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Submitted by Kran 1375d ago | opinion piece

Don't Trust A Game and It's Trailers

Charlie writes:

"Oh yippee. Another Call of Duty is being released; that brings the total to… 8 Call of Duty’s in 7 years. It’s quite interesting too, because I’ve been finding some articles stating that Call of Duty: Black Ops II could quite be the best of the franchise yet. But isn’t that what they said with Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops 1, and Modern Warfare 3? The one thing that other article writers are taking this fact from is purely from the trailer. But it’s all too often that many gamers are fooled into buying the game just because they think the game looks awesome from it’s trailer." (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Xbox 360)

aviator189  +   1375d ago
I know I'll probably get bashed for saying this here, but CoD trailers always have been excellent and the music always clicks at the right segments. The B Ops 2 trailer was no exception. I applaud Treyarch for taking the franchise in a risky territory but I feel it's a change that was needed for the annual franchise. Though, I'm still approaching this title with caution as the futuristic setting may just be a layer of paint over the usual CoD features and gameplay.

Though, the story might be exciting.
Kran  +   1375d ago
I will hand it to the developers of the CoD games; the trailers do make a CoD game look brilliant. But the actual final product isn't.
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BattleAxe  +   1375d ago
I don't think that CoD games are bad, I just think everyone is burnt out by the yearly release schedule. People are also tired of buying map packs all the time. I think that Activision should go to a 2 year release cycle if they want this franchise to stay alive. I won't be buying a CoD game for at least another 2 or 3 years. My two favorite shooters right now are Bad Company 2 and Killzone 3 Multiplayer which just got released on PSN for $14.99. Bad Company 2 just got released as a PSN download for $19.99. I'll probably just keep playing these for another year for my online shooter fix. I might buy StarHawk and Ghost recon: Future Soldier also.
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Ravenor  +   1375d ago
Jeff Gerstmann got to go to Treyarch to take a look at what they had been doing, surprisingly all they showed was SP. Branching stories AND a more open ended approach to level design could really improve this CoD over MW3.

Plus you go to the 80's....maybe explain why Woods is still alive in this trailer.
EeJLP-  +   1375d ago
Strongly disagreed with Battleaxe. Keep em coming. They're plenty playable for Campaign, Specs Ops, Zombies, etc. at the sub $20 range. Just don't be a sucker paying $60 + map packs every year and you'll be alright. I think the MP is the biggest trash since moldy sliced bread, but again, the rest is plenty playable once the price comes down.

I doubt they're worried about the franchise surviving if it's basically the best selling game every single year and they're not going to cut half their revenue by going to a 2yr cycle.
FACTUAL evidence  +   1375d ago
"Don't be fooled by a game and their trailers"

Learned my lesson from Dead Island.
Corax  +   1375d ago
@BattleAxe I do agree with you in some way but lets be realistic. People are not tired of COD releasing every year, people are not tired of buying map packs for COD, it'll be stupid for them to come out every 2 years if they make money every year just by releasing a new game. I do understand where you're coming from and I to would think people would want something different, I mean can people really be that daft to pay for a $60 game year around plus map packs and now $60 more if they choose for COD Elite. I don't like or play the series any more but I do know millions of people are playing it everyday. I don't know if Activision learned from Guitar Hero but we'll soon find out with COD.
THESONYPS3  +   1375d ago
keep your opinions to yourself, many people love cod (ive had all) sure they are repetative and dont explore much new things but its a fun game that many gamers like. Im sure your gonna say battlefields way better, but in others opions its a worse version of bc2 with improved graphics. But guess what graphics dont make a game and besides bf3 on console doesnt look that good, its only good on pc. Well i should already know that this is N4G (full of bf fanboys) and I like both games and none are bad it just annoys me how you dislike one thing that many like and say something the other people and like and think your right. Just dont be idiotic next time, aye?
Downtown boogey  +   1375d ago
The trailer portrays the changes very quite poorly. In the associated interviews the matter is much more elaborated upon.
humbleopinion  +   1375d ago
Exactly. Well said!

I don't think anyone got overly hyped by the visuals on the trailer, perhaps just slightly by some of the change of settings.
It is in fact the information that started dripping about the side quest structure of the game that seems like this game will be a fresh of breath air on the series.
user5467007  +   1375d ago
I hate the game trailers of games which have multiplayer where it shows you a team of friends or even strangers working together like a proper squad...which would never really happen since nearly everyone is every man for themselfs.

I can't help but shake my head and think "*t"
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SKullDugger  +   1375d ago
Yeah and people complained about Ghost Recon Future Solider, But COD boys will not say a word about this!!!
MrMister  +   1375d ago
I HATE Cod. Heck, I was the guy going around on the internet saying "COD = Children's Online Daycare". However, I dont see how anyone liking COD or hating it has anything to do with Ghost Recon FS. I only love tactical games--I played mostly Metal Gear Online and Battlefield 3 for my action fix. But I got the GRFS Beta early, and it SUCKS. Forget the bugs and glitches--it's just the core gameplay mechanics that suck. I dont have to like COD just to see that GRFS is a poor product. I waited in anticipation for a whole year since they kept cancelling it before: And now I come away dissapointed. This game does not feel like it's been in developement for as long as they say it's been. It feels like it was cheaply passed on between developement teams.
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DeadSpaced  +   1374d ago
You know what I want to see? Squads in CoD like in BF3. I'm not going to sing praises over bf3 but I will say this. It definitely made me thing more like I was part of a squad.
tigertron  +   1375d ago
I love and hate trailers at the same time, because sometimes they get you hyped and the final product can be dissapointing. It shows the marketing departments have done their jobs well. Although that said sometimes they do bad trailers for good products. (When I mean products I mean games and films...for want of a better word).
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Kamikaze135  +   1375d ago
Never. Trailers only highlight the good moments in a game and there is no telling how many of those good moments there actually are through the entire game. I always wait for feedback from gamers before buying a game.
TekoIie  +   1375d ago
Reminds me of the MOH 2010 trailer where nothing in one of the trailers EVER happened in the full game lol
DigitalAnalog  +   1375d ago
Trailers are too generic nowadays. If it wasn't for the game's graphics, it would have been no different than what films are doing nowadays.

Blastoise  +   1375d ago
Dead Island
venomcarnage89  +   1375d ago
Dragon Age 2
SKUD  +   1375d ago
Alan Wake
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ritsuka666  +   1375d ago
Not forget Resident Evil 6 too...
WitWolfy  +   1375d ago
Mass Effect 3... Yeah I just went there!!!
Rampaged Death  +   1375d ago
What else can we go on ? Previews ??? No thanks.
Kran  +   1375d ago
I prefer:

Video Previews
Demos you can try at conventions
Beginning Of... videos
Rampaged Death  +   1375d ago
2 of those 3 are still videos.
SilentNegotiator  +   1375d ago
Trailers -> Effort by marketing department to get you to buy their game.

Preview -> Effort by people getting money from publishers to not piss anyone off, even if they end up giving it a (comparatively) bad score.

Although previews seem to have more gameplay, at least.

Just wait for raw gameplay. It'll tend to tell you all that you need to know.
SageHonor  +   1375d ago
I just wait until I see developer diaries and gameplay vids and demos
GraveLord  +   1375d ago
How ignorant. I'm not going to buy Black Ops 2 purely because of the trailer.,
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will be the best selling game this year. Does this make you rage?
ACBAA  +   1375d ago
pretty much this, the author is absolutely furious that cod is making the money while they probably cant afford to pay for their website
nik666uk  +   1375d ago
Makes me laugh when people watch pre rendered trailers and say "Wow day 1 buy for me!!!
nik666uk  +   1375d ago
The disagrees I get are from people who do it!!!!
Colmshan1990  +   1375d ago
I must say that the only one of the games mentioned as disappointing on that list which was actually disappointing to me was Dead Island.
I loved Uncharted: Golden Abyss and LA Noire.
I liked Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops about as much as I expected to, I'm not the biggest fan of first person shooters, but they were enjoyable enough.

I do dislike seeing pre-rendered trailers though, they often have nothing to do with the game- best example being Dead Island.

It's why I haven't gotten excited about Dishonoured yet.
ginsunuva  +   1375d ago
Teens always go, " OMGeez did u see dat new trail0rz for teh Cod? It looked sooooo sick! There were guns, and then it did the big boom, and asplosionz! Ima ask my mom for moneys to preorder right now"
DeadSpaced  +   1374d ago
I actually found that offensive. Many teenagers have jobs, and don't ask their parents for money. Also, downplaying someone's intelligence due to a single contributing factor is moronic.

Before you ask, yes. This infuriated me.
Donnywho  +   1375d ago
Just wondering why all the people who hate this game are talking about it so much. I saw the trailers, liked the new direction and moved on. How can you still be writing about something you hate...? Seems like self torture
chukamachine  +   1375d ago
I thought the trailer was crap tbh,lol.

Went to see avengers in 3d today.

Fking awesome.
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supersonicjerry  +   1375d ago
COD is fast paced which makes it fun and competitive. Have close friends also make it fun. Zombies is what is going to make this game sell a lot with 8 people and big maps for it and 3arc is the company that actually tries to fix the game unlike IW and Sledge.
Gamer-Z  +   1375d ago
Its not really that fast anymore, i found BF3 to be way more faster than MW3 and a lot more action packed. Besides the speed and movement being super sluggish the spawns are ridiculously awful and everybody just camps for kill streaks, i swear instead of the game being fun it feels like its made to piss you off.
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supersonicjerry  +   1375d ago
Yes MW3 is like slow paced but I don't really like BF3 like that ether. I would rather play COD4 and BFBC2. BF3 on console is just terrible and MW3 just have campers and a lot of things that ruin the Public mulitiplayer.
momthemeatloaf  +   1374d ago
Fast = repetitive = instant high = gets boring quick
supersonicjerry  +   1374d ago
I have friends that make it fun and we mess around. I also have other games to play also its not like everybody only plays MW3. Playing GameBattles if you're competitive also adds more fun to it.
theeg  +   1375d ago
at least they were honest with how terrible the graphics are going to look....i mean it's right there in the trailer, it looks like exactly what it is, 8 year old console gameplay.

games like dragon age, mass effect, ect show these awesome trailers and then the console versions look like they were made 8 years ago and the pc versions look like there were made 4 years ago

at least we know call of duty blops 2 will look exactly the same as the last 4 games on each respective platform
ElementX  +   1375d ago
I can't believe people approved this article with such an improper title.
mananimal  +   1375d ago
"Don't Be Fooled By A Game And Their Trailers": uhmmm Duh?
PinkPartyPony  +   1375d ago
"The one thing that other article writers are taking this fact from is purely from the trailer. "

Yeah.. no. Treyarch had a screening for gaming sites a few days before release. The trailer's an after thought now, every article I've see is about what they learned from that visit.

"For months after that, we saw nothing; no gameplay, no images apart from the trick ones we were given, nothing. All was quiet until it got closer to the games release. "

I saw plenty of gameplay right the trailer was released.

Saw a juicy 15 minute long entire gameplay trailer.

"Well I hope you all learned a lesson or two. Don’t assume Black Ops II will be a game changer just from it’s trailer, because it probably won’t."

Only an idiot would do that. It's too early to tell one way or the other.
BuckyBarnes  +   1375d ago
I think if the trailer showed the piss poor graphics of online, nobody would play. But every year people think it will be better and somehow it always get worse. Look at Modern Warfare compared to mw2 and 3. Not even a comparison.
ReconHope  +   1375d ago
Was kind of hoping they would go back in time not forward in time.
MeatAbstract  +   1375d ago
Doesn't matter. People will continue to buy CoD. They don't even need a trailer, they could just half heartedly say 'yeah, it's coming' and CoD fans will still buy it.

This is because activision have their fans by the balls. You have a group of friends that play regulary. It's a fun social game, easy to play, your mates can sit around and have a laugh on XBL or whatever you play on. All it takes is one or two friends to pop online and say 'we caved in, we bought the new CoD!' so then the other people still playing the old CoD buy the new one as well. It's the same with the map packs. And then theres people that only buy CoD and sports game every year.

So yeah, doesn't matter if theres no trailer or the game is mediocre or whatever, people will buy it.
PixL  +   1375d ago
1. Another COD trailer is released.
2. People are excited.
3. Game is released. Laggy gameplay, lots of bugs. Short SP with ridiculous story.
4. People complain and curse Activision.
5. Go to 1.

I can't imagine how people can be that naive. I understand that millions of casuals just don't care. But there are lots of people here who can and play other games and have a comparison. Is following the crowd so strong?
JRoyale  +   1375d ago
I cant believe how many many people hate on cod just because its popular.
Gamer-Z  +   1375d ago
Its hated for a lot and mean lot of good reasons but least of all for it being popular.
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JRoyale  +   1374d ago
@Gamer-Z if being popular is the least reason then why not complain about the quality of Titanic Mystery for the DS?
WitWolfy  +   1375d ago

Now that made me chuckle a bit
J86blum  +   1375d ago
I like the new Sonic trailer making it look like Outrun.
artdafoo  +   1375d ago
Shit, I wasn't misled one bit by the Wack Ops 2 trailer, it looked MW3 but instead of Russians it had Robots. Other than it looked like the same old COD game, I feel sorry for the blind fanboys who think this is some great leap ahead, sorry kids it's not. Just another re-skin job from your big uncle Bobby Nodick.
_LarZen_  +   1375d ago
The article writer is a angry sad little dick, nothing more needed to say about this realy.
Tzuno  +   1375d ago
Those that are fooled are daily brainless zombies that eat, poop and sleep and wake up the next day to repeat the cycle.
0neShot  +   1371d ago
Another idiotic opinion from a stupid writer coming from an unknown kiddie website, WTF! No fckin credibility whatsoever

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