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Saint’s Row 4′s silly tone doesn’t get in the way of sales, says Volition

Thursday, 18 April 2013 12:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Saint’s Row 4 developer Volition believes that if anything, the series’ daft tone is what makes it such a success, not the other way round. It comes as one Cliff Bleszinski suggested that the wacky nature of the games is holding them back, and for Volition to “lose the gimps and dildos”.

Speaking with OXM, senior producer Jim Boon said of comments made by Bleszinski and other critics of Saint’s Rows’ zany antics, “Ultimately I don’t think that Saint’s Row’s tone gets in the way of bigger sales. If anything, I think our tone is an element of our success.

“Saint’s Row is quite unlike anything else out there, and I think gamers crave unique experiences – I know I do. We have a lot of passionate fans that love SR, so I think we are striking the right chord.

“Also, I do want to mention that Jason [Rubin] was extremely supportive if SR4 and really liked what we were doing with the game. He would often offer ideas for the game, and those ideas were never suggestions about changing our tone. He was a fan of the series and loved what we were doing”.

When asked if he thought fans would miss the game’s wacky elements if they were removed, Boon added, “I think our fans would miss what might considered juvenile elements of previous SR games.

“Based on the overall reception and sales of SR3, I strongly suspect many people enjoy this aspect of SR, even if some may not want to admit feeling that way. Thinking of a movie series like The Hangover – people love the humor but you might not want to discuss some of the finer moments of those movies with your mom, for example.

“I think the same might be true for SR. We do get an awful lot of feedback from fans telling us much they love our juvenile tone – with some asking us to go even further! Ultimately SR4 doesn’t try to take itself too seriously and we even have a lot of fun at our own expense.”

What do you think? Does the series’ wacky elements help it stand out from the pack, or could you do without all the purple dildos and such? Let us know below, and be sure to check out our own interview with Boon here for more information on the game’s development.

Saint’s Row 4 hits North America from August 20 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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22 Comments

  1. silkvg247

    I’m happy with the insanity and will be buying it, but we now have a gap for the bit “in between”, which is what SR2 was.

    Basically something that isn’t as depressingly realistic as GTA, where you can’t so much as fire a gun at a wall without the pains of the cops beating down your door (woo.. real life 2.0). But , something that also has a story, characters and purpose which are a little over the top but which make sense.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SlayerGT

    @Silk if you desire a GTA with no cops fire up a “custom match” freeroam mp lobby of your own and disable them. Set friend slots to max if you want to play by yourself. If you’re on consoles and playing The Ballad of Gay Tony hit me up. I love playing around in GTA.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. laughing-gravy

    It’s not often I would agree with Cliffy B. But I have to say he’s right on this one. The dildo & gimp stuff just seems like a crass attempt to generate controversy. “Ooh look at how bad we are this will get us some publicity!” It’s like they are trying to rip off GTA without understanding why it works in the first place. Must try harder!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    I wish SR3 had more to it than gimps and dildos, which sadly wasn’t the case. Too short, boring missions, 50 thousands overpriced DLCs, stupid co-op mode, idiotic horde mode. No SR4 for me, thanks.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TheWulf

    Saints Row is a bizarre beast that artfully stands on its own. It’s insulting to everyone, so at the same time it’s somehow funny, targetless, and insulting to no one. I… don’t know how that wraps around, and yet it does, it does so flawlessly. It’s one of the most genuinely funny “violence” games, but it doesn’t try to emulate reality, so it makes a clear separation. I find Call of Duty and Gears of War far, far more offensive than Saints Row.

    There’s a delicate balance to Saints Row, an equality. In that the way it’s silly makes it feel like it’s laughing with you rather than at you, and it’s harmless. Even with the sexuality, guys are treated in exactly the same way as women. Big or small bits, as dressed or undressed as you like. A lady friend of mine who’s frequently bothered by sternum-bustin’ chainmail bikinis in fantasy had absolutely no issue with Saints Row because of this.

    It just felt like it was having a joke about modern society with us.

    And I find that way, way more palatable and tolerable than most super-violent games. GTA IV? I personally can’t stand it. The hypocrisy of how we’re supposed to treat a mass-murderer as an innocent lamb and the hero of the hour? No. Just no. Rockstar knew better than that, once. They knew that people like that were rotten to the core, but this attempt to make running down old ladies in the street acts of heroism? I find it distasteful. That’s just me, but there you go.

    And again, GTA IV by comparison embraces reality and realism. In doing so it invites a certain… there’s an unsettling anti-je ne sais quoi to it. It’s familiar in the way that violent games are, but it comes too close to reality, almost tumbling headfirst into the uncanny valley. It comes a little too close to reality and what you see on television and it presents itself as a possible reality, that I find mildly repugnant.

    It’s a game, but it’s a game that desperately wants you to think it’s real.

    Saints Row the Third was the opposite. Sucking people up with a giant cat-faced truck and shooting them out of a cannon? That’s not something you’re going to hear on the five o’clock news any time soon. It makes a clear distinction from reality, and to be honest? I never felt they went far enough. For me, the most exhilarating and thrilling mission of SR3 was the part of the Clones one where you end up with super powers thanks to an irradiated Saints Flow.

    And look at the sequel. They get it as much as I do. The sequel is filled with parody super heroes, they’re taking it to the next step and moving it further away from reality. It’s a satire, a parody, and a joke you can laugh at. It’s almost a joke to be had at GTA’s expense.

    So CliffyB is wrong. He’s from the sort of mindset that makes realistic violence a sexual fetish. THAT is what is wrong with the industry. Not gimps, or dildos, or purple suits. There’s far more wrong with Gears of War than there is with Saints Row the Third. Sometimes I wonder if he’s just bitter? I mean, with Unreal Tournament Epic clearly wanted Digital Extremes to create a more serious, believable future tournament shooter.

    Then moddres come along and make everything silly with squirrel avatars and things like ChaosUT. People love silly and being detached from reality. Is the success of Saints Row the Third really a surprise?

    If there was only one, simple thing that harmed the success of Saints Row the Third, it was the endless stream of micro-transactions and mini DLC. That’s it. Nothing else. Saints Row the Third as a style or genre of game is golden, and we don’t need less of it, we need more. We need less of Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and things that seem to want to BE reality as best they can.

    But that’s just me.

    –Edit–

    Plus. It was SO silly that it allowed me to be a werewolf in a very expensive suit. So they get bonus points for that. In a way, it almost feels like a more raw sort of creativity, it’s the anti-GTA IV. I don’t think Rockstar or anyone else could ever really top it.

    Volition just needs to drop the mini DLC torrent and then have the balls to turn the dial up another few notches. I’m genuinely looking forward to Saints Row IV. Whereas I haven’t enjoyed in GTA game in I don’t know how long.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    @4

    Aside from being a loner, what was wrong with the completely optional co-op mode?

    It’s not like Dead Space III or Fable III where they wilfully withhold content until you have another player with you. All the content is available regardless of how you play it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. joshua nash

    i completely agree with cliff, SR used to be a good game look at SR1&2, but SR3 was bland and lifeless it lacked character, basically cause it was one action set piece after another, and a torrent of dlc that was cheap and useless, i was totally letdown so I don’t know whether i’m going to get SR4

    #7 2 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    @7

    It lacks realism, it had plenty of character. It was packed with character and I’m going to outright call you a liar, there. Don’t mix up realism with character. I know it’s edgy for youngfolk to be dismissive of things that aren’t dark and edgy, these days, but at least use facts.

    I mean, the Clone stuff, the Genki stuff, the Gangstas in Space stuff? No character? Yeah. I’m sorry, but that’s a lie. I have more integrity than that, I’d rather be honest than be in any Cool Club.

    Sometimes I think something needs to be edgy with realistic violence. Otherwise people can’t get off on it. But that’s exactly what I find so repugnant, that the kind of realistic violence people are talking up here contrary to Saints Row the Third has almost become a sexual fetish of its own. People need that darkness, that depression, and that almost uncanny-valley level of realistic violence to even begin to enjoy something.

    I want to go back to the ’80s/’90s.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. 3rikko

    SR 3 was a good game, hope SR 4 will keep the co-op from SR 3

    #9 2 years ago
  10. salarta

    Bleszinski has been making a lot of statements that are either questionable or flat out wrong. Telling Volition to make Saints Row more serious and lose the fun, silly tone is one of them. I normally avoid games with the same sort of atmosphere and setting as Saints Row, and it’s the silly tone that makes me want to play it. It’s because of this that I’m looking forward to Saints Row IV. Meanwhile, I don’t give a single damn about Grand Theft Auto or Sleeping Dogs or whatever other criminal simulation game exists on the market.

    I only got involved in Saints Row with the third game, but if I had to guess, I would say that the only thing that may have her SR3 sales was expectations of the franchise built from SR1 and SR2, sort of like how DMC3 apparently sold worse than DMC2 even though everyone thinks DMC2 was terrible and DMC3 was great.

    Overall I’d agree with what TheWulf said. CliffyB and many people like him are part of the train of thought that’s obsessed with violence and realism, which has been killing many great franchises as of late. It’s been the driving force behind most reboots lately too. If that attitude ever does lead to better sales, it’s typically because of other factors, like people not understanding the franchise and therefore refusing to give the franchise and its characters any respect.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. orakaa

    @5: Amen :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ItsFade

    Saints Row 3 might have been silly but it was also extremely shallow not to mention it had far less content than Saints Row 2. Saints Row 3 the activities and turned them into to storyline missions which was pretty fucking lazy. Saints Row 2 on the other hand was packed to the brim with tons of lengthy fun missions in addition to awesome activities like Fuzz. Saints Row 3 also had weaker customization elements than Saints Row 2 which was a shame.

    Personally I felt so burned by Saints Row 3 that I will never have the desire to touch a Saints Row game for the rest of my life. I guess my lack of sale will already be made up by the drones of new “LOLSORANDOM” Saints Row 3 fans brought in but I won’t be among them.

    I wish somebody would make a game that echoed that perfect middle-ground which Saints Row 2 and the older Grand Theft Auto games managed to achieve. Saints Row 3 went full retard and Grand Theft Auto IV tried to take itself so seriously it just became exhausting and boring to play. Grand Theft Auto V looks to be bringing that franchise back to it’s roots again based on the screenshots and trailers released for it so hopefully it will manage to hit that middle ground again.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. cw5th

    Blezinski is talking business. To reach even greater sales they must tone down the nudity and the slapstic.

    But thank god that Volition isn’t this stupid. Blezisnki would take all the unusual stuff out of the game and make it a GTA wannabe.

    Everything has to be dark, grimm and mature.

    I’m thankfull that there’s at least one wacky open world game. Don’t get me wrong, i love GTA, inFamous, etc. but every now and then i want to do insane stuff and Saint’s Row is the right game for that need.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. yeoung

    Honestly, it’s the tone that make me prefer SR over GTA. SR is basically what GTA used to be, insanely violent fun. Where in GTA the only options for my fuck-shit-up impulses is basically keeping hospital personal and patients hostage while SWAT tries to come in through the one blocked entrance.

    In saints row I can hurl people into traffic, start multi-gang streetwars and my personal favourite, herd a flock of zombies into an open container by standing atop of it, and then letting lose with the big floppy purple dildo. Plus, characters together in a car singing sublime while an open passenger door clips pedestrians and everything co-op enabled is just fantastic. Looking forward to SR4 more than GTAV

    #14 2 years ago
  15. MidlifeAxe

    “lose the gimps and dildos”?

    Erm, no. All that stuff is what makes Saints Row what it is and without it, it would just be another GTA-like game. Good on Volition for not changing what the franchise is built on.

    I enjoy both SR and GTA. They both have their own qualities that make each of them worth playing – none of this “it’s either SR or GTA” crap.

    @14 I’m now going to go play SR3 so I can fly over and kill zombies in my jet.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. laughing-gravy

    GTA was the original sandbox experience and SR is just a poor rip off. They can’t make up for the gulf in gameplay so they use crude, childish attempts at so called humor to pad it out. Is it any wonder that that other forms of media don’t take games seriously? GTA is a far more mature parody on popular culture than this crap will ever be. SR is just moronic gutter humor at it’s worst.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Francis O

    I’m surprised people play this crap.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. SlayerGT

    @17 You’ve played it?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    Cliffy, just get a f**king job, you bum! :)

    This ones for you Cliffy…:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMhrbrjJtfs

    Sitting around in his Pyjamas making bitchy comments eating a big bowl of fruit loops…

    Damn…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. fearmonkey

    @17 – I was the same way until Steam had a sale on it and offered a free weekend to play it. I played it and actually liked it, and I was very surprised. I didn’t like the first two games and I don’t care for the overly crude humor I saw in trailers, but the actual game is much much better than I ever would have guessed. I ended up buying the game for me and a friend to play. My friend also hated the other two games and he only said he would play it because I asked him to. he ended up playing through the entire game and all the DLC. The game really surprised me how good it was…

    @16 – To each his/her own..I have never really cared for GTA games, I never completed any of them, though I bought and rented all of them. I liked the over the top gameplay, some of us don’t love the realistic gangta crap.
    I thought mafia 2 was better than GTA4.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    SR3 was just use and destroy chaos. It didn’t give half a crap about story or motivating you to do anything, it just lined up a bunch of shit for you to blow up, and I guess whether you enjoyed it depends entirely on how much you love blowing shit up.

    Personally I think it’s a pretty good time, but they could definitely use a bit of coherence the next time around. I don’t want an epic story, I just want a plot that is at least loosely strung together.

    @20 Totally agree on Mafia II. It got a bad rap for obvious reasons, but it was actually a pretty decent game in spite of its limitations.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    Well i won’t be buying it, so either someone is lying to himself or i am being too cynical.

    #22 2 years ago

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    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]