Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Features for Xbox 360

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Tom Orry, Editor - Football Manager 2013, PC

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I won 14 trophies at Spurs in my 10 years in charge, but the lure of Barcelona was too strong to turn down. So as of now I'm the Barca manager, but things feel a bit strange. For one, while players are desperate to move to the club, the clubs don't want to deal for anything less than £120 million for a player of 3.5 stars or higher. Before I left spurs I managed to sign a couple of the top players in the game world for less than £50 million each, and I'm already starting to regret the move. For one, I'd built the Spurs team over hours and hours of time, poaching youngsters and seeing them grow into superstars. At Barca I've got loads of superstars but they're not mine.

Still, there's hope. The previous manager seems to have run them into the ground, with almost no up and comers in a squad full of players past their prime. There's the opportunity to rebuild, but I hope that I can at least grab a few youngsters for under £20 million a pop.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Xbox 360

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare screenshot

In between rounds of Wordament (which, if any budding wordsmiths are reading, is bogglingly brilliant by the way), most of my playtime this week has been spent chasing down Call of Duty 4's ghastly 'Mile High Club' achievement. I'd nailed the tactic: Sprint forward, knife toilet man, flash, run, duck, flash, shoot, up the stairs, flash, shoot, flash, flash, run, slow-mo slot, boom. No really, BOOM. It all sounds quite simple on paper, but in reality it's absurdly challenging.

Nevertheless, it's also unfathomably compelling. You just don't see levels like Mile High Club any more. The level design is so tight, with enemies and furniture so particularly placed that it demands the player to learn the architecture and scripting, and rely on muscle memory and split-second reactions to even survive the first few seconds. It's the kind of thing that you would imagine publishing executives scoffing at in the present day, but as an end-game bonus designed to keep the disc sitting in the tray, I'd much rather see more ideas like this than a poorly bolted-on multiplayer component.

I finally unlocked the achievement on Thursday night. I've unlocked a fair few over the course of the 360's lifetime, but this could end up being the most satisfying of all.

Matthew Nellis, Video Producer - Firefall, PC

FireFall screenshot

On paper, Red 5 Studios' debut is everything I want from a game at the moment. A sci-fi MMO shooter with flexible classes, deep customisation through crafting and competitive multiplayer built to be an eSport. All of this wrapped up in a free-to-play package.

So after playing the beta for the past few days, is the promise anywhere near the reality? Not quite, but it's certainly going in the right direction. While there are still a lot of gameplay elements yet to be added, such as a proper single-player episodic campaign, the features currently in place are fairly substantial. Dynamic world events, akin to Guild Wars 2 and Rift, serve their purpose well by making the world seem alive and bring players together. Resource collecting, so commonly a point-click-wait chore in MMOs, now becomes an event in itself. You first scan the surrounding area by slamming a massive hammer into the ground, which performs a kind of 'seismic scan', revealing quantities of ore in the area. You then call in a 'Thumper', basically a giant mining drill which literally drops in from the sky and crashes into the ground. As the thumper mines, you're tasked to defend it from waves of enemies until it's 100 per cent full.

There are no levels either, and you're never locked to just 1 class. The Secret World has a similar system whereby instead of gaining XP, you gain points to unlock skills and abilities as you choose. In Firefall you still gain XP, but this is essentially the games currency which you use to unlock skills for a battleframe (a class such as Assault, Engineer, Biotech and Recon).

At the moment I'm having a ton of fun with the game. It's part Borderlands, part Tribes, and elements from various MMOs throughout the years. It's hard to judge the longevity of the game at this stage as it's still only in closed beta, but for me it's definitely something I'll be keeping an eye on.

Matt Lees, Video Production Editor - Various things

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch screenshot

This week I've been playing even more Dota 2 than usual as part of my efforts to create a series of tutorial videos that don't immediately terrify noobs. It's easier said than done, however, but hopefully you'll see the fruits of this labour popping up online early next week. When I'm not busy raging at Russians who simply refuse to purchase any wards, I've been popping on to The Witcher 2 for microscopic breakfast sessions. In the time it takes me to drink my morning cup of tea, I'm able to chop up about three nekkers. Current estimates suggest I'll have completed the game at some point in early 2043.

Last but not least, Ni No Kuni. I've only played a tiny bit of this so far, and that was on the Live Stream with Mr. Nellis. I've installed it at home on my PS3 though, and I'm looking forward to digging in further this weekend. As our astute reviewer pointed out, Drippy is a triple-A slice of legend – even if the rest of the game ends up being balls, I'm still willing to put the hours in just to spend more time with this yellow Welsh lump of joy.

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Grammartron@ EverTheOptimist

The full game of 2K13 is absolutely awesome dude, I can't recommend it highly enough - especially if you know the game already, which other threads suggest you do ;)
Posted 15:06 on 23 January 2013
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Clockpunk

Unlocked the final three achievements in Retro City Rampage last night! All in all, a really rather enjoyable game. Could have done with something like a zombie mode (with required chainsaw 360-degree arc weapon), but it is a title best enjoyed in small doses.

Would have loved a game like that back in the day... as if such a thing would have ever seen the light of release! :p

Now... to get back on with Borderlands 2 and its untouched DLC... looking firard to diving back into Pandora (even without Wido and Ghost5 as co-op partners, as this second playthough is TOUGH)...
Posted 10:46 on 23 January 2013
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EverTheOptimist

Might have to look up Life is Crime, sounds pretty interesting if it's making you question your actions in that way FM.

For me it's been the NBA 2K13 demo as I'm skint. Ridiculous really, but I still remember the day when me and my mate realised Tony Hawk 2 was out and we were still playing the demo for the original.
Posted 10:32 on 23 January 2013
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87Sarah

Skyrim, Skyrim, Skyrim.

Though I should really play Uncharted 3 and Far Cry 2. I'm just getting really close to getting my first ever platinum...
Posted 23:37 on 22 January 2013
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Njeezy

Far Cry 3. Forget Vaas, the real character that is a true gem in this game is Sam and not only because he's an American putting on a German accent, although it helps. Jumped back into borderlands to finish off the Torgue campaign and then continue with Hammerlock. A game with friends is still Halo 4 though.
Posted 21:16 on 20 January 2013
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Wido

I have been playing Devil May Cry, Need for Speed Most Wanted and FIFA 13. I'll be mainly playing DMC tomorrow, seeing as I have the whole day to myself. Might as well attempt to finish the game.
Posted 20:38 on 20 January 2013
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FantasyMeister

Despite having Dishonored (thanks you guys!), Risen 2 and Resident Evil 6 sitting here for a week I'm still on Android playing Life is Crime and Texas Holdem Poker Deluxe in which I'm now a multi-millionaire.

The former game got particularly interesting this week. I've been taking over all the businesses in my own area thinking that the previous Kingpin was inactive, hadn't changed scores in a week or so. But now he's back. And he's added me as a Friend. Do I carry on building up power and whack him? Or do I share? It's not much of a quandary at present as I'm level 13 and he's level 29, but later on things could get interesting.

I'm also doing this all one-handed, sprained my left wrist in a nasty ice-fall last night so it's all strapped up and super painful to do things like play games, wield ban-hammers, type this etc. But I'll do my best.
Posted 14:11 on 20 January 2013
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pblive

Paper Mario, various iOS and android games, nothing console-wise as our windows were being done and its been a busy week.
Posted 13:46 on 20 January 2013
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reynoldio

Lots and lots of FTL cos it's the best, ever. Finally managed to defeat the blimmin' Rebel Flagship (on Easy) and my that felt like a triumph! Over the course of my playtime I've managed to unlock 4 ship sytles and the alternate for 3 of those ships - just 11 more ships to hunt down :)

Little bit Borderlands 2 DLC also, colour palette not so experimental and the missions are starting to feel like more-of-the-same, but that's hardly a criticism. The new enemies are interesting and fun too, I'll certainly be playing all through that.
Posted 10:57 on 20 January 2013
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rbevanx

I played Captain America: Super Soldier this week. Don't understand why there are so many comments suggesting it's very underrated...I thought it was quite bland but luckily quite short.

Breifly played Assassin's Creed 3 again as I bought the Season pass for it...I must be a AC series fan boy as I didn't like number 3, but I want more damn it!
Posted 10:21 on 20 January 2013
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munkee

I reinstalled Portal 2. Nuff said.
Posted 10:13 on 20 January 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 09/11/2007
Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 1,432 173
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