronting the mutants head on.

The ancient and mysterious ‘The Order’ group is at the forefront of this war, having fought the mutants for hundreds of years already in a bid to protect mankind. However, to make matters even more complex, the subjugated poor of London have formed an organised rebellion and are not happy with The Order’s seemingly biased stance of protecting only the wealthy and influential. The human versus mutant war effort is being undermined by the human civil war.
Within in this you play as Galahad, a member of The Order and part of an elite four-man squad.

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“The game is certainly Galahad’s story,” explains game director Ru Weerasurya. “It’s viewed from his point of view. There are lots of things happening around him, and one of his roles for us is as a vessel for the player to really understand the story and the world. But you do see the evolution of his character throughout the game and throughout the plot.”

Much of this story and world is told and viewed through what Ready At Dawn is calling ‘interactive cut-scenes’. Over half of the 20-ish minute long demo we were privy to consisted of these sorts of moments, the longest showing Galahad and friend surveying the derelict district of Whitechapel from a rooftop – an area that they believe harbours high-ranking members of the rebellion.

Each time Galahad puts a pair of eccentric binoculars up to his face the player is given control of the camera and allowed to point them anywhere across the city. Focus on certain areas of interest and Galahad will comment on what you’re looking at in a bid to provide extra background on the narrative. However, this a linear rather than an ‘open’ game. No matter where you point you will always follow the same path and must eventually trigger Galahad to utter the correct words in order to progress.

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“We really want people to understand that what we’re trying to build are cinematics that are interactive,” Weerasurya tells us when asked about this design approach. “[We want] seamless movement between cinematics and combat, and between combat to movement and melee and back into cinematics.

“It’s that mix, and our pacing of it, that really is the game. That’s what we’re trying to do differently from what you’d expect from third-person shooter mechanics.”

Following the binoculars-on-a-roof scene, Galahad moves down through a few buildings to street level and, in the process, cuts through some of the most impressive beams of light ever seen in a video game as they pour in through small windows. It’s this visual quality that is The Order’s standout achievement upon seeing it in full action for the first time and it’s not misleading to describe it as the best looking game yet revealed for PS4.

Lighting, textures, along with more subtle elements such as facial expressions and fabric creasing through movement, are all of superb and distracting quality and demonstrate what the PS4 is capable of when a studio is given the time to create. Ready At Dawn, by way of reference, first began building The Order in 2010.

Unfortunately, the combat seems less inspired. Watching Galahad throw himself into cover behind a low wall, pop up for a few seconds to shoot and then move to further low walls invokes more than a few memories of Marcus Fenix and Gears of War. There’s a healthy and enticing chug to the industrial-looking weapons, with chunks of the environment being ripped off by stray bullets and enemies darting for safety when you get the upper hand, but it’s not dissimilar from what we’ve seen before.

This combat sequence comes to an end with a single enemy remaining, a cut-scene being triggered that sees Galahad dive into the ditch his enemy is hiding in. Hand-to-hand combat ensues.

Melee combat, in this instance, takes the form of another ‘interactive cut-scene’. Quick-time events pop up at certain key moments (land punch, avoid punch, grab nearby weapon etc) and provide you the chance to alter how the scene unfolds. Miss an input, for example, and the fight will play out differently than if you had achieved perfect timing. Ready At Dawn is calling this a ‘branching QTE’, with a single moment of failure not forcing you to restart and try again.

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However, Weerasurya is keen for such moments not to feel diluted or tacked on for the sake of adhering to universally accepted approaches to game design.

“QTEs for us are a way of delivering a different type of emotional experience to the player,” says Weerasurya. “They give us the freedom to get much closer to the character and to see things you wouldn’t otherwise see through an in-game camera.

“Our QTEs are different because they have branches to them. That means one player could see a moment occur one way, while a second player sees it a different way. Sometimes the result of the QTE itself is also different, but the storyline continues through that.”

“The driving force of this game specifically was to put the IP first. That, and the single-player story has to trump everything else and we didn’t want the team to be split between two things.”

Galahad being part of a four-man squad, it might seem from the outside looking in that multiplayer would be a perfect and comfortable fit for The Order – but Weerasurya sees it differently, although tellingly stopped short of ruling it out entirely.

“We discussed [multiplayer] very early on when we first started working on it. The reality of it, though, is that to achieve what we want and deliver the message we aim to deliver, especially with this being a new IP, we always felt like it would be great in multiplayer but that we weren’t sure it was the right way to introduce an IP.

“The driving force of this game specifically was to put the IP first. That, and the single-player story has to trump everything else and we didn’t want the team to be split between two things, because it really does take a whole team to do a great single player game and another to do multiplayer.”

Whatever the case, Ready At Dawn refused to properly discuss multiplayer. Whether that’s because they do want to make sure we understand this ‘new IP’ before talking about it, or because they’re not sure if they’re going to have time to implement it, remains to be seen.

As the only brand new and exclusive PS4 shooter with a triple-A budget behind it, there’s enormous pressure on The Order to deliver. What we’ve seen so far is packed full of potential, but we’re not yet convinced enough to let excitement get the better of us. We’ll have to go hands-on before that might happen.

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25 Comments

  1. zsolt100

    gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_iLSGngxo8&feature=youtu.be

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Obernox

    QTEs seems to be a pretty big focus in the game and that’s very disappointing.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Dog4life

    Looks impressive.

    Hope its not a RYSE with guns.

    Looks more like cinematics >gameplay (watching vid posted by zsolt100)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    I like the way the gameplay merges with the CGI seamlessly but not keen on QTE’s so hopefully they are at a minimum like in Uncharted rather than in every fight…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Ghostly

    My god, this is fucking disgusting shit right here. More and more developers seem to want to give us cinematic bullshit, to tell a story, to give you emotion. How about a game to play assholes, instead of laying back watching cutscenes. Do they think i pick up a shooter to experience emotions and drama? God, it’s only a few years since Doom 3, Far Cry 1, Fear 1, Quake 4. Those guys marketed their game by the stuff you cand do in the game, by the strenghts of the gameplay, by the action, the weapons, the enemies, the AI. These days, the start talking about story this and story that, and look at these awesome cutscenes. They make the game so cinematic. No gameplay or difficulty, or anything like that, but lots and lots of cutscenes and emotion

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dragon

    I just want a good story. Weird how combat inspired by Gears of War is now something a bad thing. It was one of the best TPS last gen.

    This game ticks all the boxes for me.

    @5,
    Salty?
    Newsflash for you, people like cinematic experiences, and are willing to pay for that. So you opinion and rage absolutely doesn’t matter to anyone.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Bomba Luigi

    QTE really has become a Word where my first reaction is… not good. I mean they can be alright if done good and not too much, but thats a rare thing these Days.

    I’m really, really not sure what I should think of this Game. When it comes to Gameplay it sound like someone had a Checkbook with what good selling Games have and then just worked by the numbers.
    But its to soon to judge, they havend showed much. But I will not Pre-order that.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. mistermogul

    @Ghostly – mate I’m sure there’s plenty of gameplay in this but people like to know the story in advance.

    Also this game looks to be excelling in merging the gameplay and cut scenes which is surely a good thing right? You did see that a lot of the footage is actually gameplay?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Erthazus

    Gears Of War game on the sony platform is a great decision but the execution so far is just … not really that good.

    The Order looks… Ok. Nothing next gen about it either even from a visual standpoint. It looks nice though but they are going to hide graphical issues through a fog which is a cheap tactic.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. polygem

    all the animations and poses and gestures looked like assassins creed X your typical shooter but in a different setting.
    someone posted yesterday that he would expect people to say that…
    well, here you have it then :)
    i am sceptical about this one but i am sceptical with a lot of new games recently because in the last few years i have played very few games that have felt fresh to me. i cannot wait for the final build of dayz and i am more than ready for another dark souls but these new nextgen console games this far just do not impress me much (add shania twain joke here).

    #10 1 year ago
  11. polygem

    regarding storytelling in videogames: they should not look at the movie industry. it often makes games dull, easy to consume and forget experiences.
    i really don´t like how sony goes that route more and more with many of their new ip´s (and for you kids, that´s not because i want to hate on sony per se).
    in a game you should be able to play your own story. less cutscenes, more things to read between the lines, leaving room for interpretation. that´s so much more immersive. showing a cutscene, then gameplay section, then cutscene is of course easier to swallow, easier to consume, probably easier to sell too but i believe that it does not embrace the medium videogame and therefore – imho – it´s just a wrong path, a design flaw.
    i absolutely believe that this trend will hold on for a good while but it will end in a blind alley one day. games are not movies and that´s a good thing. it might be sexy for gamedevs to approach the movie scene a little more and for gamers this can look appealing too for a while but i strongly believe it wont last for long. it just doesn´t have enough substance and staying power. people will get bored to play story driven videogames that play themselves most of the time. they will crave real experiences, real adventures, own accomplishments.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. super3001

    Sony dont need gameplay in there game. Playstation owner only wants to watch or QTE at most.

    Nice black bars. I hear they are 280p. True next gen.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Doppleganger

    Go PS4 the Cinematic video game kings with fake trailers.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. MFBB

    The majority of people prefers cinematic/story telling as sales clearly show us.

    I also really enjoy the cinematic games, they entertain me very well.

    On the other side I love pure gameplay games like the Souls titles aswell.

    Not every game has to be perfect for everyone, we get many pure shooters and we get some cinematic ones, play what you like-ignore the others.

    Ready at Dawn is a smaller studio and the game already looks great, only a few month after the PS4 release.

    It makes me wonder what the big guys like Santa Monica/Naugthy Dog etc are delivering as first PS4 games in 2015.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. PS-FART

    The Order: 1886 – the new PS4 exclusive with a lot of Black ribbons :)

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Kreion

    @MFBB

    The games with the highest sales are nearly always gameplay focused actually…even those with an amazing story also have good gameplay to back it up, like Last of Us does. The more cinematic games generally fall into a love/hate category for a lot of people, but I certainly wouldn’t say they are the majority.

    Maybe you should a sales chart before making bold claims.

    Still, the game could be good if it strikes a nice balance of cinematic action and player involvement…but people generally don’t like QTE games.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. MFBB

    @Kreion Uncharted games, Call of Duty, Battlefield, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Red Dead Redemption..even GTA 5 etc all focus heavy on cinematic style…that is what I mean.

    The camera style, cutscenes, dialoges…all changed in the recent years to a more movie like presentation and all those games are successfull.

    People really love this style as the sales show us.

    The Order is even using the cinematic screen format instead of the normal ones so we get black bars which makes it more movie like.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Looks amazing to me, you haters complain about everything. The last thief gameplay video looked amazing, yet all i have read for the last 6 months is how awful the game is going to be.
    I cant wait to play this, i love that cinematic style.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Dragon

    @fearmonkey,
    Welcome to internet bro :D

    #19 1 year ago
  20. polygem

    @fearmonkey
    hehe i hear you…
    …but well, there´s a mix of guys in this thread who seem to like what they see and then there´s the meh faction obviously. both is fine. i am personally not complaining about everything. i recently shared my very positive thoughts about dayz. zombiu blew me away as well a few weeks ago after i gave the game a second chance. freaking loved that game. shame it didn´t sell so good. shame really. true system seller….in theory :)
    there are many games i like and if that happens i can sound like a drunken lover. if i do not like a game i can become a pesky internet diva.
    i personally like what i like and dislike what i dislike. this game i must play to judge but what i just saw didn´t do the trick to actually make me want to play it, that´s all.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Legendaryboss

    Huh? Interesting the reactions are just as KAP predicted. Anyway the gameplay did little to elevate hype, so i’m still somewhat still interested.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Djoenz

    -Was gears the first to have an emphasis on cover based shooting? Was gears the first third person shooter ever? Which came first btw gears or army of two? (I genuinely dont know)
    -Does the order have the same plot as in alien invasion as gears?
    -This game was confirmed to have 1080p and not 800p or whatever. Xbots suddenly use this excuse though to bash it in any way while on the other hand for other titles on the XboxOne its a non issue. -> http://tay.kotaku.com/why-the-order-1886-is-1080p-and-not-800p-1518902908
    -Oversaturation of QTE’s are always bad.
    -Character design etc. are top notch imo.
    -Cliché story but it works. I have played Metro Last Light recently. One epic game. Post apocalyptic with mutants etc. over done but personally I dont mind if its done right.
    -Cinematic suits me personally. Im fed up with typical games that only focus on gameplay and not on story. I might as well just play tetris then.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. polygem

    “As for the rest you say, you are a hardcore nintendo fan. Everyone knows that.”

    would you please stop this agressive bullshit. call people idiots if you feel like that, that´s much more tolerable than spreading the same stupid lie every fucking day. be straight forward you little coward. stop this sneaky bullshit finally. one day you´ll get banned for that kid. my prediciton.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. polygem

    sorry ladies and gentleman, wrong thread
    -
    http://www.vg247.com/2014/02/18/more-developers-working-on-ps4-product-than-any-other-console/comment-page-1/#comment-586659
    -
    these fancy new intel processors man. i´m telling you. it runs more applications than i can handle :)

    #24 1 year ago
  25. jomac3db

    @Ghostly Let me see u make a game. Stop complaining. If u don’t like it don’t play it. U can play collar doody for the rest of ur life

    #25 1 year ago

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  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]