Call of Duty Elite Subscribers Finally See Benefits

10 01 2012

Call of Duty Elite Members are finally getting to see some of the benefits from their $50 contribution to Activision pay off.  With the launch of the COD Elite iOS app today, and now with the announcement of Modern Warfare 3’s first DLC scheduled to hit Xbox 360 January 24th.  This is the first installment of proposed 20 DLC “pieces” over the next 3 months.  The hefty claim will include multiplayer maps, spec ops missions, game modes and “more”.  All of which Call of Duty Elite members on Xbox will get first dibs on.  Activision has set no date for Playstation 3 and PC releases.

Activision plans on releasing these DLC’s in or around March as “Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections” for us lowly non-Elite souls.  No prices for any of this content has been announced yet.  Let’s just assume it’ll be around the $15 range it always is. 

I’ll be curious to see what worthwhile content will be coming out next.

Burke

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The Call of Duty: Elite iOS App Lands Tomorrow

9 01 2012

So months after Elite members were promised dozens of awesome things for their extra mullah, the Call of Duty: Elite iOS app finally launches tomorrow.  Android users such as myself will have to wait until the slated date of January 17th to see our version.  The reason for the wait?  Chacko Sonny of Beachhead Studios had this to say to Joystiq,

“Part of the reason they’re not up yet is because we learned a tremendous amount at launch about testing and scaling and making sure that things are at the level that the community really, really wants it to be at before releasing them into the wild.”

I’m not going to sugar coat this, I don’t care what Beachhead had to learn, but don’t promise something to consumers, charge them and not have it ready.  Period.

But for those that still care, the mobile app will allow you to customize and deploy weapon loadouts, view recent matches, track challenge progress, and view career statistics such as your kill/death ratios.

Burke





Call of Duty MW3 Edition Jeep Spotted in Las Vegas

17 12 2011

Doctors...

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: MW3 Edition was spotted this morning at UMC in Las Vegas.  Apparently one of the Docs there is a HUGE fan of the Call of Duty franchise.  So much so, as you can see, he purchased this brand new Elite Edition that MSRP’s at around $40k.  Not too shabby, but way more than I would spend on anything game related.  Even if Dirt released a STI Subaru or Factory Fiesta I would have a difficult time dropping that kind of dough.  But to each it’s own, that Jeep could really kick some off road ass for all I know.  But enjoy the pics, the Jeep is really clean and does look pretty damn sharp.

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Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3? The Debate.

25 11 2011

 

 

 

 

Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? 

For at least a year this will be the debate fanboys of every console will be yelling obscenities over defending their sacred title.  But I question, why does one have to be better than the other?  When friends ask me which one I play, I reply with “both”.  I own and play both on a regular basis.  I actually prefer Battlefield 3 because I enjoy large maps and vehicles.  I’ll drive the shit out of a tank and destroy everything, that’s what I like.  But I also like to hop onto MW3 and just mindlessly run and gun sometimes.  But what if you don’t have the luxury of owning both?  What about the gamer on a budget?  Well my friends, you’re in luck because I’m going to break down each games defining qualities to help with your decision before you hop on Santa’s lap and ask for one or the other this holiday season.  This guide is going to be incredibly simple and easy to follow, it’s based on what your likes and dislikes are.  Enjoy.

Battlefield 3

  • The single player runs approximately 8 hours and is based on a marine and his squad, different vehicles, and the majority of combat taking place in the dusty streets of Iran.

Multiplayer

  • Very large maps.
  • Popular game modes include: Team Deathmatch, Rush, and Conquest.  Hardcore modes are also available.
  • The rank cap is 45 with numerous guns to unlock.
  • 4 basic classes to choose from: Assault, Recon, Engineer and Support.
  • Each weapon has 10 attachments, and other weapons can only be unlocked successfully by beating the co-op missions.
  • Multiplayer is very squad based, requiring teamwork to be successful. 
  • Vehicles are in most modes (not in Team Deathmatch).  Tanks, choppers, Hum-V’s, jets, etc.
  • Co-op missions are available, experience transfers over to multiplayer, and it gives you an opportunity to practice flying…since it’s not easy.

I enjoyed BF3’s single player more than MW3, but I rarely play BF3 multiplayer alone since it’s so squad intensive.  The ranking system is very in depth and takes lots of play time to promote.  Each class levels up on it’s own, requiring you to spend individual time with each.  BF3 is a huge title that definitely gets you your moneys worth.   

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

  • The single player lasts a meager 5 1/2 hours and is filled with Michael Baysplosions and cinematic thrill rides.  The mediocre story holds back this titles full potential, but it’s still a positive and fun experience. 

Multiplayer

  • Small tight maps with plenty of bottle necks.
  • Popular modes include: Team Deathmatch, Domination, Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, Sabotage, and the fresh and new Kill Confirmed mode.
  • Level cap is 80 with 10 further prestige levels.
  • You can customize 5 loadouts with any weapon you would like.  Each weapon used unlocks special attachments and specializations.  Strike packages with each loadout are completely customizable and can be used to assist your teammates or make you look like a god.  You choose.
  • Multiplayer is very fast paced and requires quick twitch reflexes.  “Spray and pray” is also optional and proves to be successful quite often.
  • MW3 has other multiplayer options including Spec-ops and Survival modes.
  • The $50 Call of Duty: Elite service allows you to check stats and get multiplayer maps on a monthly basis.  (saving you about $15 a year)

MW3 is meant for those looking for instant gratification reinforced with nonstop action.  I play MW3 a majority of the time alone.  Games don’t require a lot of teamwork, and you can be very successful alone in many of the game’s modes.  MW3 keeps you reaching for that next level, or that one attachment you need for your favorite weapon.  Sledgehammer Games didn’t wander too far from the MW2 model, proving if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.  MW3 does still have hacker problems, USB memory hacks and exploited connection issues are still a factor so tread lightly.

When you tell Santa which one you want, be sure to tell him Nerd Farm helped you choose.  We’re actually tying to not get coal this year…

nerdfarm  

  





A Single Player Take on Modern Warfare 3

12 11 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Single Player) Review

Srsbizniz was nice enough to give Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer high marks, but my single player review of MW3 isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just not that great.  Have you played MW2?  If you have, than you’re in for no surprises.  Hitting the ground running, MW3 continues the ongoing story of MW2.  Boasting a whopping 5 1/2 hour campaign with no real plot twists or unexpected outcomes, MW3 is a cinematic epic FPS on rails.  It did have some “shock factor” moments though; *SPOILER* when killing an airport full of civilians just isn’t enough, you kill a child on vacation.  I’m not upset with the scene, but it didn’t add anything to the story, maybe it was there to induce some anger deep down inside of me for Makarov, but it didn’t, and it didn’t really shock me either.  Infinity Ward definitely went for broke, que the Michael Baysplosions and death defying escapes, in which you survive and limp away from…often.  MW3 does not slow down and is continually dragging you along for the ride, there is no rest for the wicked.

Everything isn’t subpar though, Modern Warfare 3 does have improved graphics and weapon mechanics.  The city scapes were impressive, but you get little time to enjoy the scenery while being shot in the face.  While I knew what cities I was fighting in, I didn’t recognize them, it didn’t feel like I was fighting in NY or Paris even after seeing iconic landmarks.  It just felt too surreal.  Cinematics transition in and out of action smoothly, but made the game feel too much like an interactive movie, and less like a video game, taking too much control out of the players hands.        

Modern Warfare 3 is an over the top action adventure filled with plenty of head shots and explosions.  The game continues to be in your face screaming, yelling and tugging at you to move along.  It’s hard to complain about constant action, it’s really an action movie lover’s wet dream.  But the lack of an intriguing story and strong characters, besides  Capt. Price, there’s much left to be desired.  The game does end with much needed closure concerning Makarov, and finishes with everything we already knew about Price.  He’s a bad ass.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (single player) scores a B. 

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