The latest instalment of the hugely popular Call of Duty franchise is out next month but it has caused a bit of a stir with a noteworthy omission. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out in October, but what does this year’s iteration have in store? Automatic health regeneration has been ditched in favour of a manual healing system, which is hoped will give the game more tactical depth and an emphasis on teamwork. Damien Lucas, gaming columnist It is one of the few games that needs little or no publicity such is the clamour for each new iteration.But some of the pre-release hype this time around has been dampened by what many feel is the glaring omission of a single player campaign mode.Clearly with all COD games and indeed any modern day shooter, it is all about the multiplayer modes.But Call of Duty games are well known for their brilliant single player story modes that play out like a big budget Hollywood movie.Black Ops 4 will be the first NOT to feature a single-player campaign … [Read more...] about Console Corner: Why Black Ops 4 has ditched single player campaign mode
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EA's Battlefield V will take the series back to World War II - but is going back in time good for the franchise? Here's everything we know so far. By Dom Peppiatt / Published 16th August 2018 EA Battlefield 5: World War II shooter already looking fantastic, despite a few flaws DS Battlefield V - Battle Royale First LookA trailer released on August 16 has given us our first look at Battlefield V's Battle Royale mode. The trailer - which is mainly focused on the narrative missions set around the fall of Rotterdam - includes a little stinger at the end which shows off how Battlefield will be managing the Battle Royale portion of the games.It looks like a big firey ring will destroy shelter and push players towards the centre of the map as the timer runs down - taking the now classic Battle Royale trope and reimagining it with Battlefield's famed destructibility."See new maps and gameplay in the official Battlefield V Gamescom Trailer," reads the … [Read more...] about Battlefield 5: Battle Royale mode, new single-player level TEASED in new Gamescom trailer
THE gap between independent games and tentpole releases is narrowing by the month. In fact, many modern independent titles are far better than the tentpole games of 20 years ago. Chasm, despite the name, narrows that gap even further.Chasm represents a very particular section of indie gaming – crowd funding. The game was funded on Kickstarter more than six years ago, taking all those years to finally release this month on consoles and PC. It’s not a classic but, like many Kickstarter games, it does a fine job of mimicking a classic, while adding twists of its own.In this case, Chasm is another ‘Metroidvania’, the genre named after 2D platform kings Metroid and Castlevania. The twist in this case is that while each of the rooms are hand-crafted, the game ‘stitches’ them together in a map unique to your playthrough, called a ‘seed’. You can even share this unique map with friends so they can play through the same seed.Procedurally generated … [Read more...] about GameTech: Chasm helps narrow the gaming gap
There's never been a bigger time for gaming in terms of options, visual realism and functionality, but many people have a soft spot for retro gaming. Whether it's nostalgia-driven or just a matter of liking the pixelated, stripped-back aesthetic, some games that were popular 20 or 30 years ago are still loved today. Games consoles are always evolving – the most recent evolutions being the VR iteration of the PlayStation and the "anytime, anywhere, with anyone" Nintendo Switch. However, over the last year a few old consoles have made it back onto our shelves, with tweaks to make them work with current technology. These include the Nintendo SNES Classic Mini and the SEGA Mega Drive Flashback HD, both of which were highly sought after on their release days. It's clear there is still a demand for some retro games, but playing old video games through current TVs or alongside contemporary HD video games doesn't always satisfy fans of the classics. The best retro games for … [Read more...] about Best Retro Video Games for Big Kids
THIS YEAR's Call of Duty title looks set to release without a single-player offering... but maybe it's because Activision has something else in the works. By Dom Peppiatt / Published 22nd April 2018 ACTIVISION Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to release without single-player BECAUSE of Modern Warfare 2? There are currently a lot of rumours doing the rounds that state Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will ship without a single-player campaign.Originally reported by Polygon, the game will drop the traditional single-player offering from the title in favour of developer Treyarch focusing on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode.Polygon's source explains 'an emphasis on cooperative modes' as a stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience.Further rumours suggest Raven Software (who have ported various CoD games to newer platforms) will also furnish the title with a Battle Royale mode - similar to Fortnite or PUBG. These rumours haven't been confirmed … [Read more...] about Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to release without single-player BECAUSE of Modern Warfare 2?