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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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    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]