Snoop Dogg Featured In New COD: Ghosts Voice Pack

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Snoop Dog is back.

The rapper/reggae artist will be part of Activision’s new upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts Voice pack. He will be the announcer for the first of the new COD: Ghosts voice packs. He actually narrates the various scenes through which players make their way in the voice packs. He will even keep track of kill streaks and alert players to enemies as he narrates the game in the new voice pack.

The new Snoop Dogg voice pack and other customizations are all available now for Xbox Live. A release date for its availability on other platforms will be announced at a later date. Gamers can check out a video interview with Snoop Dogg right now online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT1ycFs618g&feature=youtu.be. Snoop discusses in his interview why he agreed to be part of the new COD Voice Pack. He notes that the franchise’s popularity is one of the reasons that he agreed to be part of the new voice pack. Fans can even check out a few samples of Snoop Dogg’s voice over work on the new Voice Pack as part of the interview.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announce New Album Release Date

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Warner Brothers Records and Avenged Sevenfold have announced that the band will release its new album this Summer.  Hail to the King will be released August 27th via Warner Brothers Records.  The new album, the band’s sixth full length release, was produced by Mike Elizondo, who also produced AX7’s most recent album, 2010’s Nightmare. That album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, Hard Rock Chart, and Digital Chart.  It also generated three #1 hit singles in ‘So Far Away’, ‘Welcome to the Family’, and the album’s title track.  That song was the most played current song at Rock Radio for all of 2010. 

Most recently, the band made an appearance on Activision’s hit first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.  The game’s soundtrack even included the band’s original song, ‘Carry On.’  That song went on to its own success, topping the Billboard Monitor Chart this past January.  The game went on to be the biggest selling game of all time. 

AX7 fans can keep up with all of the latest news and updates on the band’s upcoming release online at http://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenfold, http://www.avengedsevenfold.com, and http://twitter.com/TheOfficialAX7

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Activision, Infinity Ward Debut New COD Trailer

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Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Mark your calendars, gamers.  On November 5th, 2013, the latest installment in the highly successful Call of Duty franchise will be released. In anticipation of the game, the very first trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts has been released.  It made its debut this morning at Microsoft’s press event announcing what gamers can expect to come out this Fall.  The trailer shows that this proves to be the biggest game in the franchise yet.  Gamers get to go through big cities, jungle backdrops, and even more throughout the course of this upcoming game.  Its graphics live up to the expectations created by the series’ previous installments.

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Here’s the gist of the storyline according to Mark Rubin, Executive Producer at Infinity Ward.  The game’s creators worked with Traffic and Syriana writer Stephen Gaghan on the story.  What players get in this new installment is a world n which the United States military has been devastated by a giant event.  The nation’s government is for all intents and purposes, in shambles.  Players get to play as one of the remaining U.S. military forces against those that caused all of this death and destruction.  The Ghosts are “ghost soldiers.”  They are the elite of the elite, the ultimate cream of the crop.  Fans who want even more info on the game, from its plot to everything on how the game came to life, they can check out a behind the scenes featurette on the game now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B00xKmtyfaY.

COD Ghosts_Jungle Environment

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The mix of the trailer’s music bed and voice-over declaring, “We are ghosts, fighting for something that can’t be killed” will send chills up anyone’s spines, gamer or not.  Fans can check it out for themselves now, online right here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxnx3W-HA18.  Also provided throughout this article is just a handful of shots from the game that is to come this holiday shopping season.  So check it out, and spread the word to the gamers of the world.  Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming!

Courtesy:  Activision/Infinity Ward

Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

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New COD Game Coming This Fall From Activision, Infinity Ward

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Courtesy: Activision/Infinity Ward

Activision is set to release the latest in its highly successful series of games in its Call of Duty video game franchise.  The company has announced that it will release a brand new game this fall titled, Call of Duty: Ghosts on November 5th, just in time for the annual holiday shopping season.  Call of Duty: Ghosts is being touted as being a benchmark for the next generation of video games. 

Call of Duty: Ghosts was developed by Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward, the studio responsible for the original Call of Duty and the even more popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series.  This latest installment in the COD franchise is set in a whole new world.  It offers to players all new characters, and new gaming experience.  Expectations are very high for this brand new, upcoming release.  “Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they’re going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said Eric Hirschberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.  “Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise. Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world’s greatest fans.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts isn’t going to be just any other game.  And as Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Ward said of the game, it’s going to be just that; a whole new gaming experience for long-time fans of the COD series.  “Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we’re not resting on our laurels,” Ward said.  “We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can’t wait to share them with our community.” 

While the game’s official release is still roughly seven months out, fans can still pre-order it beginning now.  It can be pre-ordered at retail outlets around the world.  It will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC on the same day.  Fans can get an early look at the upcoming release online on Tuesday, May 21st at 1pm EST on Xbox LIVE, Xbox.com, or on Spike TV.  Fans can keep up with all the latest news on this upcoming release online at http://www.callofduty/com/ghosts, http://www.facebook.com/CODGhosts, and on Twitter at @InfinityWard.  Call of Duty: Ghosts is not yet rated.

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Treyarch, Activision Offering DLC Soundtrack

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Courtesy: Treyarch/Activision

Fans of the wildly popular Call of Duty video game series have even more reason to celebrate today.  The latest DLC (Downloadable Content) package includes a new map titled, “Mob of the Dead”, which lets users play as one of a group of famed prohibition era gangsters stuck in Alcatraz prison facing off against zombie hordes.  Now thanks to Treyarch and Activision, fans of the COD series can purchase the soundtrack to the specific map.  The soundtrack can be downloaded via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and many other outlets.  It is being made available for download by BFM Digital.  The soundtrack includes twenty-four original compositions as well as bonus tracks by Tranzit and Die Rise.

The “Mob of the Dead” map allows players to play as Billy Handsome, Al “The Weasel” Arlington, Salvatore “Sal” DeLuca, and Michael “Finn” O’Leary.  The gangsters are in Alcatraz because they are serving time there.  And in order to survive, the gangsters have to face zombie hordes that inhabit the prison. 

Fans can purchase Uprising–the new Black Ops II DLC—as a standalone map pack for a suggested retail price of $14.99 first, exclusively on Xbox Live.  Call of Duty: Black Ops II is sold separate from the recent DLCs and is needed in order to play the extra maps.  For more information on the new “Mob of the Dead” soundtrack and all the latest COD news, go online to http://www.callofduty.com

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Treyarch, Activision Release New Black Ops II DLC Map Pack

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Courtesy: Activision/Treyarch Studios

Good news, gamers.  Treyarch and Activision are set to release another addition to the massive hit, Call of Duty Black Ops II.  The companies will release their latest Downloadable Content (DLC) for the game next Tuesday, April 16thCall of Duty Black Ops II: Uprising is the latest addition to the hit game.  Uprising offers fans four new maps set around the world.  “Magma” takes gamers into a Japanese village that has been overrun by volcanic eruptions and lava.  “Encore” takes players into a deserted London music festival.  It offers plenty of opportunities for close-in combat between players.  “”Vertigo” takes players to India and a dizzying high-rise that features a high-tech lab and lots more.  And last, “Studio” takes fans back to the COD: Firing Range, which is a fan favorite from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.  It takes place on a Hollywood back lot with a number of varying cinematic themes.

The four new maps offered in Uprising are just part of what fans have to look forward to this time out.  Fans of the previous DLC will take joy in the inclusion of the Mob of The Dead Zombies experience.  It lets users go back in time to Alcatraz Prison during Prohibition time and face off against zombies as one of the infamous gangsters, Billy Handsome (Ray Liotta), Al “The Weasel” Arlington (Joe Pantoliano), Salvatore “Sal” DeLuca (Chazz Palminteri), and Michael “Finn” O’Leary (Michael Madsen).  This new map includes the new feature, Purgatory, which lets users actually go into the afterlife to face even more zombies.  Treyarch Studios head Mark Lamia commented on this new feature along with the rest of the new DLC.  He expressed his excitement at what gamers get in this latest update to the Black Ops II franchise.  “With Uprising, the team has really outdone itself again,” he said.  “In addition to creating four new multiplayer maps, the studio has been hard at work on the zombies front to surpass what we accomplished with Call of the Dead.  What they’ve done this time around is nothing Zombies fans have seen before – and if you don’t believe me, just wait until you get into Purgatory.”

Call of Duty Black Ops II: Uprising is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.  It will be available first, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for 1200 Microsoft Points on April 16th.  It is also available in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass* in which fans can buy all four massive DLC Map Packs planned for this year.  The Season Pass also allows fans to receive the Nuketown Zombies bonus map, and an additional exclusive in-game calling card at an MSRP of $49.99 or 4,000 Microsoft Points – a discount of 800 Microsoft Points off the individual purchase of all four DLC Map Packs.

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Activision, Treyarch Release New Black Ops II Map Pack

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Courtesy: Activision/Treyarch

Good news gamers!  Activision and Treyarch have announced the release of a brand new map for the record-setting game that is Black Ops II.  The new Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Pack is the first of four packs to be released.  Titled, “Revolution”, the new map offers fans loads of new content, including twice the zombies in the “Die Rise” and “Turned.”  The second of the maps actually literally turns the tables on players, allowing them to play not as the zombie killers, but as the zombies.

Along with the maps for zombie fanatics, “Revolution” also includes four brand new multi-player maps that are set in spots around the world.  The first of those maps is “Downhill.”  “Downhill” is set against the classic chateau in the alps.  It’s the perfect juxtaposition of the firefight that is set to ensue.  Second up is “Mirage.”  “Mirage” is obviously set in a desert villa that has been hit hard by the desert’s sand.  Next up is a hydroelectric dam in Pakistan for “Hydro.”  And last of the four new maps is “Grind.”  What could that possible be?  Short and simple, this map is set against a skate park in Venice Beach, California.  Players have to use the skate ramps and setups to avoid enemy fire.

The new Call of Duty: Revolution DLC Map Pack is available now in stores for $14.99 or for 1200 Microsoft Points.  It is also available in the Black Ops II DLC Season Pass.  It is rated “M” for Mature (Blood and gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs – Content suitable for gamers age 18 and older).  More information on the new Black Ops II DLC Map Pack and the whole COD franchise is available online at http://www.callofduty/blackops2 and http://www.facebook.com/codblackops.

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Avenged Sevenfold Featured In New COD Game

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Call of Duty:  Black Ops 2 is finally here!  The anticipation is over.  And for those who perhaps haven’t yet had the pleasure of checking out this game, fans now have one more reason to go out and pick up this game whether for themselves or for the gamer in the house.  Avenged Sevenfold is featured in the game.  The band’s new song, ‘Carry On’ is actually featured in full in the game.  And now fans can check out the official crossover video for the song.  It actually puts the band into the game.

The video features the band performing on stage in its digital form with full on pyro and audience rocking to the performance.  It should be noted that due to language, it may not be entirely suitable for some younger viewers.  Other than that, audiences can check out the official video for the song now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJbrTgUL0Dk.  Fans of Avenged Sevenfold can also get all the latest news and more from the band when they go online to http://www.avengedsevenfold.com and http://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenFold.

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Activision, Treyarch Release New COD Trailer

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Call of Duty:  Black Ops II is coming.  One of the year’s most anticipated games will be here in just a matter of weeks.  As the big day nears, Activision and Treyarch have released another brand new trailer for the game featuring what can only be described as some of the best graphics of any game so far this year.  And it’s all set to the backdrop of AC/DC’s hit song, ‘Back in Black.’  Fans can check out this brand new trailer now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6vOWbJ46XU.

Fans who don’t want to have to wait until the release date can pre-order the game now and get the Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map, and even get the game in very special limited editions.  To get more information on pre-ordering, fans can go online to http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/preorder.  And to get all the latest on COD Black Ops 2 as the days tick down, fans can go online to the official COD Black Ops 2 website at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2

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Activision, Treyarch Make COD Preorders Available

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The big day gets closer one day at a time, gamers.  On Tuesday, November 13th, Activision will release the long awaited Call of Duty:  Black Ops II to the masses.  In anticipation, Activision has officially made available pre-orders for three exclusive Collector’s Editions of the game.  These exclusive editions are available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

PC users can pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99.  Among the bonus features included in the Digital Deluxe Edition are the official Black Ops II Soundtrack and a download token for Treyarch’s classic World at War game.  This edition also includes two bonus maps, Weapon Camo, and two player card backgrounds.  The Digital Deluxe Edition for PC users can be pre-ordered for a cost of $79.99.

Xbox 360 and PS3 users can pre-order the Call of Duty:  Black Ops II Hardened Edition for $79.99.  This edition includes most of the special features included in the Digital Deluxe Edition.  Along with those bonus features, it also includes the game in a collectible 2-sided SteelBook, two challenge coins, an Xbox Live CLAW Avatar prop, and Xbox Live Zombies Avatar costume.  The SteelBook is a limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.  Also included in the Hardened Edition is a multiplayer theme of the Turbine Map as well as Zombies that are special to this new game. 

COD fans who want the full game experience can pre-order the Call of Duty:  Black Ops II Care Package.  The Care Package includes everything in the Digital Deluxe Edition and Hardened Edition.  Along with all of the bonuses from the Digital Deluxe Edition and Hardened Edition, the Care Package also includes a remote-controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone, along with the multiplayer theme of the Turbine Map with special edition Zombies.  The Call of Duty:  Black Ops II Care Package can be pre-ordered at a cost of $179.99.

Call Of Duty:  Black Ops II is rated “M” for Mature.  For more information on the game, fans can go online to http://www.callofduty/blackops2/ce, http://www.callofcuty/blackops2, and http://www.facebook.com/codblackops.  Fans can also get the latest on Twitter via @Treyarch. 

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