Activision

08.12.12

LONDON -- Team USA makes it back-to-back Olympic golds with a 107-100 win over spain, the same team they beat 118-107 at the Beijing Olympics in a similar down-to-the-wire thriller. LeBron James led the way with his great plays including a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter in the tight game where Team USA only had a one point lead after starting the third and fourth quarters. Most of the Team USA ballers are also big gamers off the court including Kobe and LeBron. We talked to them exclusively about their gaming in these exclusive video interviews.

07.18.12

In the late '90s, gamers normally far too uncoordinated or scared to try skating themselves, were enraptured by Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Players could take control of Tony Hawk and several other popular skaters, then take them through a handful of 90’s teen inspired maps.

06.26.12

When the development team at Beenox took control of the Spider-Man franchise for Activision, little did we know that they’d be able to do so much with it.  Shattered Dimensions, which released a couple of years ago, came out of nowhere, introducing four different Spider-Men types and plenty of fast-paced action for players of all types to enjoy.  Last year’s release, Edge of Time, wasn’t nearly as successful, whittling playable characters down to two, but it was still quite engaging, and backed by an interesting time-travel storyline.  But, honestly, a lot of players were wondering, “When will the Spidey games go back to the ‘swing through New York’ formula as we remember them?”  Well, wonder no more, because here’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

06.14.12

When Men In Black III came out a few weeks ago, I actually thought it was a fairly good sequel, especially considering how abysmal Men In Black II was when it came out ten years ago.  Was it a sequel we really needed?  Nah, but it was certainly welcome, especially with the time travel gimmick.  But we can’t help but wonder where that ingenuity went when it came to the sub-licensed game Men In Black: Alien Crisis.  Because, honestly, there’s just no fixing this mess.

06.11.12

The idea behind E3 was to showcase the latest and brightest games of 2012, but there are always a few games that disappoint us. Some games on our list made serious changes to their formula, and not for the better. Other games took center stage at E3 when they shouldn’t have. There were many games at E3, but here is our top five list of disappointments.

06.10.12

The free-to-play market had a huge showing at E3 and was showcased at Sony’s Online Entertainment booth. Recently SOE converted all of its most popular MMOs into the model, giving new life to D.C Universe while reintroducing fans to the PlanetSide series.

06.09.12

When Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure released last year, Activision and the development team at Toys For Bob were taking a pretty big gamble, producing toys that interacted with the video game at hand, presenting a unique new experience for gamers everywhere.  But, boy, did it pay off.  Making over $30 million in revenue between game and toy sales, it proved to be a reputable new franchise for the company.  So, of course, it’s understood that they’re taking advantage by releasing a much-improved sequel in time for the holiday season.  You ready to take on some Giants?

06.09.12

One of our most anticipated games for the summer is actually coming right near the end of it, High Moon Studios’ Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.  We’re not sure if it’s the genuine old-school appeal of the 80’s franchise (and we mean in the form of animated series, not Michael Bay’s movies) or the fact that 2010’s War For Cybertron was immensely enjoyable.  Either way, we’re in for a treat with the sequel, as Activision recently invited us to go hands-on with it at a pre-E3 session.

06.09.12

While Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man are great games in their own right (and proof that Beenox has a heck of a track record), there’s this inescapable thought that the games feel “closed in”, without giving Spidey too much room to roam around.  It’s a change of pace from what we were able to do with him in Treyarch’s movie-licensed Spider-Man games.  Again, they’re not bad at all, but some of you have been clamoring for a return to the “go anywhere, do anything” style.  Well, later this month you’ll be getting just that with The Amazing Spider-Man.  And Activision recently invited us down to go hands-on with him.

05.27.12

The Simpsons is a license that’s seen its fair share of good games and bad in this industry.  On the bright side, we’ve gotten a few unforgettable gems, like The Simpsons Arcade Game, the enjoyable Simpsons Hit & Run, and the somewhat tolerable Bart vs. the Space Mutants, a game that made up for its control issues with genuine tone from the show.  But for every tolerable product that came out, we also got a mess that was hard to comprehend, let alone play, thanks to a bad concept or a generally bad game design. Talk about having a cow, man...

05.24.12

To celebrate the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection #2, Activision enlisted NBA stars Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz to go head to head in a Face Off Challenge, a special edition of the Call of Duty Grudge Match for ultimate bragging rights. Jennings and Hayward captained teams featuring development studio members, online personalities and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans in an intense battle before settling the final score in the all new Face Off. Hayward talks about the experience and his own gaming habits in this exclusive video interview below.

05.22.12

You’ve seen the first trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, right?  The one where our own drones are turned against us in the face of a new enemy and plenty of chaos happening around Los Angeles?  Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Recently, Activision invited us to a pre-E3 event, where it showed off the first gameplay footage, a good ten minutes worth of tense future action.  And we can tell you right now – Treyarch hasn’t lost a step between the first game and the second.  In fact, it’s learned quite a bit with the tweaks it’s made to the familiar Infinity Ward tech.

05.21.12

With The Amazing Spider-Man set to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in a matter of weeks, Activision will be introducing the best of both worlds when it comes to the web slinger’s gaming adventures.  On the one hand, the development team at Beenox is handling the game, and you already know about the work they did on Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time.  On the other, they’re going with the open level design that worked so well in previous Spider-Man games before that.  You can’t lose.