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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Campaign 42 Minutes Long

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Critic reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified are yet to come in, but early signs aren’t looking good. Whilst Treyarch’s console shooter has been praised for reinvigorating the franchise, it appears nStigate Games’ Playstation Vita port is over before the action even begins.

Those in the industry know that when publishers fail to provide review copies to mainstream sites, it usually means that the finished product isn’t likely to sit too well with critics. As Black Ops Declassified is one such game that has been kept in the dark, its unsurprising to hear such claims in regards to the brevity of the story mode.

The bragging rights come from Dan Ryckert, Associate Editor at Game Informer, who tweeted:

Apparently, the campaign is set to feature ten missions, all of which don’t have checkpoints. Rather than this adding to the game’s difficulty however, each mission takes on average five minutes to complete, making the inclusion of such a gameplay feature irrelevant. Ryckert claims that the game has, “less than an hour of single player content in total.”

As a site that specialises in the single player experience, it appears that this is one game to avoid. You can expect a full review of our impressions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 over the coming days, and we’re confident in assuring you that this is the shooter to aim for to quench your adrenaline fuelled needs.

As for the Playstation Vita port, we wish it just stayed Classified.

Editor for Only Single Player - Daniel likes Single Player experiences so much, he once locked himself in his room for a year without food or water to pay homage to the solo adventure. Now back from the dead, Daniel can often be found perusing over the latest developments within the industry, whilst celebrating after successfuly completing XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Classic Ironman. Suck on that aliens! You can also follow and harrass me on Twitter @DanMightyNuke. Let me know what you think of the solo experience!

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Supergiant Creative Director on Hades: “We’re Treating Early Access Almost Like a Serial TV Series”

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Athene in Hades

Hades was Supergiant Games‘ first experience with Early Access, which has been a massive success and has helped shape the game for nearly a year.

In an interview with OnlySP, Greg Kasavin, creative director at Supergiant, stated that Hades was designed around the entire concept of an Early Access release so that “it could be modular—starting small, and getting bigger over time.”

Not only is Hades the first game in Supergiant’s collection that has gone through an Early Access phase, but, according to Kasavin, it is potentially the only one that could have benefited from it.

“I don’t think Early Access would have worked at all for our previous games. Take Transistor, for example. It’s a game most players finish in less than eight hours. It took us three years, getting the design and narrative and look to be just right. The game was not worth playing before it was done. If everyone basically knew what happened in the story all throughout development, and had experienced low-quality versions of key story moments dozens of times, its launch would have fallen completely flat,” Kasavin said.

When asked why anyone should consider purchasing Hades before its official release, Kasavin compared Hades to a TV series. “You can wait until it’s complete, see what critics and everyone are saying, and then binge on the whole thing if you hear good things. But, there’s a real pleasure in experiencing it as it unfolds.”

“Since we’re weaving narrative through the entire experience, we’re treating Early Access almost like a serial TV series.”

Hades‘ ‘Big Bad Update’ shipped on August 6, adding the Temple of Styx, the game’s fourth major biome, as well as its final battle. Hades is not done, though, as Kasavin suggests Supergiant is “now in a really good position to look at the game more holistically and continue making big improvements across the board.”

OnlySP’s full interview discussing Hades with Greg Kasavin will be published in the coming days, so keep an eye out!

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