Modern Warfare 2 might have enjoyed the biggest entertainment launch of all time (Yeah, profitability!), but it didn’t please everyone. While Activision suits achieved epic boners staring at opening sales pie charts, the rest of us were sifting through a story with more holes than a sieve and a borderline broken multiplayer.
That’s why we’ve decided to champion Treyarch’s recently confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is set to take place during the Cold War in Vietnam, Cuba and the Arctic. Below we’ll look at what the occasionally derided developer’s upcoming shooter can learn from Modern Warfare 2’s problems and why it can ultimately kick its megaton keester.
We know it. You know it. That dude your third cousin occasionally hangs out with at parties definitely knows it. MW 2’s kill streak system is bust like Owen Wilson’s hooter. With attack helicopters soon chaining into tactical nukes, it gives certain players an unattainable advantage. In short, it’s horribly unbalanced.
Above: "Would you kindly... scrap the bastard tactical nukes?"
While Treyarch’s last COD (World at War) pretty much just copied the blueprint set by the original Modern Warfare, we suspectTreyarch will have the sense to fix its sequel’s online mistakes. We expect the game to have dense jungle environments (Vietnam) and sunny Caribbean climates (Cuba), too. And these could potentially provide the multiplayer maps with an interesting blend of ultra tense claustrophobic locations, where sneaky stealth kills rule, complimented with some good old fashioned homicidal fun in the sun.
Yeah, not hard this. Treyarch doesn’t have to pen a Pulitzer Prize-winning script. All it has to do is create a campaign that doesn’t have a story with as many holes as a sieve. We’re not saying MW2’s single-player wasn’t awesome (it was, and then some). But the confusing, logic-leaping plot was a huge letdown that no amount of Captain Price face fuzz could save.
Above: Seriously, a sieve
In contrast, WaW’s story was definitely less bombastic and exciting, but at least its simple plot made more sense. Although, admittedly, it was pretty much dragged to the finish line by Kiefer Sutherland shouting loads and Gary Oldman hamming up a Ruskie accent that world curdle the Kremlin’s strongest vodka.
Still, Treyarch has a history of pulling in some heavyweight acting talent. And coupled with the potential the Cold War setting has to be emotionally jarring (Metal Gear Solid 3 is a total tear jerker), we’re hopeful Black Ops’ story will trump MW2.
This is still just speculation, of course, but we reckon Black Ops will contain one of the COD series’ more interesting weapon sets. UK retailer GAME are quoted as saying the game will feature 'unconventional weaponry'. If it tows the historical line and goes with period guns that were used during the Cold War, we could see a diverse armoury including flamethrowers, white phosphorous hand grenades and classic guns like the Smith and Wesson ‘Hush Puppy’. God bless you, Wikipedia.
The Vietnam conflict specifically also included a broad range of different vehicles across land, sea and air. The North Korean Army had some interesting tanks, too, including one that was amphibious. So we’re expecting a sprinkling of fun, potentially on-rails vehicles sections. And considering how awesome it was to man the guns of a Catalina flying boat in WaW, we’re could be in for all kinds of vehicular-based win in Black Ops.
Above: Amphibious tanks - officially the only way to go when you want to murder a shit load of trout