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Fuse is finally starting to make sense

Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Fuse has a real fight on its hands as a new IP in a sea of franchises. Developer Insomniac talks tells us about its approach while Dave Cook has a blast playing the all-new Echelon mode.

Fuse

Originally announced as Overstrike at E3 2011, the game was later re-named ‘Fuse’ in August 2012.

Teamwork is Insomniac Games’ key hook. The studio’s most recent trailer shows plenty of it in action.

Fuse’s horde survival mode ‘Echelon’ was announced in December, along with a new trailer featuring plenty of gunplay.

I first played Fuse in October, and wasn’t overly impressed. Read my first impressions here.

I first played Fuse back in October. It felt like a functional and polished cover shooter at its core, but it suffered from a severe lack of ‘spark’.

Developers need their games to have a bankable identity now more than ever. You’re never going to pay top dollar for something that feels average or uninteresting, that’s just plain common sense. With cheaper alternatives on PC and mobile formats, console studios need to work harder than ever to arrest your attention.

After revisiting Fuse last month, I’m slowly beginning to understand its appeal. Most of this new-found enthusiasm comes from Echelon mode and yes, it’s another take on ‘Horde’. What really rattles my cage is that so many studios seem to be taking a half-assed approach to survival modes, as if they’ve been knocked together in a lunch hour. It simply doesn’t fly.

But Echelon feels like a proper attempt at shaking up the format. It’s still a round-based survival game contained on a single map, but rather than gunning down waves of enemies until your fingers bleed, Fuse hurls a barrage of quick-fire objectives at the team. It’s like a hybrid of Wario Ware and Gears of War’s Horde, if such a notion can be conceived.

It works too, turning what could have been a faceless co-op mode into something that feels exciting, engaging and utterly insane. My hands-on session took place at a facility in Pakistan, littered with chain-link fences, elevated platforms and metallic walls. It sounds dull, but it certainly wasn’t without colour.

The round began with a Raven gun ship flying in to dispense troops below. Its mini-gun peppered us with suppressing fire while we unloaded on the rappelling troops, sending several bodies tumbling down to the ground. We learned that you can even take down the chopper too if you’re fast enough, but we were shit if I’m being honest.

“OK, yep, so we just kill these bozos and then it’s on to the next round, right?” That’s what I was thinking in my bullish, critical head. But no, the next round saw an ordnance drop fly in from above and our task was to fight a huge pack of riot shield Raven troops for control of the supplies.

If you’re too slow they’ll destroy the cache and you get nothing. Succeed and you get a big weapon boost. It’s all to play for. Round three was sadistic, throwing one of the game’s mid-bosses and a big wave of footsoldiers at us. The giant, bastard-hard ape mech flattened our whole team in seconds.

With pride swallowed and our expectations re-aligned, our group of critics hit the restart button and tackled the mode again, but this time in a less-sceptical light. Echelon mode – as it happens – is insanely good fun and, well, just plain insane.

The aesthetic quality on show makes each wave feel like a war in its own right. Fuse particles spray everywhere, bullets ping off surfaces and the din of gun-fire erupts all around you. It’s even possible to engage in a bit of Uncharted-style climbing to create ad hoc cover.

I spent a whole round shimmying around the edge of a wall, emerging to shoot over it with my free hand whenever an opportunity arose. When you mix this with the possibilities of Fuse weapons to place impenetrable shields or to inflict area-of-effect damage, you can start to see the game’s appeal a little more clearly.

I’m still not convinced that the Fuse chaining mechanic is a marquee feature – basically because I need more time with it – but yes, it did make more sense as I got into the habit of propping up shields to plug gaps in cover, giving my squad a chance to raise hell in safety.

We also scrambled over money bags that spawn in as a reward for good performance. They spew coins all over the shop and feel like they belong in a Smash Bros. game, giving you currency to spend on new abilities and upgrades. It’s a daft, playful touch.

I also played a campaign mission set in Jodhpur that threw up some new tricks. What struck me is how much more aggressive the enemy AI felt when compared to my October playtest. They really don’t fuck about as they hound you with relentless fire and push forward for the kill.

At one point a stealth cloaked enemy troop grabbed one of my squad-mates like a human shield and forced us to shoot around them for the kill. Between that and the crushing difficulty of our courtyard skirmish, we all felt the pressure brought on by these relentless bastards. Only a weak and tacked-on platforming section felt out of place. The rest felt surprisingly solid.

Drying off my sweaty palms, I turned to Insomniac CEO Ted Price for a quick chat about the game, particularly Echelon’s crushing difficulty. “We’re not afraid to make a game that challenges players, at all”, he said. “With a four-player game, you do have to throw some pretty tough challenges at players to keep them on their toes so it doesn’t get old.”

Echelon mode certain does keep players on their toes, as complacency will see you downed in moments. Price explained one of Echelon’s six sub-modes ‘Countdown’, as an example of focused teamwork at play.

“In Countdown you’re taking a Fuse canister to a specific spot as it counts down to critical mass,” he explained, “so you have to get it there in time. But if you stand on the spot, within proximity of the canister, your Fuse weapons are always powered up, which gives you incentive to help protect whoever’s carrying it.”

There are many of these little mechanics at play to enforce teamwork in both Echelon mode and the campaign, but I still feel like it resonates stronger in the former. For example, when facing a mini-boss in ‘High-Value Target’ rounds, Price explained that failure to take down the threat quickly will see it calling in endless waves of re-enforcements.

You’re always under pressure and it ramps up excitement apace. When jetpack, stealth and riot shield troops enter the arena however, you need to be ready for a rough ride. I asked Price if this visible attempt to do new things with the Horde archetype was a key goal of Insomniac’s.

“It’s easy to become complacent as a player of round-based games” he explained. “So it was important for us to make sure that every battle felt a little different. We can do that by randomising the way sub-objectives appear in Echelon.”

The same goes for platforming sections in the campaign. Although the clambering I experienced felt asinine, Price assured me that it was just a taster of what’s in store. “It’s important for us to break up combat and it’s important to not create a one-note game where you’re always fighting.

“Those are our moments to tell some of the backstory in real-time, and create conversations between characters that help flesh out their personalities and tell more of their story during those traversal moments.”

Whether or not that story will help support the crazy gunplay at the beating heart of Fuse remains to be seen. I’m now keeping a cautious eye on the game’s development moving forward, just in case my renewed hope is justified. It could end up surprising everyone come launch day, and besides, new IP is what we need more of, right?

Disclosure: To write this interview, Dave attended a recent EA showcase event in London. All travel and food was paid for by VG247. Catering at the event was offered but not accepted. No code, merchandise or advertising was accepted.

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26 Comments

  1. deathm00n

    I can’t read the whole article now, but I stopped in the part that echelon mode is a horde mode with objectives. This sounds like what we already have in uncharted 3.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Shame, because Echelon is actually decent. I’m as surprised as the next man. Can’t comment on the campaign yet, as what I’ve played hasn’t set my world on fire yet.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    I know those screens have been touched up in Photoshop, but still… WOW.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 Yep. I was surprised when I played it. I’m not usually cynical when approaching games – because hey, I freaking love games – but with Fuse I wasn’t initially taken by it. Echelon is a riot though. Hope the campaign stacks up.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. deathm00n

    @2 No Dave, you misunderstand my point, not that I’m saying it’s bad, I love the mode I mentioned from Uncharted.

    I’ve just read it to the end and now I see it’s got potential, the bosses in the middle of the waves sounds good.

    But I’m cynical about it, I fear it will be another TPS in the sea of clones. Hope not, but lets see.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Ah, then you will indeed enjoy Echelon :)

    Yeah the bosses are good, but bloody terrifying as they aren’t easy, especially with troops swarming around it.

    I’m cautious too, I hope any new IP does well, but it remains to be seen.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. absolutezero

    I wanted a wonderful follow up to No One Lives Forever.

    Monolith are a Warner factory more or less so no one else is going to make it. Even the name now fills me with apathy.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SameeR_Fisher

    Great read Dave, I was interested in reading your thoughts cause personally I am super worried.

    Echelon mode seems to be quite fun, and friends will have a blast in it, though I wonder about the SP missions, the length, the story, the variety, will they be worth it ?!, I know you only got your hand on a small part and it didn’t set your world on fire, hence why I am still worried about SP, at least Echelon so far is different from traditional horde mode.

    And yes we are in great need of new IPs, I really hope Insomniac can succeed in making something amazing, after all Resistance is one of my fav. games.

    It is refreshing, between this, The Last of Us & Remember Me, we are getting more and more new IPs.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    this is just a mediocre game and that much we know already… is it gonna be a bad game like aliens colonial marines, nope. is it gonna be a bargain bin buy?… most likely, yes.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 because you’ve played it, clearly.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. deathm00n

    Looking at it now, the screenshot with the palm trees really reminds me of Bulletstorm. If it turns out to be better than Bulleststorm it’s already something. Because Bulletstorm didn’t live to my expectations :(

    #11 2 years ago
  12. daytripper

    @9 Grow up soft arse

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @11 it’s quite different to Bulletstorm, but yeah I think the colour palette and effects feel the same now you mention it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. splashofartstudios

    Idk Dave…you loved the new DMC…so I take what you say as a serious grain of salt lol. It does look rather mediocre… yet another shooter oh..joy…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. TheBlackHole

    “Catering at the event was offered but not accepted.”

    This is absolutely insane. No-one thinks you write nice reviews because you eat their food.

    Christ.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. splashofartstudios

    ^^Lol

    #16 2 years ago
  17. deathm00n

    @15 You must not know about what happened last year right? Long story short: Dave entered (and I think he won) a giveway made by a developer and this generated a lot of hate and questioning about double standards in today game journalism. To end any suspicions people here no longer accept anything besides games from the developers, to show they are not bought by them.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. splashofartstudios

    ^^ I dont think that was the point he was trying to make death… He was saying, why talk about food and how the company is trying to “woo” him over..talk about the game..not food catering for their special little “guest”

    #18 2 years ago
  19. TheBlackHole

    @17

    I know what happened, I just think journos have gone a little OTT with their self-regulating.

    Freebies etc I get, but food? Dude’s gotta eat, right?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. SameeR_Fisher

    @17: wait that happened to Dave ?!, I thought it was Geoff with the picture or something that generated all that buzz.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. The_Red

    @20
    It didn’t stop there. Doritos pope or something was the beginning. Things got ugly as some journalists were named in the original EG article that started this which lead to even more discussions.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. SameeR_Fisher

    @21: wow, to be honest I kinda skipped over that time, didn’t give the matter much thought.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. TheBlackHole

    @22

    Neither did anyone else. That’s why the whole thing is so ridiculous. Pat made the longest post about it, some of which I got, other bits I thought he’s missed the point a little.

    Still, all it means now is that underpaid writers have to also pay for their own transport, food and other normal things when not at all necessary, just in case they are seen as being bias.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. LuLshuck

    Basically its mass effects 3s multiplayer? which is good because me3 is god awful

    #24 2 years ago
  25. viralshag

    I have to agree with TheBlackHole, not eating offered food is a little OTT and actually mentioning it is a little OTT. If anything I find it a little unbelievable you would stand there and NOT eat or drink anything.

    Perhaps you could also get a signed note from an EA employee just to confirm you didn’t eat anything? Just so we know for sure…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DSB

    If I was an EA PR, I’d cater with nothing but Doritos. Then I’d stand by the food cart and watch whoever went to get some, and then I’d point at whoever it was and say “Haaa!”. Every time it happened.

    I wouldn’t even promote the game, they could fire me after that if they wanted to, I’d just become a games journo.

    @23 There’s hardly anything wrong with journalists paying for their own transportation. It’s a pretty logical assumption that if a business pays 1000 dollars for you to look at a game of theirs, they might expect something in return.

    The fact that they’re underpaid doesn’t mean they should save on ethics.

    In the case of snacks I’d say that assumption becomes pretty far fetched, though.

    #26 2 years ago

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    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]