News Snatch: Super Hang-On, Fez On Vita, Deus Ex On Wii U And Sexist Publishers

Activision have released a launch trailer for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, the game is out Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U in North America today and lands here on Friday.

It’s looking a bit better than before, still rather brown but there again so is the television show.


Amusingly, the trailer still has the truck driving towards a sun that, as indicated by the decreasing shadow length, is only about 10 metres in front of the truck but for some reason the video has been mirrored.

Reasons to love Capcom: They are publishing Remember Me, a game that certain publishers turned down for a ridiculous reason.

“We had some that said, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because it’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that,’ revealed creative director Jean-Max Morris.

Hey publishers, whats been at number one in the charts for two weeks? Oh yes, it’s Tomb Raider.

“We wanted to be able to tease Nilin’s private life,” continued Morris, “And that means for instance, at one point, we wanted a scene where she was kissing a guy. We had people tell us, ‘You can’t have a dude like the player kiss another dude in the game, that’s going to feel awkward’.”

Utterly, utterly ridiculous.

Staying with the ridiculous, American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest has announced Draw Something 2 via Twitter.

Sega Japan have announced two bona fide classic arcade titles rebooted for the 3DS. The first, Space Harrier, is already out and joining it will be the superb arcade racer, Super Hang-On.

The PlayStation Vita seems to have found its purpose in life, indie games. The latest title to court the dinky console is FEZ, co-creator Phil Fish said “We’re working with Sony on bringing FEZ to PSN and VITA.”

That does not mean the game is confirmed for the console but at least talks are happening.

A NeoGAF poster spotted this when he viewed his trophies, a PS Vita symbol beside Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Previously Konami have said there will be no Vita version so it’s probably just a glitch.

The other day we revealed that God Of War: Ascension was to be patched to make certain trials a little easier. Sony Santa Monica have clarified the patch details by saying that “The Trials of Archimedes will still be HARD on HARD, we are tweaking primarily for Normal, so to all, you can still have it the HARD WAY.”

At last, some good news for Wii U owners, assuming you count the release of a game that is over a year and half old. Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut has been listed for Wii U by Amazon alongside an official pack shot.

I did start writing about the announcement of a next gen lighting engine for the PS4 as other sites have covered it, but I lost the will to live half way through. We’ll show off games that use the fancy new lighting though. If and when.

Biting Elbows – ‘Bad Motherfucker’ (Insane Office Escape 2) from Ilya Naishuller on Vimeo.

And Finally, a real life version of an FPS, utterly bonkers and very NSFW thanks to lots of violence.



  1. That is a bullcrap. Why should the sex of the main character determine if they will support it or not? A well written lead will help the game regardless of sex. Just look at Lara. That said, i’m more likely to buy a game if a female lead is involved as long as she has a nice arse. :P You were all thinking it. ;) Do they really think gamers will freak out if they see the main character kiss a man? No, they won’t. The film industry knows that female leads are viable. Just look at Salt, Alien and other films that have female leads.

    I predict that TWD:SI is shit as we’ve heard naff all about it and Acti has a bad habit of buying the rights to an IP and releasing a half arsed game, without bothering to market it.

    Did Lord Hattiberg ask for a port of his game on the Wii U? ^-^

    The Wii U needs to get third party games that are not ports of games that were released years ago as people are less inclined to get the Wii U version if it’s been out for more then a year.

  2. Draw Something 2?
    What can possibly be added to that game that can’t be added via an update?
    Zynga do like their money don’t they.

  3. This last video, does that show the latest dlc for DOA5?

    • It’s an extremely clever video that takes the piss out of FPS games, face-diving in to boobs and all.

    • I don’t think any stereotypical FPS is as even action packed as that lol. If that was turned into an FPS, I would buy it. Balls out fun haha.

  4. that video was awesome.
    feels like something Jason Statham would be starring in.

    i was wondering if those two women in the thumbnail would actually appear or if they were just in the thumbnail, i’ve seen a few youtube videos do that to get views.

    and further proof, if it were needed, that much of the games industry is still not very progressive.
    you can’t have a game that stars a woman?
    i’d love to know what idiot said that, and them beat them about the head with a copy of Tomb Raider. o_O
    and two men kissing would make people feel awkward?
    bigots maybe, and frankly, to hell with them.

  5. The trials of arch on God of war have made me hate the game, I mean I’m not complaining about how hard it is, I have played harder but the fact that you get no Health orbs after completing first floor man that’s suicide.

  6. Don’t forget the brilliant & cheap DLC quest got released yesterday on steam. £1.59 of DLC piss take goodness. Short but i enjoyed every second.

  7. Complains about sexism in video game publishing, inserts video at bottom of article featuring large breasts.

    Never change Tuffcub, we love you.

    • That’s an unfortunate still image, for 99% of the video breasts are not a feature, and where they are they are in a comical “ooh! Bosoms!” way they are in games.

  8. The thing with the gender of the lead is quite a valid concern, though. Tomb Raider is not just an exception to the rule, but also a long standing and much beloved franchise, so it already has a strong market presence and will get the attention from its existing status.

    The point that’s being made is really about creating new IPs with female leads, where this is still very much the exception rather than the rule. For every Mirror’s Edge or Heavenly Sword there are countless games with a bloke as the lead, and isn’t it funny how ME and HS didn’t sell well enough to get the sequels they really deserve? Whilst we’ve had trilogies for Gears of War, Uncharted, Dead Space etc. etc.?

    That’s before you get on to how how the vast majority of this vast majority of male leads are all white…

    • So how did Tomb Raider get at the love it got back when it didn’t have a long standing franchise to build upon? :P

      I do agree that the gender of the lead character still influences the sales of some games but unless there are more devs who really push these ridiculous boundries that shouldn’t even be there, nothing changes.
      So hats off to Capcom who were “bold” enough to publish the game.
      In my opinion, people who don’t buy a game due to the gender of the lead character might as well stop being gamers. I’d love them to name the publishers who refused to publish the game just so they can get the flak they deserve from the internet. :)

  9. Remember Me looks fantastic, and frankly any publisher that has turned it down on such ridiculous grounds deserves no success whatsoever. Hopefully the success (again) of Tomb Raider will remind publishers that female leads work well, with the only requirement being that the game itself plays well.

    Why on earth has Square Enix ported Deus Ex? I played it on 360, then on PS3 thanks to PS+, but whilst it is a good game unless they’ve rewritten the boss segments and added off-TV play (which they apparently haven’t) then I can’t see the purpose of it beyond mopping up a limited number of Nintendo addicts that haven’t had the chance to play it… It’s failure will probably give Square Enix and Eidos all the reason to abandon any other releases on the platform.

    • I’m guessing the porting doesn’t require a huge team so raking in the sales of people who have not had the possibility to experience this fantastic game on the PS3, Xbox 360 or the PC might even be enough to cover their spendings.

      • Hmm, I can’t imagine that Straight Right’s conversion could be that cheap and with the current low install base of Wii U owners, who though starved of new releases they might be, still seem like a small demographic to aim for…

  10. That Bad Mofo vid is great! Cheers for the linkage!

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