I’ve been playing Call of Duty since the first one came out. I’m a big fan of WW2 based games, so naturally I loved the first two Call Of Duty games.
Then came Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty 3. By this time the franchise was starting to become a bit much. I didn’t bother buying either of them. I had had enough of the same old Nazi fighting action.
I didn’t bother with Call of Duty: Roads To Victory. I’ve never really been into handhelds, so the game didn’t really appeal to me.
Then Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare came out. I thought that it was a nice change of pace. Breaking away from the WW2 flooded game market gave the game a very fresh feel. CoD 4 blew me away. Today it’s still one of my favourite games and I occasionally go back and play it. Excessive use of Noob tubes was annoying, but this was the first time I’d experienced it. This strategy scoffed at me, and my friends would make fun of people adopting that play style. Other than that issue though, I really only have good things to say about CoD.
The level design was top notch; it hosted a very competitive community and had a wide variety of weapons. The game was really a risk. The franchise was finally breaking away from its WW2 roots. This gamble totally paid off for Infinity Ward and I feel that was the last real risk they’ve taken.
Next in the series came Call of Duty World at War. The game’s zombie mode was by far the best part of the game for me. As for the multiplayer, aside from the tanks, I also enjoyed that aspect of the game. ‘A bit of a regression’ I thought. I was hoping for another modern game but the zombies and competitive nature kept me anchored in.
Then came Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. This is when I started to get a little annoyed. There are changes to the franchise’s formula but it feels all too similar; like I’ve played the game many times before.( Seeing as I had something ridiculous like a dozen days played on CoD 4, that really isn’t an understatement.) I kept playing it though because everyone I knew was playing it. Spec ops missions were a lot of fun.
Then there was Call of Duty Black Ops. The zombies kept me playing but I grew tired of the same old frustrations carried over from the franchise’s other games. Noob tube is still in the game? Still rage quitting over spawning issues? Every November there’s another game that feels and plays pretty much exactly the same.
Now we’ve got Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 coming out. It looks alot like COD 4 with slightly better graphics.
So let’s get into the role of the CoD gods here. There’s no need to be imaginative at all… nope… let’s keep recycling the same old thing. If it works, there’s no need to fix it. Let’s go through our checklist for the next game. Everybody liked spec ops… ok, let’s add that in there. Everyone loves the survival/horde style modes… lets add that. Everybody likes our game. See, we have ground breaking sale’s numbers yet again. We don’t have to change a damn thing. Let’s keep putting out the same recycled shit over and over again every year.
We’ll change a few minor gameplay elements here and there for the marketing department’s sake and guess what? We don’t have a problem eating up the same recycled game every year. Let’s not be on the studio for its total and complete lack of innovation. All the CoD gods deserve is praise.
It’s not just Call of Duty that you have to worry about. If you take a look at my other article, there’s a real barrage of first person shooters coming out right now and they are all very similar.
Why? Because of the success of the Call Of Duty franchise.
So you now have a whole bunch of studios producing first person shooters, trying to jump on the band wagon. Here’s a short list:
Medal of Honour
Left for Dead
Seem a little excessive to you?
Granted, not every one is exactly like Call of Duty, but if you pay close attention you can find a little CoD in almost all of those titles. Play online multiplayer in any of these games and try to find something that isn’t similar to the CoD games. Good luck.
Iron Sights - With the exception of LFD the iron sights look a little too similar
Blood effect- it’s present in just about all of them and the game modes are very similar
Similar Control Schemes
Character classes or customizations (load outs)
Perks- Juggernaut, Slight of Hand etc.
I’m not saying there needs to be an ever evolving set of original ideas in gaming, binging unique content over and over again and rolling over classics that people enjoy. What I am saying is that MW3 will be the eleventh CoD game. We’re buying the same old rcylced CoD game no one seems to have a problem with it. Other studios see this and say, hey we don’t have to work to come up with something original. CoD fans are just buying the same game over and over again and it works. Lets do that too. Let’s come out with a new similar looking game every year to make money.
It’s time to stand up and do something about this before it gets worse. When Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 comes out, don’t bother picking it up. There’ll be plenty of other games to play. Show the studios that we’ve had enough of these recycled peices of shit hitting shelves every November. Show them that we’re more than just mindless gamers who are willing to fork over our hard earned cash for something for the same thing. Don’t waste your money, your time, or your sanity on another bullshit death. I’ll be the one standing there laughing and saying, “I told you so.” I won’t be the only one, Patrick and Daniel will be chuckling right along with me.