Also picked up MW3
For some reason, I can't help but feel Activision is laughing all the way to the bank. At suckers like me. It's a game that there wasn't really a need for ( I have BF3 which, although it's far more fun if you're playing with someone as a team, manages to keep me busy for hours, and Skyrim is coming in like two days ), but I knew I'd get it eventually so I just caved and prepurchased. I did get CoD4 for free, so that's sort of sweet. I had it already, but not on Steam, which does make it easier.
Still. I got it for the campaign, mostly. I want to fantasize about Soap and Price. I have no doubt I'll play through the probably four-hour campaign before Skyrim comes out. Heck, maybe I'll manage before work today ( I leave in two hours ).
Edit: After playing the first mission, here are my thoughts ... well, actually, this isn't actually a surprise, because it was obvious from the screenshots and trailers. But, yeah ... MW3 somehow manages to look worse than MW2. I'm not sure if it's that the graphics are actually worse, or just that they haven't improved in two years or however long it's been, but ... well, they certainly can't compare to Battlefield 3. Considering groundbreaking graphics was one of the selling points of CoD4, this is sort of a problem. Also, the first mission takes place in NYC, which ... has never looked so drab. I mean, Modern Warfare basically invented gritty lack of color in games, but this is just ... brown. Crysis 2 did it so well. Heck, Battlefield 3 is a mess of color by comparison.
Edit 2: I forgot to mention that the game still manages to capture that awesome Modern Warfare atmosphere, where you feel like a badass commando doing badass commando things. Still, I've been pretty forgiving in the past - it's not supposed to be realistic, it's supposed to be this over-the-top Tom Clancy world of clandestine operations and such ... but they have to explain this one to me: attacking a warehouse in London, then chasing terrorists through the London underground. On a train. With a car. I mean, there's an all-out war in London apparently, but ... no, I just don't get it.
Also, as expected, campaign is 34% complete at just under two hours. Knowing that those things are never
accurate, I probably have 2-3 hours left. Now, I do play multiplayer, so I'll still get another 20+ hours out of it, depending on how good it is ... but still, what ever happened to long campaigns? I mean, I'd love it if it were twice as long, or even three times, so that means they've done something right!