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Raining down: Vatra returns to Silent Hill 2 with Downpour

Wednesday, 4 May 2011 09:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Can Silent Hill’s fans ever be assuaged? We speak to Silent Hill: Downpour’s producers on atmosphere, competition, soundtrack and that fabled first-person segment.

Silent Hill: Downpour

Being developed by Vatra Games in the Czech Republic.

Sees you play as escaped prisoner Murphy Pendleton exploring the southeastern side of Silent Hill.

This is the first time the score isn’t composed by Akira Yamaoka. Instead, it’s being handled by Dexter composer Daniel Licht.

Releases this fall for PS3 and 360.

It’s hard to pinpoint the fall of Silent Hill. Some fans say it went downhill after Silent Hill 3, although some, more meanly, complain things were never the same after Silent Hill 2.

For the hardcore, things haven’t got easier with time: Silent Hill has moved on from its Japanese home of Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo to be outsourced to western devs. California-based Double Helix made the last HD title, Homecoming, which didn’t do so well in terms of reception.

But it’s a plan that’s clearly starting to bear fruit. UK studio Climax released the universally lauded Wii, PS2 and PSP game Shattered Memories in 2009, and now, Vatra Games, based in the Czech Republic, is making all the right noises about new title Downpour, releasing this fall for PS3 and 360.

And it’s time to face up to some hard facts. Maybe the holy grail Team Silent game the die-hards constantly lust for just isn’t a realistic project.

“Let me start by pointing out something which a lot of fans haven’t grasped yet: there was no homogenous ‘Team Silent’ that worked on all the Silent Hills,” says producer Devin Shatsky.

In fact, the original creator and director of the first Silent Hill game, Keiichiro Toyoma, never worked on any subsequent titles in the series, instead moving on to Siren. The reality is, there were only three people that actually worked across all of Silent Hill 1–3: Hiroyuki Owaku, Masahiro Ito and Akira Yamaoka, and Yamaoka-san being the only member of those three that worked on SH4.

“Team Silent will make a SH game when Sasquatch returns to Bluff Creek, or Plesiosaurs once again inhabit Loch Ness,” Shatsky adds.

While the game’s pedigree may be something of a myth, Vatra knows what its getting into bed with.

“Team Silent will make a SH game when Sasquatch returns to Bluff Creek, or Plesiosaurs once again inhabit Loch Ness.”

“It’s important for skeptical fans to remember that despite the games being developed “outside Konami,” every title has been conceived and managed internally,” says fellow producer Tomm Hulett.

“Konami takes a very active role in the creation of games that it publishes – we don’t simply hand the franchise off with a blank cheque and then watch the schedule. Franchises like Silent Hill are important to Konami’s success, so we make sure to have a hand in their creation.”

Series fans seem to have the tendency to worry about whether or not gameplay will concentrate on fight or flee. Shatsky insists Downpour is aiming to have a fair balance.

“With Shattered Memories, we really wanted to create a sense of fear and helplessness by introducing creatures that you couldn’t kill, so players were forced to run away,” he says.

“While a lot of people really enjoyed that gameplay mechanic, we know there were still quite a few purists that wanted the combat experience as well. So with Downpour we’re aiming for the best of both worlds. Granted, it’s not an easy task.”

Sounds nasty

The series has now lost famed composer Akira Yamaoka. Having been with the IP from the beginning – and created one of the best themes ever with Silent Hill 3 – Yamaoka’s final contribution to Silent Hill was Shattered Memories. Afterwards, he left Konami to join Goichi Suda at Grasshopper Manufacture, and is now composing stuff for the EA Partners-published horror Shadows of the Damned with Suda and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

The game’s only trailer and dev diary to date.

But big games need big names: Daniel Licht, composer for TV show Dexter, is scoring Downpour. Shatsky says Licht was at the top of the most wanted list for composing Downpour’s music.

“A few of us here at Konami, myself included, were big fans of Dexter and really enjoyed the music from that series, so needless to say Dan was at the top of our short list,” says Shatsky.

“I’m just glad we got him, because the music he’s composed thus far has been phenomenal. Working with Dan has been a real pleasure, and his style is a natural fit for the series. I think the fans will be pleased as well, and that’s saying a lot.”

Silent Hill: Downpour revolves around two key aspects: atmosphere and immersion. Hulett says the game’s more about building the suspense than fighting enemies every twenty seconds.

“In more action-based horror titles, there are zombies or whatever everywhere. You’re constantly fighting them, and the fear comes from knowing the odds are stacked against you and watching that ammo meter drop.

“In Silent Hill, however, there’s a lot more walking around spooky environments wondering what could be around the corner. While we do have plenty of monsters and scare moments in Silent Hill, the player’s mind does a lot of our work for us.”

Hulett continues: “A lot of the tension comes from you scaring yourself. If you’re constantly blasting zombies you never have a chance to calm down, look around, and let that dread grow again – you’re constantly on the go. Silent Hill games have a very methodical ebb and flow to their scares.”

Shatsky promises that Downpour’s horror elements will most closely resemble sibling Silent Hill 2, the usual fan favourite, but will stand on its own feet in terms of plot.

“It was the only previous SH that had a completely stand-alone storyline, with no plot elements tied to previous installments. When we conceived the story for Downpour, that was our one and only pre-requisite,” says Shatsky.

“Downpour is no Homecoming – we won’t be imitating SH2 by copying its key plot twist.”

“We’ve said that it most closely resembles Silent Hill 2 in feel, and we’ve also noticed some fans being suspicious of this because, ‘It’s what they always say – does it really mean anything?’ That’s fair enough. However, Downpour is no Homecoming – we won’t be imitating SH2 by copying its key plot twist,” adds Hulett.

“In this case it’s because SH2 was about the town of Silent Hill and a man who found himself there, rather than the cult or Alessa. The old Silent Hill team mentioned several times that the series was about “the town,” and that it wasn’t about a narrative that continued from game to game, but stories about people who ended up there.

“So this is the approach we’re taking.”

The horror genre has changed radically since Homecoming in 2008. Since then, we’ve seen a new canon Resident Evil and the introduction of what is arguably now the best horror series today: Dead Space. Shatsky says that action-based horrors like Resident Evil and Dead Space are aimed towards a mainstream audience, which totals up to “mass-market and more revenue.”

“We’re fighting a bit of an uphill battle with Silent Hill, which leans more toward psychological exploration and atmosphere to create it’s tension. It will be interesting to see how things go in the next few years, but it’s obvious the trend has been continuing toward more action, more combat.”

Hulett adds: “I don’t think any genre can be irreversibly locked in any direction; it’s natural for diversity to expand as time goes on. Every shooter isn’t an FPS, and every RPG isn’t linear and turn-based. If anything the continued existence of survival horror allows more experimental approaches to horror. Now have developers explored horror as much as they could have? Maybe not. But we’re certainly trying to show it can go places beyond shotguns and zombies.”

Hulett says that, in regards to comments made by Konami president Shinji Hirano that Downpour will have “unique evolutions in gameplay,” it’ll try to have it “natural and intuitive” once more.

“The franchise has been content to stick with a very old-fashioned control scheme for a while now. Though it was more combat focused, Homecoming even stuck to these conventions in a lot of ways. The non-Wii versions of Shattered Memories dialed back to the comfortable standard, too,” he says.

Series timeline

The first title in the horror series arrived on PS1 towards the end of the millienium, with the most recent Shattered Memories launching on Wii, PSP and PS2 in 2009.

Silent Hill – 1999

Silent Hill 2 – 2001

Silent Hill 3 – 2003

Silent Hill 4: The Room – 2004

Silent Hill: Origins – 2007

Silent Hill: Homecoming – 2008

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories – 2009

Silent Hill: Downpour – 2011

“Hopefully with Downpour everything can feel natural and intuitive again, instead of forcing in old concepts for the sake of tradition. But we’re always sensitive to retaining that horror atmosphere. We aren’t abandoning things that work, such as fixed cameras; we’re just finding ways to use them naturally in a contemporary way.”

And the perspective rumours? A listing led to chatter Downpour would be set in the first-person. No smoke without fire, right? Wrong.

“Shortly after the game was announced, detail-hungry gamers noticed Vatra’s developer profile listed them as a ‘first-person shooter’ developer,” says Hulett. “They jumped to the conclusion that this meant Silent Hill would become an FPS. I can assure everyone there is not, nor was there ever, a plan to make an FPS Silent Hill.”

While the jump to first-person is too far for Silent Hill, though, motion is a different matter. Shattered Memories was the first motion-based title in the series, having released on Wii, and it’s possible PlayStation Move and Kinect will be brought into the IP if it can be done in an appropriate way.

“Shattered Memories did a lot of really cool things,” says Hulett. “I’d definitely like to incorporate motion control into future titles. The catch with things like Move, though, is making sure the experience is just as compelling with the motion control as without.

“But naturally you can’t use motion control unless there’s a compelling reason to do so – it’s a delicate balance and takes a lot of thought to pull off correctly.”

And then there’s the online question. Dead Space and Resident Evil have all implemented online play in some form, be it competitive multiplayer or co-op. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Capcom announced the co-op-focused Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City for release later this year. Could it work in Silent Hill? Again, it’s down to the ideas, says Hulett.

“In the early planning stages of Downpour we’d talked about what could be done with multiplayer,” he says.

“However, that isn’t something we’d want to tack on just to have another bullet point. If we were to make a multiplayer Silent Hill, it would have to be something compelling and new. So we decided to focus on creating a great solo experience with Downpour. I certainly think it’s possible to make a co-op horror title, but it’s something that needs to be carefully crafted to succeed.”

All the right noises. Its understandable players are skeptical of Downpour bringing Silent Hill back to its glory days, but it does seem Konami and Vatra are on the right track.

Silent Hill: Downpour releases this fall for PS3 and 360.

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11 Comments

  1. triggerhappy686

    This is the game im waiting for. My 2011 most anticipated title. I think theres a real chance this could the one to bring Silent Hill back on track.

    I just finished Dexter season 1 tonight, the music is fantastic, Licht is a good choice.

    edit: just thought I would mention its Tom Waltz who is writing the story for Downpour, the guy who did the last 2 and arguably best Silent Hill graphic novels.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I wish I could believe that this is the one that’ll bring SH back up to par, but after the last few disappointments I just can’t bring myself to muster any excitement at all. I haven’t even played my copy of Homecoming, it’s sat on my pile of shame.

    They do seem to be saying the right kinds of things, but everybody always does. And although their environments look great, the character models in the screenshots are still making me wince.

    I do want a new Silent Hill, I hope they can live up to their promises. We’ll see.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. triggerhappy686

    ^^Yeh Double Helix were talking all the talk in the run up to Homecomings release. And your right, we’ve been burned before.

    Homecoming is not actually that bad, it just didnt live up to its hype of being a true next gen Silent Hill.

    @ Johnny – excellent read for a wednesday morning, thanks ;)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Freek

    The quality has simply never been there after 3.
    You can negate the myths till the cows come home, that doesn’t make the games any better.

    SH has become a bitt of a budget line of games. Underwelming visuals and boring gameplay.

    When talking about Dead Space and RE: …“mass-market and more revenue.”….

    Is probably closer to why SH is failing. They don’t generate enough sales, so don’t get decent production values, wich lead to lack in quality and dissapointing sales.
    A downward spiral.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Hunam

    SH3 is one of the best games ever made. Anyone who thinks it was the start of the decline should be flogged until dawn. Starting from dusk.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    SH3 was indeed awesome. Although 2 will always be my favourite.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. G-Sama

    Great article,thanks johnny!!!
    still,can you make up your mind and tell us if it’s coming to pc or not….you mentioned that first,then you ignored it in the last sentence!!!

    i really hope the best for this game..looks like it’s going to put the franchise back on the track,shattered memories was the best since 3..

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    I can’t wait for this fall to play this game, it seems that Vatra is on the right track and knows the cards are stack against hopefully they can pull it off. Even if its like The Room I will be content, hell as long as its not a mess as Homecoming was, I will be content.

    Great article Johnny.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. ic4ruz

    Why don’t you ask these devs for a PC version ?

    While you basically beg the Witcher 2 devs for a console version…..

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    @9

    The creative director, Brian Gomez, says that it currently not in the cards and is up to Konami for the PC version.

    http://www.dasreviews.com/das-game-news/silent-hill-downpour-pc-version-up-to-konami-plus-6-new-screenshots/

    #10 4 years ago
  11. triggerhappy686

    ^^ For a while at least I hope Downpour does NOT come out on PC. PC is what I mostly play on but I know if all the platforms get it simultaneously the pirates will shred it to fu*k. Now thats quite a big thing for me, usually im goin “wheres the PC version, FFS!”

    As for SH 3, gameplay wise it was fantasatic. Graphics wise it took Silent Hill to the next level with the dynamic shifting from “normal” world to other world, the walls going all rusty as you walk down the corridors and stuff. Unfortunately I HATE the story, I think its stupid. I think each episode of Silent Hill should be a stand alone, like 2. For me its more about the town and what happened to it, not the characters.

    *QUOTE*
    “In this case it’s because SH2 was about the town of Silent Hill and a man who found himself there, rather than the cult or Alessa. The old Silent Hill team mentioned several times that the series was about “the town,” and that it wasn’t about a narrative that continued from game to game, but stories about people who ended up there.

    “So this is the approach we’re taking.”

    THIS is what I want to hear, bring the story back to the town, the indians and how they got their land stolen from them. The town was called something else before Silent Hill supposedly, thats the sort of shit I want to hear about…

    #11 4 years ago

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    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]