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2009/10/24

Infinity Ward Still Uses Id Tech with Modern Warfare 2, System Requirements, Steamworks

I was just reading this earlier on Big Download, and I was surprised, but I remember back years ago now. BD says that on the box of Modern Warfare 2, it says that the "game uses software" from id Software. Now, if you think back to the original Call of Duty, which was released back in 2003, the game used the id Tech 3, or Quake III, engine. So, it's interesting to see that this is still going on.

The system specs have also been revealed:

Windows Vista/XP
AMD 64 3200+ or Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz or better
16 GB free hard drive space / 512 MB RAM (XP) / 1 GB RAM (Vista)
Shader 3.0 or better 256 MB nVidia Geforce 6600GT / ATI Radeon 1600XT or better

Wow, 16 GB for an install. The biggest game I have at the moment on my system is probably The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, although technically that is two games.

And if you think that's bad, then Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition is going to blow you away. It's 24 GB! eek

Time to start freeing up space on my HD, I think.

And the last bit of news going around about Modern Warfare 2 is this: It will be a Steamworks title. Steamworks works with Steam. If you remember Half-Life 2, then you know what Steamworks is.

As thatvideogameblog states, and I quote:

"a Steamworks game means that to play the game, you have to have Steam on your computer, and your copy of the game will be tied to your Steam account. The game will auto update through Steam, will have Steam achievements, and use Steam’s anti cheat infrastructure. The game will also support the newly introduced Steam Cloud, which lets gamers store their save files and game configurations to Steam’s database, and will allow gamers easy access to them if needed."

This will probably mean more piracy of Modern Warfare 2, at least for the PC version. What I didn't like about this was that almost every journo/blogger that covered this was a pro-console one, and it's funny how even though they don't really care that much about the whole situation, the only reason they wrote about it was because they wanted to rub it in the faces of PC gamers. I could tell. Those dudes need a smack upside the head.

Not that I care that much...


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