Call of Duty Online

For once, the attempt to expand is bringing benefits to the customers. Due to the banning of gaming consoles in China, Activision has decided to come up with a clever way to route the Chinese government, and spread its influence to Chinese gamers. Call of Duty online will be a Free to Play online First Person Shooter.

That’s right, you read correctly. It will be free to play.

Even though playing the game itself is free, gamers will have to dish out cash in game if they want to buy perks and weapon classes, but it is a small price to play for the potential of dominating the internet as the best CoD Online shooter. With the game being free to play, Activision will still need a way to pay for running its servers without sacrificing their ‘noble’ cause.

In a Game Rant article, they assure gamers that the online version won’t be too different from the multi-player modes on other Call of Duty titles.

Judging by these screen shots, players will still need a decent computer to play the games, as the graphics are not sacrificed for the online gaming experience.

For the original Gamerant article, click here.

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So RZA and Tarantino walk into a bar: Man with the Iron Fists Preview

It’s time for a good old-fashioned Kung Fu movie! Ooops, did I say old-fashion? Actually, I meant a new age kung-fu movie pumped up with steroids and Quentin Tarantino-ism. The Man with the Iron Fists is a soon to be released martial arts film that is packed to the brim with famous actors, epic action, sexy sex and blood that practically pours off of the screen. After all, you can’t spell Kung Fu without F and U.

While the name Quentin Tarantino is printed above the poster, he is not the director, or writer of the story. No, the film was actually written and directed by renowned rapper, RZA, who you may know from the Wu Tang Clan, but don’t let that make you think that it is any less awesome, as the film boasts an impressive cast, including Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, David Bautista (a.k.a the wrestler Batista), and RZA himself. Below you will find the trailer, but be warned, it is not for the weak of heart, and the trailer itself is rated  R.

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The Plot

While the trailer shows a whole lot of ass-kicking, there is very little revealed about the actual story, save for what we see in the beginning. RZA, who is a blacksmith in a small feudal-era Chinese village, is forced to take up arms and defend himself as well as his fellow villagers. We see hints of a power struggle in the scenes of combat, which leads me to assume that some Chinese families are vying for power; however, how the blacksmith and his village play a role in this, I am not sure.

Even so, while story adds spice to the metaphorical dish, people watch Kung Fu movies for the fighting sequences, not the stories, and the trailer shows that people will not be left wanting in regards to that. We see that there are numerous fighting styles within the story, including classic martial arts, western shoot and stab fighting, ninja like fighting tactics with weapons, and some degree of supernatural elements as we see Batista, who’s name in the film is ‘Bronze Skin’ live up to his name when facing numerous enemies. This, along with the assumed balls-to-the-wall beat ’em up fighting that I hope to see with RZA’s character will provide a refreshing new taste to my movie palate.

Yeah, a black man in Feudal China, you got a problem with that?

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The Analysis

It is rare for a film critic to be truly impressed by a martial arts movie (save for legendary movies such as ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘ and ‘Hero’) so I wouldn’t be expecting a high score on Rotten Tomatoes. The fact that this is a movie that has Tarantino’s name stamped on it will probably automatically alienate people, as his name beckons gratuitous violence and gore. While I am not about to jump the gun and say that the movie won’t be considered on the ‘Top Movies of All Time’ list, I will say that it is probably not a film meant to enlighten those who watch it. Even so, it will be a fun film for the younger viewers to watch and get pumped up.

With a tantalizing combination of beauties such as Lucy Liu and Jamie Chung with beasts such as Russel Crowe and David Batista, the movie has the potential of being a sexy flick- a candle that burns bright but dies quickly. I wouldn’t say it shows promise in the long run, but hey, I could be wrong.

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