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Dead or Alive 5 boss dodges sexism query with “the cutest chicks in video games”

Friday, 17 August 2012 03:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dead or Alive 5′s controversial female character designs meet Team Ninja’s goals, according to producer Yosuke Hayashi.

In an interview, PlayStation Universe asked Hayashi what his response would be to criticism of Dead or Alive 5′s female designs as sexist.

The developer replied that Team Ninja’s aim was to make “the cutest chicks in videogames” and that Dead or Alive 5 has nailed it. It’s an answer that totally fails to address the issues raised by the question, of course, but okay.

Hayashi also said that the development team had paid close attention to Dead or Alive’s famous bouncing breasts, even going so far as to say the team was very “hands-on” with that “feature”, which I’m hoping is a mistranslation and not a deliberate blokey blokey bloke joke.

Dead or Alive 5 releases on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September and if you buy the special edition you’ll score a set of alternate swimsuit costumes for female characters. Hooray.

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45 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    Wasn’t Dead or Alive 5 supposed to be a move away from the blatant sexism of the previous games and towards a more realistic and respectful design?

    That didn’t last long, apparently.

    Ah, here it is: http://www.vg247.com/2012/02/15/dead-or-alive-5s-women-to-be-more-realistic-high-class/

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dark

    100+ comments incoming…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DarkElfa

    Good. I don’t play games for realism, I play for escapism and fantasy.

    When I play a game, I want the tits to get bigger every minute. They aren’t real women and there isn’t any disrespect to anyone going on.

    So we paint women as items of sexual lust in video games. Big whoop, they’ve been painting men as rapist, women beating killers on Lifetime for just as long.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Omelette

    hahaha. If that’s a selling “feature”…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TD_Monstrous69

    Wow, just….wow. Just not even trying at legitimacy anymore, are ya Team Ninja? Oh Japanese devs, why u so sexist?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Big deal, Dead or Alive is about as offensive as a issue of Playboy… Less so as I’m pretty sure the internet would melt if anyone actually saw a *gasp* nipple!!

    Though seeing the outrage *girlmode* caused, cutest chicks in gaming will probably get a few knickers in a bunch.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    It really is incredibly sexist, but in fairness to the dev, I think that they are more interested in making money out of their sexist fanbase than being sexist for realsies.

    It’d be cool though if they concentrated on cock physics as well, so the gay dudes and girls could get the fanservice they deserve with the various characters’ over-sized throbbing appendages straining at the seams of their pants.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. pleasant_cabbage

    Hot! ;)

    Until they sort out their, usuallly incredibly dooly, costumes I refuse to have a boner at DOA chicks. 100% REFUSE!*

    *may not be true

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    Funny how these “anti sexism ” flag bearers have nothing to say against porn which is rampant in all forms of media but are against swimsuit girls in games.
    So much for a mature audience.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Kabby

    The Japanese are perverts. This is new information.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    I think the DOA females are hilarious myself. I hope it never changes.

    Has anyone seen the film? You should watch it.. it’s awesome because it’s ridiculous. :D

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398913/

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Deacon

    ^ Holly Valance… euughhh. That movie needs more bewbs.

    Props to Hayashi for not being a complete bitch about this. I hope it was a blokey blokey bloke joke too.
    Too many people are bending over backwards to avoid being at all sexist, and it really is just a part of life. I hate playing uber-muscley fucktard males, but they’re not going anywhere, just as ridiculously busty ‘chicks’ aren’t.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. viralshag

    I really don’t think every game that decides to make characters with big boobs and sexy females needs to be branded as sexist.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 Until the costumes become nonexistent and their breasts practically hit them in the face every time they move.

    I honestly don’t care about the blatant sexism of the series. It’s an unfortunate part of an otherwise great game. But the devs themselves were the ones who said that they were moving past that sort of thing, and the early footage seemed to suggest that this was the case.

    Apparently not.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @14, What is blatantly sexist about a non-sim fighting game having overly exaggerated fighters?

    If this was a UFC game or FIFA where they simply added big boobs to “normal” fighters/players, I would consider that sexist.

    But this is completely made up fantasy and DOA characters have always been overtly sexy.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. absolutezero

    I for one can’t wait for every single male character in games to look like Scott Shelby from Heavy Rain. Thats when we will have true male equality.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Da Man

    If it wasn’t for the internet, I would’ve never known a word ‘attracticist’ exists.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @17 Nobody cares.

    Watching you is like watching a spoilt child screaming for attention. Kicking and screaming about everything until someone is stupid enough notice.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. absolutezero

    Stop seriously replying to him then. Either ignore him and his infantile tantrums or just take the piss back.

    Remember he has the power of 50,000 books behind him. He has the high ground. You cannot win.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. viralshag

    @18, Might not be the best comment as you could be considered the “someone” that is “stupid enough to notice”. :P

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Da Man

    Lol, really? O’Conner, suggest refrain from assuming anything anyone says is aimed at you instead. You’ll live longer, independent person.

    The day people like you decide anything off the internet is the day we’ll have lots of ugly idiotic persons all having fun with each other.

    Yep, totally infantine. I’m not mature enough to be offended by a videogame. Takes lots of books that.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @20 Sometimes the child just needs a slap across the knees or a flick of the ear. I couldn’t help but laugh at his desperation.

    Not very Zen of me, you’re entirely right. My apologies.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Da Man

    Needs more ‘ahahaha’s, Ireland EvilArse.

    At stealth edit – Sure it was.. In my opinion you are no George Clooney. And no Einstein either.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. absolutezero

    For someone that took such umbrage at being called infantile you sure are proving my point pretty damn well.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Da Man

    I was trying to point out the lack of any erm, ‘infantine’ actions on my part…

    Sorry if that went over your mature head. I think a better question would be why people take such offense at the mockery?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. absolutezero

    So you tried to point out the lack of something by going and doing exactly that? Which would have made perfect sense if it did’nt exactly like something you would post anyway.

    I have nothing against light mockery and ribbing, it gets tiring if you have to read the same statements delivered in the same way against the same people everyday.

    We get it now, you can stop. Its alright the nerds will not take over the internet with the blogs or whatever. Its ok put the gun down the crusade need not continue, you have done your part. Rest easy soldier.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Da Man

    No, I tried to point out how little of a connection between that and my posts actually exist. Unless you read them backwards.

    Allright allright, I’m stopping. Just watch out for O’Conner for me, he gets too high up his rear end without this.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. silkvg247

    What the fook :p

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @27 I’ve been so far up my rear end for the past decade (at least) that my head is pretty much permenantly lodged there at this point. I couldn’t get it out even if I tried.

    I don’t think anyone believes for a second that you’ll stop anything. Please don’t. It’s far too entertaining.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    #27 Da man, a sincere advise, is that sometimes i dont understand what you are trying to say, or what are your true intentions with a comment, i think you play to much with words, willingly or not, and much to a point that one really needs to look your comments twice or even more in order to understand your point, it doesnt matter how much brilliant you are, if you dont get your message and point easily understood, that is a lost talent, remember for much of us English is not our first language, and that word play, much of the time pass over our heads, i really want to understand your points too, so my advice be straight (in your comments of course), and easily understood.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. viralshag

    Back on topic, you didn’t answer my question in #15 ;)

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Da Man

    Not at all, Sir Lolconnerslot gets on his high horse, sticks his independent head up his drunken arse and starts all the srs criticsm from countless attacks at kids in jrpg threads to copy pasting the same article about Hideo Kojima and blaming the industry of being full of testosterone fuelled kids with power fantasies who prevent him from playing CoD properly (like a ‘social experience’ that is).

    It’s esp convincing how they say they aren’t into one type of a toy hence them being t-bagged with their 0.5 k/d and then it turns out it’s the same for all the other types of toys.

    Thank you for proving each and every of my points though. Please do keep telling me how you don’t care, then how you’re entertained and finally asking for me to be banned. You sure do come across as a healthy individual who will live a long and peaceful life.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. ManuOtaku

    On the topic at hand, i think this is a sexist series, because they had a targeted audience for this game, of course is a fighter, but when you put certain characteristics like nice natural attributes for both man an women, to cater to that specific target, why is bad saying that is sexiest?, if that is the main intention from the creators, for me is not bad and i dont mind it, but is amusing that this is a topic or a matter of discussion, when you use something for delivering into an specific audencie, it should be call that way because that is the main intention.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    @31 You really need me me to explain what’s more sexist about Dead or Alive 5, comparatively speaking, than the other mainstream fighters in the genres?

    …really? Come on, you’re a smart guy.

    Like I said, I’m a fan of the games. My problem isn’t with the sexism, its the fact the fact that the developers were talking about stepping back from the raging plastic doll fan service, but seem to have gone back on that intent. Why did they bother stating it in the first place?

    @34 “You sure do come across as a healthy individual who will live a long and peaceful life.”

    Thank you. <3

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Da Man

    You’re welcome, man. Tell someone to turn the light upstairs too.

    xoxo.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. viralshag

    @36, I get what you’re saying about them doing a U-turn if that is what they originally decided.

    I just don’t really see what’s sexist about the game. It’s always been know as a fighting game with overly voluptuous women. I don’t really see what’s sexist about showing big boobed women fighting.

    It’s not exactly degrading to women, they’re not being portrayed as weak or anything like that. They’re simply fighters with big boobs. Like Orbit said, this is no more offensive than an issue of Playboy.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. DarkElfa

    Why do people keep on trying to find things to be offended about?

    Have we become so embittered and numb that we’ve taken to over-analyzing the inherent sexism in something that’s is built to be inherently sexist?!

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Ireland Michael

    @39 Not liking =//= offended.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. DSB

    @39 They’re bored.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. OrbitMonkey

    ^ if their bored they need to stare at some boobies… Notice how inoffensive the term boobies is? It cheers me right up…

    Boobies, boobies, boobies :-)

    #40 3 years ago
  41. viralshag

    Moobies.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. sh4dow

    I think it’s funny that people complain a lot when something contains attractive women. Yet… who is the only character in the series who is even topless? I’ll give you a hint: he’s even in the screenshot for this article…

    If you’re gonna go down that road, then please argue for both female AND male characters to be chubby and covered up. Nothing questionable at all about that of course…
    And besides breasts being sexist, we also know that showing athletic people in media provides an unhealthy body image. Roseanne Barr 30 years ago in a burqa – I assume THAT would be healthy and the epitome of equality?

    But… despite all that, I still find the female characters in DoA too extreme and I think that Hayashi didn’t dodge the question but answer it in a very unfortunate way…

    #42 3 years ago
  43. LionCub

    It’s sad that the comments on here betray the privilege of some heterosexual males in their thinking. This game isn’t sexist because women are portrayed as athletic or muscular, nor even that it goes by the Western (narrow-minded) preference that bigger breasts are better. What’s sexist is the portrayal of the female characters, if they aren’t overtly sexual in personality, they have poses which are not so subtlety sexual in nature; the definite focus on heaving, bouncing, undulating breasts is sexist, and showcases that these characters were developed not as equal persons as the male characters but objects. The DLC that have the female characters in “bunny” bikinis further suggests that this game is for stunted man-children, rather than a game welcoming a diverse audience. This sexism only fuels the stereotype that gamers are basement-dwellers who need an artificial stimulus for their socially undeveloped lives. The game is a fun fighter, but if it were truly an equal campy, sexy fighting game, then have the men have costume choices of fetish gear as well, chest harnesses, for example, and zippered thongs. Design them with full, pouty lips, and when they lose, their heads are thrown back, heavy sighs, maybe a moan, with sweat glistening as it pours down their face, their heaving chest. Have the male characters have erect nipples, have them in ripped jeans that have holes in their back pocket for some @$$ to be shown. Have at least one male character who struts into the bar, flex his muscles, showcase his @$$ or even a bulge as he talks, and then you’d maybe start having equality. To put it more simply, having a character depicted in an idealized way is not equal to an objectified way. In addition, If you are comfortable with your sexuality but you still aren’t keen on a male character depicted in such a sexualized way to tell a good story or be a cool character, then try to imagine women who are constantly fighting to be treated as equal human beings as men – it’s the 21st Century yet women are still being paid less in some jobs than the men employed; where they are still told that they are less deserving of respect than men, are even “honour” killed when they stand up for themselves in some places – then try to imagine being a gamer who is female, and they want to play a good fighter with good characters but they have to see this unnecessary treatment of female characters in this game! Of comments such as some that appear from fellow gamers who belittle their concern, their opinion, their feelings. It doesn’t matter if a female gamer playing this game was gay – it’s not about a character being sexy, it’s about being depicted as a sexual object first and foremost, designed specifically in a way to try to promote arousal for some heterosexual males, instead of simply designing a great character who can kick @$$ and have some depth. Again, some female gamers, not to mention some male players, could probably be more forgiving of the “other” nature of DOA if all characters had sex “tattooed” on their forehead, but especially after the Dev’s acknowledged the content and mentioned that aspect would be played down, vocal disappointment and being upset is only natural. If you can’t understand that, then at least try to acknowledge that this game causes frustration, hurt, and indignation to some, when it doesn’t have to, and try to acknowledge that fellow gamers feel disrespected, and in a community that should be inclusive and diverse, which still suffers disrespect by stereotyping and small-mindedness from “outsiders,” then all members should be more considerate of their fellow gamer, no matter the gender.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Ireland Michael

    @43 Male sexuality and female sexuality are entirely different things. The men are just as oversexualised in this series as they women are.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. TheDarkWeapon

    I got the game I wanted…. I have 0 complains.

    #45 2 years ago

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    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]