E3 2011: Call of Duty Elite

E3 2011: Call of Duty Elite

Call of Duty has never really been my forte. I like the single player, but the multiplayer is brutal for me. I get my ass handed to me every time I log on, and the only way to get better is to, well, get my ass handed to me some more. This doesn’t mean I don’t respect Call of Duty. I loved almost every entry, but I do think the series is going stale for me. We aren’t here to talk about CoD as a whole; we are here to talk about Elite.

Elite opened up with a video, The Legend of Karl, explaining what Call of Duty: Elite is, using a bunch of old internet memes, followed by a presentation showing each of its features. You can review all of your stats from the platform, digitally all through a web browser. The site is linked to your gamertag, which you can then adjust and customize from there. You can adjust your loadouts from the web, while you are looking up your stats. This isn’t the meat of what Elite is about, what Elite is about is being better then everyone you have ever played with.

Elites stat tracking is quite possibly one of the most elaborate search options I’ve seen. If you want to play against someone with webbed feet, you can search and make a group for people with webbed feet. If you want to play against people who like boxing while they sleep, there’s a group for that. You get the point. The stats that you can look up for people with only webbed feet are something unique.  You can see the usual K/D ratios, xp earned, how long till your next level. You can even see where you like to kill people on each map, which is displayed through heat signatures on the map shown. You can compete with other clubs or people to show off your new skills with other people and set up tournaments with the compete section. It will even show you how you can up your game with the improve section. It will show you where you usually die, with what, by who so you can learn to do something different to over come that.

This is all great, and if you love Call of Duty this will be a great tool to help you improve. I like what this is and what it will do to the competition. I might not play a lot of Call of Duty, but the fact that you can narrow who you want to play with down to left handed people with brown hair who like to kill with shotguns. The fact that Activision and Beachhead want to make players like me better so I don’t rage quit on people who are clearly better then me is a great tool for everyone, and this is all free to boot. The only thing Beachhead and Activision would say about the paid program is that it will include all the DLC packs for the game on a sort of subscription based way.  If you’re that way about Call of Duty, this seems like a great tool to have to help increase your game and playability.


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