First off, I'm not here to insult anyone at either Activision or Infinity Ward.
I rarely use forums, I don't think they make much of a difference when developers don't really seem to show appreciation or even the slightest care about their costumers/players, and I feel this is the case here. What I'm going to write here has probably been said already, but I think it's fair I say it again from my point of view.
I pre-purchased the Hardened Edition, it was near my birthday so I was kind of excited, thinking "well, I enjoyed Modern Warfare, I'm sure Infinity Ward will put something good this time", how wrong was I. I remember paying $120, the HE sells for $99.99 now. I'll make a pause here to explain that I live in Venezuela, if you know anything about this country, you know that economically speaking, it's broken beyond reason, our legal exchange rate can go as high a 70VEF(Bs.F) for 1$, this makes it incredibly expensive for people, who like me, don't have a credit card and can't access the exchange system that charges around 13VEF for 1$, and which by the way, only lets you spend $300 a year in electronic purchases. Ok, back to the HE, I payed $120, and now it sells for $99.99, that for me now means that I got a really ugly, useless and pointless "The Watcher" patch and a map that I dont think anyone really liked, "Freefall". I'd like to ask someone from the dev team, (knowing of course I WONT EVER get a direct reply) do you really think that a patch and a map thats free to everyone eventually is worth $20?
So, that's the money part. Now for the game.
At first I was optimistic, I enjoyed the campaing, I always do, but no one gets a CoD game only for the campaing, and I really like the addition of Extinction (I'm sick of zombies), and then.. from the second I get into a multiplayer match, there they were, the hackers, so of course, I stopped playing. I come back a couple of weeks later, and there they still are, ruining whatever fun I can have in a game that I just payed $120 for. Oh and I almost forgot, in PC, I think the most I've seen connected at one time in Ghosts, is about 15.000 players, in consoles I've seen up to 250.000, currently I've seen as low as 1000 connected in the evenings, that plus the strict NAT.. hell, I'm lucky if I can find one TDM match, even if I'd prefer playing Domination, also in Venezuela, we have a high ping, usually around 250-300ms, so even if I'm lucky enough to find a match, I'm going to die a lot, because that split second between 100-300ms is going to get me killed. I'm still wondering why Ghosts is the only game in which I can't see my ping in the server, also.. what ever happened to dedicated servers? I'm sure that has been asked countless times.
I'm making this so long because it's the only time I'm going to actually post here. And now I'm going to explain why me, who doesn't really uses forums, is typing this. I just came from trying to find a match after weeks and weeks of not playing, of course I had to settle for what I could find.. TDM, you know what I find in-game? Loads of useless skins packs, and..something that actually surprised me, hackers, a different one in the three games I played before closing the game.. it surprises me because I remember reading Infinity Ward had new better anti-cheat systems. (Really?)
Now, to close up, what I wish I could say to someone in the dev team, or at the least what I'd like candyslexia to read.. You completly dissapointed me, and a few other people, I'm sure. I wasn't expecting Ghosts to be the absolute best shooter in history, but I was expecting to not get a lazy PC port, I wasn't expecting hackers in every game.. one of those I found minutes from writing this was shooting 4 walls away claiming he knew the spawn points and where we were camping, I wasn't expecting not being able to see my ping to conside if I should stay in the match and not be that team mate who ends up with a 2-15 score.
What is going through your mind when you add pointless skins and now.. snoop dog? Who really gives two damns about an announcer? I know you are trying to attract more people but you dont need cosmetic stuff, make the game better and people will come on their own.. Check Steam numbers, they are playing MW2-3 and Black Ops II, because they are better. You already got the money for the game, more than you should have (Note: remember activision saying Ghosts was going to shatter GTA V sales? Arrongace equals people turning their backs on you), whatever effort you are doing, please, please, focus it on making the game better, not on making a gun have some useless colors.
I'm not going to uninstall Ghosts from my PC yet, you have promises to keep and there's a small hope in me that eventually you'll deliver, but I can safely say, I am never, ever, buying another Call of Duty game or any other game Activision or Inifity Ward are related to, that's what happens when you lose people's trust, you stop getting their money.
I'm just dissapointed, and I know, or at least feel, devs and moderators don't care, but I still needed to do this, just to get it out of my chest.
If anyone actually took the time to read everything, thank you for giving this words your time. Have a nice day.