Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

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.

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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 »

Have You Played… Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3?

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

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s multiplayer is fun. I know, right? You’re waiting for the but, in which I’m going to remind you that its willy-waving jingoism is uncomfortable, its level design is brown and dull, its killstreaks reward the best players with frustrating special abilities… but mostly those things aren’t true.

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SWAT 4 breaches GOG, commences clearing wallets

2005’s tactical cop FPS SWAT 4 is one of the superest shooters and a strong contender for the best game those BioShockers at Irrational made, you might have heard. Probably from us. Several times. And each time, we cough and mutter “Er, but you’ll need to wander eBay or something to get it.” No more! SWAT 4 is now available easily and DRM-free from GOG. Gather some mates, fire up its co-op, form a plan, and try to neatly complete missions without killing anyone. You’ll not find the explode-o-murder of Rainbow Six Siege here. Well, not unless you want to. Read the rest of this entry »

Platinum’s Ninja Turtles game vanishes from sale

Given that Platinum make some of the finest action games going and that only some of them make it to PC, one of them (temporarily?) vanishing from sale on PC should get me all het up. But eh, it’s only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan [official site] that has vanished from stores, and that’s a bit bum – certainly no Metal Gear Rising. Besides, this happens all the time with licensed games published by Activision, and they often return just as unexpectedly as they vanished.

Let’s barrel on through this so we can gab about Platinum’s Nier: Automata, which is coming to PC and looks totally wizzo. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer

We’ve already aired our misgivings over Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s campaign mode but how does the multiplayer stack up? Does the space-future setting re-energise the arena, or is it the same as always with a fresh coat of silver paint? We threw Brendan into the murderfields to find out.

It has a fitting name, I’ll give it that. Call of Duty is the series that seems to go on forever – it never dies and it never changes. There is always a man and there is always a gun, to bastardise a phrase from another game concerned with the Infinite. This outing has taken the action to outer space but it has done so little with the opportunity that it is hard to recommend, even to those who have been with the series from its Modern Warfare glory days. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think – Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Campaign

Battlefield 1 may have fallen back to 1914 but the other first-person shooters of the year are marching on, towards militaristic futurewar. Titanfall 2 was released a week ago (inexplicably, in the gap between two monster franchises) and now Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site] has rounded off the explosive triumvirate with more grenades, dogfights and tin men. It’s that final image – that of the tin man – which best sums up how I feel about the story campaign of Infinity Ward’s latest gunromp. Let me try to explain what I mean.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare From Windows Store Can’t Do Multiplayer With Steam Players

If you were hoping that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official website] or Modern Warfare Remastered would have the cross-platform play that some recent PC games have had, you’re in for a bit of crushing disappointment. It’s not even unified on PC. People who buy IW or MWR for Windows 10 through Microsoft’s Windows Store are unable to play multiplayer with players who own it on Steam, Activision Support confirm. That’s a bit of a bum deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Has Permadeath Mode

Winding up to launch Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site] tonight, publishers Activision have detailed unlock timings and blasted a few surprising details such as: it’ll have an unlockable permadeath mode. They call it ‘YOLO Mode’ but let’s pretend they don’t. I’m also into talk of the mega-tough Specialist difficulty mode, which includes such fun as needing to wear helmets to survive headshots and getting your weapon shot out of your hand. Splendid! Read the rest of this entry »

Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare System Requirements

With the launch of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site] just over a week away, Activision are busy ticking off items on their usual launch checklist.

  • Make live-action trailer starring celebs because reasons ☑
  • Announce PC system requirements ☑
  • Research oddball comparisons for post-launch sales boasts

I’m excited to see what they come up with this year on that last note. Infinite Warfare Twitch livestream minutes watched versus the Superbowl? Dollar sales figures versus the combined value of the shoes of everyone who saw Suicide Squad? We’ll have to wait and see! But for those first two, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

What We Would Like From Destiny 2

According to “several sources” Destiny 2 may be coming to PC. “You played a bunch of Destiny, didn’t you?” said Graham in work chat. I looked at my inbox which contains ongoing discussion of when everyone might be ready to do the new raid, thought longingly of the PS4 downstairs tempting me with its Archon’s Forge quest shenanigans, cast an eye over my bookshelf which contains a spare copy of the base game which I can’t remember why I own but it’s a good “just in case” precaution and cautiously replied “I fucking love Destiny.”

That is how I found myself writing this here “What We’d Want From Destiny 2” post.

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Cod Blops 3 Mod Tools Launch Into Open Beta

The next Call of Duty may be only five weeks from launching, but last year’s model is about to get a new lease on life. Developers Treyarch last night launched the long-awaited Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] mod tools into open beta, letting people create and play with custom levels, weapons, and modes – y’know, mods. Treyarch still have a bit of work to do, but now the tools are available to all players, rather than a handful of testers. Get cracking!

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Ghostly Rumours: Destiny 2 On PC?

GOSSIP. TITTLE-TATTLE. RUMOUR. The basest of base discussion, as your mum told the postman in the sauna the other day. At least, that’s what I hear. I also hear that maybe, just maybe, console online FPS-come-hamster-wheel Destiny [official site] might be incorporating PC into its sequel plans.

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CoD: Infinite Warfare Story Trailer Shows Spacesplosions

I would absolutely buy a cheap standalone version of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site] story campaign. Its Michael Bay-esque tale of Martians, Moonmen, spaceships, loyalty, duty, robots, explosive decompression, and explosions looks a right lark in this here new trailer. Given that Activision half-heartedly tried selling Cod Blops 3’s multiplayer separately, maybe one day they’ll try it with the campaign? Or that doofy co-op? While I work on crossing my fingers and toes, you can watch the trailer with a villainous turn from that babyfaced fella from the TV show where everyone keeps telling him he knows nothing – The Weakest Link?

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Let’s Learn About Infinite Warfare Multiplayer, Shall We?

We’ve had a taste for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s [official site] story and the requisite zombies co-op mode (this time with wild ’80s prints and the Hoff himself), but what of the multiplayer? How will we compete in this world of infinite war?

Luckily, Infinity Ward have the answers to your burning multiplayer questions in two new trailers. It all looks very classic Call of Duty, but with a cool futuristic aesthetic.

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