Watch Conan O’Brien’s Reaction to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

31 Oct 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Live-Action Trailer Is Video Game Movie Goodness.

It’s directed by Peter Berg—Hancock, Battleship, Very Bad Things—and stars John Carter actor Taylor Kitsch (who, it’s recently been announced, will be in Season 2 of True Detective on HBO) and a brief cameo by Emily Ratajkowski—Gone Girl—though Ratajkowski is only in it for a second before turning into a goat.With October almost over and November upon us, it’s safe to say video games—along with the rest of the world—are headed into holiday season, that frenzied time of year when you get crazy discounts and major game releases. 2014 is no exception, and promises some very big releases over the next few weeks, all in time for your holiday shopping.

So, with a few days before “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” drops into living rooms, dorm rooms, dens, Man Spaces, Man Caves and the like – bedrooms, too), here’s something to ponder on – “Advanced Warfare” Season Pass. Every year, publisher Activision puts together a star-studded trailer to promote one of its biggest franchises, and this year, they’ve enlisted a Dillon Panther to help. In any case, I’m not usually a huge fan of live-action trailers, but Call of Duty has done a pretty good job with them in the past, blending high-octane fun with a good dose of humor. Guy Ritchie’s trailer “Surprise” for Black Ops 2 is a good example of this: Anyways, I tend to like live-action trailers that incorporate humor, which is why I really liked the recent Madden NFL 15 trailer that came out earlier this year with Kevin Hart and David Franco. Along the way, he runs into a mirage played by Gone Girl‘s Emily Ratajkowski, and on more than one occasion is almost blown up by some futuristic weaponry.

The Dark Below marks the first expansion to the universe since Destiny’s launch in September and features all-new weapons and gear to earn through new story, cooperative and multiplayer activities. “Destiny was created as a living universe, which has allowed us to improve the experience post launch in real-time,” says Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “It also gives us insight into the things players are looking for in new content. Activision has made a habit of these trailers over the years–the promotional campaign behind Call of Duty: Ghosts last year included Megan Fox and—more importantly for fans of Community‘s Fat Neil—Charley Koontz cameos. But the Advanced Warfare spot is good for another reason: It actually does a pretty neat job of showing off the game’s special arsenal of high-tech, futuristic gizmos. The new Exo-suit mechanics should also bring a lot of new depth to both single and multi-player modes, marking some of the biggest changes to the series since Modern Warfare.

Players are unlikely to encounter an Emily Ratajkowski-as-goat mirage as they fight against Kevin Spacey in Advanced Warfare when it releases on Nov. 4. And finally, I’m really hoping we get a little bit more in the story-telling department, especially with a big name like Kevin Spacey attached to the project. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a very pretty looking game, with huge crowds of Parisians populating the streets of Revolutionary France and all new-gen graphics ensuring this is the best-looking game in the franchise to date. Play Again Classic Video Games is hosting an Extra Life charity event to help raise money for the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Outside of a few throw-away licensed games, the publisher really focuses on just a handful of franchises, and pumps all its development and marketing resources into those with a laser focus.

But have no fear, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is unleashing the first two members of Eon’s Elite, Spyro and Chop Chop, onto store shelves on November 1. The new Eon’s Elite characters will be three times more powerful than other characters — the biggest in-game boosts ever incorporated into a Skylanders toy to date — which is sure to help fans capture and play as Kaos, the biggest baddie in all of Skylands this holiday season.

While I’d love to see Unity go as deep as the Arkham games or the recent and excellent Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, I expect we’ll see more of the same simple combat we’ve always had in the game. Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t every Halo game ever made, but it does include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, plus all their multiplayer modes and add-on content all remastered for Xbox One.

Gamers can also pre-order the “Day Zero” edition of the game and get the game one day early along with two custom weapons: the AK-12G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2, and Double XP on November 3. (Though my policy remains simple: When it comes to pre-orders, buyer beware.) Eon’s Elite features a never-before-seen decoration with a distinct, metallic finish and a golden base that sets them apart from other Skylanders toys. Dragon Age: Inquisition has had a much longer development cycle and returns to many of the things that made Origins so popular, including multiple races, a top-down strategic camera option, and so forth. All told, Far Cry has been one of my favorite first-person shooters since the first one came out, and I have great expectations for the fourth in the series. It looks every bit as charming as its predecessors—a fun, capable platformer with a great world-building engine built in and fun multiplayer components.

Both Microsoft and Sony have few offerings in this regard, and fewer still that are exclusive to their systems (unlike, for instance, great third party content like Skylanders.) LittleBigPlanet is an inventive, cute, and challenging platformer and probably the best of its type on Sony systems. It can be played with any of the controllers normally used for Wii U games as well as a GameCube controller or the 3DS itself, giving it more options than just about any other Nintendo game in terms of controller inputs.

It’s also probably the second major system seller of 2014, after Mario Kart 8 gave Nintendo’s flagging Wii U a much needed boost in May and June of this year. Ubisoft has described it as a sort of race-car MMORPG, and players can form “crews” (similar to guilds in a sense) to race against other groups of players.

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