So Guitar Hero is done. Because many blame publisher Activision of over-saturation, and considering the multiple upcoming Call of Duty projects, some think we'll see a repeat of history…

But in addition to some obvious differences between the two genres in question, top industry analysts don't see the megaton shooter franchise going the way of the dodo. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter told IndustryGamers that the two franchises really aren't comparable, and CoD continues to thrive on its gigantic community:

"I don’t think they are comparable at all. GH is a franchise that people buy once, because the peripherals are great. As it saturated the installed base, the only buyers were people who are new console purchasers, and the ‘fad’ appeared to wear off at the same time.

CoD, on the other hand, has a vibrant online community that keeps growing. When a new version comes out, the ‘network effect’ kicks in, and many people buy it because their friends have done so. The risk to the franchise is competition, not people tiring of the gameplay… CoD won’t fade unless Activision opens the door to competition by making a bad game."

This sounds about right. Although many are quick to point out the flaws in each title, there's no denying the decent level of quality and provided that remains, the fans will keep coming back. It also doesn't seem to matter that other arguably superior shooters exist; the likes of Battlefield , Halo , and Killzone haven't managed to derail the CoD train. In fact, CoD seems immune to competition.

And there are other reasons Call of Duty is very different in comparison to Guitar Hero . No, CoD ain't going anywhere.

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rogers71
rogers71
9 years ago

I have to agree with Pachter for once. I have friends that are playing Black Ops and all they can talk about is the next iteration of COD. It is a neverending cycle. I enjoy playing them, but just SP. I just can't get into playing MP and listening to a bunch of foul mouthed children. To each his own.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

I agree with you, CoD MP just isn't my thing, I get harassed by a lot of bratty people on their who don't like to play as a team.

AshT
AshT
9 years ago

True only played SP in few COD titles, i cud never got into MP, for MP Killzone is my game

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Are the players in kz much different from cod?

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Yeah, quite a bit for the most part. Sometimes you'll get a few little kids, a sore loser, or a d*ck who doesn't want to play as a team, but it still doesn't have anywhere near as many of these people as CoD does.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

The past few CODs have been bad, imo. A lot of people wont give any shooter a chance if its not COD.

My friend got a ps3 for christmas and bought Black Ops because his brother has it. He borrowed KZ2 from me for a few weeks and only played a little online because he said he didnt know what he was doing. Kz2's online isnt complicated, but i feel like COD is conditioning gamers to hate anything that isnt constant run-and-gun with no teamwork at all. I love KZ2's online because you have to pay attention 100% of the time and keep track of multiple objectives, changing spawn points, etc.

People like things that require no effort, so COD's online play will remain king even if there are tons better options all around it.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

I like KZ2 a lot, but I only actually play that game for its singleplayer. Its MP is fun, but for me it just lasted a little while just like CoD. I think its the lack of vehicles, I really don't like just ruining and shooting and then repeat every time I enter a match when it comes down to MP. That's why I think the BF series has been really the only MP in games that I will actually play.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Nail on the head Bandit, my BFF plays CoD because he doesn't have to think at all in a game. He has told me this.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

something about a guy callin another guy his bff just sounds…

i dont know man im gonna forget i read this post

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I make no apologies, not sure what else you call the only fellow man on earth you'd kill and die for so BFF will have to do. Maybe calling it "non-gay BFF" will help you?

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

sorry dude no offense. bff sounds like 13 year old girl text talk. i also dont know what else to call it.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

@frylock
Wanna be my bff?

😉

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

@World
Make no apologies! There's only 1 man in the world I'd kill and die for! And I LOVE that SOB! We can both proudly stand tall and claim we have bff's!

@Bandit
I think you've got it, dude. 100% truth sauce.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

I agree because as I see it when GH came out it was a new genre that was cash cowed from the start. FPS have been around and have proven that they can stand the test of time. My reasoning doesn't come out right to me but I hope you catch my drift.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
9 years ago

People will keep buying COD as long as Activision keeps pushing out mediocre games (an area in which they excel). COD has been instituted into the gaming world to an extent that it has become a norm to buy it. It wouldn't surprise me if they made a COD about watching paint dry; and the sales doubled that of Black Ops or Modern Warfare.

By the way, does Patcher still think that game analysis is a job? lol


Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 2/15/2011 10:26:26 PM

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

cant wait until the real cod killer comes along. Crysis 2 looks unreal it should take away most of the people still playing halo because it'll probably prove to be similar in several ways and because of its pedigree as a bonifide ultra advanced pc shooter, it should grab the attention of many cod players. those who decide to ignore the crytek powerhouse are just plain ignorant

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The only problem I see with your logic is that most CoD nuts can only connect with contemporary military shooters. They aren't as attached to a sci fi game. Those who like Halo will be on board though.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/15/2011 10:56:03 PM

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I don't know man. Halo fans seem to only like Halo's style of gameplay, and anything resembling ironsights is blasphemous to them (at least to the 10 friends I have who are Halo nuts). Since Crysis 2's got ironsights, its pretty much already on their no-buy list. This might not be true for all Halo fans, but it seems to be for most of them (at least from my point of view).

As for the CoD nuts, World's right about that. They only care for the military shooters. Any other FPS doesn't seem to appeal to them. So in the end, most of these people will probably only glance at Crysis 2 and say how its not CoD or Halo before going right back to their favorite game.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

it may not be going anywhere but its not going in my ps3 either.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

If all they do is recycle the same thing it will never be a bad game, just a good game but below the likes of Halo, Killzone and Battlefield.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
9 years ago

…and my ps3 library will continue to be COD-free. Most of my friends actually have Battlefield so if I was to get a shooter, it'd be that one; however after playing the KZ3 demo I'm anxiously awaiting my copy to be delivered on day 1.

Xbox_Killer
Xbox_Killer
9 years ago

I'd like to see the next COD have online and splitscreen removed. Then see what everyone thinks of it.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

That would be extremely funny 🙂
Thumbs up

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
9 years ago

How the hell does anyone enjoy online anymore anyway with all the hackers?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

But they are bad games already. Buggy on rails shooters that can't even muster a destructible environment in all these iterations or even begin to approach the graphical fidelity of exclusives.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

I don't know what games you're talking about but you're sure not talking about Call of Duty.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

No World, CoD ain't a bad or mediocre game, it's just a good game and it stays that way.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Rubbish, who wants to play the same "good" game 2-3 times a year when people are releasing actual AAA games that make CoD look last gen. People aren't as stupid as they seem, they will come around. Then they will wonder, "Why did I spend all that time on those crappy games? Didn't get me anywhere."


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/16/2011 12:01:52 AM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

For once I have to disagree with you World, people are that stupid, history has proven it and from the sales of every CoD that comes out, people are only proving that they are getting dumber.

I don't believe in evolution, if anything society proves de-evolution.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Yes, Kraygen. People are stupid because of what they choose to do for fun with their free time. Too bad they can't all sit around making disparaging comments on a website like a genius such as yourself. You're SO cool. Anyway, all of World's hating can't change the fact the Call of Duty is among the elite FPS series on the game market.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Sarcasm is the weapon I wield, if blood be drawn, to soft thy skin might be.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Mmmm, "hating" is still too strong a term. It is bothersome when you see people drinking the kool aid over and over again simply because I believe in advancement. Stupid high popularity of a product that has no significant changes iteration to iteration drags the whole industry down by being the example of a high sales product. It irks me, but believe it or not I don't blame the people who enjoy their CoD because it's good for any gamer to have a stream of games they love, I'd prefer them to open their minds a bit, but it will probably take the over-saturation of the market to do that. That's my opinion.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

I'm not sure how CoD's popularity is 'dragging down' the indusrty. There isn't a glut of FPS titles on the market. Are you speaking of outsiders' perception of the industry? Can you explain that? A few games like Operation Flashpoint have shifted towards the more COD action style, but those are extremely rare instances when you look at the volume of games being released.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

That's because you refuse to open your eyes.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

The engine is shit, but you can't deny that the game is fun.

World, there's millions who would, and they're what we call hardcore fans, but in this case, more like brainless fans.


Last edited by Snaaaake on 2/16/2011 10:25:49 AM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I agree with PorkChop that CoD's aren't bad games, heck, they do belong in the top tier of military FPS games this console gen. Even Ben struggled NOT to give Black Ops a 9.0.

I think many gamers on these boards recognize that there's a lot of other high quality games out there to be had and there's no way they could commit themselves to CoD (and maybe one other game) while all of these other great gaming experiences pass them by. It's like a waste and it's disparaging to think that so many are so close to playing those great experiences, but instead, are stuck in the black hole of CoD. It's also discouraging when critics also confuse the quality of game for it's heavy popularity. This issue is much more than CoD as a game, but how all of gaming humanity operates in these sort of conditions. It can be maddening.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

By dragging down the industry I simply mean that other developers have a look at those crazy sales and then ask themselves how they can make their game, regardless of genre, more like that. It also tells publishers to tell their developers that there is no sense in taking a risk on something like Heavy Rain when there are guaranteed sales in FPS.

LA Noire looks like a great title that is somewhat risky as it isn't just a shootemup. I think we all benefit when games like this are made instead of yet another FPS that doesn't advance.

A good example of a game with promise to advance FPS would be Brink. The bottom line is games like FFXIII were made specifically with FPS style gaming in mind and it killed their own game. There is of course a place for shootemup bang bang games, but the fact that the most popular are essentially rehashes puts the kabash on creativity. That's what I meant.

I can't prove it out right, but that's just how I see things. I am not infallible though, just informed.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

"The bottom line is games like FFXIII were made specifically with FPS style gaming in mind and it killed their own game."

If you mean more accesible for the less impatient, then I can agree to that as being a contributing variable. But I doubt it was ever S-E's intent to try and capture FPS-style gamers for FF13. If that was even your meaning.

I see about 4 valid contributors as POSSIBILITIES for FF13's wayward design.

In no particular order:

A) Inflating dev costs on a franchise that demands massive amounts of content. FF's have traditionally been much larger games than other titles, also yielding much higher quality production standards than most.

B) Expanding the franchise into two similar, but distinct, competing markets (Xbox & PS)

C) Creating a game for a storage medium that is much more restrictive resource wise (DVD)

D) Widening FF's appeal by making it more accessible to a broader range of gamer. (the dumbing down, twitch effect)

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

This is interesting and it's related to something I was thinking with the FPS genre in general going forward. The competitive online variable does make CoD/FPS something of a different beast than Tony Hawk or Guitar Hero.
But how has WoW been doing? Hasn't it's install base kind of been stagnating? Maybe shrinking? I don't really know, I haven't looked at any hard numbers recently, but the MMORPG populace seem to have hit the ceiling several years ago.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 2/15/2011 10:56:25 PM

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

This did'nt really need to be analysed did it mr.patcher?
Even animals know COD is gonna make 600+ million a year.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

You certainly can't beat CoD when it comes to controls and fluid gameplay. It's also extremely accessible. That helps newcomers catch on quickly.

I certainly don't prefer Black Ops over the MW games, but to each their own. I just think Treyarch needs to figure out better map schemes. The gameplay keeps BO alive, but the mp maps… the majority are just big messes that lack fluidity.


Last edited by Alienange on 2/15/2011 11:12:44 PM

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Who thumbed you down?

You hit the nail on the head. COD is extremely accessible. Once you get the hang of it, it provides instant gratification of one of humans most basic levels.

Many people I know feel the same way about BO. Something about it just doesn't click with them. They returned to MW2. Although its current online state is a circus with all the CL and peoples stats being deleted at will. Crazy.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"COD is extremely accessible"

i.e. Newbtastic!

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Don't worry FATHASUN, the patch is coming and we'll be shooting at each other again soon.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I disrespectfully disagree with Mr. Pachter. The thing is, it doesn't matter if you can compare GH to it or not, over-saturation can and will kill any series at a certain point. People get sick of stuff when its always in their face. Sooner or later even the casuals will realize its the same game over and over again unless they make it better.

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

One thing about Call of Duty is that the experience gets more or less better each year as Activision makes more money. They have more money to secure the servers and more money thrown into development.

My Rockband and Guitar Hero game experience gets worse each year. I invested on the plastic instruments early. Each year more and better instruments releases. I am not getting the "full" experience like CoD each year because I refuse to upgrade my instruments.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

No, they are just doing the same thing over and over again, it doesn't matter what Pachter think, CoD gonna die when people feel tired of playing FPS online.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Define bad game. Sometimes even when the technical qualities of a game are lesser than those around it, some people still find more joy in it than those with near perfect production.

Some people who love CoD will play it almost regardless of what happens with the next game.

crunchy_nut_kid
crunchy_nut_kid
9 years ago

everyone says they dont like call of duty, yet so many play it. people buy it because the Cod franchise has a history of good to great(modern warfare) games. they buy it to see what happends next in the story, they buy it to get fresh guns and maps, but overall they buy it because its call of duty.

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

The CoD single player campaigns is what reels me in. They're action packed levels with some pretty impressive set pieces. Multiplayer on the other hand is something i won't touch down on. For the 360 it is solid, but PSN doesn't get the same CoD VIP treatment & when it does, it's late as usual.

The headset abuse is cute sometimes but there is only so many times one can tolerate the ear burn of a bragging "pro camper". Granted, i suck balls at the multiplayer, i personally don't care that i do, but CoD elitists do care! This game is serious business to some people.

I like CoD, i don't love it but i enjoy it for what it is. I will continue to hire them to experience the campaigns but i would never buy the full games & spend hard earned dosh on them. It's just not worth it for me imo.