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If Everything’s a Call of Duty Clone, Why Can’t Anyone Outdo Call of Duty?

Kotaku - Whenever a military-themed shooter comes out, the first thing many people say is "oh great, here comes another Call of Duty clone". It's a term used as a slur against a game, saying that it's not just copying another game, it's copying another game that for many has long run out of ideas.

Why, then, is it so hard for people who are copying Call of Duty to actually pull it off and do just as good, if not better, than Call of Duty?

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RivetCityGhoul1353d ago (Edited 1353d ago )

its called marketing. a company that owns CoD, Diablo, Starcraft, World of Warcraft which are some of the most powerful brands in the world. where do you expect these companies to get the type of revenue that Activsion/Blzzard gets to market their games. i'll give you an example, as we all know that the internet is the most popular form of entertainment these days, everyone is connected to internet. i go to youtube fairly often, every channel that has the ability to display ads was showing nothing but the CoD trailer hell even right they are still showing the ads. i go to watch tv and every channel i watch there is a CoD trailer showing during the commercial breaks. it all has to do with marketing, look at homefront for instance that game sold 3 million. you think that game would have sold that much if THQ did not push a heavy marketing campaign? NO.

Outside_ofthe_Box1352d ago

Plenty of FPSs(ones that aren't clones...) have out done CoD from a gaming stand point. It's just that they don't out do CoD in sales.

As for the actual clones... Nobody wants a knockoff. Why play the clone when you can play the original? People that want CoD buy CoD, plain and simple. Nobody looks for a game that isn't CoD, but plays like CoD because that doesn't make any sense. Save yourself the trouble and buy the actual game titled CoD.

GraveLord1352d ago

Has nothing to do with marketing. We're talking about a great game, marketing doesn't make a great game, the developers do.

vishant1011352d ago

Cause to be better then cod you have to innovate and that's something we don't see in the industry much anymore :/ the only games that seem to innovate are genres that are not multiplayer like bioshock games or exclusives like gears of war 3 and killzone 2 both of which had great multiplayer and could have been bigger then cod if they were multiplatform.

Yomaster1352d ago

Are you actually implying that CoD innovates, or are you saying that everything else that doesn't innovate just like CoD loses attention because it falls short? I honestly haven't seen CoD innovate since CoD4 was released.

vishant1011352d ago

Im implying that people will play something familiar until something better comes along. since everything trys to be like call of duty people call it a cod clone and just play the main stream version which is cod. To beat cod you need something different.

Yomaster1351d ago

I don't necessarily agree that every game tries to be like Call of Duty, as CoD actually borrows most of its features from games that existed long before it, but I can see where you're coming from.

wastedcells1352d ago

One day it will happen. Just not today. However a lot of people now prefer battlefield.

FunAndGun1352d ago

yeah, it does seem like Battlefield 3 has chipped away at the CoD audience.

It will be interesting to see the first week sales of BF4.

BattleAxe1352d ago

"If Everything’s a Call of Duty Clone, Why Can’t Anyone Outdo Call of Duty?"

Far Cry 3 is coming out in less than a month.

majiebeast1352d ago

Its already been out done by a lot of franchises/games just not in the sales department.

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