Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | November 21, 2011 - 10:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, sandy bridge, mw3, modern warfare 3, Intel, APU, amd
There is little denying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfar 3 is a success; I think it sold like 19 billion copies on the first night. Something like that. So, as we have done quite a bit in recent months, we wanted to see how our processor-graphics based solutions compared to each other in the title. We recently took a look at how Battlefield 3 performed and we had a lot of great feedback on that post - so let's try this again!
Luckily for gamers (or not, depending on your point of view), MW3 is pretty light on graphics hardware. We did our testing at 1920x1080 with the following quality settings:
With 2x anti-aliasing enabled and most quality settings turned up to their highest options, the game still looked pretty good during our testing. No, it's no Battlefield 3, but very few titles are.
Both systems come in with a total cost of about $450 with the Core i3-2105 and A8-3850 at the center of each configuration.
As you might guess, the integrated graphics on the AMD Llano APU outperforms the Sandy Bridge graphics, but by how much? Check out the video for all the details!
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2011 - 09:43 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: modern warfare 3, gaming, call of duty
The Call of Duty franchise has always sold well, especially on the consoles. The Modern Warfare series specifically has managed to pull off some impressive sales numbers. The previous release, Call of Duty: Black Ops managed to make $350 at launch, and the series' latest first person shooter has made a record 400 million dollars in the first 24 hours of its release.
It seems that despite the lackluster graphics, the issue of the Call of Duty Elite service, and being more of the same game, Call of Duty is still something that gamers are willing to play and shell out top price for. According to Giant Bomb, the latest Modern Warfare game has more explosions than a Michael Bay movie and the gun-play is still sharp, so there are some positives to be had. Those positives make the game desirable for a lot of people with Activision selling 6.5 million copies at launch!
What do you guys think of the latest Call of Duty? Let us know in the comments!
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2011 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, cod, modern warfare 3
The new CoD incarnation has arrived to every possible platform and is hoping to steal Battlefield 3's thunder. The series is held in the same esteem as Halo, which can be good or bad depending what type of gamer you are talking to. The reviews are a perfect example of the complaints heard about the games review industry. HEXUS rounded up some examples, where an 80 is the lowest score, with comments like "Modern Warfare 3 doesn't do anything new ..." accompaning a score of 90. The general consensus seems to be that if you like Call of Duty, then you already like this game and probably pre-ordered it.
For those expecting something new, [H]ard|OCP has perhaps the most concise review you will see, "We’ve looked into Modern Warefare 3 and I don’t think we should do any articles on it, would be a waste of our time. The game runs at 150 FPS on a GTX 570 at 2560 4X AA and max settings. It is the same old engine we’ve seen in previous Call of Duty games, DX9, low quality textures, created for the xbox and ported to PC, nothing special about it, no need to waste our time writing an article on performance in it."
"After a year of anticipation, and with pre-order numbers toppling those of 2010’s mega-seller Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has finally launched worldwide.
In conjunction with the release of Activision’s blockbuster first-person shooter, dozens of reviews have hit the web and, by and large, reaction has been extremely positive with many critics praising the game for its signature thrills and entertaining gameplay, though some have expressed a little disappointment at the lack of innovation over previous games."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel Ultrabook Running Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 @ NGOHQ
- Gaming Made Me: Frontier: Elite II @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Three Way: Mass Effect 3 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- MW3 masses experience Call Of Duty Elite problems @ HEXUS
- Battlefield 3 Intervention @ The Tech Report
- Battlefield 3 VGA and CPU performance benchmarks @ Guru of 3D
- Battlefield 3 @ Tweaktown
- Battlefield 3 PC Review @ eTeknix
- Sonic Generations (PC) Review @ Techgage
- Skyrim DLC will be less frequent, but more substantial @ Ars Technica
- Butterfly milking and pig nibbling: building the strange world of Glitch @ Ars Technica
- OnLive Game System Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Sonic Generations Game Review (PlayStation 3) @ HardwareHeaven