Ghost in Your New Machine – Call of Duty: Ghosts

Hey everybody take a look at this completely non-specific and incredibly vague teaser trailer thing for the just officially announced Call of Duty: Ghosts.

…cool. ANYWAYS, apparently GHOSTS will have an an “…all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine…” and it’s being revealed at the next-gen Xbox unveiling event on May 21. Look, I’m kind of burnt out on Call of Duty too, but if the rumors are true that this is a console exclusive, will it mean that Microsoft has dealt a death blow to Sony?

So we’ve got a new world, a new franchise, a new engine, on new consoles…this promises to be interesting, if nothing else. Does this mean that the CoD franchise games are going to hit every third year now like so:

Modern Warfare 2007 World at War 2008 Modern Warfare 2 2009 Black Ops 2010 Modern Warfare 3 2011 Black Ops 2 2012 Ghosts 2013 Modern Warfare 4 2014 Black Ops 3 2015 Ghosts 2 2016?

Info gleaned from Verge and Joystiq

Full bore, double fisted press release fury after the jump, as well as the first official screen shot Continue reading

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Treyarch & Activision: Proven to Be Filthy Liars as Nuketown 2025 is Removed from Black Ops 2

“Pre-Order Call of DUty: Black Ops 2 and get exclusive access to the Nuketown 2025 map!”

Yeah, but what they conveniently forgot to mention was that the map was available LAUNCH WEEKEND ONLY. Yeah. Go log into BLOPS 2 now and try to find Nuketown. Oh that’s right, you can’t, because Activision PULLED IT.

From the Examiner:

A remake of the popular Nuketown map from the original Black Ops was offered as a pre-order bonus for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The map didn’t even last a week in the multiplayer rotation though as Treyarch pulled it Monday. “Double XP weekend is official over,” game director David Vonderhaar wrote on Twitter. “That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger.”

This means that the only way to play the Nuketown 2025 map now is in custom games until Treyarch decides to bring it back. Will they bring it back though and is so, when?
“Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 will be back for special events,” Vonderhaar continued.

When asked if the map will ever show up in the regular playlists, Vonderhaar said, “Yeah. Probably eventually. We are talking that over internally.”

Taking Nuketown 2025 out of the playlist rotation less than a week after Black Ops II has understandably upset a large number of players already. It’s certainly a strange move and one that will be remembered as one of the great pre-order negative experiences.

I think this is the dictionary definition of the sin of omission.

The Bet Hedger, Defeated

a winner is not me

Since I was unable to secure a copy of Black Ops 2 early, I bit the bullet (ed.note: haw haw) and did the two things I didn’t want to do: order from Amazon & PAY to have it delivered on its release date.  Why would I do these things?

Let me put it to you this way: you’ve seen the movie Snatch, right?  The part where Turkish is at Bricktop’s pig farm and the Chev Chelios voice over kicks in, about how you don’t want to be in Bricktop’s pocket?  Well that’s exactly where I am, except in this scenario Activision is Bricktop, I’m a more handsome & jacked version of Jason Statham and instead of being fed to pigs, I’m afraid of missing out on “exclusive” DLC, namely the Nuketown 2025 map.  The deal is, if you didn’t pre-order BLOPS 2 you don’t get the special map and you don’t get to take part in Double XP weekend. But I’m not even going to be around my PS3 next weekend and chances are that the Nuketown 2025 map would be available for a pittance shortly anyway.

So knowing that (plus the ULTRA-insult of being a Prime member yet having to pay for shipping anyway), I still went ahead and put the pre-order in.  But in reality, this was just a hedge.  I pass two local video game stores on my way home from work; I’ve got calls into both places to hold the game for me. If it turns out that the Nuketown/Double XP code is in the box regardless of when/where you ordered it (reminiscent of the Rage “pre-order” and get the special edition scam…that iD sold everyone, regardless of pre-order), I can simply return the game I ordered tonight to Amazon.  I image that I’ll be able to pick up a “Hardened” edition tomorrow at my corner spot & everyone will be happy…except Amazon, who get’s nothing, but my shipping & handling.  And what’s an extra $3.50 to quiet the rampant crazies for a few days, huh?

Early Acquisition Attempts: Black Ops 2

Let’s be clear here: There’s NO WAY I’m going to score an early copy of Black Ops 2. I know this, but it won’t stop me from trying.  Partially because I feel that I have a solid track record of getting games early, partly because I am times a fairly lucky fellow, and partly because I have a sickness.  Of the recent CoD games that I’ve played (CoD4, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3) I’ve been able to acquire two of them early (and in the case of MW2, almost a week early).  I’ve checked the four stores (all locally owned) that usually supply me: nothing.  Craigslist is a desert.  So this tells me some things.

One, that Treyarch’s & Activision’s distribution partners are shipping the games out much later than they used to. Think about it, games generally just don’t pop up in a store the day of release; for the most part they’ve sat in the back for a few days to make sure that there’s stock to sell on the day of release. Gamestop won’t break street dates but Super Video Game Pals will ’cause they’ve got the stock and need to compete somehow.

Two, Gamestop is sick of the locals eating their lunch and have somehow (and I have no idea how) ensured that the mom n ‘ pop shop are unable to get their merch early, thus not allowing them those extra days to sell the game which GS is not able to do (Speaking to the lawyers out there, how legally binding is something like “street date”?)

Three, Maybe Gamestop’s left them alone but the local shops have been harassed by the game developers themselves and have ceased selling games early.

Four, and to me, one of the more likely scenarios: if you’re just some rando off the street or on the phone, these local shops are going to tell you to go screw.  But if you’ve got a relationship with the place, they’ll probably slide you a copy under the counter.

Since I had a brief obsession with ordering all of my games from Amazon (but no longer, let me assure you) any good will I’ve built up at the four stores that I traffic is pretty much gone. I called all of my spots yesterday and they all told me that while Saturday is a possibility, it will most likely be available on Monday.  WHAT WILL I DO UNTIL THEN? Oh, right.

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Time to Stress: Black Ops II Hardened & Prestige Editions Revealed *UPDATED*

All pretenses of the Modern Warfare not just being a yearly cash grab has just been completely defenestrated (that’s your word of the day; Modern Borefare is for the kids!!) with today’s we-all-knew-it-was-coming-but-here-it-is-aren’t-you-surprised reveal of super expensive packages full of plastic crap you don’t need!!
Wow In the Hardened Edition, along with the game you get the along with the Nuketown 2025 map, Nuketown Zombies map, Xbox Live Claw avatar prop, Zombies Avatar costume, limited edition Challenge Coins, exclusive weapon camo, exclusive player card backgrounds and the official soundtrack. On PS3 the Avatar items are replaced by exclusive multiplayer and zombie themes.

Prestige for the prestigiousThe  Prestige Edition comes in your very own Care Package crate, which you can drop on your friends IRL to earn badges (i.e. jail time).  It has everything that the Hardened Edition has along with this year’s toy du jour, an  RC Dragonfire Drone you can fly around. Pair it up with your MW2 night vision kit & Black Ops RC Car to successfully remain a virgin forever!

There’s of course no pricing yet, but based on previous years, I’d say the Hardened edition goes for around $99 while the prestige edition is between $149 and $199. See you at midnight on November 13th, jerk-ass!

**UPDATE 3:25 pm 08/28/12: Hardened edition is $79.99 and the Prestige edition is $179.99

For reference, here are the Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 prestige editions. Hurry, still available!

After the jump, a sneak peek image at one of the maps mentioned above and the official press release. Continue reading

Trailer Park: First Look at Black Ops II Multiplayer

As much as I’ve bitched & moaned about this game (and will continue to do so right up until release day) this looks super awesome. Dammit.  DAMMIT. Every year they pull me back in!  Am I really so bereft of willpower?

Notes from the trailer:

– What is that thing he’s throwing?

– I like that they’ve changed the kill notifications.

– Is one of the killstreaks a portable microwave emitter?

– Those flying Dragonfire things are going to be as annoying as the RC cars from Black Ops I.  Just you wait.

– You can get a MECH? That is awesome & wholly unfair.

– The throwing implement this go round is a sweet looking hand axe. I look forward to sticking this in your skulls, anonymous BOII players.

– Kamikaze swarms?