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Black Ops: Declassified multiplayer – shooting blanks

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:25 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified is a second chance for Sony to show that Vita can support epic shooters. Alarm bells are already ringing in the ears of VG247′s Dave Cook.

Now, I reviewed Resistance: Burning Skies when it launched, and I wasn’t kind. Ever since Sony and Nihilistic started banging on about how it would be the game to prove that PS Vita can do shooters too, I didn’t buy it one bit.

Resistance: Burning Skies felt like a last-gen mess of murky environments, bland narrative and dross gameplay. It stank the place out, but it did get a few key things correct that gave the world hope.

At core level, the gameplay worked well on PS Vita’s dual sticks, and Nihilistic’s touch screen features actually felt intuitive after a few initial botched attempts.

Many of the touch features have been ferried directly into Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified. More on that later.

But this is a Call of Duty game, and anything but the slickest of gameplay will cut it with fans. Any let up in performance or fluidity, and gamers simply won’t stand for it. Again, the Burning Skies comparison has me worried.

Activision’s Ryan Scott was on-hand at gamescom to share what makes Declassified a pure Call of Duty experience. The plot, he says follows Mason, Hudson and Woods directly after the events of Black Ops, and across the years leading up to Black Ops 2.

The single-player campaign is made up of short covert missions that can be played in story mode, time trial or survival – which is just perfect for gamers on the go.

But multiplayer was the big question mark hanging in the air in Cologne today, and Scott was more than happy to share what little facts his superiors allowed him to – which wasn’t all that much.

He did tell us that multiplayer will ape the original Black Ops, with create-a-class, XP rewards, gear unlocks and, of course, the option to Prestige. Vita players can even share class load-outs over Near if they feel like giving struggling friends a leg-up.

Multiplayer is 4v4 over WiFi only, which really scales back on home console Call of Duty play. No ground war, just small skirmishes in enclosed environments.

Revealed modes were standard fare, including team deathmatch, Kill Confirmed and Free-for-all. Dropzone wasn’t mentioned, but eagled-eyed members of the audience spotted it on the menus while Scott and his team weren’t looking.

So then multiplayer gameplay began, starting with a new map called Shattered – which looks like it could just be a cross section of Black Ops map Cracked. Even the names are similar.

In short, the map looked just like most Call of Duty maps with none of Treyarch’s imagination or playfulness. Dusty streets, familiar textures and other assets that felt as if they had just been copied and pasted from Black Ops wholesale left a bad impression.

Another gaffe from the team led to a second map appearing on the menus, dubbed simply ‘Rocket’. It looked similar to the Black Ops map Launch if the menu art was anything to go by.

From the Black Ops: Declassified trailer, elements of Black Ops DLC map Discovery – with its Arctic bases and rusting corrosion was seen, suggesting that this is in real danger of being a proper hatchet job from Nihilistic, just as Burning Skies was.

The game’s debut trailer also suggests that visually, Declassified may fall short, dropping closer in line with an iOS shooter than a full blown console release. Seeing it in action however, it’s not that bad.

It was surprisingly slick, so at least many of the Call of Duty hallmarks are being adhered to. But perhaps a little too closely.

Everything – from HUD markers, to menus, from the rousing music and general aesthetic, felt like the original Black Ops. That’s fine if you’re a fan, but no one wants to play a lesser version of a product that already exists.

The one key difference is touch. Down the left hand side of the HUD you’ll see icons for your tactical devices – smoke grenades, flashabngs – and lethals, such as grenades.

To use them you simply have to drag the icon onto the play area and release to throw. The ability to shoot in one direction and lob grenades in another was exclaimed proudly by Scott, as the players threw their grenades clumsily into walls and all the wrong places. It was a faceplam moment.

Already, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified sends worrying messages about quality, content and the true ability of Vita as a shooter platform.

In Resistance: Burning Skies, Nihilistic could at least profess that the game was a proof of concept, a way of showing that, at core level, FPS games on handhelds can exist comfortably.

This is the studio’s second chance. There may not be a third unless real changes and bespoke features start emerging from the creaking bones of what already looks like a lazy rehash.

Black Ops: Declassified may sell on name alone when it launches, but if this is what the end product looks like come November, it’ll be a disservice to Call of Duty.

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32 Comments

  1. mtnman3888

    Killzone: Mercenaries visually looked far superior. I look for that one to truly show what the Vita can do with FPS gameplay.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Timurse

    Even Unit13 looks like a little dumbed down PS3-game, not the iOS/PSP game as this piece of crap :(

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    “This is a Call of Duty game, and anything but the slickest of gameplay will cut it with fans”

    Ell Oh Ell.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 But Call of Duty is slick. It’s fast.

    The Vita game isn’t slick. It’s clumsy.

    Why is that funny?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 It was more directed at the apparent expectations of the average fan for “quality” in the Call of Duty franchise, moreso than a remark on the “slick” gameplay.

    That said… Call of Duty’s aiming is fast, I’ll give it that. But fast =//= slick. Battlefield is slick. Vanquish is slick. Bayonetta is slick. Call of Duty is not “slick”.

    Great read either way, even if that particular line made me (literally) laugh out loud.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 ah I see. I wasn’t having a go, just curious about what you thought :)

    The game looks dire btw.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Just out of curiosity, what is there to CoD gameplay aside from the aiming (which is slick, in comparison to Bf sloppy one)?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Goffee

    No wonder the developer’s name was kept so hush, hush. It is hardly a good omen, and there is very little time to polish what could be a whopper. Then again, Call of Duty “came good” on the consoles at the fourth or fifth attempt, this is the Vita’s first go. Still, way more likely to buy this than Resistance

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @6 Yeah, I know. No offence taken.

    @7 Well, you have to… uuuh… press a button to fire as well?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. bitsnark

    It looks routinely horrid.

    Rhetorical question time: I mean, is it really *that* hard to have a MP cap higher than 8 on a machine as supposedly grunty as the Vita?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Da Man

    So then how exactly is Bayonetta where you have to time and properly mix various button presses and evade against pre-set AI gets compared to it?

    Similarly, I’m just lost as to how someone can proclaim Vanquish plays nothing like Gears and then state that it’s superior in the next sentence.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. killersense

    unless the system sells third party won’t put too many resources into making these games and the system will only sell if the games are as good as the console versions or better in other ways. it will take a year or two for sony to bring out quality games like tearaway, gravity rush, lbpv from within their studios and grow the user base to a respectable level before third party will actually put some more effort.hopefully next year lego batman will be a console version port rather than a 3ds port, the next cod will actually look and play like a console version of the game on the go, madden will have cross play compatibility etc….

    fingers crossed because i love playing a lot of games on the vita as i commute to college a lot.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    Dave thanks for the preview, but one question, do you really think an strong console multiplayer game like this, could work on a handheld, with all the distractions inherent to a handheld, and i mean becuase when you play at a console you are focus and concentrated, and maybe isolated, and for that you dont have the normal interruptions or distractions that occur with a handheld, therefore what do you think?, it could work, taking in consideration the gameplay is topnotch.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @5
    I love BF and prefer it over the CoD series, but in terms of controls and a lot of other areas (party set-up and play for example) CoD is much slicker. Obviously there is some personal preference in there, but I much as I love BF I never ever considered it slick. Rough diamond yes which I prefer playing yes, slick no.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    “slick” is somewhat ambiguous.

    CoD’s controls are sharp, precise and fluid. Everything that you need for a twitch shooter.

    No other FPS comes close in that regard.

    Only one I’ve ever felt that came close was Blacklight.

    Of course… It’s almost impossible to understand this if you’re an FPS noob, because all that quality will be completely lost on your noobishness.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @15 you’ve hit was I was saying square on the head there mate :)

    @13 it’s a tricky question that I feel the industry is also currently asking itself. Mobile and handheld gaming is a growing market – rapidly so – and I think sometimes devs try to latch onto the craze quick without giving real regards to the quality of the product.

    It’s like App Store goldrush Apple saw when small devs realised they could potentially create the next Angry Birds and get rich overnight. It’s a fallacy however, because there they went – thousands of devs churning out utter rubbish, and it weakens the market (in terms of quality I mean) by creating a glut of inferior games.

    So to answer your question, I can’t properly answer it – yet :)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    #16 ok thanks for the respond, as soon as you think you can properly answer it feel free to share your thoughts, please.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @15,
    “CoD’s controls are sharp, precise and fluid. Everything that you need for a twitch shooter.

    No other FPS comes close in that regard.”

    LoL

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @18 It’s a twitch shooter, it’s by far the slickest twitch shooter.
    What would you say deserves to be called that instead?

    Also, why is my opinion funny?

    Again, have to stress I’m not having a go at you, just curious to see why people think they way they do.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    Your opinion isn’t funny at all, Dave.

    It’s the sort of nervous laughter that comes out when you want to respond, but don’t have a clue what to say, because of the baselessness of your point.

    Any impartial person (not a CoD hater) will agree that CoD is successful for a number of reasons. The Controls being one of the biggest ones, alongside the XP/prestige system and the incredibly short amount of game time between kills.

    CoD hits players fast, like a drug, in a number of ways, and intentionally so.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @19, Dave, your comment is not funny at all. My comment was to G1GAHURTZ.

    “What would you say deserves to be called that instead?”

    Quake 3:Arena, Unreal Tournament Games or The newest Counter-Strike:Global Offensive game from VALVE. Period.

    If CoD game was The slickest twitch shooter than there would be tournaments for it since the first Call Of Duty game in 2003 year. So far that never happened. Activision is trying to make tournaments happen, but … So far no success.

    @G1GAHURTZ, “CoD hits players fast, like a drug, in a number of ways, and intentionally so.”

    Compared to Quake 3:Arena, any Call Of Duty is a slow paced shooter.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Da Man

    ^

    CoD game was The slickest twitch shooter than there would be tournaments for it since the first Call Of Duty game in 2003 year. So far that never happened. Activision is trying to make tournaments happen, but … So far no success.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBSlg_AAzus

    Idiot…

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Dragon246

    Anyway if nihilistic can’t make a good game now that swords are hanging over their heads, they never will. For a game that prides itself on its multiplayer component , 4v4 is awful. I remember playing 32 player on PSP Medal of Honor, why the hell can’t they do that with vita?

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Da Man

    For a game that prides itself on its multiplayer component , 4v4 is awful.
    Why? Because your aiming is that terrible that you need 16 teammates and a tank to help you out? Okay then.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @DaMan, “Idiot…”

    you are! because MLG is dead and casual piece of shit. Soon there will be mobile tournaments with Angry Birds.
    There was even tournament for Super Smash Bros. Brawl LOL.

    WCJ and CPL are huge. Well, at least CPL is big for now.

    upd: http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/promos/xperia-mobile-gaming-arena-%25e2%2580%2593-link-your-accounts-and-compete-for-over-10000 yeah, mobile tournaments from Sony with Xperia Play. With Xperia Play… Xperia Play…

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Dragon246

    @24
    Because bigger is better, and in this case a better bullet point to sell the game.
    Also how does individual deathmatch has teammates ?
    But I certainly prefer playing as a team rather than a lone wolf who dies like a dog. That’s how world rolls. Unfortunately many FPS players don’t know how combat works in real life.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Da Man

    How exactly is it dead if it’s the most active, the most well known e-sports nonsense out of all that? It gets the most coverage and is the first thing anyone from America would tell you when it comes to couch jockeys.Because you live in Russia or Latvia?

    You stated there’re no ‘tournaments’ for it, the sad fact of reality (for you) is that there’re plenty.

    Who decides if MLG is casual? You? Whoa re you exactly, and why is it that you can have that kind of opinion? Do you participate in any?

    Discussing anything with you, Эртазий, это то же самое что разговаривать со стенкой.

    —-

    Anyway….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberathlete_Professional_League

    CPL Summer 2004 Call Of Duty

    Idiot… Dead wrong and in massive denial.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    “Quake 3:Arena, Unreal Tournament Games or The newest Counter-Strike:Global Offensive game from VALVE. Period.”

    Quake 3?

    Unreal Tournament??

    Are you serious?? That’s the best you can do? So if I want to play the slickest twitch shooter, I have to go back to 1999?

    Your answers are also kind of ironic blatantly hypocritical, since you appear to be the one who spends his time slagging off CoD for using the ‘Quake 3 engine’, but now you’re saying that CoD isn’t actually as good as Quake 3…

    Confused, much?

    As for CS:GO, which is also heavily based on a very old engine, IMHO, it’s nowhere near CoD in this context.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Da Man

    Also how does individual deathmatch has teammates ?
    But I certainly prefer playing as a team rather than a lone wolf who dies like a dog. That’s how world rolls. Unfortunately many FPS players don’t know how combat works in real life.

    If you prefer playing in a team, rather than running alone and shooting the other team in the back (or dying like you said), then 4 vs 4 clearly holds more value than a 16 vs 16…

    The less teammates, the more skill it takes to outperform. If 2 out of 4 are bad, then you’re quickly encircled and spawnkilled. Unless it’s just 1 vs 1, which is just pure aiming vs aiming.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Dragon246

    @29
    I am just saying they need a more meater multiplayer in order to entice people to buy vita to play this cod.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. monkeygourmet

    @ Erth,

    Just curious how many hours you think your going to clock up in Black Ops 2? you know what I’m talking’ about! :)

    Still makes me chuckle that you hate a game so much then log in about 400 hours into it, lol!

    You must feel so dirty! :)

    #31 3 years ago
  32. KrazyKraut

    Mh…like I said. When I got the info from PSN Blog, I went straight here and then to NS’s facebook page. People already wrote their worries about CoD on Vita. They answered some hours ago:

    “Just wanted to say, we appreciate all the feedback on the announcement trailer, and we’re doing everything we can to take your feedback & suggestions into account before final release. Thanks.”

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nihilistic-Software/149924861737291

    #32 3 years ago

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    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]