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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the history of CoD in pictures

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set to be another hit in the soldier-simulating game series. The Cold War and future-set special forces shooter is the latest CoD game to let you blow foreigners’ heads off in increasing levels of detail, so we don our dress uniform, salute the regimental colours and think of fallen comrades as we look back over the history of Call of Duty and its junior officer Modern Warfare.

The Call of Duty franchise was born from EA’s Medal of Honour series, which had its origins in the resources and development of Steven Spielberg’s epic film Saving Private Ryan. The team that had developed Medal of Honour: Allied Assault formed Infinity Ward, and was recruited by publishers Activision.

In 2003 the first Call of Duty tapped a full magazine on its helmet, cocked its rifle, and planted its combat boots onto the battlefield for the first time.

Call of Duty (2003)

PCThe first Call of Duty looked similar to the Medal of Honour games, as a first-person shooter set during World War 2. You play as an American, British and Russian soldier, following the three men on different missions throughout the war from the Normany landings to the Battle of the Bulge, commando combat, and fighting from Stalingrad to Berlin. Throughout the game, you play alongside a squad of computer-controlled comrades.

Call of Duty: United Offensive (2004)


An expansion pack, developed by Gray Matter Studios, added the ability to sprint, and ‘cook’ grenades. New multiplayer modes included Capture the Flag and a ranking system that gave better characters to higher-scoring players.

Call of Duty: Finest Hour (2004)

Xbox, PlayStation 2, Gamecube

Ironically, Finest Hour proved to be anything but. The first console version of the game was something of a disappointment, even if it did feature AC/DC singer Brian Johnson as one of the voices.

Call of Duty: The Big Red One (2005)

Xbox, PS2, GamecubeCoD:BR1 was again developed by Gray Matter Studios, which was renamed Treyarch before the game came out. The game saw you sign up for the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One because of their distinctive insignia. Cutscenes were intercut with documentary footage. It was voiced by Mark Hamill, who had starred alongside Lee Marvin in the 1980 film of the same name, as well as several members of the cast of the BBC and HBO WW2 drama Band of Brothers.

Call of Duty 2 (2005)

PC, Xbox 360
In 2005 it was Infinity Ward’s turn again, as Activision decided the series would continue with the two sets of developers releasing a game in alternate years. In a dramatic upgrade to the gameplay, CoD 2 introduced a proprietary engine replacing the previous games’ Quake III engine. Smoke and fog became an integral part of gameplay, while your squadmates could now react more realistically to the battle. A new health system was also introduced, in which you healed gradually rather than searching for health packs.

Call of Duty 3 (2006)

PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
Treyarch developed the first game that was designed for next-generation consoles and not PC. The story follows American, Canadian, British and Polish troops breaking out of the Falaise Pocket after the Normandy landings.

Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (2007)

The PSP version took the war mobile, following the Americans, Canadians and British from Arnhem to Salerno and Belgium.

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii
For Infinity Ward’s next entry, the developers decided it was time to drag the franchise into the modern era. The game follows SAS and US Marine Corps special forces soldiers in a geopolitical story of espionage and combat in an unnamed Middle Eastern country and across Russia, but it was the online multiplayer game that really got the blood pumping. Modern Warfare went on to sell over 13 million copies.

Call Of Duty: World At War (2008)

Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Treyarch took it back to the old school, setting the fifth instalment of the series in the Pacific theatre and on the Eastern Front. A tweaked physics engine meant you could lay waste to your surroundings with impunity. The game was made, however, by the inclusion of a Nazi zombie multiplayer mode. Nazi zombies: we hate those guys.

Call of Duty: World at War – Final Fronts (2008)

PlayStation 2
The PS2 version added a British campaign advancing on the River Rhine. It was developed by Rebellion, the studio which also owns long-running British comic 2000AD.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

PS3, Xbox 360, PC

The multiplayer game featured bonus killstreak options if a player achieved a set number of consecutive kills in a row, from a supply drop or an airstrike all the way up to a tactical nuke after 25 kills. The game also kicked off a storm of protest over a level that allowed the player, embedded undercover with terrorists, to massacre civilians in an airport.

Despite the controversy, it had sold over 10 million copies in the US alone by March 2010, and earned Activision well over $1bn dollars. Things weren’t so rosy behind the scenes, however, as the bosses of Infinity Ward were unceremoniously booted out by Activision.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Mobilised (2009)

Nintendo DS

A spin-off to the story of Modern Warfare 2 for the DS, Mobilised boasted new kit to play with such as UAV drones and Lockheed AC-130 shootyplanes.

Call Of Duty: World at War – Zombies (2009)


It was only a matter of time before CoD came to the iPhone 5 and iPad, and took the form of the popular zombies mode from World at War. Play with your oppos nearby over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or go online and find recruits to continue the Nazi zombie-blasting.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Treyarch’s next entry to the series fills in the time between the wars depicted in the series, putting you in the balaclava and tiger-stripe camo of Cold War special forces troops in Cuba, Laos and Vietnam, and Soviet-era Russia. If you weren’t there, you don’t know what it was like.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii

Developed by Sledgehammer Games and written by Million Dollar Baby and Casino Royale scribe Paul Haggis, the third Modern Warfare outing sees you play, among others, a Delta Force operator attempting to drive a Russian invasion out of New York. It featured a new mode, Survival, which sees you beset by increasingly tough waves of bad guys. Oh, and it grossed $1bn in 16 days.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies (2011)


More iPhone and iPad zombie-zapping.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012)

PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U

Treyarch’s Black Ops 2 continues the Cold War adventures before skipping forward to 2025 to control unmanned drones and robots in a new cold war with China. It’s the first time the Black Ops series has put boots on the ground in the future, and it’s also the first to include branching storylines. Known as Strike Force missions, these branching stories change the outcome of the game based on your choices. Wager matches have gone, but Kill Streaks have been replaced with Score Streaks that reward you when you complete different actions.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (2012)

PlayStation Vita

A twin-stick-twiddling spin-off from Nihilistic includes Vita features such as holding your breath using the rear touchpad.

Fall out, soldier! Our brothers-in-arms over at GameSpot UK keep the flag flying for CoD, Modern Warfare and all your favourite games. Is CoD still the top brass of gaming or is it time to be dishonorably discharged? Will you be signing up for another tour, and which was your favourite in the series? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Posted on November 13th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Yakuza: The story so far

Gangland treachery, power struggles and alley brawls? It can only be the history of the Yakuza series on PlayStation.

Honour and obey  October 1995, and when police arrive at an apartment in Tokyo’s red light district they find Kazuma Kiryu standing over the dead body of the Dojima family patriarch. Yet this is not the tragic outcome of some domestic dispute or petty gangland squabble, it is the cut-throat world of Yakuza on PlayStation 2.

Doing the right thing runs a distant second to maintaining the honour of your blood brother – even if that means a ten-year prison sentence and a dramatic fall from grace. And so Kiryu’s stellar rise through the ranks of the Tokyo underworld is halted by his respect for the yakuza traditions by which he is bound.

Fast forward to December 2005, and Kiryu breathes in the cloying air of Tokyo for the first time as a free man. But freedom for a man like Kiryu brings its own pressures. His old Kamurocho stomping ground has changed beyond recognition, one of his oldest friends is missing and, worse still, his Tojo clan brothers in crime consider him a traitor for the murder he didn’t commit.   

Akira Nishikiyama, the man Kiryu gave ten years of his life to protect, is now the head of his own family and far from grateful for Kiryu’s sacrifice. Meanwhile, the entire Tokyo criminal fraternity is tearing the city apart in search of ten billion yen recently stolen, and Kiryu is in the firing line.

All this is set against a neon cityscape of hostess bars, game parlours and seedy clubs, where light-hearted conversation can quickly turn into a brutal knuckle fight with the slightest word uttered out of turn. Trust no one and watch the shadows and you might just survive the treacherous world of Yakuza.

Dragons clash

Kazuma Kiryu is determined to leave his dark past behind him once and for all in Yakuza 2 for PlayStation 2, but fate conspires against the man once known as the Dragon of Dojima.

One year on from the events of Yakuza, Kiryu is trying to settle into a tranquil existence. It isn’t long before his former life seeks him out, however, as a bitter typhoon of secrets and clan rivalry whips up to sweep Kiryu back into the seedy fray.

Kiryu’s Tojo clansmen face a storm on two fronts: from Japan’s south, the Omi clan; and from within, a terrible secret which has never been forgotten by a powerful Korean organisation. Revenge and a hunger for power swirl through Yakuza 2, as terrible forces clash and quickly cause Kiryu to regret ever having left his new found peace behind.

If it’s not the murder of a Korean mob boss by Kiryu’s foster father some 20 years previously, then it’s the ruthless ambition of the Dragon of Kansai, Ryuji Goda, desperate to ditch his Kansai connection and become the most feared yakuza in all of Japan.

Kiryu must use the dubious skills he thought himself finished with to fight, outwit and bury once and for all the threats to his old clan. Only then can this battle-scarred dragon claw his way back to a life of relative serenity.

Ghosts from the past

As Yakuza 3 for PlayStation 3 proves beyond a doubt, once you join the ranks of the Yakuza, you can never truly leave.

World-weary Kazuma Kiryu has finally established the sedate life he craved in the idyllic islands of Okinawa. Running a seaside orphanage with the daughter of his childhood sweetheart, his time as one of the most feared gangsters in Japan seems to belong to another life.  But when two suspicious men begin stalking Kiryu and loitering around the orphanage, a painfully familiar anxiety takes hold. Kiryu is forced to take action – and he soon discovers that much more is stake than his peace of mind.

An eviction order arrives, placing the orphanage under the threat of closure. Its beachside location is prime real estate, and a holiday resort developer has the land in its sights. All is not as it seems, however, and the fleeting glimpse of an old friend’s face in Okinawa confirms Kiryu’s growing trepidation: the Yakuza are somehow involved.

The menace of the Yakuza has even deeper roots in Japanese society than even Kiryu could have imagined. Working in murky unison with the Japanese government, it soon transpires that these gangsters are paving the way for a military base to be built.

With powerful clients to satisfy, the local yakuza clan will stop at nothing in getting rid of Kiryu, and he finds himself tangled in an all too recognisable web of tradition, deception and cold-blooded killing.

Kiryu is reluctantly thrust into a struggle for his home, his honour and his future that can only be won by confronting the shadows from his past. But the Yakuza’s grip on Kiryu’s life is vice-like, and even at the conclusion of Yakuza 3, he knows only too well his struggle to shake free is far from over. See how the saga continues with Yakuza 4 for PlayStation 3.

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Posted on February 26th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: Gift Guide: stocking fillers

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Make sure your festive season goes with a bang with these essential items that won’t break the bank.

For that special someone…

What better way to get the family together and work off some of the festive feast than getting active with the PlayStation Move starter pack? Everyone can take part and try their hand at seven great demos: become an athlete in Sports Champions, blast your way to big screen stardom in The Shoot and make a new furry friend with EyePet: Move Edition.

If you really fancy splashing out, there are also some great accessories and peripherals to make your PlayStation Move experience even better. The PlayStation Move shooting attachment is a great way to turn your PlayStation Move motion controller into a weapon to take down enemies in PS3 shooting titles such as Time Crisis: Razing Storm. Don’t forget the PlayStation Move charging station to make sure you stay fully charged over the festive season!

For the person who has everything…

For the person who you never seem to get the right gift for, PlayStation Network Cards are the perfect surprise. They can be used to buy a whole host of content from PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and PSP.

Full games, minis titles, goodies for the exclusive online community PlayStation Home and even SingStar tracks from the SingStore can be purchased with PSN Cards, so they are guaranteed to keep everyone happy. Look for them in-store today.

For the PSP lover…

Add a great title to someone’s PSP collection with the PSP Essentials range. Packed with a great variety of titles that cover everything from high-speed car chases to mind-boggling quizzes, PSP Essentials are fantastic games at pocket money prices. Wrap one up for Christmas.

For the traveller…

Know someone who’s off to see friends and family over the winter holidays? They’ll no doubt be taking their PSP to keep them entertained on their travels, so make sure it’s safe and secure with our great range of cases. Available for both PSP-3000 and PSPgo, there is a snazzy selection of leather and hemp cases to choose from that protect and shield, whether you’re in the airport departure lounge or your own lounge at home.

If you’re buying for someone travelling longer distances, check out the Play ‘n’ Style Kit and the Carry ‘n’ Style Kit. Each come with a stylish leather case, a wrist strap and extras to ensure your screen is clean and ready for gaming.

For fighters, drivers, singers and quizzers…

Are you looking for something really specific? Maybe someone is hooked on a certain game and just can’t stop playing it?

For first person shooter fans, why not treat them to a Wireless Headset? Perfect for titles such as Call of Duty, Medal of Honour and MAG, the Wireless Headset lets players chat online games and is ideal for strategic planning and barking orders on the battlefield.

For the Gran Turismo connoisseur, you should pick up a Driving Force GT steering wheel; the official wheel of Gran Turismo. Complete with pedals, gears and 900 degrees of wheel rotation, this gift will guarantee a driving experience like no other.

Buying for a social gamer? Get your hands on some Wireless Buzz! Buzzers or a set of Wireless SingStar Microphones so they can enjoy a gaming experience with no restrictions! They may even let you join in the fun, too.

Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, give them a PlayStation Christmas.

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Posted on December 4th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: JoyPads: Medal Of Honour Review

“Medal Of Honour returns and ditches the World War II setting which was so predominately being the top dog, until Call Of Duty arrived. With a crowded FPS market, Medal Of Honour went in with some good ambitions and to become the most controversial game of this year. Danger Close wanted to capture the realism in the conflict which is occurring in Afghanistan.” Slim PS3 is updated frequently per day with the very latest Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on October 15th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Go wild in Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Games has unleashed more details on its wild western. Take up the reins and see what’s fresh on the PlayStation 3 prairie.

Red Dead Redemption is all about choice. Set in the Wild West, Rockstar Games’ newest adult action adventure may well be a story of blood and penance, yet its core gameplay is all about your choices. And in the open environment of Red Dead Redemption, there’s a lot of choice to be had…

Your wild ride awaits

With the advance of technology and government rule, the old West is experiencing an identity crisis, something reflected by John Marston’s dilemma. A former outlaw, Marston has been forced to pick up his guns once more against his wishes. So while the Wild West is struggling for peace under a growing government, Marston’s own peace has been shattered by hostility – and the only way back is by bloodshed.

How much blood gets spilt is down to you. Controlling Marston on his quest for redemption involves travelling through The Frontier, Mexico and the Great Plains, which are subdivided into a number of territories. You take part in missions to progress the story, with objectives such as infiltrating a compound with explosives and defending an outpost from invaders.

However, the world of Red Dead Redemption is a world of opportunity and a place to stamp your mark on, and it goes beyond pushing Marston towards his ultimate goal…

The world is yours

Rockstar Games has created an environment which looks and feels like a Wild West movie, with you as the star. Your decisions affect everything around you, whether you opt to engage in the story missions, take part in a number of side quests or just decide to roam the badlands. In Red Dead Redemption, the people go about their business and it’s up to you whether you interact with them on the way.

Riding along the plains you may come across a firing squad, ready to execute their prisoner – do you save the captive and risk the ensuing gunfight? Sometimes you’ll see a man being helplessly dragged along by a gang of bandits on horseback – it’s your choice to do something about it, and your reward may be useful, or it may just be an unexpected bullet in your back.

Random passers-by will also run up to you for help… do you aid or ignore them? They may only be pretending to want help and try to steal your horse, although that doesn’t mean you have to kill them – scaring them off or shooting the gun from their hand may be enough.

Wild animals might jump in too, as jackals and wolves prowl for easy prey, vultures circle for carrion and grizzly bears lurk with hostile intent. Kill them and sell their skins to a local store, attempt to goad them into fighting each other or try and escape with your life. It’s up to you.

“I’ll make ya famous…”

The savage nature of the Wild West isn’t limited to the great outdoors. Venture into a town and you may find a brutal hanging taking place. Or if the day has turned to night, a trip to the saloon can reap drinking and card games to test your skill for profit, as well as the chance to protect a lady’s virtue if a bar patron is getting a little too rowdy.

You may decide to pick up a sheriff’s wanted poster and hunt down a bounty, with the size of your reward based on how much you’ve injured the target – a cleanly lassoed and unharmed criminal fetches a far greater prize than a dead or injured one, although they rarely come quietly or alone…

Dastardly deeds such as helping bandits or terrorising innocents may even have you wanted by the local authorities, which you can revel in for financial gain or seek a pardon letter to cool things off.

All of these actions influence your Honour and Fame meters, which will alter the way people react to you. If you get a little too famous, expect to be dragged into a few duels by gunslingers looking to make a name for themselves.

Draw, pilgrim

Whether you choose to be a surly bandit or a heroic gunman who likes to ride off into the sunset, Red Dead Redemption lets you take the reins of a fully loaded Western – and you can get some exciting glimpses of it in the trailers right here at is updated several times every day with the latest Free Sony Slim PS3 news.

Posted on December 23rd, 2009 by  |  No Comments »