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  • Activision Says Call of Duty Remasters are Possible

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    Whether you are looking forward to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 or not, you can't deny that Activision has done a great job, alongside some of it's developers, to release a number of classic Call of Duty games in the past.

    Some players may have the fondest of memories in Black Ops 1, whilst others remember spending their days on Modern Warfare 2. Some veterans out there may even tell you that their fondest memories were from Call of Duty 4.

    Either way, there is a lot of nostalgia hiding in many of the older Call of Duty titles, and Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg understands that this is a great reason for remastered versions to be created.

    Hirshberg mentioned that, "If done well, remasters can be great."

    "You talk about nostalgia, and people have such connection to the games they love from the last cycle. They want to see what it would look like if someone did it right for this cycle."

    Hirshberg even went on to say that a remastered collection for Call of Duty could certainly be possible, but it mainly comes down to whether Activision can have the time spare to focus on such a thing, instead of working on newer titles.

    "We need everybody we can get to make the content we're already committed to for our new games. It's always a matter of finding great people to do that work. I would love to play Modern Warfare 1 or the original Black Ops. There's certainly a deep well there. No announcements, but it's something we talk about and think about a lot."

    So, yes - a Call of Duty remastered collection? Activision are definitely thinking about it.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 To Have Strong Focus on Multiplayer

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    As the Tony Hawk series has progressed, it has become more and more about the multiplayer aspects. Recently it was revealed that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will have a strong focus on multiplayer too and it will even include up to 20 player online multiplayer support.

    According to Robomodo, the development team working on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, the online multiplayer will allow players to drop in and drop out at any point. Players will be able to complete missions together, work alongside each other to level up, and help each other to unlock different content and complete challenges. Players can also compete against each other as well.

    The whole idea behind the drop-in/drop-out concept is that Robomodo would like players to feel as if they're entering a skatepark that never closes. A player could potentially drop in to play for a few minutes early in the day, leave the game and then come back a few hours later to find the same set of players he came across earlier.

    Another big aspect of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is the skate park creator - players will be able to make their own skate parks and a lot of the game will focus on different methods for players to share their skate parks with each other.

    Robomodo has given a description about the different versions of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 across different platforms as well, and whilst the new gen versions will have online multiplayer support, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will not have online multiplayer.

    The old gen versions will have a skate park editor as well, but there will not be any sharing features available.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Announced

    tony hawks pro skater 5At long last, Activision has finally confirmed that a new Tony Hawk game is coming and they've even given some details about the game along with it. The new Tony Hawk has been titled Pro Skater 5.

    As the name suggests, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will follow on from the first four original games in the franchise. Taking the game back to it's roots, we're bound to see game mechanics and features that were dropped out of the newer titles.

    Tony Hawk himself has been suggesting for a while that a new Tony Hawk game is in the works but this is the first time we've heard anything from Activision.

    The studio responsible for the development of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is Robomodo. Whilst they're by no means a bad development studio, they're perhaps best known for their other Tony Hawk titles, Shred and Ride. Robomodo also created the HD remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

    It will be interesting to see what Robomodo can do with Pro Skater 5. They are probably the most qualified team in the world right now to be given the job of bringing Tony Hawk back to life, but we've not really seen if Robomodo can do a good job at making a "proper" Tony Hawk game yet.

    So far we do not know anything about a release date for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. A lot of the details have been saved for exclusive features for various publications so we'll have to wait a little while before we can find out more.

  • Black Ops 3 Announced

    black ops 3Out of nowhere Treyarch has just announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be coming this year. The developer also released a small teaser trailer showing very little of anything besides the Black Ops logo.

    Fortunately the teaser trailer does give us more information about when we can expect to hear more about Black Ops 3. According to the new trailer, there will be a worldwide reveal on Sunday, April 26.

    So far, we haven’t seen any gameplay of Black Ops 3 and we don’t really know what to expect. The last title in the game was from Sledgehammer Games and this was the first time the development studio created a Call of Duty game without any external help. Some players seem quite excited to look forward to a new Black Ops title, whilst others are wishing Activision chose to go for a different Call of Duty era.

    Considering Treyarch is still going down the futuristic Black Ops arch, it could be possible that the upcoming Black Ops title will come with some of the game content we saw in Advanced Warfare. It would be interesting to see the exo-suit abilities in Black Ops 3, although we can neither confirm nor deny whether this will happen or not.

    Hopefully we will learn all about Black Ops 3 and what to expect from the game on April 26. The April reveal is a little earlier than usual so perhaps we’ll see Black Ops 3 release earlier than scheduled too.

  • Tony Hawk Confirms New PS4 Skateboarding Game

    tony hawk ps4Good news, everybody! At this years CES, Tony Hawk showed up at Sony's keynote to reveal some pretty exciting news. According to Hawk, there is a new project currently in development for the PlayStation 4 that Tony Hawk is getting involved with.

    As you can guess, yes it will be a skateboarding game, but besides this obvious fact it’s unclear what we can expect. Further details were not given about the upcoming Tony Hawk skateboarding game for the PlayStation 4.

    Earlier in 2014, Tony Hawk did mention that there was something "fans of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series will be hyped" about. Could this mean we may see a more traditional Tony Hawk Pro Skater game?

    Hopefully this is the case - the last two Tony Hawk games used external skateboard peripherals, and as soon as this started, the Tony Hawk series went downhill, literally and figuratively.

    If Tony Hawk moves back to a more button mashin' style approach for the PlayStation 4, I'm sure a lot of fans of the series will be very, very happy.

    Before the two 'ride' games by Tony Hawk, Proving Ground and Project 8 were released - these took a step closer to more realistic skateboarding, and it was a move that divided the Tony Hawk player base.

    It's clear at this point that the most successful Tony Hawk games were the humorous, not-so-realistic games, so hopefully Activision keeps this in mind. Would you be interested in a new Tony Hawk game?

  • New COD Ghosts Xbox One Update Affecting FPS Performance

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    Usually, patches are made to fix things, but sometimes they end up creating more problems than there were in the first place. This seems to be the case with Call of Duty Ghosts on the Xbox One, which recently had an update pushed to the game that has caused some performance issues.

    Seeing as FPS and video quality was pretty much the big topic around the time of Call of Duty Ghost’s release, I could imagine that this will be quite a heavy blow for any Xbox fans out there, while PlayStation fans don't need to worry.

    I’m on neither side of the fence, and would happily enjoy playing on either console if there were games out there to make it worthwhile. However, this new patch has definitely not made playing COD Ghosts on the Xbox One worthwhile, and I feel bad for all of the people that have already paid full price for the Xbox One copy of the game, and maybe even more on top of that for DLC or season passes.

    So far, the frame rate on the Xbox One has been pretty smooth, but this new update that has been put in place to prepare the game for the upcoming Onslaught DLC has caused some issues, and you may now notice anywhere between a slight frame drop to a huge drop to half of the original frame rate in some areas.

    The frames seem to be most affected when you aim down sniper scopes or your iron sight, and drop down to an average of 30-35 FPS. This may not be a small enough frame rate for us to see the lagginess clearly, but whilst playing you’ll certainly notice the sudden drop in frames, and it’s really gonna mess up your games.

    No details have been given by Infinity Ward or Activision on whether these issues will be fixed anytime soon.

  • Watch Dogs Delay Stopped Disaster According to Pachter

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    There was a certain trend for many top publishers last year - the likes of Activision and EA seem to be pushing their developers to the limits by trying to release games as quickly as possible to reduce any possible competition in the market and ensure that games like Call of Duty or Battlefield are bringing in nice, fluid streams of revenue.

    The problem with this is that on our end of the stick, we're often handed a mangled, chewed up representation of what the developers originally had envisioned. Both Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts had their issues at launch, and DICE and EA are still going through the problems with Battlefield 4 today.

    This makes the average gamer feel a little cheated on, really, and at least for me personally, I hope that this kind of tactic changes.

    One game that I'd happily wait for is Watch Dogs, and despite it's delay, I'm still excited as ever for the release of the game.

    According to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, the delay of Watch Dogs could have potentially stopped the game turning into a complete disaster, just like Battlefield 4 has. When asked about the Ubisoft development team behind Watch Dogs, Pachter said, "I admire them. Their stock got hammered. The management got criticized. And that franchise matters; it sounds really good. And if it doesn't work, it's a big waste of time and waste of money. So I'm hopeful that that six month delay makes that game great. But I think that was headed for disaster."

    As you can see, sometimes it's best just to be a little patient, especially in the games industry.

  • Destiny Beta Timed Exclusivity for PS3 and PS4

    Despite being on the Microsoft side of the fence with the popular Halo franchise, Sony has managed to bag a deal with Bungie to bring PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gamers entrance into the Destiny beta a little while before players on either the Xbox One or the Xbox 360.

    Bungie have been pretty vague on the beta access for Destiny, and at first there was not any mention of any early access to the game. However, a little while after pre-orders were opened up for all four consoles the game is supported on, Bungie announced that pre-orders would give players access into the beta that will be available early next year.

    Following on from that, it looks as if Bungie are being even more vague and have announced that there will be a disparity between the launch date for the beta on Sony consoles and the launch date on Microsoft consoles.

    At this moment in time, details on how much longer Microsoft gamers will have to wait over PlayStation gamers haven't been given. Beta keys will automatically be given to those who pre-ordered before October 1st, however for those that have pre-ordered before this date, Bungie & Activision have told customers to ask the retailer that they purchased the game from.

    The full release for Destiny will hit in 'Spring 2014,' suggesting that the beta for the game will be very close to the final launch date. It's most likely the game is almost complete at this stage, and the beta test will probably be a way for Bungie to test drive Activision's servers.

  • Black Ops 2 GOTY Edition

    Usually a game of the year edition ends up being something special for those players who've decided to wait a while to get their hands on a game. Take the Oblivion game-of-the-year for example; after releasing the game and bringing out a huge amount of DLC for the title, bundling it up into one easily playable package that was somewhat cheaper than buying it all separately was a great idea both for Bethesda and the players.

    However, in the case of Black Ops 2, it'd take a bit more than just DLC to make it special seeing as the only DLC at the moment is Revolution. But, as it turns out, all that is actually coming in the GOTY edition of Black Ops 2 is the game and the one DLC. What's more is the price is at $60. This seems a little odd when you can get your hand on the game for around $40, and then buy the $15 DLC pack separately, saving yourself a much needed 5 dollars.

    To make it more enticing, Activision could have added the season pass to the bundle, but without it, it seems like you might be better off doing a bargain hunt.

    The package is coming May 29th.

  • Black Ops 2 Leaks and Early Releases

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    It seems none of the big shooters this year can escape the horde of leaked gameplay and pre-release day copies getting into the hands of a few sneaky players, and following from the huge surge of leaked gameplay of Halo 4 after thousands of players with JTAG'ed Xboxes got their hands on a digital copy of the game, players have now uploaded tons of footage of Black Ops 2 for the whole world to see.

    Although no one is quite sure how widespread the pre-release day copies have reached, a few websites have stated that most leaked content has come from Slovakia. Players have uploaded images and gameplay of the menus and features in-game. Some players have even got their hands on the Black Ops 2 hardened edition, and there are unboxing videos of the game spread around the web.

    Activision are most likely working hard to remove all evidence of the game straight off of the internet, with a lot of uploaded videos on Youtube being removed due to copyright claims from the Call of Duty publisher.

    However, now that players have the game, there'll constantly be a stream of attempts to upload content to the web, keeping Activision very busy up until the game's official release date on November 13th. Many may claim that leaked footage may hurt the game sales, but unlike Halo 4, which was illegal distributed through digital downloads, players have a legitimate online-capable copy of Black Ops 2 in their hands, so the biggest issue could well be that early players will now have a huge two week head start on both the global leaderboards and the online ranking system.

    Both of which won't be a big deal when they face off against a player with Evil Custom Controller.

    Written by Ollie Green

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