Famitsu gives Pokemon Black and White 40/40

Wednesday, 8 September 2010 12:53 GMT By Johnny Cullen


That’s a four. And that’s a zero. Together, they make a big number called 40. That’s your maths lesson for the day.

Famitsu’s scored the latest Pokemon titles, Black and White, a full 40 out of 40.

The two got a total score of 10, 10, 10 and 10. That’s 40.

Those are big numbers. Just to repeat, that’s four tens. And four tens make 40.

Pokemon Black and White releases in Japan later this month for DS. It comes west next spring.


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  1. Hunam

    Hypemitsu strikes again!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Famitsu these days not a Famitsu back in a day. It’s now like IGN.

    AAA titles scores are from 9-10 (IGN: 8.9-10)

    I don’t think so that Pokemon Black and White is PERFECT. 40/40 in Famitsu means that the game is absolutely perfect in every aspect of it, from graphics to the gameplay.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Happy Hardon Harry

    Halo/Halo 3 got Edge 10′s. Edge were clearly bribed in this case.

    No game is ever perfect, no matter how good it is, therefore no game should ever be awarded a perfect score.

    Pokemon Black is maybe a fantastic game, but a perfect score? I don’t think so.

    I’ve been gaming for 25 years and there is not one game i’d give a perfect score to, even the great games.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    Nothing against Poke’mon or the JP.

    But to call it like I see it, the JP games market truely isn’t compatible with the western market. I don’t think it ever going to change, at least not for a long time.

    Nothing wrong with poke’mon or the gamers that enjoy it.

    But when one JP game dev after another comes out and says the JP game devs are falling behind and that they face change or face being cut out, or whatever….this is a great example.

    Over here PM is for kids, and even most of those would rather play something a bit more mature. Over there PM is for the general gaming populace, and they are truely happy doing that.

    Just very very different tastes, thats ok of course, just saying.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Eregol

    A maximum score doesn’t necessarily mean the game is perfect.
    It means that the game is the pinnacle of it’s chosen genre and is extremely good at what it does.

    Scores do not matter anyway, no matter how earnestly developers and distributors analyse metacritic scores.

    I’m more likely to be turned by the text included in the review rather than the score at the end.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Eregol

    Over here Pokemon is for kids?
    I’m from the UK, and I’m 28.
    I’m more than happy to play Pokemon. Because as a game series it’s frankly brilliant.
    Always perfectly balanced and highly playable.
    Many people I know will say the same.
    Just because of a cartoon show and a toy range doesn’t mean that a franchise is solely for kids.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer


    Your secreat is safe with us ;)

    j/k of course

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Broncanus

    @3 Don’t be silly…

    Movies are usually marked out of 5 stars. Are you saying that no movie should ever be given 5*? Hilarious how often stuff like this pops over… let’s get over it :)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Happy Hardon Harry

    Broncanus said:
    September 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    @3 Don’t be silly…

    Movies are usually marked out of 5 stars. Are you saying that no movie should ever be given 5*? Hilarious how often stuff like this pops over… let’s get over it

    Don’t be an idiot! Scores shouldn’t exist in the first place, the quality of writing should be enough without the need for a number or rating at the end.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    Review scores mean whatever the publication says they mean, *not* what you decide it means.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    “A maximum score doesn’t necessarily mean the game is perfect.”

    You are blind? There is another score after 40?

    40/40 is perfect. That means that it is an absolute legend or masterpiece and everything is done right. Everything.
    If it was a pinnacle for the chosen genre and extremely good, than score could be from 35 to 39.

    “Scores do not matter anyway, no matter how earnestly developers and distributors analyse metacritic scores.”

    Matter a lot, it’s just our Gaming journalism is full of fanboys and kids. Just go to the metacritic and go see how much movies have scores. Even the pinnacle or masterpieces have scores like 80-90. That means something. but when you go to the metacritic, every AAA+ blockbuster have scores from 85-96

    @3 First of all, One reviewer in EDGE is not EDGE.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Happy Hardon Harry


    Doesn’t matter, Edge is still shit…

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Bringit

    40/40 would mean it is one of the best games on the market.

    Not that it is the ‘perfect’ video game. How do you define perfection anyway?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Isuru86

    Cant wait for a Video Review !

    Havent played Pokemans sind Blue/Red with Messigno that cheating Bitch !

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Levels of naivty in this thread are astounding.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    Does 10/10 also mean it’s perfect?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. David Sarkisjan

    Perfection doesn’t exist. The universe exists because of this fact … so no, this game cannot be perfect by any means.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Blerk

    40/40 doesn’t mean it’s perfect. It means Nintendo bought a hell of a lot of Famitsu advertising this month.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    A perfect amount most likely :)

    #19 5 years ago
  20. JonFE


    By your definition, no game whatsoever should ever be awarded full marks…

    #20 5 years ago


    #21 5 years ago
  22. OlderGamer


    Yep, and exactly the same type of thing happens in Metacritic.

    The only reviews you should trust are your own and friends that you know.

    As far as PM goes, we pretty much know what to expect already. Not like it is going to change drasticly.

    If I was a fan of the game, i wouldn’t worry about reviews anyways. Its PM, get if you like PM.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. DaMan

    I can’t help but laugh at people saying Edge were bribed. LOL.

    also, Famitsu rate games based on how much they appeal to asian market. simple as that.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Crysis

    This game has a perfect score, but perfection does not truley exist in a practical sense, therefore a game with perfect scores is not a perfect game, but a TOP game, atleast according to the reviewer, though everyone has different opinions, so a score is only an apporximate reccomndation, not a law or commandment to abibe by

    #24 5 years ago
  25. mington

    #25 5 years ago
  26. TerryWogan

    Who gives a fuck? They 40/40 pretty much every big Japanese RPG release.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. TerryWogan

    Oh, and for the love of god. The complete spastic who started the “perfect score” debate AGAIN, please boil your head. You idiot.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Eregol

    A maximum score does not equal perfect.
    Simple as.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Eregol

    10 – 10
    9 – 9
    8 – 8
    7 – 7
    6 – 6
    5 – 5
    4 – 4
    3 – 3
    2 – 2
    1 – 1

    That’s what scores mean.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. thefaulkness


    #30 5 years ago
  31. Blerk

    It’s a ‘top’ score, not a ‘perfect’ score. What’s the point in even having a top score if you don’t use it on occasion?

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Eregol

    Have you ever seen a film that’s been reviewed as 5/5 and come away from it and thought it was rubbish?
    There’s no such thing as a perfect score.
    It’s just a bloody number.
    A* is a maximum score on an exam, yet, you don’t have to answer all the questions.
    Maximum DOES NOT equal perfect.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Crysis

    @27 doesn’t appear to have stopped, seems you’re the spastic for not realising that.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. thefaulkness

    2 things
    @26 they gave 40/40 for ssbb
    everybody seems to have constant orgasms over game scores. The idea of a review is to read it and see if the game will appeal to YOU. Video game reviewers (like any other critics) cant take every single persons views into account.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. mtmind2

    *Sigh*, we get this same argument every time a game gets a maximum score, and still there are gamers out there who can’t understand that a maximum score doesn’t mean perfection.

    For my views on the subject, read the following posts :)


    #35 5 years ago
  36. thefaulkness

    occasionally it can

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Eregol

    I’m on the verge of breaking out the ASCII art of the picard facepalm.
    Don’t make me do it.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Tonka

    Proof in the pudding

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Blerk

    Well that settles that, then. Thread over!

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Erthazus

    10 Is perfect. You can say what you want, but this is perfect because nothing can be higher than 10.

    Like in european schools where i learned. 10/10 means that you did a perfect and innovative job for your homework, thesis and e.t.c. where is no mistake. Design, creativity and everything else is perfect. Nothing can match this thing until something NEXT will come out and will beat that thing.

    There are games that deserve these scores.

    10 out of 10 – thats it. Thats just how the game should be done. Every promise is there, no glitches and e.t.c.
    9 – Brilliant, almost masterpiece
    8 – great
    7 – good
    6 – Ok

    and e.t.c. This how it must be or this is how reviewers do when they review Movies. Just look at the Meta scores.

    but if you look at the metacritic, almost every game is playable and enjoyable. It’s like Gaming is the best multimedia stuff in the world. Thats not true and you know it. You know how much games suck and only minority of them are worth your time (+ depends on your taste of course)
    Gamers this generation are spoiled brats. If you go to the forum or discussion thread it’s like: “OMG, TIS GAME HAZ 8.9, m not BUING!”

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Hunam

    11 is higher than 10.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    @41 like metacritic or Famitsu have something beyond 10. right?

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Hunam

    I was being facitious.

    #43 5 years ago

    Surely 10/10 means that it’s by far the best game available in it’s genre?

    Common sense dictates that games should usually keep improving on their prequels over time.

    I remember Total! magazine giving SMB3 on the NES 98% when such high scores were pretty rare.

    They had a problem when they had to review SMB Allstars, because it contained SMB1, 2 and 3, so they had to give it 99%

    The only problem with this is when you realise that you’ve only got 1% more to go, but probably at least one new Mario game every couple of years after that.

    [EDIT - I've just wiki'd the mag and discovered that they gave SM64 100%! lol!]

    The big problem now is that you get every Tom Dick and Harry reviewing games for any kind of operation that has advertising space to sell. ‘Wow! This game is new! 10/10!’

    That totally devalues the high scores and eventually you get people (myself included at times, I must admit, hehe…) considering games that score the 8s and 9s to be ‘good, but nowhere near pre-order-me-two-copies-insta-buy!!!’.

    So basically, I think while 10/10 should mean something completely reasonable, such as ‘best game in it’s genre so far’, these days it usually just means that the game is [click our ad here] one of the best.

    And by no means perfect.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Erthazus

    @44 Agree with everything.

    “And by no means perfect.”

    But should be that way. I mean it was, except for now.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Blerk

    But nothing is perfect. So nothing could ever get a 10.

    Best? Yes. Perfect? No.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Gadzooks!

    1 – 0-10%
    2 – 11-20%
    9 – 81-90%
    10 – 91-100%

    So 10/10 is not perfection, just means its in the top 10%.

    Anyway, great score but it means nothing coming from Famitsu.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. 2plus2equals5

    Oh please japan fanboys, perfect score for another copy-paste pokemon game?
    Do you know that annual sport games are criticized if they remain the same? And real sports don’ t change over years!

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Erthazus

    @47, 10 and 100% is perfection.
    These are different scores, but when you score 10, it’s 10. If it is not perfect make from it 9.1 to 9.9 what we see in 80% of blockbuster games with big names where some Mr Dickenson writes review.

    “But nothing is perfect”

    True. Nothing is perfect. But Mr Dickenson from IGN or other site can make it 10/10. So if it is not perfect there must be 9.9 right?

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Gadzooks!



    #50 5 years ago
  51. DrDamn

    “10 Is perfect.”

    Ah, nice contradiction. You said “If it was a pinnacle for the chosen genre and extremely good, than score could be from 35 to 39.”. To gain a score of 37, 38 or 39 from Famitsu one or more of the four reviewers would have to have given it a “perfect” score. How would that work?

    #51 5 years ago
  52. mtmind2

    @40. You insist that 10 is perfect, and you say that it means “Design, creativity and everything else is perfect. Nothing can match this thing until something NEXT will come out and will beat that thing”.

    But you also said “There are games that deserve these scores”.

    Great, so can you provide a list of those games which you believe at the time were perfect in every way where “Every promise is there, no glitches and e.t.c.”.

    Imo, no game meets your criteria for a perfect score, and yet you say there are such games.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Erthazus

    @50 Of course, because you are stupid as always. Don’t have a decent comment never except of Invincible Tiger 3D thread. Awesome as usual.

    @52 “You insist that 10 is perfect, and you say that it means “Design, creativity and everything else is perfect. Nothing can match this thing until something NEXT will come out and will beat that thing”.”

    Absolutely. If someone’s work is perfect and can be beaten by other work with significant improvements and creativity, than why not?

    “Great, so can you provide a list of those games which you believe at the time were perfect”

    Like for example Super Mario Brothers and e.t.c. Thsi game is a legend.
    But now in most cases we have a lot of 90%-96% on meta and most of these games are forgotten.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Eregol

    That post gets a [7]

    #54 5 years ago
  55. JonFE

    “Absolutely. If someone’s work is perfect and can be beaten by other work with significant improvements and creativity, than why not?”

    So, let me get this straight. Something can be perfect, yet can also be beaten by another work with significant improvements and creativity, right?

    Does this “something” deserve a 10 because it’s “perfect” or not? And, if so, how can it be “perfect” and deserve a 10 when it can also be improved upon?

    Same thing happens when you use different scale. Assuming that you award a near-perfect game 99% (or 9.9 as you put it) and then another near-perfect game is released, which is better that its predecessor but still not 100% perfect, what would you award it? 99% again? It does not reflect any improvements. 99.1%? It is silly, isn’t it? I’m sure you can see the contradiction.

    Don’t you feel it’s easier to accept that 10 can be awarded to a top game of its genre at the time of release than insisting that 10 should be awarded to an elusively perfect game?

    Reviews (game, movie, music or whatever) are not like school exams you know. There is no right or wrong answers involved, where ticking all the right ones gives you full marks.

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Eregol

    Scores are entirely subjective.
    Surely a perfect game would be one that is loved by every single person.
    Such a thing does not exist as everyone is different.
    everyone has a different idea of perfection, as such perfection can never truly exist.

    Now can we banish this crazy thought from our minds that a maximum score = perfection.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Gadzooks!



    #57 5 years ago
  58. OlderGamer

    Sigh….G!GA, they just don’t listen.

    Spot on post at 44 tho.

    And it bares repeating MetaCritic means jack crap, well maybe a bit more then that, assuming they wouldn’t praise a game that had no merrits at all.

    But take all most all review scores with a grain of salt.

    #58 5 years ago
  59. Eregol

    Slat grains.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. OlderGamer

    ;) @Eregol

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Eregol

    Gotta love that Edit button.

    Think how the world would be without it.

    #61 5 years ago

    Thanks OG. Even though they almost never listen, we can but try…

    #62 5 years ago
  63. BlueOne

    i hate new pokemons =(

    #63 5 years ago

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    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    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

    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 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 […]