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Your Dungeon-Looting Preference: Part Two

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Over the last several months I’ve been trying Tom Clancy’s: The Division on and off, and with Destiny 2 coming along I guess I can talk about loot-oriented action RPGs again. I might have use for a new one, but I think I’m conflicted about The Division. Continue reading

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Infinite Warefare Really Is “Call of Duty In Space”

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As each new Call of Duty game is accused of being “more of the same,” I think the lifeblood that keeps the main campaigns of each game worthwhile is their ability to remain fresh and keep surprising the player. After finally finishing up Infinite Warfare, I think it does a sufficient job of this, if only because it repeats a lot of what was in previous games, except in space.

The game that blew up the franchise — Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, has such a good campaign because it feels like a roller coaster. Each mission has scenarios and events that set it apart from the other ones so the game never really gets monotonous. If the game was designed right, you never feel like you’re just repeatedly going through a bunch of kill boxes. I feel this way about most of the COD games: the three Modern Warfare games, Ghosts, and Advanced Warfare.

To keep things fresh with Infinite Warfare, Infinite Ward really leaned hard on the “in space” theme. I’m not sure there’s much about the moment-to-moment action in the end that feels unique other than being set in space, but it turns out being set in space counts for a lot. Continue reading

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Titanfall 2 vs Infinite Warfare

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All the reviews for Titanfall 2 have probably told you how good the campaign is. If you’ve slept on it, I’ll go ahead and tell you it ranks among the best shooter campaigns of recent years. Just coming off of it, it has me thinking about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, for which I’m fairly optimistic. I probably won’t be able to play Infinite Warfare for a little while though. Continue reading

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The Clash Between Remasters And The AAA Game Business

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All the headlines I’ve seen about Activision forcing buyers of physical copies of Call of Duty Infinite Warfare to keep the disc if they want to keep playing Modern Warfare Remastered act like it’s some massive surprise. I’m not interested in a discussion about whether or not you should be disappointed, but if you think for a little bit it makes perfect sense for COD in particular and for Activision’s business model. You at least shouldn’t be surprised. Continue reading

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LTTP Call of Duty: Black Ops III Campaign

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And with the campaign of Black Ops III, I’m finally as caught up on Call of Duty as I care to be. A copy of the game actually came with my PS4, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. If I do keep it around the campaign will probably be the least of the reason. I’m not saying that to put the game down, but it seems like Treyarch’s style of COD has developed in a direction completely different form what made me enjoy the franchise back in the days of Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Continue reading

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Is Level Select The Next Anti-Frustration Feature?

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Treyarch’s decision to make every mission of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III campaign playable from the beginning brings up an old question that sometimes comes up regarding game difficulty and consumer frustration. I actually don’t think Treyarch made a bad decision here, and its comparison to Netflix is apt, but it obviously wouldn’t work with every type of game. It’s also interesting to speculate where this could take things in the future if it becomes a trend.

I think this question was most famously brought up by a British comedian (whose name my Google-fu is unable to acquire) some years ago who joked about his ineptitude at the first Gears of War game, pointing out that video games are the one medium that will lock out content to people who buy them based on skill. Treyarch compared what they’re doing to how Netflix releases entire seasons of shows at once. When you think about it, it’s also comparable to a book, where all the pages are technically readable at any time, or a movie, in which every scene is watchable from the start. In these cases the desire to start the story from the beginning and consume all of it is still there, and the same will probably be true with Black Ops III. Continue reading

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What It Might Take To Get Me Back Into Call of Duty

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The announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops III has me thinking about how or when I would ever get back into the series. It probably seems somewhat common today or even trendy to shun something as popular and bombastic as COD, but to tell you the truth I feel like there’s still some good game design to be found in it. Treyarch’s return after three years resurrects a dilemma I’ve seen with the series. People like the studio now, but I’m still the most skeptical about its COD games in particular. Continue reading

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