bring call of duty back!
Let me preface this post with a little bit about my gaming history. First, let's start with the phrase, 'gaming'. Up until about 8 years ago, the word 'gaming' meant dice, maps and dungeons and dragons to me. I had spent some of my youth playing video games: Star Wars, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Smurfs, The Legend of Zelda and the almighty Super Mario Bros. Then I kind of got out of it for awhile. In college, I got a Sega CD and started playing again, but very little and usually N.H.L. '93-96'. After that era, I got out of it. And while I was out of it, video games became 'gaming' and it got serious. Flash forward to 2009, where I get my first GM job in Long Beach, about 45 minutes from my hometown of Chino, CA. About 3 months into it, I moved myself to Long Beach. All of a sudden I was in a new city, with no friends and just work to keep me busy. Eventually, I got pretty lonely, which is hard for a loner. But all of my friends were playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare online. Hello XBox360! I bought myself one and Call of Duty and a new era of gaming was born for me. All of the sudden, I could stay up all night drinking and talking to my friends, whilst killing the crap out of other people I didn't know. It was great. It was a great game. It was so involving. I couldn't get enough. It was the only game I played. I was definitely not great at it but I didn't care, it was fun and the social aspect was just as engrossing as the gameplay. Soon, I was making friends all of the country and even Canada. I always had friends online to play with, so it was never ending. Most nights grew into the morning. I didn't get a lot of sleep.
The next game in the series was World at War and it was somehow better. I didn't mind the older guns. The maps were intoxicating. The feel was great and the aesthetics were a big draw for me. And there was intense strategy in the game, but it still had the big battles of Modern Warfare. I still consider it the best game in the series. Don't forget, it was the start of Zombies!
Anyways, before this starts to be a history lesson on Call of Duty, let me just say that this is where it all started to go downhill. Don't get me wrong, Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops were still really good games, but they weren't near the quality of the previous 2. And things were changing. The gameplay started to feel like a game, not a combat experience. Team strategy kind of flew out the window and run and gun skill came to the forefront. And the technology kind of took over and also had a hand in the devaluing of strategy. Some of the maps were still pretty cool and also a lot of the custom options were fun but the game itself sort of lost it's soul.
And with every new chapter in the series, the social aspect got smaller and smaller. It's to the point nowadays, where I'm the only player in a room with a mic. My friends have stopped playing. The friends I made in the early days stopped playing. Who exactly is playing anyways? I am. Because I'm addicted. I keep dropping $100 a year for a piece of junk that doesn't do it for me anymore. I'm getting some seriously watered down scotch for a lot more money, just because I can't stop drinking scotch.(Well, who would want to do that?)
Now, here comes Infinite Warfare. I watched the trailer and it looks absolutely dreadful. The fact that the video is the 2nd most disliked video in youtube history should tell you something about it. But hey, it's coming with Modern Warfare remastered! YES! All of a sudden I'm excited. I've been joking with all of my friends that no one is going to play the new game, they're just going to run straight to Modern Warfare; that's what I was planning on doing. But now I'm seeing all these articles coming out of E3 that the new game is going to be a 'boots on the ground' reclamation project. That the game is supposed to regenerate the feel of the earlier games and also movies like "Blackhawk Down" and "Saving Private Ryan". And even though it's going to be in space, you're going to get a more in the trenches experience. There is, of course, new tech and flying spaceships but no more exo suits and boost jumping. No more Halo rip offs? A lot of my opinion will be based on the online play and then I will decide if I wasted $100 or not. So, yeah, I'm buying it. But I'm hoping that I'm not going to be just playing Modern Warfare.
A big part of me is hoping they bring the real Call of Duty back.
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