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VG247 relaunches: the new features and what they mean to you

Monday, 27 January 2014 14:42 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Welcome to the new VG247! We’re relaunching today to build on some fantastic growth last year. Head in for a run-down of the new format and what it means for our daily output.

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VG247′s latest design is its best yet. The culmination of six year’s worth of work, it comes with the features we believe will cement our leadership of the video games news industry. Here’s what it does.

Here it is. V3.00. VG247′s latest design is its best yet. The culmination of six year’s worth of work, it comes with the features we believe will cement our leadership of the video games news industry. Here’s what it does.

The new site has CMS-side functionality which, as near as possible, allows for ‘frictionless posting.’ I named this version ‘The Breaking Update’ in the preliminary documents, the gist being that it’s designed to bring the time it takes to get news from our eyes onto your desktop or mobile screen to an absolute minimum. We were fast. We wanted to be faster. The Breaking News column on the right-hand side of most of VG247′s new pages is the core of our output and should significantly upgrade the way we publish and update news.

You’ll see the homepage design has changed significantly. We now have three main content columns, a video promo box and ‘pin’ boxes in the header. The Headlines column on the left contains the things we want to notice primarily. The biggest news story or relevant feature of the day goes as lead, with lesser or older headlines rolling down to the left, as you’d expect. It’s a similar concept to our last version, but we’ve now coupled it with the Features box. Our blogging around current issues or interviewing indies may not fit in with the day’s Headlines, but we’re never going to stop producing this type of ‘off’ content. Our last version presented us with major problems in that we often had to sacrifice the daily agenda to accommodate other content, but never more; now we have a dedicated place for it.

The video bar beneath the Features box is there for obvious reasons. We’re dedicated to our video output and we want to promote it. Pretty simple.

We now have a Guides section. Yes, I know (traffic), but there really is a good (traffic) reason for incorporating this style of editorial (traffic). And it isn’t just traffic. Guides are newsworthy. We all play a huge amount of games, and one of the major reasons you ever look at a games site is because you’re stuck. Our business is talking about current titles, and there’s little more relevant to that than telling you how to play them. And they bring in a lot of traffic.

We’ve promised to bring upgrades to our community suite, and that’s planned for the near-future. As soon as we can share more on that, we’ll take it to the forum.

VG247 achieved record traffic in November last year of 3.1 million unique users and 7.6 million page views. This relaunch is designed to help us build on recent incredible growth (we only broke 1 million UU in September 2012) as we move through 2014.

I can’t stress enough how much we appreciate your support and readership in the six years we’ve been live. We’ve come a long way since 2008, and it’s all thanks to you. We hope you like the new site.

Patrick Garratt
Publisher
January 23, 2014

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156 Comments

  1. Fin

    Shiny!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Pytox

    the banner is kinda flsahy though :-)

    #2 1 year ago
  3. mark

    Yay! Sorry about the delays getting live, chaps.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. KineticCalvaria

    Looks good so far guys, well done!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Jet Black

    Looking great! Keep up all the great work!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Fin

    The edit comment button seems to’ve disappeared.

    Yay for smaller columns!

    #6 1 year ago
  7. game_on

    I was used to the sections Microsoft, Nintendo etc. Now there are console sections. How do I select PS Vita or 3DS topics?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. CyberMarco

    Flashy and red, that’s for sure.

    I have a black column on the right though.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    Everything’s broken. Sorry about that. It’s all going to get fixed in the next few days.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    My eyes! It burns of redness.

    In all seriousness good job.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. deathm00n

    It’s looking good! I LIKE IT

    #11 1 year ago
  12. dex3108

    Nice design but no PC Category :(

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DGOJG

    Love the new redesign folks, the overall look and layout is great! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for the site. Congrats!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. reask

    Nice.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. spazman

    user comments neatly tucked away from view, it feels more yahoo than gamer.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Joe Anderson

    Congrats on the relaunch. :)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. wlodi

    Well done, looks great – just hoping the PC category will be back!

    #17 1 year ago
  18. deathm00n

    One thing that I don’t seem to find… the forum, where is it?

    #18 1 year ago
  19. shogunknight

    This is awesome, love the theme

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Hcw87

    Looks good, no ignoring/down/upvoting of comments though :/

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Hcw87

    Looks good, no ignoring/up/downvoting of comments though :/ Hopefully that comes soon aswell.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Oynox Slider

    Where is the place to report bugs and give general feedback? Here in the comments?

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Dragon

    My eyes :lol:

    It will definitely take a while getting used to.
    Btw, where are the forums?

    #23 1 year ago
  24. mp1stfuckas

    Seriously? You stole the same name from MP1st…
    http://mp1st.com/2013/12/07/welcome-mp1st-phoenix/

    #24 1 year ago
  25. CyberMarco

    The comments sections is a bit off. Why put the comment box on top of the comments? It’s awkward to scroll down the page to read the comments and then go up to post a comment.

    Also, no reply feature? :/

    #25 1 year ago
  26. mp1stfuckas

    Stole the same name from MP1st eh? Go die.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Tormenter

    You’re redesign looks terrible.. It’s so staid, flacid and sterile it looks as if it was designed by an accountant.

    How you can report on video games (only console now apparently seeing the lack of a PC section) and then proceed to take any fun out of the design of your public face, beats me.

    It’s about as corporate as it can get.. and dull, dull, dull.

    You didn’t just drop the ball.. you stuck a knife in it and threw it in the fire.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. mistermogul

    Oooh, it’s all new and shit!

    Looking good!

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Blackened Halo

    Phoenix Down! :))))))))))

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Ekona

    @25: Totally agree, that’s just a really silly thing to do. I’m sure that’ll be put right soon though.

    Looks good otherwise folks, will take a while to get used to it (and there’s an awful lot of odd empty space when using adblockers), but it’s a massive improvement on the old design on iOS.

    Congrats on the launch! :D

    #30 1 year ago
  31. sebzweidrei

    Really nice and structured. The flat design approach is well incorporated. Also, using WordPress as CMS was a good decision.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Se_7_eN

    New features:
    More adds.
    Comment bar is at the top of the comments (weird)
    Hideous eye burning colors.

    Missing features:
    Liking / promoting comments.
    Editing comments.
    Replying directly to comments
    Anything to do with comments.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Fin

    Yeah the comment box should def be under the comments – have to scroll all the way down to remember who I’m replying to!

    #33 1 year ago
  34. evilashchris

    Everything is on the left. I also don’t like change. Apart from that it’s very nice :D

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Maxey

    Is this the redesign that allows moderators to permanently ban users with ease?

    #35 1 year ago
  36. CyberMarco

    @30 There are lots of odd spaces even without ad-block.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Mike W

    I like it so far, do you guys have an app?

    #37 1 year ago
  38. Maxey

    Can’t see my comment, what’s going on?

    #38 1 year ago
  39. salarta

    OH GOD WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.

    While I prefer the prior design, I think that’s only because I’m used to it, and this one will grow on me. Though I will say that I liked it more when I could see there were new comments without having to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, and I think sidelining the breaking news in order to have the main page dominated by headlines kinda hurts things.

    I suppose the solution to this dilemma for me is to now have two VG247 windows open instead of one: one window set to the bottom of the front page, and the other open on the Ticker page.

    Visually, it looks great, but functionality-wise it seems somewhat less ideal.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. Edo

    I’m sure I’ll get use to it but at the moment I am not liking the new look all that much…as Se7en said I expected more things that are comment section related.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Erthazus

    I think it looks awesome but there are bugs. I just feel them everytime I’m on the site.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Djoenz

    Nice job guys I like it. Take the time to customize and tweak etc.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. Ireland Michael

    Regarding Likes / Dislikes / Ignoring Features, etc.

    Apparently the new design has not gifted people with the ability to read.

    “We’ve promised to bring upgrades to our community suite, and that’s planned for the near-future. As soon as we can share more on that, we’ll take it to the forum.”

    There’s a few things in the layout that bug me, but overall this a great redesign. The speed of it is the best thing. The old layout was not pleasant to use on tablets at all…

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Someboooodie

    Lovin the new site.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. the whole jay

    I’m a little confused… What I really liked about the format before was that all the news was on there chronologically, so that I never missed anything by reading once a day. It was kind of like a Tumblr dashboard of all the video game news. Maybe it is still like that but the new homepage is just confusing me so I can’t see the pattern… or maybe I am confused because the newest stories so far today are similar to stories I have been seeing for the last couple days. I am not explaining this well. Anyone else experiencing this?

    I am not a big fan of having three columns of content. is there any way to customize what I see on the homepage?

    I read the article and I fully understand why you made all the changes, and you did a good job implementing them! I’m just having a hard time adapting here. Is it just me?

    #45 1 year ago
  46. salarta

    I’d rather the site not have any up-vote/down-vote functionality for comments, if only because the end result is incredibly predictable. Things people don’t like to hear get downvoted, things that conform to their own views get upvoted, and the vote tally ultimately encourages a status quo where legitimate points might be ignored if the majority simply doesn’t like it and vice versa. In other words, it kills any real discussion. It’s even worse if the comment functionality is bundled with comments with the most upvotes getting special highlight and ones with the most downvotes getting hidden from view.

    #46 1 year ago
  47. tenthousandgothsonacid

    None of it makes any sense …yet.

    Is there an ignore button this time ?

    #47 1 year ago
  48. bugmenot

    Why so aggressively red and black?
    i loved previous ‘calm’ design.
    Please add option to change color scheme, if possible

    #48 1 year ago
  49. Gate of Steiner

    Have been reading the site for years! Just registered to say that I’m kinda liking the new style.

    Though, like others have said, the comment section needs some work. Anyways, nice job!

    #49 1 year ago
  50. ManuOtaku

    I like it, i hope it does improves in the upcoming days. Having said that i did love the old design especially for the recent comments on the side of the recent stories and forum, hope it makes a comeback.

    But Kudos and Thanks for the changes and efforts

    #50 1 year ago
  51. Gheritt White

    Looks crap, you should all be ashamed.

    Bring back the old designs.

    #51 1 year ago
  52. Joe Musashi

    Oh no. Change.

    Why can’t you be more like SITE X?

    Why did you move the thing I like to somewhere new??

    Where is the thing I used to click on and what do I click on to make the same thing do the thing with the other thing???

    Whatevs. I’m sure all those meetings and edits and effort will be amply rewarded. Good luck chaps.

    I like the ticker.

    JM

    #52 1 year ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    Oh, comments now go past 50. Yay!

    That’s gonna lead to a looooooot of scrolling in some articles. =P

    #53 1 year ago
  54. Ireland Michael

    I just noticed that there doesn’t appear to be an edit button.

    That’s going to drive me crazy. =(

    #54 1 year ago
  55. Oynox Slider

    Also, will you give any love to your app in the Appstore? :(

    #55 1 year ago
  56. VATman

    Congrats! It looks absolutely magnificient

    #56 1 year ago
  57. the whole jay

    Oh yeah, and what do I click on to make the same thing do the thing with the other thing?

    #57 1 year ago
  58. Joe Musashi

    Staff page looking fresh!

    Privacy policy looking very … … private.

    JM

    #58 1 year ago
  59. Belmont

    Congratulations to everyone, great looking design !

    #59 1 year ago
  60. Cobra951

    Testing . . . 1, 2, 3 . . .

    Tap tap . . . is this thing on?

    Yes! Hello world! Welcome back! It will take me a while to get used to the new design. I suspect it will take a while for the staff as well. Let’s go forward together.

    #60 1 year ago
  61. 2-K

    Nice Design,simple and elegant.

    #61 1 year ago
  62. DuckOfDestiny

    So the front page no longer updates with the latest posted news article?

    Can’t say I’m a fan of this breaking news column.

    #62 1 year ago
  63. Dan

    Slick design. Love it.
    Congrats to the team.

    #63 1 year ago
  64. YoungZer0

    Kind of disappointing really. One thing I liked about VG247 is how clear and clean everything was. You could tell right away what’s new, what’s it about, etc. It’s still clean, but I can’t tell what’s what. I understand why there is a features bar, but the bar on the left? What’s that about? It’s definitely not showing the newest of news.

    The comment section is so far below that I don’t know if I want to be bothered with that. No new features for the comment section at all. Not even what other websites would describe as the most basic stuff. VG247 was always missing that. I really don’t understand why we don’t have that. Do I really still need to use HTML tags? Is this real life?

    #64 1 year ago
  65. Marvin the Paranoid Android

    How do you access older news stories (older than 2 days old)?

    #65 1 year ago
  66. Ireland Michael

    @64 “We’ve promised to bring upgrades to our community suite, and that’s planned for the near-future. As soon as we can share more on that, we’ll take it to the forum.”

    #66 1 year ago
  67. Rockstar Vienna

    Hope you guys will sort out the trolls and spambots too! Nice redesign guys! :)

    #67 1 year ago
  68. YoungZer0

    “Patrick Garratt
    Everything’s broken. Sorry about that. It’s all going to get fixed in the next few days.”

    Oh, okay. No worries then.

    #68 1 year ago
  69. Sadismek

    @64 +1

    It’s a new site, it’s shiny and all, but I absolutely loved the old VG24/7 to bits. It was clean, everything was at hand. I can see myself getting used to this, but liking it? Not for now.

    Congrats for the change though, I’m sure other people would find a plethora of things to like. :)

    #69 1 year ago
  70. game_on

    To be honest, I prefer the old layout. There is too much going on on the screen right now, having trouble focussing.

    #70 1 year ago
  71. Sam Clay

    I can confirm that red is next-gen.

    #71 1 year ago
  72. sh4dow

    I don’t know… my initial impression: ads top priority, comments last.

    #72 1 year ago
  73. Djoenz

    You know the upper bar, where you can select sections, home page and account shouldnt be scrolling along imo or at least not that big/wide. I dont like it fixed.

    #73 1 year ago
  74. Strange Sultan

    Yes! Finally! I was waiting for so long for this ! Specially the smooth login and commenting systems. The old comment system was awful. I used to hate to participate here even though I check vg247 multiple times everyday. Congratulation guys for the new look. And keep up the good work. Also, please, don’t sell out…

    #74 1 year ago
  75. Dunno

    Looks good! One thing, Centralise it !!!!!! Why does everybody repeat the youtube mistake?

    #75 1 year ago
  76. Rockstar Vienna

    The sections “More from the web” and “More from VG247″ between the article and the comments are annoying tho…

    #76 1 year ago
  77. DarkElfa

    Not bad.

    #77 1 year ago
  78. salarta

    Okay, a few ideas for updates/changes that nobody asked me to give, but I’ll post anyway.

    -A way for logged in users to alter the design however they wish. Is this possible? Probably not, but it seems like an easy way to make things easier for logged in users if they want to move Recent Comments higher because they care about those most, for example.
    -Barring that, perhaps logged in users can have options of different layouts?
    -Personally, I think maybe Breaking News and the Headlines would be best swapped; recent news gives a reason to come back more than once per day, and the headlines being to the right side in the same manner as the Breaking News would work well I think if they were paired with an image the way they are now.
    -A link at the end of an article to jump down to the Comments section would be good; right now, the “More from the web” and “more from VG247″ can be so long combined that it takes up a whole page length or two to reach the comments section.
    -In addition to, or instead of, that, perhaps a link that goes to the very bottom of the page? Right now, it takes a ton of scrolling to reach the bottom, especially now that comments go past the 50 comments limit.
    -Perhaps the whole “post comment” box would be better at the end? I can see the reason for having it at the top, more immediate access, but if you’re someone that actually reads through the comments, you then have to scroll all the way up to the top of the comments section to be able to write anything.

    A lot of the changes seem like they do a lot to deter people from leaving comments at all. Maybe that’s intentional by design? :P

    Since these changes have been in the works for five years, I’m guessing I’ve already said things that have been talked about and considered plenty of times before reaching this point, but there’s the thoughts.

    #78 1 year ago
  79. Dunno

    And tone down the fucking red. The comment section is at the bottom of news. Yeah fuck it. No one needs it, right? :/

    #79 1 year ago
  80. FragileSurface

    As someone who considers this site of of their favorites on the internet, this update makes me sad. I loved this site because it was simple, clear and concise. It wasn’t like other gaming news sites that tried to shove as much in your face as possible. Now it feels like VG247 has outdone even those. I counted 92 links to news stories or videos on the homepage. It’s way too much. It’s information overload.

    #80 1 year ago
  81. fihar

    Okay.
    I’ve refrained from commenting until I’ve fully digested the new layout. Now that I’m properly up to speed, it’s time for some observation.

    Firstly, I’m not sure the ‘Headlines’ section should take up so much space in the home page. The bottom of the ‘Headlines’ section is now showing some articles from as far back as 2 weeks ago.
    I know that these are supposed to be the important news, but I think this is a little bit of an overkill.

    Secondly, like some of the other posters have mentioned, I’m also unsure why the comment box is at the top of the comment section, instead of being at the bottom. Doesn’t exactly promote discussion, does it?
    On the other hand, the 50-comments limit is now gone! Yay!

    Thirdly, I’m a huge Ferrari fan and this overwhelming red on my computer screen is perfectly up my alley.

    Fourthly, while I kinda disliked the fact that the ‘Breaking news’ section is now relegated to a minor position in the home page, I very much appreciate the ticker page, as grouping the articles by day makes it a lot easier for me to catch up in case I neglected to visit for a day or two.

    Fifthly, I’m quite surprised that your guides are now relevant enough to have a spot in the top of the page. I’ve never actually read any of your guides here.
    But hey, if it actually helps people then all the better.

    Sixthly, I’m of the opinion that your interviews and opinion pieces are actually the bread-and-butter of actual journalism as they are the only thing that differentiates one video game site with the other so despite how small it actually is, I liked the new ‘Features’ section.

    All in all, this is definitely, on the whole, an aesthetically pleasing design. There are some hiccups here and there but the ups far outweigh the downs.

    Good work guys!
    Can’t wait to see what will the forum and your ”upgrades to our community suite” would look like.

    #81 1 year ago
  82. Kshandoo

    And where is the Screens section?

    #82 1 year ago
  83. Djoenz

    @FragileSurface

    ” I counted 92 links to news stories or videos on the homepage. It’s way too much. It’s information overload”
    Whahahaa..

    #83 1 year ago
  84. macronia

    congratulations , the site looks very cool , i feel it is overloaded with news i think i have to get used with it , anyway the new vg247 is awesome :D

    #84 1 year ago
  85. Zeydlitz

    This is insane! Text boxes are so small, so I could not see it anymore, And text volume seems to be insufficient. So fixed width cite it’s very poor desing.

    #85 1 year ago
  86. szu

    well fuck me this looks slick!! well done.

    #86 1 year ago
  87. OlderGamer

    Gratz folks! I know this was a lot of work and a long time coming.

    #87 1 year ago
  88. monkeygourmet

    Not loving this so far.

    Lots of adverts I keep clicking on by accident because of scrolling update refresh on my ipad.

    Seems far too busy with links, a complete assault on the senses.

    #88 1 year ago
  89. Hunam

    I think the biggest thing that bothers me is that new stories seem to be small and unimportant where top read is the draw. The old site used to value new stories as top content, what people want to see. This site design is more in line with an average video games site and not a dedicated news site. The whole top left section is like a shotgun of content, all fighting over real estate. It’s just bewildering.

    Plus, massive ads in between comments and article :(

    #89 1 year ago
  90. Hunam

    Oh and the adverts being clickable anywhere on the screen rather than just the top and right banner is super annoying when you have to middle mouse click to scroll.

    #90 1 year ago
  91. Raynor

    Its too RED but better than previous theme , WordPress is a really wide and flexible platform to build a good website like this .
    a question : how about avatar ?

    #91 1 year ago
  92. monkeygourmet

    News Story

    social media stuff

    More from the web

    More from VG247

    Advert

    Comments

    It’s clear comments were the last thing in the pile, and that is a bit sad.

    #92 1 year ago
  93. fengato

    Not a fan of relegating breaking news to a narrow column without pics. The new stuff at the top mentality is the very thing that brought me to VG247 in the first place.

    #93 1 year ago
  94. Darkfield

    Congrats again! guess I’m back to GwynbleiddiuM instead of Darkfield. :<

    #94 1 year ago
  95. grizzlycake

    I like it a lot so far. However, the “more from the web” segment is just ridiculously huge.

    #95 1 year ago
  96. Darkfield

    Ok, seems it still shows the display name so cheers, but where’s the EDIT button?

    #96 1 year ago
  97. Gekidami

    Is it normal that its so narrow? It looks a bit cluttered right now, might be down to it being narrow, but i’m not sure… What i do know is that that “More from the web” part is ridiculously huge.

    #97 1 year ago
  98. brokenkey

    At last, I can find out how people are paying less than £29 for a new iPad app, and how to create my own Simpsons profile picture.

    /shotgun.

    #98 1 year ago
  99. Gekidami

    Also, we can no longer see latest comments right on the main page? Thats disappointing.

    #99 1 year ago
  100. Obernox

    Hello new VG247 :)

    #100 1 year ago
  101. Gheritt White

    What I like most is that it’s now possible to ignore article comments almost completely, resulting in a much more healthy blood pressure level.

    #101 1 year ago
  102. Coheno

    Why are the “news” several days old? Is it going to be this mixed going forward? Cause that won’t work for me.

    #102 1 year ago
  103. Coheno

    Or am I suppose to look at that “Breaking news” bar on the right side from now on? That’s super awkward.

    #103 1 year ago
  104. DarkElfa

    I paused adblock and I thought I had accidentally gone to H@R Block.com. I don’t mind adds, but I hate it when its the same add all the way down the entire page.

    #104 1 year ago
  105. salarta

    @101: Or, you know, you could’ve done that all along by having some restraint. :P

    #105 1 year ago
  106. manamana

    Congrats on the new design. I like it. Keep up your good work guys’n'gals!

    #106 1 year ago
  107. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Right, I’ve tried it for a bit now and I’ve come round to the idea that it’s a fucking mess with more prominent adverts.

    #107 1 year ago
  108. absolutezero

    Yeaaaahhhh I’ve been here since the start of VG24/7, I came over when EG shat the bed.

    Its just words, its a shit tonne of words in bright red. Its the EG homepage. Its a clusterfuck to parse in any sort of sensible fashion?

    Anyone know a good news site? I might try Shack out again I guess. humpf.

    #108 1 year ago
  109. powerbuoy

    Looks great guys! Mobile version looks really good as well.

    #109 1 year ago
  110. Cort

    Excellent.

    Apart from that “more from the web” crap that places a huge barrier between the article and its comments. I wouldn’t mind, but the section has never succeeded in highlighting anything interesting to me since you introduced it. Even if a title did catch my eye, the names of the websites suggest that if I went there I’d necessarily be running a full AV check five minutes later.

    #110 1 year ago
  111. TheWulf

    I’m iffy about the top bar — but it was simple to remove with an element blocker. The only reason I’m iffy about it is that I have to keep my browser very zoomed in. I have optic nerve damage, not something that glasses can fix.

    But! Other than that? The new design is lovely and much more readable than the old one. Things are better compartmentalised, and (zoomed in as I am) I don’t have to constantly scroll left and right. So I’d say that it’s a massive improvement. And it just looks nice, too. Very clean, very contemporary. Good job.

    #111 1 year ago
  112. Stardog

    You should put images down the right instead of the “5h ago” box.

    #112 1 year ago
  113. Demigod

    Well its red and very squashed in. it seems like the headlines images have the edges cut off.

    Cant honestly say I like it but as long as the content stays as good, great. But the layout so so

    #113 1 year ago
  114. SplatteredHouse

    “A lot of the changes seem like they do a lot to deter people from leaving comments at all. Maybe that’s intentional by design? :P

    Agreed, Salarta. And I’m not keen on that. For whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to be possible to see what was said (from the front page). I struggle to believe that those who actually want to stop and chat would click through, per story until such a time that they find something to reply to…which leads me to imagine that *drumroll*: The articles and forum NOW INTERCONNECT?! (Theory: when you comment on a story, your words float onto the forum under a heading of each article. When you want to see what’s been said, you reference the forum – and that would explain the lack of a comment window, like the site had before! :D But, again, sod scrolling all the way down there to check the comments…Because :p

    It’s an especially odd choice in consideration of the stated purpose of a Guides section (people would REALLY go to a news website…Because they’re stuck? Their initial inclination being to find a specialist source would seem the more likely.) I know I would choose to go to a news website to AVOID that sort of thing. :/

    In terms of the new columns, more stories visible, better organised. That doesn’t sound like a bad concept to me.

    #114 1 year ago
  115. FinalStar

    Your Ticker seems to be busted: it’s only showing about 20 news per day, so a lot of content is missing on workdays – e.g. 23rd January has only news starting from 15:08, everything before is not listed.

    I guess that’s probably not how it’s supposed to be?

    #115 1 year ago
  116. SplatteredHouse

    Don’t like having random stories to the right, and then related/previous below. I’d prefer it the other way around, as the random stuff on the right distracts me from the story I’m reading.
    I can understand that layout on the main page, it’s good there, but when I’m reading an article, that piece and its related reading ought to take priority – and, when I wanted to read different topics/news I can just go back to the main page and select again.

    #116 1 year ago
  117. SplatteredHouse

    @116 on articles, I would like to see random/recent articles BENEATH the feature piece, and related in the column to the right…On the main page it is fine as it is (because it serves to offer a better overview/at-a-glance focus to draw readers to spend more time on the site, per-visit.) In case my previous comment was unclear.

    #117 1 year ago
  118. FinalStar

    Yep, your Ticker is definitely not really useable they way it is now: Once there’s more than 20 news items per day, every new one pushes out a the oldest previous one.

    There’s no point in having an “articles from the past 7 days” overview when half of the content of said week doesn’t show up because it was published “too early”, so to speak.

    Please fix this.

    #118 1 year ago
  119. SplatteredHouse

    @118 I’d like to know what it’s intended for. There is a separate “ticker” page, and then there’s a “Breaking News”…But, they both do the same thing??

    Wouldn’t it be more useful if the ticker were. Well, basically, if the ticker sought out news from the www based on popular terms/interests/phrases used on VG247 for instance? The things we’re talking about; the content we are interested in, brought to our eyes here! The Breaking News on the front page would be all about “stuff VG247 wrote”, the prime stays to the left and the remainder can be accessed at the right. For anything else, try The Ticker.

    Because, right now, given my understanding of what a ticker should be, the purpose it serves, I’m not at all sure what the point of this one is.

    #119 1 year ago
  120. SplatteredHouse

    The Ticker would basically beat and react to the pulse of the site :) Which articles are busy; which words are people interested in – but unlike a word cloud (look at all of this data ball with which we have skilfully filled that nasty ol’ blank space that was there before) NO. That’s not it. That ticker would actually bring something back to add to the site.

    #120 1 year ago
  121. Lounds

    Well done Pat!

    #121 1 year ago
  122. Lounds

    Been a daily user since 2010

    #122 1 year ago
  123. Tyrantsoul

    Not a fan to be honest.Using the bar on the right is an awful idea.And who gave the ok on the colour scheme?I loved the old lay out because it was so easy to catch up on game news even if you missed a day or so.I would assume other people liked it too due to the fact you got a hell of alot of readers.

    #123 1 year ago
  124. TrapGodZeus

    I like it. There’s a fucking explosion of content coming from every which way on the homepage, but overall, its dope. Nice touch with the flow of the colors too :D

    But fuck this comment box. On top of the comments? Naw…matter fact i’m not even sure putting it at the bottom would make it any less strange. I dunno. Something just feels off about the comments, maybe its just the big ass open space to the right that’s getting to me. But I normally catch up on news from the mobile site anyways so its whatever I guess

    Congrats on the relaunch regardless!

    #124 1 year ago
  125. RavenX

    I’m pretty sure the change was to provide a better experience to everyone. No one will create something to complicate others life on purpose, but, I really didn’t like the new layout.

    The main reason: The page is polluted with so much information at the same time.
    The list of all news on the right side of the page “mix” with the highlights and so on.
    You have to “search” for the info. In the old layout the info was just there, waiting to be read, you didn’t need to look for it.

    Well…
    Hope that my brain gets used with it, because my first impression was not good and I’m very disappointed, because VG247 is my daily gaming news reading.

    #125 1 year ago
  126. mathare92

    Congrats all round, guys. It’s been a long time coming.

    Overall, I like the new design. You’ve not changed it too radically, and it mostly just seems like a breath of fresh air to the old design – which was really needed. Two small gripes though:

    1. I think you might be packing too much into the left column – for both the article page and the news feed; it’s a little too cramped. I wonder if you’d consider maybe widening the column a bit.

    2. Second gripe is that the “Breaking News” feed is way too long and conflicts with the main news feed. Maybe just put the most recent ten or five breaking news articles. It’d make it easier to parse the main page. Having two sets of article headlines running the length of the page, as is the case right now, just makes the site look overloaded with links.

    #126 1 year ago
  127. The_Red

    Congrats to VG247 team :)
    Looking forward to more video content along with classic VGawesomeness.

    #127 1 year ago
  128. The_Red

    One burning question / request:

    How to access older NONE-HEADLINE news? One thing I loved about VG247 was the ability to scroll down and see every piece of news posted chronologically. Now only Hot / Featured items can be view via “Older” button while the Breaking / Latest News (Which I’m after) is limited to front page. Is there anyway to check older headlines that way? Or at least, a separate page or section for just latest news from newest to older and older like previous design?

    #128 1 year ago
  129. junguler

    it looks cool but it takes some time getting use to, i have no problem with it tho, been reading news from this site about 2.5 years now, love what you guys doing.

    #129 1 year ago
  130. Dave Cook

    Howdy folks, thanks foe your feedback so far. A few things to bear in mind:

    The breaking news column is essentially the old news reel, in chronological order. The headlines are stickies we want to keep highlighted. We only had three featured slots on the old side, which meant too much was getting pushed down.

    Whatever the layout looks like now, just know that the content will stay the same and we’re looking at all your feedback. This is an evolution in process and we will be changing/adding a few things as we go.

    Cheers for your support guys. It means a lot.

    #130 1 year ago
  131. Strabo

    Looks nice. A bit “samey” as all the newer internet sites look pretty much like all done by the same guy (blocky, big controls (for mobile) bar to the right..). I liked the old, classic layout, but this one will serve.

    #131 1 year ago
  132. Patrick Garratt

    We’re going through all your comments this morning. A bunch of stuff is a bit borked, obviously, and the tech guys are going to get on with fixing everything this morning. The forum will be back this week, and hopefully we’ll have log-in sorted very quickly.

    Just want to echo Dave, there: thanks for all your support.

    #132 1 year ago
  133. Ireland Michael

    I have only one request. Bring the edit button back.

    Otherwise I like everything about the new layout and think its a vast improvement.

    #133 1 year ago
  134. polygem

    i knew that daves xbox one layout was a hint! well played!

    @The_Red: congratulations, you now have the coolest screen name on vg247. you should become a mod.

    i like it so far. loving the colour and clean look but must look into it a little more.

    just wanted to stop by an give you a big thumbs up for that sneaky launch :) well done!

    #134 1 year ago
  135. Edo

    GTA V has it’s own section…wat.

    #135 1 year ago
  136. digmouse

    Loving it! Red is a good color in China which means happiness and celebration, it’s right Chinese New Year here so thanks for the new year gift vg247!

    #136 1 year ago
  137. JonFE

    Kudos to the team, I hope the redesign achieves what you set out to do. :)

    It’s too soon to judge the redesign -it usually takes me some time to adjust to such things and I’d like to see the dust settle down first- however there’s one thing that’s bugging me: do you really need that irrelevant “more from the web” section placed that high in your content? Right below the article, above relative (?) VG247 articles and user comments? Shouldn’t it be right at the bottom?

    As it is, there’s too much scrolling necessary, in order to participate in discussions and some of it could be avoided IMHO.

    Also, am I right in assuming that new stories first appear in the “Breaking news” section?

    #137 1 year ago
  138. Ireland Michael

    @JonFE If “More from the Web” was below comments and stuff, nobody would ever click them.

    Whether we like it or not, that stuff is there to make money. There’s no need for anyone to sugarcoat that fact. The ultimate aim of this site is to feed Pat’s family and pay the wages of the staff.

    A good website knows how to make a good balance between accessibility and advertising. I personally surf the site on my iPad almost exclusively, so it’s obscenely easy for me to speed scroll past that stuff. I can understand why it’s a bit in your face for people on outdated web surfing devices like PCs and laptops though.

    #138 1 year ago
  139. Fin

    I’d like a “latest comments” page back, and paging of comments themselves!

    #139 1 year ago
  140. POOhead

    The site is a big improvement on android but on chrome… not so much, hope improvements come out quick

    #140 1 year ago
  141. Ireland Michael

    @Fin If you visit the site from a mobile fine, comments is an entirely separate tab of it own, which is great.

    Something like that for tablets / PC as well would be great. As it is it just looks messy being dumped down the bottom of the page.

    #141 1 year ago
  142. POOhead

    cant even find my comment wtf

    #142 1 year ago
  143. JonFE

    @Ireland Michael

    I guess it wouldn’t bug me that much, if it was games related. Then again, I’m not the one who will deny vg247 staff its income. One question though: what have “outdated web surfing devices like PCs and laptops” got to do with anything related to this?

    #143 1 year ago
  144. Ireland Michael

    @JonFE The layout is optimised to be aesthetically appealing on tablets and mobiles, which are quickly overtaking traditionall computers as the primary means consuming information.

    Those ads can be skipped much faster on my iPad with a fast swipe than with a scroll wheel on my PC.

    Tablet designs are cleaner, tidier and simple look better. Images and text stand out more, and there is far less clutter. I for one am more than happy to see the end of those old border consuming ads.

    This kind of look will be design of web media for at least the next half a decade, and it’s because PCs are outdated as web surfing devices. Few people want to sit in front of a computer or carry a heavy laptop just to read the news or view videos anymore.

    #144 1 year ago
  145. JonFE

    @Ireland Michael

    Thanks for the reply – I guess I should get with the times :)

    #145 1 year ago
  146. BrokenSpline

    The comment section is absolutely awful. Comment box on top? Then the “Reply” is just adding @Username, why not have it where it creates a hierarchy? So it is much more clearer to understand who is replying to what and the discussions being organized similar to Joystiq.

    #146 1 year ago
  147. Waluigifan

    I just made an account to tell you that I don’t like the redesign. :/
    The red kinda hurts my eyes and what’s up with that black background??

    By the way: registering on this site is very strange. When I clicked “sign up” the site required a username and a password for login “tester”. Only after clicking “cancel” the site redirected me to a registration form.

    #147 1 year ago
  148. RocknRolla

    @DGOJG Ooouu you can reply now :) I will just reply to you random person :)

    #148 1 year ago
  149. absolutezero

    The comments sections are completely dead.

    Where has everyone gone? Am I missing something?

    #149 1 year ago
  150. M. K.

    The forum will be back this week, and hopefully we’ll have log-in sorted very quickly.

    Glad to read that, I can’t login properly :(

    #150 1 year ago
  151. M. K.

    @M. K. Also missing an edit button :D

    Anyway congrats, once again a smooth relaunch.

    #151 1 year ago
  152. the whole jay

    I was having trouble articulating what was bothering me in my last post, but many others have explained it well.

    The only way I can get the news in a straightforward (albeit boring) way now is to use the “ticker” but once I click on an article, I still can hardly escape the assault on my senses that is this new site format.

    I don’t need this orgy of information… all these invasive links and this overly complicated design have ruined this site for me, personally.

    I can tell the reactions from everyone run the gamut between those that love it, hate it, or just think its ok. It seems to me the best solution would be to find a way to allow one to customize the layout to a degree.

    I really loved this site, but now if I find another one that offers the news in such a way that I know I will not miss a headline, and makes it easy to digest, I know I will jump ship immediately.

    #152 1 year ago
  153. LB

    @Legendaryboss Okay something has happened the site required a username and a password for login “tester” when trying to sign in to the Legendaryboss account, it wouldn’t let me sign me no matter how many times i tried.

    Can we get this issue fixed until then i’ll just use this account for emergencies just like this.

    #153 1 year ago
  154. Cort

    Right. Now I have used it for a week I have changed my mind. You’ve fucked up. I keep missing news. It’s far too busy, too disjointed, and has moved too far from what made you popular: a simple contiguous and chronological newsfeed concept.

    The huge drop-off in community engagement should tell you something.

    And I just clicked the XBox One feed. Newest story is apparently two weeks old; second newest is a month old and about the PS4. Broken. Properly broken.

    I have no idea where the forum is. And you are still throwing loads of pointless ads from dodgy websites at me. “Lululemon Kicks Off Largest-Ever Outdoor Yoga Class in Covent Garden” Really? That will pique the interest of the Gears of War players.

    #154 1 year ago
  155. Elvis71

    I waited to comment regarding the relaunch until i gave myself some time to get used to it. But i have to say that the new layout still annoys me .. personally i´m a bit lost and often feel a bit disoriented. In the old design i could directly dive into the news & articles .. but now its so distracting and somehow incoherent. Too much information crammed into the page maybe.

    I hope it will get better over time … but right now i´m not using the site as before.

    #155 1 year ago
  156. super3001

    New site is shit on mobile phone.

    No ignore button.

    Worse than before.

    #156 1 year ago

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    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]