"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" delivers the same thing as its predecessors: a campaign full of ridiculous spectacle and a deep online multiplayer experience that features a robust, addictive leveling/unlocking system.
With two super-addictive, well-polished multiplayer modes and a suite of fantastic maps, "Battlefield 3" does a couple of things really well while whiffing in a bunch of other areas, setting the game up for plenty of video gaming's tired review-score controversies.
Slow down everybody. “Call of Duty Elite” is not a sign of the apocalypse. If it’s done right, Activision's new social networking service will combine the vapid addictiveness of social networking sites with the smack-talking fun of online first-person shooters.
Last week, I played the holy heck out of "Brink," squeezed in a little "Divinity II" and unwound with some Xbox Live Arcade games and "Culdcept Saga." Oh, and I'm still horrible at "Call of Duty."
It's a slow week when the biggest new release can't even be played online.
My semi-occasional recap of what I'm playing, and some brief thoughts on each title.
Xbox 360-owning shooter fans are spending the whole weekend playing the new maps for "Call of Duty: Black Ops." As far as new releases go, it's slim pickings beyond another retro-style "Bionic Commando Rearmed" game and an add-on pack for "The Sims 3."
Last week, I named "BioShock 2" my 2010 Game of the Year. "Mass Effect 2" leads a compelling crop of runners-up.
If you're a "Call of Duty" fan, chances are you already own this year's iteration. But if you're inexperienced with all things "CoD" and want to see what all the fuss is about, "Black Ops'" unconventional storytelling, action-movie moments and online Combat Training mode make it a great time to jump in the pool.
I'll be posting my "Call of Duty: Black Ops" review tomorrow morning, but before I do so, I thought it best to explain a little bit about how this part-time game critic has managed to avoid playing this console generation's biggest hit franchise.