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Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct: the power and the passion

Friday, 11 April 2014 07:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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Sheik

Sakurai did another teasing reveal of Sheik, who is no longer relegated to an alternate from of Zelda but a character in their own right.

Sheik’s appearance as a unique character rather than just an aspect of Zelda is cool for a couple of reasons. It allows Nintendo to leave room for non-Ocarina of Time versions of Zelda without discounting one of her most popular appearances. It means both Sheik and Zelda can be balanced individually, hopefully resulting in both of them fitting comfortably into the roster.

Perhaps most importantly, it gives Sheik fans a little bit of representation. Everyone has their own reading of Sheik – as a simple disguise, as a second personality, as the “real” Zelda, et al – but without getting too much into it let’s just say the character has a really important place in the hearts of the QUILTBAG.

Naturally of course this means a lot of people are quite unhappy that the character exists at all, but at least the old “OP” chestnut is likely to hold less water.

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Yoshi stands tall.

As he explained a number of character and balancing changes likely to set forums aflame for months, Sakurai maintain an easy grin and calm tone. But there was one change so dramatic, so consequential, and so controversial that he felt the need to presage it with an apology.

Bringing his Super Smash Bros. design in line with recent Nintendo games, Yoshi now stands upright.

I know, I know. You may need to sit down. You may require a glass of water. Breathe! Just breathe. You’re going to be okay. This is not a heart attack; it just feels like one.

Do you ever look around at the screeching hordes of our fellow gaming enthusiasts and wonder if maybe you should go off and feed orphans for a while? And maybe wash your hands?

And the rest.

The full presentation is really worth a watch if you have even a passing interest in the franchise, as Sakurai had a lot more to say that didn’t start controversial fires. His discussion of the game’s multiplayer makes Super Smash Bros. Wii U sound like Nintendo’s first really conscious effort to create a modern online multiplayer scene that matches its vision for how the world of gaming should be – pleasant, rather than the seething cesspool it mostly seems to be if you fail to mute everyone. The rest of the new characters seem to be pretty popular, and there’s a wide variety of stages, items and Pokémon to choose from.

Super Smash Bros. may not be the most original property to hit consoles this year, but it’s clearly one of the most treasured – both by Nintendo, and by its fans. We leave you with this video which certainly seems like proof of the latter.

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14 Comments

  1. dj

    Hi Brenna. I signed up for an account just so I could comment on this article. :)

    I disagree with your thoughts on Zero Suit Samus. While Team Ninja/Yoshio Sakamoto (mostly Sakamoto) may have not made the best design decisions regarding Samus for Metroid Other M, Sakurai is mostly doing the opposite. I don’t know why he kept the boots design as high heels, but he does not view Samus as weak simply because she’s female. Zero Suit Samus, by canon, only has her stun gun and not her full power suit.. thus, she’s much weaker physically! He wanted to change her recovery, so he gave her jet boots for that move. The boots also “power up” her design by the way they appear in all of her kicking attacks. This is what I believe he meant in that statement.

    You can see he doesn’t seem to think too much about her gender based on the way he showed Little Mac fighting her in his trailer. At least, these are my thoughts on that.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. polygem

    hmmm, i am having huge issues with games that oversexualize women and reduce them on being a weaker human being. huge problems with these things. in a game where blobs, foxes, dinosaurs, overweighted plumbers, ninja frogs, angels etc. fight against each other….the fact that a sexy (yet strong and self confident) lady with high heels is also part of the roster really isn´t an issue. this isn´t sexism. it´s a completely different issue than with the senran kagura burst game which is build around the idea of letting women fight for you and then undress during that process, revealing their unrealistic proportions. zero suit samus is just as sexy character in a videogame. i don´t think it is necessary but i don´t think that it´s really problematic. this whole business has a problem with sexism though, not only nintendo. but then, don´t only focus on all the female characters in games too much – also look at all the male stereotypes this industry creates game after game after game. that´s something people seem to forget as well. stuff can be sexist even withought the representation of female protagonists by creating stereotypes that, in the bigger picture, promote chauvinism and sexism.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Michael Ireland

    The high heels aren’t sexist. But they are stupid.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. polygem

    @Michael Ireland
    i 100% agree with that!

    #4 10 months ago
  5. fihar

    Who cares about Samus?

    I can pit Greninja against Lucario now, woohooo!
    Charizard who?

    Seriously though, thank God this is also coming for the 3DS because that trailer for Greninja was one of the best things I’ve seen today other than Joan Jett and frickin’ St. Vincent filling on for Cobain.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. POOhead

    You argued as if samus wasn’t a girl already

    #6 10 months ago
  7. salarta

    I was going to wait to say this, but what the hell.

    The high heels put on this “Samus” are more sexist than the real Lara Croft’s original and iconic costume ever was. See, it’s not the fact that Samus is a woman wearing high heels that makes it sexist. It’s the fact that 1) it’s Samus wearing high heels, and 2) the high heels are part of her combat design rather than her simply wearing them at a social function.

    Let me put it this way. Lara Croft wearing skimpy clothing became such a big sticking point to people that it was treated like enough justification all by itself to redefine Lara into a completely different character that doesn’t fit her at all. If the reboot “Lara Croft” were to get another game and it involved her wearing high heels for the whole game, there would be complaints up the ass from the very same people that eagerly slurped up the reboot. If high heels would be wrong for the current “Lara Croft,” then they should be wrong for Samus Aran too.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. fearmonkey

    man…Samus has some sweet stripper shoes now ….wtf

    They need to edit those to be more z-coil like, less stupid.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. macromanjr

    “Away forever?” I asked hopefully. “Since her existence is a stain on an otherwise impeccable franchise and the things Team Nina did to one of our most beloved female protagonists still make many hardcore series fans deeply uncomfortable even as they acknowledge the qualities of the game in general?”

    …Considering that Samus gained considerable fame for being revealed as female in the first place… I love Metroid. One of the best science-fiction franchises ever. Solid gameplay, particularly with Super Metroid. One of gaming’s best. But seriously, you’re fooling yourself if you would claim that Samus’ femininity WASN’T much the attention-gainer to the series. Back when Metroid was new, the talk of among guys was that not only was the game fantastic, but the character turned out to be a chick. You can’t pin this all on Team Ninja–the sexual appeal of Samus has been a part of Metroid legacy from the start.

    (Though, personally, I’m not much a fan of Team Ninja’s rendition of Samus, either, but it has to do more with the foreign gameplay and overly-cinematic aspect with an entry of the Metroid series with Metroid: Other M, more than their gratuitous portrayal of Nintendo’s first bombshell beauty, Sex appeal sales, and males are the overwhelming majority of this franchises target audience–I get it. Kinda unnecessary, but still, I’m not going to act all offended over it.)

    This is where shit gets kind of ridiculous. Sakurai, apparently unaware that it is 2014, argued that without her powersuit, Samus isn’t strong enough to fight off her opponents.

    Considering that Samus doesn’t fight without her Power Suit, they’re probably just giving her some enhancements to validate her as a separate fighter.

    By the way, when will folks stop fallaciously bringing up the year in such sociopolitical matters, as if to claim that with enough time, general human nature is going to simply disappear? It’s 2014, and the public’s only gotten more politically-correct, as it’s gotten a lot easier to appear as such publicly. It doesn’t mean deeply-ingrained values are any more standing within society’s whole. People are just as shallow, pretentious, crude and groupthinking as they’ve always been, and projectively always will be.

    (In the world of Nintendo, the idea of women being as powerful as men is still so far-fetched and fantastical that it simply cannot stand, despite the fact that one of the other cast members is a pink blob that swallows things and appears to have no skeletal structure. A male blob, by the way.)

    Don’t be such a blatant feminist here.

    You’ve conveniently chosen to ignore Princess Peach, Princess Zelda (and by extension, Sheik), and the new additions of Rosalina and female Wii Fit Trainer. Not to mention the original power-suited Samus. All of these female characters can hold their own in the game against any male character, and Nintendo even went as far as to make the female and male Wii Fit Trainers with the same moves and strengths.

    By the way, Kirby is a pink blob that swallows things and appears to have no skeletal structure, who within context of his series, can turn into various material structures, swing heavy mallets twice his size, and fly by inhaling air. His context of character was already fantastic and outlandish.

    While Super Smash Bros. itself is fantastic and outlandish, the characters stay in tuned to their original context. Even Solid Snake back when he was included in Brawl stayed in character for the otherwise outlandish game. That’s the appeal of the game–series context versus series context, in a non-serious free-for-all context.

    Being that Zero-Suit Samus bears little (no pun intended) prior context as such within the Metroid series, some imagination is giving towards her abilities. Since the bulk of her abilities rely chiefly on the Power Suit, they emphasized her flexibility and her sex appeal. She has little to draw on in terms of prior context as to why she can double-jump, so they added the jet shoes.

    I myself would’ve preferred they gave her some jet boots rather than heels, but still, it’s rather a stretch just having her as a playable character. Honestly, I can’t complain. Since the average gamer of this series is a 25-30 year old male, and people like the novelty of alternative characters, and since so much of the Wii U’s success is riding on the success of this and only a few other key games, they went for maximizing appeal here more than anything.

    You could’ve instead just made it a valid point that Zero-Suit Samus had no prior context of being a character much to begin with, and thus little relevance as an playable character, but you didn’t. You choose a feminist route of making an argument.

    Oh, and pointing out that Kirby is male did absolutely nothing for your point. That point wouldn’t have made a lick of difference if he were male or female–Kirby would still be staying in character in context to the Kirby franchise. You merely tacked it on in a typical feministic fashion, appealing to emotion.

    So in order to make Samus a decent rival to her many foes, Sakurai’s shoved her in jet shoes. This is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous even before you notice the shoes have high heels. The heels take it from “ridiculous over the top video game nonsense” to “okay, now you’re just being offensively silly”.

    Silly? Sure. “Offensively silly”? Only if you take offense. Hate to say it, but in this world of expression, who cares much about whom they offend? They’re not in the business of sparing your feelings. They’re in the business of making games that make money. If you don’t want to be offended, simply ignore the character in the game. It’s not like you would have to express repulse every single time you see the character. Growing up near gang violence, I’m not particularly fond of gang-violence games–I don’t have to put effort towards minding it all the time. If one likes Saints Row, I’m not going to give them flak for it. People are going to like what they’re going to like.

    And even being a woman as you are, this isn’t a degradation towards all womankind, which is a common argument to this issue. It’s an instance of someone sexualizing a character for their game (and not too far off the mark how much many young women sexualize their own selves, mind you). Many women always act like something of an exaggerated nature with a female character is an attack to the nature of all womankind. If you’re going to be so readily offended by this, maybe I should be offended by men in the movies always being more handsome, physically-fit, idealized white guys than most men in reality will ever be. But I can’t be offended here, since I frankly don’t much care.

    Furthermore, you should know that I as a male simply do not take the exaggerated nature of female characters within a completely fictitious virtual world as some sort of measuring stick towards women in reality. I never look at Zero-Suit Samus and think, “Man, why aren’t more women built or dressed like her?”

    Games are a context of complete fantasy, where one can enjoy an experience where they simply won’t get in reality, and often times, probably shouldn’t. Some fantasies can cross a serious line, but sexualization of women isn’t always necessarily one of them. Since males are the majority of the core gamer market*, and since women are a chief topic among our fantasies, and since most developers are male, is it any surprise that such sexualizing of women in games are still so rampant? You earlier brought up that it’s year 2014, as if you’re surprised to see this logic and we should be beyond this by now, but why should the year 2014 truly change this from being reality? Nothing has changed about general male human nature.

    *(And sorry–I don’t care for misleading reports and polls that always include Facebook games and Angry Bird-esque mobile games as counting female gamers as “half” of gamers–something closer like approximately 30% of console owners are female and about 40% of hardcore PC gamers are female, according to one report from Entertainment Software Association. Women are increasing among the core gamer demographic, and I’m in love with a woman who games even more than I do, but generally-speaking, the majority of this game’s demographic and market is predominantly male)

    Perhaps we could stand to have less usage of such a cheap sex appeal and relying on more thoughtful character design, but there’s no sense in complaining about every case of it. Especially with women writers on gaming news publications, who all seem to point it out almost every time a game exhibits it. It’s just as annoying as how you find with the over-sexualized portrayals of women. This is nothing new, and it’s not changing any time soon.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    ^ Wow!

    Topic: The high heels are Sexist? No. Silly and pointless is what the high heels are representative of.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. macromanjr

    @macromanjr Crap, that was longer than I had intended it. Oh, well. I meant every carefully-weighed word. Minus the typos.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. macromanjr

    @Legendaryboss You want to know what’s funny?

    If men portray women in games as dressed in sexy attire, some (though not all) women will complain of it being sexist–even if many young women dress in much the same sexy manner themselves and some women prefer sexy women in games (half the women at conventions dressed as sexy game characters attests to this).

    If men (say, male government officials) were to tell those same women to cover up more decent attire in public places (such as, forbidding the absurdity that is topfreedom, or simply telling nursing mothers that perhaps in this sick world, it’s safer to find somewhere private to breastfeed), many of those same women will complain of it being sexist.

    Such the conundrum of agenda.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. Legendaryboss

    @12
    That is an interesting and good comparison.

    #13 10 months ago
  14. Gekidami

    You know what would be great?: Not having Brenna push her dumb feminist agenda down our throats literally over nothing. Take that crap to Tumblr, readers didnt click on this article for you silly over reaction.

    But anyway, on topic: Make transformations into separate characters, nice way to artificially boost the roster. The bottom of the barrel is being scraped so hard, its now got holes in.

    #14 10 months ago

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  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    #9: Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures You have no idea how much work claymation takes – no, not even if you did a stop-motion project in your final year at college. Aardman Animation does incredible work, the old school way, and capturing that in a video game was quite a task. Did Telltale come through? […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]