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DmC Devil May Cry demo test: what’s in a look?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:29 GMT By Dave Cook

DmC: Devil May Cry has received its first public demo from Capcom and Ninja Theory. VG247′s Dave Cook goes hands on to discuss why we shouldn’t be getting hung up on looks.

They knew that they had a good game in the making, they just couldn’t get it into your hands to prove it. But thanks to the demo that launched on Xbox 360 today, everyone has a chance to try it for themselves and make a more educated evaluation of the game’s quality.

It’s a sad day when a developer is savaged by the internet populace for how a game character looks. DmC: Devil May Cry is being treated as a reboot after all, suggesting that even Capcom felt that Dante and his world of demons, smack-talk and blistering combos was in need of change.

That change comes courtesy of Ninja Theory, and when the studio revealed its first trailer with a younger, scrawnier and raven-haired Dante in chains, the internet went bat-shit crazy.

Fans volleyed off death threats towards the studio and its publisher, vowed to boycott the game and more – all of this before a single second of actual gameplay was shown. Can such premature evaluations be justified without actually sitting down to play the ruddy thing?

I’m not so sure that they can, but then again I’m a ‘benefit of the doubt’ kind of guy. I’m happy for developers to surprise me, and even if ‘new’ Dante’s appearance caught me off guard a little too, I’m always excited to see what happens when a new studio takes over an existing IP.

I’ve interviewed Capcom twice regarding DmC: Devil May Cry – check out my first chat with them here – and it’s sad to see how down the developers were with the reaction to Dante’s appearance.

It’s sad because they knew that they had a good game in the making, they just couldn’t get it into your hands to prove it. But thanks to the demo that launched on Xbox 360 today, everyone has a chance to try it for themselves and make a more educated evaluation of the game’s quality.

Some may still hate it, and that’s fine, because at least then they will have actually tried the game and based their conclusion on something tangible – instead of the colour of someone’s hair, or the way they dress.

The hack ‘n slash is a big favourite of mine, and Bayonetta is confidently one of my most-enjoyed games of the generation, so I was keen to try the demo for myself and see how Ninja Theory’s effort stacked up.

Dante duo

Split into two missions, the first is called ‘Under Watch’, and this is the same mission Capcom has been showcasing at game expos recently. It’s a tutorial of sorts, giving you a broad idea of the many tools and tricks Dante can use to decimate his foes and get around the environment.

It opens with a cut-scene that lays out the state of the demon world, which is being ruled by crippling propaganda, drug-laden soft drinks, surveillance cameras on every street, and a brutal financial divide.

Shortly after the demo begins Dante is dragged into Limbo, a parallel dimension that exists alongside reality. It’s here you must fight your first enemies, and it’s surprising how quickly the old Devil May Cry mindset comes back into play.

One button unleashes sword attacks, another performs launchers, and a third lets rip with Dante’s pistols Ebony and Ivory. Just like the original games it’s possible to keep your combo chain going between enemies by using firearms as you close distance.

You can also get in close by using Dante’s grapple hook device. You can use Angel Lift to pull Dante closer to enemies and to zip around the environment, or you can use Demon Pull to drag enemies towards you, as well as pulling about parts of the scenery.

It’s a great combo chaining mechanic, and it sees Dante flitting around the environment at high speed while stringing together combos. It feels like classic Devil May Cry as you start to toy around with the possibilities of the combo tree.

I found myself battering demons with a flurry of sword swipes, hitting a juggler, then continuing the assaultin mid-air, sending them flying. I’d then use Demon Pull to pull them back to me before slamming them down to the ground. It’s immensely satisfying, but the possibilities don’t end there.

Holding left trigger and hitting either attack or juggle unleashes the Osiris, a long scythe that can be used to execute fast, light swipes, as well as hooking enemies in close and spinning it around like a lethal pin-wheel. It’s great for crowd control.

Do the same while holding right trigger and Dante will use the Arbiter, a short, but devastating axe that will cause shielded enemies to break their stance, leaving them open to rapid follow-up strikes.

Together this whole tool set gives rise to a wealth of opportunity that fans of the series will surely enjoy at a mechanical level – complaints about the art direction or ‘new’ Dante aside. There are plenty of other weapons on offer that we haven’t seen yet, so the possibilities will only grow from here.

In terms of handling this is a fast paced entry that has more in common with Devil May Cry 3, given that players can switch between a large weapon set on the fly. Thankfully in keeping in line with previous games in the series, there is also no block button meaning that dodges and counters are your only real defence.

There is more scope for platforming here, as Dante runs around the shifting city as it tries to kill him. You’ll jump over bottomless chasms, leap over cracked streets and zipline around using Angel Lift. it works fine, but it’s not quote matching Uncharted levels of finesse.

Then again, that kind of platforming wouldn’t have a place in a Devil May Cry game, so it’s probably for the best. But one thing a good DmC game does need is bosses, and this is the focus of the demo’s second level ‘Secret Ingredient’.

It sees Dante battling a giant grub in a lava-filled cavern. It’s also got a foul mouth, spewing obscenities at Dante as the pair troll each other during a cut-scene. The banter is cracking and gives rise to a few chuckles.

Again, some naysayers may sit there straining as they try to avoid laughing, but this is some funny stuff, even if it is a little puerile. Previous Devil May Cry dialogue often verged on the embarrassingly silly in an attempt to be cool, and Ninja Theory’s script is certainly a degree smarter, but not by much.

The boss battle is simple enough: hit its hands and dodge its bile and punch attacks while trying to hit the glowing weak spot on its head. This is a basic battle, but it could be an early boss for all we know.

Once it’s hurt, Dante will drop kick it into the middle of the room as it dangles by two tubes. You then have to use Angel Lift to zip around to higher ground and pull the pipes apart. It’s certainly not as inventive as anything Bayonetta provides, but it’s enjoyable and cinematic enough.

Visually this is an imaginative effort, but you can tell it has been worked on for a while. It’s certainly no slouch however, and only the most technically conscious of gamers will cry foul at the game’s lack of 60 FPS mode. It looks slick enough.

My main concerns – as acceptable as the demo may be – are that Dante’s combo-set could hit a wall too early if most of the gear is doled out at the start. I’m also concerned that the game will run out of new things to do, and resort to pitting you in just another area with more demons to fight.

The demo doesn’t suggest anything about my fears, and like many of you with reservations I’ll need to wait until the final game comes out to see if they’re justified concerns, but for now I’m fairly confident that Ninja Theory has delivered the goods on this one.

We’ll know more when the game launches on January 15th, but for now, check out the demo and let us know what you think below.

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82 Comments

  1. alimokrane

    Absolutely loved the demo! Classim DmC gameplay remains and my worries are ALL but gone. my only complain would be the level design, huge levels which seem rather empty…Other than that, I will preorder this now, no doubt.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Grr. Can’t wait to finally play this. Won’t have the chance to play it till Thursday.

    I’ll hold my judgment until then.

    btw. Dave, does the demo feature the ‘Fuck you’ scene? Because if my encounters on Youtube with so called DMC Fans taught me anything, it’s that most people don’t get how ironic that scene was supposed to be.

    I guess most people are unable to grasp the obvious.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. tobecooper

    The gameplay is there, I agree, even as a nay-sayer, I think I will enjoy the game a lot and will obviously love the experience.

    But the humor and the character are gone. Putting fuck and shit into every dialog doesn’t make the script smarter or funnier. If you meant the story is smarter, then yeah, there are some themes, cliched and overused, but there are some. So it would count for smarter.
    Dialogs are dreadfully unfunny and puerile, though.

    In other words, this part of you preview is extremely unhelpful:
    “Again, naysayers will likely sit there straining as they try to avoid laughing, but this is some seriously sharp stuff”

    As a fan of the humor in previous parts of DMC series, I have to say this one lost the charm completely.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 ‘extremely unhelpful’

    Everyone has a different sense of humour. Perhaps I’ll tone that bit down a little though.

    I thought it was better than the cheesy dialogue of the old games personally.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    I think the only time a DMC game made me laugh is the first scene in DMC1 where Trish comes crashing through his front door and Dante was completely unimpressed; “Wohooo! Slow down babe. Nature calls? It’s in the back.” It was funny how ordinary the situation seemed to him.

    Oh no wait, there was also the famous LIIIIIIGHT! Scene. That also made me laugh for all the wrong reasons.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 there’s a line in the demo about church that you will like then. It’s him talking about an insane situation as if it’s an every day event. I thought it was delivered well :D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. FoureyesZero

    I played DMC4 after playing the demo and it was crazy how much better DMC 4 looks and plays compared to the new DMC.
    How can ninja theory make a game that looks worse and runs at a lower frame rate than a game that came out 4 years ago.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. tobecooper

    There were lots of silliness and cheese, and I laughed a lot during the cut-scenes in previous parts of the game, because that’s totally my kind of humor.

    But as Dave Cook mentioned, different opinions, different tastes. And the humor changed in the new part. There’s still some of the old bravado, but the whole fuck tis fuck that just grates on me.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @6: I know what scene you mean.

    “That seemed to drag on forever… Church *smirk*”

    I think i’ve seen every little gameplay footage of the game that is out there. And that scene definitely made me laugh.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @7 massively untrue on all counts. Stop trolling.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @8 I get what you mean buddy, swearing for swearing’s sake isn’t cool, smart or funny. I agree :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ristas

    I like how at first, Devil May Cry was all about Dante. And then they changed him and that turned this game into shit.

    Then people realised it’s not that big of a deal. Then people complained that the gameplay was slow and horrible and that turned this game into shit.

    Then people played it and realised it wasn’t so. Then people complain the script isn’t great and THAT turned this game into shit.

    Really? Are you serious? Devil May Cry 1 is widely considered to be the best one and that game has among the most stupid, inane dialogue i have ever heard. If there is one thing DMC is not about, it’s the freaking dialogue and story. I have no doubt in my mind that Ninja Theory will outperform DMC 1-4 story-wise. If there is one thing they proved with Heavenly Sword and Enslaved, it’s that they know how to write great stories.

    If you made your mind up about hating a game before you ever laid a hand on it, don’t keep searching for reasons to make it seem like you have a valid argument there. If you know you don’t like the game because you actually tried it, thats a whole different sotry. But this is just silly.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @12 absolutely brilliant comment :) Spot on.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. FoureyesZero

    Dave i am not trolling the character models and levels in
    DMC 4 are more detailed than the new DMC.
    If you compare the 2 you will see that.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. naffgeek

    “premature evaluations” a terrible affliction for today’s gamers, I blame Tim Berners Lee and his internet thingy.

    “massively overblown sense of entitlement” is another 21st century disease.

    Seems gamers are particularly vulnerable to these conditions and I for one don’t think the government are doing enough to help these poor souls…will someone please think of the children (and manchilds).

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @14 I’m not sure how that can be said though. In what context is it more detailed?

    @15 yeah it’s an unfortunate by-product of the internet isn’t it? It’s not always a good thing :P

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Beta

    I’ve never felt negative about this game to be honest, rather looking forward to it :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. FoureyesZero

    Dave just play dmc4 you will see what i mean.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @18 I have played it and I own it dude. I just feel the DmC 4 environments were bland as all hell compared to the new ones. The way the new city shifts and moves is neat, and it has more colour and life.

    Sorry we don’t see eye to eye on this one, but hey, we all have our opinions :)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @12 I’m not sure what Devil May Cry fanbase you’ve been talking to, but it’s consistently accepted amongst most fans that Devil May Cry 3 is the strongest highlight of the series.

    Personally speaking, I recently picked up the HD Collection, and realised a few things about the games from a non-biased perspective, Namely, the first game has ridiculously limited and repetitive combat, and some utterly horrendous camera angles. It’s still better than 2 of course, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the variety and depth of the third game.

    My thoughts on the gameplay…

    It plays differently that the previous games. This is a very different control system than the older games, guns and main attack button notwithstanding. If you want something that feels exactly like the previous games, you’ll probably want to give this a pass.

    It definitely plays smooth. We can go on about the 60 vs 30 FPS debate until we’re blue in the face, but at the end of the day, the combat is snappy, fluid, and dramatic. It isn’t a patch on Bayonetta (then again, what is?), but it’s no slouch either. The weapons have very specific uses that need to be applied judiciously on the fly to take out the different types of enemies, or you’ll be beaten down pretty damn fast. Especially on the higher difficulties. Comboing will take a lot of initial practise to get good at.

    I’m unsure about the platforming. I feel like it could break the flow of the game way too much. It does seem like they’ve shortened some platforming segments from previous previews that we’ve seen though, which is a sensible decision. They’re fun in small doses, but I get the feeling they’re something thatdefinition credibly tedious in excess.

    One other complaint I feels like they are way too many buttons necessary to play. A separate button for launchers? Really? I simply don’t understand why they needed to do that.

    I’m perfectly okay with the look of the game, but I won’t deny that is something of a bias for me. I grew up surrounded by the punk stylings and musical influences prevalent throughout the game, so it’s honestly something of an aesthetic dream come true for me. I love it to pieces, and I’ve wanted something that presented itself in this style for years.

    The story has a lot of potential, but it also have plenty of potential to be a completely ham-fisted, tacky mess. It’s hard to judge that one until the full game is released, but the demo has impressed me enough that I’m going to be pre-ordering it and picking it up on day one.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @20 great summary, I think few people would disagree with your rationale there, even if they might disagree with the points therein.

    I’m well behind you in saying that DmC 3 is the best one. The first game’s combat is limited and yeah Bayonetta – personally is the pinnacle of this genre – I firmly believe that no hack n’ slash can match it, even if DmC 3 comes closest.

    The bit about each weapon have a very precise use is spot on too. I think NT has been clever in that department, but I do worry that the same enemy types will cycle too often.

    All in all it’s a great effort so far, and hope the full game throws more pleasant surprises our way.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. tobecooper

    #12 Dialogue/story are far from a deal-breaker, certainly. But I don’t like where they’ve gone with it. It was all part of a DMC package, to me, and they went a different way. If you didn’t care for it fine, but I do care. It doesn’t mean the game will be terrible, because it looks and feels to be rather great. But let’s not act like this is not an issue and shouldn’t be an issue to anyone.

    (Or am I missing some larger discussion where people are really saying the game will be terrible because story/dialogue?)

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    thanks for the article. really liking this demo impressions. for a game like DmC, where gameplay is king, it makes sense to talk about the changes. i am downloading now. i love DmC……BUT it´s a franchise well known for having some of the most legendary über cry baby fans.
    i for one absoluteley liked what i´ve seen of the game this far, this demo impressions sound great too, cannot wait to check it out but i am pretty sure already that i will hit the preorder button for this in the next few days.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gheritt White

    @ 20: Don’t you mean “post-punk stylings”? ;)

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    @22

    “(Or am I missing some larger discussion where people are really saying the game will be terrible because story/dialogue?)”

    Anyone who claims the old games had a deep story really needs to have a re-think.

    I agree with you 100% on this.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. monkeygourmet

    Right, played through the demo now (360), my thoughts…

    I’ve always liked the DMC series but am not an absolutely huge fan (for the record!)

    Ever since I saw the new art direction this had taken, I was disappointed.

    After trying the demo, I can honestly say its much worse than I could have ever imagined.

    This game and the new Dante completly lack charm and style.

    It’s the most boardroom style example of ‘cool’ I think I’ve ever seen. It would actually make more sense if you we’re playing as Skrillex. Who knows, maybe he’ll be a DLC?

    The combat is pretty much how I remember DMC, so that’s not too bad.

    For a reboot though, it completly misses its chance to bring the gameplay upto date. This genre is really starting to show its age now. What was amazing on the PS2 now looks seriously outdated.

    I think a good example of bringing this gameplay slightly upto date is Prototype 2. Not the best game ever, but least it let you explore abit while engaging in combat DMC style. You may argue that they are different styles of game: sandbox / beat em up, but they share very similar combat.

    Going from arena to arena just fighting a few enemies then watching a cut scene really doesn’t work anymore.

    All the cool looking stuff is scripted and the huge levels lack ANY interaction atall.

    The platforming elements are woeful, why give the player intricate jumps to do when Dante moves like he’s got bricks in his pockets while jumping?! He’s nimble as fuck in combat then suddenly a moose when trying to make a jump? Come on!!!??

    The new Dante must also rank as one of the dooshiest annoying Charecters in gaming at the moment. Maybe they should have made him a bit older. He just comes across as a hipster twat with mild twilight undertones! Awful!

    This was there chance to do something a bit different in my eyes, especially as a re-boot is supposed to be courting a new audience a long with older fans, this demo proves they have completly missed the mark.

    Style and marketing cool over quality. At least old Dante was camp as hell, and it was fun! :)

    The biggest thing it has made me realise though is how out of date this genre has become. QuickTime events and bad platforming interspersed with ‘cool’ combat and dub step do not a good game make IMO…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dave Cook

    @26 What quick-time events?

    Also, old Dante was a douche too, I find it odd that people forget this. The old dialogue tried so hard to be cool that it was embarrassing at points.

    Have to disagree with most of what you’ve said dude, but hey, I’m respectful of your opinion :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet

    @27

    Sorry, I call those events where you have to latch onto the blue orbs, QuickTime events as they require no gameplay skill once you’ve latched on.

    It’s like watching a mini cut scene. Although, I’m sure the final game will have some actual button press quick time events in there too! :)

    In a way, I’m not just ragging on this game, although I do think the style is abhorrent, it’s the genre itself I feel needs a shake up.

    I was looking forward to the new God of War, now I’m not so sure, this seemed very out of date to me.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @26 There is no dubstep int the demo as far as I noticed.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Dave Cook

    @28 Yeah no worries man, I got that from what you said :)

    I personally feel Bayonetta really the genre forward in terms of control. It’d be nice to see the genre take a similar step with another game. Something that really surprises us.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dave Cook

    @29 during the boss fight there is a little bit aye.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. monkeygourmet

    @29

    Boss battle with the annoying Puke demon (second demo level)?

    That was dub step to me, or is it called Grime Core or something by hipsters now? ;)

    Basically, in a nut shell, I think games like the original DMC’s, Bayonetta etc… work because, although the gameplay is highly polished, they don’t take themselves too seriously.

    There camp and fun to play. This however smacks of trying too hard, and it exposes the gameplay issues IMO.

    I also think they have made Dante British and a bit older if the punk angle was going to work.

    He just comes across as a little twat, wearing a punk / emo COSTUME. That’s a big difference… We can all play dress up, but you need to believe in the character.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. monkeygourmet

    @30

    ;)

    I would love to see the quality and level of combat, in a more populated world with less quick time boss battles.

    In a weird way, I think Dragons Dogma was kind of a step in that direction for me.

    3rd person action RPG with exploration and epic combat! (Def my fav game this year, I highly recommend it for the combat if you haven’t tried it yet!)

    I think Ninja Theory could have done a brilliant Zelda style game in the DMC universe. People may have complained, but it least it would shake things up a bit!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. polygem

    i played it now. i really enjoyed it. it was cheesy!!! i didn´t feel like it tried to take itself too serious. i had that feeling playing halo 4 (and still have issues with that, though i truly like that game too now).
    the boss battle was great. what an ugly boss. it has a very old school vibe to it AND I LOVE THAT.
    the gameplay is rock solid if you ask me. maybe i am just too old. i don´t give a shit about the hipsters. to me the look and sounds and vibes of the game doesn´t feel try hard cool. it´s trashy….it all feels very cheesy and stupid (but in a good way) to me. maybe they really do try hard to be cool. but if so i don´t get it. good for me i guess.
    the combination of that techno minimal dub whatever sound with that sick boss screams and dantes stupid tough guy teenager egomaniac bs talking is just great comedy if you ask me. cheesy as can get.
    liked the metal tunes as well. had a smile on my face the whole playthrough and the disgusting boss really made me laugh. good sign.

    EDIT: also really liked the parts they showed in the trailer after the actual demo. looks like an interesting mix of levels.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zinc

    Does the *new* Dante have a 9 foot long fire sword called Hymen Pierce?

    If not I don’t see how Capcom expect me to take this seriously :-/

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Ali

    Never been a fan of the series, but my brother is a die hard one. I am honestly loving Ninja Theory’s direction more than Capcom’s.

    I just hope it turns a profit for them to put them on track to develope their own IPs. Enslaved was an underrated game with some flaws but a very good game.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Clupula

    I gave it a shot. Did not like it. For one, the graphics look more like Enslaved than anything. I agree that it’s not as smooth or as detailed looking as Devil May Cry 4 was. Yes, the environments have more going on, but what’s there is really meh.

    The gameplay is changed for the worse. Two dodges? A launcher button? And two grab moves? What is the point? Really feel like the gameplay was a huge case of dropping the ball. It feels like a game trying really hard to emulate Devil May Cry-style gameplay, but failing. If this was a fighting game, it’d be World Heroes, trying really hard to be Street Fighter II.

    And the dialogue, especially during the boss battle, Jesus… It’s like they figured as long as they had the boss (who was nicely designed, though) saying vile things, they didn’t have to write anything else.

    I will not be buying or even renting this. After playing the demo, I hope now, more than ever, that this game underperforms for Capcom.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Dave Cook

    @37 well that’s nice, hoping a developer loses money and their game flops just because you didn’t like it.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Clupula

    I do, because I would rather see the Devil May Cry series die than be dragged down to this level.

    There’s not even a lock-on button, yet they put in two dodges? What the hell?

    I actually hate it more now that I’ve gotten a chance to try it because, if they had, at least, gotten the gameplay down, I would’ve been able to deal with the redesign and “boardroom cool” storyline.

    My hope is that if this underperforms, Capcom will see the need to go back to the original series. The disaster of DMC2 created the beauty that was DMC3.

    And if they don’t, and the series just dies outright, then that’s fine too. You don’t let something you love suffer on life support.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Dave Cook

    @39 then that’s the wrong attitude I think. You’d be happy for people to potentially lose jobs over this?

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Clupula

    As someone who has run things, in a both a small business and a band (which is really another small business, just a fun one), I believe that if you don’t deliver, you don’t get to stay. I don’t feel this game delivered, so if people lose their jobs over it, then that’s what happens.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Dave Cook

    @41 even if they’re just doing their job as told? I’m not sure dude. I just feel that’s a tad harsh when many people are liking the game. I agree that weak companies die for a good reason, but this seems like a personal thing. I could be wrong but again, we all have our opinions and such.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Clupula

    “Many” people are not liking the game. I’d say some people and the majority of journalists, for whatever reason. Maybe because it’s easier to get through that the older ones. Looking at several sites, I definitely see more negative opinions than positive ones. And I count on one hand, the amount of people I’ve seen say that the gameplay changed their mind for the better.

    My opinion of it this: if this was a new IP, I’d be a lot more lenient. I’d still consider it a weaker DMC-rip off, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Lords of Shadow rips off God of War’s gameplay style, but it does it in a fun way and mixes in enough new elements to make it one of my favorite games of the year it came out.

    If this was a new IP, I’d say it was a decent try and maybe they can one day make a better sequel.

    But this is an established IP, which means it has a pedigree to honor. This game does not do that. Yes, the design is bad. Yes, the dialogue is awful. BUT the most important part is the gameplay, because that’s what the old school DMC series was all about, and this dumbs down that gameplay to an unacceptable level. If this had played as well as DMC3, I’d be the first to eat my words.

    I’ve certainly gone into movies expecting to hate them and been blown away by how good they were. There were definitely games where I saw trailers and thought, “That looks lame,” and then played the demo and then found myself pre-ordering it that day.

    What they have done is not only not reach the bar set by previous titles, but to fall far far below it. That should have repercussions.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Ireland Michael

    Thank god opinions are just that.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Paranormal Pett

    Just got round to playing it. Had an absolute blast, and is now a day 1 purchase. I really hope it does well and gives them (Ninja Theory)a chance to improve with their next version.

    My only issue, Dante looks a bit to much like Hayden Christian when Anakin is fighting Obi Wan….

    #45 2 years ago
  46. YoungZer0

    @43: So far i’ve only read positive previews about the game. Youtube is usually not a good source for opinions. Especially if the people complaining never played it. It’s funny but whenever i see a DmC Video the hateful comments are made by the same people, checking out their comment history and you discover that they only write in DmC Videos.

    Desperate, pathetic.

    And quite honestly, you’re opinion just sucks.

    I have little to no respect for people who cheer for other peoples failure. You disgust me.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Gheritt White

    I hope this game sells shitloads and that NT get to redesign all of Capcom’s IP’s *just* to piss of the whiny entitled fanboys here.

    You cunts make me sick.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Clupula

    @46 – Well, that’s funny because I’ve found your opinions equally idiotic, so we’re equal. Blow me.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. YoungZer0

    Devil May Cry Harder.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Clupula

    @47 – I have to admit, seeing a dark, gritty reboot of Megaman with tons of cursing and middle-aged men’s ideas of what was cool would actually be really, really funny.

    A complete pissing on the legacy of the character and they’d deserve every bit of hate they’d get for it, but it’d be funny, nonetheless. Certainly be funnier than this game’s attempts at humor.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. YoungZer0

    So Middle-Aged Men don’t understand what cool is? Who do you think makes most of the videogames you call ‘cool’?

    Did you really want to see DMC go down the same route they’ve taken Resident Evil? I bet you don’t. Pissing on the legacy of the character? What legacy? What character? Are you that shallow that you think Dante actually had a character?

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Clupula

    But Devil May Cry was never cool, was the thing. I never looked at Dante and thought, hey, that’s a guy I’d like to hang with. He was somewhat goofy and cheesy and that’s what worked. The thing is, this isn’t an attempt at making a goofy character. They’re actually trying to come up with someone who they think is “cool,” and he’s far far from it. He comes off as a complete douchebag and yet, the developers of this title have gone on and on about how they’re in touch with today’s youth and yet all they’ve done is add as much cursing as possible because that’s what the kids are into. It reeks of an uncle trying really really hard to relate to his nephew, so he buys him a Winger album or something.

    Anyway, I know you’re someone who bitches about Metal Gear, so I can’t take your opinions on series continuity seriously. I think the only Metal Gear Solid game that had a shitty storyline was MGS2, which was so bad that I actually had to be talked into giving MGS3 a shot when it came out. So, I don’t what you were talking about when you were saying that Rising couldn’t ruin it anymore than it already did.

    As for Resident Evil 6, I actually liked it for the most part, with the exception of the second half of Chris’ game and the first half of Jake’s. Leon’s was awesome. It was everything I’d want in an RE title.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    @51 He wants to fill your dark soul with light….

    @52 You do realise that it was Capcom who wanted to take it in this direction, right? Not Ninja Theory. Their original pitch was far more traditional. It’s Capcom that said no.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Clupula

    @53 – I know that. It’s why I want this to underperform, so that Capcom will learn a lesson. That lesson being Ninja Theory were not the right developer for this.

    They’ve have made one game I thought was okay (Heavenly Sword) and another that I thought was a shitty game with a good story (Enslaved). I don’t think they should have been anywhere near this and if this underperforms, I doubt anyone at Ninja Theory will get punished for it. And if they do, eh, listen to the fans next time. Push for it. Do what the guys at Sucker Punch did when we hated the Cole redesign for Infamous 2.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Da Man

    It’s a good thing unemployed nerds are just that.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Clupula

    @53 – In fact, if I recall correctly, it was actually Inafune who wanted the whole change of character during his weird “I hate everything Japanese” phase. Once he was gone, they should have pushed to go back to a more traditional take on the character.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. YoungZer0

    @52: Well then, what was it? Most ‘DMC Fans’ would certainly disagree with you there and if DMC was never cool, why bring up the word ‘cool’ at all?

    If Original Dante wasn’t a douchebag i don’t know who is. So nothing lost.

    “I think the only Metal Gear Solid game that had a shitty storyline was MGS2″

    Have you played MGS4? Or Peace Walker? If you think the story in both games were good then you really set the bar low, didn’t you? Either that or you simply don’t care about the gaping wholes in the story.

    MGS4′s whole existence is to apologize what Hideo messed up in MGS2 and while they did this they fucked up even more.

    “I hypnotized myself into believing to be a Doppelganger and some stuff about NANOMACHINES!”

    Fantastic Story.

    Peace Walker: “Oh, hello french girl, you obviously hurt your leg, let me X-Ray through your clothes and talk with you about Self-Esteem issues in the middle of a warzone. Oh you like birds? Me too! No i’m sorry, i’m only interested in underage girls.”

    If you don’t know what i’m talking about, you never played Peace Walker.

    Congrats that you had so much fun with the action game called Resident Evil 6. It’s funny how you accuse other developers of fucking up franchises but when it’s a franchise you don’t care about, it’s all good.

    I played RE6, it’s Michael Bay-dumb. Fun, but dumb and no horror at all. Leon’s campaign was terrible. From start to finish. Little to no originality. Why the fuck did we end up in a mine again?

    Then there’s the College at the beginning:

    “Don’t make me do this Mr. Zombie President. Hello? Are you listening to me? Mr. President? I know i’ve 15 years experience of Zombie killing, but i’m just not sure if you can hear me.”

    “Oh, both of those people are clearly infected, i think i’ll use the elevator with them. Big shocker, they are zombies.”

    The whole campaign should’ve been about Jake, starting in eastern europe. Because that’s a new setting and because he’s new, so it would actually make sense that he would be confused when someone who was okay four seconds ago attacks him.

    @53: You know, i never get tired of this line.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. YoungZer0

    @54: That doesn’t even make sense. Capcom contacted Ninja Theory, they wanted the game Ninja Theory made. That is exactly what they wanted. How is that Ninja Theory’s fault? You doubt NT will get punished for that? Do you even know what you’re saying? Please enjoy your Call of Duty and never ever complain about things not changing because that’s what the fans want.

    See, this is why we can’t have nice things. Remember all the hate for DMC4 before it came out? I think it doesn’t go any lower than DMC Fans.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Clupula

    I love the story in Peace Walker actually. Which, by extension, would mean that I don’t play Call of Duty games, because I don’t think it’s possible to enjoy both of those two things. But the only part I didn’t think made sense was the whole weird “Spirit of the Boss Stopping WWIII” part, but I just wrote that off to typical Kojima being weird and that’s part of the charm of it. My only complaint about Peace Walker was that you were just fighting AI bosses instead of the usually interesting (with the exception of 2) bosses in the series.

    As for MGS4, the database retcons the retcon about the arm, saying that Ocelot WAS possessed by Liquid at first and then cut the arm off, and then did the hypnotism thing to make people think he was still Liquid. I had a few problems with MGS4, but I saw most of them as being Ryan Peyton’s attempts to Westernize the series. MGS4 is nowhere near my favorite of the series, but it’s still way better than 2.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Ireland Michael

    @58 The criticism levelled at Nero with DmC 4 is almost exactly the same criticism that is now being directed at new Dante. And while the gameplay is solid, half the game is a retread of the levels.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Clupula

    @58 – and I brought up that the guy who initially brought Ninja Theory in left Capcom. With him gone, they should have tried harder to stem the hate the series was getting. The fact that it is a reboot now and not a prequel like it originally was was part of the damage control they did after he left. They should have taken it further and did one of three things. 1) cancel the title outright, 2) make it a new IP so that people can look at it without it having to compare to the older titles, or 3) change it to a continuation of the old series. Of course, the changes in gameplay would still be a problem, but I am guessing if they had stuck with the original Dante, they would have kept the gameplay more traditional, as well.

    And yes, if every other word out of Dante’s mouth was “fuck” then the old school fans would’ve complained about that too, but that’s why you don’t make every word out of his mouth “fuck.”

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Clupula

    @60 – I won’t argue with you on the retreading levels being a low-point. Not at all. I think that was a huge mistake they made in DMC4.

    As for the Nero criticism, I do remember it, but I also remember it dying down once Capcom announced that old school Dante was playable. And yes, Dante should have had his own levels to play in, or at the very least, his own bosses. I won’t argue that.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. YoungZer0

    @59:

    “Which, by extension, would mean that I don’t play Call of Duty games, because I don’t think it’s possible to enjoy both of those two things.”

    Nonsense.

    ““Spirit of the Boss Stopping WWIII” part, but I just wrote that off to typical Kojima being weird and that’s part of the charm of it.”

    See, that’s what i don’t do. To me the series stopped being great after the first one. Now it’s just Fanservice for horny Pedobears and telenovela watching … people and most of the story is all about Kojima making weird nonsense. Most of the dialogs are bad and childish.

    “What does it mean to be soldier?” asks Naked Snake with a shitload of experience as a soldier.

    I just know too much about how special forces really operate to think it’s okay to ask such question in a warzone. The last trailer of Ground Zeroes leaves me to believe that we won’t see that much naivety in the new game. You know with the child sitting on the ground in a cage, with a hole in his chest.

    That’s what Hideo does, he’s tricking you into thinking that this time the story might make sense, it might be honest, it might be brutal and consequential, but that never happens. He will find a way to fuck up the story, make it about machines, talk some nonsense philosophy and in the end all is good. Some people marry in hangar and all is good. Because he doesn’t want people to feel bad. He has no balls for that.

    I’m not going back after playing Spec Ops – The Line. I laugh at everybody who says MGS is a anti-war game. It has so many messages and no fucking focus whatsoever.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. Clupula

    Then why, I ask did you even play the games in the first place if you don’t appreciate the weirdness of them? They’re obviously not for you. They were never meant to be realistic simulations of the horrors of war. You cited MGS1 as the last good one, but you seem to be forgetting the Cyborg Ninjas and the “Does love bloom on the battlefield?” conversations or the fact that there were people named Decoy Octopus in it. I had no interest in Spec Ops, because I know war is a horrible thing and atrocities are committed on a regular basis. I don’t need a videogame to tell me that.

    If you were actually tricked into thinking there’d be a story that was 100% realistic then you came to the wrong series. I like the mediums and the immortal vampires fueled by nanomachines (Vamp is the only thing from MGS2 that I actually thought was kinda neat) and the singing tanks and the Russian generals who shoot lightning out of their arms and the guy who shoots hornets. THAT is what I like about the series. The oddness of it mixed with the real world situations. THAT was the problem with MGS4. It tried to rationalize things and make some of the weirdness have a plausible reason for it.

    I will say, though, that I usually recommend people play them in chronological order, because MGS2 is not as much of a clusterfuck as it is otherwise, if you already know about The Sorrow and the Philosophers/Patriots.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Clupula

    And if you think Ground Zeroes is going to stray from what made Metal Gear Metal Gear, I suggest you cancel your pre-order right now, because you are going to be disappointed.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. Ireland Michael

    The entire MGS canon is a giant clusterfuck of nonsensical gibberish, pretentious moralising, and an exercise in tedium. Kojima made the whole fucking thing up as it went along. It has not, and never has, had anything meaningful to say.

    It’s garbage writing, and some of the worst in the industry.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. YoungZer0

    @64: Because i was young and i did like the weirdness until i realized that the game takes itself way too serious and i can’t stomach that anymore. It’s bullshit.

    Granted i haven’t played MGS 1 for a long time. Maybe i should go back and play it again, maybe then i’ll recognize that the series was bad from the get-go. I still enjoy some of the gameplay elements and playing with the AI. But the story and its characters are getting in the way of the fun.

    “THAT is what I like about the series. The oddness of it mixed with the real world situations. THAT was the problem with MGS4. It tried to rationalize things and make some of the weirdness have a plausible reason for it.”

    See, i might actually agree with you on that. Whenever Hideo tries to explain stuff it just ends up being a complete clusterfuck. He should embrace the bullshit elements and stop pretending its a serious game, because it’s not. Either be serious or be dumb, but don’t try to do both. Some people can do that, Hideo can’t.

    Everything supernatural in MGS2 and 4 was explained by Nanomachines and everything supernatural in MGS3 was not explained at all and that was much better. I still dislike MGS 3 because of all the ‘serious’ talk between Snake and The Boss.

    @65: Maybe i wasn’t clear enough, but i don’t expect anything from the series anymore. I wonder how Rising is going to be compared to the series. Hideo is not the main writer and What i’ve seen so far make me actually optimistic.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. Ireland Michael

    @67 The original hasn’t aged well at all. Controls are all over the place.

    #68 2 years ago
  69. absolutezero

    http://www.shopto.net/xbox360/XB2AN01-anarchy-reigns-limited-edition

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Clupula

    @66 – You and I can agree to disagree on that, but I am curious as to what you feel are some examples of good writing in videogames.

    #70 2 years ago
  71. absolutezero

    In before Spec Ops.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. Clupula

    @67 – On the supernatural elements of the Metal Gear series, I really feel that it was mostly Payton’s influence, according to both what he and Kojima have said in interviews, as to why they tried to make things plausible.

    Peace Walker shows that, without him, they seem to have said, “screw that approach.” That’s why I was able to write off the sudden supernatural elements of Peace Walker even if I was bothered by their use. I don’t mind that the Boss’s ghost appears, I just didn’t like that it was used as a literal deus ex machina and saved the day. That felt like lazy writing to me. It wasn’t enough to ruin the whole game for me, though, and I was happy to see Metal Gear returning a bit to the fantastical, without a scientific rational thrown in.

    I think we’ll definitely see more of those elements in Ground Zeroes.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Ireland Michael

    @71 Spec Ops is just as overblown and pretentious as everything else on the market.

    @70 There really aren’t any. Some of the old Lucasarts stuff had some pretty solid comedy, but most of what’s been released since pretty much the hobby’s inception is completely garbage in this respect. There’s almost nothing in gaming that stands up to any sort of critical assessment of its story.

    #73 2 years ago
  74. YoungZer0

    @73: Disagree. :(

    #74 2 years ago
  75. absolutezero

    :D

    If it counts I also disagree completely both about the entire state of the industry and about Spec Ops specifically.

    I am however not stupid enough to name anything here because it will just be pulled down anyway so whats the point?

    So then if you want something akin to old DMC buy Anarchy Reigns in January and not Donte May Cry, this might send a small message to Capcom. So you get a technical, overblown, clearly stupid action game and its cheap. Then if you also want to be 2cool4school and be all edgy Bill O’Reily is evil and drone and anonymous is legion twat buy DmC!

    Easy peasy!

    #75 2 years ago
  76. Clupula

    @73 – I can actually respect that answer, even if I may disagree with it.

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Clupula

    @75 – Of course I’m getting Anarchy Reigns. It’s from Platinum. Anything on a system I own from Platinum will be purchased.

    #77 2 years ago
  78. Ireland Michael

    The word I’ve heard is that Anarchy Reigns isn’t actually all that great. And this is coming from someone who thinks Platinum’s games are the single best games of this generation.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. absolutezero

    http://youtu.be/G6U12dQPykI

    Eh if its half as stupid as this video then I think I’ll be fine with it.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. Ireland Michael

    Nobody is playing it online anyway. I can’t see it doing well enough over here to sustain a community either.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. Clupula

    @80 – The only people I need to play it online with are my friends and my three cousins. I don’t like playing online with strangers.

    #81 2 years ago
  82. redwood

    woah.. look at all that “talk” … well i was actually pissed at the new twilight-inspired dante too.. but i just played the demo and the battle mechanics are really great.. had a lot of fun. sooooo looking forward to playing this when it comes out.
    and yes I love the old dante too.. but the new DMC as a game is certainly looking to be better than at least dmc 4 and maybe even 3.. can’t saqy anything about the plot.. I loved the shallowness of the old dmc.. or whatever you call it.. it was like “the supernatural” of video games,
    anyway off to playing dark souls :) .. continue with your debate

    #82 2 years ago

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  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]