Attention Xbox 360 owners (which should be just about all of you). Microsoft just put Call of Duty Ghosts on sale for $40 this week. It’s a steal for one of the top first person shooters of 2013. It’s not my bag of tea but I know there are legions of Call of Duty fans out there. If you haven’t picked up Ghosts yet, here’s your chance.
Ghosts isn’t the only title on sale this week. Xbox One owners can get Powerstar Golf for a bit cheaper. It’ll be $14.99 at checkout. Xbox 360 owners also have Dark Souls, The Witcher 2 and others to choose from at a discount.
I have a definite bias towards a game that looks the part. I am what many call a “graphics whore”. I don’t deny that. The leap from this current generation to the next generation of consoles has worried me. I didn’t know if it was really worth the investment because of the leap in visual quality that we could expect. Well, my friends at IGN have a pretty cool video comparison up.
Word on the street is that the Xbox One version of Call of Duty Ghosts will be 720p and not 1080p native like the PS4 version. Does anyone care? You will have to find out by listening to the show! We had a very heated debate on the subject of Call of Duty in general. One of my good friends from Gamertag Radio, Parris, dropped in again to give his thoughts. You do not want to miss Deacon and his rant about Call of Duty versus Battlefield 4.
Activision is the first publisher to come out with details of its game upgrade program. For a limited time, those of you who purchase the Xbox 360 (or PS3) version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, you’ll be able to get the Xbox One/PS4 version for only $10 more. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. Retail chains like Amazon and GameStop are expected to honor this deal.
I hope other publishers follow suit. Activision is for once doing something for gamers that isn’t about their pockets.
In a recent blog from Activision’s community manager Dan Amrich, he expresses his view of the treatment of game developers that stemmed from a recent backlash of a patch that was updated on the Treyarch’s Call of Duty Black Ops II video game.
The update, made by Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar, reduces the damage and speed of certain weapons. Vonderhaar has been hit with violent threats and other negative comments by the gaming community since the update. In other words, gamers were really pissed. Dan Amrich came to Vonderhaar’s defense saying,
“One of [Vonderhaar]’s many responsibilities is to keep the game as balanced as possible, yet when he does make these changes, he often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. If anyone thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty ‘community’ act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty?. Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assh***s. Because the immature, whiny assh***s are louder.”
Amrich closes his comments by saying, “If you enjoy your games have a little respect for the people who make them – and stop threatening them with bodily harm every time they do their job.”
I enjoy gaming as a hobby but to wish death or harm to someone over a video game is hitting below the belt. While I do enjoy playing Black Ops II, it’s the ignorant people online that make me mute my mic completely so I don’t have to be exposed to all the negativity.
What say you? Do you think think gamers have a right to complain about changes to their favorite titles?
Activision and Treyarch have finally revealed the day that Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance can be yours. Vengeance is the third serving of downloadable content and it’s coming first exclusively to Xbox Live.
“When it’s difficult to see the line between playtesting and leisurely gaming around the studio, it’s a sure sign that we’ve created something fun with Vengeance,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch. “From the four multiplayer maps to our new Zombies experience, “Buried,” Vengeance continues doing what we set out to accomplish from the very beginning of development on Call of Duty: Black Ops II: pushing the boundaries of fans’ expectations.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance offers up 4 new multiplayer maps including Cove, Detour, Rush and Uplink. You’ll even get to throw down in a new addition to Zombies. Buried mixes old characters with new one as they both go against zombies in an Old West mining town. There’s also a special weapon for those who grab Vengeance called the Ray Gun Mark II. Get ready because it’s almost here!