Devastation, the second DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to launch on April 3rd exclusively first on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. Devastation is set to deliver four new small to medium-sized multiplayer maps that include a mountaintop Mayan temple, a mangled container ship, a giant excavation digger in South America and a fully reimagined version of Infinity Ward’s fan-favourite map “Dome” from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – each with their own unique Field Order. There’s also the all-new “Ripper” tactical 2-in-1 weapon and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the gripping second chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative which includes multiple mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapon and closes with a battle against a monstrous, 100-foot tall Cryptid alien boss, aptly named the Kraken.
Additionally, as a special offer available starting today for players on Xbox Live, Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass owners get instant access to Devastation’s all-new “Ripper” weapon, which features the unique ability to quickly convert from Sub Machine-Gun (SMG) to Assault Rifle and back again in the midst of battle and can be used in all Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer maps.
Devastation delivers four distinctive new maps with the fast-paced gameplay Call of Duty fans love, each with their own surprises. The first map, “Ruins,” is located on a Mexican peninsula and set amidst the remnants of a mountaintop Mayan temple, with multiple levels providing verticality for longer-range weapons and underground pathways perfect for close-quarters encounters. Savvy players that find and complete the unique Field Order will be able to trigger the map’s volcano to erupt and enjoy watching enemy players attempt to take cover as fiery debris fall from the sky.
Not yet bought Call of Duty: Ghosts because you’ve heard so much about the awful campaign that Infinity Ward has thrown together? Well, maybe you’ll be tempted by the Multiplayer offering as both Activision and Infinity Ward will chuck out a free multiplayer weekend for Call of Duty: Ghosts this weekend on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A complete first for the franchise on Xbox Live, despite similar demo’s on Steam.
Ghosts’ free multiplayer weekend will be available from Friday March 7th 2014 until Monday March 10th 2014. The demo will include three multiplayer maps, Strikezone, Warhawk and Prison Break with available multiplayer modes: Search and Rescue, Domination and Team Deathmatch. You’ll also be able to trial the Infinity Ward copy-cat-zombies cooperative Extinction mode on Point of Contact.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is a great game, it is the best looking Multiplayer first person shooter on Xbox LIVE and currently the most played and purchased Xbox One title at the time of writing. The campaign is average and lacks the epic momentum and spectacular conclusions to the sub plots within the main story. It’s like going through the motions without the emotion, it’s Call of Duty, you know it’s Call of Duty – but you’re wondering around from one mission to the next thinking when is the big shocker about to come! Multiplayer though as always is a top designed affair and exactly the online Call of Duty experience you’d want delivered on a next-gen console.
This week in Arizona, a behind-closed-doors PlayStation 4 event took place where publishers showcased some of this years top titles to major retailers. It was said that among the games line-up was this years Call of Duty from Sledgehammer Games, the next entry in the Modern Warfare series. Twitter user Lokiolr relayed what he was told from his boss who could have blatently ignored his non-disclosure agreement!
Kind of jealous, my boss and our buyer are at DPS (Destination PlayStation) this week, a retail sneak peak event.
The best Call of Duty players from across Europe are descending on London this weekend to battle it out in the finals of the Call of Duty European Championships. Twenty-Six teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the rest of Europe will go head-to-head for a chance to represent their country at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox being held from 28th March to 30th March in Los Angeles for a share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize purse.
Hosted by Activision Publishing in partnership with Gfinity, the Call of Duty European Championships will take place from 1st March to 2nd March in one of England’s most iconic sporting venues, Twickenham Stadium, where teams will compete for a €15,000 prize pot in the Twickenham Live Room. The top eight teams will then qualify for the global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox – the first competitive prize tournament to be held on Xbox One at the end of March in Los Angeles.
Over the last month, more than 500 teams across Europe competed for a spot in London this weekend. Eight UK teams qualified and will face-off against each other, with the top four teams heading to California for the global Call of Duty Championship.
Follow your favourite team(s) in London and watch the action live and exclusively at MLG.tv as they compete for the ultimate prize in eSports.
The newest Deal of the Week offerings have gone live and this week sees a distinct Call of Duty themed sale with Games on Demand versions of Black Ops 2 and MW3 along with their Season passes and DLC packs up to 50% off:
Here are this week’s Call of Duty-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 3 March 2014.
Activision’s Call of Duty is the phenomenon that raised the bar for first person shooters on a home console and without its success you might not be playing many of its rival games with their aim to take a stake in the market share – otherwise known as piggybacking off the success of others! It’s quite a logical concept to assume that the popularity of EA’s Battlefield franchise is largely down to Call of Duty gamer’s and their love of first person shooters; whilst you have the war against realism and tactics (Battlefield) with casual and frantic (Call of Duty) where a minority is likely to stick to just one of the two and never touch the other, Call of Duty is the widely known and most played first person shooter in the world racking in more than 100 Million copies sold as at 2011. You might be surprised to learn that there is a Call of Duty title to date on around 18 different platforms including mobile devices.
Without World War II, there wouldn’t have been a Call of Duty since it’s original gameplay was based on various parts of the World War II era taking players to fight in Russia, France and Japan through it’s 1940′s chapters. With developers Infinity Ward, Spark Unlimited and Grey Matter Interactive (who merged into Treyarch) allowing us to fight freely as soldiers during this time – founding developers Infinity Ward had idea’s to take the franchise to a whole new level completely. In 2007 a Modern Warfare was born, a whole new fictional war with iconic characters that changed the face of Call of Duty forever; it attracted millions of new players and is considered to be the best game in the series. Following its release World War II was » Continue Reading.
The first ever map pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is available to buy now from both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One Marketplace, titled Onslaught, the DLC offering serves up four new Multiplayer Maps, an entirely new Extinction playground to get you all alienated – and topped off nicely with a brand new Maverick Assault Rifle/Sniper dual purpose weapon! Although available on the Marketplace for just under £12.00, Onslaught is included as part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass, which will allow for a combined saving if you plan to get all four epic Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Packs planned for release this year – Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion and Nemesis. Release dates for the other three packs has not yet been announced, but let’s get stuck into Onslaught which was provided to thisisxbox from Activision for the Xbox One console. Additionally for a quick look around the new maps press play on some of the video’s below where I briefly walk around solo to give you an insight into how they look in-game.
Starting with Ignition, this is the return of the old Modern Warfare 2 map by the name of Scrapyard. What was once a small aircraft boneyard scattered with parts from Modern Warfare 2 is now a high-tech looking (albeit derelict) rocket launch facility in Call of Duty: Ghosts. It was a really great map when it was first available on the Xbox 360 providing cover under wreckages of planes, and now in next-gen glory comes not only a modern looking re-skin, but a few neat features that will see a rocket launch and explode in mid-air! The debris will fall back down to earth and kill anyone in its way; also hidden within the » Continue Reading.
In an Investor Call this week from Activision, CEO Eric Hirshberg announced that Sledgehammer Games are joining Treyarch and Infinity Ward as the third lead developer on the franchise to allow for a new three year development cycle. Previously the instalments were lead by Infinity Ward and Treyarch who released their versions of Call of Duty every other year. For 2014, Sledgehammer Games will be releasing their first developed iteration since parting ways with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3.
I am sure no one needs to be reminded again that Modern Warfare 4 has possibly been in development for a few years since voice actor Billy Murray claimed attending a meeting to voice a 4th Modern Warfare in 2012. No specifics for this years Call of Duty has yet been revealed.
Quoted by Hirsgberg:
The change will give our designers more time to envision and innovate for each title … It will give our content creators more focus on DLC and micro-DLC which … have become large and high-margin opportunities and significant engagement drivers. It will give our teams more time to polish, helping to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience to our fans each and every time.
Praise was also given to Sledgehammer Games for their development on Modern Warfare 3 and that they are expected to “bring fresh ideas and creativity to this great franchise and to raise the bar for next-gen games overall”
Imran Yusuf comes back to his games industry roots to become GamesAid’s very first celebrity patron, and a fitting patron at that. Imran’s initial ambition was to become a video games designer and he has strong links to the UK Games Industry having worked for Midway Games, Eidos, SEGA Europe and Kuju London. After a stint bringing us the likes of Red Card Soccer (PS2), Yakuza (PS2), and Battalion Wars 2 (Wii), Imran left game development for show business and was nominated Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010. He made his debut UK TV appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow with his famous routine about Xbox Live and Call of Duty.
Although his creative aspirations finally gravitated towards the world of stand-up comedy, he has maintained strong links with the UK Games Industry and Games Aid. Speaking to the press, Imran commented;
Working in video game development is not for the fainthearted: the hours can be long, and there is huge pressure to hit tight project milestones, but it was a formative experience which informs my comedy to this day.I think GamesAid can bring video games and comedy, two of my favourite things, together for a good cause and raise money for those who really need it. Both sectors are brimming with bright, intelligent and creative people whose vocation in life can bring great enjoyment to the lives of others – and we’re lucky to be able to do what we do every day, and should think about giving something back. As GamesAid’s first patron, I hope to help harness those amazing talents in order to rally even more support for the GamesAid charities.
GamesAid is a UK based video games charity (Registered UK Charity # 1081706) which supports a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and » Continue Reading.
The Onslaught Map Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is here! The first of four massive, Downloadable Content Packs launching first, exclusively on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 features four classically designed, smaller to medium sized maps delivering the fast-paced multiplayer experience fans love, the all-new “Maverick” dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle and “Episode 1: Nightfall,” the first instalment in Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction’s four-part episodic story that follows humankind’s first contact with the Cryptids.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught delivers a variety of new offerings for fans to dig their teeth into, starting with four new multiplayer maps. “Fog” is a chilling homage to classic horror films, set alongside the banks of a murky lake. Players skilled enough to pick up the map’s unique Field Order can become the embodiment of terror by donning the mask of Michael Myers, one of cinema’s most iconic horror characters of all-time, as the entire soundscape changes to the eerily familiar Halloween theme music.
“BayView” is a coastal Californian boardwalk that offers players fast-paced run-and-gun gameplay amid a seaside town. Clever players will be able to climb onto the map’s moving trolley to engage enemies, as well as call in devastating artillery strikes from the Naval Destroyer anchored offshore.
“Containment” drops players into a raging battle amidst a war-torn Mexican village, where the action centres on the crippled remains of a small bridge holding a hi-jacked truck leaking radioactive material.
Onslaught’s fourth map, “Ignition,” is a completely reimagined version of “Scrapyard” – the fan-favourite multiplayer map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, placing players into a deserted space launch facility with frenetic action amongst abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, a massive transport crawler and dynamic map elements that can take players out if they’re not paying close » Continue Reading.