I wish I gave even a modicum of damn about Call of Duty: Ghosts, because the game’s first expansion pack, dubbed Onslaught, absolutely sounds like a horror fan’s delight. The DLC will bring with it four new maps, but the most notable addition is the one called Fog. It’s “an homage to classic horror films” that brings with it a setting — the classic abandoned campsite set in a creepy forest bathed in a thick fog — that should be familiar to any lover of the horror genre.
The best part doesn’t come until you successfully complete an unspecified field order, which gives you the chance to temporarily become Michael Myers, complete with the Halloween theme music that plays after you’ve donned the mask, letting everyone know they’re a few seconds away from being chopped up by his axe.
Yeah, he’s using an axe now. Maybe Myers was intimidated by all the guns, so he decided to forgo his iconic knife in favor of something a little… meatier. Read on to see Onslaught in action. READ MORE
I’m crazy excited for the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but I’m also understandably a little frustrated I won’t be able to grab either console as soon as I would like. My therapist told me I shouldn’t bottle up these emotions, otherwise I’ll return to my dark place and black out, only to wake up three days later covered in pig’s blood (at least I think it’s pig’s blood) with odd, almost alien markings covering my entire body. Since I’d rather that didn’t happen to me again, I’m going to express my emotions the only way I know how, by writing to you.
Since I’d rather not end this on a such a sour note, I’ve decided to extend this celebration with a look at some of this generation’s best horror-themed DLC and expansions — see my picks after the jump! READ MORE
Like past installments in this generation’s biggest game franchise, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be multi-platform, but during the Xbox One reveal it was confirmed that Microsoft’s console will be getting DLC first. That’s unsurprising, seeing as Activision and Microsoft have struck similar deals with previous Call of Duty games. If you like your explosions next-gen, you’re going to love the trailer I have waiting for you after the break.
It’s not quite as pretty as I would have expected. I think it’s safe to say Battlefield 4 is ahead of it visually, but when it comes to dog mo-cap technology, Ghosts is really second to none. READ MORE
Activision has been quietly teasing the next entry in their annual Call of Duty franchise, and now we finally know a little more about it. The game is Call of Duty: Ghosts, and it’s back in the hands of Modern Warfare series developer Infinity Ward. The game will follow soldiers who shoot bad people, only this time, the good guys are masked.
Lay down your pitchforks Call of Duty fans, I’m only joking. This one actually sounds promising, since they’re finally using a new engine that will bring the experience to current and next-gen consoles. “We’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players.” said Mark Rubin, the studio’s executive producer. Check out the live-action teaser after the break. READ MORE
When I need to take a break from mowing down the undead hordes in Call of Duty’ zombie mode, I like to sit back and relax with a delicious Perk-a-Cola. Some fans have taken it upon themselves to create an entire range of Perk-a-Colas that I would spend all my money on if I could. Redditor Kjkemme and their sister decided to take a stab at making them after seeing other Redditors’ attempts. I’m not sure I’d want to actually drink any of them, as one label warns the drink may cause “memory loss, paranoia, and necrophilic habits.” I also probably wouldn’t ingest anything that has so many spelling and grammatical errors on its nutrition label. Check them out after the jump! READ MORE
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. READ MORE
I’ve been kicking around the idea of hosting an “official” Bloody Disgusting game night, where you, our sultry readers, can get your sweet, sweet game on with the BD staff. I’m down for it, TJ’s down for it (he’ll do anything if you ask him politely enough), so that leaves you. That brings me to my first question: how interested are you in participating in a community game night? If tea-bagging the bullet-riddled corpse of TJ and I sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d love it if you would answer a few quick questions after the break.
Update: I’ve added a poll asking which console you prefer we do this on. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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.
That’s right, hot on the heels of the Black Ops II reveal earlier this week are some details regarding the game’s highly anticipated zombie mode. Honestly, I look forward to kicking rotting zombie ass with my friends more than I do pumping terrorists full of lead in the campaign or getting my butt kicked in the multiplayer. It looks like Treyarch has gamers like me in mind, because the zombie mode in Blops II will be twice as big, literally, as it was in previous games. That means a brand new multiplayer engine that supports twice the players–that’s eight players for anyone struggling with the math–bigger levels, more game modes, and twice the zombies. Head past the break for some frame-worthy art that would look perfect on my wall. READ MORE
We’ve already given out a code to one lucky winner but since we’re just so incredibly generous we’re now giving out not one, but three more codes to download the Escalation DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops. You see, we’re looking out for you because we understand that $15 is a lot to ask for a map pack, no matter how amazing it is. This way, if you’re one of the lucky winners you can spend your 15 bucks on drugs and hookers, like normal people do.
Joining in on this orgy of free stuff is easy peasy – remember our Premature Evaluation series? Well, we’re looking to replace the games in our meter with your choices, as opposed to ours. So that brings us to how you can enter: all you have to do is comment on this article with the nine games you think should be on the meter, ranging from the best game to the worst. Once you’ve spread a thick helping of your opinion sauce all over our faces you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win the DLC. READ MORE
Black Ops’ second map pack is quite possibly the best one we’ve seen so far. It provides a fresh dose of new maps as well as a brand spanking new zombie map to enjoy but the major difference is how much time and creativity was invested into making these maps more than just more of the same. The four new competitive maps, dubbed Convoy, Hotel, Zoo and Stockpile are unique in their look and the strategies they force you to create in order to master them and the Call of the Dead map is, for lack of a better word, one of the best additions to the Call of Duty games thus far. READ MORE
We all knew it was coming since the now unstoppable Juggernaut of the video game industry has been giving gamers annual doses of hot, soldier or soldier action since 2006. But now we finally have our first look at the hotly anticipated game, which looks to be taking the fight to New York. I’m picturing something along the lines of Crysis 2 just without aliens.
This tease doesn’t show much in terms of gameplay (and by that I mean there isn’t a second of gameplay in the teaser) but it’s slick, stylish and will likely be enough to get tens of millions of fans foaming at the mouth to play the game. Head past the break to watch the Modern Warfare 3 teaser. READ MORE
Update: The giveaway is now over! Congrats to the winner, and to everyone else – maybe next time!
Hey there, how have you been? Good? Good. Want to be even better off than you were a few seconds ago? You do? Well, allow me to give you the chance to win Black Ops’ second map pack for free. Winning this thing is pretty simple actually, you see, all you have to do is head on over to our Youtube channel, subscribe, and wait for us to pick a random subscriber as the winner.
Easy, right? Now get to it people, because this giveaway won’t be live for long since we don’t want our lucky winner to have to wait too long to play this fantastic DLC. In case you’re unfamiliar with just how amazing the Escalation pack is, let me name drop a few people that are in it: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead TV series), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Danny Trejo (Machete) and George fucking Romero (you know who that is). Now get to it people and make me proud.READ MORE
Have you picked up the Escalation pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops? If not, how about I give you a little more inspiration, eh? Turns out that there is a brand new Avenged Sevenfold song hidden in the Call Of The Dead map. The song is called ‘Not Ready To Die‘ and is a easter egg for you to try to find and unlock.
The Call Of The Dead map is a zombie level that features four characters modeled after and voiced by Danny Trejo (Machete), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer), and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer). The map was inspired by George A. Romero and features Soviet Zombies chasing after the heros on a ice-covered Siberian island. Can you say badass?
Escalation is Call of Duty: Black Ops’ next batch of DLC. It offers a bunch of goodies like four new multiplayer maps and a brand new zombie map, dubbed Call of the Dead. But what really takes this to the next level is the inclusion of Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker, or Machete, Buffy, Freddy Krueger and total badass, respectively. If that’s just not enough to get your nether regions nice and tingly, a George Romero cameo fucking better.
Call of the Dead takes place on a large seafaring vessel that’s been infested by the undead, leaving its inhabitants – four of the biggest badasses in showbiz, to mix zombie ass kicking with some witty one-liners. The Escalation pack releases on May 3rd for the Xbox 360 and sometime later for the PS3 and PC. READ MORE
So there’s this series of shooter games you may or may not have heard of called Call of Duty. Supposedly, they’re insanely popular and make heaps of cash. This monolith managed to outshine Halo, which until a few years ago was the world’s primary source of annoying 12-year-olds on Xbox Live. Still not comprehending this series’ success? Essentially, Call of Duty has become the World of WarCraft for consoles. It’s known around the world, breaks records with every release and somehow manages to retain an incredible level of quality with each installment. That’s how big this franchise has become.
It’s been known for some time that gamers enjoy shooting people, aliens, monsters, or really anything that moves. Call of Duty answered this desire and now it’s gotten pretty damn big, and when something incredibly big comes along that successfully manages to smack down all competition, its competitors tend to want to dethrone this new rival. Arguably Activision’s biggest threat is EA, the world’s second biggest video game publisher who has its fair share of excellent shooter franchises including Battlefield: Bad Company and the highly anticipated Crysis 2. What follows is their strategy for taking this juggernaut down, or at least getting a bigger slice of that money-flavored pie. READ MORE
Earlier this year Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, two of the key guys behind the original Dead Space, left Visceral Games to join Activision’s brand new Foster City, CA based studio, Sledgehammer Games. Well, according to Gamasutra, Sledgehammer is hard at work on a Call of Duty title that’s “set in the future” and will feature space marines.
I’m predicting a disappointing lack of vial organ-hungry aliens and strategic dismemberment in this future-set Call of Duty, but there’s still a small chance this as of yet unannounced game could be set in the horror genre. Imagine the possibilities: a horror game with Call of Duty’s pedigree and polish. Sure, there are plenty of high quality horror titles out there but I’m from the school of thought that says we could always use more. So why not hit that attractive Read More button for a full report on this series’ lustrous future? I bet it’ll be worth your while. READ MORE
Call of Duty: Black Ops hits shelves this Tuesday, the 9th, so get your headset ready and warm up your thumbs, it’s gonna be a battle for the ages. But for those of you who can’t devote yourself 24/7 to your console, you can always enjoy the soundtrack, which is slated to be released on iTunes, as well as major retailers, the same day. Composer Sean Murray (Call of Duty: World At War, Junkyard Dog, Gang of the Dead) brings you 30 digital-only tracks that are sure to make you itch to shoot a couple of n00bs in the face. Meanwhile, to find out more about CoD: Black Ops, check out the official site here.