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Analyst: Wii bubble “deflating,” PS3 to dominate this holiday season

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 02:55 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Speaking with Gamasutra, Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz turned his crystal ball on the upcoming holiday scuffle between Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. The bottom line? If you’re a game publisher placing your bets, move your Nintendo money into the PS3′s corner.

According to Creutz, Wii gamers are holding off on game purchases this year – at least, in comparison to last year. Thus, he concluded, core games will keep publishers’ stockings stuffed this winter, while “the Wii bubble could be deflating.”

“While we believe the Wii is likely to be a drag on overall software sales through the holiday, the impact should be limited to those publishers which have invested significantly in Wii development, with the biggest negative impact likely to be felt by Electronic Arts, which (unwisely in our view) heavily invested in Wii development for [calendar 2009],” he added.

The PS3′s fortunes, said Creutz, are also turning around. But in a good way. According to a survey he conducted, 21 percent of respondents plan to purchase a PS3. The Xbox 360, meanwhile, only claimed 12 percent of purchase intent. Granted, the Wii’s holding strong with 26 percent, but that’s still a far cry from the prior two holiday seasons’ almost perpetually barren Wii shelf spaces.

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33 Comments

  1. NoxNoctisUmbra

    PS3 will dominate from this point on.. untill Xbox 3 comes out in late 2010 or 2011.. then PS4… its never ending cycle.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. perk1n

    well, I would say at least in europe.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. bugmenot

    These analysts don’t really have a clue what they’re talking about, otherwise they’d be able to get a real job. Just a reminder as to what all analysts predicted in regard to the DS, and many other examples.

    Why VG247 still features them is a mystery. Maybe so that we can all laugh about their predictions.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Armitage

    All depends on how big the Wii bubble is. How big is it? In diameter, let’s say. 2.4 miles? 24 miles? Who knows? Nobody. That’s who. And until someone brave enough goes out there, and actually measures the bloody thing, nobody will ever know.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. NoxNoctisUmbra

    It also does not matter how many Wii consoles will be sold.. it matters how many real GAMERS buy them.. casual crowds like lil kids and wii fit women dont count…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. JPickford

    How does the PS3′s 21% ‘dominate’ the Wii’s 26%?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Armitage

    All depends on the size of the respective bubbles, you see.

    Big bubbles. Small bubbles. Huge bubbles.

    Think about that.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Dannybuoy

    Mmm, bubbles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGo6mxQaUM

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor

    Here’s an interesting read for all the Wii haters. Give it a look.

    http://blueplz.blogspot.com/2009/11/blame-game-who-is-responsible-for-wiis.html

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hero of Canton

    Cheers for the link, MO’C – a very interesting read. Do you know the person who wrote it?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    Yes I do. His name is TotalBiscuit. He runs WoW Radio.

    Very smart guy, and pretty hardcore about his beliefs. Unlike most people on the internet though, he has the objective critical thinking and research to back up his strong opinions.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Mike

    I disagree with him completely. In fact, that comment at the end of the article speaks a lot more sense, imo.

    Also, it’s pretty poorly written. Grammar and syntax all over the shop. :)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Michael O’Connor

    You don’t need to be the next Shakespeare to make a critical observation and present it, Mike. In fact, “casual” writing, writing that is intended to sound more natural instead of “correct”, is a form of writing I completely support.

    It’s a blog, not the BBC News site.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Hero of Canton

    I don’t think it’s poorly written at all. I’ve seen far worse on so-called ‘professional’ sites. And I think both he and the guy commenting both have a point.

    The problem with the comment is that it doesn’t discuss the Wii games which aren’t merely inferior ports of HD games. Dead Space Extraction certainly isn’t. Just because it’s a guided first-person experience (for once the PR blurb is right, it’s no mere ‘rail shooter’) doesn’t mean it’s a poor man’s Dead Space. And then you’ve got the third-party Wii exclusives (Little King’s Story, HOTD: Overkill) which haven’t sold well and don’t have an equivalent on the HD consoles. The idea of platform bias isn’t so far from the truth, though I imagine a lot of it is down to gamers struggling to go back to SD once they’ve experienced hi-def.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Mike

    I think it’s difficult to come across as an authority on a subject if something’s poorly written. It leaves credibility cracks.

    Anyway, the smilie at the end of my comment about grammar implies I wasn’t being 100% serious. However, the first bit I meant; the comment at the end is far more succint and pretty much buries any argument he makes, imo.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    I have to say that the first comment through that link by Hirvox talks more to me then whats actually written in the article.
    Dead Space Extraction is a poor example of ‘core games’ not selling well on Wii mainly because its a genre thats dosnt appeal to people any more, if anything is a good example of how games pretty much get toned down to fit the Wii more then anything else. Its also a prequel to a 360/PS3/PC only game. Seriously, how anyone could have expected it to do well on Wii makes no sense.
    And he also counts Metroid Prime Collection as one of those 4 high rating exclusive games according to Metacritics. Thats not really quite right.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Mike

    If we’re on the subject of good blog articles about gaming, have this one: http://www.pixelpoppers.com/2009/11/awesome-by-proxy-addicted-to-fake.html

    Not how small the paragraphs are – clear, precise, succint. :P

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Hero of Canton

    Gekidami, if that genre doesn’t appeal to people any more, how do you explain the success of Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles and Link’s Crossbow Training?

    The comment doesn’t ‘bury any argument he makes’ because while it makes a very valid point in some cases, it doesn’t wash for all the Wii exclusives which have sold poorly.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    They both have ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Zelda’ attached to them.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Blerk

    The Wii will absolutely kick the tits off of the other two again. There is no other possible outcome.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Hero of Canton

    I don’t think it will. I think if it does win, it’ll be a close-run thing. This is Sony’s Christmas.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Blerk

    I think Sony’s fortunes will be much improved, and they may even edge Microsoft out in the US (Japan and Europe are almost certainly already sewn up). But the Wii? Nah. It won’t be like the previous years, but they’re still pretty safe for the top two spots.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. deftangel

    There is a tendency from the analysts to stick the knife in on the Wii because it covers up how wrong they were about it before. “Look, we were right all along, it was just a fad/anomaly!”

    That’s not to say Nintendo haven’t lost there way a bit, they simply haven’t supported the thing with enough decent software but they are just as capable of pulling another Wii Sports / Wii Fit out of the bag next year and resuming previous crazy form.

    2009 is merely a skirmish before the real deal in 2010 anyway.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. OrbitMonkey

    The statement at 5 sums up the whole “The Wii is just a fad” debate perfectly. Ps3/360 fanboys unable to accept the Wii’s dominance, making daft excuses and hoping it goes away… Just like the analyists who keep getting it wrong.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Blerk

    2009 is merely a skirmish before the real deal in 2010 anyway.

    Haven’t we been saying the exact same thing with slightly different numbers since the Wii and PS3 launched? :-D

    #25 5 years ago
  26. reask

    @ orbitmonkey
    I reckon you are wrong about wanting it to go away.
    I am one of those dual owners and I can tell you quite honestly it seldom gets used.

    It was a Xmas present for my daughter 2 years ago.
    She does her gaming on my 360.
    For me anyway it does not have any games I want to play and could really care less if it goes away or not.
    Please dont take that as an insult Wii owners as I am sure plenty get lots of enjoyment out of it.

    I just dont get it tbh and have no intention of playing games that I have no interest in just to prove that the Wii is equal to PS360.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Blerk

    Okay, maybe I was a bit premature in calling a win for Sony in the UK this Christmas (Wii aside, of course). I find that a little hard to believe, tbh.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. reask

    Thats mad that the US and UK account for 60% of the market.
    I reckon UK covers Ireland as well as we are also big into gaming.
    Its the weather I reckon it never stops fucking raining. :)

    #28 5 years ago
  29. TechRyze

    I recmon that all Wii owners are interested in this winter is New Super Mario Bros, or Wii fit – depending on the owner.

    I wonder if Nintendo will wake up now?

    F-Zero? Pilotwings? Killer Instinct?

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Blerk

    Can you really imagine any of those selling in significant numbers these days, though? The Nintendo audience isn’t what it used to be.

    Of the three, Pilotwings probably stands the best chance, but even that’s not a guaranteed success – look at PunchOut.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. OlderGamer

    You guys are really something. I think reask nails it. But I think orbit is spot on too. The rest of you? meh, denial I think. I own everything. Been lucky enough to be able to do that scince the Commadore 64.
    I own a couple of Wii games. We have Smash Bros(kids), Geo Wars(mine), WiiFit(Wife), Metriod(kids). And it just sits there most of the time. My kids play the 360(Halo/battlefield/DW Gundam, etc), wife plays so many puzzle games on the 360 I have nitemars about green Bubs, ball spewing frogs, and matching colored shapes, everyone plays the PS3(LBP mostly). I play the 360 mostly.
    No one plays the Wii.
    Untill now, last nite to exact.
    You see all it really takes is one game. For us that one game is the New Super Mario Bros Wii. I recomend that people stop yacking about what they play and why they don’t play the Wii, and just go(heck run) to the store and bring that game home. Unless your 15-25 yr old, male, and get off on head shots, then go play yet another round of your fav FPS flavor. If your gaming tatses go beyond that. If your looking for fun. Do yourself a favor go get NSMBWii. We tried it in a store and two days later(for my wifes bday) we own it. Amazingly fun.
    I hate the SD after playing the spiffy PS360 stuff. But we have the upgraded wii cables. And on a 32inch hd tv, at 480p, its not too bad at all. After your first course clear, you forget all about it. Trust me. If words gets out this holiday season. This single game could be the biggest seller this year. Yes, I think it could out do MW2 on a single system for sales. That might be a streach, but who knows. Also as for the arogance(and that is what it is) that one system has “real” gamers vs another system? Gimmie a break. No doubt that different demographics exist. But I know of people that are 50plus and own a PS3 for blurays. They don’t buy alot of games either. I also know a 50plus couple that owns a xb360, and they are avid Halo fans, playing online most weekends. So go figure.
    I don’t see the Wii as a fad. It is a game system. Period. And nintendo has made a killing off of it. Props to them. Play what you want but get off your soap box, and stop bitching about the evils of the wii, you sound like a fool.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. OrbitMonkey

    @OlderGamer: Could not agree more.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. TotalBiscuit

    @Mike – I’m glad you took the time to read the article, though I must say I find your nebulous remarks about ‘poor grammar and syntax’ perplexing. Perhaps if you pointed to some specific instances? The same applies to your assertion that the comment buries the argument. On what grounds? Merely waving a magic wand doesn’t make it true.

    If we look at his points, firstly he views Extraction as a ‘cut-down railshooter’. I would suggest that he hasn’t played it. Having beaten both I can safely say that they are two very different experiences and in terms of innovation, Extraction is the biggest leap forward in light-gun shooters since Time Crisis, sporting several unique mechanics. It also looks great and is fantastically atmospheric.

    His point about ports is invalid, since the research also stated that the Wii has more platform exclusives than any other current generation console. No-one is suggesting buying Ghostbusters on Wii when you can get it on PS3, unless you’re a real fan of the control method. He also didn’t read the entire article, that much is clear, because he is arguing that ‘some of those good games are Gamecube ports’. Yeah, well I also stated that I did not count those in the exclusives tally.

    In fact, reading the rest of his comment, I’m pretty convinced he didn’t read the entire thing. A shame really, it would have saved him some time, those points were refuted before he even wrote them.

    May I also point out that his point about Okami is moot because it also didn’t sell particularly well on the PS2 either. He ignored the Zak and Wiki statistic, since I assume it was convenient to do so. After all, his logic crumbles when confronted with that, which was a platform exclusive.

    Regardless, thanks for taking the time to read the article. I would appreciate some tips on the writing style, if you are commenting from a position of authority on the matter :)

    #33 5 years ago

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    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

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • 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

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • 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 GOG.com 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 […]