As a relative late-comer to the Call of Duty franchise I must say I particularly enjoyed their earlier world war games and initial Black Ops games. In fact it even reached a point where I developed a group of purely online friends who I met whilst gaming and we would routinely meet up 'online', chat and play games together.
You hear a lot of people talking about gaming as a childish pursuit and it is usually followed with a quote along the lines of "get into the real world!" or "go outside and do something!". But more and more online gaming has become a new environment for social interaction and for people to make friends.
All you have to do is look to the money in the industry now and the rise of professional gamers! Now if you have a kid who is good at gaming then you genuinely might want to consider supporting them in this pursuit. The rise of YouTube channels has meant that there is more money than ever and these kids have become just as popular if not more so than a lot of musicians.
I would say that I'm a pretty good gamer, I've played for many years and I generally end up the top of my team in most Call of Duty games...except when it came to Advanced Warfare. That was a game that really put me off the franchise and the point where I fell out of love with Call of Duty.
I just didn't get it! The gameplay was too fast, messy and laggy for me. I couldn't understand how I could go form team deathmatch gameplay of 30-1 on Black Ops 2 and then struggle to get a positive K/D on Advanced Warfare. It wasn't until much later on that I learnt the developers of this title (who are different to the Black Ops series) has introduced a 'Skill-based Matchmaking' system that essentially meant you would barely ever do very well. Now the developers of the game heard the outrage of everyone on social media and all they did was pretend it was exactly the same as the Black Ops franchise...which of course it wasn't and everyone knew they were just trying to cover their behinds.
Not to mention that you could pump more money than ever before into the game in order to get special weapons and armour. I hate it when I see a game just become a blatant tool for additional sales and that's why a lot of people have fallen out of love with Assassins Creed. I even think that Advanced Warfare payed off a lot of successful YouTubers in order to get them to give positive feedback about the game.
The result of all this was that gamers and YouTubers really didn't enjoy the game and went from posting tonnes of videos of previous Call of Duty games to barely any of Advanced Warfare. I thought after this title that perhaps I had just lost my taste for Call of Duty and you can have too much of the same thing.
Fortunately for myself and other lovers of CoD, Treyarch came along with Black Ops 3. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Beta launch of the multiplayer recently and I was quite frankly relieved that we were seeing the return of a quality game.
Black Ops 3 is a return to form for the franchise and I found it really enjoyable and I know from the community feedback so have others. I can't wait to play on a truly immersive next generation FPS and get back in with the group of online friends I had spent so much time with.
The only people who aren't going to be happy are the girlfriends and partners of people who immerse themselves in this great new game for months on end.