Black Ops 3 Adds New Content 3 Years Later

With the newest Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4, fast approaching, Activision has apparently seen fit to give the series an update – three years late.

Despite having a new game only a couple months from launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has just received a variety of new content via a patch. The reason for this was not given by Activision, speculation being few and far between from those in the know. This decision is made even more confusing given that Call of Duty: WWII is currently the latest game in the franchise, making this an update for a game significantly out of date both in age and edition.

Whatever their reasoning, Activision and Sledgehammer Games haven’t cut any corners with the update, supplying a surprisingly extensive amount of content entirely for free. First among these updates is a new game mode known as Prop Hunt.

Prop Hunt originates in Steam games like Gary’s Mod and Team Fortress 2, involving teams of players that take turns becoming props or hunting for props. Half the players will select an interactable item found on the map, which their character model will become as they try to hide somewhere and fool the hunters. Hunters, in turn, will try to find which items are actually other players in disguise.

In total, Prop Hunt is playable on ten of the game’s different maps. Additionally, a special addition was made to the Prop Hunt mode when played on the map Nuk3town. As all props on this stage are mannequins distinguished by their poses, prop players are given nine total decoy mannequins to plant around the stage as opposed to the standard three lookalike items on other maps.

Finally, two more guns have been added to the game. The RPK, originally featured in the original Black Ops, will be making its return alongside the World War II-era Sten. Both of these guns will be part of the Operation Swarm event, in addition to new skins, a nighttime version of the Fringe map, and double XP playlists.

Is Activision Struggling with Black Ops 4?

Activision is taking the success of one of its most popular releases in recent years and applying its success to one of its most famous project, or at least that’s the rumor.

Overwatch and the Call of Duty franchise are both published by Activision. Overwatch is the most popular FPS ever produced by Blizzard, who also develops games such as Diablo and World of Warcraft.

The rumor floating around Twitter is that Activision is planning on pulling the gameplay out of Overwatch and placing it into the Call of Duty franchise. The rumor is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a multiplayer mode meant to emulate Overwatch’s gameplay.

The user making this claims goes by MatthewHarrisUK on Twitter, and he has been leaking a variety of details about the upcoming Call of Duty game. This specific piece of information corresponds with previous leaks concerning what the multiplayer of Black Ops 4 will be like. charlieINTEL has also stated that Black Ops 4 is very similar to the gameplay of Overwatch.

The source material of the leak claims that play testers are not happy about several features in the revamped multiplayer mode. They claim systems that have been in place for years were completely removed. In one multiplayer build, kill streaks, airstrikes and chopper gunners was completely removed, replaced by a perk system. The leak states that traditional Call of Duty kill streaks have since been added back into the game.

Although Activision has been toying with these ideas, it is not clear if Overwatch gameplay will in fact be included in Call of Duty. The publisher of the leak admits that his information does not pertain to the actual release; the information released by the leaker merely pertains to ideas that were floated around in the early stages of development.

Even if Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases and it is nothing like Overwatch, this mishap in the developmental process, if true, means the state of development over at Activision is chaotic.

Epic Games Releases New Mode on Fortnite Battle Royal

Surviving an epic battle session in Fortnite: Battle Royal can now become a possibility for newcomers. The developers at Epic Games recently released a new gaming mode called “50 v 50” that pits fifty players against fifty enemies. The massive hardcore battle will help encourage other players to team up and help each other respectively in order to win. Fortnite: Battle Royal warriors must share their skills, strategy, provide weapons and resurrect random players on their team. The game’s creators also added three hidden dance floors on the game’s map for a limited time and players can avoid the war zones and host epic dance battles instead.

Fortnite: Battle Royal is a free-to-play video game that has versions available for Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and iOS operating systems. The one hundred player versus player game was released during September 2017 and players can choose between multiplayer and single player modes. Fortnite: Battle Royal utilizes the powerful, next-gen ‘Unreal 4 Engine’ that allows a hundred players to roam the game simultaneously in real-time and on the same server without lagging and other interruptions. Although the game is free, players can still purchase in-game items and modifications if necessary that will help support the game’s developers.

It was reported that more than ten million players jumped on board during the first week the game was released. It phenomenally attracted non-video game players and avid gamers alike. By 2018, Fortnite: Battle Royal had generated over 45 million active players worldwide. Several celebrities and well-known athletes swooped in to play the game on a special live stream hosted on Twitch back in March 2018. The celebrity packed Fortnite: Battle Royal stream had more than 635,000 viewers and broke the record of having the largest live-streaming audience on Twitch. With the fresh limited time release of its popular “50 v 50” game mode, Fornite: Battle Royal will continue to reign as one of the top ‘PvP’ crazes to shake up the gaming world.

Are Parents Responsible When Kids Tamper With Inside Of Gaming Devices?

It seems that every day there is a news worthy article about hackers and the havoc that they are wreaking on an international span. Even the video gaming industry has had a share of the misdeeds. There have been many advances in technology over the past decades, and the more they improve, the more accessible they become to those who have fraudulent intentions. The teenager from Canada is a prime example of greed that went too far. What started as a simple case of exploring an Xbox to see what was inside turned into a federal hacking racket by an inquisitive teen, and his buddies.

It is a known fact that the youth of today are smart, ambitious, and success oriented. Many of them want to achieve all of the assets that luxury living can afford them without putting in the honest work. Some kids are naturally gifted with the intelligence to understand the vast technological aspects of any industry. They are probably the kids who always went into the inside of their toys to see how they worked. The kids who were often referred to as being too smart for their own good. When this particular teen hacked into his Xbox, he also hacked the manufacturers, and the gaming industry, comprising the inner works of major corporations. Your text to link…

This teen, and his friends, did this for ten years. Little did he know that once his deviant behavior reached the American market, it was soon realized and caused the federal government to launch an investigation. The teen had done this for so long, that he had forgotten that he had formed a company, which could be traceable. It all came to a head when he innocently thought that he could enter the United States to pick up a part for his vehicle.

Once at the border patrol check point, and his company name popped up after they scanned his passport, he knew that he was in deep trouble. Here was a teen who was so intrigued by what was inside his Xbox, will spend his adult life behind prison bars. When kids do something like this, it is normal for the parents to be blamed, but parents are not aware of how to check for this type of behavior.

Details Potentially Uncovered for New Xbox

Two recent job postings on the Microsoft Career website may have revealed a bit more about the future of the company’s flagship gaming console than intended, as the internet has already begun speculating as to the kind of technology that could go into a new model of Xbox.

According to the first listing, a new hire will need to meet the qualifications for a senior electrical engineer to serve as a DRAM memory lead on Xbox projects, working with “existing and leading-edge memory technologies on currently shipping and future Xbox design projects.” This seems to indicate that Microsoft is at least looking forward enough to plan for who they’ll need when a new Xbox eventually does make its way to the design floor.

Those applying for the job will need to be familiar with DDR3, GDDR5, and GDDR6, powerful graphics processing assets that are currently used in several of the current generation consoles. Additionally, the posting says that whoever they hire should be able to work with any future DRAM technologies released.

The second listing for another senior electrical engineer provided even more clues to what the company might be cooking up for the next generation of gaming, requesting the services of a storage architect for Xbox projects. The listing hopes to find someone with experience in hard drives, solid state drives, as well as flash-based storage, potentially indicating the new Xbox models could use flash-based memory in their design.

Declaring this to mean that a wholly new console is in the works may be premature, however, as there are still many unknowns to account for in this situation. While this could very well be the case, it may simply be a further evolution of Microsoft’s current gen console, the Xbox One. With the release of both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, the company could be looking into further improvements on their existing technology, giving consumers a wider variety of choice in their consoles and increasing the kinds of games and other media that can be played on the systems.

In the end, nothing short of a leak or official confirmation will reveal what Microsoft is up to right now. Whatever it is, though, it likely means Sony will have some tough competition in the near future.

God of War has Released

One of the biggest exclusives for the PlayStation 4 released today: God of War. This marks the forth title in the main series, but it is the most groundbreaking title to date. Kratos, the main character of the series has moved from his comfort zone, switching from Greek mythology to ancient Norse. Kratos is going through another change in familiarity as well in the form of a child.

This is not the first time Kratos has had a child. Any one who has played the series remembers exactly how the games started off. The god of war Ares tricks Kratos into murdering his wife and daughter, leading to Kratos going on a killing spree, culminating in killing Ares. We all know what he is capable of when someone hurts his children, this makes for a thrilling experience for the player. Watching Kratos and his son fight waves of enemies, constantly in danger, struggling through the cold climate makes for a great environment to tell a story.

Their are four Norse gods featured in the newest installment of God of War. Oden is the primary god of Norse mythology. Freya is the Goddess of Love. Everyone has heard of Thor, the son of Odin, the God of Thunder, but the game also features Thyr, Odin’s lesser known son.

God of War also features a photo mode, a mode that is gaining popularity fast within the video game market. One of the most popular titles of 2017, Assassin’s Creed: Origins also featured a photo mode. This photo modes are so beloved by gamers because it permits gamers to make some very cool backgrounds and art using actual footage from the game.

The reason developers love photo mode is because it allows players to take a break from the fast-paced action and really focus on the graphics. It is difficult to take in the hard work developers did when a player is constantly hacking and slashing; photo mode allows gamers to see every detail, zooming in as close as they want or zooming out to get a view of the entire area.

God of War is available on PlayStation 4 now.

Konami is Bringing Pro Evolution Soccer to an End

The UEFA Champions League video game series could be coming to an end, according to a post on UEFA’s website that says that Konami is ending its relationship with the soccer federation. The series, which is more recently known as Pro Evolution Soccer, will surely be missed by soccer fans all over the world.

The soccer games in Kyiv will be the last games where Konami and the UEFA are still partners. This marks the end of the decade long partnership between the two companies.

Marketing director of UEFA Events SA spoke briefly about the decision to end the partnership. “Konami has been a strong licensing partner of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.” said Guy-Laurent Epstein of UEFA. “It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership.”

Senior director of brand & business development at Konami also spoke about the end of the partnership. “The UEFA Champions League license has give us a platform to create unique experiences and provide football fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first hand.” said Jonas Lygaard.

Future partnerships have not been taken off the table, but as of right now plans to end the partnership have been set in motion.

Fans of Pro Evolution Soccer are already expecting the worst: a partnership with EA. EA already produces the FIFA games, which according to most fans was no where close to being as good as Pro Evolution Soccer. If EA enters into a partnership with the UEFA, then they would have yet another sports genre cornered. EA already produces the only pro American football game on the market. EA also has a variety of other sports games under their banner including official PGA titles, NHL titles, and UFC combat games.

In previous years, lack of competition has lead to declining titles. When 2k stopped producing football games, the Madden franchise really began to go downhill; when EA received the exclusive rights to produce hockey games with the NHL logo, the quality of these games suffered as well. Many fans are predicting the same will happen to EA’s Fifa titles.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is Coming to Consoles

Tons of games are set to come out as we get further into 2018, and now another game has announced it is coming out ahead of the Fall season. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 in August of 2018. The console release is the result of a deal between the developers, Larian Studios, and Bandai Mamco, who are set to publish the title for consoles.

The Divinity games are top down RPGs that have an incredibly devoted cult following. The Original Sins sub-series is a prequel to original Divinity games, all created by Larian Studios. The game is about incredibly powerful orcs invading Rivellon. The heroes of the game are the last chance of humanity against the destruction of all civilization.

The game is already available on PC. An updated interface has been created especially for the console version. The console version of the game will also feature all of the multiplayer modes featured in the original PC version. Console players will also be delighted to learn that an original split screen mode will be a feature included in the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One versions.

More information about the console version will be released as August draws closer.

As previously mentioned, 2018 is set to be a big year for gaming. On June 30th, PS4 owners will return to the role of Kratos, the god of war. This time in God of War, Kratos is in a nordic region, this time as a mentor to a young warrior.

Spider-Man is also coming in 2018 to the PS4. Super-hero games often do not get AAA releases, but Spider-Man changes that. The developers of Spider-Man are masters at what they do. Insomniac Games have previously worked on games such as Ratchet & Clank and Spyro the Dragon.

As if 2018 couldn’t get any better for PS4 users, The Last of Us 2 is also on the way.

Xbox One users shouldn’t have too much to worry about either. The long awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming out later this year for both consoles. Xbox One gamers also have Crackdown 3 to look forward to towards the end of the year.

Divinity is wise to release in August instead of waiting til the holiday season when so many games are set to be released.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Swings into your PlayStation 4

All aboard the hype train! Insomniac Games has officially stated a release date for Marvel’s Spider-Man coming to PlayStation 4. The game is set to be released on September 7th, 2018, just before the holiday season begins.

Insomniac’s release trailer also put some pre-order bonuses on display. Their pre-order bonus contains the “Spidey Suit Pack” which provides players with three different costumes. The video showed off their Spider Punk costume, but they have yet to reveal the other two suits. Pre-ordering will also give you the Spider-Drone Gadget and extra in-game skill points to level up your Spider-Man.

A Digital Deluxe version and Collector’s Edition of the game was also shown off revealing DLC plans that contain 3 post-launch story chapters. The first chapter will be called “The City that Never Sleeps.” The DLC is slated to begin rolling out by March 2019.

Not much is currently known about the plot of the video game, but Insomniac Games has shown some gameplay footage at last year’s E3. The gameplay revealed Mister Negative to be one of the games many villains. Mister Negative, created by Dan Slot and Phil Jimenez, is one of Spider-Man’s more recently established antagonists. His first appearance in 2007 as character Martin Li, who was a member of a Chinese Crime operation. Insomniac Games has stated that we will be facing off against many of Spider-Man’s roster of villains, but have yet to reveal the list.

Other characters that have been teased include Aunt May, Mary Jane, and Miles Morales. Aunt May and Mary Jane are characters that have been with Peter Parker for many years. The interesting one on that list is the newer character of Miles Morales. In the ultimate universe line of comics, Miles Morales takes on the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker is unable to continue to do so. Hopefully, we will see more of the character Miles or play as the character for some part of the game.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a PlayStation exclusive game. Insomniac Games is a 2nd party studio that has worked with both Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox to create many great games. We will see more Spider-Man on September 7th.

Gamers can soon Relive the Original Spyro Trilogy

If you were born in the late 80s or early 90s, you played Spyro the Dragon as a kid. It was one of the primary reasons for the success of the original PlayStation console, and the cute purple dragon launched the careers of dozens of individuals at Insomniac Games.

Despite attempts to keep a new Spyro remaster a secret, fans have been anticipating an official announcement from Activision for months. Activision has finally made the announcement: Spyro is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this September.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a complete remaster of the first three Spyro games: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. This isn’t just a reskinned PlayStation 1 game. Not only will the remaster feature fresh graphics, it is also updated to work better with more modern control schemes. All three games will feature joystick control instead of game pad movement. The camera has been totally reworked to meet industry standards.

Activision released a one minute trailer along side the news of a release date. The trailer claims the game has the “same slick moves,” “same sick burns,” and encourages you to “rekindle the fire.” Spyro can be seen burning enemies, trash talking enemies, and freeing his elder dragons in the video.

Could it get any better? Yes. All three games are featured in full in Spyro Reignited Trilogy for only forty dollars. You can pick up your copy of the game on September 21st for Xbox One and PS4.

About Spyro

Spyro the Dragon was one of the first, of many mascots for Sony during their early days in the console market. Along side Crash Bandicoot, Spyro was responsible for the incredible sales of Sony’s first home console. The original game was developed by Insomniac Games and produced by Sony exclusively for the PlayStation system. The game launched in 1998 to critical and commercial success.

Since Spyro was created he has went on to be in a total of 3 games for the PlayStation, but Spyro games have also existed on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Spyro has also made guest appearances in other video games like Skylanders.