Every gamer these days knows that Call of Duty comes out yearly, just like everyone has a birthday. While these games fluctuate in certain aspects of the multiplayer, generally it is nearly the same game year after year. Rewards — previous known as “killstreaks” in Call of Duty games from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 — change slightly or are removed/added. The way to obtain these streaks have been altered slightly, too. Like I said, there have been differences in the online multiplayer for each game, but many gamers complain that many times the next installments feel more like reskinned games or downloadable content.
The Call of Duty series has promising profits, with Call of Duty Black Ops generating more than a billion dollars. Therefore, we all know that Activision and whichever company creates any future Call of Duty games have more than enough capital to create an incredibly game with breath-taking graphics, game mechanics and game play in itself.
But what is it that us gamers, for the most part, want that we aren’t getting already? Some of the requests are minor and may be from past games that never were brought back, for whatever reason. Other requests I’ve head gamers spout are big and costly, but would enhance the Call of Duty experience overall.
Here are a few requests that I’ve heard many people state in online forums and while playing in-game:
*Dedicated Servers: Anyone who has even played Socom from the original Playstation knows how dedicated servers work. Rather than a match-making game where the game places you in games and there’s a host, there are specific servers where players can join a specific game at will from a list of servers and games. This allows players to easily recruit for their clan by setting up specific renamed rooms stating they are recruiting, allows players to pick what maps and game types they’d like to play, and so on. Whereas now you can choose what game type from a list, but the maps are randomly selected for choosing.
*Customization: Call of Duty: Black Ops, the original, had an abundance of customization, from weapon camo to face camo. While this doesn’t really affect game play, it added a nice touch, as most people like to add their little touch to their characters. Other visual customizations can include adding colors to kill/score streaks (Whatever it is called next game), bullets (Adding colors), equipment and so on. But the most important would be what is done to the character and their attire, as well as the guns.
*Better Clan Support: It’s obvious that there is a push for better clan support these days, but they are mainly left high and dry when it comes to Call of Duty. Yes, you can leave tags, but even Socom had that small clan section where the leader could leave messages to set up practices and clan battles. It’d also be nice to give rankings to clans with certain members that resembles a military command structure.
*Map Editor: Bungie did it with Halo Reach, so it seems feasible that a Call of Duty game finally allows players to create maps for themselves and others to use. Games going back to Timesplitters even allowed this, and it’s about time that Call of Duty players got even a basic version.
*Bring back some old killstreaks: While many of the streaks remain the same or resemble one another in a very similar manner, some of the streaks were taken out that gamers want back in. Subtle streaks such as the SAM Turret were great low-end streaks that could really help support a team, although it needed a buff. The Napalm Strike was a great offensive and defensive streak reward that was different, but was not overpowered.
*An Effective Reporting System: We all know that the current reporting system is a joke overall. I’m not talking about people with “offensive” emblems — they don’t bother me. It’s the players that boost, cheat and scream obscenities into the microphone. You can mute them, but if enough people mute someone then their microphone privileges should be stripped for a certain duration of time to send them a message.
*Beta Testing: What works and what doesn’t work, when it comes to game play, is best determined when the gaming community gets some input. Many games these days still conduct Beta tests, which is when the gaming company gives out the game to gamers to test prior to its release. During this phase gamers will give feedback pertaining to bugs and glitches they find and game play.
*Co-Op Missions / Campaign: As far as I remember, Call of Duty: World at War was the last game to have group campaign-like missions. They were a bit different than Spec Ops, but I’ve heard others say, and I agree, that it would liven up the campaign mode. However, don’t make it so in order to play campaign you need other players. Single player should still be a big part of the game overall.
*Theater Mode Enhancements: Theater Mode is a great additional to any Call of Duty. However, it has the potential to be much, much greater. As of right now you cannot add filters and there are only two types of transition selections when merging clips for a movie. Add additional filters, new camera angles, the ability to instantly share a video with a friend on X-Box Live that is a certain duration, the ability to add text and titles, and so on. Also, try and cut down the amount of time it takes a video to upload to YouTube, if possible. It takes 10-20 minutes for a 1-2 minute clip to be uploaded.
These are only some good ideas that many gamers have brought up. There are many more out there, and if any game should engage in innovation derived from their fan base, it should be Call of Duty.