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So Glad I Played Call of Duty WW2 Beta

I am so, so glad I got the chance to play Call of Duty WW2 open beta. I was going to get the game, and now I am absolutely not. Dodged that bullet.

I was 100% going to get the game when it came out. 100%. I was set on it. I craved that Call of Duty feel. 

All it took was 1 hour to completely change my mind.

First, let's dispel the idea that it's bad because it's Call of Duty. Set that bias aside. It is what it is, and hating it for what it is won't change anything. I actually went in wanting it.

Call of Duty WW2 Bad Steam Reviews

My issues rest squarely on poor development.

  • Horrible console port. Like bad.
  • Terrible optimization - Crashing constantly almost every game. I finished maybe only one game without crashing.
  • Ugly graphics that look worse than just about every modern shooter
  • Terrible build quality - There's jank! Actual jank! I can't believe how float it feels and gross it feels to run around. For the first time, CoD is wonky and not super polished and refined.
  • Horrible hit boxes - I'm a terrible sniper and I was picking people off constantly
  • Menu navigation is awful (finding how to exit the game takes way too much effort)

Call of Duty was already the fast food of FPS games. That's fine. There's a time and place for fast food. But this sets the bar low to the point where I just can't bring myself to partake.

I'm extremely bummed, but glad I saved myself the trouble.

Take note, devs. You messed up.


CoD WW2 Has a Cool Pre-Order Bonus

I haven't played a Call of Duty game in years. I feel like the last good one was maybe MW2? Before that, I loved CoD4. I have hundreds upon hundreds of hours logged in them both.

Playing PUBG lately has given me the itch to play CoD for a few reasons: (1) The janky potato quality is getting to me, (2) the lag lately has been absolutely abysmal, and (3) I'm raging like a noob at running around for 10 minutes looking for campers just to die to a sniper.

I was looking at the CoD WW2 marketing materials and saw that there's a pre-order bonus allowing you to unlock whatever gun you want.

Now THAT'S a pre-order bonus.

There's actually a few of them, but the gun unlock is the one I want.

CoD WW 2 Pre-Order Bonus Gun Unlock

Omg Keen, why CoD? [Insert insult about CoD here]

I'm feeling the need to play a game where I can jump in and within seconds have tons of intense gunplay. Playing the 'creep around the map and never find anything' not only has me wanting the spray-and-pray arena gunplay, but being able to unlock any gun I want? Use it every game? Sold. Smooth gameplay with a polished engine? Sold.

I'll play. Too bad it doesn't come out until November. Too bad it also lands right around the time Destiny 2 releases. Graev and I will be going solid on that one too.

Anyone else have the itch to play again?


Adventure Log: Planetside 2, Blops 2, ZombiU

It’s been a while since we did an Adventure Log, but given how many games we’re playing it’s probably a good idea to fill you in on some of our activities this past week.


It wasn’t long ago that I had nothing to play. I’d sit and watch movies or chat with friends wishing there was a game to take up what little free time I have.  Now I feel like there are too many of them!  I can play DOTA 2, Planetside 2, Black Ops 2, WoW, Guild Wars 2, and many more.

I’ve mostly been playing Planetside 2.  PS2 is going really well.  I can play for 30 minutes to an hour and make progress on my character while also participating in massive battles.  I don’t have to log in and commit to a raid or a group, and I’m not wasting any time trying to make something happen.  I like how I’m free to spend my points on anything and everything.  I definitely wish I could respec some points, but for now I haven’t invested anything too deep that I can’t simply earn it again quickly.  I had this one moment where I rolled up to an enemy base in a Lightning Tank and I killed 12 of them before running out of ammo and having to drive off. Probably the best I’ve done so far by myself.  In a group, I was in the secondary seat of a Prowler and I spotted (Q Key) a massive bundle of players (easily 20+) hiding near a hill for my friend to then obliterate in a few shots — crazy points.

I’m looking forward to Darkfall which will hopefully launch soon.  I’m itching for a really deep and involved MMO again.


I’ve been playing ZombiU and I really like it.  I think reviewers were expecting a different game when they played it.  It’s about surviving — you don’t want to get hit by zombies, so don’t complain when you die to one.  Most of your deaths are probably going to be your own fault anyway.  I didn’t find the difficulty to be that hard — definitely not Dark Souls hard at all — but more difficult than many games.  I’ll write a review for ZombiU this week.

Black Ops 2 has taken the rest of my time lately.  I have my moments, like everyone does, where I’m in the zone and I do really well.  Yesterday I went 40-11.  I really like the KSG shotgun, lightning tank, stealth chopper, and lode star.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

It’s been a while since we last played a Call of Duty game. We have always enjoyed the series, despite burning out on the familiar formula from time to time.  Black ops was the last  Call of Duty we played.  We skipped MW3, giving us just enough time to start feeling the itch to jump back into the frag-box.

Single-Player: A Flare for the Dramatic

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Stealth Camo

The AI loves to wear stealth camo. Too bad my scope can scan for it! Notice I can also see through walls?

Maybe it’s just us, but the single-player story is hard to follow.  Right from the beginning you are thrown into a storyline based off the original Black Ops.  Knowing characters from the original helps a lot, but we still felt lost as the cut-scenes randomly flashed from past to present and back again. The overall futuristic setting of 2025 is definitely cool. Using the future tech was easily the best part of the campaign, but we both feel like the devs were a bit optimistic with where we’ll be at in 13 years — seeing through walls, cloaking, and all that stuff.

The campaign features the usual highly scripted, event filled, story driven gameplay.  You’ll be riding horses while shooting rockets, gliding around with a flying squirrel suit, piloting a jet plane, EMP grenading invisible bad guys, and performing all of the expected awesome, and oft wacky, Call of Duty events.  We never felt like the game made us do the same crazy thing twice.

Read more after the break for our full Black Ops 2 Review. Continue reading


Black Ops 2 Pre-Review Tidbits

Black ops 2 Adventure Time Emblem

Graev spent forever on his Adventure Time emblem.

We’re both busy playing Call of Duty Black Ops 2.  Graev is playing on the Xbox 360 and I’m still the stalwart PC.   Graev already beat the singleplayer on the hardest difficulty (Veteran).  I’m only a few missions in on Hardened.  Other than the convoluted story with a huge flare for the dramatic, the content and gameplay are a lot of fun.

Multiplayer is the meat of Black ops 2.   Supposedly people are all up in arms about some change that is causing them to play worse than they did in MW2/3.  Whatever that change was, it has helped me to get better.  I was just remarking to Graev this morning how I am smoking people left and right.  I don’t even know what it is, but my aim and reflexes are on.  Graev jokes that my connection is probably hosting the game for everyone else and I’m getting host’s advantage.

Neither of us have tried Zombie modes yet.  I’ll get around to it once I’ve earned a few more ranks in multiplayer.

That’s all on Black Ops 2 for now.  Our official review will be done in a day or two.  We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about the game.