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    Review The Amazing Spider-Man

    Not-so-amazing

    Cast your minds back to 2012. You may remember seeing The Amazing Spider-Man reboot at the movies, and you may even recall playing Beenox’s anticipated PlayStation 3 tie-in on your beloved console – but you probably won’t remember booting it up on your PlayStation Vita. That’s because someone at publisher Activision forgot...

  • UK Sales Charts Call of Duty: Ghosts Spooks the Summit

    Tearaway trots back into sight

    We’re confident that we could fabricate the contents of our weekly UK sales charts posts at this point, and no one would even bat an eyelid. Once again, last week’s top titles included Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, and Battlefield 4. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was arguably the biggest surprise

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    PS4

    Review Angry Birds: Star Wars

    Millennium falcon

    The well-known handheld hit Angry Birds has returned to consoles – only this time it’s bringing the force along for the ride. Of course, we're referring to the latest entry in the fowl flinging series: the PlayStation 4 version of Angry Birds: Star Wars. In this edition, you’ll be tasked with tossing birds from a catapult in...

  • News Your Destiny Will Be Fulfilled on 9th September

    See you starside

    And that's our bedtime pushed back an extra hour. In an effort to beat the rapidly approaching VGX Awards fanfare, Bungie has nonchalantly announced that its upcoming first-person shooter Destiny will deploy on 9th September. The game's due out on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and will secure exclusive content on Sony's...

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    PS4

    Review Skylanders: Swap Force

    Sky's the limit

    The main selling point of the Skylanders series has always been its ability to bring action figures to life. By placing physical toys on the bundled Portal of Power device, they instantly appear in the game with their own statistics, abilities, and personalities. Each character has its own experience, skills, and level properties...

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    PS3

    Review Angry Birds: Star Wars

    Use the birds, Luke

    A long time ago (well, 2009), in a galaxy far, far away (Finland), an unassuming development studio named Rovio Entertainment gave birth to a mobile gaming franchise which would ultimately take over the world. Three years later and still going strong, Angry Birds and the beloved Star Wars empire would join forces to create a...

November2013

  • News Activision Crushes Crash Bandicoot Dream, Still Owns Character

    You'll find us sobbing into our Wumpa pudding

    Despite a cyclone of rumours to the contrary, Activision has labelled speculation suggesting that Sony has reacquired the Crash Bandicoot brand as unadulterated twinsanity. A teaser in a PlayStation 4 advertisement had hinted that the Japanese giant had bought back the platforming property, but the...

  • News Activision Spin Kicks Crash Bandicoot Off Its Website

    Sony suggests that it hasn't acquired the character, though

    You may have thought that we were high on Wumpa Fruit when we recently reported that Crash Bandicoot could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4, but Activision has added more fuel to the throwback fire by removing any references to the PSone mascot from its official website. For those...

  • News What Are the Names of Call of Duty: Ghosts' Map Packs?

    You can probably guess

    Don’t worry if you’ve exhausted all of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ on-board maps, as there’ll be plenty to sink your teeth into over the coming months. Activision has accidentally revealed the names of four care packages heading to the first-person shooter in the future, which each combine to spell out the word ‘ODIN’,...

  • Rumour Is Crash Bandicoot Plotting a Return on PS4?

    Spinning around

    Sony has talked about Crash Bandicoot a lot this year. The former PSone mascot has hit the headlines frequently over the past 10 months, partly because of PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny’s role as executive producer on the 90s classic. However, rumours are now starting to spiral that the protagonist could be plotting a...

  • News Destiny's Beta Is Shooting Its Way onto PS3 and PS4 First

    Fulfil your destiny

    A Bungie game on a Sony console? It's madness! These were the thoughts floating through most people's heads when the former Halo developer revealed that its multiplayer offering Destiny would be coming to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. And the madness continues, with a recent PlayStation Blog post conf

  • News You'll Need a Patch to Boost Call of Duty: Ghosts' PS4 Resolution

    Clean it up

    The carnival of stupid continues. Despite assurances that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run in native 1080p on the PlayStation 4, developer Infinity Ward has revealed that you’ll need to install a patch in order to enable the resolution bump throughout the single player campaign. According to an exclusive Eurogamer.net report, without...

  • UK Sales Charts PS4 Games Are Already Selling Strongly

    Call of Duty: Ghosts gets off to a decent start on the system

    Sony’s next generation console may be right around the corner in North America, but there are still a few weeks before it settles its blue and black chassis on UK stores shelves. That’s not stopping the console’s initial roster of software from performing fairly well, though, as...

  • Weirdness Has Call of Duty: Ghosts Given You Déjà Vu?

    There may be an explanation

    Assuming that you give a hoot about the antics in Infinity Ward’s recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts, you may want to close this window now, as there’s a chance that there may be a spoiler or two enclosed within. Have you pushed your browser’s dependable ‘back’ button, yet? Alright, we’re guessing that...

  • News What Are the Main Differences Between Call of Duty: Ghosts on PS4 and PS3?

    New perspective

    As the latest entry in the seemingly unstoppable Call of Duty franchise exploded onto store shelves today, so too did our very first PlayStation 4 review. But with the title set to deploy on both current generation and next generation systems, we figured that we should summarise some of the key differences between the two releases...

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    PS4

    Review Call of Duty: Ghosts

    Same old sheet

    Over the past five years, the Call of Duty franchise has slow-motion breached its way into popular culture, with millions of fans worldwide eagerly enabling last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II to earn over $500 million in just 24 hours. Whether this trend continues remains to be seen, but the bigger question is: does Call of...

  • News Megan Fox Showcases Her Sniper Skills in Call of Duty: Ghosts' Latest Trailer

    Transformers siren puts in an appearance

    We’re not sure that this Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer could be any more camp if it tried. The short – which aims to expose the soldier inside all of us – shows a pack of dim-witted bros engaged in a Frank Sinatra-scored shootout, all while hitting on an apathetic Megan Fox. It’s the ultimate male...

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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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    PS3

    Review Deadpool

    Chimichangas!

    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...

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  • 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...

January2013

  • 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

    Groan

    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...

December2012

  • 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...

November2012

  • 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

    Urgh

    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...

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