Ok, I tried, I really did, to enjoy MW3. I have always been one of those people ready for the next challenge, the latest version. I was getting upset with some of the Youtube commentators for continuing to play BlOps with the new game out, wondering why they weren't playing the latest CoD, Black Ops was fun, but it was time to move on.
At first, MW3 was fun. The maps were fresh, they introduced some interesting new elements like Strike Packages... but the shine has definitely worn off. The same shenanigans that seem to infect all of Infinity Ward's offerings are present once more. I am finding it completely unplayable, and don't even enjoy it when I have matches where I am successful. The Pre-firing, inconsistency, and Lag Compensation has finally mae me give up on it. I play to have fun, and its just not fun anymore.
I have never really left Black Ops, albeit I have played mostly for Combat Training, which is still my favorite feature of the many innovations Treyarch put into this game. But I am back now, and until BlOps 2 comes out I don't see that changing. I may venture back to MW3 if my friends are insistent enough, and to check out whatever garbage maps they come out with next, but I am excited to be back in BlOps multi-player.
The more I think about Black Ops, I think it was by far the most innovative CoD title yet. Think about these innovations, and I am sure I will miss some:
I know there are many more things, and of course it has its faults as well (which I am sure have been explored in depth on these forums, which I am new to), so I won't go over those. But for me, the plus side far outweighs the negatives.
Looking forward to playing in Black Ops again, and am more excited now than ever for news on this years release. I hope they continue to improve on this model and veer away from the IW formula of "more of the same".
As if my first comment wasn't long-winded enough, remembered something I had forgotten.
COMBAT RECORD! Loved the in depth perspective BlOps offered. It went beyond K/D, which can be misleading, and offered a lot of really useful information. The Post game reports need to continue to be thorough as well, loved how they laid them out!
MW3 had little effort put into it. It took me awhile to see how much effort Treyarch actually put into Black Ops. IW sucks since the lawsuit and if Tryarch fails me, then bye-bye Call of Duty.
Glad to see I am not alone in this. MW3 had the potential to be a great, great game. They had some innovative ideas that could have changed the series for the better, but, as usual, they stopped short and never fully fleshed those ideas out. The Campaign I felt was brilliant, but the Multi-Player fell way short of expectations... or should I say sadly came to meet what we have come to expect of an IW offering.
Got to say I agree with you guys, last straw for me and my regular COD buddies was taking out hardcore team tactical, which was the only game type we could enjoy without being absolutely over run with noob tubing spraying idiots. Always enjoyed Black ops and it's still a great game. Still annoyed at loosing my old account, but that kind of made it fun having to start from scratch again :-)
I liked MW3 but the lag comp tuning has made it pretty much a giant frustration for me. I got rid of it and came back to Black Ops and I am happy with my decision. Lets all hope that the next Treyarch CoD will be another triumph and not a fail. I keep checking the MW3 forums to see if they fixed it but nothing but post after post about lag hmmmm..... IW take a hint and get it fixed! I am conviced that Treyarch is just head and shoulders above IW as far as development goes. I do feel ripped off after paying for Elite for I never really played any of the new maps that much because of the way the playlist was set up and then after the map pack was released playing with the maps enabled made lag horrible, and disabling them made it not as bad but still too frustrating to play. Who knows if they will ever make that game work. Until they do I am sticking with Treyarch releases only.
I have to say, I completely agree with the OP on this one. After the smoke has cleared regarding MW3, it really feels to me that MW3 is inferior to Black Ops in just too many ways. CANT WAIT FOR BO2!
I totally agree with you if i put in MW3 i usually have to back out a few times before finding a decent lobby. And still struggle to get kills due to the poor ping from the stupid matchmaking they use, ok i take the game out put in Black Ops the other week and joined a game and went 18 and 2 yeah i know the maps a bit better but come on that says it all. Yes black Ops has some lag issues with hit boxes at times but nothing like MW3, and unless the update that is suppose to be out in the next couple of weeks fixes matchmakng to sort out pings it will go down as the worst online game made by Infinity Award and Activision. 11 title updates in 5 months WTF they had 2 years to make this dribble and still failed i am sticking with Black Ops until the next one comes out and am steering clear of any future COD modern warefare games especially if made by Infinity Award.