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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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    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]