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8 things Far Cry 4 has to do better than Far Cry 3: an open letter to Ubisoft

Friday, 16 May 2014 10:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Can Far Cry 4 be better than Far Cry 3? Yes. Here’s how. WARNING: PROPER FAR CRY 3 SPOILERS (AND SOME BOOBS) AHEAD.

Far Cry 4 is out this November. We are excited. But let’s not get those glasses rose-tinted about Far Cry 3. Amazing it may have been, but perfect it was not. We know you’re watching, Ubisoft. This is what you have to do to make Far Cry 4 even better than Far Cry 3.

Warning: THERE ARE PROPER FAR CRY 3 SPOILERS BELOW.

1 – Go easy on the stereotypes

Come on. White hero men, “traditional” South Pacific islanders, black woman in tribal gear, the crazy German, ja; Far Cry 3 was stereotypes a-go-go. Let’s hope Far Cry 4 is a little less “obvious”.

sam_the_german

2 – Drop the awkward sex scenes

Far Cry 3′s sex scenes were all bit cringey. Do them better. But definitely keep the bit where climax includes being stabbed in the chest with a knife. Because that’s the best kind of sex.

3 – More variety in the outposts

We know you tried, Ubisoft. The lack of variety in checkpoints was one of the biggest criticisms of Far Cry 2, so the format changed for the third game. But while the respawning checkpoint on the road thing was rightfully done away with, the outposts in Far Cry 3 were all the same. They got harder, and the sequence of attack, don’t set the alarm off, set the alarm off, murder everything in sight was really well done, but after the twentieth time it was old. There are 33 outposts in Far Cry 3. If there’s a similar sort of number in Far Cry 4, you’ve got to mix it up.

4 – More flight

We’re assuming Far Cry 4 is set in the Himalayas for a reason. The flight in Far Cry 3 awesome, but there needs to be more of it, more variety than just the hang glider. Microlights? Helicopters? Throw in some heli-skiing and we’re good.

hangglider

5 – More fist-fighting animals

Punching sharks was a Far Cry 3 highlight. Build on it. We want in-air eagle combat and yeti-wrestling.

6 – More drugs

The drugs sections in Far Cry 3 were brave and used prominently in pre-release marketing. Go drugs mental this time, Ubisoft. Let’s have it. Heroin, chillums, the full nine yards. Show them who’s boss.

7 – Better pace

Far Cry 3 was an amazing game, but the timing of Vaas’s demise was a gamble which just didn’t pay off. It felt as though the plot ended prematurely, and the second half, in which the aim was the bring down Hoyt, was almost an afterthought. Pacing story is unbelievably hard in any medium, and nigh-on impossible in an open-world action game (I would imagine: what the fuck do I know?), but, allowing players to abruptly complete what they thought was the story’s main aim halfway through the game felt wrong. More Vaas would have been a good thing.

8 – Better side-missions

This was probably the biggest Far Cry 3 fail for me. I hardly did any of the hunting or assassination missions because after a couple of times standing around in a wood trying (and mainly failing) to shoot a goose, or whatever, I realised that I didn’t need to continue beyond crafting a bigger bag or wallet. It was boring. Either make it interesting or drop it. I don’t want to feel as though all the side stuff was bolted on to make as much use of the open environment as possible without enough thought as to whether or not it’s enjoyable.

Make all these thing right, Ubisoft. Because if Far Cry 4 is better than Far Cry 3, I doubt I’ll be playing much else this Christmas.

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44 Comments

  1. schnide

    “More fist-fighting animals

    Punching sharks was a Far Cry 3 highlight. Build on it. We want in-air eagle combat and yeti-wrestling.”

    No it wasn’t, you’re just trying to be funny. Ellie Gibson does this kind of “humour” on Eurogamer and she gets slated for it in the comments section. You guys are better than that. This change of tone lately in VG247 is awful.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    @schnide Punching sharks was great. Just because I enjoyed it doesn’t mean you have to, does it?

    #2 11 months ago
  3. DoubleM

    What’s happening to VG247? First it’s cheap headlines and now we’re having toplists everyday?

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Erthazus

    They should improve level design (33 outposts were almost identical and the tactics were the same ) and have more armored vehicles in it. Tanks, Helicopters and etc.

    I think it’s more important than fist fight with sharks :D

    #4 11 months ago
  5. unacomn

    I’m voting for better Main Missions as well.
    Like, you know, missions that take into account that the game is open world.
    Not missions I failed, because I tried to get to the point required with a hang-glider, and fail the mission because I overshot the area by 5 meters.
    (Also known as the “We forgot how to make open world games after Far Cry 2″ Syndrome”

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    @DoubleM Just things to click on. You may get something more interesting in about… three minutes.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. DoubleM

    Also add 25 Peter Moore photos to that. What are you guys doing with the site?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. YoungZer0

    I really hope we play an asian character for once, not some american teen who got lost on a trip or something and liberates dem poor folks from their dictator.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @DoubleM Giving you things to look at!

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    @YoungZer0 Yeah. They do need to tone all that down, IMO.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @Erthazus

    Tactics were the same? No they weren’t. The main selling point of it was that you can approach the missions any way you want. If the tactics were the same then it’s only because you kept using the same ones.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @Patrick Garratt

    Not too much though, I rather have a few more stereotypes (The crazy german is one? Really?) than bland and boring characters. At least it’s not Just Cause 2. They should keep them colorful.

    Still, Asian Main Protagonist. Make it happen, Ubi.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    @unacomn The best mission was the burning weed field, I reckon. There was that one in the gorge as well, but you’re right: it wasn’t open world. I suppose it’s a positive that there’s still so much they can do with it, but I definitely agree with you. Some innovation in mission design would be welcome. They could do some great stuff with high mountains, etc.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. DoubleM

    @Pat I don’t know if you meant the Halo news, but yes, keep the Halo news, and lose these shit. (btw, I have to give it you, It’s probably some kinda psychological shit, but I feel the need to click on these toplists and read every point at least; Even if I hate myself for it)

    Sorry, but another question: I’m using an adblocker, are you getting paid for my clicks or not?

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Erthazus

    @YoungZer0 They were the almost the same. It’s a sandbox game yes, but the base infiltration was always at the similar fashion. No surprises at all.
    Of course it is cool that you can use C4 at your jeep and do cool stuff but this stuff get’s old when the second island is on the horizon.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    @DoubleM Not if you’re ad-blocking, nope!

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    @Erthazus Nothing’s more important than hitting animals.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. CyberMarco

    I really like this kind of articles, simple layout straight to the point! :)

    Now about the game, I really liked the game and I was happy that you could play stealthily, well whenever that worked that is. Maybe they should try to polish that a bit more.

    Regarding the hunting/crafting and side missions, it became a tedious chore after a while. About the pace, if you played the main story ignoring the side missions it was nice and very interesting. Personally I felt I was wasting time doing secondary mission and went straight to the story.

    I think the story reached its best part after killing Vaas I was really pumped for what was coming next, albeit the choice that Citra gave you was a bit lame IMO.

    Let’s see how FC4 turns out. At least now we wont have to wait 1 and a half year for release.

    P.S. Isn’t the right thing to right Vaas’ instead of Vaas’s? Or maybe I learned it the wrong way at school! :P

    #18 11 months ago
  19. schnide

    @Patrick Garratt

    No, but “I liked punching sharks” is different to “Punching sharks was the highlight of [game x].” Show me a single review that says it was a highlight, and we’ll agree to disagree. Otherwise it seems like you’re just trying to be funny.

    (And my bet is you didn’t punch sharks for very long, if at all).

    #19 11 months ago
  20. schnide

    @schnide

    Also, the drug sections in FC3 sucked.

    #20 11 months ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    @schnide I am sort of trying to be funny. But it honestly was a highlight for me. I’d never been able to punch a shark in a game before. You can punch as many as you like. You just jump in the water, get attacked, and punch the shark.

    The drugs stuff was alright. You don’t see that sort of thing very often, so it did stand out. But they need to double down on it.

    #21 11 months ago
  22. FreeZZa

    The biggest flaws of Far Cry 3 for me were the incredibly empty world and the terrible protagonist. Yeah, there were a few side-missions, but they sucked – as stated above. Besides that it was empty and just didn’t feel like a sandbox-game. And the framerate on the 360 sucked ass.

    #22 11 months ago
  23. YoungZer0

    Jesus Christ, guys. You’re such party poopers. Let the man have some fun.

    #23 11 months ago
  24. schnide

    @Patrick Garratt

    Except you can’t do that, because more often than not, you’d get killed.

    The drugs sections were trying to be that old classic “mature” gameplay but the point was that they just hindered movement, contributing overall to the notoriously bad storytelling in Far Cry 3.

    You’re a better writer than having to try and resort to the “ANIMALS, BECAUSE THEY’RE FUNNY (?!)” jokes bargain bucket. You talk about punching sharks, but you may just end up jumping it ;)

    #24 11 months ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    @schnide But I genuinely did like the punching shark bit! I honestly liked it. And I know I’m better than writing about fighting a pretend shark in a video game, but those bills won’t pay themselves, I’m afraid.

    #25 11 months ago
  26. schnide

    @Patrick Garratt

    Well.. at least you’re honest.

    #26 11 months ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    @schnide (I really did like punching the shark. And my shark-punch GIF is awesome.)

    #27 11 months ago
  28. Takeshi

    A great place for me to vent about FC4. Thanks, Patrick.

    I went from FC2 which was so underwhelming to FC3 so my impression of FC3 is so strong since the sequel improved on so many things. There was a better feel to how you moved, stealth was improved. Just such a wonderful game considering how many grey hairs I acquired during my time playing FC2.

    1 – Go easy on the stereotypes
    I would certainly enjoy playing an Asian protagonist considering I am half Asian myself.

    2 – Drop the awkward sex scenes
    Well, it was done well in my opinion. Sure, it didn’t really play a role other than to make male gamers feel empowered. That’s why I liked it? :D

    3 – More variety in the outposts
    I wasn’t bothered do this much in FC3. As others say, I made it a challenge for myself to do it stealthy to get the bonus. Maybe that’s why I didn’t get bored. Absolutely loved the predator-ish approach it presented. Take off a few with my sniper, go a little bit closer with my bow, and then get up in their face with mah’ knife.

    4 – More flight
    Absolutely, I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t get more options considering we’re in the Himalayas. INB4 a feature about the Himalayas from Ubisoft highlighting the changes in environments and what they mean for FC4. Which I hope we’re getting. I don’t know much about the Himalayas.

    I fucking loved running up to a high point and then just gliding from there with my Wingsuit.

    5 – More fist-fighting animals
    Yes, won’t complain. Cool if there was more than one animation for each creature.

    7 – Better pace
    The pace was fine except for Vaas’ premature exit. The game would have definitely been better if he was the big bad. Of course, this should have been balanced. So Jason and Vass didn’t meet each other several times throughout the game and they would both miraculously survive until the end. As in the villain just exiting “I’ll kill you next time.” No.

    8 – Better side-missions
    FC3 was such an improvement to FC2 that it didn’t bother me much. I loved getting all the achievements through uPlay. I won’t complain about more variety however.

    The only thing that’s worrying for me is the theory that Ubisoft is fast-tracking this game. FC3 felt awesome because a lot of time had been spent on it. I’ll feel it immediately if that is not the case with FC4.

    #28 11 months ago
  29. silkvg247

    FC3 was too repetitive in almost every regard.. basically sandbox done wrong.

    It’s the first game I completed without doing all the side missions (doing the side missions almost made me give up playing, they were so dull).

    #29 11 months ago
  30. schnide

    @Takeshi

    “Sure, it didn’t really play a role other than to make male gamers feel empowered.”

    Can I suggest that if those scenes made you feel empowered, you try having actual sex some time? You’ll find they’re quite different things, and then you’ll just be embarrassed by what Far Cry 3 did in its place.

    #30 11 months ago
  31. Panthro

    @schnide

    Speaking for most of us we don’t have time for sex, I have my Runescape clan to maintain, my buildings on Rust which need taken care of and most of all my reputation on Dota, I never miss a game that is taking place involving my guild, sex isn’t important and I have seen enough POV porn to know it isn’t anything close to the feeling of climbing the ranks in a Dota tournament and then coming out on top.

    #31 11 months ago
  32. karma

    “8 – Better side-missions

    This was probably the biggest Far Cry 3 fail for me. I hardly did any of the hunting or assassination missions because after a couple of times standing around in a wood trying (and mainly failing) to shoot a goose, or whatever, I realised that I didn’t need to continue beyond crafting a bigger bag or wallet. It was boring. Either make it interesting or drop it. I don’t want to feel as though all the side stuff was bolted on to make as much use of the open environment as possible without enough thought as to whether or not it’s enjoyable.”

    >_<

    Actually I liked the hunting mechanics. I mean yeah, the crafting could have been more diverse, (craft traps, new weapons and other tools etc) but having to work for the materials needed to craft was pretty cool.

    The looting could have been done better though. Finding a furry dice, a poker card, a single match etc. lol. It was just credit to spend in the store, and since you could earn every weapon by unlocking them anyway, it meant the player often ended up with a full wallet and pack with nothing to buy.

    I'd have preferred loot / salvage to be items I can actually use or craft with.

    BTW the idea that fixing slight problems by simply removing them from the game entirely (ME2 *cough*) is a total design cop out in my honest opinion. Thats how games end up feeling stripped down and boring. Its like taking your car stereo out because it jumps when you go over a bump. I'd rather have driving music and put up with the hiccups than not have any at all. :P

    #32 11 months ago
  33. bobbymcsteels

    By far one of the worst articles I have ever read. I feel embarrassed by the fact this website is a professional source of knowledge.

    I appreciated that people want to see certain things in video game form (myself included) but I would in now way, shape or form publish an article that describes a climactic sex act with a knife in the chest as ‘the best kind of sex’ or wants more drug related gameplay in the next Far Cry game ‘Go drugs mental this time’.

    There are some seriously messed up people in this world, that already have bizarrely skewed outlook on the world we live in, so lets no fuel the ‘Computer games are evil’ argument but spewing out this kind of bile that could potentially further screw up already screwed up and impressionable people.

    This was probably written as a joke, but seriously Patrick Garratt, it’s not a funny one.

    #33 11 months ago
  34. Patrick Garratt

    @bobbymcsteels I can’t work out if you’re joking or not.

    #34 11 months ago
  35. schnide

    @Panthro

    xD

    #35 11 months ago
  36. Patrick Garratt

    @Panthro Comment of the century.

    #36 11 months ago
  37. man with food

    @33 Wut? Lighten up.

    These articles give the site variety, sometimes I’m too lazy to read a blog so instead I bookmark them and come here, then I have a quick fun read with pretty pictures and gifs and shit. Ive been enjoying them

    #37 11 months ago
  38. DjCowHerder

    As much as I tried, Far Cry 3 had me bored rather quickly. It was on the 360 as well, and it was clearly showing the systems age.

    #38 11 months ago
  39. Takeshi

    @DjCowHerder FC3 was beautiful on PC, and I wasn’t even maxing it at that time.

    #39 11 months ago
  40. IntrovertedOne

    VG247 is going to crap, please return to the previous format. (the article was fine, it just belongs more on kotaku than here).
    So many good game franchises are ruined by “making them more accessible”(AKA dumbing them down) please stop doing the same to this site.

    #40 11 months ago
  41. gsxrlove

    If I could only ask for one thing to be improved from FC3 then it would be the online lag in comparison to something like BF3. It made multiplayer quite frustrating imo.

    #41 11 months ago
  42. Panthro

    @gsxrlove

    Yeah I wish there was more lag to.

    #42 11 months ago
  43. sebastien rivas

    Sorry but it really sounded personal demand at times to be honest. Though I agree with this article paragraph 3,7, and 8.
    The rest, I don;t see why we have to see a Far cry II on steroids, it could have lots of variants or complete change and be even better. After all, it is all about the weaving and harmony.

    #43 11 months ago
  44. Dirkster_Dude

    The whole hunting thing had to much variety whereas the various outposts you liberated for the rebels didn’t have enough. The optional dungeons in the last Tomb Raider game would work very well in terms of co-opting the towers. Halve the numbers of towers with the variety of the Tomb Raider optional dungeons would work very well and not see like such a grind. You have a massive drug operation with forts and vehicles and all kinds of weapons yet can’t afford a helicopter for transport around the island? Sort of a letdown when you think about it.

    #44 11 months ago

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    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    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 […]