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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Real Gamer Review

Black Ops 4 marks the first Treyarch developed COD game since 2015 and the extra time taken for its development certainly shows. While not perfect, this year’s Call of Duty has taken on a lot of praise from skeptics and loyalists alike. There’s a reason why sales in the series have been going downhill whenever Treyarch isn’t involved, and with BO4 they’ve proven once again that they’re not to be underestimated. At the top of the priority list for BO4 is quality, performance, precision, and a brand-new take on battle royale.

There’s a lot of reason as to why players may be hesitant to embrace a Call of Duty game with no offline campaign mode, including previous problems in the series like Treyarch de-ranking players in Black Ops 2 for having high-speed internet, rather than admitting their own game engine problems. While those kinks have been ironed out this time around, there’s still a few issues to be had. Despite a well-intended Black Ops Pass and reduced Black Market grind, the micro-transactions in Black Ops 4 don’t manage to feel appropriate.

With all of that being said, the game still accomplishes a lot for the series and has won back many gamers leading to over $500 million USD in sales within the first 24 hours alone. For the 30% (on average) of folks who earn trophies in the single player campaign modes of COD, you’ll have to dedicate to online multiplayer this time around. However, for the other 70% of the franchise audience, you’ve been given more bang for the buck with 3 full online games packed into one – and hosting many different modes and variations.

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Blizzard facing backlash as Diablo Immortal petition reaches 30,000+ signatures

[Update #2: Lord Fluffy, the Diablo streamer who asked if Diablo Immortal will come to PC, has released a detailed overview of the context behind his question and Activision Blizzard’s reaction]

[Update: Activision Blizzard stock value has dropped 7.2% (resulting in $3.7 billion USD lost) following the Diablo Immortal announcement discussed below]

Some companies are so loved by gamers that they can do no wrong. Others discover, they are no longer part of that club! In a disastrous move, Activision Blizzard announced Diablo Immortal for mobile to close out their keynote speech at this year’s Blizzcon 2018. The game is being developed by NetEase and will see the franchise delve into the free-to-play MMO genre.

The original Diablo 2 producer has come out and said he doesn’t believe Blizzard understands gamers anymore. Fan reactions to this announcement have been so negative that the PR team behind this game is now censor criticism from the internet as a petition against its release is gaining momentum. So why are people so upset? Where did it all go wrong?

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Treyarch reduces the grind for Black Ops 4’s Black Market

The day before last we reported on how Black Ops 4 had instituted a fun but overbearing reward system for gameplay unlocking everything from stickers to put on guns, gun skins, spray paint designs, character costumes and outfits, to even a brand new Blackout character (at tier 199).

We heard your feedback in our comments section as well as social media and while many of you agreed with our assessment that the grind required to unlock these items was just too much. It turns out that Treyarch may have heard your voices as well, and it turns out they’ve found that they agree.

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Black Ops 4 becomes the #1 top selling game of 2018… for now

[Update: Red Dead Redemption 2 makes over $725 million in 3 days, bigger than any film, music, book, or tv show]

Although major debate has been going on between whether Red Dead Redemption 2 or Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will end up being the top seller of 2018, currently we have seen Black Ops 4 snatch up that spot. In most markets physical sales are dying out while digital sales are not always easy to get the statistics for. Because of this, some have been drawing false conclusions from UK physical sales data which by all means is quite outdated, and perhaps irrelevant.

Since the NPD made data private and stopped announcing on their own, game companies now announce their own data, with Activision Blizzard stating that Black Ops 4 has made over $500 million USD in three days. This is still less than the record holding GTA V which is the best selling game of all time, and made $1 billion USD in its first three days, and even less than Black Ops 2 which made $500 million in 24 hours, but few games have come this close to matching those.

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The problem with Black Ops 4’s “Black Market” unlockable tiers

[Update: Treyarch reduces the grind for Black Ops 4’s Black Market]

While many of you may have been surprised to see Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release without any microtransaction scandals, reviews have been favorable to the game, and even gamers who didn’t expect to enjoy the title have given it praise, there were signs of something suspicious in the game last weekend.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Launch Weekend Impressions

Now that Black Ops 4 has entered the wild we have had a good amount of time playing in all of its various modes and wanted to begin our coverage of the title leading up to a full review later on down the line. For starters, yes, this is the first COD to come with no single player campaign – but Black Ops 4 still has a story. We’ll get to that more in-depth in our full review coming forthwith. In the mean time, let’s talk about some of the game’s performance issues, grand achievements, pros and cons, and early impressions you can expect when first turning on the game.

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What’s inside Black Ops 4 Season Pass

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched today and although the full game contains plenty of content for players, there is some question this time around as to what exactly is included in the game’s Season Pass. Taking a slightly different approach from previous COD games and their Season Pass structures, Treyarch claims to be dropping “more content with more frequency” in the new Black Ops Pass.

Some controversy existed when players realized that the Black Ops Pass was only available through purchasing special editions of the game so far, making it unclear if it would even be available at a later date or if gamers would have to pay full price for each DLC individually instead. But that turned out to be false, Black Ops Pass can be purchased on its own. So what’s exactly being offered here? And what’s in the base game?

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Now Available

This Monday Activision Blizzard has made their 7th expansion pack for world renowned MMORPG World of Warcraft. Practically defining the genre while simultaneously overshadowing all competition, WoW has been one of the most actively played video games in existence since its launch in 2004 (back when Windows XP was still the main operating system around).  Trivia aside, the various races of WoW will clash in a huge war 25 years in the making.

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Diablo III: Eternal Collection Announced for Nintendo Switch

After heavy rumors circulating about Activision Blizzard working on a new mobile entry to the Diablo series it has been announced that Diablo III will grace the Nintendo Switch hybrid handheld / console. The jury is still out on whether or not this is a lead-up to something more, but the Switch version of Diablo III has been confirmed today as the Eternal Collection and will include the base game, all expansion packs, updates, and some exclusive Switch bonus items when it launches some time later this year, 2018.

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Black Ops 4 Private Beta has launched on PS4, hits Xbox next week

The “love it or hate it” shooter franchise from Activision Blizzard, Call of Duty, has dropped story mode this time around in favor of Zombies, Multiplayer, and an all-new Battle Royale system called ‘Blackout’ which has drawn much fan criticism and controversy already. PS4 users will get the chance to play first.

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Exposed: Activision Blizzard Caught Stealing XP from Players in Destiny 2… AGAIN!

In the past few weeks leading up to the Christmas shopping season, large gaming companies continue to experience expensive scandals and bad PR. Activision Blizzard has in the recent past been revealed to have had a patent for manipulating matchmaking services in order to produce a false illusion of in-game purchases making the player win more often. In reality, players are just matched up against someone who will beat them – unless they pay to win.

[Activision Patent Matchmaking Pay To Win – Presumably for Call of Duty 2018] :Alt Source:

Fast forward to this month, the patent may have further reaching consequences than originally thought. Destiny 2, released in early September of this year, has reportedly (update: admitted by Bungie) created a video game experience that hides an XP downscale the longer a person plays. In the complete opposite tradition of RPG elements like experience actually go down over time instead of up.

If a player kept playing the same missions repeatedly – they would be earning less per mission as Destiny 2 progresses on. This is especially illogical since later missions will require more leveled up characters, and is essentially just an attempt to force players to play every day for a new set of mundane tasks handed down rather than play their own way. Not to mention the issue of loot-boxes, which we will discuss soon.

It took nearly 10 weeks for this to be discovered by gamers. What other franchises are effected by this greed-driven logic? Which beloved game franchise will be tarnished next?

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Campaign Save Glitch Still Not Fixed

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Recently I had the unfortunate luck of discovering a glitch in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s singleplayer outing. After finishing the campaign, not only did I not unlock the trophy for doing so but I noticed that I wasn’t able to replay the missions I had previously completed, via mission select.

A few days ago developer Sledgehammer Games released a patch for the game to fix many of the numerous issues it was facing. In the list of things the patch was supposed to fix, “Fixed rare save game issue affecting playthrough progression”, was one of them.

Upon reading this a few hours ago, I turned on my PS4, downloaded the patch and booted up the game only to find, that nothing had changed. Instead of getting pissed, shutting the game off and calling it a night, I decided to replay the final mission again. Sadly after beating, no trophy unlocked and the game still acts as though I have only beaten the first three missions.

It seems the patch didn’t do squat for this issue.

The full patch notes below. It has taken effect (Mostly?) for PS4 and PC, the Xbox One version is still pending.

  • Adjustment to the in-game chat names notifications placement.
  • Fixed Prestige reset issues, including emblems and challenges.
  • Fixed marksman and camo challenges to not reset when you Prestige.
  • Connectivity optimizations for game servers.
  • Fixed issues with Ping Bar not updating correctly.
  • Fixed stats not accumulating towards leaderboards after Prestiging.
  • Adjustment to challenges to unlock camos for weapons.
  • Fixed round-based game modes, affecting Win/Loss ratios.
  • Implemented ability to unlock eSports Rule options in Private Match.
  • Fixed weapon reloads counting as speed reloads in certain circumstances.
  • Added description to reload informing that you can double-tap to speed reload.
  • Fixed DoubleXP splash, so it doesn’t show up in Private Match, Combat Readiness Program, or Exo Survival mode.
  • Showing 4x or 2x based on whether a loot DoubleXP item exists
  • Add DoubleXP icon to medal splashes when DoubleXP is active.
  • Fixed rare save game issue affecting playthrough progression
  • KC score limit increased to 85 per match.

You can view my post patch recording straight from my PS4, showing the patch was ineffective for my issue.

So has this been fixed for anyone else or am I alone this firefight? Did you experience any of the other issues listed and were they also fixed? Sound off in the comments.

Source for Patch Notes: Call of Duty

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Diablo III Expansion “Reaper Of Souls” Moves Nearly Three Million Copies

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III initially met vast criticism and woe since it was originally announced. D3 was knocked by fans and critics alike for the always online DRM and the delay then full shutdown of the the in-game auction house seemed to doom Diablo 3 before it was actually released. Diablo III then went on to be one of the best reviewed RPG games of 2012 and 2013 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 as well as selling over 15 million copies across all platforms. Diablo III’s first expansion pack “Reaper of Souls” has sold 2.7 million copies in its first week of release. Blizzard Entertainment listened to the cries of their fans by fixing the aforementioned problems by updating some of the gameplay mechanics from the original game for “Reaper of Souls” and judging by the sales it has payed off for the company. Blizzard Entertainment has finally restored their reputation with the gamers as well as integrity of the Diablo franchise as a whole.

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Some Info in the article was sourced from RelyOnHorror and Game Informer.

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Activision Blizzard Announces $1.05 billion GAAP Net Revenues for Second Quarter 2013

Activision Blizzard Fiscal Q2 2013 Report

In the latest financial report to hit the international video games industry, Activision Blizzard has released a fiscal overview of the second quarter for 2013 in which you will see the words “number one” mentioned so many times you’ll eventually get the picture. In just one fiscal quarter the often criticized company has managed to pull $1.05 billion GAAP Net Revenue and cites the following reasons as just some of the ways they have accomplished that. For those who have been living under a rock, some time ago Activision merged with Blizzard Entertainment forming what we now see today as basically the largest company around when it comes to making money at producing top-selling video games worldwide.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Selected Business Highlights:

  • For the first six months of 2013, Activision Blizzard was the #1 third-party publisher in North America and Europe combined.¹
  • For the first six months of 2013, Activision Blizzard had the top-two best-selling games in North America and Europe combined, with Activision Publishing’s Skylanders® Giants™ and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.¹
  • In both North America and Europe, Activision Publishing’s Skylanders Giants was the #1 best-selling console and hand-held game overall in dollars for the first six months of 2013.¹
  • As of July 31, 2013, the Skylanders franchise has generated, life-to-date, more than $1.5 billion in worldwide retail sales.¹
  • As of June 30, 2013, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft® remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG, with approximately 7.7 million subscribers.²
  • On July 25, 2013, Activision Blizzard announced that it reached an agreement under which the company will acquire approximately 429 million company shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi, in exchange for approximately $5.83 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share acquired before taking into account any future benefit from these tax attributes. In a related transaction, ASAC II LP, an investment vehicle led by CEO Bobby Kotick and Activision Blizzard Co-Chairman Brian Kelly, will purchase approximately 172 million company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share. Following the completion of the transactions, which are expected to close by the end of September 2013, Vivendi will no longer be the majority shareholder, but will retain a stake of approximately 83 million shares, or approximately 12%.
  • During the quarter, Activision Blizzard paid a cash dividend of $0.19 per common share, totaling $216 million, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 20, 2013.”

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