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Inside the UK’s Largest Fighter Tournament – Part Two

Monday, 17 October 2011 06:03 GMT By Alex Donaldson

Alex Donaldson continues the story of Super Versus Battle 2011, battling on amid the smoke of the London Riots.

SUPER VERSUS BATTLE 2011

Held on Friday August 12-Sunday August 14, at the Harrow Leisure Centre, Middlesex.

This year’s tournament featured Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2, plus several more “friendly” and exhibition titles supplied by attendees.

The UK’s largest competitive fighter event with a cash prize pool drawn largely from participant and door fees.

All tournament battles captured; catch all the action on NeoEmpire’s YouTube Channel.

Part one can be found here.

One of the most well-known pieces of gaming trivia is that Street Fighter’s Balrog is called M. Bison in Japan, and is an obvious tribute to Mike Tyson. Scared of lawsuits, Capcom switched the names around for the Western release, and he became Balrog.

A quote from Balrog’s inspiration actually best explains what happened to the team at Super vs Battle 2011. With everything planned and ready and raring to go, the tournament was hit with the revelation of shocking scenes of rioting and mass disorder mere miles from their location.

“Everybody’s got plans… until they get hit,” Tyson famously said during his boxing career. For Richard Denton and the rest of the Super vs Battle team, the quote suddenly carried a significant amount more weight. With the riots in London, best-laid plans for SvB were falling to pieces.

“I remember watching on Sunday, and I wasn’t really grasping what was going on,” Denton tells me. “Then Monday, it moved – it was in Ealing, which was getting closer and towns nearby got evacuated. Even Harrow was shut down for a while, people couldn’t get into the town – I thought, ‘Jesus. We’re in real trouble.’”

Worse, the team had already spoken to the police, and the word from the powers that be wasn’t looking too positive either. “The police were telling us they were going to just cancel it anyway,” Denton explains. “It was gonna be out of our hands.”

The police’s reaction was with good reason. The riots saw 3100 people arrested, 5 people killed and scores of property damaged, sometimes beyond repair. Police worried that hundreds of mostly-young people and a bunch of expensive gaming equipment in one place could become a target.

“We had the idea of not doing it… but, we can’t. What about our players?”

“We all sat down and we had a conversation via Skype. When it calmed down – as we were watching it Monday, Tuesday were bad but then it got to Wednesday and it calmed down, we had this conversation and we had the idea of not doing it…but, we can’t,” Denton says, shaking his head animatedly and gesturing towards the bustling, busy event in the next room.

“It’s not just a case of we can’t structurally; it would be hard but not impossible to move it to September or October, but what about our players? What about all the Europeans who have bought plane tickets out here and booked hotels to stay? There’s at least 100 of them here, and, y’know, and people that were looking forward, or even travelling to the UK… it was just, the idea of – nah.”

“We couldn’t do that to them,” he states. To him it’s as simple as that. Everything about the way he says it oozes pure passion and dedication to this community and the people that make it up – and it’s hard not to admire.

“As long as it was our decision we were still gonna do it. Always.”

Safety First
The determination from the team behind the actual tournament went a long way to help push it through, but some people previously involved would now pull out for the safety of their staff. The loss of Capcom was perhaps the most significant, meaning Street Fighter series Producer Yoshinori Ono, who attended SvB in 2010, would not attend.

“Funnily enough, I first found out that Ono-san wasn’t coming via twitter – someone close to us tweeted it. Capcom told us shortly after I read that,” Denton tells me, the tone of his voice clearly showing the team was strained by some of the losses sustained. “It slipped out, then MarkMan (Mark Julio) from Mad Catz put a statement out saying he can’t come because of work issues.”

“Then Ono-san was saying via social networking to the wider public that he wasn’t attending, [Tekken Series Producer] Harada-san from Namco – same kind of deal. It was a shame.”

Capcom UK’s PR rep Leo Tan spoke to me before the show about Ono’s presence, citing that the “volatility” in the UK meant that Ono would no longer be attending. Safety of their creative staff, after all, is crucial to publishers.

SFIVAE Grand Final: Andreas vs LLL P.Son

Mad Catz’ Global Communications and PR Head Alex Verrey told me after the event that they had wanted and intended to be there but “the show took part in a perfect storm of activity” alongside Comic Con, MLG, GamesCom, PAX and various managers’ conferences of companies like GameStop and Best Buy. Team Mad Catz sponsored players Ryan Hart and Kayane still attended the event, but unlike last year the company didn’t show to demo or sell their products.

The loss of these key names in the world of fighting games from the event and overall fear from potential competitors about the state of London cost the event dearly. “In the end, we’ve probably lost around 30% attendance,” Denton estimates, rolling his shoulders as he does.

“I’ve had emails from people saying ‘I want a refund,’ and it’s hard to say but we have to say no. We always said no refunds under any circumstances because we need to pay for the event, and I think a lot of those people acted too soon and were silly because Harrow itself never had riots and stayed safe. “

“They decided not to come – and I’m not being funny – but Harrow’s not a danger area and there are over 500 people here. I can understand if you’re a young boy whose parents now don’t think the trip is safe, but we have to have one rule for everyone – no refunds. That’s the rule we’ve always had.”

In addition to companies and special guests skipping the event, the riots meant other partners failed to follow through on promises of loans of equipment including consoles, TVs and even copies of games. Again, though, what Denton later described as community spirit and drive helped the event to stay on its feet.

“This year has proven that the community always comes along and saves the day,” he says, again gesturing to the hundreds of players out in the main hall. “Out of the blue, 30 machines turned up when sponsors failed to bring hardware due to the riots – the fans rescued us there.”

“Ultimately it’s all about them – it’s a partnership. We can’t do it without them and they can’t do it without us.”

Mortal Kombat Grand Finals – Mustrad vs Sim

The fans aren’t the only partners that remained on-board with the event, though. Fighting peripheral makers Hori still attended with their latest products for people to demo, while Rising Star Games were on hand demoing the upcoming King of Fighters XIII, even putting up cash prizes for a mini-tournament of the game.

Zen United also braved London to attend, bringing their new anime fighter Arcana Heart 3. Zen’s Geraint Evans took some time out to tell me exactly why they decided to stick to their guns and attend in the face of the riots.

“It’s absolutely vital,” Evans said of events like Super vs Battle. “It’s a chance to get to know our core audience. Playing our games alongside them, listening to their suggestions and answering their grievances face to face – when you have an audience that cares so much about your products it’s unthinkable that we wouldn’t do them the honour of attending.”

“I have a huge amount of respect for this kind of passion, and for us to not support that, get involved with it, would do it a disservice. I can’t think of a single genre that really fosters this kind of face to face community – to rally community members to get together, in person, to enjoy these games together. I think fighting games are unique in this way – and that’s something to celebrate.”

Fan-made vs. Official
Despite that attitude from Zen, Denton does seem to worry about the future of events that aren’t wholly controlled by the large publishers.

“In the past we’ve been lucky with exclusive products,” he offers as an example. “Look at last year; we had Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ages before its release. We also got Super Street Fighter IV before that. We’ve always fallen on dates where we can get accessible builds from the companies for our attendees to play the games.”

“Now Capcom have started doing what their official Fight Clubs I think there’s less need for them to bring stuff to us anymore. I think that they might feel that the hardcore will buy it anyway, so they don’t really need to play it ahead of time. I think that’s a bit harsh. “

Despite that, Denton admits he understands Capcom’s reasoning if what he has been told is true. “If we were to do the Fight Club, new players would see these ridiculous people just obliterating everyone over and over again. We can share people off. Those events are about promotion, and us being there doesn’t allow the casual gamers to get on as much. I get that. They’d see some of our guys playing and think ‘oh my god’ – those guys watch stuff on YouTube before the game is out and analyse it in their head – they’re ridiculous.”

Despite his worries, Denton remains optimistic time will see balance restored, allowing the two styles of event to co-exist.

“Capcom’s got a massive drive on their Fight Clubs and stuff at the moment. Maybe next year when it balances out and they’ve been doing that for a while we may get some of the products back. The riots didn’t help with Capcom – Ono-san having to drop out and that – but they were never bringing any products anyway.”

Fight for the Future
One way to ensure the survival of events like Super vs Battle is to grow the event without the support of external companies, and Denton and the team have plenty of plans for that. One thing that’s stopped many fans of competitive gaming struggle to follow SVB is the lack of an online stream, and there are plans in place to remedy that. “We really want a stream up for all three days next year,” he tells us, the excitement at the idea pretty clear as he gestures towards the rest of the hall.

“We want to be able to stream as an actual show. We’d cut to different games. We’d bring up certain people out of the pools to play on the ‘stream’ machine. Pre-recorded segments during breaks in the matches… we want to be able to do all that, but we’d probably have to double the team to do that.”

“We stream on Thursday nights from Gamerbase in London – we do winner stays on tournament. People don’t realize it’s a Neo Empire thing because it’s somebody else’s thing – he runs the tournament and we stream it for them. If we can get a venue with high quality internet, at a weekend, at the size we need, at a price we can afford – we’d be streaming today.”

Evo’s stream this year was ran by Team Sp00ky and was a real incredible piece of work, and Denton’s admiration is clear. “The thing about Evo was it was just so professional looking and it was just astonishing that it stayed on – no matter who you are or where you were, it just stayed on. My internet connection is diabolical because I’m at the end of an exchange – but it just stayed up constantly. It was amazing.”

“We want a new venue so we can do more.”

The team also intend to focus their efforts on production. “We want a new venue so we can do more,” Denton says, later admitting that the current venue, a leisure centre, is now inadequate. A new venue would go a long way to fixing some of the major issues some had with the event.

“For example at a smaller event we used Milford Arts Center in North London – we used the full theatre. One of our players, Liam Hoy – Agent Hoy – he works for that theatre. It was awesome. We had full production – lights, introduction music, all that… it was amazing.”

“We did that a bit at Battle of Destiny, as well. We had a sound engineer – so in our finals we had entrance music for the players. The room was pitch black when the finals started, and there was smoke and then the lights came up – that’s what I love, the production.”

“This event is much more focused on the games themselves because of the size versus how many people we have to run it, but in an ideal world we’d want to bring like a concert and a boxing match and video games together – give us the equipment, and yeah, done. That’s what I want to do in the future if we can, but right now it’s really hard – I get worn out because by the time we’ve got the hardware in, got all the printing done, promoted the event – all that – I get worn out and run out of time.”

“That’ll be our planning over the coming months. When we get to the venue in theory it should be a product in a box – then we just need to open the box. We know what we’re doing and how to do it – some our meetings are very blaze because we know what we’re doing, we just need the capital, the support, the equipment, the venue and the staff and then we can do it. But that’s a big ask, I know.”

One other ambition for Denton and the SvB crew is to get involved in other, larger events, like the growing behemoth that is Eurogamer Expo. “We’re gonna be at MCM Expo, but me and my brother have always talked about being at Eurogamer. We just don’t know how to go about it.”

“We’re gonna be at MCM Expo, but me and my brother have always talked about being at Eurogamer. We just don’t know how to go about it.”

Ambitions for the future will have to wait, though – Denton’s being dragged away again to the hustle and bustle of the tournament to help keep the cogs behind the scenes turning to keep everything as close to on-time as possible.

The event has had its fair share of non-riot related issues, exacerbated by a lack of equipment and staff. Post-event discussion on the Neo Empire forums would go on to be highly critical but also thankful for the team’s efforts. There’s a long way to go next year, but from Denton’s comments its clear he believes more external help is needed to grow this event further.

Asked how he’d convince others who aren’t big fans to come and check it out next time he launches with ease into a promotional spiel that’s good enough that for a moment I’m reminded of a major publisher PR representative.

“It’s an exciting weekend. There’s nothing like it. Playing people in person – I know a lot of people picked up Street Fighter IV and play online – that’s not bad, it’s really cool online – but there’s nothing like offline. When you’ve got 500 people screaming at each other in excitement – you don’t get that in your headphones.

“Come down and watch. Come down for grand finals and watch that. Come down and play casually without competing – you won’t see a show like this in many places in this country. Arcades might be dead and online might be the big thing, but we must be doing something right to get this many people to come down to a leisure centre in Harrow a few days after the riots, right?”

There’s a problem with the power at the event, and he can’t keep talking to me for much longer – but even as he runs off to deal with even more problems, Denton’s still grinning wide.

“We’re quite bare-bones sometimes, but at the end of the day if there’s a TV and a console and the players bring their sticks or pads and it all works and people can sit down and hear it and see it and play in a tournament… we’re in business. That’s all that matters in the end.”

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    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]