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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 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

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

    #2 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  13. freedoms_stain

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

    #13 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

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

    #17 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  22. Fin

    @20

    Jesus christ yes.

    #22 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    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 […]