Call Of Duty XP: Is Call Of Duty Elite Worth It?

On the first night of the first Call of Duty XP, we got an in depth and early look at the final version of Activision’s hotly anticipated Call of Duty social network, Call of Duty Elite. We’ve discussed many of the free features of Call of Duty elite in our comprehensive hands-on, but the last time we had a look many of the details – for example, how much the non-free features might set you back – remained unrevealed. It was confirmed last night that the premium version of CoD Elite will cost you $49.99.

That’s not a particularly huge sum of money, unless you’re a victim of our sueprawesomeradical economy, and as we found out last night, even without knowing the full array of features, you get a lot for your 50 bucks. Like access to training videos by the top CoD players, or the ability to participate in some tantalizing-sounding contests. You also get monthly DLC drops – new maps and game modes – before everyone else.

Getting DLC early, and 10 bucks cheaper no less, sounds pretty great. As planned! Activision this to be a “no-brainer” decision for their players. But the question no doubt on the average Call of duty fan’s mind has got to be “is it worth it?” That depends.

First, let’s be honest about the non-DLC features. We all know those videos are going to have some free competition on Youtube. Additionally, as awesome as contests for things like iPads and so forth can be, they’re only great it you win. The real selling point for a CoD Elite Premium membership is that DLC package

Of course, DLC on a game like Call of Duty is different from DLC for games like, say, Mass Effect. CoD DLC doesn’t expand the plot of the game or offer greater insight into the larger CoD universe. They simply give obsessive Call of Duty fanatics more stuff to do in multiplayer. Of course, as Phil Hornshaw reported, that it’s going to cost a non-Elite player around $60.00 a year to buy every single piece of DLC, and they’ll be getting them in quarterly installments instead of monthly.

A purchase of an Elite premium membership will only save you 10 bucks off that cost, so if you’re not really sure whether or not you intend to buy them all, best you hold off. As for the truly dedicated player? Without knowing more about the full range of premium features, we’re inclined to say “worth it”. If you’ve got 50 bucks lying around, you probably won’t regret using it.

The only question we have is, will Activision allow people who purchase DLC as a non-premium member to upgrade to premium without taking a loss, or will they nickel and dime their customers by forcing them to buy at full price without discounting what they’ve already paid. You can probably bet your house that the answer is no. If that’s the case, then the purchase of a premium membership might feel a little like blackmail to reticent players. That means a premium subscription is going to be a major rip off for anyone who so much as glances at DLC as a non paying Elite member.

As always, as we find out more, we’ll let you know.

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16 Comments on Call Of Duty XP: Is Call Of Duty Elite Worth It?


On September 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I think the Elite Subscription sounds like a rip off. I am not a hardcore COD/MW player though and maybe other people will consider this a win. The 1 reason I don’t play COD/MW all that much is precisely because of the ELITE community. The ones I come across are rude, annoying and have the too bad you suck mentality. Paying an extra $50.00 just so you can get guaranteed cheaper DLC more quickly. Who even tells you the maps you get are going to be for the mode you want to play in or that you will even like all the maps? If you get 3 maps pack DLC and you only like 1 of the maps how is that value for your money? There is no guarantee. All the other stuff mentioned is only fun if you actually win like the author said.


On September 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

So $60 for the game, then $49.99 for Elite? Not a ing chance.

I’ll be playing RO2 and BF3


On September 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I agree with ‘S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’, $60 for the game and $50 for Elite is just way too high. Unless there is some epic ****ing content that comes in that package, my money is staying in my wallet.


On September 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

You people act suprised. They’ve been jewing the public for as much $$$ as they could grab for a while now.

They know a lot of their fans are dumb enough to fork over the cash.

How many idiots are out there right now running around with a cheap set of nightvision goggles?


On October 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

LOL, agreed with all 3, so many other better games are coming out, why spend more money on one game.


On October 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

wow you guys, i dont think anyone gets it that they are not trying to get people to fork over more money for the game and content/dlc, they are trying to cut you a break. yes, the game is 60 dollars and elite is 50 dollars, you can still pre order the hardened edition of the game like i did and get 10 dollars off elite plus bonus stuff. but seriously i dont get it how people are upset that it costs almost as much as the game (which is true) but it is completely optional, and people can play the game without having to worry about elite. plus if you dont want to pay for it, there is still a free version of elite that people can enjoy. elite is not a scam or ripoff, its a great deal, since you get the dlc and all that good stuff for cheaper than if you bought them without premium elite membership.


On October 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

I have to agree with Dirk and Moangkid. What if you don’t like the maps? My personal opinion, most of the DLC’s maps suck. And there’s so many games coming out soon that it’s going to be hard to only play MW3. Definetly, not worth it for me.


On October 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

honestly, there trying to help you guys get a deal, and its optional to get it or not so no need for complaints.


On October 25, 2011 at 3:50 am

it isn’t 3 maps any way a map pack every month until the next cod comes out so $50(£35) is better than a £10 map pack for each one of them, also you get alot of awesome features with it to.


On October 27, 2011 at 3:40 am

The way I see it, the only games I have played for the last three years have been COD. I have around 20 PS3 games and the only disk to enter my PS3 is COD so £79.99 for the amount of enjoyment I will get for a whole year is great value. I always buy every map pack as you dont know if you like the maps until youve tried them. Just the game and DLC amounts to £70+ so an extra £10 for the subscription and possible further DLC is worth the risk


On November 2, 2011 at 4:54 am

mw3 is going to be a great game even thouggh people say its going to be like mw2 alot of people are saying theres going to be other games coming out any one who is thinking about buying those game i would suggest gamefly because i can get every game i want and u can to im looking foward to saints row 3 ssx and aliens colonial marines


On November 17, 2011 at 5:38 am

For someone like me, who only ever plays Call of Duty games, it’s completely worth it.


On January 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I personally think ELITE is a rip-off after being on CoD online for atleast a month… multiplayer sucks ass AND i for one applaud IW and/or sledgehammer games for scamming millions of people in paying $50 more for a bad multiplayer experience… Congrats fellas Con-****ing-Grats


On January 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Ok anyone who says this is a “rip off” is a ING MORON, I mean how is it a rip off if your saving 10$ and going to buy the ALWAYS AWESOME “new” maps. The multiplayer is better than any other cod game in the whole ing world… recalculate retards

<3 Zach


On February 5, 2012 at 7:51 am



That is all


On February 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I dont understand you guys if they release 3 map packs like they normally do and you get them all thats 45 bucks ok then you get 2 every month so lets see in 2 in a half months thats 5 maps (accordingly) and thats another 15 dollars thats a total 60 but you get 12 months of that so really you get about 4 and 1/2 map packs for 5 dollars instead of about 75 so thats a big save and you get clans which is wicked awesome if you like playing with friends and ranking up as a group and then theres operations which is an awesome way to meet friends and gang up to form a beasty clan plus a little additional XP or big prizes so even if you dont play play play CoD all the time if you get all the map packs anyways its a big save plus all the bonuses is awesome so all you haters just keep hating you dont know what you talking bout anyways