The Guinness Book Of World Records has officially collated the Top 50 videogame endings of all time in their latest edition, ostensibly collecting results from over 13,000 gamers.
And it's bollocks.
Sorry. I usually strive to maintain professional detachment when writing news posts, but this is a travesty. According to the list, Call Of Duty: Black Ops has the best ending, of any videogame, ever. Followed by Halo Reach. Really.
Other 'highlights' include Star Wars: Force Unleashed II, though I suppose that the ending is the best bit of that game. We've got the full chart below... and try not to spit on it. You'll need to clean your screen afterwards.Click here to read more...
Steam are offering you the chance to play Black Ops' multiplayer mode absolutely free this weekend, provided you can accommodate an eight gigabyte download. Call of Duty is the undisputed king of online carnage, and with good reason. Black Ops takes everything that made Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer so successful and pads it out with extra game modes, extra perks, and a whole host of extra maps. While the single player campaign didn't quite match up to Infinity Ward's efforts, Treyarch have honed their online battlefield to perfection, and for the price of sweet naf-all, what have you got to lose?
Well, surprise, surprise! LA Noire's jumped straight in at Number 1 in this week's UK Games Charts and my guess is that it'll stay in the top three for at least the next couple of weeks. Rockstar's Detective saga is jam packed full of content and I had a wicked time investigating away and busting criminals over the weekend! That's not to say it's a perfect game by any means, there are a couple of areas that could do with a bit of polish, but it's wonderful to see the story unfold before your eyes.Click here to see who made the Top Ten this week!
What better way to break back into the multiplayer swing of things across PlayStation Network, than by jumping onto Black Ops this weekend, seeing as Treyarch are giving PS3 users a double XP weekend, which means that you'll be able to level up twice as quickly so you might finally get that gun you've been waiting for!Click here for more details.
Treyarch has released Title Update 7 for the Xbox 360 version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops along with a taster demo on Xbox Live. Better late than never, I suppose. We've got the list of fixes, tweaks and demo details after the jump, along with the date for another PS3 patch.Click here for more details...
Christmas? Bah, humbug! There's news to be reported!
2010 has provided us with some truly fantastic games... but many of them have been bugged out beyond all recognition. Fallout: New Vegas, Final Fantasy XIV and the PS3 version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops are all riddled with glitches, and the Office Of Trading Standards has now officially stated that owners of glitchy games are entitled to a full refund or replacement!
When consumers buy goods their rights are always against the retailer, so if there is a problem with a game, the consumer should return it to the retailer.
The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended) states that goods should be of satisfactory quality, fit for their purpose and as described. If the game is faulty, then the consumer should be entitled to a refund from the retailer.
(Un)fortunately, subsequent patches have restored a lot of functionality to the likes of New Vegas and Black Ops, meaning that it will now be much more difficult to claim a refund on these grounds. Not only that, but continually playing a buggy game will void your statutory rights to a rebate, allowing you to only claim for "damages." [incgamers]
In essense, it's too late to cry over spilt milk... but in 2011, it's up to us gamers to use this empowering knowledge to demand quality from our medium. Don't just buy and put up with a glitched-out game. Make a fuss and return it at launch. The refund is passed on from the retailers to the manufacturers (e.g. the publishers)- and developers will soon learn that a little more money spent on quality control will pay dividends in the long run.
Microsoft's motion capture peripheral will doubtlessly be found under a fair few Christmas trees this year, but after a few boxing day rounds of River Rush and Kinect Sports, most gamers will be looking for more substantial titles to take advantage of the technology. During an interview with Xbox World 360 magazine, MS UK Boss Steven McGill has stated that Microsoft has a great year planned... but it will revolve around Kinect.
As for the future, we've got a brilliant line-up for 2011 but it's ultimately all about Kinect. Kinect is going to blow people's minds. They're [already] buying it, but we've got a line-up of Kinect games that will blow people away.
Will the hardcore be snubbed in favour of the casual gamer? Or will Kinect blend both audiences by providing completely new gaming experiences? Kinect's hardcore 2011 lineup seems set to do the latter... but only time will tell.
Crystal Dynamics were onto a winner with the cooperative Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, and new job listings reported by MTV Multiplayer suggest that the studio is seeking out a "senior game designer multiplayer" and a "producer multiplayer" to work on a "AAA title." Since they announced their new Tomb Raider prequel earlier this month, the smart money is on Lara's new adventure containing some sort of multiplayer mode.
The job listings are concrete, but this is still a rumour at this stage. It's perfectly possible that Crystal Dynamics are working on an as-yet unannounced title or are just playing around with the concept. We'll keep you updated by the wire.
Here's hoping for peace, love and plenty more cheap games. Thanks to our regulars and the epic HUKD crew for making this a fantastic year!
England's sportsmen may have crashed and burned in the World Cup and are enjoying mixed success at the commonwealth games, but representatives from our gaming scene have achieved their best-ever results at the World Cyber Games (WGC) this weekend. The prestigious four-day competition was held in Los Angeles, and saw more than 450 players from 58 countries compete in 13 games for a share of a quarter of a million dollars.
Our valiant gaming team was victorious at the Guitar Hero 5 and Forza Motorsport events, which propelled them to joint second in the medal charts - behind (surprise surprise) South Korea and tied with Germany and Brazil.
"We're enormously proud of our UK players. In a thrilling weekend of videogaming competitions we proved we're close to the best in the world - and we hope the achievement this weekend will propel our players to go one better next time." - Craig Fletcher, MD of Multiplay.co.uk
Daveskills and George Boothby did us proud, folks! We hope that the WGC helps to elevate our favourite entertainment medium as well as cement our reputation as a bona fide gaming nation.
Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 have famously comitted to 3D support at launch day, but it appears that Activision has beaten them to the punch. Treyarch has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops will support stereoscopic 3D on "all platforms" and will be available from November 9th.
Apparently the 3D effect is being used to create a greater depth of field rather than making bullets and shrapnel fly out of the screen, but we're looking forward to. As far as "all platforms" are concerned, we can definitely expect PS3 and Xbox 360 3D support as well as PC compatibility with nVidia's 3D Vision. But the Wii? Not so sure. It will be interesting to see whether CoD's adoption of 3D tech has a knock-on effect for the rest of the industry.
We didn't see this one coming. It's been over 10 years since Panasonic's last foray into the portable gaming scene, but the hardware giant has now revealed The Jungle: a slimline concept handheld that's designed to offer MMO and competitive multiplayer experiences on the move.
A full QWERTY keyboard and some serious hardware grunt will allow The Jungle to deliver a mini-PC experience... and we assume that it will have built-in 3G. Frankly, it had better. Apparently a browser-based Battlestar Galactica MMO will be heading the launch titles, but we assume that Panasonic will be designed for compatibility with other browser RPGs and flash games.
This may sound like an insane pipe dream, but some sources have placed the PSP2's release date at the tail end of 2011. There could be a gap in the market if Panasonic offer enough features for our money.
They say that curiosity killed the cat, but now Qriocity is gunning for bigger game. iTunes. Sony will be launching their digital distribution platform for music, video and even e-books in Europe by the end of the year, with designs on getting a slice of the lucrative download pie.
"We are excited to offer our customers high quality, cloud-based entertainment experiences across many of Sony's network-enabled devices. Services 'powered by Qriocity' will revolutionize the way that users play, listen, watch, share, communicate, learn, discover and create their digital entertainment content."- Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai, President of Sony's Networked Products & Services Group
This bizarrely named platform (which is a nightmare for spellcheckers everywhere) be rolling out for PS3s, Bravia televisions and VAIO PCs in the UK and four other European countries. [PS3 Center]
Treyarch and Activision has finally shot the lid off Call of Duty: Black Ops' multiplayer features. A lot is riding on the successor to Modern Warfare 2 (with Activision keen to improve on its predecessor's record-breaking sales figures)... and whilst we'll still be able to kill people with big guns for points and rank, there are a fair few major differences this time around.
First of all, a new currency system has been introduced. Known as COD Points (insert fish joke here), this cash can be used to purchase specialised challenges or actually gamble on high-stakes player matches. Known as "Wager" matches, these games are sure to be far more personal and intense than anything we've seen in Call of Duty before. The trailer (below) demonstrates various new game modes, including a "sticks and stones" gametype that limits armaments to crossbows and knives; and the insane "One In The Chamber" experience that looks to be incredibly tense. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the video's got to be worth checking out. [Courtesy of VG247]
Gun customisation has been kicked up a notch: with players now able to trick out their beloved boomsticks with skins, clan tags and logos as well as the usual gamut of modifications. Last but definitely not least, a new botmatch option will also allow cautious players to learn the maps and gain some valuable practise without damaging their all-important victory ratio.
Oh, and there's going to be an actual, factual minigun. Brutal.
We're absolutely psyched for Black Ops' multiplayer... but do you want to know more about the singleplayer? Why not check out my Gamescom impressions of two Vietnam-themed levels!
Resident Evil 5 provided a critically acclaimed new focus for the series, but proved incredibly divisive with fans . In a new interview with Spanish gaming site 3D Juegos, Resi producer Keiji Inafune stated that Capcom would "soon" be releasing some juicy details about the next game in the series.
Details are very thin on the ground this stage, but we know that Jun Takeuchi was angling for a franchise reboot. Unfortunately he now won't have anything to do with Resident Evil 6- so it's anybody's guess. Yes, that is an invitation.
The interview went on to discuss Inafune's opinions about on Playstation Move and Kinect, which prompted the producer to offer the following tidbit:
"Both [devices] will not be necessary for the players, but will offer many possibilities. As with Resident Evil 6, soon will have news about it ..."
What do you want from Resident Evil 6? Have your say (and drop off your wish list) in the comments!
I love the idea of Kinect. I really do. Which makes it all the more annoying when Microsoft constantly seems to mishandle every single aspect of its marketing and design.
The latest news from CVG is that Kinect's flaunted ability to leverage powerful voice recognition software into controlling basic console functions will not be activated Remember those excellent trailers of families controlling the Xbox 360 with nothing but a word? Flicking through menus or starting DVDs with a simple phrase? It looks like we'll have to wait some time for feature to become a reality- which is arguably a full half of Kinect's functionality.
In other news, the video chat software will also not be shipping at launch. Once again, this core selling point will hit at an unspecified later date. [MCV]
UPDATE: Microsoft have refuted this story, though it's possible that only certain languages may be supported at launch. We'll follow this one up- and don't yet know about the fate of the video chat software.
Things could be looking better for Microsoft's upcoming motion control peripheral, but Kinect's lead creative assures us that it will grow organically and offer new game experiences in the months and years after release.
"you’ll see [Kinect] evolve as a platform over time, see it as something that will extend not only through Xbox but could be applied through a lot of different mediums.”-Kinect creative chief Kudo Tsunoda [VG247]
Will Kinect be an evolving platform or a train wreck in motion? Disappointed at the delayed features? Have your say in the comments!
EA (and subsequently THQ) has rolled out the Online Pass, a code that unlocks the online functionality of a title and requires owners of used copies to pay a supplementary fee in order to gain the According to the SCEE president Andrew House, it seems that Sony might be eyeing up a piece of the action for themselves.
"On the principle of making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee, we're broadly supportive of that. And we're exploring actively the same option for our own content." -Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president Andrew House
This is odd news from Sony, who already sell a premium online service in the form of Playstation Plus. We'll keep you updated- but in my opinion, Sony won't change their policy on free core online play. This is hopefully just a flash in the pan caused by an ill-advised quote. [Eurogamer]
The PC community can exponentially multiply a game's lifespan, value and replayability with aftermarket player-made content... and in an exciting turn of events, Treyarch have announced that they'll be opening up CoD Black Ops for modding after release. Details are thin on the ground, but apparently a degree of modification will be possible after Treyarch have finished polishing the core game.
Whether this new functionality will allow easier hacking or exploitation of the multiplayer modes remains to be seen. However, it's still a step in the right direction. [Call of Duty Community Forums]
Psyched for Black Ops? Why not check out my time with the brand new Vietnam levels at Gamescom!
Treyarchs's upcoming Cold War shooter has attracted a lot of attention thanks to its original story and the controversy surrounding the Infinity Ward debacle. Many critics are currently unsure of whether Black Ops can truly deliver a bona fide Call of Duty experience, so in order to settle the issue, Activision were more than happy to show off a developer walkthrough of two previously unseen levels. I'm delighted to report that our time in the steamy jungles of Vietnam shows off a title that's on course to be more ridiculous, much bolder and infinitely more brutal than any CoD seen to date. Since these are genuine gameplay levels, expect some spoilers along the way. Also, Activision weren't allowing any photography or filming in their trade area, so apologies for the lack of footage.
The first mission, entitled Victor Charlie, literally started in the Huong River on Febuary 5th, 1968. Sergeant Mason, the player character, wakes up in a radidly submerging helicopter that's been downed by enemy anti-air defences. Stumbling forward to help the injured pilot, the riverbank erupts with a hail of gunfire that kills the unfortunate aviator and causes the helicopter to slip even further into the murky river water.
Luckily, this allowed us to take a look at one of Black Ops' new features: the ability to swim underwater. Prying the door open, Mason freely swum through the silt and grime, surfacing behind a boat attached to a jetty. Using a context-sensitive click of the right thumbstick, he grabbed a hapless Vietcong soldier from behind and used him as a human shield while gunning down a squad of soldiers on the river bank. Incoming bullets slammed into the unfortunate meatshield, with showers of blood pluming from his torso and a twisted grimace clearly visible on his face. A slow-mo bullet camera sequence picked out the last kill in gory slow motion. This was unfortunately a scripted set piece rather than a free combat ability ...but make no mistake, Black Ops is out to emulate the visceral, cinematic of its predecessors and deliver even more 'I can't believe that just happened' moments.
With huge international game show E3 drawing closer, we’re hoping for more info on 2010’s big titles, so watch this space.
Happily, the lovely Activision had a pre-E3 event recently and, over the next week or two, as the embargos lift, I’ll try and tell you what they told me about the likes of the new Spider-Man, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, True Crime and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Undoubtedly there will be more info post-E3 – hey, you’ve got to keep some juicy stuff for the folk travelling to Vegas, right? – but the highlight of the day was, inevitably, the preview of Call of Duty: Black Ops.
All those theories about when it will be set? We’re probably all right. While all we currently know for sure is that it’s about Black Ops (and, admittedly, you might have guessed that bit), the game appears to follow the classic CoD approach of jumping between eras and campaigns.
The title appears to follow several different covert operations, in particular the CIA’s anti-Communist activities in places such as Vietnam (hurrah!), Cuba and Eastern Europe. Developers Treyarch are keeping the specifics, and the timeline, under their hats at the moment but did show the gathered journalistic throng two levels, both set in 1968.
Up first was WMD – ooh, how topical – which expanded on the bit from the recent trailer featuring the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. From this atmospherically high vantage point, you see the Black Ops team approach a secret, mountainous Russian military base... and then you’re in the thick of the action, as one of the attacking soldiers, rappelling into the base and getting down the mountain to take out a satellite station.
Whilst many of us still haven't quite caught every last legendary in HeartGold and SoulSilver, we'll have to wait until next year for our next fix. Pokemon Black & White have been officially dated Spring 2011 for the UK and US. The Japanese will be able to get their hands on it in September, so expect import previews to kick off in a few months.
Still undecided about those starters, though. Are Game Freak finally running out of ideas and just throwing paint at wildlife for pokemon inspiration?
Time Magazine has recently published a list of the worst, most evil and most pointless inventions ever devised my mankind. Agent Orange, CFCs, DDT pesticides and the Hindenburg all made the list... but one gaming contribution stands out above the others: the Virtual Boy.
Billed as a major foray into 3D gaming, Nintendo's Virtual Boy console teetered precariously between a pointless novelty and a downright trip hazard. Wrapping the user's face in its cheap plastic womb, the device completely cut off all peripheral vision and provided only a handful of weak vector graphics games. The system only sold for six months before being pulled from the market, resulting in the high-profile dismissal of Gunpei Yokoi (who helped develop the original Game Boy and went on to pioneer the Wonderswan, a classic competing handheld that was technologically very impressive for its time).
Not to be outdone, the diabolical thief of time known only as Farmville also made an appearance. Though I'm not sure that "worst invention ever" should really apply to Zynga's fantastically successful time sink. [Time Magazine]
Does the Virtual Boy deserve to be billed as one of the Worst Inventions Ever? Can you think of any other gaming monstrosities that deserve a place in the list? Have your say in the comments!
The Call of Duty: Black Ops picture and preview embargo has now been lifted, and plenty of new info from their London press event has hit the internet harder than a rapelling badass. It's roundup time!
So, there you have it. Recent trailers indicate that Treyarch's got the action movie-style dynamic down pat, but we've yet to see if the rest of the game is as impressive as its trailer.