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E3 2014: stakes are high for the most crucial show in a decade

Thursday, 5 June 2014 14:36 GMT By Matt Martin

With the world’s entertainment media focused on L.A. next week, Sony and Microsoft have to prove that console video games have a clear, exciting and worthwhile future.

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The build begins and Activision is there first.

This year more than ever Sony and Microsoft need to stand up at E3 and state “this is the future of video game entertainment.” They need to be crystal clear on this now more than any other time in the history of the console games business. They need to point in a direction millions can follow – not just consumers – but the developers, publishers, press and shareholders, a vision everyone can get behind for the continued evolution of the video game industry.

“E3′s days and nights are a bunfight, a backslap, a mudsling – guns fired in the air in celebration of a surgent industry as strong as any other entertainment media.”

E3 has always been crucial. The media briefings are a bombastic showgirl flaunting everything to the press and players. The three days and nights that follow are a bunfight, a backslap, a mudsling – guns fired in the air in celebration of a surgent industry as strong as any other entertainment media. But this year those bullets need to be directed at clear targets, lest so many shots are fired the roof collapses.

The stakes have never been higher. Last year new consoles rolled out and were rightly lauded and lambasted in equal measure. Finally, new hardware after such a long drought! But Microsoft’s Xbox One came hobbled with an arrogant reinvention of the brand; a social connected entertainment box that seemingly placed TV and sports above games. Since then the Redmond giant has u-turned itself dizzy, dropping almost all of its unwanted promises and even some of its intrusive tech. Now it’s just about the games. Quite right.

Sony won last year’s battle but a year later its line-up of blockbusters is equally barren. It’s created good will with indies and good value with PS Plus, but the list of titles from now until the end of the year is as thin as it was at launch. Here, says Sony, have some stuff already released on lesser formats and some free games you’ve already played to keep you happy.

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As always, Microsoft’s media briefing kicks off day one.

There has never been such a risk and such little risk at the same time. The games are what they are – more guns, more cars, more exploration, more role-playing – and the publishers are right to focus mega budgets on them. Because the risk of failure doesn’t just mean your game doesn’t sell. It means the investment money is gone, the 200 people who made the game are sacked, the studio closes down, the local economy suffers. And the little box you play games on has another hole in it.

While budgets are spiralling out of control, other numbers are shrinking. The audience knows what it wants. Look at entertainment on the internet to see what the audience likes and be sure to give it to them. What’s the video game equivalent of a cat running into a glass door, or a bloke in his pants singing Carly Rae Jepsen?

“Far Cry is proven. Assassin’s Creed is proven. That’s why Watch Dogs is both of these things wrapped in a different skin. This is what the kids want. Four million sales in a week proves that.”

“We don’t want that,” you cry. Yes you do. I’ve seen what you share on Facebook and Twitter. It’s hilarious and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Pop culture is cool. The lowest common denominator appeals to all and that’s why there are less experimental games and a doubling and tripling-down on what works. Far Cry is proven. Assassin’s Creed is proven. That’s why Watch Dogs is both of these things wrapped in a different skin. This is what the kids want. Four million sales in a week proves that. It’s fact.

Titanfall, Watch Dogs and Wolfenstein (yep, Wolfenstein, it’s not as dumb as you thought) have only shown glimpses of what this new generation of games can deliver. The console industry needs reinventions of its classic franchises alongside new brands. Call of Duty is so tired it’s releasing pirate ghost DLC like an episode of Scooby Doo. Those that haven’t already fled the industry over the past three years must be looking at that with deep alarm. Who’s going to invest time and money in such hokum? We need games like Destiny as soon as possible, with it’s ridiculous $500 million budget and eight year release plan. It cannot afford to fail.

Where’s Nintendo in all of this? Nintendo is out of the limelight. It may be having a gentle resurgence but the Wii U is never going to hit mainstream highs. Nintendo seems happy drifting alongside the console business, non-committal in its future vision and content to serve up those same old characters again and again. It can make a living from that well enough, but it’s all but retiring from this generation of technology. Maybe that will be its wisest decision in the long term.

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Rich white men will try to sell you an expensive box. You should buy one so we can eat.

A lot of the numbers are unsustainable. We understand there are cool indie games out there, experimental projects and fun little games for PSN and XBLA. That’s great, but without the bigger industry booming around them they wouldn’t survive on their own. It’s inspiring that an indie game can start out on mobile and PC before porting to Vita, PS3 and PS4, but without Sony those games don’t get the continued support, the marketing or the sales. Mobile is cool but it’s as brutal – if not more so – as the console business. The top ten on iOS is the same top ten it was last year and the year before. Three talented devs in a garage aren’t breaking into that.

“Sony and Microsoft need to reclaim the spotlight for video games. They aren’t HBO or Sky or ESPN or the BBC and they don’t need to pretend to be.”

Sony and Microsoft won’t make a living selling and supporting indie games. It all adds to the ecosystem and we can all have a little circle-jerk about games being creative and beautiful but the money to support hardware that costs billions of dollars to research, build, manufacture and sell comes from those games that sell 10 million copies at $50 a pop. The games that sell and hold their value over years. Everything else – everything – is peripheral.

The manufacturers have a duty to lead the rest of the console business. It’s their walled gardens we play in. Next week in L.A. Sony and Microsoft need to reclaim the spotlight for video games. Sony and Microsoft aren’t HBO or Sky or ESPN or the BBC and they don’t need to pretend to be. Sony and Microsoft are God of War and Halo and Uncharted and Forza. Activision is Call of Duty and EA is FIFA and Ubisoft is Assassin’s Creed.

They are massive, multi-million dollar entertainment brands, and more importantly, bloody great games.

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24 Comments

  1. Rockstar Vienna

    Well, Microsoft will do better than last year of course. Less Kinect and TV Features at Microsoft’s conference and less indie presentations at Sony’s conference. That’s it. Can’t wait for monday. :)

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Erthazus

    “Titanfall, Watch Dogs and Wolfenstein (yep, Wolfenstein, it’s not as dumb as you thought) have only shown glimpses of what this new generation of games can deliver. ”

    Wait.. WHAT?

    Next gen games? One is arguably have the worst AI, second is an ok game with failed vision and crappy open world compared to last gen Hits and last gen visuals and the next is a mediocre shooter with last gen engine (id tech 5) that barely works with it’s original Megatexture idea where it loses even the old Unreal engine 3 and I’m not talking about Cryengine and other engines.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. KAP

    @1

    So less indies equals a better show? Really?! Your logic escapes me but anyway.

    I dunno I feel a little underwhelmed as most of first party games seem to be a no show this year. But with that said I hope to see some great indies and hopefully a few surprises.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. RefuseBunny

    “… we can all have a little circle-jerk about games being creative and beautiful …”

    This made me laugh. Great write-up.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. The_Red

    @Erthazus
    Because having a last gen engine and bad textures means a game is bad. Solid shooting mechanics, fun set-pieces and awesome story don’t count no, it’s all about NEXT GEN ENGINE (Though even next-gen suckzzz since it can’t play 4k at 120fps!).

    Joking aside, I actually agree with you though MAINLY about the gameplay.
    - Wolfenstein is a 360 game uprezzed for PS4 and XB1 (A great one but still).
    - Watch_Dogs has some nice ideas but as a whole, it feels more like a modern day Assassin’s Creed rather than a truely new and fresh new IP.
    - Titanfall is the best of the bunch but my god, is it bare bones. Charging more than 30 bucks for this should have been unacceptable.

    As it stands right now, I’d argue that Infamous is the closest thing we have to a next-gen CONSOLE game and even that is mostly repetitive and limited (Though still fun and at times gorgeous). Killer Instinct is also kinda promising. I really REALLY enjoy the ultra fast and super crazy (particle fueled) battles.
    (Too bad they had to ruin it with a f2p model rather than releasing a full priced game with story mode, more fighters and proper content).

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Rockstar Vienna

    @KAP

    You totally misunderstood my sentence! Half of Sony’s conference last year was about indie projects. And i just didn’t enjoy that! Simple as that. Never said that less indies automatically equals a better show. Of course not! Indies are still important but both, Sony and MS need big exclusive titles this year. The hardware was revealed last year. The games this year are more important than ever imo.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Joe Musashi

    “..This is what the kids want. Four million sales in a week proves that.”

    What? Using sales as an indicator of consumer interest and demand? What madness is this?! It’s clear they want kitten-flavoured donuts and unicorn-horn powered jeeps. You’re naive and short-sighted to just look at real world data. You should see the bigger picture. The future is all about niche products and Steam boxes. The future hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean to say it won’t. And you can’t lazily refer to years of the status quo. I have decreed that the tansition to unicorn jeeps and kitten-flavoured donuts is the niche my favoured brands have the godly insight to move into. That is why there is change for tomorrow and today’s way is on its last gasp. I have proved this already, many times.

    Or some such tosh.

    JM

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    The amount of opinion pieces is becoming far too frequent. This is the order in which who will need to prove themselves. Nintendo > Microsoft > Sony. The internet warriors can argue amongst themselves on who needs to prove themselves, but the buying trends worldwide far outrank meaningless babble.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. Legendaryboss

    Re: opinion pieces scale it back. @7 Walk in, Walk out.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Dragon

    “E3 2014: stakes are high for the most crucial show in a decade”
    No. Its just another E3. Nothing bad about that though.

    “the money to support hardware that costs billions of dollars to research”
    Uh, no. R&D is in low millions now, “billions” is the past thing. All companies are more sensible now.

    “Everything else – everything – is peripheral.”
    Again, no. Fits the narrative of the article, but tis’ false. Consoles are multimedia machines, and AAA games are one part of it.

    ” The top ten on iOS is the same top ten it was last year and the year before.”
    Uh, didn’t know that. I would appreciate if someone can provide a link for that.

    Maybe I am just being cranky, but I don’t like twisting things just to fit a narrative or headline.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. Joe Musashi

    @9 I’ve made my point. All done. :)

    JM

    #11 10 months ago
  12. yeoung

    I can say with a comfortable level of certainty that E3 2015, if indeed it happens, will feature VR games and as such will mark the beginning of next-gen gaming. Not next-gen consoles, but next-gen gaming.

    2014 is a seed-to-sapling year, truly exciting things lie a yet bit further ahead. That said, there’s no reason not to be excited for this year’s E3 line-up, I just feel it isn’t going to grab me by the short ‘n curleys as much as VR is going to. It’s still safe to say that E3 is a good time for gamers everywhere though.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. KAP

    @6

    Sorry my bad then.

    #13 10 months ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    I do believe for the numbers sold by watch dogs, we need to consider it was released on five consoles, not three, therefore a conclusion cannot be draw that easily.

    Dont get me wrong iam happy for being a new ip doing well, but to compare It with other new ips that were released only in 3 Platforms, in a then current gen situation, is not a fair thing , and neither a right meassure and/ or indication, both situations are very different, for various factors. Numbers do not show alone the whole picture, evidence needs the right procedures in how you handle the data, in order to diminsh external factors which might incide in the conclusion, and making it not accurate.

    Having Said that i believe it will be a good e3 for all the big three, especially in the surprises category.

    #14 10 months ago
  15. Rockstar Vienna

    @KAP

    No big deal!

    #15 10 months ago
  16. polygem

    @Joe Musashi

    “What? Using sales as an indicator of consumer interest and demand? What madness is this?”

    aha, so my steam argument DID prove something. i knew it.

    noone denies that sales are an indication for consumer interest and demand. of course they are but they are not the only indication to look at if you want to paint a picture of future markets. you have to very closely look at trends. just focussing on sales numbers would imply that everything would stay the same. that´s naive joe. very naive. the problem with time is – it never stops. what is selling today might not sell tomorrow. we´ve seen it happening, ask nintendo, ask atari, ask the sony walkman.

    overall, cool story joe. twisting. missing the point. baiting. being passive aggressive. i am having a million dejavues right now.

    #16 10 months ago
  17. yeoung

    @Joe Musashi

    To be fair, sales data is a pretty good indicator of demand. Whether that be the demand for an actual AAA game on next-gen systems or demand for Watch Dogs specifically might be best left to the discretion of each respective wallets.

    That said, might I inquire as to who you are referencing/quoting? Not trying to start something but I could appreciate a good satirical face-rubbing more with some context.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. yeoung

    @yeoung

    Cough, I think I have my answer. Fair enough.

    #18 10 months ago
  19. Joe Musashi

    @17 Sir, your comic timing is impeccable.

    JM

    #19 10 months ago
  20. bradk825

    @7 Well done, lol.

    #20 10 months ago
  21. JB

    Oculus-Facebook and The Cloud will dominate this year.

    #21 10 months ago
  22. Ifrinne

    The best Nex-Gen game that has been released so far is Infamous: Second Son. I can’t wait for Sucker Punch to announce the DLC for it at E3. — On a side note, Kingdom Hearts 3 FTW !!!

    #22 10 months ago
  23. redwood

    lol @ “rich white men” ,

    #23 10 months ago
  24. LikkiCurry

    @redwood Lol at a dumb bigot.

    #24 10 months ago

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  • 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 […]