Here’s a game that no matter how much people praise or talk trash about, it never goes away. That game is Call of Duty and this is an opinion piece on how I personally think Call of Duty desperately needs some time off from the gaming industry.
There is no denying that Call of Duty is an absolute powerhouse of a gaming franchise. Every year we see a new release and every year millions rush to buy it. Many of those very same people more often than not end up slating the newest iteration and end up saying it needs to go back to its roots. I have been loyal to Call of Duty since Call of Duty 3 and personally, while I think the game is a far cry from what it originally was, it certainly isn’t a bad game. I will say I believe Call of Duty has lost its identity.
It must be tough for Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Treyarch to constantly listen to the fans as they’re always changing their opinions on what they want. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 set the bar so high and was so well made, it’s been an almost impossible task to surpass those games.
After Ghosts which was the last “boots on the ground” type Call of Duty, which also got slated for its overall mediocrity, it was clear change was needed. We then got Advanced Warfare which introduced a double jump and air strafe, much faster combat and an overall new feel to the franchise. Oddly enough, even though the fans craved a change after Ghosts, Advanced Warfare is considered by many to be one of the worst entries in the series.
We then move onto Black Ops 3. Black Ops 3 kept the new features of Advanced Warfare but personally, I felt the combat has been slowed down a little which certainly pleased some fans but once again, many were outraged as they didn’t want more of the Exo type combat and started to demand a return to its roots.
I think Black Ops 3 is an overall excellent package with a ton of content to play through, especially its infamous Zombies mode but like I’ve said, fans wanted old school type Call of Duty and had hoped Infinity Ward had listened…
This brings us to Infinite Warfare. Call of Duty set in space. The reveal trailer is now the most down voted reveal trailer in YouTube history. The fans have blasted Infinity Ward for not listening and have voiced their opinion all over the internet. I think from the footage they’ve shown of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it looks like damn good fun but I also hear what the fans of the franchise are saying.
Keep in mind while Infinite Warfare was in early development, Advanced Warfare had launched and fans reacted at first, very favourably to that game so obviously Infinity Ward went ahead with Infinite Warfare hoping they were creating a new masterpiece. If it wasn’t for the Modern Warfare remaster, I would say Infinite Warfare would have been doomed to failure but due to some clever marketing from Activision, this won’t be the case.
This brings me to my overall thoughts on Call of Duty. The franchise desperately needs a break from the gaming industry. Even if it’s just a year off, it needs time away. Sales have slowly been declining, the review scores are getting worse and it’s clear that people are fed up with it. They need to start from scratch, build a new game engine and return in a couple of years when it’s done and blow us all away with it but if they don’t, I genuinely fear for the future of Call of Duty.