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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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  • Going back to Jade Empire’s universe “comes up pretty regularly” at Bioware

    Bioware has said the idea of going back to the Jade Empire universe is a topic that “comes up pretty regularly” at the office, according to studio manager Aaryn Flynn. Speaking in a reader Q&A on Kotaku, Flynn said there is “always hope” for another Jade Empire, but for the present, the studio is rather […]

  • How to listen to the Vice City soundtrack while playing GTA 5

    Let’s improve Los Santos with a blast of cool 80′s power ballads. We dig the GTA 5 soundtrack. But we also love the Vice City radio stations. Now with the power of music streaming service Spotify on PS4 we can finally combine both. Of course this works for any music on Spotify and any game, […]

  • Completionists could spend over 200 hours in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to be a rather long game. If you are a completionist, you could spend over 200 hours playing the game, according to CD Projekt RED. Answering a question pertaining to game length on Twitter, senior game designer Damien Monnier said if “you do everything” the game will last […]

  • Limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight Steel Grey PS4 announced

    A limited edition bundle for Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced which includes a Steel Grey PS4 with a custom design based upon the Rocksteady title. It comes with a matching DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, the game on Blu-Ray, and exclusive bonus content the Scarecrow Nightmare that’s available to play on PS4. There’s also a […]

  • Super Mario 64 HD project receives takedown notice from Nintendo

    Nintendo has issued a takedown notice for Unity-developed Super Mario 64 HD, the fan project which created an updated version of the first level of the game and allowed users to play it in their browser. It was also downloadable, with no attempts from creator Roystan Ross to monetize the project. Still, the news shouldn’t […]

  • Dying Light players should use “extreme caution” handling Antizin injections tomorrow

    Dying Light players will be able to participate in “something unusual” which Techland says will “radically change the game experience” for one day only tomorrow, April 1. According to the developer, players will need to use “extreme caution” when handling Antizin injections as the latest batch has been sullied with a foreign contaminant. The chemical […]

  • Nintendo of America’s hosting a Nintendo Direct on April 1

    Nintendo of America will be hosting a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, April 1 of all days. The company will be discussing upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. The session will take place at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/12am CET. Catch a #NintendoDirectNA about #WiiU & #3DS games on 4/1 at 3 p.m. PT. Don’t let the date fool […]

  • How eSports changed Call of Duty

    Betting on eSports for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has reinvigorated the biggest game on consoles and turned it into a spectator sport. “We were looking at the eSports scene blowing up. Every year it was getting bigger. Players were maturing and being more discriminating. We had to understand the impact that eSports is having […]

  • Destiny: how does the road ahead look?

    The future of Destiny looks very bright with House of Wolves and Comet releasing this year. But what about next year, and the one after that? Alex has a new video for you that tries to paint a picture of the future of Destiny. He goes over the timeline as we know it based on […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.09 improves Heists matchmaking

    GTA 5 received a patch towards the end of last week. The patch, version 1.09, brought with it a few improvements to Heists and plenty of other fixes. Rockstar has released patch 1.09 (1.23 PS3 and Xbox 360) for all versions of GTA 5 to help make the Heisting experience better for all. The ‘auto-invite’ […]

  • Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more make up this week’s Deals with Gold

    Deals with Gold is back for the week of March 30 with discounts on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Lego Movie Videogame, and others. Xbox Live Gold members get a few good deals this week to spend money on. A large assortment of The Lego games is on […]

  • GTA 5: parallax occlusion mapping is gone, but framerate is better

    Patch 1.09 for GTA 5 has indeed removed the parallax occlusion mapping effect, but has in turn improved the game’s overall framerate – at least on PlayStation 4. Earlier last week a YouTube video came to light and showed what appeared to be the removal of effects from GTA 5 after applying patch 1.09. The […]

  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

    DirectX 12 may not be the miracle that some are believing it to be, at least not when it comes to improving the resolution of Xbox One ports. Damien Monnier, a senior game designer at The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has revealed through a Twitter conversation with fans that DirectX 12 may not […]

  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

    Bloodborne has a nasty glitch that will let you duplicate all in-game consumables. The glitch was discovered by Kotaku and makes item duplication pretty simple. Note that doing this will trivialise a major part of the game’s challenge and that it will probably get patched soon. For this glitch to work, you’ll need to create […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 31: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    The weekly reset to Destiny’s merchants, strikes, and reputation caps is here. The strike for this week is The Nexus on the Ishtar Sink on Venus. Void burn will be your ally/enemy for the Nightfall. The Juggler modifier is also available on both Heroic and Nightfall. Inferno Crucible mode also returns with Clash, and it […]

  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

    Motivational Growth will soon be Steam’s first foray into selling movies that are not based around video games Steam will release its first, non-documentary film later today in the form of Motivational Growth. The film is a sci-fi comedy distributed by Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital, who has itself produced other game-centred documentaries before, and […]

  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]