FPS and the Girl

Reoh | 23 January 2010 | Comments off

Penned by the hand of Carnaldestruct.

Having played many different genre's of games over the years, it was by accident that one day I discovered Battlefield 2142. Now I've been playing BF2142 for just over 2 years, including playing the demo for a while. I'm a huge fan of demo's, they can save a person so much money in the long run. I also like to chat to people in teamspeak about what they are playing to get a better idea of what I may, or may not, be interested in. It's a fascinating social way of finding info.

As usual with TOG, the majority of people are keen to give their opinions; and so begins my delving into the world of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. After a bit of nudging by Geng to get the game, I downloaded the demo and played through it; enjoying it so much I went on and purchased the full version. To my surprise I've found it quite an interesting title with many differences to BF2142. It was then I thought, why not share my insights with everyone else too.

One noticeable change for me was during the initial set up of COD4. I play on the right hand side of my keyboard with the keypad, the centre arrows etc, with Cod4 they haven't written it in. Obviously the designers think that everyone uses the default set ups; after much searching and help from the Cod4 division guys, I finally found a fix. I have to turn the num-lock off and then it will accept all my settings, strange but true. It's hard for me to make changes to my gaming preferences after I've played with the same keyboard settings in every game I've ever owned.

I really miss the use of the buddy list, which is one of my favourite things from BF2142. It's nice to be able to look through and easily join a mate on their server, it would be great if every game had that sort of feature.I really miss the use of the buddy list, which is one of my favourite things from BF2142. It's nice to be able to look through and easily join a mate on their server, it would be great if every game had that sort of feature. Thankfully most people in COD4 have Xfire, which is such a useful tool for tracking down where they are. And while I was used to an in game Voip (not having it through COD4 seemed strange at first), the guys do use Teamspeak like an in game voicechat, which helps compensate for that. Cod4 for me also had a problem where it would shut down because I used the right alt key for teamspeak, so whenever I play I have to move it to keypad 1, which I would normally use for in game Voip anyway.

I've found the team play within COD4 compared to BF2142 is very different indeed. In Battlefield you can lone wolf it or play as a team member, choose medic or support kits and help out your fellow soldier. It took me a while in COD4 to figure out you need to hide and regenerate your health when injured, which happens a lot when I play!

The speed of the two games is worlds apart, COD4 has extremely quick action whereas BF2142 has a relatively slower pace in comparison. I love how the Cod4 maps have so many nooks and crannies to hide in, compared with the openness found in BF2142. Also the fact that many of the Cod4 modded maps are able to be run from the main servers, whereas with BF2142 many of those terrific modded maps have to run on unranked servers and aren't supported by the major hosts. Many BF2142 players are pretty serious and don't like to play unranked.

The amount of different games types available is pretty good with COD4, but I do miss being able to be in control of a vehicle while I play.The amount of different games types available is pretty good with COD4, but I do miss being able to be in control of a vehicle while I play. Although BF2142's no vehicle conquest mode gives one a taste of what it's like to play a pure infantry game, I really enjoy being able to drive around a map and blow things up with a tank, or run enemies over with a FAV; but the sheer chaos of running around like a mad person shooting anything that moves is totally awesome too.

Graphically both games are incredable but I found that the realism of COD4 far outweighs that of BF2142; to the point that I had my first experience of motion sickness in game, but I got over that pretty quickly! The camouflage in COD4 is worlds apart, if you play BF2142 NS it's comparable, but in a normal game it becomes so hard to see the enemy. Also I must say that I do like the weapons, the accuracy of many of which seems to be much better than those found in BF2142. Oh, and the sarcasm of the in game taunts is really cool too!

I'm still really new to COD4 and have a huge amount to learn. The worst part for me is probably the fact that COD:MW2 came out when I purchased my copy of the COD4 MW (I'm a bit behind the times), so most of the COD4 community are now playing that the majority of their time. Still, from a lady gamer's point of view, I believe the differences between these games make them so much more interesting, and both are worth playing. My eyes have been opened towards looking at other games, rather than getting stuck solely into one. I will probably always be drawn towards FPS titles, but will be more likely to look at different games in the future thanks to Geng's persistence. As usual with TOG, we noobs are welcomed into each division with open arms and helped along the way.

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