I’m a bit of a Call of Duty fan.

The other day I was given this Official Call of Duty set. Well, who wants to act their age all the time?

Field gun

I noticed that there was a set of Lat & Long values on the box. The geek within couldn’t help punching these into Google Maps*.


Did it home in on a CoD-like battlefield? No, but it was amusing to see where. If you’re curious enough to do the same, you will need to go into Street View to get the full effect.

* Other on-line digital maps are available

This weekend I has been mainly…

…playing multiplayer on COD Black Ops.

Finished the campaign a while back but hadn’t had the time to dip into XBox Live.

Over the weekend I’ve spent about 3 hours on-line and what fun. Of course the lobbies are full of prestige’d up geeks who have probably done nothing else but MP since the game came out but nevertheless I managed to have fun and not disgrace myself completely.

Black Ops – Done!

If you are expecting a review, I’m sorry to disappoint. There are plenty who will do a reasonable job of that. Suffice to say, what a great game!

I’ve finally managed to find the time to complete the single player campaign. It’s an interesting story, if not exactly historically accurate; however it has been great fun! There are some dodgy references (Bay of Pigs, for example) and some far fetched threads, however there are also some really cool bits like the “Apocalypse Now” style level with brilliantly chosen Rolling Stones track “Sympathy for the Devil”. Plus Sergeant Reznov is back from WAW 🙂

I experienced the same feeling on finishing the campaign as I did with MW2. As the final cut scene played out and the credits rolled I had an almost palpable feeling of loss, almost a poignant feeling of comrades I will never see again. Of course in reality it was just a disappointment that something enjoyable has ended! And then, at the very end of the final cut scene we see… (Ha ha, no spoilers!).

Anyway… I only did it on Regular so I still have Veteran to do and that, dear reader, will be a whole different game!

Plus there is still Multiplayer to start. Maybe I’ll see you on XBox live 😉

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Black Ops

Been a bit busy over the last week (see earlier post!) however I did buy COD Black Ops on launch day. I have started the campaign and it is really bloody good! Like the little touches, e.g. homage to Apocalypse Now. Have also enjoyed the little hacks like leaving the torture chair and playing Zork.

Zombies. Did I mention the Zombies? Brilliant. Playing as JFK, killing Zombies.

I will probably finish the campaign before starting Multiplayer, or maybe not. Can’t wait to be honest!

Medal of Honor

Well last week I completed the new Medal of Honor on Xbox. The campaign story was pretty good, and the gameplay was realistic, nothing like the last XBox MoH I played – MoH Airborne – which had ridiculously undefeatable Super-Nazis in the later games. No, this was a good game, I liked the fact that it was contemporary, being set in the Afghanistan conflict. Having said that, it doesn’t beat COD MW2.

There has been a fair bit of press around the fact that people can play Multiplayer as AQ against the American forces. To be honest it didn’t bother me, it’s obviously a game and not to be taken too seriously. However I can appreciate that some American soldiers or their families might be offended. As far as the online experience went, again I have to say I thought it wasn’t a patch on MW2. I soon got fed up with games abending with a message that the EA servers “can’t be found” or “are not responding”, losing my meagre kill tally. 😦 I also found that the distant enemy were very difficult to see – maybe I just need a bigger TV! I also found it very easy to get sniped by “veterans” with a scoped weapon and frequently killed because I often got respawned in the same place I got shot last time! On the plus side it seemed realistic, in the sense that rounds would come buzzing in past my head and it was difficult to see where the enemy were.

So, overall, Multiplayer was fun but ultimately frustrating. I’m off to play MW2 again while I wait impatiently for the new COD Black Ops to come out on the 9th of November!