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Medal of Honor interview: Greg Goodrich on controversy

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 14:53 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Medal of Honor: Warfighter’s dev boss talks to Patrick Garratt about tomahawks, the Battlefield 4 beta and taking FPS authenticity on a global mission against the bad guys.

“Battlefield 3 players, they’re already combat-trained to play Warfighter. When they come over, when we launch, it’s going to feel familiar because of Frostbite 2 and Battlelog, and it’s just going to be a nice change for them.”

Danger Close is no stranger to controversy. The last Medal of Honor, the 2010 shooter responsible for rebooting the IP up to layer-status with Battlefield for EA, ended up in hot water over plans to have its multiplayer opposing force named “Taliban”. EA was forced to change it at the eleventh hour. Continuing the theme, a Medal of Honor tomahawk was pulled just before gamescom this year over press concerns.

And now we have DLC based on the hunt for Bin Laden, the latest reveal to cause an internet stink. Danger Close lead Greg Goodrich and his team appear to be pushing the envelope in terms of what’s morally acceptable in the war games space, and it’s all, he told me at gamescom, in the name breaking down stereotypes, reverence for armed service, and telling the stories some of us may not be comfortable to experience.

Greg was speaking in Cologne last month.

VG247: I’m going to get this out of the way quickly.

Greg Goodrich: Uh-oh. He’s coming right at me. Right from the top.

You’ve pulled your tomahawk promotion. Are you disappointed to have to do that? In the last game you dropped the use of the word Taliban for the opposing force…

Yeah. Controversy loves MoH, I guess. I don’t know why.

It’s the authenticity angle, surely.

Yeah. I was just talking to one of my colleagues. I tried to order that sword from Blizzard, but I didn’t get in on time. You know, I’ve seen the Rambo knife; I’ve seen the Indiana Jones themed bullwhip that they sell at Disneyland. I don’t understand. I don’t. The unfortunate thing is that 100% of the sales of those things were going to go to charity. That’s the unfortunate thing. It would have been a significant amount of money for charity.

Why did you pull it?

PR: We just had to pull it.

That’s fine.

Anyway.

You’re nearly done with the game. You’re about to go gold?

We’re very close, yeah. What am I doing here, right?

Yeah, right.

That’s a great question. I don’t know. Talking about tomahawks [laughs].

Preacher’s story.

You’ve got your single-player reveal, which is going to be very soon.

We had a single-player trailer which we put out a few weeks ago. It’s Preacher’s story. We’re really doubling down on the soldier’s story from the soldier’s point of view. This story was actually written by two of the guys while they were deployed overseas, and it speaks of service and sacrifice and brotherhood, all those core tenants which we’ve always focused on with Medal of Honor. But we’re going a little deeper on the personal side. We’re trying to break down those stereotypes of the special operations operators. We all have these very stereotypical ideas of what an assaulter is, from any one of those communities, right? That barrel-chested, knuckle-dragging door-kicker that shoots bad guys in the face, right? It’s part of their job, and they’re clearly genetically different, but having spent four years with these guys now, having spent time with them and met their families… They’re just like you and me. They have a job. It’s an extraordinary job, but it is a job. They also have home lives and people that count on them and they have the everyday things that we all deal with.

We’ve been in the longest sustained conflict in the history of our nation, so it’s taken a toll. It’s taken a toll on families and relationships.

Is part of the story based on the fact that a lot of soldiers find it difficult to readjust?

It’s not the readjustment. It’s more to do with the fact that guys are sacrificing overseas, but the families are also sacrificing at home. Kids are growing up not knowing who dad is. In our story, Preacher and his wife, Lena, have kind of come to this breaking point. He’s gone 300 days out of the year on special operations. If you’re not deployed in a combat zone you’re off training, improving your skills, doing something to make you better at what you do. They have a young daughter and she needs help. She’s, like, “I’m done with this. I’m gone.”

She moves home to Spain to her parents to help raise the child, but Preacher’s a fighter, a problem-solver. He’s not going to let this happen. In these communities the divorce rate’s 90-95%, and he wants to be that 5% that make it. What we do explore is what happens when those two worlds – work life and home life – intersect.

This threat of PETN is a very real threat. We first heard about it in the shoes of Richard Reid, it showed up in Times Square in a train station, and most recently in printer toner cartridges that were coming from Yemen on board US-bound cargo planes. Along with his colleagues, he’s trying to keep this stuff, this nasty shit, off our shores. Some gets by and those two worlds intersect. We kind of go from there.

“It’s never really about the enemy, just as Saving Private Ryan wasn’t a movie about the Nazis. It was a story about what guys would do for each other, the same as Band of Brothers, right?”

It’s very different from the first game, which was focused on the combat experience in Afghanistan.

Right. And our game narrative and our gameplay is still that. Our difference is that historically Medal of Honor has always been about a single historical event, whether it be Normandy or Market Garden of Pearl Harbour. That game was loosely based on Operation Anaconda, which was a fight, essentially, in a 15km radius in the Shahi-Kot Valley in Afghanistan. In this game we wanted to open it up, and not only go global and international with the different operators in multiplayer, but to have a global look at this problem, and at the networks that are distributing this stuff. We talk about Abu Sayyaf from the Phillipines, AQ of the Arabian Peninsula and al-Shabaab in Solmalia, as well as others. This game is the first Medal of Honor game that isn’t based on one single historical event. It’s multiple events connected by a single threat, and that’s the threat of PETN.

Is it the market that’s pushed you in this direction, or is it something you wanted to do?

It was the story. For the single-player, it was the story. Secondly, we have a huge international fanbase, and this game has always been about the American soldier. We figured that honour, brotherhood and respect aren’t American traits: they’re warrior traits. We wanted to open it up and allow gamers to feel some of that national pride. If I’m growing up in Poland and I want to be a bad-ass, I don’t grow up wanting to be a US Navy SEAL; I grow up wanting to be a GROM commando. In Britain I want to be SAS or SBS, or KSK in Germany. Let’s gamers get into those boots, and experience what it’s like to be in those boots, fighting as one of those operators.

As regards the contemporary theatre, is this it for Medal of Honor? There’s a lot of discussion in the shooter community at the moment about the validity of the contemporary setting. We’ve seen Call of Duty move forward now…

Well, Black Ops did.

True enough. But there is a feeling that the contemporary shooter’s been saturated in the same way World War II was saturated a few years ago. Assuming the contemporary setting does become tired at some point, what’ll be next? Is the future the way?

I don’t know. Again, with us it starts with the soldier story. We like to think that the era didn’t define Medal of Honor. Yes, we did a lot of World War II games, but that’s not what defines Medal of Honor. What defines Medal of Honor is the reverence for service and sacrifice, and those stories of brotherhood and honour and respect. Those themes show up everywhere, no matter what the era, the time-frame, what war or what conflict. It’s never really about the enemy, just as Saving Private Ryan wasn’t a movie about the Nazis. It was a story about what guys would do for each other, the same as Band of Brothers, right? It’s sort of the way we look at it.

The Medal of Honor authenticity angle’s added the buddy system to multiplayer this time.

Yes, fireteams.

There’s been some really good feedback from the people playing it, but a lot are saying it’s really hardcore, a real shooter fan’s shooter. Is there a danger in adding authentic features like this?

It’s a balance. It’s a difficult balance. Making an authentic first-person shooter is extremely difficult. We have these lanes in the swimming pool we have to stay in, and every now and then we’ll dip under the lane and go to the left or the right, but we always have to come back. But it is an action shooter, and we’re trying to reach a very large audience, and that audience expects certain things, so we try to give them that, but in our own tone, our own flavour.

The different modes are very different. In multiplayer we have Homerun, which is a very hardcore, very quick, fast-tempoed, round-after-round type of game. Hotspot is a little different, Sector Patrol’s a little different, as are the other modes we’ll be shipping with. All of them cater to different types of play styles. When you add Fireteams on top of that, and when you said it’s being received well, we thought we were onto something, that it was really cool. We took it to E3 and showed it and everyone just picked up on it. Everyone was just trying to find that perfect fireteam combination. It’s been really fun to see the different combinations people gravitate to in certain maps, so we’ll go back, take that feedback, get that telemetry from our testers and say, ‘OK, we’ve got to balance this.’ Especially when you’re talking about 72 different operators, we’ve got to balance it so that at the end of the day it comes down to player skill, and teamwork, and co-operative play, and not something that we missed as far as balance was concerned. At E3, Demolition-Spec Ops was a really popular combination, because you had the tank tanking and the Spec Ops guy identifying bad guys.

One of the Spec Ops perks is being able to see enemies through walls. That created a bit of as stink, as some were of the opinion that it was legalised wall-hacking.

Again, it’s a balance. With the fireteam stuff, you can see your fireteam buddy, and with revenge you can see a red outline as well. It’s a balance. But guess what? That Spec Ops guy can’t do a lot of the things a heavy gunner can do, and he can’t call in certain aircraft and airstrikes as others can do, and his weapons systems are a little different from the sniper. It’s a balance. And it’s not all the time. You can’t just run around the game looking through walls. Just like with Demolition, you can’t run around the map the whole time with your mask down. It’s a momentary thing you get for doing well, and you can use it and it’ll need to replenish.

People are loving it. I think a lot of the stink online came from people who haven’t played it yet. They just look and go, “It’s a legal wall-hack.” But they haven’t played it or experienced it. I’d encourage people to try it out and give it a shot before passing judgement.

Finally, then, you have the Battlefield 4 beta bundled with Medal of Honor.

Yeah.

What kind of boost do you expect that to give to your sales?

We’ve always had a very close partnership with our colleagues at DICE. In the last Medal of Honor in 2010 we gave away the Battlefield 3 beta, and now with Battlelog and the meta-game and everything we’re doing on the social network system, these two franchises are sister franchises. Actually, I’ll say big brother and little brother [laughs]. We work very closely together and share a fanbase, and I think for the Battlefield 3 players, they’re already combat-trained to play Warfighter. When they come over, when we launch, it’s going to feel familiar because of Frostbite 2 and Battlelog, and it’s just going to be a nice change for them.

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8 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    ‘You know, I’ve seen the Rambo knife; I’ve seen the Indiana Jones themed bullwhip that they sell at Disneyland’…

    He does know these are fictional characters doesn’t he?

    The Tomahawk coupled with the Bin Laden mission, are some of the biggest examples of attention grabbing in recent gaming news.

    What a joke. I know it must be hard to go up against COD, but this is getting stupid.

    To say:

    ‘The unfortunate thing is that 100% of the sales of those things were going to go to charity. That’s the unfortunate thing. It would have been a significant amount of money for charity’,

    is insulting too. Have they got a warehouse of these things sitting there? I doubt it.

    It was a stupid idea in the first place, unless they have a huge amount of stock sitting there, why not create another promotional edition?

    At the board meeting, are we seriously suggesting no one else had any other idea’s of what to include in the special edition package.

    Even an idiot would know this would never pass release…

    What a crock of shit, it was just a bullshit publicity stunt, and to attach there worries about a charities lost is extremly bad taste. It was an insane move by there marketing team at best, at worst a publicity stunt.

    Lets face it, the games storyline will be about as deep any other ooh rah shooter.

    Trying to dress it up any further and make excuses just makes you look even more like an attention whore.

    I also like how one of the tags under the article links to another where EA are complaining that controvasy affected review scores in MOH last year…

    Way to learn your lesson dick bags! :)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s interesting that they seem to find it necessary to have a PR guy keeping them in check in their interviews…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    @1 I think you’ve not quite heard it the way I’m going to drop it on you, you make me sick.

    @Pat Great interview Pat, hats off.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    pew pew by any other name. Lots of talk, not enough evidence shown that there’s more beyond that.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    @3

    That sentence made about as much sense as your username…

    What do you even mean?!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. zinc

    The thing is, EA could have left out the topical setting, the ‘Hunt Obama’ media bait and STILL had a authentic, solid shooter.

    The Tomahawk could have just as easily been a pin-badge, or a pair of sunglasses, but no, they wanted something with a bit of macho impact.

    From the way they are handling the PR of this game, I can imagine how godawful the soap opera family problems angle of this game will be.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    @6

    Exactly, a pair of nice aviators, pin badge, whatever would still of worked.

    In fact, I’d rather have some nice sunglasses…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. mreko3230

    Idk, “Controversy” seems like a pretty strong word. Other than little mumblings here and there; it doesn’t seem like the Osama and tomahawk thing is getting a lot of play. Hell- the story is one of the lowest commented on vg247 right now. BTW- I’ll be more than happy to take a tomahawk- fuck sunglasses.

    #8 3 years ago

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  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]