Normally, you'd have to play your way through from the beginning to the end of a campaign, but Treyarch is doing something different with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Right from the get go, you can play the last level, or any level if you so desire. Jason Blundell tells Eurogamer that they won't follow the traditional way of locking campaign levels unless you go through them in order.
Comparison's to Netflix's model if giving you all the episodes at once for shows like House of Cards or Daredevil are natural in that you are allowed to consume it in any order.
What about people just uploading the ending right away? There's really nothing to prevent that as that's happened with many games in the past. Just with Black Ops 3, you can experience it yourself now as soon as you get the game.
I would guess that most people who are interested in the single player campaign will want to go from start to finish, but the choice is there for you to pick at whatever level you want to play from the onset. We'll see if this starts a trend in other games as well, but this will only work in certain types of games, of course.
Back in July I mentioned that if you pre-ordered Tales of Zestiria on Steam you would help to unlock three tiers of rewards, the third of which is a free copy of Tales of Symphonia. Well all three tiers have been met, so if you pre-order Tales of Zestiria or already have (which will be released on October 20th), you'll also receive a free copy of Tales of Symphonia when it's released in 2016. Tales of Zestiria is $49.99 and I didn't see a price on Tales of Symphonia yet, but this is still a pretty good deal.
EA is riding the Battlefront Beta tidal wave and releasing a whole bunch more information about it. Specifically, three more game modes have been revealed and elaborated upon: Hero Hunt, Droid Run, and Cargo.
Hero Hunt is a 7 v 1 game mode, where one player is a hero character and the other seven are trying to defeat him. Whoever defeats the hero takes his place, sort of like king of the hill. Whoever has the most time as the hero at the end of the game is the winner.
Cargo is Capture the Flag, with a twist. The game starts with each side at 5 points, and if your cargo is captured, you lose a point in addition to the other side gaining a point. Also, notably, your cargo doesn't have to be in your base for you to score a point, like in classic capture the flag. According to DICE, this keeps the roles of attacker and defender more clearly defined and prevents players from hiding from the action.
Droid Hunt is a twist on the Domination game mode. There are three Gonk droids scattered around the map, and each team must try to control all three before the ten minute time limit is up. The twist is that the droids are moving throughout the game, and you have to catch them to capture them.
Battlefront is shaping up to be a pretty dynamic game, and if you haven't played the beta yet (shame on you!), it has been extended until Tuesday, October 13th. Read more about it on the official site.
The bands are finally back together as Rock Band 4 has been released and whether you are a long time musician or just putting the band together for the first time, Harmonix is releasing new songs for your bands.
The newest batch of Rock Band DLC has been detailed and includes..
All tracks will be available tomorrow, October 13th and will be $1.99 each.
So if you aren't a fan of the tracks provided on the disk, you can buy some new music in the music store which is at god knows how many tracks right now. I don't have Rock Band 4 yet but I must have bought at least 200 songs from the music store during my time with Rock Band 1-3.
This is about the best chance that you are going to get this Fall to take a breath with the releases. It won’t get much slower than this, if you consider this a slow week. The marquee title leading the pack this time around is Tell Tale’s take on Minecraft. Yes, Minecraft is finally getting its story mode, or at least the first chapter of it. Tell Tale is also bringing out a remastered version o BAck to the Future for the movie's 30th anniversary.
This week's choices:
With the release of Halo 5 just a few weeks away, Microsoft has released the launch trailer for the game. While the trailer is solid and has some new gameplay footage it does recycle some footage from previous trailers and isn't nearly as good as launch trailers for previous games.
The plot does look to be the standard good guy goes rogue plotline that we've seen before in movies like the last Mission Impossible movie, The X-Files, and other areas of modern pop-culture. I am interested to see if 343 puts their own twist on this trope or if they play it safe. We'll find out on October 27th when the game is available for everyone.
Have you been delaying trying to play Star Wars Battlefront or just can't get enough of the beta? Good news as DICE is extending the beta period.
One more day has been added as now the beta will end tomorrow, October 12th. These tests will help DICE and the crew iron out any kinks in the network code. DICE is trying to not have another Battlefield 4 on their hands in regards to network play.
With my limited time on the beta, I did find some glitches here and there and saw some people warping to different spots. Other than that, it's been pretty good. The game looks gorgeous and fans of Star Wars will no doubt be in heaven with how it looks and sounds.
Star Wars Battlefront will finally land on November 17th, 2015.
After an award-winning year-and-a-half run on PC, Divinity: Original Sin is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 27. It'll be called Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition (you fancy huh?) on console. Couple things, though: 1) there will be platform-specific pre-order bonuses, and 2) all pre-order bonus stuff will be availabe for purchase, after the game's release, across all platforms.
With that in mind, every pre-order gets the Last Trick Bag. It contains:
Sadly, none of this means much to those of us that haven't played the game before. Is a pamphlet of recipes useful? Are grenades ingredients so hard to come by? Is that White Dragon Wand a game changer? Who knows. But sure, thank you, developers.
Looking at the platform-specific stuff, PS4 owners get everything listed above in the Last Trick Bag, plus the Secret Trick Bag which has ingredients to create:
And Xbox One owners get everything listed above in the Last Trick Bag, plus the Forgotten Trick Bag, which contains ingredients to create:
Again, thanks for the pre-order goodies, guys, but we all know perfectly well that your game will be perfectly playable without this stuff. And us console players have no concept of how valuable Invisibility is over Teleportation, or vice versa. But thanks.
Again, Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in about two weeks, on October 27. Regardless of these pre-order bonuses, I'm looking forward to the game.
Ubisoft and Disney Interaction have announced that the hit Disney animated series Gravity Falls is heading to the 3DS with Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets. The game will let players play as both Dipper and Mabel Pines and can switch between them at any time to use their unique abilities given to them through the power of Gnome Magic. They'll use those abilities in their adventure to help Jeff the Gnome retrieve the ancient Gnome Gemulets and restore magic to the Gnome forest.
Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets will launch on October 20th for the 3DS.
What are you playing this weekend?
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I finished Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and moved on to Assassin's Creed: Revelations, which I had not played up to this point. It's...ok so far? I'm not digging Istanbul as much as Renaissance Rome, and the bomb-making mechanic seems needlessly complex and mostly superficial. Still, it's cool to see grumpy middle-aged Ezio running around on rooftops as if his back isn't killing him by this point in his life.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
Star Wars Battlefront beta, all day, every day. I've been waiting 10 years for this game. I haven't been so excited to be able to play something since, perhaps, Skyrim came out in 2011. Since the beta will only be available for a few days, I plan to squeeze every last drop of gameplay out of it I can.
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
It is going to be a Rock Band 4 weekend in the Duff household. We're gonna be playing all of the hits, all of the time! Plus, there always has to be a little time for Destiny and Rocksmith. I refuse to give up on my trek with Rocksmith, even if using plastic versions of instruments is a lot easier.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
With the NHL season starting this week, my gaming time is going to be a bit reduced as watching and going to hockey games will eat into my gaming time a bit. The hometown Blue Jackets are looking a bit dangerous this year, and hopefully the injury bug won't slow them down too much. I'm going to be investing a lot of time into Rock Band 4 as I finally introduce my wife to the plastic instrument genre. I'm really hoping that the final game is better than the user interface hell of trying to bring forward songs from previous iterations of the franchise. I'll also be spending some time with the Star Wars Battlefront beta to see if the game lives up to the large amount of hype I've built up for the game. Whatever time is left this weekend will be spent with The Taken King and MechWarrior Online.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, email@example.com
I've got Plague Inc. in my pocket, and the other is strumming through Rocksmith. Actually, that's not possible. Need both hands for guitar. And my best crooning voice for "Losing My Religion." It's no small irony that I'm actually losing sleep while learning a song by a band called R.E.M. Broken Age is free for PS Plus folks, so I'm taking it. Need to see if Tim Schafer's still got it. Though I say that with somewhat of a borrowed opinion. The only Tim Schafer game I really got into was Psychonauts, so we'll see.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
This weekend will definitely see some Star Wars Battlefront beta action. I'll also want to clean up some old games. So, Modern Warfare and that last trophy from FIFA 15 are on the menu. I won't be getting a ton of gaming in after this weekend, as my brother-in-law is visiting all next week and I'm off to Paris a few days as soon as he heads out.