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As mentioned in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal, MXDWN Games is here in sunny Los Angeles for the Call of Duty XP event. We got to see all the event has to offer, which includes Zombie Laser Tag`, and extensive looks at the Call of Duty World League, and the 80’s reboot to the popular Zombies mode.
If you could snag tickets, the XP event has a ton to offer. Taking place around the historic Forum venue in Inglewood, CA, the event will be the site of the newest Call of Duty games, including the Black Ops III DLC that will be announced on Monday.
First and foremost, Call of Duty XP features the finale of the World League tournament. We watched live a few of the matches between some of the best players in the world, and it was a spectacle to behold. Each team is fighting over their share of the $2 million prize pool, with the victor taking home $800,000. The finale will be on Sunday, and MXDWN will be there to provide the details. Can’t make it to the event? Watch online either on Twitch, YouTube, or in-game on Black Ops III.
Also at XP is a few fun side events for daring participants to enjoy. We witnessed Call of Duty paintball, on a remake of the Nuketown map. There was a massive zip-line that covered the entire parking lot. Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa are playing on Sunday (time to be determined), which is sure to be amazing. Zombie laser tag was fun, but make sure you conserve your ammunition, unlike this reporter, as there’s a special surprise waiting for you at the end.
But, besides the marquee championship, the real meat and potatoes of the event is the games. Positioned in different tents around the facility, you will be able to play Infinite Warfare multiplayer, BlackOps III DLC, and Modern Warfare Remastered. In addition to those, we are able to report that we have played both the new Zombies mode, as well as the Jackal Virtual Reality simulation.
The new Zombies mode is a hilarious take on 1980’s pop culture that is set in an amusement park. The sound design is the pinnacle of the game, with the feedback the players get from head shots is glorious. There is a satisfying crunch to using weapons like the Banshee and M1 Garand. The gameplay is similar to the older titles, where you fend off zombies in round-based combat, purchasing guns with cash and repairing structures to slow down the shambling onslaught. You can also use your hard earned cash to purchase different wings of the amusement park, opening up new areas for stronger weapons.
We also played the amazing virtual reality simulator, Jackal. It used the PS4 virtual reality equipment, which was impressive in its responsiveness and immersion. As a fighter pilot stationed on a interstellar space station, you are tasked with repairing the damage that asteroids have caused. Lo and behold, you are ambushed by a renegade ship, and you must partake in space combat. And it was awesome. The virtual reality graphics and technology has come a long way since its inception. Be careful those who get motion sickness: after pulling some sick barrel rolls and flips, even I felt disorientated, and I’m the type who can do every roller coaster back to back. There is something amazing about staring off into space in your own ship, or seeing the massive size of a planet in the distance. Make this one a high priority if you attend the event. As of writing, there are no plans for a release of this demo, but if this is what’s to come, there’s plenty to be excited about.
Day one of the XP event was spectacular, and we will have more announcements about Infinite Warfare’s campaign mode among others coming at you shortly. Stay tuned.