I've said this before and I stand by it: CoD has turned so casual that it might as well be hosted by facebook. It's been simplified and dumbed down so that you can master it in about 2 hours. Its skill ceiling is so ridiculously low.It's designed to be easy to master so that it sells as many copies as possible. CoD2 was infinitely better when it came to seperating skill levels. CoD4 was more fun to play though.
Personally I like CSS and Q3A. The problem with QuakeLive is they keep adding shitty addons and weapons to the game that totally fuck up the balance. Minelayers are the dumbest fucking thing ever to be added to quake. The same thing goes with how the servers are setup. They cram as many people into one map as possible.
Nearly all multiplayer games do this now. Putting 12 players into Q3DM17 is the stupidest descision ever. It's a small and very open map, putting more than 4 players into it completely removes all skill from it. It's a spamfest which requires luck to get kills in. There are 5 gun spawns in Q3DM17, it takes 5 seconds for a gun to respawn. Nearly all of the action in that map happens next to the gun spawns. It takes a shitload of luck to get a gun in the first place, to have enough health to use it by the time you get it is damn near impossible.
A lot of CSS servers do that bullshit too. Why the fuck would you put 32 players into dust2? The only way to do well in a game like that is to camp in your spawn and let your team go out first, take half the health of your opponents off and then die. The reason I only really played competitive CSS is so that I could play matches where skill mattered. 5v5 requires tactics, skill and patience. It's not pot luck, it's not baiting and it's not camping.
Modern multiplayer games are a pile of shit. TF2 and L4D are some of the few games thats well thought out. It's no wonder so many people pirate games. It's just an unbalanced clusterfuck that gets a couple of new guns added every 6 months and then resold for £40. It's a fucking disgrace and anyone who actually thinks these games are worth the money is an idiot. It's no wonder indie games are doing so well recently. Minecraft has given gamers something new and enjoyable to play without charging inhuman ammounts of money for a few new textures, and without coating everything with bullshitty brown graphics.
I hope people can appreciate why I'm so pissed off at modern gaming. It's not about making a good game anymore, it's about selling as many copies as possible. Valve are the Disney Pixar of the games industry. Activision are like Dreamworks, they come up with something good every now and again but then they ruin it with millions of sequels and spinoffs. Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero; how long must this go on for?
Too many games these days are trying to become realistic and gritty. Look how well that turned out for GTA4. It's a pile of shit to play, I've tried to enjoy it but I cant. Saints Row may be a rip off but I thoroughly enjoyed Saints Row 2. Why? Because Saints Row 2 focused on gameplay and fun rather than cliche'd catchphrases such as "cinematic", "gritty" or even "realistic". Saints Row 2 was a blast to play, the missions were fun and interesting. It's a lot more than I can say for GTA.
Many people think Valve's games are amazing because of all the extra content you get for free. I disagree, while the free DLC does contribute to the quality of the game, most people are drawn to Valve's games because they are different. Half-Life succeeded where other games failed at the time because it dared to have a story. It decided that shooting monsters for no apparent reason was boring and that it'd be much more interesting to have a deep and interesting plot. Then there's TF2. In an increasingly generic sea of brown multiplayer shooters Valve dared to put out a game with a unique stylized look and feel. They removed many features that modern games rely on, instant-kill weapons, grenades and iron-sights. TF2 has been a huge success because of this. The game was a fun new experience and its players were constantly being rewarded with new content without having to shell out £10 for a map copy and pasted from an earlier game.
Prehaps one day the market will be cleaned, the toilet of modern gaming flushed and the passion of gaming returned but I doubt that'll happen any time soon. Not while Activison are still holding onto the corpse of Call of Duty and certainly not while Microsoft own the rights to Halo. Maybe I'm wrong and Halo Reach will be the last Halo game but somehow I just don't see that happening.
Wake me up when the indies take over.
As I always say, if you want a realistic first person shooter, then go find a gun, walk down the street, and shoot somebody. I feel like there are already too many games striving to be a perfect representation of real life, but the thing is there are so many games that are like that, it just seems passe. The good and popular games are always the ones that people know and love and only purchase because they fear that all their friends are going to leave the old games behind. Often though, the new games that are completely different from anything that has ever happened before, really stick to people, and then the companies either go off into the direction of making it more different than your generic game or try to sellout with the exact same shit over and over again. *cough* *Call of Duty* *cough* People need new things to play, not just be brainwashed into buying the same game, with better graphics (that my shitty computer can't even use) and has no better or even different play value than the game before.
Just saw your smiley face so I'm not going to delete this rant cause I already wrote it, just lettin ya know.