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Family Guy’s profane Multiverse: modern comedy?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:57 GMT By Dave Cook

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is out now on PS3 and Xbox 360. Have you heard? VG247′s Dave Cook gave it a whirl and didn’t get the joke.

When Seth MacFarlane’s tale of an overweight dolt and his dysfunctional family first aired 1999, it was a foul-mouthed alternative to the steadily declining quality of key competitor The Simpsons. FOX presumably made a rake of fast cash off the animated ratings war that followed, and Family Guy seemed destined to go far.

“Enemies fire out childish, homophobic barbs as they rush you in predictable patterns and topple with ease. It’s an insult to your intelligence.”

The show got criminally cancelled after its superb third season but was promptly brought back following solid DVD sales. The run of quality pop-culture gags and then-acceptable cutaway skits was back with a vengeance, but it didn’t take long for the sparkle to fade from Peter Griffin’s eye.

Now it feels like a turgid mess of self-deprecating fourth wall gags that seem to mock the show’s own existence, shock tactics, internet meme parodies and puerile cutaways that now feel forced by obligation. Personally I think it’s well past its prime, but many people I know still like it and of course that’s perfectly fine as well.

I can remember disengaging with the series in a big way after an episode featuring Chevy Chase and Dan Akroyd failed to raise a single laugh. When an animated Chase and Akroyd double-act burns down in flames you know something is rotten in the state of comedy. I just couldn’t stand it any longer.

I’ve taken to American Dad instead, MacFarlance’s smarter, yet less popular show. Sure it’s still full of swaggering college humour, but it’s also laced with clever gags that don’t stoop to brainless meme jokes, or dust off a pop culture icon to grab your attention. Also, there are no infernal cutaway jokes breaking up the plot.

Many dislike American Dad, and that’s fine because humour is subjective after all, but I’m making this comparison to show that you can still be funny without having to resort to another eight-minute chicken fight, A-Team reference or homophobic barb to get a rise out of people. To me, MacFarlane’s opus has become plain lazy in recent years.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is the game of that show, and it too is lazy, coming late in the cartoon’s life cycle. It could be an 11th-hour attempt at delivering a truly hilarious spin-off, but it too feels cheap, offensive and incredibly basic to play. If anything, it will give critics of the show reason to damn it further.

There was scope to work with MacFarlane’s troupe to create something that really puts the show’s ensemble – and quite frankly out-of-fucking-control cast (greased up deaf guy anyone?) – to good use. But it doesn’t, it recycles so many recorded jokes from past episodes, and what little new plot there is crumbles under the weight of its offensive nature.

“Seeing Peter Griffin get naked and sing ‘Milkshake’ by Kelis might have raised a chuckle in the context of an episode, but hearing him singing it again while spinning around on a frat boy parade float dressed as a woman just feels wrong.”

It follows Brian and Stewie travelling the Multiverse, which was a cross-dimensional plane from a previous episode that saw the duo entering alternate realities, such as the Jew-hating Disney dimension, and other equally offensive planes of existence. Again, some like offensive jokes, but this is just my personal take.

In the game they must travel back through alternate dimensions to stop Stewie’s evil brother Bertram from amassing a cross-dimensional army and wiping him out. In the Multiverse episode there was a range of mad planes that actually showed a degree of imagination, but here the developers have been lazy.

You can almost see the checklist being ticked off as you limply run and gun through each dimension, from a pirate-themed zone, a backwards Amish planet, a space level dominated by giant chickens, a city populated by Greek college fraternities and a handicapped world, naturally.

All you do in each level is run around collecting objects, suffering through jokes that were old back in 2003 and shoot some of the most unintelligent enemy AI of the generation. Enemies fire out childish, homophobic barbs as they rush you in predictable patterns and topple with ease. It’s an insult to your intelligence.

There is no aesthetic pleasure to be had here, no tangible plot to draw you in, and no reason to invest, seeing as you’ve already heard most of the game’s jokes already. The pre-recorded jokes from past episodes are often out of context and come with varying levels of audio quality, making the whole thing feel scrappier still.

Seeing Peter Griffin get naked and sing ‘Milkshake’ by Kelis might have raised a chuckle in the context of an episode, but hearing him singing it again while spinning around on a frat boy parade float dressed as a woman just feels wrong. You hear it each time he passes too, underlining the game’s love of repeated dialogue.

Each time Brian or Stewie pick up a health item, ammo or a special device – wacky inflatable tube man, angry chicken, shit-filled nappies, you know the drill by now – you get one of maybe four or five stock lines from past episodes hurled at you. It’s a maddening assault on the mind that grates constantly.

“All joking aside, if this is the kind of lazy tie-in that publishers still think is acceptable in today’s market, then perhaps the license-holders need to speak out a little bit more about the way their creations are treated.”

Completing objectives will unlock new outfits for Brian and Stewie, while cash lets you buy weapon upgrades for Stewie’s arsenal of mad ray guns, as well as Brian’s comparatively sensible firearms. It adds depth for sure, but adding depth to an experience already stooping several feet through the floor isn’t much to brag about.

There’s also a multiplayer mode which focuses on capture the flag but I didn’t play it because this is in no way a review of the whole package. It’s not even a review full stop – it’s just my reaction to how badly the Family Guy license has been further man-handled.

The developer may have had little time, budget or freedom to work with on this one – we’ll never know for sure – but if they did end up in a tricky spot with this project then I really do feel for them. It’s a poor, poor game.

Look at EA’s The Simpsons Game by comparison: it was funny, full of gaming references and parodies, featured Will Wright as a money and supermodel-hungry bastard and came with tons of new dialogue and scenes created specifically for game. Real, genuine, honest-to-god effort. It was hardly mind-blowing, but an effort nonetheless.

In the weeks leading up to the launch of Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, everyone kept on asking why they hadn’t seen any previews or trailers for the game. Did Activision not want attention drawn to it, or was there another reason at play? Again, we’ll never fully know.

But at the end of the day, this is a rickety package of basic mechanics and poor visuals strung together by immature jokes from years gone by. What little new dialogue there is falls short too, such as Brian’s remark about the Cloud making everything worse showing just how out of touch the source material has become.

Humour is subjective, I have to stress the fact again. But all joking aside, if this is the kind of lazy tie-in that publishers still think is acceptable in today’s market, then perhaps the license-holders need to speak out a little bit more about the way their creations are treated.

Disclosure:

  • To assist in writing this piece, Activision sent Dave a copy of Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse on Xbox 360.

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23 Comments

  1. The_Red

    That… was… BRUTAL.
    I want to go off topic a bit but is American Dad really that different to FG? I say this as someone who hates most things about Family Guy. It was only after Ted that I actually saw some talent in MacFarlane’s work. Because of that and the nod in this read, I’ve become kinda curious about his other show.

    Now, back to (no pun intended) this article, I am really happy to see Simpsons game mentioned here. Not a 10/10 game but it was a blast for fans and had some rather smart moments. The team behind it had at least tried to respect the original source. Of course I’m not blaming Back to Multiverse devs because for all we know, they could have had a super tight schedule and very limited resource / budget.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 yeah I think American Dad is properly funny, like really smart in places without having to resort to cheap laughs. But I know folk who disagree.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    @Dave
    Yeah I’d agree American Dad bettered Family Guy some time ago. It’s smarter and funnier by quite some way. It did take me a little while to get into it though.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 it does take some time yeah man

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Fraser Sim

    I like Family Guy and American Dad both but in todays climate (god I hate that phrase) would I shell out £30-40 for this? Most definitely not.

    To me there seems to be 3 types of games these days.

    Z list games like this that still carry a hefty price tag.

    B games that look good, and may play well for the first hour but then become repetitive and boring and hold no replay value. But still cost the same as a AAA game.
    The Darkness 2 and Sniper Elite come to mind.

    Then we have AAA games. FIFA, Halo, COD, Gears etc.
    The games that will always make money but are more often than not sequels.

    With money tight I am wary about venturing away from the familiar.

    One such recent venture (ok not that recent, it was last year) saw me switch from the COD franchise to battlefield 3 (not that much of a switch I know). After a very poor campaign I turned to the multiplayer. On my first and only game I climbed into a fighter jet and mid air got skyjacked by another player who had jumped out of his own plane. I immediatley threw the xbox control on the floor, marched to GAME and traded it in 10 hours after I bought it.

    Anyway, I’m still waiting for a decent new game to come along a blow my socks off.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. CPC_RedDawn

    Dave whilst I totally and utterly completely 100% agree this game is a stinking pile of poop. I have to disagree that American Dad is better than Family Guy. I thought the first couple of season of American Dad were genius and incredibly smart. But after a while, I got very bored of the characters, the stories, and the complete and utter rip off’s of other shows on TV. Family Guy sure has had its ups and downs over the years, the first four seasons were some of the best ever. Whilst a few of the other seasons really did lack in terms of originality and brains. The newer episodes of the past few seasons have been stellar. We can at least all agree, I hope, that whilst we do love The Simpsons, it simply has to stop now. It has not been good at all since 2005 or even before. The new episodes are simply put terrible in every way shape and form. South Park is still funny, but I hate how they rely on ripping a celebrity to pieces in almost every episode. That gets tiresome but when they tackle issues in the world with their crude and barbaric humor its even better than Family Guy. I have high hoped for the South Park RPG!!!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    I think the first mistake you made was expecting intelligence in a Family Guy game.

    Family Guy has had its moments, but for the most part it’s just the same puerile, juvenile and obnoxious humour that made South Park so popular as well. I didn’t expect much more from the game either.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. CPC_RedDawn

    @7 You obviously can not see how truly clever and ingenious South Park and Family Guy truly are. You have to look deeper than what is just on screen or even being said in any given scene. They are some of the only shows on TV that actually tackle real and proper issues in the world and if you actually watch them rather than bashing them you might actually see it. Oh and they also make people laugh a long the way.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @6 I think American Dad, even for me was hard to get in to, but seasons 2-8 have just been superb.

    All subjective though, so I still understand that :)

    @7 I didn’t expect it to be intelligent man :P I just expected more than a slapdash tie in. More fool me it seems eh?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @8 There’s nothing clever or ingenious about either of them.

    It’s toilet humour for pseudo-intellectuals. I’ve been told a thousand times the supposedly incredibly deep commentary behind these shows, and it’s always brainless, generally half arses, and often uninformed or flat out uneducated. It’s still juvenile and predictable no matter what veiled attempt at intelligence it pretends to aspire to.

    They don’t “tackle real issue” because they’re never actually tackling the issues. They just make fun of them for half an hour then mouth off satirical monologue at the end. South Park is especially guilty of this. And it’s still enveloped in the kind of uninspired toilet humour only a 12 year old should find funny.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @10 The aren’t quite hitting the levels of Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Thick of It – which I both love, but I’d say American Dad is a lesser evil at least.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    #8 I do agree with your comment, recently i did watch a re-run episode of south park the one that has cesar the dog trainer doing his job on Cartman, basecally her mother tried with the reality show the nannies for trouble childs, they sent two of their best ones, and they tried to put reverse pshycology, putting on the same level as him, etc all the tried and tested formulas to coup with spoiled trouble childs, one of them get out crying when cartman did applied to her the reverse pshycology of his own, saying she was an old woman without kids and her womb has like a pair of raisins drying out, the other one went to a madhouse eating her own excrements.

    Then came cesar the dog trainer, and treat cartman like a dog, putting him in place, showing who the leader was, putting barriers, establishing comand, etc, and it did work, at the end he changed cartman into a very well manner kid, and it was funny, but also touch a very underlying theme, that kids this days, trouble and spoiled children at that, need strong hand and an strong dominance, shrink methods will not solve the problem, they only need a good spank, from time to time, and let them know they dont have the power, the parents has.

    I know is a long comment but i think what CPC said was right, as i see it in that very episode.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    South Park is actually satire though, they always have a point to what they’re doing. Choosing a bunch of kids for a show that pokes fun at what influential adults are doing is a pretty classic approach.

    Family Guy’s style is just poking fun at stuff beause it’s right there, like anyone who’s ugly or has a handicap or any other misfortune. I don’t mind that, but it’s pretty easy.

    There’s nothing intellectual about either one though.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Christopher Jack

    Still like Family Guy, will watch every episode but it’s certainly not like it used to be. I even enjoy its spin-off, The Cleveland Show, much more but have always preferred American Dad over both as its jokes don’t seem to be as crazy & irrelevant. I also still watch South Park too but they always over do their plots to the point that they’re either make or break for the episode. The Simpsons lost its flair around 10 years ago but I still keep up with it, I certainly no longer re watch any episode unless I’m super duper bored but still, I love its sister show Futurama- Bender is great. As it stands now, I’d probably put American Dad 1st, followed by Cleveland Show, Futurama, Family Guy tied with South Park & then the Simpsons.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. FerretPersona

    Well, this isn’t much of a surprise. The show seems to have been regurgitating the same dumb, offensive, bland humour for years now so why should the game be any different. I mean, I like close to the mark jokes that skirt the line between devilishly hilarious and quite offensive, but Family Guy has just grown so lazy and cheap that it’s almost hard to even be offended by anything it does any more. It crossed the line into disgustingly offensive and now, it’s just pathetic. How many more cancer or AIDS jokes can they spew out before people finally get fed up. Hopefully, not that many.

    American Dad, however is, in my opinion, probably the smartest, most hilarious animated comedy ever made. It’s just sheer genius, with a cast of amazing characters and jokes that just crack me up. Francine is comedy gold every time and even Roger manages to stay fresh despite his extreme character and somewhat predictable misadventures.

    I’ve pretty much given up on the thought of ever playing an American Dad game, but I’m more than happy with the show, which just keeps getting better and better. As for Back to the Multiverse… meh, I hadn’t planned on picking it up and hearing all this has just proven my assumptions to be accurate.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Cobra951

    I saw Lindsay Lohan plug her Liz Taylor movie on the Leno show. Terrible mistake. Up till that point, the only thing I knew is that she could look close to the part from some promo still shots. But the aired clip revealed just how awful she is in the movie. Bad move. Curiosity quickly gave way to derision. Lifetime won’t even get a short view from me now.

    In contrast, I’m guessing Activision wisely avoided any kind of a reveal of this game, which would explain the dearth of reviews and other press. By keeping it under wraps, all we had to go on was expectation, based on the show’s humor (which I very much like–sorry you don’t, Dave) and previous similar efforts like The Simpsons games. That pre-release curiosity no doubt has sold some copies of Multiverse. The more the truth is exposed, the less marketable the property. How sad.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    This revelation reminds me – I hope you can help – but, I’ve been looking for a reliable seller of propane, and/or propane accessories. Last fella (sweet family, crank neighbours) left me high and dry :(

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gigabomber

    Like American Dad? Opinion invalidated.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. _LarZen_

    I liked the crazy places you go to in this game, and it made me laugh out hard some times.
    But the gameplay and level design is horrible, people should be arrested for charging money for “games” like this.

    I would be ashamed if I was in the development team for this game.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. MisterMonday

    This game was awful and I agree that American Dad is a much better show, although some of the more recent episodes of family guy (US Season 11) have been very funny. Including quite an amusing Simpsons joke.

    But the game doesn’t even deserve a 1/10. Awful.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    Dave I agree that the show was great back in the day, and that it’s gone downhill quite a ways, but don’t you dare take my 8 minute chicken fights away from me, that’s one of the running gags that I always looked forward to. ^-^

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Digital Bamboo

    No surprises here. While I was initially entertained by Family Guy when it first came out, it wore out its welcome pretty quickly, & I haven’t bothered to watch it in years.

    I used to think that South Park was nothing more than vulgar shock comedy, until I actually sat down as an adult and watched all the episodes. I think it operates on a number of different levels. When it’s at its best, I think South Park is one of the smartest shows on television.

    I don’t have high expectations for ANY cartoon-to-video-game adaptation, but I do hope The Stick of Truth is a hell of a lot better than this mess.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @22 yeah I did the same many, many years ago now. Re-watched the early episodes with an adult mind-set and you do see lots of new jokes. Clever indeed.

    I think sometimes it can be too American in its satire – lampooning things non-Americans won’t fully understand or appreciate. But hey, it’s still fun.

    The Bane mask scene in a recent episode had me close to tears.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iKoy0Qwh-g

    #23 2 years ago

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  • Rock Band 4 “feels almost like coming home”, says Harmonix

    Rock Band 4 has been a long time coming, and Harmonix is as excited as we are. Or it would be, if that were possible. Harmonix announced Rock Band 4 overnight to massive excitement, especially in the vicinity of me. It’s something we’ve all been waiting for, but no less has Harmonix been waiting for […]

  • Destiny Weekly Update – what’s coming in the pre-House of Wolves patch?

    Destiny guru Arekkz Gaming runs down what Bungie’s mysterious update means – and could mean. This week’s Destiny Weekly Update was kind of light on information, but sometimes even saying nothing is really saying something. What are your theories for what’s coming soon to Destiny?

  • Ashes of the Singularity is “the most advanced RTS ever”, says Stardock

    Stardock has revealed Ashes of the Singularity, a new take on sci-fi RTS. Ashes of the Singularity is described as “not an RTS battle, an RTS war” which sounds pretty exciting. Built on Oxide Games’ Nitrous Engine, Ashes of the Singularity boasts of thousands of units on screen at a time, each with multiple targeted […]

  • Disgaea 5: meet Zeroken and Christo

    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]