Treyarch has announced that Black Ops II pre-order customers will be able to get involved in a Double XP multiplayer weekend between 16th-18th November, which should help them get a leg up on the competition and increase their supply of attachments. [IGN]
As you can see, a new Nuketown 2025 image has also hit the net, which is looking very retro indeed. Again, it's pre-order customers only.
Black Ops II launches on November 13th, and we're looking forward to seeing whether Treyarch can deliver on some seriously exciting promises.
Visceral Games are definitely living up to their name when it comes to Dead Space III - as evidenced by these six new screenshots. Expect brutality and anti-gravity insantity alongside some more traditional scares. We'll find out how they manage to balance it next Spring.
News from Tinsel Town: Battlefield Bad Company will be headed to the small screen. Deadline Hollywood reports that Fox has greenlit a comedy action series based on the misadventures of the perpetually-unlucky squad, written and produced by John Eisendrath of Alias fame.
"It follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector," Deadline Hollywood elaborates. "But trouble is never far behind as they realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks."
Understandable knee-jerk reactions aside, perhaps this would be a good fit for a lighthearted TV show? We'd still prefer another series entry, though...
"So – here’s the surprise," tweeted Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford today. "Mechromancer for Borderlands 2 is ready about a week earlier than I promised. October 9, all platforms."
"Should be available for download on all platforms by the end of the day."
With these surprises you are spoiling us, Randy. The Mechromancer DLC pack adds a new character to Borderlands 2, whose versatile skill tree focuses on controlling a massive Deathtrap mech and some intruging buffs designed for new players. It'll be free to pre-order customers, while everyone else will need to pay £7.99/800 MS Points. While you wait, Gaige's skill calculator is live on the official site.
Pid, the upcoming platform adventure from Might & Delight, is going to be properly tough. So says its developers, who've released a new trailer showing "difficulty spikes like never before" when you engage the optional Hard Mode. This new gametype completely switches up the game, putting the focus on razor reflexes and pattern recognition rather than enjoying the scenery. One for the retro fans, methinks - and those looking for serious bragging rights.
Apparently Pid is still slated to release before 2013 - we'll be keeping an eye on this one.Click here to read more...
Retro City Rampage, the top-down love affair to all things 8-Bit, is out this week on Steam, PS3 and Vita (PSN). To watch the trailer is to thoroughly love it.
WiiWare and XBLA versions are also on the cards, release date TBA.
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation is going to have us glued to our Vitas this Christmas, at least if this latest developer diary is everything to go by. All professional detachment aside, it really does look gorgeous for a portable game, and fully-featured to boot.
Matt was similarly impressed when he played it - check out our Assassin's Creed III: Liberation preview for more details.Click here to read more...
Guardians Of Middle Earth, the upcoming MOBA set in Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings universe, will be getting a staggered downloadable and retail release from early December. It'll launch on PSN from December 4th (likely the 5th here in Europe) at £11.99, and hit retail on December 7th. This pricier physical edition will set you back £24.99, but contains full access to post-launch DLC content along with a PSN download code.
The XBLA version is set to release "this autumn" at an unconfirmed price point, as is the Xbox 360 retail edition.
Don't fret, Walking Dead fans, because you won't have long to wait for your next fix of superb storytelling. Telltale Games has announced that The Walking Dead: Episode 4 - Around Every Corner will release this week (Wednesday, presumably) on XBLA, PC and the US PlayStation Store.
European PSN might be another matter, however, since previous episodes tend to be delayed in our neck of the woods. That said, the gap has been closing, so here's hoping for a simultaneous release.
Matt awarded Episode 3: Long Road Ahead 9/10 in last month's review.
The Wii U's launch lineup took a hit today with the announcement that anticipated platformer Rayman Legends will be pushed back into Spring 2013.Click here to read more...
Bohemia Interactive are lobbying hard to secure the release and fair treatment of two developers who currently face espionage charges in Greece. If you want to show your support, the community has set up a new site that allows you to create, write and freely send a postcard to Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta, which will hopefully make their incarceration more bearable. Printing and postage will be handled on their end.
You can read the latest developments of the bizarre case here. [thanks to W0lle for reminding me that this is a community initiative]
Football Manager 2013 plans to be the definitive management experience when it releases on November 2nd, but features a streamlined Classic Mode designed to cater to players who don't have an enormous amount of time on their hands. To illustrate the new mode in action, Sports Interactive has released another five developer diaries, each of which demonstrates a different aspect of the experience including the optional unlockables. We've rounded up the whole thing after the break.Click here to read more...
The Wii U's Gamepad interface has received its first footage courtesy of Nintendo World Report, who managed to capture some video of the new OS in action. It's a slick and intuitive affair if the footage is anything to go by, though of course, it's subject to change before the November 30th launch.Click here to read more...
Despite enduring one of the most mixed critical receptions of this generation, Resident Evil 6 has entered the charts in 2nd place, knocking Borderlands 2 down to third and unsurprisingly coming in behind EA's annual footy juggernaut. We were broadly impressed with Capcom's cooperative action game in our 7/10 Resident Evil 6 review, but suggested that they might have been better billing it as a spin-off in our latest PWNcast.
Resi isn't the only new face in the charts this week, though. Just Dance 4 has boogied its way into fourth place, while NBA 2K13 shows strong fundamentals in sixth.Click here to read more...
Just a quick PSA: if you're still playing Modern Warfare 2, you might be surprised to discover that the Favela map has disappeared. Activision has temporarily retired the level from playlist rotation due to players discovering holy Islamic text displayed on a couple of paintings, which is potentially offensive for Muslim gamers.Click here to read more...
Nihilistic has confirmed that Vita FPS Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified won't feature the fan-favourite zombie mode, with the 4v4 multiplayer and survival gametype taking priority.Click here to read more...
Capcom has released a truly delightful little trailer for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which is headed to the Wii U and 3DS. Within, two cute characters will explain what to expect from the upcoming action-RPG, and detail some of its unique features including save file sharing and robust servers.
This is what we like to see in instead of developers trying to fix scores on Metacritic, direct consumer marketing. Like, in their face direct. Take a look at this amusing video showing XCOM: Enemy Unknown Lead Designer, Jake Solomon, working undercover on the floor of an American video game store.
Feel his pain as he tries to sell his own game to customers that clearly want something else. 2K are going to have quite a struggle selling this sort of game on consoles, so it’s good to see them poking a little fun at themselves. Kevin Butler's time may be up, but that doesn't mean we can't see more things like this. If only somebody could calm Randy Pitchford down a little.
Check out the video after the jump.
A series of departures this week, Cliffy B leaves Epic, Booth Babes get the boot from next year's Eurogamer Expo, Joe Danger escapes from XBLA and Sony leave their thinking caps at home and decide not to give the flagging Vita an Xmas price cut. Our reviews include another fine effort from FIFA 13, a Resident Evil 6 that can't quite decide which game it wants to be and the Testament of Sherlock Holmes where we poke corpses with a magnifying glass. Matt's also been getting an early hands-on with the likes of Halo 4 and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed. There's also a Borderlands 2 Survival Guide for you if you're finding Pandora's locals to be a bit too murdery.Click here to read more...