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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.

Check out the Black Ops 3 live-action trailer


We’re only a few days away from the Worldwide release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, so why not whet your appetite with a live action trailer featuring the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch.

The hero character of the film, Kevin, is played by Thomas Polk, a newcomer to the scene. The hero role reinforces the premise that “there’s a soldier in all of us” – as the embodiment of the everyday gamer, who’s found a way to be king in Call of Duty. Polk performed all of his own stunts, including wire work.

Who is going to pick this up then?

Black Ops III Zombies: Shadows of Evil announced


Featuring some of Hollywood’s big hitters, Jeff Godblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, and Ron Perlman, Shadows of Evil is a brand new survival horror co-op experience coming with Black Ops III.

Tasked with uncovering the secrets and challenges presented by a shadowy figure, it is up to you to find the path to redemption.

Set in a massive 1940s, film noir-inspired world, Secrets of Evil is the deepest Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies experience to date.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set to launch on November 6, 2015, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC.

NUK3TOWN gets futuristic with Black Ops 3


Nuketown is a fan favourite… or is that a favourite of the Call of Duty developers – they sure do like to rerelease this map as a pre-order bonus!

This time however Nuketown has been renamed (in caps and a number) to NUK3TOWN. Instead of just dusting off the original with slight tweaks, the new pre-order bonus map has received a futuristic graphic skin and tweaks to its design so that it makes full use of Black Ops 3’s new momentum-based, chained-movement system.

Surely you guys are getting a little tired of Nuketown now?

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.

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!

Interested in Black Ops III? You beta check this out!


Call of Duty Black Ops III’s beta will launch for Xbox One on August 26 – one week later than PS4.  The beta will include three maps that have all been developed with Treyarch’s new momentum-based chained-movement system firmly at their core:

    Hunted Combine Evac

And fan favourite modes return for the beta, so don’t expect any surprises:

    Team Deathmatch Domination Demolition Kill Confirmed Hardpoint Capture the Flag Search & Destroy

The beta will also introduce Black Ops’ new class system – Specialists – which sounds a little similar to how Ubisoft are handling their classes in Rainbow Six Siege. There’s eight to choose from, each can be ranked up and comes with their own weapon preference and ability sets.

Finally, players will also get to experience the new Weapon Paintshop – an evolution of the Emblem Editor – customise the look of your weapon fully with 64 editable layers, I wonder how long it will be before we see a full penis graphic wrapped gun!

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?

Check out this week’s Deals with Gold


This week, Deals with Gold brings us discounts on Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Need for Speed. The full list can be found below.

Xbox One

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition Xbox One Game 33% Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition Xbox One Game 35% Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Season Pass Add-On 50% Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Illustrious Pirates Pack Add-On 50% Assassin’s Creed IV Multi-player Gameplay Pack Add-On 50% Assassin’s Creed IV Multi-player Appearance Pack Add-On 50% Assassin’s Creed IV MP Characters Pack #1 Beard’s Wrath Add-On 50% Assassin’s Creed IV MP Characters Pack #2 Guild of Rogue Add-On 50% Assassin’s Creed IV Crusader and Florentine Pack Add-On 50% Warframe: 75 Platinum Add-On 30% Warframe: 170 Platinum Add-On 30% Warframe: 370 Platinum Add-On 30% Warframe:1000 Platinum + Rare Mod Add-On 30% Warframe: 2100 Platinum + Dual Rare Mods Add-On 30% Warframe: 3210 Platinum + Triple Rare Mods Add-On 30% AirMech Arena Prime Cube* Add-On 30% AirMech Arena Prime* Add-On 30% AirMech Arena Starter Pack* Add-On 30%

Xbox 360

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Games On Demand 75% Need For Speed Carbon Games On Demand 66% Need For Speed ProStreet Games On Demand 66% Need For Speed SHIFT Games On Demand 66% Need For Speed The RUN Games On Demand 66% Need For Speed Undercover Games On Demand 66% Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Armed and Dangerous Pack Games On Demand 70% R.B.I. Baseball 14 Games On Demand 75% Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Games On Demand 50% AirMech Arena Prime* Add-On 30% AirMech Arena Starter Pack* Add-On 30%

Relive the glorious Zombie days with Black Ops’ “The Giant”

giant zombies bonus map black ops 3

The original cast of Call of Duty Zombies are back and looking better than ever in a bonus map based in a Nazi research facility, still sporting the infamous Pack-A-Punch Machine, see Der Riese like never before as you join Dempsey, Nikolai, Richtofen, and Takeo where Origins left off not too long ago.

“The Giant” is a bonus map for Black Ops III and looks to only be a part of the Collector’s Edition, I assume like the Nuke town incentive for Black Ops II, this will be a timed exclusive and possibly available for purchase later down the line in a DLC pack of some sort.

I can not speak for anyone else but I am glad the original cast is finally back! Will you be pre-ordering this? I want that fridge and some Juggernog.

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