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 9 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 9 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    Do you really think your obvious trolling is working?

    #3 9 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 9 months ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    Twisting, keep it up.

    #5 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  9. labtoy

    they wasted the entire d-pad for emotes? oO

    #9 9 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 9 months ago
  11. polygem


    #11 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
  21. Dragon

    @Legendaryboss ,
    A humble advice.

    #21 9 months ago
  22. polygem

    damn, now you´ve ruined it…

    #22 9 months ago
  23. Legendaryboss

    @Dragon Looks like I have no other choice.

    #23 9 months ago
  24. polygem


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

    #24 9 months ago

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    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]