Which Call of Duty do you prefer?
Black Ops and MW2 seemed to split the COD players down the middle. I like the direction Black Ops took and hope Black Ops 2 keeps it going although didn't like MW 2 or 3 at all. Wasn't like BO1 set the world alight and was a game changer but at least they seem to be trying a little harder to freshen the series (if only a little at a time).
Now that I've sold all of the ones past 4 and I'm looking back?
I remember Black Ops the best. 2 and 4 are the best ones, hands down, but Black Ops at least stands out somewhat. Besides, the zombies, the top-down shooter, and Zork were some pretty charming little add-ons that made BlOps feel like the developers put a little more heart into it. Also, the campaign was longer than five hours and the end twist really wasn't that bad, though it does remind one too much of The Manchurian Candidate.
EDIT: Oh, yeah, and in Black Ops you had the currency for buying new upgrades and weapons in online play. I thought that idea was fantastic and the Wager matches added some very nice tension to the multiplayer, and I'd consider the currency the single best idea of BlOps multiplayer. I really hope it returns in BlOps 2.
Call of Duty 4 is for me the peak in the franchise, I probably had just a good a time online with Call of Duty 1 and the United Offensive expansion but the single player in CoD4 is just amazing. I haven't played much of MW3 but I'd say it was the worst in the MW series. Black Ops was sub par, everything Treyarch ever did, from the console versions to Black Ops has been sub par next to what IW achieved.
Black Ops mp is the only CoD mp I ever got into(voted for it), and it was a ton o' fun. I finally got the allure and popularity of the CoD multiplayer experience. That said I think the MW2 campaign was better in every way than Blops, although that one was pretty good too.
As someone who has played a rediculous amount of the series as well, I agree with everything except COD3 might be better than MW3 for me, had a lot of fun split/screening with friends in that one.
I don't really think WaW or Black Ops count as a "series" because there is only one game in each so far.
MW > Black Ops > COD2 > COD > WaW > MW2 >MW3 > COD3 and the shitty original Xbox games
I've played a stupid amount of Call of Duty.
I think I am on board with the Black Ops series. But the first 2 games that were PC only will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am so surprised still to this day that this series went from a small PC release as CoD1 all the way through Bl:Ops 2 9 years later. Black Ops series seems to be my round house all though I am getting sick of the series. Basically skipper W@W and MW3 due to fatigue. The numbers stations stuff was so good along with the cold war vibe.
The one unforgivable breaking point in that game was, Battle of Khe Sanh, where you need to clear the trenches by kicking the barrel. I remember I shut that game off and shelved it for a good few months or a year before finishing it due to that section of the game not telling you what to do and running into endless enemy spawns after enemy spawns!
@SexyToad: As a person who works at a game store, I can safely assure you that the general public prefers Black Ops. The reason? You guessed it, zombies. Every asshole who asks about a new Call of Duty game undoubtedly asks, "does it have zombies?!"
I believe critics, and the slightly more serious players, would prefer Modern Warfare. I believe those, between the two franchises the series has branched out to, are objectively better.
Personally? I feel like each 'series' has about one good entry - or less - before it hurts itself. The first two games were great WWII games, though WWII was a bit overdone at the time. I think Call of Duty 3 sort of fell off the rails. Call of Duty 4 was great, and also the last of the entire Call of Duty franchise that I actually enjoyed.
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