New COD: Black Ops Details Sneak Out
Whilst the interwebs have been buzzing with Black Ops predictions since the recent trailer, details have been fairly thin on the ground. Luckily, USA Today has managed to score some hands-on impressions of Treyarch's upcoming FPS.
Black Ops will indeed be set in the Cold War era, with the player leading an elite team of operatives as they combat the threat of global communism in several exotic locations. Russia, Vietnam and Cuba will all provide the canvas for your cinematic gunfights and sneaky sniping.
The demo level, entitled WMD, takes place over the Ural mountains in Soviet Russia. Notice that I said over the Urals, because you'll start the level ensconced in the cockpit of an SR71 Blackbird, using simple contextual commands to guide your squad through a series of enemy controls and checkpoints. After some light RTS action, you'll rejoin your squad and take down and relay station deep in enemy territory using stealth, cunning and some sweet new armaments.
New weapons include a scoped crossbow for silent long range kills and a customisable AUG assault rifle (suggesting that we'll be able to tinker with our boomsticks this time around)- along with alternate ammo types. A 2-4 player cooperative mode has also been announced, letting us team up and take down the communists with some serious squad tactics.
New Super Mario Galaxy 2 Promo Vid
Early reviews indicate that Super Mario Galaxy 2's very good indeed (as if there was every any doubt), and a new Japanese promo vid gives us a lengthy and luscious look at the new gameplay. It's classic Nintendo through and through- time to dust the cobwebs off of your Wiis and get back into practice! Check it out below... and rejoice, Ninty fans. [Thanks, GoNintendo and VG247]
25% of Humble Indie Bundle Downloaders...
5 Indie Developers recently teamed up to bring us the Humble Indie Bundle, a beautiful package of five fantastic games that shot radiant beams of unadulterated gaming joy straight into the pleasure centre of the brain. Whilst the five games retailed separately for over $80, Wolfire Games allowed us to pay what we want for the bundle, literally letting us donate whatever we could afford for the privilege. Not only that, but they even shared their profits with two charities.
But apparently, that wasn't enough for some people. According to Wolfire's latest blog post, over 25% of the bundle downloads were obtained by pirating links from forums, taking advantage of the bundle's lack of DRM and Wolfire's generosity.
I'm going to take a deep breath... and incoherently rant say this as calmly as possible. Shame on you, pirates. SHAME. Were you too strapped for cash to to spare a quid for some hardworking independent developers? Couldn't be bothered to dig around behind the sofa and donate a few pence to charity?! One single penny, even?! Thanks for soiling a good faith charity venture, you pathetic weasels.
However, Wolfire Games President Jeff Rosen is taking the high road on this one. Rather than condemn the pirates, he's simply asked that they download their copies from torrent sites rather than clutter up Wolfire's bandwidth. Not only that, but Wolfire's still committed to providing a DRM-free service. That's a class act, folks- and we hope that they'll continue to promote great games and support indie devs despite the actions of several small-minded, pathetic parasites. [Wolfire Games]
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