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Report: TopWare interactive accused of PR manipulation

Monday, 21 February 2011 02:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Destructoid has compiled evidence alleging Two Worlds II publisher TopWare Interactive has made multiple attempts to influence review scores and game rankings.

A list of alleged dodgy practices include buying up European site advertising in return for guaranteed favourable reviews; IP masking to allow for artificially inflated page views on Two Worlds II coverage; pressuring sites to remove unfavourable reviews based on preview copy while favourable ones remained up; and accusing a negative reviewer of pirating a copy of the game.

Destructoid cited anonymous sources and leaked email, as well as non-specific comments from an ex-TopWare staffer.

“There is absolutely no correlation between review scores and ad buys,” TopWare managing director James Seaman said in response.

“We do not even have the budget for ad buys that people would even take that seriously. On top of that Topware does not handle PR in Europe. Zuxxez Entertainment, our parent company, does.

“Topware does not engage in any manipulation of media sites or customer sites, but we are happy that people like our game.”

Answering specific allegations, Seaman said the company had requested reviews based on German-language versions of the game be held until international release, and that accusations of pirated copy resulted from a miscommunication.

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35 Comments

  1. xino

    sounds fishy man:/

    i wish TopWare do blacksite some piss of sh* sites, people take games for granted these days and do not know when they see a good looking game, and rate it a terrible score.

    Giving Two Worlds 2 5/10 is ridiculous! There are many trash games I’ve played in the pass that deserves that score. When a dev fails a game the first time, they’ll make sure they get the second one right.

    About PR in Europe, they are right because I haven’t seen much advert for the game therefore I’m not anticipating it! But videos I have seen of the game is quite impressive, especially the real time magic changing.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. UuBuU

    Can’t blame them for trying. The games industry is all about making big money these days and I’m pretty sure some of the big name publishers/developers with a bit more muscle influence reviews on a frequent basis; intentionally or not.

    Game reviews in general cannot be trusted these days. If you want an opinion on a game without playing the thing yourself then the only reliable way is to read user reviews.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Grimrita

    And this is new? This kind of practice has been going on for years – just look at the Gamespot/Kane and Lynch affair. Moral of the story is, NEVER believe a review score as they always tend to be full of shit.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Indeed. Much bigger, much richer companies most likely do this far better and get away with it all the time.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    That doesn’t make it right, of course. Just unsurprising.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @3: There is still no proof to that whole conspiracy thing.

    Just saying: If you try to pick an example, take one that’s clear.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Grimrita

    Actually, I indeed sat right across from a PR guy at a publisher I used to work at, listening to how he wanted an extra 2 points on a review score, if they had an exclusive announcement on their next triple A title.

    It happens and judging by all the 9/10′s that now get handed out like candy – thats all the proof you need – The gamespot/kane and lynch affair is yet another example. Eidos paid big sums of cash to gamespot for ad space and once their game reviewed badly, threatened to withdraw that cash. Funny how the chap who reviewed it was ‘fired’ and the game was re-reviewed.

    Its a dark,seedy world and the sooner the playing/paying public stop believing these shit reviews, the sooner we can go back to real developing and innovation again in the market.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    It’s the reason I listen to forums first and review sites second.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @8
    That’s another problem. One of the allegations is that TopWare employees would make unique and different accounts / user-names for different sites and forums and post positive comments about their game. From YouTube and mainstream sites to gaming forums…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. xino

    @9
    lol

    @8
    you listen to forum? full of fanboys who would do nothing but say sweet words about the game and force you to get it? Sorry but it’s no different to journalist getting paid to give high review scores.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Grimrita

    @9 – again, that is not uncommon. There are agencies out there who build that in to part of their plan by ‘directing’ a base of home users to post positive comments and a product. It pays well too

    #11 4 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @7: Again, if it’s still only a rumour, i wouldn’t recommend using it as an example. The whole Kane & Lynch Affair: Rumour. I think everybody knows this happens.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Suikoden Fan

    i just heard a rumor that the game is to be delayed again to march 18th any truh to it?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    Like xino says, you’re just as fucked by listening to user reviews. It costs a company fuck all to tell its employees to go online and drop a few appealing words about their own product, and even if they don’t, there are bound to be some fanboys around with no critical sense what so ever.

    Fundamentally, the fact that the gaming press has that reputation is nobodys fault but the writers themselves. Journalistic integrity is pretty critical to the word journalism, especially if you propose to use the title without a qualifying education.

    At least Destructoid seem to make an effort to be the antithesis, for better or worse :P

    #14 4 years ago
  15. xino

    @13

    yea….their shipment got wrecked in the sea.

    Someone posted a picture of it.
    http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/7829/jrgow.jpg

    http://www.vg247.com/2011/02/02/uk-cargo-for-two-worlds-ii-wrecked/

    ahahahhahahah….I know it’s not funny. Imagine if the game you worked hard for and all lost at sea:/

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Michael O’Connor

    You know what the sad thing about all this is?

    The game is good enough in its own regards to not even require this sort of manipulation.

    As a professional journalist myself, I utterly condone these sort of practises. TopWare has lost itself at least one customer with this. One who was actually intending to buy the game.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    Exactly, stuff like this happens all of the time.

    Thats why I laugh when someoen toss in a MetaCritic score like it means something.

    Some me video. Give me a demo. Let gamers do the reviews themself.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. StolenGlory

    @16

    Surely you mean “Condemn” in lieu of “Condone”?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    @18 Whoops. Yes. Damn predictive typing on my phone.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DSB

    You don’t need gamers to do reviews, personally I think that’s why we’re in this mess. We started taking gamers out of their basements with little understanding of what journalism entails, and they fucked it up by letting themselves get seduced by the industry.

    Really, you just need an editor with a bit of spine that’s able to say “Fuck you – We don’t need an advanced review copy, a sitewrap, a few months of banner ads, preview or interview access, we’ll buy our own copy and mark it whatever we like”.

    You’d never be first with a story, but I think gamers appreciate being told the truth after the fact, rather than being fed bullshit a week before release. Making a living might be the tricky part, but if you’re able to capture an audience, capital will inevitably follow.

    The problem is that so many press people have already established a less than ethical precedent, so today it’s practically impossible for the press to demand anything of the industry. Which is pretty stupid, because the press holds all the cards.

    It’s the cheapest possible advertising available to developers and publishers, whether it gets bad marks or not.

    I don’t know how hard it is to get access to review code as a games writer, but I really appreciate how easy it is to get access to new music. Pretty much every publisher is just dying to hand out advance copies to magazines big and small, as long as they’re watermarked or otherwise traceable so they can destroy your life if you’re stupid enough to put it on a torrent site.

    A lot of labels have started making closed press accounts that require absolutely no contact with the label at all, except for maybe a newsletter saying that x album is available to be reviewed. It’s outstanding in terms of ensuring integrity.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. mathare92

    @20 Really, you just need an editor with a bit of spine that’s able to say “Fuck you – We don’t need an advanced review copy, a sitewrap, a few months of banner ads, preview or interview access, we’ll buy our own copy and mark it whatever we like”.

    Crecente on Kotaku’s a bit like that. On one of their podcasts, I remember him challenging the whole point of review events, and threatening not to attend the Halo Reach one – which he didn’t if remember correct.

    Just an example.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    DSB, moral highground don’t pay the bills.

    Never forget that the games industry is still a business.

    And by gamers doing reviews – I don’t mean journalist. I mean give me a break Journalists? Game coverage isn’t exactly on par with CNN.

    You have to have a bit of perspective really.

    What I was refearing to was the actual gamers relating how they actualy feel about a game. Go visit Gamefly.com and look at the reviews from gamers that have actualy rented/played each game.

    Sure there are a few worthless reviews, but in general you get to read about stuff that actualy matters from actual gamers.

    I often visit there to get a sense of a game I am thinking about.

    Like all of us, I think a demo is worth a thousand words. Video of gameplay is also nice.

    Telling me how amazing a game is, while plastering a banner across your website/print pages from the games publisher is not something I can trust. That is not even close to being a journalist aproach. It has more in common with storewindow advertising at my local gamestop.

    Real journalist are not trying to sell you a product. Or anything related to the product. CNN isn’t gonna try and sell you an iteam based on the headline they just ran.

    I am sorry but Music, Movies, and Games can not be grouped in the same standing as news media. Samewould be said for most entertainment industry. the “news” and “jounalist” involved are simply vehichles used and manipulated to stimulate sales.

    Take this site for example. Pat had some Rift banners around. I just finished Rift Beta, and have my copy preordered, and have 6months subscription ready to go. Headstart starts on the 24th of Feb. I would not have even known the game exsisted had I not seen that banner.

    So the banner has run. This site has carried a few stories on the game. A few interviews of staffers that made the game has run too. So I ask you … is any of that “News”?

    I think it is just part of the bigger process that is the games industry. And its goal was met. I bought and subscribed to the game. Samething happens on almost everygame site on the web. From MS adds to Sony ones. Halo games to LBP ones. Look at the frenzy over 3DS/PSP2, samethings.

    Game jounalisim amounts to one part informantion and three parts advertising/sales.

    And I don’t blame them one bit. They don’t need “spines”. Infact they would fail the game if they tried changinging the rules. They would stop getting a lot more then advance copies of unreleased games. The game media needs the game publishers prolly even more then the publishers need the game media.

    You and I are still going to go the game store and buy games weather we are flooded with prelaunch info/hype or not. But without that info/news/advertising websites simply wouldn’t exsist.

    All, 100%, about money.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DSB

    You make a good point OG, but my point is that there are plenty of other industry-related press that manage to turn a profit without ever being a bitch to the industries they’re covering. It’s being accomplished, and it was being accomplished long before there even was a gaming press.

    The people who forged this whole scene just threw it on the floor early on by getting people who might not know the first thing about journalism, but had played a lot of games, and wanted to extend that into writing. That doesn’t prepare you very well for the questions of ethics you’re going to face, like a degree in journalism would.

    The real problem with outlets like CNN or major newspapers covering games is really the polar opposite. It’s no use hiring a games journalist if the editor in charge wouldn’t know his ass from his elbows when it comes to games, he’s simply not competent enough to edit that section, nor to judge the journalist he’s hiring.

    It could be an amazing outlet for games coverage though, since they have a broader portfolio of advertisers than your average games site.

    The “is it news” argument is an entirely different one. I think the fact that the games industry moves as slowly as it does (with 2 year production cycles and restricting massive launches to certain days of the calendar year) means that if you want to profit from a daily updated medium, you have to lower the bar considerably on what constitutes newsworthy stories.

    I don’t like gossip without investigation, and I don’t like how increasingly little developers have to work to get a post on a site like this (ie DICE’s recent “I got a secret, but I have nothing to say about it” – Which is about as big of a non-story as you’re likely to get) but ultimately I’d say stories on an ambitious game like Rift are relevant, no matter what wrap you have on the site.

    For the record I don’t see the wraps, though. Chrome + AdBlock :P

    #23 4 years ago
  24. OlderGamer

    I am glad I saw the banner, I love that game!

    Also I wasn’t suggesting that CNN cover games. I can see the motivation, they cover showbiz and such. But they would have to hire someone like Pat that actualy knows games and understands the biz.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DSB

    Also I think you’re flat wrong in your enterpretation of what journalism is. It’s completely unrestricted, encompassing any topic, as long as there’s a story worth investigating. The ultimate job of journalism is to inform, and you can inform people about whatever you like.

    You can always argue whether reviews are proper journalism. Personally I most certainly think they are, and so do most aknowledged schools of journalism, where reviews are a part of the curriculum and/or acceptance test.

    An album, a game, or a movie can easily be viewed as a story onto itself.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    “Also I think you’re flat wrong in your enterpretation of what journalism is. It’s completely unrestricted, encompassing any topic, as long as there’s a story worth investigating. The ultimate job of journalism is to inform, and you can inform people about whatever you like.”

    You are entitled to your opinion.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    Considering the ammount of professionals who subscribe to that notion, it’s more appropriate to say that “we’re” entitled to “our” opinion.

    You’re certainly entitled to your own enterpretation of the craft, though.

    I could’ve been more precise with the last sentence though. Obviously you can’t inform people about “whatever you like”, but you can certainly cover any topic you might want to, within journalism.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Hunam

    enterpretation is not a word btw.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    That completely voids everything I’ve written. Thanks Hunam.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Syrok

    Enterpretation – Noun – A form of entertainment derived from false interpretation.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DSB

    Lawl.

    Let’s milk it, shall we? :P

    #31 4 years ago
  32. LOLshock94

    bet it was gametrailers who got caught since there inbreds of game reviews

    #32 4 years ago
  33. mathare92

    @OG Have you read this yet? http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-02-21-the-boy-who-stole-half-life-2-article

    If that’s not journalism, I don’t know what is.

    Though I have to admit, articles like that are quite rare :)

    #33 4 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    I am not saying that journalist don’t exsist inside the game media. I am also not saying that their isn’t planety of cases of journalistic integerty.

    All I am saying is that I don’t believe the case of PR manipulation is limited to this story/case. Not by a long shot. I believe it is common practice and wide spread.

    And I think that claiming there is some moral high ground, beleiveing in pure integerity is foolsih. To think that way one would lose site that that this is a biz. From game reviews, to game previews, to interviews, its all part of the machine. You need to keep in mind who is driving that machine.

    It isn’t the lowly and single writter with a mission.

    I mean it can be. Look at the endless sea of bloggers/writters that cover the game industry. But the big boys and heavy hitters don’t operate that way.

    They do things like you read about in this piece.

    The big boys aren’t just some fanboy in his bedroom, blogging about his new game. You show me someone at the top and I will show you someone that comprimised to get there.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. DSB

    You’re making it sound like it’s a natural order though, when the opposite is true.

    Obviously there’d be no gaming press without a gaming industry to cover, but if you look at any other branch of topical journalism, integrity is still very much at the center of the craft, and businesses and lawmakers have no choice but to accept that.

    Journalism has always been a case of the tail wagging the dog, because of its principles of coverage over cooperation. The industry might not rely on a writer to exist, but it relies on a writer to be as succesful as it can be, and as such, that leaves the writer at a constant advantage.

    The problem with gaming journalism is that games writers gave up that advantage long ago, not realizing their position of power, and it’s nigh impossible to take it back, because to do that, you’d have to regain those principles and unite against the industry, which is now so far embedded into all the various outlets.

    It’s not about moral highground, it’s about preserving integrity. The ethics involved with that can be perfectly brutal. But you’re absolutely right apart from that, I think the problem is commonplace, which is why smaller publishers like Topware get called out in favor of perhaps more powerful players.

    #35 4 years ago

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    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]