Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta Starts in August

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Each year, Call of Duty gets bigger and bolder, doing even more crazy things to get our attention. Last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was a pretty big deal, what with its special exo-suit powers, but Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be even bigger as it turns soldiers into the weapons themselves.

In the game’s multiplayer, we will be able to customise our ‘specialists’ and load out with a special weapon or a special power, such as a crossbow that shoots explosive arrows, or the ability to self-revive. That could really change the face of play and so it’s important that publisher Activision and developer Treyarch gets it right. That’s why a Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta is taking place – and you can find out more after the break.

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E3 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Gameplay Trailers

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It’s no secret that the sales of the Call of Duty franchise have been declining for quite some time. Activision and the three lead development teams on the series (Sledgehammer, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) are constantly forced to find new and exciting things to prove that in fact, this new Call of Duty is not a reskinned clone of the game you played last year.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 uses something called the direct neural interface (DNI) to prove that it’s different from last year’s Advanced Warfare. Instead of exo suits, our various different powers and abilities will be hardwired into our bodies, letting us take part in more explosive gameplay and pull off more extravagant kills.

You can see this in action in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gameplay trailers after the break.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in November

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For a long while, the success of the Call of Duty franchise has focused on bang shooty set-pieces and a big, fat marketing budget. This has made a lot of people a lot of money but now, sales are down and fans are growing bored. Give thanks to the bigwigs at Activision then as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 switches things up by including terrifying death robots and cybernetic implants.

Black Ops 3 is set in the super scary year of 2060 where soldiers no longer have access to weapons; they are the weapons themselves. There are lots of questions that need to be asked such as ‘is this morally ok?’ and ‘who the heck is going to save the world once it all goes wrong?’

Find out more about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s campaign, co-op and multiplayer after the break.

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GAME PS4 Bundle; GTA V, TLOU, Driveclub and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for £350

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By far the best part about Christmas (asides from the many Christmas puds, spuds and festive cheer) are the deals. This holiday has thrown up a good many of them including the (still ongoing) Ubisoft sale and the Harmonix Rock Band sale that we announced earlier. But apparently, with just over a week left until the festive season is done and dusted our capitalist overlords aren’t done yet. The latest bargain comes from UK retailer GAME who are offering a PS4 bundle including GTA V, The Last of Us: Remastered, Driveclub and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare all for just £350. Find out more after the break.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Transistor, Call of Duty and Kinect-Free Xbox One

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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8 Games That Would Make Brilliant TV Shows

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Video game consoles aren’t ‘video game’ consoles any more, they’re fully fledged media boxes, with TV shows, movies, games and music ready to sap away our free-time and attention like a leaky dam at the touch of a button and a flick of an analogue stick. We shouldn’t have to decide between a quick gaming session or catching up on our favourite show when both are available in the same package. So with that in mind, what would happen if the two types of media merged and 20 hour gaming epics were whittled down to concentrated 40 minute bursts of television entertainment? It would be incredible, that’s what. Read on to find out our top picks for the best games that would make brilliant TV shows.

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What J.K Rowling Could Teach The Video Game Industry

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The decade-long reigning Queen of young adult literature, J.K Rowling’s name is as synonymous with globally loved media as Michael Pachter’s is with fundamentally wrong analysis. Of course, you may not think that the insanely talented mind behind the Harry Potter series (and the reason why millions have spent billions on books and movie tickets) would have some sage advice for the video game industry but that’s where you’re wrong. Read on to find out why.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 Confirmed by Sledgehammer Employee

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Despite Activision hooting and hollering from their piles of money that for now, the Call of Duty franchise is steering away from the Modern Warfare line of games, a leak from one of the developer’s own employees confirms that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 is on the way.

Back in May, Sledgehammer Games were adamant that their team were absolutely not working on Call of Duty : Ghosts, the next game in the FPS franchise’s line up, but this was because they were working on an a different Call of Duty game altogether. The Modern Ware 4 confirmation comes from Rob Valdivia, a VFX Artist on the title, who, unwary of the dangers of being a dev with social media, revealed on professional networking site, LinkedIn, that he is “responsible for developing photo real visual effects for the next Call of Duty – Modern Warfare release”.

You can see the screengrab below, but the actual posting is nowhere to be seen on Valdivia’s LinkedIn, hastily removed after either he, or more likely, one of the higher ups at Sledgehammer Games, pointed out that Modern Warfare 4 hasn’t even been announced yet. The posting, if innocent, would probably still be there, but the removal effectively confirms it that yes, our next dose of modern time face-shooting, quadrotor controlling and UAV-calling, is somewhere near on the next-gen horizon.

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The Modern Warfare 4 reveal is also inline not only with Sledgehammer’s goal for the future (that’d be the photo realistic visuals then) but it also coincides with a huge hiring spree that took place earlier this year, where the team began to recruit fresh talent for this thing. Hardly a surprise to anyone as this is one of Activision’s biggest cash cows (if you like your beef served with a side of ragequitting and premium DLC, that is), but we’ll keep you posted on any more big news.

Do you think Modern Warfare 4 sounds like a good idea? Or is it time to send this to see Soap in the sky? – Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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New Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Screenshots Released

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After the truckload of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 information that landed yesterday, Activision are striving to keep us frothing at the mouth over this game by releasing (intentionally, this time) even more Call of Duty Black Ops 2 screenshots.

Because I know that you may be ~*2 legit 2 quit*~, as the saying goes, you’ll be happy to know that these bombastic new images are official and not leaked, as is the case with yesterday’s lot. You can see them after the break.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Announced, Release Date, Screenshots Revealed

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is quite possibly the worst kept secret in all of video game history, save for maybe the slim PS3, the PS Vita or just about every Call of Duty game before this one. Nonetheless, it is my duty to report on the latest slew of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 news because you want to hear about it and I want to mock Activision’s failure at secrecy.

The first trailer for the game went live last night, detailing what many of us already expected ; Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will feature lots of guns and explosions and once we got over that giant bomb of a surprise, we got to see the first Call of Duty Black Ops 2 screenshots , as well as a release date for the game, both of which were hilariously leaked days before the proposed May 1st announcement.

If you’re interested in hearing about what Activision’s latest attempt at setting the world record for the best selling game in history (a title they garnered with Call of Duty Black Ops 1) then you can read and watch all of the latest Call of Duty Black Ops 2 info after the break.

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