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Since 2004, I have bought, played and completed every Call of Duty game. Now, after 8 years, I'm officially breaking up with Call of Duty.
My experience with Call of Duty first began with the mediocre Call of Duty: Finest Hour. After that followed Call of Duty: Big Red One, until finally with the launch of the Xbox 360, I got my hands on the Call of Duty game I had been waiting for -- Call of Duty 2.
I was amazed by the incredibly detailed graphics. I was blown away by the intense action and the precise yet simple controls. I played the game over and over, beating it on every difficulty and acquiring every achievement, all 13 of them. I had officially become a fan.
I purchased and played CoD 3, a not so great game not developed by core Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. I still held on to my faith though, eagerly awaiting Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. When it arrived, I wasn't disappointed. The intense and cinematic action of CoD 2 was still there in the single player campaign. It was multiplayer however that would see the franchise explode in popularity. Killstreaks, insane customizations, prestige mode, CoD 4 was the game that started it all. I was hooked.
CoD: World at War was an entertaining return to World War II. Modern Warfare 2 was very similar to the first Modern Warfare. It was more of the same, but if it was more of the same good thing I didn't complain. Black Ops actually impressed me with a storyline unlike any other CoD, and Modern Warfare 3 brought a satisfying conclusion to the Modern Warfare trilogy. Black Ops II looks to innovate in some ways, and rumor is that the next CoD game will simply be Modern Warfare 4.
Now after 8 years, something has changed. To me, Call of Duty has become a ritual. Every year gamers, myself included, rush out during the holiday season to purchase essentially the same game over, and over, and over again. The formula has barely changed since CoD 4. Are the games incredibly polished, gorgeous to look at, and memorable first person shooters? The answer is a resounding yes on all fronts. However, put simply, it's all been done before just a year before by the previous installment. I'm bored. And now we reach my reasoning for ending the relationship and not purchasing Black Ops 2. Before I was a fan of Call of Duty you see, I was a fan of Halo.
This might seem like a contradiction. How can I be bored of Call of Duty when Halo is another first person shooter that has spawned numerous sequels? It's true, Halo has numerous sequels. The series currently includes 6 games if you include Halo Wars, the RTS spinoff and the upcoming Halo 4. Call of Duty on the other hand will have 11 games if we include Black Ops II. That is a ton of video games in a short period of time, and I'm simply burnt out.
Halo is the reason I'm an online multiplayer gamer today and why I've enjoyed Call of Duty all of these years. Halo 2 was the game I bought my Xbox and Live subscription for. After playing Call of Duty, my interest slowly left the rich sci-fi universe that is Halo, instead opting more for an adrenaline filled, Michael Bay like roller coaster ride every November.
It now occurs to me that Halo is something more than Call of Duty ever can, or will be. It boasts an expansive sci-fi setting with enough characters and lore to fill several books. It to be sure features explosive and action filled gameplay, but also slower moments of awe and sometimes even terror. There is simply something more to a Halo game, something less throwaway than Call of Duty is year after year.
So now I'm back on the other side of the fence. I've officially broken off my long relationship with Call of Duty and I'm returning to Halo. I won't be purchasing a Call of Duty title for the first time in 8 years. As I'm standing in line leading up to the midnight release of Halo 4 on November 6, I'll remember all the fun Call of Duty and me have had together. I'll miss you, CoD. But I truly believe that this is what's best for both of us.