Black Ops pre-orders surpassing those for Modern Warfare 2 at GameStop

Friday, 8 October 2010 16:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


GameStop has announced pre-order sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops are outperforming those of Modern Warfare 2.

According to the chain’s SVP of merchandising, Bob McKenzie, the title has seen “all-time, record reservations” and are ahead of where Modern Warfare 2 was this time last year, a title which “previously set the industry standard”.

Back in July, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said his retail contacts claimed Black Ops pre-orders were accumulating faster than Modern Warfare 2, and he predicated the game could sell 12 million units during the holiday season alone.

Wilson also said CoD titles always set a sales record upon release, with each respective game doing better than the previous one in the series.

Black Ops is due for release on November 9 for PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

Thanks, IGN.


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  1. Razor


    #1 5 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    how is this possible!!??

    Seriously i am not meaning to bash MW2 here but HOW!!??

    I thought everything had a peak moment and surely for this franchise it was MW2. How can this be done!?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    With this shit, FPS titles in the future will be like Guitar Hero and Rock Band… where no one wants them at all.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. reask

    Yeah but this game is been bought for the online.
    I mean the kids love it.

    I am looking forward to it myself and I am certainly no kid but It is just good fun to play online.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Massiveslag

    The big question is, given that it’s likely to do 12 mil+ sales in the ‘holiday period’, will Acti do exactly what the did with the last steaming turd of a CoD game and ramp up the price to £50, because they know that mewling ten year olds and their equally disgusting parents will pay up?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    The most embarassing thing that it is just 8th October. So basically Preorders will go UP. 31 days till release date. Sheesh.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. adame_bikar

    I remember I was angry about the MW2 fuss,untill i played it.the game deserved had memorable moments.I can’t blame people for loving this franchise.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. PwnedHaxor

    Im only getting it day one because of the Zombie mode. But MP looks sick to me.

    Dont know why there is so much hate about this game. I guess because of Acti.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor


    #9 5 years ago
  10. spiderLAW

    Look, it doesn’t make sense to us true gamers for this franchise to sell so freakin well while other great games that are better or just as good sell so little. We love all sorts of games and feel that that 12 million is sort of undeserving when there are equally as good to better games out there but here’s the thing…the majority of console owners are not true gamers. They buy the consoles as a side entertainment, as the “look what I got”, and as something to do when they are bored. Call of Duty is the most universal name in gaming right now so of course the non-true-gamers are going to buy this game over something like Castlevania or Bioshock so that they can play with friends and family on occasion and remain in the now/in/hip/cool/popular (lemmings). Mix them in with hardcore gamers that buy every game that comes out and mix that in with the semi devoted gamers that buy all the AAA titles and you got one massive hit of a game.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    @10 – i agree entirely i’m just dumbfounded how they could potentially best MW2 in sales? O__O

    MW2 was a true sequel to the game that kicked off the CoD craze, it was practically the dark knight for gaming in terms of media and hype.

    Black Ops tho? It hasn’t got any of that on its side and heck i think Black Ops looks like a better game =/

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @10 Can’t say better.

    But can’t do something with myself too. I’m going to buy Black Ops probably and will be dissapointed again. AGAIN for F sake.

    It’s just this franchise is so overrated… If only these preorders could justify it’s game than no problem.

    @AHA-Lambda, “MW2 was a true sequel to the game that kicked off the CoD craze, it was practically the dark knight for gaming in terms of media and hype.”

    Acti said that they are going to spend money on the Black Ops marketing much more than the MW2.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Fantastic

    Every fucking time a CoD game sells, a little piece of me dies inside.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @13 Well sir, you can live for 31 days and few hours :D try to do something cool in your life :D until your time will arrive.

    #14 5 years ago

    Look, it doesn’t make sense to us whingey haters for this franchise to sell so freakin well while other great games that are better in our minority opinion or just as good sell so little.


    Haters keep hating,

    Gamers keep gaming.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of MW2… but at least I sort of got where the excitement was coming from for it. But Black Ops? Just not seeing it. Infinity Ward were one thing, Treyarch quite another.

    That said, my Brother (casual-ish gamer) was really excited about this because he said that Bungie were developing it rather than Treyarch. Not entirely sure how he got that one in his head, I guess it had something to do with Bungie signing with Activision.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    “Acti said that they are going to spend money on the Black Ops marketing much more than the MW2.”

    yea i remember but does just putting more adverts out mean getting back up to 20m+ sales? MW2 was in such a unique position that i dont think can be easily replicated just by their marketing alone (which so far hasn’t got into full swing yet admittedly) that is why this has left me literally flabbergasted

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Dralen

    @10 That was spot on.

    I hate myself for buying all the different games out there, especially this game, which I WILL get because I have to play everything. As spiderLAW said; there are alot better games out there, but the Call of Duty games are the “cool” games to get.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    You could just… not buy it.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @15, “Fixed.

    Haters keep hating,

    Gamers keep gaming.

    Fratboy, just get the fuck out of here. CoD gamers are typical: “Dude, so like me, and the guys were like” *drinks some beer* “playing Call Of duty the other night…”

    you know about gaming nothing. Go play your multiplayer games in your cave with your online douchebags and shut up.

    #20 5 years ago


    This sort of basic logic seems to be beyond these people, Michael.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Michael O’Connor

    @21 Apparently.

    I have little respect for the publisher and little interest in the developers, or the franchise. So I simply don’t buy the game.

    People are making it sound like buying this game is required for acceptance amongst their own peers or something. If that’s the case… I really don’t know what to say.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. manamana


    / playing just one last round BFBC2.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. reask

    Just wondering what someone needs to know about gaming Erth?
    I mean isn’t that why there called games?
    You play them and have fun,or not.
    Quite simple I would have thought.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. spiderLAW

    What’s wrong with you man? There was absolutely nothing wrong with what i said in that comment at all. You don’t have to feel offended by it at all. I enjoy call of duty and in FACT I have commented saying that i want Black Ops on day 1 while you have not been seen commenting on any of the Black Ops articles lately.

    Truth is, there are still other games that have had more put into them. There has been better games with far much more to offer than any COD games has (and I legitimately reach level 70 10th prestige myself) but they never see anything even close to the sales that COD has. I’m not saying that COD shouldn’t sell well, because it should really (I’ve owned every COD since the 1st one that was a PC exclusive) sell well but it does not deserve 12 million while other games that are just as good or better sell less than, close to, or barely above 1 million.

    I will be buying it but that wont stop me from buying other great games like Castlevania, MOH, Fable 3 (maybe), Rock Band 3, Crysis 2, Killzone 3, LBP2, GT5 etc etc etc….while some people will ignore those great games because they are going to buy only COD. Thats where it all doesnt make sense.

    Dont be a brat Giga. I was in no way trying to dis your beloved COD franchise.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Michael O’Connor

    @25 He gets offended easily when his beloved franchise is criticised.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. ThePlatypus

    If I do buy it, I’m buying it preowned fuck giving Activision money

    #27 5 years ago
  28. ivycrew707

    I honestly have over 10-15 people out of about 40 who I’ve never seen pop in another game on their system except MW2. Its all they play, and thats on ps3. But the 12 million will be one short this time around….its loads of fun but has given me the Mario effect, looking and feeling the same title after title

    #28 5 years ago
  29. EscoBlades

    Oh treyballs…

    *goes back to not giving a crap*

    #29 5 years ago


    Ok, sorry, I didn’t mean to pick on you in particular, it’s just that I’m finding it difficult to understand why, after almost an entire year, almost every CoD story has an immediate flood of whinging comments.

    I mean… “Every time a CoD game sells, a little piece of me dies inside.“!?!?


    It’s as if people enjoy making themselves feel bad so much that they do it on purpose…

    ‘Oh, what’s this? A CoD story? Let me read it, so I can feel annoyed at how much more successful it’s becoming! Grrrr….’

    And as for how much CoD deserves to sell, well in all honesty, I don’t see why the so-called better games can’t do better.

    It’s definitely not just because of peer pressure, or because CoD is the latest teen craze.

    MW2 is a top quality game. It has some seriously terrible flaws, but what it does well, it does better than any other game in it’s genre.

    That’s why every other FPS tries to be like it, and why even racing devs are calling it’s name out to try and sell their game.

    There are other good games, but let’s face it, most of them just don’t have a ‘must buy’ appeal. Not only that, but most other good games give you 50 hours or so, then there isn’t really a draw to come back.

    Right now, CoD has that draw, which is why it’s selling, and why people are still playing it every night. So when other devs can figure out a way to make competing games which are as addictive, CoD will eventually fade into the background.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Erthazus

    “‘Oh, what’s this? A CoD story? Let me read it, so I can feel annoyed at how much more successful it’s becoming! Grrrr….’”

    It’s related to games. People read NEWS about games because they are interested in them and whats happening in the gaming industry. People comment because they want to do it and they have an opinion on that.

    “Right now, CoD has that draw, which is why it’s selling, and why people are still playing it every night. So when other devs can figure out a way to make competing games which are as addictive, CoD will eventually fade into the background.”

    The most addictive game is not the best in it’s genre.
    I play World Of Warcraft. Sure it’s a legend, but compared to few new gems it’s NOT the best MMORPG game in the MMORPG genre no matter how you dance around it.
    If someone addicted it’s their problem that people sit on one CRACK.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. manamana


    / smokes just another round BFBC2

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    @32 Are you playing on the PC? :D If so tell me your steam and we can kick each others ass :D

    #33 5 years ago
  34. night_tripper

    im getting the black ops hardened edition i will be enjoying the zombie co op the single player and of course multiplayer and enjoying myself and there is a reason why it is selling people enjoy call of duty games and this case its treyarch doing this game not pathetic infinity ward. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest that it is selling well i hope it goes up by another 5 million or so people want this game obviously it will mean more people to play co op and regular multiplayer with i just laugh at all the pathetic whining.I don’t really care myself that activision is the publisher if a game is a good game and i enjoy it the publisher of the game is no concern to me.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. manamana

    @Erthazus sorry I’m on XBL. But maybe I will get this also for PS3 since some pals wont leave PSN. God, than I have to start it all over again …

    #35 5 years ago
  36. night_tripper

    The fact is most gamers out there who have either ps3,xbox,pc or all of them don’t give a shit about what publisher is behind the game they just want a good game to enjoy and couldn’t care less about the whining and bitching about EA or ACTIVISION

    #36 5 years ago
  37. spiderLAW

    This is the best platinum trophy to get. Demoliton man is the only trophy that gave me trouble. That Demolition Man trophy was a bitch.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Dralen

    @27 That’s a frigging amazing idea!!!

    #38 5 years ago
  39. The Hindle

    Ive said it before, ill say it again COD is at the top right now in terms of sales, quality, and when youre at the top, the cool thing to do for some people who want to stand out is to say oh its shit etc.

    MW and MW 2 have raised the bar for what can be done in a fps and nothing comes close. Will Black Ops be better then MW or MW 2? I doubt it but it will still sell more then any fps this year Count on it.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Crysis

    I feel CoD is overrated, i enjoyed playing MoH as a kid, then Battlefront as an early teen, then i picked up a CoD game & saw nothing in it other than a decent looking fps. The campaigns in every CoD game have been boring, the only one i tolerated enough to complete was World @ War & the only multiplayer component i enjoyed were the zombies which did get repetetive after a while, there are many better fps around. Although i have no intention of buying this(well atleast new, CoD4 still sells @ the same price as any new game here, ridiculous!), i couldn’t care less if others do, i just thing the hype is underserved & it’s probably the most overrated game ever, well Mario takes the cake, but this isn’t far off.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. spiderLAW

    Very much disagree. I cant care any less about whats cool or not so when i speak about its quality being overly hyped, i mean it. Its not a God among other FPS. Its just another great FPS game.
    Thats not really what bothers me most about COD. This does:
    Guy1: “Hey nice to meet you. You a gamer?”
    Guy2: “Hell yeah im a gamer. I love playing xbox”
    Guy1: “O me too. I love playing PS3. What games you play?”
    Guy2: “Modern Warfare 2″
    Guy1: “……………………”
    Guy2: “……………………”
    Guy1: “………………….and?”
    Guy2: “huh? and what? thats what i play”
    Guy1: “O. Good. Ummm…See ya later then.”
    Guy2: “yeah, when i spank you at MW2. LOL”
    Guy1: “k……………l8r”

    MW2 was not as good as COD4. Black Ops looks to be so much better than any other COD game. Black Ops is the first COD since COD4 to actually bring some new experiences to the gaming table and thats why i want it on DAY1. Trust me, ill be one of the first to be 2nd prestige :)

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    “MW and MW 2 have raised the bar for what can be done in a fps and nothing comes close.”

    What Modern Warfare 1


    Modern Warfare 2 raised? What bar? What innovation or what they did better than other TOP FPS on the market?

    Explain or GTFO with your opinion.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. itwa5me

    “What innovation or what they did better than other TOP FPS on the market?”

    What game I like did better COD2 game good!

    I just wonder how cavemen get wifi……..

    I just really hope they don’t end up charging monthly, because if they do I will not play it….I’ll burn it!

    #43 5 years ago
  44. spiderLAW

    That was mean…making fun of him like that….at first i thought you were seriously talking like that though. You sir made me laugh. Thanks :)

    COD2 is my Favorite COD single player campaign.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. DSB

    So am I the only one who finds it just a tad ironic, that the people who seem to hate Bobby Kotick the most, are the ones trying to tell everybody else what they can or can’t play, like or not like, buy or not buy?

    Douche or no douche – at least that guy believes in peoples right to make up their own minds.

    You’re never going to set an empirical standard for what makes a game greater than all others. Quite arguably there’s no game for all takers.

    All I know is I’ve been playing shooters since Wolfenstein 3D and Blake Stone, and I’m yet to play anything tighter or more enjoyable than an online game of Modern Warfare 2. I don’t think it’s a game that everybody should like by default, but I’m in no way puzzled as to why it is the biggest online shooter today.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Michael O’Connor

    @45 No, you’re not.

    #46 5 years ago

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    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]