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“People don’t want freedom. They want boundaries, rules, protection — from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that and they’ll follow. And that’s where I come in.”
As far as presidential addresses, it’s not exactly Lincolnesque or Jeffersonian — but then that’s not exactly what Kevin Spacey is going for in the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In fact, he might not even be a president; he sounds more like a corporate schemer from the military-industrial complex, like Giovanni Ribisi’s character in Avatar – swathed in Frank Underwood relish.
It’s somewhat perfect to have Spacey starring in the new Call of Duty, since his House of Cards character is such a fan of first-person shooters. The new game’s slogan, “power changes everything,” also playfully blends the two brands and characters. I’m in. Lock and load.
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There’s one thing every group of guys needs when they head into an epic battle: A super sexy sharp shooter on a nearby roof. And that’s just what they get in the latest trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The most recent video in the franchise’s “There’s a Soldier in All of Us” campaign stars Megan Fox as said sharp shooter when a group of friends find themselves being attacked. Directed by The Wolverine‘s James Mangold, the trailer follows the four soldiers through a demolished Las Vegas, a brief stint in outer space, a quick drive through snow-kissed mountains, and even a battle in Caracas, Venezuela, where they run into Fox.
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Early in the campaign of Battlefield 4, a marine deals with an attacking dog by punching it right in the face. This is a not-so-subtle jab (well, more of a right cross) at rival series Call of Duty, whose upcoming Ghosts features a canine companion. Ever since Activision’s cash cow started breaking sales records annually, Electronic Arts has been increasingly determined to grab a piece of the military shooter pie with its Battlefield franchise. Battlefield 4 offers more explosions, more destruction and more multiplayer options than ever, and it certainly can go toe-to-toe with any Call of Duty. But you can’t help but wish it had aimed even higher.
Just like its predecessor (and every Call of Duty post-Modern Warfare), Battlefield 4’s single player campaign reminds you of that Woody Allen quote from Annie Hall. “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible,” says the first woman. The other one says, “Yeah, I know, and such small portions.” The campaign is extremely loud and incredibly short, a series of linear levels that funnel you from fight to fight, the only real objective being to kill anything that moves. There are occasionally some great set pieces, such as a firefight aboard a sinking battleship that has you dodging gunfire as airplanes slide off the flight deck into the roiling ocean. But many of the missions just have you shooting everything, clearing out the area, pressing forward and repeating. There’s some odd pacing and bad checkpointing that make the campaign feel overly long and tedious, despite clocking in at just six hours or so.
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Activision is trading Modern Warfare for Ghosts.
The video game publisher announced Wednesday that the next installment in its successful Call of Duty franchise will be titled Call of Duty: Ghosts and feature a new story and characters.
Activision Blizzard Inc. said Ghosts will be released Nov. 5 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and next-generation consoles.
The game is being developed by Infinity Ward, the Encino, Calif., studio that created the original Call of Duty and reignited the military first-person shooter franchise with 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its two sequels. READ FULL STORY
The newest installment in Activision’s hugely popular Call of Duty series, Black Ops II, has grossed $1 billion in just 15 days, making it the fastest-selling video game of all time.
The previous record-holder, 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, reached $1 billion in 16 days. Activision would also like to point out that Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time, took 17 days make as much.
The Call of Duty series’ single-player campaigns have always served as appetizers to the multi-player main course. Packed with set pieces and scripted events that could make Bruckheimer blush, they provide a few hours of forgettable thrills before fans jump online to frag their friends in the face. While the latest installment in the juggernaut franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, could have followed this same formula, collected a big fat paycheck, and called it a day, its developers at Treyarch have done something unexpected: They changed Call of Duty.
The last time a Call of Duty game was unleashed upon the populace, it was accompanied with a more-is-more ad campaign starring Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill — because when you sell a quadbrillion units in a single day, you can pretty much get anyone you want to star in your TV spots.
Now the next Call of Duty is upon us, this one subtitled Black Ops II and set in a world of near-future weaponry and beautifully rendered rubble. Naturally, the fine folks at Activision knew they had to continue inflating the stakes not just with their game, but with its promotional materials. So they hired Guy Ritchie to direct their newest advertisement, and landed his Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jr. to appear in a done-in-an-hour cameo. It is, naturally, kinda awesome, in a supermodel-tossing-grenades-on-horseback kind of way. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
The Game: You’ve heard of Call of Duty? Powerhouse videogame franchise? Burgeoning national pastime? Excuse for foulmouthed 12-year-olds and a significant number of men to spend hours screaming at a TV screen? Right, so take that and add robots. (Available on Nov. 30 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC)
What We Saw: First, we saw a level from the Black Ops 2 campaign, set in 2025 in the midst of an invasion of Los Angeles. As the level begins, you are inside a car with the president of the United States, then you proceed down a collapsing freeway into an urban war zone. Inevitably you wind up flying a plane. READ FULL STORY
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