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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  • Fex_Anderson

    I like Call of Duty so far. I like Black Ops so far(I've played about 3 hours). But I will get tired of it if it keeps coming every year.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 8:38 PM
  • Malapropism

    i still don't understand shooters, i've played them, they're all the same, they have the weak pistol, the fast automatic, the explosive bazooka and so on, and they have good guys and bad guys, i'm sometimes shocked that people can tell the difference between killzone, halo, and gears, but i guess here's an easy hint, one is from mars, one is from space, one is from underground, and they're all in the future, oh wow, how original

    Posted: November 9, 2010 7:52 PM
  • ZCube

    im getting really tired of shooting automatic weapons, space marines....and of course...sequels

    Posted: November 9, 2010 7:52 PM
  • Revandragos

    I am so tired of the COD, they just said that another one is gonna be out next year, so whats the value in this one? Pay IW the money that they worked for you crooks.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 7:25 PM
  • BoydofZINJ

    FOR THE RECORD, if you think you see a BOYD tag that seems like me. It probably is. And I am a mostly PC user. I got the XBOX and played 3 games on it, if you count COD: Black OPS as one of the games. SO.... I suxxor.

    I would give my up cookies for a year, for a good trusty mouse and keyboard to play on the XBOX. Why does the XBOX not have one of those features?

    I would at least feel better.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 7:06 PM
  • BoydofZINJ

    Reagon Rocks. I hope the next Call of Duty involves Reagon and his "supposedly" mental lapse at the end.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 7:01 PM
  • ShinjiEx

    For the first time in the series I'm actual interested & want to play the campaign!

    Posted: November 9, 2010 6:49 PM
  • Pandamonium16

    Agreed. You have completely spoken my mind for me, Adam Sessler. I absolutely loved Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. One of my favourite games. But the series lost its splendour as they kept releasing entries every year. Call of Duty World At War was an excellent game, aided greatly by both co-op and Zombies. Oh i adored the Zombies. However, when COD: MW2 reached my Xbox 360, I don't know what happened. I suddenly grew dissatisfied with the franchise. In fact, it almost disgusted me. Even though critics acclaimed Modern Warfare 2 as the best FPS multiplayer experience ever, I never truly enjoyed it. It felt to me that Modern Warfare 2 took everything that COD 4 deemed as sacred and special and made it all routine and insignificant. I cant honestly explain it, but within a month of MW2's release i was back to playing Battlefield: Bad Company until the release of Bad Company 2 in March. Battlefield is not a perfect series, but its entries remain unique in their own way. No battlefield game is the same experience by far. I have no doubt that COD: Black Ops is a excellent game, worthy of its 5 star rating. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that Call of Duty is losing its legacy. Nothing in the series surprises me any more. It has become routine. Predictable. It is no longer unique, undone not by its rivals but by its own releases. I refuse to play Black Ops not out of prejudice, but because I know what to expect from it and nothing in the game is desirable to me any more. i pray that this trend will not continue in other series that I adore. If Assassins Creed follows suit in Call of Duty's annual marketing strategy, I fear the same fate will befall it as well. Lets hope that doesn't happened. As for First Person Shooters, Battlefield will remain as always my staple, with Brink a desert I hope to sample early next year. I can not wait for its release. I believe it may prove to be the final straw that breaks the camel's back of the COD franchise. Actually, if it lives up to all the expectations and standards it has set through the trailers and articles pre-dating its release, I am positive it will surpass Call of Duty as the leading FPS in the hardcore gaming industry.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 6:49 PM
  • loveassassin13

    I agree some games are loosing that sense of uniqueness with the sequels, especially with Call of Duty. Frankly, I am not getting Black Ops, because to me Call of Duty is just getting old. Same reason I didn't get Reach, I just didn't feel the need for it. The only games which I think can really be successful and specifically entertain me just as much as the first, would be games that are story based, specifically, Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 6:31 PM
  • RockieOllie

    CoD is the new madden

    Posted: November 9, 2010 6:11 PM
  • merivigian

    I just played a good portion of the campaign.. and man.. it is NOT a reiteration. Black ops campaign has given me more story and depth in the 3-4 levels that I have played so far then MW2+MW have given me combined.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 6:01 PM
  • Socrates'sMind

    I agree Mr. Sess. The game looks good but I have other games I am playing through before I pick this one up... There is a right way and a wrong way to do sequels and Activision is doing it the wrong way. If they keep pumping this every year we are going to get a Guitar Hero outcome. They need to take this capital they have and invest in NEW IP! I know the economy is in a bad spot, but I know myself and fellow gamers are looking for that new thing that just hooks us because its so revolutionary or just the way it is executed. I don't like the road ahead if this is what we are going to get year after year.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:54 PM
  • Juvon

    the amount of sequals are ok as long as you keep that time frame in between them just right. like halo(im not a halo fanboy just a example) halo has had many sequals and prequals but the time inbetween them makes the game more exciting to play everytime. srry for my space bar itsretarded

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:38 PM
  • Dredgon

    Mass Effect 2 FTW!!!!!

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:33 PM
  • ggguun

    In my opinion, if they managed to hold Modern Warfare 3 off until fall 2012(which I know won't happen), then that's a whole other year of production on a game that will already surpass Black Ops in some way. They could make the ultimate first person experience with that time for the more run and gun genre. It would be nice.. that way I wouldn't have to worry about the hype again when the teaser trailer comes out in spring...

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:31 PM
  • ShinjiEx

    Unofficially the last COD game!

    Me and a lot of chaps are hunkering down on this one and are not going anywhere

    The hype and what can be done with the series ends with a bang that being Black Ops

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:29 PM
  • ShinjiEx

    Audio low as always for the Soap Box?

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:21 PM
  • Flight_Eagle

    The only problem with sequels, and it's not all of them, is how quickly they are released, how close to each others releases they are. Like with those GBA Megaman games, too many in too little time. But another thing is, these companies usually have many different teams working on different iterations of the same game at the same time. If Halo Wars hadn't been released when it was, (or at all) we might think different about Halo releases.

    But i love sequels most of the time. They continue the adventures of old friends, introduce new ones in the old world, maybe even the new world. Again, it's just a matter of releasing them at the right time and keeping it fresh. Some companies/games have it down, others not so much. Bioware/Mass Effect seem to have it right!

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:19 PM
  • mcguinness

    I think all the hate that has been directed towards this game due to Activision's unfortunate decision to cash in on a successful series has really undermined the fact that Treyarch has done some magnificent work here. you can tell they put a lot of work into making this game, and they should be commended for it. IMO, i think that the game is very fun and satisfying, but i would hate to see them come to the same fate as Infinity Ward. With Black Ops, Treyarch has solidified their reputation as an A-level developer, and i would be very excited to see a new IP by them if they ever get out of the shadow of COD.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:15 PM
  • RPG-fan

    I do see what you mean, Adam but if gaming website/magazines continue to give these sequels perfect or near-perfect scores and people continues to buy them, expect more sequel to come till they milked the series to death like Tony Hawk and rhythm games.

    Posted: November 9, 2010 4:48 PM