Call of Duty Ghosts Hits $1 Billion in Sales on Day One

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Activision expressed concern months ago that Call of Duty Ghosts would have to gain steam at retail, because the impending launch of the PS4 and Xbox One were going to slow things down. Looks like Activision was bluffing. Today, the company announced it has sold $1 billion worth of Call of Duty Ghosts games in 24 hours. Those sales results are jaw-droppingly good to begin with, but GameStop has confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts is also the retailer's most-preordered next-gen title. With a smaller upcoming install base of PS4 and Xbox One … [Read more...]

Skylanders Swap Force Review

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I purposefully held this Skylanders Swap Force review to see how my kids responded after playing it for a few weeks. I certainly have my own ideas as a mid-30s game reviewer, but Skylanders Swap Force is technically geared toward a younger crowd, so seeing their response was important to me. Did they lose interest after the novelty of swapping figures wore off? Did the missions stay fresh? Did the new Battle Pack and Adventure Pack keep them intrigued? So three weeks in and with the new content in tow, I asked my seven-year-old son to give … [Read more...]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Coming to Xbox One, PS4 in Spring

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Activision used the NY Comic-Con to unveil The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is planned to launch next spring alongside the Sony film of the same name. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the first "new" games to be announced that will appear day-and-date at retail for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in addition to the other current-gen consoles (Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3. It will also have a Nintendo DS and Windows PC version. Developed by Beenox, the same studio that created the original The Amazing Spider-Man, this sequel is a third-person … [Read more...]

New Skylanders Boomcast Webisodes Explore Swap Force Goodness

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There's a ton of energy surrounding the upcoming release of Skylanders: Swap Force, and what better way to capture energy than hosting a weekly YouTube feature? OK, that was somewhat rhetorical; we can think of many ways. But, for Skylanders fans who can't get enough of the billion-dollar franchise, Activision has taken the wraps off a weekly Skylanders webisode series called the Skylanders Boomcast. Hosted by Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Zachary Gordon, the webisodes deliver everything fans might want to know about the awesome franchise as we … [Read more...]

Watch the New Call of Duty Ghosts Squads Trailer

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Like millions of other gamers, we're looking very forward to Call of Duty: Ghosts and its release on both the current-gen and next-gen systems. We've had the good fortune to play it on Xbox One for five hours, but one of the new game modes wasn't available at that time. Today, it's available for your viewing pleasure in a new Call of Duty Ghosts Squads trailer, which you can watch below. Squads introduces a whole new level of competition to Call of Duty: Ghosts. Combining the multiplayer experience with AI, Squads lets you play a variety of … [Read more...]

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Double XP Weekend Starts Now

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Just a quick heads-up for all you COD gamers out there: a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Double XP weekend is upon us starting tonight, as Activision gets people all hot and bothered for the Sept. 26 release of the Call of Duty Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC on PS3 and PC. Black Ops II Apocalypse has been available exclusively for Xbox 360 for weeks now, but it's coming to the PS3 and PC on Thursday. So, if you want to brush up on your COD multiplayer in preparation for that, this weekend's your chance. The Black Ops 2 Double XP weekend is in … [Read more...]

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Apocalypse PS3 Release Date

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Listen up, PS3 and PC owners. Activision has announced the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Apocalypse PS3 release date. The fourth and final Black Ops 2 DLC will release on Sept. 26. Black Ops 2 Apocalypse had previously been a timed exclusive on Xbox 360. With COD: Ghosts coming up later this fall for PS4, Sony-console-owning COD fans had been eagerly awaiting this final DLC pack for last year's epic. In case you didn't already know what's in store when the Black Ops 2 Apocalypse PS3 release date rolls around, it includes four multiplayer maps ad … [Read more...]

Skylanders Swap Force Nintendo 3DS Version in the Works

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Activision today announced that a Skylanders Swap Force Nintendo 3DS version will ship this fall alongside all the other iterations of the game. The Skylanders Swap Force Nintendo 3DS version features a unique adventure complete with its very own story, levels and special starter pack characters. Billed as a complementary experience to the console version, Skylanders Swap Force Nintendo 3DS will include three new characters: Rattle Shake, Volcanic Eruptor and Free Ranger. Although these characters are included in the other versions of the … [Read more...]

Skylanders Giants Sidekicks Figurines Mobile App Tie-in

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We're big fans of Skylanders Giants, and not just because four members of our editorial staff have kids. The franchise is just plain fun. Skylanders Swap Force, which we recently got to play with several new characters, seems to be shaping up even better for those adults in the household. But before Swap Force ships, Activision and Frito-Lay are co-promoting a mobile app that highlights the Skylanders Giants Sidekicks figurines, among others. Frito-Lay and Activision have teamed up to launch the Skylanders Giants In-Store Adventure mobile … [Read more...]

Six New Skylanders Swap Force Toys: Hands-On

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On the eve of Gamescom, I had the opportunity to get hands-on with an updated build of Skylanders: Swap Force to see (and dynamically swap) some new characters. The approachability of the overall game is in line with the franchise’s young-gamer roots, but the new ability to swap the top and bottom halves of real-life toys to create new on-screen characters adds a level of gameplay depth the franchise hasn’t yet seen. In some respects, Skylanders Swap Force is growing up alongside the young gamers who made it a hit. But fret not: it hasn’t lost … [Read more...]