With the annual biggest entertainment release of all time slated for next Tuesday, there’s something I need to get off my chest: I hate Call of Duty. Yes, it has defined the modern shooter. Yes, it has revolutionized multiplayer in video games. Even so, the idea of purchasing Black Ops 2 (COD 9, for those of you who have been counting) seems seriously unappealing. Here is why I can’t stand the best-selling game franchise of all time. Agree? Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
It’s the same game. Every. Time.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was amazing. The atmosphere, gameplay, and progressive multiplayer structure introduced gamers to a new world of strategy and competition. But what about its sequel? Other than reverting to the WWII setting and throwing a few tanks into the mix, it offered an identical experience. This is what drives me crazy about Call of Duty—each iteration contains the exact same game. Sure, the developers throw in new weapons or killstreaks here and there, but the structure and gameplay remain unchanged. I loved the first Modern Warfare for its innovative approach to online multiplayer. It’s been five years since that game came out. Isn’t it time the developers build on the formula?
It’s brimming with flaws
You dash around the corner, the enemy in your sights. You unload your entire clip and…he kills you with a grenade launcher. Sound familiar? Call of Duty is scattered with imbalances and inconsistencies. Ever spawned in an enemy’s line of fire? Shot somebody at point blank only to have them kill you with one bullet? Some of these frustrations stem from poor design (noob tubes, absurdly ranged Model 1887s), while others are just plain weird. All too often you feel as though the game is cheating you.
It’s just so…fun.
There, I said it. In spite of these glaring flaws, the games are a blast to play. Nothing quite beats seeing your hard-earned killstreak crush enemies like flies, and that first match when you bring home each new game is enthralling. This is what’s so insanely frustrating about the best-selling series of all time—it draws you in, convinces you to love it as it buries you with its problems. You know it’s flawed, you know you’re buying the same game over and over again, yet you can’t help but enjoy it. Am I going to purchase the next Call of Duty? I don’t want to. But there’s a part of me that’s begging to play it, and it’s very hard to resist.
So what do you think of Call of Duty? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments section below! As always, please like, share, or reblog this post if you enjoy it. Be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe for new content every Wednesday!
Comment question of the week
What do you think of Call of Duty? Are you getting Black Ops II?