I could truly care less about innovation, redesigning the engine, redefining the FPS genre blah, blah, blah. I just want a game that is relatively well balanced (yes there will always be certain things that are better than others in the game), runs well, has solid connections, decent (notice I am not going as far as GREAT maps), no lag f**king, and most importantly FUN to play with my friends. I know I am asking for a lot.
COD4- it did redefine the genre and it played quite well. The hackers f'ed up this game eventually of course but hey it was and still is for the most part a fun game that is pretty well balanced.
W@W - never played it so no comment
MW2 - I honestly had the most fun with this game of the whole series. What f'ed this game up was a few things -- the hackers/glitchers, OMA/Commando/Danger Close noob tubing and knifing and of course QSing! The only other thing that f'ed this game IMHO was the allowance of every damn killstreak in the world to be used at one time. If you were on the opposing team this meant complete annihilation. Otherwise I loved this game and the for the most part loved just about every map
BLOPS 1 - really changed the COD series and in many ways for the better. The pace of the game slowed A LOT and many players hated that aspect. The maps were fantastic in this game. The addition of the tomahawk and crossbow added a level of pure fun and joy. You cannot tell me the rest of didn't giggle every time you bounced a tomahawk off 4 walls and the floor and killed someone. Virtual removal of QSing was welcomed change - they made sniping something you had to work at to be good. The addition of limiting the # of KS in use at one time was an excellent change as well as no more STACKING. It actually made the game and acquisition of a KS more difficult (unless you are buc or conman). I think what hurt this game a tad was the early connection issues, the slower pace of the game, and that it took several more bullets to kill in this game vs MW2. The last 2 things being such a dramatic change from MW2 that many people disliked the game.
MW3 - where do I begin ... addition of the support class I thought was a tremendous idea. I just feel they made it too powerful (stealth bombers, EMPs, and juggs should never have been part of this streak). Keep it truly support level UAVs, Counters, Care packages, Health packs, Ammo packs, etc. That would have made much more sense to me. Connection issues, hit detection were a MASSIVE problem with this game and IMHO really started to bring the series down as a whole. Several of the maps in this game were quite good but many of them sucked.
BLOPS 2 - IMHO they did a lot right in the game but damn the lag and connection issues are by far the WORST I have ever seen and really have hurt the COD series. Scorestreaks vs. Killstreaks - believe it or not I actually like this change. Pick 10 system I like as well. Takes some serious getting used to but I do think I like it better. Maps are nothing revolutionary but most are pretty decent gameplay wise and I like that they have gone to different places for them -- can you say skate park, ski lodge etc? Unfortunately because they attempted to speed up the pace of the game over BLOPS 1 I think they hurt the game. As mentioned the lag and connection issues are just so bad that I wonder why I bother playing the game at all. And of course the worst part of all is that you can have 1 game where you go 40-3 and the next 10 are 3-28 and just when you are ready to smash the controller, the game, and your TV you have another 1 or 2 great games. This is such BS. The addition of codcast, league play etc are all wonderful but frankly I have a feeling f'ed the game up even more. And of course what complaint segment about BLOPS 2 would be complete w/o QSing. Holy crap why is this back!!!?@?@?? They did such a good job with it in BLOPS 1 but had to bring it back for this ... gimme a break.
Ghost -- ???? Who knows.
I would love to see them look at all the games and pay attention to what works and doesn't work and then implement what makes sense but first and foremost make a game with good connections/lag comp/hit detection first then worry about the rest. KS, graphics, map play, etc etc mean jack sh*t if you cannot connect and hit your targets with any level of regularity
My wish list (in my own order):
1 - GOOD connections, lag comp, and hit detection!
2 - GOOD connections, lag comp, and hit detection!
3 - GOOD connections, lag comp, and hit detection!
4 - NO MORE QSing!!
5 - Keep cool things like the tomahawk, crossbow etc
6 - Maps with good flow/play but ditch every damn thing around me blowing up and killing me (yes I know the interactive maps are their new big thing so that means more stupid sh*t blowing up and killing me out of nowhere)
7 - No stacking of KS (a KS kill does not add to your next KS) or stick with the Scorestreak method. Continue to limit the # of active KS available at one time.
8 - Interesting and new/different weapons. Honestly I am kinda sick of the same weapons over and over.
9 - Bring back MOSH PIT!!!
10 - I am willing to sacrifice graphical improvements for good solid game play
Will any of these things happen? I doubt it. Why because they make sense and make for good gaming but upset the 10 year old 2 second attention span kids who play this series.