First Black Ops DLC Revealed: First Strike
Microsoft's Director of Programming (chief shill) Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has revealed that the first DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops will be released on 1st February 2011 for $15 (which we assume means 1200 Microsoft Points). Letting the cat out of the bag in the most recent Podcast, Larry dropped a few hints about what we can expect from the content.
Surprise surprise, it's a multiplayer map pack. It'll contain four new multiplayer stages as well as a supplementary Zombie level. Apparently two of the levels will be based on locations from the singleplayer campaign: Hong Kong and the Arctic (the latter requiring little or no editing to turn into a multiplayer map. Buildings and tents akimbo!). The other two will be entirely new; reportedly taking place around the Berlin Wall and an Ice Hockey stadium. No word about whether the ice will actually be slippery yet.
Microsoft's agreement with Activision means that this DLC pack (and all subsequent content) will be Xbox-exclusive until 2012. Considering the myriad complaints about the PS3 version, I can't imagine that too many Sony fans are that bothered about the move. We'll let you know if it's actually any good in the new year.
LittleBigPlanet 2 Gets Sporty
No, we can't wait either. LittleBigPlanet 2's delay is causing us no end of aggravation, but at least Sony have been keeping us entertained with plenty of videos while we wait. This latest trailer shows of the plethora of sports games... and genres... that can be emulated using the powerful level creation suite. [PS Blog]
I've said it before and I'll say it again. LittleBigPlanet 2 could be the last game you'll ever need.
Want To Use Mouse & Keyboard On The 360?
The XIM peripherals have been floating around the marketplace for some time. They act as a bridge and translator between an Xbox 360 and PC keyboards/mice, essentially allowing you to play Xbox 360 games with a PC setup... but previous models have been pricey, nasty and fairly shoddy pieces of kit. Luckily (for some), the new XIM3 is sturdier, more responsive and cheaper than previous models, retailing at around $200. Which is still a lot of money for a slightly easier headshots. [XIM via Kotaku]
Personally I much prefer a controller to a mouse these days, but the added precision would come in useful for Quake Arena Arcade. To be honest, however, we still can't quite understand why we can't just plug USB keyboards into the 360 in the first place.
Is this cheating- or a necessary workaround for dedicated shooter fans? Would you buy one? Or should Microsoft hurry up and enable keyboard support already? Have your say in the comments!
And Finally... The Christmas Number One Is...
...not going to surprise anyone. That's right folks, Treyarch's Call Of Duty: Black Ops has been confirmed as this year's Christmas Number One. It beat FIFA 11 and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit to the post with total sales of over 3 million copies in the UK.
UKIE has also confirmed that it's one of only three titles to break the 100 million pound mark in the UK (joining Modern Warfare 2 and Wii Fit), and that the top ten best selling games have raised over £345 million this last week alone.
Just in case you were wondering, here's the list in full (with an incredibly strong showing from a few Wii exclusives, as you'd expect from the holiday season):
- 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Multiplatform)
- 2. FIFA 11 (Multiplatform)
- 3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (Multiplatform)
- 4. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
- 5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Multiplatform)
- 6. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
- 7. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
- 8. Medal of Honor (Multiplatform)
- 9. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
- 10. Prof Layton and the Lost Future (DS)