Alright look, ill be honest, im a cod hater. Take that for what you will, but plain and simple I find the franchise grossly overrated. I’m somewhat jealous of the success that encompasses the game more than what the actual game entails. I hate on cod solely because it has the power to sell millions and millions of copies day 1 while my all time favorite game franchises barely break the 500,000 lifetime achievement award. I have always refused to accept or even play cod mainly due to popularity alone and my somewhat skewed morals of acceptance with this series. For some reason there is always an immense pressure to play a call of duty title. I guess it’s due to the fact that every gamer, relative, cousin and friend owns the game or has at least played it once. I have been constantly bombarded with psn requests stating “would you like to play black ops?” since release day, which only infuriates me as they can clearly see I have never played the game. Yet, I am constantly spammed with invites as if they gain some sort of recruitment reward if I join. Well I can only take so much and I decided to rent the game that is black ops.
I didn’t know what to expect going into black ops as the world of call of duty is still very new to me. I played big red one on the ps2 and that was truly the last time I have picked up a cod game until now. I remember hearing about mw2 like it was the second coming, then playing it at a friend’s house and becoming more angered that I had ever been in my entire life. For me mw2 was the bottom of the barrel as far as games were concerned. It was crude, cheap, rough around the edges and generally speaking, a disaster. I could not stand mw2 so I expected the same results with black ops, but something happened. As I sat there playing black ops I realized something, call of duty is a fantastic franchise. Even more so, it’s a game that’s miles ahead of every fps multiplayer on the market. It truly is in a league of its own and I now regret on not giving modern warfare 2 a chance.
To be clear im not saying it’s the best FPS multiplayer you could possibly play cause it’s not. What im saying is that the sheer amount of content included on the disk is something I don’t generally see. This is where I was taken back and somewhat thrilled at the same time. I was looking at like 14 maps and around 15+ games modes once I got into things, not including the variant tweaks on existing game modes. This was something I couldn’t comprehend. I may seem like a kid on Christmas day here, but why can’t more games include vast content and follow this model? Is the milking of dlc far more important than the fanbase? Sure, cod isn’t one to talk with their overpriced map packs and all, but when you have an abundance of content day 1 those other map packs are merely bonuses for those who want to enjoy it. I feel like other games make the buying of content a necessity due to the game having a bare minimum on release day. I also find the repetitive nature of multiplayer somewhat daunting and rarely can it keep my interest. I can only play the same map and game mode so many times before I leave the game behind and I have yet to reach that point with black ops.
I retract all the hate I once had for the franchise as I now realize where the appeal comes from. Its fast paced, addicting and above all enjoyable in more than 1 aspect. My biggest gripe, complaint and argument for this gen has always been about content whether that be for single player or multiplayer. Gamers complain about graphics, but to me I could care less. Nothing annoys me more than when I see 8 maps and 2 modes with dlc a month down the line. It’s like call of duty has taken every complaint I’ve ever had about multiplayer, made the opposite and packaged it on a disc for me to enjoy. It’s a game that keeps its self from going stale and now I realize why the fanbase is so large. There are other reasons for sure, but I see the content aspect as the biggest selling point amidst dlc and online passes.
Sure it’s not the most graphically intense game on the market but would a shiny coat of paint actually change the game? I mean I already see the overwhelming hate for mw3 stating that it’s merely a copy and paste of cod4/mw2 and so on. I was the biggest follower and believer of this sort of mob mentality but in essence you are correct and I accept that. It’s not like they have overhauled the gameplay or graphics so essentially you are getting an updated mw2 and im fine with that. The true core of the game, like stated before, lies in the content. New spec ops, new maps, new weapons, new game modes, new killstreaks and so on which is what I truly can’t wait for. If more developers could follow what call of duty is doing in content, not in gameplay, maybe the fanbase would stick around, maybe I would still be playing your game or maybe you would sell more map packs in general . Who knows, all I can say is I welcome activision and infinity ward into my living room on November 8th and I couldn’t be more excited.
In the grand scope of things my opinion means very little, but thanks for taking the time to read this post.