===sh*t, looks like I got carried away.===
After upgrading Internet to 25Mb from 3Mb, my stats have improved exponentially. I mean it's not even in the same neighborhood. Sometimes it's not fun but it's still an ego boost to go 25-1 no matter who the competition is.
I still think that the game is not as good as before but I'd be wrong if I said that I was NOT having fun with it. Sure, I'm not running around doing some crazy gun-kata stuff. staying back and picking people off, getting a dog etc. is what has been more fun these days.
Maybe it's because I am getting older/wiser. People just run into my bullets now. At points in the night, I think the only thing I am really developing is patience and discipline. I can "camp" a place and run around an area and watch a couple of choke points. More often than not, it's a kill streak reward just waiting to happen.
Why was COD4 considered by many as the pinnacle of the series? Why is COD4 always looked upon with rose colored glasses. Would it be a complete shift in taste? We were different back in 2007. that was 7 years ago. 7 years ago, I moved in with my then GF current wife. 7 years ago, I bought my first house. 7 years ago, I made my first man cave. 7 years ago, I had finished school again. No kids, 2 dogs. 7 years ago was a long time ago.
Do we want games like:
Rock Band 1
Super Mario Galaxy
Call of Duty 4
Zelda Phantom Hourglass
ACE Combat (WTF?)
God of War 2
(some really good games up there)
what about last year? 2013?
The Last of Us
Call of Duty Ghosts
Assassin's Creed Black Flag
Grand Theft Auto V
similar yet different. There was less emphasis on FPS it seems (Ghosts and Battlefield 4 are the two that come to mind for now) compared to COD4, Bioshock, Orange Box (team Fortress, Portal and that other game) and Halo3
Arguably, 2007 was one of the best years for video games in terms of "impact" vs. now it's more been there done that.
Maybe that's why we're not as thrilled with these new games. It's become as substantial as fast food.
Can you remember that first McDonalds big Mac. It was semi-magical as a kid. you're all about it. It was ignorance is bliss type of eureka moment. Little did we know that others have perfected it and as we grow older, we taste the different versions and fall in love with other burgers. the spectrum between like and love is wider, more complex.
Going back to COD gaming, this is not bad, it's just the same rehashed s*it that Activision has since fast-foodized. Sure, it''s not the big mac any longer but it's their new specialty burger with ranch dressing. It's fine, it's different enough but it's not going to have that impact it once did.
Games like The Division are exciting because it offers asymetrical gaming. A completely new experience. Perhaps the next COD will have this sort of game play. 2nd screen type stuff or persistent worlds.
I think COD needs to take a haitus and really re-evaluate what is important to them. 1 Billion burgers sold or have the Best Burger in town year after year??
p.s. I have not played a single player game in a long time. I've watched the wife play and that is enough for me. The pacing the story telling, the voice acting, I get it, it's a big part of video games but it's just not for me. I like the adversarial aspect of multiplayer. ****c co-op. that is boring.
I would do Battlefield but I already made a decision and the ruling on the field stands. There is nothing out there that has made me reverse my previous call.
well, this was a long rant. Sorry