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Metal Gear Rising: a flash flood of insanity

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is out today in the States. Does it live up to Kojima Productions’ legacy? Dave Cook slashes his way through it to find out.

I finished Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance at the weekend. It took me just four hours, 52 minutes and 23 seconds to complete on normal mode, minus cut-scenes and deaths. The proof is above.

That’s a photo of my end-game report. I died 21 times during the campaign and still managed to cross the finish line in under five hours. I should be highly critical right now, but I’m not complaining in the slightest.

In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed this game. You will too.

Just like Platinum’s insane shooter Vanquish, I felt that the Revengeance campaign came in at the perfect length. However, I should point out that Brenna’s play-through was around the six-hour mark.

The game starts off with a bang and keeps pinging along at a steady beat, spiking occasionally thanks to mind-boggling set pieces and well-crafted boss battles. It’s hard to get bored with a title that’s this bat-shit mental and fun for the duration.

Nothing feels like filler and no moment is wasted as Raiden battles the Desperado group – a band of cyborg mercenaries trying to kick-start the war economy after the fall of The Patriots in Metal Gear Solid 4.

Although its not as tactical as Platinum’s impeccable brawler Bayonetta, the whole elevator pitch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was to make anyone feel as badass as Raiden looked in this infamous Metal Gear Solid 4 cut-scene:


Thanks to BigBoss712 for the clip.

Platinum Games and Kojima Productions wants you to play this, not just watch it. If that was the goal, then both parties have exceeded expectation. What that means however, is that tactical fighting has been whittled down to spammy show-boating on lower difficulty tiers.

The core of Revengeance is its combat mechanic, and it’s shallow when compared to Bayonetta. Here, you can unleash Raiden’s high-frequency blade by hammering the light attack button, and use a secondary weapon by inputting heavy attack commands.

Secondary weapons are picked up after defeating bosses, such as Monsoon’s tactial Sai blades and Mistral’s L’Etranger polearm – which is my personal favourite due to its superb crowd-control range. The problem is that you can only switch heavy weapons in the mid-stage menu, not during combat.

Those looking for an experience closer to Bayonetta should start on hard mode, because this is where capable parrying and smart strikes become crucial. The parry system is simple, requiring you to press towards an incoming blow and light attack at the same time.

Simple, yes, but it’s brilliantly executed, just like Street Fighter III’s parry system, which requires players to press forward into an attack. The risk-reward mechanic underneath delivers a huge, gratifying pay-off. Fuck up and you get hurt hard, but succeed and you feel accomplished.

Parrying can also open ‘Blade Mode’ windows. Once Raiden’s battery gauge hits a certain level, triggering this mode will see the action slow to a crawl, giving him a chance to slice foes to pieces. Line up a swipe carefully and you can hack open enemies, exposing their electrolyte core.

Raiden can grab these cores and smash them, which tops up his health and battery power in an instant. It’s what the game refers to as ‘Zandatsu’ or, ‘Cut-and-take.’ Swipe wildly and you’ll destroy the core, losing your health boost in the process.

It’s a neat mechanic, however it’s only forced in a few instances. During a battle with hulking boss Sundowner, you have to swipe specific lines through his explosive shield to avoid taking damage. It’s a neat example of Blade Mode put to crucial use, but these moments are fleeting.

I can’t complain about any of the above, because when you take any ten minute section of gameplay, chances are you’ve hurled Metal Gear Gekkos around like toys, ran across a salvo of rockets like a makeshift walkway and carved many men into tiny, bloody chunks. It’s chaos from start to finish.

Play it again, Jack

Does Revengeance feel like a Metal Gear game? Yes, but obviously the pacing is entirely different. The weird thing is, you can play this game using stealth if you want, as Raiden’s Soliton radar maps foes, making it easy to sneak up for a stealth kill using cardboard boxes or oil drums.

There are Codec discussions, hidden posters of Japanese supermodels, alert phases and the classic “!” noise whenever Raiden is exposed. If you’re a fan of the series then you will appreciate Platinum’s nods to Metal Gear Solid 4, but I’m thankful they didn’t shoe-horn too many references in there. It would have felt cheap.

Instead, Revengeance feels like its own game, and tees off what could be a new story arc in its own right. Despite my rapid play-through, the game is full of hidden secrets, and your levelling carries over into subsequent campaigns, meaning you can replay until you’ve unlocked everything. You will feel compelled to do so.

It may not have the tactical combat of Bayonetta or even the Devil May Cry series, but depth was never this game’s objective. Raiden’s combat is all about style and empowerment, and that’s a double-sentiment that come across tangibly throughout.

Anyone who has grinned while slam-dunking missiles onto 50-foot tall mechas in Vanquish will know what I mean within the first ten minutes of playing Revengeance. You’ll be glad to know that the campaign is that one moment, looped over and over for five hours.

If that’s wrong, I don’t know what’s right.

Disclosure: To assist in writing this article, Konami sent Dave a copy of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on Xbox 360.

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26 Comments

  1. ps4some

    Is this a deliberate Enter Shikari nod Mr Cook ? If so – Good work :)

    Talking of ES, anyone else notice their Captain Price sample in sssnakepit ?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 It wasn’t at first but I did realise after I wrote it :P It’s more a comment on how quickly the campaign is over.

    I need to listen to Sssnakepit again, clearly :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps4some

    I’m pretty sure the ‘a nuclear submarine’ before the first chorus is a CoD sample of Price

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    Fuck yeah, as an ardent fan of Vanquish, this game can’t come in through my letterbox fast enough! ^-^ Cheers for the review Dave…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 It is short, but as soon as you finish it you’ll restart with all your weapons on a harder tier. I guarantee it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OmegaSlayer

    @Dave
    The game takes into account the best times, so the deaths don’t factor in the total playing time.
    It’s the same system offered by Bayonetta.
    Inaba twitted about it

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 yeah, but it’s still short. It’s not a criticism, as the pacing is perfect. It’s superb for the duration and you will definitely replay it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    List of short:

    Ico
    Rez
    Portal
    Journey
    My girlfriend
    Aeon Flux shorts
    Vanquish
    Limbo
    Braid

    List of fucking awesome:

    Ico
    Rez
    Portal
    Journey
    My girlfriend
    Aeon Flux shorts
    Vanquish
    Limbo
    Braid

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ristas

    Something VERY important:

    Platinum’s games aren’t very long. However, they are designed to be played multiple times. For Bayonetta, Kamija stated that you didn’t play through the game as long as you didn’t finish Infinite Climax-Mode. In fact, EVEN THEN there are more extras, playable characters and weapons in there. The strongest enemy in the game, Rodin, doesn’t get unlocked until you played through the game on Infinite Climax. You simply couldn’t completley understand the complex fighting mechanics of Bayonetta in one playthrough, let a lone the normal/hard difficulty.

    I am very confident that the same goes for Metal Gear Rising.

    Still, i think it’s a little unfair to the game to take this time and say “This is how long i took minus this and that”. Including your deaths and cutscenes, it would probably be more along the lines of 6-8 hours. I know that you say this is a) not the full time and b) you did enjoy the game anyway, but all people are going to see is the “4 hours”-mark and make their judgement.

    Also, in your text you write “. I died 21 times during the campaign and still managed to cross the finish line in under five hours. ” which implies that this time includes your 21 deaths, which it doesn’t :/

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 Did you read the whole piece? I’m not complaining about the length. Read it all, then let me know what you think.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Hirmetrium

    @10: I think he was reiterating how Platinium design their games (i.e. with multiple difficulties and tiers in mind), rather than critiquing your review.

    Anyway, this pleases me greatly. Vanquish was utterly sublime, and I’ve been pumped for Rising for bringing together two of my great loves (Vanquish’s excellent design and the Metal Gear universe).

    Nice review Dave. Any tidbits about unlockables/extras?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ristas

    @Dave

    Yeah i did, I’m not criticising your review, it’s a great piece ;)

    All i’m saying is that you are doing the game a great misservice by putting that picture at the very beginning of it. Because i am 100% sure that it will only take a few hours until that picture will make it’s round in forums – without the text – and people will think “Oh, this game took 4 hours to complete”. They won’t care about the fact that it takes you longer because the time doesn’t show deaths or cutscenes. They will see the “4″ and that’s it. That isn’t really your fault though ;)

    That you imply that the deaths count TOWARDS that time doesn’t really help though :P

    Still, i greatly appreciate that you don’t hold the game’s length against it (you are doing the exact opposite) and i’m just happy that Platinum Games finally get’s the mainstream attention it deserves :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. mathare92

    About the length, Dave. I know you’re not complaining but for those who might be too quick to judge from that one screenshot, you might want to include a small note about what it doesn’t count: cutscenes, etc.

    You can see Inaba’s entire Twitter clarification on Neogaf:

    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=512855

    Edit: Ristas beat me to it. Agree 100% with his argument about the placement of the pic. But then again, if it’s not there, the whole intro changes.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    @13 people should learn to read whole articles then ;)

    It’s the same as people skipping straight to review scores. It’s silly.

    But yes, stellar game. I loved it.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. mathare92

    Fair enough. I actually just read that part again, and noticed the phrase “minus cut-scenes and deaths”. Must have missed it for some reason on the first read through.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. frostquake

    Sadly the US economy has caused my life so many financial problems that I am forced into looking at game length. I am the few, that will not go back and play a game the second time. I loved Bayoneta, but once completed, I did not replay. Unless a game can offer me an entirely different story, then I won’t replay. Also, to replay a game again just because it will be tougher, makes no sense to me. I play the game to enjoy the story not the Challenge. In fact, a game that is too Challenging to me, ruins the story. So unless the story mode is different on different levels of how challenging it is, I will always play on easy.
    Now, before you attack me, I want you to know, I am not putting this game down, nor the way others play a game, I am just showing you that there are consumers out there like me, that take the length of a game, because of my style of playing, into consideration. So while I will buy this game, due to the shortness of the single player campaign, and due to the fact I only play through once for the story line, I will wait till it is much cheaper. I know I am in the minority, but that’s just who I am, and how you perceive game play and purchasing is also fine.
    Stay Frosty My Friends.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. mathare92

    ^ +1

    A valid counterpoint, and eloquently delivered. Something we could use more of around these parts.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @16 no one can argue with that mate :) If they do, they’re an idiot.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Telepathic.Geometry

    @frostquake: I completely agree with you, BUT, some games do lend themselves very well to repeated play-throughs.

    For example, playing Lumines to survive, and playing to get 210 blocks in 3 minutes is totally different.

    Going through Dark Souls as a mage or as a cleric might as well be 2 different games.

    Playing Dishonored as a stealth pacifist or as a bloodthirsty psychopath are completely different.

    I also think that a game like Vanquish – very similar to this game I suspect – plays radically differently on different difficulties. Easy, try to grab lots of trophies, play around with all of the different weapons, and see the story. Difficult, use your knowledge of the enemies’ weaknesses and your accumulated skill to annihilate everything you see quickly and efficiently.

    And challenge is always good. Difficulty – I would argue – is never good. I don’t want to be frustrated by cheapness and shitty detection and loose controls. But if the mistake was my fault AND the game gives me enough feedback on what I did wrong and how I can rectify it, I love it…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dave Cook

    @19 the increased challenge demands a different approach to battles too. Parrying becomes key.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. YoungZer0

    I knew the gameplay wouldn’t have much depth. I was able to defeat the Demo Boss even without parrying or blocking on Normal. To be honest though for a game that looks this insane, I don’t mind that at all. I’m in it for the experience. Never had much trouble in Vanquish either (which I didn’t like).

    I will probably rent it this weekend, then decide if it’s worth the real deal.

    Funny how the same people who complained about DmC’s combat rush to buy this game. The same people who called the new Dante ‘faggy’ and ‘emo’, can’t wait to play as a mascara abusing, high heels wearing Cyborg Ninja who has longer fingernails than someone named Lateesha.

    I saw some of the insane footage of the first level and although the action was solid, my initial problems have been confirmed. Confused color palette, PS2-like facial animation and bad, bad 3d models. At least the writing wasn’t as bad as I imagined, although the line “my sword is a tool of justice” is so embarrassingly bad, I nearly felt from my chair.

    Again, won’t hurt my playthrough, but the game really looks fucking terrible for an artistic standpoint. Never been Plantinum’s strongest suit, but I was hoping with some of the KojiPro team on board that would change.

    It didn’t. :/

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ActionGameKing

    Before I finish read this I gotta say Platinum’s first and probably only true mistake with this game was the way they handled the Total Play Time. The game only records your shortest playthrough of each mission, so if you play a section for 2 hours, but finally beat it in 15 mins. The game only records 15 mins to your “Total Play Time”, not the 2 hours. Now reviewers are taking points off and belittling the game’s play time because they’re surprised at the length, even though they KNOW they played it for longer than that.

    Smh, if only reviewers would do their job and research the game before knee-jerking that the game is short when it’s probably PG’s longest game at about 8 hours average.

    Rant over :)

    (EDIT) When I say reviewers I mean IGN and REV3Games

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ActionGameKing

    Just got back to reading this, nicely written Dave! So hyped to get my copy!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. SplatteredHouse

    “It may not have the tactical combat of Bayonetta or even the Devil May Cry series, but depth was never this game’s objective. Raiden’s combat is all about style and empowerment, and that’s a double-sentiment that come across tangibly throughout. ”

    Watching Giant Bomb play this, I just thought it looked one-note. I didn’t doubt that it was very good at playing that note (can’t get much of a tune from that note, though), but it looks fluffy as anything, and I’m not really looking for this/I wouldn’t buy a spectacle game like this, at this point. I don’t see it as having great value for money for my interest, and it’s a prime “wait ’til its on sale” prospect in that regard.

    @22: I can find nothing wrong with Rev3Games’ review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRGLIE8b6xI&list=UUQXR8pItAoKDAJSbphFxbrg&index=3 says the reviewer – “now, bear in mind that Revengeance is meant to be replayed” after which they detail the various tasks you can play to add further time to your total! One and done-ers, and achievement nuts especially may indeed find MGSR to be lacking in playtime.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    @23 thanks man, I appreciate that :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Hirmetrium

    I do need to point out that MGS games scream to be replayed. Over and over. I must of repeated MGS1 a million times and its still one of the best games I’ve ever played.

    #26 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]