What Will It Take To Get Me To Play Modern Warfare 3?

What Will It Take To get Me To Play Modern Warfare 3?

By: Dwayne “EVO Knight” Morash

I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with the Call of Duty franchise.  To be clear, my disdain for COD stems from more than just an opinion on the basic fundamentals of the game; ie. Graphics, gameplay, etc..

At the risk of ranting for the length of this entire article I will try to keep it brief. My biggest issue with the Call of Duty franchise is the fact that the publisher ( Activision) feels the need to release a new version of the game every year! That in itself is not inherently a bad concept as other companies have done so with decidedly good results; but when the game displays no visible improvements over its predecessor in the form of graphics, sound or playability, then it becomes blatant “milking.”

Here is what we know: Call of Duty is running on a game engine that was dated from at least 4 years ago. The developers have not upgraded or enhanced the engine to keep pace with the latest and greatest games on the market. Now I know you are all saying  “graphics don’t make a game,” but really?

Shouldn’t the biggest selling game of all time also be one of the best looking games and deliver a game experience like no other?

I am troubled by the fact that the gaming public is blinded by pure marketing hype and they cannot see that the publisher is not spending any money beyond the bare basic amount to create sequels that will sustain at least another year of sales. What is even more saddening is that the game industry is being destroyed by this game. Activision has created a franchise that eclipses all other games. Gamers are not taking a breath to try new games or experiment outside of their COD habit. As a result, the industry has become a one-game industry. I know many people who have only played COD on their chosen system. There is hardly any room left for new IP’s and variety in games to exist.

Lets talk about gameplay; COD4 ( Modern Warfare) was heralded for giving gamers a RPG-style unlock and progression system in a first person shooter. It was the first time we were able to take pride in our accomplishments through an in-game ranking system that rewarded us. Four games later we are now staring at the same system just with more and more unlockables. The Developers of each subsequent COD installment since that game have simply layered more and more on top of each game where finally we have a convoluted and unbalanced version of COD4 being handed to us every year.

This brings me to my main gripe about the current state of any Call of Duty game, balance.

In an effort to give gamers a world of choice and customization, Activision has forgotten that more is not always better.  It’s okay to have a dozen or so weapons and options to customize you’re in game warrior but as long as it’s all balanced and still favours player skill over your chosen weapon of destruction. All the great shooters have had a higher emphasis placed on player skill despite offering a good amount of weapon variety. The current state of Call of Duty has shifted the pendulum the other way and made it such that your individual skill is less an issue than what weapon load out you are armed with. Throw on special abilities and the massively destructive “push a button and get instant kills” Killstreak rewards and you have a game that rewards you for having a better gun than your opponent versus how good your aim is.

COD has lost its way….

So what can it do to redeem itself and “what will it take to get me to play Modern Warfare 3 ?”

Lets itemize this shall we?

Number 1: Impress me with better visuals than your previous outings – DO NOT give me a game that makes me have to squint in order to notice improvements to the games graphics. Show me that at least some of the billions of dollars you have made of this franchise has gone into improving the visual experience of this game. Graphics are the equivalent of first impressions on a  date; you have one chance to make that great impression so don’t blow it.

Number 2: Less shooting in the main campaign – The last 2 COD games literally became a duck hunt-style FPS. I felt like I was being moved to one shooting corridor after another. Granted cut scenes broke up the action with some story but when the CGI was over, it was on to more and more shooting. It got so bad in Black Ops that I actually got a headache. There was no pacing and my senses where in full throttle. Ease up on the trigger and give me something else to do during each level.

Number 3: Fewer options – Based on what I have seen of MW3 previews it will require me to take a night course in Video game level progression just to understand all of the options in MW3. Less is more Activision.

Number 4: Balance – If they are going to overwhelm us with a crazy amount of weapons and gadgets, then please make at least a solid attempt to balance everything out. If the developers wanted to make a balanced game, they would talk to the boys over at Bungie since Activision now owns them. Killstreaks and perks need to be slimmed down and weapon quantity needs to be roped in at this point. The one thing I can’t stand is someone “out gunning ” me as opposed to “out shooting” me. If I can’t win a match with a starting gun and a couple of grenades then you know you went overboard with gun selection.

Number 5: Hackers be gone – To be honest I actually loved Modern Warfare 2 when I first got it. About a month or two after it was released, it was a different matter. Between balance issues (dual shotguns shooting across the map) and the hackers that descended upon it, I was officially done. I cannot stand playing a game where I do not know if losing was a result of my lack of skill or a result of someone cheating the game. Out-of-map glitches, one-hit kills and a wide assortment issues layered onto a flawed prestige system pretty much killed it for me. If they can lock out the hackers and assure me that me dying is a result of my own noobish skills then I am happy !

Will I still play MW3 if some of the things on the above list are fixed?  I sure will! If the game is balanced and has somehow locked out the hackers and returns to form, then I will embrace it as I have other shooters this past year. I am a well-rounded gamer and will always try a game once, but mark my words Modern Warfare 3…

If you let me down and don’t think for a second that I don’t have a prettier and more polished date waiting in the wings then you have lost me forever!

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Posted on October 16, 2011, in Opinions And Editorials and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I agree with your number five and plan on waiting to pick up MW3 after the holidays are over. There are simply too many other great games out there to be sucked into another disappointing experience like I was for Black Ops

  2. Have a winge, dont like the game? stop playing it…shit review

  3. @ Jaz, you are idiot. This is not a review, it’s an opinion and it’s great. Everything he said is true. Probably you’re the one of these morons that didn’t played anything else but cod.

  4. The engine is fine (I’d rather have a simple engine that runs stable and fast than a new engine that doesn’t run good on consoles). The engine has been tweaked and is an upgrade from MW2 (none of the original id Tech 3 engine code remains, it’s a custom engine now). The modern warfare series comes out each 2 years, not 1, it’s your fault if you want to buy all the Call Of Duties. The series is not perfect and has some serious issues (linear single player, no coop story, etc…) but not as many as those “Hating the mainstream is pro” dudes claim. Battlefield 3 also isn’t very innovative (stick to it’s own formula, just as MW3, and that is good). Awesome graphics and PARTIAL destruction don’t make a game (any 20+ year old gamer knows that). Metal Gear Solid, Ocarina Of Time, A link to the past, Eternal Darkness, Golden Eye 64, Perfect Dark, Deus Ex, Super Meat Boy,… Huh, those n00bs and their graphics.

    • What you said is true, a stable TESTED engine on consoles and more fps is better for mp rather a untested one.

      Cod looks great in my opinion especialy on pc.

      Also bf3 is not “innovative” i dont understand why so many clueless people think so. What is new in bf3? bf2142 classes, moh feel and hud, bf2/bc2 weapons and some of the bf2 vehicles and jets.

      Nothign really new, also its the most generic moden war game, put a mech or some gadget in it and then we talk about it.

      Graphics dont make a game, deus ex is a prime example, they did a better enviroment that any of the biggest graphics games outhere by using art rather advanced graphics.

  5. Why Activision should change Call of Duty?
    – Cause I need something to bitch about.
    Why Activision shouldn’t change Call of Duty?
    – Cause it’s the biggest fucking franchise of all time.

  6. “what it will take to get me to play mw3”

    More brains and less bias.

    Milking? uncharted 3 looks like 2, so does mass efect 3, spiderman edge of time, assasin creed revelatiosn which looked like brotherhood which looked like ac2. The best sequels ever, fallout 2, doom 2 and diablo 2 were basicly a 1.5 of the previous game.

    1. Call of duty engine started from id tech 3, which is now free, HOWEVER, they changed EVERYTHING, now its an engine of its own, it has NONE of the original code. So NO its not old, no more or less than dice’s frostbite 2 that has been under development for 5 years, while iw engine is constantly upgraded. How can you say it looks like mw2? It has better textures, lighting, streaming, bigger enviroments, better geometry and character models.

    Also keep in mind that no matter how much money you put into an “new” engine” that “new” engine wont take advantage of old hardware.

    You cant have 60 fps and new graphics and new engine on very old consoles.

    Infact bf3 on consoles looks nowhere near good as the trailers and neither rage or crysis 2 looked as impressive as crysis. Infact rage doesnt not even look as good as mw2 on pc.

    Seriously people have been comparing vanilla rage on pc with vanilla doom 3 and doom 3 had better textures.

    2. ARE YOU SERIOUS? You got it wrong, cod 2 and cod4 and waw had FAR FAR FAR more shooting than mw2 and black ops. Mw3 does not have respawning enemies.

    3.less is more indeed, screw vehicles and crap upgrades in bf3.

    4.This is gonna be the most balanced cod yet, no one man army, no commando or last stand, noobtubing is not an option, recoil maps designed to prevent camping.

    5.The new cheater report system with a dedicated team that checks up the game should take care of that.

    • You have spoken wisely. Also MW3 will feature almost instant (no patch) gun balancing, more modes, reduced knife lunge (I love that and I’m a knifer), Strike Packages, etc… MW3 is the ultimate Call Of Duty. A game shouldn’t change, it should improve upon it’s previous iterations. So many losers that think it’s “cool” to hate on the successful, as if they knew better than the Metacritic scores. They make us gamers look like obsessed geeks.

      • The ANNOYING thing is that there other franchises that do it, like say assasin creed, but they dont bitch about it now do they because they like that game.

        So WHY cant we like the game we want? seriously, i like THIS franchise, i DONT want it to change, we saw how well that worked out with all the reboots, prince of persia in 2008 is a good example, not a bad game, just nothing like the previous, thats why it flopped and resulted into making a warrior within 1.5 to satisfy the fans.

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