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Saints Row 4 refused classification for “alien anal probe” weapon

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 01:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Put your speculation to bed; the “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context” in Saints Row 4 have been fully detailed in a new Classification Board statement.

In a statement published on Kotaku, the Australian Classification Board described a weapon which caused it to refuse classification to the Volition Inc open world title:

“The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an ‘Alien Anal Probe’. The Applicant states that this weapon can be ‘shoved into enemy’s backsides’. The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon.

“When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus.

“The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.”

There you have it. The report also detailed the drug references which were another factor in the Board’s decision:

“The game contains an optional mission which involves the player obtaining and smoking drugs referred to as ‘alien narcotics’. Smoking the ‘alien narcotics’ equips the player with ‘superpowers’ which increase their in-game abilities allowing them to progress through the mission more easily.”

Deep Silver and Volition have elected to modify Saints Row 4 for resubmission – presumably removing or reworking the weapon and drug references. As Australian Classification aficionados may recall, drug references got Fallout 3 into hot water a few years back, and Bethesda responded by changing the names and descriptions of certain in-game substances – not a whopping alteration.

Saints Row 4 is due in August on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; the Australian release may be delayed if new code can’t be cobbled together in time.

Australia introduced an R18+ ratings category for video games on January 1, 2013, but its standards and strictures were not greatly relaxed beyond those of the existing MA15+ category; instead, the new category is designed to draw a distinct line between material suitable for minors and content restricted to adults only. As such, the Board is upholding policy in refusing classification to material which falls outside acceptable content guidelines – and a weapon which enables the gratuitous depiction of sexual assault seems to come under that heading.

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27 Comments

  1. The Tempest

    This is the funniest thing I’ve read all day.

    Brilliant!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. xxJPRACERxx

    “In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.”

    Man! I can’t stop laughing thinking someone really wrote this and was serious! Come’on!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    HAHAHA!…. sr4 is a must buy :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. sithsylar

    Lets be honest tho people its pretty pointless banning a game when you have the internet…..

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Bam007

    Oh wow, surprised #3 didn’t have anything negative to say here.

    Importing the game from the UK. I’ll risk a letter from Australian Customs to play the game as it was meant to be played.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sciva

    Is their rating board made up of those annoying, PC mothers who do nothing but sit and complain about how everything is evil or somthing?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    Crossover potential.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. MCTJim

    I really don’t think the video game characters really mind..I mean come on really? This guy was serious as hell….That’s what the rating system is for..so slap a MA rating on it and move on…geez

    #8 2 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    I agree with one of the posters in that jovial Kotaku comment thread. They should probably just change the name of the device to The Applicant, and then everything would be grand.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Christopher Jack

    I recall the very first episode of South Park featuring Cartman getting probed… What’s the problem?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. taylorlauder

    Let’s see if they’ll do pornstar voice-overs again!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. NeoSquall

    Hahahahahahahah! Oh wow!

    It’s just a Penetrator made even sillier!

    Even more a must buy.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    “The game contains an optional mission which involves the player obtaining and smoking drugs referred to as ‘alien narcotics’. Smoking the ‘alien narcotics’ equips the player with ‘superpowers’ which increase their in-game abilities allowing them to progress through the mission more easily.”

    By this rationale, Pac-Man should be banned.

    This reminds me of that South Park episode where everyone got the joke except Kanye West. I mean, come on, no context? Humour IS the context.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. fihar

    I can’t help but think that the world is so messed up right now that I actually think this is funny.
    And I abhor vulgarity.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    @5
    Nah he loves Saints Row.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. sh4dow

    Maybe I’m just getting too old for this shit but I think they do have a point. I’m not sure banning a game is the way to resolve it but I do find it very questionable that somebody would put the ability to mass rape into a game and that people find it hilarious in the first place.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Fin

    @17

    +a million

    #17 2 years ago
  18. silkvg247

    @17 & 18 – Have you even played a SR game? It doesn’t try to be realistic. It’s not dark and gritty like GTA. You don’t take an unwilling woman into a back alley and violently rape her.

    You shoot a fucking made up gun in a made up world that is so beyond ridiculous that the people refusing classification on it themselves probably, and likely, have extreme mental health issues whereby they cannot ascertain reality from fabrication.

    They should all be sacked immediately.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Fin

    @19

    Ya I finished SR2.
    Some of the violence (in the cutscenes), I found to be actually darker than GTA’s.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. silkvg247

    @20 SR2 was much darker.. however, they have gone completely nuts in SR3 and beyond. SR4 removes basically any shred of realism that was left from SR3′s mayhem.

    They are not real. They do not try to be real. They do not feel real.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. The_Red

    Censorship at its finest. Fuck the rating board in AU.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. TheWulf

    Now this is trolling. Wow… omigosh. I’m amused, I’m so amused. Talking of Second Life trolls earlier, I’d say that SL trolls could learn a thing or two about trolling from Volition. Because this is how you do it properly. When you get government boards to write things like that.

    Holy crap.

    I love you, Volition.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. TheWulf

    @21

    That’s the glory of it, though, isn’t it? We need more games that feel like hazy feverdreams. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to come from the mind of a man who’d spent too much time stranded on a little island, “enjoying” the bounty of the local plantlife as only he’s able.

    I’m really fatigued and exhausted by games that make a fetish of reality, because reality isn’t that interesting. I find that intellectuals are foward-looking for good reason, because the future — along with ideologies like transhumanism — presents a far more exotic period for our race. But reality itself right now really isn’t that interesting.

    The most interesting reality-dwellers you’ll find are often that way not because of reality, but because of drugs. I’ve not done the whole drug thing myself, but I’ve known plenty of people who do, and some of them are worldly. Drugs are often used in place of technology to augment reality because reality isn’t interesting, we do need to augment it. This is why we look to technology — to be super, to be incredible, and to enjoy things we otherwise couldn’t. And this isn’t necessarily power fantasies, either, but rather pure novelty. We can find as much awe in being a bumblebee as being a superhero.

    We’re so familiar with earth at the moment that novelty is revealed in very rare excesses.

    So I’d love for more games to not have a cult based around making a fetish of reality. That would be neat.

    Not picking on you, here, by the way. I’m just using what you said as something of a diving board to fling myself off of so that I can actually talk about these things. (To be clearer, I’m not even disagreeing with you, I’m just expanding on what you said. I’m having a ‘how do I eloquent’ moment.)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. TheWulf

    @17

    I don’t think it’s that you’re old, you’re just not Stephen Fry-old.

    You can go two ways when you age, I suppose. You’ve gone one, I’ve gone the other. One of them is that you settle down into an oversimplified version of yourself, with binary views, and a basic outlook on life. The other tends to involving becoming tired of the cloyingly familiar. I’ve hit that point where I bemoan the weary construct of normality.

    I’ve taken a good look around and I’ve realised how much more fantastic everything could be, would be, if people didn’t have such a hardwired hard-on for the aforementioned familiarity.

    How does that saying go?

    Anything that existed before you were born is the natural order of things; Anything shown to you in the days of your youth is new and exciting; Anything shown to you in your early twenties is something to be viewed with caution; Anything shown to you around middle-age is so confusing that you dismiss it as a frivolous pursuit for children or a fad; And after that point, any novelties shown to you then which have the potential for changing the world become abominations.

    I realise I likely bastardised that a bit (more than a bit), for which I apologise, but I felt that it needed to expanded upon.

    Some people have the capacity to hold onto that ethereal quality of youth which allows novelty to continue to be a well loved thing. I use Stephen Fry as an example because the man’s an eccentric old fart, he drives around in a London taxi cab… and yet he does voice overs for video games, and he owns all of the latest technology.

    Fry would probably be as amused by this as I am. Have I mentioned I really love Stephen Fry? Hell, he was Reaver in Fable III, and he made that game all the more enjoyable for me because of it. But I digress.

    I’ve kind of lost my train of thought, now.

    Oh, yes! Right, I tend to herald Fry an example of “That’s the kind of cool that kids should aspire to be when they’re older.” because it’s completely true. Novelty is a worthwhile pursuit, and it leads people upon quests of creativity and intrigue, rather than spending the rest of their days bitching about politicians tilting at windmills or what have you.

    Of course, what’s worse is when the “This is an abomination!” mindset is pushed back to even younger ages, which is something I fear. Luddism is trending within far too many minds of an age where it really shouldn’t at this point in time, and I’m more afraid of that than I am of most things. I worry we’re going backwards. Of course, I don’t think we are, but we’re screwed if our young people start being paranoid of their own innovations.

    I’ve gotten off track again, though.

    Saints Row is awesome. You not liking it has nothing to do with you being old, it has everything to do with you being you.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. TheWulf

    @17

    On a different topic (YES I WISH TO TALK MORE)…

    You think it’s not okay for a ridiculous, impossible act like anal-probing induced rocketflight to be a thing, yet you’d be okay with realistic depictions of men shooting other men with modern day weapons, which comes closer to horrors which actually occur in reality?

    This is just food for thought, really. In Saints Row, it’s over-the-top and insulting to everyone, and according to reality it’s also completely impossible. It’s tongue-in-cheek, and it’s no different than a superhero tale. (You need to read more Atomic Robo.) Anyway, the point is is that it’s just so out there and so inoffensive (by being impartial) that I cannot understand how you’d think that way.

    It’s okay for a skinhead shouting obscenities to gun a man down in a dark alley, leaving him in his own pool of blood, yet it’s not okay for someone to be sucked into a car and shot out of a cannon in the most ludicrous ways possible?

    Basically, what I’m getting at is this…

    You think that real life violence is more appealing than cartoon violence which borders on Itchy and Scratchy?

    Maybe my sense of ethics is wonky, but I disagree.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. TheWulf

    @8

    Yeah.

    I tend to be able to accept that it’s a video game up to a certain point. Saints Row? I have no problem, it’s all very silly, even the reactions are silly. I can see this as a game and accept it as one, because no one even acts like a human in Saints Row, they’re all one-dimensional arseholes.

    Yet I’ve played some games where the violence is just so real, so vivid, and the sound effects so correct that I’ve wanted to go and throw up. Like the one time I fought a wolf in Skyrim. I have a dog, and I’ve heard him yelp in pain. Skyrim was far, far, far too close to reality… I had to stop playing it and go and watch cartoons for a bit.

    I still recognise that it’s a game, but if something comes too close to reality, then I get queasy.

    This is why I preferred older games which didn’t dive so deep into the Uncanny Valley by trying to be real. Hell, even the face technology veers on the side of cartoony and caricature in Saints Row and that helps, because it detaches it from reality. I can have fun in a video game if it feels like a video game.

    I feel detached from #17, here. I’m sure that #17 loves Grand Theft Auto, yet GTA comes a bit too close for me in some regards. I don’t feel like I’m playing a video game, I feel like I’ve taken on some alternate reality persona where I’m a psychopath and a sociopath, and it doesn’t feel fun.

    There’s just this barrier of silly that makes video games more enjoyable to me. And Saints Row is one of the most “gamey” games you could play.

    When there are games out there with very realistic, very graphic depictions of the most horrible kinds (the most subtle kinds) of real world violence, why pick on Saints Row? This is what past games like the others which got banned didn’t understand — in order to create real horror, it has to be subtle, the violence has to feel real. And GTA IV came damned close to that for me, sometimes.

    Saints Row never has.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. TheWulf

    On a final note — and it will be because I’m getting tired of talking about this — this is why I value non-lethal approaches.

    I will play a game like Deus Ex: Human Revolution through and kill no one unless the game forces me to, because I don’t like it. Yeah, I’m a total pussy, I always have been. That’s my nature. My mind goes to particularly bad places with some games, and I feel more than a little guilty about it. No matter how much games have tried to desensitise me, they haven’t. I’m very much immune to desensitisation. Very much.

    So I opt for non-lethal approaches. They matter to me. I actually helped someone develop a mod for New Vegas so that I could do non-lethal takedowns, and thankfully not long after New Vegas was released there was another mod that allowed me to loot the unconscious.

    This reminds me of a certain part in New Vegas where I had to supposedly kill two people in order to get the help of this one guy for something. A side-quest, I think. And I was really perturbed by this. So I went and knocked the guys out and then I went back to him, I was expecting to have the quest sitting around in my journal forever, since I wouldn’t complete it. They weren’t mass murderers, after all, they were just punk kids.

    And it actually let me complete the quest by just knocking them out. I remember how pleased and impressed I felt by that at the time.

    So there’s no better of a gauge for genuinely offensive things than me. If Itchy & Scratchy cartoon violence offends you and very realistic, subtle, almost real world violence doesn’t, then I think there’s something very wrong with you.

    And that’s all I have to say on the matter.

    #27 2 years ago

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    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]