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Dual-wield weapons in Modern Warfare 2

August 27th, 2009

Modern Warfare 2 will be having dual-wield weapons. This has been now officially confirmed by Infinity Ward.

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Robert Bowling, the community manager of Infinity Ward, twittered that akimbo pistols would feature in the game. He said this recently after giving a presentation of Modern Warfare 2.

Let me quote Bowling what he said: “Just walked off stage. Crowd was amazing, went insane chanting ‘pick it up!’ when I stumbled over dual-wield Deagles. lol – Akimbo confirmed.”

On the official forum of Infinity Ward the above statement was elaborated. Here Bowling tried to allay fears that akimbo pistols would be to ooverpowered.

He said, “Now to calm some initial fears of ‘OMG! Overpowered!’. Akimbo is limited and balanced, just like everything in the game. It’s limited to side-arms, harder to aim than standard and you can’t go ADS (aim down sights) since you have a weapon in each hand.”

He also added there, “So don’t freak out before you see it in action.”

On the forum it was not made clear when the fans of Modern Warfare 2 will get a chance to see it in action.
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MadCatz announces new accessories

August 25th, 2009

A range of new accessories has been announced by MadCatz for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and those will be available across North America and “key European” territories “with the release” of long-awaited FPS sequel by Activision.

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Mentioned below is the list of the accessories:

Modern Warfare 2 Combat Controller (360)
Price Tag: $49.99 USD
It is basically a wired “latency free” controller having two additional buttons at the back that can be mapped to any thumbstick or button command. It also features “Immersive Analog ThumbStick Backlighting” and Dual Vibration Feedback.

Modern Warfare 2 Throat Communicator (360)
Price Tag: $29.99 USD
This is in fact based on a military design and it reduces the background noise. It is compatible with the standard 360 controller and also with the combat controller that is mentioned above.

Modern Warfare 2 Faceplate and Console Skinz
Price Tag: $29.99 USD
It is a skin with “z”, kids and it easily wraps around the sides of the console to create “a fully immersive themed landscape.”

Modern Warfare 2 Combat Controller (PS3)
Price Tag: $49.99 USD
This also has the two additional buttons along with backlit thumbs and an internal battery. The battery of it can be charged through PS3’s USB port and it can provide gameplay up to 60 hours.

Modern Warfare 2 Wireless Bluetooth Headset (PS3)
Price Tag: $39.99 USD
It is a noise-reducing microphone and can be used about 30 feet away from the console. , It is of Bluetooth 2.0 technology.

Modern Warfare 2 Controller Faceplates (PS3 and 360)
Price Tag: $14.99 USD
It is durable and has a gloss finish.

Modern Warfare 2 Combat Game Pad (PC)
Price Tag: $24.99 USD
It has analogue sticks, 4 trigger and 4 action buttons. It is pre-programmed and compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP. It even comes with button mapping software.

Modern Warfare 2 Sniper Mouse (PC)
Price Tag: $49.99 USD
It allows in altering cursor speed.

Modern Warfare 2 Combat Keyboard
Price Tag: $49.99 USD
This features “Anti-ghosting” for key action areas. Media Keys in it is used in controling volume and other media functions.

Modern Warfare 2 Elite Keyboard (PC)
Price Tag: $49.99 USD
It also has multi-colour backlighting and Tru-Vu illumination.

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No beta for public, but can hope for it

August 20th, 2009

Rumor is there that Modern Warfare 2 is going to get a public beta. Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward puts a check on this rumor. He says that they will be doing an internal beta, but if they feel for a public beta then they will explore that route also.

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Bowling said that they will not say something as definitive as ‘No Beta Ever!’ He added that as of now all the fans and gamers have to wait till November 10. He further mentioned, “Unless of course you happen to be 50 Cent, Will Arnett, Dane Cook, or any other celebrity that wants to stop by.”

According to Bowling, “Once the internal beta is completed, if for any reason we feel we didn’t receive the feedback, address the issues, or have the result we expect…we would consider pushing forward with a public one, however at this point only an internal Closed Beta is planned.”

Long story. But we can still keep an expectation that before November 10 we may (only may) get to play Modern Warfare 2. Well, put down your views here whether you all really want a beta version of the game.

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Activision releases two new images

August 19th, 2009

Activision released two images today. It showcases a snowy locale and few hard-looking soldiers. It also shows too cold location.

In the image the soldiers are equipped with nasty guns, ski goggles, and Wal-Mart face coverings. It seems as if the soldiers are ready to hurt something. This is something great because combat generally consists of hurting things. In the second image a helicopter can be seen.

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Weapon list of Modern Warfare 2

August 17th, 2009

Few months before we covered an article about what weapons do gamers and fans of Modern Warfare 2 wants in it. Now it is the right time to judge once again what all are going to get on November 10 and what are the exact expectations.

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Here is the full list of weapons:

Assault Rifles
FAMAS – Bushmaster ACR – M16 – AK-47 – Steyr AUG A2 – Imbel MD3 – FN 2000 – G36C – M4 – MK. 14 EBR – G3 – TAR-21 – FN SCAR – FN FAL

Sniper Rifles
SVD Dragunov – Walther WA2000

Sub-Machine Guns
FN P90 – UMP .45 – TDI Kriss – H&K MP5

Shotguns
Franchi SPAS-12 – W1200 – Armsel Striker 12 Guage – Remington 870MCS – Winchester 1887 – AA-12

Light/Heavy Machine Guns
RPD – MK46 – AUG HBAR-T – MG4 – M240

Pistols
USP .45 – Glock 18/22 – M1911 .45 – Desert Eagle or Baby Eagle

Melee
Combat Knife – Ice Picks

Explosives/Grenades
C4 – Frag Grenade – Stun Grenade – Smoke Grenade – Semtex

Gun Attatchments
Red Dot Sight – Heartbeat Sensor – ACOG – Silencer – EOTech Sight – Thermal Scope – Master Key

Grenade Launchers
GP-25 Grenade Launcher – M203 Grenade Launcher – AT4 Rocket Launcher (Heat Seaking/Lock-On)

Armor
Riot Shield

Take a deep look to the list and share your thoughts and also comment what you are missing in the game.

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Mad Catz will produce controllers and accessories for Modern Warfare 2

August 16th, 2009

It has been recently announced by Mad Catz Interactive that they will be officially producing branded controllers and accessories for Modern Warfare 2. Mad Catz Interactive is a third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider.

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According to the agreement, Mad Catz gets the rights to a range of accessories to produce for all the current platforms Modern Warfare 2.

Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz, said to the media, “We are excited to partner with Activision and Infinity Ward to create branded controllers and accessories based on what is one of the videogame industry’s preeminent franchises.”

He also added that they are looking forward to offer unique and exciting accessories to all the fans of Modern Warfare series. He further said, “As we continue to grow and diversify what we believe to be the industry’s leading portfolio of branded videogame accessories.”

Vince Zampella, the Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Ward, said, “Mad Catz’s innovation and fresh approach from Day 1 has been great.”

He also added that their team has really poured their hearts into the new line of accessories for Modern Warfare 2. He said further to the media that they can’t wait for their fans to have a chance to play for themselves this November.

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Robert Bowling speaks of at least two map packs

August 13th, 2009

Robert Bowling, the community manager at Infinity Ward, says that he and his team have plans to support Modern Warfare 2 heavily with post-launch support. He stated recently that there will be at least two map packs. In fact this was also announced at the E3. The two map packs will be for the Xbox 360.

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Bowling also said that they have confirmed of at least two map packs and this does not mean that there won’t be more than two map packs. He mentioned further that Infinity Ward will be shaping the DLC based on the feedback of the community from the full game and also from the feedback of the first two DLC map packs. So, in fact the community will be determining what will come after the two map packs.

Activision is working hard to hype the title and it is also working hard to create a community around the game in order to sustain the game on the long term. Now it really seems that Activision will prove it to be one of the biggest video game launches of this fall.

Well, do keep reading and do keep commenting. Let us hope that Modern Warfare 2 sustain in a very long term.

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Infinity Ward may announce details at GamesCom

August 12th, 2009

The Leipzig Games Convention is on the way. The countdown has begun. With the countdown the news also comes that this convention is moving onwards and upwards with a new name this year. It will be known as GamesCom.

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Infinity Ward attended the convention last time in the year 2007. Then it was the time just before the release of ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’. Leaked information comes that Infinity Ward are planning a Déjà Vu moment at this event and it will probably announce details of Modern Warfare 2 Beta.

GamesCom event will be taking place in Germany this year.

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50 Cent to give voice in MW2

August 8th, 2009

Rapper 50 Cent is coming to Modern Warfare 2. Oh! Still not sure whether half-a-dollar’s going to continue his search for his diamond encrusted skull.

Fifty will be lending his talent as one of the many voices that are featured in the Multiplayer positions of the game.

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Rapper Fifty dropped the news of following a visit to Infinity Ward and playing MW2 with Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden.

Robber Bowling of Infinity Ward said that Fifty Cent is one of the many squad voices that will be featured in the multiplayer and Spec Ops modes in the game. He added further that we can expect to hear 50 Cent saying things like Reloading, Watch your fire, I’m down, get me up! and Tango Down!

Fifty may sound saying, “Everyone else is just mad ’cause I came from the bottom without them.”

This is not the first time that Call of Duty is featuring famous voices. Actors Keifer Sutherland and Gary Oldman played prominent roles in Call of Duty: World At War.

Oh yes, 50 is not a stranger to video game voice over work. He earlier appeared as himself in 50 Cent Bulletproof and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand.

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Two map packs for Modern Warfare 2

August 7th, 2009

There will be only two map packs for MW2. This has been confirmed by Activision recently when the news came in that this game has broken all the previous pre-order records of Activision.

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Michael J. Griffith, the president and CEO of publishing unit said, “We plan to launch two separate map packs for this title. Map packs help extend the shelf life of the franchise.”

Griffith also said that the popularity of the previous map packs that was released for the original Modern Warfare and World at War were very significant. He added that the company had strong success with map packs and were able to sell over 8 million units for both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Though it was earlier already known to media that there will be two map packs coming to Modern Warfare 2, but no one was sure that these were to be the only map packs.

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