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Injustice: does it succeed as a superhero game?

Thursday, 18 April 2013 08:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Injustice: Gods Among Us is out Friday across Europe. VG247′s Dave Cook asks if it’s just another fighting game, or if it really does make for a great superhero experience.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Developed by Mortal Kombat team NetherRealm Studios, Injustice is out this week on PS3 and Xbox 360. It will drop next week on Wii U.

You can see a list of all the current Injustice review scores here. It’s a mixed bag but the game has generally been received well.

If this piece of supposedly leaked artwork is to be believed, the game’s first DLC character will be Lobo.

We’ve got the Injustice launch trailer here. It’s full of fighting, story and DC Comics love.

We all have different tastes, but in the grand scheme of things many of us play games to escape the humdrum mediocrity of real life.

They can give us an immense power-trip, whisk us away to wonderful new worlds, and enable us to emulate feats we could only dream of. Empowerment is a vital part of the experience because when we’re gaming, we can be anyone.

Superhero fiction is perhaps the zenith of such escapism, where everyday people suddenly find themselves imbued with immeasurable power, sometimes with the ability to transcend time, space and existence itself. The rules of reality no longer apply.

Injustice: Gods Among Us features a large cast of these extraordinary individuals, so you’d like to think that the end result is top-heavy with insane stunts, devastating abilities and a sense of unmatched power.

After all, when a superhero license comes out and doesn’t make you feel powerful, then it’s probably fair to say that it’s has failed as an adaptation. An example of how to avoid this trap is 2008′s Sega-published Incredible Hulk movie tie-in.

While it looked ropey as all hell and wasn’t exactly innovative, you could still leap up skyscrapers and destroy whole city blocks with ease. It was an absolute riot if you gave it the chance, further underlining the case for solid gameplay over shiny visuals.

So I decided to take this approach with Injustice as a way of assessing its value as a superhero experience. Will it make you feel powerful? Does it portray its cast well? Ultimately, is it a game worth getting?

Let’s dive in, shall we?

The story mode opens with Metropolis in ruins and millions of citizens dead at the hands of the Joker. Batman and Superman have one of their usual lover’s squabbles, and then the action sees the rest of the cast battering ten shades of shite out of one another above the city. So far, so superhero.

Your first battle sees Batman facing off against Deathstroke inside Arkham Asylum, and from the word go it’s pretty insane stuff. The tiled walls shatter and burst with each heavy hit, the room collapses mid-bout, and in the end you really do feel like you’ve just destroyed half a building. Every stage is like this.

There’s even a range of cinematic abilities that ramp up the sense of power at hand. Wager moves see both fighters charging at each other head-on in a mini cut-scene, during which you must gamble a percentage of your superb meter. Whoever bets the most wins as both heroes collide with violent force as the backdrop convulses and shatters.

You can even interact with the scenery by tapping RB or L2, and at one point I was fighting Bane and he suddenly plucked a giant marble globe out of the background and hurled it at me like a baseball. Another fight saw Cyborg doing the same to my Green Lantern, except this time with a live missile. It hurt, but I laughed.

There’s also scope to knock people through to other parts of the arena. If you get to the side of a stage you can hold back and A – or X if you’re playing on PS3 – to pull off a power move. I used this as Batman and spin kicked Lex Luthor clean through a wall like it was made of paper.

He burst out the other side in a shower of concrete and tumbled down several storeys of a military hanger, only to land on the metallic floor below. The fall dislodged a parked aircraft that then fell down on top of him, blowing up the place and sending him exploding back into the fight for the punishment to resume.

All of this may sound really stupid, but its grin-inducing stuff. Best of all it’s relatively easy to pull off. You needn’t be a master of combos, timing and frames to get thrills out of Injustice. I should know, I’m really crap at the game yet I’m having fun with regardless.

On a technical level the core move list resembles Mortal Kombat in a few ways, but it’s not a carbon-copy by any means, even if there is still an emphasis on stringing together air juggles, wall bounce moves and single-hit attacks into mind-bending combos.

However, each character’s over-the-top special moves add enough madness and flair to help you win battles, even if you’re a butterfingers like me. Making Green Lantern magic up a mini-gun or having Cyborg evaporate the whole room with his cannon is as simple as entering a few commands. It might not be as technically impressive as a 20 hit combo, but it still feels awesome.

Then you have each character’s ultimate attacks, which require a full meter to activate. I’m tempted to say that Aquaman’s is my favourite move so far. First he creates a tidal wave to flood the arena and then skewers his opponent with his trident, holding them up defenceless while a shark eats them. Overkill is too soft a word. ‘Omnikill’ might be better.

It’s already clear that the community is going to have a ball uploading videos of their finest attack strings to YouTube, and I think the videos I’ve seen already are testament to the game’s scope for incredible feats. That’s one factor that will really help give Injustice staying power.

If I can make my bumbling attempts at combos look badass without even trying, I’m sure whatever the pros can do must look phenomenal. This is the power trip I was talking about – that feeling of being able to pull off the impossible no matter who you are or whatever your skill as a gamer.

So with that in mind does Injustice succeed as a superhero game? Absolutely. Whether or not it succeeds as a solid fighting game alongside the likes of Street Fighter, BlazBlue and Skullgirls remains to be seen, but I’m certainly having a blast so far.

Thankfully NetherRealm Studio’s treatment of DC’s characters is bang-on, with a typically bossy and righteous Superman, Nightwing and Green Arrow being cocky show-offs and the Joker cackling and prancing around each scene like he’s having the time of his life.

If you’re a fan of the comics then you’ll likely get a real kick out of the game’s core plot and its nods to other strains of the DC canon. I can’t claim to be a comic expert but I was confused enough at points to know there is a lot of fan service in there. Yet I still managed to follow the plot well enough to feel gratified.

Big, mad and full of death-defying stunts, Injustice really is a riotous superhero game, and one that should emerge to be a darling of the fighting game circuit. Although ultimately, that’s for the community and pro circuit to decide.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a universe to save.

Disclosure: To assist in writing this article, Warner Bros. sent Dave an Xbox 360 copy of Injustice: Gods Among Us. No additional merchandise or advertising were offered or accepted.

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18 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Great read. Glad to see you liked the crazy superhero aspects because as much as Boon and co are trying to present the game as a EVO level fighter, all I want from this is to be respectful to DC characters and show their true potential in a video game.

    With this and Batman Arkham games, DC is really starting to shine in the world of video games. Wish Disney would take a hint and do the same for Marvel heroes (Outside the upcoming LEGO Marvel which looks uber sweet). Sadly, as long as Activision has the license to most Marvel heroes, there will be no room for hope.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Thanks :)

    I don’t know if it’s EVO worthy as I’m honestly not that good, but once you jack up the AI difficulty it does hit you with some pretty insane combo strings. There’s potential I think, but like I say I’m no expert.

    I just like being able to do mad shit without having super-human reaction speed.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. melonbuster1

    This game has so much value for your hard earned dollars! !! Best story mode in fighting game history! . So much reply value .. buy it

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 The story mode is incredible yeah, actually well written and fun. I like the third-person mini-game bits too, as simple as they are. The scene with Joker hurling explosive cards at Nightwing was fun. Green Arrow’s also quite funny.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    @1
    I’m not a pro fighter either. This is why I prefer watching fighting matches rather than playing them because then I’d get my ass handed to me in SF4, VF5 or BB.

    I think Netherrealm fighters are really more about what you said: Feeling like a extraordinary human being without too much effort. Maybe that’s lame for some super pro fighting fans but please, ESCAPISM is not about split-second super parry cancel transitions!

    Still a bit worried about area transitions / ultimate super movies getting stale and boring after a while, even if they are as awesome as the shark “Omnikill” :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 I know what you mean yeah, although I think like any repeated action in a game they will naturally lose their impact over time. The first time I saw Aquaman’s I was just like ‘whaaaaa?’

    Good fun :D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Alex Donaldson

    @1, @2 – As the closest thing VG247 has to a resident pro fighting games nut — It’s about as EVO worthy as MK9 was. It’ll never be a ‘top’ game, but solid support from Warner Bros. in terms of pot bonuses and things like that will keep the game alive. Warner were really good about putting up big Pot bonuses (like $10k, 15k+) for MK9, and that really helped keep it alive.

    It’s a really combo-heavy, juggle-encouraging game, like MK9, and some people absolutely love that. It’s getting a lot of play right now around the Fighting Game Community – just go to Twitch and have a glance around and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s not clear yet if it’s that ‘new game smell’ though and if it’ll remain once the shiny appeal has worn off.

    The thing about the game is some parts of it – like the awesome environment things you can trigger – bring up interesting questions for any competitive scene. The stages can’t be ‘mirrored’, right? There will be different hazards and weapons on each side of the stage.

    That means Player One side may have an inherent advantage over Player Two side out of the gate on certain levels. This was a problem MK9 had too, for different reasons (P1 had less input lag, weirdly) and it did effect its tournament worthiness a bit. You can turn that stuff off – they clearly knew it might prove a problem in competition with cash on the line – but the moment you have to flick a switch to turn a core feature off, it starts to edge into ‘less tournament friendly’ territory.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens with this game. Since MK is at EVO this year, you can expect the pro MK players to focus on that and not this until at least July. Will the game still have a competitive pulse after July? Time’ll tell, I guess.

    There’s some pros playing for the next hour or so on Level Up Live’s Wednesday Night Fights: http://www.twitch.tv/leveluplive

    This interesting debate aside, the game itself is great and is I think the greatest game Netherrealm has ever made.

    PS: Dave, we should play online!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    This game looks superb. NRS and Warner have done such a good job with this game. I’m confident if you see it in action, you’ll find it a tough point to argue against. Outstanding effort, imho.

    “to be respectful to DC characters and show their true potential in a video game.”
    Your wish is granted. The heroes and villains look so good, and the stage backdrops that I saw, all the interaction and “life” to them. I found it (not intending to tumble into hyperbole, but) jaw-dropping to witness how well they brought it all together. I’m neither the biggest DC (or Marvel) follower, nor am I a FG specialist, but I saw quality, so that’s what I CAN tell you about, here.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @7
    Thanks for the info and analysis. I loved MK9 for its breath of content (Specially story mode) and its fun, noob-friendly gameplay. I mean, I love games like VF or BB but have never been really good at them. MK9 was the closest to a good fighter I’ve ever gotten and I think it’s partly thanks to the more simplified mechanics and easier timing. Plus, I just love the characters, lore and stories.

    As a DC fan, can’t wait to fully dive into Injustice.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. junguler

    having loved mk 9 and being a long time fan of the developer i’ll be having a blast with their latest creation

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Clupula

    Lobo isn’t rumored anymore. Ed Boon confirmed him yesterday, during the Injustice finale.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @11 Thanks man I wrote this yesterday afternoon before then, so thanks for the heads up :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    @7 – Environmental hazards and stage transitions can be turned off. I assume, in a fighting tournament, that would be a rule.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    @13 I did wonder this yeah, they mess up balancing.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    I have to say as someone who is more into Marvel (and more adult stuff like The Boys, Preacher, etc…), this game did give me lot of respect for some the DC characters. I knew very little about Black Adam, previously, for example, but his playstyle, his posture, the way he moves, all of it are intimidating, like you’re fighting a god. Then the characters I do know, like Joker, Harley, and Batman, they got down perfect. Batman, you have to play smart against stronger characters, because otherwise, they’ll destroy you, while with Joker, it’s about keeping the field chaotic.

    The only character who feels too stiff is Wonder Woman. And the only character who, I’m sorry, no matter what they do, is still lame to me, is Green Lantern. I don’t understand how he’s making complex machinery and I don’t think there’s any way you can make someone who catches people with a giant green hand cool.

    But the community aspect of it has been awesome. Comparing DLC costumes with other people online is part of the fun. And the King of the Hill rooms seem to be pretty full. I saw a guy kicking ass with Solomon Grundy the other day. I also wonder how much of the full poem can Grundy do in the game. I have heard him get up to Wednesday.

    But yeah, awesome game. Should probably note, though, the deficiencies of the Wii U version, though. Not only does it not have any of the pre-order DLC, the season pass, or the ability to connect to the iOS version, it also, from what I’ve read on gamefaqs, does NOT allow you to invite friends to a game, which in a fighting game in 2013, is absolutely fucking unacceptable.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    I got this at the midnight launch and then played it for about 8 hours straight. I even put Bioshock Infinite on hold while I learn to master this.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. The_Red

    @15
    Preacher is the best :)
    I think Wonder Woman is a really hard character to do but if you ever get the chance, try her Gail Simone run. She does a great job during her run with WW.
    As for Green Lantern, I don’t know what to say. The dude thinks of something and it becomes real. Not that familiar with his books but the Justice League: New Frontier story / cartoon does feature a very nice GL arc.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. chaoszage

    I have not play this game yet but I prefer action-adventure instead of fighting for DC superhero series.

    #18 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]