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Neon dreams: Streets of Rage 4′s painful legacy

Monday, 21 January 2013 08:09 GMT By Dave Cook

Streets of Rage 4 has been subject to many false starts over the years. VG247′s resident series fanboy Dave Cook discusses Sega’s failed attempts, and argues the cases for and against a Streets of Rage revival.

Streets of Rage

The series launched in 1991 on Sega’s Mega Drive/Genesis console. The first game saw cops Axel Stone, Adam Hunter and Blaze Fielding take to the streets to bring down ruthless Kingpin Mr. X. His mullet is as fearsome as his name,

Streets of Rage 2 is notable as one of the best-received scrolling beat-em-ups of its day, while the third game received a mixed reaction due to butchered Western ports.

Sega has been toying around with bringing the series back for years. First on Dreamcast, then on modern consoles.

Just last month footage of a canned Streets of Rage remake by Crackdown developer Ruffian Games surfaced. Check it out here.

Sega was in trouble back in 2001. PlayStation 2 was giving the company’s Dreamcast a kicking at retail, third-party developers had jumped ship in droves and the gaming business was turning into an increasingly savage domain. In January that year, the company announced that it was halting production of the console, and with it, Sega was withdrawing from the hardware production sector.

It was a sad day for followers of the company who had weaned themselves on the delights of Alex Kidd in Miracle World – built into Sega’s Master System II hardware – or those who marvelled at the Mega Drive’s so-called ‘blast processing’ that gave Sonic his trademark speed. It was always an edgy company, calling out its competitors and beating its chest with brazen ad campaigns and sleek console units. But now it had lost its teeth.

Since the demise of Dreamcast, Sega has lived on as a software developer and publisher, and often revisits its glory days through some superb examples of fan service. Most recently, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, featured cameos from classic characters like Ristar and boasts an entire circuit based around the stellar Shinobi III, complete with a remixed arrangement of Yuzo Koshiro’s original 16-bit soundtrack.

Sega and its partners know fan service like the back of their hand, but where it stumbles is in franchise revival. 2008′s Golden-Axe sequel, the critically-mauled ‘Beast Rider’ proved that trying to panel-beat an old formula into a modern paradigm is trickier than it looks. The same goes for NiGHTS follow-up ‘Journey of Dreams’ and the PS2 reboot of Altered Beast.

These revivals need care and attention to detail, not just the hope that they will sell on name alone, and it seems that Sega’s top brass are trying to get heir collective heads around how to bring the iconic Streets of Rage franchise kicking and screaming into the modern age.

Streets of Rage 2 is my all-time favourite game, and lord knows I go on about it enough on these pages. Although born in the ’80s I place the apex of my childhood firmly in the mid to late ’90s because back then gaming was hotting up, the fabled PlayStation we heard so much about in the pages of Mega and Sega Power would be no match for Sega’s Mega-CD – they told us – and we looked forward both formats having a massive duel.

Sony kicked the shit out of Sega in the CD stakes of course, but man, what a time it was to be a gamer. The one title that sums up the spirit of the time better than any I can think of was Streets of Rage by Yuzo Koshiro’s team Ancient. It even sounded like the ’90s:


Above: A decade in condensed audio format.

First released across North America in 1992, Streets of Rage 2 was a technical marvel on Sega’s console. although the Mega Drive controller only featured three buttons, the move-set was surprisingly complex at the time. You could double up buttons to do different attacks, hold down the punch button for a new move and even land on your feet after being thrown by holding up and jump in mid-flight.

The dance and techno soundtrack, incredibly slick pixel-art animation and a riotous two-player co-op mode would see it go on to be a cultural phenomenon. It even spawned a six-issue story arc in Fleetway’s ‘Sonic the Comic’ series. Even now you can buy all three Streets of Rage titles on almost every format out there today, and the series is heavily supported by the Streets of Rage Online fan community, and a prominent homebrew scene.

Through OpenBoR – an incredibly versatile Streets of Rage engine used to create scrolling beat-em-ups in the homebrew community, gamers who have grown tired of waiting for Sega to revive the series have made their own sequels in an attempt to realise their own vision of how the franchise should live on. At the end of last year the Streets of Rage Online community even sent a whopping petition to Sega lobbying them for a fourth game that followed the spirit of the original titles, for fear of a 3D hack job.

Many people want more Streets of Rage games, but they’re cautious of how Sega will handle it. The company itself considered making a Dreamast sequel, but it never saw the light of day. All that remains is this infamous tech demo reel:

It looks awful, so it’s no surprise that the project was quietly canned. The critically-panned PSone game Fighting Force, which was developed by Tomb Raider studio Core, is said to have been Streets of Rage 4 at some point in its development cycle, but again, the project never came to pass as originally intended.

Most recently we reported that Crackdown 2 studio Ruffian Games was developing a Streets of Rage remake for Sega. We posted some leaked prototype gameplay footage here. While it’s certainly the best official attempt at trying to bring back the series, the 3D perspective still sends alarm bells ringing. Even Bionic Commando reboot developer Grin had a stab at the franchise before it was closed.

The best attempt at creating a series sequel was the indie project Streets of Rage Remake by Spanish indie developer Bomber Link. Sega quickly halted distribution of the game after the final build was issued, but you can still download it from the underbelly of the internet if you look hard enough. Do it. It’s seriously, absolutely brilliant.

I’m torn on this issue because the Streets of Rage fanboy in me really wants a new game in the series, while the cautious game critic in me is sure that Sega would fuck it up big style. We’ve seen it happen in the past to so many franchises, but yet hope lives on that the publisher will make the right decision.

That’s the problem with rose-tinted specs though isn’t it? near the end of last year I wrote a piece about why nostalgia is brilliant, because it can make us stop being so cynical and enjoy less than spectacular experiences. I mean, I want to spit on my TV every time Super Meat Boy grinds me down to tears, but oh, look at all the retro references.

If Sega is to bring back Streets of Rage and avoid pissing on our memories it needs to keep the 2D Perspective, retain the pixel art approach, smother it in dance music – NOT DUBSTEP – and actually set it in the ’90s. Surely in a digital distribution market so forgiving it allows games like Retro City Rampage and Fez to both exist and succeed, such a game could be made reality with relative ease?

Whatever Sega is struggling over, I just hope they take all of the above into consideration, because it’s a sentiment I’ve seen fellow Streets of Rage fans share online before. Please Sega, do this one right.

(Or just get Platinum Games to do it and they’ll show you how it should be done, whichever’s easier for you.)

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32 Comments

  1. bitsnark

    Fucking brilliant article Dave; looking at that early footage for an SOR game on the Dremacast makes me chew my fist when I think how they could have diverted the production budget from the risible Spikeout into something a lot more worthy.

    Not to mention the fact that when I’m playing the Yakuza games, I squint a little bit during the fighting portions of it and pretend I’m playing a new SOR title.

    There! I confessed! :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 thanks :)

    SoR is a series I hold close to my heart, and I’m so cautious of Sega messing it up, but at the same time I want to see more from it. Part of me thinks they should have hired Bomberlink – the SoR Remake guy – and got him to make SoR 4. He understood what was needed to make a new SoR game great, as it captures the spirit of the old games and adds many new ideas without sacrificing the old game’s DNA.

    So to anyone reading this, seek out SoR Remake – you can still torrent it if you look hard enough – and play it, seriously.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    @2

    I’ve had a look at the remake in screenshots only and it appears to look exactly the same as the recent XBLA conversions.

    Or do the differences run deeper than just aesthetics?

    I’m really just curious, in what way does it consider itself to be a remake?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Oh fuck yeah! Just imagine how awesome it would be to finally have a new Streets of Rage set in the 90′s (The many possibilities of a 90′s inspired art-direction), featuring a soundtrack Composed by Yuzo Koshiro? I’d love it! Especially with a pixel art-style.

    At this point we can actually ask ourselves “What’s there to lose?”.

    The could save a lot of money releasing it on Steam/PSN/Xbox Live only.

    Games like Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game and Double Dragon Neon show that the genre is still popular! And games like Urban Reign, Yakuza and Altered Beast show that 3D doesn’t suit the Beat ‘em Up genre.

    If you go 3D, you have to be as good as Bully or The Warriors. A lot of three roaming elements would definitely be nice.

    Anyway, i still think the Soundtrack from the first one is much better. Never liked the remixes from the second one.

    http://youtu.be/SwrVafAwAjE

    Love this song.

    Oh and btw. great article, really. Thanks for bringing back some really nice nostalgic memories.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @3 oh man it’s so different;

    -Mode 7 effects
    -Handguns
    -Bike Chase level
    -Remixed Soundtrack by the OverClocked Remix community
    -World map with many multiple routes
    -Multiple endings
    -New enemies and bosses
    -All new plot set after SoR 3
    -A Revenge of Shinobi-style train top level
    -The return of police super-attacks
    -Entirely new stages, plus some old ones
    -Remastered visuals
    -A Tekken Ball mode
    -In-Game shop where you spend your loot on new fighters
    -SoRR Maker: an in-built editor. Think LBP for SoR
    -Tons more.

    Seriously, get it :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @4 “Oh and btw. great article, really. Thanks for bringing back some really nice nostalgic memories.”

    No, thank you :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: btw. Dave, have you played the Warriors? Or any game you’d classify as a worthy contender as 3D beat ‘em up done right?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. bitsnark

    @5

    New content you say?

    FUCK, SOLD.

    @4

    “And games like Urban Reign, Yakuza and Altered Beast show that 3D doesn’t suit the Beat ‘em Up genre.”

    Aw, I thought the scrapping was pretty good in the Yakuza games :(

    Not ‘The Warriors’ good, but still pretty decent all the same.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. bitsnark

    @7

    That’s a point actually – why the heck isn’t didn’t that game make it to Games on Demand or something like that? I would still play it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    Yeah Dave, the article is great and the fond memories are deep. I thought that the first time I combat in Batman AA, was when I had that SOR vibe. Maybe Sega can do it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @7 yeah absolutely man, Warriors was fun enough but I think God Hand is the best example of that kind of experience in 3D. That said if Platinuk took a Bayonetta approach to SoR I’d be happy as well :)

    @8 Yakuza games remind me of the fighting in Die Hard: Arcade and Dynamite Cop 2, which is no bad thing of course. Feels like a scrappy bar room brawl than elegant fighting. Chunky.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @10 thanks :)

    Yeah I think you’re right: 3D fighting in games has improved a lot over the years. Sega could look to the games that do it right – it published Bayonetta – and use that to either enlist a good developer or do it right. I hope that they treat it with proper respect.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    Dave It’s extremely cool of you to write these stuff, I love it. /hug

    I too wish that SoR make it back to gaming scene, keeping everything that was cool about the series, 2D aspect, music and fashion of the 90′s. It’ll be brilliant. If titles like Mark of the Ninja, Hotline Miami and others can be successful, can’t see a reason that a SoR game couldn’t.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @11: Count me out, God Hand was way too difficult for me. WAAAAY too difficult.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. friendlydave

    Brilliant article, was looking forward to this and it didn’t disappoint.

    I would like to see a remake of the original, Not to sure if I would like a new game. Beat ‘em ups don’t seem to translate well on modern consoles.

    Fighting force was critically panned? :( Never realised. Mind you I never did play the PlayStation version. I only thought that game was out in Arcades. Had so much fun playing it as a kid.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @13 thanks :) it’s a subject I hold close to my heart. You’re right, there’s no good reason this game couldn’t exists and work well today. They just need to be smart about it.

    @15 yeah it was mauled dude, and I may be wrong on this but I’m sure Fighting Force never release in arcades. I may be wrong though :) glad you liked the article man. Cheers for reading.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. bitsnark

    @16

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure Fighting Force was a home-grown product. It was developed by the original Tomb Raider dev CORE at the time IIRC.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. friendlydave

    @16 Definitely was Fighting Force, got a photo of me and my brother by the sea playing it, it had an attached seat so you sit down while playing with 2 sets of joysticks and 4 buttons. This was 90′s Swanage seaside arcade so it was most probably a PC emulation.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @18 sounds like it was an emulation job, but a decent one at that with the joysticks and such. To be fair as well it smacks of an arcade game too :)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. richiefrank

    Two things: 1) proofread your work please, lots of careless typos . 2) Hurry up with making your point, 80% of this is retro look back and that’s not what I expected from the headline and opening.

    As for the point you are trying to make, I guess I understand about wanting it as much like the originals as possible, but I think there’s more merit in modernising the game rather than keeping it old school. It doesn’t need to have dubstep but as long as care and devotion goes into it then a good game will be made. The problem with the examples you gave was that they were all awful games, but more and more devs are rebooting franchises with success as they learn what is important about a particular franchise. The problem is, that is so different for so many people.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dave Cook

    @20 1) I’m on holiday, someone else should have proof-read for me 2) what do you mean hurry up and make my point? The piece is about the game’s legacy, as in a look back at it’s history and where it might be going next.

    Appreciate feedback but felt this was a tad harsh IMO.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Clupula

    Honestly, I wouldn’t want it to stay 2D nor animated. I’d want it to get the God Hand approach, just with online four player co-op.

    The problem with Beast Rider was that if you took away the Golden Axe connections, it’d still be an awful game. If they would actually have made a great game, we’d probably be on the third Golden Axe spin-off by now.

    Make something in the spirit that continues the story, but don’t be beholden to the old games too much.

    Actually, besides Platinum, I’d love it if they had the same team that did Yakuza handle it. Such an amazing series. I am so afraid we’re not going to get Yakuza 5 in the West.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Clupula

    I’m surprised no one suggested letting Ninja Theory reboot it, since it seems to be the thing to pretend they’re competent these days.

    At the very least, in a game dealing with street gangs, a conversation that consists of “Fuck you” fifty times would actually be appropriate.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. bitsnark

    @22

    It seems like I’m not the only one with Yakuza anxieties in this regard.

    I’m also hoping that the Yakuza HD double pack comes out over here too.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    @24 – Me too. Both of those would be day one purchases for me. The Yakuza series is one of the best things Sega has ever done.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Mus42

    I remember seeing Bare Knuckle at the local independent import store when I was at college – seeing that game that made me buy an import cartridge just so I could play it :)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. dizzygear

    I remember when a dutch mag aimed at Sega consoles wrote in their SoR2 review: “forget about a Sonic 2. SoR 2 is the best Megadrive game ever.” Good times…

    I always wondered why Sega never made a SoR game with the Die Hard Arcade engine back on the Saturn. That game was pretty good except for the annoying QTE’s always fucked up for some reason.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Gheritt White

    6 Reasons “Streets of Rage 2″ is The Best Game of All Time: http://www.funnyordie.com/lists/eeee501534/6-reasons-streets-of-rage-2-is-the-best-game-of-all-time

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Dave Cook

    @27 ah dude, SoR with the Dynamite Deke engine would have been ace. I think an XBLA release of Die Hard Arcade is in order, but the license issues will likely make that an impossibility.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. SameeR_Fisher

    Great read Dave, and great work.

    I hope to see more of this from you, more coverage to games gamer have been asking for, like Onimusha, Dino Crisis, Legacy of Kain, …………..etc

    Keep the hard work.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dave Cook

    @31 thanks man :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Zutnunzor

    I remember Sega pulling a cease and desist on the completely free Streets of Rage Remake Project as it version 5.0. It featured multiple paths, around 10 playable characters, huge soundtrack, HD and Controller support.

    Game was actually friggin’ fantastic, but nobody got to play it! Sega SHOULD take a note from their fans on this one and if they really wanna do the next Streets of Rage right, maybe get the developers of the original as well as the people that made the fan-based remake together and make a true next-gen Streets of Rage.

    One can dream, right?

    #32 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]