One of the best selling first person shooter games is returning to its roots as Call of Duty drops the futuristic storyline and returns to World War II. Not everyone will like this, but a lot of gamers feel the last good realistic game was Ghosts. Following Ghosts was Advanced Warfare, which introduced soldiers with augmented abilities. This was taken a level further in Black Ops III, with full blown cybernetic warfare. In Infinite Warfare, things just got unrealistic for many gamers.
Call of Duty was originally released 14 years ago and the first three titles were all based in World War II. Other titles started coming out, like Modern Warfare, and Black Ops. Black Ops and Black Ops II quickly became a favorite among the online gamers, and many feel the second installment was the best Call of Duty game ever. Originally, when Black Ops III was announced, fans were expecting something on the line of what is going on in the world today, maybe based around special forces like Seal Team 6. Instead it went futuristic with crazy abilities, laser weapons and just did not hold the same feeling.
Call of Duty has a few different game modes on the computer and game consoles. There is a brief storyline that users can play, which is good to get use to different weapons, and any differences in controls from game to game. Then there is the popular online multiplayer game. This is what the gamers want. Players will run and gun with lightweight setups, or armor up with shields and heavy machine guns or grenade launchers, or sneak around with sniper or marksmen rifles. When the newest game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came out, while the storyline mode was fun, the multiplayer was less than thrilling. Many felt that it was designed just for a run and gun play. People who like setting up ambushes, or players who liked to snipe and move found they had little to no options. There are other game modes, including battling zombies, and Extinction.
After less than stellar reviews for Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty made the decision to go back to their roots. Little is known about the new title, other than a few screenshots that popped up online, and quickly were taken down. It appears that Sledgehammer will be developing the new title. Sledgehammer worked with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3, and was the only developer behind Advanced Warfare. Infinity Ward has worked on all the other titles except for Call of Duty 3, World at War, and the Black Ops titles, who were all done by Treyarch.
Other games, like Battlefield, and the Tom Clancy series, have started to capture Call of Duty gamers who were disappointed in the last few titles. According to GameSpot, April 26, 2017, Activision will host a live stream, official reveal of Call of Duty: World War II. It is expected that a release date will be announced at that time, however, speculation is placing the new title on shelves late third quarter, early fourth quarter.
What do you think? Are you excited about a World War II title for Call of Duty or did you like the science fiction route the title has taken? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
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