Black Ops 2 To ‘Redefine Call Of Duty’, Has Best-Looking Multiplayer Ever – Activision

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS, PS2

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s future-setting “the biggest step for the franchise since leaving World War 2,” according to Activision.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 publisher Activision hopes the game will “redefine the franchise” and result in the “best Call of Duty game” so far according to CEO Eric Hirshberg.

“Black Ops 2 is hands-down our most ambitious Call of Duty game to date and pushes the franchises’ boundaries more than ever before,” Hirshberg said during an Activision earnings call last night (via Seeking Alpha)

“Treyarch is challenging assumptions on every front with meaningful innovations in single player campaign, multiplayer, zombies, facial animation and graphics technology.

“In multiplayer, they’re embracing all levels and play styles to give players more ways to engage in what will be hands down the most visually-enhanced multiplayer experience ever on a console,” Hirshberg claimed.

Activision is “all in on this game” which the publisher believes “could redefine the franchise and be the best Call of Duty game we’ve ever made,” according to Hirshberg, who also confirmed that Black Ops 2 pre-orders are ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s early pace.

“Overall, we think this game and the move to the near future setting is the biggest step for the franchise since leaving World War 2 and bringing Call of Duty into the modern era,” Hirshberg concluded.

More Call of Duty:

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  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Preview

Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2, Dead Space 3 Pre-Orders Hit Retailer

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox


BT Games follows its God of War 4 listing with more unannounced sequels – Dead Space 3 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2.

Dead Space 3 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2 – both yet to be announced by EA – have appeared for pre-order on South African retail site BT Games.

The site recently mentioned God of War 4 too, which could be revealed as soon as this week.

Dead Space 3 would be the third, and pretty much expected title in Visceral Games’ third-person sci-fi survival horror franchise, while Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2 would be a sequel to EA Canada’s 2005 urban street racer, which hit PS2, PC, PS3, Xbox, 360, DS, Gamecube and PSP.

NFS: Hot Pursuit studio Criterion is thought to be working on a new Need For Speed game, with speculation suggesting it could be Hot Pursuit 2. Could it actually be Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2 instead?

PC is the format mentioned for Dead Space 3, but no platform information is given for NFS: Most Wanted 2 – instead the description just reads: “Latest Release in the Need For Speed Franchise”.

With E3 coming up in the next few weeks, it seems there are still plenty of game announcements set for 2012.

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PSN Update: Starhawk Beta, SSX Demo Hit PS3

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS2, PS3, PSP


The PSN update has brought new games, demos and DLC.

Starhawk’s multiplayer beta trail and EA’s SSX demo are among the content to drop in the PSN update.

PS Vita cross-play game Motorstorm RC is also available for just £4.79, while other full PS£ games include H.A.W.X. 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off The Record.

Check out the full list of content, game sand discounts, below:

PS3 Games

- Just Dance 3 (£29.99/€39.99)
- Smash ‘N’ Survive (£9.99/€12.99)
- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 (£19.99/€29.99)
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (£14.99/€19.99)
- Might & Magic Clash of Heroes + DLC (£13.99/€17.99)
- Quizball Goal! (£7.99/€9.99)
- Motorstorm RC (£4.79/€5.99)
Demos

- Starhawk Beta
- SSX

Downloadable Content

- Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel’s Outfit: Spacetime Guardian (£1.59/€1.99); Serah’s Outfit: Beachwear (£1.59/€1.99)
- The King of Fighters XIII – Unlock Key (£5.49/€6.99)
- NeverDead – Extension Pack Vol.01 (£3.19/€3.99)
- Rock Band 3: Megadeth Pack 01 (£2.49/€3.99)
- Saints Row: The Third – Gangstas In Space (£4.49/€5.49)
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Viewtiful Strange Pack (£3.19/€3.99)
- Uncharted 3 – Flashback Map Pack (£6.49/€7.99)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – STAR TREK: The Original Series – Special Edition (£3.99/€4.99)
- WWE 12: The Miz’s Awesome Attires (£0.59/€0.75); The Rock (£0.59/€0.75)

PS2 Classics

- Need For Speed Most Wanted (£7.99/€9.99)
- Hawk Superbike Racing (£5.49/€6.99)
- Operation Air Assault (£5.49/€6.99)
- Pacific Air Warriors II (£5.49/€6.99)
- Raceway: Drag & Stock Racing (£3.99/€4.99)
- Snowboard Racer 2 (£3.99/€4.99)
- Sonic Heroes (£7.99/€9.99)
- Steel Dragon Ex (£3.99/€4.99)
- Truck Racing 2 (£3.99/€4.99)
- Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (£7.99/€9.99)
- Peter Pan Return To Neverland (£7.99/€9.99)

minis (PS3/PSP)

- Knight Fortix 2 (£2.49/€2.99)
- Alien Havoc & Bubble Trubble Bundle (£3.39/€3.99)
- Grip Games Triple Pack (£1.99/€2.49)
- Freeshot Frenzy (£2.49/€2.99)

PlayStation Plus

- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell – 50% off until February 29
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow – 50% off until February 29
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory – 50% off until February 29

Special Offer Selection

- L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass DLC Bundle (Was £8.99/€11.25 – Now £7.29/€8.99)
- GTA IV Episodes Bundle DLC Bundle (Was £15.99/€19.99 – Now £10.99/€13.99)
- Burnout Paradise DLC Bundle (Was £15.99/€19.99 – Now £11.99/€14.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 20%
- Crysis 2 DLC – Decimation DLC Bundle (Was £7.99/€9.99 – Now £5.49/€6.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 20%
- Crysis 2 DLC – Retaliation DLC Bundle (Was £7.99/€9.99 – Now £5.49/€6.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 20%
- Half-Minute Hero (Was £11.99/€14.99 – Now £6.49/€7.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 10%
- Harvest Moon Hero of Leaf Valley (Was £23.99/€29.99 – Now £11.99/€14.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 10%
- Harvest Moon Innocent Life (Was £9.99/€12.99 – Now £5.19/€6.49) – Additonal Plus discount of 10%
- Valhalla Knights (Was £9.99/€12.99 – Now £5.19/€6.49) – Additonal Plus discount of 10%
- Valhalla Knights 2 (Was £11.99/€14.99 – Now £6.49/€7.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 10%
- Valhalla Knights 2 Current Battle Stance (Was £15.99/€19.99 – Now £7.99/€9.99) – Additonal Plus discount of 10%

Price Drops

- L.A. Noire (PS3) (Was £31.99/€39.99 – Now £23.99/€29.99)
- L.A. Noire Complete Bundle (PS3) (Was £39.99/€49.99 – Now £31.99/€39.99)
- Crazy Taxi (PS3) (Was £7.99/€9.99 – Now £6.49/€7.99)

 

What Metal Gear Solid 5 Could (and Should) Be

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, Games and Music, PS2, PS3, PSP

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What Metal Gear Solid 5 Could (and Should) Be

1UP editors ponder the future of Hideo Kojima’s mega-series.

By: 1UP Staff
November 21, 2011

  • Jeremy Parish, Editor-in Chief

    Jeremy Parish, Editor-in Chief

    You know what I’d like to see for Metal Gear Solid 5? Nothing. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been following — and a fan of — the Metal Gear games since before the original game came out for NES. I love me some Metal Gear. But at this point, and MGS4 will back me up on this, the series just has too much baggage. Why not just start over with a clean slate and a new series and let Kojima and his folks work their magic without having to worry about an insanely convoluted backstory that was never meant to be concluded? Oh, right… money.

    Fine. If Kojima has to go ahead with a fifth chapter, I only see two ways for it to work. One, jump way far into the future and leave behind the legacy cast. Maybe make the game about Olga’s kid Sunny, all grown up into an idiot savant secret agent who sings about eggs while she snaps necks, but leave everyone else behind. Alternately, let’s take the series way into the past and focus on The Boss (aka The Joy) and her work with Cobra Unit in World War II. Or, hell, stop the flirting and cockteasing and just let Metal Gear make out with Assassin’s Creed already. Find some way to combine the two series’ ridiculous story lines into one. (Suggestion: The Apple is nanomachines!)

    Whatever the case, Metal Gear Solid 5 shouldn’t be about the Snakes. Not Solid Snake, not Liquid Snake, not Naked Snake, and definitely not Solidus. Their story is done. The Patriots’ story is done. Here’s an idea, though: Why not get back to basics and make a Metal Gear that’s about, you know, Metal Gear? The series’ big deal used to be the mad threat represented by a compact, self-contained nuclear delivery system. Before the AIs named after dead presidents and social manipulation and impossible continuity, Metal Gear was about a simple deadly threat. I’d love to see that kind of clarity of purpose in the series again.

  • Bob Mackey, Features Admiral

    Bob Mackey, Features Admiral

    If you’d like to see the direction the Metal Gear Solid series should go, look no further than Peace Walker; though the game’s admittedly built with on-the-go play in mind, it managed to shake off most of the baggage that clung to the series for so long. Simplified controls, a dialed-back story, a nearly bottomless toy box full of weapons and gadgets, and several multi-layered RPG systems built for endless tinkering — all of these elements brought Metal Gear far above the fan-pandering torture that nearly sunk Solid 4. Given that MGS4 tied up every loose end (and turned Solid Snake into a human Hot Pocket), the series has an unprecedented amount of breathing room; and since the Metal Gear timeline stretches across 50 years, Kojima and his team now have the ability to dip in and out of this history at their leisure. So why shouldn’t they?

    So, where could Metal Gear Solid go with its fifth official installment? Honestly, it’d be fantastic to see remakes of the original two Metal Gears, even if Kojima repurposed a great deal of these games’ content for the original Solid. But instead of putting the spotlight on Snake, why can’t the Metal Gear team instead show us the story of Outer Heaven through the eyes of Big Boss himself? It’d be the perfect send-off to a character they’ve been progressively developing since Metal Gear Solid 3, not to mention a fine opportunity for Metal Gear fans to experience a plotline currently trapped behind a thick mesh of outdated mechanics and primitive storytelling.

  • Ryan Winterhalter, Associate Games Editor

Bully Sequel to be Contemplated Following Max Payne 3

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, PS2, Wii, Xbox

Bully

Last month marked the five-year anniversary of Bully’s release on PlayStation 2. Aside from a re-release (in the form of Scholarship Edition) on Xbox 360 and Wii in 2008 and a PC port later that year, there hasn’t been much talk of a future for Bully. In the meantime Rockstar has been busy — Grand Theft Auto IV and both its expansions, Red Dead Redemption, two Midnight Club games, and more have been released since then, yet Bully remains the preeminent Rockstar game for many. With Bully developer Rockstar Vancouver currently occupied with Max Payne 3, there are plans to evalute the prospect of a new Bully following MP3’s release in March.

Bully isn’t the only Rockstar game that has had to wait a long time for a sequel. Max Payne 2 was released in 2003, making it at least an eight-and-a-half-year wait for MP3. Red Dead Revolver was out a year later, in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2010 that Redemption came along.

Microsoft Xbox Turns 10 Years Old Today

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Microsoft, PS2, Xbox

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It was 10 years ago today that Microsoft entered the videogame console business with the release of the Xbox in North America. The system debuted at $299.99 and its release came more than a year after the PlayStation 2 had already debuted in western markets and three days before the GameCube, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in North America on Friday. Xbox was the most powerful of the three consoles during that generation (four if you wish to include the Dreamcast), though that didn’t translate into sales — PS2 ended up dominating the console market for much of the decade, but Xbox did prove to be influential in the long run.

The Xbox name came from the original idea of creating a DirectX Box, DirectX being the name for a set of APIs used on computers. (’DirectX Box’ ended up being shortened to ‘Xbox.’) The system was, like the PS2 and unlike the Dreamcast and GameCube, capable of playing DVDs in addition to games. Dolby 5.1 support and an integrated Ethernet port were both standard, as was an 8GB hard drive, a new concept for videogame consoles at the time. The obvious benefits of a hard drive included the ability to save games without a memory card and rip music from CDs that could then be listened to as a soundtrack in certain games. Its presence later opened the door for downloadable content in games like Halo 2. (A standard hard drive was abandoned for certain models of the Xbox 360, resulting in developers avoiding mandatory installs no matter the cost.)

Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection is a Hat Trick of Awesomeness

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, PS2, PS3, PSP

Even as our consumer rights are slowly whittled away by binding arbitration clauses, draconian DRM, and “online passes,” we gamers still remain an awfully spoiled lot. And if you don’t believe me, here’s a stunning example: the asking price of the original NES Metal Gear in 1988? 50 American dollars. The cost of a fully remastered bundle containing Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (not to mention bonus remakes of the original MSX Metal Gears 1 and 2), purchased in 2011? 50 American dollars. As a pure value proposition, that’s nearly impossible to beat; and, given the amount of finely crafted video game content contained in this little package, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a better disc to grace the system of your choice — though it helps to be on board with the polarizing quirks of the Metal Gear series.

As a disclaimer, I feel it necessary to admit I’m a fan of most things Metal Gear, though it’s equally important to inform you that I haven’t let fanboyism shield me from its many flaws. Regardless of its various missteps, though, Metal Gear remains one of the few gaming franchises that exists solely as an auteurist expression, something that’s becoming increasingly rare in these design-by-committee days of game development. That said, either you jive with Hideo Kojima’s unique brand of lunacy, or you don’t; and no amount of high-def polish is going to change your mind. While the Peace Walker portion of this collection has been granted a much-needed overhaul to controls and online play, parts 2 and 3 are simply prettier — and these were very pretty games to begin with. Many would argue this collection provides the perfect opportunity to revamp the odd controls of Solids 2 and 3 (which were idiosyncratic at the time), but you only have to look at how Silicon Knights’ attempt to do just this in The Twin Snakes resulted in a horribly broken game — and besides, it’s highly unlikely that Hideo Kojima would allow Bluepoint Games to alter even a byte of his legacy.

First Three Months of 2012 Bring Three Silent Hill Games

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS2, Xbox

Silent Hill Book of Memories

Silent Hill fans are in for a real treat in the first quarter of 2012. Konami has announced release dates for three Silent Hill games, and all of them fall within the first three months of the new year.

The first of the bunch is the Silent Hill HD Collection, which was first announced last June and consists of HD remakes of Silent Hill 2 and 3. They each feature new voiceovers and will be available for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on January 24.

First Three Months of 2012 Bring Three Silent Hill Games

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Games and Music, PS2, Xbox

Silent Hill Book of Memories

Silent Hill fans are in for a real treat in the first quarter of 2012. Konami has announced release dates for three Silent Hill games, and all of them fall within the first three months of the new year.

The first of the bunch is the Silent Hill HD Collection, which was first announced last June and consists of HD remakes of Silent Hill 2 and 3. They each feature new voiceovers and will be available for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on January 24.

Grand Theft Auto V Brings Back Multiplayer to Southern California

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS2, Xbox

Following up on the release of the game’s debut trailer yesterday, Rockstar has issued a Grand Theft Auto V press release and provided some scraps of information about the project.

A lot of what was suggested in the trailer has been confirmed — the game is set in a Los Angeles-inspired city that will, like in San Andreas, be called Los Santos. It’s described as a “re-imagined, present-day Southern California” that includes some of L.A.’s surroundings, namely the “surrounding hills, countryside and beaches.”