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April 26 2011

Play as Sarah Michelle Gellar in Call of Duty: Black Ops expansion pack. No, really. It's called "Call of the Dead" and you can play as Robert Englund, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo as well.

That is... well, I want an Xbox now. Did Sarah actually voice herself?
Ha. Buffy zombies! Yes, I'm getting this.
The trailer is awesome.
Wow, she sounds just like Giselle Loren!
Dammit, NOW I'm mad that PS3 doesn't get it for another month. But that is freaking. Awesome. OMG.
Finally a reason to get an X-Box!
I wonder if it's possible for more than one person to play BuffySMG. A little Buf on Buf action. With guns. (Never helpful).
Nah, you can only be one of the four characters. Hopefully she's one of the first two, and therefore available for split screen play.
Did SMG actually do the voice acting?
Yes as far as I can tell. I bet this ends up being into a actual movie.
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't watch that.
Is Sarah wearing the famous red leather pants from Buffy in this? It seems they all have costume nods to the actors most prolific work. Robert Englunds hat looks spiffy.
Scarecroe took the words right out of my mouth. "SMG" sounds an awful lot like Giselle Loren in this trailer.
Wow, I just don't see any connection between Buffy and a Call of Duty games. Weird. I actually kind of hate those games
There's no connection. It's not even supposed to be Buffy, as they can't legally use that character without licensing and approval. They just happen to have picked Sarah Michelle Gellar and dressed her 3Datar in the same manner as Buffy, given her a Buffy knife and Buffy catchphrases.
Arkham258 - The connection is that this expansion pack has zombies, hence using famous zombie killers/zombie creators such as George Romero, Danny Trejo etc.
How have we not heard anything about this? I suddenly feel coerced into playing this. I need some pseudo-Buffy in action.
Dude, this flippin awesome!
I need to listen again because that, to me, didn't sound like Sarah.
I don't play call of duty, but I'm willing to sink to that level to play this. Just hurry up and make another Buffy game instead!
And now I'm getting COD. Thank you Romero for showing us how to use consumerism and proving that we are all zombies.
How have we not heard anything about this?


We did actually hear about it on Feb 18 when Danny Trejo posted a picture of himself in a motion capture suit and mentioned it was for a game that included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker, and Robert Englund.The post about it was quickly pulled though .
Oh geez, I don't play the COD games but may have to get it just for this!!
Damn it! I may just have to break down and replace my 10 year old Mac with the latest Mac Pro in order to run this on Win7 using Bootcamp.
My kids all play COD but I'm not into war gaming (gimme RPG alllll the way). However, after seeing this expansion I must have it! That trailer was so EPIC!
There had better be a scythe as an upgradeable melee.
Sure sounds like Sarah to me!
Pretty furring awesome!
This is awesome. I'm not a Call of Duty fan, but because of the Rodriguez style, Sarah Michelle Gellar & Danny Trejo, it's got me very interested.
It would also be awesome if it became a movie, and with the great improvements of graphics since the Buffy video games, it makes me want a new Buffy video game on PS3/Xbox.
I have wanted a new Buffy game since the Xbox 360 came out! Can you imagine how great a new Buffy/Angel game would look!! And of course I've wanted a Firefly/Serenity game as well, using a RPG like Mass Effect as a template.
Call of Duty games just seems so very anti-Buffy to me. It's very pro-military, pro-war, pro-guns and glorifies males as heroes rather than women. They always claim that these games don't glorify war and violence and yet they get so much attention, sales and notoriety from having things like a level where you play as a terrorist and gun down innocent people at an airport

I just tire of the predominance of shooters in video game culture today
I've always wanted to play Buffy in a Final Fantasy-style game. I think that would be the best platform for the genre - heavy on the story telling, character development, and a range of playable characters.
I love final fantasy and I love Buffy seeing that universe in a final fantasy type RPG would just be fantastic.
Call of Duty games just seems so very anti-Buffy to me. It's very pro-military, pro-war, pro-guns and glorifies males as heroes rather than women. They always claim that these games don't glorify war and violence and yet they get so much attention, sales and notoriety from having things like a level where you play as a terrorist and gun down innocent people at an airport.

As someone who has played through and owns Call of Duy: Modern Warfare 2 (the aforementioned game with the airport shooting level, I have to note you don't have to shoot anything during that level or it can be skipped. Compared to other games like Dead Space, the Fallout series or any of the Solider of Forture trilogy - noticibly including non-shooters - that I've played, the "No Russian" mission is somewhat tame when you look at the presented level of gore and detail. Still extremely violent, I will admit...and it's squick-inducing to know you can gun down innocent travellers with a light machine gun but the level was meant to be something of a grey area moral dilemma that I imagine undercover law enforcement and intelligence agents face frequently.

Besides, I am not sure you can really call Buffy (the character or the series) anti-military, but more anti-authoritarian. Other than Joyce and Giles - whose roles as people in positions of power over Buffy and the Scoobies were subverted into more support roles - all figures of authority were either curb-stomped as a Big Bad or sidelined as useless figures mired in their own rectal-cranial inversion disorders. Similar, yes...but I think different enough that such a blanket statement is a disservice IMO.

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