The disparity between critical consensus and audience reactions in the gaming sphere is often rather extreme. Call of Duty is the perfect example, for if you look back through its history on Metacritic for instance, critics and users very seldom agree. Call of Duty: Ghosts received 78/100 and 3.2/10 from critics and users respectively, Advanced Warfare on the other hand has 83/100 and 5.3/10.
With these two games, we can already see the pattern that all of Activision's recent Call of Duty games have followed: critics praise them, users complain about them. But how does Activision's latest release, Black Ops 3, fit into this pattern? Have users joined critics in their praise for the game's innovations? Has Black Ops 3 heralded the return of Call Of Duty? Well, not exactly.
Black Ops 3 & the Future of Call of Duty
Let me make this much clear - I really like Black Ops 3. I'm enjoying its multiplayer, a mode that I never usually engage with, its campaign was surprisingly fun in comparison to what came before it, and its zombie mode is an addictive romp; which is due in no small part to the presence of Jeff Goldblum. Love ya, Jeff.
But if we take a look at Metacritic once more, we notice that the cycle continues. The game is currently enjoying 81/100 from critics, whereas users have slapped it with a total of 4.6/10. That's extremely low for a game that numerous critics have praised. Though the same is happening to Fallout 4 on that site.
So what does this tell us about Call of Duty and the future of the franchise? What are the grievances that fans have with Black Ops 3?
Below are some of the statements from users on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
- Terrible. The only redeeming factor of this game is zombies. The entire rest of the game is a blatant ripoff of Titanfall. I honestly thought I was playing Titanfall for a while until I realized you can't drop a Titan from the sky. Bad game. - Birakon
- The game adds nothing new to the franchise, it's just like every COD title: rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. I have no idea how people find this game remotely enjoyable, not to mention the past two titles. - vZeqk___
- COD is on a slow slippery slope to oblivion if they keep releasing these god awful games! If I'm honest, after Ghosts I didn't think they would have enough fans left to continue. - Turbodowg
- I know Call of Duty has been going downhill for sometime, but I had some hopes for Black Ops III since Black Ops have always raised the bar for the series. However, they failed.
Do We Need More Than Zombies & Multiplayer?
The consensus is clear. Fans are unhappy about the direction that Activision have taken a series that so many of us enjoyed back in the early days of Modern Warfare and the glorious Modern Warfare II. To many, Call of Duty games don't warrant their price tags, especially considering the fact that we get a new one every year.
While some - like myself - have enjoyed what Black Ops 3 has to offer, devoted fans of the franchise are unhappy with the receiving the same product year in, year out. Things need to change. But how?