Preface: I am an adult gamer ( 40 years old, wife, kid, full time job ) and play Blop2 recreationally and in no way consider myself an VERY GOOD FPS player, but instead think I am good/passable. I understand the maps/spawns and understand the rules of the game types I play and consider myself a good team player.
When Blop2 came out, I spent a good portion of a month watching videos online, youtube, of assorted players and really enjoyed what I saw and decided by the end of November to go out and purchase it for my xbox 360. Now, from what I had seen online, blop2 seemed like a very team/goal oriented game with a lot of communication and teamwork ( mistake #1: I spent too much time watching players who played on teams/clans and witnessed their brand of teamwork, not what is normal for public/online play). So when I jumped online for public matches, I was surprised to find that I was one of the only people talking and communicating in most matches. But I just chalked it up to me being new and maybe people not trusting me or something like that.
Now, I had my normal growing pains, having never played a FPS before, but after a couple months, I got the hang of it and had gone from a .75 kdr and 30% winning percentage to a 1.10 kdr and nearly a 50% winning percentage. Unfortunately, I found in public matches, what I had seen when I started was still there and nothing had changed in the way of teammates and objective-based play.
(note: due to my hours/life, most of the people I am friends with online are not on at the times I play, so it is hard for me to have a consistent team and mostly have to go with randoms in league play)
It is then that I decided to jumped into league play in hope of finding teamwork and enjoyable gameplay. BUT, once again, I found that league play was full of people who didn't communicate nor played the objective. I would have my mic on and call out enemy positions and try to organize my team, but rarely did it ever do any good. I would constantly find myself outgunned and outmatched by players, such as myself, who knew how to actually play objective based games. And to this day, it is basically the same. Players jump into League play blindly, figuring if they can just slay in public matches, so they should be able to in league play. Don’t get me wrong, some of them can and actually succeed, but most just become annoyances for those of us who actually enjoy the strategy/teamwork portion of the game and find it ruined by someone who rage quits after 2 minutes or spends the entire time spinning in a circle in the corner, thinking it is funny to ruin other people’s games. It is unfortunate that the ratio or good player to bad player is grossly unbalanced in league play.
What I have learned about Black Ops 2 is that the majority of its players are selfish, immature and lack any knowledge of what being a teammate is or how to play the objective. They are more pre-occupied with trying to get “diamond” camo or make an emblem of an ass/breasts (thinking in their immature minds that it is funny) or get their precious KDR as high as possible rather than trying to win games or play objectives, even in league play. I cannot count how many times I have been left 3v4 or 2v4 because of players quickly dropping out of games because they got killed 2 or 3 times in a row and fearing their precious KDR would be forever ruined quickly disconnect or rage out because they just don’t understand how to play blop2 and get out-played at every turn. Little do they know that if they actually took the time to learn the game/maps/spawns/objectives and communicate and work as a team, they would perform considerably better and enjoy their gameplay 100% more then they currently do.
KDR/Diamond Camos’/ High Score Streaks/ Nuclear Kill Streaks have ruined online gameplay by forcing the player to be selfish and greedy in my opinion. Until a game such as this is not based completely on individuality, it will fail in my eyes considerably as a team/objective based game. I know that I am not in the minority when it comes to this and have heard from many people online that they are experiencing the same feelings/results and just don’t play anymore because of it. Because of this past year, I maybe find myself online maybe once a week, playing for maybe 2-3 hours and then just forgetting about the game, finding the frustration of online play just too much to bear lately… pity. I still carry a decent winning percentage and a kdr over 1.10, but find it just too frustrating to put up with the garbage that comes along with online play lately.
Future: I had reserved Ghosts when it first was announced and was sort of excited for a change, but was disappointed on what I saw in the release trailers and online gameplay already released. From what I have seen, the graphics are not really an improvement and maybe even a slight step down from Blop2. Then I see that there is no “league play” in Ghosts and realize that the majority of online play will be public matches and all I foresee is more of what I currently see in blop2, no thank you.
I have terminated my pre-order for COD: Ghosts and replaced it with BF4. From what I have seen and from what others have told me, BF is more geared toward teamwork, rewarding players with higher XP for doing team oriented play and not individual play. There are no scorestreaks or "diamond camo" for people to concentrate on, bonus. I think it is time to make the change and see if BF is all that COD failed to be.