Once again, twittering “TwoToeTimmy” has come through and written a fantastic review of Modern Warfare 3’s Content Drop #3 map “Overwatch”. In it, he goes into detail on the map’s layout, strategies, and also his opinions of the new map.
Also dont forget to leave a comment if you agree (or disagree) with his views.. Read his review after the break..
On February 21 (March 29 on PS3), Infinity Ward dropped you on top of a New York Skyscraper and dared you not to fall off. Call of Duty released the third Content Drop OVERWATCH for Modern Warfare 3 for Xbox ELITE Premium members. The setting of a New York Skyscraper immediately brought up the resemblance to HIGHRISE from Modern Warfare 2 for many COD veterans. Ironically enough, even the description provided for the DLC would fit either map.
Battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical layout, with the central bridge and side routes open to attack from multiple angles. Watch your every step, as a lack of boundaries surrounding the perimeter leaves nothing to prevent you from falling far to the ground below.
Instantly you’ll notice this map is nothing like HIGHRISE. The similarities between the two stop at being really high off the ground and having a crane on each one. The closest you may come to placing this layout would be the inside area in BROADCAST from CoD4:MW, however even that is a loose connection. The map takes on a unique feeling of something we have not played before.
OVERWATCH is a circular flowing map with four open combat areas spaced outside the central cut-through section. Multiple long pathways connect each end with an open central bridge area cutting through the middle. There are essentially two floors which provide slight elevation changes and offer some different vantage points. Though medium in size, OVERWATCH plays more like a small map with the lack of open areas creating a tighter feel. Surprise confrontations await you around every corner. Along with the tight corners, there are long sight lines in high traffic areas that welcome skilled snipers and assault class fans. OVERWATCH’s balanced layouts allows for almost every style without making them feel overpowered or out of place.
OVERWATCH is well suited for the objective playlists, especially Domination. The points are well placed; A and C each accessible but not in the open. Capture point B is located in the open on the central bridge section and difficult to capture without teamwork. Each capture point is positioned so they are not easily defendable by a single player from a stationary point. Defenders will need to continually scan entry points into their area to be efficient at holding down a point. The map flows like a debris filled windy river from A to B to C with perfect spacing in-between. OVERWATCH is one of the best Domination maps on MW3 and could be one of the best in Call of Duty.
A well balanced engaging map, OVERWATCH plays openly to all gaming styles. Refreshingly unique to anything else in the series makes this map another solid addition to the Call of Duty series.
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PlayStation VR2: Release date, specs, & more
The PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s brand new virtual reality headset which was recently revealed, here are the details.
PlayStation has unveiled a brand new VR system, sharing details about the specs, controller design, and more.
The last two years have been massive for PlayStation, not only releasing a variety of extremely successful games such as Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, and Deathloop but also because it released its next generation of consoles with the PS5.
Now consumers have had over a year to sit with the PS5, if you were lucky enough to get one, it’s time for an update for PlayStation’s VR system.
PlayStation VR2 release date
The PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s second virtual reality system that was recently revealed at CES 2022. Following the reveal, they also posted a blog with all the details, including the specs and controller design.
There is no official information regarding a release date, but we do have some potential leaks that suggest a rough estimate.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a famous Taiwanese Apple analyst from TF International Securities, we could be seeing the PSVR2 as early as Q2 of 2022. Of course, this is just a leak and a prediction from someone in the industry with reliable contacts, so take it with a grain of salt.
The PlayStation VR2 is set to bring the “next generation of VR gaming on the PS5.” This of course suggests that it will only be compatible with the PS5, so for those still on the PS4 looking to upgrade their VR system, you may want to invest in the next-generation console.
PS VR2 Sense Controller
The new system also comes with new PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers. These look to be a massive upgrade from the PlayStation Move controllers, with an updated design similar to that of the Oculus VR systems.
These controllers will feature the haptic feedback vibration and adaptive trigger technology used in the PS5 Dual Sense controllers. There is also finger touch detection, which allows the controller to “detect your fingers without any pressing in the areas where you place your thumb, index, or middle fingers. This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay.”
PlayStation VR2 specs
One of the biggest appeals that the new PlayStation VR2 will offer players is higher specs and a “single cord set-up.”
The following table shows off the specs for the PlayStation VR2 system, taken from the official reveal blog.
|Panel resolution||2000 x 2040 per eye|
|Panel refresh rate||90Hz, 120Hz|
|Field of View||Approx. 110 degrees|
|Sensors||Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)|
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
|Cameras||4 cameras for headset and controller trackingIR camera for eye tracking per eye|
|Feedback||Vibration on headset|
|Communication with PS5||USB Type-C®|
|Audio||Input: Built-in microphoneOutput: Stereo headphone jack|
Well, there you have it, that’s all the current information we have on the PlayStation VR2.
For more, make sure you stay tuned to CharlieINTEL as we will be updating this article as new information is announced.
Image Credits: PlayStation
When is Discord coming to PlayStation? Release date & available consoles
PlayStation players may be wondering when Discord will arrive, here’s information on the release date and consoles it will be available on.
PlayStation users are eager to find out when exactly the Discord app will be arriving in the Store, which will allow players to connect and chat across various platforms.
Cross-platform availability has become such a huge deal in the gaming industry within the last few years. So many massive multiplayer games such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and even Destiny 2 are all cross-platform, allowing those on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and even Stadia to connect.
Having said that, one of the difficulties of cross-platform is often communication. The preferred form of party chat on PC is Discord, which is also viable on Xbox. Luckily for PlayStation users, a Discord app is on the way.
PlayStation Discord app release date & available consoles
After a new partnership between Discord and PlayStation was revealed back in May 2021, new information has slowly been coming out about its release date and potential arrival for early 2022.
The latest information from reliable gaming news account Okami13 on Twitter suggests that the collaboration could be happening “soon,” as it was found that “a Discord user was able to unlock the option to link his PlayStation account to Discord.”
Although there is currently no official release date for the app on PlayStation, we expect it to arrive in Q1 of 2022.
For those wondering which PlayStation consoles it will be available on, there has been no official information but we also expect it to be for both PS4 and PS5.
PlayStation Discord app features
As well as allowing players to connect and chat while playing the same games, the PlayStation Discord app will also allow users to see what games they’re playing.
This is great for those on platforms other than PlayStation, as they will be able to use Discord similarly to how the friends tab on PlayStation and Xbox works. Discord will allow users to share their status, so friends will know if you are available to play.
Further, as Discord acts as a place for various communities and those with the same interests to connect, PlayStation players looking for more friends to play certain games with will be able to use the app to find others to play with.
PlayStation users will no longer be limited to game chat and trying to find friends through the PlayStation Network, opening up the gaming community in general.
As more information about PlayStation’s collaboration with Discord is released, we’ll be updating this article with all the news. For more, check out ten of the most anticipated FPS games coming in 2022.
Image Credits: PlayStation / Discord
Vanguard players call for the return of forgotten CoD game mode
Vanguard players want to see this overlooked game mode that last appeared in CoD: WWII make a return to the franchise.
Vanguard has done a lot to innovate the Call of Duty Multiplayer experience with the introduction of Combat Pacing and Champion Hill but players want to see a forgotten game mode make a triumphant return to the franchise.
Vanguard players have deemed the Multiplayer experience to be entertaining and engaging at times if not for the numerous bugs and glitches that continue to plague the game. In addition to bug fixes, it turns out players would also love to see a particular game mode return to CoD.
The game mode in question has only ever appeared in one other Call of Duty title, yet fans of World War II will have fond memories of this game mode. If it isn’t obvious already, the game mode players want to see in Vanguard is none other than War.
War is a highly-strategic game mode on a large map with multiple objectives to accomplish. Whether Vanguard players are sick of Shipmas or they just want something new to sink their teeth in is up for debate. However, they’ve made it known that they would welcome the War mode with open arms.
A Reddit post by Chelseablue8 titled “War mode Needed” has been one of the hottest Vanguard-related posts of the new year. They voice their opinion regarding how War stacks up to Vanguard’s current Multiplayer offering, “The War mode is above every game mode vanguard has to offer tbh.”
Not only do a plethora of community members agree in the comments below, but the post also has players wondering why the mode has been ignored by developers since its appearance in WWII.
War’s specially designed maps were a huge selling point for players. This maximized the intuitive feel of War but it also presents a stumbling block for developers seeing as it takes a ton of time and effort to develop exclusive brand new maps for the game mode.
Whether we get a Vanguard version of War or Ground War in the future remains to be seen but it is clear that players would certainly love the additional content.
For more Vanguard news check out the best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 1.
Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games
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