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FFXIII reviews seen “from a western point of view”, says Toriyama

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 11:54 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama has said to CVG he reckons the review scores so far for the RPG have been seen “from a western point of view”.

We think many reviewers are looking at Final Fantasy XIII from a western point of view,” he said.

When you look at most Western RPGs, they just dump you in a big open world, and let you do whatever you like.

[It] becomes very difficult to tell a compelling story when you’re given that much freedom.”

Recently, reviews for the Japanese version of the game have been mixed. OPM UK gave the game a 9, but PSM3 was revealed last week to have given 70 percent.

For the record, what we’ve played of the Japanese version so far is awesome.

FFXIII is out in the west on March 9 for PS3 and 360.

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64 Comments

  1. dirigiblebill

    Review from you at some point Johnny? :)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    [It] becomes very difficult to tell a compelling story when you’re given that much freedom.

    So work harder. Why is everything that comes out of their mouths lately about how difficult it would be to do something?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    Na. :P

    What I’ve played was the first three chapters (two-and-a-half probably) before it just stopped working on me. :(

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Eregol

    Meh
    I’ll be getting this.
    From what I’ve heard it’s structurally similar to FFX. Which I loved and finished twice.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    “[It] becomes very difficult to tell a compelling story when you’re given that much freedom.”

    I have to agree with him in a way look at Fallout 3 all that freedom yet it has a subpar story. Bioware games while great feel a little watered down especially with the same formula they use in every game. I remember games like Parasite Eve and Vagrant story better than I do Bioware or Bathesda games.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    When my Boss threatened to fire me because I spent all afternoon in the pub, he was looking at it from a North London perspective and not a South London perspective…

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Freek

    Mass Effect has already shown how to do freedom and a verry compelling storyline together.
    Sure, it ain’t easy, but nothing worthwhile is.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Hunam

    mass effect was both, mass effect 2 just forgot to add the story bit in.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    The story was not that compelling they follow the same formula in every game. There is a site with a template of how they make their games.

    http://gza.gameriot.com/content/images/orig_320200_1_1257581825.png

    #9 5 years ago
  10. OwningXylophone

    “When you look at most Western RPGs, they just dump you in a big open world, and let you do whatever you like.”

    Because no JRPG’s that square have ever had their hands in are like that…

    #10 5 years ago
  11. M2Kx

    lol, sounds weak…

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Soong

    What’s their excuse for the lame storyline in FFXIII then? (yes, I understand Japanese) You really can’t get much more linear and dumbed down than FFXIII so according Toriyama’s logic the story should have been amazing – but it isn’t.

    Biggest disappointment of the year so far :(

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Hunam

    @Phoenixblight

    You would have been right untill Mass Effect 2, which doesn’t use the open – 4 hub – close formula.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Freek

    Oh i’m sure somebody can break everyhing down to a simpel hero saves the world chart, if you wanted to. They do that sort of thing for JRPGs aswell. But that’s missing the point somewhat. You expect certain themes and arc types to be there, but it’s usually with a new spin on things and it’s the details that determine the experience. Details that are somewhat in your control. That’s what makes the whole thing so great.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    It does just tie in the 12 members you have to get.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Hunam

    Yeah, but it’s done in a more chapter style way, and you don’t have to get them all, more focus is on side missions and more linear story missions.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Hunam

    To be honest though, FFXIII seems to follow the same formula as X, which is just walk is a straight line the entire time and mix it up with battles and cutscenes rather than exploration and side missions.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. The Hindle

    This is from the development team who made FF 10 so i will like it i think.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Here is the thing.

    You put the players char in a SETTING, a world if you like, with a backdrop. Then you allow the player to write their own story as they level up and progress throught the game.

    I have been saying this for years the whole idea of a story driven RPG is crap. You don’t play a story, your told a story. The game is what you do within the game. The things that you do, the events that you trigger, the quests you do, complete, unlock and such is the story being told. Without that freedom, your just along for the ride and have zero control.

    Maybe it is less that reviewers are looking at it with western eyes, and more that Toriyama is looking at with eastern eyes? Samething? No. Why? Because he trying to pedel his product to the open world market, while it is going to appeal to the JP market he has to expect it to be lost somewhat on the rest of the world market. First rule of writting(and I assume most forms of enetertainment) is know your audience.

    The west is no longer a captive audience that must rely on the games out of JP for its entertainment. I will take a western rpg any day of the week over anything SE or most JP rpg makers crank out.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Blerk

    If you want your games to appeal to an international market then surely you have to anticipate that Western reviewers will look at them from a Western perspective and tailor the games accordingly?

    Saying it’s ‘too hard’ to tell a story in a more open environment is a bit defeatist, I think. If they’re that worried about what the West thinks then it would be wise to take Final Fantasy back to the drawing board and reboot it completely.

    And if that makes it unpopular in Japan, then perhaps it’s time to split the series in two like they already did with XIII and VS, but this time having a Western-flavoured RPG on one side and a more traditional Eastern-flavoured one on the other.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. zoopdeloop

    Recently we’ve been hearing a lot of BS from SE.
    But they may have a point with this one.

    FFXIII isn’t like any other Wrpg out there.It’s more story driven but they did something that you rarely seen done this good in any other game in general…Character development where the story evolves more around your 6 characters,their emmotions that tries in a much better way for you to attach to them rather that the main story(the crysis in the game)…
    You could say FFXIII is in the Rpg genre what Heavy Rain is in Adventures.

    SE did gave more freedom with FFXII but you couldn’t attach yourself to the characters.Even the main character was non-existent in the game…thus many loved the freedom it had and the gameplay value but much more people especially fans of the series hated that it was underdeveloped in story and characters.

    I believe FFXIII couldn’t have much freedom the way it is now cause of limitations,whatever that means.
    Surely in the future SE or other Devs will find the best formula to combine a very deep story, very deep character development with a much free roam gameplay

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Blerk

    I’m sure someone will crack it, but I doubt it’ll be SquareEnix.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Telepathic.Geometry

    WTF? If they’re western gamers from western sites and magazines, playing the western version of the game in the west, how the fuck are they supposed to review it from any other perspective?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Dralen

    @18

    Agreed

    #24 5 years ago
  25. zoopdeloop

    i doubt it too Blerk.But seeing how good they can pull emotion out of a game and out of the themes in some of their games(which many of them can be called pieces of art excluding some of the OSt’s) i doubt other devs could achieve that any time soon.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Eregol

    I’ll be playing it from the perspective of lying on my sofa while drinking a beer.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. DaMan

    I agree with Older, pretty much all their stories have been told already. these games feel like predictable extensions of the same ones from 90s.

    I wouldn’t want them to make battle systems like in western rpgs though, they should just improve on the stuff like Valkyrie Profile or Star Ocean combat.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    I think the point he is trying to make is that reviewers are wanting it to be a Western style RPG when clearly it’s an JRPG and should be viewed as such.

    I don’t get all the hard and fast rules people want to apply to a genre. Combat must be real time, worlds must be open etc. They are just preferences – they aren’t better than the alternatives, just a different approach. When done well they all have their merits. Genres today are all about variety and sub-genres. If you want a particular sub-genre then look for a game in that area, don’t bitch about one which isn’t and doesn’t want to be.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Blerk

    I’ve found SE’s stories variable, zoop, but I’d agree they can pull a corker out of the hat on occasion. You do have to wonder if doing that at the expense of the game itself is a reasonable compromise, though – FF is supposed to be a game at the end of the day and SE may well find that in this day and age players aren’t as willing to accept being constrained for the sake of the fiction. Shouldn’t gameplay concerns be at least as important as the story itself rather than the entire game being specifically designed to fit around the story?

    #29 5 years ago
  30. zoopdeloop

    pretty much all their stories have been told?
    It’s like saying there’s no meaning in watching movies pretty much everything has been watched before…and yet we watch them “again”

    #30 5 years ago
  31. DaMan

    well, was Surrogates a great movie to watch, zoop? or The Air I Breathe? or something like that..

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Eregol

    To be honest I prefer to have a story to follow. It gives me reason toc arry on as I want to see what happens next.

    Creating my own story only works for me in something like WoW.

    It’s this reason why I like stuff like Uncharted and I loved FFIX and FFX.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. zoopdeloop

    I agree with you Blerk,but do you know that there are much more non gamers that fraud gaming overall,they find it too generic and for geeks and yet when they see something similar to the most common piece of entertainment they show admiration.
    My older sister despise video games yet with FFVIII (back then) she was asking me all the time what happens next,i wanna see this scene too e.t.c and thereafter she played FFVIII herself till the end (i had to train her though)

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Blerk

    Yeah, my missus is much the same – she’ll quite happily sit and watch me play a JRPG just for the story. But she’d never play herself, so those people really shouldn’t count in the grand scheme of game design unless you’re also going to go the whole hog and make a game that casuals can actual play as well.

    Personally I think they’re heading in the wrong direction. I don’t want less involvement in the story, I want more. I don’t want to feel like I’m watching someone else’s life, this is supposed to be ‘role-playing’ – it’s supposed to be my story. That’s not to say that everything they do is wrong, but given the hardware we now have at our disposal there really is no excuse for the games becoming more like films and less like games. If they want to make films then they should make films.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    If they want to make films then they should make films.

    They tried that…

    …I didn’t mind it. Apparently it’s shit though. :D

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Gheritt White

    Real-time with pause FTW.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Face it, for an RPG, this game is too liberal..

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Blerk

    Watching Advent Children for the first time a few months back was one of the things that made me start wondering whether that FFVII remake was such a good idea after all.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. DrDamn

    @Blerk
    Why does it have to be that way though? Surely that’s just your preference rather than the “wrong direction”. For me FF games are more about the battle engine with the story being something that keeps you going forward. The meat of the gameplay is the fights. Not every game needs branching story lines and multiple endings.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Blerk

    It might not actually be the story, Doc – for me it feels like FF games have been gradually becoming more restrictive with each release since FFVII, more story, less game. Aside from FFXII which was… completely different. Let’s leave it at that. :-)

    #40 5 years ago
  41. DaMan

    @39 just out of interest, when did you start playing FF games? or jrpgs in general?

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Gheritt White

    Surely to be defined as an RPG, a game would at least need branching storylines (if not multiple endings)? I mean, if you follow the Gary Gygax model of RPGs, that is.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. DaMan

    yeah, these games were always more like adventure games mixed with rpg.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Blerk

    I don’t think you actually need branching storylines and multiple endings as long as you feel in control of the story – that it’s your story that you’re playing out as you see fit, rather than a story that someone else wrote and you’re required to dance along to.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. DaMan

    how can you actually be in control of the story if you can’t change anything (no branching)?

    #45 5 years ago
  46. DrDamn

    @41
    First JRPG I played was Sword of Vermillion on the Megadrive, first FF was VII though I’ve played older titles as remakes post VII.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. DrDamn

    There is control of the story and control of how the story plays out. For example how you evolve your party’s skills will determine how you best defeat a big boss. The overall story that you beat them is still there but you controlled how you did it.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Eregol

    I remember when Zelda games were refered to as RPGs.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Blerk

    I said “feel in control”, DaMan – perception is everything. :-)

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Gheritt White

    Well, ‘A Link To The Past’ is still an RPG though, isn’t it?

    EDIT: No, it isn’t. Yet another reason I don’t feel bad about having never played a Zelda game.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. Hunam

    Erm… about that…

    #51 5 years ago
  52. DaMan

    Blerk – ah, that yeah I misunderstood.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. The Hindle

    Its funny that people on gaming forums say Western rpgs are better then the Jrpg but no western rpg has yet to have the impact that FF 7s aeries dying scene had on me or FF 10s ending which was absoluetly amazing.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Blerk

    Mass Effect is the WRPG that immediately springs to mind when I try to think ‘Western RPG with awesome story’. I think SquareEnix could do a lot worse than buying a couple of dozen copies of that, giving them to the FF core team and telling them to come back in a couple of weeks with some ideas.

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Mike

    :D

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Gheritt White

    I’ll see your Final Fantasy VII and raise you one Planescape: Torment.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Mike

    Johnny, you’ve only got the Japanese version, right? So the view “story” is pretty much moot until we get hold of a proper translation, innit.

    #57 5 years ago
  58. Psychotext

    no western rpg has yet to have the impact that FF 7s aeries dying scene had on me

    OMG SPOILERS!

    …I don’t ever recall a WRPG that had a scene like that in it though. There’s been a number of them which got me heavily invested in the story though.

    #58 5 years ago
  59. DaMan

    forget FF7, Planescape Torment was the Chrono Trigger of the west..

    #59 5 years ago
  60. DrDamn

    I always thought, and still feel, that Zelda games are effectively RPGs. Action RPGs yes, maybe lite-RPGs but still RPGs. Things aren’t always so clearly defined these days, genres blur.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Hunam

    I think Zelda was seen as a RPG before the action adventure banner turned up, then we all had a meeting and decided it was one of them and not an RPG.

    There was scones and minutes and everything.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. zoopdeloop

    Eventualy it all comes down to preferences.
    Others prefer a linear gameplay with deep sentimental story with character development(more like a movie)where you follow and interact (in this case) on how the story being told.

    Others prefer less sentiment but a good story with a lot freedom in gameplay,making choices while progressing “making” the story themselves.

    But if you think about it just like many found boring Heavy Rain’s intro because you do things like in your everyday life so do many people find boring having too many choices/paths in a game where in real life almost every second is about choices and even some people don’t take them easily and eventually they feel confused

    In the end i don’t think it will be wise if every or each genre follows one certain formula…that will be boring.
    I don’t want Rpg’s to become generic like what most games have become this gen because they are influenced by a certain genre “shooters” just to be in the “trend” that is right now

    #62 5 years ago
  63. OlderGamer

    Lots of good sense to what you said there Zoop.

    #63 5 years ago
  64. theevilaires

    I’ve been wanting to say a lot about this, but the proof is in the pudding and the internet has spoken. If you own both systems and still pick up the 360 version you don’t deserve the title “GAMER”….I’m looking at you O’Connor (360 version of tekken 6…are you nuts?!)

    #64 5 years ago

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]