Call of Duty: It Is A Love, Hate Relationship
As a former Halo 3 junkie, I never thought there would be a game that would encompass my gaming habits such as Microsoft and Bungie’s masterpiece, but I was wrong. Through the advice of my brother, I took his recommendation of trying a new shooter called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or also known to many as COD4. In his words, it was a more “realistic” shooter, so after giving it much thought, I decided to go ahead and purchase this game that everyone was raving about. I mean, seriously, I thought, “This game is going to suck!” No plasma grenades, no energy sword, and, above all, no Master Chief. On the contrary, sir, on the contrary, Call of Duty 4 has turned out to be one of my favorite shooters ever and the Call of Duty series still takes up the majority of my gaming time five years later.
Love it or loath it, Call of Duty is the king of shooters. That is a fact. People gripe about it all the time, myself included. However, no matter how many times I’ve complained or have heard other people complain, we all still come back to play it. The weekly numbers don’t lie and the sales scream the game has a huge loyal fanbase. According to Xbox Live’s online activity for the week of April 9, all of the Call of Duty titles, since Call of Duty 4, are listed in the top twenty of the most popular games played. Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops have been numbers one and two, respectively, for weeks. Ever since Modern Warfare 2’s release, the Call of Duty series has broken entertainment records every year. The numbers are staggering and Activision, if the materials were available, could probably afford to build their own Death Star, which would cost $852 quadrillion.
The Call of Duty series is such an interesting game because it makes people rage, but it also keeps them coming back for more. That is the hook. Perhaps it may be the fact that even though I got beat by that camper or the guy running around with the shotgun, I look at the TV with one eyebrow raised and think, “Yeah, I can beat them.” and throw the disk back into the Xbox 360 for one more round.
Let me know how you feel about the franchise in the comment section or check out my Call of Duty collection below and as always, have a good weekend!