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Borderlands 2 aims for “as few cutscenes as is humanly possible”

Thursday, 8 March 2012 23:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gearbox really, really doesn’t want to turn Borderlands 2 into a cut-scene heavy drama llama.

“The key is not breaking flow. A big part of that is as few cutscenes as is humanly possible,” Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch told GameInformer when asked about the game’s story.

“Apart from our cool splash screens that last about five seconds, there’s maybe three cutscenes in the entire game – one at the very beginning, one at the very end, and one in the middle. I’m not certain on that number, but it’s very low.”

Burch said that Gearbox wants to put gameplay first and story second.

“The story informs the gameplay and makes you feel like the things you’re doing in the gameplay are for a bigger reason. It’s never, ‘Hey, I’m going to grab you by the neck and make you watch this nine-minute cutscene about this character I really like, so deal with it,’” he said.

“It’s more about making sure the world itself has more environmental storytelling. Characters constantly tell you why you’re doing what you’re doing, cheer you on, warn you about things that are coming up.”

That said, Borderlands 2 features a weightier narrative than the first game, even just in terms of mission structure.

“The things that you’re doing in Borderlands 2 are of such a larger scope and scale that it will feel even more interesting – like the stuff we showed at Gamescom of rescuing Roland while two opposing armies fight to get him out of your grips. In the first Borderlands you just never got that scale of narrative importance on missions,” Burch noted.

The wrtiter also apparently gave away a minor plot spoiler:

“Generally any character from the first game or previous DLC is back in some form or another. Unless they’re dead. And even some of them still make it back in some ways,” he said.

Borderlands 2 releases on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September.

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21 Comments

  1. LOLshock94

    GOOD because who can remember the first cutscene were you see TK bara? worst cutscene of all fucking time

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Sounds exactly like the first Borderlands … which is bad news. The # reason why is stopped playing the game was the story or lack thereof.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    You don’t need a story, you just need a bigger gun.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    @3: Gotta disagree there. I need a better motivation in videogames than “You’ll be rich!”

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    It’s not “You’ll be rich”, it’s “You’ll get to carry a shotgun with a 12-round drum shooting fire at everything and anything that moves with pinpoint precision”. Or acid rounds, or explosive rounds, or shock rounds.

    The whole game revolves around the guns. Everything else is just random filler.

    I see your point though, it IS very simple, and it is basically doing the same thing over and over again, but the thing that kept me playing was wanting to see the next awesome gun, and the next one after that.

    It did have some awesome gimmicks thrown on top though. MIRV grenades and bouncing betties. Fuck yeah.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    Sorry DSB, I don’t think you’re right. I’m with YoungZero on this through and through – a game without compulsion, without motivation, is a pretty shit game. Remember what Pat said about GTA IV? I couldn’t agree more with that. There was no compulsion in that game really other than to do well financially, and it was so entirely dull that I felt like my brain was going to drip out of my ears thanks to the narcolepsy it inflicted.

    Compare this to another gun game, like Bulletstorm. In Bulletstorm it’s a fight for survival, but also a desire to unravel the mystery surrounding that corrupt general, and you want to save Ichi. There you have motivation and compulsion. That had me stick with Bulletstorm from beginning to end.

    A game is like a person: If you’re not at least a little bit charismatic and storied then it doesn’t matter how massive your gun is, no one’s going to be interested in you.

    Really. It’s my opinion that games need to be more intelligent than that. Games need more than manly over-compensation for whatever inadequacies a person has. Really, I’m just more than a little bit tired of mindless violence in games… the more storied something is, the better.

    That’s why my gaming gold standard in recent years is, and continues to be, New Vegas.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    Bulletstorm doesn’t have a bazillion randomly generated guns, which like I said is the driving motivational factor behind Borderlands.

    And I certainly don’t agree that there’s somehow only one standard for what a game should or could be. I quite like the fact that games can be anything they want.

    It’s Diablo with guns. Everything beyond clicking stuff, collecting stuff and making things go splat is just tacked on. But it does have a pretty neat artstyle with lots of personality, certainly more so than any Fallout or RAGE out there.

    I like stories, I like guns. I like them together, I like them individually. Needing everything to check the same boxes, or share the same emphasis is pretty discouraging. Developers can focus on what they please, and I think people appreciate having those options. I don’t think most people are looking for a narrower industry.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    Borderlands had a story. It wasn’t always particularly obvious and perhaps wasn’t told in the best manner ever, but it was there.

    Anyone who didn’t love the story of Patricia Tannis’ gradually unravelling mind has no sense of humour.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @7:

    I understand why so many people played and enjoyed Borderlands. I like dem guns too. The guns shoot different but to me it never really felt satisfying enough. It felt alot like grinding. I don’t enjoy that. I wasn’t motivated to finish it, at all. I don’t think every game needs a story well-told, but it would be nice to have a proper motivation.

    Diablo had me interested. I wanted to listen to what the narrator had to say. From start to finish.

    While i liked the look of the game, i wasn’t too fond of the character-design. Brick was the only one i liked.

    And Fallout’s Art-Direction is still unique. Yes it took some inspiration from Mad Max, but i think it’s just insanely amazing when you think about the concept. As if the style of the 50′s never ended, but the technology evolved anyway. That’s awesome and pretty unique. Not its fault that it spawned so many copy cats.

    @8: Dunno what story you mean? Was it delivered through text messages or dialogs you just wanted to skip because they destroyed the pacing of the gameplay?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Christopher Jack

    @9, Borderlands begins some time after the Dahl Corporation’s abandonment of Pandora; several fortune seekers, including the player, are drawn to the planet by its legends of an unopened Eridian Vault. After arriving at the town of Fyrestone, the player sees an image of a mysterious woman, the “Guardian Angel”, who is aware they are here to seek the Vault and directs them to follow her instructions. The player meets a man named Dr. Zed and the doctor helps the player through the beginning of the game. The Angel eventually leads them to collecting one of the several artifacts needed to open the vault. This causes Patricia Tannis, an archaeologist/scientist, to contact the player and urge them to collect the other three pieces of the Vault key. Tannis reveals that the Vault opens every 200 years and the time of the next opening is approaching. At the same time, Commandant Steele of the Crimson Lance, a well-outfitted mercenary force in the employ of one of the game’s several mega-corporations, Atlas, threatens to declare martial law over the planet and demands the vault key pieces.
    While the player is able to secure the second and third Vault key pieces without incident, they find that the final piece is not where it is expected. Steele contacts the player, revealing that Tannis had betrayed them and that there are in fact only three pieces, then proceeds to cut off the planet’s ECHO network disabling further communication with the Guardian Angel. The player infiltrates the Crimson Lance’s headquarters and finds Tannis locked up; she claims she had no choice but to betray the player under force, but urges the player(s) to restart the ECHO network and to prevent Steele and the Crimson Lance from using the key. After restoring the network, the Guardian Angel urges the player to hurry and stop Steele. The player finds, as they approach the Vault, that the Crimson Lance are in combat with alien Guardians; after bypassing both forces, the player finally arrives at the Vault, too late to stop Steele from using the key. However, when the Vault opens, Steele and her guard are wiped out by a giant monster that is attempting to escape the vault. The Guardian Angel explains that the monster is called the Destroyer, imprisoned in the Vault by the alien Eridians long ago to prevent it from destroying the universe, with the Guardians present to prevent anyone from opening it. The player is able to defeat the monster, sealing the Vault for another 200 years. The player is shown that the Guardian Angel is a Hyperion satellite orbiting around Pandora communicating with the player through the ECHOnet. The game ends with the Hyperion satellite sending a signal to a claptrap robot on the planet, changing it into a “Interplanetary Ninja Assassin” (leading into the plot of the DLC “Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution”).

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Gadzooks!

    The story was there in full detail if you cared to listen to it, not shoved in your face.

    Oldskool story telling, the way it should be. Very much like Dark Souls.

    Borderlands was one of the best games this gen IMO.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. silkvg247

    People who want an engrossing story in BL are kind of forgetting it’s a hybrid, which favours the FPS side more than the RPG. It will NEVER be the game you want, it isn’t supposed to be filled with story and drama. You might as well take your peeve elsewhere and hope someone makes a hybrid more focused on the RPG side – though fallout 3 is probably that game.

    I’m with DSB, BL is about the thrill of treasure hunting for powerups and the next big gun. The fact it has RPG elements controlling damage output, skill upgrades etc just makes the game more addictive, more fun, and give you a feeling of progress everytime you kill things – As opposed to any other FPS where a dead guy is just another dead guy which means nothing, it just lets you progress to the next area.

    Also whilst subtle, the story was there. It doesn’t have to be in yuor face, but you do have to pay attention! I liked the little recording missions, they gave some interesting insight if you looked for it. I actually wanted to see what was in the vault, my curiosity was piqued. If I had any dissapointment it’s that I didn’t find out who the satellite chick was, nor hook up with her.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @10: Thanks mate. Not that i don’t appreciate your effort but that isn’t what you’d call an interesting story or even one that might motivate you to play further.

    @11: Sorry, but i like my stories to be engaging, not boring, not told through text or dialogs with can be completely ignored and usually don’t work for the pacing the gameplay sets. Oldskool storytelling? I don’t see it.

    Where is the telling of the story?

    Same goes for Dark Souls, while the story was actually interesting, the telling of that story was horrendous.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @9 Yeah, it’s definitely a “hate it or love it” game. You’re either sucked in by the loot and the style or left on the sideline, wishing the game was something else.

    The original Fallout RPGs had a great artstyle, but the Zenimax Fallouts were really quite boring to look at, and sometimes downright awkward. That was a major hurdle for me. RAGE was very Mad Max with all the armored goons, but I felt like Borderlands went in a direction that was a lot more Tarantino, which in my opinion is how I always viewed the original Fallouts. Crazy and rude.

    I think a Gearbox-produced Fallout would’ve been better like that, because they dare to be silly and rude, like the original Fallouts.

    I just disagreed with TheWulf on the notion that games “need” to include specific things to be good. I can play Mario and enjoy hopping on top of goombas without having to worry about why I’m trying to save a princess or why I want to beat Bowser. Story doesn’t have to be the main thing, and games allow for that because they’re interactive, which is great in my opinion.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @14: Agreed. Never really had been a Fan of Bethesda’s Fallout 3. Really liked Fallout NV though, especially since it dared to be crazy and rude.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. silkvg247

    Meh, I tried Fallout NV and was bored to tears in the first 5 mintues. I mean I literally didn’t make it out of town. I have no idea why either.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    It was closer to the original, but I enabled the crazy mode, and in 30 hours, I never managed to trigger it. It was a lot better than Bethesdas Fallout, but it didn’t really hit the sweet spot for me. It was always more charming than truly demented. I did love launching the ghouls into space though.

    Supposedly the crazy mode was implemented by the original Fallout developers. I’ve heard stories that there was a bit of an argument within Obsidian, where the Obsidian guys wanted to do everything very realistically, and the more traditional Fallout people wanted to make it a lot crazier, and so crazy mode became a compromise.

    I didn’t really feel like it was that rude. The original Fallouts had a lot of really offensive stuff. I accidentally became a fluffer on a porno movie in Fallout 2. I can honestly say that’s never happened to me before or after in any game.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @16: Missed a good game there.

    @17: “The original Fallouts had a lot of really offensive stuff. I accidentally became a fluffer on a porno movie in Fallout 2.”

    Good times. I guess you’re right. While NV was more Fallout, it wasn’t it enough.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. polygem

    videogame stories are mostly not that good. there are exceptions but very few, even the better games are, compared to movies, not that great storywise. it´s b-movielike most of the time. i can totally enjoy games without a bigger story if the gameply is great and the universe it plays in attracts me. i mean look at mario kart or other racing games. borderlands isn´t much about story so i think it makes sense to focus on the gameplay rather then trying to force a story upon the franchise. i just don´t have a good feeling about borderlands 2 anyway though. while i really enjoyed the first game i think they really must improve a lot this time around, i´m not sure if they will deliver. i´m not super excited about the artdesign. i am a fan of the cel shaded look – wind waker is one of my all time fave games – but it leaves me kind of unimpressed, i´m not feeling it-can´t say why really.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Krono

    I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing because if you played and enjoyed BL1 it wasn’t for an in-depth plot. On the other hand, and as it is roughly stated, I do hope for more character interaction and NPC’s voicing their opinions and such throughout the story. When thinking of this I almost feel like I’m talking about Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls with someone and how they managed to create a game with relatively little dialogue yet so much lore and facets.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    Gearbox has been emphasizing story and said that BL2 will be rich with it. I remember when I was at GDC Online and Gearbox had said that their writing team had gone from 1-2 designers for the original to an actual team of writers. I enjoyed the original game when I was playing with friends but playing the game by yourself it was extremely dull like playing a MMO in single player. I plan on buying BL2 for just the MP but if they want to improve some of the single player aspects all the better for me.

    #21 3 years ago

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    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]