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From Crazy Black Ops Trailer to FREE Mechwarrior 4 - News Roundup 1st May 2010

Jonathan Lester
Call of Duty: Black Ops, Games news, Mechwarrior 4, Playstation Move, SOCOM 4, Treyarch
Call of Duty: Black Ops

First CoD: Black Ops Trailer... WTF?!

From Crazy Black Ops Trailer to FREE Mechwarrior 4 - News Roundup 1st May 2010

GamesTrailers has released their world exclusive trailer of Call of Duty: Black Ops... and it's certainly nothing like we expected. Several scenes appear to take place in Vietnam, the arctic and the future... along with some space flight sections? Awesome.

Whilst our latest intelligence suggested that CoD7 would take place across multiple theatres of war, the presence of futuristic environments alongside more familiar settings was news to us. We'll be keeping a very close eye on this one.

There's a lot to see in this trailer (if you can deal with the fast cuts)- and we'd be interested to hear what you make of it. Drop us a line in the comments! [GameTrailers TV]

Sony: Move Won't "Ruin" SOCOM4

From Crazy Black Ops Trailer to FREE Mechwarrior 4 - News Roundup 1st May 2010

Sony has been vociferously defending the inclusion of the Playstation Move motion-controller into SOCOM 4 these past few weeks. Previous reports indicate that the controller will act as a "lightgun" with a visible onscreen reticule and the player will be able to rotate, strafe and move with the subcontroller (i.e. nunchuck). Sounds great in theory, but SOCOM producer Elliot Martin is the latest spokesman to step into the breach and defend the new technology.

“It doesn’t ruin the experience, that’s the important thing. It may not be the exact experience certain people want but that’s why we’re being very careful to not lock it down.

“We’re trying to preserve the different playing methods to appease everyone”.

Martin went on to describe the scalable sensitivity settings, stating that players will be able to calibrate the Playstation Move to compliment their own play style. As an avid lightgun fanatic, I'm excited to see how the motion control gels with a pure FPS- but it's odd that Sony have been on the defensive about the control scheme rather than playing to its strengths. Using phrases such as "appease" and "ruin" seems like a step backwards for such a potentially revolutionary control setup. [Eurogamer]

FREE Mechwarrior 4 Now Available

From Crazy Black Ops Trailer to FREE Mechwarrior 4 - News Roundup 1st May 2010

Several weeks ago, we reported that Microsoft had delayed the development of Mechwarrior 4's free licenced re-release from the avid MekTek modding community. It was supposed to hit last summer, but we're delighted to announce that it's finally finished and ready to download!

So, here it is. Mechwarrior 4... with a whole bunch of new mechs, upgrades and extra content. For free. Legally.

Important: Note that the site is under a huge amount of stress at the moment (and has collapsed a couple of times under the sheer weight of downloads)- and you may need to wait a little while for it to load properly. The boys at MekTek are doing their best! Another option is to download their content delivery system, MTX, though the site is also creaking under the huge demand.

For those who don't know, the Mechwarrior series combines enormous bitchin' mechs with precision sim and customisation mechanics. A franchise reboot is currently in development, but this free release is the perfect way to find out what it's all about. Personally I can't wait to finish the news and strap into my beloved Madcat! It's been too long.

Add a comment5 comments
Chris  May. 1, 2010 at 15:28

RE: CoD Black Ops - Did anyone else get an Assassins Creed feel about it? (The whole remember your past etc).

If they apply that to it, I'll be pissed.

Jonathan Lester  May. 1, 2010 at 15:34

Absolutely- in fact, "Black Ops Creed" was the title I was going to run with. I was just unsure if enough people would understand what I was getting at.

Future black operatives being trained through historical simulations? Here's hoping for something far less contrived... but that'd be my current prediction.

Alabaster Codify  May. 1, 2010 at 15:54

"A whole bunch." Hmm.

Jonathan Lester  May. 1, 2010 at 16:28

In case you're interested, the extra features have been detailed here:


Chris  May. 2, 2010 at 00:14

*Dances* I am so smart, I am so smart, S-M-R-T, I mean S-M-A-R-T!

Curious to see what happens with this though. I wasn't overly impressed with Treyarchs WaW (although enjoyed the single player, the mutliplayer is very lacklustre), so my expectations for this one are very low.

Methinks EA will now be kings of the FPS, although with Bungies move to Activision, this next few years will be very, VERY interesting.


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