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McNamara: Rockstar were “brave enough to take the risk” with L.A. Noire

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Team Bondi head Brendan McNamara has said that when it came to publishing L.A. Noire, no other studio was willing to take a risk on the game other than Take Two’s Rockstar.

Speaking in an interview with CVG, McNamara said the risk paid off well for both firm’s and he seems to have nothing but the highest amount of respect for Rockstar.

“Rockstar, they’ve been brave enough to take this huge risk and do a completely different type of game – and so the thing so far is just to see whether people will appreciate it and buy into it and like it, because hand on heart, everyone will talk to you in the rest of the games business and say ‘wow, what a huge risk Rockstar took with that one,’ but now it’s paying off,” he said.

“No other publishing company in the world would take the risk. You saw E3. I didn’t, but when you see all the videos that were out there, there are some amazing games but there’s a lot of ‘me too’ and a lot of more of the same, and Rockstar continually push the envelope.

“I think it’s one of the reasons why people have faith in them because they don’t just rehash things every year, and they spend enough time – GTA is the classic example – you could say that somebody could keep a game like that going for 10-years or longer and just do five versions. Everyone else would try and crank one every year. They’re happy to do film noir, they’re happy to Western – all of those kind of things.

“LA Noire was a text adventure for many years as we were trying to debug the script and all the game logic. The script has a lot of logic in it like, ‘did I meet this person? Did I pick up this thing? Did I ask this question out of order?’ There’s a lot of testing of that and to have that faith through that process and say this text adventure is eventually going to turn into what it turned into – no other company would do that.

“That’s the thing, with something as long as this, nobody wants to lose their shirt over it. Rockstar are brave enough to take the risk but nobody wants to lose a shirt over it because then you don’t work again.”

L.A. Noire “The Consul’s Car” Traffic Case was released on PSN today through the European update, and the game lands on PC this fall.

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27 Comments

  1. triggerhappy

    Me and my friend were just discussing this the other day, hes a COD only sort of guy who HATES 3rd person, but he says he does see the appeal here even though he would never buy it. Considering the current climate and all the COD clones these days I would definitely agree that it was risky but I think theres still a lot of gamers out there who are all about the single player stuff. For me single player is where 99% of the appeal lies, I buy for plot, narrative and atmosphere. L.A Noire definitely has spade fulls of that.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    I bet most people just didn’t want to work with Mcnamara. Rockstar indeed took a risk, not with this type of game (really just is a strict version of GTA IV with some Adventure elements thrown into it) but with this studio.

    Only a fool would work with Team Bondai after hearing about the whole fiasco that went down.

    I’m still waiting for a great new Noir Game. LA Noire wasn’t it.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    @2 Just reinstall Grim Fandango. You’re welcome :P

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Sorry McNamara, but LA Noire still has very GTA-like driving & shooting, along with rather standard third person gameplay. It in no way qualifies as the ‘massive risk no other publisher would have taken’ you’re making it out to be.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @3: I said NEW Noir Game. :P

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    @5 Arkham City ? :)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. osric90

    I see no one here truly played L.A. Noire. How do you know that? Simple. L.A. Noire being compared to GTA games when NOTHING besides the driving and some shooting is similar.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    ^ So… Exactly what i said, then?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. triggerhappy

    @ osric90: YEH BABY i don’t think its like GTA AT ALL. Thats like saying Mafia II is like GTA.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    I wish it would’ve been more like GTA IV or Mafia II. The driving was completely redundant. The city looked terrible and the cars didn’t seem to have a shred of the physics of those games.

    It’s great that you can skip it at all, but why is it in the game? And why can’t we skip the terrible women?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. triggerhappy

    I thought the driving was OK. City looked good on PS3…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. LOLshock94

    only people who took a risk were the people who worked with this cunt

    #12 4 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @7: So what was there besides driving and shooting? Oh yeah, looking for stuff and talking to people.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. triggerhappy

    ^ pressing Square to doubt people, examining glass bottles :P

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @13

    It obviously was not meant for someone like you.

    “I’m still waiting for a great new Noir Game.”
    “So what was there besides driving and shooting? Oh yeah, looking for stuff and talking to people.”
    Sorry what? You complain about the driving, the talking and looking for stuff yet thats what all those movies are about. You fail sir.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    @11 To me it felt like driving through big dead blocks with buildings painted on ‘em. It might be because I played it on the 360 and the lighting effects were poorer – I have no idea about all of that.

    Compared to GTA IV and Mafia II, I felt like I was driving a bob sleigh. Maybe those physics really spoiled me, you get used to feeling the shocks on every wheel.

    Mafia II had similar cars, but they had a lot more feeling to them. I saw no reason to drive in LA Noire, beyond the random events.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. triggerhappy

    ^ The driving wasn’t quite on par with the 2 other mentioned games thats for sure, but it wasn’t as bad as some people made out. PS3 version had SSAO where as the 360 version either didnt’t or it wasn’t as apparent, im not 100% sure exactly what SSAO is, a shading technique i think. So yeh the backgrounds are slightly more detailed on PS3, this was actually the thing that convinced me to get in on PS3.

    interesting stuff:

    http://www.lensoftruth.com/head2head-l-a-noire-screenshot-comparison/

    http://www.lensoftruth.com/head2head-l-a-noire-analysis/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_Space_Ambient_Occlusion

    “I felt like I was driving a bob sleigh” LOL laughed my head off at that thanks :D

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    Hmmmm, it doesn’t look that different to me. PS3 is smoother, but lighting and colour wise it looks mostly the same.

    I can’t quite put my finger on it. I haven’t exactly studied the architechture in great detail, it was just how it felt. Looking at the buildings in GTA IV they’re also big blocks with buildings painted onto them, but somehow that just feels a lot more alive to me.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @15: You’re missing the point, you lot! Mccunty is sayin’ that his game is totally not like GTA, but it is.

    When i played LA Noire, i was expecting my investigation to be satisfying, i expected a great way to interrogate people, a noir story, a dark tone, interesting personalities, likeable characters with rough edges.

    What i got was a game that expected me to arrest innocent people (while always reminding me that there is a series killer still on the run), boring investigation for people who hate adventures, bad driving, a bland city with nothing in it to do, absolutely unlikable characters and a story that slaps you in the face.

    I couldn’t even disarm people for F sake!

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    “I couldn’t even disarm people for F sake!”

    What type of disarming you talking here? SHoot the gun out of their hand type or hand to hand type?

    The game was not about the shooting obviously though it had pretty awesome shoot game play lot better than all of Rockstars’ games.

    “totally not like GTA, but it is.”

    No its not just because it has driving in it doesn’t make it GTA not even close. Thats the issue with people comparing games because they have one thing in them. “Oh it is a semi open world with driving in it and is made by Rockstar it must be GTA.”

    “What i got was a game that expected me to arrest innocent people ”

    It reminded you after you get evaluated or you seriously messed up on a case not looking at evidence. No game is yet to a point to do complete free choice while giving you the depth that LA Noire offered.

    “a bland city with nothing in it to do” You were so the person that was thinking it would be GTA when Team Bondi and Rockstar has said multiple times that it wasn’t going to be like GTA that it was all about the story. There were 20 min videos of the actual game and you could have easily seen how it was going to play.

    “boring investigation for people who hate adventures” Again NOir films were never about action they were slow paced and about the story unwrapping itself slowly. I think you have Film Noir mixed up with something else. Film Noire have never been action orientated so be thankful that LA Noire didn’t do that type of game entirely.

    http://www.videojug.com/film/film-noir-explained

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    I actually wasted quite a bit of time trying to shoot hostage takers in the leg, until I finally found out that it made no difference from shooting them in the head. I didn’t realize I was a cowboy, more than a cop.

    In the beginning of the game it gave off a pretty neat Police Quest/SWAT 3 law enforcement type vibe, but that was obviously only skin deep.

    Generally games that contain “open worlds” are expected to make those open worlds worthwhile. That’s not exactly the case with LA Noire. It seems to only have that world so they can put it on the box.

    In the best of times, it actually played on par with Police Quest, but it’s hardly a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. YoungZer0

    “What type of disarming you talking here? SHoot the gun out of their hand type or hand to hand type?”

    Shooting the hand type. You know as a policeman, you might consider NOT killing suspects.

    “The game was not about the shooting obviously though it had pretty awesome shoot game play lot better than all of Rockstars’ games.”

    Smells like Fanboy fart, but go on.

    “No its not just because it has driving in it doesn’t make it GTA not even close. Thats the issue with people comparing games because they have one thing in them. “Oh it is a semi open world with driving in it and is made by Rockstar it must be GTA.””

    But it is. You’ve got the same elements, driving, shooting, hugging a wall, similar control-sheme. It’s like a bad addon.

    “It reminded you after you get evaluated or you seriously messed up on a case not looking at evidence. No game is yet to a point to do complete free choice while giving you the depth that LA Noire offered.”

    Bullshit! Everytime you started a new case, you’d get a cutscene, where you could see the silhoette of the killer, hinting what he might look like. You knew there was a serial killer running around, but the game made you arrest innocent people. This was frustrating to say the least.

    And depth? What DEPTH?! Are you fucking kidding me!? DID YOU EVEN PLAY THE GAME?!

    “You were so the person that was thinking it would be GTA when Team Bondi and Rockstar has said multiple times that it wasn’t going to be like GTA that it was all about the story. There were 20 min videos of the actual game and you could have easily seen how it was going to play.”

    But hanging out in the bar after a case, was that too much too ask? Why even make it open world if it’s so shallow? Mafia II had the same problem.

    “Again NOir films were never about action they were slow paced and about the story unwrapping itself slowly. I think you have Film Noir mixed up with something else. Film Noire have never been action orientated so be thankful that LA Noire didn’t do that type of game entirely.”

    Learn to read, dude. Ever played an adventure game? You know, the point and click type? That’s an adventure game. That’s not what LA Noire was, at all. It wasn’t even adventure game light, it was Adventure Game stupid.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    THe controls were better for combat, GTA 4 was clunky and loose where LA Noire had tight controls. I did have an issue with not being able to wound the suspects and capture them, not every game is perfect glad it made the sales it did. Rock star probably would have picked Team Bondi up if McNamara didn’t do that interview that was moronic on his part. Should have just did it like Rockstar and ignore the claims. 40% of RDR and that was within a few months so obviously the game did something right.

    ” Ever played an adventure game? You know, the point and click type? That’s an adventure game. That’s not what LA Noire was, at all. It wasn’t even adventure game light, it was Adventure Game stupid.”

    When I read Adventure I thought Zelda. Point and CLick adventure games is what you mean and those are dull and boring and if this game was like that it would have never done the numbers it did.

    “Everytime you started a new case, you’d get a cutscene, where you could see the silhoette of the killer, hinting what he might look like. You knew there was a serial killer running around, but the game made you arrest innocent people. This was frustrating to say the least.”

    They gave you silhouette which hinted at who the suspect may be but you never actually knew it was just like in a Detective Film Noir. But yes I think it would have been better to do that at the start of a department removing the cutscenes through the rest of the department and just making the cases similar so you had that doubt lingering instead of it being so blatantly obvious that the killer was still out there.

    “And depth? What DEPTH?! Are you fucking kidding me!? DID YOU EVEN PLAY THE GAME?!”

    Where the game was focused on the most the investigations and the interrogations? No game has done that. There were a few times where I had realized I was reacting on my gut versus what evidence I actually had. That game did that successfully. Every game will never be perfect. But I knew what I was getting into I enjoyed the game very much.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. freedoms_stain

    You don’t get much worse than GTA4 for combat tbh.

    My friend wings me that “oh but it’s an older game” line, but you play GTA4 today after having played RDR and you realise how truly awful gunplay was in GTA4.

    They did well on the cars though. I suck at racing games, but I can get around fairly well in GTA and only knock over half the lamp posts between destinations.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    “Rock star probably would have picked Team Bondi up if McNamara didn’t do that interview that was moronic on his part. Should have just did it like Rockstar and ignore the claims. 40% of RDR and that was within a few months so obviously the game did something right.”

    Advertisement (by Rockstar) and people believing its made by Rockstar.

    “Point and Click adventure games is what you mean and those are dull and boring and if this game was like that it would have never done the numbers it did.”

    Not point and click, but making investigating actually fun and challenging. More inner and thoughtful monologues would also have been nice. A missed opportunity in adding depth to the character of Cole.

    “But yes I think it would have been better to do that at the start of a department removing the cutscenes through the rest of the department and just making the cases similar so you had that doubt lingering instead of it being so blatantly obvious that the killer was still out there.”

    That completely ruined the game for me to be honest.

    “Where the game was focused on the most the investigations and the interrogations?”

    Adventure Games? Like Still Life 1/2? Or as previously mentioned “Police Quest”? Done and done better. In LA Noire, if you’d think someone was lying would fucking yell at their face, accusing people of being Hitler in disguise.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Kuwabara

    SPOILER ALERT

    They fucked up the game by making phelps cheating on his wife.. seriously what the fuck, i was starting to like him and then shit like that happens. There was only a few good moments in the game.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @26 a few people have been complaining Phelps acted out of character. Did you all skip the driving bits ? In his general banter you can see it coming a mile off. Anyway top game.

    #27 4 years ago

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    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]