By Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
I’ve been a fan of the Call of Duty (CoD) game series since 2007 when I first played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It was a great game and was well-worthy of the recently remastered edition for current generation gaming power.
In a weird way, as I’ve ‘matured’ as a gamer and as I’ve learnt to relax and enjoy gaming for what it is, a form of escapism, CoD has become a guilty pleasure. It might be because of the looks and comments I get when I tell other people that I play CoD but there’s just something about it that makes me go back for each game launch.
In fact, since I first played CoD 4, another 11 games have launched and I’ve played all of them and owned 9 of them giving them a lot of playtime each year!
With the relatively recent announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, due to release later this year, my CoD senses are tingling and the more I watch of the new game trailers, the more excited I get!
That, in essence, is why I keep going back to CoD. It’s the slightly juvenile excitement I get when I’m playing it. It takes me back to my teens when I’d get home from school and within 5 minutes a whole team of us would be on CoD having a great time!
Times have changed a lot since then, but oddly enough, my CoD habits haven’t and I’ve basically replaced getting home from school with getting home from work, when a team of us jump on and play like old times.
Yes, I know, so far this is all coming across as very nostalgic, which might seem like a silly reason to keep buying what some people essentially see as the same game each year, so let’s get down to gameplay.
The quality of CoD games has fluctuated massively over the years and to be honest, that’s probably a good blog in itself – the best and worst of CoD. For me, the gameplay is usually good enough to play and the real buzz comes from the fact that it’s not a particularly hard game to play, especially at my level.
For example, I LOVE the Halo games but when it comes to multiplayer, I find Halo a much more complex and hard game to play, despite them both being first person shooters. Halo has more layers to it with clever maps, shield/health regeneration and depending on the game type, a relatively fair starting point in terms of weapons.
CoD is a mix of arcade style FPS with run-and-gun tactics from the majority of people who play online – and it’s relatively easy to get points.
With it being such an easy game to get into, I just find it relatively satisfying to play, especially with friends. It’s all about the multiplayer experience for me.
Truth be told, I haven’t properly played through a CoD campaign for years, because they’re usually a bit meh and I was pretty happy when they scrapped it for another online mode (Blackout) in the latest game.
I don’t expect everyone to enjoy CoD and sometimes I wonder why I keep going back and why I still play it but it all comes down to the fact that it’s a fun, nostalgic and at times, slightly silly experience. I like that you can run and gun and that you can play tactically with friends and it’s fun all the same.
I’m already eyeing up the new game and there’s a good chance that come October I will be buying the game.