Your all-purpose beginner’s guide to the Destiny beta

Friday, 18 July 2014 07:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Destiny is an unusual game in many ways, so if you’re finding it hard to get into this guide to getting started may help you out.


Almost everything in Destiny seems a bit baffling at first before very, very quickly becoming second nature. You will find yourself casting sideways glances at games with less delightful inventory management, for example. You’re a smart type, you can probably just figure it out as you go – but if you don’t feel like you’re “getting it” (or haven’t even got the client) maybe these various explanations will assist you before fashion leaves you behind.

Getting started with the Destiny beta

First you’ll need the beta client. Redeem your invite code at to receive three download codes for your platform of choice. After that, or if you’ve only been given a download code, redeem this second code at the PlayStation or Xbox Store. You need to download the client and any update files, but once that’s finished, you’re not done; fire up the client itself so it can download the rest of the content.

Once you’re in, your first task is to choose a class.

  • Titan:
    The basic commando class. Play this if you want to be powerful and survivable; run and gun. Your first special power is an area-of-effect attack triggered at dangerously close-range; in later levels, you’ll unlock a defensive sphere which will have tactical applications. The Titan hits hard with an electrical punch melee, and is identified by heavy armour and a swathe of cloth worn on one hip. The Titan’s special melee does a megaton of damage; its grenades will disorient enemies
  • Warlock:
    The “magic” class. Play this if you want to rely on more than your guns and twitch skills. Your first special power is an area-of-effect attack triggered at medium range via a leaping throw, which must be carefully aimed; in later levels, you’ll be able to apply a self-buff. The Warlock thrusts an outstretched palm before them crackling with Traveler light to melee, and are easily spotted thanks to their long dusters or robes. The Warlock’s melee special reduces grenade cooldown; note that the Warlock’s grenade explodes on first impact, which can be easier for beginners to use effectively.
  • Hunter:
    The sniper or rogue class. Play this if you like to play either a precise distance game, or get up close and personal with melee. Your first special power is a powerful, three-shot weapon; in later levels your melee attacks will become even more deadly. The Hunter wears a short cape around their neck, and uses a brutal knife attack to melee. The Hunter’s special melee is a thrown knife which requires skilful targeting but is a lifesaver when retreating before a pack of enemies, and its grenade does persistent fire damage.

The rest of character creation is entirely cosmetic; there are no gameplay difference between the races. The Awoken are a race born from humans who fled the Collapse and returned changed. The Exo are a race of Golden Age machines far beyond the capacity of post-Collapse human science. Apart from the obvious cosmetic differences, the races have different emotes. You know who to pick if you want to do the robot.


Important controls

Most of Destiny’s controls are pretty standard fare so I won’t bug you with “right stick to aim” and “left trigger for iron sights” waffle. Here are the things you need to know about:

  • Summon Ghost:
    Summon your ghost to reveal a waypoint where applicable, and in later levels to summon a sparrow (ground vehicle) or return to orbit. Call Peter Dinklage to you with Select (PS3), the touch pad (PS4), Back (Xbox 360) or View (Xbox One; that’s the weird overlapping boxes one).
  • Grenade: left bumper. It’s on a cooldown and isn’t available at first level.
  • Melee: right bumper. A few levels in you unlock a special melee effect governed by a cooldown timer.
  • Super attack: left and right bumper. It charges with damage dealt and isn’t available at early levels.
  • Emote: D-pad
    – Up is “wave”, a greeting that varies by race
    – Down sits
    – Left points
    – Right is dance, an animation that varies by race
  • Player interaction: right stick tap. Highlighting and then selecting another player with this will allow you to open a menu with interactions like party up or inspect.


First steps

Unlike the alpha, the Destiny beta actually starts at the beginning of the game. Your character is revived by a ghost, and guided through a tutorial – how to sprint, how to use a gun, and so on. In this early mission you are only first level and won’t have access to your powers – grenades, double jumping, special melee and special attacks. Grit your teeth and push on; you’ll get to the good stuff.

Once you’ve finished this mandatory first section, visit the tower and have a bit of an explore. Green markers show important destinations; you need to check in at the post office (this is where you’ll find loot you failed to collect, but for now Bungie has a message for you) and possibly the decoder (who identifies equipment for you), as well as visit your class leader (an armour vendor) and visit the shipsmith and weaponsmith.

It’s a good idea to open your inventory and have a fiddle in this safe space; the weird virtual mouse takes a while to get used to, and it’s in your interests to learn how to quickly equip new gear, as there’s no pausing out there in the wild.

The other vendors aren’t useful to you right now, but when you come back at higher levels (or with more cash in your pockets) you can buy new ships and ground vehicles and well as cloaks and other customisation materials, and accept bounties for PvP and PvE.

It’s a good idea to open your inventory and have a fiddle in this safe space; the weird virtual mouse takes a while to get used to, and it’s in your interests to learn how to quickly equip new gear, as there’s no pausing out there in the wild. Any rare items you want to keep and share across characters can be deposited in the vaults in the Tower courtyard, but otherwise highlight and press square on PlayStation or X on Xbox to disassemble. You don’t sell stuff at shops; you trade it in for materials and currency right in your inventory.

Note that some equipment supports upgrades in addition to existing bonus stats; if you use these items enough, you’ll be given the option to pay a fee to unlock these, which range from faster reloading with specific weapon types to finding more items to better scopes. Press triangle on PlayStation or Y on Xbox to access the upgrade sub menu. The same system applies when upgrading your character, so check that out, too.

Do not jump off the balcony in the Tower if you value your skin.


Choosing a mission

Until you hit level 5 you cannot access the Crucible, Destiny’s multiplayer arena, and the Moon is off-limits in the beta even though it appears on the map once you’ve done a few missions. Nevertheless, the first time you visit the map you can learn all the basics.

In orbit, you access the map by selecting “choose destination”. You can then mouse between the Tower, the Earth and later the Moon and the Crucible.

What you see on the Earth map depends on what missions you’ve done and your level, but all you need to know is there are three kinds of mission available:

  • Story:
    You can play these alone or with up to two friends in a fire team (party), and if you go in alone you may see other players wandering the map with you. They unlock as you progress and unfurl the narrative. If you are well-equipped and in the right level range there’s no reason not to try these on your own.
  • Strike:
    A co-op mission, and Destiny’s equivalent of a raid. You must play these in groups of three; if you aren’t already in a fire team Destiny will matchmake for you, but you may then drop in halfway through the mission. These story missions feature difficult boss encounters and set-piece battles, and having a headset will be a major advantage. You will be rewarded with gear if you complete the mission. You can revive fallen comrades and if the whole party wipes you just restart at the last checkpoint.
  • Explore:
    Wander the environment with no narrative goals. Optional side-quests are automatically generated for you at various fixed points across the map, and mostly include visiting specific points, clearing out enemies, or collecting items. This is a great way to collect loot, level up and get to know the environments intimately if you’re not feeling up to a story or strike mission.

When you highlight a mission you’ll see a description with its name, type and suggested level range. Once you choose a mission you’re given the opportunity to choose a difficulty level; there are various rewards on offer for those who elect to challenge themselves, and a guide will show you whether your equipment is up to the challenge, so you can always go shopping before you do.



To access PvP, you need to reach level five and visit the Tower to speak to a Crucible recruiter. Accept his invitation, then return to orbit.

All PvP takes place in the Crucible, a map area to the right of the Earth. Any help you need beyond this point is best provided by the steep learning curve of going up against Bungie fans.

So what’s going on here?

Humanity was visited by a mysterious construct called the Traveler, which triggered the Golden Age, a period of expansion and scientific advance that saw humanity take to the stars.

Unfortunately, the Traveler was followed, centuries later, by its ancient enemy the Darkness, causing the Collapse. Humanity slowly worked its way back to a modicum of its former glory, but the Darkness is stirring again – and this time, we have no chance of survival.

Before the Darkness rendered it silent and powerless, the Traveler granted humanity one last gift – Ghosts, tiny independent AIs which seek out worthy warriors to take up the mantle of the Guardians, working with humanity’s remaining leaders to secure the Earth and fight off the encroaching Darkness once more.

That’s pretty much all you need to know to get in and start enjoying yourself in Destiny. Do you have any hot tips for your fellow players? Let us know!


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  1. Legendaryboss

    I was going to say Borderlands x Halo MMO. But Borderlands was way harder than Destiny and featured much more loot in many situations, on solo journeys of course. So Watered Down Borderlands x Halo MMO.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. polygem

    I am tempted to teach you now that this is just an opinion and therefore completely irrelevant because you have no proof…but then I realise that it would just make me look like a legendary douche. “Oh Dear…”

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    Do you really think your obvious trolling is working?

    #3 7 months ago
  4. polygem

    i just hold a mirror in front of your face. if that looks like trolling to you…..well, then it should tell you something :D

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    Twisting, keep it up.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. polygem

    man, just take it with some humour. don´t take yourself so seriously :D
    we´re in it for the fun. aren´t we?

    #6 7 months ago
  7. dazedonthemoon

    Just remember the saying, opinions are like assholes… Everyone’s got one and often they are full of shit. And we are all tired of smelling your shit on. Every. Single. Thread.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    I’m not altering my viewpoint about Destiny just because you don’t like it and if it is indeed a problem then you can email Pat.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. labtoy

    they wasted the entire d-pad for emotes? oO

    #9 7 months ago
  10. marporte

    This is still a beta our feedback on will make the game better. Bungie can make functional shooters on consoles and unlike EA they listen and work harder

    #10 7 months ago
  11. polygem


    #11 7 months ago
  12. polygem


    Sorry…don’t know what happened there.

    Post was going to be like this:

    +1 that. They really do listen. The beta is only a tiny tiny glance.

    They have changed a lot of things in the halo games based on feedback. Not rushed things but stuff that made sense.

    They continously added content, playlists, value to the game and improved things.

    They know their stuff and they want to deliver the best game they possibly can.

    In that regard I trust them and this is why I have a lot of respect for them.

    #12 7 months ago
  13. polygem


    i have played it now for quite a while now. it´s great. it gets better the more you play it.
    on the surface it looks like just another shooter but the more you play the more it reveals it´s finesse and details.

    i dig the raids and the pvp esepecially. the raid has been awesome (played it with friends – was tons of fun) and i can´t wait to play more of that stuff. the enemy AI is sooo good.

    i would love to have more content for the competitive mp in the beta but that´s not a complaint really, just a wish :D

    sure, it is a shooter. it has loot but it plays very very different than borderlands. it is much more refined. like – much. more.

    it is much better in every way. every single mechanic is better. it´s not watered down compared to BL at all. that´s just not true.

    you also forget the whole crafting element. you forget the PvP stuff completely.

    the competitive mp could be a game on it´s own. if you know bungie, you know what you can expect to come in this department.

    i think that you are only looking at this on the surface, like you often do actually unfortunately.

    you are not giving it a chance.

    it is black or white for you.

    which halo games have you played?

    what´s your xbox gamertag?

    #13 7 months ago
  14. Legendaryboss

    Oh brother! @Polygem Sigh… You don’t get it. @1 was a hands on comparison, it is not my full impressions of Destiny and it was never penned to be a good or bad thing.

    All I said was that it was easier and featured less loot in many situations, nothing more, nothing less. Taster impressions. So I forget nothing.

    #14 7 months ago
  15. polygem


    dude, i completely get that…and i posted MY first impressions.

    they differ from yours – so what?

    no need to give me your “sigh you don´t get it bullshit”.

    it´s not like your posts would need some encrypting.

    this is called having a discussion…it´s not rocket science.

    which halo games have you played?

    what´s your xbox gamertag?

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Legendaryboss

    @polygem “no need to give me your “sigh you don´t get it bullshit”. it´s not like your posts would need some encrypting. this is called having a discussion…it´s not rocket science.” = “i think that you are only looking at this on the surface, like you often do actually unfortunately. you are not giving it a chance.”

    This is a annoying, flawed discussion if you can’t realise that you don’t get @1. The entire post was very simple. If you think I’m not giving destiny a chance based on @1 that alone confirms it. Discussions only work if you understand the content. Stop requesting, Its not happening now.

    #16 7 months ago
  17. BrokenSpline

    And the game is still light on content. I agree with #1 It is a Borderlands-Lite and just remove the story element which is the least interesting then of the game. All they have done from the alpha to this beta is allowed you to play more content and added the story elements. The gameplay is still boring. Thank you bungie for just securing my preorder for Evolve.

    I guess I did have too much hope that Bungie would pull off another game that innovated like Halo but alas I was wrong.

    #17 7 months ago
  18. polygem

    dude, just communicate. you drop provoking oneliners all the time and/or leave room for interpretation with your posts and then you are butthurt if people show some sort of reaction to it and/ or you play the drama queen that has been misinterpretated and treated oh so badly again. you don´t explain yourself, you call others idiots instead, too dumb to understand you. that´s not taking part in a discussion. that´s just a bucket filled with shit emptied all over the discussion.
    you want others to prove everything, even when it´s clearly just an opinion but if someone asks for the same thing from you, you dodge away like a coward.
    make your point clear and stop the oh dear sigh shit. that would help a lot.
    you maneuver yourself in these situations with your own arrogant behaviour. don´t blame others for it. don´t be surprised to trigger extreme reactions if you act like you do. you are to blame for it. stop complaining about it. and don´t forget to :D from time to time.

    which halo games have you played?

    what´s your xbox gamertag?

    #18 7 months ago
  19. Legendaryboss

    @polygem Look at the post above you, then look at yours. Speaks volumes. Look at someone misunderstanding my post and then look at yours again speaks volumes. The differences are clear as day. My posting style isnt changing because of your incessant whining. Stopping it here, someone has to.

    #19 7 months ago
  20. polygem

    ok man, i thought we could have a discussion about halo and destiny and borderlands, about the fantastic enemy ai in the halo games, about the fact that you can change the difficulty in the beta already as well, if you think it is still easier than borderlands if you do that and so on…but you do not discuss. you drop offensive onliners and then you are searching for the back door when someone wants to get a bit more into detail.
    yea, maybe you´re right, maybe i don´t get it. i don´t understand what you want from a page like this.

    #20 7 months ago
  21. Dragon

    @Legendaryboss ,
    A humble advice.

    #21 7 months ago
  22. polygem

    damn, now you´ve ruined it…

    #22 7 months ago
  23. Legendaryboss

    @Dragon Looks like I have no other choice.

    #23 7 months ago
  24. polygem


    poor boss…you have another choice though, easy one. stop acting like a dick. problem solved.

    #24 7 months ago

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    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

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]