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Black Ops Declassified: this is not a Game Boy port

Friday, 19 October 2012 17:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassfied is heading to PS Vita November 13th, but VG247′s long-time CoD fan Dave Cook is a bit worried about how it’s shaping up.

Back in the heyday of Nintendo’s original Game Boy, handheld ports or adaptations of home console games were often viewed with an air of scepticism. How could those tiny, wee, monochrome characters and the Game Boy’s measly two buttons compete with the awesome force of the SNES or PSone?

Well, they couldn’t in terms of raw power, but when adapted well, and turned into something more suitable for handheld play, ports can often offer a neat addition to their bigger brothers – and in some cases surpass the original effort.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is – from what I’ve seen and heard so far – a prime example of how not to transfer an established console franchise to the handheld arena. ”

But what about handhelds today, when the PS Vita’s specs sit comfortably alongside Xbox 360 and PS3? Is there any call, want or need for shoddy handheld adaptations of home console IP? Is there any excuse for taking a full home console game, scooping out a cross-section of what it offers and cramming it into a smaller format?

The answer all depends on the game in question of course, but Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is – from what I’ve seen and heard so far – a prime example of how not to transfer an established console franchise to the handheld arena.

Declassified is developed by Nihilistic – the same team that brought you Resistance: Burning Skies – a game I personally reviewed and felt wasted a chance to show that twin stick shooters could exist happily on Sony’s handheld

It just didn’t gel for me personally, but I can appreciate that some people did enjoy it. The fundamentals of the game’s shooter controls worked well enough, but the I simply felt that the game wrapped around that core felt shockingly last-gen.

The visuals were shoddy, the plot was weak, and its multiplayer modes felt sparse and uninspiring when compared to home console shooters. In Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, Nihilistic has a chance to make amends and to build on the foundation it laid with Burning Skies.

But after seeing the game in action during gamescom this year, I came away feeling irritated and disappointed. Make no mistake, for all the shit it gets me, I’ll happily admit that Call of Duty is my all-time favourite multiplayer series, and I saw true potential in Declassified when it was announced.

”If I stripped out level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. and tried to market it on iPhone as a brand new experience tailored to your handheld device, you’d probably spit in my face .”

However, while sitting there, watching four players clumsily run around maps that looked like they were ripped right out of the original Black Ops, and what I assumed were re-used assets, menus and HUD markers, the realisation started to creep in that this could be another Game Boy-era handheld hatchet job.

Had I time-travelled? Did the last ten years of game development innovation simply not happen? I was genuinely taken aback by what I saw then, but it’s key to stress that I haven’t actually played the game yet, so again, please only treat this as a first-impression deal.

But as they say, first impressions are everything, and I wasn’t impressed at all. The multiplayer map names were the first thing that caused concern. Take Shattered for example, a map that looks like a slice of Black Ops map Cracked, or Rocket, which appears to be a scaled down version of Launch.

They’re not new maps in an aesthetic sense. I’m sorry, but if I stripped out level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. and tried to market it on iPhone as a brand new experience tailored to your handheld device, you’d probably spit in my face for having the audacity to ask that you pay for it. The returns here are diminishing, and it left a sour taste.

Visually, the Cracked map I saw didn’t look brilliant – certainly not falling in line with Call of Duty’s home console iterations. Another issue was the fact that melee and grenades are mapped to the touch screen, due to the absence of rear triggers. Watching four people throw grenades at the same time into all the wrong places to show how ‘well’ the mechanic works isn’t a good sign.

Grenades are hurled by dragging them on screen – the same mechanic employed in Resistance: Burning Skies. It was crap then, and if it’s verbatim in Declassified, it will be crap in that game as well. It’s necessary given the handheld’s control limitations, but it doesn’t compare to classic digital controls.

”I for one won’t be putting money down on this game. I’ll have Black Ops 2 by then, a game that I feel pulls in the opposite direction and for me, personally and sincerely, is the best entry to the Call of Duty series to date.”

Its strange that Nihilistic recently stated that Declassified is a multiplayer-focused title, because the campaign – which is simply broken down into small, easily digestible chunks – is the only part of the game that so far makes sense to me.

When you’re on the go, you just want something short and contained that you can dip into, and that’s fine, but chopping down Declassified’s multiplayer to just eight players in total raises all sorts of problems. I’ve since read accounts of multiplayer that suggest spawn kills are a common occurrence, given how small the maps are. That’s simply not on.

Take Nuke House for example, which is supposedly just a house with a street and garden on either side – it apparently feels like it was ripped right out of Black Ops map Nuketown.

In fact, IGN’s hands on impressions of Nuke House are telling:

Even 2 vs. 2 matches feel cramped on this map, and spawning directly in front of the barrel of a waiting enemy became a regular occurrence. With so little room to breathe it didn’t feel like normal CoD, where teams have a chance to regroup and recuperate even if they’re getting beat down since they’ll end up spawning far enough away from the action to reassess and respond to the other team’s playstyle.

It just feels a bit too chaotic, like no matter how skilled I am I’ll have to deal with people getting the drop on me simply because they spawned in one of the few places they can at the wrong moment.

If this is a genuine problem, why not make new maps that offer something new, and that are better tailored to scaled-down play? Why crop down and modify existing play-spaces and make them feel weaker by comparison. These are all questions Call of Duty fans should be asking.

These aren’t problems that are exclusive to Declassfied, because as I mentioned earlier, this kind of bite-size porting was common back in the day, but in the age of powerful tablets, smartphones and handhelds, should paying consumers stand for such lethargic takes on existing IP?

I for one won’t be putting money down on this game. I’ll have Black Ops 2 by then, a game that I feel pulls in the opposite direction and for me, personally and sincerely, is the best entry to the Call of Duty series to date. Here’s why:

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30 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “long-time CoD fan Dave Cook”

    When you started playing Call Of Duty? MW1 or the first game?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    CoD 2, I missed the craze with the first one man. But I’ve since played it yeah.

    CoD 2 was wicked like. Parallel to MoH it was like :O

    It’s a long series dude, let’s just say I’ve played it for the majority of time, I know my way around it.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. lexph3re

    You really are on a agenda to get people to not buy this game huh Dave?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 not at all, absolutely not. It’s just an opinion piece from a concerned fan of the series.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. lexph3re

    I’ll say this much. If this game sells well and move even 3 million copies. Wouldn’t you expect a part 2 that rectifies and makes it more enjoyable?

    Look at how Activision aren’t even developing it. If this game moves in high volume it’s a big possibility they might come and give you exactly what you want.

    My advice? Don’t buy it. I know I won’t (different reasons though). Let others build it up and wait for a potential definitive version.

    Nice opinion piece though.lol

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 I would, and I sincerely hope that my fears are laid to rest because again, I’m a huge fan and that’s why my first impressions got me so annoyed. I think there is much more potential here to do something better.

    Also, I see what you mean about doing a follow up that builds on the original, but Burning Skies to me, feels like that original, same as the original Black Ops. Declassified has so much in common with both games they already have a foundation to build on, but they haven’t from what I’ve seen.

    They appear to have played it so very safe, that the game feels uninspired. Again – and I said this in my piece – I haven’t actually played it, so this is purely a comment on my experience of seeing it being played live, so I hope to christ I’m proved wrong come November. I actually want to be proven wrong here.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Well, if Criterion can get a whole PS3 game on the Vita (with only the number of players in MP taking a hit), i dont see why Acti didnt just port Blops 2. I get that they wanted a new game for it, but if you’re just going to hand it over to the cheapest devs around to rush out some crap using as many assets from an old game as possible, you may as well just do a port.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Well said, partly my point. You don’t dick around with franchises as big as CoD, so I honestly don’t understand why they didn’t do what you suggested, or developed it in-house. I mean Resistance was bad in my opinion, really, really bad.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. killersense

    @5 that is exactly what i think will happen. activision could make a big deal about how they are doing the vita version in house and will be on par with the console versions next year. my guess is black ops 2 development started way before they got vita kits and they didn’t want to do one this year and sony probably really pushed for it and hence they allowed it to be outsourced for this year. these cod games are on a tight dev cycle so i don’t think they were interested in dedicating time to the handheld version at this point. i fully expect next year to be in house. we shall see if it is true.

    on a side note hats off to ubisoft though because that assassin’s creed game looks really good and i am actually more interested in the vita version than the console for some reason.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    And it’s not even 60fps ffs. I could take crap visuals if it was 60fps. Sony could have cleaned up on Vita sales if this had been any cop but sadly it isn’t :(

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    I dont know what to say. I dont want any game to fail but the failure of this game will do more good to vita customers and sony too imho. It will tell devs that half-assed ports wont make the cuts and will make sony realise why they dont have many killer franchises despite so many exclusives. B grade exclusives by B-grade studios are a complete no-no.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Welcome to Vita. Enjoy your stay.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @12 is it mad that my most played and favourite Vita game is Lumines: Electric Symphony. it’s actually brilliant.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Does this come with zombies? Because theirs a really decent version available on ios for a tenner, is it?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. polygem

    at least they chose the right titles: resistance: BS and COD: declassified…..epic hints.

    resistance BS was such a let down. it was a bad game. i still cannot believe sony letting that happen to a very good franchise…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @14 no zombies, only 6 MP maps, 4v4 multiplayer.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. lexph3re

    @13 my most played are GR and recently the beta for PAS. Soon will be Rag and AC3L though

    #17 2 years ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    And the usual people reacted yesterday, like they normally do, knowing the WiiU version of black ops not being the best, like i said in that thread activision do not care that much for the WiiU version and neither Vita, i will not say is entirely their fault on both fronts, but they have they share of fault IMHO, and this reinforces that notion.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    @17
    My most played are wipeout 2048, unit 13 and escape plan. Rag isnt announced for eu right?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. lexph3re

    I don’t think it is. They actually might push back the US release date again too. If they do I’m going to cry man been waiting paitently with it paid off saying take my money and the F*cks won’t take it :’(

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Belmont

    I find all of this quite a bit dissapointing.One of the best names in gaming in the hand of such developers. I think that in general Sony should have sufficed with AC3 L for fall and waited for Killzone Mercenary. Vita has a decent line up so far.but this COD is a shame.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ps3fanboy

    just wait until this horrible game is done, it will sell in millions. it will show activision that they can get away with anything. because the cod sheep’s will buy anything branded as cod. welcome to the mediocre gaming world of 2012.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Nfanboy

    I just don’t understand why Sony did not put more pressure on Activision to produce a better game.

    On the PSP, the GTA, MGS, FF games were top notch. They helped the PSP perform pretty well, even if the DS was never in reach.

    Declassified had a really the opportunity to help Vita sales. But clearly this is a flop in the making. Ok there is a Vita bundle coming with Declassified, but Nintendo has just a Mario Kart 7 bundle with a “white” 3DS on the horizon… Just sayin.

    With no price drop on the hozizon and no killer ap anythime soon ( maybe Liberation can help ), the Vita situation is more and more worrying…

    Sony needs to seriously step up to save a brillant piece of hardware that has yet to receive proper support from Sony and 3rd party devs.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gekidami

    ^ If Sony forced anything, Acti would just stop making the game and it would hurt their relations. No one wants the platform holder breathing down their necks, and Acti are big enough to not have to put up with it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    “why Sony did not put more pressure on Activision to produce a better game.”

    Because Declassified quality is the same as Infinity or Treyarch’s game.

    If you think that i’m wrong then name at least one thing that is better on console/PC version then on the Port Station Vita’s CoD game.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Da Man

    It’s amazing how Erthazus doesn’t even need to take PCP to go properly, genuinely nuts..

    I don’t know what kind of English reading comprehension one must have to ask why Psv port comes across inferior in the comment section of an article about it. No matter how many times the idiot was ridiculed and proven to be utterly wrong he still thinks he can have an ‘opinion’, on top of that he actually believes his bullshit.

    It’s just proper, severe denial.

    The game comes across as a huge missed opportunity and a desperately put together churn.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. woe

    This looks horrible.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    @TardMan, wrong thread. It’s PSV, Sony and CoD not your favourite Xbox 360 or Halo thread. Cry moar better there.

    “The game comes across as a huge missed opportunity and a desperately put together churn.”

    Yeah! Sticky Jumps! POSV!11 my PS2 was broken 10 times and this will be no different with PSV!111111 you forgot to add.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Da Man

    Thank you for proving my point.

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%E0%EB%EE%EF%E5%F0%E8%E4%EE%EB

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ArabianSwagga

    Actually Nihlistic sucks! Sony made the big franchise that’s called Uncharted and they made a PS Vita version and it turned out to be a great game and a best seller!

    #30 2 years ago

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    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

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

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  • 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 […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.