Modern Warfare 3 prompts hand-wringing, chiming cash tills
Firing on all fronts
Activision's next best seller, Modern Warfare 3, has barely been announced, yet already the hype machine is in full throttle. A series of short MW3 teasers released this week, gave fans their first look at what to expect from the game - and immediately caused outrage.
The Daily Mail - natch - has been at its usual scaremongering best, claiming yesterday that scenes witnessed in trailers were too similar to London's 7 July 2005 tube and bus bombings.
The paper says that "supporters" of those affected by the terrorist attack were calling for the game to be banned. What's next? Driving games prohibited from racing through Parisian tunnels, over fears of upsetting admirers of anti-landmine pinup girls? Don't be silly.
I attended Activision's pre-E3 press event this week and caught an extended glimpse of this "controversial" game in action. The live run through of a couple single-player missions was jaw-dropping. I watched a helicopter plunge into the side of a building, rampant Russians get gunned down in New York,and a London underground train crash beside our charging jeep. It may run on the same platform as Black Ops', but Infinity Ward and co-developer Sledgehammer have pulled out all the cinematic stops here.
No multiplayer viewings were available, although we were promised a return to Special Ops and assured the experience would be beastly.
Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist at Infinity Ward, insists through his Twitter feed that there is no lead platform in the game's development and that a PC version will have unique optimisations.
Battlefield 3, better get that kevlar vest on - Modern Warfare is back with a bang. In an interview with NowGamer, analysts reckon MW3 will sell three times more than EA's anticipated shooter. It is certainly producing three times more hype at the moment. Lock and load. ®
My name is "outraged". I live in Nowheresville...
Yeah, yeah yeah... supposed outrage that the game contains both buses and explosions and could tenuously at best refer to the London bombings.
But no outrage that it involves shooting Russians? Perhaps real controversy should be courted by having a COD game where the main protagonist is a Russian whose main goal is to blow away Yanks and Brits for nothing more than their shocking double standards.
Oh I do love the Daily Mail
Just taken a quote a few lines in:
"Call Of Duty 3 has not yet received an age certification... "
Erm, CoD 3 was released 5 years ago and has received several age ratings. Get back to making up lies to support the BNP mail and stay out of stuff you have even less of a clue about.
But does the game actually last longer than a couple of hours this time?
Waiting with baited breath
to see if Activision can get people to stump up for the same game *4* times in a row.
DM, don't you just love 'em!
"The Daily Mail - natch - has been at its usual scaremongering best, claiming yesterday that scenes witnessed in trailers were too similar to London's 7 July 2005 tube and bus bombings"
The trailer I saw had a someone driving a Ford pickup truck next to a tube train, these are Victorian tunnels barely wide enough to get the sodding train down, let alone a freaking pickup driving at 50mph! FFS! Nothing like the July 7th atrocities, where four psychos, who'd made bombs in their sheds, decided to get their 72 virgins, nothing like a, and here's the important bit DM readers, FANTASY ROLE PLAYING ( and the important word... ) GAME.
I don't normally like games ike that, don't have the patience for all that run, crouch and shoot stuff, but I must admit to getting a warm, fuzzy man-feeling watching those trailers!!