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Analyst: PS3 continues to lack a clear ‘must-own’ title that will drive sales

Friday, 23 January 2009 16:52 GMT By Mike

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Cowen analyst Doug Creutz says he has lowered his expectation to toward PlayStation 3 for the year ahead as he doesn’t believe the console has any bona fide system sellers.

“Although there appears to be a reasonably robust slate of games for the PlayStation 3 this year, Sony continues to lack a clear ‘must-own’ title that will drive sales, while its platform continues to be the most expensive in the market in the midst of a consumer slowdown,” he said.

“Meanwhile, highly publicized platform initiatives such as Home have failed to get off the ground.”

His overall assessment of 2008 was just as damning saying: “Following another year in which PS3 unit sales lagged behind the Wii and Xbox 360, it is now clear that Sony has failed to establish the PS3 as the console of choice among hardcore gamers this cycle.”

Creutz now expects PlayStation 3 to sell 4 million units in 2009, compared to his previous forecast of 6.25.

Read the public resaerch note in full at Gama.

By Mike Bowden

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35 Comments

  1. Syrok

    Pfff, LBP is a clear must own title for anyone who likes fun.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. doctorstrange

    LBP is awesome but it lacks the mass market appeal that Killzone 2 should have

    #2 6 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    The PS3 is so doomed it’s the doomed king of the doomed consoles in the land of console doomsville

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gamoc

    No, it’s not.

    I think the PS3 has plenty of must-own titles. I don’t particularly think the 360 does though. Difference of opinion. I like Crackdown, but I sure as well won’t buy a 360 for it.

    So, why the hell do these ‘analysts’ continue to get articles about whatever the hell they say all over the internet? Not only is it just opinion in the first place, their opinion changes on a weekly basis to fit with whatever everyone else is saying before they say it.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mad-elph

    I just can’t see how Halo is a must own, or Gears… played them and they are nothing that I think about. The best game of 07 was Cod 4 – multi plat, 08 is hard to call, because there were a bunch of good titles, most of which were PS3 not all of them. If people are looking for a game that reaches through the tv and rapes your eyeballs with golden nails then ships you to Tahiti for a weekend then no… the PS 3 doesnt have it but neither does any other console.

    Look at the Wii are any of those must have games? No they aren’t they are just games someone played in a media meet and greet and it got al puffed up on CNN or BBC or whatever and people think they need to have it. It’s like the ipod all over again… Many can go the job, some even better, but people remember the words told to them last night at 11.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Syrok

    Actually no game is a must-own title and there is not a single game that justifies buying a console. It’s the number of good titles that sell consoles (unless the console is a Wii;)).

    Edit: Hey, I just repeated what Mad-elph said. o/

    #6 6 years ago
  7. DS1086

    What do you call a man with a spade in his head who talks crap all day?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. JesteR

    Yeah LBP, MGS4, Resistance 2, Uncharted or Killzone 2…… they are all just great titles. I think you should ask what titles does the 360 have that is a must have. I dont see any really.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. hitnrun

    Few observations.

    1) Saying LBP or MGS4 are must-own doesn’t make it so, nor does saying Gears or Halo are NOT make that so. Wallets, not words, wins this argument.

    2) Can we stop linking to “analyst” reports? According to analysts, there was going to be a furious battle between the Wii and 360…for second place. They’ve been wrong about each system in uniquely magnificent ways, like snowflakes. They’re just non-gaming Wall Streeters trying to con investors into subscribing to their services.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mad-elph

    -DS1086

    DS1086?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Mad-elph

    hitrun, the only reason more people bought Gears or Halo is because they don’t have the PS3. I mean if you can’t play it you don’t buy it. But I would wager that a good chunk of 360 users will get a PS3 when the price comes down a hundred. likewise PS3 users will get the 360 in a year or two when they feel that enough games have been released that they missed to justify having both systems.

    Its just painful that people keep saying the PS is failing and it will get cut early like the dreamcast. Don’t count on it, Sony says 10 years because they’ve structured their business to gain from it for that long. If they cut it early they’ve lost all that investment. As long as people keep buying they will support it and new games will keep coming so stop saying its the end of the PS brand.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    I think you should ask what titles does the 360 have that is a must have. I dont see any really.

    Even though I don’t personally consider it to be a killer app, any analyst will tell you that Halo 3 shifted millions of 360′s on it’s own.

    But anyway, I believe the main point here is that the PS3 doesn’t have any undisputed “must have” killer app.

    The proof of this is in the sales figures. Which PS3 exclusive has broken any sales records? People are saying LBP is a must have, but the figures totally contradict that.

    It could be the case that the 360 doesn’t have a “must have” either, but there are other factors such as the price and the popularity of Xbox LIVE that are selling consoles, as well as many more games than are currently being sold on the PS3.

    So the best way for Sony to counter that and convince people to pay the high price of the PS3 is with a killer app, which currently doesn’t exist.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Mad-elph

    Then again I am speaking to a UK crowd that is 360 biased (in terms of sales/users not implying mindset but that is linked) so 360 is the big system there. Worldwide the 360 is 7-8 million ahead of PS3, with a year head start and half the price. That gap will be down to 3-5 by the end of this year, I bet it. They will drop the price a bit this year and get back all that difference in two years. I bet in the end more PS3 will be sold than 360, just not in every market, some markets will be 360 heavy others PS3 heavy.

    Look at Japan its 3-1 PS3 to 360. While its the reverse in NA (maybe closer to 2-1) Wait 5 years then we’ll see.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Mad-elph

    Not everyone is swayed by Live, it isn’t that much better than PSN especially not worth the difference in price. I mean $50 vs. free?

    #14 6 years ago
  15. The_Deleted

    People are too lazy for LBP. As great as it is and the potential it has. If SONY continue to delete a users hardwork because it has a passing resemblence to some obscure IP, people will not bother until it’s dealt with. By then, we’ll be wrapped up in other things.

    DLC: Unless SONY start to throw their weight around and demand the same or alternate DLC for multi platform games such as GTA IV or Fallout 3, people will opt for the other console that can offer tham more. People spend a lot oftime in DC and Liberty City, missing out on the extra play time does not make for a happy PS3 owner.

    I don’t think for one instance that the PS3 is the lame duck it’s being touted as, having to live up to the phenominal success of the last two consoles will be no easy task. But SONY need to realise that fanboys alone will not make for a success and just because you ruled the last gen does not dictate you will always conitinue to do so.
    Killzone 2 & God of War 3 may encourage sales briefly, but there is no way, given the economical climate, that these games will be the killer app’s SONYhopes they will be.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Mad-elph – Unless Sony drops the price, the difference is going to increase, not decrease.

    The question is, can they afford to? Can they afford not to either?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Syrok

    @The_Deleted: Your long-term memory regarding the level deletion is good, however you might want to check whether they still reflect the truth. ;)

    #17 6 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Lets look at the sales Figures of Halo 3 and Gears of war.
    Going by those numbers alone, the 360 has it’s killer apps.
    (understand I’m not a huge Halo or gears fan either)

    I think it’s kind of stupid to make that statement though.
    LBP is a great title, if I had a PS3, I’d own it
    MGS4 is a killer app, it’s sold very well.
    The upcoming GTA5 will be a killer app.
    God of War 3 will be a killer app
    Plus, we haven’t seen the sales yet of Killzone 2 and that
    crackdown like title for the PS3 looks really interesting.

    I predict that while the PS3 may eventually sell alot more units and catch up the 360, the 360 will still sell more games.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Robo_1

    I’m actually inclined to agree. Sony have never really had a title like Mario or Halo which really rallies the entire fan base.

    By no measure should that be misinterpreted as ‘Sony has no stand out games’. There’s no need to name names, just look over Metacritic and you can see that Sony is well represented in the 80 and 90 + zone.

    Sony have always gone for a more scattershot approach, ensuring that they’re well represented in all genres, from the casual to the hardcore market. It’s one of the reasons why the PS2 was so popular, in that it never tied itself to any one demographic or genre. None of the current gen consoles have really filled the void left by the PS2.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. dQuarters

    PS3 is simply too expensive. That is all. If it were cheaper, many more people would own games lie LBP, R2 and Uncharted.

    Not a fan of Halo myself, but it’s got undisputed mass market appeal, and pushed a crap-load of hardware AND XBL gold accounts. When a “gamer” is faced with the decision of which “gaming” comsole to buy, it is clear their wallet screams 360 (as it did when GTAIV came out).
    And when parents make the decision, it’s clear they choose Wii.

    PS3 seems to only scream to the “harcore” Sony or High-Tech fan. And that is obviously not good enough.

    It’s not the software’s fault. It’s the console’s. Are we gonna call “Wii Play” a killer app now?

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    Wii Play isn’t. Wii Sports is.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. DS1086

    - Mad-elph

    As all your teachers used to say, wrong again, thicko.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. XDamage

    Bullshit. PS3 has lots of must-own titles, but it doesn’t drive sales anyway. Nice work MS!! :D

    #23 6 years ago
  24. The_Deleted

    @Syrok: Cheers for the correction. Good to know they’ve sorted it it out. Might pick up the game myself, now.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Syrok

    You can get it new for less then €20 now. :)

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Gamoc

    http://www.play.com/Games/PlayStation3/3-/254484/2-/Promo.html

    Play.com. LBP. £17.99. Get it before the weekend ends.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. DS1086

    Beaten by 3p

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-LittleBigPlanet-PS3/dp/B0019CGTXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1232799141&sr=8-1

    #27 6 years ago
  28. gorman

    ***But I would wager that a good chunk of 360 users will get a PS3 when the price comes down a hundred. likewise PS3 users will get the 360 in a year or two when they feel that enough games have been released that they missed to justify having both systems.***

    “A good chunk”? Multiconsole owners are a total minority on the market, all reports prove this. If you think PS3 will become popular on this, I’m afraid you’re gonna be disappointed.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Retroid

    Yeah, multiformat owners have always been a minority, but it’s the kind of minority which hangs around sites like this and EG :)

    I’ve owned my PS3 for a year now and still buy most of my multiformat games on 360 because they’re usually better, usually cheaper, and there’s the Live community of friends I’ve built up to factor in.

    Seeing as multiconsole owners are a minority, though, the longer Sony puts off a pricecut and MS 360s are cheap, and discounted in stores, the more likely it is that a lot of those new buyers aren’t going to bother with the more expensive format.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Esha

    I’m going to go with a strange concept here, so please bear with me until I’m done? Thanks.

    Okay, first of all–I think that this is the biggest arse-expelled fallacy I’ve heard in a long time. Consider the concept of a killer game (similar to a killer app), a console selling game, or a console defining game.

    The PC has none of the above, yet people have been building gaming computers since the dawn of time. Why?

    It’s because this is all very bloody subjective.

    If a game scores well and it’s popular, then it can subjectively be considered to be:

    - A console-defining title.
    - A killer game.
    - A must own title to buy the console for.

    But this is only realised by the people looking at the game. As an example of this, I cite Gears of War.

    Speaking of personal opinion (which anyone may consider as invalid as they like), I think Gears of War is boring. Even the first one retreads ground that had been covered before by better PC games. The only thing it did was put the characters in third person instead of first … such innovation!

    Yet Gears of War to some people is a triple-A game, a fantastic title, the gem of their collection–I simply can’t understand why.

    For me, LittleBigPlanet is the gaming equivalent of a killer app, but if I introduced it to a Gears fan the most I’d get out of them would probably be “lol wut?”, they just wouldn’t understand what I saw in cute little characters jumping around a screen.

    Yet analysts speak of opinion as if it were objective fact, and that gets on my tit, because there can be no killer game for a format, objectively speaking. This can only be decided by those looking at the console to decide what the killer game would be for them.

    As a PC gamer, this is amazingly obvious to me, because every PC gamer should understand this concept due to the wide variety of genres that the PC has available. Some might consider World of Goo a more epic title than FEAR 2, but all of the good games it has are a potential excuse to build a gaming PC.

    I just facepalm every time an analyst says something like this, and I would have done the same if he’d said it about the X-Box or the PC, too. Trying to present a subjective opinion as objective information is complete bollocks, and makes the person doing so look like a total pillock.

    in my opinion, at least.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. No_PUDding

    I think the point is, the PS3 does not have any must-have titles at the moemnt.

    Killzone is gonna be a big seller all over Europe for sure, who knows about America.

    God of War is a big seller in America.

    Twisted metal is still to come.

    GT5 is huge everywhere.

    Team ICO really has garnered some attention outside of the industry.

    There is plenty to ‘look forward to’.

    But the analyst is totally right, it has plenty of great games, just not one that suits it’s market, or has been advertised sufficiently to make it defining.

    Dunno if KZ2 will change that.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Retroid

    It’s always about the critical mass of games, not the single Killer App for me.

    Oh, and I really liked both Gears of War and the beta of Little Big Planet :)

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Esha

    More power to you, I was really only using that as an example. If it were the other way around I’d have used Fable II and Motorstorm.

    I suppose Gears just felt old to me where it felt new to most people, I’m a grizzled PC gamer so something has to be especially new and innovative to catch my eyes, retreading old ground doesn’t really do it for me.

    I feel like such an old fart.

    Anyway, I’m inclined to agree with you, Retroid. It’s a good idea to look at a console/PC and build up a potential library of games one would love to own and then pick one based on whichever has the most games that they like.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. No_PUDding

    Well you are a core gamer.

    For people on the street, they have to see the advertisement for ‘that’ game.

    Then they start saving up, and other great games are a good way of justifying the purchase. If they spot them too.

    For me on the 360, the ones that appeal are Earth Defense Force and Crackdown. I don’t play PC games anymore and there really is nothing else I WANT to own.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Esha

    The crying shame of the PC is that it has such a fantastic undercurrent of indie development, and one doesn’t even need to have a high-end computer to enjoy it.

    http://www.tigsource.com/ – Everything listed there is reason enough for me to own a PC laptop and play games on it, because there’s a hell of a lot enjoyment to be had. I’ve pointed out before that (the freeware) Knytt Stories is one of the best gaming experiences I’ve had, and due to the quick development cycles there’s always something to play, every day in fact.

    I’m currently having a love affair Spelunky, for example. That’s a grand little game.

    I understand though that not everyone’s into the core element and that more casual gamers today are going to get caught up in the more mainstream commercial element of gaming, which is very different to how core gamers look at things, as you pointed out. It’s my opinion that a good game doesn’t need a single ad, word of mouth will do it all.

    That’s how it was for Aquaria, World of Goo, King’s Bounty, and Crayon Physics (which are all indie efforts that actually do cost money).

    #35 6 years ago

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  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]