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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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  • Survarium launches on Steam Early Access later this week

    Vostock Games’ post-apocalyptic MMOFPS Survarium will launch through Steam Early Access on Thursday, April 2. At present the build offers only the PVP mode, and plans to expand with more variations of gameplay are in the works. The developer stated in its announcement it wanted to work out issues in PVP before offering freeplay and […]

  • Evolve’s latest content update with Behemoth and Observer Mode arrives today

    Evolve’s latest content update releases today, and as previously reported, it contains the playable Behemoth and four new playable Hunters. It also contains the free Observer Mode, and two free maps are available today. The maps are available first on Xbox One and will be available for PC and PlayStation 4 on April 30. You […]

  • Assassin’s Creed: Chronicles India and Russia coming, China episode set for April

    As promised last year, there are more Assassin’s Creed: Chronicles games coming your way. Developed by Climax Studios in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, the side-scrolling action platformer part of the Assassin’s Creed: Unity Season Pass, will be the first standalone release. Two more will follow. China is the first episode, and […]

  • GTA 5 official PC trailer debuts April 2 in 60fps

    The official GTA 5 PC trailer was supposed to release yesterday, but it looks like Thursday, April 2 will be the big day. According to Rockstar, the video will show the game running at 60fps, and it will be released at 10am EDT/3pm BST. The developer recommends you watch it on the most recent generation […]

  • Dishonored and Never Alone are two of your April PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced it’s PlayStation Plus offerings for April, with Dishonored on PS3 and Never Alone on PS4 as just two titles too choose from. Other free games for the month include: Tower of Guns on PS4 and PS3, Aaru’s Awakening on both systems, and for the Vita crowd there’s Killzone Mercenary and MonsterBag. The […]

  • Going back to Jade Empire’s universe “comes up pretty regularly” at Bioware

    Bioware has said the idea of going back to the Jade Empire universe is a topic that “comes up pretty regularly” at the office, according to studio manager Aaryn Flynn. Speaking in a reader Q&A on Kotaku, Flynn said there is “always hope” for another Jade Empire, but for the present, the studio is rather […]

  • How to listen to the Vice City soundtrack while playing GTA 5

    Let’s improve Los Santos with a blast of cool 80′s power ballads. We dig the GTA 5 soundtrack. But we also love the Vice City radio stations. Now with the power of music streaming service Spotify on PS4 we can finally combine both. Of course this works for any music on Spotify and any game, […]

  • Completionists could spend over 200 hours in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to be a rather long game. If you are a completionist, you could spend over 200 hours playing the game, according to CD Projekt RED. Answering a question pertaining to game length on Twitter, senior game designer Damien Monnier said if “you do everything” the game will last […]

  • Limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight Steel Grey PS4 announced

    A limited edition bundle for Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced which includes a Steel Grey PS4 with a custom design based upon the Rocksteady title. It comes with a matching DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, the game on Blu-Ray, and exclusive bonus content the Scarecrow Nightmare that’s available to play on PS4. There’s also a […]

  • Super Mario 64 HD project receives takedown notice from Nintendo

    Nintendo has issued a takedown notice for Unity-developed Super Mario 64 HD, the fan project which created an updated version of the first level of the game and allowed users to play it in their browser. It was also downloadable, with no attempts from creator Roystan Ross to monetize the project. Still, the news shouldn’t […]

  • Dying Light players should use “extreme caution” handling Antizin injections tomorrow

    Dying Light players will be able to participate in “something unusual” which Techland says will “radically change the game experience” for one day only tomorrow, April 1. According to the developer, players will need to use “extreme caution” when handling Antizin injections as the latest batch has been sullied with a foreign contaminant. The chemical […]

  • Nintendo of America’s hosting a Nintendo Direct on April 1

    Nintendo of America will be hosting a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, April 1 of all days. The company will be discussing upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. The session will take place at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/12am CET. Catch a #NintendoDirectNA about #WiiU & #3DS games on 4/1 at 3 p.m. PT. Don’t let the date fool […]

  • How eSports changed Call of Duty

    Betting on eSports for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has reinvigorated the biggest game on consoles and turned it into a spectator sport. “We were looking at the eSports scene blowing up. Every year it was getting bigger. Players were maturing and being more discriminating. We had to understand the impact that eSports is having […]

  • Destiny: how does the road ahead look?

    The future of Destiny looks very bright with House of Wolves and Comet releasing this year. But what about next year, and the one after that? Alex has a new video for you that tries to paint a picture of the future of Destiny. He goes over the timeline as we know it based on […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.09 improves Heists matchmaking

    GTA 5 received a patch towards the end of last week. The patch, version 1.09, brought with it a few improvements to Heists and plenty of other fixes. Rockstar has released patch 1.09 (1.23 PS3 and Xbox 360) for all versions of GTA 5 to help make the Heisting experience better for all. The ‘auto-invite’ […]

  • Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more make up this week’s Deals with Gold

    Deals with Gold is back for the week of March 30 with discounts on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Lego Movie Videogame, and others. Xbox Live Gold members get a few good deals this week to spend money on. A large assortment of The Lego games is on […]

  • GTA 5: parallax occlusion mapping is gone, but framerate is better

    Patch 1.09 for GTA 5 has indeed removed the parallax occlusion mapping effect, but has in turn improved the game’s overall framerate – at least on PlayStation 4. Earlier last week a YouTube video came to light and showed what appeared to be the removal of effects from GTA 5 after applying patch 1.09. The […]

  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

    DirectX 12 may not be the miracle that some are believing it to be, at least not when it comes to improving the resolution of Xbox One ports. Damien Monnier, a senior game designer at The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has revealed through a Twitter conversation with fans that DirectX 12 may not […]

  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

    Bloodborne has a nasty glitch that will let you duplicate all in-game consumables. The glitch was discovered by Kotaku and makes item duplication pretty simple. Note that doing this will trivialise a major part of the game’s challenge and that it will probably get patched soon. For this glitch to work, you’ll need to create […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 31: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    The weekly reset to Destiny’s merchants, strikes, and reputation caps is here. The strike for this week is The Nexus on the Ishtar Sink on Venus. Void burn will be your ally/enemy for the Nightfall. The Juggler modifier is also available on both Heroic and Nightfall. Inferno Crucible mode also returns with Clash, and it […]

  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

    Motivational Growth will soon be Steam’s first foray into selling movies that are not based around video games Steam will release its first, non-documentary film later today in the form of Motivational Growth. The film is a sci-fi comedy distributed by Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital, who has itself produced other game-centred documentaries before, and […]

  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]