Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Articles RSS Feed | Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 9 Awesome Video Game Collector's Editions Tue, 22 May 2018 11:19:03 -0400 Edgar Wulf


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Collector's Edition

This edition of A Link Between Worlds was only ever released for the GAME chain of stores, a retailer in the UK, whose branding also appears on the box. There wasn't much to it -- a download code for Link's Awakening DX and a humongous A0 poster (shipped separately) featuring the Master Sword. However, it also included a small treasure chest which played the signature treasure sound upon being opened and, as an additional bonus, stored up to five 3DS game cartridges.

Honorable Mentions

Featured here are editions which, for various reasons, did not make it onto the main list:


Okami HD The Mankaiouka-Dama Limited Edition was released exclusively in Japan through the e-capcom store in limited quantities. It included a fluorescent phone strap and a snow globe displaying Amaterasu, the game's protagonist, under a beautiful cherry blossom tree.


Undertale Collector's Edition, released exclusively on, included the game's soundtrack across two CDs, the game's sheet music, a colorful storybook, and a gorgeous, gold-plated music locket.




Do you own any of these editions? Know of any rare and unique collector's editions which deserve some publicity? Leave a comment below, and as always, for everything cool, stay tuned to GameSkinny!


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Wizard's Edition

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the charming RPG by Studio Ghibli and Level-5, received two versions of the Wizard's Edition. With downloadable golden skins for familiars, a cute Drippy plush toy, and a replica of The Wizard's Companion found in the game, the EU version was slightly surpassed by the U.S. version, which also included five artwork cards, a soundtrack CD, and a collectible coin featuring the game's main protagonist, Oliver.


Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Collector's Edition

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, made by Platinum Games, was not only a spectacular spin-off to the Metal Gear series, it also received an equally spectacular Collector's Edition in the United States. In addition to a steelbook case and a soundtrack CD, it contained a plasma lamp featuring part of Raiden's katana on display, which lit up in glorious color.


Little Big Planet 2

Collector's Edition

Little Big Planet 2, much like its predecessor, is oozing with charm, and its U.S. Collector's Edition reflects that. While somewhat sparse on contents, it's the quality which counts. Along with some downloadable costumes of familiar characters from other franchises and a cute Sackboy plush toy, this edition also included cardboard bookends, themed after the game, to display your collection of games in style.


Gal Gun: Double Peace

Mr. Happiness Edition

At first glance, there is nothing significant about Gal Gun's Mr. Happiness Edition -- some DLC costumes, a soundtrack CD, and a wall scroll featuring two girls. It also included a pair of panties. Some developers seem to have a thing for underwear, though fret not, it's actually just a microfiber cloth for cleaning the screen of your device. Which is still weird considering the main objective of the game is to rub girls. Oh, Japan....



Deluxe Edition

Catherine is a bizarre game, and its Deluxe Edition, released in North America, is even more so. While some of its contents were pretty mundane -- an artbook, a soundtrack CD, a t-shirt -- it also included a pillowcase featuring Catherine, one of the game's main heroines. To top it off there, was also a pair of oversized polka-dot boxer shorts, with everything neatly packaged in a Stray Sheep Pizza box, a bar/pizzeria which is featured in the game.


Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Juggernog Edition

Regardless of what you may think about the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops III had probably one of the coolest editions ever made. The Juggernog Edition featured things like coasters, a season pass, a steelbook case, some art cards, and a digital soundtrack along with some downloadable content. It also included a fully functional mini-fridge which stored up to 12 cans of Mountain Dew (or beer, for those of age).



Special Edition

One of the more popular titles by Rockstar Games, and perhaps the most elusive edition on this list, Bully, released in 2006, received a Special Edition that is almost unattainable today. The outer box was themed after a school locker which, because the game takes place in a school environment, is very fitting. This edition included a Rockstar Games-branded sticker, a comic book based on the game, and an inflatable dodgeball.



Nightmare Edition

Bloodborne, a spiritual successor to Dark Souls, which, in turn, is a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, received a Europe-only Nightmare Edition. The set included a steelbook case, a digital soundtrack, a notebook, an artbook, and a bell trinket along with some downloadable content. Its main highlight, however, was a set of quill and ink, with an ink vessel resembling a skull. All of it was packaged in a tin case disguised as a row of books, which made for an impressive piece of decor.


Collector's editions, limited editions, special editions -- however developers decide to name them, these editions, along with the game itself, are usually bundled with one or several collectible items, ranging from posters and stickers to hardcover artbooks and elaborate figurines. Such bundles have existed for a long time, but they became especially prominent during the seventh console generation, when, for most major releases, it was almost an unwritten rule to provide a limited edition alongside the standalone game.


This list features 9 such editions and was compiled using one simple criterion:

  • Each edition must contain at least one somewhat unique or significant item in the context of the game itself
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A regular figurine, no matter how well made, will not cut it for this list. Editions such as Saints Row IV's "The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition" or Grid 2's Mono Edition were not considered due to their ridiculous nature and price, and Steel Batallion, while impressive in its own right, was not classified as a collector's edition. With that aside, click over to the next page to view 9 awesome collector's editions in alphabetical order (by game title).


(The image at the top here is of the Gold Edition of Superbeat Xonic: Limited Edition for the PlayStation Vita; there's only one in existence!)

Gift Guide: 9 Fragtastic Care Packages for Call of Duty Fans in 2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:28:23 -0500 Jonathan Moore


Whether you're looking for stocking stuffers or something a little meatier, there are plenty of awesome gifts out there for the Call of Duty fan in your life. This list of gift ideas only scratches the surface of the options at your fingertips, with Amazon, ThinkGeek, Etsy, RedBubble and other physical and online retailers stockpiling tons of great choices. 


From the games themselves to durable backpacks, jackets, drones, and more, Call of Duty has expanded from a $5-rack PC-shooter to a multi-billion dollar household name. As you prepare to storm the beaches on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure to keep some of these gifts in mind -- they very well could be the linchpin in your gift-giving strategy. 


Call of Duty: WWII -- War Zone Front Line T-Shirt 


Price: $19.99
Buy it on: Amazon


Sure, you don't want to be that guy (or girl) that gives your special someone socks for the holidays -- but gifting them a kick ass Call of Duty shirt is another thing entirely. Made of 100% cotton, this unisex T-shirt comes in five different colors and an array of sizes. 


Of course, there are a ton of other Call of Duty inspired clothing options out there, but few of them are as elegant as this particular shirt (if you can ever actually be elegant wearing a T-shirt ...). The design is subtle, yet emblematic of the CoD franchise as a whole, and it comes in at an affordable price. It might not be as flashy as some of the other gamer gift ideas on this list, but it's a nice addition to any Call of Duty fan's warchest. 


ASTRO Gaming A10 Headset -- Call of Duty 


Price: $64.99
Buy it on: Amazon


Finding a reliable gaming headset for console players can be a long, tough journey. There's a plethora of budget brands and models that just don't get the job the done -- and sifting through the detritus to find the headsets that are worthwhile can be a time-consuming process. 


Luckily, you can pretty much always count on ASTRO to bring the big guns. Outside of Turtle Beach, ASTRO is one of the best manufacturers of console headsets you can currently find. And the company's Call of Duty branded offering is no different.


Hearing your enemy before you see them -- or they see you -- is a huge advantage even in casual Call of Duty play. You can't rack up killstreaks and get care packages if you don't have the jump on your adversary. And with ASTRO's A10 Call of Duty headset, you can rest assured that you'll hear every movement two steps ahead. 


Not only is it comfortable for extended multiplayer frag fests, but it's used by pro CoD players the world over -- so it's well worth the $65 price tag this holiday season. 


Call of Duty -- Woods Funko Pop Figure


Price: $7.50
Buy it on: Amazon


Leading the charge in the Call of Duty: Black Ops trilogy, players saw Frank Woods go from a marine in the Korean War to an SOG special agent -- becoming a veritable bad ass in the process. And the only way Woods could be even more badass is taking up a post on your desktop. 


Funko has been making figures and bobbleheads of your favorite gaming characters for a while now. The company's catalog is constantly growing, while the quality of its products only gets better. As someone who has far too many Star Wars Funko figures, trust me when I saw that these guys are as tough as MSGT. Frank Woods looks. 


Of course, Woods isn't the only Call of Duty character to grace the CoD Funko line. You can also find Nazi zombies, Modern Warfare's Capt. Price, a Juggernaut soldier, and much more. Affordably priced, Funko figures and bobbleheads are great stocking stuffers for any Call of Duty fan this holiday season. 


Call of Duty Zombie Mode Replica Ray Gun


Price: $176.87
Buy it on: Etsy


Another holiday gift straight from Call of Duty's zombie horde mode, this replica ray gun brings one of the franchise's most powerful weapons to life in flawless form. Any long-time CoD fan will immediately recognize the gun that helped them defeat wave after wave of relentless undead. 


Measuring in at about 15", this piece is perfect for both a desk accent piece or for cosplayers that need to complete their Call of Duty look -- and stand out while doing it. The ray gun comes with authentically-branded batteries and can shoot its included two-painted ammo. Just be sure to go ahead and order this bad boy if you're considering it -- shipping from the United Kingdom, the ray gun typically takes a three to five weeks to ship. 


Call Of Duty: Black Ops Juggernog Soda LED Light


Price: $20.99
Buy it on: Etsy


There's little (read:no) doubt that every Call of Duty fan knows what Juggernog is and what it can do for them in the heat of battle -- especially when they're staring down a ravenous zombie horde, Nazi or otherwise. But they may not know that they can get their hands on this magical elixir in real life. 


Sure, they might not actually be able to drink this Juggernog and gain unbelievable superpowers, but these true-to-form LED lights will make any war room look even more authentic.


The hand-crafted, 12oz. glass bottles use three A76 Cell batteries to power the wireless LEDs inside. But even though you can't run down to the store and pick up new ones if they run out, these batteries are rated for more than 100,000 hours of use. That means this Juggernog's got legs. 


Call of Duty Six-Poster Set


Price: $60
Buy it on: Etsy


Although not official artwork from the Call of Duty games, this six-poster set from PSRDesign elegantly captures the raw aesthetic of the franchise. Inspired by some of the best games in the series, from Call of Duty: Ghosts and Modern Warfare to Black Ops III and Advanced Warfare, these handmade art pieces are the perfect accents for any CoD fan's command center. 


Each poster measures 18x12in and takes up to three to five days to ship once ordered. There are, of course, other CoD-inspired prints and posters out there, but these are some of the most true-to-the-series pieces currently available. Just keep in mind that you'll also have to buy frames for these grunts -- no pre-framed options are provided by the seller.  


Razer DeathAdder Chroma Call of Duty: Black Ops III Edition


Price: $45.95
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (82 reviews)
Buy it on: Amazon


Sure, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a few years old at this point, but it's one of the more popular entries in the franchise, with thousands of gamers still playing it on Steam each and very month.  


Sure, the design on this mouse is pretty killer, but more important than its design is its functionality. Razer is well-known in the PC world as a top-tier mouse manufacturer -- and the DeathAdder is one of its most popular gaming mice ever made. It didn't quite make our list of best gaming mice for hardcore gamers in 2017, but don't let that fool you: the DeathAdder is an accurate and precise mouse plenty of gamers would love to have in their peripherals arsenal.  


KontrolFreek FPS Freek Call of Duty: WWII


Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
Price: $19.99
Buy it on: Amazon


There's little doubt about it: Kontrol Freek makes some of the very best performance thumbsticks there are. Manufactured with high-quality materials, these emblazoned, high-rise (12.2mm) sticks give Call of Duty players the advantage not only in campaign modes, but also in multiplayer modes such as team deathmatch and free-for-all. 


These sticks are meant for high-speed gunplay, where accuracy is an absolute must, and they allow CoD players to adjust their controller sensitivity to pull off the necessary kill shots to win the match. On top of that, the concave design of these thumbsticks better helps players secure their grip on each stick -- and gain better control of their in-game movements and actions. 


Of course, that won't mean players will have the accuracy of a gaming mouse on their console, but it does mean they'll be decidedly deadlier than their console compatriots. And if these thumbsticks don't suit your fancy, there are dozens of other Kontrol Freek thumbsticks for a variety of playstyles.


Call of Duty: WWII


Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Price: $59.88
Buy it on: Amazon

Call of Duty: WWII takes CoD players back to the beaches and hedgerows of Western Europe during the Second World War. It's a return to the series' storied roots and sees the reappearance of health packs and jetpack-less multiplayer. Players will still find in CoD: WWII the huge, sometimes unbelievable set pieces that have come to define the franchise over the years, but things are much more anchored in reality this time around. 

The gritty campaign lasts between five and eight hours, but the series' vaunted multiplayer adds to that dozens of hours with modes like team deathmatch, headquarters, and free-for-all. On top of that, the popular Nazi Zombies mode makes a terrifying return, adding classic horror elements to the horde mode experience. And you can get even more play time if you also purchase the Season Pass for $49.99. 


For those CoD players that don't already have WWII for their console or PC, it's the perfect Nazi-bashing holiday gift. 


Whether they're fighting Nazis on the beaches of Normandy or intercepting bioweapons in the skies above Antarctica, Call of Duty players are tenacious, dedicated, and fervently loyal to the FPS series that reinvented the genre. And the best way to commend their continued service this holiday season is to send them a care package full of Call of Duty loot and gear. 


From the games and their expansion passes to bobbleheads, art prints, clothing, and more, there's a plethora of gifts in the CoD commissary for any and all fans of the series. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, now's the time to start looking -- and securing -- those coveted supply drops. 

Are Zombies in Call of Duty Becoming Stale? Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:00:01 -0400 StraightEdge434

With the reveal of zombies on July 20 for the upcoming Call of Duty: WW2 title, Sledgehammer Games have added their own take on zombies into the mix. Following in the steps of Infinity Ward and Treyarch, the new Sledgehammer game will include zombies, but with a different feel and style of gameplay. 

Will adding another zombie story change anything, even if it's from a different studio? Zombies will still be zombies, especially if the gameplay will feel more or less the same. Recycling zombies over and over again can eventually become boring and drain the fun out of the franchise. Let's go over the reasons why.

Same Experience, Different Game

According to the Q&A conference that was held shortly after the reveal of zombies, the developers confirmed that quite a number of things would be making their return, or perhaps, "debut" in Call of Duty: WW2 zombies. Few of those things are the mystery box, and wonder weapons:

Both, Treyarch's zombies and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare have a mystery box and wonder weapons, and now Call of Duty: WW2 will have the same things. Where is the originality in that? Why must other games from other studios copy something that is already present instead of making something totally different or unique?

The problem lies in implementing the same game mechanics and aspects that are already present, in something that is supposed to be totally new. In a way, that creates a déjà vu experience because it feels like you are playing the same game over again, just re-skinned.

However, not all players necessarily want that. They want to play something that will be totally new, and offer a whole new take that will be different from previous entries. Unfortunately, by recycling the same things, it becomes very difficult to see the new entry as "new."

Who knows? Maybe recycling the mystery box along with wonder weapons won't be the only things that will return in Call of Duty: WW2 zombies...

Leave it to the Professionals

Treyarch's zombies are undeniably the best zombies out there. But to be fair, the studio's zombies franchise spans across multiple titles: Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Treyarch has been working on zombies and telling its content-rich story through numerous releases, with its conclusion reaching the final DLC in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Not only did that take years to accomplish, but it took a lot of effort and gameplay to do so.

In a way, Treyarch was the first studio to start zombies in Call of Duty, and breath new life into the franchise. As a result of that, Treyarch is the true parent of Call of Duty zombies and certainly deserves all the praise it gets. Whether it's the original four heroes (Nikolai, Richtofen, Takeo, and Dempsey) who started their journey in Call of Duty: World at War, or any of the other groups that we played as later on, Treyarch's zombies universe is vast and detailed.

As for the other studios, they are riding off on the success of Treyarch. If you think about it, once everyone saw how amazing and great Treyarch's zombies were, the other developers, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games jumped on the "success wagon" and decided to make their own zombie universes, while at the same time, recycling ideas and game mechanics that were introduced by Treyarch. To be honest, it's quite a shame since we might not ever get to see what new games the other studios had in their minds. 

Sticking to One's Guns

Before Infinity Ward copied zombies, one of its games, Call of Duty: Ghosts, had an extremely unique and original game mode called Extinction.

To give a quick summary, Extinction was a mode in which players had to reach the end of the map, while completing objectives and fighting off various aliens in the process. Once they reached the end, they either had to defeat the final boss or complete the mission in order to beat the level.

Adding to all that, the game mode had character classes like medic, tank and engineer. Obviously, each class had different roles and abilities that would benefit the player and their play style. This in return offered a fresh new take since Infinity Ward never did something like that in the past, and proved to be a really fun experience.

Sadly, when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released, Extinction did not make a return. A lot of fans, including myself, were disappointed because once again, we had no other choice (or game mode for that matter) but to play zombies. Even though the map, weapons, etc. were different from Treyarch's zombies, the gameplay felt almost identical. 

Don't get your hopes up

Just because Treyarch had massive success with its zombies, that does not necessarily mean that other studios should follow suit. There is absolutely nothing wrong with designing a completely new game that isn't about zombies.

If other studios had brought something new to the table, like Infinity Ward sticking with Extinction, and Sledgehammer Games designing something totally different, that would be perfectly all right. But by trying to replicate zombies and pretend that they are different, will only lead fans to disappointment by forcing them play the same game that they have already played in the past. 

It remains to be seen whether or not the new zombie universe will distinguish itself from its predecessors. The game is not out yet, but based on evidence that we currently have, that is highly unlikely. In all likelihood, it will be a re-skinned, re-designed, and re-cycled experience. 


Do you think Sledgehammer Games is following in the footsteps of Infinity Ward and Treyarch? Are you happy about zombies making a comeback? Feel free to let us know down in the comments section! 

Call of Duty: WW2 is set to release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 3rd. 

How Does Infinite Warfare Differ From the Modern Warfare Series? Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0400 Timothy J. Ralston (TehMadCatter)

Back in 2007, Infinity Ward had released a groundbreaking game, titled Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, a sequel to the previous entry released in 2006, Call of Duty 3. Modern Warfare was the true start of multiplayer first-person shooters, along with an incredible campaign, fantastic graphics for the time, and a class system that made you want to try every single weapon.

Jumping to 2016, with the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, a lot of old fans of the Call of Duty series were disappointed with the release trailer of the game, some saying that the series is going too far with the futuristic aspect the game was given back with Black Ops 2.

While the open beta did show a little tease of the multiplayer (something I spent the whole second weekend on), it just didn’t have the Warfare feel to it, and almost felt like another version of Titanfall, Halo or Destiny, making it seem like it’s a new game as a whole.

Some people like this feeling, while others don’t, and miss the classic feeling of the Modern Warfare series. I, for one, completely miss the original style of Modern Warfare (though, if you purchase the "Digital Deluxe", you get the remastered Modern Warfare and season pass), and would like to see the series take a different path in the upcoming games.

To bring back Price, the real main protagonist of the Modern Warfare series, for one final fight in a modernized new released game would be incredible, and possibly the most heartbreaking since chances are, they would end up killing Price in the end. Sadly, as expected, the series seems to just go for the future.

The weapon system had also changed drastically, first starting out with a perfect inventory of weapons to choose from in the Modern Warfare series, all based on actual guns. Black Ops did the same thing, but ended up creating possible futuristic weaponry that we could see on the battlefield in the next ten to twenty years.

But as more games were released, the weapons became more and more nonsensical, and just started to look really unnatural and really ridiculous in a way. Plus, as the games furthered on, the perks became more and more unnecessary, as they really don’t do that much, compared to how great the perk system was in Modern Warfare 2.

Though, to say Infinite Warfare could be a bad game, is not up to us yet since the full game has not been released just yet, but expectations for the game aren’t as high as they were before. Fans of the old Call of Duty series are even switching over to the newly released Battlefield 1, while some are planning on getting the game just for the remastered Modern Warfare.

Safe to say, the open beta certainly opened my eyes -- after I swore off the series since Black Ops 3 -- to experience this game just for the multiplayer. Which, I hate to say is since it is somewhat addicting. Plus, Kit Harington as the main villain for Infinite Warfare is something I can't wait to see.

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Top Ten Unexpected Horror Moments In Video Games Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0400 Timothy J. Ralston (TehMadCatter)

What makes horror games enjoyable? Whether it’s the adrenaline that rushes through you, or the deep feeling of paranoia that keeps you on your toes as you enter the next room, almost everyone has played a horror game or two in their life, and everyone has a reason for why they do, or don't play horror games.

There are several types of horror games, from psychological horror like Silent Hill, or those infested with jump scares like the Five Nights At Freddy's Series, from old (Alone In The Dark (1992)) to new (RESIDENT EVIL (2017)), there are still games out there that managed to scare the crap out of us, even if it wasn't a horror game.

10. Call Of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)

Back in my Xbox 360 days, I was a huge fan of the Call Of Duty Series, starting with Call Of Duty: World At War. The love of the series (As much as I hate to admit) has stayed with me over the years. But after playing the campaign of Black Ops III, I felt as if the series was trying too hard to differ from the previous games.

But that doesn't mean it wasn't a good game on its own. The game actually had a decent story, but felt too rushed. The moment I absolutely enjoyed, on the other hand, was during the mission Hypocenter. Just imagine, having to investigate a distress call that came from your old team, only to discover that the place is overrun by robots who love to pop out at random, whether it's in the flooded basement, or in narrow corridors.

The feeling of claustrophobia is pushed further when you're cornered as horde after horde of robots try to make their way to you. And throughout the continuation of the mission is intense beyond words, along with a fantastic boss to finish the mission.

9. Bioshock Infinite (2013)

The debate of whether or not the Bioshock Series is a horror game still goes on till this day. And even though I do agree that the first two games do feel like Horror games, due to their dark, gritty feel and claustrophobic surroundings, Bioshock Infinite differed away from dark and creepy, and turned itself into a bright, beautiful, yet still creepy game.

But the real horrors come later on in the game, after your companion, Elizabeth, goes missing. Your character, DeWitt, travels to the Comstock House, only to be encountered by the most disturbing enemies in Infinite. The Boys of Silence.

The Boys of Silence are young children who wear a type of lantern helmet, emitting an ear shattering screech, alerting your presence to those around you. Though, they do not attack you, they still are a huge threat to you, and are quite annoying while also looking terrifying at the same time. Especially the jump scare you encounter after viewing a monitor.

8. Mortal Kombat 9 and X (2011 & 2015)

The Mortal Kombat Series is one of the most gruesome fighter games of all time. It was even one of the causes of the PEGI rating system you see on video game covers and trailers, and stirred quite a controversy at the time. Now, not only gamers, but almost everyone knows what Mortal Kombat is, and has probably played it before with friends.

One thing that really got gamers the most, though, was the Krypt Demon/Monster found in the Krypt, a place where you could purchase unlockable content with the points you earned in the matches. The Krypt Demon/Monster had appeared in both Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat X, though, no one really expected the one from 2011, but still scared players with its first jump scare.

In 2015’s Mortal Kombat X, the Krypt introduced not just one jump scare, but multiple ones, such as the Krypt Spider, still scaring players with different creatures and scares. It's best to avoid the Krypt, in my opinion.

7. Half-Life 2 (2004)

Half-Life 2 is a well known game to PC gamers, along with being known as one of the best first-person games to date. With a silent protagonist, a crowbar in one hand, and determination, the story expands past cliché, and creates a very unique experience to all players. (Along with a long wait for a third installment… Still waiting, Gabe Newell…)

Though, the game does have both action packed and creepy moments, the most haunting moment in the game, is the encounter with Ravenholm, a town infested with Headcrabs, Zombies, and a strange priest with a shotgun.

Though, not really titled as “horror”, the town and its environments do give off a feeling of being unwelcome, and manages to pop in some slight jump scares. Plus, the burning zombies still give me nightmares. Extra points for playing the audio backwards for more frights!

6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)

To not include Metal Gear Solid in this list is almost impossible. The series has its creepy moments, such as ghosts appearing in photos from Metal Gear Solid 2, or the creepy yet oddly amusing "Psycho-Mantis", who read your memory card and shook your controller.

But nothing had ever compared to the enemy of Snake Eater, “The Sorrow”. From turning into a ghost, to having you “die” while screaming in agony while flashing a traumatizing image of Snake, everything about this guy just makes you want to pull the disk out and drown it in holy water.

What makes it worse, is that “The Sorrow” can bring the dead back to kill you. Why is this disturbing? He brings back the enemies you had killed before, making it very difficult if you had taken the “shoot everything first” path.

5. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

The Legend of Zelda has really been a big part of my childhood, from learning puzzles to fighting foes, it evolved the way that gamers thought, even without having to look at Walkthroughs or hints at the game, especially at the time the original games were released.

And though, the series itself had really dark moments, nothing ever compared to the first boss encounter inside the Duku Tree. After solving puzzle after puzzle, going deeper inside of the tree, you finally come across a large arena. But no enemies in sight.

As a child, the moment I looked up to see Gohma on the ceiling staring down at me, I turned off the console and refused to play it for almost a year. All the while my Arachnophobia began to increase by each day, waiting to wake up and see Gohma about to pounce me in my bed.

4. Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)

Batman is possibly the most well-known superhero, along with being known as the most badass character to ever face Superman, it was no surprise that Mr. Wayne would get his very own game series (Looking at you Superman… Have you no shame?).

But throughout the dark and brooding games, they have always had a few jump scares or two. From Arkham City having Scarecrows boat and a hidden surprise inside, to Killer Croc’s boss battle, nothing ever compared to the most recent edition, Arkham Knight, and the Man-Bat.

The Man-Bat was originally a scientist, who had transformed himself into a large scale humanoid bat, who loves waiting for Bruce Wayne at the edge of buildings, waiting to pop out, scream in your face, and fly off.

The whole mission (Creature of the Night) is just full of creepy moments, from spotting the Man-Bat through your detective vision, or exploring the ruins of his lab, you'll never want to grapple on rooftops again once you meet him.

3. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007)

With the downfall of previous Lara Croft games (before the reboot), it seemed like we would never get a good exploratory game again. Then, out from the heavens of Naughty Dog, we were given Uncharted, a game where you place as the sly, yet charming Nathan Drake, as he searches for El Dorado, in hopes of discovering more of his ancestors true past.

The game itself had amazing moments, along with unbelievably fast paced action moments, a handful of classic puzzles, and something totally unexpected in the ruins. Towards the end of the game, Nathan Drake discovers creatures known as the Descendants, zombie-like creatures who are just dying to tear you apart.

The moment had scared players, yet caused them to fight to save the rest of their team, rushing adrenaline through the veins of those who want to fight their way to victory.

2. Super Mario 64 (1997)

Before I continue, let me explain why this moment scared me. I was five when I was given my first Nintendo 64, which was passed down from my older brother. The first game he had given me, was Super Mario 64.

I was raised on Super Mario, and Super Mario World was actually among the very first games I had ever played. So, being as psyched as I was, I did not hesitate as I rushed off to play my new game. And I spent days on it. But when I had encountered the Piano Room, I never thought much of it.

Then suddenly, piano comes alive and chases me around as I scream and cry, completely terrified. I have never trusted a Mario game after that.

1. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Halo was a game that changed First-Person Shooters completely. Whether it's the design, characters, weaponry or story, the game made itself the most unique shooter of its time, and still manages to release ground breaking games.

But there were moments that did creep out players, and one moment that kept players on their feet. The Flood. After seeing a strange and disturbing clip of the team before being killed by strange beings, The Flood begin. Keeping you on your feet as you fight wave after wave of parasites and infected, and much like a previous entry on our list, they keep coming, trying their best to get to you.

While counting down the top 10 most unexpected horror moments, we have encountered killer robots, screaming children, zombies, humanoid bats, and the Flood. If you enjoyed this list, then check out GameSkinny for more hit news, lists, and reviews of everything gaming!

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Update Introduces Mod Tools Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:04:24 -0400 Jared Elliott

For the first time, gamers can mod Call of Duty: Black Ops III to their hearts' content. From sniper rifles that drop frag grenades at players' feet, to ultra-low gravity, maps are about to get weird.

After a long-lived resistance to the modding community, Treyarch announced Tuesday that the Black Ops III update 15.1 for PC users includes a new set of mod tools; which are the product of closed Alpha tests conducted earlier this year. The release kicks off an open beta test, which allows everyone to try out the mod tools and provide feedback within the confines of unranked mod servers:

Many of you have expressed interest in testing the tools, so we are very excited to open up access to the whole community. We also want to thank all of the Alpha testers for their support in getting the tools ready for Open Beta. The tools and related in-game features are all still in Beta testing phase so expect some updates along the way. Your feedback will be very valuable in helping us find and address the most important issues, so thank you in advance for your support!

For all Black Ops 3 full game owners, you can now install the Mod Tools through your Steam Library's Tool Section where you'll now see Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Mod Tools.

In addition to the tools, Treyarch announced a multitude of new features and patches for version 15.1, including:

  • Black Ops III Steam Workshop
  • Unranked Server Browser
  • Radiant Level Editor
  • APE - Asset Property Editor
  • Mod Tools Launcher
  • More level-building assets from a variety of Black Ops III maps
  • Full example maps of Combine and The Giant
  • New server settings menu for integration of the Unranked Server Browser
  • Mods Menu where players can load and unload subscribed mods

As a cherry on top, Treyarch also provided instructions on how to play custom maps and how to create them to get everyone modding right away. Fans who do not want the mod tools can still download the 15.1 patch and play Steam Workshop content.

GameSkinny Spotlight // Uncharted 4 Review, Red Dead Redemption 2 Announcement Possible, etc. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:49:23 -0400 BlackTideTV

Hey, GameSkinny readers! For those of you that recognize the name, yep it's the same, little ol' BTide, back at it again. For those of you that don't, let's get you filled in. A while ago I participated in the Journalist Training Program (JTP) here on GameSkinny and became a Program Mentor. Rather than returning for a third stint in the program, I began to focus my efforts on my YouTube page, BlackTideTV, becoming relatively inactive on GameSkinny.

Recently I proposed a collaborative project with the website: a weekly news roundup show on my YouTube channel. The video above is the first of said video series. For "GameSkinny Spotlight," I'll be collecting an assortment of articles from the writers here on GameSkinny that I find will be suitable for my audiences, and expanding on the topics provided. I may provide alternate opinions, extra information, added examples, etc.

In exchange for the boosted exposure to the journalists here on GameSkinny, my only request is that anyone who finds these videos enjoyable visit my YouTube channel and give it a chance. I'm currently producing a ton of Call of Duty content and doing my best to expand my horizons. That being said, I hope you enjoy the weekly videos and don't forget to check out the original articles mentioned in this week's show for more information by heading to the bottom of this description.

CoD Team Kingdom eSports Disqualified Again Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:27:08 -0400 H3nleY

After being kicked out of the MLG Orlando event due to an attempt to use an incorrect account in order to get a higher seed, Kingdom eSports have been caught account recovering during the CoD XP online qualifier and disqualified once more.

Reportedly the team was caught using well-known underage SnD players to advance through the tournament and defeat teams NexT ThreaT and Sour Gaming. Questions will now be asked as to whether the players should receive bans for their actions after two separate incidents.

Roster members Yohan, Clutchery, and Shadow Drama have been immediately dropped by the Kingdom organization. Owner and CEO, David Beasley, released the following statement on TwitLonger:

“First I want to apologize to everyone that supports Kingdom eSports, fans, partners, we love you all. I can't express how disappointed I am at the way we were represented at MLG Orlando. I had nothing but high hopes for the team we had in place and them proving they deserved to be there. The team has been nothing but professional at representing us up until what occurred today."

The rest of the post states how the player in question had never done this before and apologized profusely about what happened and how he acquired a different MLG account that had more points that his own account. He then signed up for the tourney under that account -- MLG noticed, took action, and led to the team being disqualified. Beasley also states that he respects MLG and their ruling and that he will continue to lead the organization in CoD.

When Can You Get Call of Duty: Black Ops III's "Descent" DLC? Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:54:00 -0400 Joe Passantino

Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops III will release its "Descent" DLC pack on July 12. There's a catch, though: This initial release will be for PlayStation 4 only, with other releases to follow at a later time.

The pack features four new multiplayer maps. Empire is a re-imagining of Black Ops 2 map Raid as a Roman villa, while Cryogen takes place in a prison filled with frozen criminals off the coast of the Dead Sea. Berserk is a Viking village frozen in time, and Rumble features huge mechanical warriors who might just get in the players' way as they battle it out.

Players also enter the Soviet Union in the 1940s in Gorod Krovi, the latest chapter of the Zombies story. Waiting for them will be mechanized zombies and fire-breathing dragons as they attempt to navigate Stalingrad's remains.

Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia spoke about the latest Black Ops III DLC:

"One of the things I love most about Treyarch is that team just keeps going for it. Descent doesn’t take its foot off the gas, serving up a flat-out scorching Zombies experience, as well as multiplayer map designs and gameplay opportunities that we think our fans are going to love.”

Those who purchased the Call of Duty: Black Ops III season pass for PS4 can now pre-order "Descent" at a discount.

Which aspect of "Descent" are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

Zombies map The Giant available for standalone purchase Fri, 03 Jun 2016 11:34:48 -0400 Janiece Sebris

"The Giant," a bonus map for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, is now available for standalone purchase.

Though the map was first announced as part of special Collector Editions and would only accessible to Season Pass owners, now players may purchase "The Giant" at their leisure for $5.99 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and PC. "The Giant" is the second Zombie map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and the eighteenth map overall in the mode.

The map, a remake of the "Der Riese" Zombies map, takes the player to a research facility “featuring the weapon-upgrading Pack-a-Punch Machine,” according to the Steam description.

The map picks up the story of Origins characters Tank Dempsey, Edward Richtofen, Nikolai Belinsky, and Takeo Masaki as they fight the swarms of the living dead.

The multi-platform software developer Treyarch kicked off Zombies mode in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War. The game mode has grown into what some say is the best thing about the first-person shooter series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse Easter Eggs Guide Mon, 23 May 2016 12:12:45 -0400 Sergey_3847

“Zetsubou No Shima”, the new zombie map in the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Eclipse DLC, contains some really cool easter eggs. Most of them are quite tricky to find, but this guide will help you out with every step on the way.

Some of the easter eggs resemble the ones from the previous DLC pack – “Awakening” and its zombie map, titled “Der Eisendrache”. However, the rest are unique to “Zetsubou No Shima”.

Dead Flowers Secret Song

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse dead flowers

Similarly to the “Dead Again” secret song from the previous DLC, this one can be activated after you find all three stuffed monkeys on the “Zetsubou No Shima” map.

The first of the three monkeys is located downstairs of the Division 9 room in the bunker. That is the back room with a hospital bed near the skull altar.

Then, go to Lab B and enter room #2, which is upstairs – the second monkey will be lying at the spotlight.

The last stuffed toy can be found in Lab A at the pool with contaminated water on top of the metal generator. However, you will need 1,000 points to open the gate leading to the pool.

As soon as you have all three monkeys, you will hear the song in the video below.

Bloody Hallucinations

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse bloody hallucinations

In “Zetsubou No Shima” you can find different kinds of spores – some of them are filled with oxygen, while others contain poisonous toxins. If you inhale these hallucinogenic spores, you will experience some intense graphical glitches.

You can find orange glowing spores all over the map, so first thing you need to do is to clear the area off of all zombies. Then, hit the spores with melee weapon and stand in the cloud of released orange gas for some time. The effects will start pretty soon by changing your character's perception, and don’t be surprised when you hear strange voices, too.

You can also visit certain spots on the map under the influence of hallucinogens, where you will see some scary things happening:

  • The first one is upstairs in Lab A in the room with a workbench that has a caution sign hanging on the wall.
  • The second one is also upstairs in the workbench room, but this time in Lab B.
  • The final place to hallucinate is the Element 115 backroom in the bunker.

Samantha's Lullaby Secret Song

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse samantha's lulluby

Another secret song easter egg can be found underneath the bunker in the already mentioned Element 115 room.

Enter the door to the right of the chalkboard inside the bunker and go all the way to the left. When you reach the end of the hallway you will notice a pond of purple water and some strange-looking bulbs hanging on the wall.

Now, you need to use a bucket and fill it up with the purple water from the pond. Then, you have to fill the bulbs with this water in certain order.

Keep in mind that a bucket is divided into three samples, so each of the six bulbs from left to right needs to be filled in the following order:

  • 1st bulb – 1 sample (1/3 of bucket)
  • 2nd bulb – 3 samples (1 full bucket)
  • 3rd bulb – 5 samples
  • 4th bulb – 6 samples (2 full buckets)
  • 5th bulb – 7 samples
  • 6th bulb – 5 samples

When all bulbs are filled properly, you will be able to hear Samantha’s secret song.

Seeds of Doubt

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse skull of nan sapwe

This is the final and the main easter egg on the "Zetsubou no Shima" map and it also gives you the last hidden trophy/achievement after you save Captain Takeo Masaki.

First, you need to reach rank 10 with your character, which will grant you an “Anywhere But Here” GobbleGum. You will also need a gas mask, a shield, and two new wonder weapons – Skull of Nan Sapwe and KT-4, which you can obtain by following this guide.

When you have the weapons in your inventory, equip the Skull of Nan Sapwe and head to the Element 115 room in the bunker. There you will see a wall covered with scraps of paper. You need to use the Mesmerize mode of the Skull to reveal the hidden part of the paper that will now allow you to find hidden walls.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse final boss

Next, go to the elevator room at the bunker’s entrance and use your new ability to reveal a hidden room with an engine that misses three parts. Here’s how to find them:

  1. Fight the Giant Spider boss located behind the Element 115 room in the bunker, and after defeating him, use your “Anywhere But Here” GobbleGum. This will teleport you to an unknown area with dragon eggs on the floor and the first missing cog from the engine.
  2. Plant a seed anywhere and water it with purple water several times, then hit it with your KT-4 weapon. As a result a missile will appear which you can load in a special gun located on the bunker’s roof. Wait a bit and you will see a plane flying overhead. Hit the plane with the missile and it will drop the second cog.
  3. First, you need to charge up your Zombie Shieldhere is the guide on how to do it (look for "Assault With Battery" trophy). Go to the zipline controller near Lab A and electrocute it several times with your charged shield. Then, use the zipline which will send you over the secret dock area with the third missing cog.

Lastly, go back to the hidden generator room and fix it with the missing parts that you’ve just collected. Use the elevator to go down and fight the final boss. Also, don’t forget to put on your gas mask, as the area is filled with poisonous gas.

This would end the walkthrough of the “Zetsubou no Shima” map in the Eclipse pack, and it’s now time to wait for another DLC that will offer a new exciting adventure and some more multiplayer maps.

Come back soon for more Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 guides at GameSkinny!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse Trophies Guide Tue, 24 May 2016 04:12:16 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Eclipse has a number of trophies which you can earn by accomplishing certain tasks. These trophies can significantly boost your gameplay, so it’s a good idea to get as many of them as you can.

This guide will help you earn all the trophies in the Zetsubou no Shima map for Zombies Mode including step-by-step instructions.

Sanguine Serum

This trophy can be achieved after you drink fresh Widow’s Wine – a Perk-a-Cola that has four effects: trapping zombies in the web, turning your usual grenades into sticky ones, replenishing your ammo, and buffing up your knife.

Here’s how to get Sanguine Serum:

  1. Build the new wonder weapon - KT-4. Here is the crafting guide.
  2. Find a spider’s nest near Lab A and destroy a blue spider’s web with your KT-4. This will open an entrance into a spider cave.
  3. Go inside the cave and defeat the Giant Spider boss.
  4. After killing the boss, go through the rest of the cave, and at the exit you will find the Widow’s Wine machine.

Herbal Remedy

This trophy is earned when you return to full health after bleeding or dying.

  1. Grab a bucket at the spawn and fill with blue water.
  2. Use it to plant a seed inside the bunker’s empty ground spots.
  3. You will need to water the plant several times and shoot it with your KT-4 every time as well.
  4. Do this until you see a seed appearing and glowing on the surface.
  5. It will transform into a DNA pod with a copy of your body inside, so next time you die, you will be reborn from this pod.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

This trophy is achieved after you obtain a new wonder weapon – Skull of Nan Sapwe.

Here is the full guide on how to find this weapon.

Crop Duster

This trophy can be earned after you kill ten zombies with your KT-4 weapon at once.

  1. Locate an area with a lot of zombies and let them chase you.
  2. As soon as you have enough zombies running after you, stop and start charging your KT-4.
  3. When your weapon is fully charged, target downwards and shoot into the ground.
  4. This will release a pool of acid around you and all zombies affected by it will die instantly.

Iron Lung

This trophy can be achieved after you stay underwater for a whole minute.

  1. Go back to the flooded area inside the bunker, where you obtained the plant for crafting KT-4.
  2. Look for spores on the walls.
  3. The spores will explode when approached releasing air which you can use for breathing.
  4. Do this for one minute while staying under water.

In the Belly of the Beast

This trophy is earned after you survive an attack of the Thrasher.

  1. You need to be attacked by the Thrasher and let it start eating you.
  2. Your teammates need to kill the Thrasher before you die.
  3. But even if you bleed to death and your teammates will survive, you will still earn the trophy after you respawn.

Assault With Battery

This trophy is achieved after you electrocute a zombie with Zombie Shield – a special weapon that you can craft after obtaining all the necessary parts.

  1. First part of Zombie Shield is located near the left side power generator on the map.
  2. The second one can be found in the artillery room inside the bunker – first door to the right.
  3. The last part is hidden under the right side power generator room.
  4. When you have all three parts in your inventory, go the crafting table in the bunker and build Zombie Shield.
  5. Complete the Trials of the Ancients challenge at the circular skull altar. Here is the full list of challenges.
  6. After you accomplish three random challenges, pick up your rewards and equip Zombie Shield.
  7. Soon the lightning will start striking the skull altar and this will also charge up your shield.
  8. Find a random zombie on the map and electrocute it with your shield.

Web of Defeat

This trophy can be earned after you destroy spider webs with seven possible weapons. Here they are:

  • Slashing with regular knife
  • Slashing with Bowie Knife
  • Normal Grenade
  • XM-53
  • Ray Gun
  • Trip Mine
  • KT-4

One Too Many

This is an unusual one. It requires your character to throw up.

  1. You need to have a bucket and a seed in your stash to grow a plant.
  2. Water the plant with three different types of water: purple, blue and green.
  3. This will cause a fruit to grow, which you can eat.
  4. If you have three or less perks, then eating the fruit will give you another perk.
  5. If you eat the fruit while having all four perks, your character will throw up, which will grant you the trophy.

Now, when you have all the trophies and perks, you can complete all the challenges and defeat all the bosses on the Zetsubou no Shima map.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse Multiplayer Maps Tips and Tricks Sat, 21 May 2016 07:18:29 -0400 Sergey_3847

Eclipse, the latest DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, is finally out on PC and Xbox One. It includes a whole new map for Zombies Mode – “Zetsoubu no Shima” - that takes place on an infested island in the Pacific Ocean. You can also obtain two new powerful wonder weapons there by following this guide.

Additionally, Eclipse DLC includes four new multiplayer maps: Spire, Knockout, Rift, and Verge. All four maps are very colorful and offer a set of new challenges to take. This guide offers a few important tips on how to use these maps in the best way possible.

Spire Multiplayer Map Tips and Tricks

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse spire

Spire is based on a futuristic transportation landing zone that was built to help vehicles travel around the Earth in a faster way. It is located up in the sky and has a few interesting spots to check out. Here’s what you should know:

  • Central lobby is the area that requires you to be especially careful, as it has a door in the very center where enemies can appear at any time. Also, there are overlooks all around the place, which open up your position.
  • However, you can take control over the lobby by setting up a Hardened Sentry that will lock and stop on any target that will appear in the overlooks.
  • If you want to use overlooks in the lobby to take out targets yourself, then Sniper Rifle is the way to go.
  • On the other hand, you just can ignore the lobby and focus on the hallways. The two best weapons in this case would be SMG and a Shotgun.

Knockout Multiplayer Map Tips and Tricks

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse knockout

The Knockout map is actually an island that combines Kung-Fu and 70s disco style with a gorgeous Shaolin Temple located in the middle. This map has a traditional Treyarch three lane structure and here’s what you need to know:

  • Your best bet on this map is to master wall running, as there are numerous pits with spikes on the bottom all over the place.
  • Also, high walls of the temple provide for excellent opportunities to wall run behind opponents and take them down.
  • For the exterior areas the best weapon is Launcher, and the interiors and narrow pathways are better cleared with a Shotgun.

Rift Multiplayer Map Tips and Tricks

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse rift

Rift is a typical military base located above some sort of crater, so you may have already figured out that this is another wall running map. Here are a few tips on how to use this map:

  • Multiple hallways on the sides make up for an excellent ambush tactics.
  • The middle area is totally exposed, so be very careful and don’t get caught up by your opponents.
  • Most hallways don’t have a floor, so use wall running to move through them, otherwise you will fall into the pit of lava.
  • The best weapon for this map is Assault Rifle, which is basically universal on both open areas and narrow pathways.

Verge Multiplayer Map Tips and Tricks

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Eclipse verge

Verge is the re-imagining of the famous map from Call of Duty: World at War, titled “Banzai.” It has a few distinct features that make this map special, such as the cavern system and the bridge. However, Verge is a much more challenging map than Banzai and here is how you go about it:

  • This map has a complicated layout, so it’s very easy to find a good hiding spot and just wait for your passing by opponents to take them down.
  • Learn the cave system on this map as well as you can. There are a few hideouts that can be effectively used to escape from the chasing enemies and quickly counter-attack them.
  • Another important area is water under the bridge right behind the boat. You can effectively use this spot to take out targets on the bridge with your Sniper Rifle.

Before entering a multiplayer mode check out all four maps in local mode and thoroughly explore the areas. Check out every room and every corner of the map – you never know which spot will fit you the best. Also, don’t be shy to use bots and have a few training sessions with them before playing against real opponents. Prepare well and you should do just fine.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Zetsubou No Shima Weapons Guide Thu, 19 May 2016 10:58:51 -0400 Sergey_3847

The new map for Zombies Mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Eclipse is available today – May 19, 2016 – on PC and Xbox One. The map is titled "Zetsubou No Shima", which features two new buildable wonder weapons: Skull of Nan Sapwe and KT-4, also known as Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi.

Both of these specialist weapons are extremely effective against zombies. Also, crafting them is necessary for obtaining certain trophies and achievements, if you’re going for a 100% walkthrough on this map.

How to get Skull of Nan Sapwe

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 skull of na sapwe

First, you need to find the ritual table with four skulls located in the area with four pillars. You can find this area in the south-eastern corner of the map.

You will notice that each skull has a corresponding glowing symbol attached to it. These symbols will change every time you start a new game, so try to finish this mission in one sitting.

You need to remember or write down the symbols that belong to each of the four skulls and then put all four skulls in your inventory.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ritual table

Now, you need to find four ritual stands that are scattered around the map and place each skull on its corresponding stand. Here are the locations of all four ritual stands:

  • The first one is located in the center of the spawn area at the broken wall.
  • The second one is below the plane propeller trap.
  • The third one is at the bottom of the zipline at the crates.
  • The fourth one is located inside the bunker.

After you place the skulls on the stands, you will need to defend them from the swarms of zombies. When all enemies will be killed, the skulls will light up and you can put them back in your inventory.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gatekeeprs

Then, go back to the first ritual table and put the skulls back on their corresponding places. After you do this, the secret passage will open up and you will gain access to the chamber with the Skull of Nan Sapwe inside.

After you activate the Skull of Nan Sapwe, you have to be ready to kill a bunch of gatekeepers before your newly acquired weapon will fully charge.

The Skull of Nan Sapwe has two attack modes: Vaporize and Mesmerize.

  • Vaporize mode sends all enemies up in the air and turns them into dust.
  • Mesmerize mode freezes all nearby enemies as long as the weapon has charge.

How to get KT-4/Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 kt-4

First, you need to activate the generator in Lab A that is located in the western part of the map.

Then, find a controller to a cage on the second floor and lower it down to the bottom of the floor. As soon as it hits the bottom, the cage will open and release the purple mist. This mist will attract spiders that will be trapped inside the cage.

After that, go back up and activate the cage once again for it to go back up. When it comes back, the robot hand will extract a vial of poison from the spider.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 spider

When you're finished, go to the bunker and find the door that is located in the farthest right corner. It will require 1500 points for you to open it, so you need to earn them before going there.

After you gain access to the room behind the door, you will see a flooded area where you have to jump dive. Swim to the very end of the flooded area and locate a plant that is required for crafting the KT-4 weapon.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 plant

Then, get out of the bunker and head straight to Lab B. There you should be looking for a very specific zombie with a green glow on his body. Kill him, and he will drop the last item required for KT-4.

When you will have all three items in your inventory, go back to the bunker and find a wooden crafting table to finally build this amazing new weapon.

KT-4 or Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi shoots liquid acid that makes zombies and spiders explode into the smallest pieces.

As you see, crafting these two new weapons is not that hard, so make sure to invest some time and add them to your stash.

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Infinite Warfare -- Haters Gonna Hate (and Activision Doesn't Mind) Tue, 10 May 2016 04:21:12 -0400 JunaeBenne

The recent Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer is receiving major backlash from its respected community.

The Infinite Warfare trailer has over 14 million views and one million dislikes ranking it among the top 10 most disliked videos on YouTube. CoD’s newest adventure really steps into the sci-fi realm -- unlike its competitor Battlefield 1, which has a World War I setting.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg responded to this news by saying how much he appreciates the fans and how candid they are. In a continuing statement, Hirshberg proposed the idea of why so many people hate the Infinite Warfare. He said there are the older fans that want the boots-on-the-ground combat, and then there are the newer fans that want a new adventure.

“Of course we know that there are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots-on-the-ground-style gameplay, and that’s why we made Modern Warfare Remastered. But we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that. And the good news is this year we found a way to deliver both in one package while keeping our community together.”

Many fans complained about Black Ops 2, which takes place in the future, and that game went on to be one of the most successful in the CoD series. (And it's possible that all the dislikes won't actually hurt sales at all.) There have been multiple futuristic games that give fans a warm up to Infinite Warfare, such as Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, and Black Ops III.

Modern Warfare Remastered is available as a bundled game for $20, but you can only get it if you buy Infinite Warfare. (That’s marketing for you.)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set for release on PC, Xbox One and PS4 November 4.

New Black OPs 3 DLC Release Details Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:29:08 -0400 _Glitchchic_

Call of Duty: Black OPs Eclipse DLC is available now for a discounted rate through the Season Pass, and contains four new multiplayer maps, as well as a continuation the zombies origin storyline. 

The four maps featured are: 


  • Retro Shaolin Temple
  • Mid-sized map
  • Exhibits a sharp contrast between the tight quarters within the building and those mid-range elements outside. 


  • A futuristic sub-orbital airport terminal that lays among the clouds
  • Includes multiple floors and open areas promoting mid-range combat
  • large map


  • Takes place in a harsh futuristic military complex above an active caldera
  • This map is perfect for close combat and good maneuverability
  • There is only one way out, forward
  • Small


  • Call of Duty's World at War map, Banzai, just got an upgrade. Here you will be dropped in the middle of a post-apocalyptic active war zone. 
  • Your goals are to take control over the major elements of the field, the bridge, the fortress, the tunnel systems, and the waterfalls
  • Mid-sized

The highly-anticipated Zombies experience: Zetsubou No Shima, serves as the second stop in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies storyline that takes place across four different DLC map Packs coming out this year. Our main characters will be stuck on a remote Pacific island which hosts a secret biological research lab, which originated the disease that's now spreading through the human race. Zetsubou No Shima includes new zombie enemies, transport mechanics, traps, and classic Zombies side quests.

There was a live stream of the content done by Ali-A which you can find it here or search the YouTube channel. Alia-A will be talking us through some of the new features along with Jason Blundell.  

This DLC in available for PS4. Sadly it is not available for either PS3 or Xbox 360.  

Activision Publisher Weekend on Steam - up to 80% off on popular titles. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:25:59 -0400 Chrisator

Steam is holding another one of their famous Publisher Weekend sales, and offering some great Activision titles for up to 80% off. With every single Call of Duty game on sale for great prices, this is definitely a PC gamer's dream sale!

Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the newest addition to the Call of Duty franchise, is the featured game in the sale. In this futuristic FPS, which takes place roughly 40 years after the events of Black Ops II, the players can make use of advanced technological weapons, gadgets, and body armor. While the gameplay has certainly built on the ideas seen in Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III is definitely a massive improvement, and has received a great deal of critical and popular praise.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is on offer for $35.99 (£23.99) at 40% off, with the Digital Deluxe edition, which includes the Season Pass, going for $74.99 (£52.49) at 25% off.

Other recent Call of Duty games on offer are:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II - $19.79 (£13.19) 
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - $19.99 (£14.99)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition - $29.99 (£19.99)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts - $19.79 (£13.19)

The FPS franchise isn't the only thing on offer however; the popular Prototype franchise is also available in the sale, with Prototype 2 going for $9.99 (£4.99) and Prototype on offer for just $4.99 (£3.74). These two unique open-world action games feature futuristic weaponry, shape-shifting craziness, and a whole arsenal  of cool gadgets and tools which make the game very interesting.

Another infamous game on offer is Deadpool. An interesting twist to the normal beat 'em up style of games, Deadpool adds a completely different level of both fun, and funny, to the genre. Going for $19.99 (£14.99), the game is on offer for quite a bargain. In Deadpool's own words:

There are a few important things I need to say before you crack into my insanely sweet game. (Oof. Here we go again.) I'm a mercenary with an accelerated healing factor. I've been described as unstable, which is just plain coo-coo. (Wait, do sane people say coo-coo?) I'm gonna battle for the safety of humans and mutants. (And even mumans.) Be prepared for just about anything. (Holla!)

Other titles on offer include Fast and Furious: Showdown going for $7.49 (£4.99), Singularity for $7.49 (£3.74), King's Quest for $6.69 (£4.68), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows for $7.49 (£5.99) and Timeshift for $4.99 (£2.49). You can find all of the games listed above and more on the Steam Activision Sale page here.

Call of Duty 2016... is in Space? Here's What I Want to See This Year Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:21:43 -0400 AwesumPawsum

I remember playing the first Call of Duty back in 2003. Obviously a lot has changed in 13 years, and thankfully Call of Duty tries something new every year.

With Call of Duty: Ghosts a few years ago… well, honestly not much stands out in my mind besides having a dog. But I still have lots of fun hiding behind a riot shield and tossing C4 I can explode mid-air.

..Yes, I still pick it up sometimes.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brought jet packs. And while those were cool for the first few hours, they didn’t hold my attention as long as I’d expected. Although it is still fun to dart around with a shotgun or knife, I don't really play it much anymore. 

The latest game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, brought out the specialists. Personally, I think this is the direction that every shooter should move towards. Having different characters with unique abilities improves replayability a lot and brings a nice new flavor to the genre.

It seems the industry agrees, considering how amazingly popular MOBAs are, along with new shooters like Overwatch, Battleborn, and Rainbow 6.

So what will the next installment of Call of Duty, expected out this November, bring to the table?

Word is--it’ll be in space.

Even though I personally would rather it move in a different direction, I’m not in charge, so I’ll take what I can get. Hopefully I get a few things I do want though.

Here’s what I’d like to see:

Troll Weapons

My typical playstyle in Call of Duty isn’t run-and-gun. Even though sometimes I like to pick up an SMG or assault rifle and have at it, I’m one of those guys with weird builds that gets on people’s nerves.

I tend to play with those weapons you don’t see often. Double pistols. The crossbow with explosive bolts. Riot shields. C4 you can explode in mid-air (Black Ops 3 made C4 suck.)

Hopefully in the next CoD I’m able to get some fun toys as well.

One of Each Character Per Match

One of the problems with Black Ops 3 is you can have six of the same specialist running around. How does it make sense that you have six Tempests on your team at once? There’s supposed to be just one of them.

Even though it doesn’t necessarily need to be just one per game (like in MOBA ranked games,) I would like to see each team only have 1 of each character. I understand that may be tougher on matchmaking, but if there are enough character choices it shouldn’t be an issue.

Interactive Environments

Let me start by saying that I understand Call of Duty and Battlefield aren’t the same. As someone who has put hundreds of hours in CoD over the last 6 years, you’re preaching to the choir. But Call of Duty needs environments that are actually impacted by the massive gunfights going on--just like the Battlefield games.

If someone shoots a rocket into a building (or space ship or whatever), it should do more than just leave a black mark. If a door gets blasted by a light machine gun or hit with a grenade, it should get blown to bits.

No more of this indestructible stuff. 

Improve the Killstreak System

I like the Call of Duty games with the Support and Specialist killstreak series. They fill a hole that I personally didn’t even know existed until they came about. Which begs the question--are there other ways to change the killstreak system?

For example, maybe each environment has special defenses, weapons or toys that can only be accessed by someone with a certain line of killstreaks. You can call him the Survivalist or Hacker or something. Something similar to what Ghosts implemented, but better and limited to players with that line of killstreaks selected.

Another may be something similar to the Specialist line, but tailored a bit differently as the player rakes in kills. So instead of gaining perks, maybe the player gains abilities like cloaking, a jet pack or a shield that automatically activates at 20% health.

What do You Want to See?

I play a lot of CoD, but as you can see I’m not the typical player. So what I want to see may be very different than what you’re thinking.

What do you want to see in Call of Duty in 2016? 

IGN and SiriusXM to produce daily esports satellite radio show Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:36:51 -0400 Mark Elgie

On April 11, a radio show dedicated to the ever-growing world of competitive gaming will go live on the Sirius XM Bleacher Report Radio channel, and it will be hosted by IGN.

The IGN Esports Today radio show, hosted by IGN's Kevin Knocke, will provide the latest news and analysis in the world of esports, offering listeners wisdom from well-known esports commentators on topics such as how to improve their skill, regardless of whether they compete in large or small-scale events. SiriusXM's SVP of Sports Programming had this to say:

"There are hundreds of millions of gamers in North America and as the world of esports continues to grow by leaps and bounds, so too grows the appetite for the kind of insight and advice that can give a player a competitive edge. We are very excited to team up with IGN to give gamers, nationwide, a truly interactive forum on SiriusXM, a place where they can call in and get valued info and advice from true experts to help them get a leg up on the competition. We’re looking forward to making IGN Esports Today a must-listen show for the gaming community.”

Fran Mirabella III, IGN's VP of video, is equally as delighted at these new developments, saying that this opportunity will allow IGN to better serve the needs of its audience.

"Combined with IGN’s massive global presence, non-stop video coverage, and leading social network, we’ll be reaching esports fans everywhere they are. Kevin Knocke has covered esports for over half a decade and is the perfect host for the job. He’s passionate to speak out on the big issues for the community, and has all the right connections. It’s going to be an awesome resource for fans.”

As part of their mandate to provide up-to-date news on the esports industry, the radio show will also tackle competitions in games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V, and Call of Duty.




New DLC pack coming to Black Ops III for PS4 this month Sat, 02 Apr 2016 06:35:07 -0400 Mark Elgie

EclipseCall of Duty: Black Ops III's second DLC pack, is set for an April 19 release, first on PlayStation 4 and on other next-gen consoles later. 

Treyarch's studio head, Mark Lamia, said that DLC packs like Eclipse are made possible due to the engagement and passion of their fans. 

"Eclipse continues to demonstrate our commitment to delivering the most exciting gameplay experiences possible with each DLC pack. We are pushing ourselves at every turn to craft new and unique ways to play."

Eclipse comes with four new multiplayer maps, and the highly-anticipated next chapter in the Black Ops III Zombie chapter: Zetsubou No Shima (Island of Despair). 

Fight through a high-tech airport terminal floating among the clouds in the Spire map. Fight through a maddening military complex located above a volcanic crater in the Rift map. Battle in a traditional Shaolin Temple with a retro element at play in the Knockout map. And participate in combat missions in a re-imagining of the classic Call of Duty: World at War map, Banzai -- here called Verge. 

The characters from Origins also make a return, in the continuation to the Zombie storyline: Zetsubou No Shima, where they face new threats on a Pacific island in the WWII era. The island is home to a facility known as Division 9, whose experiments with Element 115 have spawned monstrosities from human, plant and animal biology. 

The Eclipse DLC pack is available at a discount as part of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC Season Pass, priced at $49.99. 

Individual map packs are priced at $15.

Neither the Eclipse nor the Season Pass content will be playable on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.