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Activision, 72andSunny Bring the House Down with ‘Epic Night Out’

“Epic Night Out,” the splashy new 90-second Call of Duty: Ghosts spot from 72andSunny for Activision, is indeed epic, and easily riffs on the four-guys-who-have-fun-in-danger motif made popular by The Hangover. There are a few celebrity cameos, a crumbling Las Vegas set, and classic music, Sinatra’s “Live Until I Die.” Very epic. But no baby, though. Instead, the four heroes and their dog travel from desert wasteland, to cityscape, to outer space, and then to a frozen tundra. With the music and quick editing, it’s hard to pay attention to anything else.

I’m all for first-person shooters, and I don’t think they are ruining kids. If this spot were for the U.S. Armed Forces, that would be different. But, it’s worth pointing out that guns, explosions, apocalyptic Vegas, Frank Sinatra, and Megan Fox is way past the boiling point of glorying violence for a TV spot. That’s sensory overload for all of the juiced up gamer-guys who are going to sit in the basements and pretend not to pee in empty soda bottles. It’s also brilliant misdirection.  And if not for the Grand Theft Auto V ads, this would be the best video game spot I’ve ever seen. Credits after the jump.

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The Juke is Now an Urban Legend

TBWA\Toronto has rolled out “Weather,” the second of three spots in the agency’s Nissan Juke campaign (“Dread” being the first). Directed by Psyop, the ad seems like its parodying the ending of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, what with the whole dropping something into the fiery volcano to save the world bit. The only thing missing is Frodo in the driver’s seat.

Apparently, Juke’s all-wheel drive system is powerful enough to withstand any form of weather and save a city from annihilation, thus meriting it urban legend status alongside Bloody Mary, the Jersey Devil and, um, Candyman.  Too bad the car’s design isn’t all that intimidating. See credits after the jump.

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