In gaming, sequels are an opportunity for a development team to take an established franchise, cling to what works and then shake things up a bit: a new setting, new character, or new features, for example. Call of Duty is one of those franchises that flew in the face of this, offering nearly the same game with every iteration; you'd frequently find the same B-movie military story, the same multiplayer, and even in later games, Activision would frequently bring back old rehashed Call of Duty multiplayer maps. For awhile, sales numbers were through the roof, as gamers flocked to each new iteration regardless of how repetitive they were, but then something changed: Gamers stopped buying. Call of Duty: Ghosts underperformed compared to its predecessor, prompting a change – the biggest change yet for the Call of Duty franchise.
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In recent years, Call of Duty games have really been more about the multiplayer than anything else, tacking on a single player mode for gamers to muddle through before getting into the mode they really want to enjoy. However, Call of Duty: Black Ops II offers the total package this time around thanks to developer Treyarch really stepping up the game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U title.
Picking up where Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 left off, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, releasing on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, is the final game in the Modern Warfare trilogy. Like past games, you control a number of protagonists; however, the main protagonist in the game is Yuri, who is part of a task force consisting of Soap and Captain Price. The hunt for Makarov, the main villain in Modern Warfare 2, continues in Modern Warfare 3. Everything in Modern Warfare 3’s story is doubled in intensity, including the content; like Modern Warfare 2, such content may be offensive but like the previous game the option to skip such content remains.
After Call of Duty: Modern Warfare moved the series into the present day, achieving great success, a sequel was inevitable. Enter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, soon available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. While much of the gameplay is still unchanged, this first-person shooter improves on a few elements of its predecessor in addition to introducing a new mode. Following the events of Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2’s story builds on the mounting tensions between Russia and the United States. Players once again control a member of the Task Force 101, working together with Soap, who players may remember as one of the protagonists of the first game; however, players will additionally control other characters at various parts of the story. Modern Warfare 2 tells a gritty story with many plot elements that some may find offensive; luckily, the option to skip them is present.