Homefront: The Revolution Will Feature a 30+ Hour Campaign

The overwhelming majority of first-person-shooters prioritize the multiplayer component and overlook the single player experience. For example, the Call of Duty series’ success relies on the heated online battles between players, and some users disregard the campaign without even trying it! Unfortunately, the single player story usually lasts a mere 5-6 hours, and doesn’t offer compelling value. The Call of Duty campaigns tend to be passable due to the cinematic feel and intense action. On the other hand, DICE always struggles to create a captivating single player aspect and the end result is almost excruciating. Some time ago, the now defunct THQ produced a new IP entitled, Homefront. The game adopted a very dark, serious tone and showcased the horrors of war with children being slaughtered in the streets. Bizarrely, the campaign started off rather slowly, and followed a horribly linear path. Not only that, just as the story became interesting, the game suddenly ended a mere 4 hours in.

Despite this, I enjoyed the multiplayer and saw a great deal of potential for the series. Thankfully, Deep Silver acquired the rights and decided to make a sequel. Homefront: The Revolution from the initial screenshots looks interesting and according to the press release contains a mammoth 30+ hour single player campaign:

Homefront: The Revolution is this team’s most ambitious project yet. In addition to our epic 30-plus hour single-player campaign, we expect to launch Resistance Mode with 12 Missions, packed with re-playability, and hope to release another 20 Missions within the first year. To ensure our community can always play together, all Resistance Mode Missions will be free to download.

This is fantastic news for single player gamers and offers superb value-for-money. Homefront: The Revolution is scheduled for release on May 17 in North America and May 20 in other territories. Please note, this release date applies to all platforms including Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Data Miners Find Evidence of Forthcoming GTA V Story DLC

A group of reputable data miner have made the exciting yet surprising discovery that a single-player story DLC for Grand Theft Auto V is imminent, reports GTA5Cheats. LondonTown2004, an experienced data miner with a strong reputation in scripting circles, dug out some new files which look set to act as a framework for a new DLC management system, specifically for the game’s single player mode.

The data mined files are, as of yet, not installed with the game, but instead are accessible via Rockstar’s QAB server, making their retrieval by LondonTown2004 just a tiny bit illegal, but who cares about the law when we get to find out there’s more GTA V en route?

LondonTown2004 was able to use the files to manually install the DLC management system, at which point he was locked out, with a screen revealing that the DLC must be purchased, suggesting the new story segment will be paid DLC. After some effort, he was able to breach the lock, at which point he found that a new DLC label had been added to the pause screen. This label opens the DLC management system, through which any purchased or activated DLC can be implemented, or possibly even turned off.

Sadly, the data mining did not uncover when the first single player story DLC will be made available by Rockstar, nor what the content of it might be. Fingers crossed that it’s soon.

Squadron 42 Reveals Voice Actors And Footage

Star Citizen is not only one of the most crowd funded games in history but is easily one of the most anticipated, with the ability to go from piloting a ship and ordering your friends to pilot the ships turrets to boarding and fighting your way through someone else’s ship as a group, eventually taking it over. Piloting, trading and boarding, Star Citizen looks to be an all-encompassing space game. While we await this game we shouldn’t forget the single player campaign, titled Squadron 42, and I doubt after the recent revelations regarding it, we will be able to forget it again.

Set for a release in 2016, Squadron 42 will see its players take the role of a UEE Navy combat pilot, letting you fight both in space and on land as you build everything from your character to the relationships you have with others characters aboard a large Capital Ship.

To bring life to the story, Star Citizen has hired none other than Gary Oldman, Mark Hamil, Gillian Anderso and Andy Serkis among some of many to bring life to the universe. If you were wondering just how awesome that would make the game, find Gary Oldman’s character, Admiral Bishop, explaining the world you are about to fly into.

Thank you DSOGaming for the information.

Image courtesy of Roberts Space Industries.

COD Black Ops III Single Player Not Coming to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360

Activision has announced in a community post, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not include the single player campaign. This decision was made due to the last-generation consoles technical limitations. However, Activision didn’t delve into great deal what caused the setbacks and simply said:

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a truly next-generation experience designed from day one to harness the full potential of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Black Ops 3 pushes the boundaries of the franchise to new levels across all modes of play on next generation hardware.”

“As we announced back in June, we know that there are still fans waiting to make the switch to the newest console hardware and developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology have been working tirelessly to bring as much of the Black Ops 3 gameplay as possible to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”

“The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign. The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”

One theory is, the Xbox 360 uses DVD-9 disks  which doesn’t contain adequate storage for large voice files and video cutscenes. Obviously, Activision could have used multiple disks and forced users to install the game. Clearly, Call of Duty players obsess on the multiplayer aspect and rarely play the single player campaign. Furthermore, the game will include the highly-popular zombies mode. Therefore, it does seem like the only mode being omitted is with large audio/video files. Honestly, I’m sure Activision could have found a solution but probably believes the time investment wasn’t worth it.

The news is a shame for those on last-generation consoles who enjoy the single player aspect. However, this is a very niche sector of the market.

Image courtesy of GeekSnack.

Star Wars Battlefront Scraps Single Player in Favour of Multiplayer Gameplay

I always used to play the single player campaign in all Battlefield series. It might not have been the best, but it was enjoyable and something to do to pass the time. But since the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront title was announced, no word about its single player campaign was released to the public.

I know the title in question is not Battlefield, but I was hoping to see a single player campaign that follows the Star Wars storyline a bit. However, the latest information coming from Pete Moore, EA’s COO, tells that they scrapped the single player mode and are solely focusing on the multiplayer bit.

Moore says that nobody is playing the single player campaign in games focused on multiplayer gameplay and he emphasizes that they encountered the same problem when developing Star Wars: The Old Republic. He stated that “people don’t play the single player on these types of games”, but still leaves a back door opened to make single player available in a sequel, should there be demand of it.

I don’t think people would mind the title not coming out with a single player campaign since everyone will rush for the multiplayer feature from day one, but it would have been nice to have one for those of us who want a story strapped to the Star Wars title. What do you think?

Thank you TechnoBuffalo for providing us with this information

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Final Release Now Available on Steam

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, fans of Carmageddon and chaos raging peeps, the moment you have all been waiting for. The video games that best shows “everything that’s wrong in society”, Carmageddon: Reincarnation, is now out of Early Access and into its final release on Steam.

Stainless Games surprisingly kept the original look and feel of the original Carmageddon title in this latest release, having it come with 24 different vehicles or 25 if you count the Kickstarter bonus vehicle, 9 maps and 36 unique routes.

Fans looking to play the single player mode have 16 chapters fitted with up to 4 events each, so there’s plenty to do and run over in the latter game mode. But why spend too much time running over cows and people when you can bash your friends in multiplayer mode?

Carmageddon: Reincarnation comes with up a multiplayer mode that holds up to 8 players on an online map session. However, the best thing about the multiplayer mode is that it even has support for LAN. This means that we will see a lot of LAN parties and total vehicle mayhem in the near future.

There are 6 multiplayer modes, including Death Race, Fox ‘n’ Hounds, Checkpoint Stampede and Car Crusher. But the best mode in my opinion is Classic Carmageddon, which can bring back a lot of the old style car mayhem memories.

If you don’t have a PC to play the title, don’t worry. A PS4 and Xbox One version is also in the works, which the company plans on releasing later on this year. But until then, what do you think of the title so far? Is it everything you wanted to see in a Carmageddon series?

Thank you GamingBolt for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Steam

GTA V Mod Lets You Shoot Cars

What comes to your mind when you read “Vehicle Cannon Mod”? Yep, you got it. It’s a modification for Grand Theft Auto 5 which lets you shoot almighty vehicles at people! This trick works on any gun in the game. Before diving into the installation procedure, make sure that you are using the latest version of  Script Hook V because you may get banned by Rockstar if any of the custom scripts activates while playing multiplayer on GTA Online. Although they are fine with using them in “Director” modes and modding the single-player mode of the game as mentioned here.

Script Hook V is the library that allows to use GTA V script native functions in custom asi plugins. Staying on the latest version is important because it closes the game when a player goes Online, this is done because the game reports installed mods list to Rockstar while being in Online mode and it can end up pretty bad for players.

Installation is fairly simple, you need the latest version of ScriptHookV.dll, Asi Loader (Bundled with Script Hook) and the mod files (.asi).

  • Download ScriptHookV.dll and Asi loader (Bundled) from here.
  • Download Vehicle Cannon Mod from here.
  • Copy those files to the game’s main folder, i.e. where GTA5.exe is located.

Fire up the game, select ‘Story Mode’ and press F11 when in-game to activate the mod. Now shoot cars at folks to show them who is the boss. Press F11 again to increase the velocity and deactivate the modification.

I’ve blocked GTAV.exe in the Firewall just to be sure. Meet you all in Los Santos. Let us witness your excitement by posting comments.

Titanfall Sequel in the Works, Won’t be Microsoft Exclusive

Respawn Entertainment has just announced that there’s a sequel coming for Titanfall. IGN also reports that the title is dropping Microsoft exclusivity, having it come to PlayStation 4 as well this time.

Studio CEO, Vince Zampella, said that the title will “be multiplatform” and COO Dusty Welch stated that the decision to release the first title only on Microsoft platforms was purely a business decision, having Zampella adding that the game wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Microsoft did a lot of financial lifting for Titanfall, just as it did for the first Mass Effect title.

The upcoming title is said to still not have an official name and is still early in the development stages. This means that there aren’t a lot of details to go by, but Zampella did state truthfully about how the first game’s multiplayer-only campaign turned out and affected the sequel.

“I mean it obviously prohibits a certain group of people playing the game, and as content creators you want to get into as many peoples’s hands as possible. We put some single-player elements in there though, and tried to mix it up. Maybe we could have mixed things up a bit better because some people blew right by it and didn’t even see it because there was so much action happening around it.

It’s tough, because if you hit people over the head with it, it becomes intrusive and there are people who don’t want or care about it. Where does the needle fall? I think it takes a while to figure that out and we haven’t figured it out yet.”

This does not mean that a single-player campaign is being developed, but it is at least being considered. Also, the studio might be making the sequel’s DLC free. Given that all DLC for the first titles are free, that might seem the most likely move.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

PC-Exclusive Firewatch Announced at PAX 2014

The independent game development studio Campo Santo Productions announced their début title Firewatch at PAX 2014. The single-player first-person explorer follows Henry, who has taken up a summer job as a fire lookout in Wyoming’s wilderness with the only lifeline being radio chatter with another watch tower.

The developers who work at Campo Santo have previously contributed to games such as Bioshock II, The Walking Dead: Season 1, The Cave, Mark of the Ninja and Brutal Legend, so they aren’t new to game development. Firewatch uses the Unity 3D game engine, and the début screenshots and video reveal some pretty stunning graphics.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”500″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d02lhvvVSy8[/youtube]

The video above is about the information we get about the game for now, and it isn’t clear yet what the excact objectives and goals of the game are. I doesn’t look like it will be a smooth sailing and the player should encounter many problems, beyond their fire-watch duties. The game is set for a 2015 release.

Thank you dsogaming for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Campo Santo Productions.

Visceral Games Reveals Battlefield Hardline’s Single Player Story

The Battlefield Hardline title has been confirmed some time ago, having developer Visceral Games working on the title and aiming to bring a new feel to the Battlefield series. The developer expects to do this by taking the battle towards a more urban environment, namely adding a ‘cops vs robbers’ theme instead of a traditional military faction-based scenario.

What we did not know up until now is what the story is about. We know that there will be a lot of shooting involved, robbers with masks and police officers arriving in cars, leading to a lot of shooting and explosions (as seen in previous Battlefield titles too). However, Visceral Games has apparently revealed the actual goal and story of the title at its San Diego Comic-Con panel.

The developer stated that the Battlefield Hardline title will be based on the story of a police officer by the name of ’Nick’, who gets framed after a drug bust goes wrong. Nick is then said to go deep undercover in order to clear his name, having players experience both sides of the story. Ian Milham, the title’s creative director, describes it as “desert, Breaking Bad meth country”.

In terms of storyline support, Visceral Games is said to have Eugene Byrd and Kelly Hu feature in major roles, while The Shild’s Mark Rolston and Sons of Anarchy’s star, Benito Martinez will also have some important roles in the title. Also, Wendy Calhoun, Nashville and Justified’s writer and producer, is said to be helping the developer as a narrative consultant.

These are quite some big names for a game title, but since Milham pointed out that the game has been pushed back to ‘early 2015’, we should expect a great single player gameplay experience. However, as it is a Battlefield title, the multiplayer experience will also bring its own ‘charm’.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information