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MW3′s Survival mode – hands-on, Bowling face-time

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:47 GMT By Stace Harman

VG247 spends time with the shooter set to cause widespread absenteeism from work and school come its November launch, and speaks to Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling.

Modern Warfare 3

Co-developed by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Raven.

The first Modern Warfare title since Jason West and Vince Zampella split from Infinity Ward last year.

Out November 8 for PC, 360 and PS3.

Call of Duty has always been something of a niche franchise. Not niche in the vein of Braid, Limbo and Super Meat Boy’s quirkiness or peculiarities, but niche because the franchise aims to achieve specific things and hit specific benchmarks for a specific audience. It just happens that the audience is several million strong; making it a mainstream niche.

The single-player element of the franchise, and increasingly its Modern Warfare offspring, has carved out a place for itself alongside the best of Hollywood’s action blockbusters, high excitement and an exceptional level of polish rounding out a tightly scripted entertainment product that provides a common ground of near identical shared experiences amongst its players.

Meanwhile, the online multiplayer is where many a virtual soldier have written their own more unique personal story. In recent years, upgrade paths, custom loadouts and distinct classes have opened up a dynamic and fluid battlefield in which hundreds, if not thousands of hours have been invested by many an individual fighting the never-ending battle.

With the introduction of Spec Ops in Modern Warfare 2 and its expansion in Modern Warfare 3, a bridge between the single-player and multiplayer modes has formed. Spec Ops has established itself as a major force, fighting for your time alongside the traditional multiplayer modes, long after the scripted conflict of singleplayer has been resolved and laid to rest.

Despite its wild success, though, Call of Duty is not for everyone. It seems almost churlish to suggest it should provide more entertainment value – beyond perhaps bloating the singleplayer campaign – or that, having become the pinnacle of its genre, it should seek to push boundaries in other directions. But, nonetheless: should it?

“I think it’s important to appreciate your style and find out where it belongs,” says Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward’s creative strategist.

“We pick up with Delta Force as they’re fighting in New York, trying to get the Russians out of America.”

“What we do now, especially in Modern Warfare 3, is have the single-player designed to be that very cinematic experience. We love doing that, and our audience loves it too.

“That said, though, we can find moments we want to blow out in a different direction – because maybe we think a particular element would be great with co-op, or maybe it just doesn’t fit the story and so otherwise might be cut – and take those moments out and put them in Spec Ops mission mode.

“This provides more of a sandbox, where we can give you a variety of weapons and a different experience.”

I’ll buy that for a high price

In Modern Warfare 3, Spec Ops is receiving its own little blow-out with the introduction of Survival mode. A ceaseless, never-ending barrage of enemy troops that attack in the de facto standard wave pattern. It’s here that the link between single-player and multiplayer is at its strongest, with Survival mode being played out across all of the maps used in the more traditional multiplayer – along with some re-purposed environments from the single-player campaign and some unique maps for good measure.

Played alone or in co-op, you must repel the increasingly challenging enemy waves that mix various flavours of foot soldiers, C4-laden attack dogs, juggernauts and chaingun toting helicopters. Killing results in cash, with bonuses awarded for headshots, kill streaks and clearing each wave, and you’re afforded 20 seconds between each bout in which to loot fallen enemies for weapons and ammo and to do some online shopping.

Three armouries – in the form of location-based computer terminals – provide access to weapons, equipment and air support. The terminals can be used to purchase stronger artillery, upgrade existing weapons and to restock grenade and ammo supplies on the fly.

More exotic items such as auto-turrets, additional last stand chances and a handful of AI allied support troops, are available for a higher price tag, with the option to share cash between players if either one is just short of the necessary funds to make their dream purchase. Tracked player stats keep provide a competitive edge to the co-op action and provide bragging rights at the end of each wave and play session.

Our hands-on time with co-op Survival mode provided a number of talking points, as time and again we barely scrape through a wave. It’s often necessary to revive one another whilst fending off attack from multiple directions, only to have a mad dash to an armoury to tool up before the next wave starts.

The proscribed order of the waves invites role-learning and will inevitably lead to some truly intimidating leaderboard scores as maps and enemy types are memorised and well disciplined co-op partners mount a solid defence against scores of waves.

Those that may have shied away from traditional Modern Warfare multiplayer for fear of spending the majority of their time lying prone on their backs or respawning will also benefit from Survival mode.

“In the end I think [Survival mode] ends up being a better training tool [for online multiplayer] than single-player ever was,” Bowling says.

The reveal trailer.

“Now you get to play on those multiplayer maps, you get to learn kill streaks, gear and customising your weapons – the things that you never get to do in single-player. So, it’s a great tool for giving you the experience outside of the competitive multiplayer environment but, more importantly, it allows you to become more competitive in the process.”

They call me Mr Bombastic

For many, multiplayer has long been the raison d’être of Call of Duty and the vast majority of those that purchase Modern Warfare 3 will experience it in some form or other. But Modern Warfare’s overarching narrative is continued in the single-player campaign and picks up just hours after Modern Warfare 2.

“DC is burning and the war has escalated up the Eastern Seaboard,” says Bowling, setting the scene. “Task force 141 is either dead or on the run, we don’t know their fate yet. So, we pick up with Delta Force as they’re fighting in New York, trying to get the Russians out of America.

“At the same time the British SAS are in London fighting a very different conflict. The war isn’t raging there yet so they’re trying to figure out what’s going on and how their country and city is going to be pulled into it as the conflict escalates across the world. It’s spreading everywhere and pulling everyone into it: to Paris, London, parts of Germany, parts of Africa and the Himalayas. Primarily, we follow what’s happening with the two factions of Delta Force and the British SAS throughout these regions, but we also look at how the journey of our once-heroes plays into this.”

Dimming the lights, Bowling goes on to provide an eyes-only presentation, complete with thumping surround sound, demonstrating Delta Force infiltrating a Russian sub. Forcing the sub to surface through the judicious use of mines planted on its aft side, Delta Force emerges alongside it and we catch a brief glimpse of a New York crippled by ongoing bombings. Bowling then delves into the depths of the breached submarine, eventually escaping via a high-speed dinghy across an obstacle strewn bay.

Skipping over the Atlantic, we pick up with the British SAS staking out a harbour at which it is believed charity shipments are being used as a front for smuggling by some high-profile targets. Fighting ensues, culminating in the on-rails chase of a hijacked tube train through the London underground system. Bombardment of the tube train eventually leads to it being derailed and careen off-track into the path of Bowling’s commandeered vehicle, causing it to crash. The protagonist blacks out and the dark screen is emblazoned with the Modern Warfare 3 logo.

It’s fast paced, tightly-scripted and extravagantly bombastic. It’s undeniably Modern Warfare.

It’s clear that Infinity Ward knows its audience very well and, to its credit, looks to be working alongside Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software to broaden the multiplayer aspects of the franchise, with the expectation of welcoming new players into its fold.

EA has been talking a good fight recently – pitting Battlefield 3 against Activision’s behemoth – but with the introduction of its online multi-platform Call of Duty Elite service to further enhance the multiplayer experience and the first fan-dedicated event in Call of Duty XP, Activision is looking to simultaneously explode brand awareness and land a crippling pre-emptive strike. Actions speak louder than words, after all.

Call of Duty has always been something of a niche franchise; one that boasts a devout following of several million gamers. Modern Warfare 3, with its extra bells and whistles, will undoubtedly swell those numbers and in a few months, and when EA and Activision go head-to-head with their own visions of conflict, we’ll witness what happens when two tribes go to war.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launches worldwide on 8 November for PC, PS3 and 360.

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18 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “exceptional level of polish ”

    Lolwut?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Talkar

    “Call of Duty has always been something of a niche franchise.”
    A what now? Niche? Do you know what niche means?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    @2 If you had read on, he actually goes on to define it for you. It’s a niche because it’s one of few games that essentially relies as much on Hollywood style setpieces as core gameplay.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. stretch215

    @2 can you read? The use of the word was explained in the article. Survival mode sounds good. I like the fact that all the MP maps + some dedicated maps will be playable in survival.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Springchicken

    I have to agree with Talkar here. “Niche”, regardless of its dictionary definition, is widely comprehended as pertaining to something that appeals to a small segment of a market. If you use the actual definition then it makes the usage here completely redundant. Every product is a niche product, occupying different niches. You might as well say that Call of Duty is an electronic video game.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5, Stace use it as a sarcasm i think.
    He calls it niche and then talks about it’s popularity.
    He says that Braid is a good game and it’s pretty much niche, so is Call Of duty, but it’s has it’s own niche for Just 20 million fanbase. :D

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Double2Seven

    Complaints about Cod is becoming Ridiculous, of course the Game is very polished, its has a lot of detail and the 60 fps are the most important feature in a shooter.

    Maybe people are getting tired of the series, but the other great game that competes against it (BF3) will still be milles away from cod in terms of sales…

    Peoplo are adicted to , fast arcade style shooters….No better people are adicted to COD, im saturated but i still can have a blast playing it.

    I still play BF2 , but its more demanding and can be more frustating at times than noob tubes or OMA.

    People bash cod, 5 milion or more bought Medal Of Honor, thinking it would be so much better than cod, saying it was the real thing, but instead they bought a much lower version of modern warfare game, the polish is 5 times worse, and the framerate was horrible when compared to COD.

    Respect the kids and adults that buy cod or their high priced map packs, the game itself its worth its price, most people that buy Cod spend hundred of hours in multyplayer, some will spend more time playing cod , than me playing oblivion :)

    Let cod be cod, and let BF be batllefield.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Yoshi

    @7 Fuck that, I’d prefer CoD be Call of Duty and let BF be Battlefield… trolololol

    #8 4 years ago
  9. drewbles82

    I’m fed up of all the MW3 Vs Battlefield. Both are very different and both have good points as well as bad. I for one like them both, therefore will get them both.
    As for MW3, i do like the idea of survival mode using the maps, which im guessing any map packs will let you use all. I just hope survival mode isnt like Combat training and can only be used online with a gold membership.
    Treyarch are a bit thick with the Combat training. Aimed at people who dont play online COD, to help get them into it, build skills etc, yet u gotta be online to use it. Would have worked better having the offline option, might encourage more offline players to join online.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    No new info, then?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    @9:

    I agree about combat training. Definitely needed an offline option.

    I’m sure that the new Spec Ops will have one, though.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Xuchilbara

    Why does Activision hate Russians so much?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    @5 The words “regardless of its dictionary definition” don’t strike you as slightly ridiculous? :P

    As said before, he actually goes on to define why it is a niche product.

    @7 Don’t bring your common sense in here, man.

    @12 Considering that BC2 has much the same plot, I guess the question is why we all hate Russians so much?

    Red October, Crimson Tide, Ghost Recon. You name it. They’re just evil nuclear weapon hurling bastards.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. KAP

    vg247…. ermmm, how much they paying you?
    Just say what you really think of the game…. god. WE KNOW!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    @12, no one hates russians, they just don’t know how to do a right about them.
    the problem is not in the story, the problem is in the quality of making something believable that is from that country, in which they fail in every aspect there is, even with their language :D

    If someone hate a country he is a racist, so i’m not sure that it is with Activision. They just want publicity.

    @double2Seven, “its has a lot of detail and the 60 fps are the most important feature in a shooter.”

    60 fps with sub-HD resolution and with sub-par visuals with no physics? Where are the details? :D You mean a RESKINED Modern Warfare 2? Pfff… Just vie it to the mod team that consist of 20 guys.
    What details?

    People who are addicted to Fast Paced arcade shooters are people who didn’t played much before Call Of duty. Fast Paced FPS games were before it. Since CoD 2 nothing has changed.
    Battlefield is another story and everyone know it, but they push everything forward and thats important.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    When even the people who “don’t like” the game manage to get that excited about it, you really can’t lose :P

    #16 4 years ago
  17. drewbles82

    @11 Exactly, I would actually buy the map packs if combat training could be done offline, there are times when someone in my family has downloaded too much, limiting internet access. Plus not every1 always wants 2 go online. Hoping survival mode in MW3 is offline as well, that will make me very happy.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Cyrus

    @12
    Everyone uses Russians for very simple reasons:

    1. Because they are white you generally get accused of racism less than if you had the villains be Arabs or Africans.

    2. You need a foe that looks dangerous. Well, most great power nations are American allies, leaving only Russia and China as great power nations that seriously oppose US foreign policy. Just try to imagine who else could be the villain in all these ultra-modern games?

    3. Russia has a legacy menace from the Cold War that China simply lacks. Russia is both familiar enough for the audience to have a decent knowledge of the country but also foreign enough to be “the Other”. China can easily be “the Other” but most people know nothing except for Mao, Chinese food and martial arts.

    #18 4 years ago

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    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 […]