I recently bought Call of Duty: Ghosts despite my assertions that it was just the same as Black Ops 2, which was the same as Modern Warfare 3. I argued that nothing had changed and that it was just more of the same. The reason why I bought it was because the Prestige Edition was selling at £60 and I wanted the camera. It turns out that I was right, mostly.
One complaint was that was too many guns that were all too similar. That’s been changed so there are few weapons this time around. This is a good change, even if it means I don’t get my favourite. It does mean that each weapon is different, even if it’s marginally more so.
What hasn’t changed is that everything isn’t quite good enough. Movement speed isn’t quite fast enough, aiming isn’t quite fast enough, reloading isn’t just that iny bit too slow, reaction to being hit is just that little bit too much, and so on.
This would be where perks are a solution, but they’re not. Instead of making the game better and more enjoyable, they turn it into a compromise. You can either sprint a reasonable distance or you can walk fast enough, you can aim faster or react less to being shot while aiming. They don’t make things better, they just make things more reasonable, and only for a few things. Running faster is fine but you’ll still aim slower than is ok.
Titanfall, which was often called ‘CoD with robots’ by haters, by comparison is faster, more fluid, more fun. Movement speed is great, aiming is fast, combat is exciting, and the weapon selection, while minimal, doesn’t detract from the game. Call of Duty just feels slow.
It’s like they know what people want things to be and then deliberately slow it down by 10% or so adding perks to counteract this but only allowing the problem to be fixed in limited ways. If it was just that little bit faster it would be a lot better, but it’s not, and I don’t think this will ever be fixed.
That said, I do like the Ghosts campaign and the new multiplayer modes. I also like the DLC integration. It’s just that when I play I want to feel awesome, not like I’m wearing lead gloves and boots.