OXCGN’s Black Ops II: Apocalypse DLC Review


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OXCGN’s Black Ops II: Apocalypse DLC Review

Where it all began

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Apocalypse_Poster_BOIIWith Call of Duty: Ghosts set to hit shelves in November, it’s only fitting that Treyarch send Black Ops II off with a bang with Apocalypse, the final Map Pack which can be downloaded individually or included with the season pass.

Apocalypse includes 2 brand new maps, 2 re-skinned maps and a brand new Zombies map. It’s definitely a great way to extend the life span of a shooter especially when it’s main focus is its multiplayer component, with a less than stellar single player.

I must admit this is my first time playing the multiplayer in Black Ops II, due to the fact that the series lost my interest when Black Ops hit.

I wasn’t overly impressed with Modern Warfare 3, having not even completed single player to this day. The series is in dire need of a huge refresh and whilst Ghosts is looking as if it is trying to do that, Apocalypse will give fans of the current generation something to tide them over.

Apocalypse DLC Review Here

OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Review


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OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Review

Breaking new ground?

by Kent Sobey

©2012 Kent Sobey

black_ops2_oxcgn headerOnline gaming would be a whole lot different today if it wasn’t for games like Call of Duty.

They made it easy to get involved, and it’s more addictive than ever – it’s not uncommon to see people with over twenty days of online play under their belt.

In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of online gaming, however, franchises like COD now have a yearly release.

Some people like myself love this, while others hate it. Either way, it’s probably going to be a few years before this cycle stops, so you better get used to it.

This year’s installment in the franchise, Black Ops 2, is a follow up to 2010’s Black Ops by Treyarch.

I have already reviewed the single player component of the game in a separate article – this review is strictly related to the multiplayer.

It’s no secret that I preferred Blacks Ops’ multiplayer compared to Modern Warfare 3, but when it came it single player, Black Ops did not even come close – let’s see how this year’s multiplayer iteration holds up.

Find out if you should enlist!

OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review (Single Player)


OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review (Single Player)

Is the story sacrificed on the multiplayer altar? 

by Kent Sobey

© 2012 Kent Sobey

Love it or hate it, the fact is that there’s never been a more successful franchise in the history of gaming. Some people might disagree, but Call of Duty has gone from strength to strength – especially when you look at the number of copies sold and the size of the multiplayer community.

Like it or not, Call of Duty is probably going to be around for a while yet.

Fortunately for me, I love it, and have done since the first release of Call of Duty so I expect a lot more from each new release to keep me hooked.

Black Ops 2 may be the sequel to 2010’s Black Ops, but release-wise, it is following Modern Warfare 3.

Since this is a single player review only, I will say that following Modern Warfare 3 will not be easy because it was fantastic.

Black Ops 2 review here

OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012


OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012

All roads lead to E3

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

E3.

The one thing that makes gamers around the world go absolute batshit crazy.

Some in a good way, where announcements make gamers jump into loving bro-hugging (or the female gamer equivalent….sis-hugging….”shugging” we’ll go with) embraces, others which draw the ire of gamers everywhere.

Over the last few years, we have come to expect a few things are a given at E3; the latest Call of Duty will feature, Microsoft will draw the gaze of gamers everywhere simply by saying “Halo”, some weird and awkward guy on stage will make an ass of himself using the Kinect, and people everywhere detest Valve for announcing/demoing/talking about a game that isn’t Half Life with the number 3 attached.

However, it’s usually the announcement of the unexpected that gets gamers up and about.

It’s E3 Sequel time here

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Willing to do what others cannot?


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Treyarch ‘willing to do what others cannot’?

by exterminat

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

I’m not a new bandwagon critic of the Call of Duty franchise.

I can recall my utter confidence in 2007, stating how Call of Duty 4 would inevitably fail due to the fact that not a single mainstream modern warfare title had been released up to that point (not counting Battlefield 2 or GRAW), and moreso since it was coming from a World War Two-based franchise.

Of course, I was aptly proven wrong.

I’ve been steadily losing interest in the franchise with each title following 4, but Black Ops 2‘s trailer has done the unthinkable: it’s got my attention, well and truly.

And if a Doubting Thomas such as myself can be lassoed back in, what does this mean on a wider scale, considering sales for Modern Warfare 3 were already very impressive?

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Why Call of Duty: Black Ops is Better Than Modern Warfare 3


Why Call of Duty: Black Ops is Better Than Modern Warfare 3

Multiplayer doesn’t always get better…

by: aksobey

©2012 Kent Sobey

I know that the title of this article will probably incite some sort of negative response from a lot of people but I refuse to take it back.

Black Ops was a resounding success for Activision no matter how you look at the sales, but a lot of the Modern Warfare 2 fans were not so sure about it.

When Modern Warfare 3 came out the multiplayer offering was widely accepted as nothing short of amazing. Well I’m here to discuss why Black Ops actually had a better multiplayer component. Continue reading Why Call of Duty: Black Ops is Better Than Modern Warfare 3

Where To Next For Call of Duty?


Where To Next For Call of Duty?

by: aksobey

©2011 Kent Sobey
What will the future hold?

Now that the hype from Modern Warfare 3 is starting to settle I thought it might be a good idea to speculate a little.

For the record, I have absolutely no idea what’s coming next in the Call of Duty franchise but wanted to throw a few ideas out there and see what the rest of you think.

If you haven’t finished Modern Warfare 3 just yet then you might not want to read on because there’s a strong possibility I could ruin the ending for you.

You have been warned!

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Game Sequels Vs Original Comparative Round-Up Pt 2


Is a sequel really better – or worse than the original?

by : aksobey

©2010 Kent Sobey

It has been a few months since the first few comparisons that we did in Part 1,  so it is once again time to compare a few sequels and their respective predecessors – some new and some not so new.

As previously discussed, games do have it a little easier than films in that they can rely on game play to make a game better, not simply the characters and plot line.

If a game’s plot and characters are weak, it is still possible for it to be a successful and even good game – if the plot and characters in a film are no good, so is the film.

For me, characters are my favourite part of any story and this might help explain some of the choices below.

What games are under the microscope . . .