Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d probably know that Treyarch’s latest shooter – Call of Duty: Black Ops eclipsed Infinity Ward’s magnum opus Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in terms of sales and units sold.
And yet, on most PC forums you’ll find a myriad of posts complaining about how abysmally the game performs. There are posts complaining about the game getting stuck at the menu, posts complaining about the game’s bland textures, and primitive AI. And yet, it sold 5.6 million copies on the day it released. Is it magic? No, its just loyal fan following… a fan following which blindly worships any game in the Call of Duty franchise without stopping to analyse and think if it will offer an enjoyable experience. Which Black Ops does not.
Who would want to play a game riddled with glitches and bugs? Who would want to play a game which has a unforgivably poor AI? A blind fan following, that’s who. Since Treyarch will most probably be developing the next few Call of Duty games ( because of Infinity Ward’s demise ), I’m pretty sure that the next few titles from Treyarch’s door will fail even more miserably. They make Treyarch think that no matter how bad the game is, it will sell by the thousands and make money. Well, Treyarch, that is not how it works.
Treyarch must have been clever on its part to learn from Infinity Ward’s mistakes, which were, namely: lack of dedicated server support for PCs, tons of bugs and glitches (most of the, game-ruining). Treyarch did show love for PC gamers by introducing dedicated server support, but what about the bugs and glitches?
According to latest news reports, most servers are buckling under the intense pressure of millions of gamers across the world wanting to kick butt and hence most servers are overloaded and/or unreliable, leaving only a few game modes which can be played without getting disconnected. 5 million+ sales aren’t a good thing after all, are they Treyarch?
The message I am trying to get across here is that Treyarch should really put in some hard work which results in wonders… and not just think of ways to set records and make money.