Call of Duty Black Ops: Dead Ops Arcade

Call of Duty: Black Ops has certainly impressed game critics, with an average score of 90%. Single player game-time has been slightly increased over Modern Warfare 2 and multiplayer currency and choice-perks, have proved to be a hit with gamers. However, the solo campaign and multiplayer aspects aren’t the only things hitting game critic headlines. Call of Duty: Black Ops also offers a hidden (well, it was before the reviews) top-down arcade extra! Dead Ops arcade is a top-down shooter, which will see you blasting away hordes of the undead and collecting cash pick-ups, to exchange for bigger and better weapons. Dead Ops Arcade is a more graphically enhanced Smash TV, but with all the addictive gameplay still intact. After some disappointing reviews of Medal of Honour, it’s refreshing to see a developer (Treyarch) go all-out on not just the game itself, but extra content. It’s a superb addition and something you can kick-back and relax with, once you’ve completed the single player campaign or while you’re waiting for friends to get online....

Call of Duty: Black Ops Reviews Are In!

We’ve recently got news on two exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops reviews, from Official Playstation Magazine (OPM) and Game Informer. After taking a closer look at both reviews, we’re delighted to say that the solo campaign has been pushed up to 7hrs of gameplay. Players of the first and second Modern Warfare games, will understand that this is a huge triumph for us campaign lovers. The single player mode is also meant to keep you hooked with it’s great story-telling and intense battles, but one thing that took the critics by surprise, is the level of detailed gore that has made it’s way to the new Call of Duty. The intense war FPS will now offer realistic consequences for standing in the line of fire and display realistic and gory decapitations and other battlefield wounds. While Game Informer sees this as a negative, we simply see this as realism to the games genre. If you weren’t expecting this from war game…what the hell were you expecting? Multiplayer has also been highly praised with improvements all-around. Major tweaks have increased multiplayer map size and have added the ability to unlock perks in the order the player chooses. Praise has also been given to anti-cheat methods for the multiplayer experience, but in our minds, how can you really prove that when there aren’t yet millions of online players? Fans will also appreciate the return of the Zombie mini-multiplayer game. The undead hit has been brought back with two maps, as well as 2-4 player online co-op options. The final verdicts from both magazines are both slightly varied, but pleasing overall: Official PlayStation Magazine: 9.4/10                 Game Informer: 9/10 Call of Duty: Black Ops goes on-sale tomorrow (9th November 2010). It will be very interesting to see first-day sales figures, compared to Modern Warfare 2....

Duke Nukem Forever PSP Suffers from IP Hand-over

While everyone on the planet was thrilled to hear that Duke Nukem Forever was back in development, developer Frontline Studios, may have bitten their lips slightly. As some of you may know, Frontline Studios were hard at work on a PSP version of Duke Nukem that was even scheduled for a trilogy! Duke Nukem: Critical Mass, was actually set to be an exclusive 3D shooter that boasted FPS and third person gameplay elements. However, due to Gearbox purchasing the rights of the Duke Nukem IP from 3D Realms, it means that Frontline Studios are left in the dark in terms of developing rights. The game may have been in-development for a hand-held platform, but it still seemed to offer more gameplay aspects than it’s PC big-brother: Duke Nukem: Critical Mass, was even due for release on the Nintendo DS. Although we feel that Ninty would’ve had something to say about that, (depending on the adult content) it would have been amazing to see Duke in 3D glory, on major hand-held platforms. But…it may not be over yet. Frontline studios have announced that the game will still see the light of day on hand-helds, but under a new name Extraction Point: Alien Shootout. It’s unclear how much of the game will be changed in order for this release, but if Gearbox still wont allow for the IP to be used, it would seem that all traces of Duke (player models, logos and voice-overs) would have to be completely removed and replaced. Lets hope Gearbox have a change of heart pretty soon. After all…it’s only going to increase hype about Duke Nukem Forever. So what’s the problem???...

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Review

Fighting games always strive to offer the player great character design, player choice, gorgeous looking environments and breathtaking moves. Street Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Soul Calibur and a few other franchises, all delivered such aspects of gameplay and that’s pretty much what made them fly off their retail shelves. But what if you crave an in-depth story? What if you actually want to care for the characters and want to believe in the world they’re cast into and what they’re fighting for? Suddenly it’s hard to think of such a fighting game that delivers the expected, but then raises the genres bar. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, is not only a game from the hit Japanese anime, but is also quite possibly the fighting game the genre needs. Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 will introduce itself with gorgeous visuals, that’s not only true to the advanced Shippuden animation, but actually outdoes the anime visuals in a truly immersing, imaginative and beautiful manner. From the very moment you start-up Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, you’ll appreciate the animated front-end, with Naruto leaping and posing his way around the menu screen. It’s simply a small taste of what’s to come as the visuals and true-to-anime OTT battle scenes, will just blow you away! Selecting Ultimate Adventure from the games front-end, will allow you to play through the entire Naruto Shippuden story. You’ll begin exactly where the series starts, as Naruto returns from intense training with Jiraiya. The games developer (Cyber Connect 2) have also considered gamers unfamiliar with the Naruto anime, and have included story recaps that will fill-you-in on past events leading up to Naruto Shippuden. These recaps will display as the Ultimate Adventure mode loads up for the first time and unlike many other story elements in similar games, (that you always completely miss before getting the chance to...