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Sakaguchi: JRPGs promote story over player freedom

Sunday, 18 March 2012 23:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker boss Hironobu Sakaguchi sees value in both Japanese and western RPGs, and thinks deciding between them is a matter of taste.

“A lot of western RPGs focus on creating a world and award the player a great deal of freedom in it, instead of focusing on a story. I think the interest in Japanese RPGs is divided based on how people feel about that difference in style,” Sakaguchi told Nintendo Gamer, via CVG.

Despite Sakaguchi’s belief in Japanese-style, story-based games, Mistwalker’s latest, The Last Story, throws out a couple of JRPG tropes by skipping grinding and allowing the player to fast forward cut scenes. That doesn’t mean the director thinks the traditional JRPG is over.

“I think you can make a fun game using just traditional RPG elements,” he said.

“We have both period dramas and modern day dramas, and in the same way I think there are lots of different ways a game can be fun.”

Indeed, while The Last Story innovates the classic JRPG formula, Sakaguchi isn’t ready to embrace every aspect of successful western RPGs.

“Exploring huge worlds is often a big feature of RPGs, but we decided to cut down the time spent wandering around like that and try making something with a bit of a faster pace. We tried to make it feel like being on a rollercoaster,” he said.

Sakaguchi did give a nod to western development’s technological advances, though.

“In particular in terms of graphics, western games have seen startling advances. I feel that Japanese games were ahead back when 3D was first used in RPGs such as in FF7, but now perhaps you could say that Japanese RPGs aren’t being praised so much for their graphics,” he added.

Asked where he sees the future of games, Sakaguchi said he expects social and portable gaming to take over.

“I think these games will also gradually get more and more sophisticated and on a larger scale. I guess it’s the same kind of thing as what we saw when arcade games were superseded by home consoles that weren’t necessarily as powerful,” he predicted.

“We saw gaming move from the arcades to the living room and now we’re starting to see them shift from the living room, becoming portable with an emphasis on online gaming. The place where you play games is becoming wherever you happen to be, and so we’re seeing less and less of people sitting down to relax for a long gaming session. I think as these become complemented with other, new ideas – such as allowing other people online to help you in the game, even if you don’t do anything – we may see these games on a larger scale and with more sophistication.”

The Last Story is out now in PAL territories and arrives in the US in June.

Thanks, Siliconera.

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18 Comments

  1. mickey2002

    Well my “taste” wants LO2!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. shogoz

    The reason why many aren’t brought out here is probably because of the money it costs for licensing in another country and lazy people can’t be screwed reading too much. I wish more Japanese games would make it here, visual novel or not.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Zana

    If you skip the cutscenes of Last Story, you end up with a boring dungeon crawler with no “world” whatsoever to discover. Just when I thought this game was all about story and characters…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    So what if the story sucks? You know, like most stories in JRPG’s, about some boy gathering a party of cliché characters, to save the world, while still having self-esteem issues?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Zana

    The only cliché here is your simplification of JRPG stories. You could do that about Western RPGs as well. You know, such as “your usual Tolkien-like fantasy setting”?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: You could and you’d be right. The only JRPGs that stands out from the rest of the boring crowd is the Shin Megami Tensei Series, especially the Persona Games. Everything else is just same old, same old.

    What troubles me about Western RPGs is just what you mentioned. It seems most developers can’t get rid of the same old Elves, Orcs and trolls bullshit. This is exactly the reason why games like Kingdom of Alamur won’t win any awards for originality.

    How hard is it to create new races, or at least give other creatures the chance to be a new race? Why not Werewolves, instead of Elves?

    But at least Western RPGs try to evolve in terms of freedom and exploration, while completely failing in terms of Story Skyrim and Kingdom of Alamur are perfect examples here.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Blista

    I think that Sakaguch just puts too much emphasis on the story rather than balancing both aspects, story and player freedom, for his games. Sure, it won’t hurt if there is a good story in the game but when it’s too linear with a bucnch of cutscenes and little interaction, it’s more like an interactive movie than what it should have been. Some games, JRPGs in this case, fare pretty well with a good story and a bit of player freedom. Dragon Quest V and some earlier Final Fantasies springs to mind. Both games reward exploration while having a good story

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    The words video game and story just don’t go together. A game is something your play. A story is something you read/watch/stand by while it unfolds. In video games story should be just those elements that give the gameplay reason. The where you are, the what you are, and the hwy your doing what your doing. Thats as deep as story needs to go. Less story and more setting. Those worse thing in a game is to sit there and watch your char dosomething you can’t change/interact with. It takes not only freedom but choice and control away from the gamer.

    And I know folks will single out KoA as a poorly done story. True, its Tolkin chliche as ever there was. But I can count on one hand the number of Jrpgs with a story worth remembering.

    Thats ok, because most gamers don’t want story in their faces to begin with. Ttake a look at the biggest western rpg ever made, Blizzards wow. Moost people don’t even take the time to read the quests. They just clicky right through and use the qst helper to follow the arrow and track down what they have to kill/collect. The why they are doing isn’t important to them. Just for the record, the story in wow is pretty good. It has depth, layers and is over all pretty good, for a video game.

    Most gamers just don’t care.

    Of course some folks do like story. I imagine those folks that like games like Uncharted, where its less about the gameplay and more about jumping from one story laden cut scene to the next. Personaly, i am not a fan of video game story. I play to play, I read, watch tv/moies, even write for the sake of story.

    But a video game is just that, a game. Show a gamer what to do, then fill him/her in on why they are doing it second.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    Story is the most important thing for me in a game. That is why I think JRPGs can co-exist with other genres. Story gives a reason for the game, and without a strong enough reason , I cant force myself to do anything. Also I find this “there should be no cutscenes in games ” argument ridiculous. They are important for telling a story. If people dont like them just dont buy them.
    I just hope more JRPGs get released in english (minimal amount required to play the game).

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Deacon

    @8 sure, there are pick up and play games (Mario, Angry Birds, Shatter etc) which are great and require no explanation other than what to do to get to the next level, but I think you’re discounting a hell of a lot of players by saying that ‘most gamers just don’t care’.

    I agree in that at times it seems like 90% of the gaming population seemingly just want to kill randoms on CoD or win the World Cup in Fifa, but I think there are still a LOT of players out there who wouldn’t even consider playing a game unless it’s presented within a well thought-out storyline.

    I play games for adventure & exploration. If the characters are given a backstory and I have a plot to follow as well as the usual mechanics then I’m all the more likely to invest emotionally.

    The Final Fantasy games are rarely gushed over because of their intuitive gaming mechanics – it’s the storyline that the fans adore.

    Metal Gear Solid 3 would be just another shitty stealth game if it weren’t for the epic story woven into its very fabric.

    I think there’s definitely space for both (and all the variants in-between), but saying that the two don’t go together is quite proposterous!! ; p

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @8:

    “A story is something you read/watch/stand by while it unfolds.”

    No, it isn’t. Why do people keep saying this? Go with the time. Just because it doesn’t fit into the old pattern, doesn’t mean it should stay this way. This is what change means.

    “The where you are, the what you are, and the hwy your doing what your doing.”

    Most games don’t even get that right. Yeah, sure i know i’m supposed to save the princess, but why should it? I don’t like her. If the motivation is not there, why should i continue? The number of games i stop playing because i stop caring is getting bigger and bigger by the day.

    For me, the story drives the gameplay. The gameplay should have some depth, be entertaining and fun, but ultimately, it usually isn’t the reason why we keep playing a game.

    “Thats as deep as story needs to go.”

    No.

    “Thats ok, because most gamers don’t want story in their faces to begin with.”

    Disagree. Why do you think people actually play the singleplayer of Games like Call of Duty? Because they care how it ends.

    MMORPGs aren’t RPGs. Most people don’t play them for the story, because they are usually poorly told, Blizzards WoW just one example of many. Who cares how good the story is if the telling is done so poorly? Don’t blame gamers if Blizzard doesn’t go with the time. You simply can not throw thousands of words on someone just for a dumb fetch-quests. It’s just not worth it. The only game that gets away with this is Planescape Torment and that’s because of the story.

    For the record, i don’t like Uncharted. I certainly like how it tells a story, but i wasn’t that impressed, since i’m not into the treasure hunter genre. While the story didn’t interest me, it was so well-told that i finished the game from start to finish.

    Story-telling in videogames is changing, if you like it or not.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. WeazelGmr

    YoungZero is right, the emphasis on Elves & Orcs is bullshit. There are thousand of literature that developers can read from & implement something new in their game i.e Steampunk, Gothic or Victorian styles for example.

    Sakaguchi is right. there ain’t nothing wrong wit a lil’ linearity but JRPGs stressed them so much that when you ignore the story its just turn-based or some tweaked form of it. to me games like “Disgaea” & especially “The World Ends With You” have awesome narratives & great fucking gameplay systems. Western titles like “Bioshock Infinite” & “Hard Reset” are sweet because they bring something fresh to the FPS genre with their deep narrative focus.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. angelobrs

    Well, there really are some people who could care less about story, and the JRPG’s sometimes really fall into cliché, but I believe story goes much deeper than something that unfolds. The thing that make me prefer JRPG’s over western is the way characters and the world are unique. I could care less over skyrim, ok you have a gazillion hours of gameplay, but I don’t care, I don’t care if the character looks like a real person, or if I can get a super magic sword or something, I much rather see a new Breath of fire and play as Ryu again. Yeah, it’s the same guy that becomes a dragon, but he’s unique, like cloud, like squall and other ones. Why is WoW so sucessful? Simply because it’s universe is unique. Every game has trolls, orcs, paladins and elves, but the factions are different, the background is different, even the graphics are different and that’s what makes it so cool, and I believe that’s what makes Diablo so cool also. It all goes to the fun factor and the things that make it memorable.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    How can you discount a MMOrpg as a RPG? Millions of people play them. Saying that because they don’t feature scene by scene story sequences, that they aren’t “real” rpgs is like me saying that No players like story driven games.

    Of course there are players that enjoy story.

    And coming to a core games site and saying that no one likes story in their games, is like going to a gay bar and saying that no one is gay. Everyone your talking to would beg to differ.

    Just consider the audience. But the facts are heavy story driven games are overshadowed and outsold by what we could call “story-lite” games. Cod outsells Heavy Rain by a drastic margin. Why does CoD have sp? the great story? Not imo. Some people can’t get online, and others just don’t like OMP. If MMOrpgs aren’t real rpgs, why does FF have them? Didn’t someone mention the “real” reason to play a FF game was the story?

    I think that everyone often has their own unique take on things. And if gamer X likes something then gamer X feels that lots of people like the same thing, for the same reasons. Works like that on each and everyside of almost any coin you can think of. Its part of peoples needs to feel conected and justifed. Part of their self identy/value.

    You wouldn’t want to be that one gamer that likes a “bad” game would you? So it is hard to not project. But … look at sales numbers. Thats your best indicator of what people actualy want. People buy what they like.

    JRPGs haven’t mattered this gen. They haven’t dominated in two gens(could argue three, but I think two). That is because now gamers(western gamers) have more choices. They, in large, would rather play Elder Scrolls then FF or a Tales of.. game.

    Also the story lay out in a game like Diablo (II, anyways) doesn’t beat you over the head with story. The game is laid out in chapters/acts and it flows. Once in a chapter you have the freedom to pretty much go where ever you want. Explore, replay a stage, play with friends, grind for gear. You have options. Your never stuck watching/reading a scripted interaction between two or three npcs. And when they do present cut scenes they are skipable. I like that. Alot of people do. Also Diablos story is far more mature then most jrpgs.

    So if your going to feature story, it has to be palatable(for your general market) and it shouldn’t get in the way, and imo, should never be featured over gameplay. This lil paragraph, btw, is all my two cents. You could feel that story is lacking in most games.

    But what I think you would be missing is the notion that the reason it is lacking in todays games, is that todays gamers don’t want it(by in large – not all, just most). It isn’t lacking because somehow devs can’t hire quality writers to put story in their games. KoA has a ny times best selling auther pen theirs. Most people just don’t look for it as a reason to like a game.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. stealth

    japanese rpgs are the best when it comes to gameplay, story, characters, world, and basically everything else.

    Its why this gen like every other jrpgs smoke there western coutnerparts

    #15 3 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @15: Thanks for the laugh.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. stealth

    Its not a laugh its fact. Hell the only good rpgs this year in all regions are coming out of japan…….

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Da Man

    Blah blah blah. The guy ruined his own series and then produced what was one of the most atrocious movies ever (SW), subsequently leading to Squaresoft financial problems, his departure and Enix practically devouring Squaresoft, a former rival.

    Why would I spend time on some rasterized meshes completely devoid of real abilities to render feelings and driven by something i could easily find in any third grade book or cinema is beyond comprehension.

    Jrpgs suck since late 90s, fell far behind in the um, gameplay area. Only decent post PSX ones were Shadow Hearts and the tri-Ace games.

    Japanese games were ahead back when 3D was first used in RPGs such as in FF7
    Reality check. FF7 characters looked worse than the worst of western 3d games then. Let alone Descent or something. Everything else wasn’t even 3d, so why compare.

    Games like Ico pioneered proper story unfolding anyway, nothing has changed since then whatsoever, scripted events were present in video games since 90s and so were branching dialogues. And presenting everything through craploads of scripted events let alone cutscenes is the most inane and stupid thing to do with a video game anyway.

    #18 3 years ago

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    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    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 […]