Call of Duty: Black Ops Exclusive Multiplayer Map Pack

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision is getting ready to release the First Strike pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops in just about two weeks. To build the hype and satisfy the thirst of some, Activision went ahead and created a video preview of everything you should expect of this upcoming $15 download-able content.

 

Dan Bunting, Treyarch Online Director, promises more sniping opportunitis and more “verticality” in these new multiplayer maps, titled Kowloon, Discovery, Berlin Wall, and Stadium. Some new features coming alone with these maps are the ability to use a zipline and destroy bridges, among other things.

Lucky for Xbox 360 gamers, Activision and Microsoft announced a new agreement at this past E3 that will make Call of Duty DLC timed Xbox exclusive until 2012. The PlayStation 3 and PC fan-base will have to wait a couple of months after the release. This is a no-doubt win for Microsoft, and will likely result in another cash cow and possible record breaker.

You can watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer map pack video preview over at Joystiq.

Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Improvements

Activision's E3 2009 Lineup
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has been released yesterday, and while I know that many of those who got it for the Xbox 360 hopped straight into the multiplayer, a lot of us decided to take the campaign for a spin to see how it is. It turns out that Modern Warfare 2 out ranks the Call of Duty 4 single player mode in many ways.

To start off, the campaign mode in this game has greatly increased in difficulty. I am only on the second hardest difficulty (out of four possible choices), and I have found myself dying on many occasions. I normally do not die either, so it is not like it is because of lacking skill. The one issue I have is finding cover during the missions, because some times you are in the open and being shot by enemies who completely surround you. Not only that, but when you get shot, blood splatters on your screen which hinders your vision, which makes the game a bit more harder. I know I am not the only one running into troubles with difficulty, but it is a good thing that this campaign is not as easy as the one offered in CoD4. There is not an unlimited amount of spawning enemies this time around, and you will find yourself able to take out militias and possibly walk throughout the map uninterrupted until the next check point.

The storyline of Modern Warfare 2 is jaw dropping. In one level, you find yourself as a spy with the Russians, going through an airport building, killing countless civilians with your light machine guns. It is a very dramatic level, as you shoot into crowds of innocent people, and then you see the aftermath of tons of bodies and pools of blood on the ground. Not only that, but you even get betrayed and killed, to make it seem like an American committed this mass murder, instead of the Russians. You will find the storyline much more bearable, and not the simple stale storyline that you may be expecting. Infinity Ward really out done their selves with the sheer effort they put in towards making the campaign much more epic and breath-taking than before.

The graphics is a pretty significant step up than before. The characters are visibly more detailed, as seen in one of the first levels when you are climbing an ice mountain and you see the detail in your partners clothing. The shadows are clearly better as well, and there are more lighting effects than that of before. The environments are incredibly detailed, much more so than in Call of Duty 4. You will certainly find looking at the war-torn environments a treat. At one point, there was an explosion that went off outside, in real time, and the gas and debris began to rise from the ground and it blocked out the sun momentarily. It is moments like that, that make me amazed at what this game has to offer. The music is also the great wartime music to be enjoyed, changing with the mood of the situation.

Infinity Ward has definitely implemented a series of improvements towards the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, and many of them are to be enjoyed. Playing through it, you will be able to encounter and gain experience with many of the guns that you will encounter in the multiplayer mode. This is one of the few times that I was actually attracted to playing the single player mode, opposed to the multiplayer mode. I definitely recommend all of you to play the Modern Warfare 2 campaign mode at least once.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Prestige and Hardened editions

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition

For those of you who haven’t heard about the “Prestige” and “Hardened” editions of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, they are extra editions of the game, that come with everything from an exclusive art book to fully functional night vision goggles.

The top edition of Modern Warfare 2 will come with NightVision goggles, and a sculpted McTavish head to hold them on. Not only that, but it comes with a code to download the original Call of Duty off of Xbox Live or the Playstation network, and a steelbook case. The original Call of Duty will have multiplayer support, for both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The second you hear the fully functional night vision goggles part, you should immediately wonder what the price is. If you’re planning on getting the top edition, Prestige edition, of Modern Warfare 2, (the one that comes with all the standard premium contents along with the goggles and sculpted head), expect to pay $149. That’s the retail price for the Prestige edition, as confirmed by Infinity Wards twitter.

However, the hardened edition is $80, and still comes with the code for the original Call of Duty. Expected to be released this coming November, keep your eyes open for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2! Anyone disappointed in Call of Duty World at War, anyone looking for collectibles for the Call of Duty Franchise, or anyone looking for a new FPS game to play should definitely check this out.

Prototype: Any Action Fan’s Dream

Prototype
Prototype

So, today I was bored so I thought, hey, I’ll go buy Prototype. I’ve seen some pretty rough reviews, such as the game getting a 7.5 out of 10. Now, while I’ve only played through a small portion of the game, let me tell you, this game is pretty amazing. Any action fan shouldn’t be without this one in their arsenal.

You start off with all of the abilities and skills, sort of a test run actually. Where you’re able to use your character to the fullest ability. You’ll see that there are many combos to be done, things to be explored, enemies to be killed and the graphics are good to marvel at. Especially in the epic scenes where an air strike may be put on your position. Running away from that, or even one of those infected enemies, and watching your character hop off scenary as everything behind him explodes…. It makes the game that much more worth playing, I think, heh. A lot of people crave that cinematic yet controlled feeling in their games.

The story isn’t anything spectacular, but the action is what you buy this for. Especially if you were a fan of the Hulk: Ultimate Destruction game. They’re actually quite similar. You are able to harm civilians, harm enemies of the sort, you have strike teams that come after you and you can do race missions. This game has missions that requires you to steal vehicles, steal identities and destroy targets. Pretty straight forward, but the side tracking can also make this game fun as well. Once I got my hammerfists, I was wreaking havoc all over the place. It’s pretty fun to have one of those pink infected monsters chase you throughout the city, since they’re as quick and nimble as you are, maybe even quicker. They’ll toss things at you, knock things out the way, and dash at you in a rage to get the job done.

All in all, I’ve only played about 2 hours of the game so far, probably a lot of that time spent free roaming, and I like it already. If you’re an Action Adventure fan, you definitely need this. If you’re looking for a quick thrill, heck, you should even rent this. Don’t let this game go under the radar if you’re looking for something new!

Blizzard working on totally original mmorpg

Blizzard
Blizzard

The next project Blizzard is working on is not a sequel to any of their previous games. It is a completely new mmorpg being made from the ground up.

There was a forum post saying that Blizzard hasn’t been advertising any new online games, so they weren’t making one. Zarhym, a Blizzard poster, let it be known that they are making a completely new franchise from the ground up. They said the game hasn’t been advertised because it isn’t far enough in development yet. They referred it to “a shell of a game”. He explains that it is an overwhelming process to develop new art, gameplay mechanics, and lore for the game. He mentioned that Blizzard already stated this, but this is news to me.

This is Blizzards first new game in a while, it’ll be exciting to see what they manage to do and accomplish with this game.