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inFamous: Second Son’s moral tree will bring out your inner jerk – interview

Monday, 6 January 2014 14:08 GMT By Dave Cook

inFamous: Second Son is the first big PS4 exclusive of 2014, and it’s going to deliver a personal experience for every individual. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with Nate Fox from Sucker Punch about morals, tech and persecution.

“Our game is absolutely in response to the kind of ‘fear mania’ surrounding the hunt for terrorism. It’s not that terrorists aren’t real or they’re horribly dangerous. We should be worried, but to fear your neighbour, to fear every day society and not embrace people while keeping a watchful eye out is something we’re trying to talk about in the game.”

For a while in the last generation, moral systems were all the rage. Mass Effect posed players with a plethora of tough, head-scratching conundrums, Fallout 3 asked you either detonate or disarm that bomb, and The Walking Dead has reduced many steel-hearted gamers to blubbering wrecks. It was a trend that began with relatively simplistic choices, but has since grown more complex.

Over time developers have learned how to add depth to the binary nature of moral choices. It’s no longer a simple split between good or bad decisions, blatantly marked so that you know right from wrong. Real emotional weight comes with throwing players into a snake pit of shrouded options and blind-siding them with unforeseen consequences later on in the plot. Those are the real puzzles that tug at the heart and drill guilt into the mind.

The lines between heroes and villains has become blurred, and this is something inFamous: Second Son developer Sucker Punch has woven neatly into its PS4 sandbox. Stace Harman recently quizzed director Nate Fox about the game’s moral choices on these very pages, but we recently spoke about it a little deeper over the phone. While the game will make clear when you’ve walked the ‘evil’ path, the consequences will not become apparent right away.

Fox explained that we’re living in a very different world compared to when the original inFamous launched, and that Second Son was influenced by real-world terrorist threats. The enemy is no longer depicted as a rogue state or army marching towards its target, but perpetrators veiled in plain sight, indistinguishable from your neighbour. They’re ordinary people often fuelled by extraordinary circumstances, strong beliefs or oppression. They’re people like Delsin Rowe.

Second Son begins seven years after inFamous 2, and the world is gripped in a state of fear. Conduits are routinely hunted and punished like criminals by an organisation called the Department of Unified Protection, so that those with super powers can’t use their abilities for evil. Because Conduits are indistinguishable from other humans, everyone is a potential threat, leading to an existence governed by security checks, suspicion and control. It’s a poignant setting, especially after recent surveillance leaks out of the NSA and GCHQ.

“Our game is absolutely in response to the kind of ‘fear mania’ surrounding the hunt for terrorism,” Fox explained. “It’s not that terrorists aren’t real or they’re horribly dangerous. We should be worried, but to fear your neighbour, to fear every day society and not embrace people while keeping a watchful eye out is something we’re trying to talk about in the game.”

This theme serves as the foundation of Delsin’s relationship with his brother Reggie, an ordinary cop thrust suddenly into a world of super powers and conflict. It’s clear from the inFamous: Second Son trailers that Delsin actively begins a crusade against the DUP and the established order, bringing anarchy and terror to the city streets. Reggie’s beliefs and his commitment to both law and order in a world gone haywire will be tested depending on the player’s moral compass.

“Most of them play first as a good guy because we’ve been conditioned by society not to speed and help old ladies cross the street. But then they play through again, and they’re the most evil sons-of-guns you’ve ever met. They enjoy being evil, but they’ve got to get the good guy experience out of their systems before they allow themselves to be the jerks they are in their heart.”

Fox added, “The relationship between our hero Delsin and his older brother Reggie is very core to the story because Reggie represents the common man, and their attitude towards anyone who’s different – in this case – anyone with these powers who are kind of demonised in the inFamous world. Throughout the course of the game, depending on what sort of person you are, you change not only Reggie’s attitude, but the attitudes of society about anyone who’s different.”

You’ll see the pair squabble in the game, and Fox stressed that with the power of PlayStation 4 behind his team, Sucker Punch has crafted a visually arresting world filled with civilians that react tangibly to Delsin’s presence. If you prod the city, it will kick back in various ways, underlined by convincing facial capture from star Troy Baker and the rest of Second Son’s ensemble cast. All of this combined with a story about super powers should have resulted in a wildly abstract premise, but Fox stressed that the aim was to keep everything as grounded as possible.

“We’ve always said that the inFamous series is about an everyday guy who gets super powers and decides if he wants to use them for good or evil, “Fox continued, “and that’s still true in Second Son – except – we’ve tried even harder to make the world relatable, true and grounded so that these super powers are plausible, you believe in them. The game world does react to you. You make choices throughout the game with pretty serious consequences, so that serious choice and consequence theme is still there. You matter in that world.”

“Where we’re trying to break new ground on, frankly, is really integrated powers that are totally intuitive in how you use them,” he added. “We redesigned the control interface so that people who are not expert players can pull of spectacular moves, as well as putting time into trying to make our narrative as potent as possible. A lot of that comes from doing facial motion capture so we can get these very nuances performances from the actors. All of those things come together to make it easier to get sucked into the screen and lose yourself in the moment which, with anything next-gen, it’s got to be that, right?”

Fox revealed that Sucker Punch took its control cues from skateboarding games, which are known for gripping players in an almost hypnotic flow as they trick and combo their way across the environment. The same is true of Delsin’s smoke and neon powers – as well as some unannounced abilities that the team doesn’t want to spoil pre-launch. Fox wants you to feel like Spider-Man, swinging through New York at break-neck speed, feeling brilliant as you go. That fun, however, will hit moral choke-points now and then, dragging you back into a position of grave responsibility.

He explained that the branching narrative paths will result in a tailored personal experience forged by the individual. “The choices you make along the way will not only impact Delsin’s story, but also the way that his powers mature and evolve, and the way other characters around you evolve and change. It’s very, very different. You’ve got to play the game twice to see it all.”

Once you make your decision the game will let you know through various methods if your choice rested on the good or evil side of the moral fence, but again, just how this will impact your progress and the world state down the line won’t be immediately clear. That feeling of not knowing exactly what you’ve just done, and suspecting that something ugly or perhaps even righteous is about to happen out of nowhere will drive players on.

“We try and make it pretty clear when you’ve done something evil,” he added, “mainly because it really sucks when it’s nebulous. It’s not fun to feel like, ‘Well I think I did the right thing in that videogame,’ because there’s so much you have to understand about the rules of the world, your abilities, what the mission is asking you and all of that stuff. We try to cut down on ambiguity as much as possible, but at the same time we try to put situations in front of the player that are frankly tough, because that’s what games are good for; they can transport you to places you’ve never been and let you do things you’ve never done before.”

From what Fox has seen in play-testing, everyone plays nice at first. Once the end credits roll they hop back in and become total jerks. “We do our damnedest to make it fun in both directions, but in my opinion you’ve got to play the game twice to really experience inFamous: Second Son. I know from watching people play the game, that most of them play first as a good guy because we’ve been conditioned by society not to speed and help old ladies cross the street.

“But then they play through again, and they’re the most evil sons-of-guns you’ve ever met. They enjoy being evil, but they’ve got to get the good guy experience out of their systems before they allow themselves to be the jerks they are in their heart.”

As something of a tease, Fox recalled that when deciding which of inFamous 2′s endings to carry over to Second Son, the studio looked at the trophy data to see which of the two people picked most. The same practice will be used in the PS4 title and will inform the team where it goes next. He hinted, “We’re absolutely going to be looking at trophy data to see where we go next but I couldn’t tell you which trophies we’ll be looking at.”

While inFamous: Second Son labels its moral choices clearly, it’ll be interesting to see just how far they’ll impact the broader narrative. Fox promised two very different play-throughs depending on how you act, so it’s clear that though the initial decisions are well-signposted, the knock-on effects are not. I’m expecting many a plot twist already.

I had to close by asking Fox if he’d had a chance to play Saints Row 4 yet, primarily because of its melding of sandbox staples and super powers. He replied, “I haven’t had a chance to play it yet and I’m really excited to do it for two reasons. One, because Troy Baker is in the game and I love that guy, he’s a solid human being. Particularly, I hear that you get to play through the whole game with your avatar in the nude.”

He’s not wrong, but does playing nude make you good or evil? I guess that all depends.

inFamous: Second Son launches on PS4, March 21.

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22 Comments

  1. salarta

    Reading through this reminds me that I’ve had instances in some “moral choice” games where they were handled very, very poorly. The phrasing of a choice makes it look like it’s supposed to be good, but then once you pick it, the implication gets twisted into being the bad or evil one. Cases where the developers did it by accident due to oversight are annoying, but the ones where the developers do it intentionally just to screw with the player piss me off and I recall made me very nearly stop playing the game in the cases where it happened. Nothing sucks more than a game where the writer thinks they’re being clever by taking someone’s choice and turning it against them as if to make a statement.

    I couldn’t name which games because it’s only a vague memory, but I definitely remember my reaction.

    I’m keeping an eye on Second Son though. Not sure yet whether or not I’ll get it.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KAP

    The best way to do the whole “Moral Choice” thing is to make every path/choice feel “grey”, that way it’s a way of truly messing with the gamer on a personal level, much like The Walking Dead did it.

    It’s much more interesting then ‘Delsin Rowe” chooses to kill X.. of course the gamer will choose not to at first… not much of a choice is it.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. fearmonkey

    I’m excited for this game, I have it pre-ordered, it’s my first Infamous game but It looks like I’ll love it. I really enjoyed Crackdown and the Prototype series, and it looks like it’s in that vein.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. JewyMcJew

    I must have played as both good and evil in Infamous 1&2 three times each (they are my absolute favorite games).

    Evil is much more fun because you can just tear the world apart. However, as strange as it sounds, you truly feel bad for your actions.

    Kudos to the team for making that happen!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. infernalism

    Moral choices? See: The Witcher series of games. ’nuff said.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Clupula

    I find it very hard to play as “good” in the Infamous games. I just play as though I were in that situation and then games would tell me I was being “evil.” I’d try to replay, doing “good” choices, but they’d go so far against my nature, I couldn’t enjoy the game. Why should I care about the people of the Empire City or whatever they called New Orleans in 2? What have they done for me?And now that I have powers, what can they do about it?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: I bet you think it’s cool that you think that way, but it would make you a really despicable human being if you think that way outside of videogames. I guess it’s always ‘me, me, me’ with you.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Panthro

    Yeah Clupula your sounding like a right meanie right now.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Legendaryboss

    @6
    Big Bully!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YsIyGgDUxg

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Clupula

    I’m good and kind and generous to people who are good to me. Been through too much in life, though, to believe the average stranger should receive my kindness. If I were to get superpowers tomorrow, you’d better believe the world would be in trouble.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Gheritt White

    BLATANT SYSTEM SELLER.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. TOROi3

    I was only good because the powers were way better IMO.
    hopefully you get the same powers no matter what choices you make.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Clupula

    @12 – No, that ruins it!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. pikafool

    @10: Stop acting like you’re the only one who has been through too much”in life. News Flash: It’s not just you but not everyone here is like you that he/she is only going to be good to a person if someone else is good to them. Have fun living a jaded life and you’re going to dead before you get superpowers lol

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Clupula

    @14 – Even longer than that, because, NEWS FLASH: They don’t exist in real life, you daft cunt, you. It’s called a videogame, you rampaging re-re. The point of the conversation is that I play the game how I’d act IF I GOT THOSE POWERS. I can play however I want. And you can lovingly cradle my balls in your mouth if you don’t like it.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Telepathic.Geometry

    FWIW, the evil ending of Infamous 2 had a fucking awesome moment in it with Cole and his mate.

    I generally play good first time around, but the 2nd time, when you’re doing it on Hard, it’s nice to not have to worry about collateral damage. And it’s nice to have more destructive, loose cannon type powers.

    I hope they’ll get this right with Second Sons too. Give the good powers more precision and finesse, the ability to save people, and give the bad powers more power and less restraint, overall more brutality.

    Have this fucker preordered on amazon already. Not even sure when I’ll get a PS4 yet either, but it might be when this game comes out…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @15 Uuuh… wow. Just… yeah, wow.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Telepathic.Geometry

    Clupula, any supervillain, no matter how powerful is susceptible to a vicious bite to the auld ballsack. If the enemy were to find some way to get close enough to execute such an attack…

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Clupula

    @18 – Well, not just a supervillain. Anyone. We all have exploitable weaknesses. I know exactly what mine are. But being it is not a situation likely to happen in reality, all of us can rest easy. Non of you need fear my evil electric powers anymore than anyone need fear me blowing up the bomb in the center of their town.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Clupula

    Also, the teabagging was metaphoric.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    Of course it was.

    We believe you.

    *crosses fingers*

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Clupula

    Hey, I’m trying to be a gentleman about Pikafool. ;)

    #22 1 year ago

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    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]