November 18, 2009 |
On a cloudy Friday afternoon on Venice Boulevard in West Los Angeles nearly two weeks ago, about 50 people were waiting to buy a video game that wasn't supposed to go on sale for four days. "Do you have it yet?" an eager customer asked an employee of the store Game Play. The object of his desire, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, officially launched Nov. 10. But despite the recession that has crimped consumer spending, demand was so high that many stores started selling it as soon as shipments arrived.
November 8, 2007 |
Oh, so this is how a war game should be done. Give us spectacular, edge-of-your-seat warfare action and graphics that border on unbelievable. Seamlessly mix in a story line with unexpected turns and a variety of weapons, even a "smart bombing" aerial assault like those seen on CNN. Add to that an immersive multiplayer mode that will be this year's answer to Resistance, the PlayStation 3 online staple released last year.
December 29, 2009 |
With 2009 drawing to a close, we thought it was important to put down our PS3 controller -- and stop playing Modern Warfare 2's brilliant online multi-player mode -- just long enough to reflect on the best games we played over the year. Though it's probably physically impossible to play every game that came out, of the titles we tried, here are our top 10: No. 10: Assassin's Creed II Renaissance Italy is the star of Assassin's Creed II, complete with ornate structures full of ledges, railings, windowsills and protruding bricks.
January 6, 1991 |
A thick noonday fog covers Mt. Khalil. The massive walls and silent towers of the Krak des Chevaliers rise out of it like a ghost ship adrift. It has been 720 years since the last homesick Crusader rode from the gates of this invincible fortress. Long gone, too, are the sultans and their victorious Muslim armies. Today, in the fields below the deserted Krak, Syrian peasant women in billowing pantaloons till their crops.
March 5, 2010 |
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has led to legal warfare at Activision. Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward Inc. who were fired Monday, have filed a $36-million lawsuit against publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Santa Monica-based Activision fired the executives to avoid paying them royalties on the military shooter game Modern Warfare 2, which was released in November and has generated more than $1 billion in retail sales.
September 12, 2010 |
The cars begin rolling through the security checkpoints before dawn. Here, in a sprawling complex amid the craggy rock outcroppings of north San Diego County, 3,300 workers are building a new generation of weapons central to the military's vision for modern warfare. This is where General Atomics Aeronautical Systems makes the Predator and Reaper drones, robotic planes that can thread the rugged mountains of Pakistan, capture video images of terrorist hideouts and launch 500-pound Hellfire missiles to blast them apart.