Posts Tagged ‘call of duty’

Video Game News! All about FPS. 17th July 2012

EA confirms Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is coming. More importantly, it is likely to be coming on a next-gen console. Furthermore, you can pay £50 to get beta access, right now. Just go to the Battlefield home screen on your console/PC.
The statement that was released was eager to keep fans interested in Battlefield 3, stating “it still has plenty of life left in it” with “3 more expansion packs on the way”.
It seems like EA want us to stay interested in BF3 and just let them work on BF4 given how it was a mistake that this information was released.
But hey, Battlefield 4 is definitely a thing and will most likely appear in 2013. To find out what needs to be improved in BF3 for BF4, you should read this. 

New MD3 DLC now available.

Were you one of the millions excited for Terminal? Me too. Now (if you are an elite member/own an Xbox 360) you can start playing Terminal, Offshore and Decommission. Terminal will be released free of charge a day later for non-elite members. Haven’t heard of Offshore or Decommission? (Courtesy of CVG.)

Modern Warfare 3 Screenshot

Decommission

  • A graveyard of rotting [or add decommissioned here] ocean liners has not only given birth to a shantytown of locals, but a mid-sized Multiplayer Map populated in chokepoints; providing the perfect setting for shoreline-based combat.

Offshore

  • Trapped on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, you have nowhere to go but directly at your enemies in this new Multiplayer map boasting helipads, cranes, and countless perches for snipers eager to pick off the competition. Did we mention to look down or else you may fall off?

Offshore sounds incredible. I’m thinking a slightly gloomier Highrise with a few more choke-points. Hopefully the entire map will sway from side to side too….

Metal Gear Solid 4 to PS Vita?

Four years after it’s release, MGS4 is being updated with a trophy patch. Why now?
Next month marks the 25th anniversary of the Metal Gear series. In an event happening on August 30th, Hideo Kojima has said he will be announcing something related to his “vision of connecting people”. He says it will involve transferring. (For those of you unaware of what this is – transferring saved game data between two devices, e.g- The MGS2 + MGS3 HD remakes on PS3 and PS Vita).
During the Vita reveal in Japan last year, Hideo showed MGS4 working on a Vita, so we all know it could happen.
All I know is that upon hearing this news, I would be devastated if I couldn’t take down Liquid Snake on the bus.

Battlefield 3 custom competitive matches now available.

These new competitive matches let players set game settings, team sizes, maps, unlocks, and other goodies at their own will. The best part is that these custom matches will still be tracked by EA, so they remain as competitive as ever.
The only downside? You have to rent a server from EA. There isn’t much way of figuring out what they charge unless you have experience in this. So have you rented one yet? What’s the damage?
It’s a brilliant idea for EA to make more revenue and give players the power that most hackers have.

I leave you with
Man auditions for child’s quickscoping clan. Hilarious.
Behind the scenes of NBA 2K13 with Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.
Man buys $1.2 million worth of video games. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are video games too violent?

 I was playing Modern Warfare 3 the other day in the presence of my girlfriend’s Dad. The violence of the online world was something very shocking to him, so much so, that I had to stop playing. It made me start thinking – what would people who have never seen a Call of Duty game in action think of it? I have been playing violent video games since the legendary Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64. Never have I ever thought to take my gaming persona into the real world. At the same time, I love playing these games because they allow me to do something I could never do in real life – kill someone. Now I’m not saying that I want to kill someone – I’m merely stating that it’s human interest to be fascinated in things unknown to us, like death, war, superhero powers, playing in the NBA, surviving a zombie apocalypse, saving Princess Zelda and being Solid Snake. This is why people love video games, they allow a normal person to do things they never could. However, over the years, the majority of gamers have invested their time in violent titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Battlefield. This blog will concentrate on two main aspects; if these games too violent and if these games are socially destructing to the person playing.

Violence

“F**k you edpenn!”

I am not a violent person, like all of my friends, like 95% of the people I meet online when playing Call of Duty or Battlefield. I won’t go and steal a car after playing Grand Theft Auto. Parents and people who have no knowledge of these games find it hard to form an opinion when all they see is 30 seconds of playtime. Their view? Why is my son smiling and laughing as he is shooting someone in the face? What have I done wrong as a parent?!
Nothing. The bottom line is that you have to already be severely messed up to take this games literally. Any normal person would not kill their mother after playing Grand Theft Auto (true story). It isn’t the violence in the games that brings about this sort of behaviour, it is the sheer insanity that already existed in the person. Also, any violent game today has a ‘mature rating’ similar to movies. With Call of Duty I believe it is 16. So if a kid is playing Cod- you can bet his parents bought it for him since he just enjoys video games and was a good boy in December. If an old teenager or adult is playing – then there is nothing to fear.
Just as with all paths of life, there will be dicks. Dicks that ruin your experiences and make the stereotype ever more easy to accept (are telling me your work place is full of genuine, down to earth people?!). This is no different in the online world. There will be people who constantly yell obscenities at you whilst you play, shouting they will find and kill you after you just said “hello” in a ‘posh’ accent. Believe me, after playing online games for 5 years now, I’ve met my fair share of these morons.

If you are worried that your son/daughter is one of these people, or that you yourself are one of these people – you should first judge what the person is like in other situations. I, along with all of my friends, sometimes get angry when we play violent video games, it’s human nature. When we aren’t playing the game, we don’t walk around acting rude to people, swearing as soon as something goes wrong or acting violently towards anyone. That is because we, like 90% of people playing are normal, level headed people with other things going on in our life.

Socially destructive

During my last two years of high school, I played Call of Duty almost every single night after school. I played into the early hours of the morning each weekend. I have no issue in saying – not much has changed since then.
In one year alone during the Modern Warfare 2 era, I figured out that on of my friends had spent 1 out of every 8 minutes playing MW2 (after you take away time spent at school and time sleeping). In 12 months he amassed over 1 month of playtime. Yes, it’s insane. But, like my friend, both of us led perfectly normal lives. We both attend great universities now. We both played a lot of school sport together and hung out with our friends a lot. I started playing in a ukulele orchestra. I went skateboarding with my brother a lot. I spent time with my family. I did all my school work.
Ask my father what he thinks of video games, he’ll probably roll his eyes and walk away from you. He probably thought I was wasting my life when I played my playstation. Honestly, I can understand why he did.
However, he had no idea of the memories that were made between me and all my friends when we played each night. The reactions I developed, how quickly I could make decisions in all aspects of life, the long lasting friendships that were made over a microphone.
For me, video games has become more than a casual hobby. I have a youtube channel and I blog regularly about all things gaming related. For my friends, they still play online with me now even though we have gone our separate ways to higher education. What has stayed the same? The fact that we are all progressing in life towards a bright future and the fact that we are growing into mature young adults. We still talk tactics when we play Cod and Battlefield, but we also talk about what we will do with our lives, why our degree’s are difficult and personal issues that we just want someone to listen to.
However, just as there are people making violent video games seem ‘violent’, there are people who also make video games appear to be socially destructive. Yes, there are people who do nothing but play video games and yes, that is unhealthy. As long as you have other things going on in your life then there is nothing to worry about. That ultimately is down to parenting and what interests your child has. If he/she is only interested in video games, then who’s fault is that?
If anything, this blog and how it covers video games, music, the environment and basketball should prove to my father that I am a well rounded adult (it definitely won’t though).

Video games are something that didn’t really exist in our parents generation. Just like modern technology (iPhones, the apple store, online shopping) it will be something that they struggle to understand.
However I must state that video games are a huge part of who I am and they have played a huge role in developing me into the person I am today. So next time, try not to be as judgemental.

Video games helped me get through depression, they helped me generate a large circle of very close friends, they helped to develop an incredible passion and they helped me to enjoy my life.

Call of Duty online has improved but it still needs balance.

There are two very different Call of Duty online experiences available to fans at the moment; Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare or Treyarch’s Black Ops. Both of these have positive and negatives. Although the one thing to remember is that the online experience has done nothing but improve over the last 4 years.

I know most people will immediately argue that Call of Duty 4 still remains the greatest online shooter out of all instalments. Yet you cannot blame Treyarch or Infinity Ward for trying to extend this experience and improve it. Many fans will argue that nothing needs to be changed. Even I find that Cod 4 is probably the best out of the lot, although I wouldn’t want the companies to stop trying to expand the experience. This is something that will always be difficult given how great Cod 4 was. If Naughty Dog can do it with the Uncharted series, then everyone can.

What I want to highlight in this post are the differences between MW3 and Black Ops. Yes they were produced by different companies even though they both fall under the Call of Duty franchise. But both games have positives that can only shape future shooters for the better.

When I think of Black Ops I think of slower gameplay. Not Battlefield slow, just a lot less frantic than Mw2. In fact, it was more on par with the speed in Cod4, which in many people’s opinion was perfect. Black Ops was a more simple game than MW2, even though all that customisation gave it a facelift, it was more basic and more similar to Cod4. It rewarded good gun skill. Plain and simple. I do not remember ever being in a game that was ruined by air support or poor spawns or bad map layouts. Yes, the maps weren’t phenomenal and the guns not too exciting and the killstreaks nothing like as fun as those in MW2. But all this meant it was a more solid shooter.

Treyarch had also managed to vastly improve it’s game considering the last outing was in Call of Duty World at War. Even though I enjoyed this, World at War is considered to be the weakest of all Call of Duty games. Given the fact it was the first one released after the prestigious Cod4, it was never going to meet expectations.

However Black Ops brought something completely new to the table. For the time, game developers and community managers were listening to players. Fans voiced their opinions on sites as basic as Twitter and they saw the changes within weeks. Black Ops had patches. The game only improved after it was released. Over-powered guns were tweaked, spawns were improved, even joining parties became more stable.

You think of MW2 and the noobtubing and spawnkilling and headglitching and all the crap that game with the game. How easy it could have been to wipe all that clean and improve the game. Yet they were too stubborn back then and many fans label MW2 as a ‘broken’ game. It’s very difficult to go more the 5 games in MW2 without rage-quitting. Yes the pace was better (in my opinion) than Black Ops but the guns were too lethal and the killstreaks far too over-powered and easy to achieve. Black Ops improved all of this, but took too much of it away. They took away too much pace, too many killstreaks and too much lethality from the game.

MW3 arrived last November and managed to sell 6.5 million copies in just 24 hours. Over $400 million worth.

1.5 million people queued at midnight on Monday to grab a copy as soon as possible, myself included.

Black Ops only managed $360 million on the first day and MW2 just $310 million.

People forget that the vast majority of people simply have fun playing the game and enjoy it. However when you have this much exposure, the negatives will always manage to worm their way to the surface.

Cod4 sold 7 million copies worldwide over the last 4 years.

MW3 managed this in one day.

You can see how much less exposure the game had back then. it is obviously more difficult for the flaws of a game to appear when the fan base is smaller and very dedicated. Obviously it was still a massive game and appealed to millions of people, yet when you compare the figures of COD4 to MW3, the argument makes itself.

That all said, MW3 still has problems. The guns are far too lethal. There is still no map as exciting as Highrise, Favela or Terminal and you still get odd games that are ruined by overpowered air support.

But then to call in my counter-uav on that argument ( 😉 )- all these flaws are far less intense than they were in MW2.

I can go for longer without rage-quitting, there isn’t a bad map in the game and there is no gun as powerful as the UMP or Scar from MW2. Finally, Robert Bowling, the community manager for Infinity Ward and Modern Warfare 3 has started listening to his fans and taking on board what they are saying. For the first time, a modern warfare game has patches. Game chat has been improves, overpowered shotguns and machine pistols have been nerfed and spawns have been vastly improved. Even the new ‘Infected’ playlist that was released on the 5th February already received it’s first patch on the 6th February.

Modern Warfare is finally listening to it’s fans and taking on board what made previous games successful so that it can work towards becoming a better experience. That said, the community is finally becoming more mature in how it voices the opinions. You talk with intellect and reason, and they will listen to you. You act like a dick and call Robert Bowling a cocksucker- you will be ignored.

I loved black ops for its slower game play and consistently had an 8/10 experience on it. However, even though MW2 irritated me and left me screaming at the tv, it gave me moments of 10/10 excitement. I’ve never had as much fun on a game at times as i did with MW2. The same can be said for a lot of my friends. The flaws that made it unbearable at times are finally being recognised and altered. This window of pure rage every 4/5 games is getting smaller and smaller. The franchise is getting closer to releasing a “total” shooter.