Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Huge COD Ghosts Multiplayer Info Leak after Early Retail Units Sent Out

    When developing content that will be available to millions of people upon its release, it becomes very difficult to manage and stop content from leaking out before its planned release date.

    Activision and Infinity Ward have been pretty generous leading up to the Call of Duty Ghosts launch and have given us a lot of information on the upcoming game, however despite this, leaks and information on the game are spreading out all over the place, and the cause of this seems to be that some lucky people have been able to get hold of a copy COD Ghosts before its launch in November, and thanks to these people, we now have pretty much everything we could want to know about the multiplayer.

    Below you can see a summary of the content available on the Call of Duty Ghosts online multiplayer, thanks to various leaks throughout the internet.

    Multiplayer Modes
    Blitz - Make it to the portal on the enemy's spawn point.
    Cranked - Kill enemies before the timer ends. Each kill restarts the timer.
    Domination - Capture and hold the flags. Every two seconds a flag is held, the team gets a point. First team to 200 points wins.
    Free-for-All - Every man for himself. First player to 30 kills is the winner.
    Grind - Recover dog tags and take them to the objective marker to score for your team.
    Hunted - Resources are limited. Fight for control of weapon drops to gain superiority.
    Infected - Eliminated players become Infected. Last player to survive when the timer ends wins.
    Kill Confirmed - Recover dog tags to gain points for your team. First team to 100 points wins.
    Search and Destroy - Teams take turns defending or trying to destroy the objective. Every player has
    Search and Rescue - Teams take turns defending or trying to destroy the objective. Recover dog tags to allow or deny respawns.
    Team Deathmatch - Kill players on the enemy team. First team to reach score limit wins.

    Multiplayer Maps
    Free Fall
    Prison Break

  • Assassins' Creed New Trailer Shows off in-game Weapons

    It looks as if historical accuracy is something that really matters to Ubisoft, and to show that, they have made a brand new video showing off the various types of in-game weapons you'll be able to get in Assassins' Creed IV: Black Flag.

    On top of this, the video gives a quick preview of the port of Genoa, a location that will probably play an important part in the story.

    The video includes a rather energetic historical weapons expert discussing the variety of weapons available to the pirates at the time. He makes a mention of guns, knives, swords and even grenades, but also talks about psychological warfare, a method used by pirates to scare and intimidate their enemies into surrender.

    The whole concept behind pirates is a scary one, and if you were out at sea, pirates would be the worst thing you could bump into. It will be interesting to see what kind of options we have open to enable us to scare our enemies into submission.

    Along with psychological warfare, knives, swords, cannons and grenades, we should be able to have completely dynamic and ultimately epic naval warfare in AC4.

    If you're into learning about the historical nature of games and movies, I'd suggest watching the video as there is some interesting stuff to learn about the background of the game and get an idea of the kinds of combat that'll be introduced to Assassins' Creed IV: Black Flag.

  • Ubisoft PS4 Timed DLC Detailed on Xbox One

    It has been revealed that Ubisoft will be developing extra DLC content for two of their most anticipated games and that the content will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 4.

    Both Watch Dogs and Assassins' Creed IV: Black Flag will have DLC released on the PlayStation 4 before the Xbox One, forcing users to either purchase a PlayStation 4 to get the content early or wait it out for longer to receive the same content on the Xbox One.

    Despite Sony not having made an official statement on this matter, a new Sony video showcasing both Assassins' Creed and Watch Dogs has suggested that the timed exclusive DLC content will be available on the PlayStation 4 six months before the Xbox One.

    This information was found within the small print of the video, but even with the internet now aware of the timed exclusivity, both Ubisoft and Sony haven't made a comment on the matter.

    It's good that this video has popped up because without it, thousands of clueless gamers could end up finding out in the future that their platform of choice doesn't have the content they have hoped for, because neither Sony nor Ubisoft have made a statement about their DLC plans.

    Ubisoft has already detailed the upcoming DLC for AC4: Black Flag, but it hasn't given any details into what kind of DLC content will be available on Watch Dogs. The development studio behind Watch Dogs has still not finished with the main game's content, and this has forced them to delay the game till 2014.

  • GTA Online Beach Bum Pack should be out in November

    Rockstar has previously teased about the upcoming free DLC pack to GTA Online, but they have now confirmed an actual release date for the extra content.

    Rockstar has stated that the Beach Bum DLC pack will be downloadable for free in November. Rockstar also mentioned that the DLC will include "all-new beach themed vehicles and new weaponry that you'll be able to use in both GTA Online and Story Mode".

    On top of this, the Beach Bum DLC pack will add new customization options such as new tattoos and hairstyles, brand new jobs and missions including new gang attacks, survivals, deathmatches and races.

    Later this autumn, we'll also be given access to the first part of the creator tools Rockstar have explained before the release of GTA Online. This will mean that before the end of the year, we will be able to create and play our own death matches and race jobs online with other players.

    Once an event is created, players will be able to like or dislike it just like they can with Rockstar's official content, and high ranking content will become 'Rockstar Verified' and be made more widely available.

    The final bit of news involving new content in GTA Online is to do with the first Stimulus package that Rockstar planned to release before the Beach Bum DLC pack. Rockstar have since delayed the first cash pack until after the release of the next title update so that they can fix more issues beforehand.

  • Titanfall Release Date Revealed

    Respawn has now announced that Titanfall, the futuristic next gen first person shooter, will be available on the Xbox One, the Xbox 360 and PC on March 11, 2014 in North America, and March 13 in Europe and Australia.

    Respawn have also given details on their super expensive Titanfall collector's edition that includes a bunch of goodies for a grand total of $249.99. The collector's edition comes with a collectible 18 inch hand crafted titan statue and diorama with a battery-powered LED lighting system on the titan, as well as a full size art book with over 190 pages of the game's concept art, as well as a schematic of the Atlas Titan in the form of a poster.

    The collector's edition also includes a copy of the game, however details on whether this will be Xbox One exclusive have not been given yet.

    Titanfall has been hailed by critics as a breath of fresh air in the FPS franchise, by including all new forms of combat, such as a smooth mech combat system and the 3D and almost parkour-like foot soldier jetpack combat.

    Previous reports have suggested that Titanfall will be a timed exclusive, despite reports from Microsoft stating otherwise. Many believe that Titanfall will eventually make it to the PlayStation 4, so although this game looks great, it may be worth waiting instead of splashing out a load of cash on the Xbox One just for the game.

  • Xbox Games with Gold Going to be Permanent

    The fairly recent loyalty program, Xbox Games with Gold, has been confirmed by Microsoft as a permanent feature that will continue on past the Xbox One's launch. Before this confirmation, it was discussed by Microsoft that the promotion would only stay till the end of the year, but it looks as if somebody has managed to convince the big M to keep us a little bit happier with our monthly Xbox Gold subscriptions.

    The Xbox Games with Gold loyalty promotion offers two free games each month to everybody who has an Xbox Live Gold account. It started out with little mention from Microsoft when Fable III mysteriously appeared on the Xbox marketplace for free, but it was later revealed that the game was part of the ongoing Games with Gold loyalty service.

    Since then, Xbox Live Gold members have been treated with a bunch of fairly outdated games over the last few months, including games like Halo 3, Assassins' Creed II, Dead Rising 2, Crackdown and Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes.

    Currently Halo 3 is available till October 31st as a free title, and after this date Microsoft will introduce another game that will be available on the Xbox Games Store for half a month.

    Once a game has been up for half a month it will then be available for purchase again through the Xbox Games Store.

    However, Xbox Live Gold players can "buy" the free title and then play or download it whenever they feel necessary, even after the promotion runs out or their account reverts to a free account.

  • GTA V Now Available Digitally on Xbox LIVE

    After Grand Theft Auto V's amazingly successful launch, Microsoft have finally made a digital version of the game available for download on the Xbox Game's Store.

    Like many of the full games available on the Xbox Games Store, the digital version of Grand Theft Auto V will go for $59.99 in the United States, and possibly around £50 in the UK. You will also need a total of 7.63GB free space to download the game onto your hard drive.

    Whilst Microsoft have only just stepped up and released a digital copy of the game on their console's game marketplace, it has been available on the PlayStation Network since the game's launch.

    Many players have complained that the PlayStation 3 digital version has had problems with textures popping in and out, texture clipping issues, and other strange and unexplainable glitches such as parts of the game spawning late or not spawning at all.

    According to reports from officials, this is due to the hard drive not being able to stream data at the speed the game requires to run smoothly.

    This is the same issue why Rockstar have warned players not to install the "play" disc onto their Xbox 360. Because of the problems that the digital version has had on the PS3, it wouldn't be surprising if similar problems occur on the digital Xbox 360 version as well.

    We'd advise just popping out and buying the physical version to avoid problems and save a few pennies at the same time.

  • Rockstar Working on next 'Version of a Famous IP'

    A bit of information found on a Rockstar New England staff's LinkedIn page has given us a little insight into what another development team belonging to Rockstar could be working on at this very moment in time.

    Found on the LinkedIn page was the information stating that the Rockstar developer is currently working on "the next version of a famous IP," however other than this, no details are shared on the LinkedIn page.

    Luckily though, with a little bit of digging around, we may be able to get more of an idea of what game Rockstar New England could be working on.

    The first thing to take notice of is that the LinkedIn page said "next version of a famous IP" meaning it has to be a follow-up to an already released game or game series, and it has to be a popular one too, but seeing as this is Rockstar we're talking about, it's pretty hard to determine what isn't considered a popular Rockstar IP.

    Rockstar New England has previously worked on a few different games, but they are best known for their work on Bully: Scholarship Edition.

    Members of Rockstar have already mentioned that a sequel to the Bully series would be a good step to take next, so it seems probable that the new game would be a new Bully game.

    It is possible that it could be something completely different though- another Max Payne game, or even a Red Dead sequel.

    Seeing as this is Rockstar New England working on development though, it's unlikely to be anything major unless more development studios are involved.

  • Ryse Son of Rome New Story Trailer Released

    Despite previous gameplay trailers and footage of Ryse: Son of Rome focusing on the brutal combat found within the game, there is a story within the world of Ryse, and a newly released gameplay trailer gives an insight into the storyline of Ryse: Son of Rome.

    Although Crytek, the development team behind Ryse: Son of Rome, are best known for their beautiful video games graphics, Ryse manages to capture our imagination through both great visuals and good gameplay, and hopefully a good story too.

    Rome: Son of Ryse's story mode would be better described as a cinematic action title- it has cut scenes relating to the story within the game, a fairly easy control system that is easy to get to grips with, and if one wants it, a very minimal user interface on top of it all.

    The story focuses around the Roman solider, Marius Titus. After a return back home, he finds his family has been brutally murdered, and then sets off to find the most loyal soldiers to fight with him along his raging path of revenge.

    It doesn't sound exactly original, but I have hope that Crytek can do a good enough job with the Ryse: Son of Rome's story mode by using decent voice acting and its beautiful graphics to immerse players into the game.

    Ryse: Son of Rome will be an Xbox One launch title game, and it is looking to be among the very best of the current offering available at launch.

  • Battlefield 4 will have "Deepest Online Career Ever"

    All of the hype that has gone towards Battlefield 4 has gone straight towards the online multiplayer portion of the game, and whilst there will be a story driven campaign as always, all eyes are on online.

    DICE seem to understand that because they have put a lot of effort into making sure the Battlefield online multiplayer experience is better than any other previous game in the series. In fact, DICE are calling the online multiplayer on Battlefield their "deepest online career ever."

    So, what gives DICE such a strong pride towards their online multiplayer on Battlefield 4? Apart from the all new customizable weapons system, weapon and vehicle camo's, and the brand new progression system, there is actually quite a lot to be proud of.

     "While sharing similar basics with Battlefield 3, we are now offering a cleaner upgrade path, clearer Ribbon and Medal progression, and an increased focus on richly rewarding great team play."

    On top of the ranking system which starts at 0 and ends at 100, there will also be new redesigned ribbon awards, making all of your actions in Battlefield 4 that much more worth it.

    "We know our fans can spend literally hundreds of hours on the Battlefield. With Battlefield 4, we want to make sure players have goals to aspire to at the end game, while at the same time rewarding players at earlier ranks as well. Ribbons are the quick fixes, whether you're a veteran or a newcomer to the series."

    "You typically can get one or more of these in a single round if you perform well. They can be awarded for anything from repairing vehicles, capturing flags, or reviving team mates. There are 45 unique Ribbons in the game, and you can earn each of them an infinite number of times."

    The ribbon system was a good addition to the Battlefield online system because it added more goals to achieve within a game, and this is especially important for making those long game modes more enjoyable and more engaging.

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