So, for the first time in years... I wasn't playing on Release Day. Life has changed, different responsibilities... and I just don't have the time to game as much as I used to. I had pre-ordered months ago, so I got the game on Release Day, but it has just been sitting there teasing me for the past week or so.
I have been keeping up with the Forums, however, and seeing the diverse response. I have seen everything from "Greatest Game Ever" to "The Death of the CoD Series". I usually try not to be swayed, but part of me was really wondering what to expect by the time I popped the disc into my machine Saturday.
To my great pleasure, I am really enjoying the game thus far. I haven't touched anything beyond MP at this point, but I like what I see so far. Played for several hours Saturday and Sunday, and it was good to be back in the COD world, playing with some old friends and getting to know the new game.
Is it perfect? No. By no stretch of the imagination is it perfect... but I can't think of a single title in the series that was. But.. it is CoD. It feels like CoD. It plays like CoD... and darn it.. It is FUN. I think over the years, that is all I want anymore from Call of Duty... I just want it to challenge me, and I just want to have fun playing it.
Did I have issues with the game? Sure, I had a few qualms with the game, and some rage-inducing moments. First off, I really like a majority of the maps. They are larger, lots of flanking routes. But there are some that baffle me. Take Siege, for instance. The map is just a big clutter, and I found it almost forced teams to have to dig in and camp or risk getting picked off from one of the numerous dark corners. It just doesn't flow well for me. There were a few others that I really struggled on, but that one stands out for me. A lot of it, however, I feel was due to the fact I just don't know the maps, and as I get to know them better my experience and ability to strategize will improve. The Spawns are obviously an issue, it did get frustrating at times getting shot in the rear end. As well as I may have been playing, had a lot of streaks ended because of this, even on full teams controlling a spawn and communicating. I had a lot of trouble grasping the new Class Setup and I am not crazy about the Squad Points system; and in typical IW/CoD fashion they don't explain much and leave it to us to decipher how things are supposed to work.
But overall I enjoyed the game. The connections, beyond a few minor lag issues here and there, felt much better than in Black Ops 2, and the hit detection seemed spot on. Movement felt smooth to me, and so far I like the way the guns handle. The new Marksman class is a welcome addition, and I like that there is so much diversity and customization in soldier and class setup. I also like that it allows for diversity in play. I may not much like the campy, slow play style on some maps but I understand there are players who enjoy that, so they should get some say as well. I felt like most of the maps had a good array of tactical possibilities, and I like that they will take me a while to learn, as opposed to BO2 maps which I could pick up on after one play through. I think if I ever get time, Squads or Private matches against the Bots is really going to be necessary to learn the layout and intricacies of each map. Heck, even Core is somewhat playable now... had fun trying and failing miserably at Cranked (Note to self, not a good mode to play if you have no map knowledge!).
Enjoying the game so far. The issues for me are far outweighed by how fun the game itself is. I think it is a game that won't burn us out as quickly as a few previous titles and has a lot of potential to end up being a classic.
Glad you finally got to play
Very good player review. Unlike most I've read so far since release. No game is ever going to please everybody in every respect. But overall if you enjoy playing it, that's what counts.
Get of my brain OP.
Exactly my thoughts on this game.
That is a good review, rather in depth considering your lack of time on the game. I quite agree with almost everything you said, the only thing that is really keeping me from the ultimate pleasure is the same niggling issue i have encountered over the last three games, albeit not near as bad. Perhaps i am too picky and expect near to perfection in regards to connection when in reality i know that is far from possible. I just cannot fathom why my experience has taken a decline regarding that since release day and successive patches, could be player count?.
That would be frustrating. For the most part my connection was strong. Have you tried resetting your home network? I find for me that usually solves my issue unless a larger issue is occurring either with my ISP or the game servers.
Same with mine. It's nowhere near unplayable, but something is different. I wish they'd Release all patch notes.
My experiences exactly. As much as I want to like this game, the lag issues (lag being my shots registering vs. my opponents shots) make it hard to play.
Great review, nicedrewish. It's good to see a level-headed review.
What's really piqued my interest is that there seems to be a them of "It's fun to play" in the positive reviews. I like that. That reminds me so much of MW1 when the newcomers to the community, and I was one and there were a crapload of newcomers, could not put our finger on what made the game fun ... we just knew it was.
There's some things I read that make me uneasy about this release. But when has there ever been a COD that had some aspect of it that left you feeling uneasy?
I think one of the big attractions to CoD is that it is accessible to everyone. There really is something for everybody to enjoy in these games. Some games really only appeal to a segment of the population... perhaps they are sci-fi or fantasy or a tower defense or simulator... but CoD has elements it seems that relate to a broader, more diverse population.
Because of this, they can't ever make everyone happy. You make the maps smaller... folks who play a slower, more "campy" play style freak out. You make the maps bigger "run and gunners" freak out. It is impossible to strike a balance. I feel, overall, they did a pretty good job of this on here. I am not much of a camper myself (will do so when the situation calls for it), as I am just too impatient, so I like that it offers good flanking and alternative routes. People complain about things they don't like, but they rarely stop to think that others may enjoy it.