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Metacritic refuse to remove factually inaccurate review even after GameSpot admits mistake

Thursday, 15 November 2012 09:41 GMT By Nick Akerman

Metacritic’s policy to accept a publication’s first review is coming back round to haunt Natural Selection 2. GameSpot reviews editor Kevin VanOrd recently banished the site’s original article due to a number of factual errors and silly mistakes. Unfortunately, Metacritic is refusing to replace the old score with GameSpot’s replacement verdict.

VanOrd removed the piece from freelancer Eric Neigher, issued an apology, and asked UK-based writer Ashton Raze to provide a second review.

While GS dealt with the situation accordingly, Metacritic is refusing to acknowledge the new score. The original 6/10 still stands even though Raze justified an 8/10 in the re-review.

Metacritic explained the situation.

“Yes, the critics we track know – and I spoke to the GameSpot team about this this week – that we only accept the first review and first score published for a given game,” MC head Marc Doyle told Kotaku.

“I’m explicit about this policy with every new publication we agree to track. It’s a critic-protection measure, instituted in 2003 after I found that many publications had been pressured to raise review scores (or de-publish reviews) to satisfy outside influences. Our policy acted as a disincentive for these outside forces to apply that type of inappropriate pressure.”

Although it is difficult to criticise Metacritic in this situation, Natural Selection 2 doesn’t appear to be getting a fair crack of the whip. GameSpot indicated the original review had many flaws, surely the second critique needs to be considered? In this day and age, we should never underestimate the power of a Metacritic score.

It appears Eric Neigher’s reviews have caused controversy before. Uber Entertainment questioned whether or not he had actually played Monday Night Combat after his review went live.

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28 Comments

  1. hives

    Gamespot… Someone actually reads their reviews?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    Was that ‘mistake’ not taking into account advertising revenue?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The Auracle

    Surely, a special exception can be made in light of what’s happened? This is why I believe things like this must be taken on a case-by-case basis. No, we don’t want publishers to pressure critics into revising their scores but we also don’t want a game critics thought was decent to get a poor review score.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Mike W

    Why did gamespot publish the review in the first place? This is just another reason why reviews can’t be trusted. I don’t even pay attention to the Metacritic, but they are right in this particular situation.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KAP

    @3

    No, I think Metacritic should stick to there guns, Its not there fault that someone in GS can’t do the job they get paid to do.
    GS should be ashamed of themselfs, from a 6 to an 8then beg for everyone to forget there mistake. GTFO.

    This fiasco just continually proves that review scores are done for. You cant simple judge a game with something as simple as a number.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. unacomn

    Eric Neigher is a horrible reviewer, I’ve seen his articles about A Vampyre Story on 1Up and Gas Guzzlers on Gamespot, they have little to no relation to reality. People, please, stop publishing this guy’s content.
    Unless you want traffic from the inevitable community backlash.

    For reference of more horrible reviews:
    http://uk.gamespot.com/gas-guzzlers-combat-carnage/reviews/gas-guzzlers-combat-carnage-review-6378980/
    http://www.1up.com/reviews/a-vampyre-story

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Does anyone have a link to the original review or a rundown of problems with it?

    Also, based on MetaCritic head’s reply about this situation, I think they should stick to their rule. An innocent and probably decent game will be hurt but what he says about “critic-protection measure” and that he “found many publications had been pressured to raise review scores (or de-publish reviews) to satisfy outside influences.” means this is an important rule.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Old MacDonald

    I think it’s a sensible rule that they should stick to. It sucks for Natural Selection 2, but hopefully it’ll be a lesson to GameSpot and others.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    If an individual reviewer can be shown to be consistently negligent, incompetent and lazy in their reviews, then absolutely they should be stricken from the record. There is no excuse for giving a bad review based on factual errors.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    This is the same metacritic that put down from their site for a few hours the destructoid review of deadly premonition becuase they gave it a ten out of ten, talking about double standars, while i believe they dont need to change the original score given by gamespot, i also do believe they should not have double standars as well, the same rule applied to everybody or dont do it at all, i prefer if they scratch that rule, instead of its “random” application.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. hyperbaric

    Gamespot should just treat their reviews as if they were print-magazine reviews, which means no turning back after publishing. They should also act like professionals instead of trying to force Metacritic to break rules that they agreed upon. It’s their mistake after all.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Fin

    Yep I think it’s fair enough not removing it. Gamespot made a mistake, they shouldn’t be able to just wash over it.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. freedoms_stain

    @12, Gamespot’s mistake should have a lasting impact on a 3rd party product?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    To be fair, a reviews impact on a product has absolutely nothing to do with whether it should be printed or not. Even if a million children of developers go hungry, I’d still rather have an honest review.

    Which I guess becomes a real problem with this guy. Ultimately it’s the editors call, but in that regard it’s troubling that none of these editors have actually caught him before this. Surely there would’ve been flags raised by readers, and apparently developers as well.

    Kinda shocking that you can get paid for that sort of thing.

    Metacritic are just obviously inept though, but then they always have been. Their method is so broken they misinform people, even when the reviews haven’t been tampered with.

    I understand critic protection measures, whenever someone posts a negative review of anything halfway hyped or popular, they get slammed by thousands of fanboys – but refusing to take a stand on deliberate misinformation is just a total lack of respect for the medium itself.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. TheWulf

    @13

    Sadly people forget that there are innocent parties involved in this whilst engaging in their GameSpot hate fetish. I’m not a GameSpot fan, either, but this should be rectified. Not for the sake of them, but for the sake of Natural Selection 2. I can recall many instances in the past where an outright BS review has almost harmed a game.

    Anyone remember the New Veags review over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun? And they didn’t even pull that, despite the fact that half of it was made up, and the reviewer even doctored screenshots to make the game look bad. All because controversy generates clicks and advertisement views for a site. Which is indeed why it was done.

    There needs to be accountability in this medium’s journalism, just as there is with film. That there isn’t is, quite frankly, worrying. It means that a journalist can say whatever controversial things they like in order to drive up views of their review. Since in some cases, how much they get paid is based upon views rather than quality.

    RPS wasn’t held accountable for the horrible and purposefully fallacious New Vegas review they printed, that’s still there. And apparently now this will happen. It’s not fair to smaller games developers when this can actually happen. It’s bullshit, frankly. GameSpot should be held accountable, but for the sake of the developer hurt by this, the problem should be fixed.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Mordecai Walfish

    Just let Gamespot go the way of the dodo, folks.

    Don’t click their links. Pay no mind to their reviews.

    Simple as that.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    “GameSpot indicated the original review had many flaws,”
    But..It got published anyway. editorialprocesslol

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @16 Sorry to disappoint you, but GameSpot is still one of the largest gaming entities on the planet as far as actual traffic goes. It’s not going to “go the way of the dodo”.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. GrimRita

    @15 You’re forgetting the whole Kane/Lynch/Eidos/$$$ affair when the then Editor gave Kane & Lynch a shit review score, Eidos demanded that it be re-reviewed or they pull their advertising.

    Editor lost his job over it for erm, doing his job but because its all about the dollar, no one cared. Either way, you have to be a total idiot to believe any reviews on Gamespot,IGN,Eurogamer etc etc because either way, advertising revenue pushes up the review scores a couple notches.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dave Cook

    “Either way, you have to be a total idiot to believe any reviews on Gamespot,IGN,Eurogamer etc etc because either way, advertising revenue pushes up the review scores a couple notches.”

    Absolutely incorrect in the grand scheme of things. Again, we’re not all corrupt individuals who give scores for cash. In six years-plus of doing this job I’ve never personally known it to happen and I know many writers from all of the sites you’ve name dropped and more. They’re honest hard working and gamers just like you and I.

    This hatred journalists get from gamers often saddens me to the point where I used to consider quitting this line of work. It’s just nasty sometimes.

    But that said I’m not blind to the fact that it has and probably will happen again and those unsavoury folk need to be punished accordingly. Cash for scores is simply unacceptable.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. uomoartificiale

    @20 I feel you Dave on this one, but maybe the issue is a littl emore subtle.
    I reckon there were two trends in reviews during this generation:

    1) games that look like a stinker, they get average previews, then they get 7.5-8.5 reviews. A couple of months down the line we all agree the game wasn’t that great. RE5, Skyward Sword, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2. I predict Assassin’s Creed 3 will fall into this category.

    2) Games that were previewed like they were golden. Then the review, fashionably late revealed being total garbage. Resident Evil 6, for example.

    Either way, from the point of view of a person that reads review to inform their buying decisions, that looks like a total failure for the reviewing community. Hence the hate and suspicions of bought review scores.
    My opinion is that human foreseeing is very limited, and reviews are written before the masses get to form their opinions. It’s very tricky, I can see that. Therefore the need to build a unclimbable wall between reviewers and PR, as difficult it may be, is so important.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Fin

    @20

    Jesus christ yes.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. GrimRita

    @20 That might be the case and was the case with the former Editor @gamespot who lost his job over it all. It just proves how bad things have become.

    Large publishers cant afford to have a stinker so they always will/do bargain to get better review scores. I’ve seen it done where I used to work.

    Not every game deserves a 9 or 10. PCG amongst others rocked on about Shogun 2 and how great it looked blah blah blah, in exchange for handy advertising space on their site but yet failed to mention that the game wouldn’t ship without DX11 support – for almost SIX months after launch.

    This shady business practice needs looking at by all those involved. If publishers cant handle an average review score – then release a better product instead of trying to buy success.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. zinc

    @Dave Cook, Here is a pat on the back mate. I’ll leave it here for you if ever you need a pick me up.

    Your a good writer & I’m sure i’m not the only VG247 reader who appreciates the professionalism of the VG247 staff.

    I’ll stop now before this gets all awkward & weird :-)

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    @23 99.9% of reviews written are not scored based on adverts, PR hospitality or bribes.

    It is impossible to convince sceptics of this fact. All I can give you is my word on this.

    But we both know that wont change your mind either ;)

    It’s natural people don’t trust us. We are the gatekeepers of your gaming information after all. Authority is naturally distrusted, alas game critics are distrusted apace.

    And that just saddens me. Because I and almost ever game critic I know is just a fan of the hobby, just like you.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. uomoartificiale

    @23 Dave, you don’t have to convince anyone of this fact. Actually you can’t convince anyone with your words alone. You can’t vouch for the whole gaming critics and nobody asks you too.

    If people are here writing comments is because they somehow trust this site and your integrity as news site. Gaming journalism had been in some trouble lately and for a reason tough. People are disenchanted and I think they are totally right. If you as a professionals don’t implement some deontological, procedural, rules to detach from the source of the money and economical pressure, nothing you can say would change anybody’s mind.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dave Cook

    @26 yeah agreed. All I can do is give my word on the matter and stick to our new rules. I went to a game event today with our own money, bought my own lunch and dinner although I was offered food and turned down a free tshirt. I hope this sort of thing will go some way to keep the faith of our readership :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. uomoartificiale

    @27 hats’ off. That’s exactly what I was talking about. I just noticed today that at the bottom of the first Eurogamer’s WiiU reviews appeared this:

    This game was played for review at Nintendo’s UK offices before we received our own Wii U. No other press were present, we received no hospitality and we covered our own expenses.

    that’s the way to go. I can only image the awkward moment when you responded “nope, not hungry” and then secretly ate your own pack of crackers in the bathroom… :D

    #28 2 years ago

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  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]