Wed, Nov 10, 2010
So, the reason this post is entitled “We’re sorry, Infinity Ward” is simply because my vision was clouded by hopes and expectations for Black Ops. You see, this all stems back to when Modern Warfare 2 was officially released last year, everybody seemed to have server problems upon release date, no one could connect or join a game. The thing we all didn’t understand was that simply the reason we encountered server problems was because it was that good of the game, everybody wanted it, and for good reason. After playing Black OPS I realized my mistake in buying Black OPS.
Here is the story, most people love Call Of Duty and have huge expectations for it, especially big launches like Black OPS. Most people I had spoken to said with alacrity “Yeh, Black OPS will be far superior to MW2″ sadly though, that’s not the case. Here are my reasons why, firstly we have the server problems which MW2 had upon release date (I’ll admit it, at least it does connect unlike MW2 when it came out) nevertheless there is a momentous problem with the very aspect in which drives the Call Of Duty franchise, its online gameplay. I had a go of Black OPS as I’m a pretty casual gamer (my Brother is a pretty big gamer, I’m not, hence why he does the commentaries on my channel.) and every match bar a few connected to American servers, which is great if you are American but not so much if you are like me and live in Australia. The incredible lag was too much, I ended up leaving 2/3 games due to server problems, MW2 had this problem as well but you would have though Treyarch would have taken note and made sure this didn’t happen again.
It seems that the heart of the franchise, its online gameplay is pretty messed up right now and may stay that way for the foreseeable future. The servers don’t have segregated areas for players from different countries it’s just a luck of the barrel kind of thing, which in my opinion is unacceptable for a $110AU game. The menu system is not very innovative and it’s pretty hard to navigate, it reminds me in a way of WAW (Word At War) which is not good as we are in 2010 they need to get with the times. The new set of noobie weapons don’t exactly augment the online experience, they hinder it. The flamethrower is the most annoying thing I ran into on my stint of playing Black OPS, granted there are other noobie weapons like that crossbow thing and the RC car (excuse my lack of gaming knowledge, as I said I’m a casual gamer). The RC car is awesome to be honest but I can foresee this as becoming a novelty and then a regret, many noobs will probably misuse it and hinder your online games. And that just scratches the surface of the underlying problems that plague Black OPS right now.
I would like to take this time to apologise to Infinity Ward for ragging on them so much, in retrospect they did make the best Call Of Duty game I have ever played. Better luck next time I guess?
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