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charlieINTEL Fan, Matthew Plumb (@Plumby94) attended GAMEfest on Saturday and was among the first in the UK to play Spec-Ops in Modern Warfare 3. He was nice enough to share his thoughts on the game and the event for MW3 fans who couldn’t make it in the UK. Here’s what he had to say:

Read his review after the break:

On Saturday 17th September, I attended GAMEfest in Birmingham, UK and it was amazing. The highlight and reason I went is because Modern Warfare 3 was there for the public and press to play. I jumped straight into the queue outside the Modern Warfare 3 booth which had some awesome MW3 and Elite decals outside the booth. I was queuing for about 30 minutes until I got ID’ed at the entry of the booth then I walked inside and was greeted by 30 Xbox stands to my right, a rather large plasma in the centre with an Activision woman showing off the campaign mission which was shown by Robert Bowling at the world wide reveal, and to the left was a large circular custom made Modern Warfare 3 table made for this event and it looked amazing, the table had 15 Xbox’s with Modern Warfare 3 loaded and every Xbox there had the new Modern Warfare 3 branded Turtle Beach X11’s.

I queued for about another 20 minutes inside the booth before asking for @Acti_Insider who gave me a free T-Shirt as he tweeted to ask for him! Also, this where I took a few pictures before Activision told me to put my phone away!

After queuing I was almost at the MW3 table when Activision said it was full as Press and other people were on there but luckily there was one more spot for me, I sat down and to my right hand side was my Spec Ops partner that I had never met before, we were playing on the map “Resistance”. The loading screen, pre-game lobbies and HUD’s were quite similar to MW2, we started off in the middle of the map when the enemies spawned in the first few seconds, automatically I noticed the graphics were practically the same and also gameplay, which pleased me as in my opinion if those were changed it wouldn’t feel like the Call of Duty we all know and love. Two different things I did notice were that there is slightly more recoil and it is a tiny bit harder to aim at targets, this was caused by the “sway” of the gun which was brought back to MW3. We only had 15 minutes playing time as there was a huge turn out for the game!

The hardest rounds were round 5,7,10 and 13. At round 5 dogs started coming and attacking us, round 7 was a helicopter round where helicopters came, wave 10 was where the first juggernaut came which was difficult to kill but wasn’t as hard as the juggernaut on MW2. Round 13 was when an Activision rep came up to me and said “Unfortunately your time is up, but congratulations the new highest round” and awarded me and my partner with another T-Shirt and a Prestige patch!

The overall feel to MW3 was immense and I’m even anticipating this game more. Some of the highlights were testing the guns. I tested out the Model 1887, ACR 6.8 and the MP5 all of which were superb and deadly accurate. The armoury was a great, this was were you got to buy your guns and attachments as well as pay for a refill on ammo, the other armouries were for equipment and also air support. I used the predator missile which is slightly different as it is attached to a recon drone so on the initial opening of the laptop you are actually viewing the recon drone and you also move but when you fire it becomes the normal predator missile from MW2. I also found the Delta squad very useful as when both me and my partner went down they came and revived us. The overall feel to Modern Warfare 3 is superb and feels slightly like Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 mixed together with a bunch of new extras.

-Matthew Plumb (@Plumby94)

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PlayStation Plus games lineup: All PS Plus Extra & Premium titles

Sony have revealed the lineup of games that will be available with the new and improved version of PlayStation Plus.

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The PlayStation Plus subscription service will undergo various changes, and here’s a list of PS Plus games you can expect to have access to following the overhaul.

Throughout the months of May and June, Sony will be rolling out a revamped version of PlayStation Plus. The core concept for the service will remain unchanged but Sony are introducing subscription tiers to PS Plus.

This means the massive catalog of games available to PS Plus subscribers will depend on which of the three options you select. We’ll go through the different tier options below, and detail all the PS Plus games that will be available at launch.

PlayStation Plus changes & tiers explained

PlayStation Plus membership options

PlayStation Plus has always offered an all-encompassing service to those who subscribe. That’s all going to change as players will soon have the chance to choose between three different tiers. Essentially, you’ll be able to choose the tier that best suits your needs.

PlayStation Plus Essential is the lowest tier on offer and it is the option that is comparable to the current service. If you’re happy with your current PS Plus subscription and are not interested in new features, Essential is the way to go.

If you’re looking for more content like a massive library of games, then you’ll want to look into the Extra and Premium tiers. Extra will grant you access to a catalog of PS4 and PS5 games, while Premium will also add PS3, PS2, PSP, and PlayStation libraries to the mix.

To find out which tier is right for you and how much each tier costs per month you can visit the PlayStation blog that details the changes coming to PS Plus in the summer of 2022.

All PS Plus games list: Premium & Extra catalog

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While the focus is definitely on PlayStation games whose studios are affiliated with Sony like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Uncharted, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to see third-party titles available via PS Plus.

Games like Mortal Kombat 11, NBA 2K22, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are not out of reach for players who opt for PlayStation Plus’ Extra or Premium tiers. You’ll be able to access this incredible library of games seen below for a monthly fee.

PlayStation Plus Premium Games

PlayStation Studios

  • Ape Escape | Japan Studio, Original Playstation 
  • Hot Shots Golf | Japan Studio, Original Playstation
  • I.Q. Intelligent Qube | Japan Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Jumping Flash! Japan Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Syphon Filter | Bend Studio, Original PlayStation
  • Super Stardust Portable Housemarque, PSP

Third Party Partners

  • Mr. Driller | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Original PlayStation 
  • Tekken 2 | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Original PlayStation 
  • Worms World Party | Team 17, Original PlayStation 
  • Worms Armageddon Team17, Original PlayStation 

PlayStation Studios (remasters)

  • Ape Escape 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Dark Cloud Japan Studio, PS4
  • Dark Cloud 2 | Japan Studio, PS4
  • FantaVision SIE, PS4  
  • Hot Shots Tennis Japan Studio, PS4
  • Jak II Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak 3Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak X: Combat Racing Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy | Naughty Dog, PS4  
  • Rogue Galaxy Japan Studio, PS4
  • Siren | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Wild Arms 3 SIE, PS4 

Third Party Partners (remasters)

  • Baja: Edge of Control HD THQ Nordic, PS4
  • Bioshock Remastered | 2K Games, PS4
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection | 2K Games, PS4
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition | Gearbox Publishing, PS4
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning THQ Nordic, PS4
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection | WB Games, PS4
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PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium Games

While the Sony blog wasn’t clear on the fact, it seems that games with asterisks beside their names will only be available to PlayStation Premium members, which is the highest tier available. We’ll update this section with official confirmation once we know more about the situation.

PlayStation Studios

  • Alienation | Housemarque, PS4
  • Bloodborne | FromSoftware, PS4
  • Concrete Genie | Pixelopus, PS4
  • Days Gone | Bend Studio, PS4
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition Housemarque, PS4
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut | Kojima Productions, PS4/PS5
  • Demon’s Souls | Bluepoint Games,  PS5
  • Destruction AllStars | Lucid Games, PS5
  • Everybody’s Golf Japan Studio, PS4
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut | Sucker Punch, PS4/ PS5
  • God of War | Santa Monica Studio, PS4
  • Gravity Rush 2 Japan Studio, PS4
  • Gravity Rush Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Guerrilla Games, PS4
  • Infamous First Light | Sucker Punch, PS4
  • Infamous Second Son Sucker Punch, PS4
  • Knack | Japan Studio, PS4
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 | Sumo Digital, PS4
  • LocoRoco Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man | Insomniac Games, PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales | Insomniac Games, PS4/PS5
  • Matterfall |Housemarque, PS4
  • MediEvil | Other Ocean, PS4
  • Patapon Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Patapon 2 Remastered | Japan Studio, PS4
  • Resogun | Housemarque, PS4
  • Returnal | Housemarque, PS5
  • Shadow of the Colossus Japan Studio,  PS4
  • Tearaway Unfolded |Media Molecule, PS4
  • The Last Guardian | Japan Studio, PS4
  • The Last of Us Remastered Naughty Dog, PS4
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Until Dawn | Supermassive Games, PS4
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection |Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy | Naughty Dog, PS4
  • WipEout Omega Collection Clever Beans & Creative Vault Studios, PS4
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Third Party-Partners

  • Ashen | Annapurna Interactive, PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla*** Ubisoft, PS4/PS5
  • Celeste | Maddy Makes Games, PS4
  • Cities: Skylines | Paradox Interactive, PS4
  • Control: Ultimate Edition 505 Games, PS4/PS5
  • Dead CellsMotion Twin, PS4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition | Square Enix Co. LTD, PS4
  • Hollow Knight | Team Cherry, PS4
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Square Enix Co. LTD., PS4/PS5
  • Mortal Kombat 11 | WB Games, PS4/PS5
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 | Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., PS4
  • NBA 2K22 | 2K Games, PS4/PS5
  • Outer Wilds Annapurna Interactive, PS4
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar Games, PS4 
  • Resident Evil Capcom Co., Ltd, PS4
  • Soulcalibur VI Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., PS4
  • The Artful Escape | Annapurna Interactive, PS4/PS5
  • The Crew 2*** | Ubisoft, PS4

While these are the titles expected to be available when the new version of PlayStation Plus launches, don’t be surprised to see this extensive catalog updated with brand-new games as months go by.

Keep an eye out for the new iteration of PS Plus to launch on June 13 in NA, and June 23 in Europe.


For more gaming news, check out how Elden Ring dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the last year.

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Vanguard devs officially roll out long-awaited multiplayer spawn changes

Vanguard devs have used the data and feedback provided by players and the Experimental Playlist to finally tweak the game’s spawns.

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After analyzing data and feedback from the Experimental Playlist, Vanguard devs have finally delivered a proper fix to major spawn issues.

Vanguard’s subpar spawn logic has been the number one complaint from avid players since the game’s release.

A few weeks ago, the devs put a plan in place to finally fix Vanguard’s spawns. On March 25, players received an Experimental Playlist meant to test the quality of spawns.

The devs also requested that players submit feedback on the state of Vanguard spawns and their overall multiplayer experience. All this valuable data has been used to finally provide a permanent fix to Vanguard spawns across multiplayer maps.

Vanguard Das Haus spawns

At first, the Experimental Playlist only included small Vanguard maps where poor spawn logic was common. Players continued to report spawn issues on Dome, Shipment, and Das Haus as the devs collected feedback.

Spawning next to enemies or enemy bullets is not a pleasant experience and hopefully, players will no longer have to deal with this problem. Later on, the Playlist expanded to incorporate maps of all sizes, which means the overall Vanguard experience on every map could have improved for the better.

As you can see from Sledgehammer’s Tweet above, the devs claim that “the spawn adjustments have proven beneficial.” As of April 12, the spawn changes are live which means that you should notice an improvement on all maps.

Interestingly enough, Sledgehammer has yet to reveal patch notes that detail the various changes. Additional information would be vital to understanding the impact of these spawn changes, so hopefully, players will get their hands on patch notes soon enough.

It’ll be up to the players to decide whether or not they feel the spawn quality has improved but these are certainly positive words from the team in charge.


For more Vanguard, check out how the #2 Ranked player got exposed after showing his wallhack cheats on stream.

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JGOD reveals their favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time

Call of Duty content creator JGOD recently revealed their favorite Multiplayer Perk of all time, a pick that many may have forgotten about.

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JGOD let the community know his favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time, which many new players may not even have used before, especially as it’s not available in Warzone.

JGOD is known for their in-depth content for Call of Duty games, especially Warzone. The Youtuber often looks into the stats and details for weapons and loadouts, figuring out the best attachments,Perks, and equipment to use.

With that being said, it’s often great to hear JGOD’s personal opinions on their favorite things to use in Call of Duty, which is exactly what he gave when our Twitter page asked the community what the best CoD Perk of all time is.

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Our CharlieINTEL Twitter page asked the CoD community what the best Call of Duty Perk of all time is.

For those in the community who have been following the franchise since the CoD 4 days, this question is much harder to answer simply because there have been so many great Perks over the years that haven’t returned or just aren’t in Warzone.

JGOD is one of those players who has been in the community for a long time, so their pick might have some of the modern players slightly bemused.

The content creator’s pick for their favorite CoD Perk of all time is Stalker from Modern Warfare 3, which was released back in 2011. This Perk got rid of all movement penalties while aiming down sights.

This allowed players to strafe effectively while using an LMG, Sniper Rifle, and any other weapon with poor mobility, which was very effective in MW3.

The Perk basically turned Assault Rifles into SMGs, meaning they were effective at close and long ranges.

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Further, if players unlocked the Pro version of the Perk, it also delayed Bouncing Betty, Claymore, and IMS detection, which were very strong equipment in MW3.

Although Stalker returned in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the description was slightly different from the MW3 version, and clearly, JGOD’s post is the Perk image from MW3.

Other popular Call of Duty players also weighed in on the debate, with Optic Hitch also sharing their opinion in the comments, stating that MW2’s Ninja Pro was the best Perk of all time: “Ninja Pro MW2. Not close.”


Everyone will have their preference as the best Call of Duty Perk of all time comes down to personal opinion, but Stalker is definitely not a bad shout.

For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we currently know about Modern Warfare II.

Image Credits: Activision / JGOD

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