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November 9th is a fairly big day for any gamer. The newest addition to
the best-selling FPS of all time arrives: Call of Duty: Black Ops. This
time around it's set in the Cold War era, ditching World War II for
good. Millions of people were let down by Modern Warfare 2, and
everyone's looking to Treyarch, who aren't known for making great Call
of Duty games to redeem the series. Can they succeed, and dig the franchise out of the hole
created by Modern Warfare 2? I think they will, and it just might be the
best one yet.
Looking back at the Call of Duty franchise, the successful
multiplayer began with Call of Duty 2. No perks, attachments,
Killstreaks, and even no sprint. Just you, your gun (which actually had
recoil) a grenade, and a smoke. If you killed an enemy, it was deserved.
Skill was the only reason why someone was able to kill another, and the
lack of it was the reason behind their death.
Come around to November 10th, 2009, and the sixth Call of Duty title
releases. Numerous amounts of perks, attachments, and killstreaks make
the game sound very appealing. After all, being the gunner of an AC-130
gunship sounds awesome...and it was for a short while. People eventually
realized that there was nearly no skill involved, Killstreaks were
ridiculously over powered, and combinations of such perks as One Man
Army and Danger Close practically made the game unplayable. Once people
got of the high of having a new Modern Warfare, they realized that it
wasn't very sweet.
Black Ops is next in line for the series, and Treyarch is
attempting to craft the next great Call of Duty. Perks such as One Man
Army, Danger Close, Commando, and even Stopping Power are gone.
Killstreaks contain less firepower, and can't be obtained through the
help of other killstreaks (meaning that to obtain an 11 killstreak
gunship, you have to personally kill eleven opponents). The series seems
to returning to a more skill-needed shooter. It's simplifying some
aspects, yet adding in great new ones, such as earning COD Points, and
choosing which attachments and such you want to buy.
Will Black Ops be next great Call of Duty, or will it be the
unbalanced mess that was Modern Warfare 2? Part of the problem with the
latter was the fact that there was no Beta, and therefore balance issues
couldn't be noted easily. Black Ops followed the same path, and decided
not to release a beta. Will the same glitches and balance issues
corrupt Black Ops as well? Some issues also won't be noticed until the
release, such as spawning, which was terrible in Modern Warfare.
So what do you think, will Treyarch make the greatest Call of Duty ever, or just an unbalanced mess?Leave a comment with your opinion!Note:
After reading this blog, you might think that I'm an avid MW2 hater.
While the game is unbalanced, and has many flaws, it contains the same
addictive Call of Duty formula that has taken, according to my
leaderboards, 15 days of my life. Even with all the flaws, I still manage to find some fun it it.