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Resident Evil 6 director explains why ‘mass-market appeal’ was necessary

Wednesday, 3 October 2012 09:42 GMT By Dave Cook

Resident Evil 6 has released worldwide to a mixed critical reaction. Some love it, others detest it. It was always going to be tricky for Capcom, but director Hiroyuki Kobayashi explains why his team moved towards action instead of back to the series’ horror roots.

First, check out our Resident Evil 6 review round-up to get an idea of what people have been saying about the game.

Speaking with 1UP, Kobayashi explained, “With Resident Evil, we’re trying to be as inclusive as possible. We’re trying to reach as many people as possible.”

“That makes it hard to maintain a horror feel to it when you’re trying to be inclusive. It is a challenge. I’m not afraid to admit that. We’re trying to see what kind of action we can include in the game and still maintain the horror sensibilities. Trying to blend those together is not an easy thing to do.”

“I believe you can do it,” producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi chipped in, “ You can make a horror game with mass appeal. But you’re looking at a sort of Venn diagram of people who really like horror and people who really like video games or Resident Evil.”

“Where that comes together… I think you can create a really great form of horror entertainment, but if this were the quintessential horror entertainment, it might not have mass appeal. It’ll have very niche appeal, unfortunately.”

“We’re making games and we need to have mass-market appeal in order to survive. How far do we go into horror before we lose the support of the average player? How far are we going to lessen the horror elements at the risk of losing core fans, including Resident Evil fans?”

“The challenge is trying to push it as close to the edge either way, so that we can satisfy both groups of people. I think we can do it, I really do like horror. I’m fine with pushing it up to 11 in terms of horror. But maybe that’s not what we can do and still be saleable.”

“For instance, if you have multiple scary stages, just one right after another, and you give that to a Resident Evil fan, they’ll be happy with it at first. But they’ll get inured to it after a while. It won’t be scary for them anymore. I think they would lose interest at that point.”

“It’s the same with casual players. They play this and it’s just too scary and they don’t want to keep going. It’s too much. It overwhelms them. In order to make and experience something that these two groups find enjoyable, you have to take a step back from that.”

“You can’t just bombard them with these horror elements. You have to mix in some stages that are more entertaining and fun than pure horror.”

Thanks MCV.

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30 Comments

  1. Takeshi

    Because they wanted to make more money is what I read.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    So Resident Evil 1-3 sold really shit?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Fin

    @1

    Because they don’t want to go out of business is what I read.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. KrazyKraut

    #2 Yes, really shit. All RE veterans I ask always say that they hate RE 2 most and felt with RE 6 in love.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Unknown_Gamer

    I just hate this gaming Generation , SO MUCH !

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Judicas

    Wish the original resident evil devs (whoever they are) would leave Capcom and go to kickstarter. I’m 1000% sure if they put a horror game up and let us know they were the ones who made resident evil, i’d get funded even faster then project eternity :P If they want to make a action game that appeals to a big audience fine, but do it with a game that isn’t labeled resident evil. Idiots don’t seem to remember resident evil IS, sorry WAS, a horror game :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. sh4dow

    @3

    ANY company trying to rake in more and more dough argues that way. What they would love the most would be to convince the public that ALL the companies will go out of business if people don’t give ALL of the cash they earn each month to them. That’s what they’d love the most.
    And seeing how people eagerly gobble up the bullshit, whiny excuses, I’m confident it’ll happen some day.

    Meanwhile, in the real world, there are quite a few companies sticking to their guns and are quite successful with it. Sure, they may not reach as many people. Sure, their owners may only be able to afford just one Ferrari instead of 10. But “going out of business”? Give me a f-ing break!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    Mass appeal sucks yes, but you guys do know that companies run on money, not good intentions, rainbows or dreams?

    These are difficult times and companies, particularly those trying to tap into the West are finding it hard to adjust. It’s not ideal I know – and I for one cannot stand Resi 6 at the moment – but they’re not doigng this to purposely annoy people.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. KrazyKraut

    #8
    Yes, ofc you are right. I always see both sides: the company which employs hundreds or thousands of ppl and I see the gamer/Customer.

    But when even all ( you know the ppl who write their thoughts on the internet) say “Please Horror, please going back to the old times”, wtf is wrong with them?

    That doesn’t mean that they should do an old school bitmapped RE, but you know..the Chris Campaign plays like a third person action game in a war zone. Is that RE?? I am sure the majority will not buy RE7 until most ppl say its RE again. When you do something right, you will get the most profit of it. Its like with Dead Space 2. Ofc Part 3 will sell like shit, but DS2 disappointed many, so it will not sell the maximum it could.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. absolutezero

    What I miss the most about the previous actiony RE games in comparison with 6 is the flow of combat and the areas designed around that. There was a pace, no there was a rhythm to the running battles in both 4, 5 and Revelations.

    6 is so horribly cluttered, confusing and un-focused, theres a huge lack of enemies response to anything that you do, much like Borderlands 2 most of the enemies have been designed to be the most irritating rather then being fun to fight.

    I remember coming across the huge Elephant guards in the native village in RE5 for the first time. My co-op partner and I felt intimidated, shouting at one another, working out ways to take both of them down with dwindling ammo and a bunch of other enemies to take on at the sametime. It was great.

    Now with 6 you have things that suddenly break the rules that the game has set out for you and punishing you for it, theres no warning, no small cut-away, no change in behaviour or model before they start spitting acid, or being able to leap 20 feet through the air and kill you in one hit without a single thing you can do about it.

    Im dreading even giving the other campaigns a try because of how horrible the Leon one has been. The best way to take out the zombies without them being massive bullet sponges is to shoot them in the head. Shooting them in the head once puts every single last zombie into the same canned animation as their head jerks back and the stumble a bit. You then have to shoot them 2/3 more times in the head to take them down, multiply the enemies out by 4/5/6 at a time and it just becomes tiresome. The only other option is melee combat, which is stupid and half the time no longer connects because it no longer location based prompt driven.

    Its such a massive massive mess. This is not mass market, no one is going to love this game. Not RE fans, not new players, not even people that loved 4 and 5 over the previous titles.

    I can hope for now is that they give the director of Revelations alot of money and some head room and let him do something great.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. The_Red

    If Nintendo had the same mindset as this RE director, then we would have ended up with FPS Zelda and a brawler Mario.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Hunam

    To be honest, I think most of the hatred from fans come from the fact that there are plenty of third person shooters and action games out there but at one point, and this is true for me, is that we picked up games like dead space, resident evil, silent hill etc because we wanted something different, an alternative to the big explosions etc and now that has pretty much gone.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    I think you’re all mental. I’m having loads of fun with RE6, playing split screen.

    I liked RE5, never played 4, liked Code Veronica, didn’t play 3 but enjoyed 1 and 2.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    It seems to me that in the this current generation “Survival Horror” has become the samething as “Needlessly Punishing” which it never ever was.

    Traditional Survival Horror can be done on current hardware and in the current market, it just needs people to know it actually exists. Like Fatal Frame 4 never being released outside of Japan and Siren Blood Curse being thrown to the dogs by Sony.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Freek

    Mass apeal and action orientated design wasn’t the issue. It’s that they got it badely wrong.
    It’s fine to want to be like Gears of War. But they got the controls, shooting and overal pacing completly wrong. Making for a crappy game.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    I have no issue for RESI 6 being a Michael Bay movie Action game with a lot of “shoot that shit dawg” moments. The problem is that Resident Evil games are not good at this.

    Maybe Dead Space 2-3 sucks as a horror games, but shooting mechanics are way better than in Resident Evil games in This generation so in the end people enjoy shooting stuff there, exploring shiny vaults in some spaceship full of necromorphs and secrets.

    Mass Appeal or not, Resident Evil 6 is just a bad game. Period.

    and team developed Resident Evil 6 know shit how to make a horror game, shooter or mass appeal type of game. They Failed. Resident Evil brand is the only thing that can save studio’s ass, but nothing stays forever for so long. It’s Capcom’s fault. Capcom this generation is a “pile of stupid decisions”.

    In my opinion they made a mistake making Rsident Evil 6 for this generation. They could make it right Next Gen with decent concept team.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    So they churn out a clunky, slow, shooter, with some horrible mechanics… And say they did it for mass appeal?

    Lol, what’s even funnier is gamers are buying it. Nodding sagely and bemoaning selling out to the masses.

    It’s not a good game. Period.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Zohar

    I can see where he’s coming from, but this doesn’t excuse that RE6 is just a bad game. They don’t cradle any balance between horror/atmosphere. It’s a bad GOW clone with some novelty “horror” thrown into Leon’s campaign to serve as trailer footage for fans that still wanted to hold out hope.

    Resident Evil 4 balanced action with horror and atmosphere and had great characters and dialog to go along with it. It is one of the best playing and most perfectly paced games ever made. It’s one of the best games of all time.

    RE6 does nothing but chase the mainstream Michael Bay/Call of Duty/Uncharted money by turning each stage into huge explosive set-pieces of gameplay-cinematics that are designed to look better than they play. It has absolutely no merit as a Resident Evil game.

    If they wanted to make -this- game, remove the Resident Evil title, characters and settings and make something completely new. Not being hamstrung by the expectations of Resident Evil fans may have afforded them the freedom to make the shooting mechanics better.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @18: “Resident Evil 4 … and had great characters and dialog to go along with it.”

    What? What game have you been playing? The dialog is on the same level as DMC.

    “Does it sound good?”
    “Yeah, kind of, but in that context it doesn’t really make much sen-”
    “Let’s use it!”

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Zohar

    It’s campy and ridiculous but without -trying- to be campy and ridiculous (which just comes off as lame).

    “Your right hand comes off?”

    Shakespeare it isn’t, but that’s not really what I meant by “great”.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Clupula

    Resident Evil 4 is my second favorite game of all time. I haven’t picked up 6 yet, but I plan to play every campaign differently after playing the demo. Chris’ campaign is an absolute joke of a third person shooter, so I plan on playing that in co-op so my friend and I can rank on it the whole time. Leon’s, on the other hand, I’ll probably play solo.

    As for RE5, I think it was a shitty horror game, but a relatively fun action game.

    I will say, though, that the best survival horror game of this gen is Siren: Blood Curse, and it’s a shame that Sony didn’t give it the love it deserved. It’s probably the only pure survival horror game I’ve played this gen.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Da Man

    So from a mediocre Dawn of The Dead imitation to a mediocre action movie imitation.

    I don’t see a problem.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. TheBlackHole

    I love how many people who rag on this game for being terrible and saying its destined to fail have either gone out and BOUGHT it, making their point utterly redundant, or not played it at all and are basing their opinion on other people’s reviews.

    Either way, sad and funny.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Dave Cook

    @23 That’s not entirely fair man. People may have bought it initially for love of the franchise, then felt gutted when they realised it was rubbish. I think it’s been a hard one to read due to the wildly mixed reviews.

    I for one, am having a hard time trying to enjoy it. Compared to 4 it’s just weak.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. osric90

    Oh my God… Now I see why they’re making the games and not “true fans”… which seem to be stuck in the 90′s. That one and more obvious reasons.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. TheBlackHole

    @24 with all due respect, that’s not a very strong argument. MOST games are weak compared to RE4, regardless of genre (if its legacy is to be believed).

    No-one mentions that RE5 sold more than ANY other title in the franchise (including RE4), despite having lower reviews than any other of the core titles.

    A lot of people like the new action-focused direction, and this one will be no different I’m sure.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. lyca5259

    In my honest opinion, I think the developers need to assert what direction there heading. Yes, feedback it nice, but when the feedback is just some random person who thinks saying *this game is shit, nuff said* is helping anyone, then something isn’t right. People need to realize that it has been YEARS since the game was pure horror. And comparing new resident evil games to the old is ridiculous. The company needs to realize that no matter how a great a game is, if they don’t show confidence in their products, then the “fans” will just trample all over them. I can probably bet you that the people that give the unhelpful feedback are just people who jumped into the bandwagon merely because other people did too. Also, just because you claim to be a RE “veteran”(which sounds ridiculous) doesn’t make you any more important than the other people who buy the game. There is always a solution to problems like hating the game, and it is simply don’t buy it. Many seem unable to comprehend this, many as i said before probably don’t even buy the game, but merely watch a friggin video on youtube and claim it as shit. I’m not trying to say that fans are idiots are anything(at least not the one’s who give respectful criticism) but saying that “that’s not what Resident evil is about” tell me one thing, did you create the game? Also, are you aware that it is infact… a GAME? Many didn’t have a problem when chris was fighting the damn hulk in MVC3(is that what RE is about? Making a crossover to fight a giant raging hulk?), so why should a new direction be seen as precursor of bad things to come? I mean come on, be a little open to change. Okay, I’m done ranting. I don’t even know if what I said makes sence. I was just trying to prove a point, agree with me or don’t. Just don’t go “Shit game is shit”… which is also unhelpful.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. lyca5259

    “idiots or anything* I mean, wow, i just made myself look like an idiot, how ironic.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. cr4zyjay

    “We’re making games and we need to have mass-market appeal in order to survive. How far do we go into horror before we lose the support of the average player? How far are we going to lessen the horror elements at the risk of losing core fans, including Resident Evil fans?”

    Really? The game is a flop. The people who would go and buy a resi game are most likely going to be people who have played the original resi games from the 90s. How else do you think your own creation was so popular? It was because it was the most brutal and horrific game to play around. We all loved having the crap scared out of us.

    So you make the game for mass market appeal? Look what happened, you shunted out your resi fans and the mass market has not really cared or noticed your game. What’s different to this than FarCry or Uncharted? All you have done is thrown in zombies instead of mercenaries and made everything dark and dirty.

    Sorry but you people with this mass market idea are killing the gaming industry. These sort of things are NOT games, they are just interactive blockbusters. Something you pick up to play for 10 hours and then leave it gathering dust or sell it on at a video store or game store. I dont know about other people but due to the failures of resi 4, i did not buy resi 5 after what i read about it. i also am not going to buy resi 6 after reading this either.

    How many other resi fans like me have you caused to not buy your game? Isnt that money you wanted? Have you really made the money you need from the mass market idea you have? How many people actually have bought this game after reading that it is not scary at all, and not true to its roots? I dont believe the hype im afraid. I think no one really bought this game, not at least now after the news about it, and people who did get it are probably more disappointed than pleased.

    But sure, go ahead. Keep making resi games for the mass market appeal. I guarantee you, you`ll kill off the franchise faster than you can blink and you wont even be able to sell it for much because no developer in their right mind will buy it knowing its integrity has been lost due to capcoms failures. The racoon city game that came out before this was also pure trash. Do you not see the logic here?

    In a nutshell, if I a resi fan am not buying your game, does that not tell you something? Are you really going to sit there and still boast that you need to release mass market crap to survive? Did you make the projected sales and profits needed for this game at all? Break even at all? Doubt it.

    you used to own the survival horror genre completely. now dead space holds that crown. you could have at least got on the same level and given gamers who enjoy this genre dead space as an alternative to the 90s grandaddy of resident evil games. but now… i automatically think “dead space” if i wanted a survival horror game. i do not on any level think i need resi 4 5 or 6. dead space does all the things your game should be doing. dead space is so horrifically scary for me, that i cant even play it. i am proud to own it in a plastic case with the disc in my hand, but i cant last more than 10 mins before nearly shitting my pants – literally. at every moment i think i am fine something jumps out and i scream the house down. sometimes i have long stretches of no scares or short ones, they all vary and that keeps me on my toes because i have no clue as to what is coming up at all, at anytime. resi games should be just like that.

    you have failed me capcom, me and your fans.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Sini

    lol that producer actually thinks RE6 failed because it abandoned horror, and who the fuck actually scored that game high, yup gametrailers and ign, doritos and adds.

    #30 2 years ago

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  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]