There's no doubt that Call of Duty is one of the most notable video-game franchises to ever make its way to our screens. Millions of people have enjoyed countless hours of constant shooter mayhem alongside their best buddies in both multiplayer and cinematic campaign action. I mean, what’s not to like, right? The fierce competitive aspect, the beautifully polished mechanics, and the non-stop multiplayer fun all come together in a game that's just exciting to play. Call of Duty has stuck its huge flag into the ground and made its mark in the genre of first-person shooters a long time ago. However, a feat like that won’t come without mishaps. And oh, are there mishaps.
Even though so many people enjoy Call of Duty, there are still plenty of people out there who absolutely despise the game. With so many releases, there are bound to be a few things to hate about it. As Activision feeds our endless craving for more content, more maps, and more braaaains, Call of Duty picks on a central theme, trial, and error. It’s clear that Activision listens to its fans, as they have managed to correct many mistakes that have plagued their games in the past, but, there are some things we, as gamers, won’t forget, no matter how hard Activision tries to hide them.
Here's some things that you may or may not have known or noticed about the Call of Duty games, but they're definitely trying to hide these from you. Here's 15 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets Activision Wants To Bury.
Activision has managed to release a new Call of Duty game every year since 2003. Coming in at a whopping total of 13 games, that's impressive, right? Fans eagerly await their opportunity to indulge themselves in the new experience each game has to offer when it is released in the winter of every year, but sadly we don’t get much variety.
Whenever we buy a new Call of Duty game, we are essentially paying 60 dollars for a new expansion pack. It’s basically the same game every single year. Activision fails to deliver us a different game. It will always be a first-person shooter, with a few unlocks and a couple of different weapons, hardly worthy of a 60-dollar price tag. But hey, I still buy it, and so do many other people. We have come to accept the mediocrity and just learned to enjoy the little things, allowing Activision to continue to release a new CoD every year, instead of taking a break and figuring out a way to deliver fans something fresh.
Almost half the people who play Call of Duty buy it for the multiplayer alone, and it's completely understandable. Having the opportunity to level up in the ranks while unlocking new guns, camo, and emotes, the multiplayer aspect of Call of Duty can be very rewarding. However, beware of those evil gamers who have the power to ruin the fun by hacking a multiplayer lobby and wreaking havoc on everyone who joins. It may be an enticing spectacle to see a player sprinting through the map like the Flash, but be forewarned, hackers should not be taken lightly! Not only do they make Call of Duty unfair to players who have the misfortune of playing with them, but they also can completely wipe your stats. Yep, they can take you from high prestige back down to a measly grunt in a matter of seconds. Why wouldn’t they? They have no remorse for what they are doing.
Too many times I have found myself in an endless barrage of bullets from the typical spawn camper who has the perfect spot to take out both me and my team with ease. Call of Duty is fast-paced action, so players are expected to be able to react to any situation with lightning speed if they want to come out on top... but there is no remedy to a spawn camper. People spend hours online doing research to find that perfect spot matched with the perfect gun to become the grim-reaper of any spawn point on any level. Spawn camping isn’t cheating, per se, but it still ruins the game for others who would like to make it 5 feet without being shot. Don’t get me wrong, any spawn camper can be killed with the proper planning and a quick look at the kill cam, but it's unbelievably frustrating nonetheless.
Call of Duty games come out strategically every year around the holidays, and even though it’s a game geared toward adults, children are their biggest consumers each year. If you happen to find yourself in a Wal-Mart on Black Friday, you can expect to see a bunch of mothers with children tugging on their arms pointing at the latest Call of Duty game. Call of Duty is one of the few games kids must have each year under their Christmas tree. Whether parents buy it for their children not knowing that it is an “M” rated game or because they just want to make their kids happy on Christmas morning, it’s clear that the rating isn’t enough to stop children from playing this violent game.
Call of Duty is based on pure combat and guns blazing warfare. When you grab the controller, you are put into the shoes of an elite soldier with an arsenal of meticulously crafted weapons designed to make your experience as close to real as possible to the real thing. Call of Duty definitely delivers on its promise of exhilarating action sequences, but with a game that is so deeply based on realism, some of the scenes we encounter seem a bit extreme. Running on rooftops, dodging church bells and making unbelievable leaps onto helicopters are all well and good, but for a game that emphasizes realism, it can be a bit disconcerting. It's all so over-the-top and dramatic, and not in a good way.
Call of Duty is big on multiplayer. Honestly, it’s the first thing many people start up when they first pop in the disc. It’s because the Call of Duty campaign isn’t as fun as the multiplayer and there is no incentive to play it. If we were rewarded with cool weapon skins or armor you could only get from beating the campaign, fans may have more of a reason to play the campaign, but we don’t get that opportunity. Multiplayer and zombie mode has an incentive for you to play. We can level up, unlock weapons, and best of all play with your friends. Hopefully, Activision comes up with a way to bring more people to play the campaign. Seriously, that’s a lot of time and effort put into creating the campaign, and it’s a waste to have people skip it and just play multiplayer.
Ever found yourself in a lobby being dominated by one elite sniper? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. These tricky shooters have the power to take you out in one shot from the waist up. Tuning in to the conversations of a lobby being dominated by a quick scoping player, some people will be complaining about how annoying it to be constantly shot down by the same person and a few will voice their amazement that somebody is so good with a sniper. Don’t listen to other people who tell you that quick scoping is hard. It’s not. All it takes is a little fine tuning of your controls and a small bit of practice. Psssst, I’m even about to let you in on a little secret. Come closer… you ready? You can even put a dot in the middle of your TV screen to help you with your aim. Don’t tell anyone else about that.
Anyone who has ever played a Call of Duty game has either dealt with or heard of the term “camper.” If you haven’t, let me explain what it is. A camper is a player who picks a good spot on a Call of Duty multiplayer map and stays there for as long as possible, repeatedly racking up kills. The word “camper” is permanently ingrained into the vocabulary of anyone who has experience with a Call of Duty game. These sneaky shooters will scour the map searching every nook and cranny for the perfect camping ground. Campers ruin the game by going against the fast-paced nature of Call of Duty, but hey, to each his own, right? If you have problems with a camper, you must learn to deal with them by beating them at their own game. There’s nothing more satisfying than taking out an annoying camper.
After reading this article, head over to YouTube and check out the trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The first thing you’ll notice is the MASSIVE like to dislike ratio. When I first clicked on I couldn’t believe that so many people disliked it so much... at least until I saw the entire trailer for myself. The trailer doesn’t show you anything special about the game, whatsoever. We are expected to be amazed at all the cinematic action sequences that are expected to be in every Call of Duty game in the first place. There are no major plot points or incentives to buy the game at all. The only thing that made me want to buy Infinite Warfare was the promise to get Modern Warfare with my purchase.
Like I said earlier, a lot of kids play Call of Duty and many people love the holidays when those kids get their own copy for Christmas. This is when most n00bs come into the game and veterans of the game get to rack up experience on easy kills. If you have a team full of N00bs on a game mode like team deathmatch of you’re going against them on a game of free-for-all, it won’t really be a big deal for your stats, as you have the chance to shine. Objective-based game modes are a definite no-go, though. N00bs don’t care about the objective, they are usually just there to get kills or because they just wanted to see what that game mode has to offer. It's probably best to stay away from objective based game modes during this time of year, if you really care about your win/loss stats, that is.
Go ask your grandma to name a game. I mean it, stop what you’re doing, call your grandma (it has probably been a while since you spoke to her anyway) and ask her to name a video game. I bet you she’ll say Call of Duty! How do I know this, you ask? It’s because Call of Duty is one of the most popular gaming franchises out today. Despite Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare garnering the title of the most down-voted trailer of all time, and despite how many people claim to hate it, it was still one of the top-selling games of 2016. Call of Duty is a household name at this point. The fact that it is a first-person shooter that releases every year around Christmas, along with all the other heavy-hitter games that release during the holiday season, helps to solidify its spot among the elite video games that every kid calls their grandma for.
Okay, I’ll just come out and say it. Infinite Warfare sucked! Go ahead with your comments telling me if you agree or not. Quite possibly the worst Call of Duty ever, Infinite Warfare failed to bring anything new to the fans. The last few years have introduced a fad where it’s okay to have super-powered soldiers who can run on walls while toting duel-wielded pistols and shooting them with amazing accuracy. Why can’t I just have a bare bones Call of Duty anymore? Don’t get me wrong, it was cool to jump 20 feet in the air and power-slam on to a pool of unsuspecting enemies, but we have that game already. I play Call of Duty for the realism, and when you bring in bionic super soldiers, you take away from the game.
It’s kind of hard to come up with adequate score streaks for a game set in the 1940s, but there’s no denying that the score streaks for Call of Duty: WWII lack a certain luster that the other Call of Duty games managed bring. Being able to throw Molotov cocktails at your enemies may be fun, but I miss the AC130 gunners and Nuke bombs. I mean, is it historically inaccurate to have a nuke bomb in a game centered around WWII? C’mon, man. Maybe new score streaks will be introduced in the future of Call of Duty: WWII. It's not that unlikely for it to happen since WWII has introduced new content never seen in a COD game, like the headquarters. I guess we’ll have to wait and see... for now, good luck trying to get the paratroopers, guys.
Gustav Cannon must be the worst CoD map I have ever played, and I have played a lot of CoD maps. It’s just so slow. Half the time when you play, the game will end because of time expiring, which goes to show you how hard it is to get kills on this map. You are almost forced to use a sniper since the spawn points are so far off, and you and your enemies are separated by open fields, with the addition of a few obstacles for cover. You can almost always find someone at the top of the cannon sniping at his enemies down below, who are helpless to stop the constant storm of bullets. Anytime I play this map, half the lobby quits out because of boredom, and I don’t blame them, if I didn’t care about my stats, I’d quit out too. Please, Activision, take this map out of the rotation.
Now, how crazy is it to think that we would be able to go out in space and shoot weapons at each other? Like astronauts don’t have enough to learn already. This just goes to show you how far Call of Duty has come and how hard they are trying to top themselves. The action sequences and cinematic opportunities in Call of Duty have become a staple in the franchise, and it’s fun to participate in these hair-raising scenes, but shooting in space is just unbelievable. I mean, it’s possible to shoot guns in space, I’m just saying it’s HIGHLY unlikely for something like this to happen in real-life. Please, Activision. Go back to putting your time into creating a dynamic plot rather than theatrical scenes. The fans will love you for it!
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