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Shinji Mikami explains why Resident Evil series became more action-oriented

Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:45 GMT By Catherine Cai

Resident Evil had a very obvious tone shift in the middle of the series, dropping survival-horror in favor of something a little more action-oriented.

Shinji Mikami, in an interview with IGN, explained that the change was due to the poor reception that the Resident Evil remake had on the GameCube. Apparently, the remake did poorly in sales and Mikami opted for a genre that would be more of a crowd pleaser. “Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake,” said Mikami, “I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”

Of course, this experience that Mikami’s had with the remake is probably going to carry over to his new IP, The Evil Within, which seems to be a return to the developer’s survival horror roots. “I have kind of a lingering trauma there, because the Resident Evil remake didn’t sell – much more than people would think,” said Mikami.

Thanks, SplatteredHouse and Joystiq

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31 Comments

  1. Xbone

    So the sales were poor on a not so popular console… thats why? RE1 remake was a masterpiece both with graphics and gameplay… but if the numbers.

    Im very sad.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. salarta

    … As much as I respect Mikami’s history, in this case, he was a complete idiot.

    This is like Activision releasing a Call of Duty game only on Ouya, the game not selling well, and Activision then immediately deciding that people hate shooters and turning the next game in the franchise into survival horror. I can say this as a definitive fact as someone that played RE3, played Code Veronica, but only got the Resident Evil remake on Gamecube a few years ago. I also never played Resident Evil Zero, which was also only on Gamecube, yet had no trouble with the PS2 games.

    Seriously, not even Hollywood film companies are this stupid. “People aren’t buying the latest Nightmare on Elm Street, for our next film let’s turn Freddy Krueger into the next Rambo!”

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Playmaker

    And we thank you for it shinji. Re4 is a masterpiece of fun.

    Evil within is a must buy for me on XB1

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Zohar

    I’m a huge fan of Resident Evil. Been playing since the beginning. That said, RE4 is one of the greatest games of all time and is responsible for the renaissance of the TPS genre. It trades horror for unbridled suspense and constant tension from expertly crafted combat encounters, level design and perfect pacing. The shooting mechanics are phenomenal and the treasure hunting, merchant and weapon upgrading systems add an enormous amount of replayability. Every aspect of the game is oozing with character, from the personalities down to the weapon names and designs. I’m thought the RE remake was a great game, but I’m kind of glad it bombed if it brought us RE4.

    The hedge maze section of RE4 was ten thousand times scarier than anything from any other RE game. Or the section right after that where you get trapped in a tiny cage with a Garrador, surrounded by monks with crossbows. Of course there’s the first 15 minutes of the game which is probably the greatest introduction of any game, ever, and it doesn’t rely on a massive set piece where the player has practically no control over what’s happening (I’m looking at you, dead space 3).

    I can’t agree with people who say RE4 isn’t scary when the game is full of HOLY SHIT WTF DO I DO moments. Regenerators, anyone? It might not be loaded with jump scares but that game is extremely scary at times with the amount of mortal danger it puts you in.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Osric

    True reason of the horror: I DIDN’T SAVE ON THAT LAST TYPEWRITER IF I DIE I’M GONNA HAVE TO PLAY ALL OVER AGAIN FROM “THERE” AND “CONTINUES” DON’T EXIST…!

    That’s why modern horror games don’t scare anyone just try to startle them and that’s why the Slender game was so successful too. Last game that scared the hell out of me was Silent Hill 4: The Room.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Stardog

    They’ve all been poor commercial cash-ins since then.

    Maybe the old style can make a comeback on mobile.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. BrahManDude

    it didn’t sell because it was only on Gamecube

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Unknown_Gamer

    @6 MOBILE !?

    Are fxxxxg kidding me , people eagerly waiting for something like this to come on consoles and you come out of nowhere to say MOBILE !?
    Give me a break

    @4 its your taste my friend , RE4 isn’t even considered as a survival horror to begin with and not even scary but maybe you meant the chainsaw enemies and the Iron maiden <<< Now this thing is scary

    #8 1 year ago
  9. antraxsuicide

    It’s the plot that’s got to go, first and foremost. I’ve never seen something more perfect for a reboot in my life. You’ve got to have a Master’s in RE Narrative to play any of the newer ones, which is absolutely not giving them good consumer scores (as in, box office ratings vs. box office sales).

    #9 1 year ago
  10. The_Red

    This is truly ironic because even the more “crowd pleaser”y RE4 did poorly enough on GameCube that they had to cancel the exclusivity deal and port it to PS2 over Mikami’s dead body!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Atmey

    Because 3.79 is more than 7.48
    RE3:
    http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=Resident+Evil+3%3A+Nemesis
    RE4:
    http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=resident+evil+4

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Triggerhappy

    So exclusivity killed Resident evil… I knew it was a mistake when they announced partnership with Nintendo. PS2 had the bigger user base but there was no way it was capable of running a game as gorgeous as that. I remember when I first got REMake, my mates came round and they were like “Holy shit, it’s like playing in FMV!”… looking back it wasn’t quite as good as that but it was astounding what Capcom had achieved here. I’d love to see a static backdrop game done on today’s hardware, you could probably achieve pretty close to photo realistic.

    RE4 is where it all went south for me, that’s just my opinion though, but if I’m being completely honest with myself, if RE4 was the first RE game I played I’d probably have a different opinion.

    Anyway, REMake is 3rd on my ‘Best Games Ever’ list, it’s creepy, beautiful, bloody hard and requires thinking and strategy, they just don’t make slow paced games like that these days, to me there’s nothing scarier than knowing I’ve got to go down this hallway… I’ve got the key for the door on the end… there’s 2 zombies down there… I’ve only got 3 bullets and a knife… and the last time I saved was about an hour ago. That my friends is TRUE survival horror ;)

    edit: http://www.metacritic.com/game/gamecube/resident-evil

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Biscuitpants

    @8 stfu virgin

    #13 1 year ago
  14. SameeR_Fisher

    why not release Remake on PS3/X360/PC and see how it does ?!, It could be a good measure to how fans really want survival horror and not action horror.

    Also being the first in the series, other gamers interested will be able to jump in without knowing anything about the story or needing to play any other game.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    @13
    Butthurt much?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Tormenter

    @14 Re-release the remake for other platforms?… Oh, he can’t do that, because when it sells, and it WOULD sell, that would make his whole statement garbage.. and he would come across as either an idiot or a liar.

    Front is everything to these people, whether it’s justified or not.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Kuwabara

    @4, Re1 was still the scariest overall. from the tense soundtrack, sounded like something form the 1950/60s horror films, (excluding the directors cut, the music was shit). Who could forget that theme that plays when you first enter the mansion after wesker leaves, along with the sound of the clock, to the blue room where the soundtrack changes to something out of the terminator 1 chase sequence, with cuts in between, to the ambient sounds, (wolves howling, dogs barking, the crows, sound of the zombies) the look of the zombies etc.. they nailed the atmosphere and really felt like you were there. It got to the point where no matter where i went i would imagine zombies being there and how i would escape the situation. I found it hard to sleep sometimes. but i eventually over came this fear and finished the game again, and loved it.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. fabiank

    I’m a HUGE Resident Evil and Mikami fan but i have to say that this statement make me hate the guy.

    He just went, literally, FULL RETARDED!

    Resident Evil Remake is the best game i’ve EVER played. I bought a stupid Nintendo Gamecube just to do so and i was rewarded with a true masterpiece.

    With that said, it’s obvipously the game was on the WRONG plataform!

    Nintendo consoles only sells Nintendo games.

    If Resident Evil RE was on the PS2 he would have selled MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of units!

    Wow Mikami… STFU dude. You´re just embarassing yourself with stupid statements like that.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Unknown_Gamer

    @13
    come on let’s dance bxxx , i’ll show you the definition of virginity because you sound like you have issues ;D

    #19 1 year ago
  20. fabiank

    @16 I know, right?!

    Man this is so stupid!!

    It’s so sad that so many people never played RE Remake and keep saying RE4 was the best in the series! Lol!

    REbirth is an absolutely masterpice! Graphics are amazing, the atmosphere is SO tense! They absiolutely NAILED the gameplay balance between puzzles, action and exploration…

    Man… what a game!

    Just release on PS3/360 for god sake!

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Doppleganger

    RE on Gamecube is one of my favourite games of all time. Also I don’t think they released it on the wrong system as I cant remember as its a long time ago but there was valid reasons they chose the gamecube over PS2.
    Also I had a Gamecube at the time and PS controller are damn right awful. lol : )

    Just like movies I wish they would release classics in crazy HD graphics.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. vicrysty

    In 2002, when it appeared Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil Zero on the Gamecube I was one of those who bought the GameCube console for both games. Indeed Resident Evil 1 on the Gamecube is the best of the series. That did not sell very well is due not appeared on any other console (PS2, Xbox). I want Resident Evil 1 & 2 & 3 remake on PS4 and xboxone (but to be like Resident Evil 1 on the gamecube). I do not want to see zombies that shoot pistols, rifles, machine guns, poke you with pitchforks, axes like in Resident Evil 4 & 5 & 6(dumb idea).

    #22 1 year ago
  23. CPC_RedDawn

    Most of the blame could be placed on Nintendo to be honest they marketed the Gamecube extremely poorly, released it with a Luigi game and marketed the console in purple as its main color, with a controller that looked like a child’s toy from Toy’s R Us. They also kept lowering the consoles launch price as well taking away any value the console held upon its release.

    If Nintendo and Panasonic had gotten the cost down of the Panasonic Q Gamecube device to around £199 – £250 I believe it would have sold at least double what the Gamecube sold. They could of marketed it as a media hub that plays music, dvd’s, and games. This would have probably gotten more third party dev’s on board as the console would of appealed to more people rather than children or the die hard Nintendo fan’s.

    Don’t get me wrong I completely loved the Gamecube and had one on day one of its launch and loved the handful of games it had as most of them were extremely good. Whereas the PS2 back then was the console for shovelware and the Gamecube and Xbox were just there sitting in the background whilst the PS2 was helped by the massive success of the PS1 and its what people trusted. It is a shame because Resident Evil 1 on the Gamecube still is to this day my all time favorite video game ever. It is just pure epic brilliance and have not been topped yet, unless they release another remake or HD version of it without the loading doors :)

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Clupula

    @23 – What world do you live in that the PS2 was the console for shovelware?!? The system had the single greatest lineup of any system in the history of videogames. Every single genre you could possibly want was represented and strongly.

    The PS2 shit on the Gamecube and original Xbox from a very, very high ladder. Was there filler on it? Sure. Every system has filler. But it wasn’t like the Wii, which was 90% filler. The majority of the games on the PS2 were high, high quality.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Clupula

    @2 – I’m going to have go look out my window and check for flying pigs, because I actually 100% agree with you for probably the first time ever.

    But it boils down to putting the game on Gamecube only. If it had been a PS2 release, it would have been a huge seller, just like RE4 became when that was ported. If I recall correctly, it did a ton better on PS2 than Gamecube.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Bringit

    Guys a game sells ‘well’ when it hits its expectations.

    Capcom will set sales expectations on a game based on several things – marketing, install base, game quality etc…

    Clearly RE Remake did not hit that number.

    It’s not about GameCube’s poor install base. Capcom would have taken that into account.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. fabiank

    @26
    “It’s not about GameCube’s poor install base.”
    Yes, it is.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Clupula

    @26 – Capcom expected the Resident Evil name, itself, to sell hardware.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Playmaker

    Anyone enjoy RE5? I did. It wasn’t scary but I thought it entertained. Going 2 players sucked. Should’ve just had two separate campaigns

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Clupula

    RE5 is my least favorite entry in the series. For all the shit it gets, RE6 was a huge improvement over 5. Which wasn’t hard to do, admittedly, but still…RE5 was just a pure 100% action game that didn’t even pretend to be scary. RE6, at the very least, had the Leon campaign. Jake’s campaign, while not scary, was at least fun.

    Chris’ was just like playing more of RE5. A mindless, generic third person shooter that was only fun to play when you had a partner so the two of you could make comments about Chris and Piers being bickering lovers.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. JaketheJoker

    You know it’s funny that people blame RE Remake’s sales because it was on the Gamecube but yet the PS2 RE games didn’t exactly have high sales either. RE Outbreak File 2 and RE Dead Aim both sold less copies than Remake or 0 and they were on PS2. Metal Gear Solid 4 being on the most expensive console at the time didn’t stop it from getting good sales numbers. The Wii re-releases of 0 and Remake both sold very poorly while the Wii version of RE4 sold quite well so it wouldn’t matter if REmake was on PS2 and Xbox it still would’ve sold poorly.

    #31 1 year ago

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  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

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

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

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

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

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

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

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

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

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

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

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

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]