The lights are on
Last week, I provided my first impressions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but one major element of the game was missing in action: an online strategy. Analysts and Activision executives have been waxing philosophical about a possible subscription service for the massive shooter franchise for years, but it’s finally coming. Call of Duty Elite will provide all CoD players with stat-keeping, skill improvement tips, and social networking across all future Call of Duty titles. I tried the service out for myself two weeks ago; here’s all the details.
The core Call of Duty Elite experience is split into four distinct areas: Career, Connect, Compete, and Improve. Let’s take a look at each individually.
The Career page, which you can set to default to any supported Call of Duty game, will include a summary of your overall stats across all games as well as specific player cards for each title. Player cards include a ton of data, such as your current level and prestige, number of hours played, and, of course, the ever-important kill-death ratio. If you want to be able to point to specific numbers as you brag to your friends about how much better you are, you’ll be able to easily pull up other players’ profiles and compare to your own.
Digging in deeper, you’ll be able to look at specific stats from each match you’ve played recently, right down to looking at a heat map that shows every kill and death, allowing you to pinpoint specific chokepoints on maps where you have trouble or tend to dominate. Career will even track your stats with each individual weapon and perk, allowing you to quickly flip through and see which custom classes you perform best with.
In addition to the stat-tracking, Elite seeks to give Call of Duty players a deep social networking experience that revolves around the game they love. The Connect section of the service will be focused on this aspect.
You’ll be able to create and join groups based on mutual interests, locations, and more. For example, you could create a group for a specific sports team you like or just join the “#basketball” group to find other CoD players who love basketball. I might join a "#Minneapolis" group to find other CoD players in this area, and I fully expect Game Informer readers to create an "#overblood" group. Each group will have a comments section allowing you to banter with new-found friends and coordinate for playing games online.
Also included in the Connect section is a theater where you can look at screenshots you’ve grabbed from your games as well as videos you’ve created. You’ll be able to connect your CoD Elite account with your YouTube account to automatically upload videos you’ve created in-game to the Internet. Other players will have the option to tag you in their media, so like Facebook, any screens or videos you’ve been tagged in will show up on your Connect page.
UP NEXT: Compete, Improve, and more!
Yeah this is really stupid, why would anybody pay for this especially when other games like halo provide this for free. This really makes me think that activision is the devil
So you want me to pay to look at stats? Haha f off.
They can kiss my money goodbye
IMO this is not worth it only the map pack part is.Considering the fact that you can use the in game stat traker just as effectivly in a differnt way
I am the least hardcore gamer around, I'll play a lot but I don't need to know how much better the rest of the community is than me....
love the idea that i could FINALLY see all my stats from my COD games,but i have to pay to see all of it?I dont care if its a dollar...thats preposterous!!!I mean look at BUNGIE...THEY DO IT FOR FREE!!!
I feel like Activision is just trying to milk us dry with this... At least they'll give us map packs free, but honestly it doesn't seem worth it. If they gave us this free with mw3, it might actually make them more money, but of course, they charge for it.
I probably won't do it unless it's about a dollar a month. They better not think I won't switch over to BF, because I will if I feel like I'm getting swindled.
Seems like a huge waste of money to me. Can't agree more that its for hardcore guys unlike myself. This is bungie's system CoD and paid edition. This seems like something for an MLG guy, an I guarantee it will not be $5 a month. I wouldn't buy it if it was 5 bucks, that's a years worth of live. I also bet you have to pay for the improvement section. Sorry activision, I ain't buyin
Yeah, my money is still going to BF3. Activision you are pathetic, this will milk in more money, on an already milked and boring game. Get original or go away. I'm done with you.
Seems like a lot of people are hating without actually knowing anything about it. Maybe the Elite subscription will be some outrageous amount, but it is for the hardcore. And the payment wouldn't be for just your stats that you see in your combat record. Access to the map packs, contests and prizes is where the cost comes in if you want to weigh it against something. Otherwise it sounds like the "lite" edition of the service will be essentially free. However, we know nothing more about it so it is useless to dispute the whole payment thing, or whether it is fair.
That being said I can't justify paying for this content no matter what the cost.
This looks a lot like what Bungie's been doing for free for the past like, 7 years.
ok this makes them look like black ops and i dont want to see how much people can kick my ass and it seems like there making a a multiplayer TO deep so much stuff in it i get that annoying NEW sign next to stuff after every match
I think as long as activision keeps their promises to keep costs down and delivers great DLC obtainable for free with a subrscription, that this will be one of the most fantastic online services offered to hardcore/in between CoD fans.
Any idea which parts are free and which parts arent?
We Will See Love The Franchise But Its Starten To Do To Mutha F en Much!!!!!!!!!
I really liked black ops' focus on keeping stats. This service takes it to a whole 'nother level. I don't think I will pay for it, though.
As a casual fan of CoD multiplayer, I don't see the value in this product. I will not be subscribing.