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.