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The day I realised always-on DRM moaners have a point

Thursday, 8 September 2011 07:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Ubisoft and Blizzard have angered many in the past year by insisting PC gamers maintain an internet connection during play, but I’d always been on the fence. Until this week.

I am going to bore you with the details.

I went to Sweden last week to see Battlefield 3 at DICE. On the way back, our flight was cancelled thanks to a fuel leak, and we had to sleep in a converted mental institution in Stockholm before heading to London the following day. This fucked my connection back to France, so I bought a new flight from Southampton for the morning after, travelled down to Brighton with Eurogamer’s Tom Bramwell and spent the night at my sister-in-law’s flat.

I’m talking to my wife on Skype that evening, and I can hear the thunder in the background.

“It’s a big one,” she says. We live on the Massif Central, and we get some hectic weather. Storms bring electrical failures. There’s a click and she vanishes, before calling my mobile to tell me the internet really does appear to be broken.

“No worries,” I say, assuming it’s just a case of turning it off and back on again. “I’ll sort it when I get home.”

Only I can’t. The data light on the router’s flashing piss-take red. I call Orange; so many people were hit by the storm in my department, I’m told, that I won’t see an engineer until Wednesday. This is Friday, so that means six days without any main connection at all.

I’m forced to concede that I judged the “always-on” moaners too harshly.

“No worries,” I say to myself, and turn my Android mobile into a wireless hotspot. It works. Twenty minutes later I get a text from SFR telling me I’ve exceeded my data limit for the month and I won’t be able to access the internet through my phone until Thursday.

“No worries,” I say the following day, and go to an SFR shop in Limoges, 50 miles away, to buy a French 3G stick. This all happens to plan – apart from the bit when the assistant clearly assumes I’m hitting on her with my terrible French – and I walk away with a mobile internet connection.

Except it doesn’t work. I am kind of worrying now. My wife spends half an hour on the phone to SFR before being told it’s going to be at least 24 hours before the new SIM’s activated.

And there we are. I’m offline. And when the stick does start to work it’s flakier than a corn flake factory’s bi-centennial fucking corn flake festival, and it can’t keep me connected for more than 15 minutes before doing the stupid red light thing.

The games bit
Aside from being a monumental pain in the ass from a business sense, I am now unable to play certain games, and I’m forced to concede that I judged the “always-on” moaners too harshly.

One of the hottest news topics in games in the past year has been that of some companies insisting PC gamers remain connected to the internet when playing single-player content.

Ubisoft has been the main culprit in gamers’ eyes with the requisite being central to its so far cack-handed efforts at PC DRM, but Blizzard recently came out of the closet with plans for Diablo III: you won’t be able to play the action-RPG at all unless you’re constantly online.

Capcom, too, has dabbled in the system, and id is now publicly a fan.

I have to be honest; I always roll my eyes when people kick up a stink about this stuff, mainly because, until this week, I had a reliable internet connection. I’m regularly being told that large swathes of the European and American gaming markets have flimsy lines with slow speeds, but I’m all right, Jack. I now know better.

It’s obvious that internet-specific games such as MMOs shouldn’t be obliged to provide offline play, but isn’t it clearly questionable to insist people are online to play a single-player game? Before last Saturday I didn’t care, but now I fully understand how infuriating it must be for those with shoddy connections to be forced to endure constant interruptions to play, or worse, to not be able to play at all.

Offline games are not online games.

Offline games are not online games. We have to assume that some people buy single-player games specifically because they don’t want to play online for whatever reason. The always-on demand is largely being foisted on the PC games market because of piracy – the same has rarely been asked of console games – but I cannot believe that Ubisoft, a company that has clearly invested a great deal of time and energy into creating a DRM system that’s as bulletproof as it can possibly make it, couldn’t come up with a suitably secure one-off registration check.

Blizzard demanded only a one-off registration for StarCraft II. It sold well, but it was heavily pirated. We all know the Ubisoft story with its always-on DRM: yes, it’s bound to curtail piracy, but at what cost?

Sales? They can be recouped. Gamers’ hearts and minds? Not so simple.

I’m writing this on Wednesday night. The engineer came today and said France Telecom will need to fix the main box outside my house for me to get back online. That might happen on Friday. Might not. For all the “might nots” in the gaming world, I can only hope that the increasing trend towards always-on DRM reverses sometime soon.

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39 Comments

  1. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Great post. I’ve not been paying attention, when did you move to France ?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. manamana

    Great post, indeed. Always on is a terrible thing, if you ever come across a downtime. Its like real life – everything is fine until you get toothaches.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. albo88

    lets face it who does not have internet contention this days lulz
    peoples have internet to write this stupid troll stuff and not to play games? fffuuu

    #3 4 years ago
  4. T_L_T

    I pirate Ubisoft games now, I used to buy them.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. alterecho

    I smiled every time you said “No, worries”.

    Glad you see our point :)

    Hopefully the publishers do too.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    Does the DRM apply to Steam/GfWL/other versions?
    @Pat, It seems that you finally understand the fear of these cloud only services like OnLive, there are plenty of times you simply can’t use it, doubt you can with the internet stick you have right now too.
    @4, That’s still not a valid excuse to pirate.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    @3 – I’m connected on the stick now, but there’s no way I could play a game with always-on DRM. It constantly drops the line. To write this comment I had to reconnect because the connection crapped out.

    @1 – Thanks! We moved at the beginning of last year.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. FabioPal

    Agree with every single word you wrote Pat.

    I don’t know the numbers but, in my experience, I remember not buying a game because of DRM at least 3 times. And I’ve got a pretty reliable internet connection.

    They should realize that limiting the user only helps spreading the piracy.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gurdil

    Glad you get it Pat. I’m not one to bitch without a reason, always-on DRM ARE a problem and they’ll be an even bigger one if Europe does get this fraking BS “à la carte” internet policy… But that’s another problem.

    And on another note, that’s exactly why I left SFR. I took a Bouygues sub and my data use is now unlimited even if there’s a fair data use threshold after which the connection slows down.

    Edit: Plus always-on DRM does NOT prevent piracy. Remember Assassin’s Creed 2? Buyers had to pirate their games so they could play… Nice irony, huh?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. BULArmy

    Excelent article, but as of now dropping the always on DRM is not gonna happen. What is the number of ppl who experience such problems and bought such a game or are willing to buy it – 500, 1000, 5000. I think for the publishers this is pretty small number and thay are ready to loose this sales in order to stay on what they want.
    Of course here comes the ethical point, that pirates play such games after they are cracked problem-free, of course without MP most of the time, after most of the companies stopped putting LAN MP in their games, but the buyer is actually screwed. So now I want to save me from the trouble and I pirate game, except if I really want to play also the MP part of the game(D3 case).

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    “it’s flakier than a corn flake factory’s bi-centennial fucking corn flake festival”

    glols!

    Hope it all gets sorted soon, Patrick. “No internet” gives me cold sweats.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OwnedWhenStoned

    This happened to me last night, my normally teutonically efficient and reliable German cable connection fritzed. Admittedly for the first time in years, but still Steam wouldn’t let me play Civ 5… if anyone can tell me why Offline mode didn’t work, I’m all ears.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. roubignolo

    @Pat
    Tu aurais du aller chez NOZ en zone Nord à Limoges acheter un vrai stick 3G…
    Never thought you could live in France. Especially there…

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Oddly storms sometimes knock out my internet, i dont quite get why seeing as its cable, but it happens often. Generally its gets fixed rather quickly, i’ve never gone for days without internet as a result of that, at least.

    But anyway;

    1. Play games on console.
    2. Dont deal with always on DRM.
    3. ????
    4. PROFIT!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Chockster

    It was a converted mental institution.

    And for one night only, we converted it back.

    Oh, and Pat is completely right on this DRM business. I’m a convert to disliking it. In the past I defended the publishers’ right to use it to defend against piracy. Somewhere they crossed the line and became too draconinan – and the next gen consoles will now doubt have similar “features”.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Ansob

    Could I suggest not calling them “moaners,” then?

    Oh, and would that conservatives of all stripes be similarly forced to experience what the people they spit on live with. :P

    #16 4 years ago
  17. jnms

    Nice piece Pat! Though I was about to say you’re a bit; “but I’m all right, Jack.” so glad you said it first!! :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. T_L_T

    @6 The fact that the pirated product is superior to the legitimate one is a reason to pirate.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Yoshi

    Awesome article. I’ve got Virgin Media and my god it can really fail sometimes, if I download anything during the day it’ll start a hissy fit and won’t let me use parts of the internet, browsers, online only games etc, even though it’ll let me start Steam.

    Even though Starcraft 2 was pirated so was Splinter Cell Conviction, Driver and many more Ubisoft games. Their DRM doesn’t work to stop pirating users so if that’s their reason to use it? Then they might as well stop.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. viralshag

    ^ I too have Virgin media but I have to say I find my time with them has been pretty decent. I’m on the 50mb connection and I can’t say that I have much time without the net due to them.

    My wireless router on the other hand… I don’t know why I haven’t binned the stupid thing yet.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Yoshi

    ^ As long as I’m gentle and easy with her she seems to work alright but even if I attempt to download from a torrent (completely legit download of course) she begins to fire up the fail orders. But like I said it’s strange as I can use Steam, Steam friends, go on some online games but not others that are online all the time games.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Old MacDonald

    I’m pretty much in the same boat. I don’t have a good internet connection, but it is always on and it’s not much of a problem. Unless… well, it is.

    Because since my house is right at the end of both the phone line and the electrical line, thunderstorms are always an issue. I am pretty much guaranteed that I will have a number of days every year where there is no internet connection (and that’s ignoring the fact that my provider sometimes have problems on their own).

    It’s easy to go “yeah, but you’ll be okay for most of the time”, but when you’re sitting there without internet for a week and every single game you’re hooked on is on Steam which demands to be online to be able to go offline, you’re screwed and it’s no fun.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    @20 & 21:

    Cable broadband > Phone line. (I assume you have a phone line connection, Yoshi.)

    I had 50MB Virgin cable and it worked pretty much perfectly about 99.9% of the time.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Dralen

    This post is exactly what has always been my greatest fear. That I’m somehow going to be stuck without the internet and I’m not going to be able to play games because of it.

    What the hell are we going to do when there is a zombie apocalypse and there are no Internet Service Providers around? :P

    #24 4 years ago
  25. drewbles82

    Some people may have awesome connections but like to keep a pc that isnt hooked up to the net so they can avoid all the crap that comes with the net like pop ups, virus, spyware etc.

    My business computer is not hooked up to the net, its purely just for photo/video editing.

    I refuse to buy any games that say i gotta be online all the time. Some people like to have pc games etc for those times they cant get on the net with their consoles.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. noherczeg

    All I can say is Torchlight II.

    Any questions?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Freek

    Witcher 2 removed it’s DRM, still sold a metric fuckton, Torchlight 2, no always on DRM and has LAN play and only costs 20 dollars. Bound to sell allot.

    It simply doesn’t make sense to treat your legitimate customers as criminals, while at the same time the actual criminals play a cracked version anyway!

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Craymen Edge

    I was without internet for internet access for a whole 3 months (including the entire christmas holiday) last year when I moved my broadband from a legacy package to a new tarrif.

    Neither plusnet or BT could figure out what was wrong (or agree on who’s problem it was for that matter), and the only reason I got internet access back after 3 months was because I ended my custom with both companies and went with Cable instead.

    It was a massive pain, and is the reason I’m never going to support always on DRM in my single player games.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    I’m going to admit this freely – I don’t pirate PC games themselves, but I regularly download hacks that allow me to remove the draconian DRM from the games that have this kind of crap on them.

    I bought the game. It is my property. If I’m playing single player, the publisher has no right to stop me. And the law seriously needs to step in regarding this kind of shit.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. DSB

    You know why they’re not gonna do that Michael.

    Publishers have cleverly spun a web where you don’t actually buy a game, you just buy a vessel that the game is on. You own the CD, you own the plastic cover, you own the cheaply printed pamphlet. Fascistsoftivision Arts owns the game, and I’m pretty sure there’s a clause in the EULA where it says they can knock down your door and take it away.

    It’s evil and wrong and all kinds of fucked up.

    I’m pretty sure the kind of realization that happened to PatGar up yonder will happen to most people once they have to face the offline Steam in the event of some kind of internet disaster. It’s painful bloody Hell.

    I’m pretty sure most people who love fascist publishers have run into DRM issues as well, it’s just chíc to bow to your overlord when we’re whining about ‘em all the time.

    @Pat Why don’t you do a story about Ubisoft losing half their earnings in two years on the PC? They essentially lost 40% of their business on the PC after introducing Ubisoft Online Services Platform.

    http://www.ubisoftgroup.com/index.php?p=164

    Seems pretty relevant to me. It’s just that people haven’t bothered to check.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Yoshi

    @23 I’ve got a 10mb fibre connection

    #31 4 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    Great write up. I would like to see a lot more attention given to this and other things that are common practice in the games industry that are just plan wrong.

    Personaly I have great internet. Its down less then 3times a year and even then only for a couple of hours at most. But I live in the rual areas where many people don’t have any internet, or very poor connections.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. ruckus

    If it’s DRM’d to hell and back then I have no interest in a game.
    I’m certainly not going to waste my time downloading it and committing the Serious Crime* of copyright infringement.

    If it hits the bargain bins and there’s a load of no dvd cracks for it, then I might still consider buying it and thus playing it.

    *Serious Crimes Act 2007 – such as counterfeiting, fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement /lobbying at work me thinks

    #33 4 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    Aren’t DRM cracks(and no DVD cracks etc) also infringments on copyright laws?

    #34 4 years ago
  35. DSB

    @34 You just imploded the skulls of 50 different lawyers by asking that question.

    Depending on the trial, yes and no.

    In Norway you’ll probably win, in the US you’re dead on arrival.

    Obviously any company is free to write and claim and reserve whatever they want on their EULAs, but if they infringe upon other peoples rights, then it’s always going to be invalid. It’s not just a question of constitutional law, but also a question of how it’s enterpreted.

    Head implosion territory.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Crab of Thunder

    Just to add something to all the reasons for not liking the always on scheme. Some people don’t have an unlimited broadband package, unlikely to be anyone here because we play games a lot. But there are cheaper packages for people who only browse lightly or whatever, so then they only get so many GB’s usage a month and having a need to be online to play would eat that up fast and exceeding it of course means you get charged.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. ruckus

    Surely they’d attack you using the DMCA in the US?_?
    Anyhoo – by using this crap (DRM) they are in fact disconnecting with some of their potential customers completely. Not all will ‘pirate’ it and thus they chance never having that customer return.

    That customer… WAS ME! XD /sorry

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Strange Sultan

    You are right!! i love to play games alone. sometimes yes, i enjoy playing online. but i’ve never bought a game to play it online.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Ansob

    @14: you do realise that consoles are DRM, right? The publishers get to control what you see and how you see it.

    Oh, and enjoy paying £10-£15 more per game, by the way!

    #39 4 years ago

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    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]