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The Weekly Wrap – Nukem delayed, 3DS mania, Geohot

Saturday, 26 March 2011 09:09 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Where have you been all week? South America? Don’t worry, we don’t judge – unlike some people. Here’s everything you need to know in one convenient place.

Pitchford explains Duke Nukem Forever delay

What happened: Duke Nukem Forever showed up tardy to the party. Again. But it’s only by a month this time, which is still a pretty big improvement over the game’s previous release date of “hahaha, seriously? You’re joking, right? Oh man, you should see the look on your face right now.”

What it means: Conspiracy theories! It’s a publicity stunt, of course. Why? Well, why would you even ask that? We said “of course” in such a casual and dismissive way that it must be true. Sarcasm aside, let’s be honest here: if you read into something too closely, you’re just jabbing yourself in the eye with a book. Odds are, this is about general polish and possibly incorporating some feedback after mixed responses from the press. And seriously, why would Duke Nukem Forever need more delay inspired infamy? It’s been hard enough to convince people that they’ll be able to buy this thing as is. Who markets their product by saying, “You should be worried about spending money on this”?

Nintendo releases a revolution: “I have to get this console”

What happened: Nintendo released its dual-screened, tri-dimensioned dynamo from Japan’s confines, finally letting the rest of the world have a taste of the “look ma, no glasses” future.

What it means: To butcher a line originally uttered by an animatronic sci-fi muppet, “begun, the portable war has.” As for who will come out on top, it’s anyone’s guess at this point – if indeed there is even a “top” anymore. The portable market’s become wildly diversified in the past couple years, and – since each major player has its own ace in the hole – a definitive “king” may not be in the cards. Once again, Nintendo’s doing its own thing (perhaps to a fault), and people are eating it up. Granted, only time will tell whether or not 3D’s “just a gimmick,” but we pose this question: does it matter? HD used to be a “gimmick.” Now it’s a standard. Funny thing about revolutions: much of the time, we don’t even notice them until we can’t live without them.

Camarillo: Crysis 2 is PC brought to consoles, “not the other way around”

What happened: Crytek once again hopped atop its soapbox to defend Crysis 2′s console focus. Similarly – elsewhere in the world – CD Projekt waved away accusations that The Witcher 2 has been “dumbed down,” and Eidos Montreal revealed that Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s PC version is far from the lead SKU.

What it means: Lately, it’s been all the rage to give powerhouse PC franchises console makeovers, only to then claim that nothing’s actually changed. Everybody wins, basically. But does that philosophy hold water, or is it just a hole-ridden bucket of marketing speak? Well, the results have been mixed. Most recently, Dragon Age II has been relegated to the status of industry whipping boy over its disjointed, unfocused design and general lack of substance. The original Dragon Age, of course, was very much inspired by the classic PC RPGs of yore. DAII, though? Not so much. However, Crysis 2 – despite its lack of graphical customization options – has managed to retain its predecessor’s core elements with a fair deal of success, and Human Revolution looks to be taking its cues from the original game – not some arbitrary notion of what a game for a particular platform should be. Obviously, that’s the ideal. A great game should be great regardless of platform. Reality, however, isn’t so kind, and sometimes sacrifices must be made. But they can definitely be minimized through careful work and consideration – a factor we can only hope the BioWares of the world will begin taking into account.



Hotz on South American “vacation,” lawyer fights back


What happened:
Lies. Intrigue. Backstabbing. Car chases. Wait, no, the other thing: nothing. George “Geohot” Hotz went on vacation. Sony made a catty comment about it. But that was enough to get the ball rolling, and rampant, out-of-control speculation took it from there.

What it means: Well, the vacation’s basically a moot point, but a few of the circumstances surrounding it are worth noting. For one, Hotz’s less-than-straightforward approach to dealing with Sony (see: the PSN account and hard drive issues) make him look justifiably rebellious at best and downright suspicious at worst. Sony, however, isn’t doing itself any favors either. At this point, it’s making no bones about demonizing Geohot as both a symbol of a larger movement and as a human being. It seems, then, that regardless of who “wins” in the eyes of law, everyone loses here – Geohot by being difficult and generally suspicious, and Sony because it’ll have essentially hacked one head off a hydra. In other words, this “problem” is far too multifaceted to attack head-on. Jailbreaking won’t go away because you sued one guy. At this point, nobody’s figured out a “right” approach to dealing with jailbreakers, but one thing’s for sure: this isn’t it.

Report – Resident Evil: Racoon City announced in US OXM

What happened: The Resident Evil series is taking a step off its well-worn path into multiplayer territory. Fortunately, the game seems fairly unique irrespective of that, pitting Umbrella Security Service Squad members against US spec ops forces and forcing both sides to deal with good old-fashioned zombies.

What it means: Resident Evil’s been growing a bit stale lately, so it’s nice to see Slant Six attempting to freshen the pot. Also, multiplayer’s “in” right now, so Racoon City’s reception could have a pretty major impact on the where Resident Evil as a whole – traditionally a single-player-focused franchise – heads next. Lastly, this continues Capcom’s trend of gambling major franchises on Western developers, following titles like Dead Rising 2 and the Devil May Cry series revamp. Granted, a fresh perspective can never hurt, but here’s hoping that doesn’t come at the cost of homogenization and a slow erosion of Capcom’s unique flavor.

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19 Comments

  1. xino

    so Sony were the ones who spread the rumours:/

    now it makes sense why raged sony slaves and fanboys are bashing at Hotz for doing this.

    I hope he wins and then the court would introduce a new law which ALLOWS us to OWN our console we paid for (not renting it) and we can do whatever the f*k we want with it including hacking it!

    today is finished, next week should bring more interesting news.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Very good wrap up Nate, esp on the Sony vs Hotz bit.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    The fact that he just happened to go on ‘vacation’ during a serious law suit is more than a little suspicious, does he have proof that this was planned before the law suit? Is it even legal to ditch the country (or even the state for that matter) while under suit?

    “At this point, nobody’s figured out a “right” approach to dealing with jailbreakers, but one thing’s for sure: this isn’t it.”
    Excellent comment right here, couldn’t have said it better myself.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @1 You are not renting your hardware.

    You own it, and you’re allowed to modify it however you want. It’s not the modifying of it that’s illegal, it’s the act of using it for illegal purposes, such as piracy.

    That is the law in pretty much every first world country in the world.

    The only thing you are “renting” is the PSN service. If Sony wanted to shut down PSN tomorrow, there is nothing you could do to stop them.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crysis

    It’s not renting at all, when you purchased the PS3 you were granted a license to use it’s services under certain conditions that you agreed to.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Left for dead style gameplay In Raccoon City? Colour me interested. Geohotz v Sony = Bored now. As for the portable *war*, I’m looking foreward to Ninty & Apple throwing stats at each other over who. Sold the most.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    Tired of hearing Nintendo PR speak, one minute they claim that small app-like games are the biggest threat to the gaming industry, next they’re claiming that they don’t even consider it competition, if someone’s taking away your market share, they clearly are competition.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Fantastic Nate. Everything is perfect. From Sony vs Geohot to “PC brought to consoles”

    MOAR of this please.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. xino

    http://psgroove.com/content.php?906-Android-Hacker-Koushik-Dutta-Denies-Sony

    anyone who stills support Sony are nothing but sony slaves.
    Sony are far right guilty and justice will prevail!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    @Crysis

    The problem with your argument is that you’re clearly saying that an operating system is a service and you can’t really deny that. We both know that it’s true that the jailbreaking happens at the OS level, there’s nowhere else that it can happen, so the only modifications that are made are to the OS.

    In other words, people are violating the license of the PS3 OS. This is what I have a problem with, really, because that’s essentially saying that they’re not entitled to do what they like with the operating system that they purchased. Microsoft doesn’t flip a shit like this whenever someone reverse engineers parts of Windows for a reason. A very good reason. It’s so that people don’t immediately hop over to their direct competition – Linux.

    However, due to the monopoly of the OS in regards to consoles, Sony can lay down the law. But here’s the interesting thing – do you want to know what I think they were scared of? Not piracy. No. Not even remotely. I think they were more scared of people accessing the whole system to the point where they could install any OS on it, installing a good PPC-based OS on it, and then using that to play games which Sony hasn’t officially sanctioned for sale, which they don’t get royalties from.

    That’s what I think it came down to, at the end of the day, and that’s what I’d speculate and be more than willing to believe. I’d believe that more than they did it because they were cheap (which is plausible, too), and so much more than they did it as a security concern (which is highly implausible to say the least, for reasons that have been covered in a hundred other threads). They gave people Other OS thinking that they’d always be in control. They’re not afraid of piracy but rather people actually going their own way and doing their own thing with the PS3, in essence, they’re afraid of losing their iron-fisted grip, they’re afraid of losing control.

    In the console biz, the more control you have over people, the more money you generate, and console consumers don’t really know any better than that. This is why I’m a PC gamer, because I’m in control on the PC and I make my own choices rather than having them made for me by the corporation that owns my hardware. I would never run a system where I was dictated to. And that’s a level of freedom that people were figuring out how to utilise with the Other OS option – something that Sony thought they’d locked down but hadn’t done too good of a job of. Essentially the PS3 would become an alternative PC option, as near to fully capable as a PC is.

    I think they saw their lack of control coming and decided to dictate to people that they no longer had the option to do what they wanted with their consoles. Imagine if Sony ended up with such a great deal with a film and entertainment provider that they decided to remove video playback from the console – that they made it your choice. How would you feel about that? That’d be a choice that was made for you. And if you didn’t obey and fall into line, you’d not be able to play any of the latest games. How about music playback? Web surfing? They can pull any of this for you, and make the decision for you that you don’t need any of that crap.

    That’s the difference, you don’t understand Other OS because it’s not something that you value. So you can just say ‘oh, it’s a service and it’s totally okay for Sony to pull a service from their hardware,’ but you’d change your tune if that directly impacted you. If Sony decided to revoke your PSN games, for example, just shutting down PSN because they could no longer afford it but not offering you any compensation for those PSN games that you can no longer play. That’s fine, right? It was a service, the service is gone, and it’s completely okay that your games are gone. That’s what you’re saying.

    This is the problem. People are amazingly selfish, and they only care about something insofar as it impacts them. If it doesn’t then they don’t give a damn, and their provider is a saint until they do something that impacts them directly, and then they show how two-faced they are. This is standard behaviour for us humans, but it shouldn’t be. It’s really annoying if I’m going to be honest with you.

    Yes, it’s a service, it’s okay to pull it, that’s fine. Because you don’t use it.

    Do you know what this reminds me of? What you remind me of? An MMO player. :p No, hear me out, this is entirely valid. You have professions in an MMO, you play one, and you want to ensure that that one remains the most valid for play. Thus we see the rock, paper, scissors scenario. “I am rock, scissors is fine, nerf paper.” That’s the mentality you have right there. Because it doesn’t directly impact you you don’t even have the slightest bit of empathy for those whom it does impact. I’m almost finding the lack of empathy of the modern adult to verge on sociopathic, to be honest, but that’s a discussion for anther day.

    When it impacts you, you’ll care. Before then, I can’t expect you to.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. xino

    @thewulf

    don’t argue with that buffoon attention seeking whore Crysis. He’s one of the plague of this site that does nothing but instigate and fuels argument. The asshole’s been acting like a f*king whore seeking and craving for a cock so badly, he just keeps replying to every of my comment and hoping for the best I’ll reply back to him.

    I just ignore the d*khead. I would really advise you not to bother replying to him because you wouldn’t get anywhere and all you’ll get is a 20% IQ comment coming from him and constantly belittling you by calling you a child.

    And you have a strong point about what Sony were scared off. It wasn’t to do with piracy and it was to do with hacking the internal of the ps3 such as the mltrd key.

    My grip is, if Sony knew gamers and hackers would be under control via the OtherOS and aware that they could get into the ps3′s internal system, why include OtherOS in the first place? why make it your selling tool? This is something that baffles me so much!

    Its like saying we give unlimited happy hour drinks at a restaurant, and the company found out that the guest are heavy drinks and could cause shortage to their stock, therfore they stopped the unlimited happy hour drink they advertised in their offer and that you paid for.

    All the Sony slaves ever say is “you agreed to the terms”. what terms? terms that cannot be avoided, how would I upgrade my bluray firmwire? how would I download add ons and DLC? Meaning there is no choice but to submit.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Another great post from you, Wulf. Well said.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Shonak

    Total agreement with TheWulf achieved.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    @10, I more or less agree with you & although I didn’t care about Other OS’ removal, I do sympathize for the guys that were affected by it as I have mentioned in other posts how they’re forced to choose between a PSN(which is needed for many newer games)or Other OS, but people should also know what to expect when they get a closed/controlled system so unfortunately for everyone affected, the law is the law, but the law does not necessarily mean justice, but it’s up to the courts to decide on that.
    I can’t say for certain about why Sony is so vigilante about this, but as you said the cause is/was their lack of control & while your reasons are likely a factor, the case stretches much further than Sony not profiting from people running (questionably unethical that seems to be legal) emulators, the one thing that’s obvious that someone/people were exploiting(or planning to) the Other OS in a way that scared Sony into action, coincidentally George Hotz managed to gain access to the graphics card via Linux, mere weeks before Sony removed it, something that the class action lawsuit against Sony claims cannot be accessed.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    “I just ignore the d*khead” Sure, that’s why you keep mentioning me.

    “you wouldn’t get anywhere and all you’ll get is a 20% IQ comment coming from him “Maybe it’s your iq preventing you from understanding another person’s pov causing a whiplash of unprovoked personal attacks.

    “Meaning there is no choice but to submit” You know what to expect when you buy a console, if you don’t like it you vote with your money & become a PC gamer, the PS3 was the perfect games, multimedia & computing machine but unprovoked hackers caused the computing feature to be removed, then these hackers used that as an excuse to go on a holy crusade about digital rights having no purpose. Spin that whatever way you want but Sony didn’t remove it just to laugh at it’s consumers getting angry.

    Now before you needlessly insult me again, I would suggest you look up GeoHot’s activity recently before Other OS’ removal, then you may finally get a clue about why everyone isn’t blindly calling him a hero, it’s entirely his fault Other OS was gone, now he’s in trouble for fixing his mistake because he was too arrogant to leave well enough alone in the first place, probably caused by the smugness he probably received after beating Apple in that trial.
    Don’t get me wrong, he’s an incredible boy-genius, but surely he must have known how much trouble he could get into by taking the law into his own hand like a cyber-vigilante.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    “I’m almost finding the lack of empathy of the modern adult to verge on sociopathic”
    LOL! So true.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @10 Brilliant post, Wulf. I completely agree.

    It’s sad really, but that’s how people are. Being in the MMO community for years, I know *exactly* the kind of people you’re talking about.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    @17, Well he’s replying to me (I am Crysis but my previous posts have oddly kept the same name), but he’s only judging me from a few of my posts, I truly empathize with those that actually made use of the Other OS, my entire point is: I don’t like what Sony have done, but I can mildly understand why they have done it, I just want a detailed explanation which I hope Sony will eventually provide.

    From the information that I’ve gathered, GeoHot (& likely some other hackers too) are the reason why it was removed then they used that as the excuse to gather a following to justify their possibly illegal actions but before that, their only reasoning was homebrew but you could already do most of what homebrew enables with Other OS, so all this has spurred out of control for no reason.

    Now several dozen guys are being sued, some games are almost unplayable online, Sony’s losing money due to piracy (Fact is they are but I can’t tell you to what extent) & nothing has really been accomplished from all of this.

    Now my final post regarding Xino, you are one of the most one sided people that I’ve ever seen, can you comprehend another person’s point of view at all? Here’s the most basic link I can provide you, just scroll down to ‘Hacking the PlayStation 3′ & read the first paragraph- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geohot
    ^This is so far, the only reason Sony has to the removal of the Other OS.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OrbitMonkey

    Great posts by TheWulf & Christopher Jack, food for thought indeed.

    #19 4 years ago

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    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

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  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

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  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

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  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

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  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

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  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

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  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]