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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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  • Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more make up this week’s Deals with Gold

    Deals with Gold is back for the week of March 30 with discounts on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Lego Movie Videogame, and others. Xbox Live Gold members get a few good deals this week to spend money on. A large assortment of The Lego games is on […]

  • GTA 5: parallax occlusion mapping is gone, but framerate is better

    Patch 1.09 for GTA 5 has indeed removed the parallax occlusion mapping effect, but has in turn improved the game’s overall framerate – at least on PlayStation 4. Earlier last week a YouTube video came to light and showed what appeared to be the removal of effects from GTA 5 after applying patch 1.09. The […]

  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

    DirectX 12 may not be the miracle that some are believing it to be, at least not when it comes to improving the resolution of Xbox One ports. Damien Monnier, a senior game designer at The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has revealed through a Twitter conversation with fans that DirectX 12 may not […]

  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

    Bloodborne has a nasty glitch that will let you duplicate all in-game consumables. The glitch was discovered by Kotaku and makes item duplication pretty simple. Note that doing this will trivialise a major part of the game’s challenge and that it will probably get patched soon. For this glitch to work, you’ll need to create […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 31: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    The weekly reset to Destiny’s merchants, strikes, and reputation caps is here. The strike for this week is The Nexus on the Ishtar Sink on Venus. Void burn will be your ally/enemy for the Nightfall. The Juggler modifier is also available on both Heroic and Nightfall. Inferno Crucible mode also returns with Clash, and it […]

  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

    Motivational Growth will soon be Steam’s first foray into selling movies that are not based around video games Steam will release its first, non-documentary film later today in the form of Motivational Growth. The film is a sci-fi comedy distributed by Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital, who has itself produced other game-centred documentaries before, and […]

  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

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

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

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

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

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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