The first question that comes to everyones mind when they know a new Call of Duty game will be comming out is, What do we want to see? Before I get into that, lets look at the History of Call of Duty.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, gamers had everything they could ever want be it Guns, Attachments, Maps, Perks, Killstreaks, Etc, up to now, every Call of Duty has had these, but there is numerous differences between Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and the last few games released. When playing COD4, players would immerse themselves into chaotic street battles taking place on a Russian Ship at Sea, shooting away any enemies in there way, this is what made COD4 such a blast to play. Now like all games, COD4 had its issues, be it 3x Frag Grenades hurling through the air and killing you constantly, or getting that kill you needed to be one step closer to your next killstreak, then getting killed with that Martydom, or even occasionally getting pwned by that one guy hiding in the back of map, shooting you with his M16. Aside from it’s exhilarating multiplayer, COD4′s Campaign, brought players into the footsteps of SAS (Special Air Services) Member, “Soap” Mctavish, known by his Squad Leader, Captain John Price as Soap. Of course as well all know, Call of Duty puts you in the shoes of not one, but two soldiers shoes, the other faction being the U.S. Marines, where you play as Sergeant Ramirez, with the Marine Recon Team. You spend a lengthy time, pursuing Ultranationalist Amhir Al’ Asad, forgive me if I have that wrong, under the orders by the Ultranationalist Leader Zachaev. I wont go into the story too much so not to spoil it for those of you who haven’t played it yet. My point is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was THE Call of Duty of its time.
Now let’s skip World at War and go further in the past to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In my opinion, World at War was an amazing game, save one extremely beast gun, the MP40.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
When Modern Warfare 2, was first released, millions of players played it hours and hours on end, I myself have over 400 hours on the game. Modern Warfare 2 brought an entirely new expansive Multiplayer to the front lines, adding in new Guns, Maps, Perks, Attachments, and introducing Customizable Killstreaks, which of course was the iceing to the cake, when gamers found out. However, many gamers did not like this idea, as they were more accustomed to the classic 3,5,7 Killsreaks (UAV, Airstrike, and Helecoptor) I for one liked this recipe myself, and was a bit skeptic about the new Killstreaks. Once the game launched in November of 2009, people could not wait to hop on and pwn them some “Noobs”. The game had its fair share of issues like all games, however these issues seem to become more and more with each Call of Duty, if you weren’t getting continuously spammed by Air Support, you were getting killed with the infamous OMA/Noobtube Combo, which angered players greatly and caused them to abandon the games for a good amount of time. However, the one true aspect of the game, I felt was the most valuable to the experience was the Campaign once again. Continueing off of Call of Duty 4′s Story, Modern Warfare 3, puts you in the shoes of a U.S. Army Ranger named Private Allan, however your place in the Rangers doesn’t last long, as you are selected to be apart of an elite Task for called Task Force 141, headed by General Shepard, joined by an old familiar name, Captain Soap Mctavish joins you as a highly experienced soldier in your fight against the next generation Ultra Nationalist Leader, Vladamir Makarov, seeking revenge against the Americans for the death of his mentor Zachaev. But, as many know, some things are not what it seems, and the fight is now towards your own nations men, General Shepard also seeks revenge against the U.S. for unrelated events occuring before COD4. All in all, this game was amazing, but unfortunately, fell due to idiotic people.
Now we take a jump into the not so distant past with Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops, was for some people a welcome and refreshing break, from MW2. Black Ops brought an entirely new and innovative way to play the Multiplayer, instead of the traditional, level up and unlock things, they incorporated a currency system, which allowed players to gain X amount of COD Points from regular Multiplayer matches, or the new Wagermatches. The Wagermatches in it self, brought in an entirely new way to play Call of Duty, with modes such as Gun Game, where you went into the map and use a preset number of classes, gaining a kill with one weapon would allow you to advance to the next weapon, the first player to get a kill with every weapon, was declared the winner, which was an amazing addition I might say. One in the Chamber was another fun addition, which allowed you to run around the map with just a pistol, with one bullet, allowing you to shoot your one bullet, to gain another, or knife another player to gain a bullet. Although Wagermatches were fun, players also got to pick from new Guns, Perks, Killstreaks, Attachments, Etc. Of course as well all know well enough, every game has its own faults, and with Black Ops, the faults weren’t too bad, save the Ghost Perk, which allowed you in its basic form, be undetectable by ememy radar, or air support, which was causing anger between gamers. But as well all know, no Call of Duty fails with its Campaign. Black Ops’s Campaign put you in the shoes of CIA Operative Mason, whom is under some sort of mind control. I will refrain from spoiling the rest of the story.
Now we arrive at the present, with the current up-to-date Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the biggest entertainment launch of 2011, bringing in a gross of $87 Million the first WEEK. Modern Warfare 2 definately has its fun points, such as the new and improved Spec Ops mode with the new Survival aspect of the mode, which puts you against increasingly tough AI with each Wave you complete, this in my opinion, added a small fraction of replay value to the game, however not only did Spec Ops intrigue gamers, it was the Multiplayer we were all hoping would be new and exciting. MW3′s Multiplayer gave us new Guns, Maps, Attachments, Perks, and the addition of the new Strike Packages, which would give you access to one of 3 packages. Assasult Strike package was the first, which included deadly air strikes like the Reaper, and the AC-130. The Support Strike package allowed players to play with team work in mind, however as we all know, that not everyone in Call of Duty knows how to play as a team. The last strike package is the Specialist which afforded you every perk in the game after seven kills, which made you a deadly killing machine. However, once again Infinity Ward did not fail to WOW us with the campaign, which puts you in the shoes of two soldiers, returning from MW2 is Captain Soap Mctavish, and Captain John Price, accompanied by a trusted friend Yuri. The Story takes you to new locations and different parts of the country, you continue to chase after Makarov. I will end this here, as I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. Further more, the games developer, Infinity Ward, has failed to address certain, bugs, and tweaks the games desperately needs, however, I believe MW3 is a fairly good game, and is worth the buy, aside from the most overpowered gun in the game, the Type 95.
Now finally, we get to the main point of this post. What do we gamers want in the next Call of Duty? Well, here is what we ALL want.
I think I speak for every gamer out there, when I say We want.
As Gamers, we want to be able to immerse ourselves and lose ourselves in the games we play, most gamers play video games to get rid of stress, or just for fun, some people make money off it, we all have reasons why we play Video Games. This being the case, Call of Duty from MW2 – MW3 has failed to capture us with FRESH ideas, sure we have Folding Scopes in MW3, and New Maps, but we all want something we have NEVER seen before in a Call of Duty, we all understand, some of us more then others, that the process of adding ideas is short for Call of Duty, but we as gamers want something that will capture our minds, and bring us back to the old days of COD4 where you could join a match, and be in complete and utter chaos, bullets ricocheting and hitting us making our screens bloody, we want that action, that adrenaline, a lot of people have given up on Call of Duty, but the TRUE loyal players will be there, even if it takes a decade to get the formula we want to see in a Call of Duty Game.
Fresh New Locals
Who doesn’t love the idea of running through a town in a Brazillian town, dodging bullets, and running for his/her life. I most certainly do, and I know I speak for everyone when I say, that would be adrenaline pumping fun! The previous maps in MW3, leave us gamers running through abandoned refineries and city malls. We as gamers want maps that work to our skill and play style, not weather or not they have good fields of fire, or good choke points, which isn’t a bad thing, but come on! We deserve maps were we can work certain situations to our advantage, and not have to worry about running around every corner, getting killed by someone sitting in that corner waiting for people to come by.
These features alone, would make us happy, and excited again for the next Call of Duty, if these things are not considered, who knows what future lies for the next Call of Duty Games.
This is the end of my thoughts and to what I believe other gamers want as well, so let’s start a discussion. What do YOU want in the next Call of Duty?
Note: Call of Duty Iron Wolf is a Unoffical title, with no release date, expect more information as it comes.
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