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EA shuts down servers, Online Pass games included

Monday, 19 March 2012 10:20 GMT By Alex Donaldson

The moment was inevitable: EA have quietly announced a new batch of online server shut-downs – and this time around they include games which had a paid Online Pass.

The new server closures mean that online play will be impossible in this handful of titles after 13th April. The games effected include Burnout Revenge, FIFA 10, The Godfather II, MMA, Need for Speed ProStreet and The Saboteur.

Even more casual titles like EA Sports Active and EA Create are to be hit with server closures.

The most recently released game on the list is XBLA and PSN title Spare Parts. It’ll have been out for just over 15 months when its online gets the chop.

BeefJack reports that some gamers are getting irate with EA closing servers for online pass titles such as EA MMA – a game that asked users who purchased the game second hand to pony up cash in order to pay online.

The game has been out for a mere 18 months, so some may have purchased the online pass to fight online recently – but closures like this are covered in the license agreement we all ignore and agree to when redeeming online passes.

More details, an official statement and a full list of titles that have had their online spiked can be found on the EA website.

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18 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Another reason why Online Passes aren’t the answer. Just force retailers to give you a cut of second hand sales and everyone can have what they want.

    Gamers don’t have to suffer inferior version when getting second hand games, publishers don’t have to envy the uber lucrative second hand money that retailers get and retailers won’t have to deal with online pass crap that might hurt their second hand sales market.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. EvilGost

    “EA announce server shut-downs including Online Pass games”

    only 18 months after game launch… ridiculous…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mickey2002

    15months for spare parts… Why don’t EA create something that just works p2p into the games they make if they really did care about the fans (LOL)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @1 That’s just a bad excuse for online passes. You can’t lose a sale you never had in the first place. Obviously people are only buying secondhand because they aren’t interested at the price EA is offering.

    That’s the free market.

    Telling them to subvert that further certainly doesn’t serve the consumer.

    And bandwidth has never been cheaper than it is today. Online passes are just another scam meant to generate revenue without the inconvenience of making an actual product.

    Brick and mortar is a lousy way to sell your games in the digital age, but that’s between EA and their partners. Punishing the consumer for it and trying to encroach on the market is not the way to go.

    The people talking about gamers whining and feeling entitled should probably remember practices like that, lest they fail to be included. Nobody is entitled to a sale they don’t earn themselves.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. aseddon130

    I honestly don’t see the fuss regarding Online Passes, i don’t blame Developers implementing the system at all. At least this way Developers still get a few quid from piraters who wanna play online.

    Games drop in price so quickly nowadays if you wasn’t gonna buy the game at launch and maybe a few weeks later then there’s no loss at all as the game will probably be £10 cheaper brand new a few weeks later.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Garo

    with each move that EA makes I find myself disliking them more and more, I think I’m not alone with this feeling. Is this really the way to go with your world famous brand “making people and fans feel like they’re getting ripped off”?.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    EA are such a bunch of rip-off merchants.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    @7 You dont say

    #8 3 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @4
    Look, I believe that a second hand sale is a lost sale for game makers but that’s a topic for another time. What I’m trying to say is that as long as publishers see retailers making lots of money from second hand sales, they’ll want a taste of that cash.

    It may be greedy (in your opinion) or deserved (in my opinion) but as long as publishers and retailers don’t reach some kind of agreement to split that money in some way, we’re gonna end up with STUPID and disgusting online passes like Arkham City’s Catwoman and stuff like that as well as even more insulting day one DLCs.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 I respect your opinion, but it’s wishful thinking.

    If you ask EA, brick and mortar are getting rich off of used game sales. I don’t know what kind of world they’re living in, but if we’ve seen a trend over the last 10 years it’s the slow but certain death of that business.

    I’m sure that one or two chains are going to survive, but it’s still going to be on the back of a strong digital component.

    Brick and mortar takes 70% from a new sale, compared to something like 30% on Steam, but they’re still unable to make it work. First they have to rent buildings, and then they have to pay people to stand in them all day, in the hopes that someone comes by, as opposed to simply handling it from the comfort of their consoles or PCs.

    Depending on the country and its general wages, you’re looking at a business model that can’t sustain itself. In the US you can’t keep a lot of Gamestops open 24/7, like you can Steam or a Walmart, which also sells games.

    Ultimately, if used game sales generate any kind of considerable profit, then it’s obviously much needed. These businesses are dying, they aren’t about to give EA any kickbacks when they can barely make ends meet as it is.

    Nor should they. It’s not EAs sale, EA just feels entitled to it anyway. IKEA doesn’t get to charge you for buying one of their coffee tables at a flea market either.

    None of the major publishers are suffering from market conditions today, they took a hit from the crisis, but that was almost 4 years ago. None of them have been hurt by used game sales. It’s a spook, meant to mask unchecked greed and stock market prestige, just like piracy is.

    No matter how much they might want to, it’s not a company’s place to tell consumers what to do, or to manipulate the market. Sometimes they just have to cope with the real world, instead of trying to control people.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. The_Red

    @10
    And I respect yours. Also thanks for the reply and explanation :)

    I see what you mean but again, most of your reasoning is for the argument of publishers having or not having that right. Many retailers probably need the money and I’m not arguing about that fact.
    My point (here) is that regardless of what is happening to brick & mortar, regardless of how much money each side makes, regardless of how justified publishers are to want money from sales of second hand games and regardless of other businesses, ALL major publishers from EA to THQ will want a piece of second hand market. Right or wrong, that leads them to Online Passes and all kinds of day one DLC.

    Maybe asking for a future free of Online pass and similar crap is wishful thinking but from my perspective of as a consumer, the whole thing is unacceptable. Retailers giving some cut to publisher is the only solution to end the current Online Passes and day-one DLC. It’s not about having the right or not, it’s me and many other gamers wanting to put an end to the whole Online Pass / D1 DLC trend.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 I guess we disagree on what constitutes the symptom and what constitutes the disease.

    To me the disease is the seemingly endless greed of publishers, and online passes is just one of a number of symptoms.

    Having businesses that are already in decline (in contrast to the publishers themselves) pay them off so they’ll leave us alone, isn’t a solution. How is that going to change anything?

    You’re just moving an unfair burden somewhere else.

    Even if that could be achieved, it would only inspire them to make even more non-existent products to sell, so they could blackmail people further.

    DLC, subscription models and online passes are just symptoms of the same disease. DLC could be a great thing if publishers were dedicated to the medium and running an ethical business, instead of consistently overreaching to boost the bottom line. People would probably like buying smaller pieces for less individual costs, than bigger pieces for bigger individual costs. But in reality they’re just being milked.

    Instead of selling actual content, you’re often being sold ripped scraps or new content that’s made on so small a budget that it’s never going to live up to the quality of the base game.

    The result would be the same if you tried to sell a movie scene by scene. It’s poison for gaming as a serious medium.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Joe Musashi

    It’s not EAs sale, EA just feels entitled to it anyway.

    Then EA aren’t responsible for maintaining servers to support the sale of a product that isn’t theirs – the new seller can take care of all that.

    It cuts both ways.

    ..so they could blackmail people further.

    Oh please. Blackmail? What dramatic twaddle. Optional DLC for a luxury product is not blackmail. If your mindset is that you feel you’re being blackmailed then you’ve really lost perspective of the situation.

    JM

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 What dramatic twaddle.

    I doubt you bothered to gather any sort of context on that, but we were discussing the notion of consumers pressing retailers to pay, because EA were putting unfair burdens on them.

    That would obviously be blackmail. If it somehow became practice that as soon as you incurred a loss of value or direct expense to your costumers, others would have to step in to pay, then quite arguably that would be an extraordinary cashcow for publishers, and they would be making money by pressing consumers to pressure others.

    So, blackmail.

    Trading games doesn’t present any expense to EA. If they’re selling games with online components, then that’s already part of their business model, and a part of the product that’s fully accounted for. The fact that the product changes hands doesn’t constitute any sort of loss to their business.

    It’s all their own perception based on a false sense of entitlement, and one that isn’t present in any other industry.

    The fact that they’re a bunch of snotty nosed corporate crybabies throwing toys at the free market from the comfort of their strollers isn’t a very good reason to charge consumers, simply because EA desires to interfere with their choice after they make the sale.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. The_Red

    @12
    I completely agree with the publisher being too greedy (Regardless of their rights and the 2nd hand market). Heck, it’s impossible to deny that the greed is part of the problem even if I believe they have some right here. The problem is that right now, no other solution is available. I know it may not seem like a real “solution” since it puts pressure on retailers but at least it “might” change things a little for us.

    It could be considered unfair (or not) but there is a small chance that sharing of the second hand money might at least help the Online Pass problem among other things. The crazy subscriptions and many types of DLC may very well be impossible to fix due to the said greed. (I may have made mistake by combining them all into one category but Online pass, Day one DLC and such all annoy the hell out of me) Based on my personal belief about the situations, the agreement between pubs and retailers seems acceptable.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Joe Musashi

    It’s not blackmail, DSB.

    But please, continue with this whole “Woe is me, for I am a gamer, victimised and oppressed by the evil tyranny of capitalist organisations, woe woe woe!” melodrama.

    Here’s where the whole notion of ‘entitlement’ comes from: It’s because all these so-called victims NEVER ever consider the option of doing without. No. It’s not about take it or leave it. It’s about give it to me for free. Give it to me sooner. Give it to me cheaper. At no point do these arguments consider that if you’re not prepared to pay the asking price for something then you’re not entitled to it. No. The entitlement is assumed in all cases and if anything gets in the way of that entitlement then that entity is wrong and evil.

    And that’s why “entitled gamers” is such a common phrase: because it’s a perfectly apt label.

    “Blackmail” is a ridiculous enforcement of the ‘gamer is a victim’ complex. It deserves absolutely no sympathy because gamers are not victims. They just cry like victims.

    You talk about perception but the view you present is determinedly narrow and self-serving. You have decided one entity is bad, another is a victim and you mould your rhetoric and assumptions (I very much doubt you are privvy to the actual inner workings of EA’s servers or distribution agreements between publishers and retail chains) to meet your predetermined conclusion. You’ve made your own mind up on how things work (which, surprise surprise, is only ever ‘bad’ when it’s not directly benefiting the entitled whims of the consumer.)

    JM

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    @16 Okay, so I guess you’re still not willing to get any context on that. Nevertheless, in most countries, pressuring people to make money is known by the word blackmail. Or extortion. Which is precisely the scenario that The_Red and I were discussing.

    Actually the dictionary describes it as:

    “the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority.”

    I suppose you could quite easily apply that to an online pass as well. Even though that wasn’t what the word was originally being applied to.

    I’m not defending anyone’s percieved right to tell developers when to release games or how the story should go, I’m simply commenting on the conduct of publishers, and the validity (or lack of same) of the costs they incur on gamers, who merely want to do what they’ve always done.

    Publishers are suggesting that we “Pay more – for less”, or in the case of online passes, “Pay more – for nothing”. Obviously that sort of behaviour is going to provoke a response and quite a bit of loathing from gamers, who used to enjoy interacting with the industry.

    Deflecting it as “gamer entitlement” is a profoundly simplistic attempt to divert attention from the actual problem and the people who created it, while slandering the people who are rightly offended by it.

    “these so-called victims NEVER ever consider the option of doing without.”

    An astute observation of the games industry.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. NightCrawler1970

    EA was a great company in the past, but now just like Activision, just a bunch of greedy bastard and have 1 thing on there mind “MONEY, MONEY, MONEY”, just setup a server online and within a year shut down, with an excuse “oh well”…. buy a new game than you can game on….

    #18 3 years ago

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    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]