What Would You Like for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 03:08:22 AM EST

So I apologize to Kenai for not joining his Gears 2 game on Friday night.  My buddy who got a 360 for last Christmas begged me to play some Horde with him and you know what?  I still like Horde more than anything else about Gears 2.  I love it in part just because of the chaos of it.  And at one point this past Friday, I successfully decapitated three Locust in a row with a torque bow arrow.  Never done that before.

Any way, I've only scratched the surface on Killzone 2, so I'll refrain from going into it too much.  I will say that the controls are still tripping me up.  I really think that game could've used a stick to cover button like Gears because it's so essential to use cover in the campaign. I'm sure I'll get more into this in the coming weeks.

But the other thing I wanted to mention is that Infinity Ward is asking COD: MW fans to chime in on what you'd like to see on the next iteration of the series that is coming this year.  I've mentioned how much I loved COD 4 many times on this site.  It might just be my favorite first person shooter ever.  And the reason is simple.  I believe the mechanics of that game are better than any other for console.  Even better than Halo.  Every other first person shooter has to measure up to IW's masterpiece.  And I believe that the only way that it can be topped is by that team itself.

Here's my concern.  I'm afraid IW is going to make things overly complicated.  I'm afraid that they will add too much.  I like not having vehicles in COD 4.  I think any modern vehicle will make it an impossible game to balance.  So please don't add the vehicle element.

I do believe that there should be some kind of penalty for camping too much.  If you stay stationary in one spot for too long, you will automatically die and re-spawn at a very different part of the map.  

But ultimately, I basically want them to add four-person live co-op, more weapons, more maps and the ability to customize your soldier's look for multiplayer (maybe even steal something from Rainbow Six and let people put their faces on their soldier).  I would also like more colors and rewards for certain guns.  Like I have the red tiger M4, but I'd like something better.  I do NOT think that they should mess with much else.  This to me, was a game that was so close to perfection but they just needed to iterate on a few things.

So you tell me Gearheads, what would you like to see in COD: MW 2?  And how was FFF for you?  Any stories to share?

Gears of War 2 Impressions

Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 04:12:03 AM EST

Sequels!  That seems to be the trend in today's entertainment industry, and video games are certainly no exception.  I know you all have written some well-voiced opinions on these two games, but it's 2:30 in the morning (hence the poor writing), I can't sleep, and I haven't really written anything on my favorite (albeit, only) online community in a while.  Here goes...

Gearheads hit the Epic Forums soldiers! Go, go, go!

Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 05:34:13 AM EST

I know that everyone here loves to play online against other Gearheads in private matches because of the fun social aspect of Gears/Gears 2. But I know that quite a few of us like to play online because we can get full matches and sometimes Gearheads are on at different times. I myself am usually not home friday nights and play in the later pacific hours and often on weeknights. With that said, I've been playing a lot online using the matchmaking over xbox live.

I'm a big fan of the MS Trueskill system since it allows you to play people who are at your skill level and makes for some amazingly close and competitive online matches. But right out of the gate Gears 2 has some severe issues with matchmaking wait times as well it seems people exploiting by standbying. Just this early afternoon I was on my Xbox for about 1.5 hours and for nearly half of that time I was staring at a matchmaking lobby screen. For some reason today it was very slow. I tried several times changing the playlist because in the past some lists got me into a match quicker. Today it wasn't really different but I had the best luck in the Flashback playlist.

Another Horde Map on Insane Defeated!

Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 12:12:49 PM EST

The flash on my camera completely hid Circuitz's name. The final score is always shown so quickly. :(

(Cue Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust')

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, I'm gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust

Click here to play

You got that right, Gearheads. About a week from taking down the Day One map in Horde on Insane, we've taken yet another one down for the count! The beast that was TKO'd is the Blood Drive map. At this rate, we're averaging one map per week! We've got thirteen more to go.

Effective Teamwork for Horde

Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 03:55:56 PM EST

The Gearheads are on the warpath once again to bring down yet another map on the Insane difficulty in Horde.  This got me thinking as we’ve been playing with several different teammates throughout this weekend.

3Suns posted a response to the diary of the Gearheads defeating Horde on Insane that really resonated with me several weeks after our feat.  Playing with several other teammates really made Suns’ comments more valid than ever.
Suns wrote:

"I would propose that to complete Horde on Insane every one on the team of five, must have at least two of the following three attributes:
A.  Mad Weapons Skillz 

B.  Effective Communication Skills 

C.  Self-...  (discipline and sacrifice - a willingness to take one for the team)  
With a balanced combination of those traits in the five, it is very doable, though it really takes patience and co-ordination.  Personally, because I come up very short on A, I thought I wouldn't be able to be part of the team that beat it. I was surprised and thrilled.
Also, just a little hint.  You need shields, but then you also need to focus your early efforts on keeping the humanoid (those who can knock down the shields) population as low as possible.  Once you get rid of the Grenadiers, Kantus, Bolters, Drones, and Cyclops, you can take your time about killing the Bloodmounts, Boomers, and Maulers."

The object of Horde is to kill the enemy, not ourselves.  Survive.  Everyone needs to practice patience and discipline.  Simply put, ‘know your role’.  The priority is to keep our teammates alive to add more covering fire against the enemy. Too often, we must tell ourselves to disengage from the enemy if any of our teammates need reviving.  Don’t assume that another teammate will perform the medic duty.  That’s where communication is necessary.  

Gearheads breakout of the "Insane" Asylum!!!

Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 04:26:19 PM EST

Just like a prophet, 3Suns made the call that the Gearheads would be the first to conquer Wave 50 on Insane difficulty when Cliff divulged that Epic’s best testers only made it to Wave 17 or so.  Well true believers, we did it. We did it within the first eight days of the game’s release.  ***I'm not sure about those claiming that they've beaten it on Insane difficulty on the official Epic forums, but this image that I provided is proof enough.  They're basing this on their scores on the leaderboards.

The band of misfits (cue the ‘A-Team’ theme music) consisted of:  Zoso Fan, Infidel, 3Suns, Sai Tyrus, and myself (Blankman).  The core three from Wave 1 thru 50 were: Zoso, Infidel, and myself.  Many thanks go out to 3Suns' boys (Johann and Timothy), PureRage, Razor Hanzo, Degrees, Robbins, Grymmy, Jambi, and Really Doe for filling in along the way. This was truly a community accomplishment! :D

We started from Wave 1 on the ‘Day One’ map and whittled away at this for about three days.  The dirty, dirty Horde didn’t stand a damn chance!  Forget about throwing the kitchen sink at us, the Locusts threw the damn house!  We have it all on film, baby!  Gearheads FTMFW!!!

*BTW: Happy Birthday, Zos!!!  He's 22 today!  We hope that you get everything you wished for!  Steph was making him a Gears-themed cake!  Awesome! :)

Friday Night FragFest:  November 14, 2008 - Hooray for the Horde Edition

Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:00:44 PM EST

Gearheads, I finished Gears of War 2's campaign last night.  Yes, I did.  And wow, I'll just say that it was amazing.  I'll have a review coming sometime next week.  I'm trying to hold off writing the review until I think that everyone here has completed the game because I want to talk about the story in great detail.

So that leaves the campaign co-op on insane with a willing participant, Horde and multiplayer.  I want to experience more Horde this Friday.  I did it on Normal last week with Kenai, silent strike and tyrus.  I figure I want to up the experience to hardcore this time and start from the beginning.  So if that sounds good to you, sign up below for that.  Or if you'd rather play some of the other MP modes, you can sign up for that too.  But I really want to do more Horde this week now that I've beaten the campaign.

I'll be on starting around 8-8:30 p.m. PST as usual.  Oh and congrats to my bro and the entire Epic team for having epic sales of Gears.  The game has already surpassed two million sold.  It took about a full month to do that last time.  I couldn't be more proud of my little bro.

Horde Strategies - Security

Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 11:26:42 AM EST

I'll be throwing up some of these strategy guides for Horde mode based on when I play whatever map for an extended period of time.  Here is my first one for Security.

Also, be sure to post any strategies and tips you've used that seem to work great too!

My FFF Night with the Wife!

Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 01:15:03 PM EST

Wow! Just wow! I got to play with a couple gearheads here and there yesterday but not that much due to everytime someone sent me an invite their party was full before I could get in. But the most amazing thing happened! My wife said those magic words... I want to try!

We Beat Horde...

Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 03:02:30 AM EST

on Casual, at least. Me, Papi, Kenai, and SilentStriker (I think) took a crack at it with one of my pals. Here's a few pics showing the carnage.

10 mins. of Horde

Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 04:42:48 PM EST

Oh yes! So, I havent watched the entire vid yet, but I've seen a few little things that I like. You can see the ranks for the people in the room (much like CoD/Halo), and if you look at the map selection on the side, you can see how the map voting works now. Its all with the triggers. I dont think I can wait 16 more days...


Our New Friends @ SarcasticGamer.com

Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 11:59:51 PM EST

Hello everyone, while at PAX this year I was playing Gears 2 and the guys from SarcasticGamer.com and GamertagRadio took over the Gears 2 booth for a challenge of epic proportions.

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