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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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    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]