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Black Ops 2 zombies impressions: the horde approaches

Friday, 12 October 2012 16:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 zombies is so big, it’s like a separate game. VG247′s Dave Cook checks out the undead offering, a new campaign level and more.

Treyarch has always seemed to be the more bullish member of the Call of Duty family. It began as the underdog trying to find its place in a playing field long-established by Infinity Ward. Few can deny that it had a shaky start, but in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, it’s hitting huge strides.

This really is three games in one. First up is the all-new campaign with an updated engine, branching paths, multiple endings, moral choices and sandbox stages. Then you have the multiplayer which people will still be playing this time next year.

Finally, Black Ops 2 sees the return of Treyarch’s zombies mode, but this time it isn’t just a side-attraction, it’s a full open-world campaign. The studio really is dredging the market to hoover up everyone’s attention this year, and what’s interesting is how well it has has held the whole package together

Bus ride to hell

We’ll start with zombies because chances are this is what you came here for. The core zombie campaign is called TranZit, and the plot follows the events of Rezurrection – the final piece of zombie DLC from the original Black Ops.

Treyarch wouldn’t confirm this, but it appears as if TranZit is set in the modern day, rather than the 2025 setting of Black Ops 2. The world smacks of the American south-west, with burned out diners, boarded up theatres and rusted car shells lining the dilapidated streets.

The zombie outbreak is back with a vengeance and your only hope of understanding the cataclysm and escaping the undead is to blaze a trail across the region – either on foot or by bus. Along the way you will encounter focal points, arenas that can be selected in Survival mode if you fancy a classic bit of zombie action with mates.

“The zombie outbreak is back with a vengeance and your only hope of understanding the cataclysm and escaping the undead is to blaze a trail across the region – either on foot or by bus.”

There is an element of Dead Island in here too, as crafting is available for the first time. We’re unsure of how many items can be built, but we did see survivors building spiked shields out of car doors and shrapnel.

Think of them like a weaponised riot shield from Modern Warfare 2 and you’re on the right track. They seem awesome for wading through packs of zombies and simply battering them to pieces.

Treyarch wouldn’t reveal the size of the TranZit map, but it looked big from what we saw. The length of the actual zombie campaign could make or break Black Ops 2 for fans of the undead, but if it’s huge, it could earn the franchise many new players.

On top of that, the studio has also added in competitive play. It’s a last man standing mode called Grief where two groups of four survivors fight each other, as well as a never-ending barrage of zombies to be the last team alive. That is going to be utter chaos to play, and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves.

So that’s what we know about Black Ops 2: Zombies in a nutshell, seeing as Treyarch is still being elusive about the full extent of what’s on offer. It’s nice to see that the developer is catering for horror fans, and those Call of Duty players who can’t stand the competitive circuit. But hold on, because things get even better.

Going back to the start

Treyarch also showed us a new Black Ops 2 campaign mission called ‘Celerium’ that really got a reaction from the press on show.

It underlines the game’s enhanced engine, gadgets, gameplay and aesthetic prowess wonderfully. If anything, the studio should have shown this mission at E3 instead of the Los Angeles one.

It’s the second mission in the game, and it tracks Mason and his buddy Harper – played by the brilliantly rasping Michael Rooker – as they attempt a covert siege on a drone facility owned by villain Raul Menendez. It opens with the duo scouting the area on a rain-slick cliff edge.

What’s neat here is that although it’s set in Myanmar, it recalls the first mission in the original Black Ops, in which Mason senior is overlooking Castro’s mansion in Cuba. It’s a great parallel that fans will appreciate.

Except this time, the team must use nano-gloves – which are a thing apparently – to climb down the cliff wall like gruff Spider-Men. It sounds ludicrous but you know, the future.

“Already the freedom to approach objectives as you see fit makes the corridor sections of previous Call of Duty titles a fading memory. It’s not Battlefield: Bad Company levels of sandbox, but the exemplary stage design hits a sweet spot between freedom and focus that keeps things interesting.”

It’s not like the frankly boring rappel sections that every Call of Duty has. In fact, you choose your own route down the rock face, swinging left and right to get a better path down to the ground. The visuals are truly superb as a storm rolls in, genuinely hampering your vision.

Meanwhile, Trent Reznor’s pounding synth score hammers the senses. Fans of his work in The Social Network will enjoy what he’s done in Black Ops 2. Once Mason and Harper hit the ground, they team up with another squad of friendlies and prepare to head to the enemy compound.

The objective is far away, so the team free-fall off the cliff before deploying wingsuits that see them swooping through the skies at high speed. None of this is scripted, as Treyarch steers Mason around cliffs and through jagged canyons with his squad in tow. It’s thrilling stuff.

Landing in the dense jungle, the mission goes fully covert as Harper spots a patrol of stealth-cloaked snipers roaming the compound’s perimeter. You can choose to open fire or take the goons down silently and steal their stealth suits for yourself, giving you an edge over unsuspecting enemies.

Already the freedom to approach objectives as you see fit makes the corridor sections of previous Call of Duty titles a fading memory. It’s not Battlefield: Bad Company levels of sandbox, but the exemplary stage design hits a sweet spot between freedom and focus that keeps things interesting.

The group silently reaches a clearing full of troops guarding the entrance to Menendez’s lair. Attacking is the only option, but to show us how smart players can be, Treyarch slips around to the back of the area, and using a multi-tool, cuts open an enemy turret and hacks it. This turns it hostile, giving Mason and his team the upper hand.

Again, you don’t have to do this, but the option is there if you want it. An almighty gun battle rages as the storm rolls in fully, whipping debris and plant life around, hampering the player’s visibility.

This is where the MMR scope – a zoomed scope that emits a sonar pulse to highlight enemies at timed intervals – comes in handy, painting targets through the barrage of wind and rain.

The particle effects during the storm are impressive, and giving players even more freedom, Treyarch demonstrates some of its new dynamic destruction by shooting at ancient stone archways in the area, causing them to crumble and kill guards underneath. Best of all, it’s still not not scripted.

Dispatching the bad guys, Mason and his team enter the underground facility, which is way more high-tech than the group were expecting. The team are quickly ambushed by a pack of CLAW mechs before the demo ends abruptly.

It was a short demo, but it showed off such a myriad of accomplished and entertaining mechanics. The mission underlines just how serious Treyarch is about moving away from presumptions about the franchise, and to challenge what has gone before. Next up, we’ve got multiplayer.

32 layers. No cocks please

Yeah we know, they say that each new Call of Duty multiplayer is the biggest ever, but this time they are under-selling it. We’ve already explained the whopping new Create-A-Class system here, and we’ve played multiplayer a lot, but there’s even more new content to discuss.

Treyarch begin by answering some frequently asked questions surrounding multiplayer. You have 55 levels per Prestige, and you can Prestige ten times. After you level up you get an unlock token, and this can be used to buy a piece of equipment out of a selection of 100 item.

There is more content than levels, so you can’t get everything in one Prestige, however, once you complete your 10th Prestige you earn ‘Master’ status and unlock all 100 pieces of available kit at the same time.

After you Prestige you lose all of your unlocked gear, but your weapon ranks remain. You can reset your stats after you Prestige and even spend an unlock token to get a refund on a token you spent elsewhere. So say you don’t like a particular gun, you can lock it again and spend the token on something else. It’s clever.

”Multiplayer just keeps on getting bigger to the point of intimidation. When the hell are we going to find time to play all of it? No matter, we’re suitably impressed with everything Treyarch as shown so far.”

Game modes include Team Deathmatch, Free-For-All, Domination, Demolition, Kill Confirmed, Headquarters, Capture the Flag, Search & Destroy and new king of the hill mode Hardpoint, which sees players fighting for randomly cycling zones on the map.

There is a new ‘Party’ playlist that includes returning classics Gun Game, One In The Chamber, Sharpshooter and Sticks and Stones. These are no longer wager matches however, and grant players XP for participating, just as normal game modes do.

Combat Training has also been expanded, and is now split into three tiers. First is Bootcamp, which covers levels 1-10 that puts two teams of three humans and three bots, against each other. Objective training covers all objective modes at level ten-plus, while Bot Stomp mode pits six humans of any level against six bots.

Treyarch’s list of new features doesn’t seem to end as the presentation rolls past the hour mark, with over 1000 new challenges that unlock cosmetic items – such as callsigns, playercard decals and shapes for the emblem editor, which now gives players 32 layers to play with.

We then see a new multiplayer map called Express which is set in a bullet train station, and features a high-speed carriage doing laps around the track. It will crush anyone foolish enough to linger on the track for too long, and adds another dynamic element into the mix.

Is it awesome?

Yeah, it really is, even if you aren’t a fan of what Call of Duty has offered before. Zombies is its own game now, so you needn’t even touch the rest of the package if you don’t want to. But if you do decide to enter the competitive arena, the Combat Training mode has been tailored to give CoD virgins a leg-up.

Also, multiplayer keeps on getting bigger to the point of intimidation. When the hell are we going to find time to play all of it? No matter, we’re suitably impressed with everything Treyarch as shown so far.

As the November 13th release date inches closer, we’re not far from seeing how well the game scores at review. It will be interesting to see how the industry responds.

What’s your take on what Treyarch has shown so far? As ever, let us know below.

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21 Comments

  1. stretch215

    Sounds great! I already took the day off to spend some quality time with this game on launch .

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Wow.

    Amazing stuff, Dave.

    I am super hyped for this game now!

    I’ve said it before, but there are very few games around that offer anywhere near as much gaming value as CoD.

    And adding an open world game in it’s own right into the mix (at the expense of Spec Ops) is just giving us even more.

    It really is 3 games in 1.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 yeah man it really is massive. The original Black Ops is hands down my favourite online shooter – as unpopular as that has made me over the years – and this just levels up the experience even more.

    And what’s more, I mean that honestly and without hype. It’s hard to convey that to people without actually giving them the chance to sit down and go hands-on. It’s properly good.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. zinc

    The reason CoD is so hard to compete with, is because it can really feel like you don’t need another shooter… And Blops2 has turned that up to 11!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    Sure it’s great that you get alot of stuff in the game. But at the end of the day it’s the exact same feel and exact same game, just a different skin. I played the game at Gamescom and it honestly doesn’t feel anything different to me. I’m just beyond tired of everything CoD.

    @4

    Not for me. Thanks to all the CoD releases in the past i’ve grown very tired and simply am fatiqued of it, if i’m wording that right. Tired of the same goddamn ridiculously fast gameplay and no big real changes and big improvements. CoD is really done for, for me.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    @5:

    I can’t see how anyone can honestly say that if they’ve played the games.

    CoD2 had a relatively average fanbase, because is was a pretty solid 8.

    CoD3 was a complete mess and nothing like CoD2, whatsoever.

    CoD4 was a 10, and the game that changed the series.

    WaW was a re-skin (I’ll give you that)

    MW2 was CoD4 x10, and barely resembled the previous games.

    BO was MW2 minus Michael Bay. It probably took more out than it put in.

    MW3 is what MW2 should have been in the first place.

    I can guarantee you that there are many, many people who absolutely love one CoD, but really hate another. If they really were the same, then that wouldn’t be possible.

    People would either love them all or hate them all.

    But they don’t. For example, someone on my FL absolutely despises MW3, but has put about 600 hours into BO, and is still playing it.

    If they were the same, that would be impossible.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    Minus the MW3 , every new CoD look’s different or at least try to be different then previous games.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @8 and this one is very different. It’s slower and more weighted too. The multiplayer balancing is impeccable, the new create-a-class stops overpowered load-outs and yeah, I could go on but I’d be here all day. It’s awesome, truthfully awesome.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. monkeygourmet

    Sounds amazing! Nice write up Dave! :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. hives

    I’m not some die-hard CoD fan. Didn’t buy MW3, I’m just still playing CoD4 sometimes (best multiplayer IMO). But I… Just want to buy Blops 2. I’ve always like Treyarch, they always were doing something different with CoD games.

    I like that they’re nerfing perks, I like Pick 10 creation class system, I like zombies, I like new elements in single-player. You know what, I’m even happy that Acti doesn’t care about PC and there’s still no CoD Elite on this platform, because PC players won’t be divided so much with new maps every month :P

    BTW, anyone knows if we’ll get wager matches like in first Black Ops? You know, modes with pistol and 1 bullet, with crossbows and tomahawks only etc? These were fun.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ There are no wager matches anymore, but the game modes that you mentioned will be there, apparently.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @10 i did mention those modes in my article dude :) they are on a new ‘Party’ playlist, and they aren’t wager-based. they get you full XP just like the other modes. They’re a proper part of the game now.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. RoyBrown

    @6

    I can, COD2 was an average game at best.

    COD3 was a complete mess.

    COD4 was amazing, like I loved the shit out of it.

    COD5 or WAW, was a WWII mod reskin of COD4, it was ok in co-op but thats all I enjoyed.

    COD6 or MW2 was a reskin of COD4 BUT WITH NEW ATTACHMENTS! LIKE BARBIE GOT A NEW HAT!.

    COD7 or BO was a total disaster and the last COD I was willing to put up with.

    The zombie mode is a like a seriously shit tacked on mode..and I mean..why would you even bother with L4D2 on steam at like $10 or when it goes on sale for like $5? L4D2 has 13 campaigns and by far, and by an absolute fucking mile more content.

    The campaign could be completed almost without shooting people entirely, as demonstrated in multiple youtube clips, only when an objective or sequence requires you to shoot someone do you actually need to.

    And the multiplayer felt like the same old shit only it suffered horrid lag in it’s first few weeks of launch on pc.

    After BO I’m done and reading none of this remotely interests me.

    I put a total of 8 hours into BO and it was a huge waste of my money.

    The reality is, they are all the same, hence it’s diminishing interest.

    YES I loved COD4 but your concept makes no sense, they all copied that game, and I’m bored of the formula.

    They are all the same, deal with it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    The reality is, they are all the same

    COD3 was a complete mess.

    COD4 was amazing…

    …BO was a total disaster…

    Can you not see the contradiction?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    I am deeply apathetic towards CoD.

    Its a thing. It exists. Which is nice.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. M. K.

    I don’t get one thing. How come that all people who hate on CoD, have played almost all titles? Hate it, leave it. Love it, play it. Otherwise it doesn’t make any sense, at all.

    PS: I totally love how GIGA responds to all those posts ;)
    PPS: Dave, may I add you on XBL, if you are going to get Blops2 on 360?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    “CoD4 was a 10, and the game that changed the series.”

    Lol. So what was changed in the series? Setting? :D

    #17 2 years ago
  18. stretch215

    @17 you should be banned from every COD thread. Spending 500 hours on a game (literally) and then hating on it makes you the epitome of hypocrisy.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. M. K.

    Compared to Michael, he tries sometimes :D

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Custard Ganet

    Sounds like a lot of content to be sure.I am feeling serious CoD fatigue myself but the future setting interests me and i did enjoy Black Ops more than the last two Infinity Ward efforts.Looking forward to giving this a rent and seeing if it can convince me to purchase.Nice write up.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Christopher Jack

    Treyarch should consider making a fully independent survival horror game.

    #21 2 years ago

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  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

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  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

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  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

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  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

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  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

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  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

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  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

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  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

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  • Dying Light takes UK number one

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  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

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  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

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  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

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  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

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  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

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  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

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  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.