The Call of Duty® community is notorious for being one of the most critical and outspoken groups in all of the gaming world. Understandably, if there is a new version of a game being made then the creators should listen to the people who play the games, as they are the voice of the consumer. However, in the case of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare®, the newest series of the ever-so-famous Call of Duty, it is my belief that fans are taking the game wrong and attacking the creators for no reason. The trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was launched on YouTube on May 2nd, 2016 and has already racked up a whopping 1.6 million dislikes and an extensive number of vicious comments, shares, and posts.
I think the main reason Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is taking so much heat has to do with a misunderstanding that is in the trailer. During the footage, there is a segment where you see a character use an exo-suit boost. For those of you who don’t know, exo-suit boosts have been a large feature in the past two Call of Duty games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare® and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3®. This has been a controversial topic since they were released, with many of the original players of the game insisting to go back to the “boots on the ground” experience. With that opinion beeing loudly voiced to Treyarch, when the exo-suits were seen in the trailer, an outrage struck the community. However, most viewers are missing the information that the trailer footage showing exo-suit movement was for the playstyle campaign. It has been confirmed that in the multiplayer style, the game’s most popular game mode, the movement system will be boots on the ground. This alone should rid most of the negative impact left by the game’s trailer.
Another reason the 2016 Call of Duty launch shouldn’t be receiving so much hate is because they are bringing back Call of Duty 4, a fan favorite and classic. That’s right, if you buy a special “Legacy” edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare you will also receive a copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare® Remastered, so you can play your old favorite game with better graphics and more of a 2016 feel. Both games release November 4th, 2016 but are available for pre-order now! I really don’t see how anyone can hate on two games being released at once; a futuristic game to keep the series moving forward into space and the unknown, and a remastered old-style game for those who prefer things the original way. To me, that seems like the creators trying their best to please everyone with the best possible outcome. Why does this have 1,600,000 dislikes?
Well, another disliked feature in the recent Call of Duty games is supply drops. Packages you pay for and receive in game goods such as rare weapons, character accessories, and designs for your profile. You can pay using either in-game currency earned through playing, or buy credits with real-world dollars. As you can imagine, the spiteful community is angry about the “pay-to-win” advantage and wants it removed. It is known that they will likely not be removed for this game release, however, what most critics don’t know is that Activision absolutely demanded that Treyarch add supply drops to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3®. From a business perspective, this is understandable if you consider the amount of revenue that is made from the system. I think we should all just accept that supply drops are going to stick around. Personally, I like them, but maybe that’s because I tend to have good luck with them.
All in all, I think this year’s Call of Duty® releases are going to be great. I know it is easy to complain, but I honestly believe the creators have made an exceptional effort this year and the games will be marvelous. I am more than excited to get my copies and play endlessly. I hope reading this may have changed your mind about the trailer and you give the game another chance.
Staying on the topic of positive aspects of this year’s game release, let’s talk about #TheRace! The Race is a yearly charity event where myself and many others race to Master Prestige first. My team has come in first two years in a row now, and I’m hoping this year will make a third. With the new game releases, there will be TWO races this year! This is wonderful because it gives us more time to raise as much money as possible for charity! So let’s all get excited about that.