It may not have the dogs of war, but at least Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has had plenty of post-release support. For a price of course. Season pass holders have already checked out two DLC packs since the launch of the game, leaving two more expansions on the horizon. Well, make it one more, as the third pack has a name and a date. Prepare yourself to die hard with some Vengeance!
There’s no denying that those extras for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 are a tad pricy. A season pass is going to cost you a pretty penny, so it better be worth it. Revolution was the first map pack released for the game, but it wasn’t exactly the best example of DLC, appealing to hardcore fans only in the long run. Uprising follows in those footsteps with an approach that only hits some of the necessary targets.
Micro-transactions! Harmless fluff that every gamer absolutely wants to spend cash on, am I right? Oh hells no, I’m more incorrect than a certain God of War trophy in that regard. Micro-transactions are going nowhere for the foreseeable future, and when of the biggest shooters of the year adopts that model, then it’s pretty much here to stay.
Much like the movie Highlander, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is the best thing ever, when it comes to video games. Naysayers be damned, as Treyarch managed to knock out a damn fine game in the annual franchise that was fun, exciting and slick in the presentation department. As usual, the COD experience is one that has a leaning towards multiplayer and zombies once the end credits roll. And much like with previous games, there’s extra content on the way to keep players satisfied until the next game in the series arrives. Revolution, is the first of four such packs.
If there’s one place where it’s not advisable to shout “Frag da police!”, it’s got to be in online gaming. That’s an arena that is rife with all kinds of abuse, from yo momma taunts straight through to mind-staggeringly disgusting racism and sexism. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is going to be a bit stricter on that issue this year, and they’ve got a list of infractions that will get your account Mjolnired if they’re breached.
Love it or loathe it, no one can deny that Call of Duty games are essentially a license to print money when they come out every year. Usually, the week or two wherein a new version of the game is released, is devoid of any other new releases from a similar genre, as COD crushes the sales of any competitor within its launch window. Far Cry 3 is one such game that will be facing off against the Activision juggernaut, and while the period between both games arriving is tight, the developers behind that game aren’t phased at all about a possible lack of sales.
Move over, Michael Pachter. I can make random guesses about the videogame industry and sometimes have them come true as well! Yesterday, writing about Black Ops 2’s rumoured Season Pass, that I peered in to my crystal set of balls and guessed that COD: Elite would soon become a free service. Not 3 hours later, we received a press release saying just that.
A Treyarch-developed Call of Duty game without zombies is like a Michael Bay movie without explosions and actors running around while hopped up on cocaine. Black Ops 2 is out later this year, and it bringing the living impaired with it, with Activision describing their undead content as being able to deliver "new and innovative twists". Here’s a new, official trailer to prove that.
Gamers love them some zombies, and much like a necrophiliac in a plague zone, they just can’t get enough of the shambling undead. Call of Duty scratched that itch with gamers back when they bundled a Fourth Reich of of zombies in Call of Duty: World at war, and continued including them in their Black Ops game. That feature has been multiplayer-centric however, and never a part of the core game. But signs point towards the alternative for the upcoming sequel to Black Ops.
October and November are going to hit our wallets harder than an entire room of WWE finishing moves performed for real, but you can bet your headset that Call of Duty is going to rake in some serious cash this year, once again. Love it or hate it, the game sells well on an annual basis, and has its fair share of fans, people who can’t wait for it to arrive. Much like one duo of hackers, who’ve ripped an early build of the upcoming Black Ops 2, and are tinkering around with it right now.
The Last of Us returns, with some depressing acoustic music set against an empty, yet hostile, background, and the game still looks great, alongside the unbelievably gorgeous Beyond: 2 Souls. But to close off the show, Sony decides to throw in some guns, and we find out if that slim PS3 console is going to make an appearance.
Some heavy-hitting games are now being unveiled for the Vita. First up is Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, which stars a female protagonist, as the system shows off the tap to kill gameplay on oblivious enemies, But things heat up though, when Call of Duty arrives.
The year so far has released some fantastic games so far, great content that we’ve all had a chance to sample and own. And 2012 has only just crossed the halfway mark, so here’s a look at what the rest of the year has in store for us, from futuristic warfare, driving on the horizon and all the way to some revolutionary war tomahawk action.
There’s still a great year ahead, that’s for certain.
We’ve seen a shift in gaming these days, that is starting to focus more on online action than the single-player experience. Strangely enough, one game that is planning to put a lot more focus on drawing players back to the main campaign, is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, as the developers have some ideas in mind with which to keep that aspect alive.
We like to think that games such as Zelda and Sonic have influenced us in our day to day lives, but so have more recent entries into the library of video game history. Call of Duty is one such title, that has been responsible for many aspects of the culture today, and despite the love-it-or-hate-it relationship it has with gamers today, its still going to be around for quite a while.
Here’s a look back at nine years of explosions and facial hair.