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Bizarre Creations RIP – 1994-2011

Friday, 18 February 2011 10:13 GMT By Patrick Garratt

A staffer has put together a final salute to UK developer Bizarre Creations, which Activision will close today. Words are pointless. The very best of luck to everyone involved.

Farewell Bizarre…it’s been an absolute pleasure! from Eamon Urtone on Vimeo.

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42 Comments

  1. Patrick Garratt

    Metropolis Street Racer was my very first press trip. I didn’t know what to wear, so I turned up in a suit that was about three sizes too small then lied that I’d come from a meeting when I saw everyone was wearing t-shirts.

    End of an era.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. kdogg

    haha

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    And for the record, we were first in the world to get the game’s title. I phoned it back to the bedroom office off the bus. The Edge freelancer thought I was mental. Liveblogging, 20th Century style.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Such a shame nobody stepped in to save them. Good luck to everyone!

    /salutes

    Man, I’ve been doing too much saluting of late.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Heinekeno

    “Over the past three years since our purchase of Bizarre Creations, the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly” -Activision 1 mont ago
    “Oh My God ! They killed Kenny ! You Basterds !” -South Park

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Soong

    Sadly this was inevitable once they signed up with Activision, which nowadays seems akin to making a deal with the devil – only worse. As a gamer with no inside knowledge of the industry I really have to wonder why any developer would willingly want to work for or with Activision at all.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    Basically a bit heart-broken. PGR3 was one of my first true online experiences and PGR4 was a fantastic racer. Nevermore. :(

    #7 4 years ago
  8. frostquake

    Sad…but not surprising…Activision buys you up..gobble gobble gobble, and then shuts you down boot boot boot…Just got the Bond game for $10 US, ewwwwww Fugly Fugly Fugly..looks like a PS1 game…really really bad…not a good way to end it all!! Maybe they should have stuck to XBLA titles…oh well, I wish the staff all the best, and those who got rich selling off the company, well I will reserve my comments to my thoughts…This is Paul Harvey Signing off, and Good Day… ;)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    MSR is where it all started for me. When I had my old gaming review website, it was one of the first titles (along with a few others from the Dreamcast launch) that I went all out on with videos, images, an in-depth feature and so on. It was pretty much my life for a few months once I had gotten hold of it.

    Bizarre Creations you will be sorely missed and now there is one less feather in the cap of the UK games industry as a result.

    /salute.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Best wishes to all effected by this. I hope they find new positions quickly. Always sad to see an established and talented team broken up though, Blur was excellent.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. dirigiblebill

    These guys made Geometry Wars, and Geometry Wars made Xbox Live Arcade. Simply ridiculous.

    Best of luck to all involved.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    WTF….Bizarre is gone? I didn’t see that coming, why exactly? Wasn’t Blur a success?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Lloytron

    Good luck to everyone involved. I worked with them briefly back in the Fur Fighters and MSR days. Great guys, good times, top games.

    It’s a sad day for gamers.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. evilashchris

    :(

    Good luck guys and girls.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Zarckan

    @frostquake you don’t have a fucking clue what you are talking about.

    There is NO need to go all fanboi on this thread, show the people some respect!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. StolenGlory

    @8

    It looks like a PS1 game?

    Exaggerate much?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    Sad day.

    Damn Activision.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. LOLshock94

    really gutted for these guys there racers were amazing and there shooters werent that bad i thought CLUB was an amazing game online

    #18 4 years ago
  19. daytripper

    thought ms or sony might have snapped them up, a real shame. best of luck to everyone who has left there.:-(

    #19 4 years ago
  20. GwynbleiddiuM

    This shows why Independent studios should remain independent. when they’re owned by a bigger firm, there’s always the risk of terminations…

    #20 4 years ago
  21. back_up

    very sad day
    F1 was first game i bought from them
    they should make their own team and start developing small games or
    hope everybody finds new jobs

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Hunam

    @20 Any studio has a chance of getting shut down, independent or no.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    Especially in the UK, these days.

    It’s so expensive to run a studio here, so why bother, when you can make exactly the same products with cheaper talent in cheaper parts of the world?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. OlderGamer

    ” so expensive to run a studio here, so why bother, when you can make exactly the same products with cheaper talent in cheaper parts of the world?”

    Thats whats killing our econemy and middle class in the states too. Not just games obviously, but with so many things from manufactered goods to customer services.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @22, this is true, but at least if you’re independent you live or die by your own decisions, successes and failures.

    There is no mega-corporation overhead saying “we want you to do this like this” then throwing the toys out the pram when it doesn’t work.

    And indeed successful studios get cut simply to make savings.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. ManuOtaku

    This is so sad, such a talented developer being throw to the trash can, i dont know what is worst, activision, or us gamers that we didnt do anything in order to place and statement on this, i know this people will find jobs (pray to god), but the precedent that this is making is big for our industry, i know is done before but not like this.

    In other note, also this month Hudson(bomberman, lost in shadow) shut their doors too, sad month indeed T_T

    #26 4 years ago
  27. KBST

    Oh, bad bad Activision. Why are you closing a studio that is known for not reaching milestones in time and was willing to even take money from the marketing budget, in order to finish their games. Bad Activison! You know this is a charity, not a business. Bad Activision! Good luck Bizarre. I hope you get a new job….and get fucking organized this time.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. ManuOtaku

    @ 27 i prefer i studio or company for that matter, that not reach his milestones in time, that the one whoe does forcing his employees, treat them bad in the process and doing mobbing, just saying. and this it has nothing to do with business, you can make good amounts of profits, treating your employees the way they deserve, humanly speaking of course.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    Lament of the unsubsidized Euro games developer, like Giga says.

    It’s great that politicians want to do a lot of talk about globalization and protecting the high tech employer, but when it comes to putting a bit of investment into those claims, they’re nowhere to be found. As usual.

    @27 That’s not really neccesary.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Broncanus

    Kudos

    #30 4 years ago
  31. ManuOtaku

    @30 or your meant not Kudos to that(the closing of bizarre i mean), i hope is the later,

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Grimrita

    Another one bites the dust. The best of luck to all those losing their jobs. It proves that Big publisher = hasnt a fucking clue

    #32 4 years ago
  33. artistadam

    wow, i feel bad for the bond series as blood stone was left open for a sequel… and i thought bizzare did a brilliant job of recreating the world of james bond… they revived the bond franchise IMO and then the doors close… wow, this is the second studio to close where i loved their last game they ever made… bizzare with blood stone and pandemic with the saboteur…

    i guess i’ll just have to cling on to blood stone as i am not so sure we’ll see another decent bond game for many many years…

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Bloodyghost

    The saddest thing was that they didnt deserve this. Blur was addicting and WAY underrated and Blood Stone wasnt that bad. Actually was the best MODERN James Bond game.

    Activision grabbed Bizzare like a sponge and left the studio falling and needing a home.

    Should of stayed with Microsoft. Just saying.

    Bungie might be next…

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Kalain

    Bizzare’s games weren’t marketed enough, hence why their sales where low, due to them wanting to pump up Call of Modern Warfarre of Duty Honour 234.

    The guys didn’t deserve it as they are some of the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. ManuOtaku

    Just think what will happen if Activision ends up buying 2K, rockstar should take a hard look in the mirror in order to dont let that happen.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Freek

    Blur had potential. It could have gone the way of Dead Space. Solid but not spectacular reviews for part 1 and then 90 ratings all round and mega sales for part 2.

    You need to give a franchise room to grow, for atleast one sequel if the frist game is good.
    EA gets that, Activission is more foccused on short term proffit. That works great for the shareholders and is a viabel buisenss strategy.
    Unfortunatly a side effect of that is a graveyard full of franchises prematurely run into the ground and a a serial killer style studio body count.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Tallon 4

    beautiful vid

    Thanks Bizarre, for all those great games!

    #38 4 years ago
  39. xino

    so they made those games…that is bad man!
    Now that they’ve closed down, Microsoft have nothing to go against GT series

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DaMan

    er, the second Dead Space got basically the same reviews as the original.. the games have a 0.1 diff on Metacritic ;o

    and, RIP. they were an exceptional developer.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Freek

    That’s because meta critic is a nonsensical way to gather information, it agragates everything untill the nuance is gone.

    EG is more representative of the general response Dead Space 1 got, 7/10. Good but has some issues and is repetative. Sales reflected that.
    Dead Space 2, 9/10, improved the game in the right places, lots of positive buzz, great sales.

    The new Medal of Honor, same thing. The reboot was a verry mixed bag but there was something there to build on. The second one will probably be excelent.
    Or long story short: it often takes a sequel for a developer to get it right.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. DaMan

    @Freek
    ‘That’s because meta critic is a nonsensical way to gather information, it agragates everything untill the nuance is gone.’

    ah, that’s true then, I agree.

    although I don’t see how it could possibly affect the sales.. going by games like Sniper GW or K&L 2. I would rather believe it was the recession being at it’s peak in 2008.

    #42 4 years ago

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    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.