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Second-hand Wii U buyers can re-download past purchases, gamers claim

Friday, 4 January 2013 09:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U digital titles can be re-downloaded free of charge on second-hand consoles, some gamers are claiming. For example, if you buy a preowned Wii U that once had Trine 2 installed, you may be able to download it again at no extra cost.

That’s the claim of gamers over on NeoGAF this morning, as one gamer claimed to have bought a second-hand Wii U to find they could download Trine 2 and Nano Assault Neo for free.

This could be down to downloaded titles being tethered to the Wii U console itself, not the Nintendo Network ID used to buy it in the first instance. If true, the issue could see preowned Wii U buyers raking in free titles.

Also reporting on the issue, Eurogamer explained that the only way to transfer previously-purchased licenses from one Wii U console to another is to send the console to Nintendo itself.

The company has stated that it is prepared to help gamers facing the issue, but it seems a lot of hassle. Either way we’ve asked them for comment on the matter.

What do you think? Should this be fixed asap? Let us know below.

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32 Comments

  1. JimFear-666

    hahaha wow..

    #1 2 years ago
  2. polygem

    hahaha indeed. this stinks. nintendo needs to fix that. your purchaes should be linked to your nintendo id and not to the console…they should be working on that-right now- if they want to sell digital game versions…and that´s exactly whatthey should want.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Who designed this shit? Console is full of program bugs/holes

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    While I’m sure this is nice for anyone who buys a second-hand Wii U, this is not exactly music to the ears of third party publishers.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. FabioPal

    And this is a 2013 news, about a feature that looks like it was implemented in 1993…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin

    Nintendo really have no fucking idea what they’re doing with online/commerce.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Hcw87

    @5
    Nintendo has been stuck in 1993 for the past 20 years with their Mario and Zelda titles, what else is new.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. FabioPal

    @4 Actually, it’s not exactly music to the ears of the customers either.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. polygem

    …well…i wouldn´t say all that. wow. like always. hate. for nothing. people generalizing again like crazy. what´s in the article sucks. true…anything else: miiverse: is fantastic. compared to that xbl and especially psn look 90´s to me for sure. why all this hate for nintendo all the time? it´s ok to criticize but this is overdooming everything nintendo is just pisspoor really. i will never understand this attitude. don´t you guys love games? weren´t there tons and tons of awesome nintendo games in the last few decades? no? yes! you guys should support the shit out of nintendo if you want a strong, breathing gaming culture in general with a variety of top games. the wiiu is a great console. right now as the market is today, it is the most exciting and sexiest one.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gadzooks!

    From what I’ve seen, and based on the few sessions I’ve had on a friends WiiU, the OS was simply not ready to be released at console launch, and even post-patch it’s still not up to scratch.

    I’ve gone from ‘pre-ordered’ to ‘getting it launch week’ to ‘needs more games’ to ‘needs a re-think’. The more I play it, the less I want one.

    I’ve no problem with the hardware, it’s brilliant. Software and OS have been a bitter disappointment for me though.

    If MS reveal a decent tablet-gamepad clone for Nextbox I’ll be skipping WiiU I think, unless it drops to £100 in the next 6 months!

    I hate to say it but I fear WiiU will be an exact repeat of the Wii: Massive potential unrealised due to the Japanese having a fundamental lack of understanding of operating systems and user interfaces, combined with a very small percentage of games being of acceptable quality.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    @Gadzooks: “I’ve gone from ‘pre-ordered’ to ‘getting it launch week’ to ‘needs more games’ to ‘needs a re-think’” funny, because for me it was completeley the opposite;)
    i thought it will be like the wii (not that i didn´t like the wii though, but i was sceptical about the tablet, third party support etc). i wanted to skip the wiiu. well, i am glad that i didn´t. it´s a fantastic machine with some great games already. the OS is not an issue at all for me. seriously, sure it could be improved at some point but if not, no problem. works good enough. it´s not the fastest, but it´s not much slower than opening/navigating the blades menu when i press the home button on the 360.
    i think the UI is a massive improvement compared to the wii. it´s slick and clean and easily manageable. it lacks techy cool make up, sure. the eshop looks great too. i adore that the wiiu is just a games console and not trying to be a high end multimedia device. i like that. i really do. the wiiu is about pure gaming and miiverse nailed what online social on a games platform should be, at least for my taste. there are tons of quality games already available at launch. i have that thing a month now and i haven´t even finished half the games i bought for it and i play on the wiiu daily. it´s really hard for me to understand the negativity towards the system because i totally enjoy the shit out of it and ps360 feel like last gen to me. no funny screenshots or weird sonic drawings from some friends…where are we? 2002?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. viralshag

    I rarely comment on the Ninty articles because I don’t care much for their hardware, games or news but this is pretty stupid and deserving of some criticism.

    Every other company gets it, no reason Nintendo should be different.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    sure. absoluteley agree with that…i criticised it myself. i just don´t think that this issue makes the whole console “shit” or “1993″…that´s all.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Fin

    @11

    Jesus you can really turn any comment section into a cheerleading for Nintendo can’t ya?

    @10

    Yeah, I think it’s an issue with Japanese developers and UIs – Nintendo essentially made all of the mistakes Sony made when they released the PS3. Microsoft are they only console manufacturer with a consistent reliable, fast, useful UI. Japanese devs also don’t seem to understand online.
    Fingers crossed nextgen will improve.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @14
    I’d say Microsoft are they only console manufacturer with a consistent reliable, fast, useful *OS*. Not UI. The 360 dashboard is a horrible UI with a fantastic underlying OS.

    I think Wii-U still needs titles which scream *this is what the controller adds*. At the moment some titles are saying it and some are barely whispering it, none are screaming it.

    OS wise I really like some parts, there are a lot of kinks to iron out though. The core interface – setting it up how you want – and social interaction/Miiverse in particular are great. Underlying OS, patching, speed etc is poor though.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mistermogul

    @9 – I agree mate…

    For some reason people just love to hate Nintendo for no apparent reason. They forget all the amazing games and contributions to the industry the company have made over the years (in the process moulding the PS and Xbox we have today) and just write negative comments for every post. It’s really starting to grate on me.

    Why these people can’t just support all developers/hardware manufacturers is beyond me. Like you say we all love games so why the hate?

    There especially seems to be many Nintendo “haters” here at vg247 which is a shame as the site is good.

    Peace :)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dragon246

    Classic ninty with its classic fans who remain classy.
    Ninty should hire someone because certainly dont know what a UI or OS means. And of course, their OS software division needs the boot. Even OSes made by small college groups run better than wiiu lagfest and that too without 1 gb update packages.
    @DrDamn
    MS expertise is to be expected I guess. After all windows remains the most preferred pc os.
    Although XMB has a better UI imo.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Deacon

    My New Year’s resolution is to hate less and appreciate more. Not just here but everywhere.

    Like #16 & #9 said, just take a breath and stop WANTING and WAITING for everything that isn’t your own beloved console to fail miserably.

    Obviously this news is bad, but I suspect Nintendo will fix it ASAP as if left it could prove quite a ball-ache for them.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. polygem

    @16: 100% sign that. i personally praised the shit out of many sony ip´s here, countless times, i love ratchet and clank and insomniac made some of the most fun videogame weapons ever imho. i love sir dan fortesque, sly cooper and the gang and so on, i am a haloholic and the 360 pad is my fave pad this gen. yes, i like nintendo too, a lot and i post that here. everytime you are excited about nintendo you automatically become a ninty fanboy on this page. nothing else matters. it´s hunting season. there is nothing you can do about it. see this thread again. people post pisspoor bashing comments, i try to make some points. they start calling me a cheerleading fanboy already. it´s just insane. i even criticized nintendo in my first post here. there´s no way around this and now I AM to blame for this AGAIN…fantastic.
    people think they need to be “hardcore”. nintendo is “casual” in their eyes – that´s just an illusion though and couldn´t be less true.
    @fin: i am not “cheerleading”, i criticised nintendo but i also said that not everything is bad about the wii u. what´s wrong with that? isn´t that a good starting point for a discussion, i thought so.
    maybe you should really start to take a look into the mirror and ask yourself why you bash the shit out of them all the time for nothing. it´s ok to criticise if you have something to say. those 1993 references don´t help much in a HARDCORE discussion like this, that´s just “kids stuff”.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    sorry fin that 1993 stuff wasn´t even from you, i´m in a rush and at work atm (lol)…but we know each other…you get my point ;)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. polygem

    @Deacon: same here. also i really wanted to post less on vg247…now look at me…i will breath in slowly now aaaannnd…*click*

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Deacon

    @Polygem ; )

    It’s the ones that seem to harbour some sort of secret grudge against types of games or game companies that they simply do not like or have no interest in that get my back up. It’s hard not to get involved sometimes, especially when it’s the same people saying the same things every god damn day. If you have no interest in the subject, and no meaningful criticism, then please refrain from some hilarious internet-hero jibe.

    If only it were that simple!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    that´s so true! but now. before it happens again. out. *click*

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Joe Musashi

    This news sounds like the polar opposite of that Sony patent news from yesterday.

    JM

    #24 2 years ago
  25. FabioPal

    @polygem: I’m not being negative toward the console, it just doesn’t make sense to me to be “negative toward a piece of hardware or a brand” (except Apple, but it’s another discussion :p)

    I’m just saying that reading something like “the thing you buy is bound to the console, not your account” sounds like something thought and implemented in the early nineties.

    You may or you may not agree with my opinion but it is, indeed, an opinion.

    The console, the OS, and the games may be awesome, I’ve not tried any by myself, but from what you and others say it probably is, but this “feature” is just ridiculous.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    “Massive potential unrealised due to the Japanese having a fundamental lack of understanding of operating systems and user interfaces, combined with a very small percentage of games being of acceptable quality.”

    I think that is what opened the door for MS to get in the game biz to begin with. Compare PS2 to Xboxone. The features on the MS side where robust compared to what Sony offered. And the JPNSE have been chasing MS ever scince.
    —————————————————————————–

    I am not making excuses for Nintendo, they have alot of work to do. Just that, it really doesn’t effect me. I bought my system, bought a few games for it, and have been enjoying it. I am getting value for what I bought.

    The whole thing is a learning curve. Look at Sony and the PS3/PSN this last gen. I hope they have learned alot over the course of the past few years. Nintendo are going to have their own growing pains.

    MS had relivly few issues, I think, because they are a company built on IT services. From OS to Internet, software and hardware, they have already had years of learning.

    Anyone that expects Nintendo not to stumble when it comes to WiiU is unrealistic, imo. As far as people that want to hate, enjoy. Your going to have a lot fuel. That is ok by me, because hate or not, I am having a lot of fun playing it instead. I never expected them to be like MS.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. polygem

    @Fabio: ok then. i get it now. that really makes much more sense. sometimes it just needs a few more words to explain things. now i even agree with you;)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. FabioPal

    @polygem: Awesome! :)

    #28 2 years ago
  29. livewired500

    @25 ‘I’m just saying that reading something like “the thing you buy is bound to the console, not your account” sounds like something thought and implemented in the early nineties.’

    No, you were right the first time. Games like Mario are just iterations of Mario World. Basically, they haven’t changed Games, Business model, thinking, or anything since N64. Just been one let down after another for decades.

    Stuff like this just confirms for people that they should not have bought a system. Or I guess in this case, go for a used one, you could get free games. Wonder if this was a planned feature?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    …sigh…

    #30 2 years ago
  31. polygem

    @FabioPal: yep!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. FabioPal

    @29: Well, from a business point of view it worked A LOT.

    They’re still making money after “Mario and Zelda” and, as long as somebody buys their products I can’t see why they should change their model as long as the money keep on flowing.

    The hard truth is that, maybe, the wind is going to change and people are starting to be fed up by the same old stuff. The mobile world is offering stuff on their way to be on par with the average “Mario and Zelda” for a small fraction of the price.

    It’s in Nintendo’s hands and minds to understand that the world is changing and that (imho) they’ve been very lucky with the Wii and that they’re stretching the rope with the WiiU.

    The Wii was a clear innovation, it made the “motion control” mainstream and stuff so people were fond to accept the lower specs and picture quality. I just can’t see the same “wow” factor for the WiiU, a second screen, ok, but…

    That’s why I’m pretty skeptic about the success of the WiiU, it’s my opinion, as usual, but I hope I’m wrong as I cannot (and don’t even want to) imagine a videogame world without the big N in it.

    #32 2 years ago

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    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]