Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — Operation Apocalypse Z Released

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is about to go all in with the zombies with the new game update, Operation Apocalypse Z.

The new update has tons of content including the zombies story mode as the Aether story continues in “Alpha Omega”.

Following the events of “Classified” and “Blood of the Dead”, the Primis and Ultimis crews travel to a secret Broken Arrow facility at Nuketown. This gameplay space, which is 400% larger than “Nuketown Zombies”, features both familiar nostalgia and new elements. As the Aether story heads toward an epic conclusion, “Alpha Omega” works to unravel the mysteries of the beginning and the end.

Besides that there are updates to the multiplayer aspect with new maps being added to the game and new in-game items.

Multiplayer

  • New Specialist: Reaper
  • New Game Mode: Sticks & Stones
  • New Maps (Black Ops Pass):
    • Der Schatten
    • Remnant
    • Havana (Black Ops Flashback)
  • New Alt Map: Jungle Flooded

Blackout

  • New Map Updates:
    • The Haunting Fog – An apocalyptic transformation to the main map.
    • Alcatraz: Nightfall – The prison island under the cover of darkness.
  • New Game Modes
    • Quads Fog – A limited-time Quads playlist where cloudy skies hang over an ominous fog.
    • Alcatraz Portals Horde – An Alcatraz game mode with more Zombies enemy types that spawn throughout the map.
    • New Playable Characters:
      • M. Shadows
      • Russman
      • Danny Trejo

Black Market

  • 40 new Contraband stream Tiers
  • Zombies-themed Specialist outfits
  • New Mastercrafts and MKII Weapons
  • Earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe
  • + More

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Black Ops 4 Has The Biggest Launch Day Numbers In Call of Duty History

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been the biggest day one digital release in Activision history, as announced by the company, breaking the previous franchise record set by Call of Duty: WWII in 2017.

In an announcement made by the company, they further stated that Black Ops 4 also set a new PlayStation record for day one digital games on the PSN Store and, became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one worldwide. While both consoles faired well, the PC community also loved the game which was evident from the fact that Black Ops 4 sold more than double the launch day sales of CoD: WWII even though this was their first ever release in Blizzard’s Battle.net platform.

Black Ops 4 is an incredible game, and the community’s response to it has been amazing. We have shattered multiple digital day one sales records, and the number of people who connected online on day one to play has grown year on year,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “But probably the most important thing is that the community is having so much fun across Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout. We are so incredibly thankful for the community’s trust and support. This is just the beginning, it’s going to be an incredible journey with Black Ops 4.”

Black Ops 4 was received quite positively during its beta and this holds true even after the launch of the game. This is the first game in the series without a proper single player campaign and is focused more on the other aspects of the game like the multiplayer and the new Battle Royale mode.

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Top 5 Upcoming Games of the Month – October 2018

Last month was filled with some great game releases, from Marvel’s Spider-Man to FIFA 19. And if you think that the train is about to slow down, well, think again. October is here, slapping us in the face with some more highly anticipated titles. Like always, we’re here with a quick round-up of the biggest games coming out this month.

1. Forza Horizon 4

  • Release Date: October 2
  • Platforms: Xbox One, Windows PC


Delhi streets may not let us drive in peace, but thankfully, we have Forza Horizon 4 to save us. For the first time in the racing genre, you can experience dynamic seasons as you drive around with friends (or foes) in a shared open world. There are over 450 cars to collect and some breathtaking Britain views just waiting to be explored. The game drops on October 2 and is available for the Xbox one and the Windows PC via Xbox Play Anywhere.

2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Release Date: October 5
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC

From the sprawling deserts of Egypt to larger-than-life Greek statues (and their private parts, apparently), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the 11th major title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It is set 400 years prior to Origins, where you get to play as a mercenary, exploring Ancient Greece as you fight your way to glory. Contrary to the previous games, Odyssey has a greater emphasis on RPG elements, with choice-driven gameplay and multiple endings. The game will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on 5th October.

3. WWE 2K19

  • Release Date: October 9
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC

Everyone’s favourite wrestling game is back, this time with AJ Styles on the cover. New and improved animations, and even better graphics with some crazy extensive character creation options – it’s all there. While you’re not busy Royal Rumbling with your friends, you can slam and whack your opponents in MyCareer, the game’s original story mode voiced by the real WWE Superstars. WWE 2K19 will be released on 9th October for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, though you can pre-order the Deluxe Edition and get early access on 5th October.

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • Release Date: October 12
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC

Getting in on the battle royale action, Black Ops 4 is the latest entry in what used to be the greatest FPS series, once upon a time. Unlike the previous titles in the series, the game will be ditching a single player campaign and focus more on the multiplayer and battle royale. The good thing, however, is that we tried the Blackout beta in September, and it looks promising. Black Ops 4 will be out on October 12 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC

5. Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Release Date: October 26
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Eight years after the first game, and 5 years after GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally coming out this month. Like its GTA counterpart, the game will have an online multiplayer component, that lets you play either cooperatively or competitively with the community. The PS4 download size is a whopping 105GB, so those with a 500GB model, it’s time to say RIP. The game will have a huge map and over 200 animals that you can hunt. Oh, and shrinking horse testicles! That’s right people, we’ve reached a whole new level of realism in video games. Red Dead Redemption will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Free for PS4 With Pre-Order of Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony has a tie-up with Activision to help push sales of the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ3 mobile phone in Europe. Pre-ordering the phone gives you a digital code for Call of Duty Black Ops 4 free of cost for the PlayStation 4.

As seen on the Sony Mobile blog post, this seems to be only available to residents of the UK and Ireland and lasts till 5th October 2018 which is the day the phone releases. You cannot just pre-order the phone and then cancel it to get the code, there is a verification process that takes place. “After receiving your new Xperia XZ3 enter the requested details in the form below. You will need your new Xperia XZ3, the box with the EAN number and the device’s IMEI code to complete this step.”

Redemption for the digital download will start on Friday 28th September. This seems specific to those countries for now and is an interesting move on Sony’s part to get people to pre-order the phone as it gives them an extra incentive in the form of a $60 AAA video game for free.

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Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout Kill PUBG?

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode, Blackout, had its Beta Open a few days back which let players get a feel of this new battle royale mode. With a lot of praise from CoD fans and Battle Royale game fans alike, did this Beta in any way disrupt the king of Battle Royale games, PUBG?

The Blackout Beta wowed many players due to its fast-paced arcade action which has been the signature for Call of Duty games and because of how well it incorporated the various game mechanics into the Battle Royale game mode. While the Beta certainly helped boost pre-order sales and maybe even helped those on the edge about purchasing the game make a decision, there were many who jumped aboard the hype train. Those people who did were quick to state that this game would be the one to bring down PUBG and Fortnite and become one of the most played Battle Royale games on the market.

While this isn’t much to go off of, we have the SteamSpy graph to help us see if the Blackout Beta lowered PUBG’s active player count and it’s usual daily player count. As seen from the graph, there didn’t seem to be any disruption and PUBG’s concurrent peak players crossed 1 million players every day of the Blackout Beta. Another thing to note is that the Blackout will come with Black Ops 4 so to play Blackout you’ll have to shell out $60 or the regional equivalence to play it which could mean a lower player-count than the Open beta which is free for everyone.

This is specific to the PC platform though and chances are that the console versions will fare better since the PS4 doesn’t have PUBG and will go up against Fortnite while the Xbox One version should have more players due to the unstable performance of PUBG on that console.

It is going to be very interesting to see how each Battle Royale faired at the end of the year since Blackout, Firestorm, and Ring of Elysium will have been out by then.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Might Flop Due To Crowded Release Window

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the finale of Lara Croft’s trilogy of how she becomes the infamous Tomb Raider and is slated to release on 14th September. While the game does look great, will it be overshadowed because of the releases surrounding it? Let’s take a look and find out.

Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 released on September 7th to widespread critical acclaim with many calling it the best superhero game to date, a game even better than the games from the Arkham series. The game has been out for a week and players are still hooked onto it because it has so many things to offer. From side quests to the extremely fun picture mode, this game has PlayStation users singing praises of Insomniac Games’ masterpiece.

But here’s the thing, this phenomenal game is only available on the PlayStation 4 unlike Shadow of the Tomb Raider which will be available on all major platforms. However, those who have spent $60 to buy Spider-Man won’t be so excited to pick up Shadow of the Tomb Raider and might wait for a sale, later on, to pick it up.

Sports titles like NFL and FIFA are going to come out in the coming two weeks and they have a very loyal fan base who would prefer those games to any other AAA titles most of the time. NBA 2K19 is already out and you’ve got even more competition for SOTR. While they aren’t similar titles in any way, they’re competing for the Player’s attention and money.

And as September ends with the release of Life of Strange 2, a sequel awaited by all those who’ve played the original game, September just feels way too packed with either release of a yearly series or a game that people have been waiting for quite a while. October rolls in and so does Forza Horizon 4 also launches on 2nd October but racing games, especially ones like Forza are usually bought by fans of the series or of racing games in particular so I don’t see it affecting things much. The big first release of October though is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on 5th October and this game is an odd one because it changes a lot of things and brings a lot of series firsts in terms of gameplay and story and since it is part of an established long-running series of games, there’s no way this game is not going to be bought by a huge amount of gamers. Now rolls in a period of about a week after which releases, Call of Duty Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty games always do well and this is surely going to do well because this game also has a lot of new changes and fresh ideas that players have been wanting for a while. Then comes the two weeks during which I feel SOTR could do amazing if it were to even go on a slight sale because people are anticipating Red Dead Redemption 2 and since PC players won’t be getting this game at the moment, it seems like the perfect time to help boost sales for SOTR because once 26th October rolls around, everyone will just be talking about Red Dead Redemption 2. Whether it’s going to be positive or negative talk is yet to be seen but it’s going to be what everyone will be buying and playing.

November starts off slow but picks up with Hitman 2 and Spyro Reignited on 13th November and Fallout 76 on 14th November. The next big release is on 20th of November with Battlefield V. Battlefield V was initially slated to release on 19th October but was pushed to 20th November later which seems like a good move since it is a relatively calmer period for game releases and it won’t be competing with RDR2 or CoD Black Ops 4 for sales in a jam-packed October.

We’ve been spoilt with a bunch of great releases in Q4 of 2018 but SOTR seems to be in a weird place. It releases at the start Q4 but during a very competitive period which could mean bad initial commercial success even if the game is good. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is playable now for those with the Croft Edition of the game and while there seems to be a lot of positive news about the game, it’s release date could hamper its commercial success.  It is going to be interesting to see how this quarter of the year plays out in terms of sales and how games fair commercially.

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