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Is Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes worth £30? – opinion

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is a tricky one to peg down. Is is a prologue or demo, and is the boxed code actually worth £30 on PS4 & Xbox One? Gamers have asked Dave Cook many questions about Kojima’s latest this week. Here are the answers.

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Is Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes worth £30?

No, I don’t think it is.

Does that, then, imply that the game is poor?

Not at all. In fact, it’s superb.

See, Hideo Kojima has never lied about the fact that Ground Zeroes is a prologue to The Phantom Pain, so it’s puzzled me that many gamers out there seemed to be expecting some kind of 10-15 hour epic. This has purely been constructed to showcase the Fox Engine, familiarise fans with Kojima Production’s new suite of stealth mechanics and tide us over until the full game drops next year.

I won’t get too deep into the game’s content and finer points here, because Stace has already written a final impressions piece that goes into how the game feels to play, and covers the base mechanics. You should read it if you’re interested in the game or are currently sitting on the fence.

Gamers have been asking me a lot of questions about the game’s length, how it expands over time and if it’s worth the money on current-gen formats. These things are subjective of course, but I’ll tell you what I personally think after having sunk some five hours into it. First and foremost; it’s a strange product, one that grows with each completion of the main Ground Zeroes mission, and the side content that follows.

You could say it’s as long as you want it to be.


Here’s a raw PS4 video of me playing the game slow and methodically

“For argument’s sake, you could probably dash across the whole base in about five minutes if there were no enemies stalking the grounds, but if you want the satisfaction of a high rank you’ll play this slow and methodical.”

The core story mode can be finished in around an hour on your first pass, although I took my time with it to try and complete a passive, no-detection run. It took me about two and a half hours, purely because I’m one of those annoying Tenchu: Stealth Assassins players who likes to choke out everyone on the map and leave no guard standing by the end of a stage. I also took time to explore, try out mechanics and tricks like any good critic should.

This is a different stealth experience to, say, Metal Gear Solid on PSone. The lack of Soliton Radar on your HUD is the biggest game-changer, as you need to carefully observe your surroundings and enemy placement using smarts, rather than simply guiding a dot between clearly-mapped cones of vision. That whole dynamic of skirting around foes and smothering them quietly has changed, bolstered with a simply incredible light system that profoundly impacts gameplay.

Enemy soldiers will swivel glaring spotlights from high in their watchtowers, causing streams of light to dance and warp across the environment without a clear field of vision from the operator. It’s up to the player to decide if they can pass undetected or to be patient and seek our an alternative route. Hostiles can also be tagged using Snake’s binoculars, which renders them permanently highlighted on the screen, through walls and on the in-game iDroid map device. It’s very similar to Far Cry 3′s tag mechanic.

This helps cool the game’s high difficulty some-what, while other, more aggressive players will find solace in simply gunning down everyone with silenced tranquillizer rounds or suppressed rifle bursts. Those players will reach the end credits much faster than I did, but I don’t play stealth games that way. Our methods and experiences will have differed; perhaps even drastically, and you also have to factor in secrets and other curios littered around the sandbox map.

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”This is one of the best-looking games I’ve ever played, with some of the most impressive lighting effects to date and a slick 60FPS veneer that never let-up once on PS4.”

For argument’s sake, you could probably dash across the whole base in about five minutes if there were no enemies stalking the grounds, but if you want the satisfaction of a high rank you’ll play this slow and methodical, while interrogating guards to reveal what they know.

Doing this drops map markers into iDroid that reveal ammo caches, collectible ‘XOF’ patches and cassette tape logs. There are also a handful of POWs to be extracted by chopper, who are then added to Mother Base in Phantom Pain via save transfer.

Once you complete the Ground Zeroes mission you’ll unlock five Side-Ops that change several parameters such as time of day, weather and guard placement. These range from providing air support to a fleeing escapee, destroying anti-air cannons and assassinating two rogue agents. There’s also the Raiden and Deja Vu bonus missions for Xbox One and PS4 respectively, although they aren’t unlocked off the bat.

There’s clearly a lot of content in here, with incentives to achieve greater ranks, play around with stealth tactics and test your ever-expanding gun collection, but why don’t I feel Ground Zeroes is worth £30?

It’s still not long or big enough to warrant the cost.

This is one of the best-looking games I’ve ever played, with some of the most impressive lighting effects to date and a slick 60FPS veneer that never let-up once on PS4. Yet when I think of the other games you could buy for that asking price I start to scratch my head a little. I’d argue that the £20 price-tag on PS3 and Xbox 360 is in the right ballpark, but to charge £10 more for what are – admittedly – superb visuals doesn’t really fly, not when I personally place appearance low down my list of priorities.

Though the sandbox could theoretically be played repeatedly for any length of time, your patience could wear thin quite quickly given how small it really is. At first glance it appears massive, thanks to your rain-swept low visibility, but play a day mission and it’s clear that Kojima’s stealth toybox isn’t all that vast. Some people don’t have a problem with replaying content – see Dead Rising – but grinding the same things over and over isn’t my idea of a fun time.

You may feel differently of course, and that’s fine; no one’s judging anyone else here. If I had bought this game at £30 I’d feel disappointed by the lack of content, but just as I did upon completing the main mission, I came away impressed by the gameplay, new mechanics and reeling at the dark ending. It has absolutely succeeded in hyping me for The Phantom Pain, seeing as it’s essentially the same format but across a massive region, rather than one small base. That potential scope blows my mind.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is perhaps the most-expensive elevator pitch I’ve ever sat through, but while I’m sold on the premise, I’d feel a little short-changed by the price of admission.

Disclosure: to assist in writing this piece, Konami sent Dave a PS4 copy of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes.

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17 Comments

  1. Mike

    Hmmmm. Don’t know that to do. :’(

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Jet Black

    £30? Make sure to shop around, I paid £23 for my copy from Shopto, seems worth it to me…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Dragon

    @Jet Black,
    Exactly.
    http://www.shopto.net/video-games/ps4/PS4ME01-metal-gear-solid-ground-zeroes-inc-pre-order-dlc

    Value of price is an entirely subjective matter, as said above.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    Dave is it worth £20 in your opinion? That’s the lowest I’ve seen it and I’m tempted…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. The_Red

    The worrying thing isn’t the game itself. While I don’t think it is worth £30, let’s just say it is for argument’s sake.

    When a lot of consumers buy this, they have unwillingly shown support for a pricing model that could really REALLY hurt games because it means more and more publishers will try to experiment with it. As we know, not all of them will be stunning looking games that run at 60fps and offer a semi-open world / area. Soon we will get 2 hour, linear campaigns that are priced at 30 bucks.

    Now couple this with the 60 bucks for a multiplayer only game with less than 20 maps. You see the pattern? Publishers could soon end up charging more and more for pieces of a normal $60 game. They make a multiplyer + singleplayer game like previous gen but don’t still it all for 60. Instead:
    - Cut the first few campaign missions and sell them on a disk for $30.
    - Cut late campaign missions (But not the ending) and sell them for $20.
    - Cut the actual ending from late game and sell it as a DLC for $15.
    - Cut the multiplayer modes and sell them at $40 bucks.
    - Cut half the maps from above and sell each of them for $5.
    - Sell $20 season passes for a combination of some of those cuts.
    - Finally, release a full package that has all of them for $60.

    Welcome to the next gen!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Erthazus

    “See, Hideo Kojima has never lied about the fact that Ground Zeroes is a prologue to The Phantom Pain, so it’s puzzled me that many gamers out there seemed to be expecting some kind of 10-15 hour epic.”

    But t the same time he tried to prove to the audience and journalists that it is a full game and it is worth it’s money.

    It’s a cash grab with potential in mind. It’s a demo that should have been in Castlevania:LOS2 that is a poor hack and slash title. That would help boost it’s sales and eventually would increase the value.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dimaco

    Way I see it, it’s totally worth it! If you find an online deal, even more so… PS4 version, that is!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Michael Ireland

    Value is obviously a subjective thing, so everyone is going to have to make that judgement call for themselves.

    Myself personally? I think it’s robbery. One location, a bunch of hidden items and a few bonus missions. That’s a lack of *variety*, which I think is the optimal word here.

    If the main game can be finished in an under an hour, I’m simply not going to bother. The whole point of side missions is that they’re supposed to be an optional experience. They shouldn’t feel a necessity that you have to do to get your money’s worth.

    So it boils down to this. Is 1 or 2 hours worth £30 to me? No it isn’t. I can’t justify to myself paying anything more than a fiver for what basically amounts to the Tanker mission.

    Your personal mileage may vary. This is mine. Just remember that supporting something like this will only encourage more of it in the future.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Legendaryboss

    @Erthazus The solution is to bundle a game in a popular franchise with a poorly acclaimed entry to another franchise. You can add gold to a turd but you still have the turd, the point? A turd is turd.

    No. Price is the issue.

    Topic: £30? I know this is retail price but rarely do games cost their full retail price especially online unless you shop at the rip-off GAME. You can always find games cheaper if you shop around. Just wait for a bundle or heavy price drop.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Eregol

    I bought my copy for less than £20 from Gameseek.
    Well worth that in my opinion.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Hcw87

    It’s barely worth half that price, which is a shame since it is a great game both gameplay and graphics wise.

    It’s just way way too short, i’ve played demo’s with more gameplay. So they did shoot themselved in the foot there, and the time would have been better spent including it in the main game instead (or a free demo, which would have recieved massive praise). Now all they get is backlash because of the price, so i don’t understand why they would do that to themselves.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. zoopdeloop

    they should have it free of charge, which they will eventually a month or two prior to main game’s release

    #12 1 year ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @Erthazus

    “It’s a cash grab with potential in mind. It’s a demo that should have been in Castlevania:LOS2 that is a poor hack and slash title. That would help boost it’s sales and eventually would increase the value.”

    Well I’ll be damned, Erthazus said something I can agree with.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Panthro

    @YoungZer0

    After playing it I agree as well, I was extremely underwhelmed by the length of the game….

    Even though I did enjoy what I played I don’t believe it’s worth £30. Maybe £11.99 at a stretch, but even then I think it should have been included as a demo within another game.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. rafaelbtst

    Here in Brazil the price is R$120,00,almost U$60,00…for a demo!!!!! #*%# this country,and the price of a Ps4 is R$4.000,00 or U$2.000,00!!!what do you think?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Dragon

    @rafaelbtst,
    That is thanks to your government, which probably views games as luxury items that needs to be heavily taxed (well, in a way are, aren’t they?)

    I share your pain though. PS4 is 1000 bucks here.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. TheWulf

    I tend to view things like continuous fun, quality, enjoyment, and so on as a metric of worth. So, the original portal was just three hours, but would I have paid thirty quid for that? Yes, I probably would have. But only because every chamber was completely unique and the writing was superlative, my enjoyment of that was from beginning to end, with a grin on my face the entire time.

    I feel similarly about the LEGO games. They really don’t have to be long, and the way they artificially elongate them is hugely to their detriment. LEGO games are much, much more fun if you use a hacked save so you can just do free play on all of the levels. It’s just a better experience — shorter, yes, but to me repeating the same content over and over again isn’t fun. I don’t factor in replayability or length very highly. If it’s memorable, I don’t need to replay it until it sticks in my mind. The same was true of titles like To the Moon.

    What’s interesting is whether the people who’d defend this would still hate Gone Home. Gone Home is a slightly longer game for half the price. So I’d love to hear the justifications as to why this would be worth it and Gone Home wouldn’t. I really think that if a game is enjoyable, it can be short. The problem is is that most games aren’t very fun, so they try to use length in the place of fun. That trick never really worked on me.

    If Skyrim isn’t fun within the first hour, it’s not going to be fun for any hour after, so I’m not going to stick around. I enter every game with that attitude. A good game can have you completely engaged within the first hour and then provide you with a complete experience with no padding, grinding, or repeated content. It’s just a fun experience. I think that a game, like a movie, can be short and merit a high price. But only if the enjoyment is there.

    And it’s down to each person to decide how much they’ll enjoy something.

    Personally, since this has moved so, so far away from the Metal Gear that I knew, becoming more of a boring, mainstream, watercooler-topic game, I’m not interested. Revengeance, on the other hand, was hilariously silly, ridiculous, and just fun. I would have paid a good amount of money even for just the Blade Wolf DLC alone, but the game as well? And very rarely did they actually put you through content where you just felt like you were going through the motions.

    Yeah, Revengeance was a short game. But it was a short damned fun game. I’m okay with that.

    The thing is is that if you don’t have fun with Zeroes, you’re not going to have fun in the many hours epic that Kojima has planned down the road. So if you feel ripped off by this, you’re going to feel ripped off by the end result, too, simply because the quality of the experience, the passion and soul of it, are just completely missing and void.

    This is why in my perfect world, the Metal Gear license would just be handed over to Platinum. Kojima just doesn’t know how to make a Metal Gear game any more. It’s way too generic and dull, with just shock value to try and elicit some kind of response. That kind of tat could get away with any mainstream title and still sell, but it’s not Metal Gear. So for me, it isn’t even worth a pound, let alone thirty of them.

    #17 1 year ago

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    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    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.