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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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    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    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 […]