Peter went for a drink (“Something strong,” he had announced), so I took the opportunity to take out the included manual and find out more about the story.
That’s right, even shoot-anything-that-moves games like these have a background story. I quickly scanned through it.
A foreign group (foreign to the USA, of course) menaces world-peace by threatening to bomb buildings and assault embassies in those few third-world countries the Americans haven’t invaded yet. The members are “religious extremists”, although their leader is actually an ex-CIA agent who was dishonorably discharged after saying a bad word during a live TV broadcast. Lucky for him, he hadn’t shown a nipple or he would have gotten the chair.
The group has threatened to behead a hostage (tourists stupid enough to visit a country during a war) every day unless the Yankees retreat from every country they have invaded, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Carolina.
The back story is topical and believable.
When he returned, Peter said he wanted to play the next game alone. That was fine by me, as I now had more time to observe. Secretly, I think he didn’t like me to touch his joystick. I told you, men and their consoles.
He teamed up with someone I first thought was named Al, but apparently it is pronounced “aay eye”. That has something to do with artificial insemination, one of the current hot topics in the world of Nerdia.
I tried not to feel hurt when he kept telling me how cool Al was and how smart he did things. I limited myself to nodding from time to time, or an occasional, “Yes honey, very immersive.”
For me personally, the character showing the most humanity, personality and intelligence was the cow standing in the pasture of mission 5, the one near the gate, chewing on some nettles.
Eventually, things appeared to move around without Peter even touching the controls. I was so immersed.
“It’s not part of the game, honey. This is a cut scene. You can look at it as a kind of short movie in between missions.”
‘Movie’ immediately drew my attention. I leaned forward and watched it entirely. Five minutes later, I was typing while feeling slightly disappointed.
Cut scene number three will never win an Oscar. An offense to all things decent, it had a bad cast, sloppy storylines and terrible scenery. It had the most childish special effects ever witnessed (you could clearly see they were computer-made). The director should have handed us money for having to watch it.
Peter mentioned, while he was emptying his machine gun into some bushes where he suspected the enemy might be, that I was also supposed to write something about system requirements. Help.
Luckily, Google is your friend and a few minutes later, I completed the dreaded task with a smile.
While CoBc can run on lesser pc’s, recommended is:
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 680 @ 3.6GHz
RAM: 8 GB RAM
HDD : 40 GB HD
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 @ 4GB
Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
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It was time for my concluding paragraph. As I had no idea how the game ranked in comparison to other games within its category, I decided to simply watch my husband playing it. Whatever emotion came to me while doing so, would be my opinion.
Pretty sure my method was just brilliant, I leaned on my hand and glanced at Peter.