Whatever your feelings on the Call of Duty series, you can't really deny that their releases still feel like notable events in the annual gaming calendar. Today, in case you hadn't noticed or didn't care, is both Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered's time to shine.
To mark this special occasion, I'll be dedicating most of the day to streaming both games across both Facebook and YouTube, to make things interesting.
I'll be starting the streams off with four hours of Infinite Warfare gameplay, where I'll be trying out the three major facets of the game - Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies. That'll go live on our Facebook page at 10:30am before hopping over to our YouTube channel at 11am where I'll be streaming until 2:30pm.
The clocks may not have gone back yet, but there can be no doubt that summer is behind us. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and, of course, this year's Call of Duty is nearly upon us.
Bundled in with this year's offering, of course, is a remastered version of the much loved Modern Warfare - the game that arguably made Call of Duty as big as it is today. Being an uncanny sort of fellow, Ian's managed to get his hands on the remastered version early - he's already done a graphics comparison between the original release and the shiny new version, in fact - and he'll be streaming it live online from 2:30 this afternoon.
So if, like Ian, you're keen to relive days gone by, tune in to the video above to see what Raven Software has done with Modern Warfare.
I played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remastered last week and it was an object lesson in the power of nostalgia; the upcoming re-release of CoD 4 certainly seems to have got a lot of people talking, for better or worse.
All this discussion got me thinking about what other games we'd like to see remastered, so I made the video below. The best thing about it is that with Chris and Aoife both off work and Ian visiting a game studio, nobody was around to veto my selection.
Apologies for getting all misty eyed while discussing Rainbow 6: Vegas 2 there. Anyway, doubtless you've got remastered wishlists of your own, so feel free to discuss the games you'd most like to see get spruced up a bit in the comments below.
We've had fun mucking around with Infinite Warfare this week, but look anywhere on the Internet and you'll see fans are desperate for the series to pull back from this futuristic setting, with its wall-running and its jetpacks. As I've heard repeatedly whilst out at COD XP, players want their boots back on the ground.
Really, what many of them want, is this: Modern Warfare Remastered.
I was a little worried as I sat down to play a handful of maps on Thursday that my rose-tinted glasses were about to be shattered. This is the game that changed everything, right? Not just the Call of Duty series, but the entire genre. What if it no longer holds up? What if we've moved on?
A couple of days ago, Activision announced that Modern Warfare Remastered would only be available to those who bought the Legacy Editions of Infinite Warfare.