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Black Ops 2 multiplayer innovates, yet remains ‘true to the core’, says Treyarch

Saturday, 22 September 2012 21:17 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Black Ops 2 multiplayer will be innovative without venturing too far from what makes it the “lifeblood” of the Call of Duty franchise, Treyarch boss Mark Lamia has said.

Speaking with CVG, Lamia said in order to stay relevant a series has to change, but at the same time keep from alienating its core fan base.

“Multiplayer is the lifeblood of the franchise,” said Lamia. “Call of Duty multiplayer is played 365 days a year, twenty-four seven, all over the world. But we can do better

“Black Ops did everything we wanted it to do. We had the customisation, the theatre, the emblem editor, great maps, great options – but one of the things that it didn’t do is look at the gameplay and say: ‘hey, let’s significantly innovate upon some of these core systems.’”

With Black Ops 2, Treyarch stuck with the core systems and added something new, said Lamia, in order to maintain accessibility while still adding depth.

“I think that if you want to maintain a franchise, that you’re going to have to innovate and keep it fresh, but also remain true to your core,” he said. “It’s absolutely the needle we try and thread in every game.

“I think you have to keep the game accessible but have that depth. I think it will take players awhile to peel back the layers on this one because there’s a lot of stuff going on underneath, there’s all kinds of different ways to play now. If you want to survive you’re going to have to play the objectives and play with your team.

“I think that’s a fundamental change to the way people play Call of Duty. Black Ops 2 isn’t just the next CoD game; it really is a major step in how Call of Duty’s gameplay is going to be perceived.”

You can read the entire multiplayer preview through the link.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is out November 13 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

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27 Comments

  1. Omelette

    “If you want to survive you’re going to have toplay the objectives and play with your team.” Yeah, we will see about that. I want it to be true, Treyarch. I. want. it.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Well, just so long as theirs still Team Deathmatch & free for all. Objective gameplay is nice and all, but sometimes I like a little casual violence.

    Though Treyarch are defo talking the talk this time round.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. MadFlavour

    They talk a good game, but alas, this is the same nonsense they were spouting before the first blops game came out. Well fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… you can’t get fooled a second time, is the point.

    Texas wisdom!

    If you want strategery and team work play Battlefield if you want a mindless monkey shit fight, play cod.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    Just because it doesn’t involve having a long chat while you wait another 10 seconds to respawn a 2 minute sprint (30 second drive) away from the action, it doesn’t mean that there’s no strategy involved in CoD.

    Surely the only people who say that are either n00bs, or have never played the game.

    Try beating a player with Sitrep Pro and a Portable Radar in a game of FFA with no strategy and see how far you get…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ASBI

    double post

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ASBI

    @4 totally agree

    you must be agile to play properly.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. M. K.

    `If you want strategery and team work play Battlefield`

    Since when is jet and helicopter spawn trapping strategy? This post is so foolish, I would laugh if it wouldn’t be so sad ;)

    /e: ohyeah I forgot, Mark STFU and take my money :D

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    @7 That’s the beauty you never know what people could think of.
    Bigger maps,lot of vehicles, more people,destruction = more strategy.
    In MP games there is always a strategy and skill ,its just cod don’t compare to BF.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ That’s such a naive thing to say.

    If anything, BF is much easier, and you need less strategy, because of the size of the maps and the long times that you have to think and come up with a plan.

    In CoD, you have to think on the fly. You have to have a class that’s equipped to deal with every possible situation. You have to quickly know what classes your enemies are using, where they are on the map, what tactics they’re going for, what point (in time) in the game you’re at, what killstreaks they’re using, who’s the top player and where is he spawning, etc, etc, etc.

    You have to constantly reassess all of this information from minute to minute.

    Then, it depends on what game mode you’re playing.

    People incorrectly try and push this idea that CoD is purely TDM, but you’ve got SnD, FFA, Dom, CTF, Demolition, HTDM, etc, etc, etc. All of those modes need completely different tactics/strategies.

    You can’t just run and gun in hardcore Search and Destroy. You will lose every single time.

    Being able to fly a plane a long way doesn’t mean that there’s more strategy involved. Big deal. I can use a killstreak in CoD where I pilot a gunship… The difference is that in CoD, I need the skill to execute a strategy where I can get that killstreak reward.

    Any clown can fly a plane in BF.

    BF has strategy, sure. I’ve played it myself. But you can relax, take your time and think 10/20/30 seconds ahead of time what you’re going to do when you finally get to the top of that hill.

    Being a top quality CoD player needs a quicker mind, because all the action happens so much more quickly.

    And I can almost guarantee you that anyone who disagrees has a very, very low k/d in CoD, and/or has barely played it.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    ^^ Problem with most mode on CoD is even if you die , you can quickly come to same spot where you die and try again while on BF you need to be carefull when you are behind enemy line on rush mode for example.
    Cod has more strategy then MoH,CS.. but I still think BF is some kind of king :D

    #10 3 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    Well that’s fair enough. Nothing wrong with having an opinion, I suppose…

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    Just been observing this thread. I played Black Ops 2 for 3 hours at gamescom and I have to say, it is the most team-focused entry yet because everything bleeds into your score streak system. Call up a UAV, and ever kill your team scores while its up nets you score streak for example.

    It’s never going to be Battlefield levels of teamwork because that’s not the game’s nature, but I firmly believe this is the most innovate entry yet. I like to see that Treyarch is at least trying to expand the source material it’s been given.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @10 That’s obviously because you haven’t played Planetside.

    Playing 32 v 32 is child’s play compared to 1000 v 1000.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. reask

    Funny thing is I went out and bought bf3 premium Thursday and am just playing tdm atm to get a proper feel for it.

    For the most part I am finding the matches pretty fast moving and I am able to deploy back in pretty much within a few seconds.

    I have gotten to about lvl 30 first prestige on mw3 and my honest opinion is if you are not good at run and gun you haven’t really got a good chance of survival.

    I aint knocking it as I know your awareness and accuracy need to be top notch to do well I suppose I just found it to be a little to fast paced for my skills.

    In fact I found myself doing better on the smaller maps with either a ump45 or p90 running and gunning whilst hip firing.

    I discovered I never was going to have much chance when I started watching my 14 year old daughter playing.

    Her level of awareness compared to me was in a different league.
    I know were talking blops here but they are pretty similar.

    I still find it a pity that iw do not match people with similar skills rather than rank as it might leave it a little bit less frustrating for people with less awareness than some of the really quick players.

    I do like cod but realise I cannot match the skills of 2 or 3 players in each lobby I go in to.

    Take for example ffa.
    iw have your k/d stats plus accuracy.
    Why not match players within a certain range say.

    As your stats then improve you get matched with better players or visa versa.

    I know they don’t need to do it that way as the game is popular enough as it is but it is just an honest opinion from a gamer who is not knocking the game or the folks that play it.

    I mean fair enough it is probably just me never been able to get to grips with the skill needed to compete in any form or fashion yet I still keep saying to myself would any other sport or hobby do that to a person who likes something a lot but will just never be the next Pele or Beethoven?

    Strange analysis I know but then again its the internet after all. :)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    @reask:

    Treyarch have said that they’re putting a ladder system into BO2s matchmaking, so that people can play against people of equal skill. Pretty much exactly as you explained actually… The better players move higher up the ladder, so they they should all pretty much disappear from games with newbies and the likes.

    Theoretically…

    The only problem here is, and you can see a perfect example of this from my discussion in the SC2 (which uses a ladder system) thread, some good players get fed up with playing other good players.

    So they make new accounts every time they move up a division, just to stay where they can be the best player game after game.

    This can actually be even more annoying, because when you expect to be practicing against someone that you can compete with, but some guy who shouldn’t even be at that level is pwning you repeatedly, it feels like blatant cheating from them.

    Anyway, I’d like to see what they manage to come up with.

    And as for needing to be good at run and gun to play CoD, well not only does it depend on what mode you’re playing, but like I indicated above, there are load outs that can destroy run and gun every single time, if used effectively.

    Go Sitrep Pro and Portable Radar against people who are going run and gun, and you can pick them off like flies, for example.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @15 yeah it’s called ‘League Play’, works the same as Halo’s leagues.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Yeah, it looks like another huge addition to the MP.

    Moving up and down the ladder in SC2 keeps me coming back for more again and again (especially when I move down…), so League Play alone could add a whole new dimension.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Maximum Payne

    @13 And your point ?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    @18 That it isn’t a king.

    People have been doing coordinated airdrops of troops in Planetside since 2003. It’s hard just to get a lift in BF3, people are doing their own thing.

    There’s no real understanding of strength in numbers.

    Unlike a game where you may face 100 guys protecting a station, so you’re really better off bringing a friend.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Dave Cook

    @19 but strength in numbers is’t why some people play shooters. Others like scaled-down focus, over widespread warfare. It’s all just a matter of taste really.

    Personally I much prefer the original Black Ops over any Battlefield game, and that’s not because I think BF is any worse. In fact, Bad Company 2 is my all-time favourite BF game and it’s on par with Black Ops I’d say.

    But they’re very, very different games. I’m not a fan of the eliteist snobbery that comes from fans of both sides saying that either one is better because of reason x, y or z. It confuses me why some people cant accept that both series are good.

    Not saying that you were doing that of course, just speaking generally :)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    @19, Battlefield in a nutshell (on PS3 anyways)

    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/07/17

    I’m sure it’s a co-ordinated ballet of destruction on other platforms ;-)

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @21 haha amazing :D

    #22 3 years ago
  23. reask

    I didn’t know that Gigs.
    Sounds like it might be OK.

    On your other point whilst not disagreeing with you I know my personal problem is accuracy.
    To use my 14 year old for example, 4 bullets on a sub machine gun and there down.
    Me 2/3,s of a clip and there’s a good chance I will not have won that encounter.

    Your point about better players using alt accounts wouldn’t really bother me that much as you would imagine they would be the exception rather than the rule.

    I mean don,t get me wrong here as I do OK in it whilst not great.
    I am just using my own experience as an example and it would seem accuracy is a big factor in how you do.

    You see take most lobbies on ffa for instance.
    Next few times you play check the k/d ratio after each match and I can nearly guarantee you will find after the top 3 the other 5 will for the most part have either a negative k/d or in and around even.

    I actually see campers all the time and I honestly reckon they are doing it out of frustration most of the time.
    There scores at the end usually reflect that.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. reask

    Just 1 other point on better players using alts.
    They would still move up the league pretty quick anyway so it would be pretty futile for them anyway.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @20 I’ve played all three, and I love them, so I’m not trying to disqualify one or the other.

    It’s just the notion that the battlefield series is somehow a game angled towards cooperation and coordination, tied into some sort of military realism. It’s been ridiculous since the first time it was put forward by some fanboy, somewhere.

    It has objectives – Which is great, but does very little to promote actual cooperation, and simply places people around the same spots, around the same time, so they can imagine that they’re cooperating. Objectives are arbitrary, real coop shouldn’t be.

    Numbers are arbitrary as well, but there’s a big difference between storming an objective in Battlefield, and having to face maybe 10 guys tops, and literally fighting your way from rock to rock, up a hillside in Planetside, and having maybe 40 guys on your side fire at 60-100 guys on their side, with explosives and tracers going all around your head. 100-140 guns shooting in a general direction, sometimes at night where no one can see anything but the muzzle flashes.

    Maybe someone brings down a transport aircraft and lets the doorgunner join them, maybe you have tanks rolling up the road that need supporting in the middle of that chaos.

    The numbers create the chaos, just like a real combat situation, and that makes a lot of difference.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Omelette

    About GlenMata and the likes.
    Wouldn’t it be possible to write a script that removes every comment that contains “goo.gl” ?

    And basing an opinion of Battlefield on Team Deadmatch results in having a biased opinion, but I guess the same thing can be said about CoD

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Brenna Hillier

    @27 nah, people do use that shortening service legitimately. The spam gets a bit out of hand on the weekend because we’re not watching it, but I’ve just smacked a bunch of them.

    #27 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]