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Thu 10th April 2008

Call of Duty 4

Filed under: Gaming

Regular visitors to my blog may have noticed a distinct lack of "Dings!" of late.  "Why?"  I hear you all ask.  Well, it's all because of my latest acquisition - Call of Duty 4.  And yes, I do realise it's been out for ages but I've only just got it.

Call of Duty 4 is a first-person shooter and can be played in both single player or multiplayer modes.  I decided to play the game through on single player first so I could get used to the controls (I don't want to look like a total noob when playing online ;) ), I haven't even touched on the multiplayer mode yet.

Initially, me and Call of Duty 4 got off to a bad start.  I ran through the training level where at the end it rates your game play and decides upon a suitable game mode for you based on your performance.  I steamed through the level like a ninja cat and was presented at the end with the game telling me that I had been rated as "Novice - this mode is suitable for people who have not played FPS games before".  Shocking.  Naturally I ignored this and chose the next difficulty level up ;)

I finished the single player game last night and it's ruddy brilliant.  In fact, it's more like a film the way it involves you in the action - the cut scenes add to this to.  Additionally, the voice acting is excellent, not the usual woody monotones you normally get in games.  Oh, and if you think you recognise the Londoner, you do, it's Craig Fairbrass.

The graphics throughout the game are stunning, I had mine running at 1280 x 1024 with everything else set to medium and it really does look amazing.  The sound too is brilliant, realistic and believable all the way.

I think the best mission of the game in my opinion was the AC-130 Spectre mission.  Oh, and when you do finish the game, let the credits roll and you will get a final level which takes place on an aeroplane.  I won't spoil it for you but it's good fun.

I tried playing the multiplayer version last night but the game kept crashing with the message "iw3mp.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close."  A quick browse of the web suggested it was because I had an on-board Realtek soundcard.  I updated the drivers as suggested but this didn't fix the problem.  Eventually, I got it going with the following:

Click Start -> Control Panel

Open the 'Sound' option

Click on the 'Recording' tab

Right-click in the Recording window and choose 'Show disabled devices'

Right-click on 'Stereo Mix' and choose 'Enable'

By the time I had figured this out, The Apprentice was due to start so I turned the PC off.  I'll definitely give it a try tonight though.

So, if you haven't got Call of Duty 4 yet, go out and get it!  It's brilliant.


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