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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Out Now

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Power changes everything starting today, as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition is now available worldwide. Eager fans lined up at midnight at thousands of retail locations around the globe to get access to the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, available today. The new title from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. [Nasdaq: ATVI], marks the first Call of Duty ® game led by developer Sledgehammer Games and the first time for a three-year development cycle. Advanced Warfare also introduces the exoskeleton – the biggest core movement change in franchise history. With the power of the exo, players can boost jump, dodge, slam and more through a visceral and compelling new story; built from the ground up multiplayer experience; and a brand new cooperative mode for the complete entertainment package that only Call of Duty can deliver.

“Three years ago we made some big decisions to invest in a three-year development cycle and to enlist Sledgehammer Games to be the first new lead studio for Call of Duty in a decade,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “We believe that those decisions have paid off, resulting in a fantastic game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which features a kickass story, an epic performance by Kevin Spacey, beautiful graphics and new core mechanics that make Advanced Warfare even more of an adrenaline rush than Call of Duty already was. And that’s saying something.”

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare envisions a powerful future, where both technology and tactics have evolved to create a ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow story. Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world – shaping this chilling vision of the future of war. Based on plausible technology and extensive research, the » Continue Reading.

Zombies Are Definitely Back In Advanced Warfare

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Gamestop confirmed that “Zombies are back as part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass! Stop by any GameStop to pick up one of the most anticipated games to launch this year, along with 4-multiplayer map packs, Atlas Gorge, and yes – ZOMBIES. All this is available for purchase today at GameStop as part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass for only $49.99.

Also, customers who purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition today (Sunday, Nov. 2) at GameStop will receive Double XP all day Monday to help them level up quickly, and receive an array of bonus in-game content, including the Advanced Arsenal bullet brass exoskeleton and EM1 Quantum directed energy weapon, plus the AK-12G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2 custom weapons…”

The Zombie Mode was already leaked earlier last month through a leaked image, and hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity or to what level in comparison to the popular mode that was inserted into the franchise from Treyarch with World at War.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare “Officially” launches on November 4th 2014, although some players will be playing today with their Day Zero Editions.

Thanks AGB

Halo 2: Anniversary Documentary Dated Friday October 31

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The story of how 343 Industries brought Halo 2 to a new generation while honoring its fabled past will be told this Halloween on October 31st 2014. The full documentary will be available from the Xbox Video Store as detailed below…

“How do you remake a title that is so beloved by fans? How do you decide what must stay the same and what can be updated? It takes an army to build any game and we realized this process was one that the Halo Nation rarely gets a glimpse into,” said Tina Summerford, Director of Programming for 343 Industries. “We hit the road to capture the process from top to bottom, talking to all of the key players who helped bring Halo 2: Anniversary into the next gen and giving our fans unprecedented access to this process.”

Throughout the game’s development 343 Industries travelled the world, capturing the perspectives of 343’s expansive team of creative partners, Halo fans, pro players, and industry experts to tell the story behind the story millions know and love. With over four-hundred hours of footage and more than 80 interviews, they had what they needed to complete their story.

“We made some pretty important discoveries along the way,” said Summerford. “As we got deeper into the project, we realized we couldn’t talk about Halo 2’s impact on the industry without telling the story of Halo’s origins. It’s pretty awesome to hear the original team from Bungie talk about the beginning of this franchise and it’s something we think both new and old fans will appreciate”.

The documentary includes never-before-seen story elements and footage from Halo 2: Anniversary and features interviews with high-profile Halo contributors Bonnie Ross, Frank O’Connor, Dan Ayoub, and Phil Spencer, as well as members of the original Halo 2 team » Continue Reading.

Jade Raymond Quits Ubisoft After 10 Years

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In a press release on the official Ubisoft blog, it was announced by the gaming giants that Jade Raymond after 10 years is leaving to pursue other things and that Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29th 2014.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”

With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will » Continue Reading.

LIMBO Heading To Xbox One?

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Limbo, the massively popular and dark atmospheric puzzle game from Playdead, could be about to be reborn on the Xbox One if we are to take a rating listing from the Korean Ratings board as a huge hint. One of the best Summer of Arcade games ever (in our opinion) when it first launched on the Xbox 360 during the summer of 2010, we’re sure if not certain of its success on next-gen considering its popularity all those years ago!

I first rated the game 10/10 in 2010:

With the loneliness of your own shadow, the sound of your own footsteps and a dark bitter world of danger – LIMBO, not only takes you on a journey of survival, but a mentally challenging adventure that will leave you in a state of awe.

Nothing has yet been confirmed from Microsoft or Playdead following the Rating, but here’s hoping for some next-gen improvements and if we had our own way, a few new Xbox One exclusive levels to boot! If you’ve never played the original, Limbo was an addictive yet eerie game that involved many deaths of a young boy on the hunt for his sister in the worst nightmare imaginable.

When there are “Official” confirmations we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Thanks EuroGamer

Leaked Image Suggest Zombie Mode Returns For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available to pre-load now from the Xbox Live Marketplace on Xbox One, and eager fans have wasted no time in dissecting the files and images associated with Achievements. One Achievement in particular that suggests the return of a Zombie mode is a game type connected to the Exo survival mode.

Exo Survivor, is an Achievement unlocked when a player “Successfully Complete the Exo Survival Bonus Wave.” – and the image associated with it is that of Zombies on the rampage in Exo Suits as shown above.

Nothing has been officially confirmed by Sledgehammer Games or Activision, but the release of this years Call of Duty in the way of ‘Advanced Warfare’ is a mere few weeks away. Out November 3rd for those who pre-ordered the Day One Edition and November 4th 2014 for everyone else around the globe.

Look out for our review in due course.

The Evil Within – Launch Trailer

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The Evil Within launches today and sticking to the trend Bethesda has released a launch trailer for Shinji Mikami’s newest survival horror.

Will you be picking this up today? Let’s be honest, it looks pretty freaking good and it’s made by the god father of survival horror himself, Mikami, who is famous for the original Resident Evil series (if you didn’t already know that).

Anyway, here’s that launch trailer that show’s a lot of things that you’ll be tackling in the game from puzzles to oversized things wielding chainsaws – Classic Mikami.

The Crew Gets A Further Delay

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Ubisoft has announced that they are once again pushing back the release date for online MMO racer, The Crew until December, 2. The game was pushed back a few months ago, but is currently undergoing a closed beta where the developers are “scrutinizing” every little bit of user feedback on the game.

Creative director, Julian Gerighty had this to say about the announcement. “We are now scrutinizing all of the player feedback so we can ensure that The Crew delivers the seamless open-world experience that meets everyone’s high expectations,” I for one am glad that Ubisoft are putting this much effort into making the perfect gaming experience for us. But, December is a notorious difficult time of year for gaming companies. That said, this is probably on most people’s Christmas lists.

Ubisoft have also said that they will honour any pre-order Beta code for November…Which is terribly nice of them.

Grand Theft Auto 5: The Last Stand Update Now Available

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Rockstar has released yet another batch of free, downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto 5 titled “The Last Stand” and it’s unfortunately not as impressive as it sounds.

This new expansion pack is now available to download and contains two new weapons, two new motorbikes and one fancy new sports car, as well as expanding the map creation tool. The in-game editor now lets players create Last Team Standing game modes, create custom maps and share them with the community.

The 1.17 update has also added several new Rockstar Verified Jobs which are listed below, more details can be found on the official site.

    Alta (Rank 16, 2-8 Players) Less violent than the average apartment building residents’ committee meeting, this cramped LTS pits two wings of a building against each other. Try to stay on the rooftops, and look for long-ranged attacks across the courtyard and close-quarters clashes on the footbridge.

    Del Perro Freeway (Rank 23, 2-16 Players) Draw a line in the sand with this Del Perro Beach LTS. Teams start at either end of the beachfront houses. They can go at each other directly or take the pedestrian bridges across the WH to pick up weapons. Dr. Friedlander isn’t running his conflict resolution seminar this week.

    Grand Banks (Rank 9, 3-12 Players) As good a place as any to make a stand, three groups take the third way at the Grand Banks Steel foundry. Fight on the rooftops, in the tunnels, and along the gangways to be the only team that doesn’t get to fulfil their death wish.

    Hawick (Rank 16, 2-16 Players) Two teams snipe each other from rooftops or get down and dirty in the alleys with shotguns until there’s only one of them left. Hawick hasn’t » Continue Reading.

Sledghammer Games Discussed Modern Warfare 4 Possibility

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Eurogamer 2014 at Earls Court (EGX), London on Saturday 27th September was one of the busiest days of the event – and with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare taking a prime central spot on the show floor it looked like it was getting a great deal of the much deserved attention from the fans. For the hardcore and those interested in the art direction of the new franchise addition, Studio Head, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield, gave a great presentation on the matter which is viewable above.

Having previously played the EGX build at Gamescom ’14 in Cologne, Germany, the new Exoskeleton suit is a major positive highlight! Playing multiplayer has now completely changed within Call of Duty and for the better since you can literally be killed by anyone in any direction – it’s the biggest and most needed change in the history of Call of Duty. With the Exoskeleton suit new strategies have to be thought through since enemies can climb buildings, jump higher, acquire tactical playing abilities such as shields, and it all seems to distance the age-old tradition of sitting in corners with Sniper Rifles – finally “Camping” might have been wiped out in Advanced Warfare!

Following the art direction presentation from Glen Schofield, I, along with many others in attendance was granted permission to go to a different room to give further questions and take photographs with the man himself. As thisisxbox.com has a long running piece of history with Modern Warfare 4 rumours since sitting on the plane with the voice actor of Captain Price, I asked the burning question, “Was Modern Warfare 4 considered or ever an option?” Schofield replied “it was considered and discussed, but never taken forward.” before generalising on » Continue Reading.