By Stan Rezaee
The unveiling of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has dominated the gaming media over the weekend with speculations of a new direction along with some doubt that it could save the series.
While many are hoping the game could redefine the series on the Next Generation consoles, there has also been a growing skepticism that Advanced Warfare would bring anything new to the series.
The concern has been that the game will lack the innovative spectacle it once had due to the over saturation of the series. Disgruntled gamers believe that yearly releases have deprived the series of having any sense of original quality and in the end its going to feel like the same game.
Alex Carlson of HardcoreGamer reflected on this outlook by stating, "From Modern Warfare 2 onward, the Call of Duty series earned itself the dubious honors as one of the most corporate video game series of all-time. By “corporate”, I’m speaking of the series’ disturbing lack of artistic progress, while building upon simple and inexpensive ideas and the constant marketing and merchandising of the series."
This skepticism could be a continued reflection of how the gaming community has been feeling about the series. When Call of Duty: Ghosts was released back in November; there was a huge division between critics who praised it and gamers who hated it, a difference that could be seen based on its MetaCritic score.
Many critics have noted that the series reputation has taken a hit after Ghosts failed to live up to gamers expectations. Proof could be seen in the sharp sales decline when it was revealed by Doug Creutz, an analyst Cowen & Company, sales were down compared to its predecessors.
Others have been quick point to that despite the claim of being an innovative entry into the series, it shares too many similarities with other media franchises. Most notably have been the pointed similarities between Advanced Warfare and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots plot that questions the moral ethics of the growing PMC industry in warfare.
Mike Minotti of VentureBeat was among many gamers to notice the connection and he stated, "We know that Advanced Warfare’s plot is largely about private military companies trying to take over the world. That’s a cool concept. So cool, in fact, that someone already made an entire game about it."
Several critics have even pointed out the similarities the game shares with Elysium. Darrius Judge of HardcoreGamer even goes into details regarding how smiler the two are and even noted that, "It’s not just in design where we see similarities either. Kevin Spacey’s character Johnathan Irons seems quite similar to Jodie Foster’s character Defense Secretary Delacourt in Elysium. Both are elitist, suit-touting, threatening antagonists. Both want to cleanse a world on the brink of chaos while attempting to become the leader of a “safe” new world they’re orchestrating."
However the skeptics had some hopes that Sledgehammer Games would prove them wrong at E3 2014.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be the eleventh game in the popular series that has sold over 100 million copies and on average has 40 million active players a month. The game is set to be released on November 4.