Craig's first impressions of Call of Duty XP
I received a phone call from Craig today to get his first impressions on day one of Call of Duty: XP. To treat you g1s to some “inside baseball”, here is how the conversation unfolded.
Me - Craig, What’s up? How is L.A. treating you?
Craig - Good, good. Not super hot, like 80 - 85. Which is nice considering how many people are here.
Me - So it’s pretty busy? Nice turnout?
Craig - Yeah, really busy. When I first got here it seemed really unorganized. You ask someone a question and they respond by saying they weren’t sure, having been told three different things by different people. After being here for a few hours though, it seems to be coming together.
Me - Have you had a burger at Burger Town yet?
Craig - I actually just recorded myself eating one. I will put the video on the site later. I am afraid Burger Town does not have near enough food. There are like five windows and the lines are 150 people deep.
Me - Whoa. That’s a long line for a burger. What else have you seen?
Craig - Some pretty cool stuff, like the zip line, paintball, and the game [MW3]. I have not had a chance to do the training course.
Me - What’s the facility like?
Craig - Pretty much 2 hangers. One for the presentation and concerts, the other for MW3 and the tournament. This is actually the place where Howard Hughes held the “Spruce Goose”, so it’s pretty big. Still, they might need a bigger venue next year.
Me - So it’s a pretty good time. A success you might say?
Craig - Well I wouldn’t call it a failure. My main issue is there is not enough fun stuff to do for the people that are here.Take the paintball for example, it’s awesome, but each paintball game only lasts 7 min. With only 20 people per round, for hundreds and hundreds of people, you don’t get to play long enough.
Me - Well what about games? Do they have any other Call of Duty games besides Modern Warfare 3.
Craig - Not really, just Black Ops for the tournament stuff. Which is fine, since there are a lot of stations to play Modern Warfare 3.
Me - Well maybe next year they should consider showcasing all the Call of Duty titles. Set up little stations for 6 v 6 multiplayer in like World at War or even 4 v 4 in Call of Duty 2. Showcase the lineage of the franchise.
Craig - Yeah, maybe next year. Still, I am having fun and will send more pictures tonight.
most improtant part of the conservation "there not enough food at burger town"
Actually read this. Crazy.
MW3 seems like it takes a lot of cues from cod 4, mostly in the perks department and MW2, so that would have made more sense.
i think cod4 or even mw2 would have been a better tournament game
I think they should've organized it better from the sound of it. Then again, its the first time they do this, so I'll let it slide. It sounds awesome, and that's weird to say from somebody who doesn't like Call of Duty all too much
I'm not going to be too hard on them considering it's their first year and all that. It certainly sounds like there's plenty of room for improvement but I'm not going to say it should never happen again.
There really should have been more things to do given that a lot of the things aren't too time consuming.
*Cough* Iron Man of Gaming *Cough* Sonic 4 *Cough* SGC 2010.... ahh, just had something in my throat. All good :).
I know Right!!!???
Yeah, just one game. Whoop de doo. :)
They could have made a playable multiplayer version of MW3 and have gamers play it for a competition. :)
Just confirmed...Call of Duty XP... is the event of year. With 1 game being shown off, thousands of lines for a seven minute experience...truly... this will go down in the history books.
Craig could of used my help on photos.... :\
yeah, sounds kinda lame imo, it doesn't sound like there's a lot to do. and in a convention that costed a fair bit of money to attend, that would make me pretty frustrated.
Interesting read. It definitely doesn't seem super-well-thought-out, but I would be surprised if, if they do it again, that next year will be a vast improvement, having had this first "test run", of sorts.
I'm not a huge Call of Duty fan, but I've got to admit, at the end of the day, conventions are just generally fun.
That's where the CoD XP kinda fails. It would mean a lot if they released a beta for MW3 to be honest