Monday, August 29, 2011


The Call of Duty XP event is officially starting next weekend and with that many lucky players will get the chance to gain some hands on time with Activision's upcoming first person shooter, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

Despite the event not yet officially kicking off which by the way is being opened by Dropkick Murphys, it has not stopped people gaining access to the game pods and film footage. According to the Youtube user who must be noted has made an account specifically to upload this footage, they had to break into the event itself and login.

It was really impossible to get here (to COD XP area) at night, 'cause there are a lot of guards because there are a lot of XBOXes, and by the end of this video we were spotted, and hardly ran away.

Whether or not the story is to be considered legitimate, the fact of the matter is map names and some other interesting details have now been leaked. In my opinion this is disrespectful to Infinity Ward and their co-developers. Leaking games before their official release is always damaging not to mention illegal, but this is taking it to a new level.

This is surprisingly one of the only times Activision and their developers have allowed people to see multiplayer content before release, as all testing and preparation is done through an interior beta. So given the fact that they have openly spent millions in tournaments, prizes and not to mention a life sized recreation of the multiplayer map Scrapyard it seems a low move to say the least.

It should be noted that this is game built for the event specifically and may not represent the full game when it is released in November. You can see this in the video in the bottom left with the notice 'Built for XP tournament'.
Nonetheless news is news and it would be ignorant not to look into the footage and see what knowledge can be gained.

First and foremost here is the video which is has caused this and for you to decide for yourselves how much should be taken seriously.

Thanks to LegendKiller for posting this.

First thing which should be stated is the names of the maps. In total there are 13 maps which may or not be the full list. However it should be noted that roughly 13/14 maps is usually the norm with regards to online multiplayer and Call of Duty.

Some places such as Paris are not a major surprise as some of them have been seen in the trailer released earlier this year. Despite some other maps being vague and not clear on actual locations others are a welcoming change. Mogadishu, the Somalian capital is one of those and really does help illustrate that the conflict in this game will be on a global scale. This had been expected with the 'WW3' logo being brieftly displayed in the trailer, however it is refreshing to see some new and arguably unexpected locations.

The full list is as follows:

It is interesting to see what some other details are noticeable in the video and much more clearly in the screenshots.

One of the details seen is that there is a new gametype coming out with Modern Warfare 3 called 'Bomb'. This could be anything but shouldn't in anyway be ignored as this could be anything from a collective to individual gametime. Although it may be something just to help the XP Tournament run more smoothly it may be an indication that we are bound to get at least one new game type at release.
Robert Bowling has stated that the game types are similar to Black Ops in the fact that they are open to negotiation with the community in terms of taking out the old and bringing in the new so long as the vast majority are on board. Whether this means 'Bomb' may be removed later remains to be seen.

The other big indication is the number of max players, 32. Although early days this could mean a complete do over with regards to how we play custom games. It should be noted however that this could mean several things. At the COD XP Event 'IWNET' is running the show with regards to hosting the LAN games and this could mean that 32 is possible, but will not feature in the retail release.

Despite this the max player number can only be seen in what is believed to be a private match. This is indicated by the players ability to choose the map, and if remains in the game could spell a whole new level in custom games and the possible introduction of other games. The idea of 16 v 16 dodgeball games is mouth watering to say the least.

Whether we will see 16 v 16 games online in what would have to be a ground war equivalent gametype, although doubtful remains to be seen.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Black Ops' Rezurrection DLC is One Small Step for Zombie-Kind

Nacht der Untoten. Verruckt. Shi No Numa. Der Riese. These names strike terror in the hearts of anyone that dared venture into the undead playgrounds of Call of Duty: World at War. The zombie story started there. It ends on the Moon.

Due out on August 23 for the Xbox 360, the Rezurrection donwloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops combines remastered versions of those four classic zombie packs with a new one called Moon, for obvious reasons. Forget about heading to a remote island to escape the undead hordes; they're spaceborn now, and there's no escape. Expect high-tech weapons, bizarre new weapons, and one hell of a challenge.

The five maps are packaged with an enhanced Zombies Soundtrack featuring three never-before-purchasable tracks and a special Xbox 360 Moon theme, all for the low, low price of 1,200 Microsoft points.

What's that you say? You've already gotten those four maps with the Hardened or Prestige editions of Black Ops? Well fine then, you get Rezurrection for free.

I'm sure the PC and PlayStation 3 players will get a similar deal whenever the content comes their way.

Zombie mode is the reason I prefer Black Ops to the Infinity Ward offerings. I get tired of the single player levels and online multiplayer eventually gets too "hardcore" for me. But I will never get tired of high score chasing with friends in Zombies mode.