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Zombies in games: is it time to kill them off?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:44 GMT By Dave Cook

Zombies, zombies everywhere. You can’t stop them, you can’t hide from them, and they aren’t going away any time soon. Dave Cook’s bored of the outbreak.

Monday mornings are ace because they mark the start of another week of news, full of new things to write about and shifts in the industry to keep an eye on. It’s exciting, and I was particularly looking forward to the announcement of new Sleeping Dogs story DLC.

The announcement came out of New York Comic-Con, and as it happens, the ‘Nightmare in North Point’ DLC is a zombie expansion. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I really enjoyed Sleeping Dogs a lot, and I sunk mad time into it, but more zombies? I’m not so sure about that.

Do we need more of the brain-chompers glutting up our screens? Is this one zombie too far? The DLC will probably be a lot of fun, and hey, I like fun as much as the next person, but isn’t it time that the industry found another trend to bleed dry?

“They’re combo fuel, letting players rack up silly kill counts with minimal effort for our amusement. That’s also why they aren’t scary any more.”

Back in the day zombies were something to be feared. They were shuffling, unfeeling, emotionless husks that couldn’t be reasoned with, and don’t forget that they were once people too.

The original Resident Evil gave its zombies a modicum of humanity through hidden journals written by victims, tomes that would become more incoherent as the days wore on, charting their descend into the zombie fraternity. That was kind of creepy back then, and lent the horde some narrative weight.

Now they are just easily defeated, faceless fodder for whatever weapon your character happens to be wielding. They’re combo fuel, letting players rack up silly kill counts with minimal effort for our amusement. That’s also why they aren’t scary any more.

Anyone remember when this used to be scary?

Resident Evil 5 tilted the genre on a downward slope by ramping up the guns and ammo count – as well as Chris’s forearms, which he uses to punch a boulder at one point – and that really started to take the edge off the zombie menace.

Why fear what you can easily vaporise with some well-aimed buckshot? Zombies have lost their teeth by being over-used and being turned into a comedy side-show in bonus modes and other brainless exercises.

But take something like DayZ instead, and you can actually see where the line is drawn between survival horror and the great fad that is zombie culture. I’m not saying we should kill off zombies entirely, but personally, I’m dead, dead bored of them when they’re just fodder waiting to be killed, rather than a deadly force out for your hide.

In that culture, zombies used to be your friends, your neighbours, or even loved ones, so it’s kind of jarring to see a brash hero cutting through hordes of them with a nod and a wink, sexual innuendo, and little in the way of thought for what they’re doing.

”The days of the dead will probably recede over time and new fads will surely rise, so long as it’s not vampires, pirates, robots or ninjas, I’ll be happy.”

Another great example of zombie themes working well in games is Half-Life 2′s Ravenholm. Sure, the head-crabbed populace of the dilapidated town aren’t zombies, but that whole section of the game has most definitely been inspired by zombie fiction and culture.

The whole population has been wiped out save for Father Grigori, and it really gets you wondering what the hell happened that things could become so bad. The shuffling head-crab victims aren’t easily defeated, they are used sparingly in parts and are more disturbing for the experience.

But today there are countless zombie modes in games, and a slew of games focused purely on the undead menace. It just smacks of a lazy attempt to ride a trend, but when zombie culture is presented well – as in, a proper survival experience – then I think the genre starts to become interesting.

The days of the dead will probably recede over time and new fads will surely rise, so long as it’s not vampires, pirates, robots or ninjas, I’ll be happy. Oh sod it, it’s probably going to be one of those things isn’t it?

Sigh.

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29 Comments

  1. Nath_gamer

    Are you kidding me? We need a shit load more Zombie games, Name more than 2 First Person Zombie games on the PS3 and I’ll give you a shirt that says “I was Right, and he was wrong” I have a total of about 4 zombie games and I can’t seem to satisfy my need to hack/slash/bash/drill and shoot the living dead out of them.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @2 what do FPS zombie games on PS3 have to do with the wider genre? There are way too many zombie games out there – in my opinion of course – as this is just an opinion blog that I hope will spark some friendly debate among the VG247-ites :)

    I’m saying that I prefer zombies when they force you to survive, not when they’re just some lazy fodder there just because they make money. Left 4 Dead is a good example where you feel outnumbered and forced to flee, Walking Dead is full of ace survival themes, DayZ is pure survival.

    I just think its now all too easy for developers to justify making a zombie game or DLC to make a fast buck. That’s uninspiring to me.

    Just my thoughts though, I’m keen to see what everyone else thinks.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ItsFade

    Not until I get a good open world zombie game akin to GTA. I feel that there haven’t been an ultimate zombie genre game yet. Just a lot of first person shooters mostly and an occasionaly decent third person one (Dead Rising, RDR: Undead Nightmare etc).

    Sure there is Day-Z but that is online only and it has perma-death but it’s also a glitchy as hell and super clunky on the Arma engine. Where’s my open world single-player zombie games at.

    I’m talking full fledged game not some half assed DLC. Open world with vehicles, scavanging, a conversation system similar to Mass Effect, shooting zombies in the face, small settlements around the world and classic shuffling zombies (not headcrabs, not special infected, not running zombies just slow moving dumb as a stick zombies) with the survivor aspect from the Walking Dead comic (that it’s the other survivors you should fear, not the zombies). Now this is a game I want to see, until that time, keep bringing on the zombies.

    The upcoming Class3 is probably what looks like it’s going to come closest to that but we’ll see.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Giskard

    Dave, you better not play the new Borderlands DLC. It has pirates, robots AND ninjas!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 I reviewed it for VG247 :) see the front page.

    @3 yes! Now that I like, an actual survival experience, not some slapdash, fast buck DLC. You should pitch that to someone.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    There are too many military shooters, too many alien games, too many sports games, too many racing games, the ‘too many’ argument could apply to any popular genre. Frankly, I think we need a boom to the survival horror genre, not exclusively zombies but the only popular horror games I can think about are aliens or mutants, no zombies. Frankly, I want dinosaurs! Can’t think of a good dinosaur game since the first 2 Dino Crisis games in the PS1 era & Capcom seems reluctant to bring the series back after the god awful second sequel so I hope someone is working on a true dino survival game.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    @Dave: I think you’ve touched on a bigger issue here where game publishers see games like Biohazard 4, Walking Dead, Dead Space, Left 4 Dead and they say “they’re all good, and what do they have in common? ZOMBIES! Conclusion: Zombies sell!”

    They don’t look at why those games were so good. Not because they had zombies, but because they were atmospheric and exciting, made you think and make important meaningful decisions, had compelling atmosphere, story and gameplay and because they were an interesting twist on the zombie apocalypse thing with multiplayer at their heart.

    I generally agree with ya Dave, we definitely have too many zombies being thrown cheaply into games just for the hell of it. But, I don’t think we need less zombie games. I think we need less cynical zombie games, where the zombies are thrown into a game like so much sugar or MSG.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    Sorry, I didn’t really explain that well. I wanted to say that the bigger issue is marketing types deciding what ingredients will make a good game and then commissioning it, rather than nurturing great devs with vision and an understanding of what makes/made their games fun.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Digital Bamboo

    Zombies, in general, are getting pretty out of hand in terms of their popularity. Games are just another form of media riding the wave of liquified flesh.

    +1 for more dinosaur games.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @8 no, no dude it was a good post, I got it :)

    Yeah, less cynicism and more survival is what I want. The industry has a chance to really deliver some ace zombie fiction – image World War Z as a game for example!

    I just want to see developers stop jumping on trends on the hoof, and do more with the possibilities.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Telepathic.Geometry

    Oh good. Recently I feel like my English is turning to shit, it’s been so long since I’ve spoken to a native speaker.

    I wonder if the rating’s board is a factor. Killing people? M rated. Change the skin and blood colour palette to mauve and green – bingo! You brought your rating down, vastly increased your potential user base, and gave a good explanation for why the enemies AI is so bad.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GwynbleiddiuM

    I believe Zombie games can continue to exist, the thing is we have a lot of zombie games very few of them are fun to play. Up until DayZ no one really thought of a zombie game that had a really good concept. Individual survivors that were trying to survive in harsh and unforgiving world, they could either band together or kill each other off for goods. Reminded me a lot of “The Road”, although the road had no zombies, it was about a man desperately trying to protect his son. I think that grim and bleak aspect was never explored in any games. Maybe a bit in Silent Hill (Original) and The Walking Game adventure game (as far as I know).

    IMO the horror genre needs to reinvent itself, something more than shooting zombies or paranormal beings. Something that really depends on what kind of a character you’re going be and what kind of character people around you are going to be. Something with this concept of live together die alone.

    Zombies or not, most games are following a very tired recipe, in some you shoot hordes of zombies, in some you shoot swarm of armed soldiers, in some locusts in some extraterrestrial, but non of them are that different from one another.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    There are more generic fantasy games than there are zombie ones. Should we stop generic fantasy?

    Gotta say, I love that VG247 is allowing the editorial to become more opinion-based, but my god do I disagree with Dave on SO many areas.

    Almost every article makes me wince. Keep it coming ;)

    #13 3 years ago
  14. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave Cook: I signed just to reply to this post since you are talking with other people :D

    anyway this “The days of the dead will probably recede over time and new fads will surely rise, so long as it’s not vampires, pirates, robots or ninjas, I’ll be happy. Oh sod it, it’s probably going to be one of those things isn’t it?”

    Vampires ?!, really ?!, I love vampires, tell me the last time you played a really good vampire game, and Vampire Rain doesn’t count, I want some good old vampire games, did you try out Legacy of Kain series ?!, that franchise is simply amazing, did you play Vampire The Masquerade Redemption ?!, it was over the top and awesome game.

    I loved those days where I could have a vampire game that I play and enjoy, I was so happy in 2007 ((or 2009 can’t remember))when Harker was announced, it was like my dream vampire game, but it is either cancelled or in limbo, so sad and frustrating, it was just recently that Castlevania Lords of Shadow came out, but still way too few vampire games.

    I want some of those old awesome vampires, not the sissy vampires we see in Twilight or True Blood.

    Same goes for Ninjas, come on be honest, don’t you miss Tenchu ?!, I can’t find any ninja game like Tenchu nowadays, really stealth, challenging, and more or less realistic.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    I want an expose into ramming awful RPG Mechanics into genres in which they do not belong.

    Or generic military FPS.

    Or Colour filtration and over saturation.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    Amidst the sea of Left for Bored and Bored Rising, Deadlight was the Fez of zombie games.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Dave Cook

    @6 except it ran out of ideas about half way through. The opening half was, however, awesome.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @14 yeah I really miss Tenchu, but I can’t see them bringing it back any time soon. Man, I really, really like those games.

    Vampires could be coming back if rumours of Crystal Dynamic’s Soul Reaver reboot are anything to go by :)

    Thanks for signing up, hope to see more comments from you later.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @13 hehe :P At least it’s healthy disagreement and debate, not because I’m writing stuff that sounds like the by-product of a foaming at the mouth fan boy, that shit just doesn’t fly with me :)

    Cheers for reading again.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave Cook: you know regarding zombies, I wish Capcom would test the water of hardcore players, just re-release Resident Evil Remake on PS3/X360/PC, and see how it fairs, being the best in RE franchise according to alot of people, I am pretty sure Millions would buy it in a heart beat, including me who didn’t have the chance to play it back in the day.

    I heard about Crystal Dynamic’s Reboot, not going to lie, I am excited but worried, Defiance ended in a cliffhanger, I was hoping to see a finale title before the reboot, cause really I spent alot of years playing LoK, but if that will never happen, then I will sadly settle for a reboot.

    and hey thanks for replying, I will hang around in the comments more, I love discussing stuff and debating, and you are doing a great job responding to alot of guys/gals, so salute to you ;)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @20 thanks, loving the feedback :)

    Yeah it would be nice to see them actually resolving the plot from Defiance. But I don’t know whose responsibility that is these days.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. deathm00n

    My hope for a good survival zombie game is in The War Z, it’s like DayZ but it actually looks like a world where Zombie Apocalypse happened, everything is abandoned, and etc…

    I agree with the ones who say we need a great survival game, not these cheap things we have. Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead for me killed the idea of horror zombies. They are fun? Yes! For the first 2 hours then it gets boring.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. YoungZer0

    I’m just gonna copy what i wrote in the last newscast:

    I can’t stand Zombies in videogames anymore. It’s just so boring. Zombies are the new Nazis, the new Terrorists. It’s shit.

    The only game that gets a pass is The Walking Dead.

    I think it’s funny how the market is flooded with Zombie games and yet none of them seem to get it right. Killing Zombies shouldn’t be the main selling point about these games.

    A mix between Dead Island, GTA IV, The Walking Dead and XCOM would be nice. With a lot of attention to the story and the characters, so you might actually care about what’s happening. Where your decisions have a huge impact on peoples lives. For example: save the asshole so he can help you protect the camp, or help the nice kid, but don’t get any benefits. You also would have to look out for resources, food, fuel, etc.

    Man, that would be awesome. But it seems no developer really sits down and decides to make ZOMBIE game. It’s always some kind of addon, never really fleshed out, always there to be kind of funny.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. zinc

    It’s not just Zombies that have been throughly sanitized, all our monsters have been made user friendly.

    From Buffy, through Tru Blood & ending in Twilight, Vampires now sparkle & Werewolves are grumpy, till you rub their belly.

    And that’s the real problem.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    Well for me this generation zombies were handled in a good way, i mean with a great approach in the scary department which is the tradional archetype of the zombies per se, and also in multiple types of genres like in left for dead, deadlight, the walkind dead, condemned (more or less) etc, i think because resident evil right now is more action oriented than anything else, and because of that they change the original archetype of the zombies, we shouldnt said zombies need to rest on games, i mean if they are handled in a good way, and with different approachs in gaming genres, i dont have any qualms having them on an X number of games, i say keep bringing on, although i grant an open world survival zombie game will be great IMHO.
    p.s lets hope the last of us game will use the zombies in a good way, i think they wont let people down.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. deathm00n

    @25 Well, so far in The Last of Us they did something that differs from the rest, they changed zombies to somekind of Fungus Men, this caught my attention, it’s like they said : “We are going to do a zombie survival game, but people should look at it differently, they are not zombies”. It’s a good thing to do, what we have too much is the “virus zombie”, I would like to see more of this creativity to explain why people became mindless.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    If they look like zombies and act like zombies then it doesn’t matter what they are called, for all intents and purposes they are zombies.

    The zombie fad outstayed it’s welcome years ago. Long dev cycles mean that a lot of games missed the boat but still need to be released.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Nath_gamer

    The Last of Us will be the first actually GOOD proper zombie game, I think that if developers want zombies to be in their game I say why not, if you think they are over used then you don’t buy the DLC or the whole game, but they shouldn’t stop adding in zombies because of the simple fact that they are overused, they are used as much as they are because they are a good thing.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Gheritt White

    Hey, it’s not actually zombies in the Nightmare in North Point DLC pack for Sleeping Dogs, just so you know – it’s Jiang-Shi and Yaoguai; two traditional Chinese demons/monsters of folklore that bear only a surface-level similarity to the vampires and zombies found in Western mythology.

    #29 3 years ago

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  • GTA 5 PC mods: falling whales, North Yankton unlocked and a cat rampage

    So how are those GTA 5 PC mods coming along? Quite nicely if we take a look at a batch of new mods for the game. It seems the community is having a fair bit of fun accessing restricted content and messing around with the local wildlife. Let’s start with a look at what happens […]

  • Manhunt is the best GTA 5 movie you’ll see today

    Created using the Rockstar Editor from GTA 5 on PC, this movie by AbsolutePab is pretty effin’ delicious. The three minute Manhunt action movie was created by the same guy behind this short inspired by The Purge and The Graffiti of Los Santos documentary. You should subscribe to AbsolutePab on YouTube. You really should.

  • Halo 5 Guardians getting limited edition Xbox One console

    Thinking of buying a new Xbox One? You might want to wait until October 27. Because Microsoft is planning to release a limited edition console alongside the game, as confirmed by 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes. @juliocurt There is a limited edition console coming, yes. It hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s pretty sweet. […]

  • Silent Hills is officially dead

    Konami’s collaboration with Del Toro is over, playable demo to disappear on Wednesday. Update 2: Konami has published a statement earlier confirming that it’s no longer working on Silent Hills. “Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies will be “totally unique, mind-blowing”

    Welcome back Treyarch’s “own unique brand of mind-fuckery” to Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch has said Zombies mode in this year’s game will be completely different to the campaign and multiplayer games. Speaking at a briefing last week, studio head Mark Lamia said players should expect something entirely different. […]

  • Meet the specialist classes of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer

    Hands-on impressions of four new classes and their special abilities shaking up Call of Duty multiplayer. What’s exciting about this year’s Call of Duty is that we were able to get hands on with three different multiplayer maps and four of the new classes this early in development. Although the number of maps is still […]

  • Here’s the PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

    The PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 have been confirmed well ahead of the game’s November 6 release. Releasing the specs over six months before the game is due highlights how far along the game is in development. The specs are designed with low end and high end builds in mind. Get […]

  • Open beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ahead of Nov 6 release date

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will offer an open beta to every player who pre-orders the game. The open beta is for the three supported formats – PC, Xbox One and PS4 – there is no version of Black Ops 3 for PS3 or Xbox 360. Solid details for the beta are yet to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 brings back 4-player co-op campaign

    This year’s Call of Duty campaign is designed specifically for four players to experience together. Let’s get boots on the ground, soldier. Don’t call it an Exo skeleton. Call it the Direct Neural Interface. Okay, it’s a little less catchy, but the DNI biotechnology in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feel familiar to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – watch the first official trailer here

    Here’s the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, due for release on November 6. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the open beta. The game will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read hands-on impressions of the multiplayer here, check out early info on […]

  • Dota 2 International Compendium out next week, three annual championships added

    Valve has announced its adding three, yearly Dota 2 championships to its eSports roster along with the new that a new International Compendium will launch next week alongside a balance update for MOBA. The firm said it was adding three extra championships to the schedule as it recognized there was “room for improvement” on a […]

  • Dungeons 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux – watch the launch trailer

    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • 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 […]