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Metacritic cracking down on alleged Mass Effect 3 trolls

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 23:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Metacritic has begun removing suspiciously negative Mass Effect 3 user reviews.

“We have already removed user reviews which have broken our terms of use. We will continue to monitor user reviews and take the steps needed to ensure our users both comply with those terms and do not have to read other reviews which break them,” editor in chief Marc Doyle told Kotaku.

Doyle asked users to check the site’s terms of use and to report any trolling or other forms of abuse to admins.

Within minutes of the action RPG’s US release, large numbers of negative Metacritic user reviews began rolling in – many rating the game at the lowest possible score and leaving derisive, inflammatory comments.

Many of the accounts had been registered specifically to leave Mass Effect 3 reviews, leading many to suspect the work of trolls.

A number of other user reviews from established members give positive or balanced results, and the critical reception has been notably positive.

Mass Effect 3 is out now in the US, and arrives in Australia on march 8 and Europe on March 9, for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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35 Comments

  1. LOLshock94

    They removed mine because i said garrus was a fag and he should never of died like wtf not my falut bioware suck penis

    #1 3 years ago
  2. xino

    but it’s alright for them to troll MW3:/

    #2 3 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    @2 IKR lets stand up againest these trolls buddy!!!!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    That does not change anything if you look for example here: http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/mass-effect-3

    It’s still 4.3

    So? Is it a DLC situation or the game is a complete disaster? I think it’s a disaster because ME 1 was ok and 2 was mediocre piece of a game in my opinion.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    @4 there so medicore that you still play them…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. triggerhappy

    @Erth: You aways really hard on things. Why is that? List me your top 5. I just wanna see what gets the Erth seal of approval…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Stardog

    Wow they removed EVERY PC user review.

    They are as corrupt as EA.

    EDIT: No, it’s moved down to the bottom-right somehow.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. K-V-C

    yea i read another post i dont wana ruin anything put most people dislike the ending and that caused them to do this very sad people would put the score that low just because of the ending :(

    #8 3 years ago
  9. triggerhappy

    @stardog: Why they still let joe public rate things on meta is a mystery to me. This always happens.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Stardog

    @triggerhappy But regular game reviewers are just joe public anyway.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    You have to ask yourself why its being bombed to hell and back though. I mean look at some other games that have high critical ratings like say… Half Life 2, the user rating on that is… oh hey its about the same as the critical one.

    My fear is that Bioware is just going to take the easy way out and blame it on homophobia, even though im guessing a fair whack of the people “dirty protesting” on metacritic don’t give a shit either way.

    Actually a hell of alot of people seem to actually be upset that sexuality has come down to a choice, a decision, “I think ill be gay now.”. Honestly Im not down with that at all, its your character you should be given the options to play that character as you wish.

    In addition theres 2 or 3 bad user reviews gay men slating the fuck out of the nieve and childish way the gay romance has been written, again that just seems to be par for the course in terms of the series as a whole, why would a gay romance be different to the ham-fisted approach all the others have gotten?

    So Im not going to simply dismiss all this horrible reception as bad trolling, Dragon Age 2 got the same treatment and it got a 94% from PC Gamer, look how well DA2 turned out.

    I kinda just want Mass Effect to go away now, its out let the people enjoy it and let me pretend that it was a series of 1 game.

    NB : When Metacritic removed the dodgy user reviews the average rating actually went down. So might not have been a good thing to do.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. triggerhappy

    I don’t think the gay choice should have been in there at all. I don’t have anything against anyone who is gay but the world’s just not ready to be shown that in a video game and not make a song and dance about it.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. absolutezero

    It needs to happen.

    Its happened before and oh look no one had a fucking problem with it. The Fable series from the outset has allowed you to court and even marry someone the same sex as your character.

    Actually this is quite good, go look at the User Reviews for Fable 3 compared to the first game, now look at the Critical ones.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. triggerhappy

    A fair point. But mass effect’s always been that much more serious about its relationships than fable. I wouldn’t be surprised if some gay people thought they were being misrepresented here, I mean I watch the male on female scenes and im major facepalming LOL. Suppose its like when they do something about a gamer on CSI or the likes, we’re always going on about how misrepresented we are.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    The world wasn’t ready to let blacks sit where they wanted to on the bus either, but thankfully those people had the courage to demand a right to sit where they want. That’s usually how things change.

    50 years from now the people who believe that hiding behind a stupid book makes them any less a group of common bigots are going to look just as hateful and ignorant as the last guys who tried to step on ordinary people for no reason.

    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/03/05

    I kinda feel like that sums up “Bioware sex” pretty well though :P

    It’s about as interesting as a screen saying “And then they had teh sex”.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. frostquake

    Don’t forget Skyrim, you wear the Amulet of Mara, and you get hit on by the same sex all the time. I am playing a Male, and an overwhelming of the people saying they are interested in me are Male, so where was the controversy in that?? I just don’t see an issue here at all. It is just a simple game, but since it is causing a dialogue, I guess it is good?

    As of this writing there were only 31 Positive reviews and no Mixed or Negative reviews from Critics, which is very surprising, I truly was expecting a few Mixed Reviews.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. triggerhappy

    Check what gameinformer have to say about the controvertial DLC:

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/03/06/mass-effect-3-dlc-from-ashes-impressions.aspx

    “This is a critical slice of one of Mass Effect’s greatest mysteries, and though it feels kind of slimy of EA and BioWare to make people pay for it, I can’t say that I’m sorry I spent the money.”

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    User reviews are mostly trolls either flaming the game they hate or praising a game. You the most common scores for a game in metacritic is. ITS 0 OR 10. User reviews just sucks and dont serve any purpose because they are written by people who dont know anything about how to rate a game.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Can I ask a question?

    Why put sex into a video game in the first place?

    I don’t want it there. It isn’t handled in a mature manor in most cases. I have not played ME3 and don’t intend to. Not because of the sex, but because it doesn’t appeal to me. But I will not play Fable because of it.

    Fable actualy tracks sexual encounters. Including same sex and group sex situations. I know it makes me sound like another American affraid of sex. I am not. But sex needs to be handled with a bit more maturity, imo. Esp with a video game.

    Its potrael is demening(most often to women). And it is juvenial. Look at the demographic. I understand that YOU(talking to no one/everyone) are not 14 yr old, but kids easily get the wrong idea from media. Games are worse because they are interactive, empowering.

    It boils down to this. Period. And simple.

    If your old enough to handle sex, your not as impressed with it in your games. Simple as. If your swayed into buying/enjoying a game because sex is in it(Fable/GTA), your prolly not mature enough to be able to handle it.

    So I ask you, why even have that dynamic in the game to begin with?

    I am older then most of you. I am not impressed one damn bit with it in the game. If a game has solid gameplay, would youhoneslty not buy it because it lacked a group sex element? Or if a game was only so-so would you go ahead and buy it anyways because it included your char having sex?

    I mean, really?

    I can 100% gaurentee you that the only reason it is included in the overwhelming majority of games that include it is to drive sales.

    I am reminded of Bevis and Butthead. Laughing and joking about Boobies.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Fin

    Metacritic user reviews are not the place to protest objections to a game. It just makes you look petty and mean.

    @19

    Sex is an adult theme and part of gaming’s increasing maturity. I don’t understand why you think it shouldn’t be included. Should all films and books be sex free too?

    “I can 100% gaurentee you that the only reason it is included in the overwhelming majority of games that include it is to drive sales.”

    Please don’t throw out absolutely ridiculous stats, it just makes you look stupid.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @19 Your entire argument is entirely mooted by the fact that its a choice.

    If you don’t want to see it, simply don’t take that path in the dialogue. Its not like the game is forcing you at gun-point to be exposed to it.

    I’m old enough (and married long enough) that I don’t need a game to get my jollies off (especially not with a woman as ugly as Chobot), but I don’t see the problem with its existing as an *optional* part of the universe. You can play through BioWare’s games without getting involved in romances with the cast, so again, you don’t have to ever expose yourself to this kind of content, unless you intentionally choose to seek it out.

    The fact that anyone considers this an issue is pretty sad, and DSB’s comparison to black people’s rights is an entirely valid one.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. polygem

    gay love in me 3
    a black nephew of mario
    a vegan cod war hero
    …all awesome…

    #22 3 years ago
  23. polygem

    og: you got a good point (again). i agree that sex in games should be handled with care. i haven´t played me3 yet so i cannot argue about how it is implemented there (hehe “implemented” beavis). i totally like the idea of gay love in a game though. the gaming world is full of homophobic douchebags. for a science fiction setting it´s totally natural to have gay love in it if you think about it. we will hopefully have a much more open minded society a few hundred years from now. if we just look at the history we can see that. so gay love being totally accepted in the future – 100% sure about that. the sexism of a gtaIV on the other hand totally turned me off. i think it was just lame and dull. the game and the whole franchise suffered from that. this is not what i would call a mature game. it´s a game for teens and for them it´s not that great…or god of war…pfff…hi kids. in fable i kinda enjoyed the mixed sex groupsex scenarios and i found them more gimmicky than anything and do not think they are insulting even for a younger audience…i mean you just had a black screen and some weird sounds. it must not mean that every teenager wants to have sex with as many people as possible at the same time after watching those black screens. sex is totally overrated in our society though. totally.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. polygem

    another take: why isn´t the porn industry into gaming yet actually? porn games would sell like crazy…i hope this will never happen!

    ahhh i got it – you´ll need your hands off of your controller…well that´s a problem…ms, sony and nintendo with all their motion gaming stuff wont give them a platform, because they got reputation to loose, so they need to make their own console AND develop their own “games”…well that will take some hundreds of years for them to figure out….pheew.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. viralshag

    I get the feeling most people here knocking ME3 haven’t actually played the game.

    I have. It’s awesome. But haters gonna hate.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    I’m waiting for the Kinnect Porn game… “Your penis is the controller!”

    Not that it’d ever detect the little winkies of the average 360 using male!! Trolololol ;-)

    #26 3 years ago
  27. polygem

    nasty

    #27 3 years ago
  28. ManuOtaku

    #26 “Your penis is the controller!”, we are talking about gay relantionships here, “Your anus is the controller” is more fitting, i guess.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    ^ I do not want to see the plug-in needed for that game…

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Da Man

    Metacritic user ratings are essentially random. They obv depend on a few mostly sad reasons.. exclusivity, zealousness of the game’s fans (e.g. Half Life), game being weird/niche (Platinum titles), some vendetta of angry nerds against a publisher and so on.. It’s like a roulette.

    Consider Bayonetta and God Hand. Is there any logic behind those? No.

    It’s like counting agrees and disagrees on N4G.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. polygem

    a friend of mine is playing swtor atm. he enjoys it but he says everyone is complaining all the time about minor issues and people totally freak out. it is beyond me why people are complaining all the time BUT keep playing the damn game every day. it´s pathetic. just don´t play it if it´s no fun… i think a lot of swtor haters hate on bioware now and think it´s payback time by giving bad ratings to me3. idiots.

    orbit and manu: i am glad you are not a game developer team ;-)

    #31 3 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    It wasn’t a knock on ME3. I haven’t played it, and said so.

    But just as a general question.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. No_PUDding

    I want to play Mass Effect again.

    Two was okay, but I dont see too much continuity for me to need to play three.

    First one was just cooool. Soundtrack especially.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. viralshag

    @32, Your question is answered with the most simple of answers: because it adds more choice.

    As Mike said, it’s entirely optional. You can totally avoid it or you can act like a total in-game whore. If someone wants to do the latter and having that option doesn’t hurt anyone, why not include it?

    I really don’t think having sex in a game drives a game’s sales all that much if at all.

    I for one followed the romance options in all the Bioware games because I like my character to do that. Not because I want to knock one off over it, but because I don’t want my character to be fighting with some big hefty blue balls.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. viralshag

    @33, Some of the tracks in ME3 are great. Clint Mansell is a don.

    #35 3 years ago

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    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]