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Destiny's latest patch notes are a disaster in terms of communication photo
Destiny's latest patch notes are a disaster in terms of communication
by Chris Carter

Man, Bungie.

Now instead of a collective of the community being angry at Destiny's glitches and issues, you have pissed pretty much everyone off right before the launch of the expansion. It's something that could have easily been avoided with better communication -- a lesson a lot of other people in the online/MMO space have learned with experience.

So what went wrong?

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4:30 PM on 12.03.2014

Poll: Final Fantasy VII most wanted remake, Dragon Quest V favorite PlayStation game

Sony surveyed 10,000 Japanese PlayStation fans (via Gematsu) of all ages to decide the best PlayStation game over the past 20 years and Dragon Quest V took the top spot (Final Fantasy VII the second spot). Among res...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 12.03.2014

This is Saints Row: Gat out of Hell's musical number

"It's a whimsical, weird fucking game," former Volition creative director Steve Jaros said of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell when I spoke with him about the Disney-inspired standalone expansion. It's true: there's a musical num...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 12.03.2014

Because Australia: Target to stop selling GTA V down under

Anyone that knows anything about the videogame scene in Australia is well aware that the land down under has strict content regulations and often times outright bans titles. Yet another videogame has been deemed unfit for the...

Brett Makedonski





12:45 PM on 12.03.2014

Looks like Resogun is also coming to PS3

Housemarque's arcade shooter Resogun was the first PlayStation 4 game I played and, a year later, I still think that was the right choice; someone had to save those humans and it might as well have been me. Did they all survi...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 12.03.2014

That PS3 to PS4 upgrade program for FFXIV has been extended

In an effort to bring more people into the current era of consoles, Square Enix offered a special program that would allow players to upgrade their PS3 copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to the PS4. This process w...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 12.03.2014

Metal Gear Solid 4 will soon be downloadable on PS3

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is coming to PSN at long last, Konami announced today. After launching on PlayStation 3 more than six years ago, Hideo Kojima's vaunted stealth game will return to the system as a...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Payday doesn't have much to be thankful for in its Christmas carol

Crime doesn't have a slow season. You strike when opportunity presents itself. If that means getting your ass out of bed on Christmas morning and proverbially crossing the Delaware River, you do it. But, all that doesn't mea...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 AM on 12.02.2014

Final Fantasy XIV is getting a free trial program for the PS3 and PS4

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn currently has a free trial period program on the PC, which allows you to play for 14 days with some restrictions, like a level 20 cap and a cap of 20,000 gil. But Japan is about to expand the...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 12.02.2014

Destiny 1.1 patches exotics, resource collection

After dragging its feet for a few months fixing guns that were basically broken at launch, Bungie has released one of the biggest updates yet for Destiny. A great deal of Exotic weapons have been overhauled and fixed, making ...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 12.02.2014

Here are nearly 80 Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice screenshots

Another Telltale game, another set of screenshots. I'm still ambivalent about the oil paint aesthetic used in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series. Some shots look fantastic, and others are blurry messes with weird kaleido...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series: Iron From Ice photo
Review: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series: Iron From Ice
by Darren Nakamura

The War of the Five Kings might be one of the bleakest collections of events in A Song of Ice and Fire, the series on which HBO's and Telltale's Game of Thrones is based. The entire continent of Westeros is at war, heroes are slain, villains rise to power, and it is around this point that many readers and viewers finally accept that everything will probably not be okay (to put it lightly).

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series takes place toward the end of the conflict, but that does not mean everyone is safe. The kingdom is undergoing a restructuring of sorts, and those who were allied with the losing factions walk a thin line between loyalty and destruction. House Forrester of Ironrath in the North is one such clan, caught up in a conflict much greater than itself, struggling just to survive.

[Note: spoilers for the source material and events during the prologue of this episode are present in this review. Proceed with caution if you have not yet finished A Storm of Swords (Book Three) or Season Three of the HBO series.]

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2:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series out tomorrow, watch the trailer

We first heard that Telltale would be working on a Game of Thrones adventure game almost a year ago at VGX, and now the wait to see how it turned out is almost over. This launch trailer shows a bit more than the teaser we sa...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 12.01.2014

If you see this armor in Call of Duty, you're gonna die

Sledgehammer's making sure that the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players stick out like a sore thumb. That way, you'll be slightly consoled when you have the worst game of your life. Or, you won't feel guilty when ...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 PM on 11.30.2014

This cancelled Dirty Harry game was a wonderful, terrible idea

Back in the mid-2000s, Warner Bros. was planning on bringing Clint Eastwood's iconic, brutality-friendly policeman Dirty Harry back to life in videogame form on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, and even the DS. Eastwood had agree...

Jonathan Holmes





7:00 AM on 11.28.2014

PSN's Black Friday flash sale is a tad underwhelming

PlayStation Network has some great sales. In general, I mean. Not today. There are some sales, just not particularly great ones. They're a little disappointing, really, it being Black Friday and all. This "holiday" always giv...

Kyle MacGregor

8:30 PM on 11.26.2014

MGSV: The Phantom Pain's online mode will debut at The Game Awards

Next week is looking to be a pretty exciting time for gaming. With The Game Awards showing off world premieres of upcoming titles, and the PlayStation Experience doing the same, it's definitely going to be a busy and eventful...

Alessandro Fillari



Why I love The Last of Us multiplayer, in a nutshell photo
Why I love The Last of Us multiplayer, in a nutshell
by Kyle MacGregor

We're outnumbered, down to our last pair of lives. The clock is ticking, it's as much of a threat to my team's survival as the four armed men bearing down on our position. I don't like our chances, not one bit, but moments like this, they're the reason I play the game.

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2:30 PM on 11.26.2014

Of course: Call of Duty puts Exo suits on zombies for DLC

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare saw a shift in the franchise toward faster and more vertical gameplay. This was a change that was mostly praised. But, how can Sledgehammer include the fan-favorite zombies in the game? Th...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut free with PS Plus in December

A whole new audience is about to experience the delightful oddities of Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut (PS3) once it joins PlayStation Plus. They don't know what they're in for, Zach. Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3), which inc...

Jordan Devore

4:30 AM on 11.26.2014

Destiny's new DLC is 'sexy' 'awesome' 'bacon' says horrible trailer

"Boom, daddy's home." "Call me when you level up, bro" "This is like a-Sasquatch-and-a-unicorn-had-a-baby exotic." Please stick to over serious trailers. I've made a point to ignore Destiny because I know it ain't ...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Why is Ryu a wolf in the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV DLC?

The Misfits have a song called Demonmania (pronounced Deh-EE-Mono-Mee-Ah). In the song, Glenn Danzig clearly sings the words "Look upon me, I am a bee... My mother was a wolf... My father was a wolf." That's what it sounds li...

Jonathan Holmes

1:15 PM on 11.25.2014

Catch a jaunty tune (and an elbow to the grill) in this Tales from the Borderlands trailer

Telltale titles and Borderlands are almost polar opposites. One has you constantly making tough, game-altering decisions. The other only asks that you decide between shooting everything and dying. (Hint: you defini...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 AM on 11.25.2014

Here are more than 100 Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum screenshots

I take lots of screenshots. It's just something I do. The signature cel-shaded art style of the Borderlands series lends itself to grabbing sharp, colorful screens of crazy weapons, breathtaking vistas, and intense cutsc...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions photo
Review: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
by Brett Makedonski

Geometry Wars games have always been, in a sense, one-dimensional. They present the player with the seemingly simple task of "shoot everything in sight," and that's the sole objective apart from staying alive. The onslaught of flying colors and booming music molds the experience, but the core remains uncomplicated. For many, that's enough to be held in the highest regard when discussing twin-stick shooters.

In 2008, the heralded Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 vastly and competently iterated upon its predecessor. It added a handful of new modes, each one legitimately fun and addictive in its own right. But more importantly, it fueled sincere and passionate competition across online leaderboards -- a social dynamic that few games since have been able to recapture. In many ways, it was the perfect game.

All hyperbole aside, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions makes Retro Evolved 2's efforts look puny by comparison. It adds depth in so many more ways than just literally, but never strays from the formula that makes Geometry Wars incredibly lovable. It's certainly the most ambitious and fully realized title in the series to date, and it's difficult to imagine a different take that would improve it. In many ways, it is the perfect game.

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How a little girl from Lebanon went on to develop games in Japan photo
How a little girl from Lebanon went on to develop games in Japan
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

Last week on Sup Holmes, we did a lot of stuff. First off, we launched a contest for a signed CD by famed Mega Man composer Manami Mastumae. You can still enter if you want. Check out the show for details. 

Fittingly enough, this week's guest was Mastumae-san's friend Dina Abou Karam, the community manager for Comcept (Mighty Number 9). Dina is my new definition of a hardcore gamer. Against all odds, her love of videogames has driven her down a life path that's been packed with unlikely and amazing events. From a little girl playing bootleg copies of JRPGs and gold farming in Final Fantasy VII to developing an autobiographical game about naked people in Japan and working for Mega Man cocreator Keiji Inafune, it's always been videogames for Dina. They are what excite her, motivate her, and fascinate her. Her passion is palpable and infectious. It's no wonder that Comcept chose her to be the online face of the company.

We talked about a lot of things -- Bayonetta 2's awesome design and mismatched marketing, Dina's first commercially released game (Plushed),  the first game she ever remembers playing (a weird monkey-infused version of Tetris), videogame enthusiast culture in Lebanon, and a lot more. I hope this isn't the last time Dina appears on the show. I imagine she'll be in this industry for a long time. It will be exciting to see what she creates next. 

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9:00 AM on 11.22.2014

Tales from the Borderlands behind the scenes video vaguely answers a question about Handsome Jack

Back when Tales from the Borderlands was first announced at last year's VGX, one of the questions that came up was, "Wait, why is Handsome Jack in the trailer if this occurs after the events of Borderlands 2? Shouldn't he be...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Destiny expansion video teases what players will find in The Dark Below

We have known for a little while that the first expansion to Destiny would be called The Dark Below, and that it would add a healthy-sounding chunk of content. Bungie has now released a trailer showing off the moon excavatio...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 AM on 11.21.2014

Want to watch a 12-minute Guilty Gear Xrd trailer?

For some games that have elaborate stories or lots of spoiler points, I tend to avoid any and all coverage if possible. I like going in completely blind, like the bosses of the Souls series for example. For oher titles,...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 11.20.2014

Jet Jaguar looks like a real pain in the ass in Godzilla

Am I going to have to import this Godzilla game for PlayStation 3, Bandai Namco? (Psst: That's your cue to announce its localization.) It's out in Japan on December 18, so ... Nothing? Waiting indefinitely for the game to po...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 11.20.2014

First look at Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series

Every time Telltale's Game of Thrones comes up, the prevailing comments are always the same: "When will we see what it looks like?" The answer to that question is "now," and the answer to the followup question is, "eh, it lo...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons

I didn't play 2007's Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, but I might play Bladestorm: Nightmare, an expanded version of the real-time tactics game for PS3, PS4, and Xbox One. The core remains the same -- you still side with ...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 11.19.2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' minimum PC specs

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prequel bit to Phantom Pain, is coming to Steam next month, December 18. Will you be able to play it? Appears I'd just be able to, according to the specs here, if my computer wasn't...

Steven Hansen

10:00 AM on 11.19.2014

The Jackbox Party Pack looks like it'll be fun with friends over

Jackbox Games (formerly Jellyvision Games) was responsible for my favorite quizshow videogame of all time -- You Don't Know Jack -- so I'm always anxious to see what they can do in the current era. Recently they've ...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 11.18.2014

See Resident Evil's freakish bio-organic weapons in high definition

Capcom has uploaded new screenshots from its high-definition Resident Evil remaster for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. There's a greater range of scenes and mutated enemies in this batch, including a Crimson Head, Lisa...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 11.18.2014

Rocksteady's really, really good at hiding Batman easter eggs

Across the Arkham titles, the developers have included at least two incredibly well-hidden easter eggs. Who could forget the one in Arkham Asylum that was so stashed away that Rocksteady itself had to reveal i...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 11.18.2014

Two years worth of work went into this Final Fantasy VII recreation in LittleBigPlanet

I love Final Fantasy VII as much as the next guy, unless the next guy is Jamie Colliver. More than two years ago we featured his work in LittleBigPlanet 2 as he had remade Final Fantasy VII up through the Temple of the Ancie...

Darren Nakamura





1:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks not so good on Xbox 360 and PS3

I completely forgot Monolith was working on last-generation ports of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The studio delayed the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game to ... today. It's available for a full $59.99...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition launch trailer will make you want to play Dragon Age

This launch trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't short on anything. It doesn't skimp on gorgeous shots of the expansive universe. It has plenty of the ferocious winged serpents that adorn the franchise's namesake. ...

Brett Makedonski



Review: LittleBigPlanet 3 photo
Review: LittleBigPlanet 3
by Chris Carter

Back in 2008, LittleBigPlanet was a staple in the Carter household for a good year. It was tough to put down as we earned a full 100% completion rate, and creating levels for each other was a joy. Floaty physics hate be damned, not every level was a Super Mario Bros. clone.

When the sequel hit though, it didn't have a whole lot that was new about it to entice us further, and it fell by the wayside. Similarly, LittleBigPlanet 3 doesn't shake things up from the core formula, but the sheer commitment to keeping the level-building platform intact after all these years is something special.

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