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UK Charts: Tomb Raider climbs to the top spot, SimCity second

Monday, 11 March 2013 09:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomb Raider has entered the UK charts at first place, beating off all comers with a bloody climbing axe and a barrage of firearms.

Crystal Dynamics’ reboot launched last week to rave reviews and strong sales, making it the biggest UK launch of the year so far. You can check out all of the scores here. The game saw double the launch sales of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was number one a few weeks ago.

Dave and Brenna have both written appraisals of the game, you can find them here:

Tomb Raider: a worthy reboot?
Tomb Raider is tops, but multiplayer feels unnecessary.

Here’s the top five chart. We’ll update once we have the rest.

1. Tomb Raider
2. SimCity
3. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
4. The Sims 3: University Life
5. FIFA 13
6. Crysis 3
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
8. Far Cry 3
9. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
11. Assassin’s Creed III
12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
13. Skylanders Giants
14. Hitman Absolution
15. Aliens: Colonial Marines
16. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
17. Halo 4
18. GTA IV
19. Dead Space 3
20. Forza Motorsport 4

What do you make of the above positions?

Meanwhile, Dave has written a summary of the SimCity launch woes, which saw servers crippled, hearts broken and the games press changing scores all over the shop. It was an odd week.

Get the full story here:

SimCity hits Europe, America still in peril.

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38 Comments

  1. Malmer

    Yet still they say there is no money in having a female lead…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. anik_lc

    The game is amazing. Deserved to stay at the top for a month+.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Now that I’ve played through this awesome game, I went back to read Dave’s story and I think he really got it represented precisely. Good to know for future articles, at least for me.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    I’m waiting for them to patch it for Nvidia users, it looks great but it’s too glitchy and I want a solid experience.

    @1 Yes, this is the point I keep trying to make on “sexism” threads. It isn’t about physical strength – it’s about strength of mind, heart and will. Lara is a believable and strong woman.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Well, she’s believable to a point. I gotta be honest, the moment she starts to go on a rampage and kill thousands of dudes (And ONLY DUDES, so sexist!) is the moment where the believability takes a nosedive.

    FarCry 3 had the same problem. The very same problem. Rewarding the player for killing was a huge mistake. The game shouldn’t have done this. Should’ve been taken the Arkham City approach.

    They messed up the narrative with this element. Why wouldn’t I run around and kill the wildlife? I get REWARDED for it!

    It’s a missed opportunity. The game could’ve really stand on it’s own, if the combat would take a step back and the raiding of tombs would be front and center. Now, it’s ‘just’ a gritty Uncharted with multiple paths and a sandbox approach to gameplay.

    I like this Lara more than the old one, but I still think they should’ve tried to give her more depth. There were a lot of moments where she would run around on her own, why not have more monologues? Something that would also go a little bit into details about her past? There was not enough of that. I was especially interested about her relationship to her father.

    As someone who never really cared about the previous game, this Tomb Raider had me scratching my head more than once. Who are the Croft’s? What’s so great about them? What was her father doing? What about her mother? Not mentioned once. Where are they now?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. salarta

    @5: The game as a whole is indeed sexist (though seemingly not intended that way by the team), it’s just the kind of sexist that people overlook and don’t call sexist because they want it to be true. Same way society more than a century ago considered women only allowed to be housewives to not be sexist.

    Feel free to complain, I’m not going to argue with you, just stating the obvious since you felt the need to mock it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    I think you’re confused.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. PEYJ

    @ 5 and 7

    I totally agree.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gnosis

    @5: That’s basically the same things I’ve been wondering about through the whole series. It’s kinda frustrating, that they’ve managed to completely ignore some of the most interesting parts about Lara and her origin. I really hope, that there’ll be more information about it in the future games.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    Gone are the days, where one would play a game because it’s entertaining, I reckon.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    This is on my list, will be playing sometime a next few months, but I liked the great puzzles previous TRs had. I bit saddened that this one has gone the cinematic route. But still looking forward to a great game.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @11: Then be prepared to be disappointed. The Tombs are the most disappointing aspect of the game. There are only 7 of them and each has one puzzle max.

    Still a fantastic game.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dragon246

    @12,
    :(

    I still remember how much fun I had completing TR-Anniversary without any guides. I played it on and off and finished it in one year, but was really happy with the game.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @9: Wait, so they didn’t go into details in the previous games as well? How stupid is that?

    @13: I’m sorry, but it’s better that you know now.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    @13,
    No need to be sorry, but I am starting to feel like whatever I like gets the axe in the sequel. I liked the renewed camps in FC2 and that got the axe in FC3. And now this.
    :( indeed.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    Renewed Camps? You mean the fact that the Outposts don’t reset? They included that in the newest patch. You can reset them.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gnosis

    @14: In Underworld you “find” her mother, but only for, well, few minutes. Information about her father is very scarce, mostly based on speculations. The games explain you just the most basic things.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @17: Another missed opportunity, I guess.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    @16,
    I know that. I still have FC3 waiting on my ps3. But its not just that, FC2 just had a different feeling. Degrading guns, handheld map, the setting, everything clicked for me. Even though the ending felt forced and odd, the game was awesome imo.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    Yeah, I loved the setting, but that’s about it. Weapons degraded way too fast. The missions weren’t fun. The sidemissions were limited and not fun. Exploration wasn’t rewarded. Enemies would respawn too quickly and would suck up bullets like it was nothing. Enemies only fought you, not each other. There wasn’t a clear indicator who was who anyway and the and the overall story was boring.

    Oh and the buddy-system was pretty much useless if you play it on PC. One word: quicksave.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. salarta

    @21: But the real question, spambot, is that are you doing all of this while driving your Ferrari around your mansion? It’s no good if I’m not able to do that at that same time.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sk4r

    Hope that SimCity gets kicked out of the top 10 by next week.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Hope that Lara stays on that spot by next week.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @10 Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure it’s a fad. Remember how in the 80′s we were all super concerned about “saving Africa”? Apparently by singing about it, and being super intimate with our headphones. Yeah, that went away in a hurry.

    This decade it seems to be all about saving the women.

    Want to take bets on what the next major first world “outrage” will be? I mean we’re all pretty comfortable, so we’re gonna need to find our misery somewhere else, or just make it up.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. manamana

    ^ Amen. :-)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @25: I’d say by the number of sales that there isn’t really any concern about “saving the women.” We’re actually in a backward slide on all levels, when you think about the need for “slutwalks” and women needing to fight for reproductive rights concerning abortion and contraception. We also don’t have strong female icons anymore on the level that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess provided them in the 90s.

    Not that I’m “arguing” anymore. In fact, this game is very liberating, since just about nothing counts as sexism anymore; the only thing that might count as sexist to people is having rape depicted in a video game at all. I’m just pointing out that your assumption that people care about “saving the women” is false; that was the 90s, not the present day.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    The need for slutwalks. That’s hilarious.

    You know why it’s called dressing provocatively? Because it provokes. The fact that it happens to provoke a few fools into insulting a few feminists hardly qualifies as a “need”.

    Changing human nature takes a bit more than dressing slutty and getting on the news for 5 minutes.

    The argument that women are somehow oppressed and huddled masses got defenestrated once they got the vote and started becoming world leaders.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. salarta

    @28: Actually, the “slutwalks” were done because the insults you refer to were made by someone remarking on how women that got raped were, to sum it up, “asking for it” because of what they wore. Sort of like saying Lara was asking to be strangled to death because she looked so vulnerable. But then again, I’ve been unwantingly stumbling upon more guro porn of Lara coming out of the woodworks due to this game, on sites that normally don’t show off such content, so we’ll see what the future holds.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DSB

    @29 Right. One idiot cop. The fact that that apparently qualifies as a pressing concern for that movement only serves to further undermine it.

    Nevermind the fact that rape is illegal under any circumstance and that they’re already protected to the fullest extent of the law, just like every other person, regardless of gender.

    You can cry about human nature all you want, but it’s not going to change. There will always be idiots like that cop, and rape is sadly inherent to our species, just like murder, robbery and other forms of violence.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    You’re Schrödinger’s Rapist, DSB. Prove to us that you do not intent to rape any woman on your way to the supermarket. Leave it to feminism to make men feel like second class citizens.

    I think the slutwalk is immensely stupid. So a cop said something stupid, kind of blaming the victim of a rape and you running around in the street showing us your hanging tatas is going to change what exactly? We know the cop is an idiot, but rape is not going to get away because you dress up like a prostitute. It’s not going to change a damn thing.

    We’ve reached a point where informing women how to avoid being raped (avoid dark alleys, don’t show off too much skin (It’s called ‘dressing provocatively’ for a reason), don’t walk alone, etc. etc.) is being viewed as offensive. You have morons running around with signs saying “We live in a society that teaches how not to get raped, instead of not to rape”.

    OH REALLY?! So that’s the problem!?

    And I thought the FACT that rape is a crime is enough. But fuck all those classes that teach you self-defense and how to avoid being a victim. Yeah, fuck those misogynistic rape enablers. We need to teach (shame men) that rape is bad. That’s the problem you see, the rapists just don’t know that they are doing something bad.

    So the next time you might be the victim of rape, just inform the dude that what he’s going to do is bad. That will help ya.

    God that topic makes me so fucking sick.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    @30: Right, but I think the point of the “slutwalk” was less “we’re trying to make rape no longer exist” which would be an impossible goal, and more “we’re trying to discourage professionals in fields that have to legally work on rape cases from making comments like that.” The comments being unprofessional, chance of making rape victims not feel like the cops will take the violation seriously, etc. That’s how I understand it, but maybe I’m completely wrong.

    @31: I haven’t seen any cases where informing women how to avoid being raped is seen as offensive, please enlighten me. I’ve only seen the “don’t show too much skin” one, and while you can have cases where people view a legitimate warning of how some men think as a sexist remark, that’s pretty rare. The rest, eh, I’ll take a page out of Squall’s book. I was concerned about these matters before, but after the new Tomb Raider, I figure it’s not something for me to worry about much. Let the women deal with it, they’re the ones that need to live with however society perceives them, my life can go on fine either way.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DSB

    Dressing slutty and walking down the street is going to shame misogynists into shutting up?

    Really, if you’re indifferent enough to make that statement, I doubt you’re very impressed at a parade like that. I think it’s highly debatable what you would actually be achieving even if you did silence them.

    I see the entertainment value though. It’s fun to give those guys the finger, but I reacted to the notion that there was somehow a “need” for slutwalks.

    It’s like the saying there’s a “need” for another March on Washington simply because racists still exist. It’s just taking things completely out of proportion.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    I think the next big cause will be the protection of threatened men. This thread alone highlights the horrifying increase of guys feeling their rights are being threatened by imaginary forces outside of their understanding…

    Or y’know, getting ultra defensive over some girls giving them a little back chat.

    Quick Robin, to the masculineposturingmobile!!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. YoungZer0

    @32: I guess you never spend a second on a feminist blog/tumblr/website like Jezebel or any of that bullshit. They are completely irrational when it comes to that subject … or any subject.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. salarta

    @33: You could say the same thing about most public demonstrations nowadays, the point is that public demonstration at least shows a public face to a voice and to an extent the stakes of an issue. The Church of Scientology is still in existence, which means it was technically worthless, but the campaign could have kept at least one person out of the cult’s clutches.

    @35: I’ve seen some irrational stuff before, it’s just pretty rare that a majority believes it. I even imagined a pretty unconventionally insane and stupid one for the real Lara Croft: that the real Lara set an unhealthy precedent that women are so equally capable as men that it implies any failure to defend themselves from men means they wanted it to happen. It’s a stupid hypothetical, but one I can see some people thinking. I’ve learned people on the internet can eagerly accept a lot of idiotic things without putting any real thought into it.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DSB

    @36 That’s fair enough, like I said I think it’s fun, but in that case it’s still a personal need on behalf of those women, rather than an actual need stemming from society as a whole.

    Which brings me back to square one, which is that it’s a fad, as opposed to a collective response to social injustice.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. nollie4545

    I couldn’t give a feck what sex the character is in a videogame, nor do I see what the cronk Lara Croft has to do with rape. Feminists are about as nuts as they come, slot in between pro-lifers and animal rights folk.

    The end.

    It’s a social injustice we don’t see more nakedness in Tomb Raider.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Vice

    Yes yes, this game is brilliant and deserves to be a huge hit. It better stay in top spot for at least few weeks.

    #38 2 years ago

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    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

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

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

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

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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

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

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