First off, Happy New Year to all! What a great Christmas and fab start to ‘08 it’s been. Eleven days vacation with lots of quality time for hobbies. Besides going-out, celebrating, visiting friends and family I had real quality time in front my games consoles. If you want to know what Santa brought, here’s the run down.
1) More Brain Training – DS
2) Call of Duty 4 – Xbox 360
3) Dance ^ Dance Universe with Mat – Xbox 360
4) Link’s Crossbow Training with Zapper – Wii
5) A Sony Ericson Mobile Phone
6) The usual odds and ends
Call of Duty 4 (COD 4) has a new level of realism I’d never experienced in games. To start with you meet a typical English hard-as-nails Sergeant who instructs you through the COD 4 boot camp training mode in under 5-minutes. Target Practice > Assault Course then off to your first mission. On board a ship, I forget the exact purpose; I was drawn in by the realism of special effects and immersive combat. Search / destroy and evacuate. Next stop War torn Beirut.
Personally I’ve never had the urge to join the Army. Obviously Call of Duty was built by real life accounts of blood sweat and tears. The game play oozes realism like you see on News 24. Holding the Xbox control pad wielding AK47 feels extremely powerful. The noise of bullets ricocheting on steel as if it was raining 120db of solid metal. Flash grenades actually deafen the game player by muting the sound as the explosive detonates. Mission after mission COD 4 gives eyewitness accounts of the sights and morals soldiers endure. “Friendly Fire is not unknown” would truly haunt a soldier. Working in a kill or be killed environment. With minimal visibility, in the dark of night there’s crossfire, bombs, smoke; you see an armed human, you‘ve got itchy SAS fingers a fully equipped bazooka what do you do?
COD 4 Modern Warfare has much more to offer. I’ve just scratched the surface in hours of game time until completion, yet this game easily out shines Halo 3. Halo is more suited for sci-fi cop-operative geeks. Modern Warfare co-operative mode deserves another chapter. When I’m done here, I’m getting straight back to playing my xbox. Find more vouchers and stuff here here