Seriously, Treyarch, let’s drop this charade. You know it, and I know it — you need to develop a standalone zombie game. Activision recently unveiled some details on the next expansion for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, dubbed Revolution. Unlike the DLC for the previous games in the series, Revolution brings with it a brand zombie spanking new game mode called Turned. In it, players will finally be given the opportunity to play as the undead, who must hunt the lone human. The zombie that takes the poor sap down becomes human and has to defend against the coming hordes. Looks like good fun.
The DLC also adds a bunch of maps, including one called Die Rise, which takes place inside a damaged skyscraper. It’ll have a focus on verticality, so watch your footing when you’re high up. Check out a video preview of the upcoming DLC, after the jump.
Well that was quick (and unsurprising). Just a week after Halo broke records and Call of Duty: Black Ops II has already gone and curb-stomped Halo 4′s impressive $220 million day one haul right in the face. In its first 24 hours, Black Ops II took all the monies, raking in half a billion in sales. It’s a multi-platform game, whereas Halo 4 is an Xbox exclusive, so really, both games have proven insanely successful. “With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Which of these games, if either, are you more interested in? Let us know which side you’re on after the break.
Today we’re doing something we haven’t done before in our Premature Evaluation series by analyzing a mode within a game. Unless you count the horrors of futuristic warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops II isn’t a horror game. I prefer Treyarch’s half of the Call of Duty series for a number of reasons, the biggest being the fantastic Zombies modes. In World At War, it was a neat little bonus, something to keep you entertained after you finished the main story. Then Black Ops came along and nearly turned it into its own game — something I really think they should consider doing — and with Black Ops II, Treyarch is proving once again they aren’t out of ideas.
Head past the break for TJ and my evaluation of the mode, if you dare. READ MORE
Developer Treyarch’s half of the Call of Duty franchise is great, but it’s the zombie modes that really keep me coming back. They’ve proven they’re willing to take risks, both creatively and with the scale of what started off as a fun little nazi zombie mode in World at War. Then Black Ops came along and made everything bigger and better by expanding on the size of the levels and even going so far as to add George Romero, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Danny Trejo (Machete), Buffy (the vampire slayer) and Freddy Kreuger — and that was just one map. It sounds like they’re not slowing things down with Black Ops II, because this time around the zombie mode is getting its own campaign and eight player co-op. If all that doesn’t get you excited, maybe the teaser I have waiting for you after the jump will.
There is no doubt that the maps in the last few Call Of Duty multiplayers have gotten stale. The whole “we’re at war” theme has definitely worn out its welcome. That probably explains why Nuketown is so popular. However, the Black Ops II multiplayer looks pretty damn fresh. Taking place in the god damned future, it better. Check it out below, and look out for the game November.
The video game industry has grown exponentially over time, and it’s only going to get bigger. In a poll I made up right now some people would argue that the video game industry has grown to be even bigger than the movie industry. Bringing in billions and billions a year, over the past 10 years the gaming industry is seeing much more people from movies and tv making the cross platform jump into working on video games. Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is no exception. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame scored the theme song for the game. David S. Goyer who helped write the original Black Ops as well as the Batman Begins series is again writing Black Ops II. Check out the featurette video below where David, Trent, and the games Devs talk about Black Ops II.
Call of Duty Black Ops II will be released November 12th on the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.