Call of Duty. It’s one of the biggest most popular game franchise in existence. Naturally, It also happens to be one of the most controversial as well! I want to clarify that this isn’t going to be a Call of Duty hate article. There are already plenty of those! This is simply going to be an article were I share how I feel about the series, and my thoughts on the next upcoming installment. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s begin!
Interestingly enough, I hadn’t played a Call of Duty game until Call of Duty: Black ops. The reason being I didn’t own a current console until well into their life cycles, a fact you may remember from my first post! Of course, I got hooked. Black Ops, MW3, and Black Ops 2 were my jam. I personally find it rather ironic that I got into Call of Duty around the same time people started disliking it! Apparently I had just missed the golden age. Regardless I enjoyed them.
I’m not gonna lie, I had fun with my little Call of Duty romp. The game was smooth, fast paced, addicting, and most importantly: fun to play. Not to mention the zombie mode, oh man was I into the zombie game mode! I was one of those people who spent hours running in circles trying to beat my old high scores. Like I said, it was fun, and that’s all I cared about. My Call of Duty experience didn’t begin to go stale until Call of Duty: Ghosts. That was the first time I’d say I was ever really a part of the “Call of Duty cycle” if you will.
It wasn’t completely Ghost’s fault of course. At the same time I started getting back into other games like Battlefield and Warframe. I started to find I was growing increasingly bored with Ghosts, the game was just a resounding “meh.” Compared to all these new games I was getting into, it was even worse! I found that the game frequently annoyed me, that I was ending every game session by rage quitting. Perhaps most importantly, I began to realize how terrible the player base was, compared to any of the other games I played. The main reason I played Call of Duty was to have fun, and I just wasn’t having fun anymore. Call of Duty’s star was fading, for me.
Now of course, it’s time for Advanced Warfare! So the question is, will I buy it? I’ll say this, I’m certainly less enamored with Call of Duty at this point. I’ve rediscovered that I prefer other game experiences, and other player bases. Now, there’s still a chance I might pick it up. If I grow tired of Destiny, or any of the other games I’ll be picking up this year, then I’ll certainly give it a chance. After all, it’s a new set of developers, maybe they’ll shake things up? Advanced Warfare isn’t at the stop of any of my most anticipated game lists, but I still may cave in.
I apologize is this came off as regular old Call of Duty hate, I was only expressing my opinions. So what are your thoughts on the Call of Duty Franchise? Will you be picking up Advanced Warfare? Let me know in the comments!