Is This the Best Year Ever for Call of Duty?

Let’s discuss why this year could potentially be the best year ever for the Call of Duty franchise.

Infinite Warfare is now just over one month away and this year will be one of, if not the best, year for Call of Duty, despite the bandwagon of negativity. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was met with heavy criticism right from the start. The initial reveal trailer still sits as the #2 most disliked video on YouTube overall. We’re not talking just in the video game genre or the trailer genre, we’re talking #2 overall out of the billions of videos uploaded to the site since its launch.

The hate became the equivalent of a mob mentality and blind process as it was what everyone else was doing and since the release of gameplay footage, the criticism has leveled out to relatively normal levels for Call of Duty, where a very vocal minority says they aren’t fans. While the criticism has steadily dropped, the game franchise is still under scrutiny though from those that do not wish to take part in this year’s main title. However, they’re not necessarily out of luck if they want to play Call of Duty, which is why this year could potentially be one of the best, if not the best year for the franchise and its player base.

Multiple Choices for Call of Duty

For the first time in Call of Duty history, for a November release, we’re not getting only one Call of Duty title, but two. Infinite Warfare offers players the chance to play Modern Warfare Remastered, a complete game on its own. The Legacy and Legacy Pro editions of Infinite Warfare both come complete with the Modern Warfare Remastered campaign and multiplayer. Fans can get two games for the price of essentially under one and a half games or just over one and a half depending on the package.

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If you’re a fan of the chain-based movement system you can play your heart out in Infinite Warfare but if you’re a player that has longed for the return of boots on the ground Call of Duty, you can find yourself playing multiplayer in the fan favorite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. There is an avenue for both types of players with a current game this year as both offer opposite ends of the spectrum but are full games in their entirety. As well, if you are a fan of the series overall and don’t mind either movement system or you don’t prefer classical COD compared to today’s COD, you don’t even have to pick and choose, you can play both if you want.

Black Ops 3 Will Last a Long While

Advanced Warfare was the first Call of Duty game to keep players engaged with new content coming after their life cycle was completed. I don’t mean that in the way of development teams going back and patching old games, that’s something that happens on a regular basis. However, I mean the development team went back and were actively adding weapons to keep players intrigued and playing, despite the fact that it was not their primary year for the title. Sledgehammer added in weaponry, double XP and double legendary weekends, and even more despite the main game of the franchise being Black Ops 3 at the time.

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It seems like Treyarch are doing a similar situation and scenario as Sledgehammer did although they are doing it in a different fashion and not with a set amount of new content. Instead of adding in DLC weapons or things alike, they are instead handing the keys over to the community and allowing them to have free reign with the game. The PC version of Black Ops 3 now has an open beta for the mod tools feature in game which will later turn into a full release of mod tools and as a result, everyone who has the full game of Black Ops 3 on steam can access and use the workshop to have an infinite amount of custom mods and DLC.

Black Ops 3 is playing the long game and optimizing the game for custom mods for the first time in years and allowing players to have full control over the future of the title. This will certainly be great for players all over the world who want, not only a second choice for a primary game to play this next year, but it offers instead a third choice, something that we’ve never seen even considered.

Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered Actually Play Fantastically

Despite the harsh criticism the title is getting and the residual disappointment the other is getting for being associated with the former, both Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered play brilliantly. The gameplay is much different than that of the trailers and other things and both prove to be games that are much better when you have hands on experience. Until the beta is released for Infinite Warfare, I don’t believe that proper judgement can be passed as it feels much different than it looks.

With all that said though, time will tell on if this judgement call on the year’s success turns out to be true or not. I think there is definitely a high chance that the year could be successful but until then, we can only discuss.

If you’d like to read further on Infinite Warfare, check out our coverage on how crafting could work out, If you’re interested in Modern Warfare Remastered, check out our coverage on the newest launch trailer!

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