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Call of Duty Black Ops III review


The Call of Duty cycle goes round again. This year, Treyarch step back into the light with their excellent Black Ops series, unfortunately the campaign doesn’t hold up to the excellence of the previous titles but zombies and competitive multiplayer more than fill the void.

Black Ops has gone über futuristic. What Advanced Warfare started, Black Ops has continued, and then some. Consequently it feels like the story has jumped series rather than continuing the dark and sinister storyline of Black Ops. The campaign plods on but goes out with a bang, ending on some mind twisting missions and a sequence that sticks you at the controls of a VTOL.

The campaign is rife with tech, futuristic weapons and robots – it’s like Syknet has brought down Judgment Day and you are smack bang in the middle of it with little to no explanation as to what the purpose of the mission is. The story then is rather lost, poorly told and tries to be too clever for it’s own good. By the time the credits rolled it had lost me on the way, with little care for the soldiers I met or the story it attempted to tell. The level structure can’t escape from being linear either. Each area might be large enough to offer multiple routes through, but it’s little more than the usual CoD shoot ‘em up grind with the odd set piece thrown in.

New to the game are cybercore abilities – cybernetic enhancements that can be used to manipulate electronics, close the distance to your target or generally create chaos among the enemy ranks. The cores are fun to use and offer a slight distraction from the run and gun CoD mechanics, however, they are a little cumbersome to select and choose the correct attack for » Continue Reading.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta thoughts


A Beta is a great way to test the balancing, stability and overall functionality of a new multiplayer title, and Activision and Treyarch are no strangers to this process for the Call of Duty franchise, so it’s not unsurprising that the Beta build of the latest Call of Duty, Black Ops 3, is largely stable and feature complete, with only a few minor issues for the developers to iron out before November. But how does it play? Well we jumped right in to find out the answer to that very question.

Series fans will be delighted to hear it plays precisely how you’d expect a Call of Duty title to play. Despite the changes to the formula in this latest iteration, the core concepts of fast paced, quick kills, loadout focused action in an intimate arena, are all still very much intact. It feels, sounds and plays like the Call of Duty we’ve all come to know, with the new and tweaked additions only enhancing that embedded identity.

Specialists have been added to the experience, forcing you to choose one of nine that will then dictate your look and special abilities on the battlefield. Each Specialist has their own special weapon and ability, both of which you can unlock as you progress and then unleash on your foes in a match once you ability gauge is full. These take the form of a bow with explosive arrows, a spike that detonates and kills everyone around you, or kinetic armour, as well as many more. However, in our experience the gauge typically only fills up once per match, and as powerful as the abilities and weapons can be, they still require a skilled hand to use them effectively, therefore not unbalancing the fight. It’s a very different approach to previous Call » Continue Reading.

ASTRO announces new partnership for Call of Duty: Black Ops III


ASTRO gaming, creators of premium gaming equipment, have announced today an exciting new partnership with Activision and Treyarch for the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Already known as the preferred gaming headset for a number of competitive Call of Duty teams, including Team EnVyUs, and 2-time X-Games Gold Medalists OpTic Gaming. The ASTRO A40 headset and MixAmp Pro was also featured at the Call of Duty Championship, earlier this year.

Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing at ASTRO:

As we prepare to unveil a new evolution in ASTRO Gaming professional audio equipment, we’re honoured to be working with Call of Duty, the leading console eSports franchise worldwide, and of course one of the biggest gaming entertainment properties in history. eSports has grown dramatically over the last 5 years, and with it the needs of the athletes has also evolved. Our new products will redefine expectations of what Pro really means. We will be working closely to spread the message about our new products to all consumers, while simultaneously helping to grow awareness of the eSports lifestyle overall, including competing, spectating and streaming.

More details about the Call of Duty: Black Ops III headsets and accessories will be announced at the Seattle-based PAX Prime, between August 28 and 31.

Visit the ASTRO Gaming website, for more information.

Titanfall movement comes to Call of Duty Black Ops 3


Treyarch have certainly flaunted their new movement system in Call of Duty Black Ops 3, and now they have released a tutorial video that shows off the system in more detail.

As good as it looks, I can’t help but think that I’m seeing Titanfall in COD clothing. All the moves, mantles and wall runs look a little too familiar, which is fine, I’ve racked up hundreds of hours on Titanfall so watch out ha ha!

Xbox kisses goodbye to the Call of Duty Championships


Back when several of us pointed to the possibility that Call of Duty would be switching allegiance to PlayStation, we were shunned – told we knew nothing and that this would never happen, mainly because of how deep-seeded the eSports scene was with Xbox and the Call of Duty Championships.

Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar has now confirmed that the Pro scene will indeed be switching to PlayStation and while there’s no denying the success of Call of Duty, is this such a loss to Xbox? Personally I’ve enjoyed the multiplayer less and less with each iteration and with Halo looking to make a huge comeback this year and Gears of War looking like it could be something rather special, will we see a resurgence of Halo and Gears on the Pro scene? Halo has already made quite the bold statement at gamescom, announcing the Halo Championships.

Regardless of your stance, I’m pretty happy that Xbox can stand strong on the back of two very successful exclusive multiplayer games, meanwhile Sony has to buy theirs… let the arguments commence!

While speaking with GameSpot, Phil Spencer had this to say:

So, they don’t “gobble” the deals up. They buy them. You know, I read the same things you do, and I know some people think it’s somehow less expensive to sign third-party exclusives if you have a bigger market-share. I can tell you, it has nothing to do with market share

…so, about that Tomb Raider and Titanfall deal Phil?

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Final Map Pack announced

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Available August 4th is the Advanced Warfare map pack finale. Play and wreak havoc across four all new levels, Overload map is based around an exotic compound filled with gardens, fountains and destructible plasma lamps to destroy your enemies with upon fire. Quarantine map is a biological test center, Fracture map is based in an arctic excavation site with a timed event and Swarm map which is based in a South Korean town. The Exo Grapple Playlist makes a return in multiplayer mode and is available to use in all Reckoning DLC maps.

The Exo Zombies Finale is here in part 4 Descent, find out what the real secret Atlas has been hiding all this time. “Oz”

If you have not invested in Advanced Warfare the season pass is still available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and is a cheaper option to buying everything separately.

Support Call of Duty Endowment and you might become a Call of Duty zombie


The Call of Duty Endowment initiative has launched an Omaze campaign with the support of Treyarch, offering a variety of Call of Duty Black Ops III rewards and a shot at the main prize – a trip to Treyarch’s studio to be zombified and appear in a future piece of zombie DLC for Black Ops III, you’ll even get a tour of the studio and have lunch with Mark Lamia, Studio Head at Treyarch.

Check out this awesome promo video from the man himself:

Each reward has a limited amount to be claimed, a bit like Kickstarter tiers, and includes a number of entries into the zombie draw, which closes on August 31, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

Tiers start as low as $10 and go up to $50,000. Rewards include exclusive t-shirts, signed Call of Duty props and memorabilia, and a “walk-on” role in a Call of Duty live action trailer!

Check out their campaign page now for a chance to become a Call of Duty zombie, support veterans finding work outside of the forces, and of course, nab yourself a sweet bit of swag in the process.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies ‘Shadows of Evil’ revealed


From the team behind the original Call of Duty Zombies, Treyarch returns with an all-new, mind-bending tale of the undead.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Zombies – Shadows of Evil drops players into a recognisable yet terrifyingly unfamiliar world, as they uncover the secrets and challenges laid out for them by a shadowy figure, who holds their fate in his hands.

Set in a 1940’s film-noir era, Shadows of Evil introduces four unwitting characters – The Magician, The Femme-Fatale, The Cop and The Boxer – into an unravelling experience masterminded by the mysterious Shadow Man. Featuring voices and likenesses, the characters are played by Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Heather Graham (The Hangover 1-3, Californication), Neil McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, Band of Brothers), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG-1), bringing with them an appropriately twisted and deep narrative that will keep you spinning as you unravel the secrets and explore a massive world in the deepest Zombies experience to date.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is scheduled for release worldwide on 6th November.


Call of Duty: Black Ops III co-op video

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Activision released the following video showcasing both the co-op campaign and Cyber Core tutorial.

Take a deep dive into the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 cooperative campaign with the Cyber Core tutorial and an extended cut from “Ramses Station”. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a dark, gritty future where a new breed of Black Ops soldier emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the cutting-edge military technology that define the future of combat.

Designed for four-player online co-op or solo play, players will encounter epic cinematic moments and open-area gameplay, allowing players to approach the game with a different strategy each time they play. And now your campaign character is completely customisable: from weapons and loadouts, to abilities and outfits, all with full progression systems and a personalised armoury to show off accomplishments.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is released on Friday November 6th for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Call of Duty jumps ship to offer PlayStation exclusivity


As expected, Black Ops III has jumped over to PlayStation. The game was mysteriously absent from Microsoft’s conference, although with such strong showings from Halo and Gears of War, it’s no surprise that Call of Duty has switched allegiances.

The deal will more than likely be similar to the one that Xbox has enjoyed over the past few years – offering PlayStation the DLC first and a beta, which starts in August.

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