140 Characters: My History With Call of Duty

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I wanted to do a write up of my history with the Call of Duty franchise, but I realized that I didn’t care too much about the franchise outside of a handful of games.

Thus, I decided to write little blurbs of each instalment in 140 characters or less. The platform denoted in the brackets is the platform I first played the game on.

Call of Duty (PC)
Oct. 29, 2003

An epic WWII FPS that conveyed the sense of war unlike any game before it. Replayed it many times & still one of my fav WWII shooters.

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GameDealsCanada’s Deal of the Year 2010

doty-2010We’re in a bit of a post-holiday 2010 lull at the moment, so I thought it’d be a good time to reflect. It’s time to look back at 2010 and pick out some “deals of the year”.

If you’re curious about last year’s result, just head over here.

Digital Distribution Deal of the Year

Winner: Fallout: New Vegas Digital Collector’s Edition for $29.71 ($20 off) @ Direct2Drive

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A non-Steam sale for “Digital Distribution Deal of the Year”? Blasphemous? Not quite. Allow me to explain.

Just a little over a month after release and this game gets a hefty $20 off on Direct2Drive. It was a timely sale, there was plenty of time take advantage of it (weekend sale) and it was a deal for a game people wanted. We wouldn’t see a similar deal like this for another 30+ days on Steam. Plus, since this title was a Steamworks game,we were activating it on Valve’s service anyway.

Runners up: Super Meat Boy (PC) for $3.75 on Steam, Amnesia: The Dark Descent for $9.99 on Steam, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for $19.95 on Direct2Drive

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Checkpoint: Déjà vu 2010 Edition

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It’s my fault. I made these purchasing decisions, but I still feel the need to make note of it.

I’m having a serious case of Déjà vu with this holiday season’s games. Let’s break it down:

Fallout: New Vegas

I’m playing this on PC, but through an Xbox 360 controller. While the 1080p resolution and the 60 FPS framerate is a nice improvement, it still feels like Fallout 3. Too much so. The engine is still ugly, but now it’s 1080p worth of ugly. The structure of the dialog, the structure of the quests and the exploitation of the VATS system is all reminiscent of 2008.

I’m 7 hours in and the highlight thus far is the writing. I’m hoping that grows and eventually takes over the game as the key motivator to keep going.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer

Issues with spawning and the PS3 tech aside, Black Ops MP is exactly how I picture it in my head. It’s nothing new, just refined. It doesn’t help that all the maps feel very similar to one another. Maybe it’s my fault for expecting too much.

Gran Turismo 5

The core driving and the visuals may have improved, but everything else around it feels very 2005-ish.

My Fault

Like I said, this is all my fault. I chose to pick these games up. It’s also unfair of me to break these down so easily because nearly every game out there would seem trite under the same scrutiny. But that’s how I feel at the moment.

Hell, I’m still playing Bad Company 2 MP and Civilization V. And we all know what to expect out of those games.

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