Monday, November 05, 2007

COD 4 Geek-out

I play games too quickly, and too obsessively! Only yesterday did I very coincidentally chance upon a copy of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare at the Comics Connection shop downstairs from my place at Sun Plaza. I was rather caught by surprise, actually, as I didn't really expect the game to be out so soon.

But nevertheless, I snapped up this highly-anticipated game knowing full well that I have yet to thoroughly play through Beautiful Katamari, Halo 3 and Harry Potter OOTP. COD4: MW turned out to be an excellent game with great variety. The last game I played in the COD series was COD 2, and I wasn't too impressed with that one. (In fact, I only played through the single player campaign once through and now I'm looking to sell it for CHEAP. Please let me know if you're interested!)

Because of my disinterest in COD 2, I actually skipped out on COD 3, thinking it would be pretty much the same as everything previously offered. But COD 4 has definitely reinstated my faith in this game series.

Having completed the game in two sittings, I went on Xbox Live to try out the online multiplayer. Puzzling enough, there were only 279 people playing COD 4 online worldwide when I went on last night! (That would be Nov 4.) Only then did I just go on Wikipedia to do some quick searching: COD 4 will only be released on November 6, 2007 in North America and three days later on November 9, 2007 in Europe. It will come out in Australia on November 7, 2007.

Amazing, ain't it. How a small Comics Connection shop in some neighborhood mall manage to put a copy of COD 4 on their shelves for sale (whether knowingly or not!) still marvels me! So as of now, I have officially completed COD 4 when most of the world (or, rather, the other bunch of gamers who aren't in the lucky 279) have yet to get their grummy hands on a copy!

(Yes, Albert. I've finished the game! Eat that!)

Some real impressive highlights of the game was being able to play as the gunner of an AC-130 gunship and cover friendlies while they attempt to exfiltrate. For those who are interested to know, the AC-130 gunship is the ground attack airplane which they used in Transformers to take down Scorponok. Playing as the gunner allows you to fully choose between your armament of 20 mm M61, 40 mm L60 Bofors and the kickass 105 mm M102. Also, your HUD is displayed in realistic black hot or white hot thermal imaging, your choice!

Another highlight of the game was crawling through the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation in a flashback mission set 15 years back. You play as part of a two-men spec ops team sent in to assassinate a Russian nationalist weapons dealer, and for the mission you are decked in a ghillie suit from head to toe, enhancing camouflage. I'm sure for those who have played the COD 4 demo released on Xbox Live Marketplace will know what I'm referring to!

For this particular sniping mission, it employs more than just standard run-of-the-mill sniping gameplay. Here, you'll have to listen closely to your superior officer cum spotter, with only one chance at taking the shot. And that's only after you observe carefully wind speed, atmospheric conditions, bullet speed and so on.

Another favorite of mine was getting to fire a FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile, which I'm sure is a first for any FPS game. Getting to see it in action (albeit animated) really makes you wonder how devastating it will be like to see one being used in, for say, the Iraq war.

Here's the E3 2007 trailer for the game, so if you have an Xbox 360, it is definitely a must-buy! This game is a strong contender for Game of the Year status, though Halo 3 seems like a tough one to beat.

Okay, back to COD 4 to trawl Xbox Live for some online matches so I can get a slight head-start with leveling up! Or at least I hope to! For those of you playing Hellgate: London, let me know how good it really is! I would really love to have a go at it but unfortunately my PC is nowhere near capable of running that game! (Or any other game for that matter!)

In other non-gaming news, I'm almost finished the the novel The Kite Runner by Afghanistani American author Khaled Hosseini. It is stunning, awesome and touching. Please read it! The movie is out soon! (Trailer can be found on YouTube here.)

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