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Crysis 3 just £4.99 on Origin (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Crysis 3 just £4.99 on Origin (PC)

Crysis 3Origin | £4.99
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Crysis 3 won't win any awards for storytelling, but it's graphically gorgeous and shows more ambition than its predecessor when it comes to level design and sneaky stealth suit shenanigans. The multiplayer community was practically deserted the last time I checked, a shame since Crytek UK (the Timesplitters guys!) really put in a shift here. Still, £4.99 is a great price, at least if you ask yourself one question.

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Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Deep Silver, Free Radical, Homefront

Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

From Free Radical to Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambusters

Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.

If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.

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Homefront: The Revolution reveals next-gen cooperative open world

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Deep Silver, FPS, Homefront: The Revolution, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

It's Always Gunny In Philadelphia

Crytek parted with a lot of money to grab Homefront in the THQ post-mortem auction, and clearly want to get some serious bang for their buck. Homefront: The Revolution seems set to be a bigger and more impressive game than the divisive original in practically every way, granting players an open-world city to rampage through with three friends. You'll fight the occupying North Korean forces with everything you can, from futuristic vehicles to improvised jury-rigged weapons.

Better yet, it's only coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that Crytek should be able to go all-out on the graphical side of things too.

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Ryse: Son Of Rome Review | My Kind Of Stupid

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son Of Rome Review | My Kind Of Stupid

Platform: Xbox One

Developer: Crytek

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Ryse isn't the sharpest pilum in the cohort. This is a game in which Boudica proudly rides an elephant through the streets of Rome, where legionnaires smack arrows out of the air with their swords, that recasts Greek myth Damocles as a Roman version of Candyman and assumes that barbarians spent their free time manufacturing vast quantities of explosive barrels. Out of what? Woad? Never mind all that, though, because this is also a game where every QTE is impossible to fail. It's pretty, stunning even, but oh so hilariously stupid.

I really like it.

Ryse: Son Of Rome Review | My Kind Of Stupid

See, though we weren't particularly kind to Ryse over the last few months (an understatement), there's something endearing about its single-minded determination to be neither big nor clever. It's short and dumb, unbelievably repetitious too, but utterly gorgeous and built around a combat system that works.

In fact, anyone who suggests that Ryse is a "button masher" or "plays itself" probably clattered through it on the lowest difficulty setting to deadline. Or, erm, made perfectly valid judgements based on that awful E3 reveal, using the evidence at hand. Let's clear that up.

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Crysis 3 on PS3 £9.85 at ShopTo

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Brendan Griffiths
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Crysis 3 on PS3 £9.85 at ShopTo

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At less than a tenner, now's a good time to start rounding up that FPS to-do list before you make your way towards next-gen. It's all about the stealth and bow and arrow attacks in Crysis 3. Sure, you can go loud and play it like all the other FPS games on the planet, but we promise you'll have more fun playing it like a stealthy ninja. There are some some fun hunter modes online too.

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Ryse: Son of Rome Hands-On Preview | Bloody, Brutal, Beautiful

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Crytek, Games previews, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son of Rome Hands-On Preview | Bloody, Brutal, Beautiful

Platforms: Xbox One

Developers: Crytek

Publishers: Microsoft Studios

I was not kind to Ryse: Son of Rome the first time around.

In my carefully titled Ryse: Son of Rome Preview Impressions piece, I lambasted Crytek's coming game for its heavy reliance on button-mashing and QTEs. This was coming out of Gamescom, mind, where we'd been privy only to a frenzied hack-and-slash co-op demo that I played through once with Carl by my side and then returned to slice my way through a day or two later with a bunch of strangers. Though I have a soft spot for games in this genre, I was left rather unimpressed.

After spending an hour or so getting to grips with the singleplayer component of the game last week at Microsoft's Xbox One showcase, however, let's say that my position has softened somewhat. We are not automatons, and so we get excited for and pass scorn on games just like anyone else. It would be remiss of me to suggest that I'd wandered into my session with Ryse with high hopes, it's important to note that. You never hope that a game is going to be bad, but from everything I'd seen and played, I was readying myself for a hatchet job.

But, to my pleasant surprise, I had a great time.

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Ryse: Son of Rome Interview | Design Director Patrick Esteves on Next-Gen Swords and Shields Combat

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Crytek, Games previews, hack and slash, Interviews, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Video interviews, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son of Rome Interview |  Design Director Patrick Esteves on Next-Gen Swords and Shields Combat

I was not kind to Ryse: Son of Rome coming out of Gamescom. Nothing I had seen of the game, nor the limited hands-on time I'd had with it, had given me much of a sense of excitement. Here was what looked like a QTE-stuffed slaughterfest with a rather basic combat system and a heavy emphasis on being cinematic -- an adjective that nearly always makes me groan.

That being said, I admitted towards the end of my rather ranty video that I'd probably end up playing it anyway because I'm a sucker for hack and slash titles, I love the setting, and the genre is so poorly represented much of the time that anything looking even remotely interesting deserves some kind of recognition.

And then I got hands-on with the singleplayer earlier in the week.

The preview is coming next week, and I won't be doing a full u-turn, but I will say this: I had fun. It's a game that I now rather want to play, in the same way that Viking: Battle For Asgard was a game that I wanted to play, and then greatly enjoyed. That doesn't mean Ryse is a good game, I can't make that assessment yet and my hands-on time answered precious few of my many questions, but it does mean that for certain fans of a certain subgenre, it's going to hold some appeal.

Of course, it helps that I had the chance to chat extensively with the design team. It's clear that the team have taken inspiration more from Rocksteady's Batman series than the God of War; the cinematography -- that is to say the manipulation of the camera to frame the action -- is simply superb; and I dig on the setting and the time period, even if the story does take a few historical liberties in terms of accuracy.

But we'll get to all of that. In the interim, here's my interview with design director Patrick Esteves, and he can tell you about the game in his own words.

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New Ryse Trailers Get Signal, Unleash Hell

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

New Ryse Trailers Get Signal, Unleash Hell

Ryse: Son Of Rome is a Roman game about Romans doing Roman things. Romans. Just in case you'd forgotten, here are two new trailers, one of which obsesses over weapons while the other takes the live-action route.

The Xbox One launch title is already causing equal amounts of hype and concern, both of which balance out into total apathy in Matt's recent impressions video.

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Ryse: Son of Rome Preview Impressions | God of Bored

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Crytek, Games previews, Gamescom 2013, Kinect, Microsoft, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Video Previews, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son of Rome Preview Impressions | God of Bored

The launch of the Xbox One is looming, and so we pause for a moment to take stock of a couple of Microsoft's launch offerings. First up? Ryse: Son of Rome. The first-person game that became a third-person game. The third-person game that became an Xbox One game. The Xbox One game that defied Kinect.

Well, sort of.

Ryse's journey has been one of constantly changing design focuses, conceptual rock jumping, and constant delays. It's finally arriving this November. But is it actually looking any good. We've been hands-on with a small portion of the game a couple of times since it was unveiled in its newest, QTE-stuffed form at E3 this year, and here are a few thoughts ahead of the game's next-gen release.

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Warface Review | Snoreface?

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Jonathan Lester
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Browser games, Crytek, F2P, FPS, Free to play, Games reviews, Gface, PC games, Warface

Warface Review | Snoreface?

Platform: PC (F2P, browser)

Developer: Crytek

Warface is a free to play military shooter, and that's perhaps the only interesting thing I can say about it.

It's a shooter. You can play it for free. It's a free to play shooter. Khaki-clad tough guys run and slide around some intimate maps, fragging each other for points and currency, forever. Sometimes the maps are grey, sometimes they're brown. Often they're both grey and brown, occasionally even throwing in a little green to blow our tiny minds. Now we're in a dusty middle-Eastern street. Oh look, a favela! Gosh, Crytek are really spoiling us with this nondescript rusty hangar full of anonymous gun-toting murderers.

Indeed, it's hard to shake the idea that we've played Warface a thousand times before, save that this CryEngine-powered shooter is actually playable in-browser without a client, spearheads a brand new social platform and includes fully-featured cooperative modes alongside traditional team-based multiplayer...

...ooh. Actually, that is quite interesting. Let's run with it.

Warface Review | Snoreface?

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Jon Plays Warface: "Slide To Destruction!"

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Jonathan Lester
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Jon Plays Warface: "Slide To Destruction!"

Our full Warface review is in the pipeline, but to tide you over, here's some video impressions of Crytek's free to play FPS in action. Though graphically very impressive for a browser game, don't expect anything remotely new or innovative. Or any colour. Also I need to learn how to edit videos properly.

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Warface Goes Live, Is Free, Has Interesting Name

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, F2P, FPS, PC games, Warface

Warface Goes Live, Is Free, Has Interesting Name

Warface. Warface. We're still not sold whether Crytek's F2P shooter has a brilliant or terrible name, but it's most certainly fun to say. Regardless, it's also now live in the UK, Europe and United States, meaning that you can sign up and play for free here. It was shaping up to be shiny and solid if very generic, and is doubly notable for running in-browser thanks to the new Gface platform. Which will hopefully work properly, at least after any inevitable launch issues are sorted.

We've got a launch trailer below. Interested?

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Ryse Under Fire For Callous Crunch Time Tweet

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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#RyseFacts, Crunch Time, Crytek, Development, Ryse, Tweet, Xbox One Games

Ryse Under Fire For Callous Crunch Time Tweet

Developers Ate "More Than 11,500 Dinners" At Work

Ryse and #RyseFacts are making headlines right now, but for entirely the wrong reasons. A seemingly callous tweet about the stressful pre-launch 'crunch' period and the enormous amount of overtime involved has lead to Crytek taking fire from all corners of the industry.

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Crysis 3 | £7.49 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Crysis 3 | £7.49 (With Code) | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Ryse Runs At 900p, But 'Looks Amazing' When Upscaled

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Jonathan Lester
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Ryse Runs At 900p, But 'Looks Amazing' When Upscaled

Xbox One launch titles seem to be a favouring a bizarre range of resolutions. Ryse: Son Of Rome has now slotted in between Killer Instinct's 720p target and Forza 5's native 1080p, rolling out with a 900p internal resolution that's upscaled by Microsoft's hardware.

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Ryse: Son Of Rome Videos Show Gory Executions

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son Of Rome Videos Show Gory Executions

Ryse: Son Of Rome is all about slaughtering the enemies of the empire with extreme prejudice, often using gory QTE-assisted executions. Three of which you can watch below thanks to a new sequence of videos for the Xbox One launch title.

It's out on... who'd have guessed it... November 22nd. We hope that it pleasantly surprises us following a less-than-thrilling reveal.

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Ryse: Son Of Rome Video Explores Combat

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Developer diary, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son Of Rome Video Explores Combat

Ryse: Son Of Rome seemed to be heavily-dependent on QTEs during the initial gameplay reveal back in May, but Crytek are keen to assure gamers that there's more to combat than button mashing. This new video delves into the brutal swordplay we can expect in the Xbox One launch title.

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Timesplitters Rewind Fan Project 'Pretty Confident' About PS4 Release

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Free Radical, Mods, PC games, PS4 games, Timesplitters, Timesplitters Rewind

Timesplitters Rewind Fan Project 'Pretty Confident' About PS4 Release

Timesplitters Rewind, the unofficial fan-made collection of remade Timesplitters multiplayer maps, may release on PS4 if Crytek give it the green light. The project already has their official endorsement on PC, so it's not beyond the realms of possibility.

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Ryse: Son Of Rome Vidoc Shows Off Lavish Motion Capture

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Dev Diary, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son Of Rome Vidoc Shows Off Lavish Motion Capture

Crytek have released a 'making of' video that shows the painstaking motion capture behind Ryse: Son Of Rome. The brutal hack & slasher has been pilloried following a lacklustre E3 debut, but Crytek has assured players that the full game will be deep as well as visceral.

Ryse: Son Of Rome will be an Xbox One launch exclusive.

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Crytek: Ryse E3 Demo Was Over-Simplified

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Jonathan Lester
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Crytek, Microsoft Studios, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Crytek: Ryse E3 Demo Was Over-Simplified

"We Didn't Do A Good Job" Of Explaining It

Ryse: Son Of Rome managed to raise a few eyebrows during Microsoft's E3 press conference, but for all the wrong reasons. Its gameplay demo resembled a QTE-laden derivative slog, but Crytek reckons that the finished article will be much more nuanced and complex.

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