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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 3 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 3 years ago
  45. TheDarkWeapon

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

    #45 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – here’s what your PC needs in order to run it

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out next week, and Bethesda has today released the PC specs for the standalone title. MachineGames has made some tweaks to the system requirements and have included both minimum and recommended specifications. Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – watch the livestream reveal right here

    Bungie will be showing off Destiny’s new 3v3 Team Deatmatch Trials of Osiris today, and you can watch the Twitch stream right here if you like. It kicks off at 11am PDT/2pm EDT and will feature community manager Deej and design leads Lars Bakken and Derek Carroll. More will be revealed on House of Wolves […]

  • May Xbox Games with Gold: Mafia 2, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, F1 2013

    Microsoft has announced the free games Gold members will be able to pick up through Xbox Live. On Xbox One, Gold users can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition for the month,and Pool Nation FX is being offered for an additional month. Starting May 1, Xbox 360 Gold members can download Mafia 2 through May 15, and […]