*Just to make it perfectly clear. This is not a discussion about the graphics engine, the short SP, or the fact that we get one every year. this is purely for the sake of MP. If that's all you have to add to this discussion then please keep it to yourself.
Now to the subject i wanted to discuss.
I never really got into the MP from CoD4 onward because by the time I got around playing it, which was about a year after release, people were already such experts that getting into the MP was, to me at least, a waste of time and more importantly, not fun at all which is the reason any of us play video games to begin with.
I did though played the CoD 2 MP back in the day, mostly on my then new mac mini, even though I got into it also a year after launch. However, in CoD 2's favor I never felt like the elephant in the room, so to speak. I never once got the feeling that CoD 4 gave me which was a sense of utter failure. Mostly because in CoD 2 the meta-game wasn't as important as the gameplay itself. People did not play it for the sake of improved K/D ratio, exp points, unlocking new perks, and all those things CoD 4 introduced into the series. People played it simply for the sake of playing. There were winners and losers as is with all pass time with a competitive nature but it wasn't the "meat and potatoes" of the game.
Now don't get me wrong, I like the meta-game as much as the next guy, I didn't put 180 hours into BC2 if i hadn't, but I just feel this aspect of MP shooters got lost along the way and we as players were just too quick to discard it because of our obsessive nature with the meta-game. It almost feels like baking a really good cake and then adding frosting, nuts, fruits, more frosting, chocolate shavings, edible ornaments, and finally top it off with cherries. Now I know it sounds like good cake that most people would love to sing their teeth into but to me the magic of a simple cake is just gone.
Now I would like to ask you this. If CoD forsake all, or at least most, the meta-game for the sake of pure gameplay, would you still play it? Would you still invest hours upon hours playing the game for sake of playing it?
Personally I know CoD would never go back to it's roots, but an aging gamer like me can still have hopes.