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All Articles: Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified
Yesterday was Tuesday, and as always, Sony has posted this week’s update to the PlayStation Store for your shopping pleasure. Here’s what PS3 and Vita players can look forward to this week:
The Vita-exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified leads this week’s new releases. Activision’s portable military shooter is joined by Colors!, a new painting app for your Vita.
There are two new additions to the PS3 side of things: Namco Bandai’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and an ala carte version of SingStar. Players who want to brush up on their karaoke skills can download the free SingStar client (which includes several demo songs) and then fill their hard drives with only the songs they want.
Finally, a pair of PSN titles round out this week’s batch of new releases. Wicked Monster Blast! HD is a shooting gallery for your PlayStation Move controller (though it also works with a DualShock 3) and Planets Under Attack is a strategy game that features intergalactic warfare. Take that, Call of Duty!
It’s the second week of November and that means that Activision is finally ready to release Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. A Vita-exclusive spinoff, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, will also be available in stores this week.
If the future warfare of the biggest first person shooter series on the planet doesn’t sway you, there are plenty of other family-friendly options this week including Lego Lord of the Rings (PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS), Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS), and Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3).
And if you’re looking for something as far removed from Call of Duty as possible, might I suggest the Midway Arcade Origins compilation for the PS3 and Xbox 360. It contains over 30 games, including classics such as Rampage, Joust, and Smash TV, which was cruelly pulled from the Xbox Live Arcade a few years back and is now available on HD systems once again.
Even more new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
I think the entire world assumed that the Vita-exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified would launch in close proximity to Call of Duty: Black Ops II, but Dan Amrich, Activision’s Community Manager, has confirmed they’ll be available on the same day.
Amrich announced the November 13 release date on his blog, One of Swords. He also revealed that Declassified will come with a voucher for a downloadable copy of Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, a PSP-exclusive entry in the series that was released back in 2007.
For now, this offer will only apply to North American copies of Declassified. Amrich is hopeful the same voucher will be included with European copies of the game, but as of today, all bonus content for Europe is still being finalized.
It’s time for PlayStation Vita owners to get excited: Call of Duty is coming for you. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, a Vita exclusive, is set to bridge the gap between the stories of Call of Duty: Black Ops (there was a story there?) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It’s got “familiar elements like Create-a-Class, Perks, Prestige Levels, and of course, dual analog stick controls,” according to the PlayStation Blog.
It wouldn’t be a CoD game without multiplayer: Declassified’s “multiplayer game modes include 4v4 Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Drop Zone,” according to Neven Dravinski, the game’s producer at Activision, who says there will also be other modes.
Not only that, there’s also some touchscreen integration as well. You’ll be able to make melee attacks and throw grenades using the touchscreen, as well as use Near technology to share your loadouts with other players.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is due out this November. If you haven’t picked up your Vita yet, you might want to start saving up for one.
Sony gave gamers their first taste of Call of Duty on the Vita during this year’s E3 Expo when they announced the game’s full title, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. But for those of you looking for more than the name, a product listing on Walmart.com has revealed a few more details on the game. For example, apparently, Declassified is being designed as an original game within the Call of Duty fiction with an “all-new campaign.” It’ll also include “multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita.”
Here’s the full product description:
Before the future could be won, history had to be written. Exposing that story exclusively on PlayStation Vita, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified explores original fiction in the Call of Duty Black Ops universe with an all-new campaign of Special Ops missions. Optimized for gamers on-the-go, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified delivers the most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date, including both Special Ops Story mode and multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita.
Official announcements? We don’t need no stinking official announcements!
All the muscle of a first-person shooter will be coming to a handheld with this Fall with Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Not only that, but Assassin’s Creed: Liberation will also be coming to the Vita as well. Activision and Ubisoft have been busy little bees.
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation will have a female assassin (whoa!), and the game can be linked with Assassin’s Creed III for exclusive downloadable content. The game will be out on October 30th, and there will be a white Vita bundle coming out as well.
One of the first games Sony announced for the Vita was Call of Duty, and it looks like we’ll see it soonger rather than later. Guy Longworth, Sony’s Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing, recently had a chat with Geoff Keighley of Game Trailers. During a discussion of the Vita’s upcoming games (at the 4:00 mark in the video above), Longworth revealed that Call of Duty Vita will be released this Fall:
“In the Autumn, [my kids] are really looking forward to Call of Duty on Vita, and that’s going to be an absolute game changer for the platform.”
Sadly, Longworth wouldn’t get specific about which Call of Duty game will appear on the handheld. So it could be something we’ve seen before like Modern Warfare 3 or it could be an original CoD game built from the ground up for the Vita. Or, it could be a handheld port of this Fall’s Call of Duty 9 (which is expected to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2).
So that’s what we know. A Call of Duty game will appear on the Vita this Fall. When you stop to think about it, that’s exactly news.