Why Call of Duty: Black Ops is Better Than Modern Warfare 3
Multiplayer doesn't always get better...by: aksobey
©2012 Kent SobeyI know that the title of this article will probably incite some sort of negative response from a lot of people but I refuse to take it back. Black Ops was a resounding success for Activision no matter how you look at the sales, but a lot of the Modern Warfare 2 fans were not so sure about it. When Modern Warfare 3 came out the multiplayer offering was widely accepted as nothing short of amazing. Well I’m here to discuss why Black Ops actually had a better multiplayer component.
Stop and listen!
It was damn near flawless so I’m not going to include that. (Ed: Some would argue with that…)
When I first started playing MW3 online I was struck by how similar it is to MW2 in its look and feel. It’s almost identical.
Then it occurred to me that Infinity Ward was making a sequel to their previous installment in the franchise and not the last one I had purchased.
What does this really mean? Well to me it means that they can’t remove features that Blacks Ops added which we all started to love – like the dive for example.
A small thing that shouldn’t really make that much difference but I was really annoyed when I first tried to dive and just ended up lying down rather rapidly. Why would you remove that, I need to get away from a chopper!
Despite being a little irritated by that, I could move on because let’s face it; it’s not the end of the world. But then, while I was running on a seemingly clear path, I got stuck on nothing. You would think that the fighting men of the world would be able to hop over a small ledge of 1 foot or a little gravel on the ground, but alas, they can’t.
Among other things…
There’s too much clutter and not enough symmetry. Not only that, but they encourage campers with a hideout in every corner and have pieces of nothing that I seem to get stuck on regularly.
The Black Ops maps were far from perfect, I’ll admit but I would pick them over these any day.
If you want to run and gun you better be amazing at the game because there will be someone hiding behind a door somewhere ready to end your MOAB streak with a shot gun prepped.
There’s nothing wrong with stopping and guarding a room for a few minutes but when you lay prone with your sight zoomed on the door and can get away with it 35 times there’s something wrong with the map.
There should always be a way to deal with that like a grenade through a window, or a back entrance but they didn’t seem to think about that much at all.
I must stop here and add that although I find many things about Modern Warfare 3 very annoying, I still love it and think there have been some amazing innovations that have come with it.
Another Example of something that’s been lost is the wager matches.
I know that they rely on a currency system in Black Ops but they could have kept them in without having that monetary system. Why not use your experience as currency? Surely they could have thought of something clever to keep them in?
And finally, what is with the spawn points in MW3?
On many occasions I have spawned and been dead within a few seconds. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN! The maps and spawn point should not allow for it. I am fully aware that sometimes it’s damn near impossible to make this dream a reality but come Black Ops did it a whole lot better than MW3 does.
I can think of several occasions that I have died and then spawned with my gun aiming at someone’s head. I didn’t even have to move to get a kill, just pull the right trigger. Now, I love getting kills but this is just ridiculous.
I can also think of an occasion that a stealth bomber has killed me twice. Yup, that’s right. It killed me on one end of the map and I spawned on the other end only to have it kill me again. I don’t think I have to tell you how annoyed I was by that.
I’ll add one more thing before I move on to the conclusion. This is admittedly a pet peeve of mine and probably just a matter of personal preference too.
Quick scoping should not have been put back in the game. There, I said it. I know that it exists in Black Ops but it’s not nearly as easy to do and frankly was only added because people moaned that it wasn’t there to begin with.
I don’t understand why people play in this way. It’s not a shotgun, you shouldn’t be running around that much with it and yes, it is cheating, even if Infinity Ward says it’s ok. And no, it’s not that hard to do; if it was then everyone wouldn’t be able to do it would they?
To sum it all up…
I’m not saying I’m going to go backwards and keep playing it because I do enjoy MW3 too, I just think that it’s missing a lot of the good stuff that should really be there.
I think Treyarch and Infinity Ward should probably work together a little more when making Call of Duty games. They are both owned by Activision, they both make great games and they both have amazing ideas. Now let’s see if we can get all of the amazing ideas into one game please.