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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ Revolution DLC Map Pack Deploys Today On XBOX Live

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ Revolution DLC Map Pack Deploys Today On XBOX Live

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The revolution has begun!  Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Revolution, the first of four Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Packs for the record-setting Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches today!  From Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, and their award-winning studio Treyarch, Revolution delivers an unprecedented amount of new and innovative “must-play” content, including four radically diverse multiplayer maps from around the world, as well as a new Zombies map “Die Rise.”  Revolution also features a couple franchise first offerings, including a brand-new Zombies mode “Turned,” which literally turns the tables and allows gamers to play as a zombie, as well as a new bonus multiplayer weapon, the “Peacekeeper.” Revolution is available today first, exclusively on Xbox LIVE® for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, with other platforms to follow.  Fans can purchase Revolution individually, or pick it up as part of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass discounted* bundle.
Revolution is packed with a ton of fun,” said Mark Lamia, Treyarch’s Studio Head. “We worked incredibly hard to deliver the most expansive DLC offering in our studio’s history: from four maps in exciting and dynamic new locations like skate parks and ski slopes, to being able to play as a zombie, and a new bonus weapon in multiplayer – Revolution is a wild ride, and we’re excited for Call of Duty fans to start playing.”
Revolution delivers an unparalleled amount of variety and content for all types ofCall of Duty: Black Ops II players, featuring four all-new multiplayer maps set around the globe.  “Downhill” is a snowy alpine chateau perfect for hectic close-quarters combat.  “Mirage” is a sand-devastated luxury villa suited for all play styles, while “Hydro” is a massive hydroelectric dam in Pakistan lined with long-range vantage points perfect for sniping.  And “Grind” is a skate park in Venice Beach, where players must adapt to the map’s unique ramps, bowls and curvatures as they try and take cover from enemy fire.
Zombies fans get a terrifying double-dose of undead action in Revolution.  First,the new map, “Die Rise,” drops players inside a maze of crumbling skyscrapers amidst a ravaged Chinese city, where all-new Wonder Weaponry will play a crucial role as they make a valiant stand against the impending zombie hoard.  Additionally, Revolution‘s innovative new Zombies mode, “Turned,” flips this new fan-favorite mode around, allowing players to become the undead and play as a zombie, offering an entirely new style of bragging rights.
Rounding out the wide breadth of new content in Revolution is the “Peacekeeper,” a one-time offering of a new multiplayer weapon planned for Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC.
To celebrate today’s launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II Revolution, Activision and Treyarch will pit baseball superstars Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants and Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays against each other in a Grudge Match for Call of Duty bragging rights.  Cain and Longoria will captain teams featuring development team members, online personalities and fans in an intense head-to-head battle.  Gamers can review highlights on Call of Duty: Black Ops II Facebook Page Here > 
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Revolution is out now, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for a suggested retail price of $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points.  The Revolution DLC Map Pack is included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass, where fans can purchase four epic DLC Map Packs** for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and also receive the Nuketown Zombies bonus map, and an exclusive in-game calling card as part of the discounted bundle offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99 or 4000 Microsoft Points, a discount of 800 Microsoft Points off the individual purchase of all four DLC Map Packs.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated “M” (Mature – Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs – content suitable for persons ages 18 and older) by the ESRB.  More information on Call of Duty®: Black Ops II can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2 or onwww.facebook.com/codblackops.  Fans can also follow @Treyarch on Twitter.

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ Exclusive “Care Package” and “Hardened” Editions Announced

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ Exclusive “Care Package” and “Hardened” Editions Announced

Exclusive editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops II have been announced — “Care Package,” “Hardened Edition” and “Digital Deluxe Edition.” These Collector’s Editions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC offer a variety of digital content and physical bonuses and are now available for pre-order in the U.S. Check out the specs on each awesome edition below.
CARE PACKAGE (Xbox 360/PS3) SRP $179.99:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Remote Controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone – Command cutting-edge technology, exclusively for this once-in-a-lifetime combat collection.
  • Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map – Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
  • Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map – Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the “model home of the future.”
  • Collectible 2-Sided SteelBook – Limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.
  • (2) Challenge Coins – Limited edition challenge coins that serve as your key to exclusive digital content.
  • Weapon Camo – Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
  • (2) Player Card Backgrounds – Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack – A digital copy of composer Jack Wall’s epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
  • Xbox LIVE CLAW Avatar Prop – An exclusive avatar prop, deployable to a dashboard near you.
  • Xbox LIVE Zombies Avatar Costume – Show off your pride with an avatar costume built exclusively for fans of the Call of Duty undead.
(PlayStation 3 versions include a dynamic multiplayer theme of the Turbine map as well as a dynamic Zombies theme that shows off Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies)
 
HARDENED EDITION (Xbox 360/PS3) SRP $79.99:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map – Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
  • Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map – Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the “model home of the future.”
  • Collectible 2-Sided SteelBook® – Limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.
  • (2) Challenge Coins – Limited edition challenge coins that serve as your key to exclusive digital content.
  • Weapon Camo – Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
  • (2) Player Card Backgrounds – Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack – A digital copy of composer Jack Wall’s epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
  • Xbox LIVE CLAW Avatar Prop – An exclusive avatar prop, deployable to a dashboard near you.
  • Xbox LIVE Zombies Avatar Costume – Show off your pride with an avatar costume built exclusively for fans of the Call of Duty undead.
(PlayStation 3 versions include a dynamic multiplayer theme of the Turbine map as well as a dynamic Zombies theme that shows off Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies)
In addition, the Digital Deluxe Edition for PC contains the following digital items–
DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION (PC) SRP $79.99:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map – Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
  • Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map – Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the “model home of the future.”
  • Weapon Camo – Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
  • (2) Player Card Backgrounds – Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack – A digital copy of composer Jack Wall’s epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
  • Call of Duty®: World at War Game Download Token – A digital download of Treyarch’s classic title, traversing WWII storylines from the Pacific to European theaters of war.
More information and assets on all of the above can be found here:http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/ce.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated “M” for Mature. For more information, please visitwww.callofduty.com/blackops2. You can also follow Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codblackops and Twitter via @Treyarch.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces ‘Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition’

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces ‘Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition’

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, a content-rich version of 2011’s award-winning Mortal Kombat videogame. The 2011 iteration of the legendary fighting franchise sold more than three million units worldwide and was recently named Fighting Game of the Year by Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game, all previously released downloadable content (DLC), plus digital downloads of the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album with a bonus track, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat film on the PlayStation®Store or Xbox Live Zune. The DLC includes fan-favorite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile). Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors is a collection of electronic music inspired by the game and is executive produced by JFK (of the DJ/ production duo MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979).

Developed by NetherRealm Studios and led by Mortal Kombat co-creator and creative director Ed Boon, the game will be available February 28 on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The 2011 release of Mortal Kombat was a triumphant return to the game’s original mature presentation offering over-the-top fatalities and cringe-worthy X-ray moves. Going back to a 2D fighting plane, this latest iteration in the franchise introduced a number of new gameplay features including Tag Team, Challenge Tower, and a deep story mode. Players can choose from an extensive lineup of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several players in the innovative online King of the Hill mode.

For more information about Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, please visit www.themortalkombat.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mortalkombat or on Twitter @MK_Mortalkombat.

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EA SPORTS Unleashes HD Version Of The Arcade Classic NFL Blitz™

EA SPORTS Unleashes HD Version Of The Arcade Classic NFL Blitz™

Blitz Brings The Hitz!

Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that the all-new HD version of NFL Blitz from EA SPORTS™ is now available via digital download on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for 1200 points and PLAYSTATION®Network for $14.99. A remarkable value, NFL Blitz features the arcade-style gameplay that made the original game a hit, but takes the experience to a whole new level with immersive online* game modes in high-definition.“We look forward to introducing the over-the-top football action that made NFL Blitz a classic arcade hit to a new generation of gamers”

The recharged NFL Blitz offers fans the opportunity to battle rivals 7-on-7, fight their way through the Blitz Gauntlet, take over the online leaderboards in Blitz Battles, or create a true dream team by collecting player cards in Elite League. Featuring the twitch gameplay and ultra-responsive controls of the original game, combined with all-new single-player and cooperative game modes, NFL Blitz hits the virtual gridiron with blazing 60fps/60Hz gameplay. Challenging to master, yet easy to pick up and play, NFL Blitz is reborn as the ultimate arcade football experience for a new generation.

“We look forward to introducing the over-the-top football action that made NFL Blitz a classic arcade hit to a new generation of gamers,” says Cam Weber, General Manager of American Football for EA SPORTS. “And we are excited to deliver to fans of the original game, the new NFL Blitzcomplete with online features and in high definition for the first time.”

Fittingly, with NFL Blitz entering into a new era, fans were given the opportunity to choose the NFL player who would become the first-ever digital cover athlete for an EA SPORTS game. Fans exercised their right to vote for the NFL Blitz cover during the 2011 Spike “Video Game Awards,” choosing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice over fellow Pro Bowlers Roddy White and Patrick Willis. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice announced the news, revealing Ray Rice as the fan-voted winner at the end of the award show.

First released as an arcade game in 1997, NFL Blitz quickly became one of the most memorable football titles in video game history. In 1998, the first console version became available for the Nintendo 64™ and PlayStation® computer entertainment system, with several console editions released between 1998 and 2003. The new NFL Blitz by EA SPORTS is the first version of the game to carry the NFL license since 2003 and is the only version to be released for HD consoles to date.

NFL Blitz is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon. NFL Blitz has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB.

To see the latest NFL Blitz video, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1aeyXuHWoU. For exclusive NFL Blitz news and assets please visit http://www.facebook.com/EASPORTSNFLBlitz. Be a part of the discussion on Twitter® by using #NFLBlitzisBack.

All player participation has been facilitated by National Football League Players Incorporated, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers experiences that ignite the emotions of sport through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA SoccerNHL® hockey, NBA basketball, NCAA® FootballFight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golfand EA SPORTS Active.

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

* Internet connection and EA/Origin account required.

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‘Battlefield 3’ Takes The Fight Back to Karkand On December 6th!

‘Battlefield 3’ Takes The Fight Back to Karkand On December 6th!

DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio has announced that Battlefield 3: Back to Karkandthe first digital expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Battlefield 3, will be available December 6th for download on the PlayStation®Network and December 13th on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and the PC. Building on the biggest launch in EA history, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand is a full-feature digital expansion pack giving gamers more of the explosive multiplayer that Joystiq.com called “mesmerizing,” and gameplay that has won over 60 industry awards and continues to delight gamers across the globe in what Seth Schiesel of The New York Times declares, “the most visually realistic shooter on the market.”

Utilizing the power of Frostbite™ 2, the Back to Karkand expansion pack remasters four of the most popularBattlefield multiplayer maps in the franchise’s history all with enhanced levels of destruction, including Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula. In addition to these four new maps, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand marks the return of the classic Conquest Assault mode from Battlefield 2™. A twist on the beloved Conquest mode, Conquest Assault starts one team in command of all control points on the map while the opposing team must assault and take the flags over in order to stop their tickets from bleeding down to zero. Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand also features three new vehicles, ten new weapons, five new dog tags, five new achievements/trophies and an added layer of persistence where players complete assignments to unlock items and earn rewards.

“Free for those that pre-ordered or purchased the Limited Edition of Battlefield 3Back to Karkand is another way for us to say thanks to our fans and show our continued support for the game,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of the EA Games Label. “The launch of Battlefield 3 was only the beginning as we vow to keep the game alive with additional content and gameplay improvements in the months ahead. We’re excited to recreate and share some new Battlefield moments on these beloved maps that only Battlefield games can provide.”

Available exclusively for one week on the PlayStation Network, Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand will be available December 6th at no extra charge* or for $14.99. The expansion pack will be available on December 13th for $14.99 on PC at Origin.com or for 1200 MS points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.Battlefield fans can purchase merchandise online at the all-new DICE store at www.store.dice.se. For the latest news on Battlefield please visithttp://www.facebook.com/battlefield, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/battlefield or sign up for the official Battlefield newsletter atwww.battlefield.com.

* For those that pre-ordered or purchased the Limited Edition version of the game

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Rockstar Games Announces Max Payne 3 Special Edition

Rockstar Games Announces Max Payne 3 Special Edition

Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., has announced that a special edition of Max Payne 3 is available now for pre-order for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC.

Max Payne 3: Special Edition

The contents of the Max Payne 3 Special Edition will be available from November 21 to January 15 and will include:

• A copy of Max Payne 3;

• 10” tall Collectible Max Payne Statue created in a collaboration between TriForce and Rockstar Games;

• Series of game-inspired Original Still Life Art Prints that depict some of Max Payne’s inner demons and vices;

• Copper and brass-plated iron, bullet-shaped Bullet Keychain featuring a screw-off back;

• Classic Multiplayer Character Pack of eight playable multiplayer characters for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, including fan favorites from the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2 like Max Payne from Max Payne 2, Mona Sax and Vladimir Lem;

• Disorderly Conduct Multiplayer Weapons Pack for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer that includes the Hammerhead Auto Shotgun, G9 Grenade Launcher and Molotov cocktail;Max Payne 3 Official Soundtrack featuring the game’s instrumental score.

The Max Payne 3 Special Edition is ideal for fans and players looking for premium and collectible Max Payne content, including digital character and weapon packs not found anywhere else. Max Payne 3 Special Edition will retail for $99.99 in North America and is available for pre-order from now until January 15, 2012 while supplies last.

For more information about Max Payne 3, please visit www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3.

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Review: Valve Dishes Out Perfect Sequel With ‘Portal 2’

Review: Valve Dishes Out Perfect Sequel With ‘Portal 2’

Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Portal, initially released as part of the Orange Box compilation and later as an Xbox Live download entitled “Portal: Still Alive.”  Portal, while brief to play through (2 hours or so), was a smash hit and the highlight of the Orange Box. Yes, I thought Half-Life 2 was boring. Touch me and I’ll sue.

When Portal 2 was announced, I was skeptical whether Valve could stretch a two-hour game into a full game.  I am happy to say that my skepticism was misplaced.  Portal 2 is excellent and one of the best games of the year thus far.

Portal 2 continues the story of Chell, who is “still alive” in the Aperture Science facility after destroying the hilariously homicidal AI, GLaDOS.  At the beginning, Chell wakes up in what appears to be a hotel room.  After a brief gameplay tutorial, Chell goes back to sleep. When Chell reawakens, we are introduced to Wheatley, another AI who helps Chell escape the “hotel room,” which is really a hibernation chamber deep in the Aperture Science facility. Shortly thereafter, Wheatley inadvertently resurrects GLaDOS and Chell is forced to resume “testing” her way through the Aperture Science testchambers with her trusty portal gun.

The portal gun is capable of opening two portals, one orange and one blue.  When Chell enters one portal, she comes out through the other.  Other objects can pass through the portal as well, which often comes in handy.

The majority of the game is spent navigating through the testchambers, which are rooms of varying sizes from which Chell must escape.  Some testchambers require you to activate a switch to unlock the exit, others merely require that you reach the exit. As you progress, the testchambers become more complicated (and fun) to solve.  There are a number of new elements, such as light bridges, repulsion gel, and propulsion gel.  When used in conjunction with the portal gun, navigating testchambers is more fun than ever.  As with any puzzle game, the shine wears off a little once you know how to solve each testchamber.  Nonetheless, they are still fun to play through repeatedly.

Portal 2 is funny, and the actors voicing Wheatley, GLaDOS, and Johnson do a phenomenal job.  If you enjoy dry humor and sarcasm, Portal 2 has it in spades.  I didn’t think it was possible for GLaDOS to be even more hilarious, but she is. I was also impressed with the detail given to Wheatley and GLaDOS.  They manage to convey and invoke a range of emotions despite being little more than robotic eyes.

Portal 2 is a perfect sequel in that it improves upon its predecessor in every way.  The simple, familiar mechanics remain intact; however, the introduction of new characters, development of familiar characters, and gameplay additions enhance the experience. If you enjoyed Portal, you will love Portal 2.

Check out the official site for the game at www.thinkwithportals.com!

Score: 9 out of 10 Little Goombas

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Review: Mortal Kombat Is Back, Better and More Brutal Than Ever!

Review: Mortal Kombat Is Back, Better and More Brutal Than Ever!

At its pinnacle in the mid-1990s, Mortal Kombat was a quarter-munching arcade juggernaut and a lightning rod for controversy due to its graphic violence.  The franchise began to fade away after Mortal Kombat 3, but the series has been rebooted.  Now Mortal Kombat is back and better (and more brutal) than ever.

Mortal Kombat is more or less a revision of the first three games and features all of the characters from those games, including Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Shang Tsung, and Noob Saibot.  Some additional characters will be available for download and the PS3 version features God of War’s Kratos, who fits right in with the other “kombatants.”  Each character has the familiar moves you know and love, such as Johnny Cage’s shadow kick, Liu Kang’s fireball, and Scorpion’s spear (and yes, he does say “Get over here!”).  In fact, the button combinations to perform the moves are largely unchanged.

There’s so much bloody, violent goodness jam packed into Mortal Kombat it’s tough to pick what to describe first.  There are a couple of game modes. The familiar ladder returns, in which you face several fighters before facing the bosses, Goro, Shang Tsung, and Shao Kahn, each of whom should be familiar to fans of the series.  Along the way, you will fight in many familiar stages from Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3, along with some new levels. There is also a story mode, which is fairly entertaining and provides a great way to sample various fighters and learn their moves.  It would be nice to be able to save more frequently, though.

There are also great secondary modes, such as a challenge tower with hundreds of challenges, and the Krypt, where you can spend credits earned elsewhere in the game to unlock bonuses such as gameplay enhancements, additional fatalities, and alternate costumes.   There’s so much to see and do you almost feel like you’re playing a special edition version of the game.

Speaking of fatalities, Mortal Kombat has outdone itself.  The new fatalities are a sight to behold. Shang Tsung’s primary fatality is laugh-out-loud funny yet disturbing, especially for those with a fear of clowns. I also love the fatality tutorial.  Exactly what it sounds like, it’s a great way to gross out your friends and family.  The gore factor is not limited to fatalities.  New “x-ray” moves show the internal damage your opponent suffers during a special attack and look awesome.  You see the organs being punctured and bones shattering.  It’s a cool concept that is implemented well. Also, as fighters become injured, they begin to show more and more damage.

Mortal Kombat conjures fond memories of dropping quarters into the arcades as  a teenager.  Nostalgia aside, Mortal Kombat is also a great fighting game with loads of features to keep you busy.  If you have fond memories of the original games or simply love fighting games, you should purchase Mortal Kombat.

Score: 9 out of 10 Little Goombas

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‘Call of Duty®: Black Ops Escalation’ Announces All-Star Cast For ‘Call of The Dead’

‘Call of Duty®: Black Ops Escalation’ Announces All-Star Cast For ‘Call of The Dead’

Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Treyarch revealed today that famed horror and action stars Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo have joined the cast of Call of Duty®: Black Ops Escalation’s zombie level, Call of the Dead. The Call of the Dead zombie level and four all new multiplayer maps make up the second content pack, Escalation, for the record-setting game Call of Duty: Black Ops, launching first on Xbox LIVE® on May 3rd.  Dedicated to creating a Zombie experience like never before, the Call of the Dead storyline is inspired by none other than legendary horror writer and director, George A. Romero, who also stars as himself in the new level.

“Our latest zombie creation, Call of the Dead, is unreal!” says Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch. “We set out to create an exciting new zombie experience for fans of the genre that takes Zombies to an insane new level.

“This is Treyarch’s tribute to the legendary George Romero, who truly defined the zombie genre and whose incredible work has been such an inspiration to our team.” says Dave Anthony, Call of Duty: Black Ops Director.  “It was an absolute honor to work with such an amazing and talented cast whose passion and energy brought their characters instantly to life.  Fans are going to love this.”

In addition to George A. Romero, whose credits include Night of the Living DeadDawn of the Dead and Land of the Dead, he is joined by  Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose credits include the hit TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Cruel Intentions; Robert Englund, best known for originating the role of Freddy Krueger in the successful Nightmare on Elm Street franchise; Michael Rooker, most recently acclaimed for his work on AMC’s horror drama The Walking Dead; andDanny Trejo, who starred in 2010’s action-thriller Machete.

Published by Activision and developed by Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language.  Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation content pack will launch first on Xbox LIVE on May 3rd.  For additional Call of Duty updates and information, visit us on the web at www.callofduty.com/blackopswww.facebook.com/codblackops, and also via Twitter@Treyarch.

 

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Review: Post-Apocalyptic Fun With ‘Fallout: New Vegas’

Review: Post-Apocalyptic Fun With ‘Fallout: New Vegas’

The Fallout series debuted as a computer game in 1997. A sequel, Fallout 2, was released in 2002 and was also a computer-exclusive game. It wasn’t until the release of 2008’s Fallout 3 that console owners were able to step into the Fallout universe, a post-apocalyptic wasteland set in the distant future, though it resembles the post-WWII era. Now the Fallout series is back with Fallout: New Vegas, which trades Fallout 3’s bombed-out Capitol Wasteland of Washington, D.C. for the Mojave Wasteland and Las Vegas, which managed to avoid the bombs and has been rechristened “New Vegas.”

New Vegas is not a sequel in the traditional sense. While it takes place in the same universe as Fallout 3, New Vegas does not continue its predecessor’s story. There are references here and there, but don’t expect to see any of the same characters. You step into the shoes of a courier carrying precious cargo, who has been shot, robbed and left for dead. Of course, you’re not really dead….there’s a lot of gameplay ahead! When you wake up, you are in the town of Goodsprings and in the care of Doc Mitchell. From here, you will create your character’s appearance and name and assign attributes and gender. This will be immediately familiar to Fallout 3 vets. From there, the rest of the game is pretty much up to you. There are a series of missions that you must play to beat the game; however, many branching paths open up depending on how you approach the early missions. Ultimately, you must decide whether you want to maintain the status quo, assist in a hostile takeover or establish an independent New Vegas. Along the way, you will meet a number of characters and tackle optional quests that enhance the experience. Think of the main story as the skeleton and the optional quests as the meat on the bones. The story missions and optional missions are much more varied than they were in Fallout 3; you will likely need to play the game 3 or 4 times to see and do everything.

By and large, Obsidian Entertainment sticks to the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” formula. The game looks and plays almost exactly the same as Fallout 3. This is both a positive and a negative. The graphics are exactly the same. They weren’t all that impressive in 2008 and they’re even less so now. The weapons, armor, health, experience and attack points systems are all mostly unchanged. There are a few new wrinkles, though. The additions of different ammo types and the ability to create different foods, items and ammo types are a welcome expansion from Fallout 3. Another addition is “Hardcore Mode,” which injects a dose of realism into the game. You must eat, drink and sleep to maintain your health. You also can’t simply go into the menu and use Stimpacks and food at will to fully replenish your health. Each item has a limited health recovery that must occur in-game. Alcohol and drugs have serious health consequences that will hamper your abilities. The radio playlist has also been appropriately changed to feature more Vegas and Western songs, and the DJ has been changed from Three-Dog to Mr. New Vegas (Wayne Newton basically doing Wayne Newton schtick).

Ultimately, the new scenery and gameplay additions just aren’t enough to distinguish New Vegas from its predecessor. Fortunately, Fallout 3 is a great game, so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just lacks a bit in originality. Where New Vegas really suffers is the glitches. This is not a well-polished game. There were missions I couldn’t complete because of this, one of which drastically altered the outcome of the game. At a key moment, I was supposed to meet with a gang leader but couldn’t because the game told me I had a companion with me that I didn’t have and the companion was nowhere to be found. Other times I’ve died because my character froze or got stuck in the ground and I couldn’t do anything while my enemies wailed away on me. There’s really no excuse for this. I gladly would have waited an extra 6 months for this game to come out while Bethesda fixed all the bugs. I suppose this can be corrected in downloadableupdates but New Vegas should not have been released in this condition. Perhaps part of the problem lies in the game’s size. New Vegas is an absolutely massive game. Be prepared to spend 30-40 hours on a playthrough and even more if you want to see and do everything.

Though this review may sound as if I’m down on the game, I’m not. New Vegas isn’t as good as Fallout 3, partly because of the bugs and partly because it doesn’t feel as fresh. Nonetheless, New Vegas is still a very fun and compelling game. I recommend picking it up; however, you may want to wait a little while to see if Obsidian Entertainment can release some patches for the bugs. I would also expect to hear some news on downloadable episodes in the near future. If these are anywhere near as good as the ones for Fallout 3, then they will only serve to enhance New Vegas and its replay value. — Pedro Moreno

Score: 4 Little Goombas Out of 5

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