We may all live in a great big global community, but in my Blog, it's my world.
Published on November 26, 2007 By terpfan1980 In XBOX

Reminder that if you are finding this article in an area that doesn't seem appropriate, Stardock republishes content from their affiliated forums and sites within their own network.  This article was properly posted in the Gaming -> Console Games -> XBOX area of JoeUser.com.  If you are not interested in this article, please just move on.  Thanks!


It amazes me at times how bad some video games are, and how they just can't hold my interest.  I get some games and want to play them, but then quickly lose interest and become disenchanted with them for some reason or another.

There are other games that I play for a while, but consider myself 'done' on eventually and then don't really want to go back and play them again.  Sports games mostly, games where I would play a season in the game, win the championship, and then call it quits in the game as I don't want to take the time to go back through the game a second or possibly a third time.  It gets old, boring, and repetitive.

I play games to amuse myself and blow off tension after work.  I don't need games that frustrate me, or that seem too much like work and leave me feeling lonely.

That's why I marvel so much at the game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, out for multiple systems, but in my case playing on my Xbox 360.  I spoke before, back when there was a public beta for the game, about playing the game and loving it.  I waited impatiently for the game to be released for the Xbox 360, and man am I ever glad the game is out.

Image from Amazon.com
Image linked from Amazon.com

Call of Duty 4 takes the best of earlier games in the genre, including the Call of Duty series, but not just that series.  For example, there's a ranking system that is persistent, similar to the system used in Ubisoft's excellent Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas.  You earn experience points that count towards your rank in the system, and as you 'rank up' you pick up new perks (bonus features) and ability to use new weapons and such.  While lower level players may fear that they'd be picked upon by the higher ranking players, that isn't the case, even though the higher level players get more choice of bonus features.  As it turns out, the bonus features (perks) are limited to 3 per player and are limited in how they can be combined.  If you choose one type of weapon you are unable to chose some of the perks that can't stack up with that weapon.  So, you quickly find that the game is well balanced for both lower levels and higher levels.

I've clocked in just about 20 days worth of game time since picking up the game and don't see any end in sight (I have, however, seen plenty of other games sit on my shelf collecting dust and going unplayed ).  Much like Rainbow Six: Vegas was for me, it's a game that I can pick up and play again, and again, and again.  Eventually another game will come along that is as much fun for me, but that may be a while.  At this point the best chance for that is likely Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (or whatever the game will be called) which is due out in the late spring if things go well.  Until then, I'll definitely be enjoying Call of Duty 4 and hoping for some more content to be added to it to keep adding to the fun.


Comments
on Nov 26, 2007

I thought COD4 was very lovely but the single player game is a bit lacking. No cover system, none of the rank stuff, scripted points you have to hit that take you out of suspension of disbelief etc..

By all accounts including yours the multi-player is a gem though.

on Nov 26, 2007
The single player was very shot, but it was such some an awesome experience though. I have been playing the multi-player and it is completely fun. If anybody wants to play feel free to add me as a friend. My XBL name is the same as here.
on Nov 26, 2007

By all accounts including yours the multi-player is a gem though.

That's definitely where the game shines for me, enough so that I haven't yet touched the single player mode.  I intend to get there, but just haven't yet.

On this point:

No cover system

I totally agree about that issue and wish the game was more like Rainbow Six in that aspect.  I love that feature there and love that Rainbow Six is more tactical and less run and gun, but both games are fun, especially if you have a good group of people to play with, or if you hit a decent group from the masses on Xbox Live.

on Nov 26, 2007

My XBL name is the same as here

Friends invite coming your way

on Nov 26, 2007
more like Rainbow Six in that aspect


Yes, after GOW and R6 it is very difficult to come out with a game that lacks this feature. It adds so much realism and useability to a shooter that even though it is recent, it has become a "basic" feature.
on Nov 26, 2007
Can you explain the cover system in Rainbow Six? I am familiar with Metal Gear Solid (2+3) system, and the system for Brothers in Arms.
on Nov 26, 2007
Rainbow Six?


Similar to GOW if you have played that. Basically one button while next to an object makes your character take over behind it in an appropriate stance (upright behind tall objects, crouched behind low ones, aloows you to shoot around the edges or over the top).

COD4 feels like I am slightly retarded walking or runnign uprigth through a free fire zone. It gets worse when you zoom in to aim and suddenly you lose the ability to moe at anything fater than a creeping walk.

You can run and look through sights at the same time. With a decent short range-scope you can even be quite effective with this approach.

COD4 is strikingly gorgeous though.
on Nov 26, 2007
What are your thoughts about the ranking system?  Apparently when you max out at 55 you can choose to stay at that rank, or start over again (up to 10 times) and get a "special" icon. 

I'm almost there and I think I'm just going to stay where I'm at.  I have been playing multi-player to get points and finish challenges, after I get max rank I just want to play the game my way. 

 
on Nov 26, 2007
Never played GOW, sorry. Sounds like fun though. I always liked games where you run from cover to cover rather than run out in the open all the time. Although, I do suck as all FPS including Metal Gear Solid. I can't shoot quickly.
on Nov 26, 2007

What are your thoughts about the ranking system? Apparently when you max out at 55 you can choose to stay at that rank, or start over again (up to 10 times) and get a "special" icon.

  A friend in my regular playing group has gone through the ranks at least once, and was working back up through the ranks pretty quickly on his second pass.  I think the number of passes is actually set at 3 or something similar.  It's taking me long enough to get up the ranks the first time, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't go back through it again.  If you are playing frequently enough, with a decent group, you pick up experience points fast enough as you go to not really even notice the low ranks very long.

I guess if it really is taking a long time to rank up you might care and not want to reset so you don't lose access to all the perks you had, but as long as I'm playing regularly and getting into good matches, I'm happy to keep going and going and going.

on Nov 28, 2007
I had a great time playing last night! 


on Nov 28, 2007

I had a great time playing last night!

Those were some fun games.  I don't know if you caught the headshots only match, but that was a riot.  I was so happy that the grenade launcher kills counted, otherwise I would have been toast and at the bottom of the group for sure.  I truly suck at head shots, though as you saw some of the group that I regularly play with are excellent at doing just that (and pretty much everything else in the game).  Definitely a good group of gamers though.

Meta
Views
» 2812
Comments
» 12
Category
» XBOX
Sponsored Links