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Call of Duty 4 - a lesson in level design

378w ago - Activision made my weekend by sending me an Xbox 360 copy of Call of Duty 4, which I played for most of Saturday night and a lot more of Sunday morning than was sensible for the father of a two-year-old who's started getting up at 5.45am every day.

No doubt you've seen some of the rave reviews (full marks in the US Official Xbox and UK Official PS3 magazines) and may even have sampled the beta test. Even if you haven't, I advise you to buy this game when it hits the shelves on Friday and then cancel whatever you have planned for next weekend. As a lesson in multiplayer level design, CoD 4 is quite possibly peerless.

Something I enjoyed about the three environments in the beta test was that almost every obvious sniping position could be reached from two different entrances, meaning it was more-or-less impossible to park yourself in a safe place and view the game through a gun scope without fear of being snuck up on. This has carried through to the full game. Here, even the most elevated of juicy snipe points are visible from other similarly covered areas so you get these little snipe the sniper sub-plots developing through each round. However, I did notice that the denser urban locales definitely do offer more blind alleys and cubby holes at ground level, so determined campers can usually find somewhere...

Beautiful GT5 replay for a beautiful Ferrari F430

378w ago - Here there is from the official Gran Turismo website a replay with some little gameplay footage in an awesome red F430 Ferrari. It seems that the dynamic shadows in the cockpit are less pixelated. Nope ?

There is also a 720p video available. Enjoy!

Video can be seen here.

Six minutes of Gameplay from Call of Duty 4 PS3 retail!

378w ago - Here is a video courtesy of wahoooob showing six minutes of gameplay from the retail version of Call of Duty 4 for the PS3 console. Enjoy!


Sony's new 40GB PS3 still using old 90nm processors

378w ago - It was reported a while ago that the new 40GB PS3 featured a 65nm processor, but Sony has told Heise Online that the 40GB SKU still uses the old 90nm processors.

However, the new model does however feature a new design with lower power consumption (120 to 140 watts compared to 200 on older models). Sony is looking to go the 65nm way in the future but for now they are sticking at 90nm across all models.

To quote: We'd been hearing that Sony's new 40GB PS3 featured a revised design with a 65nm Cell processor and improved cooling, but sadly it looks like those reports were in error -- a Sony spokesperson has told Heise Online that the 40GB model continues to use 90mn processors, but does feature an updated design with a lower power consumption of just 120 to 140 watts, compared to 180 to 200 watts for the older models.

Sony says its still planning on moving to 65nm processors in the near future, but for now, it looks like the PS3 is 90nm across the board.

The Week Ahead - 09/11/07 UK Releases

378w ago - This could be considered a bit of a holding week as Assassins Creed (16/11/07) and Mass Effect (23/11/07) are just around the corner. However, as exciting as those two prospects are you'll surely be tempted to try out Infinity Ward's excellent Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which simply crackles with explosions and excitement.

Notably PS3 is beginning to see a fair few releases: Ratchet & Clank Future, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga are all decent but they're hardly the kind of games you'd play £299 for the privilege of playing. Meanwhile, the exclusive Lair is possibly the worst advertisement for Sony's console and controller to date.

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (09/11/07):

>Ben 10: Protector of Earth, PS2/DS, D3 Publisher
>Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, PC/PS3/360/DS, Activision
>Catz 2, DS, Ubisoft
>Deal or No Deal, PC/DS, Focus Multimedia
>Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, 360/PS3, Namco Bandai
>EA Playground, DS, Wii, EA
>Endless Ocean, Wii, Nintendo
>Fashion Designer Style Icon, DS, 505 Games
>Gears of War, PC, Microsoft
>Hamsterz 2, DS, Ubisoft
>High School Musical: Sing It!, PS2/DS, Disney
>Lair, PS3, Sony
>Lego Star Wars: The Compete Saga, DS/PS3/Wii/360, LucasArts
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