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So, to no real surprise, the famed and ever popular first-person-shooter series Call of Duty makes a triumphant return. This time, Treyarch took the reins with the sequel to their smash hit Call of Duty: Black Ops with Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The cool thing though, is that this installment of the series will be featured on the Wii U and better yet, the graphics and gameplay on this upcoming console will be rivaled to that of the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.
Never thought you’d return to Raccoon City huh? I think Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City definitely proves that you would most certainly be wrong. In this new installment of the Resident Evil series, characters from past Resident Evil games return to ground zero, where the zombie outbreak first began.
To be honest, this version of Resident Evil just seems really super power and supercharged. First off, there’s notable members of both Umbrella and people trying to stop them along with the virus. For the Umbrella team, there is Ada Wong, HUNK, Nicholai Ginovaef and a new character brought into the Resident Evil franchise called Lone Wolf. For the other side, which I think has been dubbed heroes there is Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Carlos Oliveira.
If that hasn’t got you gamers fucking excited yet, just wait it gets even better. Operation: Raccoon City features a multiplayer mode, which to our knowledge has been the first time done in a series. Players would take on the roles of the characters listed above, and each one, on either side has its perks to bring to the team. One of the most notable modes is a co-op mode where players will try to eliminate the other team, using any means necessary of course. Along with that, there are other modes, one of them being called Team Attack, where players will try and rack up as many kills as they can. Another mode called Biohazard, where players must fight Umbrella to retrieve and escort samples back to the base. There is another mode called Survivors where players must survive before help would arrive to them. Last but not least, there is the Heroes mode, where players must fight and defend iconic characters.
With all that in mind, not only is Umbrella or the Heroes a threat, but so is still the outbreak of the zombies and other creatures from Umbrella’s scientist’s creations. With a new (hopefully) installment of multiplayer, and a new installment in one of our favorite zombie hunting series (which we all love so damn much), I bring you gamers, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. So go out there and not only kick some zombie ass, but take out Umbrella (or the Heroes depending on who you play)!
No, this isn’t about the Transformers or any other shit like that, these mechs don’t come from a car and transform and have voices and everything BUT they are mechs, and it’s a relatively popular series. I speak of Armored Core V of course, the newest release in the Armored Core series.
From the videos and other coverage I’ve seen, they don’t really say too much about the storyline other than from the appearance that the world is at war again and it seems like the only thing that can save us is…well, giant mechs and the people that operate them. Unfortunately, not too much more has been released as far as the storyline goes.
So, you readers are probably asking, “If there’s no idea on what the storyline is, it doesn’t follow as a sequel to the other Armored Core games, then why the fuck do I want to play this?” I’ve got an easy answer for you, mechs that pummel the living hell out of each other. On top of that, they do offer a multiplayer for players over the Playstation Network or over Xbox Live. While yes, I’m not a huge mech fan, it’s a game that could be worth checking out at least. Stay tuned!
There’s nothing like the feeling of taking a blade and impaling it into that nasty Templar is there? No, there definitely is not, which is why Ubisoft has graced us with another installment of Assassin’s Creed with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
That’s right folks, Ubisoft has given us another chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga, featuring a now older Ezio that also has a family. In Revelations, Ezio is on a personal quest to seek the secrets that were left behind by the legendary Altair. But Ezio is not the only one that has made uncovering these secrets his goal, for the Templars are after these secrets as well. Ezio is then brought to Constantinople, the early melting pot of all civilization while finding the quickest way to unlock these secrets.
As with the other Assassin’s Creed installments in the series, it’s no surprise that Ubisoft has brought something new to the table with this game. But, what they brought this time has actually been an effective tool that will affect the overall gameplay. What new device you gamers ask? It would be the Hookblade. The Hookblade can not only be used as a weapon while in combat, but also can be used to glide Ezio across the city. As if having this new nifty tool at his disposal, Ezio now has the ability to craft bombs. It is said now that players will be able to have Ezio craft 300 different bomb variations all at his disposal. Also what has been added, and expanded upon are seizing the districts. While very similar to its Brotherhood predecessor, the difference in Revelations will be that the Templars will actually attempt to recapture districts, which Ezio must defend.
For the gamers that knew and still love the multiplayer that came from Brotherhood, Ubisoft has brought it back for Revelations and has made it even better than its predecessor. The multiplayer expands the basics of the online modes from Brotherhood with new characters and locations. Players are now able to customize their characters’ appearance and have more choice at hand on how they plan on dealing death to their opponents. Of course, in getting these weapons for multiplayer, players now have to have currency in the form of Abstergo points in order to be able to do so. But, at the least, it definitely looks quite immersive and impressive.
Of course there are always perks to pre-ordering games, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations was no exception to that. In North America, pre-ordering at GameStop automatically upgraded purchasers to the Signature Edition of the game. The Signature Edition features exclusive packaging, a bonus single-player mission (Vlad the Impaler Prison), an exclusive multiplayer character (Ottoman Jester), weapons capacity upgrades, an animated short film (Assassin’s Creed: Embers) and the original games’ soundtrack.
In Europe however, there were different versions of the game available, these versions include:
- The Animus Edition which features the Animus box, an in-depth encyclopedia, an animated short film (Assassin’s Creed Embers) and the original game’s soundtrack. Also, the in-game content included an exclusive mission (Vlad the Impaler Prison), an armor from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Armor of Brutus) in single-player, weapons capacity upgrades, and two additional multiplayer characters (The Crusader and Ottoman Jester).
- The Collector’s Edition features Special Collector’s Edition packaging, a 50-page art book, an animated short film and the game’s original soundtrack. In-game content include is an exclusive mission and two additional multiplayer characters (both mission and characters the same as the Animus Edition).
- The Special Edition consists of a standard box with exclusive artwork and the original game’s soundtrack. The in-game content included is a Turkish Assassin Armor in single-player and two additional multiplayer characters (both characters the same as the Animus Edition and the Collector’s Edition.
For those of you gamers that are interested in these other editions, it’s always best to check your favorite online retailer to see if these have been made available for purchase in North America.
With Assassin’s Creed Revelations though, we do unfortunately have some bad news. This will mark the end of the tales of both Ezio and Altair. But the good news though is that we don’t believe this is the end of Assassin’s Creed just yet (of course also Ubisoft has not really said anything about it). But, for now, let’s all enjoy assassinating Templars and unlocking more of Desmond’s memories. Happy hunting gamers.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: November 15, 2011
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The time has finally come for the triumphant return of the Modern Warfare series from Call of Duty. This game has been eagerly anticipated now since the end of Modern Warfare 2 and has been on the “want” lists of gamers for months, and for us at Gamer’s Dish, this game has also been no exception. Modern Warfare 3 is the direct sequel to the popular Modern Warfare 2 from 2009.
Like Modern Warfare 2, there are various characters that players will play as throughout the game. It seems like it’s guaranteed to gauge and peak interest in many for this First-Person Shooter. The game features also as well, a co-op mode called Survival Mode, where players will have to shoot their way to survive to the next wave. Players will start with a minimum weapon and as they gain kills, they gain cash to upgrade to better weapons, as well as different devices they can use while in survival, including Drone Predator missiles, Air Strikes, etc.
As if the campaign can’t be explosive enough, along with having a co-op multiplayer that could leave players addicted for days, there’s also the online multiplayer. The entire Killstreak reward system has been revamped. Instead of it being Killstreaks, it’s known now as Pointstreaks, where kills are no longer the only way to increase the player’s Pointstreak. Completing objectives like planting bombs, capturing the flag, all award towards the player’s Pointstreaks and come in neat little packages.
If all that wasn’t enough, there is most certainly more. Modern Warfare 3 launched what is now called Call of Duty: Elite. Call of Duty: Elite is a new free/subscription-based service that was developed by Beachhead Studios for the multiplayer portion of Modern Warfare (and also as a bonus exists for previous installments such as Black-Ops). The free version of Elite features lifetime statistics for a player, as well as social-networking integration. The paid subscription version includes monthly downloadable content, daily competitions for real and virtual life prizes, ability to level up a player’s clan, pro analysis and strategies, and much more. The catch of course is that the paid version of this is $49.99 per year.
Although Modern Warfare 3 did not offer any pre-order bonuses, that still didn’t stop gamers from pre-ordering this next installment. Reviews will come shortly, so stay frosty gamers.
Developers: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, Treyarch (Wii), Neversoft
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Release Date: November 8, 2011
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It’s February 25, 1968. The Cold War is reaching an escalation point. You are Alex Mason. You are strapped to a chair in what seems to be an interrogation room being questioned by voices that are unrecognizable to you. The different levels throughout the game reveal more information about you and what you’ve done and why it’s been covered up for this long.
The story begins in 1961 when Mason is sent on a mission during the Bay of Pigs Invasion as part of Operation 40 to assassinate Fidel Castro. Mason succeeds in assassinating Castro, but afterwards things start taking a turn for the worse for Mason as he decides to leave himself behind for the extraction plane to be escorted safely. He ends up being captured by Castro, as it then reveals that he assassinated a double. Castro had an alliance with the Soviet Union, and hands Mason over to Dragovich.
Mason is then held captive at the Vorkuta Gulag for two years. During those two years Mason becomes friends with Viktor Reznov who is a former member of the Red Army. Reznov reveals to Mason the danger that Dragovich, Kravchenko and Steiner are plotting: to release a nerve agent known as “Nova-6.” The original “Nova-6” was destroyed before when British commandos destroyed the original program, but Steiner has revived the project. Mason and Reznov organize a riot amongst the prisoners to escape the gulag, but Mason is the only one to successfully escape. A month after this event, John F. Kennedy authorizes for Dragovich to be taken out.
In November 1963, Mason, along with Woods, Bowman, and Weaver are sent to Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh SSR to disable the Soviet space program and eliminate the members of the Soviet Ascension program, and Nazis who were given sanctuary in Russia in exchange for information that they had. Weaver is captured and Mason sees Kravchenko torture him. Mason and his team later rescue him while destroying the Soyuz spacecraft as well. Dragovich escapes assassination again, which further motivates Mason to hunt him for the next five years.
In 1968, the MACV-SOG established themselves in Vietnam to investigate Soviet presence. After they defend the Khe Sanh, the SOG is then deployed to Hue during the Tet Offensive to recover a dossier that contains information on Dragovich from a Russian defector. They recover the dossier, while also Mason encounters Reznov, who is revealed as the defector. The SOG then launches an offense on Laos to recover a “Nova-6” shipment from a Soviet plane that was downed. While at the crash site, they are outnumbered by both Vietcong and Spetznaz. Mason and Reznov manage to escape, but at the same time, Bowman gets executed and Woods dies while killing Kravchenko.
During this operation, Hudson, who is a CIA operative, along with Weaver, who had Russian affiliations interrogate Dr. Daniel Clarke, who stabilized Nova-6 in Kowloon. Clarke then identifies Steiner as a part of the conspiracy and reveals to them the location of the hidden facility in Mount Yamantau before being killed by Dragovich’s men. Hudson and Weaver head to Mount Yamantau to destroy the facility and to capture Steiner. During the mission, Hudson receives a transmission from Steiner, telling him to meet Steiner at Rebirth Island which is in the Aral Sea to learn how to halt a numbers broadcast that would send instructions to sleeper agents to release the Nova-6 gas in American cities. Meanwhile, Mason and Reznov head to Rebirth Island to kill Steiner.
It’s revealed then in the present that Mason was brainwashed by Dragovich to become a sleeper agent to assassinate President Kennedy, but Reznov reprogrammed him to kill Dragovich, Kravchenko and Steiner. A series of numbers plays while Mason is in the interrogation room, which prompts Mason to remember the location of the Russian cargo ship Rusalka that is off of the Cuban coast. At this point, Mason is released by his interrogators and the team launches an assault on the Russian ship, to disable the broadcast being sent with the numbers to release the gas. Hudson calls for the U.S. Navy to destroy the ship and the underwater base.
Meanwhile, Mason and Hudson finally find Dragovich in one of the lower levels of the underwater facility and kill him before the base is destroyed. Weaver hails that they are victorious, but Mason has his doubts, because of his last conversation with Dragovich. At the end, it remains unclear what really did happen with the assassination of President Kennedy, which does leave this possibly open for a follow up of Black-Ops.
Along with the campaign missions that are available, Call of Duty: Black-Ops also has a multiplayer mode, which allows for players to play in different scenarios, allowing them to rank up and gain new weapons and attachments to those weapons. There is also a new mode in Black-Ops which has not been done before in a Call of Duty game, which is a “Zombie Mode” which allows players to go through different waves of killing zombies. This can either be played on the system or over the Internet.
- This game featured an explosive non-stop action packed campaign from start to finish, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next, up until the very end.
- The multiplayer also now features a mode called “Sticks and Stones” which basically has no guns, but instead players use knives, tomahawks, etc. to eliminate other players.
- I also found myself to be very addicted to the “Zombie Mode” playing for hours without even realizing it.
- Good, smooth graphics.
- I kind of felt like with the campaign though, as action pakced ats it was, there were some things being drawn out during it, which sometimes kind of de-motivated me to play this game and finish it.
Final thoughts: This was definitely an impressive step-up from Treyarch. I’ll be honest that I held a bit of a grudge because of the way the Call of Duty 3 multiplayer maps were styled and therefore did not play a Treyarch game for a long time, but Black-Ops instantly sucked me back into it. The “Zombie Mode” was a fun addition to the game and actually like said, was quite addicting. If Treyarch manages to keep making games like this, there’s no doubt I won’t keep playing them.
Grade: Taking the long campaign into consideration, Call of Duty: Black-Ops still gets a 10 out of 10 in my opinion, for making a pretty outstanding game.
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Genre: First Person Shooter
ESRB Rating: Mature