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Is Destiny the first ‘real’ console MMO? – part one

Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Destiny is in alpha right now, and VG247′s Dave Cook has been playing it on PS4. Have consoles received their first made-to-order MMO or is this genre simple incompatible with Sony and Microsoft’s plans? Find out here.

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Looking for part two instead? Go here.

For whatever reason, Activision really doesn’t want to call Destiny an MMO. Perhaps it’s because that genre has a lot of preconceptions floating around it, or maybe it’s because those three letters suggest something that isn’t a ‘real’ game in the eyes of console purists? I’m not entirely sure where the issue lies, but that’s what I’m looking to discuss here.

I’ve been playing Destiny now for just three hours. That’s not a long time I admit, but I rather quickly found myself eager to jot down some initial thoughts here, because for many of you out there yet to rub shoulders with MMOs, Destiny’s first impressions will be quite important. You might even be looking to upgrade to the new generation for this game alone, while others – I’m certain – aren’t quite sure what to expect.

It’s a largely untested concept on consoles, so that’s why this is a two-part article; I want to hit you with that first wall of expectation and give you an insight into what Destiny stands for, before hurtling into the finer points in part two.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Welcome to the downfall of humankind

What struck me most tangibly during those first few hours was Destiny’s sense of place. I went a Hunter class – skilled in the art of long range and blade combat – and found myself in a starting zone amid the ruins of Old Russia. Amid its snow-capped fields and cliffs lies the rusting wreckage of space craft, once destined to ferry humanity to the stars, where a prosperous future lay. It’s clear that the dream died before lift-off.

Destiny brings this graveyard of metal and rock to life as snow twirls through the air and brilliant sunshine trembles through the twisted wreck of lopsided shuttles, forever rooted to cracked launchpads. This backdrop serves as stage to all of your initial questing, which can be tackled solo or as part of a three-player Fireteam, although you will still see other players running around the environment as you go. You can choose to interact with them and help in their battles, or not. The choice is yours.

”Early on I found enemies to be quite aggressive, but with a little perseverance I defeated them all and headed back to the Tower, which is where Destiny is at its most ‘MMO.’“

If you’re unfamiliar with MMO tropes; just think of other players as NPCs in any other shooter. They’re certainly not intrusive, and aren’t capable of attacking you or stealing loot dropped from enemies you’ve killed. You can fight them via PvP in The Crucible arena, but I’ll get to that in part two. The closest games I can liken Destiny to right now are Borderlands and Guild Wars 2, due to its open world nature and co-op play.

My first quest involved checking out a congregation of Fallen, a hostile race of creatures found lurking around an old space hanger. I encountered a pack of their footsoldiers outside the complex and engaged in my first battle which, to my surprise, felt quite different to Halo. My Hunter class came with a double jump skill, so leaping around did feel a bit similar to Bungie’s series, but the gunplay felt faster and definitely slicker than Master Chief’s handling.

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I darted between decayed containers and wreckage to cover myself while unleashing my fully-automatic rifle and shotgun into anything that crossed my path. My instant reaction was that it all felt quite good in my hands, and the intelligence of the AI largely surprised me. Troops scramble for cover and pick alternate routes to get the drop on you, which is a damn sight better than the MMORPG staple of clicking to attack, or circling each other while issuing commands. It’s a fluid shooter.

Venturing into the complex, I happened across a Titan who had been downed by a pack of tougher Fallen, and with a simple hold of Square he was revived and back on his feet. The interiors were dark and illuminated by eerie lighting, once again delivering a great sense of place, while the music dropped back to up the tension. As I stalked the halls, taking out more grunts, I earned Glimmer – Destiny’s currency – and even progressed my character to level four.

”Destiny is the story of humanity’s losing war against alien invaders, and the Tower is the only thing standing between them and extinction. It stands as the game’s social hub.“

This unlocked my Hunter’s Golden Gun skill, which enabled me to summon a flaming pistol capable of discharging three high-power rounds. What it boasted in power, it lost in accuracy due to being iron sights only, which was a nice piece of balancing on Bungie’s part. At the heart of the complex I found myself attacked by a horde of Hive, Moon-dwelling aliens that attack in packs like zombies. They were being led by smarter, gun-wielding types and their wizard leader.

In something of an RPG twist, the wizard blasted me with a bolt of magic that inflicted poison on my Hunter, and corroded her health over time. Similar to Halo, you have a health bar that depletes then regenerates as you avoid damage, so survival was simply a case of staying hidden. Early on I found enemies to be quite aggressive, but with a little perseverance I defeated them all and headed back to the Tower, which is where Destiny is at its most ‘MMO.’

Next: Into the Tower.

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31 Comments

  1. Matt27

    Hey man, thanks for the article.
    My biggest issue with MMO’s is always the grind. Repetitive gameplay that after a while feels more like a chore rather than something enjoyable. It’s easy to forget that you’re supposed to be having fun when you’re grinding away for more credits/experience etc.
    Do you think Destiny has done anything that will make the “grind” more enjoyable in Destiny, or do you think after 10+ hours of play or so that the side quests will get repetitive?

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @Matt27 no problem :)

    I dont think it’ll get boring due to the dynamic nature of play. Its less formulaic than click to attack MMOS, thanks to the way enemies react and drop into battle.

    In one area I just had to thin out an enemy type but drop ships kept flying over head and more aliens phased into the fight. It’s like a large scale Halo battle that never ends, but with slicker handling.

    I’m enjoying it for sure. More time will reveal how it stands up.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Redh3lix

    I play MMO FPS Planetside 2 occaisionally on PC (this is also coming to PS4) so if it’s anything like that it’ll be instabuy.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. OlderGamer

    Dave have you played Defiance? How Desteny different, other then being in a differnt story line/game universe? I really enjoyed Defiance.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Erthazus

    It’s really is just another Defiance.

    What’s the difference other than millions of marketing campaign?

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Gekidami

    How many players are their per world? Maybe Bungie dont want to call it an MMO… Because it isnt “massively multiplayer”…?

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Mike

    Not coming out on PC?

    #7 8 months ago
  8. zombizmo

    Where’s my alpha code already.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Erthazus

    @Gekidami There will be hubs aka Cities and there will be tons of players but once you are going to dungeons and exploration you won’t see a lot of players except for public events.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. harr0w

    Its not an mmo as much as they like to make it look like one.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Seventizz

    I know I’m supposed to, but I just don’t care about this game.

    I have a feeling next year we’ll be reading stories like ‘Destiny – The 500 Million Disaster’.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Bomba Luigi

    I really dont understand why they are refusing to call it an MMO, it obvious is one. I’m an antisocial prick and dont like to play with others but theres nothing wrong with being an MMO! Lots of other People like that.

    And MMOs on on Console – why not? Its a game and Consoles for playing Games. I dont know about Sales or stuff, but the Internet always tells me it likes FF14 on PS.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. nostramo

    Can i play destiny on my PS4 if i unplug my router,….now this may seem like a stupid question to ask, but if i can not then i be sitting this one out,

    #13 8 months ago
  14. nostramo

    Can i play destiny on my PS4 if i unplug my router?,….now this may seem like a stupid question to ask, but if i can not then i’ll be sitting this one out, there is a reason they shy away from the term MMO when it comes to consoles, i suspect this will do well on xbox one, less so on PS4, time will tell , meanwhile i’ll save my £65 for a shooter with a campaign that doesnt involve the rest of the world.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. bardo

    I think they’re hesitant to call it an MMO because it isn’t exactly client/server based like traditional MMOs.

    Instead, it seems to be a cross between how the original Guild Wars worked (which was already on the cusp of what people would consider to be an MMO) and how Left 4 Dead 2 works (which definitely isn’t an MMO).

    Like Guild Wars, towns are the only areas where you’ll run into a large number of other players. Everything else is instanced. But unlike Guild Wars where those instances were hosted on a server, Destiny seems to use matchmaking servers to connect client node instances together directly.

    So outside of towns, it’s going to feel a lot like Journey (which I don’t think anyone would consider to be an MMO).

    #15 8 months ago
  16. budoshi

    @nostramo you mean unplugged to the internet? no i dont think so its a multiplayer game after all. you could unplugged your router and plug your cable direct to your internet modem? im not sure i understand the whole router thing your asking , as for the game i hope its good and cannot wait to try it.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    Funny fact, gamers to serious to play party games like Just Dance, will spend hours dancing around the Destiny hubs.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. fengato

    Been playing the alpha for a couple of hours (multiplayer). Feels decidedly last gen – the 30 fps and Reach style visuals make it feel old – in fact Halo 4 on 360 runs and looks as good. Hope there’s a hook to the main game, as Destiny MP is not going to be taking up much of my time.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. Llewelyn_MT

    Borderlands 2 and Guild Wars 2 are among my top 10 modern games I play for fun. Looks like it will be worth checking out. When it comes to PC.

    #19 8 months ago
  20. Revolting

    Is Destiny the first console MMO?

    It’s not even an MMO. It is a brilliant Social FPS with MMO features and influences (loving the alpha so hard), but borderline MMO at the most, and even you do consider it to be one, it’s so very far from the first. It’s not even close.

    Final Fantasy 14 is a proper console MMO. Before that, DCUO. Before that, Final Fantasy 11 and Phantasy Star II. Console MMOs have been around for literally years.

    Destiny is great, but this headline is ludicrous.

    #20 8 months ago
  21. Docker Al

    Thanks for the article Dave, I was unsure about what this game is really supposed to be. Now I know I have zero interest in picking this up. I was hoping it would be a traditional FPS with a solid solo campaign and a solid suite of multiplayer game modes. It’s clearly not a competitor to BF, TF and COD etc. so it’s not for me. For those that like this type of game good luck to you and I hope it turns out great.

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @Docker Al Glad to have helped, I think that question ‘What is Destiny’ was confusing a lot of players.

    #22 8 months ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @Revolting The question in the headline is elaborated on further in the body. Many MMOs on consoles are ports, or try to replicate the PC MMO experience on consoles. It’s a square peg, round hole way of thinking.

    Destiny is a purpose-made MMO for consoles, and yes it *is* an MMO in the same way Guild Wars is an MMO. This is not a derogatory term. I like Destiny and I’ll continue to play it.

    When I say ‘real’ I mean an MMO that really has been made with console gamers in mind first, instead of an after-thought. Sorry you didn’t enjoy the piece though. Can’t win them all.

    #23 8 months ago
  24. Docker Al

    Cheers Dave! If I was Activision I’d be worried about the confusion around this game. I’m sure it’ll be a huge success at launch but Acti need to communicate what the game is all about to avoid disappointing people. I can’t see the really core FPS fans getting into this from what I’ve heard so far for example.

    #24 8 months ago
  25. EQOAnostalgia

    EverQuest Online Adventures was the first MMO on ANY CONSOLE EVER. It was out on Playstation fucking TWO! It beat Destiny by over a decade and was just as massive as WoW and 3 of it’s expansions put together, and it did this with NO HDD!

    #25 8 months ago
  26. EQOAnostalgia

    @Revolting Uhhh yeah… you skipped EQOA which was the very first console mmo. Looks like someone gets an F in console mmo history. PSO btw not PSII. And it wasn’t an mmo the same was Monster Hunter wasn’t an mmo. Gathering into a social hub and heading into a HEAVILY instanced 4 man dungeon does not an mmo make.

    #26 8 months ago
  27. EQOAnostalgia

    @Erthazus Geee let me see… umm well it actually FUCKING WORKS for one, Defiance STILL has a shit ton of bugs and crashes over a year later, Destiny has about 45 million dollars more in production values, it’s not base off a cheesy TV show, Destiny is everything Defiance wanted to be and failed to be HARD.

    #27 8 months ago
  28. tboy1015

    this will not be a mmorpgfps its like borderlands or gta v. where yall meat in a lobby and play coop it might be 16 players in that lobby but yall only there to buy stuff. The first mmo i played on xbox was phantasy star universe. Now thats a mmorpg. Defiance is a mmorpgshooter you can play coop with 1000+ players as with destiny only 4players then you can go to the main vault and play pvp. its borderlands and halo put together thats it. ever game is a mmo but ever game cant be a rpgmmo. For example Call of duty is a mmofps. it has 1000+ players on a sever but we are not free roaming. if any thing this is Borderlands with multiplayer. Just say you cant free roam with 100 people like you do in Defiance. thats why they dont label it

    #28 7 months ago
  29. tboy1015

    First off is Destiny a mmo yes. is it like wow no. what is it then. MMOFPS. but a mini mmo. athis will not be a mmorpgfps its like borderlands or gta v. where yall meat in a lobby and play coop it might be 16 players in that lobby but yall only there to buy stuff. The first mmo i played on xbox was phantasy star universe. Now thats a mmorpg. Defiance is a mmorpgshooter you can play coop with 1000+ players as with destiny only 4players then you can go to the main vault and play pvp. its borderlands and halo put together thats it. ever game is a mmo but ever game cant be a rpgmmo. For example Call of duty is a mmofps. it has 1000+ players on a sever but we are not free roaming. if any thing this is Borderlands with multiplayer. Just say you cant free roam with 100 people like you do in Defiance. thats why they dont label it

    #29 7 months ago
  30. tboy1015

    @EQOAnostalgia you mean a mmo free roam game like defiance. I think all games are mmos if they can hold over a 100+ people on there server. It not a mmorpgfps that only the deference. massive multiplier online means 100+ players can play only on a the same sever. mmorpg is just a interaction with those 1000s. Destiny is just like borderlands 2 with multiplier. i think its like gta5 where you can do coop mission. phantasy star universe allow you to see 100+ players on one server. on gta only 16. thats what i think destiny is like.

    #30 7 months ago
  31. tboy1015

    @EQOAnostalgia i think every game is massive multiplayer online but not as bis as wow or ff11 or ff14. The closes youll can get with game that similar is gta V or borderlands with a social area. thats it.

    #31 7 months ago

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  • Chinese console trial to expand nation-wide

    China will open its borders to video game consoles. Last year, the Chinese government allowed a trial of video game console sales in Shanghai, ending a 14 year ban. Bloomberg reports the trial went well enough that China has elected to allow the business nation-wide. Platform holders still have to wait on local governments, who […]

  • 3DS life to date sales top 50 million, Wii U at 9.2 million

    Nintendo has released update hardware life to date sales figures. According to figures released in Nintendo’s latest financial briefing, the 3DS has sold over 50 million units, and spawned 215 million software sales. The poor old Wii U is still languishing at under 10 million hardware sales, with 52 million software sales to its name. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

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

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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