Call of Duty Elite Beta: Day 17

9 10 2011

At this point I can feel Black Ops wearing me down, muting every 12 year old who feels like singing into his mic.  Not many of my friends play Black Ops anymore, so I’m forced to incessantly converse with myself.  But respectively, Battlefield 3’s beta wasn’t anything that looked more promising.  So the blog about the beta continues with my much needed page, IMPROVE.

IMPROVE essentially shows you every map, weapon, attachment, perk, killstreak, and game mode with Infinity Wards “insider tips” on how to use everything to it’s greatest tactical advantage.  For example you can click on any map and see where every flag, bomb site, capture point and headquarter is.  If you’re bored and would rather study a map instead of actually playing that is.  Watching video like a god damn Monday morning quarterback.

Nuketown Domination capture points marked.

Next you can click on any weapon Black Ops provides seeing it’s stats (that really mean nothing), tips on how to use that weapon, a video guide, and your personal performance using that weapon.  Below the Primary weapons you can choose Secondary weapons and attachments.  I chose the Olympia because my accuracy with the weapon is pretty impressive…

Note the devestation it causes.

Clicking on a perk such as Ghost  suggests that you use a sniper rifle, silencer, and combine it with the Ninja perk to harness Ghost’s full potential.  Also when you scan down you can see your performance on attaining Ghost Pro.

Why doesn't anyone throw down Sentry Guns anymore?

Killstreaks are next, giving you just an overview and your performance using each Killstreak.  The information given here isn’t very impressive and acts more as just a stat recorder.  Lastly you get to see all the available game modes.  Choosing one brings up an overview of that mode, “tips”, suggested classes, and killstreaks.  Your performance in that mode is recorded at the bottom of the page via your completed and active challenges.

The Willy Pete? Really?

And that completes my tour  of the Call of Duty Elite Beta site.  I have to say I’m really impressed with it.  Activision has something here, and as disinterested as I am, curiosity keeps bringing me back to see how I’m doing.  I’m not even a stats nerd, I don’t care about them, but the site is so shiny and nice, so inviting.  It’s really because of this site I’m now looking forward to Modern Warfare 3 and not so much Battlefield 3.  Well played Activision, but I still hate you.

Noobwatch 2011

Prestige 4 Level 38

Winning Percentage

  • 67%

Kill/Death Ratio

  • 1.22

    Call of Duty Elite Beta: Updated Day 12

    4 10 2011

    The Call of Duty Elite site is back up and running, I didn’t notice any major changes, so we’ll continue onto what the COMPETE page is all about.


    The COMPETE page is all about, you guessed it, competing.  What your competing for is glory and in some cases, for those that signed up for the “Premium” package, real life prizes.  You get the option to compete in two different categories: Events and Lone Wolf Operations.  The days of these operations are in bold in the calender above the events.  Events will give you the opportunity to enlist in sweepstakes and even take on some of the Call of Duty developers.  Real life prizes include COD t-shirts, pins, water bottles, …wall clings…, COD poker sets, etc.Examples of some of these events right now are: Capture your best running dive kill, Get your video featured on Roll Call, and Capture an Epic Explosion.  Most of these events run over a 5 day period, and as you can tell they really want you to utilize the in game video feature provided.

    The Lone Wolf Operations are a little different than the other Events.  They last only one day, are challenge based, and winning is based on stats.  Examples of some Lone Wolf Operations: Highest total kills in Hardcore Free for All, Highest total flag returns in Core Capture the Flag, and Highest total kills in Core Team Deathmatch.  All of these events give you badges and have actual real life prizes for winners in the top 10%, 25% and 50%.  You enlist for all of the events before they start, a timer shows the time left in the event, and you can check out leaderboards at any time to see where you stand.  To help explain the COMPETE system a little more, check out the video kindly provided by Infinity Ward.

    These events are great for any person who wants to play Call of Duty, they just alienate people like myself who know for a fact they don’t play COD enough to put up such numbers to even put them in the top 50%.  Activision has really hit something special here though, no other game that I know of has embraced their community like Call of Duty.  If this is what the “Premium” package gets you, I can see this option flourishing.

    Noobwatch 2011

    Prestige 4 level 36

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    The next post will be detailing the IMPROVE page of Elite. 


    Call of Duty Elite Beta Day: 12

    4 10 2011

    The Call of Duty Elite site seems to be down at the moment.  I hadn’t received anything saying the beta was over, so I can only assume that the site is down for minor maintenance.  My next post was going to cover the COMPETE page, hoping to shine some light on the new “Events” COD will have you playing in.  I’ll have more information about this situation when the site comes back up.  Keep posted.

    COD Elite Beta: Day 6

    28 09 2011

    Onto the 6th day of beta testing the new Call of Duty Elite site, a few days ago I covered the CAREER page, this post will be detailing everything you need to know about the CONNECT page.  Activision is claiming that Elite is a “must have” service that will improve how COD players connect and interact with each other.  The CONNECT page isn’t exactly that, it really has nothing to do with connecting you with anyone.  You can choose up to 20 groups, most are featured college and professional sports teams, or create your own “Group” using up to 16 characters.  Pick the “Groups” that fit or interest you the most.  Following these “Groups” will make it easier to see how you fare on certain leaderboards.  This video should help explain this concept better for all you visual learners out there.

    I placed myself into two Groups to see how I fared, the Las Vegas Group, and Washington_Elite (University of Washington).  I was disappointed to see that they were only keeping track of Most Kills, Highest Score, Most Wins, and Wealthiest.  These stats have nothing to do with skill, only show how much you actually play COD: Black Ops.  I hope they change or add a best kill/death ratio or win % showing a persons relative skill level.  A tab for Clans is also there, but a “Coming Soon” sign hovers around it.  We’ll have to see how that works in the future.

    Noobwatch 2011

    Prestige 4 level 35

    Kill/Death Ratio

    • 1.22

    Winning Percentage

    • 68%

    COD Elite Beta: Day 4

    26 09 2011

    I decided to take part in the Call of Duty Elite beta hoping to catch a glimpse of what Acitivision has planned for it’s upcoming title you may have heard of, Modern Warfare 3.  Although this Elite beta has nothing to do with MW3 right now, it is a working progress of how you will track your stats while playing MW3.  I plan to share with you all the details of the site as it shapes and grows into the final product you should see well before MW3’s release.  Unfortunately you will hear about my terrible stats, but I’m in this for the ride, not the glory.

    Day 4

    The site right now is  , you should be able to apply for the beta there also. The header for the site right now allows easy access to leave feedback strongly encouraging testers to tell everyone about how the beta is doing and has featured news with tips and tricks of the trade.  When you log in you have four pages to choose from: CAREER, CONNECT, COMPETE, and IMPROVE.  Today I plan on going in depth into the CAREER page.

    Your CAREER card allows you to see las maps played and current loadouts.


    You open the career page with a lumped summary of your past performances.  All of this data being collected is from Black Ops only, for now, and has your recent matches stats, custom classes, personal bests, leaderboards, weapon performance, and your theater all recorded down to the minute.  I have to admit I was pretty excited when I saw my gamertag and emblem pasted right on top of the Summery.  Scrolling down the page you can see your winning percentage, kill/death ratio, xp and credits earned in extreme detail.  Every number as I could see was current even to my last game played only a few hours ago.  Friends you’ve played with are displayed and of course gives you an option to post them on Facebook.  You have the option to manually track players and follow GroupsGroups so far consist of universities and professional sports teams, nothing I’m too interested in at the moment.  And now onto the Showcase tab of CAREER.  In Elite you can enlist in “Operations” and “Events” where you earn badges that will be displayed proudly in your Showcase.  In the upcoming days I’ll go into more detail about these “Operations” and “Events” when I cover the COMPETE page.  The CAREER page is finished with your Enlistment Schedule covering “Operations and Events” you have upcoming, in progress and completed.  So far I really like how the site is designed, it’s clean and easy to navigate.

    You can look at your Black Ops Playercard stats, so for giggles I thought I would post my numbers up for each post and entitle it “Noobwatch 2011

    Prestige 4 level 34

    Winning Pct.

    • 68%

    Kill/Death Ratio

    • 1.22