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4:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Former The Last Guardian devs unveil open-world adventure Vane

Tokyo-based independent studio Friend & Foe is on to something. Formed by folks who worked on The Last Guardian, Battlefield 3, Bionic Commando, and Killzone, the developer has two projects in the works -- one of them, Va...

Jordan Devore



Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement photo
Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement
by Brett Makedonski

What can be done freshen up the zombie genre at this point? Videogames, television shows, movies, comics -- virtually every pop culture medium's been infested by the craze, long ago hitting a saturation (and then oversaturation) point. So, how does a developer like Techland, who's most well-known recently for its zombie games, take the concept and still manage to make it its own?

Techland's creating a game about zombies, that isn't really about zombies. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, that's what it's doing with Dying Light. And who knows -- maybe that's the take on the undead genre that'll liven it up a bit.

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12:00 AM on 06.19.2014

Watch Dogs patch releasing shortly on all consoles and PC versions

Hey, guys! We've got some more Watch Dogs news! I know how much you all love that, but hear me out. There's a new patch coming for all platforms. That means PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The patch is being rolled out ...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 PM on 06.18.2014

You don't say: GTA Online heists are taking longer than expected

Rockstar has been putting out fairly regular updates for GTA Online but to some players, that content has been essentially irrelevant -- it's the heist update we want, not this other stuff. The company responded to player inq...

Jordan Devore



Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 looks amazing next to PS3 version photo
Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 looks amazing next to PS3 version
by Brett Makedonski

It might not ever get old comparing games on last-gen and this-gen consoles. Well, at least not for a while. The latest title to get this treatment is Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 and PS3.

GTA V on PS3 was no slouch, but it seems like the PS4 version could blow it out of the water judging by a side-by-side comparison of the trailers. Just check out at all that detail and the lighting. Trevor's sure to look more insane than ever!

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5:30 PM on 06.13.2014

Dead Island 2 wants to be cool and kickass

The debut of Dead Island led us to believe that it would tell a very dramatic and serious story about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. That’s not quite the game we ended up with, so it’s refreshing to know th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Video: Metal Gear Solid's trademark weirdness returns in The Phantom Pain photo
Video: Metal Gear Solid's trademark weirdness returns in The Phantom Pain
by Jordan Devore

Don't send a sheep back to Mother Base with the Fulton recovery system during a sandstorm -- that's my main takeaway from this Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain impressions video.

Max got to see the same extended presentation that Steven wrote about yesterday and if this game can come together into a cohesive whole, Kojima's going to have some real happy fans.

For now, I can't stop watching that trailer. Must've seen it six or seven times by now.

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Video: Wreck stuff with elephants in Far Cry 4 photo
Video: Wreck stuff with elephants in Far Cry 4
by Jordan Devore

Here's Max, describing Far Cry 4 in a way that's entirely fitting of Far Cry 4:

"When you're talking about a videogame, it's like 'Here are all the different mechanics that they've introduced for this game, it's coming to the following next-gen consoles...' You can ride a fucking elephant, and you can kill people with the fucking elephant. What do I have to say to you? I don't really know what to say about this. I'm very tired. It's hot and noisy here. Anyway, back to the actual details..."

Said details include grappling hooks, gyrocopters, mortars, chunks of meat, and other means with which to "liberate" outposts. And possibly yetis? One can only hope.

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Hello Games talks about No Man's Sky for 12 minutes and oh my God photo
Hello Games talks about No Man's Sky for 12 minutes and oh my God
by Jordan Devore

Hello Games' sci-fi exploration survival game No Man's Sky is looking and sounding as amazing and unbelievable as ever. Here's an in-depth conversation with founder Sean Murray at E3 2014 explaining what is and isn't possible within the procedurally-generated title.

"This isn't an ambient universe," he said. "This isn't something you just wander around and look at trees and breathe it in. There is danger everywhere. So the creatures are dangerous, the ecology. But more than that, in space, there are friends -- like the wingmen who fly besides you, the enemies who are attacking those freighters -- but in terms of gameplay systems, this is a universe and you make your own gameplay within that."

Those ships shown in the most recent trailer were AI-controlled, but the universe in No Man's Sky is shared. "You could encounter other players," Murray explained.

"The reality is the likelihood of that is tiny, basically. What we're dealing with is planet-sized planets -- so even just one planet, if a million of us played, we would still be really far apart." That said, "...there are elements where you will get crossover and interaction from other players, but that's not what this game is about ... We're the opposite of an MMO."

As high as expectations are, I have a feeling Hello Games will deliver, or come remarkably close.

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6:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Xbox exec: New Crackdown will be a showcase for evolution of cloud power

Microsoft's long sang the praises of the power of the cloud, especially with regard to Xbox One. One of the games announced yesterday during the Xbox press conference may be a shining example of what the cloud can do. Today,...

Brett Makedonski



I want to love The Division, but I just don't trust it yet photo
I want to love The Division, but I just don't trust it yet
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

This marks the second E3 we've seen Tom Clancy's The Division, an ambitious online open-world RPG that sees a players dealing with a disaster after society has fallen. This is also the second year in a row that we could not get our hands-on with the game.

Instead, Ubisoft played through a build for us. First they showed us what you all got to see during Ubisoft's press conference (video above). Then we got to see the same area, but during a nighttime setting. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity captures the liveliness of revolutionary Paris photo
Assassin's Creed Unity captures the liveliness of revolutionary Paris
by Brett Makedonski

Ubisoft took a bold step in opting to release Assassin's Creed Unity exclusively on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. With a fragmented userbase on consoles, publishers are mostly taking the predictable approach of launching games on last- and this-gen systems, obviously to maximize sales. Maybe the business-savvy (or at least conventional) logic backs this decision, but that's not what Ubisoft's doing with Assassin's Creed Unity.

By dedicating itself to developing solely on the most powerful platforms available, Ubisoft has opened the door to make the most involved and detailed Assassin's Creed title yet. That's a good thing because if our hands-off demo is any indication, Paris during the French Revolution has many stories to tell.

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Criterion's new IP is all about speed and multiple vehicles photo
Criterion's new IP is all about speed and multiple vehicles
by Alasdair Duncan

Criterion's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was one of my favorite games of the last console generation, so the news that the team is working on a brand new IP that goes beyond racing is really exciting.

At EA's press conference, very early alpha footage was shown of the still unnamed title that showed players using all kinds of vehicles from speedboats to helicopters in what looks to be a huge open-world, racing playground.

This could be really cool as some of the concept art we saw was neat, from jet skis flying down a water slide to a player diving from a crashing helicopter onto an ATV.

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Crackdown is coming back on Xbox One photo
Crackdown is coming back on Xbox One
by Kyle MacGregor

Crackdown is back, series director and Cloudgine co-founder Dave Jones revealed at Microsoft's E3 presser. A new title in the open world shooter franchise is targeting a 2015 launch on Xbox One.

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5:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Internal game jam helped make Sunset Overdrive not boring

E3 is next week and we're finally going to get our hands all over Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive. The latest episode of the Sunset TV show focuses on the early stages of the game, detailing how an internal game jam helped give...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 06.04.2014

uPlay bug blocking some people from playing Watch Dogs

A lot of people are having trouble watching dogs and it seems to have to do with redeeming uPlay content. After doing so, users on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One have been getting stuck on the title s...

Steven Hansen