If you're not a big shooter fan, you're probably not really into Call of Duty . In fact, you might freakin' despise it.
But come on. At the very least, you have to give credit where credit is due. I know you run around and shoot things. I know it isn't perfect. But geez, what more do you want ?
You know, coming from the perspective of someone who has been continually disappointed in his favorite franchise ( Final Fantasy ), I have to say this: I actually wish FF had followed a similar course of action. I don't mean I want annual releases and I don't want the staleness CoD suffered from in recent years. What I mean is that at the very least, at the absolute bare minimum, Call of Duty has always maintained its core. It's a brainless, balls-out action extravaganza and fans keep coming back for that, despite the other issues. Final Fantasy abandoned its core. It doesn't want to be a role-playing game anymore.
Call of Duty has never not wanted to be what it is: A first-person shooter. Sure, several entries could've been better. Yes, the franchise began a few trends (such as the aforementioned annualization) in the industry that we could've done without. I've been one of many to call out Activision and the developers associated with the franchise. "Do better," we've all said in the past. Well, Sledgehammer Games has done better. Is it the epic bomb of amazement that was Modern Warfare last generation? Not quite. But is it better than Ghosts and does it try new things that offer different perspectives and shifting mechanical paradigms? Absolutely.
As such, just stop complaining for a few moments and admit that this year's CoD isn't crap. If you're man enough to do so, that is.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare