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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 lands this week with free-running multiplayer, film noir zombies and the first four-player co-operative campaign since World at War in 2008. Show of the Week inspects the goods, along with Call of Duty's habit of killing off the character you're playing for sudden, dramatic effect.
Show of the Week eyes up Black Ops 3, the futuristic new face of Call of Duty, and interrogates Mike and Andy on the Black Ops canon thus far. What is Nova 6? Which labour camp did you escape from? Who played protagonist Alex Mason if not Troy Baker? Discover whose Black Ops knowledge is mightier after the jump.
We're all aware of the concept of deleted scenes in movies. Squirrelled away on the DVD, they offer a little more insight into how the film changed over the course of production. Well with games taking just as long to create, if not longer, there's often a ton of stuff left discarded. Archival website The Cutting Room Floor aims to catalogue as many deleted elements as possible from all sorts of games, but we've picked out our highlights from the list, including Bioshock, Call of Duty and Left 4 Dead.
Apocalypse is the final DLC package of multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. As is custom, it adds four new locations in which to shoot opponents to bits: Pod, a high-concept housing project gone to seed; Dig, an archaeological site; Takeoff, an offshore platform for space launches; and Frost, a snowy Amsterdam setting with a highly defensible cheese shop. Watch Mike and I play the new Black Ops 2: Apocalypse maps below the cut.
Watch Mike, Andy and me storm the subterranean cowboy zombie town of Buried, the Zombies map added by Black Ops 2's Vengeance DLC. We're all about the Mystery Box of random weapon prizes and a little bit about the Paralyzer, Buried's sci-fi supergun.
Why is Black Ops 2's third multiplayer map pack called Vengeance? For Outside Xbox, it's because our multiplayer matches proceed by one of us getting shot to bits, then being avenged by the next of us, who is in turn shot to bits and avenged by the surviving member of Clan [OX]. So goes our Black Ops 2 adventure: an unending cycle of bungled shooting and vengeance. Watch us explore Vengeance's four new maps Cove, Rush, Detour and Uplink in the video below the cut.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's next instalment of downloadable content is Vengeance: a motley bundle of multiplayer maps and a Zombies mode outing set in a subterranean Old West town full of cowboy zombies. Where else? Point your face at gameplay from the new maps in the Vengeance trailer after the jump.
If you're one of those people who has been hammering Call of Duty Black Ops 2 multiplayer since release, the prospect of four new arenas in which to embarrass your enemies will be the main draw in the new Uprising DLC map pack. With this series of gameplay tours we dusted off our own meagre skills and headed into each map to get a feel for the layout, with a little help from YouTuber iTemp.
Mob of the Dead is Uprising's brand new zombies experience, starring Michael Madsen, Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano and Chazz Palminteri as 1920s gangsters fighting their way through hordes of the undead to escape from Alcatraz Island. In this gameplay video, Mike and I wander around the map's dilapidated cell blocks looking for airplane parts, becoming electric ghosts and occasionally killing zombies.
We're joined by professional YouTuber Syndicate to round up the highlights from Saturday's play at the Call of Duty championships. The competition switched to a two-tier knockout system - teams who were knocked out of the upper bracket had to fight their way up through a lower bracket to stay in the tournament. Drop out of the lower bracket and your day was done. We have all the stories for you.
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 2's second downloadable content bundle is called Uprising. It's coming on April 16 with four new maps and a new zombie encounter called Mob of the Dead. Catch the trailer below the cut.
Ireland team Epsilon won the grand final of the Call of Duty Championship's European leg, beating the UK's Fariko.Dragons in the knock-out phase. The Dragons' loss came after a sensational semi-final against French team Millenium. We speak to Black Ops II mastermind David Vonderhaar about Epsilon's final match-up, Dragons versus Epsilon, and whether sweary eSports are ready for for the "family-friendly" prime time.
Fariko.Dragons beat fellow UK team TCM.Gaming in the European final of Call of Duty's Black Ops II championship, smack-talking their way to victory against TCM in a best-of-three showdown. They win a place in the international final next month. Watch on for the word from Dragons captain aMaZe on "tactical" banter and his team's chances in the US.
With this weekend's European final in Cologne, the first annual Call of Duty Championship thunders towards its million-dollar Hollywood showdown in April. UK teams Fariko.Dragons and TCM.Gaming are riding high in the line-up. We talk to them just ahead of their Black Ops II match-up, as well as to David 'Mr Black Ops II' Vonderhaar.
Die Rise is the Zombies mode map added by Black Ops II's new Revolution DLC. In this gameplay video, you can see us shamble around the map's wrecked Chinese skyscraper scavenging parts, falling off ledges and killing the occasional flesh-eater.
In addition to the four new maps, Black Ops II's Revolution DLC pack adds a new gun to the multiplayer arsenal for the first time: the Peacekeeper SMG. Watch it in action, with tips from the pros, after the jump.
Today's the day for Revolution, Black Ops II's first map pack, and we've got gameplay from new maps Grind, Hydro, Downhill and Mirage. Find gameplay videos and map tips from Treyarch's David 'Vahn' Vonderhaar below the cut.
Revolution, the first DLC pack for Black Ops 2, comes with a new Zombies mode that lets you play as the undead. Watch the walkthrough trailer after the jump.
A hastily pulled listing by Amazon has confirmed the maps in Black Ops 2's upcoming first DLC expansion, Revolution. Four multiplayer maps, one Zombies map and a new weapon after the jump.
Inception's long, dramatic horn noise has migrated from film into games, with trailers for games as diverse as Dead Space 3, Star Wars 1313 and Modern Warfare 3 featuring the cinematic BWAAAH or electronic variations thereof. Watch on for a selection of horn-heavy trailers.
In this week's show, we hail Call of Duty: Black Ops II - a surprisingly energetic shake-up for a series still riding high in its genre. Developer Treyarch feeds a number of CoD's sacred cows into the meat grinder; multiplayer killstreaks as we knew them are out, for instance, replaced by scorestreaks, and guns, gear and perks have been pitched into a single pool of options. Help yourself to any 10, says Treyarch, and there's your new favourite loadout.
Not everyone is destined to be Lionel Messi. Some people are destined to be John Motson (or indeed Chris Kamara, for that matter). But that's no bad thing, Motson is a national treasure and has fine taste in sheepskin coats. In the same way, we're a bit bum at Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer but we might have a better shot commentating. We will need the help of shoutcaster and Treyarch's eSports advisor Hastr0 though.
With Call of Duty's rise in fortunes, the Call of Duty launch event has become a bombastic November ritual - like Fireworks Night but much, much louder, as evidenced by this video in which Mike is bellowed at by legendary football pundit Chris Kamara.
When we played Black Ops II's Zombies mode recently, we spent the majority of the time on fire, being eaten by zombies, or on fire while being eaten by zombies.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is upon us, and in its multiplayer arsenal of near-future guns are some good matches for your favourite weapons from Modern Warfare 3.
So if, like us, you fear change and want to make the transition from Modern Warfare 3 to Black Ops II multiplayer with the closest match to the ACR, SCAR-L, UMP45, MK-14, TYPE 95, STRIKER or MP7, you've come to the right video. Watch on for their nearest equivalents in Black Ops II, plus a few tips on the new attachments and wildcards.
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