Let me start by saying I'm a fan of the CoD franchise, at least, I was until now.
I was never really into first person shooters until the release of Black Ops 1 when a friend suggested I try it, as you can imagine it was a new experience for me, and I loved it.
Eventually Battlefield 3 came out, and at first I wasn't interested, but the game was bought for me so I decided to try it. It wasn't really fun at first, since I had been comparing it my only other experience with the pure FPS genre at the time, BO1.
Then when MW3 came out, being a fan, I bought it instantly. I'll be honest, it wasn't spectacular, but I didn't mind it. Despite plenty of people saying it was "yet another copy and paste" it didn't feel that way to me, at least not entirely.
However, yesterday, I was given Black Ops 2 as a present, I was looking forward to playing it for a while, as I'd put off buying it myself for some time.
Everything became clear to me at that point, that the Call of Duty franchise is in a serious stagnation problem.
I was very disappointed with the game, and here's why :
- For a game with the budget of BO2, perhaps one of the biggest bugets in gaming history, it is UNACCEPTABLE that you are using a 13 year old quake 3 engine, it's simply inexcusable.
- The maps are still too small to give the game any pace other than "spray 'n pray".
- Camping problem wasn't addressed whatsoever, it's easier to camp in BO2 than it is in any previous game.
- Still NO focus on playing as a team, the CoD franchise needs to lose their lone wolf persona, it isn't attractive, it isn't fun - it's just isolationism due to lack of creativity.
I'm considering turning my copy of BO2 in and buying another game with it, the price tag at which it was purchased, is ludicrous when you take into account the sheer lack of features.
In this day and age, when you're competing with a game like Bf3 that is packed with incentive to play as a team, steady progression, huge maps and countless ways to approach any situation, the product that you are pumping out every year is simply not good enough.
In my eyes, Treyarch doesn't deserve 10% of the success that this release has garnished, infact, I would go as far to say that what they have produced is utterly embarrasing when compared to Battlefield 3.
Personally, when the next gen consoles are released, if I see that a new Call of Duty game is to be released and doesn't contain a new engine to rival that of frostbite 2, you can consider this customer gone for good.
Thanks for reading, opinions? Agree/disagree?