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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 is 70% complete – report

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:44 GMT By Dave Cook

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy is currently 70% complete, according to a report from Japanese magazine Famitsu.

This Famitsu reader tweeted out the status of all current Final Fantasy projects. Note that Versus is absent from the list:

So that’s Final Fantasy X HD at 80% complete, Final Fantasy X-2 HD at 65%, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 at 70% and then finally, Final Fantasy 8 on PC at 80%.

It was recently rumoured that Final Fantasy Versus 13 had been renamed Final Fantasy 15 and was heading to next-gen formats. Check out our report through the link.

So it seems Lightning Returns could be targeting a ‘Fall’ release. What do you think folks?

Thanks NeoGAF.

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28 Comments

  1. Clupula

    Did I get in before Salarta? YES!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    yippety skip. HEY! What about Versus, indeed.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. livewired500

    I have FF8 on PC already from long time ago. What are they changing?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    @2 – I still hope, that Versus stays Versus, and that XV is based on the Agnes’ Philosophy trailer, with a more traditional battle system.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    Way too many final fantasy games out there, only really enjoyed… 8? I think.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SplatteredHouse

    @3 “HD” version of the original, apparently they weren’t that happy with how the PC version of FFVIII reached players. I’ve heard it was in a less-than great technical state. I seriously hope they will localize this though, as that game’s brilliant!

    It would be nice to see a little modern polish on it. OMG if they up-res/re-encode those lush, action-packed narrative FMVs!! :D
    BTW, Final Fantasy VII featured an original graphics mode option in the Settings, so people could still view it as originally designed, which was a nice touch.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Akira_Tenshi

    FF Versus XIII 0.01% complete.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Soong

    Since it’s Square we’re talking about here, 70% complete could mean anything from “it’s being released next year!” to “we’re aiming for a 2023 release date!”

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    I don’t think there are too many Final Fantasy games, only that there are too many that suck or don’t matter. FF13 needs to just stop ASAP, FFXHD is okay but unnecessary, FFX-2HD needs to stop, FF8 on PC is okay but unnecessary. I’m actually hoping Versus has been changed to FF15, because unlike FF13, it actually counts as a Final Fantasy game, and deserves to be a main entry in the series. Though, I still won’t be touching it until 3rd Birthday is completely undone and made up for, which will probably be never.

    @1: Don’t worry, I’ll just break into the site, delete your comment and retroactively substitute it with my own. :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    The best Final Fantasy is X. Followed by IX, with XIII next.

    From worst to first, my ranking of them are (not counting sequels to individual titles, even though I love both X-2 and XIII-2):

    FFV
    FFXII
    FFVIII
    FFIV
    FFVI
    FFVII
    FFXIII
    FFIX
    FFX

    I never played XI or II, and I only played about an hour of I so I can’t judge it. If I had to rank the sequels as well, X-2 and XIII-2 would be not as good as VII and better than VI. Dirge of Cerberus would be better than IV, but not as good as VIII.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Rockin a Jack D

    More JAP crap…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Metroid455

    #11 slow clap, did you want a cookie for that racist remark?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    Best to worst, personal opinion of course.

    FFIV
    FFVI
    FFVIII
    FFIX
    FFX
    FFVII
    FFT
    FFMQ
    FFV
    FFXII
    FFI
    FFIII
    FFII
    FFX-2

    The only one that’s actually bad on that list is FFX-2. I didn’t include FF13 because I never played it and I never will, though by my perspective of what I’ve seen, I’d end up ranking it just above FFX-2. I included the side games I wanted to represent.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 I’ll this now about FFXIII-2, as stupid as the whole dress-sphere thing was, the battle system of that game itself was great.

    The only Final Fantasy game I outright hate is FFXIII. What an utter clusterfuck of a game in every way possible.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    @14 – Personally, I think XIII had the absolute best characters in the entire series. It was the first one where, by the time it was done, I didn’t hate anyone (FFX had Wakka, IX had whatever that blue mage guy was named, VII had Cait Sith). I say “by the time it was done,” btw, because up until around the halfway mark of the game, I had a Vaan-level hatred for Hope. But I liked that his personality changed halfway through and I learned to see the character as being alright. It was also the first one where I didn’t feel there was a useless party member (even in FFX, which is my favorite, about halfway through the game Kimahri becomes completely useless, battle-wise)

    The worst characters go to XII, where there are only two out of the entire lineup that had any personality whatsoever (Balthier and Dr. Sid).

    Worst battle system, without a doubt, is VIII, which also wins worst plot twist (so bad that I actually stopped playing for two weeks and then just forced myself to continue since I had already gotten that far) and worst last boss battle (although X’s actual last boss is the most disappointing).

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    Actually, it’s funny when I think about it. FFX is my favorite, yet there are some glaring problems I had with the game overall. Blitzball, for one, was one of the worst things in a JRPG ever. When I was forced to play that first match, I remember distinctly saying to myself that if I actually had to learn the rules and get good at this stupid imaginary sport just to progress in the game, I would have just quit right then and there and not finished X. Luckily, you can still keep going if you lose that first match and then you never have to play it again (although it does guarantee that X is one game I will never platinum). I also really disliked Wakka. While I know you’re supposed to be happy that he comes to accept Rikku at the end of the game, to me it was just like, he’s this ridiculous religious fanatic who learns to be slightly less of an asshole by the end of the game. And I really did not like him.

    And, as I said, the actual last boss was really underwhelming after the battle before it.

    Still, I think the story and every character not named Wakka and the setting and music and battle system all carry it over the others. X-2, I found to be not as good, but still wonderful. And I loved that Yuna was able to actually enjoy herself for the first time in her life after everything that happened in X.

    I also have to admit that I really liked the disappointment from some of the fanboys from that title.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    I’ll also say that, while I’m a fan of the series, FFX is NOT even in my top five of JRPG’s.

    The top five JRPG’s, for me are:

    1) Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    2) Shadow Hearts: Covenant
    3) Suikoden II
    4) Suikoden V
    5) Valkyria Chronicles

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @15 I seriously hope you’re joking.

    The story is a complete mess. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, and it throws nonsensical shit at you just for the sake of creating drama and conflict. Half the story contradicts itself, and doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny or analysis whatsoever. The characters spend their time doing nothing but wandering aimlessly for half the story. Then then talk, and walk some more. Then talk some more… then do so walking. Nothing happens in the story half the time, and half the time they’re just repeating the same plot point we already know for the umpteenth time.

    Snow is a complete jackass and a moron who can’t do anything but shout and pine after a girl. Lightning is sadistic and bordering on psychotic if you take five seconds to look at her actual motives and actions. Vanille is a ditz, and her friend Fang exists entirely for shipping purposes. And Hope… Jesus, at least Vaan had some sort of personal goals! Sazh is alright, but even he decided that a third of this story should be spent wandering aimlessly without any discernible goal whatsoever.

    “But I liked that his personality changed halfway through.”

    That’s the equivalent of changing your mind after being hit by a brick. There was no subtlety or sense to his character progression, and its always easier to like a character when they stop acting like a complete ass, but that doesn’t change the fact that way the story progressed was atrocious.

    I never thought I’d say this, but FFXIII actually makes Metal Gear Solid’s story look like well constructed masterpieces…

    “Worst battle system, without a doubt, is VIII, which also wins worst plot twist.”

    VIII’s battle system was great. It was just way, way too easy to exploit. It’s story was pretty terrible, but compared to XIII that at least tried to be somewhat cohesive and string together its plot elements properly, and didn’t have characters wandering aimlessly for 15 hours because they had nothing better to do.

    @17 Can’t go wrong with Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. Still one of my favourite RPGs of all times.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Clupula

    @18 – I loved Lightning. She is probably my absolute favorite female Final Fantasy character. In fact, the scene where she punches Snow in the face is probably one of the best scenes in the franchise, because so many of the typical Final Fantasy main characters could use a punch in the face. Hell, the entire cast of XII could use a beatdown with baseball bats. But Lightning was awesome. She didn’t take shit from anyone and the only one she really cared about was her sister. I can totally appreciate that.

    And Vanille is a ditz on purpose. It’s her way of dealing with all the shit going on around her. There’s a scene where she even says it herself.

    And as for them wandering around, if you’ve just been declared public enemy number one, what exactly are going to do? Form a resistance with all three people you happen to be with? I guess, what most people would do is find someplace to hide, but that isn’t going to make for a very exciting game, is it? They’re being hunted through most of the game. What exactly would you have had them do in those circumstances?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @18 – And as for VIII, the battle system was horrible. I hated having to steal spells in order to use them or to have to button mash for 15 minutes to make a summon do more damage. And the whole junction system? Not only was that annoying, but then, during the last boss battle, when the boss randomly kills one of your guardian forces and you’re basically just left with “attack,” it’s just boring.

    I’m not saying XIII was perfect, but it was worlds better than VIII.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Gnosis

    “if you’ve just been declared public enemy number one, what exactly are going to do?”

    Not go into an amusement park.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. salarta

    FF12 as a whole had this bizarre feeling to me of having all these sexually suggestive designs and moments, yet the atmosphere coming off as distinctly asexual.

    My favorite female character of the franchise is Rosa from FF4. A lot of people ignorantly and maliciously bash the character because they like to think that Rosa was nothing but a problem, simultaneously ignoring the actual circumstances of events and exaggerating the severity of the bits they complain about. For instance, people complain that Golbez kidnapped her, pretending that she could have done anything about it when Golbez just kicked everyone’s asses and resisting could have meant Cecil or anyone else dying or being killed. She can also be damn powerful with a bow and arrow, not that anyone notices because they exclusively used her white magic and ignored any other functions.

    Lastly, buying into Toriyama’s bullshit of “it had to be linear because they were on the run” is just… well, bullshit. You’re telling me there couldn’t have been other areas to explore WITHIN the caves and other locations they go through, and that there couldn’t be multiple locations to reach at once? FF6 had Terra and Locke on the run on a technically linear path for a long time, and they still managed to provide some room for exploration.

    @14: I’ll agree, the gameplay was one of the few good things about FFX-2. It just boggles my mind that people accept the crap put forth for character changes to people like Yuna and Rikku from FFX to FFX-2. I consider positive reception of that to be a definitive sign of the degrading standards of quality in video games, since decades ago people would have rightfully complained about making changes that don’t fit the characters completely out of nowhere.

    @18: The designs of FF13′s characters are interesting to me, but that’s really where it ends. I have a feeling that if FF13 was made as a proper Final Fantasy game rather than some random science fiction game with that name on it, and it was all done by someone that actually cares about quality rather than that hack Toriyama, I would have been greatly interested in many characters. Also, every time I look at Fang, I find myself thinking she’s never bathed.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Da Man

    This is an amazing game, much better than Nintendo gibberish for kids and perverts (obviously only perverts or kids would want to play a platformer where you save some Princess Peach, no story, no emotions etc)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @19 “Hell, the entire cast of XII could use a beatdown with baseball bats.”

    At least they actually *did* something throughout the story of XII. Then again, XII is my favourite Final Fantasy game ever, and I will defend it to the death… don’t even get me started on that… =P

    “And Vanille is a ditz on purpose. It’s her way of dealing with all the shit going on around her. There’s a scene where she even says it herself.”

    Yes, I remember it, and it was a terrible reason. It came completely out of nowhere and makes no logical sense. “I act stupid to deal with trauma”? No, I’m sorry, that’s not how people act. I have never, ever heard of a person dealing with trauma by acting ditzy. It was just a stupid excuse to tick off yet another tired anime cliche.

    “And as for them wandering around, if you’ve just been declared public enemy number one, what exactly are going to do?”

    Like Gnosis said… not walk into an amusement park, for one. It still doesn’t change the fact that they spent a good ten hours of the game just running around aimlessly because they had nothing better to do… and then ended up getting captured anyway. It’s redundant storytelling.

    “Form a resistance with all three people you happen to be with?”

    Hey, it worked for Barrett…

    “I guess, what most people would do is find someplace to hide.”

    That’s fine, as long it doesn’t take up a third of the entire story.

    @22 “I consider positive reception of that to be a definitive sign of the degrading standards of quality in video games, since decades ago people would have rightfully complained about making changes that don’t fit the characters completely out of nowhere.”

    Lets not rose tint the past, please. “Decades” ago, most games were so simplistic there wasn’t anything like that to even start criticising. There were plenty of games back then which were guilty of the same thing… FFVIII being one perfect example.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. salarta

    @24: There are a couple things for me to say there, on your last point. The first is that pre-90s and even somewhat into the 90s, video games were considered more like toys than a potential art form and medium for story-telling. For that reason, we have to expect incredibly asinine changes to characters back then. By the time FFX-2 rolled around, and of course in the present day, video games were considered a genuinely viable medium for actual story.

    Now, compare that to how people treated other mediums when viewing them as a story-telling platform in that time period. Radical changes to characters in film and TV, and even in comic books, were regularly bashed, especially if they were done to cash in on popular trends. Even with video games, the Super Mario Bros. live action film is a good example of this issue. We even had a celebrated return to the roots of certain characters, like Batman following Dark Knight Returns and the 1989 film, while storylines trying to make characters like Superman dark and edgy were rejected.

    What we have is video game consumers, when the video game medium has already been proven by things like past Final Fantasy games to be perfectly viable for meaningful story-telling, encouraging companies to say “Screw story, let’s throw in random changes that come out of left field, throw in some bullshit excuse for their cause, and maybe toss in more ass or blood to make it sexier or grittier.”

    People that value the story-telling capacity of other mediums would have shown more demand for respect to source material than what we do today. And oddly, it’s the projects that actually stick closer to the source material when it comes to concepts and character depictions, such as Metal Gear Rising Revengance, they get bashed as supposedly straying too far. While games that completely redefine characters into the opposite of what they were supposed to be get lauded as some kind of pinnacle of story-telling. We’re ass-backwards in priorities, with no concept whatsoever to the damage it’s going to cause the industry in the long-run.

    The other thing I have to say is that FF8 was a perfectly fine game.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. X-Guard

    Is anyone actually buying this game? I know I’m not. I’m close to finish and I can tell you I’m already sick of Lightning.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. rpgczar

    I’m waiting for the game to get cheaper before I buy it. FF 8 was not a bad game. It was better than ff 13. In ff 8 you could basically use your limits all game long and own everything.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. malethief

    Oh goodness with the 2 FF HD remakes, Lightning Returns, and Kingdom Hearts HD remake, it’s going to be a busy RPG season this fall.

    #28 2 years ago

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  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]