Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is finally, officially here and it’s packed with new features, including a battle royale mode and a new Zombies storyline. If you haven’t picked up the latest in the massive Call of Duty franchise, figuring out which edition to buy is the first step. Just about every AAA game launches with multiple editions packing on more than just the basic game. Figuring out which one to buy can be a frustrating and confusing experience. Most of it comes down to personal preference and gaming style — you probably already know if you want a physical or digital copy — but the addition of exclusive skins, season passes and bonus currency makes it trickier. A $60 (or more) game is an investment, and it’s hard to figure out how to get the most bang for your buck. Granted, the stakes are a little lower with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions. Unlike Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there isn’t any exclusive in-game content (other than … [Read more...] about Which edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 should you buy?
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The annual Call of Duty release has felt less like the launch of a single game and more like a combined marketing push for multiple distinct properties. The latest entry, Black Ops 4, lacks the traditional single-player campaign that has served as the series’ glue. So this time around, we’re trying something new. We’re reviewing Black Ops 4’s three modes as three stand-alone games. Next week, after we’ve had time to experience the game on live servers, we’ll run individual reviews of traditional multiplayer, Zombies and the franchise’s take on battle royale, Blackout. We’ll collect blurbs for all three reviews here. If you want a centralized spot to bookmark, this is your page. In the meantime, we’re sharing our first impressions of the complete package. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the most 2018 game release you can imagine, and it might be one of Activision’s most forward-looking moves in recent memory. The lack of a … [Read more...] about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review in progress: the first hours
Activision and Sony have confirmed details of the PlayStation exclusivity deal for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 content. Following yesterday’s announcement of some of the free content coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 post launch, Activision has clarified that all content will arrive first on PS4. While that was an expected announcement, giving Sony’s exclusive deal with Activision, the news this time is that the exclusivity period has dropped from 30 to seven days. This includes free and paid content, as well as in-game events. We already know Black Ops 4 is getting new specialists, and maps in the months following launch. This is big news for fans who felt 30 days was too long to wait for Call of Duty content to become available on PC, and Xbox One. Black Ops 4 will follow a different content release schedule than the one players are used to, however, with more regular, smaller content drops rather than more defined big expansions. This could be part of why it … [Read more...] about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 content will arrive 7 days early on PS4
The Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode has been revealed, with Call of Duty Blackout. The Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode has been confirmed to be included with the game at launch on October 12 and will essentially replace the game's single-player campaign component, which is absent from this year's release. Whether you think they're hopping on the Fortnite bandwagon or not, it's a huge deal to have the first AAA bolt-on battle royale mode. The announcement, that came from the Jets Centre in LA, was met with hollering and whooping from those present. It's clear that Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Royale is going to be big news. "More ways to have fun with your friends than anything we've ever created," was how Black Ops 4 was set up during the event's opening minutes, and Battle Royale knocked down the pins in devastatingly fantastic fashion: 1500 times bigger than Nuketown, 10 years' worth of Black … [Read more...] about Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Mode Revealed, No Single-Player Confirmed
When Ubisoft Toronto was approached by Ubisoft Montreal to collaborate on Far Cry 4, both studios knew they needed to bring the mythical place of Shangri-La to life in a way that felt unique and consistent with the world of Far Cry. So how did they do it? In this 2015 GDC talk, Ubisoft Toronto's Joshua Cook explains the development process in regards to defining the look of a unique world within a world for Far Cry 4. Cook also discusses how color can be used to define the visual rules for a world, and how to create an emotionally impactful experience that complements the core experience of the game. Artists curious to hear how color was utilized in Far Cry 4 can now watch the talk completely free via the official GDC YouTube channel! In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the … [Read more...] about Video: How color defined the visual rules of Shangri-La in Far Cry 4