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Dead or Alive 5′s women to be more “realistic”, “high class”

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi believes the Dead or Alive fanbase has grown past bouncing breasts and wants real female fighters.

Speaking to Gamasutra, Hayashi said it’s time to move on from the franchise’s seedy past.

“In the series up to now we focused on some kind of… Sports Illustrated [aesthetic]. Like a magazine for high school kids, with women portrayed in that sense,” he said.

“We’ve always had the sex factor in the game; in the past, the female characters had to have big breasts, they had to have scanty dress.”

Now, Team Ninja wants to feature real women – the kinds of women they know and like.

“We’re trying to focus on the real women that surround us; the voice of a female, the mannerisms. We are being realistic about it,” he said.

“We want to show something that’s more high class, that adult males of our generation could look at a woman [character] and be impressed with her as a woman, not just as a pin-up.”

Team Ninja seems to want to move past its reputation altogether, bringing a grown-up tone to Ninja Gaiden, previously known for its gratuitously violent gore.

“The old team was known for making games that just had two primary elements: Sex and violence. It was very obvious,” Hayashi said.

“The new team, we want to take it to a new level – to a direction that contains emotional experiences that can move players. Rather than just having violence for the sake of violence and cheap thrill, we wanted to give meaning to violence: Why does this happen? We want to link emotion to violence.

“We wanted to make a game that is for mature audiences, that can make adults think.”

Team Ninja has been quiet on the Dead or Alive 5 front in the build up to Ninja Gaiden 3′s release in March, releasing scant images and gameplay footage, so we’ll probably have to wait a few months to see how the fighter’s approach to female character design plays out ahead of its release this year.

Thanks, Siliconera.

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23 Comments

  1. DarkElfa

    Wow, this is going t go over well…

    Next up, Resident Evil has decided that the protagonist will talk to the zombies about their problems.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    Actually I think it’s a good change in direction and assuming their fan base has matured, the right change. Same can be said for Lara in the rebooted tomb raider.

    I doubt boobs and blood would hold the interest of the average 30+ year old.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Yeah it definitely is a good change in direction. I’m so fucking sick of Fanservice and sexism in videogames, it’s time to grow the fuck up. The result could actually be that more female players play it and less perverts.

    I wouldn’t believe it, but judging by the latest Ninja Gaiden 3 videos, they really do seem to go through with this. This is one of the reasons why i’m bothered playing Ninja Gaiden 2: Zero Awesome Fucking Delta Omega Edition on PS3. The Female “CIA Agent” looks like she’s ready for some porn scenes.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    @3 You should see some of the DLC costumes on the Store. Ho boy.

    More realistic? Yeah go for it, high class? In DoA? With Ninjas? and a luchadore lady?

    uh huh.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @4: Just saw it, with comments from a 16 year old who thinks they aren’t “sexy” enough. Well, there is your core fanbase, i guess.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Da Man

    I demand genderless, mediocre looking protagonists. Damn teenage pricks ruining videogames, I can’t control myself when playing DoA, I can’t even focus ffs.

    In all honesty, they’re going to ruin this game by implementing some poorly written, poorly presented jap crap with second-rate gameplay. RIP Team Ninja, nothing close to the original Ninja Gaiden will likely come out of this studio again.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    “nothing close to the original Ninja Gaiden will likely come out of this studio again.”

    Hopefully.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Da Man

    Perhaps you picked a wrong hobby then. Oh well.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    no tits what, are they smoking the green shit again?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @8: What? That doesn’t even make sense.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Da Man

    If you think Ninja Gaiden was a bad videogame, you picked a wrong hobby.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @11: Ah yeah. You totally don’t sound like Erthazus now.

    “If you disagree with me, you’re wrong.”

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Da Man

    #12 No, you just totally missed my point.

    It has nothing to do with disagreement. Disliking a game is one thing, deeming something as ideally tweaked, polished and balanced as the original NG poor because of the storyline or some optional character is silly.

    Even if some day storylines will play just as much of a role in videogames, they will be revealed thru the gameplay.

    There’re books, made of paper. And cinema too. Going thru the enemies just to advance the plot is a chore.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. silkvg247

    @6 There’s a rather large difference between wobbly OTT “how can they even fight with those?!” boobies in your face, and “more realistic females”. It doesn’t mean lets take the sexiness away, it means let’s make it real. Am I on my own when I find the new “real” Lara infintely more attractive than the rather unrealistic original Lara? Truth be told I found the original Lara with her big boobs and size 4 waist a little grotesque.

    When people grow up they (should) realise that it doesn’t have to be obvious to be sexy.

    Also I have never played any of the NG games.. did I miss much? ;p

    #14 3 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    “Disliking a game is one thing, deeming something as ideally tweaked, polished and balanced as the original NG poor because of the storyline or some optional character is silly.”

    …yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

    I don’t think this is silly at all. The boobilicious character-design, bland art-direction and stupid storyline is what always kept me away from the series. We should expect more from this fast progressing medium. It has to something to do with standards, if you play videogames for gameplay alone, have at it Hoss.

    I want more and i don’t think it’s silly to dismiss a game if it doesn’t deliver a good story, a good art-direction or at least an acceptable representation of females.

    Just played NG2 recently for the first time, i’m at the NY level now and … yeah, don’t think i’ll go further. It’s just fucking stupid man. Why do you judge games like these differently? Why not question how Ryu got so fast to NY, or why the CIA agent looks like a porn queen? Or that the first level is a complete rip-off from God of War 2?

    Why not?

    And please, don’t give me that read books and watch films bullshit. There is more to videogames than just gameplay, even if old dinosaurs like you can’t seem to admit that.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Why not?

    A videogame by definition is meant to be played. It’s an opinion which ‘dictates’ that. You’ll just have much less trouble finding something appealing in books and cinema.

    It isn’t fast progressing, it just happens to have numerous fads. And a total lack of perspective on part of people like you is astounding.

    As I said, if you put plots above gameplay, then you picked a wrong hobby.

    Oh, and NG2 is rubbish. Please refrain from changing the topic and inserting various red herrings in here. Then again, perhaps someone as interested in videogames as you won’t see a difference.

    I’m only a few years older than you. I just, ironically, have higher standards. You play Enslaved and Heavy Rain, I read Asimov and Camus. So, if anyone should ‘not give that shit’ and ‘admit’ anything, it’s the opposite.

    Just admit that you don’t know any better.

    For a ‘dinosaur’ I have way too much understanding of proper placement of plots in videogames. Perhaps you should reread my post.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Da Man

    Oh, and to add to that. Just to clarify, if you would simply say that you have issues with oversexualized content, that would be a valid point. Some people have trouble with violent content too.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    “You’ll just have much less trouble finding something appealing in books and cinema.”

    I know, but that’s not what i’m looking for, i want videogames to evolve, because for me they can way more entertaining than movies or books.

    “It isn’t fast progressing, it just happens to have numerous fads.”

    Yeah, i mean if you look at how videogames have changed in the last 10 years, totally just fads.

    “As I said, if you put plots above gameplay, then you picked a wrong hobby.”

    As i said, just your opinion, man. I could live with Enslaveds lackluster gameplay.

    “Oh, and NG2 is rubbish. Please refrain from changing the topic and inserting various red herrings in here. Then again, perhaps someone as interested in videogames as you won’t see a difference.”

    If it’s so rubbish why didn’t you write “RIP Team Ninja” when they released NG2? And how am i changing the topic? We’re talking about Ninja Gaiden here, aren’t we?

    “I’m only a few years older than you. I just, ironically, have higher standards.”

    Don’t remember ever mentioning my age.

    “You play Enslaved and Heavy Rain”

    I love Enslaved and thought Heavy Rain was a complete disaster, what’s your point?

    “I read Asimov and Camus.”

    Good for you. I read Nietzsche and Solzhenitsyn. What’s your point?

    “Oh, and to add to that. Just to clarify, if you would simply say that you have issues with oversexualized content, that would be a valid point.”

    Indeed i have. It’s just not that. If i play games like Resident Evil 5 and see special forces talking about the difficulties of being partners, i can’t help but feel sad.

    Why are you so mad about it anyway? I find it hilarious that you seem to be so offended. It’s not like i’m going to take away your stupid games.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Da Man

    I’m not ‘mad’, post number 7 sees you making a silly statement, which is my whole point, don’t see why you still keep on missing it.

    I don’t recall myself stating that videogames can’t be entertaining plot-wise, or that plots shoudn’t matter. It’s that an approach putting them above moving your avatar around is well, wrong. Have you seen the performance figures of Enslaved? If you want something from videogames that you can’t find in cinema or literature, then you didn’t look hard enough. As I said, you picked a wrong hobby.

    Re fads: There were numerous Sierra point and click adventure games. There were the jrpgs which marked their death the moment they went for stories in place of role playing content. There were the Silent Hills, which exhausted themsleves after rehashing the same jap Steven King wannabe content for four games. Pretty much every videogame today had a superior analog ten years ago, so yeah if anything it’s devolving .

    We were talking about a game called ‘Ninja Gaiden’.

    Tell you what, ‘man’. You throw in some names. For someone reading Nietzsche you miss some way too critical points of his works. And for someone reading Solzhenitsin, you oddly enough put art or philosophy alongside entertainment. Quite frankly, that’s crazy if you still can’t see the difference at this point..

    about the difficulties of being partners, i can’t help but feel sad.
    There’s the piss poor narratives and intentionally ignored ones. Ninja Gaiden would be the latter.. Perhaps it isn’t these videogames which are ‘stupid’.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @19: “I’m not ‘mad’, post number 7 sees you making a silly statement, which is my whole point, don’t see why you still keep on missing it.”

    Your “Point” as you still keep calling it, is, like i said, nothing more than your opinion. But you keep repeating your “point”, maybe one day it might become true.

    You really don’t seem to be able to free yourself from the though that this might be just an opinion and nothing else.

    “I don’t recall myself stating that videogames can’t be entertaining plot-wise, or that plots shoudn’t matter.”

    And where did i say that?

    “It’s that an approach putting them above moving your avatar around is well, wrong.”

    Repeat after me: This is just my opinion and i should accept that people disagree with me.

    “Have you seen the performance figures of Enslaved?”

    Yes, they aren’t good … so how is this important?

    “If you want something from videogames that you can’t find in cinema or literature, then you didn’t look hard enough.”

    Show me an interactive film or book with fantastic art-direction and thoughtful characters. Go ahead.

    “As I said, you picked a wrong hobby.”

    Repeat after me: This is just my opinion and i should accept that people disagree with me.

    “There were the jrpgs which marked their death the moment they went for stories in place of role playing content.”

    When did that happen? Because when i ask someone about what they liked about Final Fantasy 7, they liked the story and cast the most, not many mention the gameplay.

    “Pretty much every videogame today had a superior analog ten years ago, so yeah if anything it’s devolving.”

    Repeat after me: This is just my opinion and i should accept that people disagree with me.

    “You throw in some names. For someone reading Nietzsche you miss some way too critical points of his works. And for someone reading Solzhenitsin, you oddly enough put art or philosophy alongside entertainment.”

    This actually say ALOT about you. Seems like you can’t read the work of someone you can’t agree with. Just because i read the both of them doesn’t mean i agree with everything they say.

    Stop making a fool out of yourself.

    “There’s the piss poor narratives and intentionally ignored ones.”

    Ah now you’re getting it. See, that wasn’t that hard now, was it?

    “Perhaps it isn’t these videogames which are ‘stupid’.”

    Whoops, nope, nope you don’t get it.

    This is getting nowhere.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Da Man

    Okay, I’m going to clarify this as accessible as possible.

    Yeah, opinion, because it doesn’t have scientific evidence.

    The games are meant to be played, theoretically the result of your supposed ‘evolution’ would be computer toys with plotlines on the level of Dostoevsky, except that will never happen because people like him don’t exist anymore, if they existed he wouldn’t do it, and even if there’re quarter qualified writers they aren’t going to do computer entertainment any time soon. And the most you’re going to get out of them is some second – rate stuff.

    Dostoevsky can’t be fun. It can’t be entertaining. You can’t play Solzhentsin’s Archipelag Gulag. It’s even insulting to do so. Not only that, but there’s zero purpose to do it. And since there’s absolutely nothing interactive computer toys are able to do which hasn’t been done in classical literature or cinema, it questions the whole purpose to begin with.

    As I said, people like you lack the perspective. Videogames ‘ roots trace to dice and football, cinema’s roots trace to theatre.

    On the other hand, if you want entertaining plots to accompany gameplay, then more power to you. But, and this is a big but.. you ‘re going to play through the stages, so if you aren’t after playthrugh to begin with, you would be better off with movies.

    The jrpgs gradually but steadily disappeared and died out, if you look at all the series which were around in the 90s and now, it’s not hard to notice.

    “Pretty much every videogame today had a superior analog ten years ago, so yeah if anything it’s devolving.”

    Repeat after me: This is just my opinion and i should accept that people disagree with me.
    Even if you disagree, which borderline noone who were around ten years ago would do, my statement was a reply to the previous point about new games. Every single one has a ten years old analog.

    Whether you agree with ‘them’ or not, your posts hardly come across as someone’s who ‘s familiar with it, that’s what I meant. But you’re right, it ‘s nothing of my business so anyway.

    Ah now you’re getting it. See, that wasn’t that hard now, was it?
    Really? In which case criticizing Ninja Gaiden for lackluster narrative would be like doing so with Modern Talking for not being Jimmy Hendrix.

    Anyway, tell you what. I think we can agree that you dislike games with sexual content.. unless it has you being in the dominant role like GoW. So it would seem. I can live with that ;).

    #21 3 years ago
  22. shogoz

    The amount of words typed seems to triple when people become fucked off at eachother here

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    Sexual trends have always been dictated by supply. If everybody looks like pornstars, people want the girl next door, and vice versa. Which is why I always keep one of each.

    I can’t take the puritanism seriously. If people want to make outrageous sexual statements, why on earth shouldn’t they do that?

    It can be dumb, smart, cheap or refined, but I don’t believe the norms should be dictated by whatever the most sensitive people are offended by.

    If people find it tasteless, they can go play Beyond Good and Evil or Mirror’s Edge or The Longest Journey. There’s something for everyone.

    #23 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]