Posts Tagged ‘Call of Duty’

Out of the big 3 of press conferences Microsoft did not choose to step up to the plate. However, Microsoft had a very strong start and quickly gained momentum by revealing Halo 4 gameplay. Master Chief is in search of a ship that crash landed as it flew over his head. When the gameplay starts we were greeted with the trusted Battle Riffle (my favorite gun) and shortly after a familiar enemy, The Covenant. At this point I had yet to be impressed as Halo 4 seemed like it was just a graphically better Halo game, but quickly I was proved wrong as I saw new and interesting things. A strange red beam takes out the last Covenant as he disintegrates directly in front of you. As Chief pushes forward he as ambushed by a group of mechanical AI dogs. Once those are cleared another new enemy appears as well as a new gun. The new gun as equipped reminded me of something out of transformers and looked bad ass, Cortana recognizes that the tech is Forerunner. This new gun looks sick as does all the new Forerunner enemies. I was not sold on Halo 4 given that Bungie was no longer part of the project, but after seeing this at E3 I am sold on buying it. But don’t take my word for it, watch it for yourself and see.



With E3 beginning in just a few short hours we here at The Gamer’s Abstract would like to throw out some predictions for the major press conferences. Alongside those predictions will be stuff that is most anticipated and the biggest shocker announcement of E3. This will be written in the order of the press conferences themselves.

You will see the big heavy hitter first party titles here. Expect to see some new clips involving Epic Games new Gears of War title, and also more in depth with Halo 4. Microsoft will want to reinforce why gamers choose Xbox 360 above all else with the strength of their first party IP’s and how they have exclusive content first to the market. Microsoft will remind users that Xbox is the only place to get Call of Duty content first on the market and show some gameplay footage from Black Ops 2. Look to Microsoft to have a dedicated time slot to just showing off the Kinect. As always this might include a bunch of kids or adults doing silly things on stage in their 2 minutes of fame. Xbox 360 seems to want to become more and more integrated for being the only media device one might need for a household (cable, dvd, bing, ESPN, etc.) . It will come as no shock to see that Microsoft will announce further integration with the mobile market and moving more into a cloud based system. Microsoft wants to be like Apple in that all their devices will talk and communicate with one another.  I do not anticipate that there will be any announcement or buzz for the new Xbox and will be absent from E3 until next year.

Sony may never outsell Microsoft but they do gain more and more ground with their IP’s each year. Look for videos of the new Assassin’s Creed, Sly Cooper  4, The Last of Us, The Last Guardian, God of War: Ascension, and the newly announced All Star Battle Royal. The Last of Us and All Star Battle Royal will be the highlight of the unreleased games during the press conference. The big push will not only reinforce why gamers choose the wide variety of exclusive games on the PS3 but will also focus on the Vita. Vita sales are less than what Sony would like them to be and gamers need a reason to go out and buy a Vita. I would recommend that Sony get Kevin Butler to do this segment as if anyone could get people pumped about buying anything gamer related it would be him. Expect Kevin to make an appearance at the conference and just like his appearance in 2010 people to be hanging on his every word. Vita will be seeing a price drop due to lackluster sales in the range of $50-$100. PS Move seems to be something that didn’t and still hasn’t caught on. Move will be mentioned but not to very much extent. Sony has been rumored in doing a strictly streaming based form of gaming sort of like onlive, I expect to see more details announced as to what exactly is in the works. With the PS3 still strong and the Vita in need of more sales it would not be smart for Sony to announce a new system at E3. I do not expect that this will be in the arsenal for Sony

All eyes are on the Big N this conference with buzz and hype all centered on Wii U. The name is here to stay as recent pictures of the tablet controller have the Wii U branded logo all over it. People want to know what it is, what the intended way to play this new system is, and what the recently leaked Rayman Legends trailer with Wii U means. (For those of you who do not know there was a trailer that showed putting action figures on the Wii U tablet controller and being recognized on the screen as an item, possibly game, or character. ) Consumers will see a release date of Early 2013 and no price point yet. There will be announced 1st and 3rd party games for the system possibly in the realm of Metroid, Mario, and Super Smash and how these games will work with the new tablet controller. Pikmin 3 along with the New Super Mario Bros 2 and the popular upcoming 3DS titles like Paper Mario and Luigi’s Mansion 2. And last as always we will be graced by the wonderful and charismatic personality of Reggie Fils-Aime. Who always manages to bore and annoy the crap out of me every E3 press conference.

With Predictions also comes the most anticipated already expected stuff that here at The Gamer’s Abstract are itching to know more about or can’t wait to see. Below is a list of what we here at TGA will be looking out for. Those things would be:

Castlevania DS and Lords of Shadows
Wii U (We want to know wtf this thing is)
Kevin Butler as always makes a great addition
Paper Mario and Luigi’s Mansion 2
Bioshock infinite
Resident Evil 6
Tomb Raider
Assassin’s Creed 3

The biggest shocker prediction to hit E3:

Valve will finally man up and announce Half-Life 3
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Welcome back everyone for another day of deals on Amazon.  The 19 Days of Deals roll on and today’s theme is Call of Duty.  Doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but if you are in the market for a Call of Duty game you are most likely in luck today.  You can ride this link over to Amazon to check out the discounted merchandise.  I’ll also throw up some of the sale items to satisfy any of your curiosities.  Happy Shopping everyone.

Amazon Gaming Deals of the Day 12/12 – Call of Duty Day

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360,PS3 and PC) – $49.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360 and PS3) – $37.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360 and PS3) – $27.99
  • and a few more

For a Limited Time Only – Amazon Gaming Offer

  • Get an $80 credit when you purchase the Xbox 360 4GB w/Kinect bundle

There you have it folks; your Amazon Gaming Deals of the Day.  Check back often for new deals and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Hey all you TGA fans, we are now on YouTube and here is our first episode of TGA TV.  Ryan and myself unbox the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition for the Xbox 360, enjoy and stay tuned for our next episode (hopefully soon).  As always you can follows us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Today Amazon is giving PC gamers the chance to pay for and pre-load their copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on to their rigs.  As the title suggests today’s deal is more of an offer because the price is still the standard MSRP of $59.99, but you can get the jump on downloading it so that is pretty cool.  So if this is something that interests you, take this link over to Amazon and get to downloading yourself some Modern Warfare 3.  As always stay tuned for more deals and you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Amazon Video Game DOTD 10/25

Posted: October 25, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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Today’s deal on Amazon for video games is one of the best selling games of all time.  I will give you a guess, it is not Wii Sports.  Anyways forget my lame jokes, but today’s deal will reward the patient gamer who waited to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops, because it is on sale today and today only.  Both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are on sale for the amazingly low price of $34.99.  So if you want to catch up on your COD before Modern Warfare 3 hits in a couple weeks this is your [Op]portunity.  Wow, my jokes are really bad today, so here is the link to the deal and happy shopping folks.


Black Ops has been out for about 3 months now and the game’s first map pack has arrived entitled First Strike.  This pack contains 4 new competitive multiplayer maps and 1 new zombie map.  The 4 multiplayer maps are Kowloon, Stadium, Discovery, Berlin Wall and the new zombie map is Ascension.  The new maps add some much needed variety to Black Ops as the included maps are becoming quite stale.  So without further adieu I will begin my map by map analysis.


Kowloon Rooftop Frenzy

Kowloon is a medium size map that takes place on the rooftops of Kowloon City.  This map is very Favela-esque.  The atmosphere of the map is pretty ominous because it is dark and raining and you know that you will probably die at some point.  But besides that Kowloon offers up some variety in terms of strategy.  Kowloon like the other new maps offers up some great spots to plop down and do some good ol’fashion sniping .  Or you can plot your course across the map by going cover to cover and going with more close quarters combat techniques.  Also don’t be surprised if you get awarded multiple Assisted Suicide medals in a session because people will fall to their death trying to avoid your gunfire (it is quite comical).  Kowloon has a gimmicky feature with the inclusion of a zip line.  User beware, there are only two ways to dismount the zip line 1) complete the ride and move on or 2) get your ass blown off it, which will most likely happen.  You also can fall off the rooftops so watch your step.  Kowloon’s design will also not appeal to everyone and you will find yourself saying even with a killcam, “where the fuck did I get shot from?”.  Also the design makes it really easy for newcomers to lose their bearings fast, but as you play you will hopefully develop a sense of direction.


I wouldn't scalp tickets outside this Stadium

Stadium is the smallest of the new maps and my least favorite.  I am dubbing this map the new “Nuketown” not because of its size, but because of peoples’ propensity to PICK IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.  This map offers up quick and frenetic combat which will usually result in quick matches (not a terrible thing).  So how is fighting in a Stadium you ask?  Should be pretty cool right?  Yeah it should be but this map should have been called “Around the Stadium” because there is no access to ice rink featured in the map.  Remember the Stadium Map in Delta Force: Black Hawk Down?  Probably not, but that had a Stadium map with access to everywhere you would wanna kill someone.  First Strike’s Stadium offers up a map with weird lines of sight so sniping is possible but is marginalized to very small portions of the map.  I am not a fan of Stadium and I question some of the design choices, but doesn’t mean the map is unplayable.


Warm up with a bullet in the head

Discovery’s setting is an abandoned German research facility in the Antarctic.  Discovery is a well laid out map and is fairly decent in size, but it feels like some assets were recycled from previous maps (WMD and Summit) so it doesn’t feel as fresh as the other new maps.  Just like in Kowloon you can fall off the map and die an unfortunate death.  This map is chock full of bottomless pits, so once again watch your step.  This map is good for sniping, CTF matches, and destructible bridges add a new welcomed element of strategy to the game.  Overall Discovery is an enjoyable map to play on.

Berlin Wall

The wall has fallen, but the defenses are up

Berlin Wall looks like it is straight out of World At War.  The map would be the biggest had it not had “No Man’s Land”, which is an area of the map (shaded in red) where you will be killed by automated turrets if you enter.  There is a small corridor running through “No Man’s Land” as to not completely isolate each side of the map.  Super gimmicky and completely unnecessary and almost ruined the allure of the map.  Berlin has a lot of 2 level structures, so gaining high ground can be accomplished almost anywhere on the map (great for sniping).  Berlin Wall is pretty much your standard multiplayer map with really nothing to fancy to report.


A Zombie Breakout at a research facility NO WAY!!

The photo above doesn’t accurately represent the mayhem that goes on inside the facility.  Ascension is the new zombie map for Black Ops and besides lasting as long as you can, rebuilding defenses, and killing waves of the walking dead, not much has changed.  To keep in line with gimmicks, Ascension has Space Monkeys to fight and Black Holes that appear along with a black and white display until you turn on the power.  Also on the ground floor there is some kind of mechanical rotating device that will thwart zombies if you draw them near it (Gimmick).  I unfortunately have only played this map by my lonesome, but if you can get 3 other friends (which I plan on doing soon) Ascension is a blast to play.

Final Details:

The First Strike Map pack has its gimmicks and drawbacks, but if you are an avid Call of Duty player (Xbox 360 for right now) First Strike is worth getting.  It adds much needed sniping maps (Array was it folks) and some variance from the included maps.  If you only play Black Ops occasionally and are not completely sick of the included maps then wait for an inevitable DLC sale somewhere down the road.  Lastly, to my knowledge Treyarch has only made First Strike available in the US for now, so if you are reading this and are living abroad, sorry.

Recommended Buy Price:

Die Hard Fans – 1200 MSP($15)

Casual Players – 800 MSP ($10)

The First Strike Map Pack was purchased by me for 1200 MSP ($15).  I have invested equal time in all maps including the zombie map addition.