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Massive Ban Wave Hits COD: Ghosts Players – “Will Not be Reversed,” Says Activision

MP1st - Reports are beginning to surface of a massive ban wave that appears to be primarily targeting PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users playing Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. (Call of Duty: Ghosts, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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exnoob  +   695d ago
I think this will be the last COD for me (yes, yes I know it took me that long), I got bored of this game so fast that it felt like a slap in my face; but on the other hand I'm really starting to fall in love with bf4 (when it's working), and it's starting to make me contemplate on buying the premium :S.
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The_Infected  +   695d ago
This was the worst CoD I've ever played. I hate it. The next CoD has to be better than Ghost.
ArtificiallyYours  +   695d ago
How about actually different, like um, so many other franchises that make effort in differentiating each installment.
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Patrick_pk44  +   695d ago
But this was the "next-gen COD" on the "next-gen engine" and was not next-gen.
GraveLord  +   695d ago
Your entitled to your opinion. I actually like Ghosts and I can't go back to Black Ops 2 anymore. Maybe it just has to do with the Dualshock 4 and better resolution/graphics?
exnoob  +   695d ago
@the_infected. I totally agree with you! Unfortunately I missed out on cod 4, so my fav cod so far has been black ops 1 (I used to run riot with the famas). If they brought it back to that and mw2 standards, then I will defo be willing to purchase it again and have a blast online.
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AliTheSnake1  +   695d ago
This IS the worst COD. I was hoping treyarch is next, as I like their style of multiplayer and I love zombies. But I guess they are getting one more extra year to work on the game, which is good, also gives me time to enjoy Battlefield 4 longer for my multiplayer FPS fix.

@Aggregate0072 How would you make the game any different ? Specially that it sells the most. They put an effort in their campaigns,extremely high production value.
thorstein  +   695d ago
Indubitably, and it is sad to see that they still haven't fixed cheating. Interesting that IW continues to ban player for hacking/ cheating but when I blogged about it, I had plenty of people claiming that I was in error. See their comments here:

That said, I think it is time that IW find a way to prevent cheating. I know it can't be fool proof since Amazon does sell modded controllers just for cheating.
itBourne  +   695d ago
I actually kind of envy the CoD franchise for being pretty much the same year after year. I loved RFoM and with the massive changes hated the 2 Resistances after that, mp was shit, not even the same game. Uncharted 2 was a long time mp game for me, then UC3 changed everything, went all CoD like. So I would gladly take more of what I like rather then the studio ruin my favorite mp.
Team_Litt  +   695d ago
@gravelord, I'm not sure whether to applaud or cringe! I mean on the one hand, your comment was an epic...on the other hand!
Do I commend the epicness or just face palm the utter failure?

On topic, I never got into CoD. Played 4 and thought it was very good but was not compelled to buy any sequels.
Dee_91  +   695d ago
Heres an idea
Hows about you make a COD that cant be hacked aa by 10 year old.
I mean seriously, they shouldve learned by now that some things don't need to be on a save file..

Guess its just more of a tale of how little they actually change in each iteration.
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hellzsupernova  +   695d ago
lol i hadnt played a call of duty since black ops, played this on my mates ps4 and was blown away by the size of the maps, what were they thinking i spent most of the match trying to find other players
alexkoepp  +   695d ago
Just get titanfall, Call of Duty creators created a new CoD, all the talent has left the CoD franchise behind
abzdine  +   694d ago
the problem is people who keep having this idea that the next one has to be better.
in the end you end up buying the game anyway.
you want any series to improve stop buying it!
TheGrimReaper0011  +   694d ago
You mean the next COD will be better, cause it cant get worse
Well, I already said that before and Activision still managed to dissapoint me
allgamespc2012  +   694d ago
anything is better than COD Ghosts, the next game cant just be better, but different in EVERY single way.
killzone619  +   693d ago
aww does somebody go negative every match? rookie
Matt666  +   695d ago
took them long enough to finally ban hackers, if people can't play fair to begin with, they should face the consequences. Apart from that I haven't played COD since MW3.
ARESWARLORD  +   695d ago
There is always hacking on Playstation get use to it
Matt666  +   694d ago

There hackers what ever system you play on
parentoftheyear  +   695d ago
I got it for $40 bucks the other day. Enjoying campaign on veteran but online multiplayer sucks always has since I picked up battlefield nothing compares to the scale, vehicle, teamwork that battlefield has. Its an actual war when playing. Its very excites. I played cod ghost online 1 time and was like yep...nope
joab777  +   695d ago
Although I must say that Killzone Snowfall became a love of mine too...the multiplayer at least. It also relies on teamwork and tactics.

I just think that with all the other options and competition coming CoD better figure something out.
Team_Litt  +   695d ago
Killzone Snowfall! hahaha!!
Muffins1223  +   695d ago
titanfall...end of discussion. Its better than both of them,playing it on my pc right now.
ARESWARLORD  +   695d ago
I am playing it on XBONE and you are right bro its kills Duty
Muffins1223  +   695d ago
I can guarantee more than half the people that hit that dislike button dont have a gaming pc or xbox one. Ps4 fanboys smh...
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JetsFool3500  +   695d ago
I don't have an x1 but my bro does I spent an all nighter with it & hated it
Flutterby  +   694d ago
Lol you have to be a PS4 fanboy to not like titanfall? I mainly play on pc and I don't like it at all , out of my 112 people I do clan games with on things like BF and ARMA, 3 have titanfall about 30 have tried retail and over 70 where on beta , the ratio seems about 4% like it of all my friends but you say it's only ps4 fanboys
speedforce131  +   694d ago
Your disagrees were unwarranted but can't say I blame them now after you attacked PS4 fans for no reason.
isa_scout  +   694d ago
Agreed...I bought a Xbox One for TitanFall(of course Halo played a big role in my decision as well)and I'm loving it. Never played a game as fast paced. Every 3 seconds your killing something. It's the best most reliable MP I've played since Halo 3.
Nicxel  +   694d ago
Was playing it on my X1, and I realized something. Not once did I glitch or lag. Not once was there a host migration. It puts a smile on my face.
Utalkin2me  +   694d ago
Titanfall, played the PC beta and was not impressed. Not even close to a COD killer.
allgamespc2012  +   694d ago
am gong to bubble you up so these ps fanboys at n4g can be quiet
ARESWARLORD  +   695d ago
Im with you I wish I never bought the seasons pass. A pizza would have been a better use of the money. Or a Steam Sale
_LarZen_  +   695d ago
I just want to let everyone know that reading that exnoob now is thinking that this will be the last COD he plays have changed my life.

It was a life changer to read this and I am not using drugs anymore and I have a job interview next Monday.
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parentoftheyear  +   695d ago
About time you got a job. Didn't have to give up the weed though.
exnoob  +   694d ago
Glad I could help you out ;-)
ForgottenProphecy  +   695d ago
with all due respect, everybody says that after every CoD ever since MW2
Beastforlifenoob  +   694d ago
Black ops and black ops 2 were great. Possibly the best in the series. MW2 was the peak but ghosts literally sucked
bumnut  +   694d ago
I think cod 4 was the peak
ObiWanaTokie  +   695d ago
Message to activision: no one cares. your game died hard two years ago. move along
Oh_Yeah  +   695d ago
I'm done with all the competitive war fps games this gen, they all get old too quick and they're all the same thing. Run around point shoot, repeat, played one ya played em all. The only way id pick one up this gen is if it went all out and had a good campaign and destructible environments, Land combat, space combat, sea combat, air combat, mech combat, sword combat, hand to hand combat, futuristic weapons, live weather, everything all mixed into one, And just call it War.

In the campaign you start out as the first humans, building all the way from the stone ages of war to the futuristic type war you see in Star Wars and gundam wing. No one would ever want to play a different war game than this. I've got some bold game ideas, only if I were a dev.
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clouds5  +   695d ago
As an old counter striker now finally someone understands how i feel about these newer fps titles :) i mean they're great and all but i haven't seen anything that comes close to the original counter strike or quake 3. But people still go mad every year and buy that same game every time... It has to stop!
isa_scout  +   694d ago
Just want to point out that Star Wars isn't set in the future though bro....It's set a Long time ago in a Galaxy far away...
Oh_Yeah  +   694d ago

That is true. But I was referring to us people, that would be futuristic war.
mixelon  +   694d ago
But.. Youvrealise games covering the same subject matter stull play totally differently?

People will still want to play other stuff however much you cram i to a game. You cant really have cod/bf/arma gameplay all in the same game.
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PurpHerbison  +   694d ago
I tried to get into some of the newer FPS titles and I couldn't. Back on CS1.6 having a blast.
blackblades  +   695d ago
Bout time dude, black ops was my 2nd and my last cod I played, if I were to get another cod it'll be the next one with zombies. People wake up from your addiction to cod you'll feel good afterwards and other games to play.
ginsunuva  +   695d ago
If you actually bought Ghosts, then you're not stopping anytime soon. This game screamed terrible since itd reveal - you'd have to be a complete cod fanboy to buy it.
Kryptonite42O  +   694d ago
Massive ban wave?
how can they do a massive ban wave when maybe only 3 people actually enjoyed this garbage game.

lol seriously though.. sounds to me like they just pooped on the few number of fans that actually played this game (in comparison to others i guess).

this is just one more reason to wait for Treyarch to release another COD.. IW is poop. after ghosts.. i refuse to support them. and really... ? console bans? id be furious.
andygee1987  +   694d ago
feel exactly same, always smash COD's when they first release didn't with Ghosts, hated it, it's awful.

Titanfall on X1 and BF4 on PS4 are much better
TheSaint  +   694d ago
Try Battlefield.
blackblades  +   694d ago
Also you know when someone is addicted to it, is when they say that they're getting tired of playing it or say they hate but they're still playing it.
Gamer1982  +   694d ago
If you get randomly put in a hacked lobby you will get banned for life.. Not exactly great selling point for future titles but great there cracking down on cheaters.. Just shows they have no time to actually find who's cheating and just ban anybody who's near anything cheating instead including innocent people.
CoTton_MoUtH  +   694d ago
Premium is a good investment when BF is working
shwisha  +   694d ago
I'm surprised it's taken people this long. I felt this way when I got Black Ops 1 and I've been retired from COD games since.
a_adji  +   694d ago
I am with you. It was god awful to the point it became the first cod I stopped playing before completing since I got into COD with Modern Warfare.

BF4 has surprised me
Sarick  +   694d ago
I never got into online shooters because they was to competitive. I was really bad at them too. Based on what I've read this ban would've hit me if I played.


I think I see what happened. The players who where low skilled where being marked as cheaters PUMPING the stats of other players.

Basically, they detected them as EXP pumping because they stunk at the game their kill/death rate was a high ratio.

This type of ban system brings new meaning to the online communities. People who are horrible players will get marked for abuse and ban from playing.

In essence this ban is saying "Online is no place for amateurs or casual players who lack skill. That's how I see it. The cheat detection system is treating players who lack skill as cheaters because it boost other players EXP.

I could be wrong but from what I read that's how it looked to me.
Eonjay  +   695d ago
Can someone explain how it is possible to accidentally or automatically wind up in a hacked server.
dazzrazz  +   695d ago
Garbage engine, lack of security encryption on files and o dedicated servers
AliTheSnake1  +   695d ago
Has nothing to do with the engine, nor the security encryption. Players can easily end up in a hacked lobby in GTA Online as well.
Gozer  +   695d ago
I dont think COD Ghosts for PS4 and PS3 have dedicated servers. They shouldnt be getting on a modded server if the servers were dedicated. Modded servers on consoles are only possible on a P2P connection. But there are people who use in game glitches to gain an advantage, even on dedicated servers.
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sAVAge_bEaST  +   694d ago
@Gozer, Feast on your eyes, on this 360 lobby, as somone pointed out, in the comments below.

It almost seems, they have access to MicroSoft's Network, and CoD code.... To be able to change user names, and add planes.

TF drops on 360 soon.
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Gozer  +   694d ago
I don't know. Mark Rubin said back in Oct that COD Ghosts would be using listen and dedicated servers.
We all know dedicated servers cuts out things like host migration, modders and cheaters etc, etc. But listen servers are apparently similar to p2p.

Evidently they aren't just using dedicated servers, because there shouldn't be any modding on dedicated servers. All game data is held host side with dedicated servers.
Zefros  +   695d ago
BF4 is by far a better game.
danny818  +   695d ago
Even tho its broken at times ghost made me a huge bf4 fan. Alot of my friends play bf4 and its just crazy how fun the different modes that it has can be
jocomat9  +   695d ago
bf4 is the new cod to me. Its shit. Don't deny it. bad comapany 3 will be my next game from them thats it.
CorndogBurglar  +   694d ago
Bad Company 2 was so good! It was by far better than both BF3 and 4.

The level of destruction outweighed them both.
amnalehu  +   695d ago
"BF4 is by far a better game..." By a lot. Banning innocent people from an already dated and inferior game... not cool.
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colinf438  +   695d ago
I noticed a strangely large amount of seemingly not legitimate players when i played for the first time in a while last week!
redcar121  +   695d ago
Bored of duty is bs
GraveLord  +   695d ago
You know its extremely easy for someone to play the innocent on the internet and get support from COD/Activision haters.
il-JumperMT  +   695d ago
Burn cheaters. No matter the game cheaters/hackers/exploiters and morons who ruin game on purpose should get banned instantly.

And dont play innocent, you do not get banned for being innocent.
jay2  +   695d ago
Oh dear not good
DJ  +   695d ago
It's a bad game anyway, 4/10 at best. I always worry about getting randomly banned for games like this since the whole banning process is likely automated.
Iamnemesis4880  +   695d ago
This is horse S##T you go into a hacked lobby then you and get banned glad when titanfall kills off cod
JackBNimble  +   695d ago
This was on ps3/ps4, no Tianfall anytime soon.
GamerDad1987  +   694d ago
Titanfall won't kill off anything! Who wants to kill bots all day?
Iamnemesis4880  +   694d ago
Then you have not played the game a real fast paced game
avidgamer1  +   695d ago
And while youre at it Activision. How about a two week ban on dashboarders. Pretty much cheating also IMO.
quenomamen  +   695d ago
I havent bough a Call It Doodie game since Wack Ops, but if I was to get banned from it id consider it a badge of honor. Tired ass game.
BTBuck1  +   694d ago
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inf3cted1  +   695d ago
They finally found a way to ban cheaters. Instead of fixing their security in-game or just not copy pasting the same files all over again, they decide to ban innocent people. Bravo.
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mydyingparadiselost  +   695d ago
Activision has your money, now they don't care whether you're legit or not.
I played a F2P MMO called Conquer for a bit that has a mining mechanic in it and got thrown in their jail (jail has you use one of the items you can buy, a Dragonball, to get released) twice for NO reason. Their system for finding cheaters, which I wouldn't have known how to cheat on the game in the first place, for some reason threw me in jail and wanted me to pay to get out which I never did.
Anyway, mistakes happen on both the player and company side so telling people that have paid good money for your game that they're banned when they've done nothing wrong is messed up, and telling those people the bans will not be lifted for any reason is even more messed up. Maybe COD should just be F2P if they're going to ignore the money people spend
newflesh  +   695d ago
I don't really get all the hate of Ghosts. I'm having loads of fun with it, especially Infected and Gun Game modes
neoandrew  +   695d ago
PS4 is not penetrable in any way, so how could it be the player fault to get that ban when clearly no one can't hack into it and change something, i'm quite sure no average cod player could do this nor make such effort only to cheat in a silly online game.
PoodlePuncher  +   695d ago
Everything can be hacked. And it's not like CoD players are going out and making these themselves, they just download them. Seriously, just do a quick google search. Like every online game out has hacks for it. Some people are even stupid enough to pay monthly for them.
neoandrew  +   694d ago
NO, ps4 is not hacked, no one as of now can do it, so no one can make a cheat for any game on ps4, if it was on ps4 it has nothing to do with the console.

So this is BS, if you think otherwise then make your own "quick google" if it's so simple and show me a working ps4 hack that can be used to cheat in games - such thing don't exists.
Skate-AK  +   695d ago
You underestimate the free time of some people.
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Max-Zorin  +   694d ago
Dude, consoles are a Cakewalk for hackers.
PoodlePuncher  +   695d ago
I spent quite a while at one point looking into the whole hacking ordeal. I think it's a bigger problem than most people realize. Tons of people out there refuse to play online shooters unless they can cheat, and they've been doing it for years so they're pretty good at hiding them. Look up some of the cheater testimonial letters, freaking ridiculous.

I really wish devs and pubs would take the whole cheating problem a little more seriously. I know quite a few people that would pay monthly for a game like battlefield 4 if it meant keeping cheaters out for good. But all they really do is have an automated process for detecting them which is usually countered within 24 hours of the released update by the hack sites. Hell, just the fact there are companies making a ton of money off of cheats is just absurd.

I hope/wish EA would do the same with battlefield (banning consoles). I think a lot of people get banned and just create a new username (it's free after all). Haven't played bf4 in a while, but watch how many people with ridiculously high scores in a game are really low rank.
DC777  +   694d ago
When they lose a ton of money over it some day they will take it seriously and pass some legislation. For now it is a free for all for most online games. These kids could never play older games since they can't even play these without some program.
Indo  +   695d ago
Thats one way to convince me to play another game thats worth playing.
boldscot  +   695d ago
They're banning people because of their own incompetence, how many years have the COD games been hacked now? ridiculous.
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ARESWARLORD  +   695d ago
Crap game I have it on the ps3 with the seasons pass and paid @10 to have it on the PS4. Garbage game. Worst one yet. Killzone SF is way better on the PS4 But Titanfall is Insane. If you have a XBONE I fully recommend it.
ElementX  +   695d ago
People keep saying they don't like CoD but when the next one comes out optimized for next-gen they'll be pre-ordering.
MegaRay  +   695d ago
Exactly, and activition knows that it players are sheep
Tru_Blu  +   694d ago
The auto aim 720 sniper care package is coming and they will flock to it like cats to catnip.
AceBlazer13  +   695d ago
Can't really say I love ghosts but it's not as bad as ppl make it to be , certainly better than mw3. Only thing that keeps me playing is my clan. Besides we've seen that ppl love the cod formula why change it now?
MCTJim  +   695d ago
This is something that has been going on for awhile. Most parents have not a clue what little Johnny has been doing on CoD. I used to get constant messages from players we previously played stating that for x amount of points they will get you into a hacked lobby to level up to prestige X. When little johnny gets caught and banned..they play the I didn't do nothing wrong plea. Believe it or not, they can see exactly what you are doing on their network. Yes, Plainly see what you have been up to. They are not going to ban you for being in the lobby, but, rather, for what you did while you were in there trying to cheat.

Mind you, there have been times when I have gotten into one of these modded lobbys and upon seeing what was going on, left. These kids that are getting banned and then saying to mom or dad, I didnt do anything wrong. They do indeed send you exactly what you did wrong in an email, the offense and the punishment or ban. Its just no public knowledge. They have a very complex system of weeding out the cheaters.
Milesprowers  +   695d ago
I want a WW2 COD Shooter, Call of Duty 2 was awesome when it arrived on the Xbox 360.
MCTJim  +   695d ago
My 2 favorite moments in cod 2...sneaking up on a camper and thwacking them with the gun butt :D and throwing grenades for like 2 football fields while jumping in the air. This game was power ups...just a good ole fashion game that was fun to favorite gun was the Kar
ObiWanaTokie  +   695d ago
Kar 98k or the M1 Garand
that game was so good, then got so much better with mw, then kinda sizzled and faded. mw2 was fun, just not as fun as mw
csreynolds  +   694d ago
World at War is my favourite Call of Duty game to this day. It's such a shame that many of its online lobbies are full of hackers; when you can get a legitimate game going with legitimate players, it's still ace.
NintendoYouth  +   695d ago
Ghost was ok, but just felt "flat".

it was just ok.
Father__Merrin  +   695d ago
this was the worst call of duty, gone are the weapon and level progression, gone are the attachments for all guns!!!! used to love having laser right on my fave smg

launchers are disfunct as no uav, it was just crap, I'm glad I got shut. battlefield is miles better but I'm hoping the next call of duty is a vast improvement
troylazlow  +   695d ago
I buy COD for Zombies. no Zombies not COD for me
Tiechie  +   695d ago
This is what spoils games, imagine getting into a lobby like this.
dodgefate  +   695d ago
hmm... pic even says Xbox Live in it but its about PS3 & PS4 I have 112 friends on list an 40+ play COD everyday lol an no one has been ban or heard of this.
PS4FEVER  +   695d ago
good news. move over to killzone or bf4
contradictory  +   694d ago
also PlanetSide 2.
it's gooooooodddd
although if you don't have good PC
then good news! it's coming to PS4
and i presume it'll be F2P there too so try it atleast.
Drabent  +   694d ago
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