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I love modern military-themed First Person Shooters...they're
my favorites. I've played all of the Call of Duty games since Modern Warfare
and all the Battlefield games since Battlefield 2. Every year or so, whenever
there is talk of a new one coming out, I ignore all of the grumblings and trashing
that seems to follow these games around. I know I'll get them and play them,
regardless of what the critics say.
Well, that used to be true...until Call of Duty Ghosts and
Battlefield 4 were released late last year.
I do own Battlefield 4. I bought it a few weeks ago. I've
played the single player mission for maybe an hour. Maybe a little more. But
not much. I have zero hours logged in the multiplayer part of the game.
It's my understanding Battlefield 4 has had some major
server and connection issues. To be honest, I don't know much about it...who is
affected, how long it has been going on and whether it's been fixed or not.
When you don't play, you don't really notice or care.
Regarding Call of Duty: Ghosts, I don't even own it...although
I admit I recently ordered it...finally. Only two and half or three months after it was released.
I suppose that doesn't mean I'll play it after it gets here. I know nothing
about the game, really. I haven't heard much chatter about it...good or bad. I couldn't tell you how either game scored. And I don't even
recall seeing a user review for either.
I suppose that's what sort of concerns me and makes me ask,
Are Call of Duty and Battlefield done?
Clearly, it would seem they're not as significant to me as
they once were. I can remember going to midnight releases, coming home and
playing it for a bit, going to work, coming home and then playing it all
weekend until I finished it. With the exception of Team Fortress 2, I have more
hours logged on Battlefield 2 than any other game in my gaming career...nearly
1200 hours. And now I'm barely even buying them or playing them.
If it were just me, I wouldn't even think twice about it.
But I can't help but wonder if it isn't others too. On the blogging front, I
haven't seen a lot of blogs about either of these games. In the past, in the
weeks leading up to the release, and the weeks after the release...it used to be
all people would talk about. The midnight launch parties used to be insane. I
didn't hear anything this time around. I know I didn't attend any.
In year's past we would always hear how Call of Duty x broke
sales records and pushed x number of units. The only game I recall getting that
sort of attention from last year was Grand Theft Auto V. Didn't hear much about Call of Duty.
Certainly not Battlefield.
Did either of these games even get mentioned in any of the
Game of the Year articles published by Game Informer? Hmm, I don't recall.
It's that silence. That's what has me worried. I say
worried, because I tell myself I still love these games, and I believe I do. I want to play them
and probably will get around to it eventually.
Maybe everybody is happy happy happy and busy playing the
game. Could be I suppose. But my concern is we're finally experiencing the fate
we feared would inevitably come. The death of Call of Duty and Battlefield.