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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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    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]