As it turns out, I don’t. Yes, i did get sucekred into paying for CoD: Elite even though I swore up and down I wouldn’t. But with it not working for the first two to three weeks after the game launched & clans being nowhere to be found for even longer, it ust didn’t seem worth the extra money. FREE MAP PACKS THOUGH, you say. Yes, that is a hook…. for a game I’m still interested in playing. My attention span and desire for Call of Duty is waning with every iteration of the game. It certainly didn’t help that Skyrim came out a week later either.
Now I’m not saying I didn’t have fun with CoD: MW3 this go around. I think it was a much better game than Modern Warfare 2. Yes, the single player is still incomprehensible as far as story goes, but the set pieces are interesting and a breeze to get through. Nothing struck me as much in this game as did “No Russian” from MW2 or that first mission in MW1 where you’re fighting in Baghdad some unnamed Middle Eastern country.
It’s just that, with no MAJOR changes to the cash cow (and why would they change it? Every year EA has a guaranteed, BILLION dollar blockbuster on their hands.) I can’t stop the thought of “You’ve already played this, many many times” from creeping into my head. That’s when I start looking around for other games to play, and CoD becomes less attractive to me.
It’s not a skill level issue either; this is the first year I’ve actively tried to get good at using a sniper rifle and I picked it up pretty quickly. Not quick scoping level good, but being able to lead shots to hit runners and keeping my KD ratio from being embarrassingly bad. After my first Prestige, I started using the P90 and was an absolute terror. But now what? Keep re-prestiging? That seems so sisyphean and again…I could be playing other games.
Two new maps aren’t going to pull me back into the game. A thoroughly rethought game will put me back in the game. Time for a bold statement: I will *NOT* be buying CoD: Black Ops 2 this November. I won’t do it. I can’t.
Dammit, but I probably will.