Hey, did you read my hands on impression of the upcoming Call of Duty Multiplayer? You should! I managed to gnab some gameplay footage, so you can now see just how bad I am at the game.
I will be perfectly honest. The last Call of Duty I dedicated a fair amount of time to was Black Ops, way back in 2010. I hadn’t really paid any attention to the upcoming entry, at least not until I was whisked off to the multiplayer reveal, shortly after landing in Cologne, Germany. Will this be the entry that shakes up the formula?
Playing Call Of Duty for the single-player gameplay is the equivalent of reading a lad mag for the articles. In other words, nobody is going to believe you. And that’s because Call Of Duty has built up a solid multiplayer foundation over the years, with each new game bringing changes to the table, from care packages to killstreaks that end with someone getting a shotgun bukkake to the face. Advanced Warfare is the name of the next Call Of Duty. Here’s what the multiplayer looks like in action.
The Crew made it really difficult for me to even start playing. This week’s beta was definitely a test rather than just a chance for players to get in on some racing action early. Issues aside, I finally got to play through a sizeable chunk of what The Crew has to offer, and the Ubisoft open-world formula is immediately recognisable.
I don’t think there’ll ever be another game development studio like Platinum games. And that’s a good thing. This is a studio that even when it fires a dud, manages to turn the mundane into a galaxy-level extinction event. Bayonetta was one such game that went over the top, came back around, and did several more loops through the insanity wheel. And the sequel wants you to share that madness with friends.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare definitely had a better showing than previous Call of Duty titles at E3 this year. Even though the basic formula was intact, subtle changes to the gameplay made the game stand out. The addition of verticality and items that radically change information fed to the player made the single-player demo quite exciting to watch. Good news is that these changes will make the jump to multiplayer, and change the formula quite a bit.
I know what you're thinking. The International is over, so why is there still DOTA news taking up space on the main page? Well that's simple, DOTA 2 is a damned good multiplayer game that will probably never get old, and very soon Valve is going to add their own footprint on the game.
I absolutely adore Rainbow Six. Rainbow Six Vegas is still one of my favourite games to play co-operatively with a friend, and that’s what I’m hoping Siege really captures. We only got to see a single, short game during the Ubisoft press conference at E3, but there’ll be lots more on show tonight.
There are two kinds of great crack in the world. One of them will get you arrested if the cops catch you, while the other is an even more addictive digital drug that you can own legally at least. The first Crackdown game was pure sandbox fun, with an option that allowed another agent to hunt down some orbs with you. Expect the latest Crackdown to continue that tradition in a more seamless manner.
Evolve might be coming out in the worst possible month of the year, but it’s definitely one of the October games you should have your eyes glued to. I’ve played the competitive co-operative shooter twice now, and it always seems to work because of the well designed “individual” parts it brings together. These parts, it seems, also help with future additional content.
Towards the end of November last year, I asked if the COD: Ghosts hype train had passed. COD fans had been telling me that everyone was migrating back to previous iterations in the franchise, but when I checked the numbers it wasn't true. Well, now it is.
So I got my first hands on time with Evolve last night and it has got me thinking about my previous views on the game and whether or not, shock horror, I was wrong.
One of the most requested features for Assassin's Creed over the years has been co-op play. It seems that it's not enough for players to don the murder-hood and stalk and kill all the things, they want to be stabby with friends. The newest Assassin's Creed does just that, but it wasn't a simple process.
We’ve already touched upon how Sunset Overdrive’s gameplay feels like a technicolour romp of Tony Hawk and Gears of War, or playing video games on LSD. Something which I have never, ever done or forced a friend to do when he bought Resident Evil 2 I promise you can’t prove a damn thing. Well here’s some off-screen footage of my clumsy digits in action.
A few months back, Geoff and I got some hands on time with Evolve. It made us happy and excited for the game. Now, I've gotten to play more, and I can officially tell the naysayers - there is nothing boring or repetitive about this gameplay.