Gaming: Call of Duty Ghosts (insane rant inside)

First off, am I the only one who immediately thinks of that other franchise when I hear the name?

So, a new Call of Duty is coming. Let’s get one thing straight- I like Call of Duty. I agree that it is excessively linear, and not at all realistic. My favorite game in terms of balancing linearity versus control remains Rainbow Six: Vegas Two- I love being able to actually do some customization, and especially be in charge of a squad rather than simply part of it. But with Call of Duty, I’m content to sit back and enjoy the ride. Basically, it’s an interactive action movie. I’m okay with that. I did like the direction Black Ops 2 went in, but I feel they didn’t go far enough. More less linearity, please.

The setting appears to be in the near future, with a seriously messed up version of the United States. I have mixed feelings about that. First, it seems rather implausible. Despite recent economic problems, I can’t see the United States falling that fast. Second, it sounds more than a little familiar. With that being said, I’ll reserve judgement until I know more. Story-wise, all I can do is shrug my shoulders. No idea who or what the enemy is.

Graphics look good, but not amazing. These ‘next-gen’ graphics you console guys are salivating over have been the status quo in the PC world for years now.

IGN mentioned that Ghosts has just as much handholding as Modern Warfare. To me, that’s a disappointment. Call of Duty is all about glorious set pieces and an action movie feel, but it’s a formula that relies on upping the ante with every release. MW3 didn’t really do that, and to be honest, after MW2, you’re going to have a lot of trouble getting more intense. Like I said, I feel that what Black Ops 2 did was a step in the right direction, and I commend Treyarch for that. Infinity Ward, please build on what Treyarch did. I know I’m going to sound like I have questionable mental faculties here, but it might be time to dial back the cinematics a tad and focus on plot and character development, as well as gameplay. Perhaps do what Warfighter tried (and failed) to do- a deep, personal story.

Gameplay wise, same issue. I’m tired of sitting back and letting everyone else make the decisions. It’s part of the same tired formula. Let me take charge for once. Blops 2 did this to some degree, but I would like to see more. Being able to actually choose in that game was shocking- maybe this is the shock factor you’re looking for.

Insane rant incoming. Those who are mentally unprepared may wish to seek cover.

There’s been some discussion on female characters in Ghosts, and some of it actually makes me sick to read. One guy offered the lame excuse that it might offend some minorities if you can shoot women in the face. That is the biggest load of bullshit I’ve heard all day, and I spent an hour with literal retards and psychos (okay, not really). First and foremost, you’re going to offend someone anyway. Deal with it. Second, Call of Duty is no stranger to controversy. Third, you have an opportunity to shoot women- defenceless, civilian women- in the past three games. I can’t see how female characters in singleplayer or female avatars in multiplayer could be any worse than that.

What bothers me is that the industry has actually moved backwards. Ten (okay, coming up on fifteen) years ago, women in FPS games wasn’t just acceptable, it was standard goddamn practice. Let me name some off the top of my head. Playable female leads? Perfect Dark and No One Lives Forever. Supporting characters? Goldeneye, RTCW, Medal of Honor, um, fuck, I forget now. Multiplayer avatars? I’m really goddamn bad at this, but Quake III Arena had tons. Shit, I suck at this, but I know there were lots I just can’t bring to mind.

Now? Playable leads I can count on one hand. Supporting characters- rarely, and usually victims or very minor characters. Multiplayer avatars? Lolno. Call of Duty I pick on a lot, because it’s a very prominent franchise. But if you look at Battlefield, same thing. Medal of Honor? Warfighter was the most sexist game I’ve played in a while, going so far as to thank all military men for their service- I forget the exact wording but it WAS gender-specific. Of course, that was overshadowed by its massive jingoism and generally being fucking terrible. And now I’ve run out of rage, but I’m sure there are others.

If there is a female Ghost, I will pay extra to buy the special edition of this game, and fucking frame it on my goddamn wall. Rant over.

 

 

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  2. Panoli Says:

    I agree with your assertion rainbow is a good game that could learn COD, the story is good but we’ll see when we play that so we feel

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