With all the negativity thrown out there... wanted to praise IW for the addition of the Squads mode. I didn't pay it much attention upon release as my playtime has been limited, but really got into it during my vacation and am glad I did.
To be fair, haven't played much more than Squads Assault, so please keep that in mind. Would love some feedback on the other modes and if you find them worthwhile.
I have been a huge fan of the Bots in CoD since they were implemented in Black Ops. I am the type of person who benefits from getting in deep with maps, experimenting with various guns/setups, and trying out various kill streaks. I started out slow on COD4, WaW, and MW2 due to the learning curve involved, and when Black Ops introduced the ability to play against Bots with Combat Training my game completely changed. I was able to explore the maps, try out all the weapons, and learn the killstreaks (Was useless with the Valkyrie rockets at first, for example, after messing about with them in CT could thread them through windows and around corners and get multi-kills more often than not). Really missed this in MW3, would just go into a Private match and run around to learn the flow of the maps, but not the same without someone after you. Was sad to see Combat Training disappear in Black Ops 2, but still played against the Bots often in Private Matches, especially when nobody was on to party up with.
My complaint, if I had any, was that the Bots in those games were rather stupid. I would often play 1 vs 9 for a challenge. They were crazy accurate at times, but erratic in movements and not tactical at all. Besides that... it was kind of a waste. I put a lot of time into those modes and while I improved as a player, I didn't really earn anything for my time.
I am really loving the Squads mode thus far. Even for a guy who has spent very little time actually working on his squad members (My time as I stated has been limited, so just been progressing one squad member so far), I am enjoying playing alongside and against the AI. They play almost like human opponents, and I have been impressed thus far by the play of the bots both for and against me.
For example- Was playing on Strikezone in a TDM Squads assault match. I ran up the staircase to the right of the Hot Dog stand and lost a gunfight to an attacker. An AI teammate avenged me for the final kill. I watched the kill cam as the AI player moved. It was heading from the pro-shop towards the hot dog stand. It saw me die in it's peripheral vision, took a step back, took cover behind the crates at the bottom of the stairs, covered the spot where I had just been killed, and took out the enemy once he was visible. Pretty awesome stuff.
Loving that I can play squads, work on setups, learn the maps and various game modes, and still level up, even though it is a rather significantly lower pace. Wondering if others are enjoying Squads as much as I am, and what your experiences have been. Any modes you recommend, or things to try?
I think the only thing that scares me about Squads is my AI teammates seem to be vastly more intelligent and skilled than the randoms I encounter in Public lobbies....