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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 I guess it’s the same kind of thing as what we saw when arcade games were superseded by home consoles that weren’t necessarily as powerful,” he predicted.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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    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]