Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Two Amazing Video Games

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

This is one of the most visually stunning games I have ever seen. I absolutely loved the game play of Call of Duty 2 and was pretty pissed when Call of Duty 3 was not released for PC. I keep noticing that the sound is mediocre, which is suprising given that Call of Duty 2 had fantastic sound. For some reason, gunshots sound terrible about 1/3 of the time (especially when they are far off or if a bullet is whizzing by you). It just doesn't sound like anything except a funky sound some engineer came up with on his keyboard. You can really notice how off the bullets sound in the extended opening scenes of the first mission. The verbal audio, on the other hand, is devastatingly good.

Company of Heroes

I haven't had this much fun in a Real Time Strategy game since Command and Conquer: Red Alert. The audio in this game, in stark contrast to Call of Duty 4, is stunning. Whenever you order up an artillery barrage, your stomach turns. The musical score is really strong as well. The controls take some getting used to and are a little counterintuitive, but I felt at home within no time. This game was touted as a DX10 title, but I didn't notice too much of a difference between the game in DX9 and DX10 mode.


Anonymous said...

What about Warcraft III? Thats still the most finely balanced RTS out there.

In my opinion, the warcraft III mod DOTA is the most fun a law student can have on a 20 minute break from outlining.

A.H. Rajani said...

This is just me, but I could never get into WarCraft. I've played I, II, III, and tried out WoW too, but I just don't like the more sci-fi setting with magic and potions and whatnot. It sounds weird, but the reason I like Command and Conquer is because its somehow more fun to be killing people instead of mythical creatures and whatnot.

This quirk also holds true for first person shooters, so I love Battlefield/CoD types of games, but sort of yawn at Halo/Half Life.

Warcraft III, I admit, is a well-made game; just not my cup of tea.