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Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailer – Updated Wii U GamePad Version

September 12, 2013

Coffee Beans
Earlier this week, Activision released an “Official Call of Duty: Ghosts Single Player Campaign Trailer“.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U, as you can see herehere, and here, and I’m looking forward to seeing how some of the changes, like sliding, in Ghosts might change up gameplay and strategy in online multiplayer.

While Call of Duty: Ghosts will be releasing for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 5th, I am most interested in the Wii U version of the game. Why?

Well, there are multiple reasons, but the biggest reasons are Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Wii U GamePad Off-TV Play feature, free online multiplayer, and the optional Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls for when my GamePad battery gets low.

I have updated the “Official Call of Duty: Ghosts Single Player Campaign Trailer”, to show how I will most likely spend the majority of my time playing the game, showing the trailer on just the Wii U GamePad.

Brew yourself some coffee, and watch my updated Wii U version below!

The Brew

If you watched the original trailer, and my Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ latest trailer, you probably noticed I also updated the very end of it with some of the features Nintendo could use to help advertise the Wii U version of the game this holiday season.

While it is unclear still if Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U will receive any DLC, being that I have never downloaded any DLC for any game (none that I can remember anyway), it isn’t a huge issue for me, even though I do hope Nintendo will help get any DLC for Ghosts to the Wii U as well.

Questions
Are any of you planning on buying Call of Duty: Ghosts when it releases this year, and if so, which version are you planning on buying?

Also, do any of you think Nintendo should use the Wii U’s “free online multiplayer” as a selling point for the system and games on it this holiday season, considering both the newer consoles will charge for online multiplayer?

You can pre-order Call of Duty: Ghosts from Amazon.com below, and get release day delivery by selecting “Two-Day Shipping” when checking out:

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FPS Friday! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Hours Report

December 10, 2011

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     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released on November 8, 2011 for all the current generation home consoles. The Wii version released at a MSRP of $49.99, and it was developed by Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games and ported to the Wii by Treyarch, and it was published by Activision.
     The Wii version received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners put into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and does it appear they are playing the game online any? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has 3,895 Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel since it released last month, and the game’s average play-time per day/session is 3 Hours 7 Minutes.
     The Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 has a “professional” review score average of 70.67%, based on 9 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The game currently has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 21 customer reviews. When converted to a 100% review scale, Modern Warfare 3 has an 84.76% review score average from the 21 reviews on Amazon.com.

Recorded December 9, 2011

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I have been enjoying my time with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii, and if you aren’t aware, the Wii version has been patched not once, but twice now; and they even did some behind the scene “fixes” that didn’t require a download.
     I finished the single-player campaign in roughly 6 hours, and have spent about another 2 hours going back and playing through some of the levels again. Based on the reported hours, I definitely think Wii owners are playing the game’s online multiplayer.
     The video below shows off the first few minutes of one of my multiplayer matches after the second patch was released for the game. If you’re wondering, the results in the video were based off of luck, not skills:

     Seeing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 debut already I think continues to show there is a market for FPS games on the Wii, and specifically FPS games with online multiplayer even given the Wii’s online use of “friend codes”.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? If so, which version have you been playing?

If any of you are interested in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you can see the PS3, Wii, and 360 versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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FPS Monday? "I feel like Jack Bauer!", Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Wii Impressions

November 14, 2011



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     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released this past Tuesday, November 8, for all the current generation home consoles.
     The game was developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, and published by Activision.  The Wii version of MW3 was ported to the Wii console by Treyarch, and it is the first Modern Warfare title to be released day one on the Wii along with the other console versions.
     The game received a “Maturerating from the ESRB with “Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     I played some of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii a few days last week, so what are my initial impressions of it?  Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     The last Call of Duty Wii game I played before Modern Warfare 3 was Call of Duty: World at War.  One of the control settings in MW3 is listed as “W@W STYLE”,  so if you played Call of Duty: World at War on the Wii and enjoyed the controls in that game, you should find the controls in Modern Warfare 3 enjoyable as well.
     The first thing I did before firing one bullet in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was to find the control settings.  Once finding them, I adjusted my “Dead Zone” making it slightly smaller than the default setting, but other than adjusting the “Dead Zone” all the other controls were left at default settings.

Dead Zone width and height can be adjusted.

     I have played through four of the single-player campaign’s levels.  At one point in a level I said, “I feel like Jack Bauer!”  Why did I feel like Jack Bauer?
     Well, if you don’t know who Jack Bauer is, he is/was the star character of the television series 24.  He was shot at a lot, and was placed in crazy scenarios all the time.  As I was dodging bullets(and taking some) in one level, it reminded me of 24.
     Not only did the dodging of bullets and taking out enemies remind me of 24, but it appears to me that the writers/level designers for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were fans of 24, because two out of the four levels I have played so far seem like they were taken directly from 24’s seasons, and put into Modern Warfare 3’s story.

     Mrs. Coffee watched me play a few of the levels.  I was battling an enemy military vehicle at one point, and when I finally took it out she said, “Oh, that’s really cool!“, in reference to how it was destroyed.
     As I was wrapping up my time with the game that night she said, “Well, one thing the game is definitely not lacking is action.“, and I have to agree with her.  While my impressions are off just a few of the first levels, if you like movies that have a lot of action sequences and you enjoy FPS games, you will probably find yourself enjoying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s single-player campaign as well.
     I have enjoyed my time in the levels and I think the game runs well, especially with so much happening in the levels.  The game-play controls are solid and I have not had any issues with them, and being able to adjust the bounding box/dead zone is a great customization option that World at War was lacking.

     Have I played any of Modern Warfare 3’s online multiplayer?  I have.  I am currently rank 7, and have played right about an hour.  A few matches have had some lag issues and I have not been playing with my Wii directly connected to my USB LAN adapter, but overall it seems to be running pretty well over the WiFi.
     From what I can see right now, MW3 Wii has 11 different multiplayer match types to choose from:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Mercenary
  • Free-For-All
  • Domination
  • Team Defender
  • Demolition
  • Sabotage
  • Headquarters Pro
  • Search and Destroy
  • Capture the Flag

     Not all of the match types are open to play right away, and access to them has to be unlocked.  So far I have only played matches from “Team Deathmatch” which can be played with 6-10 players at a time.
     I have enjoyed my time in the matches, even though most have resulted in me getting absolutely destroyed.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “Coffee, you failed on your new year’s resolution didn’t you!
     Actually no, I haven’t.  I was very fortunate last Wednesday to receive a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the Wii from Activision.  I will continue providing coverage of the Wii version over the next several weeks, if not months, and sharing my impressions of the game with you.
     If any of you own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii, and will be playing it online, my MW3 friend code, or “Ally Code” as the game labels it, is 0359-9573-5494.  If you add me to your list, make sure to leave a comment letting me know, and also feel free to leave your MW3 “Ally Code” in the comments below.
     Would I recommend Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to other Wii owners, based just on my early impressions of it?  Yes, I would.  If you enjoy Wii FPS games, I have not encountered anything in Modern Warfare 3 yet, that would make me question recommending it to other Wii owners.

Questions
     Did any of you purchase Call of Duty: Duty Modern Warfare 3?  If so, which version did you purchase and have you been enjoying your time with the game?

If any of you are interested in Modern Warfare 3, you can see prices for the PS3, Wii, and 360 versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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