March 13, 2009
I’ve played Call of Duty V: Yet Another WWII Beachead and I loved it. It was cool, it was nasty, it was different from all the other WWII games but it was still WWII…
I played COD IV: Modern Warfare and it was FABULOUS. From the pulse pounding opening sequence on the sinking ship (ZOMG!) to the nuke going off (HOLY ZOMG!) to the race against the clock to the after-titles fun, it was a fantastically well put together game and I can’t think of a single dull moment in it. My only problem was that it was too short. So too short.
Now there’s a sequel and it’s due out by Xmas (that’s De$ember for you in the retail trade):
Activision CFO Thomas Tippl confirmed today that Infinity Ward’s shooter will definitely be arriving this holiday season and is, apparently, “looking incredible.”
No detail but all the news I need is contained right there. Mmmmm. Gaming goodness.
EDIT: and thanks to WordPress auto-generated related links, I found that Infinity Ward has a Twitter page set up so you can tell them what you’d like to see… I just like watching the new suggestions roll in. That’s cool.
November 15, 2007
What really impresses me though is the same thing that got me with Half Life – it’s the atmosphere.
Most people think of Quake when they think first person shooters (if they think of them at all). That’s fine, but the problem with Quake and indeed with most FPS is that they’re all about the guns. The guns get bigger, the bangs get louder (or stranger) and frankly it’s all a bit pointless.
Half Life changed that and it did it right from the opening sequence which set the tone. The train ride into Black Messa was as good as any movie opening sequence and the game lived up to it in so many ways. It was about character and fear and sneaking down a dark corridor with only two shells in your shotgun and nothing else and OMG SOMETHING JUMPS OUT AT YOU BLAM! BLAM! CLICK! GAH it’s just a head hugger.
It was, in other words, choice.
Now COD4 is delivering on the same promise – character. Not just the person you’re playing but the character of the places you go and the people you meet. I’m glad to see game designers paying this level of attention because I’m not 14 any more and haven’t been for quite some time. I want to think a bit, I want to be entertained and I’m not just interested in explosions any more.
On a side note, I realise I left one health point out of my list in the previous post. That would be the vasectomy. I may have to write more on that at a later date. I know, I’m drinking this afternoon… maybe that will be the perfect time!
November 1, 2007
I haven’t been a gamer for more than a year now. I don’t miss it. No, no I don’t.
The astute among you will realise that the link for HL2 is not HL2 but is in fact the uber-cool HL2 Portal. Insert drooling Homer sound here.
Eventually I moved on. I grew as a person and tackled Shogun and Medieval and then Rome: Total War and I realised something fairly fundamental: I am not a strategic commander of armies… instead I am a grunt.
And now Call of Duty 4 has come out and I’m missing out and for some reason that burns more than not being able to play Bioshock burns. Bah.
So here’s the trailer for COD4. Ain’t no fish in this one.