Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Written & Video Review

A Call of Duty release is always a monumental event in gaming, and this one is no different. Lately, the questions have been ‘When will Call of Duty sputter out?’ ‘Is this one the last hurrah?’. This one looked like the next leap forward for the series, in both gameplay and aesthetics. Let’s get on with answering those questions and finding out if this is indeed a step forward for Activision.

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Fresh Air is Over-Rated #127 – Ugly Memories

On this week’s show we talk about E.X. Troopers, more strange/dumb crimes, SFxT is broken, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, 38 Studios woes, Activision vs. Ex-Infinity Ward and more! We also did our top 10 graphics that haven’t aged well and took calls to wrap up the episode.

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News Wrap-Up: August 18th, 2011

Alright, we’ll begin the wrap-up the same way we have during Gamecom, trailers! Armored Core V, Cobalt, Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC, PixelJunk: Sidescroller, Burnout: Crash, Tera Online and Gravity Rush

Best Buy is known for selling tech stuff like TVs, games, iPods, sound systems and more, but now they’ll be known for one more thing, pinball machines. Yep, according to a press release by STERN Pinball, their top five selling machines are coming to the retail chain. They’re not cheap at all, expect to pay between $3,799.99 – $5,999.99. Ouch, my wallet.

Elevator Action Deluxe is coming to PSN and XBLA on August 31 in Japan. The classic 80s game remake is being developed by Square Enix, and I couldn’t be happier it’s coming back. No word on a North American release yet, but I wouldn’t see why not. The game has new weapons, faster elevators and ropes.

The iOS version of Rage had a Facebook promotion going on, that if it reached 100,000 likes, it’d go free. Well that day has arrived, and id has kept their promise, so go snap up the game for free, it’s only available for a week.

Valve announced the the first (and free) DLC for Portal 2 will be available mid-September. They originally announced it as a summertime release, so I guess they’re still technically not delayed as September 21st is the last day of summer.

New screenshots for Metal Gear Solid 3DS got released, and I have to say poo poo. Wow, do those look shitty, I’ve seen better looking PS1 games. Oh well, I’m just happy I played this already and won’t have to suffer through the 3DS port.

Speaking with Kotaku, Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve said that he wants EA’s titles on Steam. He even ended the conversation saying “we’ll try to work hard with them.” Maybe this isn’t all cut-throat politics after all.

Activision has been known to say some pretty crappy things in the past, most notably from the company’s president Bobby Kotick. Although now they’ve said something that completely makes sense, speaking at the Gamescom 2011 awards, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke about EA’s comments made towards the Call of Duty series. He had to say: “We shouldn’t be tearing each other apart, fighting for a larger slice of the pie. We should all be focused on trying to grow a bigger pie. If we as an industry act like there are a finite number of games in the world, then there will be.” You can listen to his conversation here, fast forward to 35:20.

News Wrap-Up: August 3rd, 2011

Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS is currently at Valve recording for her famous Portal role. I guess this means more Portal-something is on the way, whether that’s DLC or a new game, remains to be seen.

Euclideon CEO, Bruce Dell has commented on the claims that their infinite detail engine is fake. He pretty much had to say that the engine is a work-in-progress and it isn’t a hoax. You can read about it at Kotaku Australia.

Borderlands 2 got officially revealed today via next month’s Game Informer cover. The sequel is scheduled to be released between April 2012 and spring 2013.

The 3DS is having even more problems, Nintendo has suggested that owners of their portable, place a peice of cloth between the 2 screens, when it’s closed. Why? Well turns out the 2 screens touch each other (news to me), and causes scratches on the top screen. Not content with that option, some users have pulled the rubber feet off their 360, and placed them on the top corners of the system… Curing the dumb hardware flaw.

Activision has confirmed today that the Wii will indeed be getting a version of Modern Warfare 3. It’ll be released before the end of the year. They’ve also announced the new DLC for Black Ops entitled Rezurrection. If you’re planning to attend Call of Duty Con, you will receive a voucher for a free copy of Modern Warfare 3: Hardened Edition. No details on what this edition will include, knowing that, the $140 price tag for the Con doesn’t seem that bad now.

Next Tony Hawk Not Made By Neversoft?

Giantbomb’s Bombcast, their weekly podcast, revealed a rumor that the next Tony Hawk game might not be developed by Neversoft. Supposedly Activision took them off the project so that the 10th title can be innovated. Robomodo‘s (which consists of former EA Chicago employee’s) site let’s us know that they are searching for “talented designers to join our team” and also “working on a project for Activision”. If this turns out to be true, it could either make or break the new Tony Hawk game.