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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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  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).