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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 11 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 11 months ago
  3. mamu-ti

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

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Hunam

    @Joe Musashi I guess I took the bait!

    BuzzFeed247?

    #4 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  7. mistermogul

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

    #7 11 months ago
  8. mistermogul

    @Hunam lol, nice try!

    #8 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  14. polygem

    Destiny

    #14 11 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 11 months ago
  16. GK

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

    #16 11 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 11 months ago
  18. undermyrules

    none of them….Homefront The Revolution will

    #18 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  23. lubu

    clickbait articles.
    witcher 3 destroys everything

    #23 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  26. Legendaryboss

    Ask me after E3 2014.

    #26 11 months ago
  27. mistermogul

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

    #27 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  33. Ifrinne

    Kingdom Hearts 3 will steal the show… >.>

    #33 11 months ago
  34. Ifrinne

    @Hunam Uncharted 3 had Multiplayer.

    #34 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

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    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]