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The Phantom Pain: new teaser trailer is genuinely creepy – rumour

Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:29 GMT By Dave Cook

The Phantom Pain developer ‘Joakim Mogren’ has uploaded what appears to be an unsettling trailer for the mysterious project, containing some hidden clues that smell like Metal Gear Solid 5.

Creepy no?

UPDATE:

I’ve decided to add a rumour tag to this piece because the GameTrailers member ‘Joakim Mogren’ has uploaded the above clip to the users section, rather than the official channels. It may mean that the video is unofficial.

We’ve emailed Konami for confirmation but as with most virals, if it’s true they won’t confirm it, so we’ll get back to you with more when we can. Stay tuned.

Also the morse code in the clip has been cracked by YouTuber AesopsEpisoden.

It reads:

“GENERATING IMAGE HOLD SCENARIO LOADING HOLD ACTIVATE PHANTOM PAIN DOT MEME HOLD ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ”

Does this mean the men in the video are configuring the world’s first VR simulation? Is Snake inside the simulation to help him combat post-traumatic stress after his car crash? It would explain all of the freaky stuff we’ve seen in the initial Phantom Pain trailer.

Read on for more clues from the trailer.

ORIGINAL STORY:

About halfway through there is a subliminal blip, that VG247 reader Dragon246 has kindly transcribed for us.

It reads:

PROJECT OMEGA
AI MATRIX: SECTOR07-A942
VR PROGRAM: PHANTOM_PAIN.MME
CONTRACTOR: MOBY DICK STUDIOS
SUBJECT: REDACTED

PURPOSE-
TREATMENT OF NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE SUSTAINED IN COMBAT SITUATIONS
TREATMENT OF COMBAT RELATED PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS
ENHANCEMENT OF COMBAT ABILITIES FOLLOWING IMPAIRMENT
IMPLEMENTATION OF ..::.|>..::.:

Now then, what does this all mean?

Well, as Dragon quite rightly points out, the military base seen in the first Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes trailer was called Camp Omega, so there’s your first common thread. The morse code at the end of the text simply reads “?” when translated.

Second, note the medical and psychological report at the end. In the first Phantom Pain trailer, we see what looks like Snake suffering a car crash, which presumably leaves him badly injured, hence the clip largely taking place in a hospital.

There’s also talk of “Psychological stress”, which would explain all the mad images in the hospital, of white petals – a nod to The Boss in MGS3 – images of giant flaming whales, the bosses horse, Volgin on fire, and what appears to be The Sorrow or Psycho Mantis floating in the background.

The text also says, “VR PROGRAM: PHANTOM_PAIN.MME”, so could the events in The Phantom pain trailer just be a VR training exercise to help Snake battle the post-traumatic stress suffered in battle? The rumoured 1970s-80s setting may render that technically impossible, but with Kojima – sorry, Joakim – anything’s possible, right?

For every rumour, screen, clip, photo, tweet and whisper on Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, check out our all access feed here.

What do you think?

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45 Comments

  1. grizzlycake

    I’m starting to think this is the game where they set the Enfants Terribles project in action.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Yeah same here. Read my update above too, the plot thickens.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Remember how it always was “Tactical Espionage Action”? That’s no longer the case. Now it’s “Paranormal Espionage Endeavors”. /creaped

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Bashtee

    Damn, Kojima sure likes to troll around…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    I believe the term for this is “cock-tease”. All good fun :-)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    @Dave,
    And that video shows Fusion Reactor DIII D tokamak in USA.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tdQmPUI23mA
    Look at around 2:20 mark from where the similarities start, even the angles of shots are similar.

    Its getting really weird.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. GwynbleiddiuM

    ^Was just watching that, hang on… have you been making this shit up Dragon? Are you pulling our legs? Are you and Kojima in this together?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    Surely this can’t be just Ground Zeroes all along, right? That would be kinda lame, since the game has been announced and shown already. So i guess this is two real new Metal Gears in the making?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Max Payne

    @9 I highly doubt it , because we all know that Ground Zeroes IS prequel

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    Are they really going to hype up two games from the same franchise at the same time, though? I mean, keep in mind how little info on Ground Zeroes we’ve gotten since the initial trailer.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Yes, yes they are. Konami has only the soccer series and Metal gear which makes them money.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Get_crazy

    I don’t know if you’ve heard about this crazy theory, but it’s so crazy that it makes sense!

    Here is the thing, during the itw with Geoff, Joakim shows “new pics” of The Phantom Pain and we can clearly see that there’s 6 pictures on the iPad, but he only shows five of them…

    The sixth pic is in fact Joakim himself with the FOX Engine logo, here’s the link :
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/554879_408336122596703_129822800_n.jpg

    You can read more evidence on this theory on NeoGaf :
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=524364

    And remember this, Kojima will present a show at GDC named “Photorealism through the eyes of a ‘Fox’ – The core of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes”

    P.S: Sorry if my english is a bit messed up, it’s not my native language.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. CyberMarco

    ^ if so, mind=blown!!!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    That is not CG and especially not in-engine. Man, people that don’t know will just lap up any form of info. I would believe Phantom Pain is tech demo but not CG.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    MGS Ground Zeroes launches in 2013 right? i read it somewhere. Hideo kojima the biggest troll. @11 Is there something wrong with that? the last MGS games was 4/Peace Walker that was years ago and if these two games offer something completely unique and special theres nothing wrong about it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. JavelinX

    This looks A LOT like Neon Genesis Evangelion! If Kojima will make an existentialist game. I’M IN IT!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. penniman

    This uhh.. Seems like those Metal Gear Solid 3 videos. You know the ones where you would find one of the Russian dudes and they would talk about history and the shagohad..

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    @12,
    You are so wrong. They are very big player in mobile market.
    And very profitable-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KONAMI

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @19

    I was talking about in the Console Market. Mobile sector is a whole different thing. You can put 50k into development and it give you a return of 200-1000%

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lahanas

    The fact that this is being presented as news is pretty embarassing for VG247. The video is fan made.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @21 Wheres the proof for it being fanmade?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    @21
    Its not.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. GwynbleiddiuM

    @21 Dude, the whole internet’s gone viral over this 1 minutes and 15 seconds, this is surely news worthy for that sake alone.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Dragon246

    @21,22,23
    There is indeed a chance of it being fan-made, since its an user upload (by Joakim Mogren on gt). But its a damn good one if its that.

    I am truly sorry if that is the case. I thought (and still think) its the real deal.

    And I will kick myself if its fake as then I would have wasted 2 hours of sleep for a hoax.

    As I said earlier,that video shows Fusion Reactor DIII D tokamak in USA.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tdQmPUI23mA
    Look at around 2:20 mark from where the similarities start, even the angles of shots are similar.

    Its getting really weird.

    @24,
    “Are you and Kojima in this together?”
    :D


    No :P

    #24 2 years ago
  25. NickedAlOverU

    im hoping in the mist of all of this that MGS 5 turns out to be an exclusive for Sony ps4 lol that would send a wave through the gaming industry. all this hype for a ps4 game ! or even launch title!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. _LarZen_

    I found this teaser genuinely boring as hell. That said I cant wait to see more from this game…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Lengendaryboss

    @26 As much as i want that to happen, it is no longer profitable (PS2 Era) for third partner publishers to launch a game exclusively on one platform (it does still happen). Although Metal Gear Rising Sold better on PS3 than Xbox360 considering its a action based spin off which was announced at microsoft conference, so maybe it might be a possibility.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. zinc

    ^ Why would you want it to be exclusive? To have something to gloat over other platform gamers?

    Always strikes me as odd, that sentiment. Uncharted for example, would be huge now if it had been multiplat.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @29 Its funny you say rhetorically i want it to be exclusive “to gloat over other platform gamers” when i provided no reason as to why i want it exclusive. Businesswise i know its risky. Uncharted Sells somewhere along the lines of 4/5 Million per game (1 Million for Uncharted Golden Abyss) that is a figure most multiplatform games don’t reach and its also a figure not to be ashamed of.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. zinc

    ^ I never stated I knew the reason why you wanted it exclusive though did I? I simply asked a question as to why and provided a possible reason.

    A simple question you still haven’t answered ;-)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Clupula

    Personally, I think when developers can focus on the strengths of one system, instead of having to water it down for the lowest common denominator, they tend to create better games.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Clupula

    It’s very noticeable, when playing MGR, how much better the graphics of MGS4 were, just as an example.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. zinc

    @clupula, That is a very good point I’d not actually considered :-)

    Its easy to forget how much effort & teamwork can go into, what is for some, throw-away entertainment.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lengendaryboss

    @31 There are many reasons like the ones Clupula stated below you, as well as MGS being closely associated with PlayStation proof MG Rising sold better on PS3 despite being a spin off hardcore fans didn’t take too lightly and all MGS games are on PlayStation and i feel Xbox owners would not understand the history due to games like MGS 4, Portable Ops and MGS 1. I never gloat over the exclusives i will leave that to the hardcore PlayStation/Xbox fans.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zinc

    ^ To be fair, I can see this being exclusive.

    I was one of the very few people who got MGS2 Subsistance for the Xbox. My first & so now my favorite MGS, but unless the triology and revengence have sold big, I can see Konami not bothering.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. SplatteredHouse

    Phantom Pain is one thing, but what will Project Ogre be like running on Fox Engine – if it’s still in development. Someone might want to question Kojima about that at GDC, if the chance presents itself!

    Kojima had this to say last September: “While I am happy to know people liked MGS Ground Zeroes, I’m sick & tired of people keep asking me ‘is that project Ogre’ here in Seattle everyday. Project Ogre is what the project that Ogre appears. Ogre does not appear in MGS Ground Zeroes,” he said.

    Earlier last year, Kojima dropped further hints about Project Ogre, in a tweet translated by our Japanese correspondent:

    “As for my Oni project, it’s not a game that’s as amazing as a demon, nor a game whose production requires that we assume the heart of a demon, but a game that involves a demon.”

    source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/395770/features/on-the-trail-of-the-phantom-pain/#

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Lahanas

    The video is fan made guys.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Lahanas

    Where is the edit button? Anyway, there is no thread about this on neogaf and the guys there say this is fan made, thats why I say this too, in case you are wondering. Peace.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    Hum, actually i saw this was from GT and seeing as they recently had an interview about the game, i assumed it was related. Though indeed this isnt on GT’s main site and it is user uploaded… So yeah, fan made seems likely. Though i’ll still keep hope till someone can source the original video, thats if it was just taken from something else.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Dave Cook

    @20 yeah, where’s the proof that it’s fan-made? If I see proof that it’s fan-made I’ll take it down, and don’t give me any of that ‘you should verify with Konami first before posting’ chat either ;)

    No PR company would ever confirm a viral to the press for fear of game writers exposing it. It’s unverifiable until Konami decides on its own to come out and say it’s fake.

    This is all part of the fun imo.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Red XIII

    @40: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdQmPUI23mA

    Thats the original video uploaded in 2008

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Dave Cook

    @41 Kojima’s used real footage in many games. I’m not seeing proof yet that the Game Trailers clip isn’t for MGS.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. NeoSquall

    This is becoming a bigger ARG than The End of Days one for The Secret World.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. osric90

    Hope Ground Zeroes and these are the same game. Too much MGS “official” saga games would suck.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. NeoSquall

    IMHO this game is really Project (M)Ogre(n).

    With MGR Kojima finally understood he can outsource some of its work to people with enough talent and just sit in a corner watching and sometimes counseling on what needs to be done.

    #45 2 years ago

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

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

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

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

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

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

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

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

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

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

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

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

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

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

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

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

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

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

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

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

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

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

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

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

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

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

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

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

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

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

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

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

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

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

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

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

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

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

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

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

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