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SimCity marketing campaigns suspended temporarily – report

Friday, 8 March 2013 19:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

And in more SimCity news, EA has suspended its marketing campaign for the game in light of all the issues its launch has faced this week.

This is according an email handed over to Polygon which was apparently sent out to EA’s marketing affiliates.

The email states that affiliates “please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being.”

“To be clear we are continuing to payout commissions on all SimCity sales that are referred, however we are requesting that you please stop actively promoting the game,” the email reads.

“We will notify you as soon as the SimCity marketing campaigns have been resumed and our promotional links are once again live in the Linkshare interface. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and we thank you for your cooperation.”

Hopefully that will help alleviate extra potential stress on the servers until EA can finally get things sorted out.

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32 Comments

  1. Diingo

    Why is EA still alive? They don’t belong in the video game industry. All they do is plague whatever they touch.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. salarta

    @1: I think they’ve been trying to improve themselves, or at the very least their public image, over the past several years. I certainly don’t think they’re the worst company in America as that one poll suggested; there’s no way EA’s business practices are worse than Bank of America and the other big banks that are doing things that actively ruin lives, and even if you limit it just to video game companies, I think Activision, Capcom and Squeenix are worse. Unless EA has been doing things I’m not aware of, of course, and I don’t think we can still hold ea_spouses against them given how long ago that was and how their administration and management has changed since then.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Go die in a fire EA.

    That happens to a lot of sims, because for some reason fire engines can’t pass eachother. So unless you have a road to accomodate each and every engine leading into a fire, then quite a few places are gonna burn down while they sit happily in the traffic jam created by the first engine. Probably pondering things like life and death, but never that maybe they should go around.

    Emergent gameplay!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    They must be seeing a shit-ton of refund demands and/or charge-backs if they’re taking this step.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NightCrawler1970

    I dont blame Maxis, it’s EA that messed up big time…

    I hope Maxis leave from EA and be ya own company like when Maxis released the first SimCity, Sim Tower and other classic games.. and why in gods name have Internet intergraded in the game, Sim City 2000 and Sim City 3000 where fine games, no need internet(beside downloading extra landmarks)..

    And what is wrong to produce DVD with serial codes? those are much stable than…

    * sign in EA server
    * sign in at Origin
    * Sign in at Steam
    * login on SimCity server…. error 404… server doesn’t exist…

    For all those Sim City fans, they paid $60.-(pre-sale) and cant even enjoy every minutes of it because “INTERNET” = REQUIRED!!!! and the server is basicly shut down..

    Stick with Blue-ray Disk!!!! problem solves…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    DIE EA YOU GREEDY FUCS!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. NightCrawler1970

    @6 LOL, you cracked me up!!!!

    I guess EA can join Activision they both greedy money grabbers bitches

    Im glad i still have the old SimCity 4 and deluxe edition…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. rusty_shackleford

    This is about shutting down all the criticism of the game

    its not ‘ho ho ho our game is so popular we need you to stop getting us more customers right now until we can meet demand’

    #8 2 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    I was wondering how many servers EA used to launch the game on that night?

    I hopen’t 3 for world wide… *FACE-PALM*

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    Here a copy from a page..
    Source:
    http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/105/9342980.page

    EA made so many blatant mistakes it is hard to decide which one was a bigger failure. Here is my list of all the failures that should never have happened and options that should have been put in the game.

    1.They started with 4 US servers. It is asinine to think 4 servers would handle the stress that 500,000 preorders would put on them. I wouldn’t think that you should have more than 10,000 people on each server considering the huge amount of data that has to constantly be saved since time spent playing this type of game is so important.
    2. They seemed to have forgotten that most people buy games the day they come out. 4 servers?…Really?
    3. EA did not allow downloading and prestaging of game before the release. The stress added by people trying to download the game was bound to cause issues.
    4. The game was not created with offline mode.
    5. The game does not have the ability to save game yourself. You must rely on servers to save your information. Does anyone even know how often the servers save your city?
    6. You can’t remove abandoned cities from your region. In private regions the creator should have the option to remove someone in case they are no longer playing. In public regions everyone in the region should be able to vote for a kick in case someone has cities all over and stops playing that city. This would open the city up for someone else.
    7. Why put a 20 minute timer on before trying to reconnect? Why would you think it is acceptable to wait 20 minutes for a reconnect try? A queue would be acceptable but not this.
    8. Moderators talk to us like we are imbeciles. Don’t address us as fans and say we didn’t expect this. Talk to us like gamers. Tell us how moronic and idiotic the company was for not having nearly enough servers. Tell us you are about to add 20 servers right now to see if they can handle the load instead of 1 or 2 at a time. Don’t tell us we had no idea people really wanted to play this game and would want to download and play right away. Don’t tell us that you didn’t expect people to want to play for many hours. Never condescend us gamers and say that people loved playing so much that they didnt want to get offline so others could play.

    EA = after so many years in gaming still a bunch of NOOBS???
    it seems like it

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Talkar

    @9
    It’s impossible to tell. They most likely have a SimCity server farm and what we ingame see as 1 server might be a collection of 5 or more servers.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xxJPRACERxx

    What #11 said.

    It’s funny to see people who have no idea what they’re talking about acting like they’re expert.

    It’s like for them you just add servers, press a couple of buttons and it’s done, simple as that….

    #12 2 years ago
  13. xxJPRACERxx

    I know EA is not popular, especially now. But for me Activision and Ubisoft is much worse, especially on PC.

    Those are BIG BUSINESSES, they don’t own you anything and they’re not your friend. If you want that then just buy indie games.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 They do owe people the 60 dollars worth of game that they paid for.

    But you’re right, more people should take that hint and not buy those games in the first place. EA hardly even care about their own products these days.

    They’re monetization platforms first, and entertainment second

    And fuck you, the customer, if the servers don’t work. That’s hardly EAs problem, they just need your 60 bucks, and after that they obviously won’t accept being held accountable by offering refunds or other such devilry.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. NightCrawler1970

    I have to admits i was a HUGE EA gamer from Soccer to The Sims,Sims 2, SimCity 3000, Sim City 4, NFS ,Porche, Most Wanted, Underground 2.

    Those are the time that EA was normal company(not greedy and specialy not messing up with servers like the launch of Sim City 5)

    EA bought up several companies such as:

    * Maxis
    * WestWood(early ages of Command & Conquer
    ===========================================
    * feel free to add more companies that EA bought over…

    They had servers that when i was playing NFS never or hardly no lags.. but now EA become a bunch of cheapo’s that just want to save money to run less than 5 servers…with Asuming it’s enough and hope that the server hold it…

    Assumption is for mother of all fucked ups…

    You lost me as valuable customer

    you also be shitlisted by “never buy a game” together with
    Activision…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 I think what takes the cake is that John Ricitiello oversaw the sale of Pandemic and Bioware to EA, possibly winning himself a CEO title in the process.. And then he shutters Pandemic just two years later.

    That is just straight up Bobby Kotick shit.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. NightCrawler1970

    Thats another thing that bother me the most, on consoles such as PS3 and Xbox, example, Tigerwood Golf 2010, and EA shut down the server after 2 years to save money… but totaly forgot that there are some people that want to buy that game(when price dropped), and play online agains friends but EA shut the server down

    #17 2 years ago
  18. xxJPRACERxx

    @14 If at the end of next week the game is still unplayable then I’ll stop defending EA because then that would be an unacceptable delay.

    I know people want everything to work the 1st time but that’s not how the world works and it’s impossible to do, shit happens. Some people can understand and accept that, some don’t.

    And about the $60 EA “stole” from customers. Do you really think EA will leave the game in this broken state forever? They will fix it and then people will have no reason to complain, except the category that expect everything to work the 1st time and people that like to complain since it’s EA…

    @17 100% agree with you on this one. That’s bad practice/business!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    It’s impossible to take that defence seriously. Not even EA themselves are willing to try and cover their asses to that extent, because they know it’s completely hopeless at this point.

    Surely, you don’t expect consumers to be stupid enough to accept companies selling them products that are merely designed “to work eventually”. And if EA truly know that that’s impossible, then they have no right to be selling it in the first place. At best, that’s fraud.

    They aren’t using any of those arguments though, because they’re quite aware that they’re responsible for the most embarrassing launch since Diablo III.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. xxJPRACERxx

    “Surely, you don’t expect consumers to be stupid enough to accept companies selling them products that are merely designed “to work eventually”.”

    EA publish a lot of games. When was the last time they had such a bad launch? I don’t remember. So it’s not like it’s happening every time. If their next game have this much problems at launch then I’ll probably stop supporting them. But 1 bad launch of many, I can live with that. Of course I expect them to fix the game soon or they’ll lose my trust too.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ifrit82

    #xxjpracerxx

    Come on, all people know that first day shit happen with on line game. But this isnt this kind of situation. This is worse than what happen with diablo 3.

    They know how much pre order they sell and how much games they shipped. Then they cant say “we cant imagine how much people will play sim city” . This is a lie.
    Then why they didnt do a big beta months ago with all preorder players to test their server ?
    If i can think this thing, someone that is paying thousand of dollars for year and work in video games marketing, could think too.

    Someone need be fired for this situation.

    I will buy the game only i can play the true game. I dont want await hours to play, because server are full or dont working and i can lose progress of my city.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. manamana

    @EARACER the thing with EA is, if it would be a small publisher that wouldn’t force people their own digital plattform down their throats, wouldn’t push microtransactions and hadn’t yearly iterations of the same old sports games to generate a steady income – it wouldn’t be as hard to digest. But EA is one of the biggest publishers on this planet. They generate tremendous amounts of money with games.

    And they aren’t capable to have an uprunning serverfarm 24/7?

    I know the matter, I worked seven years in a company in which their income was bound to a working serverfarm 24/7. It’s no small feat to realise that but it’s managable. And it’s costly.

    And that’s where those greedy EA bastards entr the stage. They have enough money, enough knowledge (one could hope so) and enough people (one could hope so) to keep a serverfarm running 24/7 and forealmost can take huge hits on new game releases.

    If not, they can be hacked like a sardine tin. Which is basically nothing else than what you do with a DDoS attack.

    This is serious shit and you, EARACER, shouldn’t defend a company that makes a lot of money but don’t seem to invest into it’s own ifrastructure, to give it back to the gamers. Which wouldn’t make them look like complete numb nuts. Man I can remember how the servers where down when BF3 launched, that is intolerable!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Btw. They are giving out a free PC game, for those who bought SimCity: http://kotaku.com/5989630/ea-will-give-a-free-pc-game-to-anyone-who-bought-simcity

    #23 2 years ago
  24. ps3fanboy

    @23

    And now people will roll over and forget it ever happened, because hey! Free game! And then they’ll go and get screwed YET again the next time, but hey! IT’S FREEEEEEE GAAAAAAAAME… ONLY IDIOTS BITE ON THIS!.

    How about people get a spine and actually stand up against these greedy bastards!. I see a lot of people here say i only will by this game and that game from EA. YOU will be a part of THIS problem if you do, SAY NO and vote with your wallet. Or else you are just going to get more of this bullshit in the future.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DSB

    I think Grayson did the ultimate piece on this.

    If you add something to a game, which doesn’t add any kind of value for the customer, and may even take value away, then there’s no possible justification for its inclusion.

    It’s the same with boneheaded DRM. If you include a service that works for people and adds value, then people are fine with it. If you add a “service” that breaks games, or just adds another login screen, then you’re fucking Satan, and rightly so.

    @20 So which is it, first you’ve called it impossible, and now it’s an isolated incident?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. xxJPRACERxx

    What I’ve called impossible is for things to always work the 1st time. In anything, not just games, some things just don’t work the 1st time. It can be a new car, a problem with a brand new house, a new law, etc…

    Just to be clear, I’m not pro-EA. It could be any other company and I would do the same.

    When Sony servers were hacked and down I defended Sony while people were saying they would never buy a Sony product again and “Sony sucks”…

    Same thing with Activision and Diablo 3.

    I’m not defending EA just because it’s EA, I’m defending them because I hate when I read all these stupid comments by people that think they’re experts in technology, better than everyone and think they’re kings and everything should work how they decided it should. And if not they cry like little babies. Spoiled child!

    You can hate EA for many reasons but this launch is an isolated incident. I like EA games, they’re doing fine PC games and good ports and all my EA games work correctly, except SimCity. But considering all the other games I have from them that work correctly I know they’ll fix SimCity too. And it’s a good game.

    I’m sure EA learned their lesson with this. If something like this would happen again in a close time frame I won’t take their defense anymore. But like I’ve written plenty of time, shit happens and I can accept that!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. NightCrawler1970

    @26, with all due respect…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA
    Founded May 28, 1982 <—— and still launch less that 5 server to release Sim City 5??? being 31 years in gaming and make a fuckup like that???

    that should never happens at the first place….
    Im pretty sure EA pointed the fingers first to Origin…

    Giving people free games is conciderate "bribing" to "shut the fuck up"… and stop trashing the EA forum…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DSB

    @26 The fact that you’re fine with a product that “works eventually” doesn’t have any bearing on anyone else.

    Most people will quite arguably want a product that works when they buy it. And there’s absolutely nothing spoiled about that. The least you can ask for when you buy a product is that it isn’t broken.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. YoungZer0

    So how many of you people bought Diablo III? =)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DSB

    Zing and ouch :(

    I was just too fascinated by Diablo III to be honest. Back then it looked like a first step that could’ve been good, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. You can’t use novelty as an excuse for your shit not working.

    As a game Diablo III did look pretty good at first glance. The combat was fun, but close to everything else was resoundingly mediocre.

    Mea culpa.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    At the end of the day gamers will always buckle. The pubs have what you crave, you really gonna say no?

    #31 2 years ago
  32. NightCrawler1970

    @29, not me, cant run that game :(

    #32 2 years ago

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    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]