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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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    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • 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, […]