why is it that everyone plays CoD?
I played MW2 (my first and only CoD), I thought it was a cool game. The campaign was action packed and fun (however brief). Spec-Ops mode was really nice, lots of cool challenges there. And it had some fun multiplayer....or you know, would have had one if it wasn't for the most frustrating respawn system I've ever seen in a shooter, campers at every corner, glitches without end, and cheaters in every other lobby you stumbled into.
To be more specific the spawning and campers really threw me off at first and I didn't like MP much, but since friends played I stuck with it, learned how to play best in those situations and made my peace with the MP. Then the glitch abuse and cheaters started popping up wihtout end. Again I stuck around expecting this would get fixed at some point...it never did.
Overall, I had some good times with the game, but I definitely felt like the developer didn't show enough care with its handling of the online component, and that to me is pretty off putting (also, $15 map packs...really? Are we as gamers that easy to swindle?).
Now because of these things I held off on a Black Ops purchase (despite all my friends running out and buying it) to sit back see how the game had changed. I read some reviews, asked my friends...consensus seems to be it's about the same game. Yet all my friends who had the same complaint as me about MW2 continued to play Black Ops, even though according to them very little had changed. I asked them why then? Why not try another online shooter? It's not like there aren't plenty to choose from after all, if there's a genre with options, it's shooters. None of them seems to have a great answer except "it's Call of Duty".
So I ask you now, assuming that since you're here a good majority of you are big CoD fans. What makes it so special that 20 million people will choose to buy this, rather than spread out across other shooters?
This year for example will see the release of Gears 3 and Battlefield 3. From what I've seen both of those game blow anything CoD has done in the last 2 years completely out of the water (in my own opinion of course), still I'm quite certain MW3 will handily outsell them. It just completely baffles my mind that CoD manages to trump sales record year after year on launch despite so little innovation (if any). Again, please don't misunderstand me, CoD is certainly good and hell even great when things are running smoothly. But surely it isn't good enough to deserve 20 million every year when there are so many other (and often quite arguably more deserving) games out there is it?
Also I realize I just went on a huge rant and if you beared with me through all that I appreciate it. I just want some thoughts from you guys as to what makes this game such a phenomenom.