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I’ve Been Bad… Company 2

March 15, 2010

When Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out in 2007, I was hooked. Two years of my life was lost to that damned addictive multiplayer. I was getting pretty good and all I wanted to do was play the game constantly. It was fair to say that Modern Warfare was my life.

When they announced the sequel to MW, I practically wet my pants. I was so glad Infinity Ward was going to return with more of what I loved. I was excited with what I was seeing and I was pumped to get some improvements.

I was worried though. Worried with how high profile it was getting. Not as in popularity but in who they were advertising to. Who they were appealing to. MW had such an air of anti-war to it. War was dirty, hard and there was no glory to be gained. War was war. So it felt distinctly foreign to watch adverts covered in over the top American pride and a pro-war, gung-ho attitude.

From a game that had previously felt distinctly British to one that had turned furiously American, it was quite disheartening. Add in pictures of 50 Cent and his sunglasses and I started to lose hope. I didn’t care about the celebrities working on it. I didn’t care about what celebrities was visiting IW’s studios this week. I just wanted Modern Warfare 2 and I wanted it to be good.

It was good. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the single player and the multiplayer was addictive as ever. The thing is that it didn’t feel as special as the original Modern Warfare did. There was something about the first game that I fell in-love with and even though I enjoyed the squeal, it just didn’t feel the same.

I played it for about 60-70 hours in the first two weeks, quickly getting 1000 achievement points and ranking up my multiplayer level. Then there were issues: Bugs, glitches and server issues. Eventually the inability to use party chat in normal deathmatch modes became a social problem and once the Javelin glitch kicked in I started to give up hope. Work piled up and I just haven’t touched it in such a long time. It makes no sense! It is everything I want. Everything I would enjoy. Why am I not addicted again?

So I pre-ordered Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on a whim. A few of my friends were grabbing it and I just thought “Why the hell not?”, and after a few initial hours of the multiplayer I have started to really enjoy my late nights with the boys online. I love the Recon and Medic classes and there is so much fun to be had and stuff to unlock. Why is it that I am loving a game I wasn’t originally that bothered by? I’m glad of course but it just feels confusing when I should be playing the game I waited months for.

With the new Modern Warfare 2 map pack coming out at around 1,200 Microsoft points, I’ve got to figure out if it is worth me paying out that kind of money. I can understand 400 or 800 points for a map pack but 1,200 is pretty steep. I want to, don’t get me wrong. I want a reason to get me back into MW2. I’m just worried I won’t.

And that makes me a sad panda.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Ricky permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:42 am

    agree with you there. The days of “Oh it’s 4am, i got work in the morning…going to bed guys” are back :>

  2. March 15, 2010 1:54 am

    Modern Warfare 2 was only my 2nd Call of Duty game (behind 3, which I only got because I didn’t like the premise behind Resistance, which was the only other game the store had when I was buying my PS3 at launch), so the whole over-hyped multiplayer was exactly that to me – over-hyped. I’d have far rathered another 3-4 hours on the single-player mission, with a plot that made more sense (seriously, the same soldier can go from one mission with the Rangers in Afghanistan, to being one of the most trusted men in a terrorist cell in less than 6 hours? Gimme a break..), probably because I’m not a massive fan of console multiplayer, and I only ever really have internet access for consoles on weekends because uni halls have some really lame wifi config that isn’t supported on PS3.

    That being said though, I enjoyed the game for what it was worth, then the glitching and exploiting started, I got caught up in the Javelin problem in one match too many and I haven’t played the game at all since.

    I got Bad Company 2 when it came out on PC, but I’ve realised that my laptop (that can run Team Fortress 2 maxed out without a problem) stutters like a madman trying to play it. €50 down the pan, should have got it on console 😡

    I know that if/when the MW2 maps come out for PS3, I won’t be buying them. Though I put that down to the whole West/Zampella vs Activision incident more than anything else, but I doubt if I’d have gotten them anyway even if that shitstorm didn’t happen.

  3. HavocFang permalink
    March 15, 2010 5:42 am

    Wait, 1200 for a map pack? That’s actually happening? Seriously? Fuck.

  4. March 15, 2010 9:43 am

    Same here, actually! I’d preordered the game eons in advance, and when that shiny game disc finally plopped through my letterbox, I played it for about 40 hours like a crazy person…

    … and then never returned to it ever again! 😛

    It’s an astonishingly good game, but I’m not utterly consumed by it unlike the first game! Perhaps it was simply built up too much, and our expectations of how pant-wettingly awesome it would be were too high?

  5. March 15, 2010 3:47 pm

    Or trade in Mw2 at the moment and get around £30 for it. For some of us that means we make money on it 😉

  6. March 15, 2010 3:56 pm

    I felt about the same as you did for MW2. Although I stuck it out quite a bit longer playing ground war as it allowed party chat. I also wasn’t that hyped for Bad Company 2, but knew I would buy it as several guys on my friends list would be.

    I wasn’t able to purchase it until a couple nights ago and so far I am enjoying the multiplayer side of things and finished the campaign last night. Neither game is as mind blowing as the original Modern Warfare, but they don’t have to be. There both solid shooters that are a lot of fun. That’s enough for me.

  7. Jamie permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:03 pm

    I rationalised it to myself like this. In Bad Company 2 I can knife down fences. Fences! Not enough? Try knifing a door. I rest my case.

  8. Alex permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:04 pm

    MW2 made me so much damn money it’s unbelievable. A half-an-hour hardware mod and RROD fix to my dead original release 360 and 2 hours a night of hosting 10th Prestige/leaderboard/challenge mod lobbies in custom FFA at £20 a head = £1440 per night. I stopped after a week and a half when my 360 finally got banned, but fuck if it wasn’t worth it. I made enough money on one weekend alone to not need to apply for a student loan for my final year at uni. I’m part of the problem and I kind of feel bad for the players who’s experience I was ruining, but anyone who says they’d turn down that kind of money is a bloody liar.

  9. Pete permalink
    March 15, 2010 4:14 pm

    It’s a bit fab. Try the single player too – huge levels, some hilarious one liners, vehicular mayhem, astonishing explosions, collapsing buildings… all the best things in life.

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