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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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    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]