Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

Destiny 2 combat is a punchy, kinetic joy

Destiny 2 [official site] comes with a lot of baggage. It’s the PC debut of an enormously successful new series from a mega-developer, and the original is precisely the kind of multiplayer co-op shooter that even some die-hard fans are a little burned out on after nearly three years of DLC and grinding for gear.

Enter Adam. I came to Destiny 2, at E3 last week, with barely enough baggage to fill a pencil case, having only played the demo of the original, and am immediately greedy for more. Whatever more it might offer. Destiny 2 is colour and light and the majestic spectacle of a Saturday morning cartoon and a space opera fused into a punchily satisfying shooter.

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Destiny 2’s PlayStation-exclusive bits hitting PC in 2018

If you’ve been closely following the Destiny 2 [official site] newsfest blastnews announceblam out of E3, you’ll likely know that Bungie’s online looter-shooter: 1) has a PC release date seven weeks after the console launch; 2) has pretty things; and 3) has a cooperative mission, a multiplayer map, and some weapons and gear cordoned off as PlayStation exclusives. I bring okay-ish news on point 3. Those exclusive PlayBits will come to PC eventually, Bungie have confirmed, but not until 2018. Here, watch this trailer for all the stuff we’ll receive late: Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2: Swish 4k 60FPS nonsense and screenshots

Destiny 2

YOU, a reader, may be interested to see this PC Destiny 2 [official site] footage running in 4K at 60fps. It’s a marketing push by NVIDIA because graphics cards and numbers and tech etc etc BUT it did mean I could pass watching a minute and a half of Destiny looking pretty off as work. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2 on PC October 24, seven weeks after consoles

After umming and ahhing, Bungie have confirmed a PC release date of October 24th for Destiny 2 [official site] – seven weeks after its console release. They had said before that they might delay their online looter-shooter on PC, explaining that “we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it’s a delicious piece of bread when it comes out,” and I guess that’s what has happened. Seeing as the first Destiny skipped PC, it is a shame that the second is being held up. Ah, phooey. Here’s a new trailer from E3 to introduce Destiny 2’s villain: Read the rest of this entry »

Mens shoot mens in fresh Call of Duty: WWII trailer

We’ve already had some Nazi shooting with Wolfenstein 2 this E3, so why not shoot some more? Sony have shown off some more Call of Duty: WWII [official site] footage. This time it’s what multiplayer will look like (er, once all the names hovering above your friends and enemies are stripped away and it’s recorded from many other cinematic angles, that is) along with all the accompanying sounds of war – M1 Garand pings, shotgun cher-chicks and flamethrower fffsssshhhhhhhhssss’s. Yup, it’s CoD. War! Bullet belts! Grenade pins! I am duty bound to show you this footage because I am on the night shift! Pow pow! Etc!
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Saved Games: Interstate ‘76 is the game worth saving from 1997

Every game released before 2015 is being destroyed. We only have time to rescue one game from each year. Not those you’ve played to death, or the classics that the industry has already learned from. We’re going to select the games that still have more to give. These are the Saved Games.

There’s a moment just seconds into Interstate ‘76’s intro cinematic that I think neatly captures its spirit: two American hot rods are racing along a desert highway, one firing its roof-mounted machine guns perfectly in sync with the wacka-wacka funk guitar underpinning the scene, while the other weaves from side to side in front of it, also in time with the music. There are probably a total of seventy polygons onscreen, and yet the game’s stylistic vision and world of bizarre menace are communicated instantly.

Set in an alt-history southwestern USA in which the 1973 oil crisis provoked the rise of criminal gangs and a resultant vigilante uprising, Interstate ‘76 is a vehicular combat game as concerned with nailing an aesthetic as it is with the mechanics of cars shooting at one another. It’s a game that achieves remarkable harmony between its visual style, narrative and what you do as the player, and it does so in a world that’s not quite seventies pastiche or fantasy dystopia. Instead, it’s something strange and distinct in between the two. It is the game release of 1997 that should be preserved forevermore. Read the rest of this entry »

No surprise: No Destiny 2 dedicated servers for PC

Destiny 2 [official site] will not have dedicated servers on PC, Bungie have confirmed. Some Destineers had hope that it might switch from the first game’s peer-to-peer networking model as the sci-fi FPS series makes its PC debut, given that dedicated servers tend to be less laggy and make cheating — which is far more common on PC — tougher. I can’t say I’m surprised to learn the answer is a nope but it’s still a shame. Bungie have explained that Destiny 2 will use “a hybrid of client-server and peer-to-peer technology, just like Destiny 1”, so let’s get technical! Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2: Don’t Fear The Grimoire Reaper

Rasputin is a warmind.

“Destiny (2) is calllinnnnnnng meeeeeeeee” sang Brandon Boyer of early 2000s hit group The Thrills. “Open up my eeeeeeeeeager eyesssssssssss, cause I’m ready to read more grimoire cardssssssss.”

Well, I have some bad news for you, Brandon. Destiny 2 [official site] is doing away with grimoire cards in favour of sticking the lore in the game and not, e.g. in a completely separate app on my telephone. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2: what new players need to know

It pains me to put a hunter on the front page

I’m now fully caught up on the Destiny 2 [official site] presentation and am wading through the first hands-on footage people are feeding out as videos. The game has a hard release date of 8 September on console (and a smidge of pre-order beta before that) but PC is still a bit of an unknown. It’ll still happen but the exact details are still lurking in the realms of “dunno”. BUT! That gives us some breathing room to get you, the wide-eyed PC player, up to speed. There’s also plenty in the info we now have that excites me and a few niggles I wanted to poke at while they’re still fresh in my mind. Shall we start with an overview of the game and then move on to things like the reworked match-making for raids and so on? It’s my article so I’ll assume you said yes! Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare hosts free MP weekend

With Call of Duty headed back to the oh-so-familiar battlefields of World War 2 later this year, I’ll be sorry to see some of its ludicrous sci-fi bits go. If you’ve not played CoD in a while but do fancy seeing the apogee of its sci-fi silliness, you can check it out this weekend in a free multiplayer trial of 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site]. That’s the one which goes to space, remember?

This and other CoD games are half-price on Steam this weekend too, though they’re still too expensive for me to buy old ones just for the rollercoaster campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2’s PC release might come later than console

Though Destiny 2 [official site] is indeed coming to PC, after the first game skipped us, our version might come a little later than the September 8th release date Bungie have been shouting out. That’s only the console date, Bungie have said, and the PC date is yet unconfirmed. Which I suppose means that it could be the same, or it could not. Either way, Bungie say they want their online sci-fi FPS to be good on PC so they’ll release it when it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Destiny 2’s gameplay livestream here at 6pm BST

Destiny 2

The livestream offering up the gameplay premiere of Bungie’ sci-fi FPS sequel, Destiny 2 [official site], is happening later today. I keep closing the tab I was going to watch it on. To save me (and you) the faff of finding it YET AGAIN I’m going to plonk it here on the RPS homepage and pass it off as a service to people who aren’t me. The livestreaming will be happening at 6pm here in the UK which is 10am Pacific and 1pm Eastern. No idea what time it would be if you’re a wizard who came from the moon. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty is unlikely to get WWII “right”

“Those who do not learn from from history, are doomed to make another World War II videogame.” A famous saying, and one we all know well. So when Activision hosted a live presentation for the reveal trailer of their latest shooter, Call of Duty: WWII [official site], I watched and felt nothing but a tired wave of low-burning resentment for everyone involved. During this presentation the word “visceral” was said a total of eight times and our own news editor Alice silently got up from her desk, walked solemnly out of her house, and never returned. If anyone has seen Alice, please call us. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: WW2 trailer shows off, y’know, WW2 stuff

A month after word of its existence leaked, today we have our first peek at Call of Duty: WW2 [official site]. At a livestreamed mega-reveal-o-world-first-a-exclusive-y-shoot-o-bang-a-blowout, developers Sledgehammer Games and publishers Activision have shown the first trailer. It looks pretty fun! Has all those scenes from the WW2 movies. Lots of explosions and shouting. The event is still ongoing but seems mostly to consist of men saying “visceral” and pretending the game is serious historical documentation. I can’t take this anymore. Look, I’ll drop this trailer here then be on my way. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: WW2 is real, obvs

Cor blimey, love a duck, and stone the crows: Activision have announced that the next Call of Duty game will be Call of Duty: WWII [official site]. Their official announcement says about as much as the leak which gave this away four weeks ago. Another supposed leak has sprung with unconfirmed babbling about unsurprising things like D-Day and a co-op mode. But what’s most important is that ↑ teaser artwork up there. What’s going on with the man we shall assume is named Robert Gunnington? Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2 coming to PC for deffo, says fresh trailer

Alien murderthon Destiny 2 [official site] is coming to PC for real. You know what that means: no more qualifying all our news posts with “but this is just a rumour.” Hooray! The news comes as part of a “reveal trailer” which is a stupid name for a trailer when there has already been a video showing its existence. That and the shooter was officially revealed by a tweeted logo earlier this week. But never mind, let’s take a look at what we can expect from the MMO-ish sequel in the video, found in the nether regions of this post.
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Editorial: It’s great news that Call Of Duty is returning to World War 2

If the rumours are true, and they most likely are, this year we’ll be seeing Call Of Duty: WWII. People have reacted with concern, but I’m here to argue it’s the best possible news.

There was a time when learning a game was set in World War II was deserving of the heaviest of sighs. Not only did it mean that it would be one of seven thousand other games that year plundering the past for an excuse to bob a gun at the bottom of the screen, but it was more likely to be crass and ignorant than a tribute to the bravery and miserable deaths of our ancestors. We got well and truly sick of WW2 games. Then to save us, the march of the zombies began. We had a whole new theme to groan at, and the Second World War has had something of a break.

The temptation of hearing the rumours that the all-conquering shooter series is to return to its own origins is to start sighing once again. But there are some really good reasons not to. In fact, if there’s anything that could save CoD from itself, it’s heading back. Read the rest of this entry »

Rumour! Call of Duty: WW2 is real, and a real bad name

Rumours of Call of Duty’s return to World War 2 have circulated since, well, since Activision’s mega-hit FPS series left it almost a decade ago. This time it’s really for really real, folks including our chums at Eurogamer say. Whispers, rumours, and supposedly leaked artwork say this year’s game will bear the rubbish name Call of Duty: WWII. Presumably this would mean a sad farewell to the wall-running and double-jumping of futureCoDs but the welcome return of the M1 Garand rifle’s ping, the loveliest sound in all murderdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

You are Kevin Spacey’s surrogate son. Look at those eyes, focused with paternalistic concern. He is placing a hand warmly upon your robot arm, the robot arm he gave you along with robot legs and probably robot other things. It’s a shame, really. It’s a shame you’ll have to kill him later.

This is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Read the rest of this entry »

That’s Sabotage! First CoD: Infinite Warfare DLC hits PC

I can’t stand it, I know they planned it: the first DLC for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site] has arrived on PC, one month after its PlayStation debut. Activision are scheming on an exclusivity deal – that’s sabotage. As is the first DLC. ‘Sabotage’ is its name and new maps is it game. It’s the standard CoD DLC deal: four regular multiplayer maps and one new map for the co-op Zombies mode. And as ever, Zombies is where CoD devs get to lark about, this time visiting a zombified rave in a redwood forest in the ’90s, with guest star Kevin Smith. Really. Look: Read the rest of this entry »