Black Ops packs perhaps the best Call of Duty campaign yet, with an emphasis on story and characters, not just spectacle and set-pieces. The multiplayer is brilliant, bolstered by the inclusion of COD Points and Wager Matches, not to mention the Zombie mode featuring Fidel Castro and friends. It's Treyarch's best game to date, even if they continue to overlook Call of Duty's less enjoyed quirks, like waves of reloading enemies and noob-toobs. - Call of Duty: Black Ops Review | It's On!
Call of Duty: Black Ops was the last title from the franchise that I thoroughly enjoyed before the monotony kicked in. It's very rare that we see CoD titles drop in price and £4.99 is more than a worthy price tag for this addition. Remember to use that 5% discount code from their Facebook page to knock off those all important pennies.
Black Ops 3 may have broken cover, but if you want to catch up with the first game in the trilogy, you can now grab a Steam code for just £5.69 today.
For me, Treyarch's games deliver the best singleplayer campaigns since the original Modern Warfare, and Black Ops was brilliant. Amazing set pieces and a powerful storyline, though respawning enemies can annoy.
I've yet to sample Black Ops on the DS, but I hear that it's actually quite good, as far as portable FPS titles go. If, like me, your curiosity-meter is suitably piqued, then you might be pleased to hear that Amazon has set the price at a low, low, low £23.41. You'll need a DS, of course, and dextrous thumbs I imagine to navigate the troublesome control-scheme.
In a not-so-shocking piece of news, Black Ops developer Treyarch - whose CoD work, after the disappointing MW3, I look forward to most - are looking for additional staff to join their team as work on the ninth Call of Duty title, dubbed "Project Iron Wolf", ramps up ahead of next year's inevitable November release date.Click here to read more...
Ever been forced to finish a Nazi Zombies session because work, school or whatever other interfering nuisance was to be attended? Well, now you can fend off the undead hordes on the go as well as at home, as Activision have released Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies on the App Store for iOS-equipped devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Boasting quality visuals - better on the iPad, of course - support for three other players who you can communicate with via Voice Chat, Black Ops Zombies recreates Treyarch's iconic Kino der Toten and fifty levels from the Dead Ops top-down arcade twin-sticks shooter - gasp! - all for just $6.99 from the App Store. Check out the trailer for a little idea of what's in store. [App Store]
Gaming has a bogeyman at the moment; a leering spectre that's often described as "evil" or "unethical" by hordes of disgruntled gamers. I'm talking, of course, about Activision. Bobby Kotick's company has become synonymous with all that's cynical in our industry, and you don't have to wait long for plenty of aggrieved comments to appear on any article or news announcement that features their games.
But we're not sure that this anger and resentment is entirely fair. In fact, we're certain that Activision, at least in this last year, has inconsistently demonstrated a level of consideration and conscience that puts much of their competition to shame. Over the next few hundred words, we're going to explore exactly how our current perceptions of Activision's public image came about... and whether it's actually deserved. We're going to defend the devil.
We need to start at the beginning: the original nightmare that irrevocably tainted Activision's public image. I won't patronise you by rehashing the full details of the sensational firing of West and Zampella from Infinity Ward (you can read the full details here), but there was no excuse for swamping the studio with armed security guards and imposing a "climate of fear." The way in which Activision handled the situation was genuinely horrible - and they deserve to be taken to task for turning their studio into a prison camp - but the scandalous nature of the proceedings did somewhat blind us to the reasons behind it. The why.Click here to continue reading Jon's controversial take on Activision's last year...
While Xbox 360 fans have been enjoying its zero-gravity delights for a while now, PC and PS3 fans can look forward to paying Activision an extortionate price for Black Ops' zombified DLC pack, Rezurrection. It's set to hit the PC and Playstation 3 platforms on September the 22nd, where it will retail for the price of $14.99 in the US and a similar price bracket over here. Activision will also be hosting a Double XP Weekend from the 23rd to the 25th of September.
Continuing Treyarch's fine form with Black Ops DLC, Rezurrection relocates from the Cold War to a... well, much colder war. Zombies in space, to be precise. Yes, a hitherto unknown moon-base has been overrun by its undead occupants, and you must fight for freedom on the all new 'Moon' level in the Nazi Zombies Mode. Or Space Zombies Mode... I don't know! It also features 4 remastered classic zombie levels, an enhanced soundtrack and 'Moon' theme. [Joystiq]
Remember the upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops DLC we outed last week? You do? Why, thank you. Well, the Rezurrection Map Pack is positively dripping with information now, relocating the much-loved Nazi Zombies Mode to our very own celestial satellite, the Moon. Yes, that's right, you'll be battling space-Nazi zombies very soon, hopefully in zero-g. It also features an updated version of the original World at War map, to boot.Click here for more
Activision isn't quite finished milking a few more million from the Call of Duty faithful. One last wring of the profit-laced flannel is coming, it seems, with another DLC map pack well on its way. A strong Q2 for Activision - no doubt helped by Black Ops' continued success - prompted an earnings report where CEO Bobby Kotick broke the news.Click here for more
Can Call of Duty be stopped? Activision's annualized blockbuster has shattered yet another record, with the latest edition Black Ops becoming the top-selling UK game of all time. It bested step-sibling, Modern Warfare 2, which up until now had held the crown. No stranger to rampant success, Black Ops earned a massive 650 million dollars within five days when it was released in November of last year.Click here for more
Just a quick PSA for Call Of Duty: Black Ops fans. The gleefully leaked Annihilation DLC Map Pack is out now on Xbox Live, which contains four multiplayer maps (Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo and Hazard) - and a brand new Zombies map entitled Shangri-La. It will set you back 1200 Microsoft Points, and you can read up on its new features in our previous trailer analysis.
The Annihilation Pack is also headed to PS3 and PC, though a date has yet to be confirmed.
If you're sick and tired of downloadable content, you might want to read up on Josh's recent DLC tirade... and join in the debate!
As if it wouldn't be real! We've been covering the leaked Black Ops third map pack all week, but now Activision have officially made it official! Like previous map pack announcements, it's accompanied by a vidoc from Treyarch detailing the Annihilation Map Pack, which features four new multiplayer maps, and another meaty Nazi Zombies offering.Click here for the trailer
We reported yesterday on a third map pack for Call of Duty Black Ops being in the pipeline, sporting four new multiplayer arenas and a third Nazi Zombies offering. Well, now we have an official name plus a release date! The Annihilation Map Pack is due June 28th on the Xbox 360, and will cost 1200 MS Points.
It appears to be exclusive to Microsoft's platform for now - don't fret, PS3 owners, it'll only be a month or so before you can get your hands on it. The multiplayer maps include Silo, Hazard, Drive-In and Hangar 18. The Nazi Zombies map remains unnamed with only a blurry picture to go off. We'll have more for you on the Annihilation Map Pack when it develops. [VG247]
The brilliant Escalation map pack is only a month old, featuring a handful of all new multiplayer arenas and a cracking Nazi Zombies offering featuring horror icons such as Buffy and Robert Englund. But far be it for Activision to relent their dogged milking of Black Ops until Modern Warfare 3 is well and truly upon us, as the third map pack has already been outed!Click here for more
I'll be honest, whilst I enjoyed playing through Black Ops' single player, I've not had a huge desire to go and revisit it, which is probably because I'd rather spend my time blasting the undead with shotguns in the game's zombie mode, or unlocking new weapons to pick people off with across the multiplayer maps. The £28.99 price tag might be a bit steep for a game that's been out for a while now, but it's the cheapest around at the moment, and'll save you almost £4 on the next best offer coming in from ShopTo.
Black Ops is one of those game that I know I'm going to have fun with every time I load it up, whether I'm storming through the single player, craftily taking out other people in any of the online modes, or tackling the undead with a friend in the zombies section of the game. It's boiling over with action! You can get hold of a copy on the PC from one of the three merchants above for £19.99, which is £6 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK.
I managed to resist Black Ops for a while, but eventually I ended up buying it, and you know what, I'm glad I did because it's awesome! Simply Games are parting with copies on the 360 for £26.85, which is just over £3 cheaper than the next best offer. I loved blasting my way through the single player whilst trying to work out exactly what was going on. Then I moved onto the multiplayer and discovered it was just as addictive, if not more so, than the other games in the series. Finally, I shuffled my way into the zombies section of the game and had a wicked time dealing with the undead.
Modern Warfare 3 is leaking media at such a rate I have to admit I'm almost worried. It doesn't bode well for the already troubled development that they can't even keep the story under wraps. And now Kotaku - the original progenitors of the leak - have yet more to show us, with key character concept art, multiplayer model and gun renders, and even the first in-game screengrab. But is this legit? Or do we smell a carefully fabricated hoax?Click here to read more...
Black Ops is a great game; pure and simple. The action in the single player is intense, whether you're running around gunning people down on foot, or gliding around the jungle blasting everything in sight in your armoured gunship. Thanks to the voucher code above you can nab a copy of the game on the PS3 for £21.25 from Tesco Entertainment, which'll save you over £3.50 on the next best offer coming in from Amazon. Thanks to imsraj @ HUKD.
Call of Duty: Black Ops' latest DLC offering, the Escalation Pack, is now available on Xbox Live for 1200 Microsoft Points. Get it here.
As well as four new competitive multiplayer maps, the Escalation pack contains a new zombie campaign featuring an all-star cast. Machete? Buffy? Freddy Krueger? George Romero?! Boomsticks? Deadites? Oh my. You can read up on the full details here, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear a release date for the PS3 and PC versions.
In other Black Ops news, the full game is also available to download on Xbox Live for the decidedly rubbish price of £44.99. With no resale value. Yawn, moving 0n. In a more exciting development, there'll be a double XP weekend starting this Friday.
Will you be downloading the Escalation Map Pack? If so, let us know what you make of it!