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  • News Angry Birds: Star Wars Finds the Force on PlayStation 3 and Vita

    Luke Flywalker

    Angry Birds: Star Wars, Rovio and LucasArts’ license to print money, is set to step away from the Pork Side of mobiles and tablets, and fly onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita this fall. The title – which popped up on Amazon overnight – will catapult its way onto a console near you on 29th October in North America and 1st November...

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    Review Deadpool


    Juvenile quips, over-the-top gore, fourth wall breaking referential humour, and excursions into insanity all paint the picture of the perfect Deadpool game, and in some ways this is it. You'll laugh wholeheartedly at the jokes and ridiculous scenes, but despite the excellent realisation of the character, the highly repetitive and...

  • News Call of Duty: Ghosts Comes Crashing Down with Pre-Order Bonus

    Free fallin'

    Firm footing is not guaranteed in Call of Duty: Ghosts’ bonus ‘Free Fall’ map. The dilapidated arena – available alongside pre-orders for the impending first-person shooter – will drop you “into a shattered skyscraper on the brink of collapse”. As you play, the building will crumble in real-time, showcasing one of the...

  • News Destiny Gameplay Demo Dropped into the Wild

    Halo developer plots debut on PS4

    Bungie’s upcoming online first-person shooter Destiny was easily one of the biggest title’s at E3 2013, making this high-definition footage of the game totally worth your attention. It’s the same sequence that was originally shown during Sony’s press conference – complete with irritating developer...






  • News Bungie Confirms That Destiny Will Be Fulfilled on PlayStation 4

    Developer is excited about working on Sony's new system

    Already confirmed for PlayStation 3, Activision and former Halo series developer Bungie appeared at the PlayStation 4 announcement event to confirm that Destiny is on the way to Sony's new console; both versions will be available together at the game's launch. After the extensive details a...

  • News Bungie Deploys Destiny Details, Plots PlayStation 3 Debut

    The next big thing

    Few other developers could make a splash on the scale that Bungie has today. After years of speculation, the Bellevue-based studio has finally raised the curtain on Destiny, a persistent online first-person shooter that promises to change the landscape of the genre forever. And it’s firing onto PlayStation 3. Coming from the...

  • News Leaks Bring Bungie's Date with Destiny Forward

    Can't stop the flow

    Bungie is expected to announce Destiny on 17th February, but it may have been beaten to the punch. Joystiq has got its hands on a couple of promotional posters, which show the game’s logo and lead characters. Apparently, the hoardings will be available from GameStop stores on Monday, presumably as rewards for pre-orders.

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Starts a Revolution on 28th February

    Something about being televised

    Those of you with tickly trigger fingers will finally be able to sate your Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 cravings on 28th February, when the first-person shooter’s hotly anticipated ‘Revolution’ add-on unloads on the PlayStation Network. The content – already available on the Xbox 360 – will cost you $14.99, or...

  • News Feast Your Eyes on The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

    Dead wood

    For a game that’s less than two months away, it’s telling that Activision has only just released the first trailer for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Sure, we got that rough footage earlier in the year, but believe it or not, that was fan-made. Thankfully, this new trailer is official, even if it still doesn’t look very good...

  • News Skylanders Swap Force Goes Mix and Match Mad This Autumn

    Switching things up

    Guess what? The toys are back in town. Activision has announced that it will release a new iteration of Skylanders this autumn, with development headed up by Vicarious Visions. According to the publisher, the change in personnel will give series creator Toys for Bob time to come up with the next big thing. With the...


  • News Bungie Sets a Date with Destiny at GDC 2013

    Out of this world

    Bungie, the developer best known for creating the Halo franchise, will disclose the very first official information about its brand new intellectual property at the Game Developers Conference in March. According to the convention’s schedule, the studio will host an hour-long presentation dubbed ‘Brave New World: New Bungie...

  • News Zombies Infiltrate Nuketown in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    They're looking for brains

    All of that radiation has clearly played havoc with the once neighbourly population of Nuketown. Activision has announced that from 17th January, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 season pass holders will be able to embark in a spot of undead shenanigans on the popular map. If you’re planning on joining the fun, we seriously...

  • News December NPD: Black Ops 2 Dominates Disappointing 2012

    The future's bleak

    Staying consistent with the rest of 2012, December served up another year of decline for the North American video game industry. Despite pulling in a whopping $3.2 billion during the festive window, sales were still down 22 per cent over last year’s $4.10 billion. The year as a whole drooped by a similar margin, scooping just...

  • News The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Stalks the PS3 in March

    Dead soon

    The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct may have looked a little rough in its recent fan-edited trailer, but that’s not stopping publisher Activision from releasing the game in less than three months time. The company has announced that the Terminal Reality developed first-person shooter will infect store shelves on 26th March in North...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Adds New Maps Next Month

    Plus, fresh firepower

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s first DLC pack Revolution will target the PlayStation Network on 28th February. The add-on will include four brand new maps, a fresh zombies arena, a unique undead game mode, and an exclusive weapon. That’s quite a hefty offering compared to previous expansions. The added locations include...

  • News What Was Bizarre Creations Up to Before It Closed?

    Making magic

    Hands up if you've played Blur? Not many of you, huh? That’s a real shame, because the Bizarre Creations developed combat racer is one of our favourite titles on the PlayStation 3. Not only does it have a solid single-player campaign, but it’s also augmented with one of the slickest online components we’ve ever had the fortune to...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Was the UK's Best Selling Game of 2012

    Act surprised

    We don’t know why Chart-Track even bothers to hire statisticians to uncover the annual best selling game in the UK. Everyone knows it’s going to be Call of Duty or FIFA anyway, so what’s the point? We suppose it gives us something to pad out an otherwise slow Saturday afternoon – seriously, the alternative to this story was a...

  • News Activision's Sing Hero Stumbled Before It Reached the Stage

    Kicked out of the band

    Just like a tone deaf X Factor hopeful, Sing Hero’s dreams of stardom were thwarted long before it reached the stage. The Activision funded karaoke spin-off was in development at North American outfit Pi Studios, but was cancelled when the music game bubble burst. A trademark for the title was registered way back in 2009...

  • News Here's Your First Look at Activision's Take on The Walking Dead


    We almost feel sorry for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct developer Terminal Reality. Just weeks after the conclusion of Telltale Games’ award winning episodic series, the North American studio has been forced to release footage of its upcoming first-person shooter based on the television adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s undead franchise...


  • Rumour Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Starting a Revolution Soon

    We all want to change the world

    It looks like the first expansion pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 isn’t far away. Leaked promotional materials teasing an add-on called ‘Revolution’ suggest that the content is set to arrive on the Xbox 360 on 29th January. As always, PlayStation 3 owners will be made to wait at least a month due to...

  • News Free Your Frustration with Angry Birds Trilogy DLC

    Fowl flingin'

    If the PlayStation 3 version of the Angry Birds Trilogy wasn’t already expensive enough, publisher Activision has decided to inflate the package’s price with a brand new DLC pack. Like foie gras without the animal cruelty, you’ll be able to enlarge the retail release with 130 brand new levels courtesy of the Anger Management...

  • News November NPD: Sales Drop, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Rocks

    Bang on trend

    The excellent hardware figures for Black Friday week weren’t enough to offset the North American video game industry’s continued decline in November. According to the NPD group, numbers for the period fell by 11 per cent year-over-year, with sales amounting to $2.55 billion, compared to $2.87 billion in 2011. Hardware sales were...

  • News Vicarious Visions Was Working on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Vita

    Natural disaster

    A portable version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was in development at Vicarious Visions, a report has revealed. According to Kotaku, publisher Activision had planned to release a scaled down version of Treyarch’s latest console shooter on the PlayStation Vita, before the “flawed” project was eventually canned and passed off to...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Earned $1 Billion in Just 15 Days

    Back in black

    There may be some debate over whether Call of Duty is still the juggernaut that it once was, but one thing’s for certain: most publishers would give their left arm for a franchise this successful. Activision has revealed that the latest instalment in its modern military series Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has grossed an eye-watering $1...

  • News Activision: PlayStation Vita Faces Challenges in Mobile Market

    Classified information

    Despite boasting a growing catalogue of outstanding exclusives, the PlayStation Vita hasn’t quite achieved the commercial success that many of us expected yet. The device is performing particularly poorly in Japan, where it can’t seem to get a foothold – but it’s not exactly setting the sales charts alight overseas...


  • News Analyst: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Sales Are Cause for Concern

    Industry may as well pack up

    Sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are trending 15 per cent lower than last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, an analyst has claimed. Arvind Bhatia of financial firm Sterne Agee noted that the sales for last year’s title were already 5 per cent lower than the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, indicating that...

  • News Destiny Makes History as Bungie Targets PlayStation 3

    Halo, goodbye

    Details regarding the next game from Halo creators Bungie have leaked online, confirming that the legendary studio is about to make its debut on PlayStation 3. According to the super secret information shared with IGN, the upcoming Destiny is a “sci-fantasy action shooter” that’s designed to be both “fun and accessible”. The...

  • News Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC Grinds onto PSN Next Month

    Shove it

    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will receive a fresh helping of content next month, when Activision grinds out the title’s promised add-on pack on 4th December. The hotly anticipated $4.99 expansion will add three new stages to the spruced up re-release, including Airport, Los Angeles, and Canada. It will also incorporate the divisive Revert...

  • News Someone Played Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for 135 Hours in a Week


    What’s your longest gaming marathon? We bet it doesn’t come anywhere near Guinness World Record holder Okan Kaya’s personal best, who smashed the global record for the longest gaming session ever this week by registering a staggering 135 hours in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 over seven days. Guinness World Record rules state that contenders...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Blows Up in the UK

    Second biggest Vita launch ever

    It may have only taken five months to put together, but Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is already throwing its weight around the UK sales charts. The handheld spin-off shot straight into 16th position on this week’s best-sellers list, becoming the second biggest PlayStation Vita launch in Britain since the...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Earned $500 Million in 24 Hours

    But Activision keeps sales numbers secret

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 earned a cool $500 million in 24 hours, publisher Activision has announced. The estimated figure is considerably higher than the previous records held by both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the first Call of Duty: Black Ops. However, the company failed to share actual sales...

  • Rumour Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Was Developed in Five Months


    People have been pretty harsh on developer Nihilistic Software, but it turns out that the studio may have actually worked miracles in order to release Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified at all. According to reliable online super sleuth Supererogatory, the PlayStation Vita exclusive shooter was developed in just five months – which explains...

  • News Black Ops 2 Sold One Million Copies in 24 Hours at GameStop


    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold an outrageous 1 million copies in 24 hours at US retailer GameStop. Company president Tony Bartel revealed the number to Bloomberg Businessweek, adding that it was the outlet’s largest launch of all time. Amazon echoed the executive’s comments, noting that the first-person shooter was the most pre-ordered...

  • News Black Ops 2 Sold 10,000 Copies in Five Minutes at Blockbuster UK


    Call of Duty is still in fashion, then. Blockbuster UK’s commercial director Gerry Butler has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold a dizzying 10,000 copies in just five minutes across the retail chain’s 450 British stores. “It was fantastic to see thousands of people turn out at over 450 Blockbuster stores last night and our...

  • News 007 Legends' Skyfall Mission Completes the Game This Week

    Face it all together

    Activision has finally got around to wrapping up 007 Legends’ single-player storyline, announcing that the post-release Skyfall mission is now available from the PlayStation Store. The free download fills in the blanks at the close of crappy campaign, and closely mimics the events from the recently released big-screen...

  • News Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 Map Sure Looks Colourful

    Black hole sun

    We remember the original Nuketown map being a bit bland, but tastes in the future are clearly a touch more refined. This brand new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer shows off the updated Nuketown 2025 arena in delicious Technicolor, complete with creepy mannequins and garish wallpaper patterns. Sadly, the stage is restricted to...


  • Rumour Captain Price Actor Outs Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4

    The future is now

    Call of Duty actor and former Eastenders bad boy Billy Murray has accidentally outed the next entry in Activision’s blockbuster series. The thespian – who has portrayed Captain Price for over five years – said in an interview with This Is Xbox overnight: “Yeah, on Monday I am off to meet Infinity Ward about the next game,...

  • News Activision Splashes Out On Ostentatious Black Ops 2 Commercial

    Burning money

    What happens when you own the most successful video game franchise in the world? You employ Guy Ritchie to direct a ridiculous live-action trailer promoting the series' latest release, of course. This Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 commercial features Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Zach Galfianakis (The Hangover), Kyle Myers (that weapons...

  • News New Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Is the Ultimate Tease

    Blink and you'll miss it

    We’ve tolerated teaser trailers for a while now – but this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 video really takes the biscuit. It’s five seconds long, for goodness' sake. Don’t look at us like that – it’s a slow news day, ok? The game's due out next month. You'll need to pre-order at a participating retailer in order to...

  • News Family Guy Returns to the Multiverse on 20th November

    Our sides are splitting already

    Sometimes a video game comes along that escapes our expertise. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is one such title. It’s not that we don’t understand the mechanics behind the Activision published third-person adventure. No, the big problem is that we’d rather swim through a landfill in our underwear than watch...

  • News Your Weapons Can Prestige in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    XP out of your ears

    The secret behind Call of Duty’s success is its ability to reward you for everything you do. Even when you’re losing, you always feel like you’re achieving something – and the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 aims to take that to the next level. Not only will you be able to Prestige as a player in the Treyarch...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Deploys Delicious Future Tech

    Back in black

    We don’t care what anyone says: this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer is absolutely fantastic. The short video wastes no time showing off the title’s futuristic technology, with wing suits, remote-controlled spider drones, and plenty more on display. Come on, don’t fight it – you know you’re excited deep down. The game's due...

  • News Activision Equips 007 Legends with Exclusive PS3 Content

    Shaken, not stirred

    Activision’s movie mash-up 007 Legends will boast a couple of exclusive multiplayer characters on PlayStation 3, the publisher has announced. Those of you that purchase the first-person shooter on Sony’s system will be able to play as Skyfall characters Eve (played by the actress Naomie Harris in the movie) and Patrice (Ola...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer to Infiltrate England Qualifier

    Soccer and shooters

    Amidst the tension of England’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Poland this evening, Activision will debut a brand new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer. The video – which will be shown at half-time on ITV1 in the UK – promises a “world premiere” of something new. The publisher noted on Twitter: “Just had a sneaky...

  • News Black Ops Declassified Has Been Built Specifically for Vita

    Quick bursts

    Nihilistic Software’s handheld shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified has been built specifically for the PlayStation Vita, according to company CEO Robert Huebner. Speaking as part of an interview on Activision’s semi-official One of Swords blog, the executive explained that it was never the company’s intention to bring a...

  • News Call of Duty Elite Bins Paywall, Introduces Season Pass Instead

    Up and down

    Activision has decided to remove the paywall from stat-tracking service Call of Duty Elite, making the supplementary service a free option for all Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 players. The catch is that you’ll now need to shell out for a Season Pass if you want access to all of the shooter’s DLC at a discounted price. The subscription...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Deploys with Double XP

    Ready up

    If you belong to the bizarre breed of gamers that just has to be first at everything, then you’re probably going to want to pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Alongside exclusive access to the previously announced Nuketown 2025 map, you’ll also score double XP for all of your endeavours throughout the game’s launch weekend. That’s...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Will Not Feature Zombies

    Not entirely unexpected

    Zombies have become a staple of the Black Ops experience – but upcoming handheld spin-off Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will not feature the popular undead survival mode. Speaking on his blog, Activision community manager Dan Amrich explained that the option was removed so that developer Nihilistic could focus on...

  • News Nihilistic Deploys New Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Details

    Sleight of hand

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified may have been trashed at GamesCom earlier this year, but developer Nihilistic Software insists that the shooter’s making good progress. “I think the most noticeable is a significant visual upgrade,” Nihilistic’s Robert Heubner told the


  • News Activision Resurrects Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Zombies Mode

    Dead good

    After months of dilly-dallying with meaningless teaser trailers, Activision's finally dug up the details on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombies component. As expected, the mode will be significantly more ambitious than previous endeavours – boasting new game types for up to eight-players. In addition to the usual Survival option –...

  • News Rovio Flings Live Action Angry Birds Trilogy Trailer Online

    Bigger than ever

    We’re not sure what’s more frustrating: the fact that Angry Birds is big enough to warrant a live action video in the first place, or the saccharine sweet nature of the footage itself. Either way, Rovio has released a brand new trailer for Angry Birds Trilogy which is due out on PlayStation 3 later this week. If you’re...

  • News Sony Wraps Up Exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man DLC

    Tingling sensations

    We sincerely hope you didn’t purchase The Amazing Spider-Man on an alternative platform. Activision has announced that it will be bringing two brand new DLC packs to the recently released movie tie-in, and they’ll be exclusive to the PlayStation 3. The expansions – dubbed the Lizard Rampage Pack and the Oscorp Search &...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Protecting Your PS3 with Install

    Wear and tear

    Harbouring a Call of Duty obsession can be quite a strain on both your social life and your PS3’s disc drive. Thankfully, Treyarch has come up with a solution to the latter, confirming that Black Ops 2 will include an optional install designed to reduce mechanical damage over prolonged multiplayer sessions. The feature will see...

  • News Treyarch Teases Black Ops 2's Zombies Mode... Again

    Get on with it

    It turns out that yesterday’s “thrilling” footage of an old black and white television was just a warm up for today’s more pronounced promotion. Treyarch is gearing up for the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombies mode – but it’s certainly taking its time. This brand new video focuses on a rickety old bus that...

  • News Grainy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Teases Zombies Mode

    Hunting for brains

    If you consider watching a 43-second video of an old black and white television a responsible use of your time, then you’ll probably get a kick out of this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 teaser. It’s clearly hinting at the imminent announcement of the game’s zombies mode, which developer Treyarch has been coy about ever since the...

  • News Treyarch Infiltrates Eurogamer Expo with Black Ops 2

    In the firing line

    Organisers of the Eurogamer Expo have confirmed that Treyarch will present a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer session at the event on Friday, 28th September at 15:00PM. The panel – sneakily dubbed “Challenging Assumptions” – will be anchored by game design director David Vonderhaar, and will presumably touch upon how...

  • News Activision Points Its Goldfinger At 007 Legends

    Final flick revealed

    James Bond will once again find himself facing the threat of a deadly laser beam between his thighs this October, when Goldfinger rounds out the roster of nostalgic missions in upcoming PS3 shooter 007 Legends. The memorable movie will be joined by stages based on Moonraker, License to Kill, Die Another Day, On Her Majesty’s...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Talks Through Tweaks

    War has changed

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may look familiar on the surface, but there are a lot of subtle changes going on behind the scenes. This brand new trailer – narrated by Treyarch’s excitable David Vonderhaar – details the shooter’s class creation system, as well as outlining some of the title’s new weapons. Honestly, we know...


  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Firing into Eurogamer Expo

    Oh my CoD

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the latest title to be added to the already bulging Eurogamer Expo line-up. The title’s multiplayer component will be fully playable at the show, which is set to take place at Earls Court in London between 27th September and 30th September. The blockbuster joins a bevy of other playable gems, including...

  • News Take a Closer Look at CoD: Black Ops 2's Care Package

    So much stuff

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s recently announced Care Package limited edition is so big that it takes two people to pick it up. The bundle comes brimming with content, including a working Quadcopter and more. If you’d like to know what's in the box, watch Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia proudly reveal everything in the trailer below...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Limited Editions Are Excessive

    Awesome, though

    Activision’s decided to give the bulging Borderlands 2: Ultimate Loot Edition a real run for its money. It’s announced a couple of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 special editions, both of which are brimming with in-game content and goodies. The 'Hardened Edition' features the game, a steelbook case, soundtrack, challenge coins and...

  • Rumour Crash Bandicoot Could be Spinning into PS All-Stars

    Loose proof

    Crash Bandicoot may seem like an obvious addition to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but the character’s complicated ownership has cast doubt over his inclusion. Despite being considered the platform’s mascot in the PSone days, third-party publisher Activision actually owns the rights to the wacky protagonist. That’s a...

  • News Zombies Shuffling into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Nuketown

    There goes the neighbourhood

    Call of Duty: Black Ops’ idyllic Nuketown map is set to be overrun by zombies in the shooter’s upcoming sequel. Developer Treyarch Tweeted the embedded image to the right, teasing the undead’s imminent arrival. It’s unclear whether the zombies will be reserved to those who obtain the Nuketown 2025 map via...

  • Reaction Criterion's Setting an Example to All Vita Developers

    Doing it properly

    Criterion’s enthusiasm is infectious. “We’re going to make the best racing game on Vita this year,” an excitable Alex Ward told IGN last week. And judging from the reaction to Need for Speed: Most Wanted's first showing, it’s going to take some beating. Unlike the vast majority of other developers, the Guildford-based...

  • News Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Trailer Is Delightfully Dramatic

    Why throw away your life so recklessly?

    If you haven’t played the demo for Activision’s upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, you should probably rectify that. We were big fans of previous outing War for Cybertron, but this takes everything to the next level. It marries the nostalgia of its predecessor with a much more compelling gameplay...

  • News 007 Legends Opts to Die Another Day

    License to kill

    Two more classic flicks have been added to 007 Legends’ nostalgic roster. Missions based on both Die Another Day and A License to Kill will be featured in the upcoming Eurocom shooter. Toby Stephens and Carey Lowell will reprise their respective roles. In addition to the announcement, publisher Activision released the brand new...

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