Aug 19 2011

Battlefield 3 vs. MW3 Trash-Talking Hits New Low

Category: Battlefield 3,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 5:10 PM

EA’s suits can’t stop abusing Activision.

Electronic Arts has been hurling insults at Activision for months, as it seeks to sell copies of forthcoming shooter Battlefield 3 and take share from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The war of words hasn’t all been one-sided. Around E3 time Activision boss Bobby Kotick cast negative comments at Battlefield 3’s console versions. More recently, Bobby’s second-in-command Eric Hirshberg said EA’s verbal assault is “bad for our industry”, specifically slamming EA’s management for stating that Call of Duty should “rot from the core”.

Now, EA has ramped up the pressure. The company’s chief spokesman Jeff Brown used trade site IndustryGamers to toss some abuse at Hirshberg. he said, “Welcome to the big leagues Eric. I know you’re new in the job but someone should have told you this is an competitive industry.

“You’ve got every reason to be nervous. Last year Activision had a 90 share in the shooter category. This year, Battlefield 3 is going to take you down to 60 or 70. At that rate, you’ll be out of the category in 2-3 years. If you don’t believe me, go to the store and try to buy a copy of Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk.”

Source: IGN

Aug 05 2011

Battlefield Vs. Call of Duty: By the Numbers

Category: Battlefield 3,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 7:20 PM

The biggest first person shooters on the planet finally face off.

Battlefield and Call of Duty – the biggest, bloodiest shooters on the market – are constantly competing with each other over hardcore shooting fans’ love, dedication and money. But for two franchises that launched within a year apart back in the early 2000’s, their paths to current stardom differ wildly. As we prepare for Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 to go head to head this fall, let’s take a look at the hard stats that got both of these juggernauts to where they are today.

Source: IGN

Jul 18 2011

MW3 on track to shatter UK Pre-order Records

Category: Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 1:30 PM

Retailer GAME says shooter’s “tracking significantly ahead” of Call of Duty: Black Ops

All the signs are pointing towards Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 being the biggest release in the series yet.

Retailer GAME has told MCV it expects the shooter to break all UK pre-order records and become the firm’s bestselling title ever.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders are already tracking significantly ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops at the same time last year,” GAME Group MD Tom Devine said.

“We know that the Call of Duty brand and franchise has the most amazing fan-base and we’ve got some great surprises lined up for those who pre-order with us. We’re looking forward to an incredible launch on November 8th.”

Last month, leading US games retailer GameStop also said Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders were tracking at a ‘record-setting pace’.

CoD: Black Ops was recently named the UK’s top selling game of all time.

Source: CVG

Jul 14 2011

MW3 has COD 4 Mentality, Clamps Down on Campers

Category: Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 2:33 PM

Infinity Ward gives more details on Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer

Infinity Ward has given more details on Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer, how it’s discouraging campers and creating a more ‘COD 4’ mentality for its latest FPS outing.

The studio is crafting multiplayer maps that have no more than five hotspots where campers are likely to hang out and wait for their prey, the studio says.

“It simplifies it so that the less skilled player has less to think about,” creative strategist at Infinity Ward Robert Bowling, told Kotaku.

“What happens when you have more is that the professional guys are using that spot that is either difficult to get to… There’s fewer places to hide, which discourages the camper mentality that seemed to emerge in the map design of Modern Warfare 2.”

Modern Warfare 3 is also edging closer to the original Modern Warfare than its direct predecessor in terms of general feel and philosophy.

“Modern Warfare style is, for me, all about the high-speed, fast-paced-and I’m talking in terms of smooth controls and 60-frames-per-second framerate-infantry-focused combat,” Bowling continued. “Tt’s all focused on that gun-on-gun gameplay, especially in Modern Warfare 3.

“I feel like it’s something we nailed with Call of Duty 4. We moved away from it a little bit with MW2, relying heavily on air support, killstreaks, perks and stuff like that. Modern Warfare 3, very much [is] building up from that Call of Duty 4 mentality of gun-on-gun, fast-paced infantry gameplay.”

Bowling told CVG about the crack team of QA testers Infinity Ward has flown in specially to put the Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer through its paces. Have a read if you haven’t already.

Source: CVG

Jul 13 2011

Infinity Ward talks up ‘rigorous’ MW3 QA Process

Category: Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 11:23 AM

Studio confirms outside group has been enlisted to help run the game’s multiplayer “through its paces”

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has told CVG the studio’s working hard to identify and address any Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer exploits before the game launches this November.

He also confirmed reports that the studio has flown in an outside group – which describes itself as “a community of gamers who have become infatuated with discovering and sharing glitches, exploits, tricks, and strategies” – to help test the shooter.

“The mapMonkey’s are correct,” he said. “They’re out at the studio to help us run Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer through its paces.

“While we’ve been hammering away testing on it since it’s been up and running, these guys focus specifically on exploits that can potentially be used to an unfair advantage, such as getting outside a map’s playable area, inside geo, or find weapon / equipment exploits that were not intended by the designer so that we can catch and address these before it gets out to the public.

“They’re a great addition to an already rigorous QA process that the internal team here at Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer and additionally at Activision have been doing since development began,” Bowling added.

Publisher Activision has promised Modern Warfare 3 will deliver “the most advanced multiplayer ever”. Little has been revealed so far, but Infinity Ward has confirmed it’ll feature a heavily revamped killstreak system. Check out a list of rumoured MW3 killstreaks here.

The beta test for new online service Call of Duty Elite, which will launch fully alongside Modern Warfare 3 later this year, is set to kick off tomorrow using CoD: Black Ops.

Source: CVG

Jul 08 2011

Modern Warfare 3 to Include Color Blind Support

Category: First-Person Shooters,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 12:51 PM

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will feature support for one of the most common — and commonly overlooked — disabilities. Responding to a fan question, Sledgehammer Games confirmed that it is working on a Color Blind Assist option for the title, similar to the option found in Black Ops.

Color blindness impacts roughly 6% of the general population, and men are especially susceptible to it at a whopping 9-12%. Since men at least seem to make up the vast majority of COD players, some are bound to be color blind. The problem can manifest itself in color-coded objective markers or enemy identification, so a shift in tone helps make the game interface clearer.

We’ve seen more of a push to include disability features in games, from subtitles for hearing impairments to color blind options, and even occasional controller mapping to account for mobility impairments. Most fixes are relatively simple, and open up the game to a wider audience, so developers are getting on-board.

Source: ShackNews

Jun 06 2011

Modern Warfare 3 E3 Gameplay Demo

Category: First-Person Shooters,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 3:38 PM

Infinity Ward shows off nine minutes(ish) of new footage

If you missed the live stream earlier, here’s Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling demoing a chunky section of Modern Warfare 3 on stage at Microsoft’s E3 press conference.

He plays for about nine minutes, showing off an underwater segment where you have to plant a mine on a Russian sub attacking the American coastline, as well as some more traditional gunplay aboard a sub and a boat driving sequence.

And his controller runs out of juice right at the start, which is kind of funny.

E3 MW3 9 Minute YouTube Video

May 27 2011

Modern Warfare 3 Spec Ops Details

Category: First-Person Shooters,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 7:58 PM

The Spec Ops mode in the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will feature a new progressive ranking system, online matchmaking system and leaderboards.

A new Survival Mode was also detailed, taking place on Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer maps. Players will fend off never-ending waves of enemies, including attack dogs, suicide bomber dogs, and eventually kamikaze soldiers.

“You definitely have to change up your strategy as the enemy changes up,” Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward told USA Today.

“Obviously how you fight the kamikaze dudes is different from how you fight the normal dudes and how you fight a dog is different from a dude and how you fight juggernauts, they are not only big and armored, so they will just brute force come at you. But they each have their own way of being taken out effectively.”

Source: USA Today

May 16 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Date Revealed

Category: First-Person Shooters,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 2:41 PM

And yes, that date is Australian for November 8, 2011.

Retail sources confirm the big day. Leaked photo and full details below.

Whoops. The good ship Modern Warfare has sprung another leak. In this instance, our anonymous retail sources have provided IGN with a confirmed street date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Rumours have been circulating around the web for a little while, but IGN can now confirm a release date of November 8. This will almost certainly be a global date.

The photo shows a retail point-of-sale poster used to promote the game. It’s clearly marked with a ’08-11-11′ release date – and that’s pretty definitive. This is an Australian poster too, hence the order of the day/month/year.

This latest leak comes after a string of other unauthorized information leaks over the last few days. IGN has sought confirmation from Activision, but we believe this to be completely authentic.

Source:  IGN

May 13 2011

Modern Warfare 3 in November?

Category: First-Person Shooters,Modern Warfare 3,PCNightCrawler @ 1:25 PM

The website Kotaku reports they have “learned” that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is in the works and will be released on Nov. 8, 2011, attributing this to “multiple sources,” who reveal details about the story and game modes in the military first-person shooter sequel. They seem pretty convinced this is all bona fide, saying: “we’ve gone to great lengths to nail down as much as possible the veracity of our sources. We believe that the imagery and chief details are accurate. That doesn’t mean things can’t change before release, but this appears to be a full run down of where Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software is on Modern Warfare 3 as they add the final polishing touches.” They offer a gallery of art said to be from the game, as well as a separate article that makes no effort to avoid possible spoilers.

The first major details of the as-yet-unannounced Modern Warfare 3 have been outed as part of a major leak.  The single player story will kick off moments after the cliffhanger ending of Modern Warfare 2 with the US attempting to repel a surprise Russian attack.

It is reported that the single-player campaign, which appears to wrap up most of the unanswered questions and character fates of the first two Modern Warfare titles, also introduces new characters who appear to be destined for future Modern Warfare games, especially two Delta Force operatives codenamed “Frost” and “Sandman”.  As well as  The site reports: “The SP campaign will ping-pong players around the world as they take on the multiple throwaway roles as a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, SAS Operative, tank gunner, and AC-130 gunner as well as key characters from previous instalments and new recurring characters.”

Multiplayer in the game returns with a chunky list of playable maps as well as two types of Spec Ops modes: “Survival” and “Mission”.

Kotaku’s sources also suggested that “the game will reshape the landscape of the Call of Duty franchise by introducing a number of eclectic settings, deep multiplayer gaming and a story that ties up nearly all loose ends from previous titles, including the final moments of key figures in the series’ history”.

A slightly spoilerific list of game locations named by Kotaku follows. DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE GAME TAKES YOU. NO CHARACTER / PLOT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED:

Dharmasala, India
New York, New York
A plane transporting the president of Russia
A town in Sierra Leone
London, England
Mogadishu, Somalia
Hamburg, Germany
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
A castle in the Czech mountains
Berlin, Germany
The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Washington. D.C.

So additional information concerning detailed plot and storylines has also leaked and they are as follows:

– The story picks up immeduately after the end of Modern Warfare 2. Price and Soap are making their escape to safety, but the Russian invasion of America continues.

– The story takes in locations all over the planet and sees you playing existing characters and a cast of new Delta Force operatives. The plot revolves around attempts to track down bad honcho Makarov, hold off the Russian forces in occupied America, and bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The Russian President and a peace treaty become major plot points.

– Price and Soap are present throught the story, but it seems that sometimes they’ll be NPCs in the scenes that involve them.

– There are 20 multiplayer levels. It’s not known whether some will be DLC. Brooklyn, Africa and Paris are three locations, and all are also mentioned in the reported storyline.

– Spec Ops returns, and there’s a second mode this time, called Survival. It sounds like CoD’s version of Horde mode, with multiple waves attacking a co-op team until the players are eventually overcome.