Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

Call Of Duty: Back To The Beginning

A very big house in the country

I am a very Modern Woman. And by that I mean I have only played Call of Duty [official site] campaigns from Modern Warfare 2 onwards. But this year, instead of picking up Black Ops 3 and despairing over the sheer number of gadgets and grenades I must remember, I went back to the very beginning (a very good place to start). I am working my way through the original Call of Duty.

Well, original-ish, it’s whatever the version of the 2003 game is on Steam right now.

I’m over halfway through the American campaign, having just taken out the German artillery at Brécourt Manor and couldn’t help remembering how Adam put that level as one of the best the franchise has ever managed:

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 3’s Multiplayer Has An Insoluble Problem At Its Core

There are times when Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s multiplayer feels like a scratchcard from which you’re scraping the dull metal grey surface of a military shooter to reveal the three matching Quake symbols below. Your prize: a game that’s increasingly difficult to stereotype, which is fast and often fun, which has found solutions to many of its ancient frustrations, but which still has an annoying and possibly insoluble problem at its core.

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Wot I Think – Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Singleplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] takes place in a future setting not quite close enough to describe as “near-future”. It’s somewhere in the middle distance, and while the concerns of military and intelligence organisations don’t appear to have changed very much, the cyber-modifications available to soldiers promise to make the battlefield a place of superpowered clashes between robots, humans, and operatives caught somewhere between the two. With an arm full of not-plasmids and a sniper scope at the ready, I plunged into the campaign.

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Activision Blizzard Studios Planning CoD Movies & More

Following that Warcraft movie trailer, Activision Blizzard announced over the weekend that they’ve launched a new arm dedicated to making movies and TV out their games. The first celluloid fruit of Activision Blizzard Studios will be a TV cartoon adaptation of the Spyro spin-off series Skylanders, and they’re awfully keen on making Call of Duty talkies too. Oh, if Pip were in today she’d know how to make this funny. Me, I’ll just get a bit carried away hoping they make movies based around Cod Blops 3‘s bee-shooting cyberarm and Jeff Goldblum’s escapades as a phoney wizard in its Zombies mode.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Is Out, But A Bit Buggy

The Big Blopper, The Blopster, The Codchop, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] launched last night, and it’s the first in the FPS series to really interest me in a while. Campaign co-op, customisable cyborgs filled with cyberbees, and Jeff Goldblum are right up my alley and oh! supposedly it’s a wee touch less corridor-y too.

It has a few problems at launch, though, with many folks reporting unreasonably poor performance. Developers Treyarch are looking into it, and have a few ideas for fixes.

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CoD: Black Ops III To Receive Modding And Map Tools

Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] looks just about weird enough to be interesting. Whether it’s Jeff Goldblum’s zombie-splatting magician, the introduction of full-on Chaos powers or the general rocket-powered leap into a robo-soldier sci-fi future, BLOPS the Third does not appear to be constrained by reason. Of course, it may still be restrained by corridors but on the server and modding side we can expect some freedom. Treyarch have announced that modding and map-making will be coming to the game sometime next year.

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Activision Buys Candy Crash Firm King.Com For $5.9Bn

That is… quite a lot of money. $1.9 billion more than Disney paid for Star Wars. $3.4 billion more than Microsoft paid for Minecraft. $3.9 billion more than Facebook paid for Oculus. $5.15 billion more than EA paid for PopCap. Hell, even if you just succumb to temptation and round the $5.9 billion (or approximately £3.8 billion/€5.4 billion) Activision Blizzard just paid to acquire up to $6 billion, that’s 100 million dollars you’re flinging about the place like it ain’t no thang. Quite a lot of money. And for what?

Well, for a company which makes free-to-play match-3 puzzle games that are played by a helluvalot of people on Facebook and mobile (and there are PC versions for Candy Crush Saga too, naturally).

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Activision Blizzard And Their New Team Of Esports

So Activision Blizzard’s creating a new division “devoted to esports” within the company. It’s going to be chairman-ed by the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, Steve Bornstein, and senior vice presidente-ed by a co-founder of Major League Gaming, Mike Sepso. There’s a press release and everything.

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Watch More Jeff Goldblum In Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3


Alright, so we’re not the sorts to post every Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] trailer, but we are the sorts to post things with Jeff Goldblum in. We’ve known he’s going to be in Black Ops 3 since July, but now there’s a new trailer explaining the set up for why he, playing a magician, is going to be fighting alongside a boxer, an actress and a cop in its co-op Zombies campaign mode, Shadows of Evil. Watch it below.

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Vomit To Death With CODBLOPS 3’s Chaos Powers

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] has a “sonic anti-personnel” ability which lets you “literally bring your enemies to their knees by making them sick to death.” When you use it, people straight up vom’ till they die. The latest trailer, found below, introduces this and other Chaos Cybercore abilities.

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