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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  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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    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 2 years ago

    “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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
  18. Erthazus

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

    No other FPS comes close in that regard.”


    #18 2 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 2 years ago

    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 2 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 2 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.


    #22 2 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 2 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 2 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: yeah, mobile tournaments from Sony with Xperia Play. With Xperia Play… Xperia Play…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dragon246

    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 2 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.



    CPL Summer 2004 Call Of Duty

    Idiot… Dead wrong and in massive denial.

    #27 2 years ago

    “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 2 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 2 years ago
  30. Dragon246

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

    #30 2 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 2 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.”

    #32 2 years ago

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    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • 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 […]