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Prototype 2 launch parties spread the Infection

Johannesburg:
The city of Johannesburg seemed calm that night; however, little did it know that a virus had been spreading amongst the population at a rapid rate, this virus was called the Mercer virus… Upon arrival, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosebank Johannesburg, I came into contact with others who seemed keen to spread the infection with me. The plan for the widespread infection was easy enough and it came in the form of Prototype 2, which I might add; had already hit the city of Cape Town at the same time thanks to the team at 2upGamers. With one goal in mind, we all congregated in one of the conference halls to be briefed of the current contamination statistics.

Jarrod Lane from JHBGamers kicked off the event formalities; however, he had already been struck down by the Mercer virus, but he pushed on to provide a sensational introduction to what promised to be great evening filled with Monster Energy drinks, Boerewors rolls and a hands on experience with Prototype 2, thanks to the team at Megarom Games and Maingaming South Africa. After Lane’s initial introduction, Devon Stanton from Megarom Games introduced us to some of the major highlights of Prototype 2, as well as a rather interesting teaser trailer of Diablo III, which made everyone’s excitement levels hit a major high point for the evening.

Once the formalities were out the way, many of the attendees rushed off to socialise, play Prototype 2 and consume as many Monster Energy drinks as humanly possible. If that was not enough, Jarrod Lane and Devon Stanton gave away quite a few Prototype 2 t-shirts and also held a lucky draw, which saw two attendees at the event walk away with a copy of Prototype 2 each.

Overall, the Johannesburg event was a massive success and left a lot of the attendees glowing, which could have been the result of all those Monster Energy drinks, or the fact that they just experienced a really fantastic evening… I think it was quite honestly a little of both.

Cape Town:
Thunder, lightning and pouring rain; all this was not enough to stop gamers from leaving the comfort of their homes to attend the Cape Town launch party for Prototype 2, organised by the guys from 2upGamers. The air was a little icy upon my arrival at the Rygersdal Sports Club in Rondebosch and the crowd of early arrivals was a small one. Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? Was I at the wrong event? Turns out it was neither; it seems as if the weather had made everyone’s journey just a little bit longer.

After a little while, everyone was invited inside and processed at the security checkpoint. Thankfully, I made it past the guards and was ready to spread the Mercer Virus even further. After nearly all of the attendees had grabbed a seat, we were welcomed by Glenn Alexander from the 2upGamers Team. After this warm welcome, the team attempted to make contact with the launch party taking place in Johannesburg, organised by JHBGamers. Unfortunately, we were not able to make contact with them, despite the constant trying. Before allowing those in attendance to go and play Prototype 2, Mr. Alexander decided to give out a few T-shirts to those who could answer questions correctly. Now that’s how you start off the evening!

Three Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles were set up so that many gamers could have a crack at the game at the same time. Man, did they run to those consoles! I swear that I saw one gamer actually standing with a controller in his hand for most of the night. I don’t even think that he had something to eat.

After a little while, food arrived in the form of Hotdogs, New York City Style. The beverage of choice for the evening was Monster Energy Drinks; if nobody was infected upon entering the building, they definitely were after having a sip from that can, with a sugar rush that is.

There were also a few cosplayers who showed up for the event. One gamer was dressed up as a soldier in full military gear while another was outfitted like the anti-hero of the first Prototype game, Alex Mercer, complete with blade-arm. Also, I’m pretty sure that I saw someone dressed as Goku or Gohan from the anime series, Dragonball Z. However, there could be only one attendee who could win the prize of having the best outfit. That prize went to the gamer outfitted like Alex Mercer. You may be asking, “What prize did he get for his effort?” Well, he was lucky enough to receive the Prototype 2 Blackwatch Collector’s Edition. How awesome is that?

All in all, it was a great event. Lot’s of socialising took place and many laughs were had throughout the evening. Everyone in attendance was even lucky enough to receive in-game DLC for Prototype 2, courtesy of Megarom at both events. The end of the evening also had many gamers excited as the 2upGamers 5th Round would be taking place on May 4th, not too long to wait until the next get-together.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Bringing Back the Passion

Somewhere between Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 something happened… I would not call it something great, but it was something that made me lose interest in the COD franchise. As a COD player, After many sessions, I did not feel the need to jump online and play Ghosts after a few months after the game’s release, nor did I want to venture back into the world of Black Ops 2. The reason for this was I felt the franchise needed something more… something different… something exciting. While Ghosts was great, it became very stale, very quickly. Fast forward to 2014, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has finally captured my attention as well as brought back my passion for competitive and non-competitive gaming.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

At Internet Solutions, which is based in Johannesburg South Africa, Megarom interactive held the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare South African Industry Friendly Invitational. The event saw media, folks in the industry, as well as community members go head-to-head in a battle for ultimate glory. The atmosphere was spectacular and there was plenty of food, drinks and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to go around for everyone.

During the evening we got to play some rather epic multiplayer matches. Most of the matches were played between 3 modes, which included: Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, and one of the newer modes to hit the COD scene – Uplink. For those not familiar with Uplink, it is essentially the COD version of Basketball. Players take the field, obviously armed to the teeth, and try their best to either throw a ball through a virtual hoop… or jump straight through it. It was by far one of my personal favourites as it is such an intense mode to play.

Overall the evening was fantastic! The ITF Gaming COD team placed 3rd overall, with HTXT in second place, and Lazygamer taking 1st place. Now, as stated earlier, I mentioned my lack of passion for COD over the past few years… so you are probably wondering what has changed. To kick things off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks great in the graphics department; however, looks are not always everything. One of the biggest reason why I am officially back on the COD scene is due to movement. Characters move more fluidly and the addition of the Exoskeleton and jet pack combo changes gameplay completely.

Movement plays a vital role in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as characters can now dodge bullets, escape the blast radius of exploding grenades, and high-tail it out of massive firefights with grace and style. The jet pack also allows you to reach areas that are much higher up as well as assist with getting from one side of the map to the other at a much faster rate.

The jet pack also allows players to essentially not feel like sitting ducks on the playing field. There were many times where I found myself in a few tight situations; however, with the high speed movements that the jet pack and Exoskeleton offered, I felt I either had a chance to escape… or I had the ability to take on my attackers as I could move around them fast enough to obtain a triple kill. This is one of the biggest reasons why I have felt the need to venture back into the world of COD. To add to this, a lot of the multiplayer modes require players to create and switch between classes. Some modes require speed and agility while others need a slower and more calculated approach.

When playing online, players also have the opportunity to select one perk for their Exoskeleton. These include a quick-deploy shield, temporarily generate health, or cloak themselves for a short period of time. There are more options; however, this will be covered in our upcoming review.