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THQ feels “disappointment” over Red Faction: Battlegrounds reception

Saturday, 16 April 2011 19:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

THQ’s Lenny Brown has said that he is a bit disappointed at the reception Red Faction: Battlegrounds recieved on Metacritic.


Currently rated at 49 out of 100, Brown is of the belief that such score aggregate sites have “no bearing,” as “they don’t really affect studio prices.”

“I think it’s a little bit of a disappointment, [and] I think what’s most disappointing for me, is how sometimes the prose of the reviews don’t match the final score,” he told Joystiq.

“Someone will say something not necessarily glowing, but you think you’re tracking along a 7, and then you get a 4. That’s not talking about the fairness of the score of this game in particular. It’s not the best game in the world, but it’s not a 5. It’s a satisfactory experience that leads into the bigger game. And I think just because of what we’re trying to do, that’s innovative, and I think that alone deserves a 7.”

Brown went on to say that sites like Metacritic affect the “industry in a weird way,” but believes part of the problem with the game’s reception stems from THQ not being clear about what exactly a game like Battlegrounds entails.

“When you have five minutes for an instance-based gameplay session, that’s [Battlegrounds],” he explained. “And when you want to spend two hours in the Red Faction universe, that’s [the larger games] on the console.

“I think we’ve got to do a better job of messaging that, to the consumer and to the game press.”

Red Faction: Battlegrounds launched on PSN and XBL in early April.

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30 Comments

  1. DSB

    You know what’s absolutely awesome about that?

    He would NEVER say anything like that, if it had scored well.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    How about we just ignore all the really low scores and then you still average at a 6….. Yay for curving scores!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. The_Red

    First Homefront and now this. THQ and Bilson really need to stop this.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. hitnrun

    The man has a point, but the perceived injustice is less to be blamed on game media than the industry itself. The days when most titles broke some new ground or brought some interesting angle to be pored over by a quirky consumer base in glossy magazines like Next Gen are long gone.

    There’s a cubic shitton of games being released every week, and reviewers need to churn through them all. Perhaps you shouldn’t “synergize” (milk) a decade-old franchise if you want credit for an experimental turn? And perhaps you shouldn’t – by his own near-admission – aim for mediocrity?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Grimrita

    I cant see all the fuss about metacritic and reviews – after all, its all bullshit. No matter how bad a game is, if publishers are able to pay for a good ‘review’ they will, either in advertising revenue or promising exclusive previews on forthcoming triple a titles.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 You’re right, but using aggregates, you can still pretty much tell within the 7-10 scale what you might want to check out and what you might not.

    At least I can count the times that hasn’t been true for me on one hand.

    Probably the reason why I prefer VG247 is that there aren’t any reviews, so it doesn’t lose any respect for the whole, whenever someone jumps on a hype wagon or gets it totally wrong.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    I only look into reviewing sites like meta critic and such for a game I am curious about and I look at the user ratings and reviews not the actual reviewers.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. mojo

    to basically everyone interested in gaming: if u still give something about review scores, your doing it wrong.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gigabomber

    Top-down games have to be just right to work: the public has lost a lot of interest in them in general.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. mojo

    yeah sure. but it still is wrong..
    Gaming is for personal pleasure. personal. like art. ever seen someone rating the mona lisa as 9.7 out of 10?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. xino

    why should they give a piece of sh* good score!?

    some other THQ guy complained about people scoring Homefront wrong. Is THQ retarded!?

    they are publishing trash game THEY believe looks good in their eyes

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    @10 You’re not making sense.

    A review is essentially just as personal as what’s being reviewed.

    The only difference between that and a general opinion is that, at least in theory, a review should be done by someone who has enough references and expertise within the material, to make it a more qualified argument, than it would be coming from a layman, and with a higher ability to communicate what he means.

    Works of art are rated just as much as any other piece of culture, that’s what defines their place in society, auctions and art galleries. The Mona Lisa is simply rated “Priceless” where as the work of an up and coming modern artist may be rated “300,000 dollars starting price” at an auction.

    You think those prices are based on esoteric knowledge siphoned from the universe, beyond subjective influence? Yeah, right.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    Stop publishing mediocre titles, then we can talk.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. MegaGeek1

    User reviews are where its at. If someone is interested enough in a game to purchase/rent it, then go out of their way to write a review, its a safe bet that its going to be truthful.

    Additionally, if that same interested person plays the game and says its a piece of shit, well it probably really is!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Pretty much. THQ keep making poor games them moaning about Metacritic, as if they do anything other just aggregate reviews.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    I’d rather not ask the guy on the street what he thinks about a game. There’s a lot of hysterical people around, and you have no idea what they’re basing their opinions on.

    Just looking around the Steam forums can be pretty disturbing and entertaining at the same time, in terms of the kind of screwballs that congregate around the gaming scene. Yikes!

    Sure, there might be good ones in there, but there’s as much of a chance that a guy might take a psychotic liking to a game as there is of the opposite. I put more faith in people who actually know what they’re talking about.

    Even if most of them are bought off or unqualified, a games writer is still supposed to be just that.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    @16

    “Even if most of them are bought off or unqualified, a games writer is still supposed to be just that.” Keyword there.

    Users generally don’t have an agenda besides being opinion based where reviewers and this is starting to show do; to get the most hits, to get paid by the publisher for that high score, etc. FOX News supposed to tell the truth but do they? Or do they enhance the truth? :D

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    I honestly couldn’t agree less. I’d say most gamers have an agenda. Whether they prefer one developer or another, one genre of a game or another, one gameplay element over another – And why wouldn’t they? They have absolutely no expectation from anyone not to be biased, no editorial supervision, and all the rights in the world to think what they want to think, for whatever reason. Retarded or otherwise.

    This comment section is often a good case study of that.

    Fox News is fair I guess, given the inaccuracy of the gaming press as a whole, but Fox News is very much just a propaganda network, it’s not like they were ever supposed to tell the truth.

    The system has obviously failed, but going on user reviews is little more than accepting that. There are still proper independents out there, you just have to find them, although probably not on the bigger “subsidized” sites.

    Personally I’ll take an objective, distanced and informed view over “Joe Internets” rants any day of the week.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @18

    I don’t follow reviewing sites because well I was reading reviews on Homecoming and they gave it a low score not because it didn’t go with Silent Hill theme but because “it didn’t have enough action in it like Resident Evil” I don’t follow that site any more(Gamespot) Then you watch G4 and watch them during E3 what does Adam and Morgan do? They spent 80% of E3 talking about MS and what they have done not following PS3, Nintendo or any other developer.

    With users you can sift through the data and see what the general consensus is for the game. Where a reviewing site is just there to jerk you off.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. mathare92

    I’m with DSB on the point of user reviews. Even if I could find one that is perfectly worded or structured, I’ll just always have the feeling that the writer’s not being totally honest.

    Getting an opinion from someone I know, or users I’m familiar with on a forum, is another thing altogether.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    I don’t blame anyone for going that way, it’s bad times for games writing. I just don’t see user reviews as any less broken than syndicated ones. I probably consider them more so, due to the lack of transparency.

    As mathare says, if you actually know a writer or a user, then you also have a reference of his likes and dislikes to compare yours to. As such, if I want someone to walk me through a game, I’m gonna go for a writer who I know to argue his case well.

    If you account for the fact that the system is broken, and you watch out for the bigger titles especially, then a meta rating is still going to be some kind of reference.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. dtyk

    @3

    This isn’t Bilson you retard.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. mojo

    12:
    tbh i never understood the pricing of art.
    For exaample i realy dont get why anyone would even pay penny for those retarded and unbelievably fugly picasso shit-pieces..
    It doesnt convience me. so they are doing it wrong too.
    A review SCORE cant do justice to something like art, music or games.
    Furthermore theres a reason i said review SCOREs and not only reviews in my initial post.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. mathare92

    @mojo tbh i never understood the pricing of art.

    Watch Exit Through The Gift Shop. Thierry Guetta will teach you ;)

    #24 4 years ago
  25. frostquake

    Forget Scores then, and listen to your “CUSTOMERS” it is a Mediocre game at best, and quite boring in the long run…I didn’t enjoy it very much at all!! I was hoping for a top down version of the Mech type game with Red Faction Feel, Missions and such, not a run around in circles till your eye’s bleed game!!

    You could have done something SUPER like a Chapter 0, kind of like Dead Rising 2 did. You let me Down Red Faction!!!

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    I didnt think the game was too bad when i was just playing through the training missions, but online its a bit of a cluster fuck. The game isnt bad, its just isnt anything special. Its mediocre.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    @23 A price on art is the same as a score. It’s numerical, and it’s based on the value of the piece, just as a review score. Perhaps with the caveat that artpieces can have their price go up based on heavy demand and trading. It’s a secondhand market.

    If you didn’t have people judging it, then there’d be no distinction between good art and bad art, and there’d be no point in visiting a gallery, because children’s drawings would be right up there with the classic masters. That’s how mindless relativism works.

    Art, games and music is never going to be beyond criticism as you suggest, even if that criticism is always going to be subjective to a point. Maybe assigning a score is callous, but it’s the easiest way to inform people about what you think, and it makes for a reference between games.

    I think it’s incredibly simple. Justin Bieber is not Mozart. Dan Brown is not Goethe. Red Faction: Battlegrounds is not Deus Ex. The idea that everything is as good as everything else is nonsense. It’s perfectly justifiable to critisize material, and to distinguish it from everything else.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DaMan

    you guys are talking past one another I think, you can’t ‘rate’ art, you can evaluate the narrative or composition. you can’t score Goethe above Byron or vice versa.

    also, deus ex isn’t better than Red Faction. I can validate that by simply stating that Deus ex is less fun. they serve different purposes. same with J Bieber and Mozart btw, although the former is shit. but say, Michael jackson is pop music, yet despite it serving a shallow and purely entertaining purpose it isn’t any worse than classical music, it’s uncomparable.

    also, art isn’t neccesary cultural, culture is one thing, art is another, entertainment is yet another one. rating something which doesn’t reflect society based on their cultural value is retarded. art might involve emotion but have nothing to do with that.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    To a certain extent.

    There’s a bit more to music, and most other creative crafts, than simply peoples perception of it. You can quite easily compare Justin Bieber to Michael Jackson and discern who was better at being “shallow” and “purely entertaining” (I wouldn’t use those words). It’s still a craft.

    It goes without saying that you can never pass an ultimate verdict on a creative piece, any more than anyone can create an ultimate piece. It’s always going to depend on a persons subjectivity – but again, a review never claims to be anything more than that.

    And that take would still be more or less qualified by actual knowledge, experience and understanding.

    Goethe and Byron is a tough one, but I don’t think classical writers should be above criticism. It’s just a hell of a lot harder to actually qualify, because you’re dealing with different times, different standards and pretty intricate concepts.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. DaMan

    I would never argue that the craft side is present everywhere, and largely at that. there’s the narrative/composition side, and the perception side. I’m just saying you can’t rate the latter.you could probably easily argue that Goethe was more qualified at writing.

    Justin Bieber can and should be compared to Michael Jackson, pretty sure you can rip the former apart despite tastes in music.

    #30 4 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]