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Soul Sacrifice: can it help Sony sell Vita?

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Soul Sacrifice is out today in the States. Dave Cook plays the final PS Vita code and asks whether or not it’s the system seller Sony’s handheld has been crying out for.

Soul Sacrifice

Developed by Sony Japan Studio, Soul Sacrifice was conceptualised and designed by ex-Capcom designer Keiji Inafune.

The game is a PS Vita-exclusive and launches today, April 30 across North America, and from May 3 across Europe.

Soul Sacrifice will include a post-launch run of free and paid DLC. We reported on the first pack due to hit Japan here.

The European edition features a reversible cover, and you can see both designs right here.

Sony has needed a game like Soul Sacrifice on PS Vita for some time.

There has been severe drought of full price games on the handheld worth your time or money. The killer IP simply hasn’t been there, but thanks to Keiji Inafune’s superb effort you now have a reason to return.

Before I got to try the game for myself I often described it to people as “Monster Hunter meets Dark Souls”. While it bears many aesthetic and mechanical similarities to both franchises, slotting it so neatly into another game’s shoes is to do it a grave disservice.

That’s because it’s wildly inventive, fits snugly into the portable mind-set, and offers content spanning hundreds of hours to digest at your leisure. But will it actually manage to shift PS Vita consoles for Sony at a time where it really needs to, well, shift consoles?

This all depends on you.

See, as I pointed out in my Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate ‘A Noob’s Journey’ blog series, games with large worlds and complex mechanics can prove intimidating, and yes, Soul Sacrifice is both massive and complicated at the outset.

I’m aware that Inafune wasn’t director on the Monster Hunter series while at Capcom, but Soul Sacrifice also has potential to hit newcomers with a similar wall of information and mechanics that feel intimidating at the start. After the first hour you’ll be absolutely fine though, thanks to the bite-sized nature of missions and the ability to retry them as you see fit, just like Monster Hunter.

Soul Sacrifice opens with your character locked in a cage, awaiting death at the hands of the mysterious Magusar. You find a living book called Librom under a pile of bones, and by reading its pages you can piece together the past of fallen mages, then claim their power for yourself. Once strong enough you can fight your captor and escape the prison.

Each mission is short, and tasks you with battling a range of ferocious beasts in exchange for items, sometimes alongside AI companions. Afterwards you can choose to go to the next chapter, kit out your character and allies, or read previous chapters again to farm items. Again, all of this is very similar to Monster Hunter in how it handles.

But where Soul Sacrifice deviates from Capcom’s series is that items aren’t used for crafting, or sold in stores. Instead, they are used as ‘offerings’ by your mage and turned into devastating weapons. Confused? Yep, I was as well when I first started playing, but I’ll try my best to break it down.

Your mage has two sets of three item slots, almost like load-outs in a shooter. Let’s say you have five ‘Swordsman Icebrand’ items – which are essentially icy shards – you can offer these in battle to summon a frozen blade that lets your mage unleash fast, elemental swords strikes.

Over time the spell will wear off, leaving you weapon-less, so then you might offer up an Iron Pinwheel instead, giving you a set of ethereal, spinning blades to hurl at enemies from a distance. Healing Seeds can be turned into a health spell, while Sanguine Salvos essentially turn your hand into a machine gun, and so on.

So basically you’re sacrificing items to create weapons for a short time. However, if you farm enough of the same item, they can be combined to create weapons that stick around for longer, hit harder and can be summoned more times in one stage. Grinding enough items to make top tier weapons, shields or spells can take ages though, and might put some people off.

The theme of offering sacrifices goes even deeper though, as each demonic enemy you face is actually something less fearful underneath. Giant diseased rats are actually a mutated swarm of smaller, harmless rodents for example.

In one boss battle you face off against a giant Harpy, which in reality is a possessed woman underneath. Once defeated its up to you to pass judgement on her by saving or sacrificing her soul. The former will give you health and go towards levelling up your life bar, while the latter will boost and level up your magic power.

The choice of redeeming or sacrificing the souls of enemies makes for a neat levelling mechanic, and in some cases your choice can come back to either bite or aid you later on in the game. Then there’s the ‘Black Rite’ system, which becomes available whenever your mage is close to death.

The first Black Rite unlocked sees your mage sacrificing their own skin to turn them into a bloody, walking fireball in exchange for half of your defence stat. So not only are you stripping off your character’s skin in exchange for immense power, you are also severely weakened against attacks.

You can repair your body using a substance called Lacrima that is secreted from Librom’s eye every so often. Don’t call them tears though, he doesn’t like that one bit. Given how infrequently the liquid appears as you progress further, you may be at a disadvantage for some time. There’s always a tangible trade-off at play.

Disturbingly, you can also sacrifice your eyes and suffer a dampened cone of vision, and even carve sigils into your right arm that bestow your mage with a wide range of stat buffs and long-term effects. Useful yes, but again, you’re still giving up your character’s body in exchange for power.

Sacrifice, balance, loss and redemption are all themes that not only work their way into the game’s harrowing plot, but into the game’s combat and progression mechanics too. You’re made aware from the start that eventually, all mages have to pay a terrible price for the ability to wield magic.

It’s both sinister and challenging, which is where the Dark Souls references come into play. Although it’s not as brutal as From Software’s gauntlet, Soul Sacrifice does have a similar tone and art direction. You get the feeling all the way through that something dark lurks beneath the cracks, and that no matter what you do your character is doomed from the start.

But this is the big question throughout. Will you beat the odds of all the fallen sorcerers that sacrificed their lives, bodies and sanity before, only to escape Magusar’s prison, or will you end up a warped husk, contorted and mutilated by magical power?

I haven’t finished it so I don’t know yet, but I can tell you this, the question is driving me on happily. So to this end will Soul Sacrifice help shift PS Vita consoles for Sony? Well, it’s a hardcore game in many respects, but much like Ni No Kuni and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 3 before it, this could be considered a gateway drug to the RPG genre, given its action focus.

I think first impressions will see many PS Vita owners writing Soul Sacrifice off as either too dark, hardcore or ‘Japanese’ for them to stomach, and to those people I’d recommend trying the demo first. You have nothing to lose, and potentially a lot to gain.

To those who don’t own a PS Vita already, if you like deep RPGs, Dark Souls, or Monster Hunter then I’d say that you may want to buy a console to experience it for yourself, or try a friend’s copy first if you can. I genuinely feel like this is the first Vita game in a long time to get me properly hooked and invested.

The concern is that it’s not ‘mainstream’ enough to see PS Vita sales rocket across the board, but I think a small, dedicated pool of gamers are going to find a new addiction this summer, and one they might not be able to shake until the next generation comes knocking. It’s seriously that big, refreshing and worthwhile.

Now then, what do you think based on what you’ve seen so far? Let us know below.

Disclosure: To assist in writing this article Sony sent Dave a copy of Soul Sacrifice on PS Vita. No merchandise or advertising was offered or accepted.

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31 Comments

  1. Lengendaryboss

    Impressive Read Dave although unfortunately i think this game’s fate is sealed as amazing as the demo is its just that i don’t see a big success for this game, which is really sad.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 that’s how I feel too. I want it to do very well, but it’s perhaps too niche to warrant major success. If it wasn’t for me still working on my new flat I’d be playing it right now.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SameeR_Fisher

    Pretty cool Dave, it seems like a great game, a shame that I don’t have a Vita

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 that’s the key problem isn’t it? Such a barrier to a potentially wide audience. I’d love to see a PS3 port.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @Dave
    Thus killing reasons to get a PS Vita. But i would love to see an open world sequel on PS3 and PS Vita, that will definitely show potential.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. redwood

    impressive read man!!! :) I don’t have psV but will get sS when i get it..

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    @LB,
    Open world doesn’t really work well in these games imo, since anyways everyone will make a beeline to the enemy, so MH or GE like big arenas are mostly a waste of resources.

    About sales, I don’t think even Sony is expecting much from western sales, neither will it attract a significant audience outside current Vita owners.
    But, mind you, Sony and Inafune are happy with sales, and it is selling very well for a new IP in Japan. Here is an interesting read-
    http://www.siliconera.com/2013/04/29/keiji-inafune-talks-about-soul-sacrifice-kaio-king-of-pirates-and-comcepts-other-projects/

    @Dave,
    Have you tried those 5-10 star boss battles? Games like these are generally even more difficult as many monsters are borderline impossible to defeat solo, in MH and GE.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. friendlydave

    Can not wait for this to arrive on Friday. It looks and sounds great!

    Between this and Dark Arisen I’m glad we get an extra day this weekend :D

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Greek God

    I played the demo already over 35h lol
    And i dont even like MH

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    @9,
    The level 20 cap sucks doesn’t it? :(

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    The demo has ‘killed’ this for me… :(

    Far too generous that I can’t justify buying this with all the other games im juggling at the moment!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Goffee

    Has anyone seen any advertising for this at all outside Sony’s blog (I don’t read PS mags any more but guess there’s some there) – outside of the converted is Sony trying to sell this to anyone?

    Considering year old Virtua Tennis is currently top of the chart, the Vita is pretty much toast in the UK any way.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Greek God

    10@
    agree but atleast we can farm some spells in the demo and fuse them to be ready for the full game :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    @11: haha i had a feeling you didn´t enjoy the demo :)

    i really liked it and cannot wait to play the final build.

    great article. i think a game like this should be a system seller, it has a great concept, great artdirection and some unique ideas while not trying to hard to be different….but unfortunatly…it probably wont help to sell more vitas.

    @LB: i can see this franchise on the ps3 or ps4 as well. sure it needs to be redesigned, opened up more, but it really could be awesome. would also be cool to have a soul sacrifice console game and a vita version too where you can fight more arena styled battles with your full pimped out homeconsole sorcerer!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. jevonski

    I really want to like this game but judging from the demo it’s not for me, it just didn’t flow well for me mind you I’ve never really been a fan of short missions and prefer a more open world approach to games.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CycloneFox

    I think the biggest problem of this game doesn’t lie with it being a niche-title of some sort. I think it appeals to alot of gamers – especially after Dark Souls big success alot of gamers like this kind of dark artstyle.

    Its biggest problem is something, it shares with Ragnarok Odyssey, MGS Peacewalker or even Monster Hunter: Meeting friends with a Vita/PSP is extremely rare in the west and those games are most fun if you play them ad-hoc in one room. Of course, it is also fun to play a game online, but I for example am the only one in my circle of friends, who has a Vita. So I mostly play SP Vita games. It may be no problem in a year or two (when peacewalker came out a friend of mine bought a PSP and I could finally get in the joy of playing coop games on the PSP), but for a system that still needs to establish itself, it absolutely needs more SP killer IPs. Gravity Rush, Project Diva F and Uncharted did it for me, but I think it needs an RPG like Final Fantasy or even Dark Souls.

    Either way, I think Soul Sacrifice will help to sell the Vita. Add Killzone, localize the two Vita Tales of games and Phantasy Star Online 2 and add a little pricecut and I think it would sell well.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Rosseu

    All region 1 Soul Sacrifice are sold out in stores here. What’s left are region 3s

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    More games like this will make PS Vita a great system. But so far there are 1 or 2 of these at best for one year.

    I don’t know. Sony is in retarded position right now. In my opinion if something like 10 games would be released at one year like Soul Sacrifice… for PS vita. You can bet your ass that PS Vita would be successfull device.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. polygem

    hmm, soul sacrifice, toukiden, tearaway, killzone, god eater2, dragons crown…there are some good titles coming and we´ll probably see some more being announced this e3.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    There are a handful of games for the system that have my interest, this one included. But not of them can justify the purchase price. When/if the system price drops, I will buy one. But 300usd for the systm and decent mem cards? No thanks. I would rather save for a PS4 for just 100usd more.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. polygem

    @OG: is it still priced like that in the us? in germany you can get the wifi version brandnew with a game and a 4gb mc for 170 euro at some places. These deals appear and disappear though, goes back to 249 every now and then but if you wait or look around a little you´ll find the 170 euro offer. combined with a game (LBP) and a mc that´s a fair price for that thing imo…wish the mc´s would be much cheaper though.
    too bad mg didn´t enjoy soul sacrifice that much and you don´t have a vita. would have loved to hunt some mosters with you ;)
    somehow the only one i ever played online with from vg247 was manu…just once, cod blops II – i played terrible :)
    it´s a shame really.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. polygem

    …there have been some attempts to get some online Action going on here (max payne, cod?) but i think it never really worked out that well? maybe we need a good coop game…or maybe desitny?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    Yeah Gamestop online has two new ones for sale one at 250usd and one for 300usd. And like you said the MC issue. But it is classic. Instead of actualy lowering the price and allowing the buyer to pick the games for a new system, companies like to “Add value” in the box. Yet keeping the price high. The problem is if you can’t drop 300usd on a new system it doesn’t much matter what is in the box, you still don’t have 300usd for a new system.

    And ofc we all know why they do it. But the I think they sell a lot more Vita at 200usd price then a 300usd one. Regaurdless of whats packed in.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. polygem

    absolutely. the system is probably even worth the cash but it still is too expensive if you know what i mean. i wouldn´t pay 250 for it plus 40 for a decent mc plus 15 for a case (you kind of need one) plus 80 for two games…it´s just too expensive. pricecut has to come and it will come – and i think it will come pretty soon.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. jldoom

    I completely agree with everyone speaking about the price. Honestly, I’d rather buy a Wii U for that price than purchase a Vita, it’s just too expensive here in the US at retail price for me to justify this purchase.

    @OlderGamer I have seen some great deals on Craig’s List though of people selling their Vita’s at ridiculously cheap prices like $100 System + Memory card and add another $50 to get two games. This is all though in NYC. My friends have had great success buying / selling through there, but I’m a little bit more on the paranoid side when it comes to buying used.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    @26
    Just going to say what i said elsewhere, games sell hardware and when proven right price becomes irrelevant. Bunch of games out during christmas period and christmas price cut: You got a success.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. malethief

    Nice little read. I do think it’s unfair to categorize the game in the monster hunter meets dark souls. It only shares a similar art style to dark souls and the combat isn’t anything like monster hunter. It’s the usual 4 player action/rpg style of those games that you can play online with up to three others as well.
    From the demo it seems like the addicting factor is getting higher level skills from crafting the drops. It’s fun but I wouldn’t say it has the punishing difficulty of dark souls or the skills required to master monster hunter. It’s a fun game on it’s own and I can’t wait to see more in a future title. On my way to the store to get the full game now :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Eddie Rodrigues

    You guys couldn’t be more wrong, this franchise is, at the words of the great Keiji, “designed specially for the Vita” and frankly it wouldn’t look as amazing on the PS4. I guess they could make the sequel work in the console like a streaming device to a bigger screen, but still you would need the Vita to play…

    I need to grab this game right now, just to see gameplays I already want to spend every cent I have.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @Eddie
    No one is saying it should jump to consoles, just that there is a lot potential. Like i said any franchise created for PS Vita should stay on PS Vita.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    I will get this game for sure, and i think it will help the vita but just a little bit, it need more games like this and persona 4, and then it will make this console unavoidable for avid gamers.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. polygem

    @28: i was talking about a sequel or a totally new soul sacrifice game, not this one ported to the ps3. this one is for the vita and should stay on the vita, but soul sacrifice as a new franchise could make an appearance on the ps4 one day and i would embrace that idea – it could be awesome. but for now i am more than happy with what we´ve got.

    Manu+1

    #31 2 years ago

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]