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Tecmo Koei doesn’t think the Dynasty Warriors franchise gets enough credit

Friday, 11 February 2011 16:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Tecmo Koei is trying to grow the Dynasty Warriors brand outside of Japan, specifically in the UK, and the publisher wants consumers to see the franchise as more than just a hack ‘n’ slash series.

Speaking in an interview with MCV, the firm’s vice president of sales and marketing said the publisher plans to try and rectify this opinion with the release of Dynasty Warriors 7 next month.

“There is a tendency to think of Warriors games as just simple hack ‘n’ slash affairs but they are mainly about the characters and their role within large narrative structures,” said Will Curley. “Only by playing through every character’s storyline can you truly understand each conflict. We never label any particular side as good or bad, right or wrong – we let the players experience the war from all perspectives for themselves and make-up their own minds.

“I don’t think Warriors games get enough credit for the way they use the interactive nature of games to explore themes and narratives. But we believe this formula can be as appealing to the broad audience overseas as it is in Japan.”

Curley also said that Dynasty Warriors 7 has been given “the biggest upgrade the series has ever received,” and shows just how much the series has progressed over the years.

“We don’t think of Warriors games as a finite product but as an ongoing franchise with many entry-points and lots of contents for users to discover and enjoy once they have taken the initial plunge,” he said.

Dynasty Warriors 7 is out March 10 in Japan, March 22 in the US, and March 25 in the UK on PS3 and Xbox 360.

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30 Comments

  1. Suikoden Fan

    simply, it doesn’t

    #1 4 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    Well it won’t get any for innovation that’s for sure.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Suikoden Fan

    the jump from 1 to 2 was pure innovation

    #3 4 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    Yea, perhaps I should have amended my post (Oh wait, I can’t -_-) to “any innovation since 2001″.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Michael O’Connor

    Large narrative structures? You took someone else’s stories, framed them in an insipid and uninspiring anime style, and threw some of the most repetitive and unappealing gameplay ever conceived in video game history on top of it all.

    That’s why it doesn’t get any credit. Because it doesn’t deserve any.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. back_up

    to get credit it needs to be PS3 exclusives

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Suikoden Fan

    @5 you need your eyes tested the game is not anime style at all only gundam 3 and fist of the north star is anime style and thats because they are being true to said animes.

    Also its kinda hard to go back in time and chnge history so theres not much they can do on that front is there? they either stay yrue to the series or piss the fuck out of all its fanbase.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @7: Of course it’s anime style. Just look at the characters, their fucking haircuts and stupid costumes, their over-the-top weapons and shit. None of the people displayed in the game looked anything like that.

    They already piss on the history. So why not completely change it? Remember when they released that one game where Japan and China had to fight together against demons? That was actually interesting.

    If you want to tell an interesting story, don’t force grinding and boring gameplay into my throat. Don’t force disgusting bullshit voiceacting into my ears. That series deserves to die a horrible death.

    Another note: Can’t wait for the new Kingdom Under Fire.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    Going to call a spade a spade here the DW games seriously lacking.

    The Gundam ones were a nice change of scenery. And the Strikeforce one was a curve ball. Both nice, but in the end both still use the DW formula and that formula is very stale at this point.

    The game is just too simple for todays gaming world. These games worked well on the PSone, and that is where they belong.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Michael O’Connor

    @15 You’re taking my use of the word anime too literally. I’m not talking about cartoon graphics. I’m talking about that visual Japanese style that makes almost every single Japanese game look exactly the same as each other – it’s cast is full of androgynous pretty boys and wide eyed dolls, all with plastic doll like skin and obsessively perfect feature.

    Dynasty Warriors takes the concept of derivativeness to whole new levels. If they actually bothered to realistically frame the story within a realistic narrative with realistic characters and realistic combat true to the time, it might have something going for it.

    But it doesn’t. The gameplay has no depth to it at all. It’s repetitious to the point of motonony. The franchise is pure excrement. If they want people to care, they need to stop making such shit games.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    That should be @7. Not sure where the 15 came from.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Suikoden Fan

    @10 well the thing is (story here) theres not much documrntations of the Han period, except a rather biased book by luo guanzhong and a ‘remake’ of that book a few hundred years later wrote in a neutral view (this is the book the story is based on)

    the game stays true to that book so they cant differentiate at all without pissibg the fans of the game and book off, of course there are minor changes like if shu won the war etc which didnt happen btw but the keys things have to stay the same, for fans its a a cas pof its not broken so dont fix it.

    as for gameplay yeah its repetitive but i say this all the time, if you were locked in a room with one game for a whole year it doesnt matter how much you love that game your gonna get bored.

    aas for anime yeah i guess i did that that a little too literal

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Suikoden Fan

    @9 the ps1 game and there is only 1 on ps1 isa tekken like fighting game, its from the ps2 onwards it became a battlefield game

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Well my opinion stands the gameplay feels outdated.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. tont

    I’m amazed at the hate the Musou games get. I’ve always found them to be surprisingly satisfying in a mega-Gauntlet way, clearing up battlefields of fodder and dispensing officers with brutal efficiency.

    @10 – Michael, there’s plenty of depth if you’re prepared to look for it. Finding fastest routes, working out the best combo chains etc. The Orochi games also have some awesome power-levelling routes (with plenty of risk/reward)and on top of it all, it’s all even more fun in co-op.

    As for “Realistically framing the story”? Seriously? That would give the series some worth for you? I couldn’t imagine anything worse.

    Try having a go at a big stage on Chaos difficulty with a Lvl99 Ranmaru Mori. If you don’t find that satisfying and fun-filled, you don’t deserve to play games, full stop.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Suikoden Fan

    @14 what else can they do, the only thing i’d like them to do it merge ROTK with DW so strategic warfare then outfield battles but that would be even more niche, and in a way thats whats Kessen is for

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    @15 I should not have to reach the maximum level on the highest difficulty just to feel some vestige of skill and strategy beyond pressing the same one or two buttons over and over and over again for the whole game.

    And yes, it would. Any connections with the story are so far removed from reality that they might as well not even exist in the first place, making the whole practise pointless. The vapid anime-esque art-style only makes things worse.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. tont

    @17 Michael, Virtua Fighter 5 is pressing the same three buttons over and over again and it’s the deepest fighting game ever created. It’s a shame to see yet another appraisal of the Musou games be so reliant on throwaway cliche.

    As for reaching the highest level, that was just an extreme example of the reward that can be earnt(and not in an objectionally long time, either. Maybe I should have said Ranmaru Mori on an early level, as he’s still badass and will give you an immense sense of power but hey – if you’re seriously dissing a game so inherently based in personal improvement and raw gameplay, without hand-holding you through every incremental step, for its story and ‘vapid’ art style, I doubt defending the game’s solid mechanics will make any difference to your spectacularly misinformed opinion.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    @15 Boiling down Virtua Fighter to simply “pressing the same three buttons over and over again” is severely over-simplifying the game, and you know it.

    But the simply fact that you understand and appreciate the depth of Virtua Fighter’s gameplay shows that you clearly have an understanding of good gameplay mechanics. Which is why I’m even more surprised that you’re defending Dynasty Warriors of all games.

    The problem with Dynasty Warriors that literally all there is to it. You can cover a game in as much filler content (or feature creep, as its often called) as you want (Tekken and Soul Calibur being masters of this), but if you basic core gameplay has almost nothing to support it. The stuff you described in your original post is very basic and rudimentary design. There’s nothing deep about it.

    I’m always open to conversion when someone makes a valid debate for something. So please, tell me in detail, where is the depth in Dynasty Warriors? I’m willing to listen if you can make a strong argument for the game.

    For the record, I’m only talking about Dynasty Warriors here. I haven’t played any of the others, so I can’t fairly argue against them.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. xino

    they release every dynasty warrior game every year!
    how can you release a game every year? it’s just a sign of rush!

    20 enemies surround you and do nothing!
    all you do is button bash moves to form repetitive combos.

    sorry no one would talk about it unless they brush up their skills!

    I think it’s because Dynasty Warriors doesn’t have a competition, that is why nothing gets improved in the sequels.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Suikoden Fan

    @19 well your talking just fighting mechanics and thats not the whole stoy with DW, firstly theres the law its based on, charcters added which add a new lok oe depth to battles or add entirely new battles and view points to the game, i admit its taken too long to bring jin into the series but thats an entirely new viewpoint on its own, so no only do you have a nations viewpoit but individual characters, Xiahou BA in DW7 will have and interesting story, started at WEi, joined JIN (where he is in the game) and later betrays them for Shu. You also have the viewpoints of characters and the actions they have taken viewed by other characters, the betray wont go down well.

    So that is just a really small way of describing how the story alone shapes te characters and there alignment etc.

    As for the combat system itself well that depends on the game, some use a weapon level up system some have youfind new weapons for characters (which sounds like what DW7 is doing) and the abilities of found weapons differ, sometimes they add to movesets or add attributes to attacks.

    Then you have the item system which depending on what you equip can change the strength of yourself and others or the opponents.

    you have the costume changes which is just cosmetic admittedly.

    while i cant speak for dw7, and i didnt play dw6 that much (i hated the renbu system, theres some innovation for you and most fans fucking hated it) in the case of samurai warrios 2 (my most recently played game) while on a battlefield you get objectives which some are mandatory, some arent, sometiimes you have to choose which objective to do, attack head on or flank the opponent for differing results for each strategy.

    Then you have the empires games, admittedly a seperate game, that was innovation as it let you control your own kindom and attack others and recruit other characters in a non canon way to historical events.

    And FINALLY DW7 will add online to the main series (i dont count strike force thats more of a spin off than a proper dw)

    #21 4 years ago
  22. tont

    @19 Pot and kettle, no?

    While the Musou games don’t have the same srategic depth as VF, the fact remains that dissing the Musou titles for being nothing more than pressing the same two buttons all the time (when actually, it’s been three all along – four with block – and the modern ones have extra combo-linking specials on another button) is one of the standard and unfair criticisms of the series that this news story is all about.

    As I said previously, the depth is there if you’re prepared to engage with the game’s long-term challenges. The biggest part is definitely refining your route through the stages until you’re blasting through at the fastest speed. This comes down to a combination of knowing your characters and their moves, working out which combo strings get the job done and the flow of the stages, both in terms of officer/troop placement and how events affect priorities. It takes a fair amount of play and understanding to get to that level and if you’re taking the challenge as a personal one to improve yourself and your performance, and I’d say that constitutes depth and for me, and it gives me more than enough reward to know I’ve really honed a stage as tightly as I can get it. It’s also only when characters are hitting high levels that the hardest difficulty level becomes remotely survivable, so there’s that top-level challenge that’s the drive to undertake the grind. I’d say this applies to all the DW, SW and DWG titles as it does to my favourites, the Orochi ones.

    Now I’m not saying it’s the same challenge as reaching the top ranks of VF, but it certainly takes a bit more understanding and study than a simplistic button mashing exercise to get the game humming along at its highest level.

    If you’re engaged with the race to improve efficiency by learning the stages and the characters, then you’ll soon have favourite dudes and dudettes to conduct your carnage with. To step outside your parameters of DW only, Warriors Orochi was a huge step forward in the series for the kind of Musou player that I am, as you have a team of three characters that you can switch between at any time – even mid combo if you want to show ‘sick tech’. That’s a significant increase in personal choice and opens the door for power-levelling by having one or two badasses and a low-level character in tow. You can soften up enemies for easy XP with the newbie, or arm your low-level people with badass weapons and further streamline the levelling curves.

    I stand by my claim that lvl99 characters in hardcore Chaos difficulty stages are an utter joy – the feeling of dominance and command over the game that you get is the endgame reward. It’s equally awesome when inexperienced friends come over for co-op and you can hand them a suite of characters to pick from that will have them squealing with delight as they make short work of literally thousands of soldiers. A good, fun power-class character will chop through a five-man enemy commander brawl with the kind of GRAHHH I’M SO FUCKING BADASS dominance that Bayonetta, Ninja Gaiden etc all can only hope to let the player have.

    As for the story, setting, art style and, best of all, the terrible voice acting, well they’re kitschy comedy for us. We love the mad naffness of it all, and adore the series for its faults as much as its strengths.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    @Older sorry, what? DW on the PSOne? there was one crappy fighting, which had nothing to do with the strategy/beat ‘em ups released since 2000.

    the original PS2 game fully deserves the credit for being a pioneer of their genre, as much as Dmc or NG warrant to be called the fathers of hack and slash. unfortunately they stagnated after DW3.

    and those games aren’t kitschy. that’s bullshit. they might be insipid and over the top at times, anything but not kitschy. they have zero artistic merit, like Voltron or Transfromers.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Rosseu

    Tell it to X-play lol

    #24 4 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Good lord Deman, DMC and NG are alot of things but father of hack and slash they are not.

    And DW is fair from the pioneer.

    I used to import Capcom games on my Saturn from JP. They had a slew of games that played exactly like DW(only on a 2D plan). Even had a few of em that had chinnesse dynasty themes. Be damned if I can remember the names.

    And Guardian Hereos was the pinicale of hack and slash(again on the Saturn).

    Also the long line Neo Geo and Turbo Duo games?

    How about Diablo? Pretty good hack and slash right there.

    I think you are greatly over stating a couple of games.

    I am not undervaluing the DW games. Really. The problem is that the games have so much room for growth. And yet each year it seems they rehash the same tried and tired formula.

    On a personal note I really enjoyed BladeStorm. It hadded a few layers of depth both on the field of play and also off the battlefield in managment aspects of the game.

    But the core DW games, flat, boring, and lackluster.

    You want to see a well done hack and slash JP game – go play a Phantasy Star Online/Universe game. Those games are head and shoulders abouve most of the other stuff out there in terms of gameplay and char development. Apples and oranges, kinda. But if some liberties were taken with DW the tweaks would be welcome by most gamers I bet.

    As it stands right now, you play one DW game, you have played em all.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DaMan

    ……….
    …..
    ..

    look, Older… are you just having fun, or are you serious? thanks for enlightening, might as well say Contra was the father of fps (*a joke*). you don’t have to type a page long post for me about that, I’ve played Gauntlet in the late 80s.

    obviously I meant the PS2 era stylish games.

    all the ones like Guardian Heroes you described were one button mashers or beat em ups, Diablo was a dungeon crawler or action/rpg whatever you like to call it.

    also, DW was a mix of Streets of Rage/GH / whatever ‘s your favourite bet em up and strategy. which is what I was bloody referring to. the Empires games wer even more of s strategy ones.

    ‘As it stands right now, you play one DW game, you have played em all.’
    …..

    ..which was what I said. exactly..

    Older, I have a question: when you say ‘These games worked well on the PSone’ I presume I have to translate that into ‘titles like DW’, but when I make the notion of how NG and Dmc were the pioneers of PS2 era slashers that required skills, it’s being misinterpreted as them being the fathers of button pressing. is that some kind of a game you like to play via texting?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DaMan

    oh, and on PC Diablo was even controlled with a mouse, you clicked on enemies. when in Dmc it ‘s more of a fighting even.

    no game ever existed in a vacuum. by taking mechanics in isolation and placing them out of context you can trace the roots of any modern game to Pong.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DBZ0wnz

    I only played one game from the series and that’s Gundam 2, which really sucks badly.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Crysis

    Maybe they should Westernize it with maybe a Western invasion theme, more possibilities with more races.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Amored

    Dynasty Warriors is one of my favorite game franchises ever.
    To me DW beats most games nowadays. Yes, the gameplay might be a little outdated, but it’s fun. I like developers who make fun games :)

    #30 4 years ago

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    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    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 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 […]