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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC weekend open beta now preloading

You are cordially invited to click on faces until they burst in a shower of blood this weekend in the open beta test for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, which officially starts tomorrow (or today for narcs who pre-order) and has already started pre-loading. The beta packs six modes and six maps. The cooperative Zombies mode isn't in this beta and nor's the new…

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Superhero action-RPGs Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 removed from sale

While not the greatest of games to begin with, and reportedly wonky at launch, the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series of superhero action-RPGs is no longer available on Steam, most likely due to licensing deals expiring and changing hands. While store pages for the two are still up, the Activision-published dynamic duo can no longer be bought or searched for on Steam.

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Feature: A step back in time

Has Call of Duty: WW2 been improved by its updates?

After so many Warfares of the Modern, Advanced, and Totally Wacky variety, there was something comforting about Call of Duty going back to World War 2. Playing Call of Duty: WW2’s multiplayer mode now, nine months after launch, is like slipping on an old boot — albeit a boot covered in mud, masonry dust, and the blood of tens of millions of people.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC open beta coming in August

We'll get to try the near-future face-shooting of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 in a free multiplayer open beta weekend in August, developers Treyarch have announced. No, this won't include that new battle royale mode, Blackout. As a casual observer of Cod I am sorry to see the antics of wallrunning and jetpacking removed this year, though it does have a grappling hook gun…

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Call of Duty: WW2’s Liberty Strike is very loud and dumb

It's very nearly Explosion Day in America, so that means that every online shooter is doing its best to bludgeon us senseless with loud guns and louder outfits. Call of Duty: WW2 is no exception, but accompanying the Liberty Strike event's obligatory and garish red/white/blue-painted weaponry and outfits is a juicy little cherry of daftness on top. While Call of Duty isn't my usual cup of…

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Feature: Men Who Swear at Marsupials

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a rose-tinted window into the late ‘90s. Barrelling through jungles and smashing crates - that's all we did back then. It was an epidemic, like planking and dabbing and whatever people are into now. What care-free days they were. Is it possible to go back? Almost! This trio of remasters preserves the adventures of the jean-wearing marsupial, or at…

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Crash Bandicoot’s N. Sane remaster trilogy is out on PC

I am apparently the sole person in the RPS Treehouse who hasn't played any Crash Bandicoot games, allowing me to be intrigued by today's release of the remastered N. Sane trilogy. This three-in-one bundle gives a modern-day lick of paint to the eponymous marsupial's '90s PlayStation mascot platformer series, originally developed by Naughty Dog. While first slated for a July release, Crash has been taking notes from the speedrunning community (whom…

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Blizzard aiming to patent Overwatch’s ‘Play of the Game’

Overwatch's post-match Play of the Game replays - snapshots of a particular player's greatest moment of triumph, shared for all to see - are a brilliant little bit of design. So much so that Blizzard don't want anyone else using them, according to a patent submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office back in December of 2016. This month it was made public, although…

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Feature: Why won't you just die?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: everything we know so far

Wild theories have surrounded the three words "Shadows die twice". My personal favourite was that From Software's new game was a return to the Tenchu series, since they own the rights. Turns out this was partially right, but only in the sense that it's about ninjas. As Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki's latest project, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the company's return to feudal Japan.…

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If you want any Cod Blops 4 DLC maps, you’ll need to buy the whole season pass

While many big multiplayer games are stepping away from paid DLC in favour of other ways to fund new content updates, Activision are doubling down on playerbase-splitting map packs. The publishers have revealed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's dozen post-launch maps will only be sold in the £30 season pass, not sold in separate packs too as in previous years (and certainly not…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has battle royale, no campaign

Battle royale is indeed coming to CoD in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, as had been rumoured, throwing together characters, weapons, and locations from across all the Blops - including the Zombies modes - in one big last-man-standing rumble. Activision today held their big reveal-o-rama event for this year's face-shooter, see, blabbing all sorts of details. They also confirmed the rumour that Cod Blops…

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Destiny 2: Warmind unleashes frozen Hive on Mars today

It's Destiny expansion day! Destiny 2: Warmind, or more accurately 'Destiny 2: Zombies but cold and on Mars', comes out at 7pm BST today. It's about heading to the red planet to stop the Hive from destroying a big old supercomputer, except Mars is all icy and the computer's broken anyway. This is Destiny, so it's also about collecting shiny guns which you can use…

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Warmind, Destiny 2’s next DLC, involves aggressive debugging

Bungie have finally unveiled the second expansion for their MMO-lite FPS Destiny 2. In Warmind, players are headed to Mars to meet up with a new cutscene-featured heroine named Ana Bray (see her in the fancy trailer within), and help her get an old computer back in working order. With guns. There may also be ancient undead transdimensional insect-people involved, so pack a can of…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 rumours: no campaign, and a battle royale mode

With a month to go until Activision start blabbing about Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, the last annual sequel in their mega-blockbuster shooter series, the rumour mill is filling in the space. According to whispers on the wind, Cod Blops 4 won't have a traditional story campaign, scrapped because it wasn't going to be ready in time for the October launch, and will instead…

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Warmind is Destiny 2’s second expansion, out May 8th

I keep saying I'll return to Destiny 2 in posts like this one, then reneging on that. For realsies though, this time I will: Bungie have let loose the name and date for the second expansion. It's called Warmind, and you can start shooting at it on May 8th. Those are the only details we're getting for now, though in non-expansion related news Bungie have…

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Destiny 2 ‘Go Fast’ update speeds things up today

Bungie will today give Destiny 2 a dose of vim and vigour in update 1.1.4, nicknamed the Go Fast Update. It brings a broad spread of changes aimed at making the game faster and making players feel more powerful, including increasing movement speed, reducing respawn times, and buffing weapons. More speed, more oomph. "We have heard the feedback of 'My guns don't feel powerful enough,…

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Crash Bandicoot remaster coming to PC in July

Yes, the rumour bones already told us this last month. But now it’s confirmed. The recent remaster of the Crash Bandicoot games, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, is coming to PC in July. This was announced at yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, which is a TV show on the internet for people with Splatoon tattoos. It’s coming to the Switch as well, you see. And Xbox One.…

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Call of Duty: WW2 blasts free multiplayer trial weekend

I don't understand how anyone can believe any first-person shooter series is improved by removing wallrunning and jetpacks, but apparently "historical accuracy" demanded Activision do that with Call of Duty: WW2. What rot! But if you do want to try zippy face-shooting with horrifying screams and no jetpacks, you can play CoD WoWa2's multiplayer for free this weekend. A free trial kicked off last night,…

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