Sessler's Soapbox: Black Ops and Sequel Fatigue

Posted: November 9, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Black Ops and Sequel Fatigue
Adam discusses his enjoyment of Black Ops, but how he feels burned out by games that have yearly sequels.

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  • SUPER687

    The Call of Duty franchise is the most famous game in history, but they keep making more. The truth is, every year we get a new Call of Duty game. In 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops came out, and in 2011 a new Call of Duty is coming out. Call of Duty has the most unique and innovative storyline in any game. The characters feel so real, the sound is amazing, the graphics are gorgeous, and the storyline has a great action-movie style storyline. They recreate some movies scenes, and they put it in the game, like in the last part of Mission 2: Vorkuta from Call of Duty: Black ops, where you get in a motorcylcle, and Reznov does too. You have either a Winchester, or a Model 1887 with the motorcyle, and your shooting people down, like in Terminator 2. When the Termintaor was riding and using either a Winchester, or Model 1887 to shot that other robot down. It's great. but I agree with Adam. Where is this franchise going? It feels to familiar when we see cutscenes. We know that guy is going to shot, or your going to get shot. Every Call of Duty game has a different storyline, but everything feels way too familiar. Call of Duty: Black Ops was an "OK" game. I expected more, but I basically got an add-on to Call of Duty: World At War. The storyline was the best storyline in any Call of Duty game, but it felt like Treyarch really only cared about the storyline more than anything else. Sure, they added Wager Matches, COD currency, and lobbys for specific game modes, such as Core, Barebones, Hardcore, and even Prestige, but they're still a lot of bugs in the game, and it's really hard to find a match and play on Zombies. The graphics weren't much. When we saw Modern Warfare 2, the grapics were the definition of gorgeous, but in Black Ops the graphics look cartoonish. That's something I didn't expect in a Call of Duty game. Hopefully, they end the game with Modern Warfare 3, and that should be the last Call of Duty game. I do not want to see Call of Duty: Space Wars. That would be a complete joke if they did that. If SledgeHammer Games want to try to make something about Space, or the Future. They better be ready to be laughed at, and be shut down. I love Call of Duty, but I don't want to buy the same thing every year.

    Posted: January 1, 2011 8:36 PM
  • pajamasam92

    I was a HUGE fan of the first Call of Duty on PC and played the campaign SEVERAL times. It was amazing. I had all the levels on dial and knew where every enemy was and could beast through the campaign. The was one of my first experiences with first person shooters along with Quake 3 arena and Counter Strike: Source. I never played COD 2 or Big Red One or COD 3 and didn't feel a need for the games. I never played a demo to see if they were good or tried out a friends copy, I just never needed it so I didn't get them. I picked up COD4 MW and was blown away by it and had a lot of fun playing with my friends online. It is a really fun game online and really great single player. I got World at War and had a lot of fun playing Zombies with my friends but we played online less. Then MW2 came out and it was cool for about five minutes. I didn't play with my friends at all. I picked up battle field bad company 2 and think it's a much better game that isn't over hyped and looks better, runs smoother, and is more enjoyable and unique. There's no ownership drama and there is no one telling me "YOU GOTTA FREAKING PLAY BC2!!!!111!!!!1 It's THE BEST game ever" So yeah, I'm pretty much over Call of Duty. I still play Quake and Counter Strike: Source because Valve is smart. If it isn't broke don't fix it...just patch it. I will not be wasting my money on Black Ops this year. I am completely against them telling me I NEED this game and all the advertising and promoting they are doing. I know it's coming out. We didn't forget. It's not like we weren't expecting it. I like Jeeps but who really cares if it's in game or not. I'm starting to enjoy arcade/indie games more and more than i do 60 dollar mega games that are over hyped and don't live up to my expectations. Mass Effect 2 may be my only hard disc purchase this year. As of now it looks like all my money is going for Microsoft points.

    Posted: December 17, 2010 7:27 AM
  • rhatPatriot

    Did anyone mention the on-line petition for PS3 users to get a full refund cause the on-line play is so bad with lag and disconnection problems??Wait for Brink PS3 users, dont waste your money or ruin your Holidays!

    Posted: November 25, 2010 2:33 AM
  • Admir91

    YESS!!! Adam played the original call of duties! United Offensive was my favorite. If people ever played the classic games, they would appreciate the map Brecourt more...I mean wasteland. :)

    Posted: November 20, 2010 9:17 AM
  • ArrenKae

    5:17 You've to also consider the engines being used to make the games. It takes less time to make a game using a pre-existing engine than with a brand-new engine. Making a new IP with the same engine would mean either making many new items in the engine (somewhat defeating the benefit of having all the items already made for that engine) or having a "new IP" that looks and plays very similar to the old one.

    Consider you've the makers of Call of Duty's forthcoming game, a new "Bioshock" in a different setting, etc.

    If there's a lesson to be learned from NFL game sales being more stable while Rock Band sales decline it's that sports fans are dumber than wanna-be musicians.

    Posted: November 18, 2010 9:16 PM
  • Artisanprophet

    ive played about a week of COD: Black Ops and ive actually put it the game to the side. one gripe i had was with the fluidity of movement. it seemed at times the movement of the interacting characters where squared, boxed, without any natural motion. motion which governs real world human dynamics. the world(game environment) at times leaves me with awe. but the the characters that interact the scene have an animated presence. it just feels weird. Since 2005 the level of game development was par to years standards but not this game. i love the inclusion of the zombies as a side game(come on you can always win with zombies). Add currency and ante up mode to the multi player was a great move and getting rid of 25 kill-streak was a great move since if you are able achieve that level of proficiency, its time to get of of your house and walk....

    Posted: November 18, 2010 8:26 PM
  • HAND****SOLO

    Another great soapbox, job well done Adam, keep up the good work and remember to stay thirsty my friends, drink Dos XX.

    Posted: November 15, 2010 10:58 AM
  • AlecEggleston

    I kinda go back to what happened when Kevin and Morgan broke down Halo Reach on an AOTS gamebreak and once again, Kevin hit the nail on the head. Iv`e seen and played this before. Great experience all around with amazing envirnments but Iv`e seen and done this either when the 2nd came out or the original Modern Warfare came out. Same with assassins Creed and probably even Mass Effect. I think the real question outside of the "Motion Controller " is what is the next ground breaking open world sandbox experience that GTA 3 gleefully brought us that sent us all afflutter.

    Posted: November 14, 2010 12:45 PM
  • ninjadave13

    ive only played COD: MW 1n 2 and i wasnt really hyped up on blackops i was more hyped on fable3 and AC:brotherhood. they need to wait a little bit longer for sequels. im not wasting 60dollars for a sequel that burries my hypeness in a cold grave.

    Posted: November 14, 2010 9:06 AM
  • kochache

    I sorry but the ME sequel sucked story wise. I mean there was very little main story an the parts of the main story that were there kinda sucked. I loved ME1 favorite game of all time because the story was epic and mysterious. All you did in ME2 was collect crew members. It just felt like the main story involving the reapers was an after thought. compared to the side story of collecting a crew.

    Posted: November 13, 2010 10:44 AM
  • Solidsnake19901

    Yes Yes Yes it's about time someone said it. The video game , movie , book industries have over done the market with sequels. I want new and original content. I realize it's a " risky " move but I want to see new games. ( However I'm still going to get resistance 3 )

    Posted: November 13, 2010 3:49 AM
  • RoSeeksTruth

    Another great commentary. Great Job

    Posted: November 12, 2010 7:08 PM
  • mikeyz333

    Starve the gamer world for a couple of years then feed them more of the good stuff .

    Posted: November 12, 2010 3:41 PM
  • sjwano

    Adam -

    Sequels are a given and we'll see more, not less in the future given a reality many struggle with - video games are big business not just an art form. Game developers spend significant time building their platforms and once a game is released, they want to get as much mileage as possible out of their existing resources. Tweaks and enhancements will come in sequels, yes, but they're not going to throw out the kitchen sink to build Fable III or Fall Out New Vegas. This approach is also helpful for the business to ensure timely delivery of their products - the risk goes down if they have an existing platform and they already know how to work with it. There are less date slips and less waiting till resources are ready and as a result the shareholders are made happy. We also end up with the same type of bugs and problems year after year when carrying over legacy designs from one product to the next...why do you think it took so long to fix some of the core bugs in Madden? At the end of the day sequels are here to stay.....studios can bank on their return on investment. They have built in fan bases, you don't need to create new intellectual property, etc. I actually think we should pat Treyarch and other studios on the back that take the existing product and twist it, make it unique like they did with Black Ops as opposed to a Modern Warfare 2: the sequel type effort. Where I do think studios could expand is in reuse of existing software/platforms as primary building blocks for other genres or settings...sort of how half live evolved via the user community over time. Why not take the COD engine and combine that with a Blade Runner type story/setting)...the tools are there for a fantastic game.


    Posted: November 12, 2010 9:36 AM
  • tnycaps8

    Once again you nailed every thing Im alil worried about adam. But in the end I too will end up getting Black ops sooner or later. I didn't get it cause I didn't feel the need for it. But cause every one on my play-list is playing it. I will scope it out for the holidays. I'm too bizzy playing 2 other games now any way. Plus I see that there are less dummies on mw2 so I hop on that so 3 games in the rotation, so sorry Activision, you need to slow it down. one COD every 2 year will be ok. one every year is losing it's flavor. im not even getting a cod game next year. I been looking for the next title. I'm looking hard at crysis 2 or something different maybe get Kinect next year instead of a cod game. anything really. I'll stay on COD:BO till the next treyarch game and hopefully by then Respawns Entertainment's game comes out and kills COD all together by then.

    Posted: November 12, 2010 8:30 AM
  • tplarkin7

    Hi Adam!
    I have a 1000 page document for a video game that I spent 5 years developing. It has never been done in video games before. It would certainly "get people talking". I'm not in the business. I'm just a passionate gamer with the best idea in the whole wide world. :)

    I'd love a PM to begin a quick chat about the project.


    Posted: November 12, 2010 6:29 AM
  • G4ChuckW

    What exactly is supposed to change? Its an FPS. How groundbreaking can they get, especially one that is built around multi-player combat. Honestly how many different ways can you tell the same 7 or 8 story lines built over the same 2 premises they use create a games atmosphere. I here the same thing every year about the Madden Franchise...It's a football game how much is it gonna change once they get it right. All the praise that NBA 2K11 is getting will turn to hate cause they've hit the top in terms of basketball game and the game won't change much after this version...that is until the next technical evolution happens and forces the standard to move past where it is now.

    I look at it like having a wife...she can be just as beautiful after 20yrs as the day you meet her but you will always be excited by another girl just cause she is not what your accustom to. Your wife can do all kinds of things to garner your attention, change her hair color, change the way she dresses, etc but you will still look at her as the chick you've been with for 20 yrs (if you weren't really happy with her). Personally if I still love her after all that time there is something there worthwhile and I won't be going anywhere.

    I admire a series that has staying power...especially when it reliably gives me an experience I enjoy.

    Posted: November 11, 2010 9:40 PM
  • TygeR22

    Also gonna pass on this one....I'd rather trust Battlefield: Vietnam for the multiplayer alone than this crap of a re-hash or however they are marketing it. And I've never been one to trash a game before I play it! But there are big companies that don't give a crap about gameplay, story, or graphics and only bank on numbers....I for one will not be another number. Thanks but no thanks! I'll also stick to my "crappy" MoH which I happened to have enjoyed quite a bit, having shot a few weapons in battle and being able to get into THAT gameplay because it's true-to-life and stays within a realm and doesn't take itself to be a Rambo-Type shooter. U know why there aren't any real life Ramboes?! 'cause in combat, REAL combat the cool guys, the top tier guys Always die first! Believe me....I've had to burry a few good friends.

    Posted: November 11, 2010 8:56 PM
  • Tyler_AG

    I for one love the Cod games. yes, i completely agree with adam about the fact that they may be killing alot of the excitment that used to come with this game but i still find myself spending all night infront of my xbox inspite of me having work in the morning. The new twists to the games may not be much but as long as i like the game i am going to go and buy it and i am going to probably waste a few days stairing mindlessly like an idiot trying to kill some kid thats voice makes me want to choke a homeless person.

    Posted: November 11, 2010 7:25 PM
  • Zenkos

    CoD series have somewhat gone downhill on some aspects. I think that the Black Ops have gotten wind of it from some failure of the previous CoD games. Hopefully they make some good story plots and a lot longer too!

    Posted: November 11, 2010 5:17 PM