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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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  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]