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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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  9. monkeygourmet

    Sounds amazing! Nice write up Dave! :)

    #9 3 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 3 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

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

    #11 3 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 3 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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  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]