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VG247 Easter Staff Meeting: minutes with annotations

Monday, 9 April 2012 03:12 GMT By Staff

Enjoying a break this weekend? The VG247 crew is. Four days off means plenty of catch-up gaming, plenty of food, and plenty of bunnies. Yes, bunnies. Also: chickens.

Working at VG247 doesn’t mean playing games all the time, unfortunately, which means we look forward to a good catch up session over the Easter weekend as much as anyone does. Before taking off on our respective holidays, we touched base to discuss our plans. Here’s the official record of what went down.

What are you doing? It certainly isn’t work.
Brenna has been playing a lot of Tropico recently, and was hoping to be able to put paid to the campaign missions before Tuesday. When the RSI gets too much, she’s been replaying Dark Souls – but a thunderstorm has played hell with her nerves and her left hand has developed Shield Syndrome.

Johnny expected to use the weekend to get back to Halo: Reach, but also to revisit L.A. Noire and Saints Row: The Third. Whether he got around to it we’re not sure; he promised to finish Borderlands, too.

As usual, Pat just wants to play Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, especially as he’s likely to find good co-op buddies during the day, but he’s also making a sterling effort to finish Mass Effect 2 so he can finally start Mass Effect 3, something he resolved to do months ago. “I have three children and a business, so that was stupid, wasn’t it?” he said.

Newcomer Sam had some mysterious plans lined up, but he also wanted to spend some quality time with both Blur and Split/Second.

Steph’s also got some catching up to do, especially on her guiltily lapsed Lord of the Rings Online habit. “I am sure my Kinship thinks I am lying dead in a ditch someplace,” she said. However, she also said she was going to play “a bit of Skyrim” and we all know how “a bit” of Elder Scrolls games turns into four days with no sleep.

What about Easter Eggs?
Some of us – not to name any names – have been gorging on chocolate in a most disgusting manner all weekend, but catching up on games is a great opportunity to turn up Easter Eggs. Here are the team’s favourites

“There were many in both Fallout 2 and Morrowind that I found hilarious, but I have to say finding the remains of ‘Indie’ in the latter was one of the best,” Steph volunteered.

“Then again, I did use the Scroll of Icarian Flight when I found it as well. Probably shouldn’t have despite the hilarious results. There’s also the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog located in LOTRO as well which got a hearty chuckle out of me.”

Elevator rave.

“Finding wheels of cheese in Perfect Dark, at least I think it was cheese…” Sam offered.

Johnny wandered slightly off topic, but in an awesome direction. “Maybe not an easter egg as such, the mission in Saints Row: The Third where you have to drive a car around with a tiger beside you,” he said.

“It’s now clicked that it’s somewhat loosely based from Talladega Nights when Ricky Bobby gets his confidence back by driving around with a cheetah in similar circumstances, having recently watched the movie for the first time in ages.”

“The elevator dance party in Crysis 2,” YouTube addict Brenna suggested.

“I particularly like how some videos of it show the player glancing around rapidly before closing the door and walking quickly away, as if terrified and affronted.”

Bunnies and Chicks
If you’ve been in a supermarket lately you’re probably all too aware of the cultural associations with April weekends and adorable bunnies and chickens. In the course of our conversation, we discovered that the VG247 team really likes bunnies and chickens.

According to Steph, the Rabites from the Mana series are the best bunnies, being both cute and formidable. Brenna is pretty fond of Ubisoft’s mascot, the Rabbids, while Pat professes to love all bunnies. Wait till one gets into his lettuce patch.

Sam and Johnny both nominated Fable‘s famous kickable, chasable chickens for an honourable mention, but Steph plumped for the Cuccos from the Legend of Zelda series, “because when you harass them enough you get attacked”.

Sam countered with the “demented” chickens of Red Neck Rampage, and we all quickly changed the subject when Pat brought up “the chickens in Chuckie Egg, obviously”, a game released in 1983.

Feast-ival
Eventually, someone had to mention the fact that chickens are for eating, and we communed on our shared love of all things edible.

At some point we remembered we’re supposed to be talking about games, and Pat said his favourite edible chicken in a game is the health gauge in Atic Atac, another 1983 release.

“I always remember thinking how awesome it would be if chicken really was like that to eat, like the boars in Asterix,” he said.

This is Atic Atac, apparently.

Steph said her most memorable gaming memories include turning to cannibalism in Skyrim and consuming things in LOTRO “which make you vomit, or end up without pants someplace in the world”.

On a more savoury note, she cast a fond memory back to long-weekend gaming binges – Super Mario 3 with her best friend during sleepovers.

“We would stay up all night eating cool ranch Doritos with cheddar cheese dip, Baby Ruths, and drinking Mountain Dew until we crashed from too much Goomba stomping and temporary bouts of hypoglycaemia from the junk food,” she reminisced.

Johnny jumped in at this moment with a PSA regarding soft drinks and gaming, which he warns is a dangerous combination, having spilled an entire bottle of Pepsi over his US import copy of the Metal Gear Solid HD collection bare hours after delivery.

Sam added his own cautionary tale, of a friend who once got some form of candy stick in an N64 cartridge.

At this point, our wildly varying international timezones kicked in, and the meeting adjourned for a Left 4 Dead session.

Wrapping Up
If you guessed “VG247 wants to know what you’re up to over the break”, you’re absolutely right. What are you playing? What are you eating? What are you eating in the games? What new Easter Eggs or just plain delights have you discovered while getting in some solid sessions? Let us know in the comments.

Whether you celebrate Easter with chocolate or church, or even not at all, we hope you’re having a safe and more importantly splendid public holiday break.

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31 Comments

  1. ejams

    Mass Effect 3, of course! This 4 day weekend was only made complete when the extra XP event for Mass effect 3′s multiplayer started, and it was by all means used. I’m trying to get through the campaign, too, so I can finally see what all the fuss surrounding the ending is about. Whether or not I think it’s okay doesn’t really matter, because it is definitely one of, if not the best games in the series and the greatest deal of fun I’ve had gaming all year (so far :D).

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Len

    Haha, I remember the chicken in Atic Atac, what a game. I was mesmerised by it as a kid, the game, not the chicken. :o) Aah Ultimate…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Ironically, I had to work over the weekend, but that hasn’t stopped me from gaming. I’m currently trying to get it on with Miranda and finish my Insanity run which is grueling to the point of not being fun any more, but what can I say, I’m a trophy whore, and that’s the price you pay.

    Chuckie Egg, Jesus, that takes me back. I think I was playing that on an MSX Mitsubishi back in the day. Got to level 33 (or was it level 35) and realised that the game designers had not thought that far ahead. It was impossible to get any further. Mother Duck on the loose, extra chicks, all moving insanely fast and nowhere to go. It may have been the forefather of Demon’s/Dark Souls. YOU WILL DIE!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    @1 *high five for ME3 multiplayer love*

    @2 @3 Pat will be delighted someone shares his love of those old Spectrum (??) games, I’m sure. When Codemasters announced that Dizzy reboot recently, Johnny admitted he’d never even heard of this ancient mysterious thing, and it made other staff members feel quite elderly.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Telepathic.Geometry

    Pft, ye young’uns. When I were a lad, it were nowt but fields all ’round ‘ere…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve actually been playing Modern Warfare 3 mainly. Started from zero on Friday. It’s great, but I reckon it’s probably the weakest SP so far. Half the time you really are a bystander. Awesome set-pieces and multiplay, though. I do realise I’m amazingly late to the party. At least it wasn’t released in 1983.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Brenna Hillier

    Did you pick two 1983 releases on purpose?

    Just as an aside. I was born in 1984.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    I like how I’ve made people super old in one foul swoop.

    *holds liver part of chest following night of drinking. sighs* I’m getting too old for this shit.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. BULArmy

    Even though Easter is next week where I live(Orthodox Christian) I also got a lot of playing time, mostly because midterms in the uni were over. Mainly trying to satisfy my Diablo 3 related hunger with some copies, like Sacred 2, Torchlight and trying to play the original Diablo.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @9, I’ve been trying to do the same! :P

    Although I prefer Torchlight on the 360 and Sacred 2 just seems to crash on me… I have been playing a bit of D2 though, can anyone tell me if the exp is worth getting?

    Also, any other good games like the above you can recommend? (Preferably newer rather than older, thanks!)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. polygem

    since i just recently re-bought a ps3 and my girlfriend is visiting her parents it´s ps3 sequels i had to catch up with…i played A LOT this weekend. i played all the previous installments of these games last time i owned a ps3 (ps2 for gow) and finally finished this WE: gow III, resistance 3, killzone 3. started infamous 2 now and almost finished uncharted 3. i played a lot of uncharted 3 competitive and coop mp. so much fun. uc3 was the best of the series this far imo. awesome game. i even started to like nathan drake this time around. all mentioned games have been really fun though. i was a bit disappointed by resistance 3. not a bad game at all but 1 and 2 were much better imho. i love resistance. the gameplay is great, the weapons fun. kZ3 was great too, some stunning levels that looked ridiculously good on my hd sceen…though this will never be the halo killer. infamous 2 seems to be nice as well. can´t wait for the new sly cooper game to come out. thing is with the playstation: there really is more variety to it, gameswise. i prefer the 360 pad so much more for shooters, but for games like uncharted, god of war or infamous i start to think the DS3 is even the better gamepad. first multiplatform game i will play on the ps3 will be max payne 3.
    add me if you like: OhMikeOdd. we can build up a bad ass gang this may….

    #11 3 years ago
  12. BULArmy

    @10 The genre kind of died after 2006 and Titan Quest which is really good game, but it is kind of dated. Deathspank series and Dungeon Siege 3 are good games in this genre, but almost everything else is kind of old.
    And a lot of ppl say that Borderlands is a FPS Diablo, but for me it is not, but it is very fun game even played SP.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    I beat and got the plat in Trine 2. With all of the PS Plus stuff, i’ve got quite the backlog.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    @7 – They were the games that made me, I guess. Atic Atac was the first game I ever bought.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Atic Atac? I always knew you were alright Garratt :) I suspect we are of a similar age….

    #15 3 years ago
  16. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Actually, given my first game was on the Atari VCS you’re probably still under 40.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    I’m 39 next month :-D

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    ^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNCOqWX6Hc
    :D

    #18 3 years ago
  19. freedoms_stain

    Me and the gf have spent most of the weekend in the car visiting both sets of parents, so my sole source of gaming has been my ancient Gameboy Advance SP, I’ve hammered some hours into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. tbh puts FFXIII to shame.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    haha :D

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    I’m rediscovering a fully modded IL-2 Sturmovik (It looks like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt0E77vJg7w )

    I’ve shot down exactly one fighter in a dogfight, and I’m pretty sure it was my wingman. I was flying ME 109′s, so the guy was a filthy nazi anyway – I still think it counts.

    And then I’m trying to get past the melee phase of Fallout 2, which really sucks in 2012. Hit something, run away, hope it doesn’t kill you. If it does kill you, load last save and try again. Hooray for combat rolls!

    Really, I’m just waiting for Max Payne and D3.

    Aside from that I’m heading to the US in 48 hours, so I’m quietly panicking – Or packing – Or both. I’m also conspiring to get my green card (spousal!) this time around so I’ll get to spend some more time in the new world. Hunting templars and what not.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Sadismek

    We celebrate Easter this week’s Sunday (I’m an Orthodox Christian), but I got plenty of time to play the hell out of The Witcher 2. Great game, and the attention CD Projekt RED is giving to this game is unbelievable. Watch and learn, Bioware! But my graphics card is starting to show it’s age, so I guess I’ll have to get my hand deeper in the pocket and get a shiny new one.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Brenna Hillier

    @22 how weird, I was just playing W2 myself. there’s some really great writing in it. Plus I love that slight east Euro tang that comes through sometimes.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. reask

    Started playing KZ3 multi last week having left it for a long time.
    I am addicted again.

    I really think the mp in this game is second to none.
    Warzone can be so so hectic especially on the smaller maps but always fun.
    I think gg made a great decision to release the mp as a standalone as there always seem to be full games and lots of folks discovering how good this game is.

    A little tip for anyone trying it out.
    Unlock the sta 52 as soon as you can which shouldn’t take long,It,s a great little gun imo and should get you up and running pretty quick.

    Snipers can be a problem now and again but overall they seldom bother me as I like to run and gun.
    Jetpacks are a ball on some of the bigger warzone maps and the eskoskeletons on the junkyard map on gw.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. LOLshock94

    love eastereggs

    #25 3 years ago
  26. polygem

    ok reask you just sold me on kz3 mp…i´ll try it as soon as i can next week. just finished the campaign.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. KrazyKraut

    I was alone. I cant get along with my girls parents, because I am 10 years younger than she is. She cried at the train station and asked me to come with her, but sorry no. Anyway she is already back and we can spend the last easterday together.

    Had fun with some “The Last Story” and Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer on PS3.
    We were four Krogan Soldiers…all in white color.

    “They see me krogan..they frightenend…”

    When I told a mate that there will be a Krogan Vanguard in the next MP DLC, he just said:” God help us all..”

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Gekidami

    ^ …Why would you tell us that?

    #28 3 years ago
  29. shogoz

    Your comment has been updated

    #29 3 years ago
  30. GwynbleiddiuM

    I spit on the face of religion of all sorts, but I like holidays so thanks to Paris’ weather, I decided to stay at my uncle’s house and not to go out (You see I’ll be here at Paris for a while). Played through RE2 and 3 on my PSP (Who owns a PSP for crying out loud?), then I thought I love to play Divine Divinity, so started a mage and did so until Jake the Zombie raped me and I got mad cause I never got killed by jake.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Its ok, Jesus forgives you ;-)

    #31 3 years ago

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    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]