Call of Duty Black Ops 4 - Why I'm already selling it.
My Call of Duty ‘career’ started with Modern Warfare 2 back in 2009 & I was in love! Although, it wasn’t the first time I was introduced to the franchise because I did play Call of Duty 3. It was, however, the first time I had my own room, Xbox 360 & a good internet connection with lots of ‘friends’ to play on the same team with. Whilst there were plenty of high’s and low’s with playing in a group/party of six with everyone at the mature (*extremely loud cough*) age of 19/20 years old, overall, it was really fun.
As the years went on, so did the list of Call of Duty titles. After Modern Warfare 2 came the infamous Black Ops developed by Treyarch & I was even more in love with this game than I was with the prior, which I completely embraced. There was just something about the game that connected with me. At this point I was heavily involved with my gaming & Black Ops was ‘my’ game. I played very competitively, even if the match I/we were playing had no real rewards, i.e., tournament trophy, prize money etc. Regardless, I took it seriously. I was committed to the cause!
Following Black Ops was Modern Warfare 3, which I didn’t play a great deal of. My memory around that time is a little fuzzy, so I can’t re-call that much, apart from the fact I didn’t really enjoy what was on offer. However, following that release was, in my opinion, the single greatest Call of Duty of all time, Black Ops 2. I like to believe that this was a game that defined a generation & I played the best I had ever done. Looking back, that was most certainly my peak with the franchise. Everything that was going on in my life was still very much non-existent/of no real importance, so I had everything to give & despite a whole host of Call of Duty games that followed, I still spent an incredible amount of time on it, as did lot’s of other people around the world.
Call of Duty Ghosts was then released in 2013 & the year after that was Advanced Warfare. I did not play either of these games because I was still playing Black Ops 2, but then came Black Ops 3, which I didn’t take to AT ALL due to the jet-packs, wall-running & the futuristic theme. No longer was Call of Duty the game I knew & I was bitterly disappointed. Infinite Warfare proceeded the year after, then World War 2 in 2017. When the latter came, I was over the moon for boots on the ground. Unfortunately, the game had zero spark.
This brings me nicely onto Black Ops 4 & one thing I must point out immediately is the question I kept/keep asking myself, ‘‘why has Treyarch continued the Black Ops series??’’. They had the perfect opportunity to create something fresh/new, but all they did was continue a series that really needed to be left in the past.
It didn’t bother me that there was no campaign & Battle Royale was something that I genuinely thought I could enjoy. I actually ended up being bored in the few games I played, if i’m being (brutally) honest.
Zombies is, from what I hear, addictive & that’s great for those who play it. I did thoroughly enjoy Kino Der Totten on Black Ops 1. All Zombie modes since then got that little bit more complex & it put me off. The simplicity of Kino Der Totten was what made it so appealing.
Multiplayer feels like something that has been copy & pasted from previous Black Ops entries. How can a game that is so well known for it’s multiplayer feel like it’s the least loved child out of the three modes to choose from? Perhaps it’s because I’ve played Call of Duty Multiplayer for almost 10 years & I have simply grown out of it? I like to think i’m still a good player (at times) when i’m in the zone & there are moments before/during a match where I feel like i’m 19 years old again & eager to win. However, this all comes crashing down after a very short amount of time & i’m content with putting the controller down. The inclusion of previous Black Ops maps is great at first, yet very quickly becomes tiresome for me as I played them so much already on the original games they were on. The sounds of the bullets are awesome, but the guns themselves seem lackluster/uninspiring & the kill-streaks are just ‘okay’. I am by no means complaining for the sake of it or nitpicking. There’s just no wow-factor here. Treyarch had three years to put something truly spectacular together to remind us all how great this franchise once was/can be. Instead, we ended up with mediocrity.
As much as it pains me to write this, I think it’s time for me to move on from Call of Duty. I spent an unprecedented amount of time during my late teens & twenties on their games. They brought me up when I was feeling down (well, apart from the times I was spawn trapped). Through the thick & thin in my life, they were there for me. Cheesy, I know, but I grew up with them. More importantly, I was there when, I believe, Call of Duty was at it’s best & I am profoundly grateful for that.