Originally Posted by wreckshop
This games visuals are definitely overrated. Instead of trying for 60fps (which seems like only 50% of the time anyways) IW should have tried for 30fps constant and used more complex geometry or shader effects.
I'm kind of in agreement here. You can certainly tell where they sacrificed to hit their 60fps target. I don't think this game would run nearly as well at 30 and I have yet to see any slowdown. The framerate is spectacular, but the graphics leave a bit to be desired in some areas. Poorly rendered vending machines and textures that fall apart as soon as you get close to them kind of ruins the atmosphere a little bit, but I'm so busy kicking A online that I don't take too much time to notice.
The one thing that has bothered me a bit in the single player campaign is the AI of your squad-mates. Too many times I've had guys walk right in front of me while I'm taking down an enemy only so they can get shot and have to start the mission over because "Friendly Fire Will Not Be Tolerated." The enemy AI seems pretty good, though I've seen a couple of looping animations happen which seemed way out of place (the sniping mission when guys are coming out of helicopters toward the end, I saw a loop of two guys running back and forth to the same spot like they were doing some sort of Presidential Fitness drill).
I also don't like how your squad always tells you to proceed before things are clear and you get popped by a bad guy. I've had this happen on several occassions. It also seems like sometimes they just don't feel like helping you. When a guy is supposed to have your back (you can clearly tell because he is looking behind you) too often they just let dudes walk right by. I've been attacked by flanking and rear positions several times because even though I've tried to take up a strategic position, my squad has decided not to fulfill their end of the bargain. When that's the case, you're left trying missions over and over again until you memorize the flow of the bad guys coming in and know where to look and in what order since your teammates don't care to help. I thought I was supposed to be the rookie on these squads!
Those things aside, I love the multiplayer of this game. The leveling up online and working toward a purpose other than unlocking skins is fantastic. I don't even care what my stats are, I just want to keep unlocking stuff. The pace is great and the action is always intense.
Graphics 8: There are just too many things that fall apart in certain areas that pull you out of the moment. Most of the game looks fantastic but when you're guarding a tank and you're sitting right behind it and you can't even make out what shape it is anymore, that stinks.
Single Player: 7.5: The squad AI is so bad sometimes that it makes the game frustrating rather than fun.
Multiplayer: 9.0: The gameplay itself rules but the lack of features to communicate with friends is horrible. Setting up a game with your clanmates shouldn't be this hard.