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You won’t get a refund on SimCity if you bought it through Origin

Friday, 8 March 2013 00:57 GMT By Phil Owen

There have been conflicting reports this week about what you can do if you feel screwed by your inability to play the copy of SimCity you paid $60 for due to the server meltdowns. But there is one thing you should know: if you bought the game through Origin, you will not get a refund.

This saga has been a complicated one beyond the server problems themselves. First, an EA community manager said the following Tuesday morning on the forums: “If you regrettably feel that we let you down, you can of course request a refund for your order at [Origin's "contact us" page], though we’re currently still in the process of resolving this issue.” (That forum post has since been edited to remove that comment.) That does not say that you would definitely be able to get a refund, but it implies that it is possible.

But it is not. Origin policy states that there will be no refunds given for digital purchases unless there are, EA Support told Polygon, “special mitigating circumstances.” The game’s servers not working properly and preventing you, through no fault of your own, from playing does not count. You could perhaps get a refund, Polygon was told, if you only realized after purchase that your PC does not meet SimCity’s minimum system requirements.

Making viral waves today was an image of one user’s chat with customer service as he tried to get a refund. This person threatened to dispute the charge with his bank, and the rep to whom he was speaking said he would be banned from Origin if he did that. @OriginInsider later tweeted that you will not be banned for seeking a refund.

As outrage grows, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw issued the following statement to Kotaku:

“Thousands of players across the world are playing and having a good experience – in fact, more than 700,000 cities have been built by our players in just 24 hours. But many are experiencing server instability and consequently, the rollout in North America has been challenging. It’s also now evident that players across Europe and Asia are experiencing the same frustration,” she admitted.

“Our priority now is to quickly and dramatically increase the number and stability of our servers and, with that, the number of players who can simultaneously access the game. We added servers today, and there will be several more added over the weekend. We’re working as hard as possible to make sure everyone gets to experience the amazing game we built in SimCity.”

Meanwhile, Amazon is no longer selling digital copies of SimCity, some social features of the game were disabled to try to improve performance, and several servers were taken down and patched yesterday. But issues persist. We will keep updating you on this drama as it continues to unfold.

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27 Comments

  1. ps3fanboy

    IT IS TIME TO CALL THE LAWYER! FUCKING DUMB ASSES AT EA THINK THEY CAN TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    As a consolation prize, if you show up at EA headquarters in California, Peter Moore, David DeMartini, Frank Gibeau and John Ricitiello will line up to piss in your mouth, in person.

    Just so you don’t feel too cheap when they do it from afar.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    http://www.p2p-weblog.com/wp-content/uploads/the_peter_moore_guarantee.jpg

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sini

    what a fucking mess, this is way worse than diablo 3 launch.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. mattevansc3

    You do realise Valve do the exact same thing. Its not the refund he was being told he’d get banned for but the dispute of payment. When you dispute the payment with your card issuer they do a charge back to the account and its the chargeback that gets your account banned. Valve has locked out entire user accounts and offline access to their games for chargebacks.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. chillin

    This is so fuk!n frustrared..
    Servers olways down….

    I just wish i haven’t buy this game from origin….

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 It’s not surprising, but it’s amazing that nobody sues those companies.

    In the EU, you’re allowed to go back on a purchase within 2 weeks or 4 weeks, I forget which, so it should be straight up illegal to trade with those citizens without living up to those standards.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SlayerGT

    Lately I’m being reminded why, years ago, I was worried about the industry going “all digital”. This “always online” shit seems to be a bad design choice now a days.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mreko3230

    This is just a problem with digital purchases. I purchased a digital item through Gamestop and it never did work. I kept telling me the code I was inputting had already been used. Never could get a refund and in fact their terms of service clearly state there is no refunds for digital purchases. XBOX Live also would not issue a refund. I was simply out $20 with no recourse.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    I guess those online slackers learned there lession, for now on, buy a hardcopy from store and if isn’t working just bring it back to store and get a refund…

    EA sucks in service and Origin have to train those help-desk people not mentioned the word “BANNED”…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. xxJPRACERxx

    EA is working on the problems. It’s not like you wasted $60 ($80 in my case since I’ve got the deluxe version), the game will work eventually, just wait a couple more days, you’ll live.

    The law here in Canada state that if you bought something and it’s not working you can have a refund, but if the seller say is working on a fix then the buyer should wait for the fix. Of course the fix should come in a reasonable amount of time. It’s called good faith or something. It’s not like EA is intentionally causing problems.

    People are spoiled nowadays. They can’t even wait a couple of days.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    @12

    You’re skirting the issue. Whether or not EA is legally obligated is absolutely not the point. Good faith is the point; something EA desperately needs to start showing its customers. This is a PR disaster.

    If something doesn’t work, it’s EA’s fault. They can talk about unprecedented this and difficulties that, but they could have spent the money on necessary testing and prevented this. They didn’t, and so the customer suffers and EA kicks that customer while they’re down.

    How many refunds, in total, would EA have had to dish out? A few hundred? A couple of thousand? Chump change. Instead, it lets this happen. And to think, the people who make these decisions make six-figure salaries. Unbelievable.

    It’s time for me to vote with my wallet. No matter how much I want any particular game, I will never, ever buy an EA product again.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Puggy

    I have to agree with Number 12 in that it will work soon. A few more days and the first “groups” should have a work around and you can play your purchased copy with a crack. Not totally legal maybe but hey, at least you can enjoy the media you paid money for.

    What I was always wondering on though…. why did they do the always online thing anyway? I mean it only creates loss since you need the hardware and lines… and since I did not see any micro transaction in the game, there is no additional revenue coming in for keeping player playing on “your” server.
    From a money point of view, I do not get it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    @14

    YOUR FIRST PARAGRAPH: Don’t worry, there will be cracked copies floating about the internet in a matter of days.

    YOUR SECOND PARAGRAPH: Why do they try to protect their property from bootleggers?

    Um.

    Mainly, though, just to be clear, you’re actually arguing that it’s okay for EA to KNOWINGLY* release a faulty product, then deny refunds because people who legitimately paid for it will be able to pick up a pirated/cracked version onto which they may add no future content and put themselves at risk of prosecution. That’s your argument?

    And I thought my cat was dim.

    *This is about minimising spend in my opinion. Bare minimal infrastructure provided in case the game is a flop. Wouldn’t want all those servers sitting about doing nothing, would we. No. Better see how popular it is, then make everyone wait a week or two while we spend money on infrastructure we should have made available in the first place. Just to be clear again: EA probably knew this would happen at a time when it still had the option to delay release. Of course, that would have pissed people off too, and since EA didn’t have their money yet, they were probably worried people might cancel their preorders.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Mineral4r7s

    I give this game a year and all servers will go offline. Its EA after all. Maybe people learned something now. (I don’t really believe that but hope dies last)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    @16

    It’ll go offline as soon as EA stops making revenue from additional content. I think that’ll be longer than a year but it’ll happen, though perhaps EA might deactivate the DRM at that point.

    Like you say, hope dies last.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. The_Red

    @12
    No offense but do your work for EA? All of your posts in SimCity topics have been either about how SimCity is a superb game or how people are wrong here and EA has done nothing wrong. ;)

    Of course I’ve been overly negative about EA in my recent posts and by that logic, I could be working for EA’s rivals but still, how can you not be angry at them after all this?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OwnedWhenStoned

    @12

    It’s not people who are spoiled nowadays, it’s companies that are spoiled.

    Because you have very little rights with digital purchases, and your only recourse is the same companies support (no independent third party) they can just get away with things like this. And they do.

    It’s not being spoiled to expect something to work when you buy it.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. RocknRolla

    lols :D I waited with the game :D and this happeens :D

    #19 2 years ago
  20. shogoz

    how the fuck are you supposed to get a refund on a digital copy anyway? of course you fucking can’t. this articles dumb. The only way you can get a refund is if someone from the company physically comes over and ensures it’s deleted from your system or some shit haha. some of you guys seem to be blaming the company saying they’re screwing you but it’s your own country’s fault for not coming up with better national laws. In my country companies/businesses aren’t able to sell things while saying you can’t get a refund. this ensures we get quality products and makes it so other foreign companies/businesses conform to our laws if they want to sell us things. “no refund” signs are illegal by national law and a business gets in serious shit if they are displayed in my country. The law never stoops in favour of businesses rather than consumers if they want to sell shit in my country. A foreign computer business opened up and were claiming in their terms and conditions that they can’t be held liable if they fuck up your computer (amongst other things) while they are servicing it and all of their outlets were fined 1/4 million dollars in total. Your blame shouldn’t be targeting companies but your asshole government that lets businesses like them sell shit to you and can screw you over easily. If you want to order or buy a digital copy from a place based overseas you should be doing it at your own risk after ALWAYS reading the terms and conditions. this is why i’m never going to buy digital copies of games. I don’t buy DLC i just download it for my jtagged xbox or modded ps3 fuck it

    #20 2 years ago
  21. lama

    the game serial number is tied to your origin account, a refund can be executed simply by deleting the game serial from your origin account.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. PenTaFH

    Basically meaning that, once again, EA is breaking laws and not caring one f*ck about it.

    Here in the Netherlands we have a law that if you buy a product over the phone, internet or through mail order, you have two weeks to be able to return the product and get your money back NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Of course, this only applies if the product can be returned in its original state, but given that this is about a digital product that should not be a problem, especially since a large percentage of data is handled not by the client but by EA themselves.

    I had a similar problem last year when I wanted to undo my purchase of a shortcut kit for BF3. I haven’t used Origin since then, not planning to either.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Samoan Spider

    @23 Sorry to nit pick, and I’m not defending EA, but they aren’t breaking the law. The issue here is that the law in many countries just isn’t up to scratch. In the UK our Consumer Bill of Rights is in a consultation phase and it includes changes to the way digital content is dealt with afaik. Governments get in a panic as things take hold. The patent system in the US is under a major rework because many have taken the piss with it. There are several countries drawing up laws on liability in regards to robots because suddenly we’re at that stage where self driving cars can hit someone. Now with digital products, its the same story. What do you do if you aren’t satisfied? What if you have a legitimate complaint and want a refund? Currently its tough luck unless you get a company that values customer service.
    Anyway, I’m done. On topic, I haven’t played this yet, but I have so much to catch up on, I’ll just play it when the dust settles.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Asgaro

    @1 EA didn’t take your money. You gave them your money. Every SimCity purchaser is in fault for supporting these DRMed games. Stop pre-ordering games!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Hellhound30x

    @#2 DSB that comment is priceless! ha! ha! ha!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. PenTaFH

    @24
    Here, they are. The law in question isn’t a draft, it’s not in the works, it’s not in any kind of consultation phase, it’s real and it is in effect. Nearly all webshops also abide by it, because they will face serious consequences if they don’t.
    EA is just pointing at its EULA, saying ‘you downloaded this, we won’t refund.’ In the same EULA, however, they unequivocally and undeniably state that if their EULA conflicts with (local) legislature, the EULA loses and EA has to and will abide by the law.

    So they’re not even only breaking the law, they’re not even following their own rules. Which in turn, and this is where I know this discussion could get messy but I’ll do it anyway, gives me a huge incentive to start pirating their games. If *they* cannot even follow their own rules, why in the depths of Hades should I?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Samoan Spider

    @27 I’m sorry to say, Distance selling regulations and the Sales of Goods act here in the UK don’t cover or reference downloaded material like this where it is not clear whether it is classified as goods or a service in law yet. So its a conundrum.

    Edit: My point about the customer service bit is crucial here though. If they give 2 shits, they should demonstrate it to those that really want out. Piracy is never the answer, but EA has made so bloody impossible lately to respect them that I find it very difficult to disagree with you.

    2nd Edit: A whitepaper on the subject from a couple of years ago with some interesting points – http://tinyurl.com/cgv2zwo

    #27 2 years ago

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    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]