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Half-Life to Vice City: 8 classics we want remastered for next-gen

Friday, 23 May 2014 09:23 GMT By Mike Irving

If we’re only going to get remasters and HD remakes for Xbox One and PS4 in the near future, can we have these ones please?

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We’re stuck in a severe post-launch drought of stuff to play on our shiny new Playstation 4s and Xbox Ones. There are welcome clouds gathering on the horizon, but a lot of them seem to be “Definitive Editions” of games we’ve already played: the Tomb Raider reboot, The Last of Us, Oddworld, the four mainline Halo games, trilogy packs for Mass Effect and God of War.

But while we really would like some new things to play on our new consoles too, the remake trend isn’t all bad: it gives us an excuse to re-discover some of our favourites with a fresh lick of paint.

So while we’re at it, we have a few more suggestions for classics we’d like to play again, without the trouble of digging old consoles out of the attic.

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Half-Life
The favourite game of the internet as a whole, and an icon of frustrated anticipation, Half-Life is largely responsible for the way we tell stories in single-player games.

Gordon Freeman’s crowbar-aided journey through the overrun Black Mesa Research Facility, without a word of complaint, is legendary, but it’s starting to show its age. It was, after all, released in 1998.

The wisest of Half-Life fans have moved through all the stages of grief and accepted that we probably won’t get Half-Life 3 (or even Half-Life 2: Episode 3) any time soon, if ever, but a HD remake of the first game would go a long way towards healing that wound. Or possibly just open it right up again.

It could make a nice bundle, too, if you throw in the extra episodes, Blue Shift and Opposing Force. Of course, if we’re feeling greedy, then why not HD-ify Half-Life 2 and its episodes as well? That might be a nice segue into Episode 3, mightn’t it Valve? Hmm?

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GTA: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto III was mostly about the spectacle of a fully explorable 3D city (something we’re used to now), and we only just revisited San Andreas in GTA V, so Vice City is our choice for the franchise’s Definitive Edition makeover.

Sure, we do already have a port for iPhone and Android devices, but it’s hardly “definitive”. No, we’re talking about a remake from the ground up. Just imagine how incredibly vibrant Vice City’s bubbly personality and neon colour palette would look in HD, among the dull browns and greys of the next generation.

And it seems like the 80s and 90s are making a cultural comeback lately, so there’s no better time to throw fans the opportunity to revisit the decade of glitz and excess, and re-experience Tommy Vercetti’s Scarface-inspired ascension to crime lord.

And we may actually get to go back sooner than we think. Parent company Take-Two has recently filed a trademark for “City Stories”, a GTA title suffix they’ve used several times before. Judging by the past, we may soon revisit Vice or Liberty City on a handheld device, most likely the Vita. Or, it could be a DLC episode for GTA V. We’ll see.

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Crash Bandicoot
While Mario was off pioneering the 3D platformer in the mid 90s, this weird little marsupial apparently stumbled onto his old discarded formula and made it his own.

Super Mario 64 chose to focus on exploration, and while it was a great game it sacrificed some platformer elements in the process. Meanwhile, Crash Bandicoot came along, took the pace and rhythm of a sidescroller and did a fantastic (and fairly under-appreciated) job of adapting them into 3D. The linear levels were no longer confined to left and right, but made good use of that third dimension, twisting and turning towards or away from the screen.

Sorry, I’m rambling. I just love Crash so much. Well, I love what he used to be, anyway, before all this mutant-riding and brawling and whatnot. A HD remake of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy for Playstation was even suggested by his co-creator, and co-founder of Naughty Dog, Andy Gavin. It’d be lovely to see him come full circle, return to his platformer roots and his original home on Sony’s hardware.

And while we’re on the subject of original Playstation gems…

Resident Evil

Resident Evil
It’s in my somewhat unpopular opinion that the Resident Evil franchise peaked not with 4, but around RE2 or Nemesis. Less unpopular an opinion is that the series would do well to change its current course: 5 and 6 were fairly generic action games, as much a mutation from their survival horror roots as Umbrella’s creations themselves.

I’d much prefer to creep around a big deserted mansion, solving its puzzles, fearing every individual zombie that pops out of nowhere. The whole environment is like one big Rubik’s Cube: you need this key to solve this bit before you can get this other key to unlock this other room.

Revelations was a small step back towards this structure, but nothing would satisfy the craving more than a HD rerelease of the first three games from the Playstation One era.

Well, almost nothing. Rumour has it that Resident Evil 7 may be revealed at E3 in a couple of weeks, and if past comments from Capcom are anything to go by, it may just be a return to the franchise’s survival horror origins. That would be extremely welcome, but an RE1-3 HD pack would make a nice stop-gap and promo tool for this new entry.

Dino Crisis

Dino Crisis
While Capcom has arguably run Resident Evil into the ground, its sister series was left to languish in relative obscurity. Dino Crisis followed basically the same survival horror structure, except it had dinosaurs in it, which makes it at least 100 times cooler. That’s a science fact.

The universe is sick of zombies now, so it’s the perfect time for dinosaurs to reclaim their rightful spot at the top of the food chain. Their AI was pretty advanced for the time, and the dynamic ways they would interact with players was always exciting. They could pin you down, and the bigger ones would even pick you up and drag you around. Helplessness is key to effective survival horror, and those powerful lizards really made you work to survive.

And that was running on the original Playstation. Sprucing up the visuals and behaviour of the ancient monsters, a modern remake of the first two classic games (we’ll just keep pretending Dino Crisis 3 never happened) could really strike gleeful fear into the hearts of everyone’s inner 10-year old.

Of course, there’s a slight chance that Capcom’s E3 announcement isn’t Resident Evil 7 after all, but Dino Crisis 4 or a reboot. Be careful about getting your hopes up, though. Like concerned parents, we’re currently yelling at ours to get down from there before they fall, and just they wait until their father gets home.

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Assassin’s Creed
I have a confession to make: I haven’t actually played any of the Assassin’s Creed games. They’ve always been on the to-do pile, but now there’s so many of them, and they’re all kind of linked in weird ways. The stories and concepts sound like something I could really get into, but truth be told, it’s all a little daunting.

A PS4 and Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Collection would be a nice, tidy way to entice newbs like myself to the series. Maybe they could be grouped by character: an Altair collection, an Ezio collection, a Whoever The Other Ones Are collection. Not having played them, I’m not sure how well that might work, but some kind of pack featuring a few core games might help fence-sitters and long-time fans alike jump into the next-gen Animus.

Destroy all humans

Destroy All Humans!
Invading aliens is a pretty standard scenario, but it’s only horrifying if you look at it from the perspective of the humans being enslaved. The invaders are probably having the time of their lives. Destroy All Humans embraced that idea, letting players step into the moon boots of Crypto, a representative of the planet Furon come to harvest humans for their DNA.

From the height of the UFO craze in the 1950s, to the swinging 60s, you trash cities in your flying saucer and unleash disintegration rays and anal probes on the pathetic human population, all with the morbid joy of a kid with a magnifying glass and an anthill. It was crazy good fun, and we want more.

Unfortunately, it began to peter out pretty quickly: only the first two of the four games were really worth playing. The third, Big Willy Unleashed, was a stripped back, ugly-looking Wii game, and the last, Path of the Furon, looked amazing on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but was a buggy, unfinished mess.

A Definitive Edition of the first two would definitely help rinse that bad taste out of fans’ mouths. Hi-def destruction and mayhem on an intergalactic scale? Beam us up!

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Lemmings
They sure don’t look it, but the Lemmings are gaming’s most badass characters. Life, death, whatever, they just don’t care. Nobody else has ever had such a reckless indifference towards their own survival, and failure in puzzle games is rarely punished with the extinction of a species.

The little green-haired guys performed their death march throughout the 90s, across pretty much every platform known to mankind, but they’ve been in hibernation for ages now, and we miss them. They reappeared in 2006 in a kinda-sorta remake for the PSP, which was later ported over to PS3, but that was still eight years ago. It’s due for a reremake by now.

Lemmings would actually feel right at home on handheld devices, with the touchscreens on both the 3DS and Vita making for tactile input. It could even, maybe, be squished down for the iPad.

Do you agree with our choices? What else would you like to see remastered for the new generation?

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14 Comments

  1. ArithonUK

    You can all of those games (bar lemmings) in HD. Buy a PC. They don’t need to be “remastered” they were in “HD”. Half-Life 2 was available in resolutions higher than 1080p in 2004. In fact Titanfall (the big XBone “exclusive” – also available on PC) uses the Half-Life 2 graphics engine. Which is why the game looks like a 7 year old PC title.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Ekona

    ResiEvil would be superb. Give me a collection containing 1, 2 and Nem and I’d be very happy indeed.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. polygem

    Medievil (yes, another one!) and Eternal Darkness

    P L E A S E ! ! !

    #3 8 months ago
  4. fightclubdoll

    From 2 console generations back (Original Xbox), I’d want:
    Psychonauts
    Jade Empire
    Voodoo Vince
    Knights of the Old Republic
    an Oddworld games collection
    a Wallace and Gromit games collection, too.
    a Tak games trilogy… (whatever happened to that franchise, anyway?)
    …And I wouldn’t mind a Spongebob games collection, as well.
    (Xbox 360 already delivered Beyond Good & Evil HD and Fable Anniversary, so I’m skipping those.)

    #4 8 months ago
  5. mja

    Medievil & Medievil 2

    thanks @polygem
    Medievil is a great game.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. polygem

    @mja: oh yes it is!

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Dog4life

    Rather then few texture resolution updates , i would love see some old titles shine with new and “nextgen” graphical engine !

    #7 8 months ago
  8. zoopdeloop

    @Dog4life
    +1
    Remaking/remastering games from the 7th generation or even some of 6th is pointless and unnecessary.
    IMO old time classics need this treatment especially from developers who along with their franchises already are declining . eg Capcom/Resident Evil, Square-Enix/Final Fantasy.Drop the new installments for a few years,go back and remake those old time classics while they will be reminded what made them good

    I know a lot of people who find FF6,FF7 ,REsident Evil interesting in every aspect but in this time and age they can’t bare the outdated graphics and so they pass.
    Remaking those games sure is a risk and they may eventually disappoint some fans…those can always stick to the originals

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Blackened Halo

    the most useless list I have ever seen …those games are awesome as they are …we dont need remakes, we need new games !!

    and please stop acting like the nextgen consoles were something ground-breaking or something ..my god, half year passed since their releases and already now their content has to be edited because PC beats them …

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Judicas

    There already is a half life remake, Black Mesa

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    @fightclubdoll “Jade Empire” Yes please! I know Bioware had said it would revisit it at some point again, but that was when the Doctors were still with the company. Who knows what will happen now.

    I would also like to add to your list of original Xbox titles Armed & Dangerous. I had so much fun with that game, but never got to finish it because I rented it, and it was always out when I went back.

    Since Planet Moon was bought by Bigpoint and shuttered with all employees enveloped within the company I am sure it will never happen. Granted, since Planet Moon’s IPs weren’t bought along with the studio deal, it’s possible Lucas Arts (US publisher) could have owned the IP. If that is the case, it most certainly won’t happen under Disney.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Revelate

    Half Life already has HD and remastered version – Black Mesa.
    AC in HD – lol wut?

    #12 8 months ago
  13. bradk825

    I want to voice my support of those who said “Jade Empire.”

    Half-Life with all the expansions would be awesome to play again. I played them all on PC, then played Half-Life on PS2 in later years.

    Lemmings! YES! That would be a fantastic downloadable. I would love that.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Unlimax

    Parasite Eve should always receive the remake / HD treatment , that game was so great that even it has one of the best story / gameplay / cinematic cutscenes i have ever seen in a Videogame
    There’s also many many great titles deserve this .. but PE is absolutely and always NO.1 on the list imo

    #14 8 months ago

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    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]