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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.

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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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    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]