So here we are, it’s time to see what our community thought of one of the biggest games of all time. The Call of Duty series certainly may not be for everyone, but you can’t really argue with its popularity; the sales figures speak for themselves. The question is whether or not that popularity is earned by a game that blows away the competition, or is it simply a hold over from earlier games in the series?
Sitting on the “it’s pretty good” side of the fence was tobo_56, who felt that the “the single player did well to close the story which was one of the main reasons I bought this game – to find out the fate of the characters, who I feel the series develops well.”
That’s something I can certainly agree with, the story managed to pull everything together nicely and didn’t really leave any threads dangling at the end. In fact tobo_56 enjoyed the single player so much that they actually played through the game three times, although they admit that it was at least partly to collect the game’s trophies.[drop2]On the all important multiplayer side of things they “found the multiplayer pretty similar to that of previous CoD games but I enjoyed the new features a lot.” In particular they liked the game’s Infected mode, and also found time to praise the Spec Ops missions.
Quite firmly on the other side of the argument was Motalla, who took a principled stance against the game. You see, they’ve decided that they “do not want to support lazy publishers and studios who reshuffle and recycle the same thing over and over again.” Ultimately they were given a copy of the game as a gift, and found it “the same as the previous MW game, it adds nothing new.”
As for the multiplayer side of things? Well they “played a few multiplayer rounds but they were a bore, maps are to small and no destructive enviroment.” Perhaps Activision needs to change the game up a bit.
Flipping back to the positive for a moment we have gazzagb. He was more than happy with the game, praising the game’s “brilliant (but short) single player”, although felt it didn’t quite live up to Modern Warfare 2 on the multiplayer side of things.
Interestingly it’s the way the game’s improved the multiplayer balance that he dislikes, saying that it’s much harder for one good player to carry the poor players on their team. Whilst that situation seems fairer to me, I can understand good players getting annoyed that their team mates are dragging them down.
For a final negative view, it’s time to take a look at what Origami Killer thought. They called the game “a mess”, complaining that the “single player story has become so far fetched.” They also took issue to the way the game rapidly switches between characters, finding it hard to keep track of what was going on.
Their main complaint, though, is the lack of any real innovation in the game, saying that the gameplay has “had the same mechanics for 4/5 years now. I’m finding it so repetitive and lifeless that I would rather watch paint dry.” That absence of change stretches over to the multiplayer, which they thought could easily be mistaken for Modern Warfare 2. They noted, as did many, that with the different elements that games like Battlefield 3 are now offering, Call of Duty needs to make some changes or risk being left behind.
Ultimately the community’s verdict was pretty close this week. There were two of you who voted for Rent It, whilst three selected Buy It. However, Avoid It came out ahead, with four of you rating the game as not worth playing at all. It’s worth noting that several of you forgot to vote at all though, meaning you were left out of the final verdict.
As you can see I’ve included a new poll on the right, so you can vote for tomorrow’s WeView. Modern Warfare 3 has been removed, obviously, and I’ve also removed Lollipop Chainsaw for receiving the lowest number of votes in last week’s poll. Hopefully with this system fresh options will make their way into the poll pretty quickly. The poll closes at midnight tonight (BST) and if there’s anything you’d like tweaked in the poll system let me know in the comments.