Annual franchises and using the same formula multiple times often brings Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty to minds. Activision is criticized for milking Call of Duty to an extent where people place it at the lowest-tier of quality video games.
Each year, at the unveil of a new Call of Duty game, Activision comes up with all catchy slogans – the most innovative Call of Duty to date or a completely new Call of Duty experience – to fans’ disappointment.
Seeing that the quality of their games was continually degrading, Activision started a three-year development cycle to provide developers more time with their product which clearly did not turn out successful.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is regarded as one of the worst COD games to date, courtesy of its pathetic multiplayer level designs, poor netcode, short TTK, and a lack of dedicated servers. Although the game does have a decent single-player campaign, but then again, COD is mostly about the multiplayer experience.
Following Call of Duty: Ghosts failure, Sledgehammer Games stepped in with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – a game set in futuristic environment which literally turned COD multiplayer experience upside down, thanks to its new exo-suits, hopping-like-a-bunny movement, and an arsenal of futuristic gadgets.
Furthermore, the game’s single-player campaign features Kevin Spacey. Despite all its positive points, the game still failed to stir fans’ interest; who were craving for a World War scenario.
From the onset of the year, fans’ hopes were set on Treyarch – the studio who worked on Call of Duty: World at War and introduced the fan favorite Zombies Mode. To fans’ disappointment, instead of bringing a World War setting game, Treyarch followed Sledgehammer Games’ footsteps and once again, went with a futuristic setting.
Titled as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the game is essentially a spiritual successor to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare without the inclusion of exo-skeletons, but there are still hopping-like-a-bunny movements, turning soldiers’ arms into a Gatling-Gun, and all sorts of weird stuff introduced in Advanced Warfare.
Critics are arguing that with Black Ops 3, Activision wanted to continue experimenting with the success of Advanced Warfare. However, by Call of Duty standards, Advanced Warfare itself was anything but successful.
Still, there is nothing ruder to give a verdict before playing the game. We are hopeful to try out the game’s Multiplayer Beta sometime near E3 and know whether Black Ops 3 will right all wrongs or not.
There are positives already though!
With Black Ops 3, Treyarch is bringing some fresh additions to Call of Duty franchise; gender-neutral campaign, extensive customization, and the ability to play the singleplayer campaign in 4-player co-op.
Treyarch is known to bring out some of the best Call of Duty experiences known to fans. Whether they will live-up to their name or not, we shall see pretty soon!