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Halo vs Uncharted: who will win E3 2014?

Thursday, 5 June 2014 08:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

What will be E3 2014′s game of the show? We take a look at the heavyweights headed to downtown L.A. and place some informed bets.

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E3 2014 is already shaping up to be massive, with a huge line up of anticipated titles and unannounced games on the schedule for each of the four big media briefings. It’s a key show for Sony and Microsoft as they need to build on the early momentum of the new consoles, but both EA and Ubisoft have massive games in the wings, and even outliers like Namco Bandai and Square Enix, which rarely make much of a showing on their tod, have a chance to score big at the platform holder briefings.

After a couple of stalemate years, Sony surprised us in 2013 by picking up Microsoft’s dropped ball and running with it, but this year things are far more interesting. The PS4 has a nice lead on its rival, even in its traditional home territory of North America, and both companies will be pushing to close or widen that gap with a strong show. Ubisoft and EA have made huge investments in next-gen, though, so they’ll definitely be bringing their A-game, too.

Who will win this confrontation? Let’s take a look at our champions.

First party properties – Halo 5: Guardians versus Uncharted PS4 and God of War PS4

When you ask the question “who’s going to win E3?” the easy answer is “Microsoft”, long the local favourite – especially on years when it has a Halo title on hand.

This year, though, things are a bit chancy. The instant hype generated by a Halo game is diminished a little by a slightly softer reception for Halo 4 than anticipated, with 343 Industries’ takeover not going down as well or as smoothly as Microsoft had hoped. Halo 5: Guardians is, moreover, a prequel, and apparently stars a new character – both risky moves. This may well be the shake-up the franchise needs to ensure its longevity, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to please core fans.

That said, Halo, like Call of Duty, is a franchise with massive mainstream appeal, and those less-invested gamers aren’t necessarily as bogged down by canon as we obsessives are. The hat-backwards, popped-collar crowd will roar their approval when that iconic helmet makes an appearance – regardless of who’s wearing it.

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Meanwhile, in the Sony camp, we have the brand that elevated the PS3 from a difficult, slightly lower-par console to a machine that was worth developers’ investment. The first Uncharted was a revelation as to what the PS3 could do, and ended the series of shitty ports we’d received as developers struggled to work with the unfriendly architecture before decent middleware tools made an appearance. Both successive sequels raised the bar, so when Uncharted hits the PS4, it’s got huge expectations riding on it.

Unfortunately, while Sony fans do love Uncharted, Nathan Drake just doesn’t have the same recognition as Master Chief. Third-person adventure doesn’t have the same pull as first-person shooter. Charming, lightly-handled drama doesn’t have the same audience as silly sci-fi treated like deeply meaningful narrative.

If Microsoft and Sony go head-to-head with their confirmed major first-party properties, it’s unfortunately going to be a one-sided fight: the hype-o-meter indicates Halo will wipe the floor with its nearest rival. However, we’re almost certain God of War PS4 is coming too. And that changes things considerably. Two massive fan-favourite properties in one show? That’s solid gold, son.

Verdict: If Halo was facing off against just one Sony showing, it wouldn’t have a problem. Against two, though, things get chancy – unless Microsoft already has something to show for Gears of War, it’s probably going to go down to a TKO. A one-two combo like God of War and Uncharted will take a chunk out of even Halo’s manly jaw.

Next: the big traditional shooters go head to head – and it’s not as cut-and-dried as you might expect.

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37 Comments

  1. Joe Musashi

    Oh my. That headline.

    JM

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Hunam

    To be honest, Halo is better than Uncharted and God of War together. God of War Ascenion was a huge let down, so much so that I gave up after 3 hours and Uncharted 3 was the weakest of the lot and felt a little tired. Add to the fact that neither game has MP that is in the top 1% like Halo and there isn’t much to it.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. mamu-ti

    Uncharted>Halo
    COD>Batllefield
    Far Cry>Star Wars
    Lords of Fallen> Final Fantasy

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Hunam

    @Joe Musashi I guess I took the bait!

    BuzzFeed247?

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Skywalker333

    Firstly, Halo 5 is not a prequel, it continues the story.
    Secondly, Halo 4 … slightly softer reception …? over 9m sales, it is the 3rd best selling halo in the franchise, only bellow 3 and Reach. and it will surpass Reach sales eventually, it is really close.

    I am fine with both companies having great games so i dont care who “wins”.
    but I would expect a fact checking before publishing a “console wars” article ;)

    #5 8 months ago
  6. tezzer1985

    Think it’s a decent written article, but using fanboy headlines is a bit flame bait.

    I Just hope hope, Sony & Microsoft both have good games to show next week ✌️

    #6 8 months ago
  7. mistermogul

    I have a feeling Uncharted 4 is going to steal the show…

    #7 8 months ago
  8. mistermogul

    @Hunam lol, nice try!

    #8 8 months ago
  9. fihar

    “Charming, lightly-handled drama doesn’t have the same audience as silly sci-fi treated like deeply meaningful narrative.”

    Wulf is soooo going to pounce at this like a dog with a bone. I hate that this is now a fact but eh, I try not to judge.

    Halo actually has a genuine art-direction though, which I appreciate but I still prefer Uncharted’s banter and I suck at Halo.

    As for racers, I doubt DriveClub’s going to be that good and The Crew is Ubisoft’s gig, which is depressing when you consider how technically maligned Watch Dogs is even with all the delays.
    And then there’s Criterion which is now only a skeleton crew and without its creative director.
    Horizon doesn’t have as much personality as Burnout but it’s still much better than the pretty-yet-sterile Project Cars and I still think it’s going to come out on top this year.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    @6 “Think it’s a decent written article, but using fanboy headlines is a bit flame bait.”

    Agreed. Hell, the use of the word Bacchanalian is worth the price of admission alone.

    JM

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Gekidami

    CoD:AW Vs. BF:HL could go either way? I really doubt that, CoD will be seen as the next big entry into its franchise, this BF on the other hand will be seen as a quick spin-off.

    CoD is no longer measured by who makes them, and the title Advanced Warfare is like a direct link to the franchise star “Modern Warfare”, sounds like the sequel, despite that not being the case.

    BF is a military shooter, a BF that isnt will just be seen as an aside, not a part of the main entries.

    COD wins.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. majormayhem70

    I beg to differ Brenna. If it takes two to take down one. That one must be a baaaad mofo.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. salarta

    Clickbait is click and bait.

    Normally, I’d say the “game of the show” would be Halo 5. Microsoft choosing to reveal it weeks in advance changes that. As a result, I think something revealed by Sony will take greater precedence. That something could easily be a brand new IP.

    I wouldn’t say the obvious answer for who will win E3 is Microsoft. If anything, the obvious answer seems like it would be Sony, considering last year’s E3 and reception to the XBox One so far. My expectation is that Microsoft’s E3 will definitely blow away last year’s E3, now that they give a damn about video games again and are operating more in line with that, but we won’t know until E3 itself if that translates to coming out better than Sony. I don’t think anyone expected Sony’s E3 last year to blow everyone away as well as it did, so to say the same thing about this year doesn’t mean much.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. polygem

    Destiny

    #14 8 months ago
  15. Bomba Luigi

    Looking back, the Last two Games who “Won” E3 seemed to be from Ubisoft (Watch_Dogs 2012 and The Division 2013). Because nobody expected these Games, it was a wonderful surprise.

    Thats kinda what a Game needs to win E3, in my Opinion. Halo or Uncharted will just be business as usual. Good and fun business probably, but still.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. GK

    halo is lightweight(mediocre),this game need compare more with killzone.Uncharted is in another level-heavyweight.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. Kreion

    @salarta

    I’d disagree on who has the stronger looking lineup for E3 thus far – Xbox One has a fair few big hitting new IP coming in as well as sequels to existing IP. PS4 has had…1866 in new IP and the standard existing IP sequels. I think Sony will need a few more new, exciting products really , which I’m sure they have.

    Also worth noting is that if MS is announcing Halo 5 before E3, that implies they have things that could be even more interesting waiting for E3 – although it could just be that everyone knew 5 was coming eventually. I don’t know really, Sony still has a strong line-up and I imagine they’ll be putting out some shiny new stuff as well so this time E3 will be a close one.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. undermyrules

    none of them….Homefront The Revolution will

    #18 8 months ago
  19. Kreion

    @GK
    …Nah, Halo has always dominated Killzone. You can compare Killzone to Gears if you like, but you can’t dismiss Halo a being THE MS exclusive even now.

    #19 8 months ago
  20. mistermogul

    @Kreion As an owner of the original Xbox and 360 I never could work out what exactly was so brilliant about Halo other than MS’s excellent promotion of it.

    For me it’s a complete bore-fest but hey, each to their own eh?!

    #20 8 months ago
  21. The_Red

    Halo 5 will face off against neither.
    Uncharted 4 was just rebooted and with the departure of every single senior member behind it (As well as appointment of 2 new directors just recently), anything they show will be pretty much from pre-concept levels.
    God of War is a bit better but even that is in super early stages since years of work and millions of dollars just went to toilet thanks to Stig and his cancelled project.

    Of course even with both of those games being powerless, Halo 5 will STILL be unable to win the E3, simply because: PROJECT BEAST!

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Rockstar Vienna

    Imo Halo AND Uncharted are highly overrated games. Halo is like Star Wars to me. I just don’t get the hype. And Uncharted is good, no question about it. But far away from a excellent game if you ask me. Not really interested in both at E3.

    #22 8 months ago
  23. lubu

    clickbait articles.
    witcher 3 destroys everything

    #23 8 months ago
  24. POOhead

    Depends on how much they show, tbh I think both games will be weak, considering how 343 ruined halo and how uncharted 3 hasnt really changed

    #24 8 months ago
  25. FlyBoogy

    Im hoping for a big surprise from someone. Like when Ubisoft announced Far Cry 3 or Watch Dogs and no one saw them comming

    #25 8 months ago
  26. Legendaryboss

    Ask me after E3 2014.

    #26 8 months ago
  27. mistermogul

    Nintendo *HAVE* to have something mind-blowing for the Wii U right?

    #27 8 months ago
  28. Hcw87

    ”I don’t think anyone expected Sony’s E3 last year to blow everyone away as well as it did”

    The only reason they blew anyone away was because of MS’s fuckups. They had no games that impressed much at all. It was a mediocre conference from both camps, Sony just got lucky MS was terribad.

    Need some heavy hitters from both this year, stuff like Last Guardian for Sony and perhaps Shenmue III from MS.

    #28 8 months ago
  29. zoopdeloop

    i don’t see the reason over the hype of E3.It’s always the same mediocre E3.
    Once in 5+ years something good and unexcpected may appear and that’s that.
    Last time i remember major hype and excitement over something was the announcement of FFXIII on Xbox360 at Microsoft’s conference…it was all about OMG MEGATON herp derp while in the end we know how that turned out

    #29 8 months ago
  30. super3001

    ms already wins e3 with halo collection halo 5 sunset overdrive forza horizon 2 and this all before e3

    no competition

    #30 8 months ago
  31. Kreion

    @mistermogul

    Fair enough – but for reference it’s the story and expanded universe along with enjoyable gunplay and driving with a stellar soundtrack.

    Still, it’s not for everyone.

    #31 8 months ago
  32. bradk825

    There are still some unannounced new IP that could take that title, hard to say.

    Mostly agree with #3 except I side with Star Wars any chance I get, lol.

    I would love to see a new IP walk away with Game of Show personally.

    #32 8 months ago
  33. Ifrinne

    Kingdom Hearts 3 will steal the show… >.>

    #33 8 months ago
  34. Ifrinne

    @Hunam Uncharted 3 had Multiplayer.

    #34 8 months ago
  35. salarta

    @Kreion I wasn’t referring to lineups, I was referring to the broader picture. We had no idea what the PS4 lineup would be or what the PS4 policies and functions would entail last year, whereas we had some idea for XBox One. If we judge this E3 the same way as if we judged last E3 based only on what has been revealed to us so far, people could’ve easily assumed that Microsoft would’ve won E3 despite the dislike toward its policies at the time. Instead, Sony’s E3 introduced plenty of games worth playing and functions and policies people wanted to see, so they won. Also, you can’t write off Sony IP sequels that easily; Halo 5 itself is an IP sequel, and people are acting like that alone will instantly make Microsoft have the better E3.

    In other words, there’s nothing definitive yet on who will have the better E3 showing.

    As for Microsoft announcing Halo 5 before E3, there are several possible reasons. One that a lot of Microsoft fans like to tout, because Phil Spencer claimed it’s the case, is that Microsoft has a lot of amazing games for E3 and they want to spend this one showing off their selection. This is one possibility. Another possibility is that they may not have many games worth playing to announce at all, but they do want to make everyone aware of Microsoft moving back toward games, and too much focus on Halo 5 at E3 doesn’t do that. Yet another possibility is that they’re afraid Sony will destroy them at E3 like they did last year even with a Halo 5 announcement, so they announced the game weeks in advance to ensure the announcement got maximum buzz.

    #35 8 months ago
  36. Kreion

    @salarta
    Sony won E3 last year becasue Microsoft fucked up big time. It didn’t have anything to do with the games that were announced, it was just that games WERE announced.

    Also I can write of sequels easily – just like I write of Halo 5 as being a sequel I just . The difference is that I feel like Sony has the less interesting set of new IP this time around, though I could be biased on that regard and it is subjective anyway. But the thing is franchise sequels are always coming so there’s no point in counting them when talking about the E3 line-up.

    #36 8 months ago
  37. briggstown

    They probably won’t show ANY gameplay for Halo 5. That game probably won’t come out until September 2015 at the earliest.

    #37 8 months ago

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  • Destiny heavy ammo bug to be fixed, probably won’t break everything else

    Praise the Sunbro, Bungie is finally going to fix the heavy ammo bug in Destiny. If Destiny has one bug that has gone too long unresolved, it’s the heavy ammo issue. For quite a while now Guardians wearing armour that increased heavy ammo capacity have found their supply emptied whenever they respawn, return to orbit […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

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

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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