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Opinion: Call of Duty Going Multiplayer Only Is Here to Stay

by on November 6, 2018
 

I need to get something off my chest.  Some of you may think it’s whiny or me living in the past.  But I just want to get it out.  Some of my favorite stories have come from single player campaigns in Call of Duty.  They hit all the right moments that I love to see.  Rising action, twists, and turns at the climax, and satisfying conclusions.  The single player campaign has always played like a big-time Hollywood movie.

When the news broke that Treyarch would omit a single player campaign, I was a little put off by the news.  Call of Duty has always followed a formula: single player, multiplayer, and zombies.  And as I mentioned earlier, I love the stories and action in the single-player campaigns.  I admit that a part of me thought that this would finally stall the what has become a juggernaut in the gaming world.  This move would finally force Activision to re-evaluate what it has been doing with the franchise.  And of course, I was an idiot for even thinking that this would come to past.

Black Ops 4 hit $500 million in worldwide sales in the first 3 days of release.   It scored a ton of praise from critics and fans alike, scoring in the mid to high 80’s on Metacritic.  And as of today, it’s currently in the top 20 streamed games on Twitch.  In other words, I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  Horribly wrong.  So wrong that I should probably get my head checked.  Will a single player campaign ever return?  Right now, I seriously doubt it.

Looking at the content in Black Ops 4, it is difficult to imagine being bored with what the game has to offer.  The tradition of a robust multiplayer mode continues in Black Ops 4, with many maps and game modes to keep you busy and motivate you to prestige.  The zombies campaign crosses a variety of maps.  Do you want a story and a challenging Easter egg to find?  Then the zombie’s campaign is right up your alley.

The big seller is the Blackout mode, a fine-tuned Battle Royale with the crisp Call of Duty controls that you know and love.   Blackout is intense and fun as hell.  We are so used to seeing Early Access Battle Royale games, so having a finely tuned mode like Blackout is a pleasant surprise.  Overall, Black Ops 4 has content to keep you hooked for many months.  And if you think you will get bored, then remember all the DLC that will come to Multiplayer and Zombies.   And imagine what will happen in the future to Blackout, especially if the development team releases new maps, weapons, character skins, or perhaps a game mode or two.

The bottom line is this – single player campaigns are one-shots.  After one playthrough, you don’t really need to return to the campaign.  Of course, Black Ops 2 had multiple endings, which could force you to return and try the campaign again.  But other than that, the single-player campaign remains relatively untouched after you play it.  Multiplayer brings you back.  The unpredictable nature of multiplayer matches ensures that each game will play out differently.  If you are on a bad losing streak, then there is always hope of turning things around.   In our gaming climate, multiplayer has earned a top spot.

So thank you, Modern Warfare, for the unbelieve story twists.  Thank you Black Ops, for the unique CIA and covert missions.  Thank you, WWII era Call of Duty games, for giving us a taste of the horrors of war and reminding us why we fought.  Your single player campaigns will always have a special place in my heart.  But it’s time to face facts.  Call of Duty made an incredible multiplayer only game in Black Ops 4.  I hope we one day see single player return.  But it’s time to face facts.  Black Ops 4 is very good, and I have a feeling that we will see this trend in Call of Duty for the foreseeable future.

Note: Editorial was written in response to playing Black Ops 4 (using a code provided by the publisher). Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.

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