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Nintendo’s E3 2014 stream had some gems but lacked sparkle – opinion

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:03 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo posted its E3 2014 broadcast yesterday and announced the next Legend of Zelda game for Wii U. That was big news, but what about the rest of its presentation? It had some gems but generally lacked sparkle, says Dave Cook.

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OK disclaimer time: I am NOT anti-Nintendo, the company isn’t down the toilet, I actually like the Wii U and many of its games and I still regularly play my 3DS. However, I genuinely felt that Nintendo’s E3 2014 stream lacked the gut-punches of its peers. Compared to Microsoft’s game heavy barrage and Sony’s big reveals, the Japanese giant continues to play third-fiddle.

I’ve been on the receiving end of wrath dispensed by Nintendo fans on this site before, and I get it; we like to be defensive of our favourite format. I avoid that by choosing not to have a preferred platform. I’m a gamer, I like games, not the devices that play them. I have to make this absolutely clear before I move on to say that I felt quite deflated by Nintendo’s E3 announcements, but let’s look at the positives first.

The Legend of Zelda is going open world on Wii U in 2015. Just read that line again. Feels good doesn’t it? Quite rightly too, as it can be argued that the NES original was an open world title in its own right. We saw Eiji Aonuma discuss his fondness for the game’s expansive setting before giving us a glimpse of the new Hyrule Field, with snowy mountains on the horizon that players can actually visit. It was a watershed moment for the series.

”This is it friends, the moment many of you had been waiting for; a true open-world representation of Link’s world. You’ve craved it ever since you first rode onto Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time and now, finally, it’s almost in your grasp.“

As he spoke about dungeons and areas that can be visited in any order, and the freedom to explore Hyrule at your own pace, green grass swayed in the wind while Link looked out at the landscape atop Epona. This is it friends, the moment many of you had been waiting for; a true open-world representation of Link’s world. You’ve craved it ever since you first rode onto Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time and now, finally, it’s almost in your grasp.

Major kudos all round to Nintendo on that one, seriously. I’m hyped as hell to play the new Zelda, and the same goes for the Bayonetta double pack, which houses the first and second game, along with lots of Nintendo-themed content, such as a Samus suit and other weird quirks. It’s a zany game to begin with so this actually makes logical sense.

Platinum’s first entry was the only gave I had ever given 10/10 back when I worked on scoring sites, and I played Bayonetta 2 last year. I enjoyed it. It was difficult, insane, slick and really worth checking out if you’re fans of games like Devil May Cry, God of War and so on. I’m really happy this is a Wii U exclusive, as it’s a game I’d absolutely buy a Wii U for, and I get the feeling it’ll shift some consoles once it drops this October.

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Super Smash Bros. never fails to disappoint, and the reveal of Nintendo’s Amiibo scanned figures raised he hype further. Essentially, you can get a figure of your favourite fighter, scan it into the game using your Wii U GamePad and they’ll appear in-game. The figure will then receive data and evolve based on your performance, which should see players battling their toys to see whose is better.

”I know that I already want to play Xenoblade Chronicles X, but it’s out in 2015 and we still haven’t seen gameplay. There’s a new Star Fox coming and I couldn’t be happier. When’s it out? I have no idea. Is there a new Mario in development? I couldn’t tell you even if I wanted to.“

The fact that hose figures can be used in mutliple games – Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Mario Party 10 were among those mentioned – is pure genius, and should make Nintendo a ton of money. It worked for Skylanders and Disney Infinity so far, and I see no reason why it won’t here. Seriously, this is a significant move from Nintendo, even if you’d rather shove your head in a lit oven than play with those figures. Believe it.

So why am I being down on Nintendo’s stream? Well, it’s because these games still aren’t out for ages. I know that I already want to play Xenoblade Chronicles X, but it’s out in 2015 and we still haven’t seen gameplay. There’s a new Star Fox coming and I couldn’t be happier. When’s it out? I have no idea. Is there a new Mario in development? I couldn’t tell you even if I wanted to. The low volume of third-party support – and yes, it exists – was really apparent. The lack of solid details is frustrating.

Nintendo cannot produce enough games to keep its core slate full, and while games like Captain Toad and Mario Party 10 have fans, they are not system sellers. We needed more first-party games of Mario Kart 8 calibre but we didn’t get them, besides Zelda and Smash Bros, although they’re still a while away. Splatoon looked charming and fun, but it’s a new IP and has a fight right out of the gate, while news that Devil’s Third is now a Wii U exclusive fell flat because we haven’t seen it yet.

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You may be thinking, ‘but didn’t this large third-party Wii U game list just appear on your site?’

Yes it did. Look a little closer and you’ll see a wealth of indie games that I’m sure are brilliant, like Lone Survivor, Stealth Inc. 2 and Tengami, but these are not system sellers. I am absolutely not putting down Nintendo for raising its indie stock – I think it’s a wonderful thing – but let’s be honest; these titles will not sell Wii U consoles.

”Nintendo needs to up the volume of its first-party exclusives and big hitters like Bayonetta 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles X if it wants to see the ownership numbers rise.“

In bigger productions, we’ve got Sonic Boom, Skylanders: Trap Team, Lego Batman 3, Watch Dogs, Costume Quest 2 and Just Dance 2014.

They’re all fine games and ideal for the youth demographic, save for Watch Dogs which is out on every other system already. If the third party publishers aren’t bringing their titles to Wii U in numbers, then Nintendo needs to fill the gaps with big titles of its own. The problem is that the company is taking too long to bring those games to market.

We needed to see a solid, consistent road map of big system-selling Nintendo titles yesterday. We got one, followed by a handful of superb exclusives, then exciting exciting eShop games like Kirby that, despite looking fun and polished, will not sell machines.

Nintendo needs to up the volume of its first-party exclusives and big hitters like Bayonetta 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles X if it wants to see the ownership numbers rise. It’s worrying when a publisher like Ubisoft withholds a finished Wii U game because the format’s sales aren’t high enough.

Think about that.

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30 Comments

  1. Legendaryboss

    Oh dear part two has arrived, in a less *something something* manner

    #1 11 months ago
  2. atlans89

    What do you mean by “not seen gameplay of Xenoblade Chronicles X”? There is one in January’ Nintendo Direct and the demonstration at Treehouse event. The footage is everywhere online now.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    The last three paragraphs nails it.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @atlans89 Where was the gameplay last night? It’s E3, they should have shown more.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Joe Musashi

    A respected colleague of mine said of Amiibos: “So, uh, this is physical DLC then?”.

    “OK disclaimer time: I am NOT anti-Nintendo [...] However…”.

    Come come now, Mr Cook. If you’re not for Nintendo then you’re against them. It’s that simple.

    JM

    #5 11 months ago
  6. The_Red

    I really enjoyed Nintendo’s digital presser. The intro was insanely awesome, even for someone who doesn’t care about Smash but have agree with the most points raised in this piece (Especially the unknown dates of Star Fox and X Chronicles).

    However, my biggest problem is the lack of diversity. Now I’m not saying they were all same games. They was rather decent variety in gameplay types (From shooter to platformer to action adventure). The problem is with the THEME and DEMOGRAPHIC targeting. This point becomes more obvious when we compare it to Sony event.

    Sony presser was a true roller-coaster when it comes to themes and demo targets (Outside lame middle section which was squarely aimed at clueless Sony execs from other divisions of company). There was super serious The Order (Dark, gothic, horror, adult), then there Entwined (Surreal, all-ages). There was FarCry 4 (violent, goofy, adult) and then there was LBP3 (goofy, cartoonish, all-ages). Stuff that appeals to PC gamers (Grim Fandango, Magicka 2) to super WTFs like Abzu and Hotline Miami 2. Let’s not forget for madness of Bloodborne and MKX.

    Nintendo event had Bayonetta to cover something different but that trailer felt more all-ages friendly than anything I’ve ever seen from that particular series. At the end of Sony presser, you could feel them trying to appeal to gore-hungry teens (And stupid 20somethings like me), high-art hipsters, nostalgic PC fans, Japanese melodrama lovers, masochistic hardcore gamers, family friendly audiences and fans of 1st party franchises like Uncharted.

    In contrast, Nintendo’s presser was aimed squarely at the latter one with a nod towards the family friendly. Even X felt like the niche awesomeness that it used to and more like a more usual Nintendo game. In short, it was an absolute form of preaching to the choir.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. gametaku

    Are you on crack, Dave? They showed 2 hr of Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay last night.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. gametaku

    @Dave Cook Are you on crack, Dave? They showed 2 hr of Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay last night.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @gametaku After the E3 2014 stream.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. JPickford

    Nintendo’s presentation was great. Especially if you watched the live stuff afterward which went into more depth.

    Is it obligatory to be negative about Nintendo? I thought the MS presentation was boring with no interesting games (for me).

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Bomba Luigi

    They did show Gameplay of X a while ago already, even in the first announcmend way back was some Gameplay if remember right (not much, but a little bit). Not sure how you managed to miss all that.

    But I get what you say on everything else, but what Nintendo did much better then everybody else was show and tell. Bloodborne was great to see, but it was just a Trailer, no Gameplay or explanation what it will be like.
    It was the same for many Games on E3, then look at something like splatoon – a Game I have Zero interesst in but they did it right. Showed the Game, showed Gameplay and Explained what they wanna do how it will be like.

    There wasnt much sparkle in that reveal, but it was very informativ, which I like a lot more. Nintendo did that on almost everything, which was in my opinion a good Job.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Legendaryboss

    @JPickford “Is it obligatory to be negative about Nintendo?” What a ridiculous rhetorical question, negativity isn’t exclusive to Nintendo and anyone who thinks so just proves what i said yesterday.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. melonbuster1

    Wow.. Nintendo show was great. . They have no support from 3rd party games but still rocked it

    #13 11 months ago
  14. Nfanboy

    There is no question that Nintendo had the best showing at E3.
    Saying otherwise would be a shame.
    And I think David Cook needs to spend sometimes on the Nintendo Treehouse live feed…

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/500x/27076070.jpg

    #15 11 months ago
  16. EightBitYoshi

    I have to agree with Dave. I watched every show and Nintendo’s was the least exciting. I love Nintendo games hence I own a Wii U purely for their world class exclusives but the system has reached a stage where it’s only market is core ninty fans. Wii U is a great additional console to own alongside a PS4 or XB1, but I would not be satisfied as a gamer if it were my only system. There’s so much more content for the other formats and with the continued lack of third party support I can’t see how they can ever fix this.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. polygem

    To be fair dave, they have said this right from the start. They decided to go with a shorter presentation and then planned to get deeper into details in the following days. That’s what they are doing. I wasn’t impressed by either sonys or microsofts presentations. They felt outdated. The content almost exclusively aimed at the twen, early 30s gamer. Nintendos show was at least entertaining. I agree though, it lacked a real punch. A true wtf moment. This wont be enough. On the other hand you can’t deny that the competition gets lazier year by year. The whole conference lacked a surprise. That’s the real problem to be found this year. The real wtf shit.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. polygem

    To be fair dave, they have said this right from the start. They decided to go with a shorter presentation and then planned to get deeper into details in the following days. That’s what they are doing. I wasn’t impressed by either sonys or microsofts presentations. They felt outdated. The content almost exclusively aimed at the twen, early 30s gamer. Nintendos show was at least entertaining. I agree though, it lacked a real punch. A true wtf moment. This wont be enough. On the other hand you can’t deny that the competition gets lazier year by year. The whole conference lacked a surprise. That’s the real problem to be found this year. The real wtf moment.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. polygem

    Sorry 4 doubledash

    #19 11 months ago
  20. RedLink1979

    Why didn’t you saw the #Nintendo Treehouse? The Digital Event was only some kind of preview. You should have more attention on what is really happening in E3 and in Nintendo’s twitter account. Star Fox WiiU is coming in 2015, Devil’s Third has videos on YouTube and on eShop. I don’t agree with some things you write, but as we live in democracy I respect your opinion. Ubisoft is just disappointing some times, i see them as the paradox in gaming industry: I would ask Ubisoft’s CEO how does he expect to sell consoles without games? I would like to remind him of how long Rayman took to reach WiiU and i would also remind him how WiiU got removed to a 2nd plan on Watch Dogs. Nintendo is getting really strong on WiiU games and I’m looking forward to all of them!

    #20 11 months ago
  21. EightBitYoshi

    Personally either a Mario 64 complete remake or better still a Mario 64 sequel is what would fulfill what I want out of the Wii U! Hell I’d even take a Sunshine sequel. Just give us a real 3D Mario game to get stuck into!

    #21 11 months ago
  22. RedLink1979

    Also don’t forget all the stuff we saw in #Nintendo Treehouse to be released in 2015 are still in development!

    #22 11 months ago
  23. Legendaryboss

    @RedLink1979 It is NOT Ubisoft’s responsibility to shift consoles/save Wii U.

    #23 11 months ago
  24. OlderGamer

    Sorry Dave, your opinion and all of that, but I think you missed the boat on this one. I saw several gameplayless cgi trailers from other presentation shows. Unfair to levy that against Nintendo, esp when lots of gameplay was shown elsewhere. The show I watched wss fun, entertaining, informative and had a wide range of games. Sure Zelda was great to see, but geez Bayo looked killer. The heavy hitter this year is smash bro, but lots of great things were shown.

    The biggest games in other shows were multiplates and sequels. Uncharted had three console releases last gen, smash bros had one. Wanna talk about how many halo, forza, fable, asscred, cod and bf games came out last gen? And people say nintendo rehashes…

    not sure what show you saw, the one I watched was great.

    #24 11 months ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    Well for me personally, nintendo surpassed my expectations, with a couple of surprises, new ips, some first party, and third party as well, it was very balanced, also because past events were not that good, the same for microsoft.But With sony was the opposite i did expected more, because past events were good, they werent as good as past events.

    This Made for me the most close E3 events, all 3 were good and pretty even in terns of content.

    But in order to finish, i think nintendo had a great event, and this will be tested in the hands on withun the event.

    #25 11 months ago
  26. zoopdeloop

    No matter how much i like Nintendo.They showed their incompetence by having a cel shaded Zelda again,it is beautiful in a way and it’s good that they expanded it’s world it’s just that Ninty doesn’t seem to evolve much
    Hyrule,Link,Zelda for 1.000.000 time over AND in cel shaded graphics on their “new”hardware…c’mon now

    #26 11 months ago
  27. Doppleganger

    Im very disappointed with Zelda seeing the Cel Shade graphics and was hoping it would be more like Twilight Princess or the tech demo. They lost me on a Wiiu purchase because of that.
    They need to go after the people that grew up with Nintendo and make it more mature looking and end this cel shade madness once and for all. Keep cell shade to for the 3DS!

    #27 11 months ago
  28. mistermogul

    I think the stuff they showed was good and it was a big improvement on last year with the Treehouse and Invitational etc.

    However, the problem is – and I agree with you here Dave – is that they are taking way too long between releases. The fact there is no 3rd party support amplifies that issue massively as there are so many big game droughts.

    It’s obvious Nintendo simply don’t have the resources to produce enough Wii U games and I think they need to spend some of their $billions in rectifying that for the suckers like me who invested in their promise…

    #28 11 months ago
  29. Parzival

    This is getting old…
    Nintendo is having a great E3 and what do I see on this site? A negative article of course.

    Yes, Nintendo needs 3rd Party support but we already know they don’t have much. They haven’t since the N64. So what’s the point of writing another article about it?

    They had the absolute best 1st Party showing out of all the three giants but where’s the article about that? If they had as much 3rd Party support as Sony and MS they would completely dominate the video game industry. But that’s not the reality here, so why not just accept it and analyse what they did show instead of they could’ve showed.

    Also, they spent around 45 minutes showing Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay in their Nintendo Treehouse Live stream yesterday. They’re showing games right now actually. The Digital Event was just an appetizer really.

    #29 11 months ago
  30. Blackened Halo

    Xenoblade Chronicles X looks …terrible …it was really shock to see such huge downgrade (just watch beautiful X trailer released during E3 2013)

    #30 11 months ago

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  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]