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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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35 Comments

  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

    @1
    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

    @6
    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

    @12
    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!”

    No.

    “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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    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 […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]