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Titanfall: prepare for the revolution

Monday, 10 March 2014 16:00 GMT By Sam Clay

It may have a throwaway story and and a few technical issues, but Titanfall is still a first-person shooter that pushes the genre forward.

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Ejecting from a giant Titan, flying up into the air and hurtling back down towards the ground is one of Titanfall’s greatest achievements. Wall-running across an entire map, bouncing off structures and lifting yourself up to a higher ledge to take out an enemy pilot – that’s another. Crushing foes like squeezing tomatoes, stamping your feet like a 3-year old child being pulled out of play-school – it’s a feeling that only comes from Titanfall. If first-person shooters have felt stale for some time, the team at Respawn has done its damnedest to freshen them up.

“Titanfall’s campaign is so drowned out by the gameplay that I have no clue what was happening in the top right of the HUD where the game feeds you mini-cutscenes.”

It’s hard to write an article about a new shooter without mentioning Call of Duty, and Titanfall is as fine-tuned as a once-famous captain’s moustache. Playing it, you soon realise the agonizing hours that have been put into balancing this behemoth. With all the attention put into this game, the studio deserves as many medals as have already been pinned to its chest since the game first began winning over the press. You can feel the crafting that has gone into the game; from the man versus machine gameplay of pilots fighting Titans, to the burn card perks, the wall running, wall-hanging and even vertical gameplay. The game is so well balanced that its as though these guys have been doing this sort of thing for years…

Multiplayer is the new campaign

You can’t play Titanfall without an internet connection. At the time of release, if you’ve got no internet, Titanfall is just an intro video on a blu-ray disc. This is a multiplayer game, don’t buy it if you want a single-player experience because it’s not here. And that applies even more so when it comes to a notable story campaign.

Titanfall Screen 5

Campaign Multiplayer hooks you up into online matches of 6 versus 6 in which the IMC and Militia battle it out. Each side gets its own story. But what that story is, well, I couldn’t give you the foggiest idea of what happened during my time with it. I just remember a lot of bangs and explosions, which is exactly what I came to the game for. Titanfall’s campaign is so drowned out by the gameplay and high-paced action that I have no clue what was happening in the top right of the HUD where the game feeds you mini-cutscenes. It’s like a blur in your vision.

There’s mention of leviathans (monsters/dinosaurs/whatever we’re calling them now) – these are simply a colourful addition to the game. You can gain points for shooting terrordactyl-type creatures but you won’t be fighting off a 3000 foot Torvosaurus. You can’t choose to play single missions either, you just jump into a lobby and have to deal with it. At this point the game will do its best to create a lobby for the mission you’ve gotten up to in the campaign. This is an issue that I’ve been told will be fixed post-launch.

Titanfall Screen 2

Capture the Flag 2.0

Capture the flag is a crowd favourite; the old timer. It’s a game mode that over the years has barely changed in shooters. It has always been a flat playground to run and jump your way back to home. The rules haven’t changed yet, but what Titanfall offers is something that truly makes the game worthwhile once more. You can use your Titan to get away with the flag. You can wall-run, you can use your abilities to assist you with your getaway and zipline your way to safety. Putting all this together, Titanfall manages to reboot Capture the Flag and make it exciting again because it all comes together – the flag grab, the jump into a Stryder (the fastest of the Titans), the dart back across the map under fire. Ejecting from a doomed Titan last minute, through the air and straight into through the roof of your base. Flag captured, game over. You win.

Titan-falls

Titans are huge, they’re something to behold and definitely not to be messed with. Dropping your Titan on top of another doesn’t get old. But as smooth as the game can be, some of Titanfall’s smaller maps can feel restrictive when the game struggles to cope with confined spaces. The sense of scale that the game so successfully created elsewhere begins to break.

“There are situations where the game completely throws a hissy fit and jarring technical issues slap you around the face.”

Ninety percent of the time you’ll suffer no issues with Titanfall on the Xbox One. But there are situations where the game completely throws a hissy fit and jarring technical issues slap you around the face. It might not screw up the overall match – and the fights carry on with all the usual intensity – but the framerate drops and the screen tears for around 4-5 seconds. This happened at least ten times during the two days we were playing the game in EA’s controlled environment, and we’ve noticed it happening online since then.

If that’s what happens on the Xbox One, I dread to see what happens during those rare moments on the Xbox 360.

Titanfall Screen 8

But despite these technical issues, Titanfall will undoubtedly become the shooter that changed the first-person shooter for a new generation. The mechanics under the hood of Titanfall are phenomenal. Hopefully we’ll see Xbox’s new Xbox Live Compute infrastructure thrive off the traffic – eating it for breakfast and asking for more, but we can never be 100 percent certain during these early days. As with all online games, there’s a certain amount of faith the player has to put into it and patience in the early weeks as Respawn and EA rolls out updates to strengthen the service.

In short? Get involved. You’ll look back on the day where you first played Titanfall. You’ll remember the first time you ejected over your Titan and crashed back into the battlefield. Titanfall is a game that inspires stories and you’ll shortly have your own to tell.

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15 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    It’s not a revolution. So far it is a good concept with poor execution and 6v6 multiplayer.

    “Wall-running across an entire map, bouncing off structures”

    Unreal Tournament 2004.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Sam Clay

    @Erthazus What has been poorly executed? What team sizes do you want?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Sorry Sam, but Erth +1

    In the limited pool of experiences that represent the console world…maybe, but so many people play PC now. I can’t find a console only gamer at any of my local video game stores. The expected feats and expectations are greater then they used to be.

    Want Mechs?

    I love Mechs.

    I play Hawken. For free. On my PC.

    There are so many lists, so many games…

    All I ever see is glowing love for this game from the media combined with a sickening marketing blitz.

    I just don’t see the magic.

    Destiny on the other hand, I can easily see the draw to that games concept at this point. TF just looks shallow.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Sylrissa

    @OlderGamer I agree

    I don’t think it’s a bad game by any stretch, but I do believe it’s been way over hyped and it’s most certainly not some second coming of gaming revolution that it’s touted to be.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. OlderGamer

    ^^Exactly.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fearmonkey

    What is with the really high scores if there is this issue where it acts up? I understand the game might be great, but no single player and some performance issues means it shouldnt be this ultra high scoring game.

    I am starting to wonder about the game journalism industry. I started playing Knack recently and I avoided buying it at launch because of all the bad reviews, but love this type of game.
    I rented it from gamefly and it’s actually a very polished and fun game. The graphics are almost pixar movie like, and the controls and gameplay is very fun and satisfying. It’s not a 9 or 10 but it’s a solid 8 in my opinion. Metacritic has only 9 positive reviews for the game and After actually playing over halfway through the game, I find it hard to believe.

    I remember GTA4 and how it got such awesome reviews and I thought the game was just ok,
    I realize game choices are subjective but every reviewer loved GTA 4. I am starting to really believe that only user reviews are worthwhile anymore, and even those you have to sift though because fanboys give a game a low score simply because they hate the platform or company.

    I like VG247′s no score reviews and usually you guys are fair, but I question pretty much every other website these days. After playing Knack, even more so. Knack is a better game than Killzone:SF, which got better scores.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. KAP

    This is another instance were the gaming press wants this game to succeed way to much it’s become a little awkward and creepy now.. It’s funny the way things work out that this games flaws are getting glossed over when other games lynched for the very same thing.

    I don’t doubt that this game is fun, but this is a FPS with mechs.. how on earth is this a “revolution”?! I might never ever know.

    All it takes then this November is Activision to announce Call Of Duty Modern Warefare 4 set in the future with mechs and the gaming media will lose there minds the same way..

    It’s getting forced kinda forced now.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Hcw87

    People continuously forget that the game is loved by the gamers as well, not just the gaming press.

    It’s fine if you don’t like the game personally, but to insinuate that the press is in some way ”paid” to come with these kinds of reviews is just dumb. People have been loving what they’ve played so far in the Alpha/Beta.

    It’s a _FUN_ game to play, there’s no way around that.

    As for the FPS issue, just get it on PC. I had no issues whatsoever when playing it there. And from what i’ve seen, the issue is most notable when you’re getting INTO the mech, not exactly game-breaking, but whatever. People need to have something to complain about, especially since it’s on the wrong platform for them.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Erthazus

    @Sam Clay AI for example. AI in this game is the worst in the industry and AI in this game so far is a poor execution for farming just to get a Titan faster.

    This game so far have really good maps and really big maps compared to any Call Of Duty for example but at the same time there are not enough players for these maps. They are too big for 6vs6 multiplayer.

    Everything else that Titanfall offers was before it. Mecha’s? Hawken/Mechwarrior. Fast-paced twitch based shooter with wall-running across the entire map? Unreal Tournament 2004 and with vehicles and levels that are changing in real-time. Cliff Blezinski personal masterpiece.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Sam Clay

    @Erthazus AI is the worst yet? Give examples of bad AI traits you’ve seen? I’m not seeing them. The grunts and spectres are there to showcase an ongoing war between two factions. It adds to the action in the game.

    What maps have you played? How do you know that they’re too small? Maps like Boneyard are big and there’s no problem with player count. You imagining seeing 20 titans on a map? Could you imagine how atrocious that’d be?

    Unreal Tournament at times was very very quiet.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. the Bridgeburner

    It may be fun for some folk, but Titanfall looks trite to me. I’ve had enough of run ‘n’ gun combat out of shooters to last me a lifetime… I want something truly new and innovative.

    And if you want mech combat, there’s better options out there.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. VTchitcherine

    I finally committed to registering to clear up some risible assumptions.

    To use H.L. Mencken’s quote about Puritanism being ‘the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy’, there’s a disappointing number of people seemingly taking umbrage that others are enjoying Titanfall. The latter actually having, you know, played the game.

    I had virtually no interest in it myself and when I heard about decisions such as the ’6v6′ player limit, my initial reaction was at best, uncertainty. Then I actually played the beta on PC and in a stunningly short period of time everything revealed itself to be an exacting, exhilarating piece in something that coalesces into something truly unique and sensational.

    One is extremely powerful as a pilot, in speed, movement freedom and lethality in a way that even UT2k4 doesn’t achieve (You could only ‘wall-dodge’ in that unless you had mods to reset the jump counter but neither the levels nor supporting mechanics were remotely as thoroughly designed as the spectacularly well-executed parkour system of Titanfall). To have more players in already impressively large maps would prohibitively shorten everyone’s life not to mention the chaos in the possibility of having more than 12 Titans in a single battle trying to fire around one another.

    The random idiocy of CoD, where you run around repetitiously in circular maps hoping to exploit a kill differential of milliseconds at choke-points to start a chain-reaction of overpowered killstreak rewards one can’t counter is just non-existent.

    As for complaints about the A.I., they’re as hollow as complaining about the creeps in a MOBA, which is the correct analogue and their utility is different than if they were enemies in single-player shooter. A good player in Attrition will be constantly killing both Pilots and A.I. while managing enemy Titans, however they’re a distraction that other opposing players can seize upon (you appear on the minimap when firing but also when you’re seen by the A.I.) The challenge is not any one engagement with A.I., which pose only a nominal threat but how many you can seamlessly kill while managing more significant threats.

    Finally, I was really excited for Hawken, it looked beautiful though the gameplay revealed itself to be remarkably bare. Let me say emphatically, I played Hawken… it has nothing on this. The animation, the locomotion, the sound design, the wonderful rounds of ‘vortex shield tennis’ where increasingly larger amount of munitions are thrown back and forth in a tense timing game of hot potato… crushing dozens of helpless A.I. in a dash to rip out a pilot from the innards of a weakened enemy Titan was more fun in a single moment than the several hours I spent with the already foundationally distasteful “free”-to-play model of Hawken.

    It really is that good but what do I know, I probably have some unseen character failing that leads me to my opinion, I’m on the take from pernicious corporations, I colluded with oppressive governments, I’ve committed crimes against humanity and I dare to be enthusiastic about a game I played.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. fihar

    This idea of taking some points off a game just because it has no singleplayer is so 20th century it’s borderline ridiculous.
    Judge the game for what it is, not for what it isn’t.

    Haven’t played the game, I doubt I ever will, but the vertical nature of the game seems to be more fun than the mechs itself.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. antraxsuicide

    @VTchitcherine *Applauds*

    Jesus, this is so spot-on. Every single comment I’ve read is so shallow, it’s mind-numbing. Anyone who actually plays shooters can see how revolutionary this game is. The original Halo caught the exact same flak from non-fans.

    @OlderGamer
    Sorry to break it to you, but Destiny’s got as much hype as my grandfather’s *bleep.* I love Bungie to death, but they’ve done everything wrong with Destiny. Console gamers have a different mindset than PC gamers, so if you’re bringing an MMO to console gamers, you have to analyze why the console players don’t play MMOs.

    And Bungie screwed the pooch on that. Destiny looks like any other MMO, just in 1st person. And that’s not going to work for sales. It just won’t. Respawn looked at MOBA’s, and brought that style of play in a great fashion to consoles. They took the parts that work (creeps, “ults,” and roles) and ditched the parts that wouldn’t translate (keyboard-heavy controls, laning, over-customization). It’s brilliant.

    If Bungie wants Destiny to succeed, they certainly don’t show it.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Solist

    @VTchitcherine /applause sir.

    One of the few voices of reason found around here. I only sign in under rare circumstances, and you sir deserve a kudos. Wish vg247 didn’t have the vitriol it does, but alas I don’t see that changing. Good to know there are still some sensible and sane people around.

    #15 1 year ago

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    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]