OPINION: Call of Duty is Boring and Needs to Change
This was actually a rather good write up on the series and agree with it. Now it's a matter of whether or not these opinions could and would be taken to heart by said developers to give us a more meaningful game. Well I guess meaningful is subjective so I guess chance of pace from what we have thus seen so far?
Uhhhh... Didn't they give MW3 a 9.0-9.5?
This is going to blow up O_o. Anyways, its not boring. Its a good solid game. Though if MW4 doesn't show noticeable improvements, then I'll have a problem with it.
Yeah they did but I have to agree with what @LOGICWINS said in another post. "Mitch Dyer is an individual person who has the opinion that COD is boring and needs to change. Anthony Gallegos, the person who reviewed MW3 for IGN, is an individual person who gave MW3 a 9. Websites don't give opinions or scores...people do" I'm soo pleased someone has the same mindset as me when it comes to this (though I did label the website who gave UC3 a 3/10 (or something like that) as 'a disgrace to journalism' - which, in fairness, it was. Was an awful review.
really? it wasn't boring for the last 4 years, but since the release of this one, it's gotten boring after 2 months? IGN is freaking brilliant -_- MAKE UP YOUR MIND
What do you expect? they go for the hits, this article attract hipster that are against the franchise and bros who play the f*** out of it = hits = profit!
IGN, the gaming site that constantly praises COD series and makes up reasons why COD rules, although nothing in series changed in the years, now thinks COD is boring? Did Activision forget to mail their monthly bribe?
I'd assume that one person doesn't speak for the whole of the staff. Just like one person of an organization does not necessarily mean that they embody the whole of it all.
Going by sales this shows that call of duty does not need to change and their just giving what the fans love.... you want it to change but you can also just go out an dbuy another franchise instead of asking developers to risk changing their very succesful franchise... My opionion is just go and play another IP and leave CoD to what it is... all fps are the same this gen so what does it matter what the title is?
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think this opinion piece was written by the same guy who reviewed MW3. IGN isn't like a newspaper where there's a consistent editorial line. They have a staff with a myriad of views. I think they need to communicate this fact more because audiences seem confused when stuff like this gets published, at seeming odds with the glowing reviews they give games like COD.
IGN is not only IGNorant but bi-polar too!
and it's from IGN too. if you really mean it, why don't you start bitching when the game launch and not give it a freakin 9! give it a 5 if you dare! but that ad money is too delicious to ignore, right? so fvck off IGN!
yes, it's total stupidity on the part of the media and the consumer. why would COD EVER change if they make a billion dollars every year off the franchise for keeping the same formula. consumers are such morons anymore. they spend all their money on the same only garbage, and rarely support the risk takers. it's kind of ruining gaming. i'll always be a gamer, but i'll enjoy fewer and fewer games every year as long as the braindead consumers keep shelling out money for tired franchises.
thats exactly what i was going to say....if cod is so boring why give the game such an amazing score
Hahahaha this guy is soooo going to get fired... I can just imagine Bobby raging in the IGN offices and yelling : We had a DEALLL!!! Remove this crap right this INSTANT!!!
At least we know someone over there has got their head screwed on the right way. To honest,I can understand why it's not changed and I don't want to be BF, they are different games and should stay different. My biggest issue with MW is not so much the lack of change but also the way it has become more and more broken with each game. Cod4 was not perfect by a long way, but when I play cod4 and compare it to a game of MW3 I do feel like I am playing a different game almost. I can still play and enjoy cod4, MW3 just frustrates me about a min or 2 after starting a game. If MW3 had the same sort of spawns system and better netcode (without the lag bullshit) even with the crap maps, weapon balance, quickscoping etc.. it would still feel like a much better game and I would prob still be able to bare playing it and heaven forbid actually enjoy a few games. As of right now I have hit level 30 on BF3 and unlocked my laser targetting for my tanks rockets. It feels like a whole new world has opened up to me. Now I am not sure I can see myself going back to MW again.
I quite playing COD and then just becosue of that I quite drugs (pot) and alcohol (drugs) :) it seems withou COD my life is without stress... lol
I think the three biggest points that I agree with are the Set-Pieces, Trivializing of Violence and the damn multiplayer. For one, the games are literally corridor shooters in disguise. Where always being told to follow someone was kind of ignored in 2007 because we were all too awestruck by the cinematic experience, its become a crutch for a series that has no idea how to give players any sort of autonomy. Its also become all so painfully obvious and expected to see your character get knocked down. Its not interesting anymore. Stop. Really. As for the second point, not to sound crazy, but the game doesnt even make it satisfying to shoot someone. Waves of baddies just kind of line up to be shot and fall over and thats it. If youre going to tell me to shoot someone, give it some impact. If youre going to tell me to kill someone important, give it some emotion. I have felt none of that since the COD4. Finally, the multiplayer. I really dont need to explain why this needs change but I will anyhow. Im tired of the same perks, Im tired of the mindlessness of it, Im tired of claustrophobic and cluttered maps with no flow, Im tired of retarded akimbo weapons, I dont give a damn about callsigns and most of all Im tired of one or two weapons being fucking unstoppable (Type 95 is a good example n MW3), totally making the large variety of weapons utterly pointless. /rant...good article.
Was with you until you complained about weapon unbalance. This is one of the biggest gripes I have about online communities. The weapons in game should be unbalanced, you know why? Because in real life they ARE unbalanced! Why should a FAL not be better than an AK? Why should a .50 BMG not be more powerful than a .223? I want weapons that are similar in destruction to their real life counterparts, not 30 different weapon skins with the same damage.
We're talking about a multiplayer game, not real life. And a game that had players sprinting around maps like idiots, killing people with one jab of a knife (sometimes from several feet away), double fisting machine guns (try doing that with precision in reality), recharging their health, quick scoping with sniper rifles, reloading at the speed of light (with the right perks), mowing down people with accuracy even from the hip, spraying their teammates with bullets and not killing them...the list goes on and the theme is this: Call of Duty is not a realistic game and therefor its not at all unreasonable to ask for weapon balance. Once again, having one weapon that owns everything else makes the variety of weapons pointless. You can still give guns character and have them be balanced. Plus, Im talking about weapons that are exploited most often, not the most powerful. You missed my point entirely.
@Jobesy that comment is gonna turn around and bite you in the ass one day. don't see how anyone would even agree with what you said. the problem with OP weapons is that people realize they're OP and then abuse them. so basically every other weapon in the game is useless. @snipes101 summed it up very well.
I've almost completely abandoned CoD. I play MW3 maybe 1% as often as BF3 (literally). I know I'm not alone. CoD multiplayer needs to be re-invented, or risk going the way of the dodo in the next couple of years.
@snipes101 The IGN article went in to deep. I just want to have a good FPS experience. It doesn't take rewriting the whole game to do so. There are fundamental mechanics issues plaguing MW3 that have not been addresses since MW. Everyone is pointing that out in the comments. Jason West and Vince Zampella would have addressed these issues had Activision not pressed for the subscription based crap that the game is now. With a freaking flood of boring maps coming at you. Bullshit!! The FPS of choice is now Battlefield 3 and GOW3 I believe Jason and Vince understood the ill fated direction COD was heading. With better leadership (sans Kotick) fans of the franchise wouldn't be complaining right now.
@AC130... Dont think Im so naive, I know that. My point (and the articles point...you should probably read it), was that the game just tries to shock you with its violence and make it seem "gritty" or "shocking" or "realistic." The massacre level in MW2, the child getting blasted in MW3, the countless times you sneak up behind someone and drive a dagger into their throat...its all just there for shock value and its getting old; you cant tell theyre trying. They show it just to show it. At least ultra violent games like Bulletstorm are parodic and not presented in such a serious manner. To use an example from movies, if you ever watch the movie "Drive," you'll see what I'm talking about. You will get nervous every time something violent is about to happen because it is used so effectively. In CoD, it just comes off as some low brow michael bay bullshit aiming for a little controversy. CoD's not the first game to do this, but its certainly the most popular one to.
if they wanted to aim for realism, they would at least not neuter the shotguns so much. i know many people hate the stryker already, but in real life birdshots go at least 40 yards. in this game, i can get 3-4 hit markers with one of the shotguns just for the guy to turn around and merk my ass. not only that, there are some ranges that embarrassingly doesn't even reach the target. i know this is for the sake of balancing, but for crying out loud all the other guns are pretty much super powerful. the assault rifles especially; you will get raped by an ACR/Type 95/Mk14 from mid to long range.
What makes you think they are even sort of trying for realism? If you want even a remote sense of realism, you're playing the wrong franchise. Also, sure, you could hit a guy with birdshot from 40 yards...but it won't kill him. Besides, real life doesn't have killstreaks, either...I'd say there are bigger realism issues than the shotgun.
I prestiged 3 times in MW1 and I've been sick of COD since. It's the same rinse and repeat gameplay. Camp squirt squirt squirt, automated killstreak prize, squirt squirt squirt, automated killstreak prize, squirt squirt, automated killstreak prize, die. rinse repeat until you get sick of the gameplay.
agree I played MW1 alot on my pc it was really good, the next war shooter for me was world at war (ps3) and then i didnt touch one until BF3 and that game i really enjoyed and love the multiplayer then i thought i would hire out MW3 and it was aweful on my review scale it wouldve gotten a 5 at best 5 meaning average.
the game is actually fun (aside from some game issues) but they really do need to change up the formula. i mean this is the 5th game since COD4 that has followed the same exact formula, and now that black ops 2 is coming out, they really need to evolve the series somehow.
Stopped playing after MW2. There is no point, the story was finished. From there on we have a story which is wishy washy. Once they give me a story with a trailer like MW2 Iam in. The industry is on a verge of a lack of creativity bubble and the leader is Activition. Cash cow thinking will kill this industry.
The IGN comments speak for themselve; "BEST IGN ARTICLE EVER!" "MOST ACCURATE IGN ARTICLE EVER!" "It's about time IGN admitted this" "This isn't an opinion, it's fact." "Agreed." Yup. Agreed.
Still every commenter got a cod copy at home
Meanwhile @ IGN HQ -"So, how about your article?" -"[email protected] fall so fast, lol" -"this s*** generates loads of hits!" -"yeah lol, this year, we give the GOTY to MW4, same people will be all over us, then we wait 1 month and make a new article bashing MW4, muahaha" -" $_$ " -"muahaha... muahahaha"
its true the more hits a site generates the better, the more chance their advertising has of generating revenue
Thats why I play CoD4 on PC. Cause it's still the best
Yep, unfortunately it's the truth. A once-great series has now lowered itself to doing the bare minimum for the maximum money.
Obvious statement is obvious.
It does need to change... but it isn't boring.
I agree. MW4 will be the deciding factor for me. If it stays the same, then I will be disappointed. But it certainly isn't boring.
Didnt read the above article because I wanted to answer the elephant in the room. The fact is so many people buy this game each year...more so than many other titles, changes must be thoroughly discussed & tested. Cod has blops 2 coming this November. It'll be a slight improvement on blops. But people will buy it in droves! A small vocal minority are all that truly cares for a overhaul & change of pace.
Sooner or later the sales for cod will slow and then eventually die. Take tony hawks as an example, back in the day that looked unstoppable but by the end of the ps2 era it was finished! Games franchises come and go and it will be cods turn sooner or later, trust me.
You know...Guitar Hero followed the same formula and released in great numbers. Arguably, they had a quicker burnout, but they also had a higher ration of releases per year. That said, CoD is certainly built in the same business model...but spread out in such a way that most of the folks buying this game forget by the time the next releases, so it's a moot point to ask for change... ...no matter how much I (or others) would like to see it.
While the mp has got very boring the sp is still better than the likes of BF3, Cod is its own worst enemy! It's been milked to death with the yearly updates.
BF3‘s campaign was utterly boring as far as the actual playing went. However, BF3's story was much more entertaining and intellectually thought out.
I don't buy Treyarch games and I know many others like myself. MW has been a great series for the most part. Treyarch is what is wrong with COD imo, they do some great things but do much more wrong and cater to an audience that doesn't appeal to me at all. I don't care for much they do gameplay/gamemode wise and find it a waste but many people love the shit out of it and prefer it over the MW series all day. COD in general has the most diverse audience of any game out there, I still don't get why so many try to lump us together into one stereotype???
i thought the black ops campaign was surperior to MW i knoe im in the minority but i just enjoy the whole undercover black ops of it all
COD needs to change period. Its been 5 installments and nothing is different accept for the kill streaks and perks being renamed.
Really? MW2 from CoD4 wasn't a noticeable difference? Whether you like it or not is different but it WAS A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE. Blops playes differently from MW2. NOTICEABLE difference again. MW2 and MW3 are identical. But hey its a sequel. And they sure as hell balanced the crap out of that one. Its not unbalanced like MW2 was.
Come on man when you really get down to it has COD really changed all that much? Locations may have changed but the core gameplay and graphics have stayed largely the same across all CODs, balance? give me a break its still the most unbalanced game on the market, MW3 did nothing to progress the series and has even worse spawns than previous installments and the most shitty maps to come to a COD game. Now im not talking about changing the series completely so its a entirely different game but what it really needs is a upgrade in the engine, graphics, lighting, sound, destruction, and animations.
it is getting reaaaallllllyyyyyyy old. I hate the animations they use in CoD games now. Everything is all fuzzy even on my friend's HD tv. the rendering distance of the engine is about 10 ft and everything else is just a bunch of low res textures. Most of the guns sound terrible cept maybe the magnum. They did mildly upgrade the MW3 campaign's lighting but not the multiplayer. I mean if its ur 1st CoD ull think its GREAT! but if its ur 3rd-5th CoD this gen it gets sooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. I've played every single CoD and theyre so bad now. I hate what IW's become. Trey Arch use to be their lil brother company now theyre the ones improving the game more! and the fanboys hate Trey Arch and want more of the same next yr itll b 2 billion $ release week and ill cry for fps's everywhere.
i agree cod is boring as hell, but it sounds like he wants cod to be more like battlefield. whats the point there very different games. give me better maps and perks bring back zombies and ill be happy
Really? OK, i'm gonna get bashed by saying this, but I'll say it anyway: COD it's not boring, and it doesnt need to change that much. First of all, it's a military shooter, and lets be honest: You cant add or substract much from that kind of game. Change the story, change locations, guns, and that's pretty much all. Plus, thay cant just go and say "we can make it with cel shaded style". It just doesnt work that way. The real problem is, EVERYTHING will get boring with an anual release, even I get bored of my favorite food if I eat with a daily basis (and no, COD it's not my favorite game). What COD need isn't a change, it needs a break; release the games with 3 year between one and another, release story expansions and MP maps in that time, and get some new game (or a sequel from another game) in that time.
Let's say my favorite food is pizza. I eat a lot of it. I get bored of it. Now what do I do? I eat something else. If Call of Duty doesn't change, everyone else eventually will.
Am I the only one who thought you said "EVERYTHING will get boring with an anal release"? I had to read that a few times
You made me check my own comment. Twice.
to be honest mw3 was a blast it wasn't as good as mw2 or mw1 BUT................. the game need a complete UPGRADE, new engine, new gameplay mechanics, interactive levels instead of going from point A to point B, new animation system like in RAGE not that canned BS
interesting post. I've never thought about the physics engine of RAGE, (and how that type of engine could benifit CoD) For instance, engines in R* games (GTA, RDR, MP3) all have a real-time physics so that each death/shot is rendered in real-time; generating a unique animation for each kill. This should be implemented into more FPSs.
yes gta 4's EUPHORIA physics was unbelievable and so was ID TECH 5's physics system seen in rage
*SLOW CLAP* IGN wins 2012's "DUH Award". Excellence in gaming journalism to point out what everyone knew and what everyone has been saying FOR AWHILE NOW.
This and the fact that their reviews contradict what they are saying........................ ............................... ...............seriously, who's buying this?
MW3 WAS fun. Not so much anymore. Not even downloading the map packs. I highly doubt i`ll be picking up the next COD unless changes are made.
Any game can become boring if you play it enough, the reason people think COD is boring is because they play it far too long. Most people put days and weeks and sometimes months into the games. Every genre has it's repetitive natures, Gears Of War plays like Gears Of War, God Of War plays like God Of War. Their is a reason people play and like these games, if you changed up what was familiar about them people wouldn't like it. 20+ million each year buy COD, there is a reason. Even if the people here at N4G don't like it. Last I checked, N4G is the MINORITY in a big, big way. Hell the N4G crowd were the majority then the PS3 would have sold a bazillion units, and every Sony product is a "Day one buy". lol
I agree that playing a game for days, weeks, or months at a time leads to gaming fatigue for specific titles. However, the challenge of the developer is to overcome that obstacle with providing innovative and fresh gameplay ideas that should provide longevity for the game. That is the issue with COD. The "sameness" of the series (especially in the MP aspect) has caused a burnout of sorts. Partly due to the annual releases and partly due to the repetition. COD sells, in part, because it is the new, "IT" thing to play. People buy it just because their friends have purchased it and that's what they all play. It's become the FPS version of Madden...big promises...minor changes...it's okay cuz next year it will be different. This is NOT to say that it is a poor game. It's just getting a bit tedious. As for N4G being a minority...this is true. But, even a vocal minority should have to option to be heard and understood.
IGN is a little late to the COD hate party
If you've been playing every COD game since at least 4? Yes, you're probably bored of the series by now. You burnt yourself out and its your fault. If you're a new fan like me. You're still enjoying the games. @Gamer-Z -Dude not everything is about graphics. I play COD for FUN, not eye candy. You want new engine and fancy graphics? Wait for next-gen consoles. It's just not possible on current consoles at 60FPS. @sikbeta -True. IGN knows there's a lot of hipsters(i call them trolls) on the internt. Wouldn't be surprised if this article generates the most traffic this month. @MariaHelFutura Yes they gave it a 9 and it deserves it too. You have to take into account that COD isn't just for the hardcore gamer. You have to take into account how this game will feel like to a new player, and its a solid 9. @Dazel I disagree. MP isn't boring. I haven't played it in weeks, but that's because I'm busy with other single player games. If you think COD MP is boring, I'd hate to think what you think of all those other MP games out there since they're basically COD clones.
COD is as dull as fuck, most boring game on the shelf.
At first I was pumped for MW3 because I liked the other CoDs, but I'm gonna go ahead and agree with the title, I'm so bored of it now. The graphics look like crap, the gameplay is the same as it's always been and there's only a few new features. I used to try to convince myself and others that it was still fun, but sadly, it's just not what it used to be. Plus, I think I'm maturing a little more and getting into better games now. I just can't stand run, bang bang, run, bang bang, run anymore. I wanna think a little more about what I'm doing and thus getting kills or completing tasks will be more rewarding. Imagine a day when Call of Duty is hard... then if you get kills, you're actually skilled instead of seeing almost everyone getting 20+ kills per game.
I've played MW2 on the PS3 and Xbox, and out of those both experiences I got this: It's a simple arcade shooter, hailed exactly for that reason. It has turned into a mainstream shooter that teens, jocks, "thugs", etc. play and think it's the best game ever made. Microsoft was smart in staying close to Activision, them pairing up headsets with their consoles and with the typical depth-less shooter you get a lot of lemmings lining up to pay you their hard earned money.... All entertainment industries work like this.