What’s Next for Call of Duty?
The future examined
by Kent Sobey
©2013 Kent Sobey
Well, it’s about that time of year again since they seem to do their announcements around April or May, so I thought I would give it another shot.
I came close last time (granted, I used the scatter gun approach by guessing several different options) but it might be a little trickier this time because the Modern Warfare franchise has come to an end (or has it?).
So, what are the options?
Call of Duty: The Inevitable Consequence of ‘Progress’
How multiplayer purity was lost…and can be found
by David Hilton
© 2012 David Hilton
Poor Call of Duty.
I really do feel sorry for the franchise sometimes. It is held up as the example for everything that is wrong in gaming right now.
While laziness of design leading to more of a ‘interactive blockbuster movie’ experience and a multiplayer that is accused of rinsing and repeating may be valid criticisms, it cannot be denied that the game has become a juggernaut in gaming, with so many gamers who wouldn’t normally play games joining in the fun, particularly the multiplayer.
It is a victim of success and massive sales. Who would seriously be silly enough to change too much of a thing that is working? Where is the incentive? Build it and people will buy.
In multiplayer the Call of Duty franchise found the key to gamers’ wallets: from its great beginnings it progressed, was imitated to death, and then slowed innovation, because the consequence of progress and success was a lack of need to progress and change.
But innocence of another age was lost. Something pure has gone missing, replaced by a cleverly addictive system of perks and customisation.
It may, however, not be lost forever, and it would be easy to restore the old while keeping the new.
Is it dead?
©2012 Nicholas Laborde
We live in a day and age where the past is continually being dwelled upon (see: the influx of HD re-releases), and we’re about to jump into the next cycle of video game technology with the imminent next generation of consoles and engines.
Something that constantly irks me, though, is of how one particular type of game seems to be breathing its last weak sighs; the arena shooter.
The modern mentality coupled with “everyone else is doing it” has led the Call of Duty franchise to momentous heights, and in my opinion, it’s hammering the final nail into the coffin of one of gaming’s most cherished pastimes.
Call of Duty Elite
Friend or Foe?
©2012 Kent Sobey
By now most people, have hopped off the fence and decided whether or not they are prepared to spend the money on Call of Duty’s ELITE service.
For those of you who have been living in a cave for the last few months and don’t know what ELITE is, it’s a service from Activision that gives Call of Duty players their online stats (similar to Bungie.net/Halo Waypoint), community features, and ‘free’ DLC.
I will start off by explaining why I put the word ‘free’ in inverted commas, although it should be pretty obvious: the truth is that it’s not actually free, is it? You pay a yearly subscription that gives you access to it when available.
That annual fee in the UK is £35 which is only £5 short of the actual game’s price. If it was just the DLC that you were getting with your subscription then it’s not hard to see that it’s not exactly a good deal.
If you actually stop to think about it, it is just the DLC that you are getting with the service. Read the rest of this entry
Where To Next For Call of Duty?
©2011 Kent Sobey
Now that the hype from Modern Warfare 3 is starting to settle I thought it might be a good idea to speculate a little.
For the record, I have absolutely no idea what’s coming next in the Call of Duty franchise but wanted to throw a few ideas out there and see what the rest of you think.
If you haven’t finished Modern Warfare 3 just yet then you might not want to read on because there’s a strong possibility I could ruin the ending for you.
You have been warned!