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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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    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 […]