Call Of Duty Needs To Change Things Up

We are a few days away from the official reveal of the next Call Of Duty game, Activision will be at Microsoft’s event on May 21st, 2013 and that is when we’ll see the first footage of the next generation Call Of Duty game, Call Of Duty Ghosts. In the past I’ve been a huge Call Of Duty supporter, and shamefully I admit I’ve bought every single Call Of Duty game this generations, sometimes on multiple platforms. This is the year though, the year that I finally stood up and said I wont buy the next game unless they implement some critical changes.

Let me be the first to say that I’m not one of the people who hated the graphics on the COD games, I thought they were fine, and considering they had to run at a steady 60fps, I understand they couldn’t reach Crysis 3’s level of graphics. We know they built a brand new engine for the next generation platforms, so I’m interested to see how the new game looks, but graphics aren’t everything, to me the game needs to play better overall, and that is going to be the hard sell. People who buy COD games want to play a typical COD game, and I totally understand that, you cannot completely change the formula that has this franchise as the top franchise this generation, at the same time, I have a list of things that need to be changed in order for me to get back on board with the COD freight train.

1.Dedicated Servers:
Let’s face it, Call Of Duty games can be fun when someone has a good host, but most of the time the game switches host multiple times, taking you out of the game and often times resulting in a cheap death. I understand that COD games tend to last a long time, you can still get on COD 2 for the Xbox 360 and find matches, and servers can be expensive to rent and maintain, but why not enable servers for a year or two, then have it seamlessly switch to Peer To Peer afterwards? That way the game can continue on, and not cost an arm and a leg to maintain.

2.Go Back To Basic Killstreaks:
As a society more is better, but when it comes to Call Of Duty games I actually believe less is more. I absolutely loved the Killstreaks in earlier COD games, 3, 5 and 7. That was perfect, it gave you something very attainable, yet didn’t promote camping for super high Killstreaks. We all hate campers in COD games, and no matter what they do it’s a problem, people camp for Killstreaks, so lessen those and take the game back to the basics, essentially it kills two birds with one stone.

3.Bring Back Stopping Power:
I think a wrote something similar a year or two ago, Stopping Power is the thing that counters Ghost, without it, people just overuse the Ghost Perk and there really isn’t any kind of penalty for using it. Most people look to Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare as the best in the franchise, the main reason was because there wasn’t a lot of over powered weapons, there was a counter to everything, somewhere along the way COD lost sight of this. There needs to be a clear counter for everything, if you use Ghost, your bullets wont do as much damage and vice versa.

4.Implement A Co-Op Campaign:
We are now in the year 2013, there is no real excuse for a game like Call Of Duty not to implement a co-op campaign, it doesn’t matter if it’s 2 player or 4 player, but the time has come, yes the Spec Ops Missions were fun, but playing through the entire campaign with a friend is what these types of games are all about. If the current consoles were having trouble with this implementation, then the next generation ones should leave no excuse, this is one of the main things I hear fans of the series wish for.

5.Larger Online Multiplayer Maps:
This one is tricky, because I’m personally not a fan of huge maps, but I know a lot of people enjoy them. I definitely wouldn’t like to see the COD franchise allow vehicles, that was the only part about World At War that I disliked, I think that vehicles are more of a Battlefield thing, but I wouldn’t mind some improved and more realistic environments in the multiplayer portion of the game. I think they should keep a good mix of small, medium and large maps, and that would be the best way to keep everyone happy.

6.Destructible Environments:
Even though this is something associated with the Battlefield series, it could be implemented well with COD games, often times if you have an Air Strike or Killstreak people just hide in doors, because we all know bombs can’t get you if you’re inside right? I think if COD had destructible environments it would cut down on the campers as well, if no place is safe, you have to play much more tactically. Some people might not like this idea, but as next generation looms near, I think a lot more people would welcome this change.

7.Cut Down On Snipers:
This seems like something that shouldn’t be that important to me, but snipers have ruined a lot of Call Of Duty games, I’m not saying they should remove snipers from the game, but maybe make it so they can’t do 360 no scopes and get a kill every single time. A more realistic approach would be a good thing, more sway with the rifles, slower reload times and no automatics would help greatly. Honestly I’ve never understood how or why they even allow snipers in a game that has such close quarters fighting, it wouldn’t make much sense in my opinion to have a small team of six to even have a sniper, let a lone a full group of them. Nothing is worse than being put into a map where the entire enemy team is avoiding the objective and just sniping.

8.Increase The Number Of Players In The Multiplayer Modes:
Call Of Duty games are known for their fast combat, solid 60fps and smaller gunfights, but on next generation consoles we should see an increase in the number of players playing a map, I’d think 24 players online should be totally doable and would still be able to keep that Call Of Duty feel about it. I’m not suggesting huge numbers, because I feel like that would be abandoning what the majority of COD players want, but a slight increase if they implemented dedicated servers would be nice.

So, I’ve listed eight things that Infinity Ward/Treyarch would have to work on if they want me to buy anymore Call Of Duty games, I’m not a bandwagon hater as some people seem to be, but everyone has their breaking points, and Modern Warfare 3 followed by Black Ops 2 was mine, $120 wasted on two games that are borderline unplayable. What are some things you’d like to see implemented into the new COD games? Sound off in the comment section below!


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