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Ghosts Xbox One impressions and which console you should buy

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Just a disclaimer about about my opinions on the current(last)-gen so you know where I’m coming from… I hated the PS3 controller and PSN online service. I primarily played on the Xbox 360 and recently PC when I couldn’t wait for next-gen games to arrive. I always felt Xbox Live was better and thought the PS3 controller was too small. Theres also the fact that Xbox 360 is first to get DLC thing that won me over… Having said that, I will be playing Call of Duty Ghosts on the PlayStation 4 for the next 12 months.

Now I dont want to turn this into a PS4 review, I just thought I would lead with that so I didn’t keep you in suspense. For me its like this… 1)the resolution makes a difference. 2) The new PS4 controller is larger, more comfortable than the PS3’s controller. 3) PSN is so simple, easy to navigate, and clearly made for gamers. (Number 1 is the main reason though…)

In case you’re wondering, I have my consoles hooked up to a 60″ Sony Bravia 3D LED TV. This is where most of my gaming takes place. For testing purposes I hooked up both consoles for a little bit to my 27″ Samsung LED PC monitor to see if I would notice a difference in graphics. The Xbox One’s resolution was far less noticeable on a smaller screen but it was still there, however I think only hardcore gamers or tech geeks would notice the difference on a smaller screen.

Clearly my opinions are my own and not for everyone, so what I wanted to do was make a list or FAQ on what gamers might want to know before they put down $400-500 for a new system, so here goes..

If your TV is 32″ or bigger:
You’ll notice a HUGE difference when it comes to graphics. The PS4’s native 1080p resolution difference should be apparent to anyone with 20/20 vision. The PS4 version looks nearly identical to my high-end PC rig, where the Xbox One version looks closer to the 360 version with enhanced graphics.

Framerate issues:
For the PS4, I would say there’s framerate skipping maybe 1-3 times during a match and last a second if that. In my opinion, it’s barely noticeable and doesn’t effect gameplay. The Xbox One runs just as smooth as the Xbox 360 version.

Xbox One Brightness:
For some reason, the Xbox One brightness is off the charts. Colors looks washed out and faded as if the game was on it’s highest brightness setting. I ended up turning the brightness all the way down in the options but it didn’t help much.

What Console should you buy?
Golden Rules:
1) You should buy the same console your friends play on.
2) You should buy which ever controller feels more comfortable to you.

  • If you’re really into multimedia and want to do more than just gaming, get a Xbox One.
  • If you play on a 32″ TV or above, get a PlayStation 4.
  • If you’re looking forward to Titanfall, Halo, Gears of War and other Microsoft exclusives, get a Xbox One.
  • If you’re looking forward to Uncharted, Killzone, Infamous Second Son and other Sony exclusives, get a PlayStation 4.
  • If you really care about DLC and need to play them right away, get a Xbox One.
  • If you dont care about DLC, but are really excited for Destiny and want that early DLC or access to the early beta, get a PlayStation 4.

YouTube comparison videos:
YouTube does NOT capture the graphical difference between both consoles when it comes to Call of Duty Ghosts. Im not a YouTube expert but Im sure something gets lost when capturing and uploading the footage. The graphics comparison MUST be seen to believe. Don’t take our word for it though, if you just bought an Xbox One, find a friend who has a PlayStation 4 and compare. Trust me.

Battlefield 4:
Same as Ghosts. BF4 on PS4 looks and runs as smooth as my 8-core PC with a Nvidia 660 Ti. BF4 on Xbox One looks like the Xbox 360 version but with 60fps and slightly better graphics.

The Future:
Its no secret the Xbox One was off to a rocky start. Marketing wasn’t the only slip-up, rumor is the main reason the Xbox One launch titles fell behind the PS4 in terms of graphics was mainly due to the Xbox One’s development software prior to launch. The tools for developers were rushed and kept changing right up to launch which probably made it difficult for devs to optimize the graphics on Xbox One.

I’ll always consider myself a Xbox fan. I prefer their exclusives over Sonys. I’m really into Halo and Gears of Wars not to mention I’m counting the days to Titanfall. Which is why this was all upsetting to me. I actually canceled my PS4 preorder back in September but once I found about the 720p/1080p debacle, I was scrambling to find a PS4 so I could compare at launch, I’m glad I did.

We probably have another 12 months before the next Call of Duty comes out. Something tells me Microsoft will get the dev tools up to speed so developers can maximize the hardware on the Xbox One and get it up to par with the PS4 version…we hope.

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Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War

This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.

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For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.

Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.

Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.

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The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.

In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.

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Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.

Some of the classic maps showcased include:

  • World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
  • Black Ops’ Five
  • Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
  • Black Ops 4’s IX

Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!

If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

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Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.

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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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