Sunday, December 2, 2018

Video Games for Christmas: Destiny 2 Forsaken and Call of Duty Black Ops 4

I’ll be honest, gaming is not my thing. I do like some games, I’m just not good at them. However, I do have a few people in my life that love video games, so I enlist their help when I need it. Being that it’s Christmas time, video games are great ideas. I wanted to share with you two options that may work for you; Destiny 2:Forsaken and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.  

All-New Destinations to Explore
This expansion takes place on an all new destination, The Tangled Shore, and new largest endgame destination, The Dreaming City.

All-New Cinematic Story
Following the Red War, the Reef is in shambles and the entire region has become a “lawless frontier”. After the fall of the Prison of Elders and the death of your friend/mentor, players embark on a mission of vengeance to hunt down the man (and the gang) responsible. But lurking just underneath, something unseen works a bigger game – one that could mean the end of the mysterious people, known as the Awoken.
Adventure and Activities for Returning and Competitive Players
Two teams of 4 race to summon a Primeval enemy and be the first to burn it down. Disrupt the other team by sending a combatant blocker or invading directly with one of your own players.
FIGHT Shoot aliens until they’re dead. Your enemies will get stronger over time, so work together to defeat them quickly.
COLLECT Pick up the Motes that drop when your enemies fall. You can hold up to 15, but you lose them if you die.
BANK Drop your Motes in the center structure. Earn a Blocker by depositing 5, 10, or 15 Motes at once. Bank 75 Motes to summon a Primeval.
INVADE When your bank reaches 25 and 50, you can send one player through a portal to invade the opponents' arena.

All-new Raid
At the center of the largest endgame destination, The Dreaming City, players will find a brandnew Raid, “The Last Wish” which will go live at 10am PDT on Friday, September 14.
Wield New Powers
Guardians will have a host of new Supers at their disposal in Forsaken. Featuring 9 new supers, three per class, players have even most choice when to comes to how they will showcase their power.
Collect New Weapons, Armor, and Gear
All-new weapons and armor for players to acquire including the new weapon archetype, the Bow.

MULTIPLAYER Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s multiplayer experience delivers the most tactical depth to-date. Featuring a gritty, grounded combat experience, Black Ops 4 Multiplayer is set between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3 and serves as a prequel to the game’s Specialists and their backstories. Multiplayer has been revamped to a whole new level, designed to offer more choice, reward more styles of play and create an even more intensely competitive experience.

SPECIALISTS Specialists return in a big way: their weapons and equipment are unique to each, so combining Specialists based on style of play and game mode adds a new level of strategy and team creativity – it’s all about synergy.
o Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features a combination of new and re-imagined Specialists, all of whom have distinct combat profiles and abilities.

 TEAMWORK Multiplayer in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 places an emphasis on tactical teamplay that rewards all play styles that contribute to a team’s success, not just individual performance or K/D ratio. Players can combine their talents with other players to become force multipliers, making the team more superior than any one player could be on their own.
o Players are strong on their own, but unstoppable as a team, especially when they combine Specialists in strategic ways to work together.

PLAYER MOVEMENT AND GAMEPLAY PACE The pace of Black Ops 4 has evolved, without slowing down the speed of the player. Combat is more tactical, yet more fluid than ever.
o Black Ops 4 multiplayer is a grounded experience, with no thrust-jumps or wall-running.
o It also introduces a new manual health system that you must strategically employ: choose when to regenerate your health as it recharges on a cooldown.

ZOMBIES This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Call of Duty Zombies, as Black Ops 4 delivers the biggest Zombies offering at launch ever with three full Zombies experiences.

NEW STORY/CHARACTERS Black Ops 4 Zombies marks the beginning of a brand-new storyline with new characters.
o Voyage of Despair is set aboard the RMS Titanic, an iconic and monumental setting where our four protagonists discover the truth that befell the doomed passengers on that fateful night. o Set in ancient Rome, IX thrusts our four protagonists into a coliseum where ritual sacrifices may be required.
o Expanding on the fan-favorite Mob of the Dead, the third map Blood of the Dead features the Origins characters from the previous Zombies storyline visiting the purgatory dimension of Alcatraz.

MORE CUSTOMIZATION In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Zombies will be the most customizable experience to-date, giving players access to customizable options that allow players to change the fundamental rules and systems of the Zombies gameplay experience.
o Black Ops 4 Zombies will include Custom Games and new Game Modes, which will deliver a more personalized Zombies experience – allowing players to tailor the challenge and difficulty to their play style, and experience the game in a new way.

BLACKOUT Blackout is a celebration of the Black Ops community, introducing a brand-new Battle Royale style mode steeped in the Black Ops universe. Blackout pits the most players ever in franchise history against each other, in the biggest map in Call of Duty history, all with the signature Black Ops combat players know and love.

 BLACK OPS PLAYABLE CHARACTERS AND FAN-FAVORITE LOCALES Blackout will feature classic playable characters from previous Black Ops games with a colossal map that features locations inspired by fan-favorite Black Ops multiplayer maps, including iconic areas from Nuketown and Firing Range.

CLASSIC WEAPONS AND VEHICLES The mode will feature classic Black Ops weapons with different ammo types and equipment that players will loot and scavenge in the map. Players will also find and drive land, sea and air vehicles.

Between the two games, Dan’s favorite was Call of Duty: Black ops 4, but that’s because he has friends and his brother that also have it, and he can play with online. Both games are great and you can get for PS4, Xbox one, and PC. If you have a gamer on your gift list, I highly recommend checking these out. If you can’t get to the store for the physical copy, you can buy a digital download (perfect for a stocking stuffer).

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  1. These both sound like games my boys will love. I will have to get them each one.

  2. I am with you I am not a good gamer but my son is. He would love any one of these games for Christmas.

  3. My husband is the biggest gamer in our house. I play a bit, but he is in to games like these. I already know he wants this one!

  4. Games tend to be winning gifts with the guys in my family. With all of the new features, I think these will be a lot of fun for them.

  5. I love COD Zombies so much! I have not played the last 2 but the ones before that were such classic games that made me jump and kept me on the edge of the seat.

  6. Those are on MY list! Maybe I'll share them with the kids...maybe not!

  7. I had no idea Destiny 2 had come out. My son absolutely loved the first one. Great gift idea!

  8. Toni | Boulder LocavoreTuesday, December 04, 2018

    This looks so cool! My kids will surely love these!

  9. Maybe it's time to buy a video game for husband for Christmas. I am sure he will love this one. It has all the features he likes.

  10. These games are perfect for my brother. I will recommend it to him, he will surely love those.

  11. These are great game ideas for older kids or men. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. I know my boys will love these games! Thank you!