Activision have officially announced that this years annual Call Of Duty release will be Black Ops 4, and will be releasing earlier than the franchise usually does, with a release date of October 12th 2018. There is also another date for your diary, with May 17th 2018 booked in for the Community Reveal.
Usually, the Call Of Duty series releases around the start of November, but moving to October 12th clearly is designed to stay away from the 26th October release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Getting in two weeks earlier is clearly thought to be more beneficial than following Rockstar’s behemoth.
It has been thought that this years CoD, developed by Treyarch would see a return to the Black Ops series, especially after NBA superstar James Harden was seen wearing a baseball cap which had a very similar logo to the Black Ops 3 logo, but with four ‘I’s instead of three. This design is now quite obviously the Black Ops 4 logo, fuelling speculation that Activision have brought forward the announcement in response to that leak.
The internet is also having lots of fun with Activision’s choice not to go with the standard roman numeral for four ‘IV’, instead going with ‘IIII’.
As I finished my playthrough of Call of Duty: WW2, it was clear to me that Sledgehammer Games make the best Call of Duty titles. I’ll be honest, I do prefer modern shooters, but this is up there with Battlefield 1 in terms of a quality single player.
You play Corporal Ronald “Red” Daniels who in truth is the weakest character in the story, it’s your squad mates and associated characters that really keep the story moving along. Of course, despite the setting it hasn’t stopped Sledgehammer games from hamming up some of the action sequences and there are some spectacular ones.
Gameplay wise, it’s a familiar story but this year there are some changes that improve the overall experience. Each of your squad have an ability that you can take advantage of during each mission. These range from spotting enemies, to giving you extra grenades or ammo and even health packs, which leads me to another interesting change.
Managing your health is now crucial in each mission, no longer can you hide in the corner and hope your health recover before attempting another assault. Now you need to take extra and care and wait until your teammate is able to activate his ability so he throws you a health pack. It’s not the only way to regain health, there are packs dotted around the map and some fallen enemies drop them too. It gives you a challenge and certainly stops you from being able to be gung ho in the way you attack.
Each mission requires you to complete certain objectives to progress through the level. For the most part the missions are quite entertaining. You’ll be sneaking your way around some Nazi Headquarters under cover, rolling through the streets in a tank and even supporting your troops in the air, so there is plenty to keep you interested. There are also collectibles to find at also heroic actions to perform, these only ended up being dragging injured soldiers out of the line of fire, or helping them as they are being attacked, there could have been a little bit more about them to keep them interesting.
The stand out level in the game for me was the one where you infiltrate a Nazi stronghold, you don’t play as Daniels, instead you take on the role of Camille “Rousseau” Denis who forms part of the French Resistance, working with the British Army. It’s the standout level of the game for me. The campaign isn’t without issues though. COD: WW2 was depicted as the most historically accurate WW2 shooter yet it seemed like it was just a bunch of American soldiers that won the war, apart from what felt like a token British Army character that was present during a small portion of the game. I suffered a few annoying crashes, as well as the game sometimes not saving despite the game saying it was.
I’ve been running the game on the Xbox One X and even on my old TV the game looks fantastic, the cut scenes are especially good though others on the team who are playing on 4K sets aren’t so impressed. We were all in agreement that the campaign looks fantastic.
Of course there are a huge portion of players who will get there nowhere near the campaign because they will be too busy playing online. Recent successes for games like Destiny 2 and Overwatch have clearly influenced how thing play out this year for Call of Duty. Things were quite flaky for the first week or so, I struggled to get games and noticed a fair bit of lag. Thankfully those issues seem to have gone and what you now have is an excellent online mode.
On beginning multiplayer, you are thrust into a base where you can walk around, interact with other soldiers and prepare for your next match – there is a lot to take in, with different classes to contend and a new progression system. If you are willing to spend the time working it all out then there are hours of fun to be had.
All the standard modes are there, with the excellent Kill Confirmed returning, I really enjoy how it forces players to keep moving by collecting tags. The stand out game mode has to be War though, two teams battling over a series of stages to defend or attack objectives. I wasn’t sure I was enjoying it at first but after a while I found myself obsessed with it, hoping I had an awesome set of teammates to push through our opponents defences on our march to victory.
At the end of each match you’ll see a play of the game, which at first just seemed to concentrate on Snipers who just camp at the back of maps to pick people off, but it appears to have become more refined and selects what appears to be quite decent play. Weapons feel well balanced and there are plenty of them to experiment with.
Zombies also makes a return to COD and this year teamwork is even more important. This year’s installment feels a lot more linear but also has a ‘Destiny Raid’ feel to it as certain areas of the game involve some sort of puzzle to work out. You’ll start playing and suddenly the hours fly by, it gets quite intense but it’s the most fun I’ve had playing Zombies in a long time.
It’s been awhile since I’ve really wanted to complete a Call of Duty title, and WW2 has hit the sweet spot for me, the campaign was really enjoyable overall while the multiplayer and Zombies will certainly see plenty of my gaming hours spent on them.
The Call of Duty A10 Headset celebrates the upcoming Call of Duty: WW2 game with design meant to emulate a soldier’s tactile gear and uniform: an olive green and black colorway. One side features the star and stripes insignia known throughout the franchise, while the other side features the iconic exploding broken skull art. Emblazoned across both sides, the Call of Duty logo shows the world your love of the game.
The Call of Duty A10 Headset features a ruggedly durable steel headband wrapped in a rubberized, damage-resistant polycarbonate blend made tough to last. Lightweight construction combats headset fatigue. Importantly, this headset features the same audio quality found across the entire line of ASTRO Gaming products. Whether you are beginning your path towards becoming a pro or you want a damage-resistant audio solution that shows your love of the franchise, the Call of Duty A10 Headset will complete every fans collection.
Adapt to any environment thrown your way with the Call of Duty A40 TR Mod Kit: black synthetic leather ear cushions and headband with white stitching detail extend comfort. The noise-isolating Speaker Tags and precision boom mic block out noise so you can focus on the game, not the crowd. The Speaker Tag set design features the iconic Call of Duty exploding broken skull and the Call of Duty logo surrounded with ammunition.
This year, at the Call of Duty World League Championship, ASTRO Gaming is proud to be the Official Communications Partner, powering not only the pros battling for victory on the Main Stage with MixAmp Pro TRs, but also Gamebattles with A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TRs, for amplified audio control at every station. We know how important good audio is for victory, which is why we are also supporting gamers with a headset loaner program so you never have to worry about losing your competitive edge. The Call of Duty World League Championships marks the end of the 2017 esports season, with 32 teams vying for $1.5 million and the title of the 2017 Call of Duty World League Champions. With so much on the line, this event is the most anticipated of the year for Call of Duty esports.
The 2017 season is offering the largest prize pool to date of $4 million, and fans globally are looking forwards to the culmination of a year’s worth of hard-fought competition. Catch the action over on MLG.tv.
Last week Raven Software asked its community to vote on what game mode they should implement permanently in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. The choice was between was Prop Hunt or Slasher.
Prop Hunt sees you playing hide-and-seek with in-game props, and Slasher is a variation on the Infected game mode. Whichever of the two received more retweets would win and see that game mode added permanently to the newly released stand alone remaster.
Prop Hunt won the competition with a massive margin, earning over 19,000 retweets against Slasher’s 2,800.
Despite telling us this wouldn’t happen, it has. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is now available as a Standalone Title.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered features fully improved texture resolution and detail, revamped animation, remastered audio and much more. Fans can relive the full, iconic story campaign as they’re transported around the globe with Capt. Price, Gaz and Soap across all the missions from the original game, including “All Ghillied Up,” “Charlie Don’t Surf,” and “Crew Expendable.” Players will also experience the online multiplayer mode that redefined Call of Duty by introducing killstreaks, XP, Prestige and more, and battle head-to-head in the fan-favourite maps from the original multiplayer mode, including classics such as “Crash,” “Backlot” and “Crossfire.”.
I played this a lot back in the day, but haven’t really played it since it’s release, who is going to join me?
Yesterday a Reddit user posted several images supposedly from the next, yet to be announced, Call of Duty title. These images reveal the name of Activision’s new CoD, Call of Duty: WWII, as well revealing the setting as indeed World War II.
We’re not entirely convinced of the legitimacy of these images just yet. The poster claims to be the one behind similar leaks last year which were later proved true, but the live action shots and simplistic name seems a bit off. One of the images in particular looks straight out of Saving Private Ryan. However, historically, leaks for the new CoD do rear their head around this time each year, and inevitably Activision will reveal the truth at E3, so not too long to wait for official confirmation. In the mean time, takes these images with a grain of salt and we’ll be sure to update you if their legitimacy changes.
Tomorrow sees the release of the first DLC for Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Titled Sabotage the DLC will bring 4 new multiplayer maps and the next terrifying Zombies installment from Willard Wyler’s horror film archive: Rave in the Redwoods. However due to Activisions love of all things Sony and the exclusive deal they have, Xbox One players will probably have to wait till the end of February before they can get their hands on it.
So as you can see from the Preview Trailer, Sabotage is bringing with it four new multiplayer maps in the form of Noir, Renaissance, Neon and Dominion.
Noir – Head to a grim future Brooklyn where a heavy curfew is in place. Navigate tight corners through abandoned city streets in this medium sized classic three-lane map.
Renaissance – Don’t be distracted by the idyllic Venetian canals, this map is an intense urban combat zone funneling fast-paced gameplay through a small, split figure eight design.
Neon – Originally designed for future urban warfare simulation, this “Z” shaped map is a glitched out digital city featuring long sight-lines and flanking routes supporting any style of gameplay.
Dominion – In this reimagining of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 classic map ‘Afghan,’ ranged combat is focused from a variety of strategic vantage points to the center of this sprawling crash site.
Rave in Redwoods is the next Zombies installment from Willard Wyler’s horror film archive, and now that the characters have escaped the deadly theme park they find themselves in an abandoned camp / rave where most of the inhabitants just happen to be Zombies. Will you survive the night and most of all will you avoid becoming a trophy for The Slasher or a tasty meal for Bigfoot.
For more information about this DLC and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, check out the Official Website. Keep tuned for further information and as soon as a release date is known for the Xbox One we will let you know.
So we’re all use to the Black Market Dealer updates in Black Ops 3 and therefore Infinite Warfare is no differerent, receiving the first of many updates to come over the year. So what goodies can we now get our hands on?
So as you can see not only can we get our hands on the new EMC Switchblade, the Mauler Sentinel or the KBS Longbow Bombshell, but we also now have access to the new MKII’s offering +15% XP. In fact this update is huge, containing over 100+ MKII’s, 9 new Prototypes and over 600 customisations including Helmets and Accesories, hmmm – choices choices.
Now the one thing I’ve learnt while playing Infinite Warfare Online is that if you want to succeed you are going to need to develop them protoypes. So for those unsure here is a little video on Weapons and Weapon Crafting.
So there you have it, but watch this space as the first DLC titled Sabotage is looming on the horizon and trust me, you wont want to miss that. For further information about the game, check out the Official Website or why don’t you take a look and see what we thought about the game in our review.