So Modern Warfare 2 PC Is A Cheap Console Port

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So Infinity Ward axed dedicated server support which was a significant blow to the advantages of going with PC. But after the most recent revelations, the remaining PC die hards have no reason to pick up this version if they wish to diverge from Infinity Ward’s ‘vision’ for Modern Warfare 2.

The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 will also have the following changes:

  • lose the console command,
  • lose the ability to kick troublemakers,
  • support up to only 18 players,
  • have no mod support,
  • no more leaning,
  • and no control of who will host.

But it will have graphical settings, text chat and mouse support! Which is good right? That’s the bare minimum, Infinity Ward. That’s what we’ve come to expect when Capcom or other console developers port their console works over to PC. For former PC developers, people expect the kind of features that was already in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Here’s a handy comparison chart courtesy of NeoGAF’s Puck:

Infinity Ward drank the console Kool-Aid and are now comfortably addicted. At least they’re paving the way for other former PC only developers.

I feel your pain, PC gamers. I really do.

Checkpoint: Activision vs PC Gamers Edition

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Perhaps it should be Activision & Infinity Ward vs PC gamers? I’m not sure, all I know is that PC gamers are not happy with the recent turn of events involving Modern Warfare 2.

PC version of games have a few key advantages over their counterparts including:

  • Lower MSRP
  • Improved visuals
  • Dedicated servers
  • Mouse and keyboard controls
  • Mods

Activision and Infinity Ward have effectively crossed out many of these advantages over the recent months. The new list looks like this:

  • Lower MSRP – Now $59.99 USD
  • Improved visuals
  • Dedicated servers – No more dedicated servers thanks to matchmaking via “IW.NET”
  • Mouse and keyboard controls
  • Mods – Mod situation is up in the air, but no player run servers doesn’t help the cause

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So They Had A Modern Warfare 2 Event Last Night…

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Along with a myriad of details, which you can read up on over at GamesRadar and GiantBomb, Microsoft went up on stage and unveiled a Limited Edition Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 with a 250 GB hard drive.

I approve of this bundle. For $399.99 USD (and possibly CAD), you get:

  • Xbox 360 w/ 250 GB hard drive
  • Two wireless controllers
  • A copy of Modern Warfare 2

That’s quite the bundle considering the second controller and game will set you back $130 at the very least. I’m not fond of the paint job though. A little tacky.

So that’s all good news, but what of the game itself? I’m a bit worried about balance. Infinity Ward threw in a lot of interesting features and abilities, but how will it all balance out? And with the admission of no multiplayer beta, I’m worried that exploits and exploitable combinations will ruin the fun.

Who can really say though? This is Infinity Ward. They’re a talented bunch and I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. After all, they did spawn a legion of copy cats after Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare dropped.

P.S – If you want check out footage (and sift through multiple 2 minute videos), head over to the Gameplay section of GameTrailer’s Modern Warfare 2 page.

Checkpoint: Delayed Holiday 2009 Edition

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The number of delays announced over the past few weeks. So much so that it feels like developers and publishers are moving Christmas 2009 into 2010.

Are retailers asking for less this holiday season? That’s what one podcast was speculating. Or perhaps everyone is afraid of Halo 3: ODST and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Whatever the case may be, holiday 2009 has slimmed down considerably, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of quality titles to look for.

Here’s a little list I whipped up which hopefully clarifies the current holiday 2009 picture a little better.

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