Call of Duty is a franchise that has been around for close to twenty years. I remember the first few games and not being so excited about them since they were set in the World War II era. I first bought Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty 3 in college. I was more excited about shooters with current or future weapons though.
It only took a few years for the Call of Duty franchise to move into modern times with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2007). That’s when I became most obsessed with the franchise. I was always excited to play through the story mode in Call of Duty games — this was a time in my life when I was watching the military channel and shows like Future Weapons. Once I was done with the story missions I would continue to play the game, online. Mostly in the form of Team Deathmatch.
For over a decade the Call of Duty games have been top-tier first-person shooters (FPS). They are always leading the industry. Even if they didn’t invent the running, sliding, jumping and other well-known FPS mechanics they’re always perfectly implemented into each game. I believe it was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that had a long wall run mechanic. I’m not sure if they stole this from the Titanfall franchise, but it felt just as good as it did in Titanfall 2 (the only Titanfall I got to play).
I didn’t play much Destiny 2, but when I was playing the only thing that kept me going was how good the controls felt. Moving around, sliding, double (and triple) jumping while shooting aliens all over just felt perfect in Destiny 2. Call of Duty is always another game that when I do play it (in Alpha, Beta or now in the FREE Warzone mode) it just feels great. I just haven’t been as excited about these games for some time.
Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the largest games (in GBs) on my PS4 Pro at any given moment. That’s why I always end up deleting and re-installing it. I only own the FREE portion of the latest Call of Duty game (Warzone) but it feels like my PS4 Pro is downloading the entire game just in case I do one day plan to purchase it. Then they can tell me, “hey guess what! You can start playing right away. It’s already here!”
I haven’t purchased a Call of Duty game since Ghosts or Black Ops III, but I have continued to try out most of the games whether it’s through a FREE weekend event, an alpha or beta. But now with Warzone I’m sure I will try out every Call of Duty in Warzone mode. You’d think they would update it, at least a bit, with each new iteration of the franchise.
I may have to revisit the last two games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War (2020), at least to play through the stories for both. For now I will continue to play the Warzone, whenever I am lucky enough to have space on my PS4 Pro for it. I hope you enjoy my short film I created from my time playing Warzone this week:
*BONUS CONTENT: I didn’t write much about my thoughts on Call of Duty: Warzone here because I’m working on a post for next week about the different Battle Royale games, which I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now.
So, be on the look out for that.