Call of Duty Elite
The Call of Duty series has, to make an understatement, a hell of a lot of fans. Call of Duty Elite intends to appeal to those players by providing extremely in-depth stat tracking, player groups, special events, and, moreover, a sense of continuity between games. Essentially, it's the application of a league to the otherwise unassociated online matches.
Read Steve's full preview of Call of Duty Elite here. The service will go into beta on July 14 of this year.
Most players of online shooters are used to seeing stats for time played, kills vs. deaths, and favorite weapon, but Elite goes about a million steps beyond that. Players can also view their last ten matches, seeing a heat map of their position and activity during the match, as well as the location of every kill or death they earned as well as the location of whoever it was they killed or were killed by. You can go into any of these matches and see death-by-death exactly where you were when you killed or were killed by someone else. The death stats also let you know which weapon was used, including the mods which were attached.
The Improvement section of the Elite site where you can view stats for individual weapons, see videos that suggest ways each weapon can be used, and track your progress toward unlocking the next rank. Having the option to read articles that outline the pros and cons of each weapon, and see video guides to help you use them more appropriately sounds awesome. The team behind Elite is even hinting that they might contact the top performing members of the community to create exclusive content for these lessons. Even if you're not the best, you can also upload YouTube videos to Elite, which will tag every single player located in the video and send notices to them that they've appeared in a new video.
In case you're worried, Activision promises that most of the functionality will be free and even those that cost will be "comparable" to the price of other services and will have the added bonus of automatically bundling in any DLC for the games.