Modern Warfare 3 DLC Rings in the New Year!

1 01 2012

And to kick off the new year, Activision is throwing some DLC your way! If you purchased the CoD Elite service which has mostly been broken but still cost you $50, then rejoice. On January 24 you will be playing some brand new maps. No real word on how many yet, and hopefully if since we are forced to pay for them, it won’t be just some “Redux” versions of old maps. I mean after all it’s “the greatest selling first person shooter of all time”. Or at least that’s what Activision would tell you. At any rate, a few new maps will do the franchise good, maybe even spark some players to drop the game they are currently playing and pick up the old CoD mantle once more.

The aptly named "Park" a park...



Where are the Creative IP’s?

3 12 2011

Just a thought, but is anyone else tired of the Tower Defense formula?  For the last couple years, this idea has been almost as popular as throwing in zombies to sell ANY video game. From the original DotA to Dungeon Defenders, it seems like the public isn’t getting tired of this over saturated genre. And when I say formula, I would like this to extend to the idea of just not creating anything original. Granted I am not a game designer, but how hard is it to generate new ideas?

Hail to the king baby!

In the mid to late 90’s we saw a rash of first person shooters pop up because two companies generated the Doom and Duke Nukem titles. Both took the idea of handing the player a gun and letting them run wild in areas with little consequences.  In the years that followed, improvements were made and weapons were added.

But something happened….

 Did the public become complacent? Do we not expect much from our companies except to shill out some bastardization of something we once loved without question. And like mindless hordes of undead, we stand in line for hours to get our hands on this “brand new” machination, only to find out that it is simply reheated leftovers from what they were cooking before?


I guess all I am saying is: We the consumer public need to hold the companies to a higher standard. They want to make money and we want to play video games. Those two should go hand in hand. But what we don’t want is the garbage they scraped from the bottom of the production barrel being inserted into our consoles. Just saying…



8 11 2011

Now before you get all uppity reading the header, don’t take it the wrong way. I LIKE the Modern Warfare franchise. I like the leveling up, I like the myriad of multiplayer modes, and the piles and piles of weapons and upgrades they throw at you. But to be quite truthful, this “MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF THE CENTURY” title does for the first person shooter genre what Madden does for football.

Lets look at the pro’s: Solid game play, quick and rewarding level system, most of the time you will be matched with players of the same skill level (MOST of the time) and all in all this installment doesn’t, to me, let anything feel too over powered. They have taken the kill streaks and put them in to two separate categories so that no one player can have TOO much firepower. The perks have been reworked and altered slightly so you shouldn’t be seeing a “god-mode” set up any time real soon. One gripe I have though is the Support kill streak package, which allows a player to obtain extra perks instead of weapons for his or her kill streak rewards, and I think this alone will lead to many god mode combos and rage quits (a small few probably by yours truly). But over all the MW Team took a winning formula, played it safe and had another major success.

One new game mode is “Kill Confirmed” which is a team deathmatch variant which not only requires kills to win the game but promotes Non-Camper style gameplay in that it requires players to pick up gold dog tags dropped by their kills and “deny” kills by picking up red dog tags dropped by teammates. This mode is my particular favorite especially in hardcore mode, although I notice my teammates seem to be either nowhere to be found while I am being shot or looking the opposite direction until I’m dead. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

If you are looking for tried and true “if its not broke don’t fix it” game play, modes you know were good and are good again, I recommend Modern Warfare 3.  You can’t go wrong with a good thing.


Get Your Modern Warfare 3 on Early

3 11 2011

This morning around 5 a.m. PST Kotaku reported that a Kmart in Tampa, Florida had sold copies of Modern Warfare 3 for PS3 early by mistake.  Apparently boxes sent to Kmart were marked for immediate sale, so the employees unknowingly put them out on their store shelves.  After receiving this news I got off work and went down to my two local Kmarts to see if I could get my grubby little hands on a copy.

A pic circulating around the web of a PS3 copy from the Tampa Kmart.

My quest for an early copy of MW3 was almost a success.  The first Kmart I went to did in fact have an empty spot marked for MW3.  I asked an attendant if there were copies in the back, he checked and confirmed there were 95 copies in the store.  He informed me he would have to get a hold of the electronics clerk for verification.  The electronics clerk suspected the games release was this coming Tuesday and consulted this weeks Kmart add.  There it was, releasing 11/08/2011, as if the stand up posterboard I was standing near with the MWS logo and date weren’t enough.  I hit up the next Kmart about 15 minutes away with the same result, a marked empty spot for MW3 and a clerk who consulted last weeks releases to confirm it didn’t come out then.  I have a feeling this mistake was only made at the Tampa location, but it at least was worth a try.  But as a side note, Kmart is selling MW3 for $10 off if you buy a 12 pack of Mt. Dew with a pack of Doritos using their rewards card.  So you have that going for you.

Is Battlefield 3 the “Real” Deal?

1 11 2011

Battlefield 3 Review

The hype machine has been grinding away for the past year, and has been running on overdrive months before Battlefield 3’s release.  With “Above and Beyond the Call” and the “Is it Real” campaign, BF3 has been boasting stronger graphics, a better solo campaign, and superior multiplayer to it’s self proclaimed rival Modern Warfare 3.  Can BF3 live up to all this hype?  The answer: very uncertain.  I know WTF?  I understand that’s not a straight answer, but without having MW3 in my hands, it’s very difficult to say where BF3 will stand.  I will say in certainty that MW3 will far exceed BF3 sales, the COD name is just more known.  It’s a fact.  While BF3 first week sales of approximately 5 mil is impressive, I think MW3 will trample these numbers in comparison.  But I digress, this is a review of Battlefield 3, not a grudge match between two titles.  So how is BF3?  Impressive.

Battlefield 3 comes with 2 discs, a solo campaign and multiplayer/co-op with an added option to download the HD shading on your HDD.  Does the “Is it Real” campaign live up to the hype.  It does.  I had never played any previous solo campaigns in the Battlefield franchise, usually opting to dive straight into multiplayer, but with XBox servers down (a whole nother can of worms), I jumped feet first into BF3’s solo campaign.  And I mean you jump feet first into the action.  The graphics engine is just beautiful, well as beautiful as Iran can be.  The experience spans beyond the graphics though, as you’re battling the PLR you can hear echos of gunshots in the background, bouncing between buildings, sirens can be heard in the distance, and the ever ominous loudspeaker with prayers from an unknown speaker bellow from within the city.  You’re a normal marine, not a special operative or secret agent, just a marine with your squad following orders.  I really liked the concept that BF was going with, it made the game feel so much more real, and really actually made me feel scared and proud of our soldiers oversees.  That shit is for real, and BF3 nailed it in my opinion.  You get to use a bevy of modern weaponry, both firearms and vehicles.  Both are equally impressive, but the F-18 mission was just amazing.  I had continuous goosebumps as I was gunning down enemy Migs and firing off flares to avoid incoming missiles.   And that really explains the whole solo campaign in general, simply amazing, leaving me grinning from ear to ear the majority of the time.

Does Battlefield 3’s multiplayer live up to the hype?  Can it succeed as the COD killer?  Ready for the shifty answer, both yes and no.  They may both be first person shooters, but they are two completely different games.  I thoroughly enjoy the Battlefield 3 experience.  The maps are huge and highly detailed, vehicle combat works, plenty of weapons to work with, and game modes promote squad cooperation.  Unfortunately the 2.2 million people playing the first day crashed the majority of the servers, so I was forced upon the single player campaign, and there continues to be lag and server issues.  I must admit that DICE are on top of most of these issues, resolving a majority of these server issues really quickly.  The lack of game modes may be discouraging to some, but I don’t mind not being overwhelmed with choices.  Game modes include: Team Deathmatch, Squad Teamdeathmatch, Conquest, and my personal favorite Rush.  BF3 should stress the importance of squad cooperation, games can be changed by one well trained squad, and watching a squad of 4 dudes teabagging your lifeless corpse via kill cam is always rewarding.  That’s something that can’t be found in the previous Modern Warfare games.  There are plenty of weapons to choose from, but be sure to have fun progressing in the game to earn a majority of them.  I do find the weapon progression often confusing, and customizing weapons on the fly isn’t the easiest thing to do.  I would have liked to see a cleaner weapon customization/loadout screen.  And there are plenty of other ways to customize your perfect soldier, camouflage and dog tags being some of them.

All in all, Battlefield is a very strong title.  The single player, lasting a little under 8 hours, may feel short in comparison to other titles on the market, but the campaign’s story felt complete and was a stress inducing thrill ride.  Multiplayer, while still needing a few fixes, is a fun superior alternative to any other FPS out there.  We’ll know on Nov. 8 how BF3 will fare against the juggernaut MW3, with the fallout of players leaving BF3 to play MW3, or quite possibly vice-versa.  I can see BF3 stealing a lot of MW3’s thunder, and I feel DICE has made believers out of a lot of skeptics.

Battlefield 3 scores an A.


New MW3 Weapons You’ll Love to Hate

30 10 2011

Watching the new Modern Warfare 3 Weapon Progression trailer got me both pumped for it’s upcoming release, but also brought me back down to why I hated Modern Warfare 2 the majority of the time.  Overpowered blasters.  Guns that when you pull that trigger, you just hold it down and let it do the rest of the work for you.  In the trailer you’ll notice lots of hip firing kills that aren’t on target, and also a lot of ankle slaying.  They bring in the Weapon Proficiencies, which are nothing new, allowing you to reduce kick (that’s almost already non existent) and also melee faster.  Did they not learn from the Lightweight/Marathon/quick blade bs?  And now they’re introducing 3 weapons that I know people are just going to be crying over in the lobbies.  The PP90M1, Bouncing Betty, and the XM25 Grenade Launcher.  PP90M1 looked like it had no kick at all, apparently claymores arent annoying enough so they wanted to throw in Bouncing Betties, and now they added a Grenade Launcher with crosshairs…I know I’m ranting about all this shit, but I’m really looking forward to this game, and all of these new weapons that I know are going to kill my gaming experience, hurt me a little inside.  Well Infinity Ward, looks like I’m ditching the honorable path, and I’m diving face first into the Pro Tube, XM25, Bouncing Betty fan club.  See all you suckers on the other side of my overpowered grenades.

Really MW3, Most Anticipated Game in History?

23 10 2011

The “Most Anticipated Game in History” is really the only problem I have with Modern Warfare 3’s launch trailer.  That’s a very bold statement that I’m going to say is very, very incorrect.  I understand Activision is somehow threatened by Battlefield 3, even though everyone knows MW3 is going to sell twice as many copies because of the Call of Duty name alone.  The market for these games has nothing to do with gameplay, it has to do with number of people playing in the community, and MW3 is much more accessible than BF3 in that area.  It’s that simple.  I can tell you that I’ll be buying both because I have the luxury to do so, but I’m actually anticipating the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection that comes out on the same day more.  I’ve been anticipating MGS release since I heard rumors about it’s actual production.  MW3 has upset me a little with it’s statement, a statement that shouldn’t be thrown around lightly.  I can rarely think of something that’s ever more anticipated than another, the only one I can think of is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back.  After Star Wars release, Empire was the most anticipated film in history, now that’s a statement even George Lucas can stand firmly behind.  MW3 shame on you, and shame on me for still purchasing your product.