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Why you should NOT buy Call of Duty WWII

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*Disclaimer: While this blog is me stating why I think you should not buy this game, it is your money so feel free to do whatever. I can't stop you.
 
So Call of Duty WWII has been revealed to the public to apparent positive reception in initial impressions. The like to dislike ratio in the trailer is actually positive, which compared to last year's Infinite Warfare, that means something, I guess.
 
The thing is, I am not impressed. While the trailer to me was simply okay, nothing mind blowing, the actual game itself is something I highly recommend that any of you considering purchasing it to not do so, especially not just based on the trailer. A picture only says a few words and the underlying problems are far worse than any scenery change could solve.
 
First off and this is a bit more of a nitpick but I do want to point it out: The name. For years, people have been clamoring to 'go back to WW2!' and so Activision does. How do they make sure everyone knows that it is back to that? Why, by literally calling the game 'WWII'. Creative subtitle, no thought put into it, just putting WWII to make sure the market knows exactly what it is. This would be like if Uncharted 2 Among Thieves was instead called 'Uncharted 2 Drake Jumps and Shoots'. This extreme blandness and being so on the nose about it is a clear indicator that Activision is just going for a 'market', not a good product. Even Battlefield 1's name is less generic.
 
Secondly, also over the past few years, everyone has been saying 'go back to the roots of the franchise!' Will that actually fix anything though? Also, by 'roots of the franchise', what do they mean? It is now being used as a clear selling point of this new game, so a clear definition would be nice. Oh, do they mean WW2 because that is where the franchise started? Because if we look back at the old games, like Call of Duty 2 for example, I don't remember that game having idiotic killstreaks, a $50 season pass, expensive supply drops and terrible cosmetic DLC out the ass, nor do I remember a tacked on zombies mode. So to go back to the roots, would be get rid of all of this and we know Activision and even some fans wouldn't want that. Greed goes a long way. Or do they mean 'foot on the ground' gameplay finally? Well, didn't Modern Warfare Remastered do that? Speaking of that...
 
Third, Modern Warfare Remastered. It went 'back to the roots', right? It had the standard COD gameplay, which is apparently all anyone wants, so it should be the perfect game, right? The thing is, it was TRASH. Seriously, MWR is one of the worst multiplayer experiences that I have ever played and the campaign was just average to me. The balance in the multi was out the window, supply drops were at the forefront (which WERE NOT IN THE ORIGINAL GAME), quickscoping was basically encouraged and the maps were horrendous. So simply going back to the 'roots' of this franchise won't actually fix anything.
 
Fourth and this might be the biggest one, GREED. Seriously. Everyone has been going on and on, bitching and moaning about 'the futuristic settings' and 'mecha soldiers' of the past few games and they have been pleading for something more standard. The thing is, the 'setting' is not the damn problem with this series. The problems are far worse than that, yet they apparently are never seen by the COD faithful. Activision's GREED is the disease corroding the franchise. We get a new game every damn year, with each game having a $50 season pass, supply drops microtransactions where the game is fine tuned to make you buy, P2P servers with server problems like crazy, unbalanced weapons because no care was put into it, half second kill times, overpowered killstreaks, terrible maps, these are all things that have been killing this series for years now, and a simple change of scenery will not do a damn thing. I have seeing comments like 'YAY! WW2! Finally I am excited for a COD game!' Why? It will be the same problem-riddled experience, just in WW2. I have also seen comments like 'I hope there will not be supply drops.'. Wake up. There WILL be supply drops. There will be countless amounts of pointless DLC. There will be greed throughout this game. Activision is the overseer of these games, they decide what goes where. The developers, Sledghehammer Games in this case, are simply puppets that Activision pulls all the strings on. They have no real say-so on what goes where, Activision is the one that has the ultimate power here and they WILL make sure there are micro-transactions and horrible practices. Each game in the series for the past several years has suffered from this. A scenery change will not prevent this and people need to realize this now. Oh yeah, people...
 
Fifth, THE CONSUMER. This is both a reason not to buy this game and also another reason why this series is so f*cked up now. Activision is clearly a massive part of the problem, but it is the gaming community that is the second largest issue. This shit keeps happening because people are buying it, every single year. They buy it, then complain about how terrible it is afterwards only to buy the next one. They also buy the map packs each year and the supply drops, showing Activision that people are dumb enough to fall for it all, so they will keep doing it. Vote with your damn wallet and the series might improve. Or not, nobody actually listens to that idea.
 
Like I said at the start, I cannot stop you from buying the game, so by all means if you really want to, then go for it, but I urge you to at least WAIT a bit and try not to pre-order just because of the 2 minute trailer that barely tells us anything. Wait until you know more, though in the end the game will end up like all of the others in the series, an absolute mess driven by greed, not passion. And if this game sells well, or even if it doesn't somehow, Activision will be sure to exploit WW2 for a few years at least. This is obvious. I can see all of this from 1,000 miles away yet the COD fanbase sees nothing. 
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EDIT: I should point out that while I also have very little hope for this year's CoD being any good, I still wait for reviews to say otherwise.

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Yeah it didn't look impressive, or they would show off the gameplay, if it even does go back to its roots properly tho people will complain the maps are too small or not diverse enough or something, when other games can make more maps all of which are larger. And I heard they are being vague about the zombies mode, so may end up disappointing people there too.

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Yeah at this point i'm not sure why peopel evne bother to buy the games.. oh look world war two...with ..zombies! WTF!  zombies are overdone. I never played call of duty mostly cause i like turn based games like XCOM but still...

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So is there any point here that isn't just nitpicking or wild speculation? CoDWW2 had a solid trailer and has potential to be the best CoD game to date, I'm not holding my breath but sledgehammer definitely could drop a bomb ass game on us this November, even if Activision won't let them cut supply drops from the game.

 

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1 hour ago, Kitty~ said:

So is there any point here that isn't just nitpicking or wild speculation? CoDWW2 had a solid trailer and has potential to be the best CoD game to date, I'm not holding my breath but sledgehammer definitely could drop a bomb ass game on us this November, even if Activision won't let them cut supply drops from the game.

 

A bit of what I said is of course speculation, but the biggest points, the greed aspect and Activision ruining everything, that is absolute fact. Besides, me speculating is a lot better than other people dropping $50-$100 on a game just because of some 2 minute trailer that didn't actually show anything. This franchise has basic, fundamental problems that some stupid scenery change will not fix. People thinking otherwise, well, that's their opinion and all, but I see that as delusional thinking in this case.

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I don't accept the "greed" argument. Any product that is entertainment is made to make money. That is why businesses like this exist. They will sell as long as people buy.

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6 minutes ago, BronyNumber42 said:

I don't accept the "greed" argument. Any product that is entertainment is made to make money. That is why businesses like this exist. They will sell as long as people buy.

Sure, that is true, but it all depends on how far a company will go. Activision is so shit that they locked Modern Warfare Remastered behind Infinite Warfare, despite the massive fan backlash and they STILL have it locked behind it. Does that not scream terrible to you? They put MicroTransactions in a $60 product that has a $50 season pass and releases every year, for a game that sells millions upon millions. What other company does that? The only thing I can think of is EA and that is only for their sports games. I don't see Battlefield being released every year like that. Also, COD is still using the same engine that they have been using for over a decade. Could they not upgrade it even slightly? What about servers? Could they have dedicated servers this time? They won't, they never have, despite all of the money-hungry bullshit they pull.

So yeah, I feel greed is a perfect argument in this case.

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I don't buy DLC and I don't play online so I don't know what is reasonable for that. I think a game should be a stand alone disc.

I also don't follow the "politics" of gaming. I just see stuff at the store and get it. You might be right about it. But then maybe you are getting too worked up about games. If the game looks fun and is priced right then I try it. If it sucks then I don't. But I don't let games dictate how my life goes. It's not worth it. 

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2 minutes ago, BronyNumber42 said:

I don't buy DLC and I don't play online so I don't know what is reasonable for that. I think a game should be a stand alone disc.

I also don't follow the "politics" of gaming. I just see stuff at the store and get it. You might be right about it. But then maybe you are getting too worked up about games. If the game looks fun and is priced right then I try it. If it sucks then I don't. But I don't let games dictate how my life goes. It's not worth it. 

I get worked up because gaming is my favorite hobby and to see Activision so blatantly spit in the face of gaming as a whole angers me. Other companies don't do the horrible shit they do so I will boycott Activision's products as long as they keep doing this stuff.

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Problem is the games are made for the lowest common denominator. So you might be screwed. Maybe find a new series or new hobby :okiedokieloki:

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Eh, you don't need to convince me.  I've never played any CoD game, and I can't imagine I ever will.  Never had any interest in that franchise.

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