Call Of Duty: Creative Barrier, Or House Of Cards Spinoff?
More like Call of Duty: Creative Bankruptcy, amirite?
This morning Activison revealed the next game in their long-running Call of Duty franchise, entitled Advanced Warfare. Now I’ve never been one to talk down the Call of Duty series, I respect it too much for that and I understand that it has a very specific audience that just happens to be one of the biggest in the gaming industry today. But this time… I don’t know, I just sat back with my face resting on my palm, and cringed.
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Granted, it somehow seems a lot better than that fake leaked story about Call of Duty: Patriots, a game set during the first world war — lol, Gamespot — but with Advanced Warfare, I just got this overwhelming feeling of having seen all of it before.
I love House of Cards. I love Spider-Man. I love Black Ops II. Putting them together and slapping a Call of Duty title on it somehow does seem like it could make for a winning formula. Only, is it? I guess my sentiments are best addressed by the following tweet from our very own Tech Marco:
@CaV1E I do love that he plays COD in the series, so its only fair that the game plays a bit of HOC?
— Marco Bozza (@Pansyfaust) May 2, 2014
I could actually get behind that idea. Who doesn’t love Frank Underwood? Who doesn’t consider the power-plays in House of Cards to be some form of guilty pleasure?
Thing is, how much of your time in the game will actually be taken up by watching Kevin Spacey aka Frank Underwood aka double-tap give endearing and thought-provoking monologues, and how much of it will be spent playing what we essentially already played two years ago? Then again, this being the Call of Duty series that got away with three Modern Warfare games, should it even matter?
Of course not. And yet, part of me was really hoping Sledgehammer would use the fact that Call of Duty sells like hotcakes to just take some damn risks — it’s not as if the series is going to sell any less than it already does, so why play safe? But then I suppose if Ghosts proved anything, it’s that minimal effort is all that’s required with this series, to make millions. On that note, if you’re playing the Call of Duty betting game, congratulations if you bet on a November release, a military shooter set in the future, and a compelling character who will spend most of his time off-screen. The holy trifecta, Activision. Well done on surprising nobody.
I’m compelled to wait for gameplay before deciding whether or not I actually like this game, or care enough to play it when it’s out, but I did feel that it was worth typing up a quick opinion piece about it, if only to get some minds working and gauge popular opinion. So what do you guys think of House of Cards meets Call of Duty meets possibly Crysis? Let us know in the comments.