Posts Tagged ‘Modern Warfare 3’

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

September 28, 2012

Activision are having a free weekend of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and in all honesty, I have never tried MW3 so I thought I’d give it a shot after having played Battlefield 3 as my primary FPS for a long time.

My first reaction was a tiny bit of nausea already at the menus as I really hate that color scheme of grayish dark green. Well, I decided to find a match and it went live pretty quickly. Much better than Battlelog, that’s for certain. In-game I was struck by what I feared – graphics from 2007. I mean this game is just so ridiculously ugly and lack details everywhere. Compared to Battlefield 3 this game just doesn’t stand a chance.

In terms of gameplay mechanics, it felt very primitive. There was hardly any bullet recoil and no coriolis effect on the bullets depending on wind/distance etc which made me get kills very easily and despite being underleveled in terms of guns and perks, I managed to finish second and pull off very easy kills. But it didn’t feel epic. It felt very confined and small compared to the epicness that I experienced in BF3.

I definitely won’t pick-up Black Ops II as I am certain it will feel outdated and old just like MW3 did to me. BF3 and CS:GO are both significantly prettier games with more depth and deliver an overall more enjoyable experience.

Not an impressive game experience by any means in 2012.

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Gamex 2011

November 5, 2011

Gamex is now over (for me) and I had a great time there with my girl and my friend. We spent roughly five hours there and it was just about enough to get to do everything we wanted to do. Read below for me hands-on impressions for many unreleased titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Modern Warfare 3.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 felt and looked just like Mass Effect 2 with minor differences in level design and features. Some things have changed and the major change is the addition is co-operative gameplay and online support. Since I played the previous two games, I might pick up Mass Effect 3 just to conclude Shepard’s adventure and save mankind, again. But I’m not 100 on that yet. Overall, this game didn’t impress me as it felt way too similar.

Goldeneye 007: Reloaded

I don’t know why they call it Goldeneye as it didn’t look anything like the classic. Not even as an HD remake, because they’ve added sprint, ironsight, and much more. It’s like a brand new game almost but I guess the multiplayer maps are somewhat taken from the classic or something, but I didn’t see the resemblance based on the gameplay I saw and experienced. Will Bond lovers like this? I have no clue. Bond is, as you know, dead to me because of Craig.

Soulcalibur V

Though my friend thought the game looked much better than the fourth installment, I felt it looked almost exactly the same. I always considered Soulcalibur IV to be ahead of its time, especially for a Japanese game, and this game though it was better than I thought, it looked a lot like the other one although I seem to be the only one feeling that way. It was fast, fun, and definitely the best 3D-fighter around. If I still had my Xbox 360 I’d pick this baby up when it releases early next year. It has a lot new additions to the universe and seems to be a proper game, just like the fourth one was.

Super Mario 3D Land

I don’t know what it is with me and Mario, but I find this fellas games to be difficult. Maybe I’m in a hurry or something? Either way, I expected Super Mario 3D Land to have poor 3D effects and shitty graphics like most Nintendo. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the 3D effects and how smooth the game felt and how much I actually enjoyed running around. This was of course, imagining me playing on a train, plane, or somewhere where there are no consoles or computers. I never thought I’d be saying this.

Mario Kart 7

Finally a Mario Kart game for the handheld consoles that doesn’t look and feel like shit. A deeper Mario Kart with passable graphics and improved online play along with 3D effects and new vehicles? Yup, this is the biggest update of Mario Kart in its history. I had surprisingly fun with it and I can only imagine how fun it must be to play with seven other friends and just flipping out on the lame ass player who keeps getting the blue shells. Nintendo surprised me again.

Kid Icarus 3Ds

The new Kid Icarus for the 3D was amazing on all levels. I mean, sure, the graphics weren’t pow-wow, but the design, feel, and gameplay felt really good and impressive. It was the most entertaining Nintendo game for the 3DS for sure at the moment and there’s no doubt that it will be a great end product for all Nintendo fans. Varied gameplay along with incredibly beautiful scenery. This is a game to lookout for.

Resident Evil 3D: Revelations

If you thought I liked the previous 3DS games, wait till you read this. Revelations is the most impressive, best-looking, and 3D-effective 3DS game that I have seen to date. This game felt like a real solid classic Resident Evil title with excellent graphics and excellent 3D effects. I was stunned. I really was. This game was just way beyond what I expected.  There’s no doubt that this game was the king of all the impressive 3Ds titles available at Gamex. If you own at 3DS, you need this game.

SSX

I’ve been longing for a new snowboard game for a long time. Ever since 1080 franchise for Gamecube and Nintendo 64 there has not been a game that has caught my eye. Although the build that we got to play at Gamex felt very early it was fun and even my girl enjoyed it a lot. And that’s when you know you have a good title. If EA keep all their promises for this game, I am certain it’ll be something worthy of your time.

Diablo III

We spent a little under an hour in line for this game. And the line just got bigger and bigger. It was the second biggest line, after Modern Warfare 3. Our 20 minutes with the game passed like 20 seconds and I managed to get time to try both the Wizard and Demon Hunter. The Demon Hunter felt slow, boring, and dull and I felt the urge that I had to switch in order to go out sane. I picked Wizard since Sorceress was my main class in Diablo 2 and my choice was the right one. Wizard gameplay was completely different. It was fun, fast, and fluent. I loved it. This was Diablo again. Wizard or Barbarian will now be my mains while Demon Hunter most likely will be amongst the very last classes I pick. But yes, I’ve finally gotten to play Diablo 3 after waiting for over 10 years for it.

Ninja Gaiden III

I’ll be honest. Ninja Gaiden II didn’t impress me a lot. I’d give it a weak, real weak 7/10 and this game looked better. In every area. Graphically, pace, and depth. I think Itagaki leaving was a great thing and they can finally experiment more and make it more accessible and varied. I think that if I give Ninja Gaiden 3 a shot, I’ll end up liking it more than the second one.

Uncharted 3

I’ve tried to like PlayStation 3. I really have. But the controller (both physically and in-game) is just worthless for me. It aches to hold for longer period of times and it just feels off. We got to play some co-op and I wasn’t impressed at all by the “best looking console game of all times” at all even though I am fully aware that they nerf the graphics for co-op mode. Maybe Battlefield 3 on the PC on max setting is too gorgeous? Yeah, I’ma go with that.

Modern Warfare 3

What’s there to say? It’s Modern Warfare 2 with new weapons and levels. And modes, and perks. Simple as that. Over 25 million people will buy it either way.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Zelda stopped being fun for me after Majoras Mask. And this one is no exception. Poor graphics, gameplay, and the same shit we’ve seen over and over again with slightly new things. Nintendo’s big failure that is Wii (for hardcore gamers, not financially) continues to unimpress me and I really hope that Wii U will be significantly better so I can maybe experience some nice HD Nintendo titles in the future. Because I am open, as long as the quality is there, which for Wii, is physically impossible.

Summary

Never did I expect Nintendo 3DS to be so impressive. If I had a 3DS, I’d buy all the games that I tried at Gamex. They were that good. Diablo 3 was also what I expected, but felt a tad slow. Gamex as a whole was very impressive to be a small Swedish event with around 40,000 people I hear. There were great games and great deals in the stores at the convention, I bought a new CPU cooler as the deal was too good to pass up. I also managed to see some Saint’s Row 3 gameplay but I didn’t feel like standing in line to get to play that as Diablo 3 took all my standing in line energy, at least a got a free key chain from it!

To me Gamex 2011 was a sucess and fun event. I will upload more pictures in a separate news post once I transfer all the pictures from my camera to my computer. But for this post, I’ll give you a few samples!

Battlefield 3 impressions

October 30, 2011

I’ve now spent quite a few hours on Battlefield 3, and countless more are coming. I’ve experienced the battlefield first-hand (hae hae) with many of my friends and we already have had some nice classic moments together.

Thus far I’m really enjoying the game. Hands-down the best game of the year at the moment, and the only competitor I see is Star Wars: The Old Republic. The console era has ended for sure and I won’t be needing my Xbox 360 any longer. Battlefield 3 is here to stay for many years.

The game isn’t perfect, and no game is. There are some minor flaws like no ping indication, no queue options if the servers are full, etc. But other than that, it’s fantastic. It’s the best looking game I’ve ever seen. No doubt. Is it real or is it Battlefield 3? Tough call.

My review should be up next week around the weekend. Got quite the hectic school schedule next week.

The first and only game that has made me feel like I’m participating in a war on a battlefield.

Activision responds to EA

October 20, 2011

EA are behind Battlefield 3. Activision are behind Modern Warfare 3. You know, the two giant behemoths that will battle for your money and time this fall. In a Battlefield 3 trailer we could see that the game goes “above and beyond the call”, obviously delivering a blow to Activision and MW3.

Has Activision responded? You bet. In style, too. In the United Kingdom, the largest market in Europe, you can buy Modern Warfare 3 for only 99 pence (cents) which is roughly about $1.50 (~$58.50 cheaper than BF3) if you trade in your copy of Battlefield 3. Haha! Freakin’ nice move Activision, didn’t expect it to be this classy. Surely this will boost sales tremendously.

What do you think? How can EA counter this amazingly fun offer meant solely to piss EA off? Can they start selling Battlefield 3 for $0.99 or £0.99 for a few limited hours or so on launch? We’ll see. The ball’s in EA’s court.

My Pre-orders

September 19, 2011

I frequently get asked about which games I’ve pre-ordered. Well, I guess it’s time for me to share that information.

My pre-order list:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

And that wraps it all up. Am I serious? Absolutely. It’s not that there aren’t any other good games coming out, because there are, and I’ve listed them numerous times here at my blog, it’s more that I don’t pre-order games anymore unless the bonus is of significance.

What do I mean by significant? Well, let’s take Star Wars: The Old Republic as an example. I pre-ordered the game to get a free in-game color stone, which really doesn’t do much for me, and as well early game access. Since I pre-order, I will get to play the game “a couple of days earlier” than the set release date. And that’s a major perk and selling point that truly entices me to pre-order. Now that makes it worthwhile.

Now, I will buy several games on release. Battlefield 3, Dota 2, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. However, some of these titles will have very nice one-day deals in my local stores that are far cheaper than the regular gaming stores. And since these games don’t have any perks if you pre-order compared to buying it in-store day one, why would I waste more money to have them pre-ordered? Games never sellout anymore like they did ten years ago, when I pre-ordered every single game several years in advance. There’s just no point.

I know some of you will argue with me that Battlefield 3 has that free DLC package if you pre-order, but, if I buy it in-store day one, I’ll get the very same DLC included. It has nothing to do with actual pre-ordering the game, like Star Wars: The Old Republic’s early game access does. That you can only truly get by pre-order. What about getting the game shipped to me? I don’t mind going to the store which takes me no time at all. If I wait for the mail to arrive, it actually takes me longer to get my game than going to the store. I know you will say you can get some exclusive weapons/colors/outfits if you pre-order. But, those are pointless add-ons that most of the time, you get if you in-store as well.

So there you have it folks. My one and only pre-order and it certainly looks like it’ll stay that way all the way to 2013. Pre-ordering simply isn’t what it used to be and it has lost its charm once you understand basic economics.

Even though the lack of updates about The Old Republic is killing my hype, it remains my only pre-order.

Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition

September 2, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has special plans for their game for sure. And one of those is the Hardened Edition version of the game, which just has leaked out. What is inside?

  • Unique Disc art
  • 1 year of membership for Call of Duty Elite
  • “Founder Status” granting exclusive in-game emblems, camo, player-card, and clan XP boost
  • Steelbook casing
  • Exclusive PSN theme and XBL Avatar outfit
  • Field journal containing authentic documents and entries

Fairly impressive considering what kind of a cash cow this franchise is. I mean, look at Skyrim´s collector edition, probably the worst CE in the world. I am quite impressed that Activision actually did more than they had to.

“Fuck, fuck, they’ve got me locked down!”

August 3, 2011

That’s a direct quote from the Battlefield 3 Alpha. And it worries me. A lot, but at the same time not at all.

Cheese is becoming a more frequent ingredient in video games than any other dairy product or any other food product for that matter. Cheese is great, and we all love cheese on our sandwiches, hamburgers, pizzas, and the list goes on. But in video games, cheese doesn’t blend in as good as it does on food. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. And apparently DICE are not aware of this.

That line came from alpha footage of Battlefield 3 from a player that was being attacked. It sounded extremely cheesy and it got me laughing a bit. Does anyone really thing that kind of behavior is cool anymore? I know what DICE were going for. Desperation, panic, and realism. I get it. The soldier is on brink of death, why worry about manners etc? I get it. No worries. But it doesn’t make it less cheesy or laughable for that.

After that footage I am certain that the singleplayer campaign will be full of cheese. Loaded with it. It will be dripping from the edges. But that doesn’t bother me, not at all. Why? Because Battlefield 3 is a multiplayer game. A game you play online with friends and just kill other players and have fun doing it. It doesn’t matter that it will be full of cheese in the singleplayer with the occasional stupid comment online. It will all vanish when you submerge into that beautiful dessert or war terrain and start blowing things in the air with friends. It will make all cheese go away and it will make things much, much better.


 

 

Perfect tens

July 17, 2011

There are a lot of nice games coming out this year. Around 20 maybe, I’d say. But the number of those that are potential 10/10 is significantly lower than that. Here are some of the ones that I believe have the potential to be that perfect match for you.

Rage, Id Software

Coming out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this beast promises to be the “best looking console game ever” and runs at an impressive 60 FPS. Hardcore gamers know of course, that if this game will be that good-looking on the console, it will be even more unreal on the PC. Rage looks to be a relatively fresh breeze in the FPS genre with focus on vehicle racing in multiplayer and like I said, fantastic graphics and soundeffects. If Id Software truly work hard on the multiplayer and make it stern, stern but fair, I have no doubt this game will be a blast. Here’s hoping that we finally get a decent FPS with amazing vehicle combat online.


Dark Souls, From Software

The sequel to one of the toughest games to ever hit mankind will be even harder than its predecessor. Sounds good, right? Add improved graphics, co-op gameplay, and so much more and you begin to see why this game has a lot of potential to clinch that magic ten points on my review scale. Just the thought of running around being a Knight and slaying monsters, dragons and invading other people’s games with my friends is getting me hard. I have no doubt that Dark Souls will be one of my most played games on the Xbox 360 this year.


Battlefield 3, DICE

Though Rage might be a graphical beast on the consoles and the PC as well, Battlefield 3 looks like the graphic king. It is without a doubt the best-looking game that I have seen in my life. Add to that that it will support an impressive number of 64 players online and have that world-class Battlefield online quality to it. Real authentic weapon sounds and a deep and engrossing singleplayer campaign and Battlefield 3’s greatness is obvious. Modern Warfare 3 honestly looks like shit compared to this behemoth and it is undoubtedly my most anticipated game of the year, that is, unless Diablo III gets confirmed for this year. I would be shocked if it turns out that Battlefield 3 doesn’t become my most played game of the year and crowned Game of the Year.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos

It certainly looks like Deus Ex franchise is back and stronger than ever. Impressive graphics, gameplay, and a lot of cyber goodness is packed into this baby and it will be interesting to see what it feels like being a badass in the future feels like. Players looking for that complete singleplayer experience with stealth or guns blazing will get their fix in Human Revolution and the amount of detail they put into this game to make it feel like a real world in the future is amazing. You bet your ass that I will be playing this game.

Wrap-up: Microsoft E3

June 7, 2011

I didn’t have high expectations for Microsoft, as they have now “lost” more than two E3:s in my eyes, but I couldn’t help myself to believe and hope for something this time. But it just wasn’t enough for me.

  • Halo: Combat Evolved HD will be coming out remastered in HD with seven multiplayer maps. I don’t like Halo, so I couldn’t care less.
  • Halo 4 is coming Fall 2012 and Master Chief is back. Once again, nice for those that like Halo. I don’t.
  • Kinect dominates the timeline with numerous games such as Dance Central 2, Disney Land, Sesame Street, Kinect Sports Season 2, etc. etc. Kinect Star Wars looked horrible. Can they improve it?
  • Gears of War 3 goes Lost Planet with big enemies with yellow spots to shoot. Will it be as bad as Gears 2?
  • Tomb Raider is revealed and it looks fantastic. The best non-exclusive game shown at Microsoft’s conference.
  • Modern Warfare 3 looks intense but fails to truly impress.

Other than that there are some great games coming out such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Rage. And many more. Too bad Microsoft’s exclusive dominance is over, but at least we had a good few years. Nintendo’s conference looks the most promising with their new console about to be revealed and I was hugely surprised Microsoft didn’t show Xbox 720 and Sony didn’t show PS4.

Microsoft E3 rating: 6 out of 10

The most impressive exclusive title during Microsoft’s conference. Disney Land Kinect. Looks great!

Call of Duty: Elite

June 1, 2011

The rumors are true folks! You’re going to need a lot of subscriptions to play a game at its full potential. Activision has confirmed Call of Duty: Elite, which will be a subscription service to Call of Duty. Not free, of course.

That means that Xbox 360 users will need to pay for their Internet subscription, then Xbox LIVE subscription, then for the Call of Duty game, then an additional subscription fee to the game in order to be able to enjoy it 100%. Sweet, huh?

Paying for things that were free is becoming a norm. Just look at DLC, ten years ago it was all free. Big updates of maps, classes and items all got inside our harddrives for free and we loved it. Now we have to pay 10 bucks for three maps and then an additional monthly fee to get our statistics tracked in a decent way. I for one think it is truly sad that we are moving towards a direction that forces customers to pay even more outside the game. Once you buy the game, that should be it, everything should be accessible.

Well, here is hoping that Blizzard will not adapt this to their Battle.net system as it was rumored before. I would pay that fee for Diablo III, but as soon as Guild Wars 2 comes out I would stop. Companies are way too greedy these days.

Pay for Xbox LIVE, pay for the game, pay for the subscription. What is next?