PlayStation Vita Mini-Review
by Alex Baldwin
©2012 Alex Baldwin
We’re big fans of Sony’s latest here at OXCGN, and it’s only right that we assist in avoiding the crushing disappointment that comes with receiving a shiny new console, but a horrible game to play on it.
Don’t have time to hunt down reviews for all the major Vita games? No worries, we’ve got you covered!
The list below is a handy summary of each game with pros, cons, and overall ratings of most major Vita game releases (in alphabetical order) since launch, with all being owned and played by yours truly over the course of the past eight months since launch.
Note that the rating assigned to each game may not match that which was given in an earlier review of the game by a different reviewer.
OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review (Single Player)
Is the story sacrificed on the multiplayer altar?
by Kent Sobey
© 2012 Kent Sobey
Love it or hate it, the fact is that there’s never been a more successful franchise in the history of gaming. Some people might disagree, but Call of Duty has gone from strength to strength – especially when you look at the number of copies sold and the size of the multiplayer community.
Like it or not, Call of Duty is probably going to be around for a while yet.
Fortunately for me, I love it, and have done since the first release of Call of Duty so I expect a lot more from each new release to keep me hooked.
Black Ops 2 may be the sequel to 2010’s Black Ops, but release-wise, it is following Modern Warfare 3.
Since this is a single player review only, I will say that following Modern Warfare 3 will not be easy because it was fantastic.
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Xbox 360 Bundle Announced
Halo bundle vs. COD bundle; either way Microsoft wins
by David Hilton
© 2012 David Hilton
Today Microsoft announced that one of the year’s most hotly anticipated games, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, will be bundled with an Xbox 360 console.
Available from November 13th 2012, the Call of Duty Black Ops II bundle includes a 250GB console, controller, headset and the game for AU $499.00.
Call of Duty games have always attracted a big following and now those who have waited until late in the console cycle to jump in can join their mates who already play previous titles on the 360.
Call of Duty: The Inevitable Consequence of ‘Progress’
How multiplayer purity was lost…and can be found
by David Hilton
© 2012 David Hilton
Poor Call of Duty.
I really do feel sorry for the franchise sometimes. It is held up as the example for everything that is wrong in gaming right now.
While laziness of design leading to more of a ‘interactive blockbuster movie’ experience and a multiplayer that is accused of rinsing and repeating may be valid criticisms, it cannot be denied that the game has become a juggernaut in gaming, with so many gamers who wouldn’t normally play games joining in the fun, particularly the multiplayer.
It is a victim of success and massive sales. Who would seriously be silly enough to change too much of a thing that is working? Where is the incentive? Build it and people will buy.
In multiplayer the Call of Duty franchise found the key to gamers’ wallets: from its great beginnings it progressed, was imitated to death, and then slowed innovation, because the consequence of progress and success was a lack of need to progress and change.
But innocence of another age was lost. Something pure has gone missing, replaced by a cleverly addictive system of perks and customisation.
It may, however, not be lost forever, and it would be easy to restore the old while keeping the new.