I have always enjoyed these games, basically since Call of Duty 2 as a launch title for the 360. But the last two entries have been so incredibly frustrating to me.
Black Ops has the potential to be a great game online - great maps, good weapon balance, etc. But the way the game handles network code absolutely ruins it. Hiding what your actual connection to the game is through meaningless bars and killcams that never reflect what you actually did moments before losing, tons of people hacking the game, it's all just a big fucking mess. The way i understand it, the game really has no clear idea where any of the players exactly are at any given moment in the match and just kind of fudges it based on the information it gets from the players. And you can tell - the games feel increasingly random and meaningless. Everybody's just running around hoping that the netcode picks them to be the one who shot the other dude first.
I know most people hate this series and I agree that its yearly iteration and influence on every other game made since Call of Duty 4 is generally a bad thing, but they really can be a fun little diversion when you get a good connection and the game plays consistently. obviously nothing to take too seriously, but better than the majority of online shooting games.
Anybody else feel like they're just done with how sloppy and random these games have become? I thought Call of Duty 4 was so amazing because of its 60fps responsiveness and that generally extended to the multiplayer's feeling. Now it's gone the complete opposite way.
Whats funny is games like Halo Reach, Battlefield 3, Persona 4 Arena, and Ultimate MvC3 that are either more complex in their online offerings or more demanding in terms of latency never feel frustrating in the same way. Is it just that activision knows people will buy these games and doesn't care to improve them?