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  • New COD Ghosts Xbox One Update Affecting FPS Performance

    COD Ghosts Performance

    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

    Watch Dogs Delay

    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

    Black Ops 2 Leaks

    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

  • Voice Actor Hints to Modern Warfare 4

    Rumor Mill: Modern Warfare 4

    There's been a Call of Duty game practically every year thanks to Treyarch and Infinity Ward, and because of the franchise's huge success, it's likely that there will continue to be a new Call of Duty release every year for quite a few years to come. It seems strange to be talking about Infinity Ward's next Call of Duty when Treyarch's Black Ops 2 isn't even on sale yet, but if there is to be a COD game next year, now would seem a likely time for Treyarch to start calling out to more talent for the development of the game, such as voice actors or sound testers.

    According to Bill Murray, a voice actor for the hugely popular series, there will be a Modern Warfare 4. A journalist from ThisisXbox claims that he bumped into Bill whilst on a flight from Bodrum to Stansted, who, according to the journalist, has spilled the beans on the new Modern Warfare title.

    "On Monday I am off to meet Infinity Ward about the next game, Modern Warfare 4," Murray said. "I'm doing work on the sequel to Modern Warfare 3, it carries straight on and I only appear in the Modern Warfare games."

    If this is a true statement, then we could well be in for another Modern Warfare game, but will it live up to MW2's standards? Or will it be a disappointing title with little improvement from Modern Warfare 3?

    Infinity Ward denied the claims by Bill and the journalist, saying that they haven't been speaking to voice actors and it's all just a bunch of rumors. Whether or not Infinity's statement is true, there is a very high chance that Infinity are working on a new game, we're just uncertain what, or when the game will be.

    Written by Ollie Green

  • Medal of Honor Warfighter Beta launched October 6th - Full Release Soon After

    Medal of Honor Warfighter Beta Launched

    All you FPS fans out there are getting extra lucky with this year's lineup; with Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 set for release over the upcoming months we've already got hours of gameplay available at our hands. But for any of you still not satisfied, Warfighter, the new Medal of Honor game will be set to release very soon!

    Medal of Honor will hopefully offer a gameplay experience that adds something new from the crowd of recent military shooter releases, and if we're to go by the impressive gameplay footage and conceptual ideas released by Danger Close Games, we have reason to keep our hopes high.

    At E3 2012 Warfighter was shown by Danger Close to include in-depth and realistic military scenarios mimicking real-life terrorist intervention missions:

    "Medal of Honor Warfighter puts players in the boots of today's most highly trained and skilled warriors to experience missions that have a dotted line to real world terrorist events. This is Tier 1 on a global scale, featuring real world hotspots in the single-player campaign and introducing international Tier 1 Operators in multiplayer. This groundbreaking move gives players a window into the look and style of elite soldiers from 10 different countries around the world. With Medal of Honor Warfighter, gamers can represent their nation's Special Operations Forces on the multiplayer battlefield. Medal of Honor introduces a new mode where the world's best-of-the-best warriors go head-to-head in online competition."

    Warfighter will be running on the all-new Frostbite 2 engine so expect destroyable scenery, smart AI, and stunning visuals on both the Xbox and PS3.

    Warfighter is set to release on October 23rd, but if you want to play the game beforehand, grab yourself a modded controller and download the free open Beta from the Xbox marketplace.

    Written by Ollie Green

  • Black Ops 2 - Zombie Mode to be Revealed

    Treyarch is pretty much done revealing both their single player and multiplayer modes. Now we just have to wait for the reveal of their final mode which has gotten as popular as the multiplayer mode, yes I am talking about the Zombies mode.

    The Zombies mode started out very simple in World at War and in Black Ops it got a major overhaul. Tryarch hasn't been shy about telling us what to expect from the Zombies mode in Black Ops 2, without letting us know too much that is. Based on what they have revealed, the improvement we are expecting to see in Black Ops 2 is HUGE.

    On the 25th of August a very simple tweet was posted on the official Black Ops 2 Twitter page which quite clearly hints at the upcoming reveal. This is what it read, "Something's coming...". The tweet was posted along with the picture of a door stained with a bloody handprint. I guess this is a subtle enough hint towards the imminent full reveal of the Zombies mode in Black Ops 2.

    This is what we know about the Zombies mode for now. It is going to have its own story mode. It will also have MUCH bigger levels than what we have seen in Black Ops. The biggest of the reveals thus far was the new mode that will allow a total of 8 players (two teams of 4 vs 4) to play together! From what we know for now, the objective of this mode will be to outlast the other team.

    Surprisingly, the amount of fans (including me) excited for the new Zombies mode might just be equal to that looking forward to the multiplayer. I guess Treyarch understands that fact which is why they put this much effort overhauling Zombies. I wonder if Treayarch plans a huge reveal at the upcoming PAX West? Either way we can expect the official reveal pretty soon.

    COD Black Ops 2 is sure shaping up to be a good one, even though every one of us had their doubts; an old engine, annual release etc. Well I guess we can find out for ourselves when it hits the stores on the 13th of October for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Be sure to keep a check on our site to stay posted on recent news about Black Ops 2.

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    Blog by Shahriar Azad

  • COD Black Ops 2 - New Wildcards System Detailed

    The new 10 point system Create-a-Class in Black Ops 2 has created a lot of buzz purely because it is such a big game changer. This is the first and biggest change made to the Create-a-Class system that the franchise has seen since COD4.

    You guys might have heard about the Wildcard system that works along with Create-a-Class system but only recently more details were provided about that. As you can already guess, the Wildcard system is also a brand new addition to COD franchise.

    Players spend the 10 points allotted to them when creating their class. Everything you select costs 1 point, ranging from perks to attachments for your weapons. What this system allowed developers to do was to balance the game according to each individual item instead of balancing each weapon mod for example.

    As before, each weapon can only support a max of two attachments. Here is where one of the Wildcards come into play. The Wildcard called Primary Gunfighter allows players to equip an extra attachment to their weapons (3 in total). Equipping a Wildcard like this will also cost you 1 point.

    In all the previous games there was never really a need to use three attachments to your weapons since the perks were the main factors behind weapon efficiency (e.g. slight of hand). But this time around, weapon performance is only improved via attachments so adding more attachments is definitely the way to go. For example, the attachment Fast Mags has replaced the perk Slight of Hand. Similarly, Laser Sight is the new Steady Aim.

    The following is the list of ALL the Wildcards that you can expect to see in Black Ops 2:

    - Danger Close - Equip lethal grenade instead of tactical grenade (twice the amount of tactical grenades)
    -Tactician - Equip tactical grenade instead of lethal grenade (twice the amount of tactical grenades)
    -Primary Gunfighter - Equip 3rd attachment for primary weapon
    -Secondary Gunfighter - Equip 3rd attachment for secondary weapon
    -Overkill - Equip two primary weapons
    -Perk 1 Greed - Equip more than one perk from Tier 1 perks
    -Perk 2 Greed - Equip more than one perk from Tier 2 perks
    -Perk 3 Greed - Equip more than one perk from Tier 3 perks

    So as you can see, the addition of the Wildcards along with the new 10 point create-a-class system really adds a lot of variability to types of classes one can make. As Treyarch said, the new system is designed to allow players to make their classes according to their playing styles.

    I really can't wait to see the diverse playing styles that are going to evolve due to this system. Check out the screenshot of the Wildcards below. Black Ops 2 is set to be released on the 13th of November for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. For more Black Ops 2 related news make sure to keep an eye on our site.

    The new new Wildcard system seems to match the spirit of our Controller Creator. Make a modded controller to match your own unique style! Check our Controller Creator frequently for new controller add-ons and sale prices!

    Blog by Shahriar Azad

  • Medal of Honor: Warfigher Gets Linkin Park Involved

    EA has made their marketing strategy clear. They want to beat the reigning champ, Call of Duty, or at least take a chunk out of its market share. Every first person shooter wants to be CoD and who can blame them? The money CoD rakes in every year is unbelievable.

    Interestingly enough, this time EA is sticking to The Danger Close team making Medal of Honor Warfighter as grounded and real as possible in hope that it would attract the gamers. They believe that gamers who are looking for the authentic feel of a modern battlefield might prefer Warfighter over Black Ops 2. They have based this assumption on the fact that Treyarch has taken a very futuristic approach with BO2 which might not be well received by gamers. Some diehard CoD fans have actually voiced out their concerns regarding this in forums and blogs all over the internet.

    If true, this could very well be MoH's year. It is obvious that MoH may surpasses BO2 thanks to its amazing Frostbite 2 engine. MoH is supposed to actually look better than even BF3. We have all stared at awe at one point or other at the destructive capability of the Frost Bite 2. To add to it all they have also represented 12 Tier 1 teams across 10 countries in Warfighter. EA and The Danger Close team are hoping that this might play to the patriotic side of players and get them involved in a whole new level, much like in Fifa.

    Recently it was revealed that EA has gotten one of the most famous rock bands in the world, Linkin Park, involved in their project in an attempt to enhance the emotional and authentic military experience they are trying to deliver with MoH Warfighter.

    Danger Close revealed their cross-collaboration with Linkin Park and that Mike Shanoda, co-lead vocalist and co-producer of Linkin Park, has already composed original in-game scores for MoH Warfighter which were specifically made to "add depth and emotion to an already intense gameplay experience."

    EA also produced Linkin Park's new music video - Castle of Glass which will also be included in the game. Only time will tell how much of an effect this cross-collaboration would have on sales of MoH Warfighter. For now check out the following videos.

    Castle of Glass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzOt12co4nk&feature=player_embedded

    Behind the Scenes Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp2m96Tjkeo&feature=player_embedded


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