The Call of Duty franchise has smashed industry records in recent years, but is the series becoming casual?
In terms of playability, the CoD games are the easiest to pick up and do good even if youve never played before. Its the definetely the easiest game to do good in without much practice. You may go negative in games like Uncharted, Gears, Battlefield, but go 50-2 in CoD.
just say the word "noobs". COD is for noobs
And for people who want to dominate "noobs". Guess it must be like "shooting fish in a barrel" for some of these guys. I like more challenge in my shooters so I've been more of BF fan. Plus, I'm a PC gamer and the COD series has really gone downhill on that platform.
Dude just cause you cant play it dont mean its for noobs :) Just you got Beat by a 12 yr old does not mean hes a noob.. means he is better :)
I say it is a casual game,and not really hardcore or seriously competitive because of the lack of fairness in the game. See when i think hardcore shooters i think Halo 3, Killzone 2 , MAG
lol my gf just went 29-3 today smh :)
COD is Casual cause it's very noob friendly and people that play think they have Skill haha.
CoD is successful, cuz it's so damn easy.
All of your logic is illogical. If a noob is better than you, you're the noob and that person is more skilled. Winners win because they're better at the game. People crying noob sound like sore losers. Some COD gamers are amazing at COD./FACT. N4G people when it comes to COD are really just haters....it's pathetic and I'm not even a big fan of the game....but read the comments - so lame.
I know what your talking about im way to busy with school and work to be playing games 24/7 like most the low lifes on this site but CoD games have always been amazing fun with friends and its the only game i have to buy.
Yeah, pretty much what Tompeeper said. Ever since CoD4, it's been a pick-up-and-play game. Sure CoD4 might've been the one with the least amount of ridiculous BS in it when you talk about CoD4 and onward, but that's not saying much. I prefer "real" stuff like Quake and Serious Sam. CoD is fun to go dick around on with some friends, but I could never take it seriously.
In certain respects (as Tompeeper says) it has since it is very easy to pick up no matter what your skill or what the time (be it that you're sitting down for a long gaming session, or just popping on for around 20 or 30 minutes). But there are still a lot of people that play the game a lot more serious and "hardcore" (if you'll excuse my loose use of the word) than as if it were just a casual game.
I think its popular, mainstream yes but not casual. Its up to you how you play the game. You can have tactics and work as team or just run and gun. There are people that game out on cod and can whip your a** easily, they are not casual or noobs. The peeps who hop on cause their friends play might be noobs but the peeps who get to the highest zombie levels are pretty hardcore. Cod is accessable to everybody, thats why its popular. It has a huge community which makes it the best fps for people who only buy one fps to play online. Their friends are on it which is half the fun. It has great support (might be 15 bux a mappack but thats a lot of content for peeps who only play cod). I dont get the hate, i dont pay for mappacks but let the people who enjoy it game in peace. Who are we to tell people theyre stupid for having fun. :)
Has COD Become a Casual Franchise? hmn....Mainstream Franchise might the correct words
Mainstream = casual.
Hipster much? Lol
I liked Call of Duty before it was really popular.
@Pandamobile, you must mean you liked COD when it was a PC exclusive. To this day, United Offensive is my favorite COD title. It had dedicated servers, large maps, high player counts and vehicles. Who cares that it was WWII? It was still a great game. Ever since the console became COD's primary focus, the PC versions of the game have gone steadily downhill: no dedicated servers, small maps, low player counts and no vehicles.
The majority of people I know that play CoD know nothing about the gaming industry and limit themselves to a few games like CoD and FIFA. In my opinion there are better games out there than CoD in both multiplayer and singleplayer, yet the demand for the series is so inelastic.
...CoD has always been a casual franchise. Shooters, almost by definition, are casual games.
Nah, that's highly debatable. There exist some pretty hardcore shooters out there that casual CoD players would fail tremendously at.
exactly. Operation Red River is a perfect example to a hardcore (non casual) FPS experience. I know I certainly can't just pick it up and dominate at that game, it requires skill and effort.
You're... missing the point entirely. A casual game is not a game that anyone can pick up and be skilled at. That's called a BAD game. Casual games are games with simple, approachable mechanics that anyone can pick up and learn HOW to play in very short order. Shooters are the most accessible genre of games out there (for obvious reasons) and therefore are, almost be definition, casual.
The same can be said of any game genre. Fighters - Press xyz to combo opponent. RPGs - Press xyz to heal party members. Puzzlers - Press xyz to solve the puzzle. Racers - Press xyz to accelerate. Shooters - Press xyz to kill the bad guy. There are varying degrees of difficulty for ALL video games. Shooters can be just as complicated as the deepest RPG.
Bioshock, Fear, Half life, Battlefield.
Not only Casual, but is becoming worse in the multiplayer.
When was it ever hardcore. Only the engine when it was still Q3
I would classify CoD:4 as being hardcore. The pacing in the online multiplayer was at a set pace that actually required tactics more so than today's COD.
Hahah yeah right. I remember playing CoD4 when it was big and it was run and gun just like MW2, and Black Ops. There is nothing tactical about CoD4. If YOU play tactical, that's fine, but it was far from tactical for most people. In fact, I found CoD4 to be EASIER than MW2. Kills were way quicker. CoD4 still had lots of campers, whiners and run-n-gunners. Don't try to defend CoD4 like it was some sort of masterpiece with tactics and stuff. Don't kid yourself.
The series has become very casual over the years, I mean after all the game is as simple as it can be, pick up and play, no skill or knowledge about tactics required.
Yes, and it is one of the easier games out there to be good at without playing any of the previous games.
It had to start out as a hardcore franchise to become a casual franchise. It was casual from the start.
Well considering COD is a MLG game and the fact that there are tournaments and things like that I would say no, it's not casual. If it were true that anyone could pick it up and be great at it then why do so many people have negative K/D/R and win/loss ratio's? I think people overstate it honestly. I find that because I am good at COD I am able to be good at other shooter games. Today I got on Uncharted 3 beta for the first time and never went negative. I'm not saying COD is as hard to master as Halo or Gears but it's definitely not casual. I think it's kind of lame to try to put labels on things like "Casual" "Hardcore" ect... I think it's just a word people use to try to sound important or act like they know what they are talking about. It's a hip buzz word, used in the industry like "We maxed out the PS3 OMG!" ect... Play what you want, stop labeling things and if you don't like the franchise quit bitching about complaining about and just don't play it. Edit 1* @Pandamobile You are so ignorant, your trying to call COD casual because A.Your probably bad at it or B.You don't like it. I would say pretty much everyone on this board would totally get smacked up and down COD if they ever played against a team that does Gamebattles or MLG circuits. Get over the COD hate. It's popular, it's good, it's kicking Battlefield 3's 30 FPS, 4 person squad chats ass!
It's pretty much as casual as you can get with an FPS game. Baby's first FPS, as it tends to introduce a lot of people the genre due to how mainstream it is. From there, people tend to mature a bit, then grow out of the frenetic frag-fests and move on to bigger, better things.
Call of duty IS casual, just because there is people who play the game like their life's depended on it doesn't mean the game is hardcore.
A casual rant made by a casual gamer defending a casual game. Face it, no one cares about how good you are at shooting other raging 10 year old's
Jump in and play not hard to get into = causal requires dedication and vast skill = Hardcore go on dare argue
I hate the fact that some retarded people use the word casual as a synonym for bad. Face it guys, hardcore as a seal of quality is not working out. I don't give a *peep* if a game is casual or hardcore as long as I enjoy it. I do play Kinect, I do play Gears of War and Halo. But some of you act like Casual games do not count. I am looking forward to some Kinect games and to core titles. A reality check I really enjoy is to rub it in your faces that Kinect Sports outsold Killzone 3 by more than a million and growing. The respond "playing the sales game, heh?" Is just dumb. No, I do play Kinect Sports, a great game you probably missed, because if your pseudo elite-status as a hardcore gamer.
Has been for awhile. All sorts of Brosefs and DudeMans play it and don't know much of anything about gaming beyond CoD.
become ? it's like this since COD3
CoD is garbage. They struck gold with MW1 and ever since they have beaten that horse to death. And causal gaming is ruining games that have long since been a "Hardcore" title. Look at SOCOM 4 that game was HORRIBLE and NO WHERE close to the other SOCOM games. Zipper wanted that CoD audience to they ruined my old time favorite SOCOM name for money. And it is showing developers that hey they obviously only want the name so lets pump a version every 12 months with minimal changes. And for $65 dollars for re-skinned characters and few maps you can bite my bird.
Same thing went down with killzone 3 they made more for the COD players than they loyal kz2 players its a shame to ruin such a good game to gain an audience
I know, I don't hate causal games at all. I hate when they try to turn my Hardcore game into a causal one because "they want to expand the fanbase" BULLSHIT they want more money.
compared to most shooters, yes
CoD has always been casual. Maybe it's gotten a little more casual but it's never been hardcore or anything special like that.
It was in the beginning.
I'm guessing you never played the first COD or it's expansion (United Offensive) on the PC. They were very hardcore and very special. When consoles became the primary focus, COD became much more casual friendly. It's unrecognizable to the game it was when it was a PC exclusive.
It wasn't as casual as the newer CoDs but it was still casual. Look at SOCOM II or Enemy Territory (which both came out the same year as CoD1). Or older games like Quake, UT, CS 1.6, Tribes. No CoD game is harcdcore.
YES as most people who play it have never heard of this website or E3, some of them dont even know how to acess acount management on ps3 LOL. DAM NOOBS waste of a ps3
This game is only for the Hardcore!
My 10 year old brother play's this more than me.... Recently played the Black Ops campaign trying to re-beat it (if that makes sense =p) on veteran and I have to say. Behind the facial animations/effects the grapchics/physics etc are DISGUSTING!
Definitively. Its Full Of Horny 13 Year Olds
COD became casual after MW2.
Call of Duty went downhill after COD4. :(
and BATTLEFIELD is hardcore porn.you want paint ball type combat play COD,but if its a full on war you play any of the BATTLEFIELDS(period)
COD isn't a core gamers game of choice anymore, it's the pop game that easy to get into but isn't that great compared to other shooters. However, no one can't deny that COD4 was awesome. Although I'm sick of the same COD gameplay formula, I respect COD for growing the industry and bringing more games to the masses. Elevate the industry = good. I still remember when girls thought you were a bit of a loser for playing N64, now gaming is totally acceptable and normal. Stop hating, play what you like, let others do the same.
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