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Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4) Review

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“Clues mean torture, which is okay because the results lead to more shoot-outs. In trying to convince an audience that torture is reasonable, dialog piles on eye-rolling commentary: “Besides, he’s an f’n terrorist,” seconds before hemorrhaging the victim’s brain. Everything must be approached in a blockbuster, low attention span theater way. Black Ops III turns itself sideways trying to expose the possible cost of not torturing – the loss of 300,000 people in a cataclysmic explosion could have been stopped if only we suffocated more people beforehand.

Fear still works, only now instead of an inconvenience at the airport, people are paying $60 for the privilege of seeing their fears justified.”

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One) Review

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Advanced Warfare thus turns into an opposing statement on selling war, seemingly without noticing Call of Duty’s own lucrativeness is doing the same thing. Whether an entertainment venue or private military contractor is irrelevant; they both exist to glamorize the unglamorous.

And really, this is all glamor with the production value of Hollywood and the showy technical gusto to texturally render pores on Kevin Spacey’s digital face rather than film the actor himself. Point-to-point, Advanced Warfare guns down spawning streams of rival militants and terror groups in a near future almost too cozy with normalcy. Illogically holographic computer hardware and mechanical Exo Suits are comfort food futurism born of Tom Clancy-isms.”

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Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3) Review

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Call of Duty has gone beyond the serendipitous blending of first-person shooter and summer blockbuster. It has turned into Rambo III or even Armageddon, which flip up the American flag in a display of empty Patriotism. This is not support for country or glimpse of what may have been (or be) so much as it is soulless rhetoric. This aptitude for malignant shooters has created a culture around the maiming of intruders which we continue to digest even without change.”

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