Kirby celebrates 17th birthday

Monday, 27 April 2009 21:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Nintendo’s Kirby is 17 years old today. The bouncy pink blob made its first appearance in in Japan on April 27, 1992 with Hoshi no Kirby, which released later in the West as Kirby’s Dream Land. Happy Birthday, you daft, weirdy thing.

Celebrate by looking at this GameGirl post of Kirby colouring pages, Kirby cakes and other Kirby “woman” things.

What happened to that Kirby rolling tech demo on GameCube? It still hurts, Nintendo. It still hurts.


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  1. Gekidami

    I prefer Kirby to Mario, better games, more interesting character. Shame Kirby Adventure died with the NGC, i’m surprised Nintendo havnt ported, and continued it on Wii yet.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    The Kirby Game Boy Color thing with the motion sensor was the first Japanese import I ever bought. I’ve still got it.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Mike

    Any good? Never played it.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Tilt ‘n’ Tumble, it was called. Yeah, it was awesome. You could flick the GBC up towards you and Kirby jumped. I thought it was amazing.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mike


    #5 6 years ago
  6. SticKboy

    It looks like a paedophile.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Mike


    #7 6 years ago
  8. Spiral

    My favourite character from games I’ve never played. I probably love Kirby more than any man should love a small pink round thingy.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Hunam

    Kirbys Pinball Land was amazing, also rock hard, spent many a car journey playing that.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Power Paint Brush it pretty hard at points, took me many retries to clear it. Otherwise the only real beef i have with the bog-standard platformer Kirby games is that they’re always alittle to easy and on the short side, mainly they rely on collecting hidden items to extend their life and i find that lame.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Kirby > Mario.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Hero of Canton

    Kirby’s probably a better character than Mario but anyone who thinks his games are better is a bit mental, really.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Never underestimate quite how much I hate Mario.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Kirby games tend to offer alot more variety then Mario when it comes to the actual platformers i’d take Mouse Attack over New Super Mario Bros any day, like i said; the only point were they fail unlike Mario games is in lenght and difficulty.
    Though its pretty obvious Nintendo put alot more effort in doing Mario stuff to.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Hero of Canton

    I’d say Super Mario Galaxy has more variety than just about any platformer ever made. Super Mario World is more inventive than just about every Kirby game, too. NSMB’s a bit of a poor comparison because it’s a straight remake.

    #15 6 years ago

    Mario > all other platformers.


    #16 6 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    Super Mario World’s my favourite game of all time. I’ve never played anything else like it.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    I wouldnt say Super Mario World was more inventive it was still a very straight forward platformer; a high quality platformer but still pretty much just a bigger, nicer looking Mario game consisting mainly of just jumping on and over stuff, i find the whole absorption, and mix of powers in Kirby offers alot more variety and gameplay options, though like i said; lack of lenght and difficulty sort of puts a dampener on it.
    As for Galaxy, well when i said platformers i wasnt actually thinking of the full 3D stuff simpley because theres never been a Kirby one and i havnt played Galaxy, actually there hasnt been a home console version of a Kirby game in nearly 10 years. Again i’m putting that down to a lack of effort on Nintendos part.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Hero of Canton

    You’ve not played Super Mario World, have you? It’s SO not ‘just jumping on and over stuff’.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Hero of Canton

    Pat, wouldn’t you kill for a New Super Mario World on DS? Or on Wii, even? A 2D remake with fancy new graphics and new levels and stuff? It’s an open goal which Nintendo continues to miss.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    Canton – I’m not sure it can ever happen. I mean, they could make it, obviously, but I don’t know how they could ever live up to it. The level design in that game is just perfect, as is the overall structure. I’d be terrified they’d come back in the same way they did with Super Mario Bros and add “stuff” to create a diluted experience overall.

    I don’t think they can do a sequel justice.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Shatner

    There’s a lot to criticise in Super Mario Galaxy – assuming you’re objective and not overlooking issues purely on the basis that it’s a Mario game or a core Nintendo IP.

    The underwater camera is absolutely atrocious and there’s good old ‘invisible walls’ used throughout the game – which is a bit of an archaic method of controlling player restrictions. The inconsistency of the gravity rules is a big no-no. Sometimes you drop through a hole to your death, sometimes you drop through a hole to the other side of the planetoid. How do you know beforehand? You don’t! The way the changing perspective changes the controls introduces unwelcome challenge also – I recall going for a star at the top of an icy mountain area and you’re forced to navigate a treacherous and narrow trail leading to the peak – precision control is required but being forced to jump around a corner and re-map your controls as the camera shifts around that corner so as not to jump away from the mountain is just poor design. Any gameplay that introduces challenge as a result of unhelpful controls is making a fundamental error. Challenge should be drawn from gameplay, not controls. This is harder to ignore on a console that is sold on its control scheme!

    What I miss in the 3D Mario games and what was one of the defining characteristics of the 2D Mario games was the absolute control you had over the character. In the 2D games you could land on the very pixel you intended to from an impossibly long jump with perfect precision. You simply don’t have that control or confidence in the 3D games. The evolution the player has in truly mastering the character movement that was so joyous in those early games is gone.

    It’s still a fine platformer, just not a patch on the 2D stuff like Super Mario World or the sublime Yoshi’s Island.

    Kirby’s alright too. I really enjoyed the recent DS game. One of the very few games I was compelled to get 100% on each level of.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Patrick Garratt

    Shatner – I didn’t finish Galaxy. I swore I’d go back, and never did. The 3D Marios lack the purity of the 2D games, in my opinion. Was the same for me with Mario 64. I “got it,” but I was never sucked in anywhere near as hard as I was with the NES and SNES games.

    And yes, I do think it’s the character control that’s the defining factor. You can be so good at the 2D games because of the in-air inertia, etc. The camera can cheat you in 3D.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Shatner

    When I beat the core game in Galaxy I lost all the compulsion to go back and get the hidden stuff. In fact, there’s not been a 3D Mario that I’ve wanted to do the 100% thing on.

    I recall loving finding all 96 worlds in Super Mario World on SNES and I was obsessed with Yoshi’s Island when it came out. I spent a solid week thrashing it and getting a score of 100 on every single level. Yoshi’s Island is probably my favourite Nintendo platformer. Those monkeys were so brilliantly drawn and animated! :D

    I dunno why I’m not drawn into the 3D Marios gamesin the same way. I think it’s possible that there used to be a very large quality gap between 2D Mario games and all other platformers. These days, the unreachable levels of game design perfection that defined Nintendo are not quite so unreachable for others. As such, when Nintendo aren’t firing on all cylinders their stuff isn’t that much better than the best the other boys have been able to produce. Nintendo spent years showing everyone how it should be done and a lot of people took notice.

    Speaking of 100%-ing games. I just did that to Ocarina of Time and immediately went on to play Phantom Hourglass on DS to completion too.

    Not sure what to play next… ..any suggestions (Not Zelda though)?

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    Canton’s your man for suggestions, I think. I’m playing Far Cry 2 in between not sleeping and typing all the time.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Shatner

    Ah well. I guess I’ll just play the ‘criticise-the-web-journalist’ game. That one never gets old. The mid-boss could be tougher though. And someone needs to tighten up the graphics on level 3.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Blerk

    I’m glad you could manage to pixel-perfect jump in 2D Mario games. Mario’s overblown “on rollerskates” inertia always made me want smash stuff. Specifically Super Nintendo joypad-shaped stuff.

    I thought the general consensus these days was that Super Mario 3 was actually a better game than Super Mario World? I’m not exactly what you’d call an expert, though.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Patrick Garratt


    #28 6 years ago
  29. Hero of Canton

    Depends what you’re into, Shatner – and which console you’d like to play something on. I do play an unfeasible amount of games, which is probably why I never get any good at any of them. Apart from Ouendan, perhaps.

    I agree that the 3D Mario games lack the purity of the 2D ones – that’s the nature of the move into 3D, I guess. I don’t think it’s possible to have that degree of precision in a platformer any more, but I don’t personally see that as too much of an issue. I never feel that I’m not in control of Mario in the 3D games, and to me they’re just as much fun. And Galaxy in particular is boundlessly inventive.

    The underwater camera IS crap, though.

    So you liked Phantom Hourglass, then?

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Patrick Garratt

    Blerk – SMB3 is an amazing game. SMW was just a whole new level though, in my opinion. You could argue that The Lost Levels are the pinnacle of the whole 2D Mario “thing” thanks to the difficulty level, but Mario World really nailed it for me.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. deftangel

    I never got the SM3 being better than Super Mario World thing. I played it when the All Stars pack came out and never finished it. Still haven’t finished Galaxy to that effect either.

    On the other hand went through all 96 levels on Mario World at least twice if memory serves and would again probably given half the chance. Wasn’t there a GBA port / remake that came out?

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Shatner

    HoC – Yeah, Phantom Hourglass grew on me. I played it at launch but re-doing the Ocean Temple levels again and again really sucked the fun out and I lost interest in the entire game just after I beat the Ghost Ship bosses in that ethereal ping-pong match.

    I re-started the entire thing a week or so back and really thrashed it and spent a lot of time perfecting my Ocean Temple runs to ensure I had maximum time left over. I think I got to the final boss with something like 18 minutes left on the clock. :)

    It certainly was a well produced game and I’m more open to Spirit Tracks than I was when it was first announced. I do tire of the whole “trekking” aspect of recent Zelda games though. Sailing/Riding etc.

    I’ve got a lot of games for all systems but I think I want something a bit punchier than the pace of a Zelda game seeing as I’ve just done two of them back-to-back. Dead Space seems a likely candidate.

    #32 6 years ago

    I’ve probably finished SMB3 more than 50 times (NES and All Stars). I can do it in less than about 14 minutes, but it’s fun to go through the whole thing too.

    Did SMW loads of times as well. They’re both top games in their own right.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Patrick Garratt

    I really need to play Dead Space. I don’t know a single person that hasn’t wholeheartedly recommended it.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Hero of Canton

    Heh. I think Dead Space is one of those games that took everyone by surprise and perhaps got higher marks than it deserved. It looks and sounds amazing, and the scares are effective for the first hour or two but it’s definitely no more than an 8/10 for me. Worth picking up at what’s almost certainly a knock-down price these days, mind.

    Are you averse to Japanese action-RPGs at all, Shatner? Because if you’re not, I’d recommend The World Ends With You, which is, for my money, one of the top three games on the DS.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Blerk

    I’m on the ‘must pick up Dead Space’ list too.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. absolutezero

    Im the freak that never got on with Dead Space. I thought it was fucking boring, leaden and horribly predictable.

    Its best asset is its HUD and the delivery of game information, other than that its ideas are all stolen from other games.

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Shatner

    HoC, I’ve had a stab at TWEWY and, in spite of its lush production values, it didn’t particularly grab me at the time. Its combat seemed a little wonky from what I saw of it and the gameplay felt very protracted and drawn out. I reckon I’m more likely to spend time on “Prinny: Can I Be The Hero” for my next action rpg handheld game.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Mike

    Re SMG: I never went back to it either. Shame, it just didn’t grab me like Sunshine, which is strange.

    Also, SMW is probably the best game ever made. So I agree about how damn awesome it is.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Blerk

    I don’t like SMW. I can see why other people like it, but I don’t. I always preferred the original Sonic. And I don’t care if you call me a freak.

    SMG I played for about four hours or so and then put it down and never went back to it through sheer apathy. The crappy camera and wonky controls didn’t help, but I could’ve probably put up with them if the game itself wasn’t so…. irritating.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. Mike


    Although again, SMG I totally agree. Wasn’t worth the highscores it got, I thought. 7-8/10, imo.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. absolutezero

    I think people would have got on with SMG alot more if it was’nt such a chore to play. Dumping you back on at the hub every single time you got a Star just got tiring. Even if you stumble on a secret Star you get sent back and have to go do the one that you were meant to do again.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Hero of Canton

    @Shatner – Prinny’s more of a platformer. And a rock-hard one at that. And not in a good way. It’s very much an acquired taste – some will love it, the vast majority will find it unduly frustrating. I don’t suppose you’ve played the surprisingly great Henry Hatsworth yet, have you?

    Also: you lot are mental. SMG ‘a chore’? Fucking hell. :)

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Shatner

    HoC, I had my eye on Hatsworth for about the last 4 months or whenever the first trailer got shown. I’ve played it a fair bit and it’s a nice effort and the theme is charming. But it suffers from trying to be two games at once at the detriment of both. It’s an OK platformer and an OK puzzler with very nice production values. The flow of the game is constantly interrupted by the other game, however and I don’t think that really works. Which is a shame, I salute EA in the effort but the end result is prettier than it is fun.

    #44 6 years ago

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    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]