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Infinite Warfare | What We Want vs. What We Have (aka, a rant post)

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So, we all already know how Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's trailer is perhaps nearly the most disliked trailer for any game on YouTube. Yeah. That's old news. Everybody knows that. But I can't say I'm so sure that it is the most... "correct" thing the community's ever done.

 

In elaborating... if you want me to be honest, I'd doubtfully hopeful for the next CoD. I know that's an oxymoron, but it's true. I, at first, was okay with the trailer. I was never as happy to see a space game, but I never wanted to doubt the idea as bad, because I thought it might work out well, and perhaps better than Ghosts did. Added... I did like some visuals, particularly showing from some of the other planets or areas we would be on. I, personally, did not hate the trailer as much as everyone else does.

 

I get that it is not what we wanted, and personally not something I wanted entirely, but I'm not in a belief that this game will tarnish the entire series. If anything, Ghosts is perhaps the only irredeemable game of the series that caused this wave of uncertainty with the entire series. I personally think that Infinite Warfare might be better than we want to perceive it.

 

Sure, regardless to the facts, people don't want this to any regard. But you can't make everyone happy, and if it were what we were wanting (aka, a return to WWII, or even a WW1 game), not everyone would like that. Call of Duty started with that, and it grew more and more out of style because that was all they had done. From the first Call of Duty all the way to World At War (notwithstanding Modern Warfare, since that was perhaps a lighter change that bridged the void a bit), all we saw was mainly World War II. And, really, if Call of Duty stuck with that, nobody would want that. I mean, you can only cover a time period so much until it gets old.

 

Ironically, however, I fear this is the main problem with all of the new futuristic Call of Duty games. A lot of people are becoming tired of the rehashed future timelines they create with the games. Sure, Black Ops II was authentic and believable, Ghosts was not too far off and yet somewhat believable, but Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III? They stretched a little, they become slightly rehashed and boring. While I don't particularly believe the timeline of BOIII was an issue since the game is pretty great at this time, a lot of people are beginning to grow tired of the timeline as a whole. People don't want the future, and they definitely did not want space once the rumors got out. But, sadly, this is what we were given.

 

So, in turn, we, as a community, shamed the trailer because it is not what we wanted.


But, let me ask you - what DO we actually want?
What do we want that has not already been done to death?

 

If you ask me, I'm perfectly fine with purchasing and playing Infinite Warfare, because of the fact that space is perhaps a ground that was only slightly touched upon by Ghosts, and rarely touched on by any other. The ideas and tactics that can stem from the concept are actually a wider range than we may want to believe. In this, I am particularly hopeful, because of the setting of this game. I am only doubtful because of what has been done before (like most), and as to the fact of if Infinity Ward has actually learned from their prior mistake (Ghosts...). I will most likely buy the game due to this, but the concept of if I, personally, will like it, is tentative.

 

But, the community should not be shaming the trailer nonetheless. At least, I don't believe that the community should. The same argument that can be made is that this is a new aspect for CoD, and that can still reign true here. But, we can't shame it because it is not the old aspect of WWII we "wanted".
Truth be told, for those who want a WWII game again... I'm definitely not one of them. I'd rather not have a WWII game again. If anything, I want WWI and perhaps wars preceding it, but not another WWII game, not for a few years at the most. I am fine with a space CoD, albeit some doubt. I can't say I'm certain in knowing why the rest of the community is not trying to have some optimism and can only look at it as bad as Ghosts (worse, since it has a ton more dislikes...), but I believe that we can look at this in a lighter perspective.

 

Now, if I'm wrong in the next 6 months and this game turns out to be the worst, disregard that I ever wrote this. But, let's be fair, we only have just seen the trailer at this time. We have not seen what the game could potentially hold past this (and maybe Zombies...). I'm not the saint of the community trying to tell you to believe in only my opinion, but if it is any consolation, we should try to be a bit more hopeful than the likes of this.

 

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Right, so this is a bit of a ramble/rant-type post I've been trying to think and formulate an opinion on ever since Infinite Warfare's dislikes and such went as wild as they did. I can't say I like making these types of posts, but... there is dead air to be cleared, I suppose.

To be fair, I don't see myself fully right in saying what I have. Hell, if anything, I don't see "shaming" or "shamed" as the most correct word for its context. But it's the word that came to mind... so... whoop-dee-doo...

 

If you have a varying opinion, I'd definitely like to hear what you think. So, do post a comment if you choose.

 

As always, per aspera ad astra.

-The Meh

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If this sounds a bit rambly, do point that out for me. I've come to find I ramble a lot when it comes to more serious topics at times.

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I'm okay with the future setting as long it's done correctly. BO3 had the potential to be done correctly, but the campaign was a huge disappointment to me. I've never played an FPS campaign that was more boring than the BO3 campaign. It just felt like I was playing MW3 survival, except I moved to the enemies instead of them coming to me. Even the Titanfall "campaign" was more enjoyable than it.

I think Infinity Ward has chosen a much better setting for the campaign. Space leaves a ton of room to make an epic campaign. Never played an IW campaign I didn't enjoy so I look forward to what they are bringing.

Multiplayer? Well old IW always had a more tactical mp that required more thought and gun skill to do well in. I'm hoping they can find a balance between their old style and what the majority of the COD MP community likes. If they can make it so gun skill is more important than spawn killing and using powerful streaks I'll be happy with it. 

 

 

People can hate Infinite Warfare all they want. They can praise Battlefield 1 as well. They just need to remember that the last 2 DICE Stockholm games weren't so great. BF4 was broken for the entire time DICE Stockholm were working on it. It wasn't until Danger Close was renamed to DICE LA and took over BF4 that it was finally fixed. Battlefront with no campaign, a multiplayer that offered very little variety, a coop that was multiplayer with bots, and a solid 4 maps without buying the DLC. A smart buyer would wait until the game is released and they can prove they can make a functioning game with enough content to be worth the money before giving them praise and handing them their money just because of a WWI setting.

 

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I'll most likely pass on the game. 

 

I don't play campaign or multiplayer. 

For me it's all about zombies. Trearch zombies to be more precise. 

Exo-zombies was decent, but not fantastic in my opinion. 

Never played ghosts or whatever that game was, didn't look all that appealing to me. 

 

I've heard there might be some zombies mode, but this time I want to take a good look at it before I buy anything. 

Exo-zombies has made room on my hard drive for other games by now and I doubt I'll install it anytime soon. 

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On 5/24/2016 at 9:01 AM, ConvictioNDR said:

I'm okay with the future setting as long it's done correctly. BO3 had the potential to be done correctly, but the campaign was a huge disappointment to me. I've never played an FPS campaign that was more boring than the BO3 campaign. It just felt like I was playing MW3 survival, except I moved to the enemies instead of them coming to me. Even the Titanfall "campaign" was more enjoyable than it.

I think Infinity Ward has chosen a much better setting for the campaign. Space leaves a ton of room to make an epic campaign. Never played an IW campaign I didn't enjoy so I look forward to what they are bringing.

Multiplayer? Well old IW always had a more tactical mp that required more thought and gun skill to do well in. I'm hoping they can find a balance between their old style and what the majority of the COD MP community likes. If they can make it so gun skill is more important than spawn killing and using powerful streaks I'll be happy with it. 

 

 

People can hate Infinite Warfare all they want. They can praise Battlefield 1 as well. They just need to remember that the last 2 DICE Stockholm games weren't so great. BF4 was broken for the entire time DICE Stockholm were working on it. It wasn't until Danger Close was renamed to DICE LA and took over BF4 that it was finally fixed. Battlefront with no campaign, a multiplayer that offered very little variety, a coop that was multiplayer with bots, and a solid 4 maps without buying the DLC. A smart buyer would wait until the game is released and they can prove they can make a functioning game with enough content to be worth the money before giving them praise and handing them their money just because of a WWI setting.

 

 

Personally, I thought the BOIII was actually great. Given, though, I tend to think/have a sort of deep understanding to it, and that pretty much fuels my slight adoration for it. It's never going to be as good as Black Ops 1's Campaign, and is... perhaps close to opposition to BOII, but I do think BOIII's Campaign is good. I do wish it had more relations with BO1 and a slight bit more to BOII, yet I can live with it. Come to think of it, Black Ops III in generalstill has potential to get better, it just needs to start doing things right (i.e. fix up Supply Drops entirely, maybe more specialists, etc.).

 

Altogether, we really do have a great line-up in games this year (for both main current-gen consoles), and I do think Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare are adding to it in their own ways. If I get the money enough for it, I can see myself buying both games.

In that, though, I just hope that Infinite Warfare works, and takes a step back in the right direction.

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On 5/25/2016 at 11:04 AM, The Meh said:

 

Personally, I thought the BOIII was actually great. Given, though, I tend to think/have a sort of deep understanding to it, and that pretty much fuels my slight adoration for it.

The story is there and is good. I can see it. If there were a movie or TV series I'd watch it. Problem is the gameplay was boring. Only had one mission in it that felt like the epic, cinematic COD experience. The rest of the campaign felt like playing MW3 survival, but I go to the enemies instead and a ton of cutscenes. I dragged myself through the campaign to unlock nightmares just to find out it was the same boring gameplay with zombie enemies and commentary put over it. I'm glad to see they are sticking to a single player campaign in Infinite Warfare so they can stick to the most epic and cinematic experience possible and the space setting will hopefully allow them to achieve that.

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