COD: Ghosts’ – 5 New Multiplayer Options

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I’m sure every gamer out there is anticipating the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts on 11/5/2013. While I would prefer to play Battlefield 3 over Call of Duty, I am really looking froward to COD: Ghosts. That is because Activision Blizzard Inc. is boasting 5 new game options for multiplayer. These new multiplayer options include: Girl Power, Map Quest, Dirty Dog, Crank and File, and Hear Me Now.

GIRL POWER: For the first time in Call of Duty multiplayer mode, players now have a choice between male and female soldiers. It’s just one of the very many customization options for your character in multiplayer mode. Many other types of personalization options will include race, body type, gear and different styles of clothing.

MAP QUEST: Unlike the multiplayer maps in previous Call of Duty games, Ghosts multiplayer maps will include ever changing environments. Specifically there are certain tricks that players can do to trigger such events to dramatically alter the map. Some of this tricks can be very simple to very elaborate. Such as a closed door blocking access to a secret hideaway, or something such as a gas station that if ignited can easily explode and massacre any nearby enemies.

DIRTY DOG: (This is the mode that I am really excited about) This is introduced as one of the 20 new “killstreak” rewards. This is based on the dog character Riley, the German Shepherd who helps you out throughout the single player campaign. Your companion will growl at approaching enemies to warn you, he will also scout the battlefield for you and take out any nearby enemies who get to close for comfort.

CRANK AND FILE: There are 7 different multiplayer modes coming to COD: Ghosts, but the most intense and anticipated game mode is called “Cranked”. I assume they got the idea from the movie Crank starring Jason Statham. But the gameplay is pretty simple and a pretty cool idea on how to make Call of Duty gameplay even more fast paced and intense. For each kill a player gets they get “cranked”. The players reload time and movement speed increases, but the catch is there is a 30-second countdown clock. If that clock reaches zero before the player can get another kill to reset the clock back to 30 seconds, the player will spontaneously explode.

HEAR ME NOW: The game developers are boasting more realistic sound effects. The sound effects will closely resemble what they actually sound like in the real world. Such as gun shots fired in a large metal filled container will sound much different from gun shots fired in an enclosed carpeted room environment. The battle chatter has become more realistic also; such as teammates calling out grenades or calling out enemies that appear near specific landmarks.

While I have yet to actually pre-order this game, not on my pre-order list, I am very eager to play it and see how all these different options enhance the multiplayer gameplay in Call of Duty: Ghosts.  If you have preordered the game already and the anticipation is just killing you, I added a short video of some of the crank gameplay that will be in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Enjoy!

-J-

Rambo: The Video Game…WHAT?!?!?!?

I just caught wind that Reef Entertainment announced a Rambo: The Video Game  release.  Although the date is unconfirmed they have an official website, a trailer, and a few screen shots. 

Being a fan of the movies, cartoon and also the Book First Blood written by David Morrell, I am pretty psyched to see a video game come out. Although there was the NES version and the Sega Genesis version that I liked playing as a kid, I am really looking forward to playing it with better graphics. This will probably be one of those video games that goes on my pre-order list, once the release date is announced. But for now please enjoy The Rambo: The Video Game release trailer.

 

-J-

Top 5 Zombie Games

With so many games to play I have found out that I am actually fascinated to the ones that include zombies. I was checking my collection of games that I have played so far  and I wanted to talk about my top 5 Zombie Games. Let the feast begin. Braaaaiiiinnnnssss!.

5. Plan vs. Zombies

This game is pretty fun, goofy, and highly addictive. The premise of this game is to defend your house by planting different plants with different abilities to take care of the horde of zombies. The game is really colorful and not really creepy making it perfect for all the gamers in the family.  You will defend your game in several locations of your house from the front yard, backyard l, and the roof. Each one of the levels requires different strategies and you will also meet exclusive zombies for each level. You can also unlock several mini games some of them resembling other popular titles from Pop Cap. Have you ever played bowling with zombies? Well you can in this game 😀

4. Age of zombies

Meet Barry Steakfries the most awesome time traveler/zombie killer you will ever meet. You will travel through time to defeat a mad scientist and his creations. With Barry you will travel through 5 different time periods (6 levels on some devices) to exterminate the zombies of each time period. All the locations vary from the age of the caveman, the 1930s, Egypt, Japan, The future with robot zombies, and on some devices they have access to the Wild West.  Throughout your time traveling adventure you will find power ups which include several weapons, secondary weapons, sentry guns, force fields or speed up buffs, and the occasional extra life. I love that they made a tribute to the Fonz from Happy days because when you pick up a power up in the 1930s level you can hear the famous Aaaaeeeyyy! Plus one of the power ups you can find is the awesome hover board from the Back to the Future Film.

3.  House of the Dead: Overkill

I have been a fan of the House of the dead games and used to put a lot of quarters for this game at the arcade. When the House of the Dead: Overkills was released for the Wii I just had to get it. I am actually glad I did because this game has made me laugh so hard at the crude humor, the really awkward and hilarious script. You will play Agent G who is not related to the previous Agent G of the games. Your sidekick will be Detective Isaac Washington a really foulmouthed character. I have never played a game where a F-bomb is dropped in every single level especially for a Nintendo console. As you progress in the game you will meet allies, new zombies, and really interesting bosses. The only complain I can find is that in some levels the game seems to “freeze” or slow down to a crawl. Other than that the game is pretty good. I have seen it has also been released for the PS3 but have not had the chance to try it out. One things is for sure this game is not really for kids as it is classified M for mature.

2. Call of duty Black Ops Zombies.

I was pretty excited when they announced the zombie mode will be back after its release on World at War. Better yet the maps from World at War are available including some new maps, characters, and weapons. You will control one of twelve different characters, eight of them available on two especial levels . Each character has their own personality and appearance but the all play the same. But the most interesting feature is that when playing with several characters they interact with funny dialogue. The game does not offer a direct story scattered through the level there many tape recorders hinting the player of how everything started. The best addition to the levels I would say it’s the Easter eggs. If you find all the especial Items that are scattered through the levels you will unlock an amazing song. The game starts quite easy but as you progress it will get really tough and you will run out of ammo pretty quick. One of the most amazing additions was adding George A. Romero granddaddy of the zombies as the main boss on the Call of the Dead level. One more thing I am happy of the Call of Duty zombies Black ops is the addition of Dead Ops Arcade an arcade style shooter pretty much like the Age of Zombies game with view on top. The premise is the same survive until the round is over move to a new map and collect treasure and weapons for more score.

  1. Left 4 Dead/Left 4 Dead 2

I am a huge fan of the Left 4 Dead series. When it first came out I was surprised at the idea of having four people helping you survive a long level infested of zombies.  Plus you do require teamwork to be able to pass a level. The characters you will take control of are the survivors Zoey, Francis, Louis, and Bill Left 4 Dead. On Left 4 Dead 2 you will be able to control Rochelle, Nick, Coach, and Ellis. The player always start at a safe place where there is ammo, weapons, and a health kit but after opening the door that keeps you safe all chaos is set loose. The reason of this is because of the “director” the Artificial intelligence controlling everything in the game. Sometimes it will be really generous to the player offering weapons and recovery items at early points of the game. On other times it makes the player suffer by spawning many infected or even worse spawning both a Witch and a Tank two of the most powerful infected in the game . The infected are pretty easy to dispatch but can be quite deadly in numbers. But what makes this game different of others is the addition of especial infected zombies. This especial infected are the Hunter, Smoker, Boomer, Tank, Spitter, Jockey, Charger, and Witch all of them with unique attacks that make more damage than a regular infected.  The replay value is really high as it is never the same when you play a level thanks to the Director making it the best zombie game I have ever played.

So here it is the top 5 Zombie games  I have played so far hopefully it woke your appetite for brains. Please comment and let me know what are your favorite zombie games.

-J.R.-

Nintendo 3Ds software- Part 2

Hello and welcome to part 2 of the Nintendo 3ds software. We will continue where we left on the last blog talking about my experience with my 3Ds and how I had  fun just using the applications available in the system and some that are free to download.

Face Raiders must be one of the funniest games included on every 3Ds. The game starts requesting you to take a picture of a face be it yours or friend/family. It will be very picky while taking the picture but just follow the instructions and the 3Ds will automatically take the picture, crop it, and add especial effects. Now the fun begins! This game is also a AR (augmented reality) game as it uses both front cameras of the 3Ds and turns your surrounding into the stage where the Face raiders will attack! The point of the game is to aim with your cross hair  and look around to shot the face raiders who will kiss you, throw pieces of shattered dimension to you. The game starts to get challenging as you progress and you even get to fight bosses who will be more protected against damage or will have certain weak points that require timing to hit. You do have a hit point bar and any damage you withstand will remain until you finish the stage or find power ups. At the end you get to see a hilarious animation which I will not spoil for you :).

This application even though is not a game it is still quite fun to use. I have always wanted to know what titles I have played and also how long I have played each one of them. This application keeps track exactly of this and even more. It also keeps count of how many steps you have taken since the Nintendo 3Ds has a built in pedometer. It has been a whole year since I purchased my Nintendo 3Ds and it still has a record of the first application I used and the games I have played. This is the last of the most awesome built in software the Nintendo 3Ds when you purchase a device.

The next applications can be applied after you update your Nintendo 3Ds and also I will speak of some free of charge that you can download and take advantage of the Nintendo 3Ds capabilities.

This application it is more like the App Store from Apple or the Android Market. This is where you go to get more applications and games from Nintendo. Most of the applications I will be talking at this point will need to be downloaded for free from the Nintendo eShop and do require an internet connection.  But Nintendo does offer a wide selection of games for a fee including Demos for upcoming games, 3D games, Game Boy games, NES, and many more.

This is free software that you can download to your Nintendo 3Ds. It is really amazing because I am a huge Pokémon fan and I have actually always wanted to have a Pokedex. Thanks to this amazing software you turn your 3Ds in a functional pokedex with all the information of the pokemon you have selected. The pokedex will display the pokemon in a wonderful 3D model that moves and has a especial animation. It will also display what attacks it can learns, a brief description, and what abilities, and type it is. Best of all if a friend of yours has a Pokedex 3D and has pokemon you have never seen before you can interchange them via QR codes.

Swap note is a really interesting application as it allows you to create and receive “notes” that are in 3D.  You can save several message and share them to any user with the same device that comes close to your device via Street Pass ( a connection system used to share information between Nintendo 3Ds) or Spot Pass (the wireless connection to the internet). The messages can be customized with several options from sounds to stationary cards. I have not used it that much myself but I have received a lot of messages from friends.

Many of you have probably heard or already know about Netflix and as you know it can be downloaded or comes in many handheld devices. Nintendo 3Ds is not an exception as Netflix has already reached the system and is available for free download, of course to use Netflix you will need to have an account with them and pay for the monthly fee. The reason I wanted to talk about this application is because Nintendo has promised that there will be 3D videos.  For the moment I have yet to see one of this programs or videos that are to be in 3D but I do think it would be amazing to be able to see a whole movie in 3D.

Finally the Nintendo Video this application it is quite interesting. It does require you to have an internet connection as it downloads different videos in a weekly fashion.  Most of this videos downloaded are Trailers for upcoming movies, video game shorts such as Kid Icarus anime, Music videos, and many more. The videos get deleted as new ones come in so it is quite a short time to view them.

I really enjoy my Nintendo 3Ds and I am actually happy that I purchased when it came out even though the initial price was somewhat high. But it was really worth it especially since Nintendo offered free games to the people that purchased the Nintendo 3Ds when it was released to make up for the price change. Even though upon its release there were not that many games available I was still having fun just using the 3D apps that were available on the system and also had fun playing my Nintendo DS games. So far I have 5 Nintendo 3Ds titles and my favorite one is the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. I am also very excited of the new titles that will be coming especially Luigi’s Mansion 2 and recently it has been announced of a Nintendo 3Ds XL.

The Fountaindale Library does offer a wide selection of Nintendo 3Ds/DS games and I have checked out some of them before I purchase a copy to myself.

That is all for the software for the Nintendo 3Ds  Please comment and let me know what has been your experience with your 3D and what games have you played or are looking forward to. 😀

-J.R.-

Nintendo 3DS Software Part-1

It has been a year since the release of the Nintendo 3DS and many of you may have had come upon the game system. I decided to talk about my experience with the Nintendo 3DS. I purchased mine when it first came out paying the $250 dollars for it and did not purchase any games since there were not any games that  interested me in the meantime. In the meantime I used the other applications of the built-in software and actually had fun using it.

The first thing you may notice is that the Nintendo 3DS has 3 cameras (two outside and one inside). The two outside cameras allow you to take 3D pictures! Once you have your pictures you can also add more special effects all in 3D. The effects are really ranged and can go from simple colors to puppy paws and hearts, or even allowing you to select depth in the picture allowing you some amazing 3D effects. Another amazing feature about the Nintendo 3DS camera is that it allows you to take up to 10 minutes of 3D Video! You cannot really make changes to your short film but you can control how fast or how slow you show your projects to your friends.

Moving on to a different feature we have the Nintendo 3DS sound which is a Music player. You can record and edit sounds but it limits you to 10 seconds. Otherwise you will need to provide your own music and save it on the SD card that comes included from the system. You may have to convert your files from MP3 to AAC format to be able to play your music. Whenever you play your files you are given the option of using one of the different 8 animations that go along the music. Some of them are even minigames that keep your score! My favorite ones are the game and watch skin which let you play an old school game and I also like the excite bike skin where two bikes go along the tracks of your music is quite funny to see them move along the tracks of your favorite music and even fall if the beat is too fast.

The Mii Maker application allows you to create your own Mii avatar. This little guy will take the shape or looks you desire if you decide to customize him or you can take a picture with the camera inside of your face and the Mii Maker will create a Mii as close as the image provided. Most of the time it creates a full replica on others it just misses a couple of features but nonetheless is pretty fun creating avatars of your family or friends. You can also create a QR code and share your Mii with your friends. Best of all your Mii or Miis can be used on different games. Which takes us to the next application.

The Mii Plaza my favorite of all the built-in software. The Mii Plaza like its name implies is for your main Mii character. At first you will not find many things to do but when you go take a walk to the mall, maybe the park, or even the library if you come across with someone with a 3DS both systems will sync and share their Miis. Next time you open your Mii Plaza a new guest will have arrived bringing gifts for your Mii. You can receive up to 10 guest at a time and once they arrive to your plaza they will give you a piece of a puzzle for a small minigame. Once you complete the puzzle you will unlock the image in 3D which is a really nice feature. So far I have only completed one puzzle and I am about to complete another one. The Miis you meet they will also take part of a small and hilarious Role playing adventure called Save Mii. In this mini game your Mii is a king that has been kidnapped and its up to your friends you meet to rescue you defeating several type of enemies with sword attacks or magic. The game moments are pretty quirky and funny and at sometimes it can be tough to advance to a different floor because the monsters get stronger or have a lot of hit points. But a good tip is that if you meet the same Mii again their power raises and makes going to the next level easier. To keep you playing the mini game rewards you with several hats that you can use for your Mii my favorite one is the Cap used by Link from the Legend of Zelda.

The built-in game AR Games it’s a pretty simple but fun application that allows you to play games using your surroundings! Pretty much the whole world is your gaming field using AR cards and the Nintendo 3DS camera. With the character cards you can put the Nintendo Characters anywhere either your notebook, maybe on top of an apple or even in a diorama and take a picture of them. The best card of all in my opinion is the question mark card. This one will create mini games for you where you actually move around the card to either shot targets, find clues and more!

The library does offer many games for the Nintendo 3DS check our catalog to see our games!Keep reading XMeetsY for the second part of the Nintendo 3DS Built in Software.

– J.R.-

Nintendo 3DS… I know I’m getting one

 I’m sure everyone has heard about the awesome new handheld gaming system that is coming out by Nintendo. The 3DS is a DS but with 3D capabilities, and the best part is you don’t have to wear those annoying glasses. The 3DS is going to be released on March 27th, for  a total of about $250. They have finally announced the first 18 games that they will release when the 3DS is released. Although they did raise the price for these new and improved 3D games. Instead of the usual standard $35 for regular DS games, the 3DS games will be $40 which isn’t that bad considering they are in 3D. The games list are as fallows:

  • Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)
  • Steel Driver (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats (Nintendo)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)
  • The Sims 3 (EA)
  • Madden NFL Football (EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)
  • Bust-a-Move Universe (Square-Enix)
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (Tecmo Koei America)
  • Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)

-Jake L.-

COD or MOH?

With the recent releases of Call of Duty: Black Ops and the new Medal of Honor there’s been a lot of speculation in the gaming world which one is better of the two. I do own both and I have played both and I have beat both campaign modes, I have yet to try out the multiplayer but I do hear good things from both games.  While waiting for the games to be released I tried to read up as much as I could on both of the games. Many people’s reviews on Medal of Honor that I had read were really disappointing, considering I have been a huge fan of Medal of Honor since its first release in 1999. Because I have been a fan of Medal of Honor I decided to take those reviews with a grain of salt and I purchased Medal of Honor the day it came out. I was really glad I didn’t listen to the various reviews that I read, I was very pleased with Medal of Honor. Many people were disappointed with Medal of Honor, because they were comparing it to Call of Duty. Unfortunately it’s hard to compare the two because lets face it they’re two entirely different games as well as  entirely different gameplay. Sure there is the same first person shooter concept, but I really think both games held up well on their own. So instead of debating in this blog about which game is better, I am going to elaborate why I believe each game is equally awesome.

Medal of Honor (2010)

With the Medal of Honor series always taking place during World War II it was nice to get a Medal of Honor with a present day theme. Taking place in 2002 during the war with Afghanistan you fight the Taliban in various Afghanistan mountain regions. The game starts out with a good story line keeping you involved with the characters and the action. The first thing I noticed that I missed so much about the Medal of Honor series was the option to select the fire mode on your weapon whether it’s semi auto, full auto, or three round burst. I liked this about the game because it is an easy way to conserve ammo while running through the various missions. The overall detail of the game from the design of the characters to the weapons design made the game that much better. The levels were designed to be fast paced and with loads of action. Whether it was traveling on an ATV through the mountains of Afghanistan, blowing up a Taliban strong hold with an Apache attack chopper, or calling in positions for your bombers to devastate, the game is sure to thrill you.  I would like to divulge more information but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

This game was definitely a different take on war. It was nice to see Call of Duty take a page out of the Cold War era, since as far as I know there really hasn’t been a first person shooter known to take place during the Cold War. You fight in a couple of different areas, such as Cuba, Vietnam, Russia, and even a flashback episode during World War II. The storyline is pretty good although sometimes a bit confusing, until the very end when everything is tied together.  The detail that went into the weapons, characters,  and gameplay is I believe what made the game that much better. Not to mention the all-star cast voicing the characters such as Ed Harris, Topher Grace, and Ice Cube. The levels were designed to keep you involved and made the gameplay very fast paced.  Not to mention the game brings back the ever so popular zombies mode. But instead of World War II characters, you play as either Nixon, JFK, McNamara, or Castro and you are battling the forces of the undead in the Pentagon. I would like to divulge more information but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.

 

Whether you’re a hardcore Call of Duty fan or a hardcore Medal of Honor fan, both of these games are sure to excite and amaze. Both games keep the player fully engrossed in the action and the storyline. Playing through both of these games I just kept wanting more I really hope Medal of Honor is bringing out another game and I am waiting on the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set to be released sometime in 2011. I think the amount of detail and action that both games offer make these two games a must have in any gamers arsenal.

-Jake L.-