GOS: "Don Mitchell and Charles King come together to share their opinions on why they believe the Call of Duty franchise caused gamers to ignore the truly unique titles in the First Person genre."
It's arguable, I mean the success of CoD4 really changed the FPS scene (especially for this gen). Other companies wanted to taste the success of CoD and a large amount of them decided to try and copy it and its style and failed quite miserably, and well really I couldn't care less if they did fail since all they wanted to do was make a half-assed copy of another game rather than try to make something different. I dislike CoD and the success it has because it never changes, but of the other developers that have the opportunities and ideas to be innovative and try something different but just try and make a rehash of CoD they tripped themselves up. Of course there are also those companies that do make the effort to try and make something different and end up being shunned in the monster releases of CoD which end up blowing away almost everything in its path and that releases around it. I think it's a bit of a double-edged sword really. The popularity of FPSs in general this gen has led to companies trying to cash in on that popularity and success of other FPS brands which has led to a decrease in innovation, mostly myself I think CoD's success and popularity has been more damaging for the rest of the industry rather than the FPS industry since FPS games are all people seem to want now, meaning we get less of other games and they seem to be left out of the spotlight. (Sorry for the mini essay.)
I say its a bit of both, COD4 showed that great multiplayer is possible and that many many people will play such games...MW2 made it worse because it was clearly an unfinished game with a serious number of glitches. MW3 though is a fail..If you dont believe me look at the video here: http://nexusgaming.blogspot... I mean the graphics are identical so wheres the innovation from the previous game and now?
CoD 4 was the best CoD game on current-gen consoles. It was just great! No ridiculous perks like in MW2. The perks it did have seemed well-balanced. The maps were great. The gameplay was tight. The guns were for the most part, balanced (some issues, but mostly balanced). Call of Duty needs to go to a 2-year release schedule. Have just one game every other year. Activision needs to let the developers have 2 years to get the game right, rid it of most of the glitches before it hits our consoles, and innovate and make it seem like it's worth another 60 bucks, not just copy-and-paste from the previous game with another over-the-top ridiculous Michael Bay, blockbuster single player story and a multiplayer full of perks and killstreak rewards that reward lone-wolf style gameplay and grenade-spamming and noob-toobing all the time. Ok, rant over. BTW, I'll probably still end up buying MW3 but that's just because I want to play with everyone. I still quite despise the franchise as of late.
@ blumatt every CoD does have two year dev time -_-
Well, I meant just have one CoD game every two years. I understand that the devs have two years to make each game, BUT I'd rather just see one CoD game every two years. And dlc in the mean time. Thats all people care about anyway, is the multiplayer. We could literally still be playing CoD4 to this day, had they kept on releasing new map packs every few months.
I seem to miss your logic in the game being a fail based on graphics... First, it's not even out yet. And second, since when the hell did graphics become innovation? I mean, yeah, their engine is showing its age big time...but COD, when it was innovative, was because of the the gameplay and changes it made to the FPS scene, not its graphics
@ blumatt why should they? I mean if people like me and you who are willing to purchase CoD every year for 60+$ . Why shouldn't activision release a CoD every year? It's more money in their pocket. I'm speaking from a business point. Until people like us stop buying CoD every year it will just keep coming and coming and coming year after year.
it wasnt CoD's popularity that ruined the genre, it was activision taking advantage of that popularity and its fanbase that ruined the genre
@moeqawma you know i read posts about CoD all the time and it amazes me that most posters throw this buzz word around "innovative". What exactly can CoD "innovate"? Have they not changed the way FPS's are done already? I have to ask the other posters above who use this word, how can CoD be innovative? And moeqawma is right, better graphics is NOT innovation.
Innovate - Make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. So the word fits, but I guess I could have used improve the graphics. Check the link I posted about graphics. There is no change
I think it ruined this entire generation for some developers, not just FPS games. Don't get me wrong, Modern Warfare was a good game and well deserving of the praise it got. However, when you have those sales, something has got to give. You have so many modern military shooters all doing the same thing, it all blends into one game. However, worse than that, other developers, who aren't making FPS games, are trying to capture the CoD market. Needlessly adding in online or changing gameplay entirely to make it appealing to that audience. Worse? THEY RUIN GAMES TO GET AN AUDIENCE THAT DOESN'T EVEN BUY THE GAME BECAUSE IT'S STILL NOT CALL OF DUTY.
Yeah it is also ruining the way people play FPS games. Many people won't buy a FPS unless it is COD and when they do, they play it like it is COD. Run and gun, every man for himself, KDR is more important than teamwork or objectives. I really wish COD didn't set the bar for what a shooter is supposed to be in order to achieve sales and be welcomed by the community. Games like Killzone, Battlefield, MAG and so on are amazing team based games that fall by the wayside for no good reason.
COD4 was amazing at the time but the series never improved, that's my only problem with COD, I'm bored with the MP and the horrible AI. Battlefield and Killzone do pretty well.
@Nate-Dog and PirateThom Great replies..
COD4 did it amazingly well. Fans keep hoping for a better game every year, with lots of promises and hyped up trailers, but they don't.
I like the MW series in CoD, I like the campaign in it. But I dont buy them. Activation will probably make a trilogy set will all 3 MW games soon and will probably get that.
lets see: COD ruined fps genre. Yes. 15 year olds ruined in game chat. Yes. Activision is to blame. Yes. COD fanboys are worse than my mother on drugs and alcohol. Yes.
Nah people need to just be themselves and stop trying to rip off COD success, that's all because 90% of the FPS games are total crap.
Ruin? By making the FPS genre the first multi billion dollar franchise and created a number of copycat afterwards? COD actually provided more mileage to other FPS like BF.
No. Its the developers fault. THEY ARE NOT going to do COD numbers. Accept that. You have a fanbase, cater to them FIRST before you decide to try to bring in new players.
It ruined singleplayer campaigns, that's for damn sure.
Nah if it wasnt cod it would be something else and people would whinge just as much ,i love the fact its so popular just cause it seems to cause lots of tears and that rocks.
I just think crying people and journalists are making this gen funny and lame. People just cant shut up about things they dont like for some reason. Its is the essence of whining and of a fanboy. FPS are my favorite types of games, I havent bought a COD since 4. I couldnt care less about if people like COD. I may get this one and play it because I know that a ton of my real friends will be playing this game. But if I dont I hope people love it. Who cares what others like, play what you like. If another developer tries to be like COD and fails or goes for COD sales and gets no where near, then that is a problem with them and their game and not with COD.
Here is the thing, Call of duty will be the top FPS shooter for a Long time. Its not going anywhere and its actually a great game. Call of duty is to fps what World of Warcraft is for Mmo's, its a GREAT game meant to be played by everyone and by doing so doesn't really provide the best experience you can have in that genre, but it provides the biggest community. When your game establishes the biggest comunity its mostly the 'it' game of that genre and more and more people are going to get it just for that, the free advertising a game like that gets by "word of mouth" is crazy. Reality Check for almost all of us is horrible but, Get into ANY shooter out there and the norm is: Go into a match you might try to: use mics for strategy, formulate a plan with your squadmates, play with actual participation or at least play like your part of a team..and.. 1. Your team starts running around senseless like chickens with their heads cut off. 2. People are shouting racist words on the mic, senseless drivel and bs that only their "buddy" would care about. 3. some idiot doesnt actually do shit but camp and check their stats every 30 seconds. 4. Insert every other idiotic thing you can think of, jumping senseless, doing cheats w/e.. Battlefield? lol ever been in a team with like 10 snipers? Face it guys that experience we mostly look for doesn't appeal to all those idiots who are paying customers as well, call of duty is the game for them. Sadly to say but modern games reward the "Massively Singleplayer" mentality, which is what these people have. How do you think WoW got so big? You could level a toon all by yourself all that way to the endgame without grouping with a single being!! lol You couldnt do that on mmo's before almost!!! Thats the hot trend baby!! These games found a way to give these idiots the channel to play their singleplayer game "cuz they can't really handle other people" within a multiplayer experience.
It improved the control scheme and other gameplay elements but destroyed quality SP experiences as everyone tries to mimic the same formula of short and shallow campaigns combined with MP. Really, copycat publishers/devs are holding FPS games back but games like Bioshock show how good FPS games can be as SP experiences.
CoD didn't ruin anything. It's the imitators and carbon copies that saturate the genre that makes things feel ruined. Remember when all (war)FPS's was stuck in the WW2 era? We had a million articles and angry posters wanting something different. Then MW comes around and nails it big time. Everyone else soon follows. Remember when World at War dropped. People were like "WTF, WW2 again!?!" The point is CoD didn't ruin fps's, the many mediocre carbon copies did.
Call of Duty created mediocre carbon copies of itself, as well. Sorry, but it's hard to watch your competition put up the numbers that Call of Duty did and NOT want a piece of that pie, especially when you see that the games don't change much. I'll give props where props are due: CoD4 is a great title, and WaW at least didn't feel like the same game(it's my personal favorite). But everything after that has felt like a variant of one of those two. Anyway, I'm not getting into that again. Blame goes all around: to Call of Duty, the developers that copy them, and the customers that keep supporting Call of Duty and nothing else.
Customers buy COD because they enjoy it, why should people be blame for paying for something they enjoy ? That makes absolutely no sense.
You know how people always talk about a "sheep" mentality? Yeah, that would be why. Enjoying it is all well and good, except that they're content with what they have. It's the same old thing, but they're perfectly happy to play it and only it, especially since "all my friends will be playing it." How many people, even on this site, have you seen say they hate the game, but also admit they'll be getting it to play with their friends? You tell me how that mentality will change anything.
That doesn't apply it to everyone though, they're buying it for a reason whether it playing with friends or anything else, just like people buy games for only trophies beat it and leave it alone, regardless people have their reasons for buying it. Also you didn't specify that in your original post, you just categorize everyone in 1 category. Playing games with friends make it more enjoyable, which is why most buy it because they have someone to play it with.
I think that making video games a social fad is ruining video games in general. Video games don't appear to score or sell based on it's quality anymore...just popularity.