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End of Duty: Is Call of Duty on a decline?

MWEB GameZone writer, Zaid Kriel, takes a look at how the Call of Duty franchise is for the first time in its history, starting to decline in sales and appeal, with Call of Duty: Ghosts being the culprit.

For the first time in a long time, a new Call of Duty game is doing worse in terms of sales compared to an old Call of Duty game. Which isn't necessarily a sign of impending doom. After all, it would have been unrealistic to expect the series to continually outpace itself. In fact, the franchise's publisher was expecting an initial decline, pointing the finger at the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation. But the expectation was that, once the next-gen consoles were out in the wild, the sales dip would have self-corrected. That hasn't been the case.

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HoldenZA1374d ago

The only progress in the Call of Duty series is coming out of Treyarch, they should just get sack Infinity Ward at this point.

Choc_Salties1374d ago

While the technological progress of the series hasn't been particularly innovative, considering they are basically rehashing and clunking up an 8-year old+ engine, you'd expect some improvement in gameplay in a way that does shake up the series. From that perspective, the Battlefield series hasnt done anything particularly new or innovative either - they're just bringing in older game modes from either their previous games, or from other games, and giving it their interpreatation.

I am a big fan of Obliteration mode, and Defuse mode is a straight copy from any number of previous games - Counter-Strike being the grand-daddy of them all. It's in the game, it feels "new" and "fresh", although the gameplay mode is nothing new. Combine that with a couple new engines, and a fresh lick of paint, and you have something that is wonderful to play, and a welcome difference in the Battlefield genre.

Also helps that they have added spectator and Commander modes to the game finally. Again, nothing new for either their games or any other games in the genre at large, but altogether, it freshens up this game from its predecessor and makes its longevity, for me at least, much more apparent.

Fishy Fingers1374d ago (Edited 1374d ago )

Popular opinion would suggest its been in decline for the last few years yet it still dominates the FPS genre for better or worse.