You genuinely can not argue with the price that Funstock Digital are throwing Modern Warfare 2 about for.....£3.19 using their current discount code #FUNISHOT. It's definitely the lowest I have every seen this title drop to and it currently sits on Steam at £19.99!
Note: don't be alarmed by the fact it states (MAC) as Modern Warfare 2 is a Steamplay title for Windows and Mac.
"Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action of the Call of Duty series as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse.Click here to read more...
The release of Modern Warfare 3 has seen the price point for the previous game in the series jump back up a wee bit, but Steam have got MW2 for under a tenner today. Expect plenty of setpieces, a suitably overblown storyline and a wealth of game modes. It's still a great package and a cracking FPS.
Has Activision smuggled old Call of Duty maps in to Modern Warfare 3? It would appear so, with the site MP1ST diving in to the record-breaking shooter's code to discover old Modern Warfare 1 and 2 maps hiding away. Activision has made an absolute killing on Call of Duty map packs - and we can only blame ourselves for paying those extortionate prices - and it would appear a retro themed chunk of content is in the pipeline for MW3.Click here to read more...
In light of this weekends tragic events in Norway, the media has once again turned its attentions to violent videogames and their involvement in such atrocities. It's been reported that Anders Behring Breivik, who before dressing up as a police officer and opening fire on a youth camp on the Norwegian island of Utoeya set off a car-bomb in the capital Oslo, was an avid gamer who used Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 for "training-simulation" purposes. However, Infinity Ward have come out in defense of their billion-dollar franchise, claiming they see no connection between MW3's global-strewn war and the rest of the world's conflicts.Click here for more
Whilst the story behind Modern Warfare 2's not quite as good as its predecessor, the action's definitely cranked up to 11! Once you've made your way through the single player campaign, you can tackle special ops mode with a friends, or join in with the ridiculously addictive multiplayer that'll keep you sat in front of your screen for hours on end. You can grab a copy of the PS3 version for £14.99 from Bee, which'll make you a saving of £3 on the next best offer coming in from Play.
I'm ashamed to say it; but I love Modern Warfare 2. I traded it in a while back, and started suffering withdrawal symptoms a few weeks ago, so engaged in a furious bidding war to nab a copy off eBay. Now, I'm back on it and happy to see it's in far sturdier shape than it was a year ago. MW2's launch is infamous for the numerous exploits and glitches millions of fans put up with, with Infinity Ward's response sloppy, to say the least. But according to their former community manager, now creative strategist, Robert Bowling, ensuring Modern Warfare 3's launch is patched properly is a "major focus".Click here to read more...
As much as I complain about Call of Duty stagnating the genre, I clocked up seven days worth of playtime in Modern Warfare 2 alone. That's, what, 168 hours? I'm embarrassed to admit it. But it's just so damn polished, rewarding and addicting. It's a pity MW2 suffers from a variety of glitches folks are only too happy to exploit. It's also depressingly predictable and not very team-oriented unless you actively pursue a clan or whatever. However, at £17.97 on the PC, this is a great price for PC enthusiasts looking for a good ol' FPS fix.
Mates. Buds. Compadres. Amigos.
Videogames have taken a stab at true love, but when it comes right down to it, there's no deeper connection than two best mates who look out for each other through thick and thin. Allow me, therefore, to take you through ten of the greatest Bromance stories ever told.
Conventional logic dictates that this pair should be the deadliest of enemies, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every time Mario needs some more disposable income or some time away from the missus, Bowser's always happy to hook him up with a princess kidnapping and go through the motions. In an awesome display of taking one for the team, Mario was also willing to go deep inside the digestive tract of his erstwhile foe to save the world... which is quite frankly further than even the tightest of bros are willing to go. Even on a stag night.
When Commander Shepard is forced to go off the books and recruit a crack team of surly ne'er-do-wells to save the universe, there's one Turian that he knows that he can rely on time and time again. Garrus always has his back. Whether he's doling out sage advice or devastating sniper cover fire, this is one partnership that survived two games and will hopefully make it into the third.
This is a classic example of a budding bromance that was cruelly cut short. It took a .44 magnum round and several cans of petrol to drag these two apart, even after the steadfast Ghost heroically dragged his comrade in arms out of a deadly firefight and was pivotal in securing each and every objective that Task Force 141 threw at them.
A tragic end to a solid bromance that was forged- and severed- by fire.Click here to keep reading, bro!
I loved Modern Warfare 2, if you weren't sliding down a cliff face at one moment, you were gliding across an icy landscape on a snowmobile attempting to outrun the numerous enemies who were trying to stop you. The game's packed full of great action moments, so it's hard to get bored with the single player, but if you do need a change you can jump online to pit yourself against other people, or you can slip into the special ops co-op mode if you feel like teaming up with a friend.
Black Ops might not even be three months old yet, but already I've seen a few friends returning to Modern Warfare 2. Personally, I prefer the former, as MW2 in its later life has descended into matches of pure chaos and killstreak-exploitation. However, if you find yourself pining for the former Infinity Ward's last game, then it's now just £9.97 at Currys, who've sorted it out and decided to offer home delivery now, too. I can't deny I was addicted to MW2, having pumped 6 days worth of playtime into Infinity Ward's magnum opus.
Black Ops might just be out of the gate, but if you've been less than impressed by Treyarch's recent Call of Duty efforts, or simply consider yourself more of a fan of the late Infinity Ward, then Modern Warfare 2 is now available for just £17.95 at Zavvi. The amusingly named, Hardened Edition, bundles a copy of the game with the 'Behind the Lines' art-book, a code for the first Call of Duty title, re-dubbed Call of Duty Classic, all packed away in a fancy steel case. Modern Warfare 2 is a little bit like the popular girl at school; fun, beautiful, eager to please, but beneath it all, vacuous and somewhat irritating. Bad metaphors aside, MW2 sucked 6 days worth of playtime from my life, an affliction I'm very glad to have developed, and the million-strong community continues to thrive, despite the odd glitch and game-breaking exploit now and again. Enjoy.
All eyes may currently be on the Black Ops limited edition with the remote control car, but Modern Warfare 2 also ships with an awesome extra that might actually come in handy during day-to-day life! The Night Vision Goggles actually work; and whilst they effectively rob the wearer of their depth perception, they actually allow you to see in the dark. The goggles certainly don’t stack up to professional or military grade units… but they look incredible and can can prove useful when you’re not dicking about with them. As long as the batteries last. Oh, and Modern Warfare 2 happens to be excellent- just in case you haven’t played it.
*Supplies are running low, by the way!*
We've already covered our Top 10 Most Broken Games, but judging from your reaction, we overlooked a few key culprits. We're not simply confining ourselves to titles overrun with glitches, but those with less obvious problems. Deep-seated issues only a therapist can cure. So, without further ado, a phrase I very rarely employ, let alone understand, we present the 10 Most Broken Games, Round Two!
How did I forgot Modern Warfare 2? The online multiplayer, whilst being about as addictive as Chinese food laced with cocaine, is simply riddled with bugs, despite Infinity Ward's best eradication efforts. From the infamous 'care-package glitch', where wily rascals tricked the game into constantly rewarding them with reward-laden cargo crates, to the ridiculously powerful 1887s, MW2 even saw gamers extracting themselves from the map and running riot underneath, and even rocketing into the air on an invisible propulsion device. Still, we love it.
Another game where it was the glitch-addled netcode to blame. Gears 2 was a terrific game, especially in local co-op, but online was an absolute mess. Host advantage was rampant, so-called 'execution conga-lines', where a row of players racked up, each chainsawing the next. But it was the excruciating wait between matches that hammered the last nail in the coffin. I once put some pasta on the boil and enjoyed a plate before slipping into a game. That's like, 12 minutes to find a match? Although why I cook pasta while capping fools online is beyond me.
I've only experienced the Mercs 2 demo, so while I can't pass judgment on the game itself, I did hear how glitch-addled it was. From phantom vehicles roaming the wilderness to surviving hundred-foot leaps of death, Mercs 2 was a playground of destruction... plagued with glitches. But the most odd thing I've seen? Well, the beginning of this video should suffice.Click here for more busted, buggy, borked and broken titles...
Modern Warfare's tale of Task Force 141, an elite group of soldiers, and their race to hold back World War III and the Russian terrorist who wants to bring it on, was the biggest seller of 2009, dragging a trail of controversy in its wake, and still gets heavy rotation on plenty of consoles. As with all games that receive a certain amount of hype, it's hard not to subject it to some heavy duty scrutiny; personally I felt it didn't quite live up to the attention lavished upon it, particularly considered the brevity of the main campaign. That said, it is a very polished and high quality title and worth purchasing for the multiplayer and online community alone. Thanks to Dale Buckley!
Modern Warfare II was the biggest and, thanks to that airport scene, most talked about game of last year and continues to have a very strong presence on XBox Live. It concerns the elite soldiers of Task Force 141 as they race to prevent a Russian terrorist from causing World War III. There's no doubt it's a very high quality game, with plenty of polish, but I personally don't believe it quite deserved the level of hype it received, especially since the main campaign is so short lived. However, it's the multiplayer that makes this so worth investing in and may well ensure you continue to return to the game for months to come. Thanks to macseffect at Hotukdeals!
When it comes to fast-paced action in a fair few environments with gunfire gliding through the air around you and a plot that grabs your attention right from the start, it's pretty hard to beat the experience that Modern Warfare 2 has to offer.
You can pick up a copy of the game on the 360 from Cool Shop UK for £22.77, which'll make you a saving of just over £2 on the next best offer of £24.85 coming in from ShopTo.
As action sequels go Modern Warfare 2 offers you more in just about every department, and whether you're falling down the side of a glacier or being shot out of a submarines torpedo bay to silently infiltrate an oil rig overrun by terrorists, it's thoroughly enjoyable every step of the way.
The main campaign takes place a few years after the events of the original and you'll once again be jumping between American and British special forces troops as the story unfolds.
The special ops co-op mode is the perfect way to recharge your batteries if you start to get bored with the main game, although I can't really see that happening, and provides a decent challenge to even the best gamers out there in it's later stages.
I wasn't really a big fan of the multiplayer in the original, mainly because I was too busy destroying people online in Halo 3, but Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer had me addicted within minutes and it's a great way to relieve a bit of stress after a long day. Having said that I'm still not a fan of the kill camera, which shows you the position of the person who killed you, but then again that's probably because I'm one of those annoying people who likes to camp out in an elevated position with only a sniper rifle for company.
If you've not played Modern Warfare 2 yet then you're missing out on a fantastic first person shooter and you should jump onto Cool Shop UK's website to order a copy ASAP.
Thanks to whizzkid @ HUKD
You wouldn't usually include the words Activision and free games in the same sentence, but an odd Modern Warfare 2 glitch is currently allowing Xbox Live subscribers to download a selection of SNK games for free. The affected titles include: Garou: Mark of the Wolves, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug XX and Samurai Showdown II. Fatal Fury Special.
Just to sate your natural curiosity (and not because y'all love free games or anything), here's how it's going down. Downloading a trial version of one of the listed games and quick launching it from within Modern Warfare 2 tricks the SNK DRM into believing that you've purchased the full version. The full game and even achievements can be accessed, though this process will need to be repeated every time around.
Naturally, you'd better believe that Microsoft, SNK and Activision are beavering away to plug this leak and restore the expensive status quo. We honestly don't know how long this one will last... and even if it's been fixed as this news goes live, it's still a hilarious and embarrassing weakness for all concerned. Drop us a line if you managed to take advantage of it- or if you decided not to on principle! [Gamesradar]
Double Fine has been making the news recently thanks to a new four parallel project plan and Tim Schafer's big mouth... and we reported yesterday that Double Fine had trademarked Costume Quest as a downloadable title. It turns out that this was right on the money, as THQ and Double Fine have announced that they'll be partnering up to bring Costume Quest to a "variety of digital distribution platforms."
Apparently, Costume Quest will chronicle the actions of a group of trick-or-treaters as they collect candy and dress up on Halloween night. This might sound a bit tame... but with Double Fine at the helm, nothing is as it seems. Entering combat mode and undertaking quests allows the kids to grow to titanic sizes and gain supernatural abilities to throw down on a selection of deadly monsters.
Oddly, this game will miss a Halloween release and hit early next year. [1UP]
Just following up on an old story. We recently reported that an eagle-eyed forum dweller had revealed the fourth official Borderlands DLC pack as a ninja-assassin-Claptrap related adventure... and Gearbox have now officially confirmed this to be the case (on top of Randy Pitchford's coy approval at the time).
However, this isn't the only headline that Gearbox has attracted today. "Confidential Sources" that spoke with Kotaku have suggested that Gearbox has taken over development of Duke Nukem Forever.
I'll let that one sink in for a second.
Right. This is currently just a rumour... but if it's kosher, this could well be the dream partnership of the decade. Other rumours suggest that a playable demo could hit as early as this year- and we're chasing this one up right now. We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.
The recently-discovered patents for Kinect suggested that it was capable of understanding sign language... but Microsoft has now categorically stated that this was cut from the original spec and included in the patent applications just to keep the door open.
Just letting you know. Sorry for the inconvenience. [VG247]
Valve erroneously swung the Banhammer at over 12000 Modern Warfare 2 players over the weekend after a software glitch identified them as hackers- and after much howling and rending of garments, Valve has apologised for their mistake. Not only have these player accounts now been reactivated, but they've also each received two copies of Left 4 Dead 2 for the inconvenience. Nothing says "We're sorry" like hordes of ravening zombies.
Once again, another class act from Valve. You can't even hate them when they screw up! [GI]
Our regulars may remember that Shigeru Miyamoto was toying with the idea of introducing paid Nintendo subscriptions back in May... and some recent trademarks may indicate that this may already be in the pipeline. CrossPass, CrossPass Mode and CrossPass Network have been trademarked in Japan, which sounds suspiciously like a first foray into the mucky and lucrative world of online subs- or at least some sort of online marketplace.
Don't panic just yet. There are several other things that CrossPass could be. Chief amongst the other contenders is that CrossPass might be a rebranding of the 3DS' Tag Mode, which allows the handheld to passively connect to other units even when deactivated (allowing for merging of game and character data when you unknowingly walk past a fellow player). However, the CrossPass Network trademark seems to suggest that this refers to something on a much larger scale. Wii/3DS cross-functionality, perhaps?
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this one. Would you pay for Nintendo Online subcriptions? Want to take a swing at what CrossPass might refer to? Drop us a line in the comments!
We love dungeons, dragons, and darkspawn here at Dealspwn- and today brings us a couple of nifty videos for Dragon Age 2 and Dungeon Siege III. It's time for some dark fantasy
Let's start with Dungeon Siege III. Whilst the franchise went completely off the rails by letting Uwe Boll get his greasy boxing-gloved mitts all over the film rights, Obsidian's new cinematic trailer more than makes up for it. It's a little on the short side, mind.
Secondly, Game Informer has acquired some impressive early footage of Bioware's Dragon Age 2 in action. I'm afraid I can't include the video in the roundup for copyright reasons, but it's well worth clicking out and having a gander. As well as some gothic concept art, it also shows off some improved graphics and stealth mechanics. Note that this is an early build- so we can expect many more tweaks, improvements and reveals down the line.
Just in case you don't already know (and haven't taken the day off work after queuing for a midnight launch), the long-awaited Starcraft II has finally been released. The RTS market has been waiting a long time for this one.
Naturally, we'll keep you up to date on the cheapest way of getting your hands on Starcraft II. If you didn't take advantage of our (now defunct) £27.99 preorder deal, that is!
It was The Biggest Game of 2009 and still rules the XBox Live experience of many. So it's not too surprising that despite its now somewhat advanced age, it's still pretty rare to see Modern Warfare 2 dance around the £20 mark, let alone dip below it. So this great deal from The Game Collection is well worth snapping up, especially since you can knock an extra pound off the asking price if you buy today!
They're currently listing it with a £19.99 price tag, a good fiver less than the £24.99 asked by Amazon who are next in line, but you can knock an extra £1 off this price with a voucher code!
To get the game for £18.99 don't forget to use the following promotional code: BIRTHDAY (valid today only)!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is set a few years after the original Modern Warfare title and concerns elite soldiers Task Force 141, as they work to take out Vladimir Makarov, a Russian terrorist with a mind to get World War III off the ground. It's a story that is not afraid to court controversy as it takes you from a Russian airport, through Asian mountains to the favelas of Brazil.
The main campaign is very enjoyable but it is short lived and perhaps does not live up to all the hype. However, as was the case with the original, it is the multiplayer that draws all eyes. Thankfully this is suitably addictive and solid to ensure that you'll probably keeping returning to it for months to come.
Thanks to leeds_united_afc at Hotukdeals!
Stuart Black, the developer behind Black and the foulmouthed spokesman for upcoming beautifully-vulgar FPS Bodycount will be leaving the Codemasters team.
“Having created a great vision and direction for Bodycount, Stuart has decided to move on after three years with us.”
“He will see out his design role until October and, through the transition period, will continue to work with the talented development team that will take the game through to completion.”- Codemasters studio manager Adrian Bolton
No specific reason has been given for Black's decision to quit- but we're genuinely surprised to see it confirmed. Stuart has been a mainstay of the FPS headlines in recent months; issuing a constant stream of expletives, hyperbole and updates about Bodycount's development cycle. Considering his undeniable passion and position as as official Bodycount mascot, we can only assume that the dev team shouted down one of his ridiculous (or brilliant, or both) design decisions. Maybe a Lady Gaga-themed level? [via VG247]
Bioware has dropped the bomb on a massive patch for Dragon Age Origins that fixes a huge number of glitches, bugs and flagrant little coding issues across the board. Rogues will have special reason to rejoice, since daggers will now actually grant them the dexterity damage modifier they deserve. Oh, and memory leaks and corrupted save games should hopefully be a thing of the past.
Check out the full (and significantly long) list of tweaks and updates here. The patch will hit for the PC later today, though the console versions are currently awaiting testing and accreditation. [Bioware Forums]
Uh-oh. Bobby Kotick's been breathlessly fantasizing about instigating a membership subscription system for playing Call of Duty online for some time... and if a recent gameplay video is to be believed, the software and platform to do so may have already sneaked into Modern Warfare 2. For your delectation:
Hmm. Even if this video isn't doctored (considering it would be fairly easy to overlay a grey screen onto MW2 gameplay footage), there are any number of things that this video could be. Note, however, the Modern Warfare 2 Membersh... title hanging ominously over the menu like the sword of Damocles.
Personally I'd be very surprised if Activision is trying to sneak subscriptions into Modern Warfare 2 (considering that Black Ops is just around the corner)- but I'd be interested to see what you all make of it. I'd personally file this one under "Unlikely but plausible." [via TheSixthAxis]
Popcap fans and gardening aficionados will be delighted to hear that Plants vs Zombies will be dropping onto XBLA in September. According to leaked achievements discovered over the weekend, it will also contain a couple of new modes including multiplayer bowling.
According to the press release, this new version of Plants vs Zombies will boast "seven game modes, including two all-new multiplayer modes, 12 unique achievements and 21 mini-games," enhanced resolution and a quirky leaderboard system that involves creating a virtual clubhouse for your friends to visit! It will retail for 1200 Microsoft Points.