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First Look at Activision's line-up

First Look at Activision's line-up

We still have a few First Look articles up our sleeve, so here are Seth's first impressions on Activision's line-up, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Prototype 2.

All's warfare in love and war

It is quite clear that with Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward and Activision plan to take Call of Duty players to places they’ve never been before – literally speaking, underwater. Part of the demo I was shown at E3 had the player working underwater in a flooded New York subway system, wearing some sort of high tech underwater stealth combat gear, working to place explosive on a Russian submarine. After planting the explosive, things took another surprising turn, this time toward high speed action. The player emerged on the surface and took control of a raft outfitted with a motor and began racing through the New York harbor toward the safety of rescue helicopters. This action set piece was especially impressive with realistic water dynamics and even more pace than before.

The second part of the demo also features some surprises for those familiar to Modern Warfare. This time set in London on the river Thames, the group worked to track down a van that was thought to be full of illegal contraband. After finding the van empty however, the demo turned in to a shootout. A support helicopter rained down fire and bullets flew everywhere to allow the team to reach the entrance of the subway system. Eventually the enemy took a subway car and tried to escape. The team loaded in to trucks and raced through crowded subway tunnels in pursuit, avoiding oncoming trains and frightening bystanders on subway platforms. It was an intense scene, to say the least. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is set for release this holiday season and from what was shown at E3 Activision should have a huge hit on their hands.

Not just another prototype

Prototype 2 stars James Heller, a former US Marine. After the events of the first game, Heller returns home only to find that his family has been killed by the plague, a virus carried by Alex Mercer, the first game’s main character. This sets the stage for what the developers promise is a game of ultimate power and destruction, lots and lots of destruction. The developers, Radical Entertainment, have taken player complaints in heavy consideration and have looked to build on the original while improving it in the ways gamers have asked for. This includes an expanded character upgrade system which should give this sequel a bit more depth.

The demo opened in one of the zones of New York Zero, where military personnel had just been informed of a virus outbreak. The crowd was in a panic and the military brazenly opened fire on them. Realizing the scientist in the crowd had knowledge of what was going on, Heller destroyed and consumed the soldiers to gain control of the situation. In mere moments, it was clear just what was meant when we were teased with the words ultimate power. Later in the demo, we saw a rocket launcher ripped from a tank and used as a weapon by the player. The effects, as you can imagine, were devastating. Prototype 2 is scheduled for release sometime in 2012.

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Commented on 2011-06-30 14:16:00
Never played prototype, after enjoying infamous i can see me enjoying it, but after seeing its a activision game, to be fair, i will most possibly ignore it.
Commented on 2011-06-30 14:24:40
another line-up i'm not interested in along with THQ's. although unlike THQ's, i can imagine at least one of these doing well critically and commercially. guess which? lol
Commented on 2011-06-30 15:13:08
Prototype 2 might end up being awesome if they fixed some little things.

Im waiting for some gameplay!!
Commented on 2011-06-30 15:22:51
the haters can hate but MW3's demo looked awesome..and just what i want out of a big budget hollywood movie game

Prototype demo..couldnt care less
Commented on 2011-06-30 15:25:13
I think MW is a bit of a circus now, with ridiculous stages that seem to be spelling the lack of creativity in an overrun genre. Looking forward to MP though
Commented on 2011-06-30 15:42:25
MW's just turning back into a GAME..it's offering a more eccentric realism than what was seen in the first one. It's over the top..and it will be a perfect compliment to BF3 for me..although from what i've seen of BF3 so far that games escaping it's roots just as eagerly. Importantly, in gameplay terms, i know what i'll be getting with MW3..it will be brainless FUN (sp).

Multi.. well i dont think IW can be touched when it comes to producing well designed maps..i'm hoping they've not lost that spark. And spec-op's was great fun with a mate in MW2..so more of the same is what i want.

Activision are ofcourse an evil company milking their brands for all they're worth..but objectively they're no different than any other games publisher these days. Take a look at what capcom have been doing this gen, or EA, MS, sony. Atleast with Activision you're not getting a game that has locked contents on the disc. In a way they're slipping in their evilness..and had better be careful if they want to hold their evil crown.
Commented on 2011-06-30 15:49:56 In reply to bleachedsmiles
As much as I love Battlefield (and I do love me some Battlefield) I'd say it's getting more realistic with BF3. I didn't start PC gaming until the last couple years, but what I've seen from BF2, it was far from realistic (dolphin diving comes to mind *shiver*).
Still, you have a valid point in that there is room for both games, and as long as they are still well made there is no reason to hate...
Commented on 2011-06-30 16:02:58
well i wasnt really talking about realisim escaping BF.. i still think that that slower pace is more of a focus (although the demo's so far have been littered with set pieces too), but just the fact that sp is in there..and being used to sell the game (along with demonstrating the big budget set pieces) is a step removed from BF's roots - a multiplayer focused game.

It's actually pretty funny EA shoe-horning multiplayer in their games (dead space, ME) because multi sells...yet with BF3 it's the other way around. Not saying that SP wont have substance..but the contrast is interesting.

Anyway, it still escapes me how EA is the hero and Activision is the villian of this generation.

I also really hope theres not the foolishness that followed Bad company 2 with BF3. I dont want game types locked and then promoted as free dlc for the first 6 months of BF3's release. I want all that i've actually paid for.. not drip fed what i've paid for when EA believe i deserve it. Especially if theres only a few maps on the disc (refering to BC2 again)
Commented on 2011-06-30 17:42:38
Prototype 2 for me, death to CoD!
Commented on 2011-06-30 18:23:25 In reply to bleachedsmiles
As much as I have enjoyed raging like a ripped off crack addict at all the previous COD games, it really does seem pretty stale for me now. I AM CURED!!
Posted by bleachedsmiles
the haters can hate but MW3's demo looked awesome..and just what i want out of a big budget hollywood movie game
Well certainly if you're looking for that, then COD will deliver. But certainly I didn't think much of the demo really. It looks... well like COD, I guess, but I am pretty over it now. There is only so much big set pieces can carry an experience.

And, I don't know if it's just me, but god damn the pacing of the SP in COD games just feels so janky; I constantly feel like I am playing it wrong.
Commented on 2011-06-30 18:49:11
CoD does one thing right, to deliver that Hollywood summer blockbuster movie feeling(which I like), but thats about it.

If I wanted something like that, I would watch a real movie like Black Hawk Down or The Rock.

The only thing I can say anything positive about CoD MP is the fact you play as a lone wolf rambo-like soldier and its fast paced (until campers infest their shit in the game, and any other shooter).
Commented on 2011-06-30 19:19:32 In reply to Sath
Posted by Sath
Prototype 2 for me, death to CoD!
Same here homie. I like that game, good stress releaver
Commented on 2011-06-30 20:23:21 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
well i wasnt really talking about realisim escaping BF.. i still think that that slower pace is more of a focus (although the demo's so far have been littered with set pieces too), but just the fact that sp is in there..and being used to sell the game (along with demonstrating the big budget set pieces) is a step removed from BF's roots - a multiplayer focused game.

It's actually pretty funny EA shoe-horning multiplayer in their games (dead space, ME) because multi sells...yet with BF3 it's the other way around. Not saying that SP wont have substance..but the contrast is interesting.

Anyway, it still escapes me how EA is the hero and Activision is the villian of this generation.

I also really hope theres not the foolishness that followed Bad company 2 with BF3. I dont want game types locked and then promoted as free dlc for the first 6 months of BF3's release. I want all that i've actually paid for.. not drip fed what i've paid for when EA believe i deserve it. Especially if theres only a few maps on the disc (refering to BC2 again)
I see. I'll never turn down a good SP experience. I enjoyed the Bad Companies (hardly perfect but i enjoyed them)and am looking forward to BF3's, especially after the spectacle of the tank footage...
Commented on 2011-06-30 20:32:38 In reply to inkyspot
Posted by inkyspot
Same here homie. I like that game, good stress releaver
Badass speed, awesome acrobatic manuevers, chaotic destruction and action chases in locomotion...perfect steam game lol
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:06:03 In reply to Frozpot
Posted by Frozpot
As much as I love Battlefield (and I do love me some Battlefield) I'd say it's getting more realistic with BF3. I didn't start PC gaming until the last couple years, but what I've seen from BF2, it was far from realistic (dolphin diving comes to mind *shiver*).
Still, you have a valid point in that there is room for both games, and as long as they are still well made there is no reason to hate...
Dolphin diving? no one does that dude because it was patched out late 2000 i think.
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:32:54
you cant call this a line-up. this are the only games activion have, because they killed everything else.
MW3=same old shit, no improvments at all since COD 4
i liked the story of the first [PROTOTYPE] but i hated the controls :( hope they do a better job this time.
Commented on 2011-07-01 08:15:01
i think i can rely on COD MW3, But for me PROTOTYPE is bit repetitive. I hate the genetic mutation games.
Commented on 2011-07-01 08:23:45 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
i liked the story of the first [PROTOTYPE] but i hated the controls :( hope they do a better job this time.
if you play that game for more than two hours, you will realize, the controls couldn't have been better unless somebody reinvented the controller.
Then, all of the sudden, you get good at the game.

One thing I will agree on is that there were too many redundant powers available.
Oh, and the draw distance was ugly.

carry on.
Commented on 2011-07-01 08:54:29 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by sssssheik
i think i can rely on COD MW3, But for me PROTOTYPE is bit repetitive. I hate the genetic mutation games.
But you dont hate generic dudebro modern military games that is a copy-n-paste from previous ones? lol good stuff.
Posted by PlumbDrumb
if you play that game for more than two hours, you will realize, the controls couldn't have been better unless somebody reinvented the controller.
Then, all of the sudden, you get good at the game.

One thing I will agree on is that there were too many redundant powers available.
Oh, and the draw distance was ugly.

carry on.
Graphics are better now though, much better.
Controls was a bit wonky, but once you learn them within 1-2 hours its no issue anymore.

Though I have all of Prototype's powers except the speed, strength and mobility, for me that is Prototype.

I dont use his mutation powers at all to take down enemies, unless thats the only way to kill them (mutant type of enemies).
Commented on 2011-07-01 09:17:59
If a player doesn't get down with Prototype by the time it is done, they aren't much of a player.
I admit the game can be daunting, but it gives you choice over everything. It is a players game
Commented on 2011-07-01 16:26:49
well i played it for 1h or so. infamous is way better than PT.
Commented on 2011-07-01 16:33:53 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
well i played it for 1h or so. infamous is way better than PT.
Depends really, both games offer different playstyles and powers.

As much as I love lightning powers, Infamous is so boring to play (played both).
So slow, nothing "epic" about it, just meh.

With Prototype you get that chaotic, action paced fast character that doesnt hold back on anything and you get that full fledge city action you see in superhero movies as well.
It literally doesnt take more than 5 minutes to have a few choppers and tanks to come at you.

IMO, I prefer Prototype because I prefer a more real badass character that isnt nerfed as a power character and needs to be "juiced up" every minutes.
Commented on 2011-07-01 16:53:54
if the controls were not so fucked up i would preffer this game as well but thats not the case. i really liked the story i even bought the comics(there awsome) well i think i will play this game on easy for the sake of the story because i still got this game. i really hope they fix the controls i p2.
Commented on 2011-07-01 17:08:50
Controls are so easy to learn.
Commented on 2011-07-01 17:30:06
i really have problems with them, dont know why :( controls are very important for me in action games. the button layout is strange in P.
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