Is Call of Duty on its way out?

So with the recent reveal of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 trailer, it’s clear whose side people are on. Battlefield 1 seems to be the way to go. It’s a WW1 shooter, which I must say I am looking forward to and it seems like your best bet for shooter action today. Call of Duty is sticking with that futuristic vibe, is that a good idea?

Well, Battlefield and Call of Duty have all been Modern shooters nowadays and we were longing for the days when we could throw a Molotov Cocktail at a Nazi and make his arms and legs fly off. But apparently that’s not what we want, the big companies know what’s best. We want gritty realism and futuristic tech. Of course, the problem with that is, now that everyone’s gone for futuristic tech, we’re bored of it.

Ever since Modern Warfare became Modern and Black Ops moved to Vietnam we’ve been lacking any WW2 shooters and we couldn’t sit around waiting for Battlefield 1942 and Call of Duty: World at War to be re-released now could we? Dice have definitely made the right move by making a World War 1 shooter, I mean, just look at the reception the trailer got when that didn’t actually feature any gameplay.

I refuse to get excited about it. Yeah, it’s WW1, but there’s a few things to think about. For starters, there was no gameplay shown, or if there was it was very little. So basically you’re paying to watch a pre-rendered cutscene of some blokes kicking the shit out of each other with shovels for a couple of minutes. But still, that’s for another post, I’m not here to talk about that, I need to get pissed off about Call of Duty.

The Infinite Warfare trailer was met with overwhelmingly negative feedback. The trailer got over two million dislikes and is still receiving more and more every day. But why did it get so much negative reception?

God knows, I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking. The best idea I have is that it’s because Battlefield are trying something new with the WW1 shooter. Or because of how poor a game Call of Duty Black Ops III was. But the fact that the next Call of Duty is being made by the same guys that did Advanced Warfare, we should have a little bit of hope that the game will actually be fairly good.

I loved Advanced Warfare, I didn’t think another futuristic shooter would sit well with me, but it did, the campaign was good, Kevin Spacey’s performance was movie worthy and overall it just had a generally good feel to it. The multiplayer was also fun in its own way and I actually enjoyed playing the multiplayer, something that hasn’t happened since the early days of A Kingdom for Keflings.

I can see why it’s been so negatively received though. Everyone’s sick of futuristic shooters and Battlefield is providing something new and interesting that everyone wants to play, myself included, but that doesn’t mean we should just give up on Call of Duty completely. It’s still going to sell millions of copies, and with the inclusion of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it’ll probably sell even more.

If Call of Duty is on the way out then we can certainly blame Black Ops III as being the starting point for it all. While Advanced Warfare was one hell of a step up from Ghosts, they’re now back to where they were when they made Ghosts. We had a good game, but now it’s time to eat shit again. If Infinite Warfare isn’t very good then Call of Duty is going to lose a lot of speed, but that also all depends on whether or not Battlefield 1 is any good.

We can’t tell yet. People should stop forming opinions based off of pre-rendered trailers. But they have dog fights so it’s gonna be phenomenal.


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