Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Courgettes

This morning I have been documenting a fruit and vegetable market in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I think I was supposed to be rescuing a president or something but the shiny fruit looked more interesting. I don’t mean that as a sick burn or anything. I just got distracted by some nice fruit.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Gosh! Is it time for the annual “Activision have confirmed Call of Duty [official site] still exists and is still getting its annual instalment” post already? But it was only just Christmas! Where does the time go?

Anyhoodle: Activision have confirmed Infinity Ward are working on Call of Duty 2016 and it will be released in Q4 (it’s usually during the first half of November if you haven’t been keeping track).

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PC Gamer

The sky is blue, Half-Life 3 is not out and Call of Duty will get its 13th major instalment later this year. Publisher Activision confirmed the release today during an investor's call, and while we don't know what it's called or whether it'll have zombies, we do know that Infinity Ward will take the reins. The last game Infinity Ward turned in was Ghosts, but the studio is better known for the Modern Warfare sub-series.

There isn't much else to report from the investor's call: World of Warcraft is getting another expansion this year known as Legion, but we already knew that. A proper Destiny sequel is scheduled for 2017, and while studio Bungie has been recruiting for developers specializing in PC, it's yet to be seen whether it will hit our platform.

The last COD instalment, Black Ops 3, was a serviceable but mostly unremarkable entry. "The graphics get a little prettier, the story gets a little darker, and another Call of Duty counts time as we march together toward death," our optimistic reviewer Ian Birnbaum wrote

It's already looking like a busy 2016 for games: here's our exhaustive list of the most exciting titles set to launch this year. 

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Marsh Davies)

Fail Forward is series of videos all about the bits of games which don t quite work and why. In this episode, Marsh Davies discusses how Black Ops’ segue into sci-fi marks new mechanical innovation in the military shooter – and suggests how it could go even further.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

A very big house in the country

I am a very Modern Woman. And by that I mean I have only played Call of Duty [official site] campaigns from Modern Warfare 2 onwards. But this year, instead of picking up Black Ops 3 and despairing over the sheer number of gadgets and grenades I must remember, I went back to the very beginning (a very good place to start). I am working my way through the original Call of Duty.

Well, original-ish, it’s whatever the version of the 2003 game is on Steam right now.

I’m over halfway through the American campaign, having just taken out the German artillery at Br court Manor and couldn’t help remembering how Adam put that level as one of the best the franchise has ever managed:

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

A very big house in the country

I am a very Modern Woman. And by that I mean I have only played Call of Duty [official site] campaigns from Modern Warfare 2 onwards. But this year, instead of picking up Black Ops 3 and despairing over the sheer number of gadgets and grenades I must remember, I went back to the very beginning (a very good place to start). I am working my way through the original Call of Duty.

Well, original-ish, it’s whatever the version of the 2003 game is on Steam right now.

I’m over halfway through the American campaign, having just taken out the German artillery at Br court Manor and couldn’t help remembering how Adam put that level as one of the best the franchise has ever managed:

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] takes place in a future setting not quite close enough to describe as “near-future”. It’s somewhere in the middle distance, and while the concerns of military and intelligence organisations don’t appear to have changed very much, the cyber-modifications available to soldiers promise to make the battlefield a place of superpowered clashes between robots, humans, and operatives caught somewhere between the two. With an arm full of not-plasmids and a sniper scope at the ready, I plunged into the campaign.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] looks just about weird enough to be interesting. Whether it’s Jeff Goldblum’s zombie-splatting magician, the introduction of full-on Chaos powers or the general rocket-powered leap into a robo-soldier sci-fi future, BLOPS the Third does not appear to be constrained by reason. Of course, it may still be restrained by corridors but on the server and modding side we can expect some freedom. Treyarch have announced that modding and map-making will be coming to the game sometime next year.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Daniel Starkey)

JEFFFFFFF

Alright, so we’re not the sorts to post every Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] trailer, but we are> the sorts to post things with Jeff Goldblum in. We’ve known he’s going to be in Black Ops 3 since July, but now there’s a new trailer explaining the set up for why he, playing a magician, is going to be fighting alongside a boxer, an actress and a cop in its co-op Zombies campaign mode, Shadows of Evil. Watch it below.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Joe Donnelly)

As far as marketing stunts go, Activision’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] flurry on Twitter through the week was, how shall I put it, not very well thought out. Live-tweeting a fake-but-pretending-to-be-real crisis will turn heads, but what happened to simply showing off a trailer or dropping some screens? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. RPS: serving you, minus the hysteria.

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