Archive for the ‘Games’ Category
What do you do with an IP that prints money and a gameplay formula that works best with a light touch? Well, you slather it with high quality visuals, fancy new toys, sticky drama, and kick the whole thing into the future. Yes, the gritty future of cyborgs, high-level conspiracies, scary software, and of course, special ops. If you saw the latest story trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops III (due in stores November 6th), you’d be easily forgiven for scouring the footage for purple hair or a black trench coat. And if you don’t understand why, then buckle in. +Continue Reading
Big news for gamers who don’t like to board a ship until after its shakedown cruise: World of Warships officially launched this week after extensive beta testing. We visited St. Petersburg, Russia earlier this year for an extended advance look at the game which looks like the latest hit from Wargaming, the multiplayer online gaming titan that changed the industry with World of Tanks. +Continue Reading
World of Warships has launched its long-anticipated Open Beta just in time for the holiday weekend. Warships is the latest in Wargaming.net’s line of free-to-play military games that aim to combine historical accuracy with realistic gameplay: World of Tanks has been a worldwide phenomenon since 2010 and there’s been a lot of anticipation for this sequel.
We’ve got a lot to cover here: Wargaming hosted Military.com and a host of other journalists last May in St. Petersburg, Russia for an early look at the game during a visit to developer Lesta Studios. +Continue Reading
Wargaming America, the video game company behind World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition and World of Tanks Blitz has announced its support for National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) with plans to donate a part of the proceeds from its games this month to four military charities: AMVETS, Wounded Warriors Canada, National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation and Operation Supply Drop. +Continue Reading
The World of Tanks Grand Finals took over Warsaw, Poland this past weekend with a massively produced event designed to let Wargaming.net make a definitive statement about its eSports ambitions. I was on the scene for Military.com to check out the game and witness all the spectacle.
This was the game’s second international event and the eSports version of World of Tanks plays like a completely different game from the meticulous and strategic online game that made Wargaming’s name.
There are a lot of racing around, a lot of open-field brawling and very little of the considered, tactical maneuvering you’d expect from tank commander role-playing games. There was a lot of testosterone and players made thousands of maneuvers that would get you flunked out of war college. It was also awesome to experience in a way that could appeal to audience that doesn’t think it wants to watch other people playing video games. +Continue Reading
“The age of wearable technology” has officially taken over Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The reveal trailer (and the teaser for the reveal trailer) have finally been released and it’s clear that the latest Black Ops title will feature a near-future setting derived from modern day fears and anxieties about technology. As they say at Activision, “Lines are blurred between our own humanity and the cutting-edge military robotics that define the future of combat.”
We’ve written about World of Tanks before. The massive mulitplayer online PC video game is an international phenomenon with over 110 million registered players worldwide. Its free-to-play model helped make the game a cultural phenomenon in Russia, Germany and throughout Eastern Europe. They’ve also carved out a large following in Asia. Game creator Wargaming (founded in Belarus, now located in Cyprus) has successfully launched sequel World of Warplanes in 2013 and World of Warships is set to follow later this year, but World of Tanks is still their #1 property.
Wargaming will hold the World of Tanks Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland on April 25th and 26th. Twelve teams from around the globe will compete at Warsaw’s Expo XXI arena in front of a crowd of well over 12,000 people. That sounds like a big crowd, but the real action is online: over 4.3 million viewers watch the Grand Finals last year and Wargaming is expecting that number to grow this year. I’m traveling to Warsaw to check out the competition live and interview Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi about the future of the game. +Continue Reading
Ready for more Black Ops action? Treyarch keeps up the yearly pace with a new teaser for their latest title:Call of Duty: Black Ops III. With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare going through its DLC phase, this year will see the return of everyone’s favorite black ops group. The teaser for the trailer (embedded below) doesn’t provide many clues to what’s in store for fans, but the swirling, digital marquee of symbols and echoing dialogue ripped from previous Black Ops titles indicates a continuation of the tightly-woven narrative fans have come to expect over the years. The ominous ending soundbite (“the only thing holding us back is how far we are willing to go”) hints at a story that keeps up the tradition of moral complexity and dark government secrets. +Continue Reading
Here’s a fact: this weekend’s #1 sporting event for the under-30 set isn’t the NCAA basketball Elite Eight. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, with 32 teams competing for a $1 million prize pool. The winning squad takes home $400,000. +Continue Reading
By Travis McKnight
The first fiscal quarter of 2015 is drawing to a close, and that means video game publishers are ramping up their release schedule. It’s no secret that video games are expensive and time consuming, and the first quarter of the year is typically a bust. Most publishers save their best games for late Q2 and early Q3. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth playing this spring. Although everybody’s preferences are different, these five games are what I recommend diving into before summer releases swing into full force. +Continue Reading