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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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  4. Giskard

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

    #4 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  16. Da Man

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

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dave Cook

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

    #17 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

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  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    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 […]