Smoke rocked the games of Bad Company 2 …

Smoke rocked the games of Bad Company 2 we played last night. David and I joined a game of rush and I was mostly assault, and smoking it up on defense and attack for most games and it paid off. We won every game played I think!

On past experience I remembered running out of smoke grenades, even with an ammo box at my feet so I equipped the extra explosives perk giving 4 grenades. I was able to lay down a never ending barrage of smoke to protect us. We successfully defended on the first base on White Pass and Laguna Presa.

The enemy were down to about 30 tickets on White Pass. They had blown the MCOM station on the ground and did some serious damage to the walls surrounding the upstairs one. We had clear line of sight out to the construction site, and of course our backs were exposed through the window behind us. Eventually, the enemy took out all the cover inside the room too, and did arm it a few times. We had a few medics on our team who did sterling work reviving me after a few 40mm grenade deaths. We didn’t have a wall, but we did have smoke, and because of it the attackers couldn’t see into the room. We successfully defended by the skin of our teeth. Thanks David, Wiid, Ogga and later Tye for some superb games.

Oh, i’m 10 kills away from a platinum on my AN94. Wooh.

Can’t say the same thing about World at War. The evenings seem to bring on the loudmouthed idiots. Screaming, shouting, playing music through the intermission. Each time I’ve played earlier in the day that has never happened. Perhaps the kids are still asleep or at school. So, for the next session of Call of Duty I’m going to use a Skype session if possible, or at the very least mute VOIP. If you play WAW with me DM me on Twitter and we’ll sort something out.

We didn’t do so well at WAW team deathmatch. I read yesterday that Treyarch don’t try to match players of similar skills and I’d believe it.

Check out David’s post about the night’s gameplay too!

Update! David posted a great video of our attack and defence on White Pass. Like him, I was amazed when we won that game defending Alpha!


Rage quit in COD 4!



They quit, not us! I was enjoying that game too. Next game was the complete opposite. We got mauled but we stuck with it.

In other news I joined arkanoid for a game of conquest in bad company 2 and did fairly well!


The Skorpian in COD4 Modern Warfare is a…

The Skorpian in COD4 Modern Warfare is a beast, for a starter gun. I leveled up to rank 4 last night and at random chose this gun in one of my custom classes. It’s incredibly powerful at close range. I won numerous 1 on 1 close quarter battles with it, even earning a few UAVs against more experienced players.

(Not me playing, obviously)

Score wise I didn’t do particularly well in any game as my KDR was rarely positive but later on we jumped into Bad Company 2 Conquest. I did alright, until the server started throwing me out at regular intervals. Level 50 medics with M60s are getting to be a bit of cliche in that game. After suffering one too many deaths at the hands of the AN-94 I swapped back to that weapon myself and rediscovered how utterly powerful it is. (Sorry Mike for scaring you, I wanted to practise rapid firing the fire button!)

I had a few games of squad deathmatch too, losing the first but then almost everyone backed out for the second game and most teams only had one player. I led the game for the first 11 kills. Good buzz, but it got so boring and it was late so I didn’t have time to waste.


Call of Duty 4, not so much a “Game of the Year Edition”

I feared this might happen. I bought COD4 Modern Warfare off Amazon hoping that it would have a code to download the variety map pack but unfortunately it doesn’t. Looks like their “game of the year edition” is a cynical ploy to target those who do make that assumption. I’m not the only one. I love this comment from that page,

ya the map pack comes out to about $10 on the 360 as well. don’t buy it and just save your money for the sequel coming out this fall. we’re all pissed now, but once modern warfare 2 is in our hands, this map pack rip off will hopefully be a distant memory…

No doubt the forthcoming Black Ops will have it’s own map pack controversies. David asked if you’ll be buying that game or MOH but I think I’ll be holding on to my cash for now.

Disappointed? Yeah sure, but I’m looking forward to playing it later!


Couple of games of WAW with Conor to sta…

Couple of games of WAW with Conor to start with and I had a few half decent games. Got a few double kills, and even earned the recon plane once. Lots of trash talking in the lobbies of course. If I’m playing it without anyone on my friends list I’m going to set the VOIP volume to 0 so I don’t have to hear all that crap.

Top of the team!

We followed that up with a coop campaign game, and were joined by 2 others. One of whom sounded like a 12 yro and kept saying, “follow me, I know where the ray gun is!” He got that ray gun of course.

The MP40 with Juggernaut is a beast of a combination and I know I wasn’t the only one using it! The distinctive sound of that gun is easy to make out..

Blur finally as David said they were trying to get some footage for Duck. We joined very late and I only had one game. Conor and I came last and second last. I really don’t think Blur is going to be part of my regular gaming.

Great Bad Company 2 triple commentary by Cards, David and Colin on a game we played 2 weeks ago. What sets this triple commentary apart from others is that I was playing too!
No, that’s not it. David’s editing of the video takes this format to a higher level. In other multi-video commentaries I’ve watched the producer will show the videos of all participants on the screen, one in each corner and I’m left wondering, “Who the hell do I watch? I’m not going to watch each little box! Watch this video 4 times? Screw that!” No, David zoomed in and out of his and Cards’ videos as action took place. It’s a simple trick but takes time to do well and he took that time. Nice work.

PS. Cards says the most powerful class in WAW is the following:

Bouncing Betties
Steady Aim.

Heed his warning never use it again once you get good at the game! 🙂


Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

As you may have guessed from the title we played the Zombie levels in COD World at War last night. David, Mike and myself were all noobs at the game mode but Tye explained how things like the magic box worked. We eventually lasted until round 12 in the last game I played with them. Getting overwhelmed with zombies at the end was quite an experience! Spectating was a blast though, especially watching over his shoulder as David ripped apart zombies!

We played some other game modes earlier. Mike and myself played a game or two of domination on a sub base level and did fairly well. David logged in and then Tye joined us and we hopped into some deathmatch. Oh dear. We got plastered. Apart from the teenage boys practicing their soprano voices, players on the other team were obviously old hands at the game. They knew all the routes, some were armed with MP40s, they dominated us in every way unfortunately. What I’d like to know is why teenage boys are doing playing a videogame on a Saturday night? Billy no-mates?

WAW has a neat cooperative mode where you can play the original levels from the game. While I was waiting for the other guys to show up I played that level in Berlin where you go into the underground. What’s more. Any XP you earn goes towards your online multiplayer leveling! I got to level 10 and unlocked the MP40. Apparently that’s the weapon of choice for all the try-hards as it’s overpowered. Yes, I’m sure I’ll use it too. 🙂

Not to self. Read the Call of Duty Wiki. This is Juggernaut. I definitely saw the, “Juggernaut symbol (a plus sign in a red and white circle) will appear just below the crosshairs” when I was playing last night.

PS. Here’s David’s post about the dire games we played. He has lots of valid points unfortunately.

Pyropuncher on WAW. He says if he plays after 7pm he inevitably gets into a game hosted in the US. Unfortunately I rarely play anything before 7pm..


I had some good games of Call of Duty Wo…

I had some good games of Call of Duty World at War last night with David, Mike and Cards. I bought the game earlier in the evening in HMV, trading in the Xbox version of it and COD4, and leaving with store credit of 4 Euro to boot!

First things first, I had to change the controls to tactical. Too long playing Bad Company 2 I guess. Then I upped the sensitivity but pushed it down again, and finally, the brightness settings in the game are a bit low. Hang on, very low I meant. A lot of the core maps are gloomy and dark and seeing enemy soldiers can be difficult. Once I pumped the brightness up they became a lot easier to spot!

I did reasonably well, in that I didn’t get slaughtered very often. Maybe I’m just good at hiding. I even got several double kills. One of those ironically when someone warning, “they’re bunched up together over there!” A second later two enemy soldiers came rushing through a doorway and I just had to keep the trigger squeezed to kill both.

I didn’t notice much lag in the games, but there were occasions where I pumped an enemy full of lead and they just kept on running. Only after looking at the screenshots I posted here did I notice that my network meter was at 2 bars most of the time. The one time I had 3 bars I did much better!

Beginner’s luck? Probably, but it was a blast.

Cards uploaded a video of one of the games last night. That was mighty fast!


I played two games of Call of Duty WAW y…

I played two games of Call of Duty WAW yesterday evening. I have WAW and COD 4 on the Xbox 360 and I was considering trading them in for the PS3 versions.

How did I do? I played in the newbie section and didn’t get one single kill but I did manage a kill assist. Luckily my team won both games so I ranked up to level 3! I got kicked out in the next game because I didn’t have the map though.

I won’t be rushing out to play it just yet.


Ghosting through Modern Warfare 2

This video of ghosting almost persuaded me to pick up a knife and start a melee campaign on Modern Warfare 2 again. ONLYUSEmeBLADE gives lots of tips and advice for staying invisible on the battlefield.

What sealed it for me was this melee guide on codnation. Pilot lists several different types of play style and gives plenty of excellent advice on how to go about knifing the enemy team. Based on it I kitted up with:

  1. UMP (with silencer when I unlocked it after my first game)
  2. AA-12 that went mostly unused
  3. claymores and flashbangs
  4. and Scavenger pro, Cold Blooded and Ninja pro.

During the games there were plenty of UAVs and air support. I kept well away from my team and I think I died only once, when a harrier airstrike got lucky. I didn’t do quite a swell in the games that followed that first 11/5 one but I enjoyed myself.


Extra game modes in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 has extra game modes! Sort of!


This has to be my favorite .. and it’s customary to shout out ” I’M RUSSEL CROWE ” or “FIGHTIN’ ROUND THE WORLD” …

How to play : Everybody equips riot shields and throwing knives , nobody is allowed use their secondary … This results in an epic battle of riot shields..
(for added fun , have everyone throw smoke grenades and fight in the mist like Spartans)

(From here)