The Call of Duty franchise is best known for its multiplayer, but nearly all of us venture through its story during the first week or two of launch. We all know about its notoriously difficult ‘Veteran’ difficulty. Treyarch appears to be upping the ante with a new “Realistic” difficulty.

The new difficulty setting is revealed in the game’s trophy list published at Exophase. No additional details were revealed about the “Realistic” game mode. Maybe there won’t be regenerating health. And maybe there won’t be endless respawning enemies until you reach a certain point. One can hope anyways.

Dead Ops Arcade, the mini-game featured in the original Black Ops, also appears to be making a comeback according to the trophy list. In Black Ops 1, the mode was a simple twin-stick top-down shooter. Just like Zombies, your goal was to survive as many rounds as possible against waves of more difficult zombies.

Check out the gameplay below of Dead Ops for Black Ops 1.

I guess Dead Ops Arcade 2 will keep the twin-stick top-down gameplay. I don’t see why Treyarch would try anything different.

The trophy list also reveals what appears to be the max multiplayer level. It’s 55. You can check out the rest of the trophies over at Exophase, but there are some small spoilers for the story and Zombies mode.

“The lines between humanity and military technology have been blurred”

So have the lines between what’s real and what’s not. Last week, Treyarch released their story trailer for Black Ops 3. In it, we saw the normal montage of Call of Duty action we’ve come to expect. But we also saw a few brief glimpses a World War II tank and soldier. Check out the trailer below if you missed it. Check out the German tank and soldier at 2:04.

Another trailer from April sets the stage for the Black Ops 3 story.

Shadows of Evil

Treyarch is the master of Zombies, and they are back with a new take. Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough and Ron Perlman star in “Shadows of Evil.” Head back to the 1940s as you and three friends tackle waves of undead as you try to unravel the secrets of “Shadows of Evil.” Melee weapons? Check. Pack-a-punch? Check. A riot shield with rocket boosters on it? Hell yeah!


Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is coming on November 6 for Xbox and Playstation platforms and PC. Those of you still rocking the Xbox 360 and PS3 should know that the game’s story mode will not be coming to those versions.

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