‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’ Zombies Prompt Comments Regarding New COD Vita

The recently revealed “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” zombies have led to some interesting new revelations about the undead characters and an upcoming Sony PS Vita title. Unfortunately it appears these characters won’t be part of the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified” game.

Product DetailsWhile “Black Ops 2” zombies will be running amok weeks from now as gamers try to blast them or outlast them in various scenarios, it looks like another version of the game won’t use them. At the Playstation Lifestyle website, they have some recent comments that were made via tweet by Nihilistic. Unfortunately, it seems the comments indicate that the Vita’s “Call of Duty” game won’t be getting the zombie treatment. Nihilistic tweeted:

“Only Activision and Sony have the power to greenlight Zombies mode for CoD Vita. We would love to do it if they ask. But its not our call.”

So unfortunately owners of the Sony’s newest handheld video game system won’t get to play against zombies when the “Declassified” title hits. The game will cover various special-ops missions for gamers to play out, either on their own, or in Multiplayer combat modes online. The new game is expected to arrive on December 31, 2013, which is quite a wait from now, but at least fans won’t be misled into thinking they’ll be getting any zombie modes in this new game.

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Black Ops Declassified bundle copy is digital

That 4GB Memory Card might not go as far as you thought it did.

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Sony’s official PlayStation Vita Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified bundle will include a voucher to download a digital copy of Nihilistic’s upcoming FPS, not a physical copy, it has emerged.

The bundle was previously listed as containing a PS Vita Wi-Fi System, a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, and a 4GB Memory Card.

And it still does, but you’ll have to download that copy onto that 4GB Memory Card.

If you’re planning on buying other games, too, like, oh I don’t know, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, you’ll likely have to upgrade that stick.

Retail PlayStation Vita games tend to be fairly large in size. A digital copy of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, for example, required 2777MB.

It’s not yet known how much space a digital copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will require.

If you do opt for the bundle, though, you’ll also get a Black Ops Declassified case and your Vita will have a Black Ops Declassified decal on its rear touchpad.

A price or release date for the bundle has yet to be confirmed by Sony, but HMV has it available to pre-order for £247.99.


Treyarch Not Helping Develop ‘Black Ops: Declassified’ for Vita

Treyarch Not Developing Black Ops Declassified

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified will mark the first time a Call of Duty title has been developed specifically for Sony’s new Vita handheld. While the title itself is meant to bridge the gap between the first and second Black Ops games, it will be a completely new undertaking for developer Nihilistic Software.

Nihilistic is no stranger to Vita games, though; they most recently released a handheld entry in the Resistance franchise, Burning Skies. Unfortunately that title didn’t live up to its console predecessors’ legacy, and now has given Call of Duty fans pause about Nihilistic bringing the hugely popular franchise to the handheld market.

One of the major factors that could have assuaged fan fears about Black Ops: Declassified on the Vita not being a meaningless port was the presence of developer Treyarch on the project. Unfortunately, since the developer is already busy putting the finishing touches on Black Ops 2, which releases in mid-November, they won’t be helping out on Declassified‘s development.

Treyarch’s Communications Manager John Rafacz, when asked point blank about his studio’s involvement with the game, revealed, “[they] have not been involved with the Vita version.”

While not an obvious indication of the quality of Black Ops: Declassified, the lack of input from Treyarch leaves us unsure about its success in the long run. CVG, who spoke with John Rafacz about Treyarch’s involvement, even surmised that COD publisher Activision might not be involved with putting out this Vita title, but Activision has since refuted that rumor.

Activision will be the publisher on Black Ops: Declassified, but they have established a partnership with Sony to bundle the game and a Vita handheld together. Two of our major criticisms of the Vita thus far have been its price and lack of content, so by combining this game and the Vita into one (hopefully) affordable bundle, Sony does have a chance at moving a lot more consoles than they would otherwise.

Furthermore titles like Assassins Creed 3: Liberation, which features its own white Vita bundle, can help increase gamer interest in the handheld, birthed by the enthusiasm for a triple-A franchise. Whether or not Black Ops: Declassified will be any good is yet to be determined, but it will surely help boost Vita sales in November.

How do you feel about Treyarch not being involved with Black Ops: Declassified? Will you be picking up the game, and potentially a Vita?

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified releases in November on the PS Vita.

Source: CVG

Sony pushes Vita, publishers prepare for holiday season

In the absence of Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony was given a clear stage to impress with the generous PlayStation Plus subscription service and handheld Vita at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

Old favorite LittleBigPlanet, new touch-based title Tearaway, and shooters Killzone: Mercenary and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified amply demonstrated Sony’s plan to present Vita’s games line-up as a combination of innovative, exclusive ideas, and traditional action fare.

The subscription-based PlayStation Plus scheme was expanded to encompass the Vita, and the Cross Buy program that bundles Vita versions with PlayStation 3 games was fleshed out.

There were decent showings from the big third-party publishers such as Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.

Ubisoft continued to intruige with the Wii U survival game ZombiU and free-to-play iterations in the historical city building series Anno, the Battleship-writ-large of Silent Hunter Online, and fantasy franchise Might & Magic. Just Dance 4 was on the show floor, Rayman Legends was slick as ever, but Ubi’s star player was Assassin’s Creed III, with some visitors willing to queue up to five hours for a go on the October release.

Electronic Arts‘s Need for Speed: Most Wanted looked like a solid bet for some end-of-year motoring entertainment this November, SimCity‘s shaping up nicely for February 2013, and there are a good number of shooters in the works and on display: Medal of Honor: Warfighter for October, then Dead Space 3, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel and Crysis 3 in 2013. And then there were this year’s sports titles in FIFA 13 and NHL 13, both of which have a considerable number of European teams.

Prominent no-shows during Gamescom week were the Wii U and a new Monster Hunter game, at a time when even the supposedly absent Microsoft managed to sneak in for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer reveal.

Though Nintendo wasn’t present, rumors had indicated it would ambush the event with a price and release date for the Wii U that would spark a rush of pre-orders. That information may now come during its annual media briefing held near the Tokyo Games Show, September 20-23.

Likewise, an enthusiastic pre-show update from the Capcom blog had led many to believe that a new Monster Hunter title was about to be announced — further news has now been promised before the end of 2012.

PlayStation’s Gamescom presentation: youtu.be/4bBaSYPP2jk
EA’s Gamescom site: ea.com/gamescom
Select Ubisoft Gamescom trailers: Just Dance 4 (youtu.be/xV4WakL2n3s), ZombiU (youtu.be/EAz48VvPAmM), Anno Online (youtu.be/KE_OqFIrhGA), Rayman Legends (youtu.be/FKGXtm02zBE)

Black Ops Declassified for PS Vita Reveal Next Week

Activision and Sony will finally reveal more about Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified at Gamescom next week.

At E3, all the two firms offered up was a logo – yet the clock is ticking on a game that is not only out in a matter of months, but hugely important to the health of SCE’s burgeoning portable games platform.

“You can really expect us to deliver a true Call of Duty experience,” Michael Sportouch, Activision’s European VP and GM of the Santa Monica business unit, told MCV.

“We are really excited about the opportunities that the Vita could offer us in terms of connecting with a new audience.”


‘Modern Warfare 3′ Player Loses Consciousness

Call of Duty brings out the worst in people. Despite its annually world-record breaking sales numbers and online play records, the franchise continues to split gamers down the middle. It’s arguably the most trolled entertainment franchise every, but also one of the most in-demand and addicting.

When Black Ops came out, GameStop employees were robbed at gunpoint for some copies. When Modern Warfare 3 came out a year later, armed gunmen robbed a delivery truck in France carrying copies of the game. They do this because the games are that popular and that valuable pre-release. The proof is in the pudding. Take for instance, this one kid who played the game for so many consecutive hours his body shut down.

According to WCMH-TV, 15 year-old Tyler Rigby was taken to the hospital earlier this week for dehydration where he was pumped with fluids. The cause? (Spawn) Camping out in his bedroom for four straight days playing Modern Warfare 3. According to his aunt:
“It’s like he was looking at me but he wasn’t there. It was like he was looking through me. We were talking and I heard a thump and I looked over and he just fell.”

I can’t imagine he was doing that well at the game if he wasn’t even providing his body with the required nutrition. Video games are fun but you’re doing it wrong and losing at the game of life if it takes priority over life’s necessities. Take a break.

Unfortunately for Tyler and his video game passion, he’s going to be forced to going forward since his family is taking away his Xbox. Will that cure the addiction? With Black Ops 2 coming in a few months, hopefully Tyler can ween back to a healthy level of gaming so he can step into the franchise’s take on the future. In all seriousness, we’re happy Tyler’s recovering and we hope this is an isolated incident.