Sunset Overdrive: a brazen new IP with a taste for fun and soda

Thursday, 8 May 2014 14:00 GMT By Stace Harman

Stace Harman goes hands-on with Insomniac Games’ new IP and discovers that the end of days needn’t spell doom and gloom for everyone after all.


“This is a video game that relishes being a video game and while its post-apocalyptic-style fiction is familiar it has been approached in a manner that befits its similarly offbeat weapons.”

The most succinct way to convey the tone of Insomniac Games’ upcoming open-world third-person shooter, Sunset Overdrive, is introduce you to a few of its weapons – the most ordinary of which is the machine-gun-style AKFuckYouUp.

If that made you smile, you’re off to a good start but let’s see how you fare with some of the others.

The High Fidelity fires 12” vinyl discs that ricochet off hard surfaces, the Roman Candle’s firework ammo fizzles, pops and burns, and the TNTeddy is a grenade launcher by any other name but one whose ammo is an adorable teddy bear that toys with the deadly payload strapped to its chest while it sits idle in the launcher. The Captain Ahab is a powerful, slow-firing harpoon gun with an attached can of sugary energy drink that doubles as a means of crowd control and there’s a freeze gun that turns its victims into snowmen. All the weapons feature fourth-wall-breaking, Scott Pilgrim style meta-effects and all are designed to riff on the notion of a traditional arsenal.


As should be abundantly clear from this small sample of the final weapon count, Sunset Overdrive sees Insomniac continue its proud tradition of leftfield armaments. It also goes a long way to shouting – loud and clear – that this is a video game that relishes being a video game and while its post-apocalyptic-style fiction is familiar it has been approached in a manner that befits its similarly offbeat weapons.

Its 2027 and FizzCo, a mega corporation based in the vibrant but recently ruined Sunset City, has inadvertently created a monster. Well, a whole city full of them, actually, after a preview night for the launch of its new uber-energy drink, Overcharge Delirium XT, should have sent consumers home on a high instead turned those that drank it into grotesque, pustule-covered monsters known as the OD’D.

Fearing an understandable backlash that would halt its planned worldwide rollout of Overcharge, FizzCo hastily erects walls around the city and blames a viral outbreak for the horrors taking place inside, while assuring the world that it’s doing everything that it can to contain the situation. It’s on the wrong side of these walls that you find yourself; a down-on-your-luck regular Joe who was spared the fate of your fellow citizens due to having had a job collecting litter on the night of the big soiree rather than being able to join in (yes, you’re that regular a Joe).


The thing is, over the course of the subsequent seventeen days since “Horror Night” came to pass you’ve come to realise that this localised apocalypse isn’t quite as bad as it might initially have seemed and that, as it turns out, you have an untapped skill for survival and, once you move past the fact that everyone you previously knew has been transformed into a ravenous freak, you discover that residing in a city with no rules is actually kind of fun.

“We had a very clear goal upfront of creating Fun in the End Times,” offers creative director Marcus Smith. “At that time we didn’t really know what our mechanics were going to be, so as designers you sit around chewing over things like ‘what is fun’? Well, fast is more fun than slow, so then we look at how we can speed things up and add that feeling of velocity throughout the game. We also want to have a load of abilities but to also make it easy to jump in and still have a feeling of mastery in the game.”

“Referencing the likes of Tony Hawk’s and Prince of Persia, Sunset Overdrive’s combination of rail-grinds, wall-runs and zip-lines ensures that moving around its world is an entertaining diversion.”

Much of this fun – and the thing that most evidently separates Sunset Overdrive from the likes of Capcom’s similarly OTT open world third-person shooter, Dead Rising 3 – is the traversal system. Referencing the likes of Tony Hawk’s and Prince of Persia, Sunset Overdrive’s combination of rail-grinds, wall-runs and zip-lines ensures that moving around its world is an entertaining diversion in its own right.


Jumping towards one of the myriad obstacles and hitting X has you snap to it ensures your avatar doesn’t accidentally zig when you wanted them to zag, while a large number of bouncy obstacles, from cars to shop awnings, add zing to your vertical movement as well as your horizontal traversal. Add combat into the mix and it quickly becomes apparent that Insomniac is on the verge of capturing that hallowed combination of easy to grasp, difficult to master.

After ten minutes of running around and falling off stuff, I’m able to put together some basic movement and combat combos that feel both fun and empowering. Aiding this feeling is the style system, that rewards combat on the move with higher levels that enhance damage and triggers Amp upgrades – craftable kit that slots into the weapons and the melee attack to imbue them with a chance of causing status effects and customise your eight-weapon load-out to make it still more offbeat.

The wider customisation options of Sunset Overdrive extend beyond the Amp system to include a full range of aesthetic decisions. By setting up your character as just another Sunset City resident, Insomniac can offer the option to make them anyone you want. Male or female, you can choose one of six different races with comprehensive tattoo and body paint options.


What’s more, irrespective of which gender you choose you can wear every item of clothing – including underwear – so if you find the lack of restrictive social norms and eyes of judgement liberating you can indulge to your heart’s content. It shouldn’t be a big deal that I can choose to adorn my avatar’s manly physique with lingerie, a ball-gown and a tiara but I’m grateful to Insomniac for extending its sense of Fun in the End Times to allow me to break out my weekend wardrobe on a weekday.

“We had the ‘be who you want to be’ element and we will have multiplayer so we want people to be able to distinguish themselves from one another,” says Smith. “That meant taking the decision to make clothing aesthetic only and have no functional attributes on clothing because as soon as you do that everyone’s wearing the same overpowered piece of armour.”

“Sunset Overdrive is a game about excess but one that looks to have a degree of style in the manner in which its urban playground facilitates high-velocity traversal and calls for sharp thinking on the fly.”

It’s when talk of multiplayer rears its head that things get a little quieter and it’s apparent that we’ll have to wait for E3 for a more in-depth look at how this will work with Sunset Overdrive’s mission structure. NPCs will feature strongly, however, as various factions that have survived the seventeen days since Horror Night re-emerge, irrevocably changed – like the Adventure Scouts that took refuge in the Japanese Heritage museum and since adopted the Bushido Code alongside their own basic survival techniques. You can expect these factions to feature in a number of the missions that progress the main story as well as the optional quests and bite-sized challenges, while alongside the various classes of OD’D, there’ll also be opportunistic human survivors known as Scabs and FizzCo’s own robotic security force.

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Sunset Overdrive is a game about excess but one that looks to have a degree of style in the manner in which its urban playground facilitates high-velocity traversal and calls for some sharp thinking on the fly to make the most of its combat system. There’s still plenty more to see and questions to be answered concerning its progression systems and just how well its multiplayer components will slot into its open world but after the doom and gloom of so many post-apocalyptic set-ups it’s refreshing to experience something whose primary concern is that you’re having fun and whose tongue is planted firmly in its cheek.

Sunset Overdrive will be released exclusively on Xbox One later this year.

This article was facilitated by a press trip to Insomniac’s offices in California. Travel and accommodation were paid for by Microsoft.


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  1. Moonwalker1982

    Gameplay video here:

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    Video has been withdrawn from the GI site.

    A couple of snippets of footage:

    (gfycat is awesome – try playing with the widgets :) )


    #2 11 months ago
  3. Madlink

    @Joe Musashi gfycat really is awesome!

    On topic, I think this looks great. Genuinely excited to have a shot of this eventually.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    Now this is the game that make want to own a xbox one or PS. I do love their games, with the exception of the last one, not ratchet, the new multi plarform ip. I always wanted their insane take on weapons on a third person shooter, this for me is a must buy

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Os Money

    Isn’t this why I have PVZ: Garden Warfare? IMO the games sound like it will sell very much. I’ll take a wait and see approach with it though.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. dontbescaredhomie92

    Another great looking exclusive, nice to see a game not taking itself too seriously for once as well.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. fearmonkey

    It reminds of Jet grind Radio meets Crackdown 2 meets Bioshock Infnitie’s Skyhooks.
    It looks like fun, a good exclusive for MS.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    Looks different, fun different.

    First Gameplay Footage Here:

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Dragon

    Looks like they had good creative control over the project. Kudos to MS for not being EA and forcing Insomaniac to make another Fuse.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    More footage.

    Funky respawning!


    #10 11 months ago
  11. Erthazus

    Guys, you are slow as hell. UNREAL TOURNAMENT IS ANNOUNCED and in development.

    Hello Vg247 editors.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. bradk825

    This look genuinely fun and the studio kind of needs a hit right now. Creative, colourful and humourous. I think this one is going on the list.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. unknown_gamer

    Sackboy what are you doing in a M$ exclusive

    #13 11 months ago
  14. salarta

    I saw Insomniac Games and started looking a little more at this because FUSE was damn good (and underrated, I think mainly as “punishment” by people that didn’t like how the company changed FUSE’s art style and atmosphere). Unfortunately, aside from how I don’t see much on female characters in the game, it’s also XBox One exclusive. So I’ll never be playing this game regardless.

    #14 11 months ago
  15. bradk825

    @salarta From IGN: “Your nameless character, who you can fully customize, from gender to the absolute minutiae of the clothing he or she wears, is employed by FizzCo to clean up during and after the party.”

    You can customize the player-character to be female. I don’t know much at all about the NPCs.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. salarta

    @bradk825 I knew about the customization, and while I don’t really count it in these things, thanks for mentioning it in case I or others didn’t know.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. eaglerapida13

    @unknown_gamer resistance an R&C also are $ony exclusive ;)

    #17 11 months ago
  18. _LarZen_

    It’s a nice looking game for sure. But what’s it about? Running around shooting is fun and all, but without a nice story it will get boring fast.

    It kinda look like inFamous but in cartoon style :D

    #18 11 months ago
  19. TheWulf

    Ratchet & Clank for boring people, then? How else am I supposed to take this?

    Let’s look at the evidence. They’re keeping the unusual, novel weaponry but adding a veneer of mundanity to improve their familiarity; they’re removing the quirky robots, exotic foes, and over-the-top maniacal villains in favour of zombies, zombies, and more zombies; and they’re tearing down the eccentric retro sci-fi setting in favour of something more contemporary and well-known.

    I mean, sure, it’s still colourful but it’s a massive step back regardless. It’s like they’re trying to create a middle-ground for the knuckle-draggers, alienating their old fans in the process. Honestly, it’s not quite creatively bankrupt enough to be consumed readily by the increasingly herdlike mainstream.

    And that’s definitely what they’re doing. I mean, to top it off, it even has a human as the protagonist — of course! It’s like they’re begging to be profitable and still be fun, they’re giving up their pedigree in order to chase the money, which is what so many of the developers I used to cherish seem to be doing, these days.

    They’re trying to court those whose fear of novelty isn’t unlike a cave-dweller’s fear of fire. It won’t work, for the reasons I said. Those people are too busy playing more realistic zombie games, military shooters, fighter planes in space, et cetera. They have better offers on the table, so I’m not sure how they actually figured that this was a good idea.

    The thing is is that this is going to be disappointing after Ratchet & Clank because it seems like such a step back, they could create something equally as barmy and joyfully insane as Ratchet & Clank, even a spin-off series… perhaps starring Qwark. Or something entirely new which possesses those qualities. But this is just…

    I don’t know. Who is this targeted at? I mean, it’s Ratchet and Clank but it’s MORE safe, MORE familiar, MORE mundane, MORE homogenised, and entirely bankrupt of the cleverness of the aforementioned.

    So… Ratchet & Clank for boring people. But does that audience exist? Do boring people want Ratchet & Clank?

    This seems like a misfire to me.

    #19 11 months ago
  20. TheWulf

    And if anyone is unsure of where my mind is going in regards to my reasoning?

    Bulletstorm. It tried to be a halfway point between the two, and sold to neither, and as such was a flop. I thought it was pretty good, personally, and even clever at times. But I realise that it could have been so much more if it wasn’t holding itself back to try and make sure it was accessible to those with the combined imaginative capacities of an accounting department.

    The thing is is that whilst the LEGO Movie is a lovely idea, most people just really aren’t that special or creatively inclined. The average person has never actually made something within the length of their life, they’ve never brought something new into the world via anything other than breeding (and we all ready have enough of those copycat works crowding up the place).

    Imagination and creativity are genetically disposed. You can hone your talents, yes, because talents are something that’s learned. You can teach yourself to be a proficient, technically perfect artist, but you can’t teach yourself to actually create a grand work. That comes from somewhere deeper, probably some genetic mutation that results in brain wiring so bizarre that the person simply processes basic thought in different ways to the baseline.

    And creative people are drawn to novelty like moths to a flame; just as boring people are drawn to familiarity. Jung described it as the difference between sensing people and intuitive people. The former being creatively bankrupt, the latter brimming over with a sea of cool ideas. Most people are of the sensing type, in fact, the ES** type is the most common type in the world.

    So, what have those people ‘invented?’ Wonders such as ‘the manosphere,’ ‘alpha fux and beta bux,’ hypergamy, the rationalisation hamster, and so on. They usually fantasise over personal power, power over others, fast cars, money, luxuries, vacations, submissive sexual partners whose appearance meets the status quo, alcohol and similar vices, successful gambling, sheistering, managerial positions, and so on. And looking at how the world is, you can see how it’s driven by that type. That type’s entertainment leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to any kind of worth — creative, emotional, intellectual, or any other.

    This is why some decisions baffle me, since I don’t quite grasp whom they’re supposed to be aimed at. Like this, which is watered down Ratchet & Clank. The response from my kind of person is ‘why create something less novel than Ratchet & Clank‘ and the response of the more boring person is that the game is ‘cartoony,’ or whatever else.

    The only area where this seems to have taken hold is MMOs. And often, I hear Warcraft fans wishing that the graphics were realistic, but being understanding about how they need to be stylised based upon the amount of content that’s supposedly being knocked out. I guess, maybe, if you can convince people that this game is going to have a ridiculous, MMO-esque amount of content, they might overlook the aesthetic? But why bother? Just create something realistic.

    But they can’t.

    Insomniac fail at realistic. Let’s face it, inFamous is hardly the greatest superhero game of all time, it’s dire compared to a lot of other offerings, and Resistance was an outright failure. So this seems to be the managing department allowing their creative people to do what they want within acceptable limits. But then… why not let them go all the way and make something really great?

    This is just doomed to failure because it’s not paying attention to what people actually want. I’m disappointed because it’s not novel enough, and others will be disappointed because it’s too novel.

    #20 11 months ago
  21. TheWulf


    That’s the idea, in theory… I’ve seen that idea ‘in theory’ hundreds of times before. But boring people get annoyed because it’s too wacky, and creative people just get bored with it because there’s just not enough novelty beneath the surface. It’s a half-hearted appeal to both camps.

    I’ve seen many games try to do this, including Bulletstorm, and… I don’t see this ending well. There’s always hype and excitement, but when it comes to actually buying it…

    I worry about Fortnite for the same reason.

    #21 11 months ago
  22. TheWulf

    Wait, am I mixing up Sucker Punch and Insomniac again in regards to their present libraries? Sigh. It’s because they’ve both become a mainstream melange. It was the misogynistic, racist grotesquery of Uncharted that Insomniac was responsible for, wasn’t it? Sigh. I just… I can’t even tell them apart any more.

    All I remember is that both of them used to make exquisite games, and now…


    I miss fun, silly, irreverent, colourful, fun, creative games. I can’t help it. I do. I’m tired of entertainment aimed at knuckle-draggers, never intelligent, never eccentric, just… there. Blech. I’m sick of it. I’m an old man who thrives on novelty rather than dull, familiar things, whilst you kids seem to be embracing the verisimilitude. This is backwards, it’s supposed to be the other way around! >:C

    #22 11 months ago
  23. ddtd

    It looks like it might be really fun. I can’t wait for E3 to get more details about the game.

    #23 11 months ago

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  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

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  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

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  • Destiny weekly reset for March 31: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

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  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

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  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

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  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

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  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

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  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

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  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

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  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

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  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

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  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

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  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

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  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

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  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

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  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

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  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

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  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

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  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

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  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

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  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    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

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 […]