Back in the day
We all remember how good Call of Duty used to be. I’m not just talking about Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and how that was a massive hit, but also reaching right back to the early games when the only multiplayer we knew and loved was with your friends in the same room on a split screen with one of you having to use the rubbish controller. Those days were bliss for gaming, and as kids of our generation we didn’t expect anything better and enjoyed what we had. Now that our generation has grown up in this technological gaming era, we are expecting more from our games, and quite frankly the gaming companies don’t seem to be able to keep up with our expectations, leaving us disappointed when a game is released after so much hype and media coverage.
CoD4 still remains popular
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is by far, the most played Call of Duty game. On Xfire, the game has been listed in the daily top 10 games being played pretty much every day for the past few years, and it is still there. People are happy with their fix of Call of Duty 4, where the graphics aren’t all that amazing, but via Steam, there are a lack of hackers, and just a generally nice community, going by what I, and my friends have experienced. The gameplay is the same as pretty much all of the Call of Duty games. The latest instalment, Modern Warfare 3 was a massive hit, but quickly sales declined because people realised it was just the same game with slightly enhanced graphics and different maps. Is all that time to prestige again really worth it? Sales were massive for Modern Warfare 3 in it’s opening month, and I mean massive, and Black Ops 2 will probably run along the same lines, but that post-decline will be there again, and this time it may be enough to lose some gamers in this market all together.
Same Shit, different year
So why can’t Call of Duty come up with some different stuff? They still refuse to add vehicles, even though Battlefield Gamers absolutely love them. They still have the same graphics detail, where competitors are using more powerful engines to take advantage of the graphics cards available today, and when you play Call of Duty, do you sometimes forget which title you are actually playing? It speaks for itself really.
Battlefield stealing some gamers?
Battlefield 3 is a massive hit too, and seen as the true alternative to Call of Duty. Its much more realistic, and that makes it harder to get kills if you are used to the slightly arcade gaming and speed of Call of Duty. In Call of Duty I can run across the map with a duel weild MP5 and pick off a decent amount of kills before I’m taken down, but try this kamakazee effect in Battlefield 3 and watch how quickly you die. Gamers are enjoying realism more, because that is what we, as growing gamers in this generation, want. So will Call of Duty spice up the graphics and realism in the next title? Probably not.
How are they selling so many copies still?
The marketing campaigns, internet hype, television media all help the game very well, and it keeps people coming. Even people who, like you reading this now realising how Call of Duty is dying out, will stick pre-order down for the title as soon as you see the mind-blowing television advert come up with out of this world graphics that we will never see in game, because they used footage from Battlefield 3 gameplay to make the advert. (That part wasn’t true)