This is a sad day for me. Ive been playing FPS like the original Doom, then on to Golden eye, Counter strike and fell in love with the Rainbox 6 series and Halo, on to Far Cry back to rainbow... then the CODs came along. I truly loved the sense of feeling you had playing in the rainbow 6 games where if you died you sat in the lobby, which is probably why I kind of like SnD in CoD. I truly loved the Far cry Map editors which makes minecraft seem meaningless when you love to shoot. it was hard to pull me away from Far Cry but the game physics of COD coupled with the way it used to play with very little lag, open maps, simple killstreaks made playing with a team fun. Still I missed the days of rainbow and far cry where we would fill a room of 16 people of all friends, and not care about K/Ds and getting bored with tiny maps. I spent thousands of hours creating maps for my friends, we had vehicles, a blast every night.
I feel this series took a horrible turn with the first Black ops. Imediately you could tell that everything was meant for close quarter combat so people could make their montages and promote the game shamelessly. Kill streaks were no longer simple and lag became horrible because every fight was within 20 meters. MW3 attempted to do the same with even smaller maps and probelms with spawning and lag became worse. Death streaks, quickscoping, host lag comp and too many different game modes were just watering out the population. The Elite service that was supposed to revolutionize the way we tracked stats and promoted competitive gaming was a complete debacle.
I still say that WAW was the best COD ever with COD4 a close second, and it seems most people say the same thing. The reason is simple. he majority of maps were large and allowed different styles of gameplay-sniping, assault-mid range, close quarter if you took specific routes. The maps looked real, they made sense. The kill streaks were simple to understand. 3 5 7 kills BAM BAM BAM it was like you knew in the back of your head what you had to do to get the next streak.
BOPS2 has none of the things in it that made this franchise successful. The maps mostly tiny, or cluttered so heavily that they seem tiny because every fight is within 20 yards, which also means the lag seems so much worse than it might actually be, who knows. The spawns are horrible. Hosting is impossible. I need a frickin calculator on my knee to figure out what I need to do to get a score streak, so I basically go through the match just having no idea of when its coming. The game just feels sloppy.
Ive been an active member of these forums for years and Ive never seen so many complaints, nor so many ignored. This game just came out and there hasnt been a community update since the 21st of November? Once again Beachhead is a joke. I cant even take it after last year. Apparently Far Cry 3 is the king of the hill again based on ratings, so I guess Im going there until 3arch wakes up. It just makes me sad that this was my favorite franchise, and its lost its roots.