The Worst of 2012: Games

While it wasn’t something I scored a 0 or 1, I will say I have played games I would scarcely define to be good. Here, it’s a tie between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Once you played one, you played 'em all.

Once you played one, you played ’em all.

It was clear after Infinity Ward struck gold with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, with its modern setting and addictive multiplayer with an almost RPG-like depth. So what do they do? The release a new Call of Duty every year with minimal changes to the formula. Granted, as I said in my reviews, they weren’t fair or relevant since I only played the campaigns since I lack an Xbox Live account; game reviewers compared playing Call of Duty for its single player to reading a porn magazine for its articles. It’s the online multiplayer everyone wants. Still, from what I played in the campaigns, there was next to nothing I hadn’t already seen before in basically every game since CoD4. As I said in my Black Ops II review, the problem with tried-and-true formulae like Call of Duty is that they will never make a game that is really bad, and thus will do really poorly in sales. As every game does very well in terms of sales, a new Call of Duty gets launched every year.

Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to weep by the grave marked “Innovation,” where games like Okami and Heavy Rain lie.