So it’s been a few weeks since Call of Duty: WWII was released and even though I did not pre-order Infinite Warfare, I did end up getting this one because it went back to the boots-on-the-ground style of gameplay that I know and love from the series. So I’ve had some time to jump in and get used to the multiplayer and the character setup situation and all that, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I think I’m just done with Call of Duty games in general.
I knew that I wasn’t going to play Infinite Warfare because I was sick and tired of the wall running and double jumping bullshit that they had added into the game, but when they announced WW2, I was kind of amped for it because it seemed to be a throwback to games like Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty World at War; that World War 2 gameplay without all the extraneous crap thrown in… and that’s pretty much what it is.
I think the gameplay in WW2 is solid, it felt good and I like the way everything plays, but I’m just not into it like I used to be. I don’t know if it’s because I have kids now and I don’t get as much time to sit and grind through the levels like I used to, or what.
I mean, there were days where I would spend 6 hours sitting in front of the TV playing multiplayer matches and not even think twice about it. It’s a wonder my wife stuck with me through that period…
I don’t know what it is, honestly… but I’m not feeling the Call of Duty multiplayer anymore. Maybe it’s the fact that it is just a grind to level up with no real reward for doing so, I’m not sure… but one thing I do know is, it’s not because I’m not good at the game anymore, or I can’t keep up with the kids these days… because that is absolutely not the case.
Even at almost 36 years old, I can still hold my own in every match I play, hitting the top 1 or 2 players on my team, and most times on both teams (even if I’m on the losing side). So it’s definitely not because I’m getting crushed when I play, so it’s gotta be something else.
Maybe it’s because there are so many other games out there now and since I’m an adult and have the means to purchase whatever games I want, I don’t have to go with the ‘safe’ choice when it comes to game purchases. Call of Duty was always that safe bet over the years. I knew that if I spent $60 on the game it would keep me entertained for an entire year, which is an amazing return on investment. But with the ability to purchase other games and see what else is out there, I don’t have to rely on that safety net anymore.
Games like Rainbow Six Siege, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Fortnite Battle Royale (which is free anyways), have swayed my attention away from Call of Duty to the point where I don’t think I’ll ever get into it like I used to.
I had high hopes for WWII being the installment that brought me back into the thick of it after being away for the last few years, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think I’m just done with Call of Duty in general and have moved on to other franchises.
I’ll definitely still play through the single player campaign when I’ve finished South Park The Fractured But Whole, and the new Wolfenstein II game, but I’m not in any hurry to dive back into the multiplayer these days.
Does anyone else feel the same way? Should I really sit down and give WWII a chance? Let me know in the comments.