Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and now Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. All of these installments have had futuristic settings determine the locals, weapons, and upgrades for the campaigns and multiplayers within them. Personally, and I think a lot of gamers will agree with me, this is getting boring.
With the likes of Titanfall and other futuristic shooters out there, those who like the FPS genre are drenched in futuristic games. Lately, we've seen fans of the Call of Duty franchise ask for something more, something different. Are we asking Activision to take us back to the days of old warfare? Or should we continue on this path of futurism?
Black Ops 3, Call of Duty, And Futuristic Shooters
I really enjoy Black Ops 3, let me make that clear from the start. The zombie mode is engaging, the campaign is decent, and the multiplayer has kept me engaged in a way that no other CoD game has. In saying that, I'm not a devoted fan of this franchise (even though I've played every installment). I simply enjoy the mindless shooting, and the occasional match online. I'm simply keeping tabs on Call of Duty.
But Activision shouldn't be purely focusing on the casual shooter-player. There is a devoted fanbase there, one that has asked for something new. They're being sent the same packages over and over, and are tired of the lack of innovation. Therefore, should we see everything be stripped back, and see Activision devote themselves to making another classic war game?
There's one moment in the Call Of Duty franchise that has, for some reason, always stuck with me. It happens in the course of the first Black Ops game, and it remarkably gave me the smallest indication of how harrowing war could be - which is what a great shooter should do. It was the Vietnam segment.
I distinctly remember running through the trenches and seeing people die left, right, and centre. People were being shot, they were burning alive, they were being stabbed, and the sound design helped create a sense of entrapment in this world of horror.
It was a powerful moment in the Call of Duty franchise, because it felt almost too real for me. Black Ops 3 can't accomplish that. It's detached fantasy, and for that reason I can't connect with it - even if some of its characters are relatable.
I'd love to see Activision take a chance with an old war game once again. The time doesn't matter, and the setting matters even less. They could put me in any war in the past and I'd be more engaged then I would be with the mechs of the future. The Call of Duty games are becoming predictable and stale. Therefore, should Black Ops 3 be the last futuristic CoD game? Let us know what you think in the comments below!