Ahead of it’s upcoming October 12th release date, the latest Call of Duty game has dropped a new trailer. At this stage most of the game is a known quantity, especially after the multiplayer and blackout mode beta. All the Black Ops staples are present and accounted for, including plenty of gadgets, a big multiplayer emphasis and a zombie mode.
The Good and the Bad
Hype around the Blackout PUBG clone battle royal mode is very high, especially from the PC gamer crowd with many online stating it’s the only reason they’ll be getting the game. It’s not all roses though, there is some controversy around the server performance, especially in the early game when there is potentially up to 88 players on the map. The server tick rate (the rate at which the server sends and receives updates) starts at just 10Hz before jumping to 20Hz once a few players have died and there is less action to track.
To compare this against a faster paced competitive shooter, CS:GO has a variable tick rate with the pro’s playing between 64 and 128hz. (that means 64-128 server updates per second)
So lets cross our fingers and toes that the launch goes smoothly and there is plenty of servers on day one to keep up with what will undoubtedly be a tremendous amount of players trying to get in to a blackout match.
With the release of Battlefield V and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 inching ever closer, it’s time to take a closer look at this year’s hook. Video games, much like pop music, is a hit driven industry. Wildly popular trends start with a single smash hit then a mad rush to try and improve upon the winning formula. There was an era in which it felt every second game had some sort of Zombies in it. Shortly before that an era of WW2 shooters and most recently, it’s battle royale.
With two blockbuster shooters due to land soon, Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V are all aboard the PUGB train. Love it or hate it, with battle royale being a big part of both upcoming games, lets see how they compare.
What is Battle Royale Exactly?
The term was initially made popular by a film of the same name from the year 2000. 9th graders were left on a deserted island with nothing more than a map, food and various weapons. Of course the last one left standing could leave the island, but break the rules and your explosive collar goes BOOM.
Sound familiar? Hunger Games? Running Man? The Condemned? Well it wasn’t a new concept. Films and books had covered it before in some form or fashion but it was this time the name stuck.
Strip out the food and explosive collars, replace 9th graders with a blend of bland random characters and what do you get? Well, the biggest game of the last year, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG).
So in a nut-shell, Battle Royale in a game is just some form of last man standing survival. Typically with some form of ever shrinking map to keep up the intensity.
Blackout Vs Firestorm
Blackout is what the Call of Duty team are calling their PUBG copy while Battlefield is calling theirs Firestorm. While the two share a lot with their formula, there’s also a lot to split them. Lets take a look at some of the key differences;
Blackout is set in a near future Black Ops universe with (yep, you guessed it!) AI controlled zombies. On the other hand Firestorm is of course set during WW2. The name comes from the ring of fire slowly creeping in from the edges of the map.
Firestorm is currently set to feature 16 teams of 4 players each to reach a total of up to 64 players. Blackout is launching at 80 and developers haven’t ruled out adjusting that number up or down.
The Release Date
Blackout is set to hit October 12th with a beta going live on the 14th of September. Meanwhile Firestorm’s beta kicked off today and runs through to the 11th with the full game set for November 20th.
The Hardware Requirements
At this stage we only know the BETA hardware requirements and they are of course subject to change before release.
Graphics card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or better
Available Disk Space : 50GB
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Recommended Requirements
OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k / i5 8500 or Better
RAM: 12GB RAM
HDD: 25GB HD space
Video: GTX 1060 6GB or better
Keep in mind these ‘Recommended‘ settings are typically to allow for medium graphics presets at 1080p, don’t expect set the game to ultra and rock it at 4K if you only meet the requirements above.
While we don’t have any proper benchmark results of the final game yet, we would suspect at max graphics presets you will need a pretty beefy GPU to keep up. Not to mention Battlefield’s ray tracing implementation exclusive to the new range of RTX GPUs due at the of the month.
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Of course as always, you know for a fact that the PC version of the game will be the definitive. With the best graphics and mouse / keyboard controls the old consoles will be a far cry from the PC versions glory. There are plenty more details yet to be released so stayed tuned for updates if you’re at all interested in either of these two games.
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is right around the corner and traditionally it’s the time when all the big game studios make announcements for upcoming PC game releases. This year, like most, a lot of the content that will be shown at the show is being teased by the publishers in the weeks lead up to it.
While there are still surely some big name titles that will be announced during the show that we’re going to miss on this list, below is a ‘Pre-E3’ top five list of games we’re personally looking forward to the most this year. If there are enough additional games announced at the show we’ll be sure to follow up with a ‘Post-E3’ list also.
Call of Duty : Black Ops 4
All aboard the battle royal train! Activision and Treyarch have their eyes on that PUBG and Fortnite money and for the first time ever in a call of duty title, a massive open world large scale battle royal style survival mode is on the way. Dubbed ‘Blackout’ it will sit along side the traditional multi-player modes the game franchise is known for and of course it’s beloved ‘Zombies’ mode.
Stepping down to make way for the Blackout mode is single player much to some fans disappointment however the stats showed that most Call of Duty players never really played it anyway, so maybe it’s a good move? Let’s wait and see how well they pull off the rest of the game before making that judgement.
Release Date : October 12th
The long awaited RPG built in the Unreal Engine by french studio Dontnod Entertainment has already gone gold and just a few short weeks away. This third person action game follows the protagonist doctor turned vampire as he progresses through the open world story line with the 60 inhabitants of 1918’s Spanish flu ridden London.
The player has the option of killing characters to level up powers and gain new abilities but the developer insists the game is beatable without making a single kill and the story and game endings shift dramatically with each character that dies or survives.
Release Date : June 5th
Jurassic World Evolution
Triple A big studio sim or RTS games are few and far between these days but British developer Frontier Developments of Planet Coaster and Roller Coaster Tycoon fame has been working on a theme park simulator based on the 2015 film Jurassic World for the past few years and the end result is about to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Listed as a ‘strategy and economic simulation’ game by Wikipedia and Steam, it has all the classic tropes from a theme park simulator game with guests paying for entry tickets, wondering from attraction to attraction and stopping to buy over priced snacks in between, only this time around they have the very real chance of becoming a T-Rex snack before making it to the gift shop.
A big take away from the trailers released so far is the visuals. The game looks great for a theme park simulator enhanced by some real first class animations and weather effects to add that all important extra layer of believably.
The Crew 2
Published by Ubisoft, the Crew 2 is right around the corner with an open world map, single and multiplayer modes, an overhauled game engine and not only cars and bikes but the addition of planes and boats!
Release Date : 29th of June
Battlefield V (Vietnam or World War 2?)
It’s only been teased by EA with nothing more than a logo and a 3 second video but with the full announcement happening within the next 24 hours there are lot of avid Battlefield fans eagerly awaiting news of what will no doubt be one of the biggest multi-player shooters of the year.
With the emphasis on the ‘V’ in the title and the very long time since we’ve had a Vietnam themed Battlefield game it seemed like a no brainier! That was until EA released a 3 second clip of an in game cut-scene in which a blurry looking iron cross logo in the corner, not there is a lot of speculation around V standing for ‘V for Victory’ world war two slogan famously adopted by Winston Churchill in 1941.
Release Date : TBD Q4 2018 (November?)
Bonus : Rage 2 (2019)
While the first Rage game left a lot to be desired in the game play mechanics, the art direction and overall theme (very ‘Mad Max’) was a winner. The sequal moves away from the idTech engine of the original and this time around is using the Just Cause engine (Apex by Avalanche Studios) more suited the large scale open world it’s going for.
Leaked by several major retailers prior, Bethesda finally made it official on May 14th and released a trailer that definitely didn’t disappoint. Targeting a hard R18 rating with a focus on over the top hyper stylized combat with customisable weapons, vehicles and large scale environments it’s definitely one to watch closely if your a fan of FPS games or the apocalyptic wasteland settings of games like Fallout and Borderlands.
Release Date : Q1-Q2 2019
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