Posts Tagged ‘Treyarch’

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Bans And Protects

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Massively jetlagged as I am, I decided to ease back into the post-International real world by catching up with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] announcements from Gamescom. Either I am stuck in a MOBA fever dream or Blops 3 really is introducing a protect and ban phase to competitive play. Tell you what. I’m going to cover it as if it’s real and then you can just let me know (gently) whether it’s all just a big hallucination. I’m also going to put a wodge of new screenshots in.

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Jeff Goldblum & Ron Perlman Star In Cod Blops 3 Zombies

I would buy the heck out of Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s [official site] co-op Zombies mode as a cheaper standalone game. The mode has developed into such silly schlock horror, and draws an increasingly impressive cast of folks from cult movies while going weirder places.

This year’s offering, named Shadows of Evil, will see Jeff ‘Jeff Chuffing Goldblum’ Goldblum, Ron ‘War Never Changes’ Perlman, Neal McDonough off Band of Brothers, and Heather ‘How’s Annie?’ Graham teaming up to fight zombies and tentacled monsters in a noir-y ’40s world. It looks absurd and I like it so much. Come watch the trailer to see Jeff Goldblum as The Magician, chewing the scenery as if it were made of delicious buttery Marmite toast.

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Cyberwizards & Robobees In 13 Mins Of Cod Blops 3 Co-op

I'm a mechanical- I'm a mechanical- I'm a mechanical man.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] turns soldiers into cyberwizards with dominion over cyberbrains and robobees, but does that make the game much different from any other CoD, Blops or otherwise? For the first ten minutes of a new thirteen-minute gameplay trailer showing off four-player co-op, the answer appears to be no. Soldiers run along corridors in a sandy city and shout and shoot and there’s a cinematic where a man dies and oh it’s so very tragic. The final three minutes, however, venture into one of the boss battle arenas, and that looks a whole lot more fun.

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I Guess CODBLOPS Is Basically Unreal Tournament Now

Wall-jumping and robo-soldiers and crazy weapons and teleporters and OTT awards for doing almost anything: whatever would Captain Price think? Me, I’m sort of relieved that Call of Duty Black Ops III [official site] has given up all pretence of military realism and entirely embraced science-fictional absurdity: it’s as though the series is finally allowing itself to be what it’s wanted to be for years. This trailer is focused on the hectic-looking multiplayer, which conjures up Titanfall as well as UT, but I sorely hope there’s a healthy dose of deliberate silliness in the campaign too.

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Cod Blops 3 PC Tweetdeets: FOV And Dedicated Servers

Bang-o.

Tweets from developers dumping details are a bit like bubble gum wrapper trivia facts, aren’t they? You won’t be fascinated and enthralled, you won’t learn the deepest secrets of the darkest beings, but you might raise your eyebrows a little, but approvingly, and at the back of your mouth grind out an approving throaty vocalisation like “Mmh!” or “Hhhoh!” or “Hmm!” or “Hrmmm!”

Now we’ve chewed the Cyberbazooka Joe gum of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] in that trailer, it’s trivia time, with wrapfacts on dedicated servers, field of view, and other touchy issues.

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Cod Blops 3 Campaign: Co-op, Corridors, & Cyberbees

3, 2, 1, let's jam.

The Icarus ‘jump from rooftops and land like it’s no big deal’ augmentation from Deus Ex: Human Revolution may be ousted as my favourite cyberupgrade. Activision gave a peek at Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] over the weekend, and you guys: you can have a cyberarm containing a cyberhive of cyberbees that swarm enemies. I shall name my arm The Buzzness.

Along with dropping a new trailer with snippets of gameplay, Activision started talking about its campaign. With customisable characters (including ladies!) and perks, it’ll support co-op and gosh oh golly won’t always be in such restrictive corridors. So they say, anyway.

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A History Of The Near-Cyberfuture In Cod Blops 3 Trailer

One detail I enjoy in the world of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is that once cybernetics truly take off, the Paralympics eclipse the Olympics because cyborgs are way cooler. The cybered-up future envisioned in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] is a bit more boring. 2028 for the milestone of a lady with robolegs winning a gold medal against two with meatsticks seems unimaginative, not to mention unfair to the lowly meatbags.

Anyway, anyway, if you’re wondering about the path to cyberfuture, cybersoldiers, and genome soldiers that Blops 3 will follow, here, this new trailer’s a spot of speculative cyberfiction that might entertain until this year’s CoD is given its big reveal on Sunday.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Is Getting A Zombie Mode

In the words of Insane Clown Posse, it’s an oldie but a goodie. Zombie mode is returning for Activision’s just-anounced Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site].

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Snapchat Probably Teasing Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3

OH NO IT IS A GHOST

Ah good, it’s time to start talking about Next Call Of Duty and how it’s probably going to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 because a Snapchat campaign – yes Snapchat, shut up – implies as much.

While streaming some Black Ops 2, YouTuber Drift0r picked up on the addition of one of those QR code ghost things Snapchat introduced so you can befriend #brands and #engage with their #content easily.

“I have a feeling this is going to be like a viral marketing campaign,” he notes on the video. “Like in a couple of days if you follow the little ghosty you will get a picture of Black Ops 3 tweeted out or Snapchatted out? I don’t really Snapchat so I don’t know how that works.”

He was right.

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It’s No Blood Dragon, But: BLOPS 2 Adds Mobster Zombies

Sound card: 'Kabangboom.'

I can’t confess to having played much Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (I’m all Call-of-Duty-ed out, although I actually enjoyed BLOPS 1 well enough), but I have to applaud it for occasionally going a bit off the script. Case in point: while the main story was, of course, mostly a near-future/past military techno-stravasplosion, upcoming DLC Mob of the Dead is, well, exactly what it sounds like. The co-op campaign stars four old-timey mobsters attempting to break out of Alcatraz and also there are zombies for some reason. And naturally, there’s heaps of Hollywood voice talent involved because Call of Duty. Sure, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (and maybe even Assassin’s Creed III: WASHINGFACE) probably has it beat for sheer zaniness, but I certainly can’t knock Treyarch for reining in its horse-based warcrimes for a bit of the good old-fashioned organized kind. Hilariously elaborate trailer after the break.

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Wot I Think: CODBLOPS 2 (Singleplayer)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the 4192nd Call of Duty Game, and as such predominantly requires you to run forwards while firing a machinegun and following an indestructible friendly NPC whose main purpose is to open doors. It’s developed by Treyarch rather than Modern Warfare-makers Infinity Ward, and it’s the direct sequel to the Cold War-set Black Ops 1. This time, the setting switches between the Cold War and a new war on terror in 2025, as starring the son of Black Ops’ protagonist Alex Mason.

It came out on Tuesday, and I blitzed through the singleplayer yesterday. (I probably won’t write about the multiplayer because, not being terribly well-versed in the fine detail of the earlier ones, I can’t say anything useful about it. Also I don’t want to.)
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Where Am I? – Black Ops 2’s Launch Trailer

Phew. Well, at least Call of Duty's the same as it's always been.

I just got off a plane, which purportedly took me back to San Francisco. However, as a free bonus, it apparently also catapulted me forward in time by a whole month! That’s the only explanation I can come up with for why there’s already a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer. Or maybe – just maybe – Activision saw fit to roll out the red carpet for the mannest of manshoots a month early. But no, that’s just crazy. Time travel is the only plausible call here. Definitely.

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Deader Than Ever: Black Ops 2’s Zombie Campaign


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will have zombies. At this point, that statement is almost as much of a foregone conclusion as “Black Ops 2 will have guns” or “Black Ops 2 will provide Activision with enough cash to put Bobby Kotick’s brain into a fully weaponized robot body, ensuring this his dark dominion over Earth is equal parts swift and eternal.” But, like other aspects of the slightly-more-ambitious-than-usual sequel, zombie mode’s become a fair bit beefier. Observe, after the break, as intrepid survivors use whatever they can get their hands on to battle undead hordes on a bus, in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse, and OK, actually none of those things except on a bus.

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