I would no longer consider myself a Call of Duty fan.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the last game I went out and bought (though I did play Ghosts and Advanced Warfare), and I don’t have any urge to buy the future titles? Why? I don’t really know why – to me it just feels like the novelty of the Call of Duty FPS has worn off, I don’t find them fun to play anymore and I’ve actually switched over to playing Battlefield as my primary FPS.
‘Back in the day’, I was Call of Duty mad, and I had bought every title available for my Xbox 360. All of the games up to a certain point had compelling storylines in the single player game and fun, fast-paced multiplayer modes with great maps – if I wanted to jump thirty feet in the air wearing an exosuit I’d just go and play Destiny.
And the sad thing is, this is a similar case for many gamers that I’ve seen both in person and online – Call of Duty just doesn’t seem to have that ‘edge’ that it once used to, and it being superceeded by other upcoming shooters such as the Battlefield franchise which is proving incredibly popular, as well as Destiny and a bunch of other shooters on the horizon.
However, this doesn’t take away the fact I still LOVED playing the older Call of Duty titles – most notably Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. This games were incredibly prominent during my gaming experience as a teen and undoubtedly my most played over the years. I remember spending hours on end battling it out on Rust on MW2, and sniping other players on Bloc in Chernobyl. It was moments like those that carved my love for first person shooters, and I want that back.
I took inspiration from Halo to write this article – though I’ve never been a Halo fan, I feel they made a good move by selling Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a title that emcompassed all of the previous Halo games in one package, remastered and upscaled for next-gen.
I feel if the Call of Duty team made a similar move, it could be an incredible boost for them, not only with their fanbase but also financially. Their games have been some of the most successful titles ever released:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (29 million sales)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (26.2 million sales)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (24.2 million sales)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (19 million sales)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (15.7 million sales)
Call of Duty: World at War (15.7 million sales)
That’s combined sales of around 129,800,000 for just six of their games – an astonoshing amount taking into consideration how much video games cost. On average a game costs about £40.00, so that works out at around £5,192,000,000 ($7,904,300,800). That’s quite a lot of money.
So what am I suggesting? I feel if Call of Duty released a remasters/upscaled graphics version of their older titles for next gen, they would sell like hot cakes. I know for sure I would be happy to pay a few hundred to pay the older titles on my Xbox One, and I’m sure there are plenty of other gamers who would to.
I’d like to know what you think about this – if you had the chance to play some of the older titles on your new console, either from Call of Duty or any other franchise, would you?