I know it has been a long time since I last posted and I’m sorry about that. The time I had away from writing actually gave me this (hopefully) great idea for the blog. The idea is that I see what is happening in the World of Xbox Live and I tell you guys about it. It doesn’t seem like a bad idea, but we shall see how it is received by people. Even if the people don’t like it, I will still post. I don’t care about the views or the reception my things get. As long as one person is happy, that makes me want to write more and more. Enough of the chit-chat, let’s get on with this week’s news!
On the 2nd of July there will be a new Map Pack out for all the Call of Duty fans around the World. Activision and Treyarch announced their third DLC (Vengeance) towards the end of last month. Like always there will be four multiplayer maps and one Zombie map. The four multiplayer maps are as follows:
Cove is set on a small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The players will be able to battle it out amongst the wreckage of a jet which crash-landed during a smuggling operation. The layout o the map itself looks a little bit like Crisis from the first Black Ops title. It seems like it will be a wide open map with little-to- no cover. The only thing which you will be able to hide behind is the tall rocks which are scattered about around the map and the crashed jet. This looks like a map which would be good for Search and Destroy and maybe Domination. Well I can show you a video of this map. This is brought to you by the wonderful people at Charlieintel.com who managed to get their hands on this map pack before release. (Cove Gameplay).
Detour takes place on a destroyed suspension bridge above the East Coast. Players will be able to fight amongst the scattered vehicles, exposed iron and the collapsed pavement. Don’t be fooled by the simplistic look of this map. It may look like just a bridge but it has so much more surrounding all the debris. You can actually get just underneath the bridge, where a walkway will take you to each side of the falling bridge. This allows you to flank the enemy without them even noticing you. On the outside of the bridge are a couple of pipelines which you will be able to walk across; but watch out for the lengthy drop if anything goes wrong. This map looks like it would be great for any game mode. The only thing is that you will see many spawn changes and the enemy team will probably try and sit on the edge of your spawn point. Hopefully Treyarch will patch these bad spawn points over the coming months. More gameplay from Charlie intel: (Detour Gameplay).
Rush is set on a paintball course in Georgia, USA. This map will need you to keep your eyes open at all times with it’s fast paced, close quarters action. If you lose concentration for a second you could end up lying face down in a pool of paint. Players will notice straight away that this map isn’t the biggest map on the game. I could only compare this map to a wider version of Nuketown. Whereas Nuketown is like a rectangle; this is more squared. Just think of Rust from MW2 and you will understand what I mean. This map has many run paths on both sides of the map, and it also has enough buildings for anybody to get into. You can’t let your guard down for a second with all the vantage points on this map. If you want to see more of this map, here is another great video by the lovely people at Charlie Intel: (Rush Gameplay)
Uplink takes place high up in the Myanmar mountains, above a hi-tech facility. We already know a lot about this map, considering it is a re-imagined adaption of the (apparent) fan-favourite of the Call of Duty: Black Ops map Summit. Summit was a winter based map in the first Black Ops multiplayer as we know. This time Uplink is a jungle based map during a downpour. Another video by the guys at Charlie Intel: (Uplink Gameplay)
Players will be challenged to face their deepest fears, trapped inside a long-forgotten subterranean Old West mining town infested with swarms of the undead. Each time Treyarch announce a new map pack, they always have something special in store for us. Out of all of the maps, this is the one I always look forward to the most. The team behind the story always gives us something to go after in these maps. We can either survive until we can’t go anymore, or we can solve the mystery of the map. This is one of the amazing things that Treyarch do. There will be a new perk, a new grenade and a few new weapons. One of the aspects I like about this map is that you have to acquire the chalk for the weapons. I assume you draw the weapons on any of the question marks on the wall. Here is some gameplay: (Buried Gameplay).
The Vengeance map pack will also bring 10 achievements to the game. Here they are:
- Mined Games: In Buried, be their pawn. (75G)
- Ectoplasmic Residue: In Buried, acquire a perk for free. (15G)
- I’m Your Huckleberry: In Buried, access all areas with the help of your new friend in one game. (25G)
- Death From Below: In Buried, drop the beat on 10 zombies in one game. (10G)
- Candygram: In Buried, make a candy delivery. (10G)
- Awaken The Gazebo: In Buried, Pack-a-Punch a weapon during round 1 with no one using the bank or Weapon Locker. (30G)
- Revisionist Historian: In Buried, rewrite history. (10G)
- Mazed and Confused: In Buried, survive an entire round within the maze on round 20 or higher. (35G)
- FSIRT Against The Wall: In Buried, purchase the LSAT off the wall and Pack-a-Punch it. (20G)
- When The Revolution Comes: In Buried, return to processing. (20G)
Microsoft announced at E3 2013 that they would be giving away 2 free games each month. This is to contend with what Sony do with PSN+. The first game will be coming out on the 1st of each month, whereas the 2nd game will be released on the 16th of each month. Microsoft revealed (without mentioning when) that we would be receiving Halo 3 and Assassins Creed 2 for free during this promotion. However, Microsoft gave us Fable 3 as June’s first free game. If you haven’t picked it up, go and do it now. It is a fantastic game and for free, it’s pretty much like robbery (on our part) for such a well developed game. The first game this month we are getting for free is a little arcade game known as Defense Grid: The Awakening. I have seen a lot of people complain about this. People say things like: “It’s a slap in the face to the gamers”. Well, I for one will never turn down a free game. It is not a slap in the face, it is a gift. Would you rather pay 800msp for a game like this or have it for free? I think we will all go with the latter. Yes, I have never heard about this game until now but since finding out about it, I have heard great things. It’s one of those tower defense games which is like a drug. You become addicted and before you know it, it’s weekend and you have been up for 5 days (not literally). So don’t complain about free stuff. Just take it as it comes. I know Sony give away amazing games but they have been doing this for a while now, whereas Microsoft have only just started. Give them time and I guarantee we will see some Double A title games in the marketplace up for grabs.
Through July 1st – July 8th we don’t have many game releases on Xbox, but we do have a few! On Wednesday (3rd) we have a game called Scourge: Outbreak being released Worldwide. A lot of game companies nowadays are jumping on the Zombie bandwagon, but I’m not going to be the one to complain about this. Zombies are freakin’ awesome! Scourge: Outbreak has been developed by a company known as Tragnarion Studios and published by Bitbox Games. Here is what the website has to say about the game:
“Set in the near future, Scourge: Outbreak throws you into the boots of Echo Squad, an elite group of mercenaries hired by The Tarn Initiative to deal a decisive blow against the power-hungry Nogari Corporation. Your mission: First, to locate and rescue Dr Reisbeck, Tarn’s double-agent inside Nogari; Second, to recover a piece of the meteorite fragment that Nogari has used to develop Ambrosia, the powerful new synthetic energy source with which they now control the world.”
Here are some of the features which are included in this game:
- Up to 4-Player Co-op Campaign with 6+ hours of gameplay
- 4 Playable Characters, each with different weapon handling stats and a distinct combination of Special Abilities
- Unique Flashbacks per playable character, showing you critical past events that shed a new light on your predicament…
- XP system to track your experience and unlock powerful gameplay rewards in Campaign AND Multiplayer
- Squad AI for groups with less than 4 Players
- Quick-Order-System (QOS) for rapid deployment of Squad-members
- 9 Weapons, plus multiple variants of each to suit your playing style
- Up to 8 Players in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture-The-Flag multiplayer Versus modes in 5 action-packed maps!
- Leaderboards for competing with friends and other Players around the world!
- Challenging Achievements and Trophies to unlock on all platforms
All-in-all this game looks like a ton of fun. It will only be 800MSP and it will be released on the 3rd of July on the Xbox Live Arcade, PSN and Steam. If you are into these types of games, I would suggest taking a look at it. Download the trial and make your mind up through your own experience.
On Friday (5th) we have a game being released in Europe known as Dark. This has been described as a stealth action game with RPG elements. This game allows you to play as one of the evil, bloodthirsty creatures you could ever imagine – a vampire! This game allows you to have all the abilities that a vampire inherits, which means that you can stalk your enemies before taking them down and then dispatching their bodies like nothing even happened. The story immerses you in a World full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time. Over time you will be able to improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you during the thrilling story.
Dark has been developed by a company known as Realmforge Studios and published by Kalypso Media. For more information about Dark, visit the website here: (Dark)
That is it for this week for the World of Xbox! I thought I would try something new this week and I hope you all enjoy what I have done. I will always keep you up to date with the latest news in the Xbox World. I will be posting again next week about the wonderful World of gaming.