A rat in the mouth, a pull of the hair, a trip through the bizarre world of D4

Before I talk about the beginning of the D4 demo at E3, about the middle and the bizarre pull it displays in a way that only creative director Swery seems able to manage, I need to talk about the end. The last thing I did in the brief D4 demo at Microsoft's Xbox showcase at this year's E3 was grab a woman in a sexy costume by her hair and pull her off of a table. This isn't the emotional exaggeration it might be in other games, as D4 is an Xbox One exclusive Kinect title. I literally reached forward with my right arm, closed my fist, and pulled back. I did this because I was instructed to. Ten minutes earlier, "I" woke up as David, a former Boston police detective with a recently murdered and pregnant wife — so, off to a disappointingly cliché'd start. I get the influences that D4...


Two GOG sales cut prices on Fez, The Banner Saga, Spelunky, more is offering two concurrent promotions with deep discounts on a variety of games from major publishers and indies such as Fez, Alan Wake and Spelunky, the digital distribution platform announced today. To mark St. Patrick's Day, the "Luck of the Irish" sale allows customers to put together their own five-game bundles from a selection of 25 titles that are discounted by as much as 90 percent. Any or all of the five choices in the bundle can be a "Pot of Gold," in which GOG will randomly select a game that isn't listed among the 25 options. The deals on that list include Mossmouth's Spelunky for $3 (regularly $14.99), Facepalm Games' The Swapper for $3 (reg. $14.99), Polytron's Fez for $2 (reg. $9.99) and Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake for $3 (reg. $29.99). At the same time,...


Deadly Premonition PC version modded to add display options

The Windows PC version of Deadly Premonition doesn't live up to the visual potential of the platform — in its default state, it's locked at a resolution of 1280x720 — but a hastily developed mod is already available to fix that drawback. Developer and publisher Rising Star Games released Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut on PC yesterday with no options to tweak display settings or resolution, Steam users reported. Mod developer Peter Thoman, who is known by the moniker "Durante" online, quickly put together a mod for the game that allows players to change rendering and resolution settings. He posted a screenshot of the Director's Cut running at 2560x1600 (full image below) along with the "DPfix" mod, which can be downloaded here. "This is the 0.1 alpha release, so don't expect...


Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut coming to Steam on Halloween

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut will arrive on Steam for Windows PC Nov. 1 for North America and Oct. 31 for Europe, according to its Steam page. Publisher Rising Star Games announced Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut's addition to Steam Greenlight in July, saying "our vocal fans have been calling for a PC version of this game, so using Steam Greenlight gives those fans the chance to make a difference." The game past Valve's vetting process and was approved for sale on its distribution platform later that month, alongside Iron Galaxy Studios' fighting game, Divekick and Plastic Piranha's first-person shooter, Rekoil. Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut's Windows PC release features overhauled high definition graphics, a revamped control system and downloadable content....


Viscera Cleanup Detail, Satellite Reign, 13 more pass Steam Greenlight

Valve has passed 15 more titles through Steam Greenlight, bringing the total number of games approved through the service up to 160, the company announced today. Among the new batch are horror janitorial simulation Viscera Cleanup DetaiI, Kent Hudson's The Novelist, current Kickstarter project 7 Days to Die and Satellite Reign, the Syndicate-inspired strategy game funded through Kickstarter last month. Other titles include: the re-release of Trilobyte Games' The 7th Guest, FunSmith's Crashtastic, zombie apocalypse survival game The Dead Linger, SWAT team-based real time strategy game Door Kickers, INFRA, god game Maia, fantasy action game Nekro, Paranomal, post-plane crash survival game Stranded Deep, Strike Vector and Wayfarer: The Outer Reaches. The previous batch of Greenlight...


Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut review: bizarre noir

I spent most of my time in Greenvale traveling, meeting odd characters and finding clues Deadly Premonition is styled like a third-person shooter, but action is sparse. I spent most of my time in Greenvale's open-world environment traveling, meeting odd characters and finding clues that advanced the story. The developer is smart to focus on the living world it creates, and the first few hours I spent interacting with the odd characters deepened the mystery and established my ability to set the pace of advancement. Deadly Premonition's structure reserves shooting for linear dungeons placed at key narrative points. Aiming bolts York's feet to the floor, but enemies offer little challenge. The clumsy undead are more like speed bumps than threats. Despite its ease, these...


Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut trailer sets the physiological horror tone

The trailer for Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut reintroduces gamers to the upcoming physiological horror game which first launched in 2010. The game's creator, Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro, told Polygon that he treated The Director's Cut as a new project, and that he wants to satisfy the cult fans and draw in new ones with the game's upcoming release. The relaunch was first announced March last year and is slated for release on April 30 for PlayStation 3. It includes PlayStation Move functionality which will help with gun battles. In February, Polygon interviewed Suehiro, where he discussed the development struggles and future prospects of Deadly Premonition.


Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut pre-orders include DLC

Pre-orders for Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, an expanded remake of a game that holds the Guinness World Record for being the Most Critically Polarizing Survival Horror Game, will include bonus DLC, according to a press release from publisher Rising Star Games. Pre-orders for the $39.99 game will be available through its April 30 release date at "participating retailers," including Amazon and GameStop. Details are scant, with Rising Star Games' press release describing it as "downloadable content so plush, that Agent York (and Zach) will feel like their investigation in the small country town of Greenvale just turned into a vacation." It could be tropical-themed clothing. It could be a turkey, strawberry and cereal sandwich. We don't know, so we've reached out to Rising Star...


How to sell coffee ... and design a successful indie game

Hidetaka Suehiro — aka Swery, the director of cult hit Deadly Premonition — took the stage at today's BitSummit conference in Kyoto to advise Japanese independent developers on how to create successful games. It's like opening a coffee shop, Swery said, pointing to a PowerPoint projected at the rear of the stage. His advice was divided into four parts. 1) Selecting the beans According to Swery, many Japanese indie developers tend to stick to the same types of games they made at traditional studios. He thinks this decision is counterintuitive, pitting the lone developer against full-size teams operating fueled by larger budgets. "You're independent now," said Swery. "Be more creative." He pointed to Unfinished Swan, Journey and Sword & Sworcery as examples of Western indie games...


The Sinner's Sandwich: Deadly Premonition's creator on making a good bad game

Like a more obscure Shigeru Miyamoto or Ken Levine, Suehiro (aka Swery65, aka Swery) has done his share of taking pictures with fans and autographing game boxes on his latest trip to America to promote the upcoming director's cut re-release of his cult classic, Deadly Premonition. But the sandwich is something new. It comes from one of Deadly Premonition's utterly bizarre yet infectiously memorable scenes. Halfway through the game, FBI agent Francis York Morgan — just call him York; everybody does — witnesses a mystifying lunchtime ritual. The eccentric, wheelchair-bound Harry Stewart — one of the key suspects in the game's murder mystery — orders a sandwich consisting of turkey, strawberry jam and cereal stuffed between two pieces of bread. "Sounds like the Sinner's Sandwich," York...

Deadly Premonition Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 02/17/2010
    • Publisher Ignition Entertainment
    • Developer Access Games
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