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Black Ops beats Modern Warfare 2 to become “biggest entertainment launch ever”

Thursday, 11 November 2010 14:27 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Black Ops has beaten Modern Warfare 2′s opening day sales to become the world’s largest ever entertainment launch with $360 million in revenue in the UK and North America alone.

The 24-hour figure stacks against the $310 million taken by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in North America and the United Kingdom last year, according to internal Activision estimates.

Call of Duty: Black Ops, marks the second year in a row that the Call of Duty franchise has set day one launch records across all forms of entertainment, Activision said today.

In its first day on November 9, the blockbuster title sold through approximately 5.6 million copies in North America and the United Kingdom, as compared to 4.7 million copies for last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

“There has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records for two consecutive years and we are on track to outperform last year’s five-day global sales record of $550 million,” said Acti head Bobby Kotick.

“The game’s success underscores the pop culture appeal of the brand. Call of Duty: Black Ops is the finest game that Treyarch has ever made and raises the bar for online gameplay by delivering the deepest and most intense Call of Duty experience yet. The Call of Duty franchise has over 25 million players around the world that are engaged in billions of hours of online gameplay, and we are committed to supporting them with new content and features on a more frequent and regular basis.”

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33 Comments

  1. Blerk

    5.6 million in one day. Jeeeeeeeesus wept.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor

    One can hope that the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection will have similar numbers…

    :(

    #2 4 years ago
  3. RETARDED VIKING

    Dear lord!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Utterly batshit mental.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    Sad day in human history, great day for Kotick’s ego :(

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    I never would’ve thought a Treyarch CoD could do that.

    Sadly I’m stuck away from home on a shitty dualcore, so I won’t be able to play it properly until January. DSB wept.

    @1 And so will the internet, within hours I’m sure :p

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Madness.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    I wonder what it sold on the Wii.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @8 – :D

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Wow.

    Well, it is a really, REALLY well done game from what I’ve played so far. Love the very unique title screen as well as story telling method.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Debabrata Nath

    Bobby Kotick is fast becoming Scrooge McDuck of the Videogame Industry

    #11 4 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    Unless it’s getting the sort of long time support TF2 gets on PC games like CoD get boring within a year. CoD fans need their hit. In the last few months I’ve seen less and less people playing MW2 in my friends list, 6 months ago it was almost guaranteed that at least half my friends list would be playing MW2 at any given time, now it’s 1 or 2 every now and then.

    Black Ops is heroin for CoD nuts.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    The only real surprise here is that people are surprised.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    Oh come on… I’m playing multiplayer right now and even if it is more balanced than MW2, multiplayer in MW2 much more polished. singleplayer i enjoyed, but the story sucks…
    That brand just nailed everything =\

    I’m soon going to prestiege mode and after that i’m done with the CoD:BO.

    @Razor, “One can hope that the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection will have similar numbers…”

    Haha, oh yeah… Dream at least for 300K for that title.

    @freedoms_stain, thats the whole point. When next CoD comes out everyone forget about the previous one and buys new one.

    You don’t need vehicles, additional gameplay, better graphics. Just more of the same and more maps and you can sell it. Jesus… and just refresh the setting.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    Unfortunately this proves that extra marketing sells better than extra quality for games :’(
    This is a borderline mediocre game, how CoD gets such high scores is beyond me…
    I really hope Joint Ops gets a sequel, now that was a quality fps :D

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    ^
    The quality is this title is actually quite impressive, certainly above average when it comes to FPS. I wouldn’t dismiss just cause of name and publisher.

    However, I do think it’s time for a new game engine :)

    #16 4 years ago
  17. StolenGlory

    Obi-Wan senses “a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced”.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    @14 Show me an FPS that puts you in a bar with a rumba danser whose only purpose in the game is ambience, and lets you plug Castro (‘s bodydouble) in the forehead during the very first level. Shitty stories or not, those moments have been missing from videogames in a very long time.

    And where can you find anything close to a JFK/McNamara/Nixon/Castro zombie mode?

    Can’t speak for the multiplayer though. It was pretty mediocre in WaW as well.

    I don’t understand the obsession with vehicles though. Are FPS studios supposed to start including vehicle simulations just so they can cover two genres? Personally I prefer a good shooter over a poor hybrid. Although Treyarch did include vehicles for WaW.

    @17 Keep the faith :p As you can tell there are freshly minted Black Ops owners in this very comment section on the rag already.

    It’s a bit like buying a banana and then being disappointed that a banana is what you end up with. Maybe people should stop buying bananas if they’re really that horrible?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    “Show me an FPS that puts you in a bar with a rumba danser whose only purpose in the game is ambience, and lets you plug Castro (’s bodydouble) in the forehead during the very first level.”

    Who gives a fuck if it is linear piece of shit? Kids like it? OK.
    http://kotaku.com/5684349/the-evolution-of-the-first+person-shooter When i play this for 5 hours it creeps me out.

    “And where can you find anything close to a JFK/McNamara/Nixon/Castro zombie mode?”

    Left 4 Dead 1,2 that rapes zombie mode from CoD title in to the pieces?
    “JFK/McNamara/Nixon/Castro”

    They are just skins and have no purpose like stupid meta shit in all CoD games… (colors and and e.t.c.)

    “I don’t understand the obsession with vehicles though. Are FPS studios supposed to start including vehicle simulations just so they can cover two genres?”

    Well you don’t understand, but others understand. Call Of duty is a mediocre FPS game. Just a running and gunning gameplay. No tactics at all. Nothing smart, i almost prestieged and never used a brain to kill someone. Just Famas and knife with claymore. THATS it. Precision? I will play better Counter-strike or Unreal tournament.
    Treyarch didn’t created something new in this game.

    Just 10-12 new unbalanced maps (Especially NukeTown. Jesus, such a clusterfuckness.) and more balanced killstreaks this time. End of story. thats a new multiplayer. Hell yeah.

    While VALVE, DICE, EPIC Games always updates significally each title with huge gameplay improvements.

    PS: No, i know one new feature. Poor paint thingy where you create your own picture. Only 60$

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DSB

    You’re pretty much avoiding every point I made. Smart move, I suppose.

    Left 4 Dead doesn’t take you to any actual locations, or put you in the shoes of any historic persons, which is what I was pointing out to be awesome.

    Let’s look at the market to see what people prefer. Halfassed vehicle simulation shooters sell in 6 months, what a Call of Duty sells in a day. It would seem that people prefer dedicated shooters to halfassed vehicle simulation.

    L4D2 is an upgrade on L4D? Really? You honestly want to stick with that point of view? Epic keeps churning out Gears of War, just as Treyarch and IW keep churning out CoDs, and that’s obviously great for Gears of War fans, but a revolution it ain’t.

    The gameplay of CoD has never changed beyond a few upgrades along the way, and it never will, because it’s not meant to lead on innovation. It’s just a simple, fun, twitch-action shooter. The fact that people don’t seem to understand that after 7 or 8 games is pretty baffling. If it was ever meant to change, it would’ve done so by now.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. EscoBlades

    *yawn*

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Dark

    There are so many other FPS games out there why do so many people like this?”

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    “Left 4 Dead doesn’t take you to any actual locations, or put you in the shoes of any historic persons”

    Do i have to care, historical it is or not? Really? I don’t care and a lot of people don’t care either. Zombie mode is just to kick their asses. Historical skins are just skins.

    “Let’s look at the market to see what people prefer. Halfassed vehicle simulation shooters sell in 6 months, what a Call of Duty sells in a day. It would seem that people prefer dedicated shooters to halfassed vehicle simulation.”

    Because it’s arcadish and simple shooter for everyone. Everyone can play it. It’s simple as fuck.
    People don’t buy ARMA or strategies for a reason.
    But games like Battlefield have it’s own market of hardcore gamers and they sold 5 million copies. Halo that i don’t like at all sold already for 6-7 million and it’s absolutely arcadish piece of SHIT that is not standing even close to CoD or any other FPS or GAME (i mean in quality that it sucks, even campaign in Black Ops is a masterpiece compared to that…).

    “L4D2 is an upgrade on L4D? Really? You honestly want to stick with that point of view?”

    and what? Much more fun and much more content. Characters are interesting. Have interesting stories. Much more stuff to do in there, than in zombie mode.
    zombie mode in CoD btw is really fun. Played only without friends with few random guys. It’s fun, but nothing more.

    ” Epic keeps churning out Gears of War, just as Treyarch and IW keep churning out CoDs, and that’s obviously great for Gears of War fans, but a revolution it ain’t.”

    Gears Of war makes only one team and it is revolutionary TPS game, not to mention about their Unreal Tournament games + Bulletstorm from people can fly. Valve is always brilliant with it’s Portals, Half-lifes and CS’s.

    “It’s just a simple, fun, twitch-action shooter. The fact that people don’t seem to understand that after 7 or 8 games is pretty baffling. If it was ever meant to change, it would’ve done so by now.”

    and thats not cool. Just more of the same. Meh…

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    @23 You don’t have to care whether it’s historical or not, I was simply saying that I think it’s badass. If you disagree, that’s your opinion, but why waste letters responding to that if you think it’s irrelevant?

    You don’t seem to understand that it isn’t supposed to be a tactical shooter, an infantry simulator or anything even remotely like that. A game is no more than what it is. If you choose to judge a game by what it’s not, rather than by what it is, then every game can easily be called an abject failure.

    “Bioshock isn’t tactical and it has no vehicles!” – Nope, it really isn’t, and it really doesn’t. Surprise huh?

    If you want tactics, play Brothers in Arms or Rogue Spear, if you want simulation, play ArmA or KA-52 Blackshark, if you want story, play Deus Ex or Undying.

    CoD is nothing more than a nice, digital action movie for people who enjoy that sort of thing. It’s not supposed to be tactical, deep or vehicle based, because that’s not what we want.

    I agree that Halo succeeds on the exact same principles, and I think it’s just as well deserved.

    That being said, I can think of few other games that makes me want to survive first and shoot second than CoD on Hardened or Veteran difficulty, which is exactly what you’d do in a real combat situation.

    CoD revolutionized as much as Gears of War did, except half a decade earlier. No one had seen anything like it. MoH might have laid the groundwork, but they didn’t define the genre.

    If you don’t like the game, then that’s your right. No one is forcing you or anyone else to buy it. A lot of us just choose to do so.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. reask

    Jeez Erth Im glad Im not as great as you at gaming.
    The world must tremble when they see your name in the lobby.
    Where’s that gears video btw?

    I reckon myself you do a good talk and that’s about it.
    Why not man up and get that 360 a little early and you can add the rest of us inferior gamers to your list and show us all how its done.

    I think not.
    F**king nothing worse than a 12 year old been left unattended with a PC there imagination knows no boundaries.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. stretch215

    Obviously the cod bashers are in the VAST minority here as the 4+ million people online and all the reviews beg to differ. I’m just sayin’.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    @26 Well obviously, but the funny thing is that a lot of CoD bashers are also CoD buyers. I mean, where’s Freud when you need him?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    “I think it’s badass”

    For you.

    “that if you think it’s irrelevant?”

    It’s just nothing special.

    “You don’t seem to understand that it isn’t supposed to be a tactical shooter, an infantry simulator or anything even remotely like that. A game is no more than what it is. If you choose to judge a game by what it’s not, rather than by what it is, then every game can easily be called an abject failure. ”

    I just want better graphics, new gameplay features and balance in game, is that hard? Thats it. No one said it must be a simulation game. Better story? Why it should not have one? It should, but yeah… Children will eat it up and will play linear singleplayer campaign.
    + modes like capture the flag and e.t.c. in most cases don’t work, because everyone just wants to kill everyone. Every game mode is just a simple team deathmatch. At least thanks for the Killstreak balance and i said before that they need to balance them and they did it.

    @reask,
    “Why not man up and get that 360 ”

    No thanks mate, i’m not that stupid to buy Overpriced hardware to play with children or Justin Bieber fans like yourself. Good luck pal, i’m feeling just fine playing on Steam with my friends :D where i use mouse, not AUTO AIM.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    @28 The words “I think” pretty much makes it clear that I’m stating my own personal opinion, yup. Although I’m pretty sure that others will see the humor in killing zombies in the Pentagon with Richard Nixon.

    A few minutes ago you were critisizing the game for being simple action with no tactics and vehicles. Now it’s the graphics and the story? Why on earth are you buying the game, exactly?

    Of course all games should try to be all things to all people, but in reality, they’re never going to be. CoD has a token story that’s only meant to link the gameplay together, and that’s how it’s always been.

    The thing is, you’ve had 7 or 8 games to figure out that that’s how the series works. Why start getting offended now?

    I think you should save yourself the disappointment and refrain from buying the next one. Clearly it’s only going to ruin your day.

    Absolutely true about Capture the Flag, though. I’ve had maybe one or two good sessions playing that, and both were with clans and friends. Thankfully CoD has a lot of other game modes to choose from.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Dannybuoy

    I wasn’t going to buy it, but Sainsburys has a special £10 off deal with my shopping. So went for it. And I think it’s much better than MW2 so far. It;s quite fun and it deserves to sell well.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. MegaGeek1

    I think we can all thank Eminem. Again.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. M2Kx

    So raise your hands everyone who owns it already.

    (I do not :/)

    #32 4 years ago
  33. reask

    Who is Justin Bieber erth?
    There is no auto aim on multi as far as I know.
    Anyway my offer still stands Erth.
    reask is my gamertag.
    I only have managed about a 0.80 K/D so far so I should be easy pickings for someone as good as you LMAO.
    We Irish never turn down a challenge m8 so I would expect no difference from a eastern European.

    I await the day to be humiliated by one so superior. ;)

    #33 4 years ago

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    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]