We all know Activision is well-known for milking a cash cow until they die (see the history of the Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk franchises), and that might be the fate of the extremely popular toy and video game crossover title, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, but can’t we enjoy it while its new and still good? Something as innovative and well put together as this deserves some positive attention, and it’s just not fair how many people are immediately writing it off as just another attempt to cash in on needy children and the parents willing to spend anything to make them happy. In reality, it’s a good game with a great premise that happens to suffer from being under Activision’s greedy control.
It’s a double review this week from me, as I take a look at the two shooting heavyweights – Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. I’ll be looking at both the single and multiplayer and seeing just how well they stand up, but first – the Campaign gets my attention before I go for the multiplayer. Let’s dive in.
Awhile back right when Vince and Zampella left Infinity Ward we started hearing about an Action Adventure game in development by Sledgehammer games. Apparently we will never see that game because it was killed in prototype. When they got the chance to work on Modern Warfare 3 rather than it’s offshoot they abandoned what they say was a compelling looking prototype in order to work on the main entry in the franchise.
I can say with certainty that I would have played a 3rd person Call of Duty, but as it stand I have little to no interest in the newest game in the series, especially with the large amount of other more interesting shooters on their way. What about you guys? Are you looking forward to the new Call of Duty or would you rather them have done something new with the franchise.
Now, if I were to ask what you look for in a game, I’d highly doubt, or would hope not, that any of you say that it would be 60 FPS. Apparently Glen Schofield, General Manager for Sledgehammer Games thinks it is.
For those of you unaware, Sledgehammer are assisting Infinity Ward with the latest in the Call of Duty series. Schofield, in an interview with AusGamers, hyped up the graphics side, naming anonymous competition – Battlefield 3 jumps to mind instantly – that they will be the only shooter released in that period to be capable of this, and confidently stated that he was “not sure any of our competitors will”
Johan Andersson of DICE made a good counter-point on Twitter, stating that:
“We think huge levels, lots of players, great effects, destruction, vehicles & varied gameplay are more important than 1080p, how is that a shame? Name a single FPS game that runs at 1080p on any of the consoles? We would have to do huge gameplay cuts.”
As it stands, I’m looking forward to both games, but the rivalry is huge now – will make the situation even more interesting when the reviews flood in for both titles.
If you thought last years DS and Wii release of GoldenEye would be your last chance at seeing the GoldenEye name again, you may want to think again. Activion has registered four domain names for a game that would seemed to be titled GoldenEye 007 Reloaded. The domains include GoldenEyeReloadedGame.com, GoldenEye007GameReloaded.com, GoldenEyeReloaded007.com, and GoldenEye007Reloaded.com.
What is GoldenEye 007 Reloaded? Only Activision knows. It could be a port or maybe a new game all together. Last years release of GoldenEye 007 on the Wii, while not perfect, was received quite well. The DS title, unfortunately, didn’t fair as well.
If we do see a new title based on the GoldenEye name, hopefully at the very least, it will be better than GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
It’s been quite a long time since the initial shake-ups at Infinity Ward that led to Vince Zampella and Jason West quitting their jobs at Activision. Around that time Vince Zampella and Jason West filed several lawsuits against Activision and Activision sued right back. Looks like some of those cases may be finally going to trial. The cases that Vince and Jason filed against Activision are going to trial. Several months earlier the Activision cases went through to trial so this means that both sides, both seeking heavy damages, are going head to head.
If you missed the drama that happened a while back due to disagreements over how the Call of Duty name was being handled Vince and Jason fought Activision and ended up losing their jobs. They started a new studio in the mean time and Activision has released a new Call of Duty game in that time. As is the usual with court cases these were filed around the same time as the events that fractured Infinity Ward, but have just now come to fruition.
Another year, another Call of Duty! Modern Warfare 3 was unveiled earlier this week and… Well, it looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, again. Many people look down on the Call of Duty name due to the fact that it has yearly releases with relatively similar content. But sometimes it’s easy to forget that these titles actually see two years of development, thanks to two separate teams.
This week we ask a ‘what if’ question. What if the other team, Treyarch, didn’t exist? What if there was only one Call of Duty every two years? Do you think your image of the franchise would be different, or would you still view it as a cash in series? Or, if you’re on the flip side, do you enjoy the yearly releases? Would you gladly pick up multiple Call of Duty title each year?
After a semi-boring teaser trailer, we actually get a full reveal trailer! As you can see, it is indeed Call of Duty. It is also indeed modern and warfare for the third time. After the jump you can see the trailer. As we heard with the previous leak, much of it takes place in cities around the world within the United States and Europe. But otherwise, it looks like Call of Duty.
The trend for the last couple of years is to have an actual full gameplay video at E3, generally during Microsoft’s conference. So unless Activision is pulling out something early, we should be seeing more then.
Do you like green lines? Activision must think we do, becuase that’s all you’ll see in this Modern Warfare 3 teaser! Well, that’s a lie. There’s some other stuff in here. “Am3rica” and a shortened logo for Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: MW3.
Earlier today Kotaku reported on quite a bit of leaked info on the third entry in the Modern Warfare series. According to their sources, the title takes place right where Modern Warfare 2 left off and will tie all the loose ends of the Modern Warfare series. That’s not to say the series will end though. Modern Warfare 3 will introduce a new cast of characters that will show up in future entries of Modern Warfare. Two that were particularly noted were Delta Force operatives “Frost” and “Sandman.” Fifteen missions are planned, starting with the invasion of Manhattan by Russia. Kotaku has leaked more story details, but they contain some major spoilers.
Kotaku’s sources also talked Multiplayer, saying fifteen to twenty maps will be in the title. Spec-ops: Missions will return along with Spec-ops: Survival. Survival has players fighting off wave after wave of enemies until they are finally overtaken. Kotaku even has some leaked assets as well.
The title is supposedly set for November 8th 2011. But again, all the information above is not confirmed. Infinity Ward developer Robert Bowling says some of the information is accurate, but not all of it.
Can’t wait for Call of Duty: My Wife 3, which will partially be set in Amthreeica. Trailer after the jump.
A Call of Duty game this year? Unbelievable! But PlayStation Magazine’s teaser makes it seem likely that we’re about to get the third entry in the Modern Warfare series. As you can see, the magazine shows a massive “3” in Modern Warfare font, with the text below saying “The biggest game in the world returns.”
After Modern Warfare 2, many developers left Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, founding Respawn Studios. Actvision has since filled out the team again, although whether or not this title is from them or Sledge Hammer Games is unknown.
(Source: Push Square)