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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 9 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 9 months ago
  3. mamu-ti

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

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Hunam

    @Joe Musashi I guess I took the bait!

    BuzzFeed247?

    #4 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  7. mistermogul

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

    #7 9 months ago
  8. mistermogul

    @Hunam lol, nice try!

    #8 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  14. polygem

    Destiny

    #14 9 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 9 months ago
  16. GK

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

    #16 9 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 9 months ago
  18. undermyrules

    none of them….Homefront The Revolution will

    #18 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  23. lubu

    clickbait articles.
    witcher 3 destroys everything

    #23 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  26. Legendaryboss

    Ask me after E3 2014.

    #26 9 months ago
  27. mistermogul

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

    #27 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  33. Ifrinne

    Kingdom Hearts 3 will steal the show… >.>

    #33 9 months ago
  34. Ifrinne

    @Hunam Uncharted 3 had Multiplayer.

    #34 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

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    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]