Cod Black Ops IIII Is Going Barebones
Now if you are a fan of Call of Duty Black Ops IIII you are already aware of the Operation Grand Heist event that is happening. It looks like it is going to be a ton of fun and I love how the folks at Treyarch are clearly having a lot of fun with it.
One thing that took me by surprise was the announcement of a new playlist that is going to be part of the Operation Grand Heist Call of Duty Black Ops IIII event. Actually, it was a buddy of mine who asked me what I thought about it and I had no clue it was even a thing!
Anyway, this new playlist is called Barebones and it is called that for a reason. Specialists will not be able to use any kind of special moves in this attack. I think that you can still pick your favorite, but they will just play as a regular character.
They have also said that this playlist is going to feature “classic gameplay” they have (as I write this) not gone into much detail about what they mean by classic gameplay, but it is something I am very interested to find more about. They have also not revealed when this Barebones Playlist is going to be added to Black Ops IIII.
Right now fans are speculating what gameplay changes could be made. Perhaps it is going to be something to do with the scorestreaks? Maybe they will let us pick what kind of older COD game we play? That would be awesome as I do actually miss the boost jump.
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What Is Happening With Gears of War 5
There are two series (well three if you count Forza) that make having an Xbox an essential purchase for me. Those are first of all, Halo and then Gears of War. I could not be any more invested in the lore of Gears of War.
It is kind of amazing when you think about it. On the surface Gears of War looks like a generic, over the top, macho, meathead shooter…… well it kind of is. However, the story is just so strong that you really do care about these characters. Dom’s death (sorry for the decade old spoiler) is still one of the most hard hitting things I have experienced in a game, it was brutal!
Gears of War 3 ended the story perfectly for me and I kind of did not want another game. Well, Gears of War 4 came and it was fantastic. The presentation was impeccable and it is one of the best looking games on the Xbox One. Amazingly though they introduced some new characters, but not at the expense of the old ones, they bridged the two incredibly well. It is very similar to what Star Wars episode 7 did.
Anyway, it feels like forever since we got that Gears of War 5 trailer and the information has been pretty much nonexistent since then! Gears of War 4 ended on a massive cliffhanger and I need to know what is happening. So far all we know for sure is that the game is, first of all, a direct sequel to Gears of War 4.
And we also know (well I think it is more of a hope) that Gears of War 5 will be released later in 2019. 2019 is still the date that is floating around and I really do hope that this makes it in time for the end of the year. I would assume that this is the big game Microsoft have in store for us this holiday season.
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Overwatch’s New Hero Is Baptiste
Overwatch really is the game that keeps on giving. They just dropped the full trailer for the brand new hero, Baptiste and as I write this if you are a PC Overwatch player you can test him out right now.
Baptiste has a really cool backstory in that he was a child who was made an orphan and homeless as a result of the Omnic Wars. He did what he had to do to survive including joining forces with the evil Talon. He grew up and realized this was wrong and that he could make the world a better place by doing the right thing. He really does sound quite heroic and I hope they explore his backstory in an event later this year.
As far as the way he plays, Baptiste is a support class character who is there to heal allies. While healing is his main thing he can also dish out some pretty good damage himself so I feel he could be a good character for people who are usually a little hesitant to play as a healer.
His special moves sound great and I have a feeling they might be a little too great. For example, his Regenerative Burst when activated releases a burst of energy that heals himself and nearby allies. What is cool about this is that once the burst hits a teammate they can then leave Baptiste’s side and they will keep on being healed.
The Immortality Field is something I can see getting changed. This ability creates a force field that he and his teammates can be inside of. When inside this field it is impossible to die! It lasts around 8 seconds, but this could become very handy and in the right hands with a person who knows how to actually use it, this ability could be what decides many matches.
His Ultimate is the Amplification Matrix. When he puts this up anything that goes through it is doubled. This means things like D Vas rockets will do even more damage. Also, it doubles the effects of healing items too.
I think that he looks like he is going to be a really fun character to play as and hopefully, it will not be too long until he appears on Xbox One and Ps4.
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Call Of Duty Black Ops IIII Addresses Loot Box Controversy
Call of Duty Black Ops IIII sneaked in some loot boxes recently in the form of their Reserve Crates. It was seen as a bit of a sleazy move by some and Treyarch were quick to point out that this was a “business decision” and something they had very little to do with. Hey, it is Activision so we should not have been shocked!
Anyway due to the huge negative outcry they went and made the way you get Reserve Crates a lot easier. The rate at which you can earn them has been slashed in half. It had been reported that you could have to play as much as two hours just to get one! Now though that has supposedly been cut in half.
Also before once, you got to level 100 in the Contraband Battle Pass System, you were out of luck as far as Reserve Crates went. Now though, you can keep earning them as you play. These are not groundbreaking, nor do they deserve a high five, a Pepsi and a Sub for doing this. However, at least they were quick to change once word got out that fans were not happy.
I think that Black Ops IIII is a great game, but even with these changes, their Reserve Crates are not something that I am going all out for. If I earn them as I play then so be it, but they will not get a single penny out of me for these and I hope that many other gamers act with their wallets too.
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What To Expect From Apex Legends Battle Pass
So far as I write this the only thing we know for sure about the Apex Legends Battle Pass is that it is coming. We know this thanks to the battle plan Respawn and EA posted online to showcase their plans for the first year of Apex Legends.
We know that the first season is starting in March. You would think that the Battle Pass could launch when this first season starts. There was a “leak” a week or so back that said Apex Legends would be following the Fortnite formula. By this, I mean that the Apex Legends Battle Pass will have two tiers for players to take part in.
There will be the free tier, but then there will be the paid tier and of course, it is up to the players if they want to pay to play or if they are cool just playing the game as a free to play game.
What will the Apex Legends Battle Pass contain? I think that the smart money is on Respawn trying to do a very similar thing to what Fortnite does. There is no point in them reinventing the wheel just for the sake of doing so. What Epic does with Fortnite works and it works well so I would expect to see a similar thing to that.
By that I mean things like skins, emotes and so on being given away for completing certain parts of the Battle Pass. With Apex Legend coming out swinging and really capturing people’s attention and with EA getting a lot of goodwill (for once) I could see them offering the Apex Legend Battle Pass for less than what Fortnite ask.
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Will We See A Battlefront III
For some reason, over the weekend I had a real hankering to play some Star Wars Battlefront II and you know what? I actually had a heck of a time!
I know that EA and Dice have taken a real beating because of Star Wars Battlefront II and the lackluster response to Battlefield V. However if it was not for all of EA’s greedy decisions I really do feel that Star Wars Battlefront II would have been very well received by the gaming public.
I thought the campaign was excellent and the multiplayer mode was great. Even if they did take out my favorite mode from the first game, Drop Zone. It was the horrible, horrible way they locked characters behind an unfair paywall and their loot boxes that drove people insane. I think before they made the changes it took something like 20 to 30 hours to unlock Darth Vader!
EA and Dice did rectify things, but by then the damage had been done. The bad press that they got was through the roof and many people thought that it was the end for their partnership with EA and let’s face it with the canceled Star Wars game hitting the news a while back and with Disney not being happy with the controversy it is easy to see why.
I live in hope that we do get a Star Wars Battlefront III. I really do think that EA is dumb enough to not learn from their mistakes. Battlefront II has some great groundwork and if they waited until 2020 when Episode 9 is done and dusted they could have elements from every single Star Wars movie in it.
Of course, you have to wonder if Disney would be on board with this and also what the reception would be when they first announced Star Wars Battlefront III.
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Head To Paris For Music Romance And Bullets In Overwatch
For me, Overwatch is one of the best games around when it comes to giving players more content and not asking for money in return. Well, just the other day their brand new map went live for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players after being on the PTR for PC players.
Blizzard has captured the feel of Paris (well in this universe anyway) very well and my favorite part of the map has to be the robot lounge singer. It is a very well designed map and it has the perfect blend of open areas as well as tight corridors and rooms where you can try and lure opposing players into an ambush.
While the robot lounge singer is my favorite looking part of the map. I really do love the courtyard section of the fancy house. There are so many areas that you can come and go here and every firefight that I have gotten into here has been a great deal of fun.
I think that the new Paris map is a great addition to Overwatch and I have already played quite a few games on it. I really do like the size of it. It is a good size where it is not so large that when you die you spawn ten miles away from the action, but it is not too small where you get on top of your teammates and get in the way.
My only little complaint is that it would have been awesome if they made a stereotypical French skin for each of the heroes!
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