Tagged "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"

Aug 23

UK Charts

Two things of note have occurred in chart land this week. Firstly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the UK’s best selling game ever after 41 weeks on sale. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training was the previous best selling UK game ever, followed by GTA: San Andreas.

Secondly, Square-Enix’s Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days has gone straight to number one. This makes it the third #1 of this year for Square-Enix, following on from Final Fantasy XIII and Just Cause 2. The original Kane & Lynch only got as high as #14.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is back in the top 10, up from #19 to #8, but Dragon Quest XI has left the top 10, dropping from #7 to #11.

Dec 30

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was apparently the most anticipated game of all time, so unsurprisingly it’s also the most illegally downloaded game of 2009 according to BitTorret trackers.

The actual figure is rather scary – a massive 4.1 million copies. Think of how much that would be in lost revenue. EA’s The Sims 3 is the second most pirated game of the year with 3.2 million copies downloaded, followed by Prototype (just over 2 million), Need for Speed Shift (ditto) and Street Fighter IV (just under 2 million).

Also knocking around on the list is DiRT 2, UFC: Undisputed and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Unsurprisingly, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust – the worst game of 2009 according the Metacritic – was nowhere to be seen. I bet though some people downloaded it just to see how terrible it really is.

Dec 21

UK Charts

I’m a gambling man, so I’m not sure why I didn’t put money on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 being Christmas #1. It’s probably because I’d be too embarrassed to walk into Ladbrokes and actually do it. This is what the Christmas top 10 chart looks like, anyway:

1 CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2
2 FIFA 10
3 WII FIT PLUS
4 WII SPORTS RESORT
5 ASSASSIN’S CREED II
6 MARIO & SONIC AT OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
7 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII
8 FORZA MOTORSPORT 3
9 MARIO KART WII
10 JUST DANCE

I bet a month ago nobody could have predicted Just Dance making the cut. It’s also fair to say that Nintendo have ‘ruled’ this Christmas – six of those games are exclusive to Nintendo formats, so well done them. Any company that can get a game that’s nearly two years old (Mario Kart Wii) into the Christmas top 10 genuinely deserves a pat on the back.

Dec 11

Top 3 games of 2009

Review aggregator Metacritic has announced its best games of 2009, based on average review scores.

Coming convincingly top of the list is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, with a metascore of 96%. Second and third place is pretty much tied between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Street Fighter IV, both receiving 94%, with Call of Duty slightly taking the lead on multiformat scores. A fairly deserving if slightly predictable list, with the disclaimer that you’d have to like shooting and punching things to truly agree.

Other noteworthy games making the top ten were GTA: Chinatown Wars, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Forza Motorsport 3. Out of the systems, the PlayStation 3 came top, with an average review score of 72% based on 228 titles, 10 of which received 90% of higher. Good news for Sony then.

Nov 11

Hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of gamers have put a lot of blind faith into Infinite Ward, being happy to place down money on pre-orders going solely on some hype-packed previews. Just imagine how funny it would have been if Infinite Ward had spend the last two years making twiddling their thumbs before churning out something akin to the trashy Army Men games. Activision would probably end up with countless people outside their offices carrying burning Guitar Hero guitars and lobbing DJ Hero decks covered in poo through their window. Hilarous.

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The truth though is this: Modern Warfare 2 is genuinely worthy of the hype. It’s brilliant, and the brilliant thing about it is that it’s constantly brilliant – from start to end there isn’t a single dull moment. Levels are a lot bigger than before but no less detailed – the attention to detail is scarily realistic, not just on the environments but also on the character models and weapons. Enemies no longer respawn and are more intelligent – they even jump across roofs to get a clearer shot – and the animation is also close to faultless. Even the sound is worthy of praise, with your allies shouting out enemy locations and passing comment on any skilled shots with a sniper rifle. (more…)

Nov 02

Screw Activision and their £54.99 price tag for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – here’s a way to get it for only £24.97 at GameStation.

They’re currently running an offer to get the anticipated shooter for £4.99 when you trade in two listed games. Many of these are newer releases like Borderlands and Pro Evo 10, but there’s one on the list that’s available for under a tenner on likes of Play.com – the underrated Overlord 2. It’s £9.99 on PlayStation 3 and £10 on Xbox 360, oddly.

Order two of these, wait for them to arrive, hand over your £4.99 to GameStation and Bob’s your aunt – a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 for £24.97. The best bit is that you can trade them in straight away rather than go there on the day of release.

You might get a funny look from the staff for trading two copies of the same game in, but people over at Hot UK Deals have phoned their local stores in advance who have said it’s OK to do so. It might be an idea to call yours first too before taking up the offer.

Jul 15

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Special edition versions of games usually come with something along the lines of a bonus DVD, music CD or figurine. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition will go down in history for being the first game to come with a pair of working night vision goggles. That’s in addition to an art book, steelbook case and a voucher to download the first Call of Duty from Xbox Live. A US price of $149 has been quoted, about £75 in real money.

There will also be a Hardened version (as in hardened veterans) which comes minus the goggles at a cheaper $79.

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