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Walking Dead: Survival Instinct isn’t a shooter, OK?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:33 GMT By Dave Cook

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is the first-person survival horror title from Terminal Reality. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with the team to learn more about its TV adaptation.

Survival Instinct

Survival Instinct is based on the AMC show The Walking Dead, which in turn is based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series.

The game stars Daryl and Merle Dixon, played in the show by Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker. Both have lent their likenesses and voices to the game.

You can watch the most recent Walking Dead: Survival Instinct trailer here. It features very little shooting.

Activision has announced the Walker Herd Survival Pack DLC for all gamers who pre-order the game before launch. If you want it you better hurry, because the game’s out next week.

Perception is a funny old thing. When The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct was revealed by Activision it was perceived by many gamers to be a first-person shooter.

Given the publisher’s track record with pumping out Call of Duty titles, it’s a natural conclusion to reach.

Yes, the game has guns – just like The Walking Dead comics and TV show have guns – but you’d have to be a bit daft to assume that Survival Instinct is just a re-skin of Black Ops 2 Zombies mode. That’d be the king of dick moves.

My real worry is that Activision and Terminal Reality haven’t shown much of the game running. How are we supposed to know what kind of game it is based on teaser trailers that show next to bugger all?

Why hasn’t there been more footage? If the game has triggered a backlash based on false perception, then why hasn’t either party done more to separate truth from myth?

The game is out next week and I wanted answers. So in an attempt to better understand Survival Instinct’s gameplay, I spoke with the studio’s principal effects art and system designer Glenn Gamble.

He explained that Survival Instinct sees brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon fleeing their Georgian home and blazing a trail cross-State to a military safe zone in Atlanta City. You’re free to choose your own route, but besides the sea of Walkers standing in your way, resources are your main concern.

Your car needs gas to run, so it’s the backbone of Terminal Reality’s scavenging mechanic. Each stage sees you fending off the undead while looking for survivors and resources to help you progress a little further. This is where things start to get interesting, but again I must make clear – I’ve seen none of this with my own eyes.

“If you’ve ever watched those Discovery Channel shows about survival, you’ll know that survival is not this straight line”, Gamble explained. “You have to be opportunistic, so one of the things we do in our game is – you can pick up survivors and you can have them scavenge for you when you’re on your main missions.

“But what we did was made all the resources you collect – be it the weapons you carry, the food – everything you get is shared across all of the survivors. So if you get a nice fancy new shotgun, you can choose to equip it yourself or give it to one of your survivors, to aid him when he goes off on his own mission to collect – hopefully – more supplies for the group.

“If you do that he has a higher chance of coming back alive. But unfortunately because this is The Walking Dead, he may never come back and you lose that nice new shotgun that you just found.”

Already I’m thinking about the new recruit missions first introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, where Ezio would train up and send his apprentices around the world on missions. If successful they would earn the player rewards, but it was entirely possible for them to be killed in action.

The same is true here, and while you’re not actively controlling the Dixon’s car, you still have to decide where they go. Fail to stockpile enough gas and you could be forced to take a shorter, much deadlier route.

Much like Dragon Age: Origins, you can sometimes be attacked on the trail, triggering random “Road Event” encounters that see the brothers and their fellow survivors fending off Walkers in farms or camp sites. Saving as many people as possible is the next vital ingredient towards survival.

“You actually have to get survivors to join your group first” Gamble explained. “The survivors all have their own back-story and character, so some of them might be terrified, hiding in a boarded up gas station, and they’re like, ‘Dude! I haven’t seen anybody in three days. I’ll be glad to join you’.

“But then you have others who say, ‘I’m doing just fine. You’ve got to prove to me that it’s better for me to come with you, than it is to stay where I’m at.’ So then you might have to do a mission for them. So our survivors aren’t just simply plot-thin, and some of them may not join you until later in the game.

“It’s this cross-cut of the different types of people you would encounter. Some have it better, some have it worse. We took those archetypes and sat down in a meeting and said, ‘OK, if the Walker populace attacked tomorrow, what would we do?’ Then we tried to base the characters on what our initial gut reaction was.”

Unfortunately, you won’t have room in your car or truck for every survivor in a level, which leads to a difficult moral choice. Do you take the weak, gibbering scaredy cat who also happens to have more resources, or do you take the battle-hardened thug with little to offer besides muscle? It’s your call.

Gamble explained another type of choice that players might encounter, depending on their chosen path. Just like season two of the Walking Dead show, the brothers can become blocked by a string of abandoned cars on the freeway.

The player can choose to spend more gas on driving around the blockage, or you can get out and fight off the horde as you push the cars aside manually. Either way there appears to be more depth on offer here than the initial, first-person shooter presumption suggested.

I asked Gamble how he felt about the initial outcry over the game’s reveal and he replied, “I can understand how that happened. You have Activision who is well known for Call of Duty, and then you hear , ‘Oh my God, a first-person Walking Dead game’.

“At the beginning the game just kind of announced and we didn’t really go into much detail at the time – we wanted to build up to it. I don’t understand how PR works. I actually do system design and stuff, but people have responded well to ‘talking to the dev’ kind of thing.

“I don’t know all that magic stuff, but being a gamer and somebody who actually loves gaming journalism – I’m just eating up everything that’s out there about BioShock and all the upcoming games -so I can sometimes see how those jumps in logic can happen if you just don’t have the details.”

Speaking of not having the details, I’m still concerned that little has been shown of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, because the concepts that Gamble explained to me sound genuinely appealing as a survival horror fan, but I must make clear that I also haven’t seen them with my own eyes. The same goes for you.

Can you honestly say that you’ve seen enough of Survival Instinct to accurately describe it to your friends? Have you only just learned about the mechanics discussed above by reading this article? Does that make you fear for the overall quality of the game?

I wish I could tell you that Terminal Reality has created a solid tie in on par with TellTale’s adventure spin-off, or that this is the title to make survival horror games on consoles scary again, but I just don’t have the information to hand. That troubles me because I really should.

Don’t get me wrong though, because I really do want to see Terminal Reality smash presumptions. I want them to deliver a game that really nails what it would feel like to be in The Walking Dead show, and to prove that console horror isn’t just about Resident Evil 6, or other games that miss the point entirely.

Survival horror isn’t just about big guns and explosions. It never was. Instead it’s about genuine terror, resource management and the constant, nagging, nerve-shredding fear that comes with feeling underpowered no matter what you do.

Should the game deliver all of the above, then it would be a genuine breath of fresh air into my weary lungs. But we really need more than trailers full of cut-scenes, large flashing words and the rasp of Michael Rooker saying things to convince us otherwise.

Come next week we’ll know everything.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is out on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U from March 19 in the US and March 22 across Europe.

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30 Comments

  1. woe

    This game looks bloody awful.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. KrazyKraut

    so they copycating Zombie U..a little bit..?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    I hope my sentiment hasn’t been lost above, as I know some folk don’t read beyond headlines. I’m not saying the game is good, as I haven’t seen it. I’m just hoping the game will be good as a survival horror fan, but I’m sceptical as I’m yet to see it. There’s just not enough info out there and only a handful of screens.

    It’s Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse all over again.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Samoan Spider

    This is one that’s on my ‘please don’t be shit’ list along with Rambo and several others. Hope for the best, expect the worst.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. smoke.tetsu

    Wasn’t it canned on the PC? I see it available for preorder as a digitial distribution title on amazon but still. I heard it was cancelled on PC!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. KrazyKraut

    @3
    At least I know what you wrote, but atm it looks like a FPS with no so many tools and weapons to survive. Like in Zombie U.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. manamana

    I still don’t get why they go with the “must be Activision/CoD” stuff. Their only trailer and the gameplay shown are nothing else but first person shooter stuff. All of their ideas are great and sound intriguing but until they don’t show anything beyond shooting Zombies and running away, I’ll be cautious.

    Damn how I would love me a decent survival game. TLOU can’t come soon enough!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @6 it may well be. The point is I’ve not seen enough of it to yell you otherwise. That worries me.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. harr0w

    The fact acti haven’t backed this game with a massive advertising campaign rings alarm bells or they think the name alone will sell the product. I must admit it reeks of low budget and probably will be, but saying that the guy has some nice ideas and when I first saw telltales stuff I was less than impressed until I got to play it. I hope it will be good but everything points to it being a large pile of dog squeeze.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Djoenz

    Im curious about the gameplay.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Kloudrunner

    The ad campaign exists. The games advertised about 78 Gagillion times during an episode of The Walking Dead. First trailers looked terrible. I’m remaining stealthily hopeful that its not a train wreck.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    Q1. Can you honestly say that you’ve seen enough of Survival Instinct to accurately describe it to your friends?

    A. Not even remotely. Not by a country mile! All I’ve seen is the two actors from the show, and I’ve heard what sound like particularly wooden delivery of lines from them, supposedly taken from the game. Not impressive/reassuring.

    Q2. Have you only just learned about the mechanics discussed above by reading this article?

    A. Yes. I have not previously heard as much as a whisper about these mechanics (which Dave was unfortunately unable to offer illustration as to how they worked during play)

    Q3. Should the marketing/promotion crew for this game have found better uses for their hands, than sitting on them for the duration.

    A. It might have helped matters/too right they should have.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ps3fanboy

    as dave cook says bugger off!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. povu

    It’s obvious Activision has no faith in the game considering how little its gameplay has been advertised, even though we’re really close to its release.

    If they want to convince people that this isn’t just some crappy cash in they’re going to have to do better than that.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. unclejibjab

    Let me guess.. review embargo until release day?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Moonwalker1982

    They should have moved this one to next-gen. I was at Gamescom last year and i saw a demonstration from the devs about this game. No video or anything, simply a slideshow with some screenshots and they told their plans. Quite ambitious plans they had for this game. Now it’s almost coming out, little to no marketing, has FAIL written al over it. A shame.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    Hmm this reminds me of the COD Black ops declassified, which is unfortunately the best selling third party game on PS Vita. One teaser trailer that doesn’t show the final product quality, few interviews and this game is never mentioned again. One of many reasons why i don’t like Activision. Anyway the walking dead fans deserve a true game based on the TV show not some crappy cash in.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. SplatteredHouse

    They should retool (Forbidden) Siren, but theme it around AMC TWD!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. rusty_shackleford

    Game will be out soon and we still haven’t seen any actual in game footage of it being played. That is BAD and will kill any hopes they have of massive pre-orders.

    All the screenshots and 1 teaser they did show look like crap visually. The game looks like it was made in Unity with default assets?

    And after reading this doesn’t make me excited for the game, just more confused and less hopeful. There’s a car and its a major part of the game, but you don’t actually get to drive? SOUNDS GREAT

    I urge others to wait till its actually out and reviewable to even consider buying this.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Stace Harman

    I’m amazed that this is out next week. I don’t know anyone who has seen it in action, let alone played a preview build.

    I’d love to think it’s just because the PR-ball has been dropped but it’s Activision, and they know how to crank the PR machine.

    The signs are not good.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @20

    Activision have never really gone out for marketing on non-COD or Blizzard games. Its their thing.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. bitsnark

    @20

    Precisely.

    Also, the brand is very much in the public’s eye after Telltale’s cracking take on the license and the huge ratings that the TV show (regardless of what you might think of it vis-a-vis the original source material) has been getting, so you would think that this would have otherwise been a home run.

    After this gets put out to die (quietly) at retail, I’d expect to see and hear tales of its troubled development to start slowly filtering through if they haven’t already.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. SplatteredHouse

    @21: Exactly. Examples include Singularity, and Blur which instantly spring to mind. Bizarre gave Blur a lot of love (remember the team videos where they’d talk it up, feature blowouts, plenty of gameplay, etc) so they kind of picked up the ball which their publisher all but fumbled. Singularity came in under the radar, for the most part, but was aided by fairly positive trade show reception along with the accomplishment of the game itself.

    Although, I wouldn’t blame anybody for having misgivings about this particular game, since not even as much as an overview of TWD:SI in action has been released – let alone a cohesive description of the objective, or what takes place, other than some vague idea that it is set before Rick wakes.

    If Acti felt they had something worth pushing, here, it does strike me that they’d probably be a good deal more vocal.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. unknownhero

    great article. other than the one minute trailer, we have not seen a damn thing which is worrying not to mention the fact that we do not know of the exact development time. I fear that activision had TR make this in a rush and hope that it will sell because of the walking dead name. hell, there isn’t even any leaked gameplay of it yet or any reviews. alarms are going off everywhere.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. manamana

    ^ and yet it’s still in the top ten of amazon.co.uk

    /scratches head

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @23 Singularity is a bloody gem of a game. Highly enjoyed it. It’s a shame all Raven does now is make CoD DLC (to the best of my knowledge).

    That said they do make the best CoD maps around.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. bitsnark

    @26 I completely agree mate.

    I remember when Raven were chucking out the likes of Hexen 2 back in the day; a far cry from current times where Activision only feed them CoD scraps.

    Also stick me down for one of the Singularity crowd; I really enjoyed it.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Dave Cook

    @27 Yeah, oh god Hexen 2 that’s right. I read Masters of Doom back in January and they are mentioned a few times as John Romero worked with them to make one of the Hexen games. They were pretty tight with each other as I recall.

    They should seriously be allowed to make a full game again. Give them the CoD budget one year and let them make something new.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. bitsnark

    @28 They were a tight unit definitely and had a similar relationship with id Software that the likes of Treyarch do with Infinity Ward right now, in so far as they were often commissioned to lend a coding hand on a fair amount of id Software IP (Hexen, Wolfenstein etc.).

    As far as a completely new Raven Software game goes, I’m totally on board with that.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. smoke.tetsu

    If by lend a coding hand you mean “be entirely responsible for developing the game with id software lending them a coding hand” then yeah. Raven lended a coding hand in Hexen, Wolfenstein (2009), etc.

    #30 2 years ago

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    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    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 […]