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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  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.


    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


    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


    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…:

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


    #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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    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    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 […]