God of War dev team has “pulled back” from violence against women

Friday, 20 July 2012 04:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Although the God of War games are undeniably violent, Sony Santa Monica strives to keep from glorifying the gore, and is very careful about how it approaches tricky situations like violence against women.

Asked whether Sony Santa Monica has a threshold of violence it isn’t willing to cross, design manager David Hewitt told IGN that is does.

“The team has a set of rules that define those sorts of things very clearly. Where it shows itself is how the combat designers and animators have designed Kratos’ moves,” he said.

“He’s always leaning forward, he’s always moving forward. He’s seeking revenge and he’s after his ultimate objective and he will tear through enemies – rip them in half – as quickly as he can. But there’s not a lot of flourishes, there’s not any kind of enjoying the moment. There’s nothing about this that he’s enjoying.”

Interestingly, Hewitt said the team treads very carefully in certain particularly loaded examples.

“There are some things we’ve pulled back from. I think where this has been an issue is with violence against women – the team’s pulled back from some of that and assessed that a little more carefully,” he said.

“There are certain things that carry has a different kind of resonance that we don’t want to get into. This isn’t about statement-making in that regard. It’s about fleshing out this character.”

Despite that, Hewitt promised that Ascension will continue the franchise’s traditions of “those moments where people kind of recoil a bit – genuinely uncomfortable moments”.

God of War: Ascension is a PlayStation 3 exclusive due in 2013.

Thanks, CVG. [image]


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  1. Cygnar

    It’s a step to take pride in. As much as I enjoyed God of War III, I still cringe during the portion where Kratos chases down Poseidon’s servant and kills her. The scene is unsettling in a bad way.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. roadkill

    Great! Now why don’t they pull back from every kind of violence? Better yet! Make a game where everything is different shades of pink, pink flowers, pink sky, pink unicorns and also put a pink short skirt on Kratos. Yup. That would be awesome! I’m sure Michaela and all the other b***hes will love it. This is pathetic!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Gotta disagree. Violence against women is a horrible thing in real life as is any kind of violence but I don’t believe that the fantasy kind has any effect on a normal adult. Sure, kids might be affected but that’s why there is a rating system.

    That part was one of the darkest and craziest sections of GOW3 and while it was shocking for the sake of shock, it felt EXACTLY like Kratos as character would do and that is more than fine by me.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    ^ Indeed. It was in his character. Showed that at that point he was willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone to get to Zeus, he didnt care what the results of his actions were as long as he got his personal vengeance.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    They need more sex QTE minigames, cos that shit is CLASSY yo!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Night Hunter

    “and is very careful about how it approaches tricky situations like violence against women”

    What is tricky about it? Is gutting a woman suddenly worse than ripping a dude’s head off?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Clupula

    Yeah, I felt like that’s exactly how Kratos would have acted. I mean, earlier in the game, he throws a man to his death who is calling for help because his house is burning down. Kratos doesn’t care who you are. Man, woman, he will fuck you up. That’s what is so fun about the character, to be quite honest. It’s also why he’s cursed the way he is.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. The_Red

    Of course!!! Violence against men is different to violence against men! Just like violence against people of color is different to violence against white people!!!

    But seriously, couldn’t agree more with you here. This is like the issue South Park raised about the “hate crime” thingy. Violence in real life IS bad. I should NOT be about who its against. Saying violence against women is worse than violence against men is another form of separation and sexism just like many “hate crime” laws are actually trying to separate people of different colors.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Night Hunter

    @8: Well I have to agree with you, for all the talk about gender equality there isn’ a lot of real gender equality going around. Of course it is a little more complex than this as women are historically victims of violence, but a good point has been raised here: We are talking about Kratos, he will fuck you up, it is that simple and he doesn’t give a fuck if you are human, beast or god, black, white, yellow, male, female or bigendered*. Sometimes in the simple world of video games there is just not more to it than that ;)

    *I sincerely apologize to all species, skin colors and gender types I might have left out, I really don’t want to discriminate. Don’t worry, you also have the chance to get fucked up by Kratos, all you have to do is stand in his way, or look at him in the wrong way.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dark

    Oh man , i remember killing that Poseidon’s slave .. it was one of the greatest moments in GOW3.

    don’t make me disappointed and lose my trust in you SSM!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Lord Gremlin

    @1 I liked that scene. It’s even better than fire sacrifice in GoW1.
    No, really, really liked killing Poseidon’s princess. Disappointed right now. They shouldn’t hold back really – instead they should go as Kratos-y as possible with all manner of male, female and transgender creatures. Well, as long as they fit in that is.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. matirishhh

    @1 agree

    To the rest of You. You are mental! If this is where games should go then fuck it! I’ll stick with MARIO and colorfull skies. If anyone one of You had fun in killing the pricess then….I’m sorry for You guys. Now I know why VIOLENT games sell so well…….
    And explaing that with “Because it’s KRATOS” ?- Guys he is a dumbest character in a history of video games ! Should we be the same ?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Deacon

    @12 – so you love Mario. Ok. Is he a role model for you?

    Just because we enjoy playing as a character it doesn’t mean we would ever consider acting that way in real life. I speak for myself as I know (statistically) some of you sick fucks probably would :)

    Like I’m not going to play MG Revengeance and enjoy the hell out of slicing people up with a sword?!?

    I have a perfectly functioning sword at home but I’m pretty sure that’s where it’ll stay. Unless someone kidnaps my rabbit or vandalises my MR2.

    I’m getting sick of all this PC bullshit in videogames. I’m going to go home and beat the shit out of my girlfriend in protest of this very article. Egg on your face Sony Santa Monica. Or something.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Lot of rage boners from guys upset about not being able to kill women ;-)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. matirishhh

    @13 that is a good one heheh :)

    I will play MG Revengeance and I finished all GOW games but I would remove some unnecesary violence from the games. Is it that hard to block the bloody wheel with a big ass rock then to use a human flesh ? How dumb and lazy character have to be ?

    And yes Mario is my role model – he saves the princess and cleans her pipes ! This is a character !

    #15 3 years ago
  16. The_Red

    Last time I checked, I wasn’t mental, didn’t go on a killing spree or torturing women. Also, I never liked Mario so…

    Also @13
    Now that is a good, hilarious, disturbing and (hopefully) sarcastic comment :)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. xxJPRACERxx

    If Kratos can’t kill them, can he at least fist fuck’em?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. roadkill

    @17 Why f**k them!? It makes no sense! :) God of War is about killing stuff in the most gruesome way possible. And it should stick to that!

    It also should not be sold to children! Look how many are virgins are whining in the previous comments.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    Women are now officially added to long list of things are not violated by kratos like medusas, giant elephants, goatmen, mermen, greek and persian sluts etc.
    Oh wait……
    Also does this mean violence against men is okay? Shit, I should have been a woman then.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. OrbitMonkey

    @18, Not sure if your trying so hard, because your a closet gay, or suffering performance issues…

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    Wasn’t the whole core of the character’s identity supposed to be centred around the tragic death of his wife and child?

    Random acts of brute violence (especially against women) doesn’t really make any sense in that context.

    Then again, that would imply that they actually cared about providing any sort of genuine characterization for the character since the first game…

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Clupula

    @21 – actually, Michael, you’re forgetting the most important part. This is going to get spoilery, btw…

    It’s not that someone else killed his wife and child and then he decided to seek revenge. It’s that HE did it and didn’t know it was his wife and child until he was done.

    Think about that for a second and it says a lot about Kratos. He was perfectly fine with killing women and children. Enjoyed it, even. But when it was his own (because a god felt without them, Kratos would have nothing holding him back), Kratos went on a quest for vengeance. Kratos spends most of the series in a state of self-loathing and attempts to commit suicide on more than one occasion. He knows he’s a monster. He knows when he gets in the zone, he will fuck up anyone who so much as looks at him. I won’t even say the wrong way, because I don’t think there’s a right way to look at Kratos without being murdered.

    And if you watch the interviews with the various directors of the games, most of them agree, Kratos is incredibly selfish. He doesn’t care who is in his way, he doesn’t care what he has to do to get what he wants. He’ll kill anyone and anything. And the part that he himself doesn’t realize is that his quest for revenge is more motivated by selfishness than any attempt at real redemption. That’s why he doesn’t change his ways. If anything, he gets worse as time goes on, and provides himself with more excuses for his behavior.

    In other words, if there was a girl scout troupe in the way of his revenge, he would have no qualms with killing each and every one of them, never stopping to think that is was behavior like that that ended the life of his own daughter.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    ^ So basically… He’s a twat… Thanks for clearing that up!

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @22 Sounds more like a lazy afterthought used solely as an excuse to keep making more games.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @24, What’s a lazy afterthought? I don’t think you’re really clear on what the games are actually about if you thik anything that #22 said links all 6 titles in the franchise (excluding the phone game).

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    @25 He got his revenge in the first one. They had to keep making shit up for the rest of them.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Clupula

    @23 – He is. And I don’t the developers of the game would disagree with that assessment. And that’s why it’s so much fun to play as him. He’s not heroic, he’s not doing things for the greater good. He’s a selfish sociopath in a Greek mythological setting. And I love it. When he ran into the guy whose house was burning down and he grabbed the guy by the neck, smashed his face into a wall, and threw him to his death, I laughed. I thought it was funny how over-the-top they had gone with making Kratos an asshole. Up until Ghost of Sparta gave him a little bit of an excuse, Kratos was completely in the wrong in GOW2, and that’s what made it so much fun.

    I mean, in GOW2, half the people you fight are not villains in Greek mythology, but heroes. Kratos is a villain and that’s why he’s fun to play as.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. freedoms_stain

    @26, that’s not an answer to the question.

    What exactly “sounds like a lazy afterthought used solely as an excuse to keep making more games”?

    I actually like the way they weaved Kratos into Greek legend, and unlike a lot of other games which shoe-horned in ideas in order to keep sequels running (DMC I’m looking at you) the angle they took to reignite the story for GoW2 actually works pretty well, the exact opposite of lazy imo.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. roadkill

    @OrbitMonkey F**k off faggot! Go play with your pink unicorns!

    @Michaela So as Clupula truthfully pointed out you’re not only a girl but you’re a dumb one as well. I seriously don’t understand why you have to give us your f**ked up opinion on all of these women/rape-related issues when you have no idea what you’re talking about. This is gaming website. If you haven’t played said game (in this case God of War) then stop spamming. Have you been raped when you were a child? I’m serious now!! Because that’s the only logical explanation to what you’re doing right now. Go seek professional help mate! You’re not going to find it here. Some of us love to kill and rape EVERYTHING or ANYTHING in (wait for it! here it comes!) IN A GAME!! You and the monkey up there (and a lot of other a**holes) are the reasons for which women are still treated as second class citizens of this planet. Well, actually, they are second class citizens but that doesn’t mean you have to treat them like that. Not all of them at least. Some are actually pretty cool. And NO! You’re not one of those!

    #29 3 years ago
  30. roadkill

    @Clupula Dude I salute you! There are not many people who like playing as a villains in video games. I don’t like it either. I just can’t make myself choose the evil option sometimes. :(( But I like how you’re thinking. How you’re putting it. “When he ran into the guy whose house was burning down and he grabbed the guy by the neck, smashed his face into a wall, and threw him to his death, I laughed. I thought it was funny how over-the-top they had gone with making Kratos an asshole.” :))

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Can’t choose the evil option? Wimp. Standard for a internetz tough-guy like you though eh?

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Ireland Michael

    @30 I don’t get off on rampant, pointless, excessive violence.

    If that makes me a girl, I guess I’m a girl.

    Only a sexist moron like you would use the female gender as a derogatory insult.

    “If you haven’t played said game (in this case God of War) then stop spamming.”

    I have played them all.

    “Have you been raped when you were a child? I’m serious now!”


    “Because that’s the only logical explanation to what you’re doing right now.”

    Only if you have a very simplistic way of looking at the world. I’ve seen a lot of violence suffered on other people, and as a result I’m very adverse to it. That’s all.

    “Some of us love to kill and rape EVERYTHING or ANYTHING in (wait for it! here it comes!) IN A GAME!!”

    Well as long as its keeping you from doing it in reality, I guess that’s a good thing. Doesn’t stop you from being a sick, twisted, completely messed up bastard though, if that’s what you get your jollies from.

    “You and the monkey up there (and a lot of other a**holes) are the reasons for which women are still treated as second class citizens of this planet.”

    That makes absolutely no sense at all.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. roadkill

    @32 Yes, I am a sexist. But I don’t use the female gender as a derogatory insult. I use the female gender as a derogatory insult on a boy. Hmmm, I think I already said that once. Never mind. On to the next point.

    “I have played them all.” And yet you still don’t know how it all started!? Damn you’re dumb girl. Why do you play games if you don’t understand what’s going on in them?

    So you haven’t been raped when you were a little girl! At least not physically.

    So you hate violence and yet you played all God of War games.. What the f**k!? Why would you play something which contains elements that you.. are adverse to!?

    So killing people in games makes me a “sick, twisted, completely messed up bastard”. Wow! All these years! How did I not see this? Do you hear that you other millions of gamers out there? We should probably stop gaming and look for professional help. LOL!! Michaela, calling you dumb (again) here would be the greatest compliment ever for you. So I’m not going to.

    Of course it doesn’t make any sense! Not for you at least. Not with your low IQ and all.. Let me explain. Women want equality. What you and other f**ktards are doing is single them out. Make it clear that they are different, weak and that they should get special treatment. When they will stop getting this special treatment only then will they be equal to us. Of course that will never happen. But I am just explaining a point.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    “Make it clear that they are different, weak and that they should get special treatment.”

    Hahahahahaha… No.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Krono

    Somewhere right now, Kratos is laughing at this article.

    #35 3 years ago

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  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

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

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

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

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

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

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

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

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

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

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

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

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

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

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

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

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

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

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

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

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

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

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

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

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

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

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

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

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

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

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

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

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

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

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

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

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

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

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]