Obsidian promised Meta 85 bonus for Fallout: New Vegas

Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:51 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Obsidian was promised a bonus from Bethesda alongside straight payment on Fallout: New Vegas if it had hit an 85 on MetaCrtiic.

The info was mentioned in a tweet by studio co-founder Chris Avellone when asked a question by a fan following recent lay-offs at the company.

“FNV was a straight payment, no royalties, only a bonus if we got an 85+ on Metacritic, which we didn’t,” said Avellone.

Instead, it got 84 on PC and Xbox 360, with an 82 for the PS3 version.

Fallout: New Vegas launched in October 2010.

It was reported yesterday that Obsidian had been hit with up to 30 layoffs, linked to a next-gen Xbox title codenamed North Carolina that would have been published by Microsoft.

The workforce reduction hasn’t been confirmed yet.


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  1. DrDamn

    It’s crazy to have bonuses based just on something like MetaCritic rather than sale figures. It’s not a stable and unquestionable enough metric.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. NeoSquall

    @1 Sales figures are more volatile than Metacritic rates, for which every press entry may be accounted for.

    No wonder Obsidian wouldn’t get royalties from the game, since it’s basically an “outsourced work” from Bethesda, the current legal owners of the Fallout franchise, still it sucks if the layoffs are tied to the missed bonus payment.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    “No wonder Obsidian wouldn’t get royalties from the game, since it’s basically an “outsourced work” from Bethesda”

    This is what happens. All outsourced developers just get a larger amount instead of getting royalties. They should have worked on some of the bugs and maybe that would be helpful enough to gain a point on meta critic.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @2 And that’s a pretty big problem in and of itself. Games reviewers suck :P

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Pity, considering that it’s superior to Fallout 3 in about every possible way.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. NeoSquall

    @3 I think that most bugs are inherited by the “Bethesda style” application of the Gamebryo engine and, by the look of it, it always needs a “public testing” before having an idea of them.

    @4 I have faith in those users that can give useful feedbacks and point out eventual flaws in the reviews posted online.
    Of course this faith is seldom misgiven to some people, but one can hope.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    THat maybe so but Fallout 3 got a high score which uses the same engine so there is no reason why they couldn’t have received a higher score or equal score.

    Obsidian also has a knack for having buggy games just look at alpha protocol.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @3 Well… It was a lot more broken than Fallout 3. Obsidian just can’t make a stable game apparently, and for me that really matters. I didn’t buy Fallout: New Vegas before the Steam xmas sale brought it down to 15 euro, because I don’t want to buy games that don’t work.

    Not that Fallout 3 was stable, but New Vegas was really fucked up. For the longest time, even the launcher would just randomly break down when I loaded it up.

    The most insane thing is that the people who work at Obsidian are notorious for this stuff going back to the 90′s. Chris Avellone and Feargus Urquhart worked on Fallout 2 which is one of the best games of all time in my book, but it was so incredibly broken that people are still patching it up.

    @6 Point is it’s broken. If you have to rely on your buddies or random commenters for honest criticism, then those people should be writing the reviews. Really, I feel invigorated when I’m in the mood for a movie and I start looking at reviews online. Those guys are serious and opinionated, it’s a real shame gaming has never gotten to that point.

    But yeah, we make due. I’m sure we all have buddies we listen to.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Just-Joe

    @5 yeah right.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    I’m really sad about that, to be honest.

    New Vegas is my gold standard for RPGs, because it’s all that was good about old RPGs with all the crap and unnecessary stuff stripped away. What did it have?

    - Brilliant, stellar writing.

    - Characters you cared about (anyone remember talking to Gannon about the Enclave, Raul about his usefulness, or Lily about her medicine?).

    - A compelling setting which decided to actually do the original, proper post-post-apocalyptic setting (they’re rebuilding around the time of Fallout 2, so Fallout 3 was a weird step back). It didn’t push the envelope as much as Fallout 2 or Tactics, but it was still pretty great.

    - Did I mention the writing? I’ll mention it again. Good writing can have an intellectual and an emotional impact, it can make you think and feel without any cheap tricks (such as Bioware’s ghost children, which was just silly).

    - Choice and consequence (real choice and consequence, not the illusory Bioware stuff). Everything you did can impact how other factions fee about you and can leave a permanent impact upon the world that can help/hinder your progress and impacts the sort of ending you get.

    - As mentioned above: An ending which reflected everything you did (are you paying attention, Bioware and Bethesda?). No stone was left unturned by that ending and it was fantastic for it.

    - The ability to play the game very specifically your way at all times, even right up to the end where you could talk an army into retreating (are you paying attention, Bethesda?). It’s one of the finest examples out there of player freedom, and right up there with Deus Ex.

    - Tied into one of the above: It had quests which were all tied into the ending and the main quest, nothing felt ‘tacked on,’ and nothing felt like padding (unlike those effing dwarf tunnels in DA:O).

    It had a few shortfalls:

    - It didn’t do much to go outside the genre, so Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics are still more interesting to me as Fallout games (because they pushed the setting more), but NV is more important for being a brilliant RPG regardless.

    - It felt like it was trying too hard to be ‘normal.’ It was just a straight up high-tech wild west at times and that was disappointing. I got the vibe that Obsidian were reigning in the more unusual elements they could have put in just so that they wouldn’t alienate boring people. (Screw boring people!)

    - Up until Old World Blues, it felt a little dry and serious. It lacked the trademark intelligent black humour of Fallout (but at least it didn’t have the terribly ill-fitting slapstick humour of Fallout 3).

    I worry the reason it didn’t reach its score goal is because NV actually required people to think a bit about their choices. It gave you choice, choice that mattered. But I think that most journalists just want a gun put in their hand, and they want to be told what to point at, they want to be told how to pull the trigger as well, and… talking? Or sneaking? Or any non-violent approach? Well… fuck that!

    Sign of the times. And it makes me genuinely sad, sometimes.

    You have no idea.

    But if you haven’t checked out New Vegas yet, then I implore you to do so. It’s very good. It’s not the best Fallout game out there, noap, not by a long shot. But soars above most of the RPGs released in the past decade. As an RPG, it’s a gold standard and how it handles being an RPG should be observed by other developers.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. TheWulf


    Bull. Shit.

    I’m always around the Nexus sites and one thing I can tell you now is that many people were surprised how much it wasn’t broken COMPARED to Fallout 3 (and Skyrim, frankly).

    There were people who were amused that Obsidian actually had to create script workarounds to COUNTER bugs that occurred in Fallout 3. There were times that they actually left slightly irritated comments by how lackadaisical Bethesda’s engine felt.

    Fallout 3?

    - You couldn’t walk into 25% of the map (bottom-right end) without it HARD LOCKING, which was a game breaker. This took them a MONTH to fix.
    - There were a bunch of escort quests in Fallout 3, but often the AI would fuck up and the escorts would start walking back and forth on the spot.
    - There were tens of quests that broke in such a way that it required reloading an old save, which required a MASSIVE unofficial patch (the size of the patch notes for the NV unofficial is only a quarter of the size of Fallout 3′s).

    Fallout: New Vegas had a few quest bugs, and it had an issue caused by STEAM ITSELF where it wouldn’t download the assets properly (which Valve quickly fixed). Yep. That’s so much more broken than Fallout 3.

    Sorry. I call nonsense when I see it. Stop being one of the herd and actually consider how ‘broken’ NV was compared to FO3. Again, as one of the Nexus folks, I can tell you that NV was pretty damned polished compared to FO3. But your memories may not be coloured.

    I’m so sick of hearing sheep repeating this though that I’m not going to give you the benefit of the doubt. Go do the research. See for yourself.


    When the Boomers’ plane in New Vegas starts flying BACKWARDS… then we’ll talk.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. NeoSquall

    @8 IMHO game reviews are written for the users, or else who you’d write them for, if you don’t take in account the objective feedback from your user base?

    Do you write reviews for yourself?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. The_Red

    It’s a real shame that the game didn’t reach 85. While it has many MANY critics and haters, I found the game to be much more fun and closer to real Fallout than the Bethesda developed one (F3).

    #13 3 years ago
  14. TheWulf


    Many of its critics and haters keep repeating the nonsensical notion that it was buggy though. This is something I’ve disproved factually many times, and I’m ready to do it again with links to the unofficial patches if it starts again.

    Just because a lot of people say something, it doesn’t make it true. But hey, if you want to believe that, then you stand with all those people who believe in alien abductions.

    More power to you.

    (This isn’t aimed at you, Red. Just those people who believe everything they hear, just because it’s ad populum.)


    It really irritates me sometimes how people keep repeating things without ever doing their own research.

    What bothers me about this whole sordid affair is that I was talking with some fairly damn notable modders about New Vegas and they were amazed by it. A lot of this is because they hired Oscuru (yes, HIM, he of Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul).

    This is why the game wasn’t very buggy, because they had one of the most experienced mod makers ever to have graced a Bethesda game working with them. And he really helped out.

    When I was talking about this to people, I was talking to modders, and we were browsing scripts.

    You know, things that have a basis in objectivity.

    But these people who go on about the bugginess of FV… usually it amounts to “Hurr hurr… but my friend said…

    Your friend is an idiot!

    Unless you’ve spent some time in the GECK, and actually paid attention to the unofficial patches, and chatted with the modders, you really don’t have the first clue about the game. Modders went over that game with a fine tooth comb when it was released.

    And how polished it was compared to Fallout 3 was amazing. Sure, there were a few quest bugs, but nothing on the epic levels of fail that Fallout 3 had.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 I don’t quite get the argument here. Fallout 3 was full of bugs too, so that serves to make New Vegas less of a broken mess? Is that really what you’re suggesting?

    New Vegas still managed to make Fallout 3 look like a perfectly engineered game. I bought New Vegas over a year after release and it was still barely stable at that point. I bought Fallout 3 around release and while that was certainly bugged as hell too, I had no problem playing it to the end.

    Obsidians track record, and that of its developers is pretty well established at this point. Their games either crap or incredibly poorly engineered. Usually it’s one or the other.

    When you can’t even code a stable launcher for your game, it’s time to seriously reconsider what you’re doing.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. The_Red

    @14 I definitely understand what you mean and I confess I have made that mistake before. For some time I was under the impression that Alpha Protocol was an unfinished mess and absolute garbage. Then I played it and really enjoyed it as a Deus-Ex lite experience (Unlike the Mass Effect comparisons, I found it to be much closer to the original DE albeit not as memorable and mindblowing).

    Back to NV, I have to disagree with the part about bugs because I found a lot of horrible and unforgivable bugs. The thing is that I didn’t play F3 that much because it felt rather insulting to the original Fallout games. Maybe it had more bugs than NV but from what I’ve seen, they were both messy and broken games.
    One of them at least was well written and decent RPG while the other one was an overhyped insult created by Bethesda.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. fearmonkey

    @The Wulf – Fallout:new Vegas did have great writing, and it had some awesome moments. But overall, it wasn’t nearly as polished as Fallout 3.
    Also, Fallout:New Vegas was the buggiest game I have ever played. I struggled with the game 4 to 6 months after it was released, constantly fighting game killing bugs. The main quest made me choose a path I didn’t want to choose because OBSIDIAN NEVER FIXED THE BUGS. I would run into a bug, load a prior save game to that mission and play around it, hoping after the patches that it would be fixed. I finally just gave up and completed the main quest anyway.

    I really enjoyed the game, but I enjoyed Fallout 3 more. New Vegas was far more quirky and had the flavor of the originals, but Fallout 3 was story wise a more polished package.

    It seems everything Obsidian makes is not bad but not awesome like it should be. I wanted to love Dungeon Siege but I liked the originals more. KOTOR2 was not as good as the first, Alpha Protocol was a bug fest, I never played NWN2.
    I am hoping South park is awesome, I want them to wow me.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    “Fallout 3 was story wise a more polished package.”

    What’s that supposed to mean?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. fearmonkey

    It means the quests in the game, the stories behind them, were at least in my opinion, better fleshed out than the quests in Fallout:NV.
    I loved the new vegas quests for House, and again it had more of the slightly demented Fallout feel, But Fallout 3′s story was more heroic, and the quests around it seemed more like a real place to me.

    That said, NV was very entertaining and I loved the quirky quests and wierd things in the game. However, I never had to stop playing Fallout 3 for awhile waiting for patches that didnt end up fixing the problem.
    I never had to change my choices in fallout 3 as I did in new vegas.
    New vegas also had more hard locks than fallout 3, though F3 did have some, especially before the first patch.

    my courier is still in the process of going through old world blues, which plot wise and quirky wise is great, but the last time I played I shot at a group of nightstalkers who registered no damage. I reloaded several times and each time my shots did no damage and I died. I reloaded and went around it, i dont know if that was just a glitch or an issue with the game in that area.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    Alpha Protocol might have been considered a good game 10 years ago, but it’s just not very good today. It’s like a dumbed down Splinter Cell. On the PC there are minigames you can’t play with the mouse, and they haven’t even bothered to issue a hotfix.

    I thought Fallout 3 failed in a lot of ways. It had no personality, no charm and no edge, which is pretty much the best things about Fallout. I have no idea why they got Liam Neeson to voice a part that was so stale and completely passive to the game. You’d think they’d at least try to build him a character that meant something.

    Pretty much all of the entertaining bits were out in the desert far away from the main quest. And if you chose to act a certain way, you weren’t sent there so it just lay off the beaten path.

    New Vegas was definitely the better game to me, and my opinion it was more faithful to the original Fallouts, but neither really hit that crazy, sad Fallout vibe.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. YoungZer0


    Well i gotta disagree with you there. NV had more options to finish a quest, the quests themselves were much more interesting, and while some of them were funny, they were never stupid. Fallout 3 had a lot of those. Trying to be funny but failing miserably because the writers obviously never understood the humour of Fallout.

    A little town full of children, who call you names? Funny, but not smart-funny. A ‘vampire’ clan … not even funny, just stupid.

    Yes, it was more heroic, but that made it less Fallout to me.

    Fallout was never about epic adventures, going out and saving the world with your awesome, righteously-good buddies from the Brotherhood. No. It was as Gray as it can be.

    Everyone had an agenda, something they wanted. No one was good. Not even the good guys. You walk into a town, thinking the NCR are the good guys, you talk to the folks in the town and they don’t like the NCR, because the NCR only helps when there’s something to gain.

    I remember one line from Cass about the Legion, when she said that although they are as bad as it gets, when take good care of their caravans. That the NCR could never protect merchants as good as the Legion.

    And seriously how cool were characters like Graham, Boone, Lily, Dog/God and Yes Man?

    The only character i remember from Fallout 3 is the Father and only because of Liams Voice.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. absolutezero

    Alpha Protocol is one of the worst games I have ever played. The writing is dire, the script is terrible, the delivery is flawed. It has AI problems, animation defects and dodgy gameplay all over the place. Its buggy, its glitchy and its not fun to play. Its story is cliche and tiring, it has a Russian female wearing a vest I think her name might be Olga (oh hang on that might be someone else).

    Its a terrible terrible game and if it was produced by anyone else apart from Obsidian it would never even be remembered. It would have been buried but now because its an Obsidian titles its somehow attained a cult status where its cool to dig through its mass of problems to try and find something good underneath.

    On the otherhand Dungeon Seige 3 managed to be perfectly fine (apart from a massive memory leak towards the end of the game dropping frame rates down to single figures on even the most meaty of systems). Only there was little to nothing of the Obsidian magic people keep on going on about.

    The first time I went into a fully patched new copy of New Vegas I was met with an empty socketed dog with his eye balls roating around its head.

    Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter.

    #22 3 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

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

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    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, […]