Call of Duty: Black Ops III is so packed with content it tough to pick a place to start. While many COD players like to skip the campaign each year and dive straight into the multiplayer, Black Ops III's story mode marks the long-awaited return of co-op, making it one of the best campaigns the series has seen in a while.
However, I ran through the campaign playing solo first. This third entry in the convoluted Black Ops storyline jumps even further into the future. The world has gone to shit, but I can't remember why. Soldiers have body modifications that allow them to jump higher and wall-run in a similar, but certainly toned down, version of the hyper movement skills seen in last year's ambitious Advanced Warfare. You can now shoot while mantling over low walls and even reload while sprinting for a much more fluid feeling Call of Duty and these features gel nicely with the competitive multiplayer too.
You also have new skills to charge up during stages and as they recharge pretty fast, you can use them loads. You can send a swarm of bee-like nanomachines to set enemies on fire, highjack turrets, control drones and other sci-fi inspired moves. There's an x-ray view you can use as much as you want to see enemies through walls and there's a good chance you'll never turn it off (like Detective Mode in the Arkham games), although it feels a bit cheaty, especially with the attachments that allow better wall penetration shots.Click here to read more...
As much as I liked Destiny, even I agreed with many others over its issues during the first year of its life. A lack of live events during patrol missions, the ridiculous way the Light levelling system worked, and a poorly implemented storyline meant that, unless you had a group of like-minded players who were happy to repeat the same raids over and over, your end-game solely existed in the Crucible. The first two add-ons did little to help this, presenting too little content for their asking price.
So The Taken King represented a chance to alter the course of Destiny’s… well, destiny. A few of those much-needed changes were felt before the expansion went live – namely the way progression worked and how Light affected gear – and it finally gave me hope. Were Bungie finally using the feedback to deliver on Destiny’s potential? Would The Taken King fix all the other issues that plagued the game? Would I get ever used to the fact Nolan North was now voicing Ghost?
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It's not my intention to make anybody feel old but I have to indicate that it has been 13 years since Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 was released. My personal favourite has to be Pro Skater 2 (Playstation, 2000) where I literally spent hours upon hours in the hanger performing such tricks as the 360 Roastbeef or the Madonna.
In fact add to that the amount of time I also spent on Dave Mirra Freestlye BMX has me thinking 2000 was a pretty energetic year for me without stepping foot outside.Click here to read more...
I love Destiny, but I have to laugh at how it relies on pompous nonsense to artificially create a sense of wonder and history. Or in simpler terms: Bungie gives things silly names to make them sound important.
House Of Wolves goes one step further by using flowery wordplay to create the illusion of meaningful content. The Prison Of Elders, Trials Of Osiris, Vestian Outpost and Skolas The Kell Of Wolves may all sound like incredible value for just £19.99, but in reality you're getting an arena horde mode, a weekend-only multiplayer event, tiny new social hub and a villain you'll only pursue for a few short recycled missions.
Indeed, most of the real 'content' comes courtesy of a few multiplayer maps, the aforementioned arena, a single new strike and the recent patch v1.20 (which is free for all, of course). So it's a good thing that House Of Wolves is so much fun, then.
The Queen is betrayed. Her pet Wolves have turned against their mistress and she is not happy. Throwing open The Reef to Guardians, she puts out an open call to arms for all those willing to pursue and break the Fallen traitors.Click here to read more...
I've come to love Destiny over these last few months. Despite being crushingly disappointed at launch, I gradually realised that it's a great social experience that fits around your real life and gaming commitments, perfect for a strike here and a daily story mission there followed by a quick blast in the Crucible. Sure, the so-called "Raids" are hilariously repetitive, but Destiny's fun is evergreen and mechanically exceptional.
However, there's no denying that it's crying out for extra content. Which is where House Of Wolves comes in.
A far cry from The Dark Below, which used its Raid as an excuse to flog a pathetic amount of stuff at a breathtaking price point, House Of Wolves is much meatier and rides the crest of a major update. A new social space, new questline, new horde mode, new gear, level cap increase and three/four new Crucible maps certainly seems to be a generous offering, so I double-jumped right in as soon as it launched.
I've had a blast as always, but unfortunately what seems to be a huge wodge of content is far less substantial than it first appears. As is so often the case with Destiny, the emperor has no clothes. Or the Kell has no combat regalia to be more precise.Click here to read more...
Guitar Hero Live has stolen a march on Rock Band 4 by revealing their first 24 songs. It's a strong if somewhat diverse, from Judas Priest and System Of A Down to Ed Sheeran and Skrillex, which is designed to appeal to as large an audience as possible.Click here to read more...
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is finally an official thing! Activision have just announced that Robomundo and Disruptive Games will be teaming up once again after their work on previous entries, Ride, Shred and the HD remaster of the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
Obviously, we have a few reservations seeing as Shred and Ride (the ones with the criminally awful skateboard peripheral) were terrible games that effectively killed off the brand. Even their HD port of the original Pro Skater was rougher than we hoped.
But let's give the two studios the benefit of the doubt for a while. Tony Hawk's 5 will not come with a skateboard controller, it's a proper Tony Hawk's title to be played with a standard controller, the way it should be. Ride and Shred were crippled by the peripheral, so let's scratch that from their record.
As for the HD port, we'll assume it was something of a rush job that saw the studio still trying to get to grips with the series. They had to completely rebuild the game engine for it, which may explain some of the odd rough edges, but the following years have surely seem them get to grips with the new engine.Click here to read more...
Heroes Of The Storm will release on June 2nd, heralding the official launch of Blizzard's long-awaited MOBA.
As per usual there'll be lavish launch events around the globe, including London, which you'll be able to freely attend for special guests, contests, prizes, developer interviews and cosplay.Click here to read more...
The second Activision sale in as many days and in my opinion the better of the two. GoG are running the Activision catalogue up to 60% sale over the Bank Holiday weekend with some cracking prices:
Call Of Duty: Black Ops III broke cover over the weekend, as I'm sure you know. The hype train is already rolling in advance of its November 6th launch following the reveal trailer, news of a beta and loads of leaked intel about what Treyarch's third game plans to bring to the table.
To be frank, we're really rather excited.
Professional detachment and Treyarch's past form aside, Black Ops III is making some very encouraging noises and seems dead-set on fixing one of the biggest problems with the series so far. The singleplayer campaign.
Call Of Duty is famed for its multiplayer, of course, but many players have forgotten that COD 4: Modern Warfare also delivered one of the most impressive FPS campaigns of the last console generation. It may have been bombastic and intense, but it also delivered a uniquely thought-provoking perspective on war, focusing on the personal cost in some unforgettable and surprisingly intimate sequences. Coupled with some sensational set pieces (All Ghillied Up will remain a timeless classic), it was an underrated component of a deservedly lauded shooter.Click here to read more...
It's official: Guitar Hero Live is happening.
Coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U and helmed by DJ Hero developer Freestyle Games, the latest entry in the series plans to take things in a radical new direction. Boasting that "it's about to get real," the idea is to make you feel like a rock god with a first person view that shows an FMV crowd reacting to your music, on top of hundreds of playable music videos.
There's also a new peripheral... that sadly isn't backwards compatible. Watch the trailer and let's do this thing.Click here to read more...
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now just £25 on new-gen consoles at Tesco right now, perfect if you missed out on the Simply Games £24.99 deal.
After the disappointment that was Ghosts, Advanced Warfare arrived bringing some genuinely new ideas to the COD franchise last year. Its futuristic bells and whistles made for a more entertaining rollercoaster ride of a singleplayer campaign, but it was the multiplayer that really benefited, with the new mechanics shaking up the well-worn mechanics and making Advanced Warfare feel satisfyingly fresh.
Check out our Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review here. Cheers for the tip, Chanchi32!
Tesco have seriously slashed the prices on their range of Skylanders figurines, with individual figures going from £2.50. Click here to check out the range of Skylanders at Tesco >>
The figurines will work with any of the Portals of Power, and so it doesn't matter what platform you're playing the game on. See anything that takes your fancy? Cheers to Biboboy for the tip!
If you're in the market for Call Of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and Xbox One -- your reasons are your own -- then Amazon will sell you the digital combo pack for less than a tenner.
This is a screaming deal, though Call of Duty: Ghosts was a major disappointment compared to Advanced Warfare. Thanks to awal @ HUKD!
If you or your kids are Skylanders-crazy and didn't pick up Swap Force last year, John Lewis are on hand with a potential Christmas stocking filler. The Skylanders: SWAP Force starter pack will run you £19.50 on 3DS, which is a nice cheap deal and a major saving since Go2Games and GAME are out of stock!
The Skylanders: Swap Force Starter Pack includes the 3DS game, Portal of Power peripheral, two Skylanders Swap Force Figures, a Skylander Figure, three Trading Cards, sticker sheet with secret codes and a poster. A good haul at a very good price ahead of Black Friday, but note that the Portal is not forwards-compatible with Skylanders: Trap Team. You'll want to arrange in-store collection to avoid £3.00 postage, though it would still be a saving regardless. Thanks to myarse (heh) @ HUKD!
We're already seeing some cheap Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare deals mere days after launch, and this one is a corker. At £31.90, The Game Collection's Rakuten marketlace listing is probably the cheapest you'll find it this side of Black Friday.
Make sure to use voucher code MSERAK10 for the extra discount! You'll need to make/have a full account, as guests can't redeem vouchers (those clever so-and-sos!). Brendan's review praises the game as a return to form and a new paradigm for multiplayer funtimes, and I agree entirely, though identifying friend from foe can be a right old pain. Many thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD for spotting this excellent deal, and Chanchi32 for posting the voucher code!
Well, I wasn't expecting to see a deal this good for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare so quickly. It's the cheapest offer we've seen for the PS4 version, and will save you around £5 over the next best listing elsewhere.
As our review explains, Advanced Warfare is not only a well-polished instalment, but a highly refreshing take on the franchise. After all, there’s Exo-suit antics in the well-balanced multiplayer modes, and Kevin Spacey being Kevin Spacey in the single player campaign. Which is nice. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
It might be worth holding off on this one in case the Black Friday deals deliver something better, but this is currently the best price we've seen for Destiny on current-gen consoles. This latest offer beats the next cheapest deal by between £5-10 depending on your platform of choice.
Despite incredibly satisfying controls and the usual visual polish Bungie have become known for, the truth is it was a case of style over substance for Destiny. A solid foundation to build upon hasn't been taken advantage of since launch, and the end-game Light gear system can make or break the experience depending on how the RNG gods favor you. It's a huge shame, because when it gets it right, Destiny is a really, really fun game, as our review explains. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII@ HUKD for the find!
Considering Blizzcon is happening this weekend, this deal for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is rather appropriate. It’s the first time we’ve seen the expansion pack for under a tenner, and Amazon have price matched ShopTo’s listing so there’s a choice of where to go to save £7 over the next cheapest listing.
With the campaign focusing on the Zerg this time, new units and various ability paths gave the base-building strategy gtitle a unique feel. At this price it’s certainly worth giving it a go if you haven’t already, but be aware that you’ll need to base game, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, to play this. Thanks to fr3dy77_sp33d @ HUKD for the heads-up!
UPDATE: Activision's official stance at the moment is "no comment", while Sony submitted the following statement:
"Share Play is a system level feature enabled by System Software Update 2.0 making it available for all PS4 titles, however the option is available to developers to disable the feature according to what they feel will best benefit the consumer experience."
Heads up folks! Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn't support PS4's shiny new Share Play functionality, we can confirm. Reddit users had reported that Activision's shooter wasn't playing nice with the new feature, and indeed, we've just confirmed it ourselves across the game's various modes.
Share Play has a "blocked scene" option that allows developers and publishers to disable spoilerrific moments in certain games by limiting access to particular scenes, and it looks as though Activision have just rolled that out across the entirety of the game. Testing the feature earlier, Carl was neither able to take control of my game directly (although I was technically able to pass him the remote on the Share Play settings screen) nor join me for local multiplayer.
Bizarrely, Advanced Warfare popped up in Carl's Recently Played list even though he didn't get to enjoy a second of the game.
We've contacted Activision for further comment on the matter, and Sony regarding the ways in which devs/pubs might opt out of Share Play. You can check out our super-helpful, utterly scientific look at PS4 Share Play right here.