Good Cop – Call of Duty Ghosts Review
Nov06

Good Cop – Call of Duty Ghosts Review

Ghost’s campaign dispenses with the formalities that previous iterations have sometimes entertained.  There is no real buildup to the ass-kicking – Hesh and Logan drop in as (former) brothers (now the dynamic duo) to save America from…South America.  The two have an uber-badass dad who happens to also be the local military commander and a dog smarter than Peabody.  How about that for exposition? The plot is a calculated tee-up for the...

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Bad Cop – Call of Duty: Ghosts Review
Nov06

Bad Cop – Call of Duty: Ghosts Review

20 years from now, when Call of Duty is a faint memory, their community will (try their best to) reflect.  They will say: “Remember CoD BO2?”  “Oh yeah, that was the one with those crazy flashbacks.”  “Remember World at War?” “Ah, the original Zombies mode.” “Remember the original Modern Warfare?”  “Who could forget the dawn of tea-bagging???” What will they say of Ghosts?  Will they remember that the usually robust community was...

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The $125 Million Dollar Teabag
Oct28

The $125 Million Dollar Teabag

The final slate of Call of Duty commercials explicitly embodies everything about the game we all know and love.  That’s not surprising, right?  Isn’t that what advertising does? But never has an ad campaign contained such a rich subtext that expertly speaks to every facet of a title’s intangibles.  Let’s start with the obvious: the online community is possibly the basest, most embarrassing subsection of the human population...

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2012 – Year of Half Baked RPG Elements
Jan02

2012 – Year of Half Baked RPG Elements

RPG infused [Fill in the Genre Here] has perhaps permanently gained dominance. In our augury last year we predicted that RPG’s proper were not on the decline in terms of quality per se but certainly becoming more rare.  The opposite is the case for games wanting to force leveling, character specialization, crafting, item hunting, grinding, open world exploration and all the other elements traditional RPG’s hold dear.  This is...

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Bad Cop: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review
Nov13

Bad Cop: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

BO2 is a special disappointment in that it was Activision’s clear chance to cap off their run on this console generation on a good note.  With a firm handle on the capabilities of this generation, this is the one I’d expect them to nail conceptually.  The next CoD will have the unfortunate task of debuting on six different consoles, this current gen and the next.  Does anyone think that’ll finally be the one they rip the playbook open...

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