The moment we have all been waiting for! This is the fight of the century ladies and gentlemen. Who will win? That is the question!!
We all know these two gaming names. They are two rival teams on the same side of a coin. They both have brought us some of the best online, and campaign play ever created.
A Short History of the Series
For those who do not know who these two companies are, I will give you a little background information on the two great companies. In October of 2003, Infinity Ward released a game that would forever change the world. This game was the original Call of Duty. It brought the intense fighting of World War II to the youth of America, with a Quake feel. Infinity Ward then continued to release more Call of Duty titles such as Call of Duty 2, Modern Warfare, and Modern Warfare 2. In the midst of the release of these revolutionary games a smaller not as well known company was making the same games for Activision. This company is Treyarch. The Call of Duty titles that Treyarch released are Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, and the much anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops.
With the release of Black Ops, and the almost symbolic death of Modern Warfare 2, many arguments have aroused about which company and game is better. I am here to bring all the information I have read on this subject to you!
Who Will Win?
Lets start with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or widely called Call of Duty 4. Call of Duty 4 was revolutionary in the online FPS world. Before now, Call of Duties were not widely played as an online community. I am not quite sure what it was about this game, but it started the wildfire of the next few years of gaming. Many people say that World at War, or WaW for short, was just a remake of Call of Duty 4. I do not believe this, it had different game types on top of the same, and was set in a different time period. This though started to turn people from WaW and any later Treyarch games, until people discovered Nazi Zombies.
Nazi Zombies was a huge add on to the Call of Duty series. It brought a third way to play the game, now there was online, campaign, and this mini game where you tear through wave after wave of zombies. Once people realized this, Treyarch saw a huge jump in their sales. But soon after they saw those sales, the most anticipated game of all time (until Black Ops) was released. This game was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Modern Warfare 2 was a HUGE game, and when Infinity Ward released it, it almost made it so they would have all further Call of Duties. It did that well. In the first 5 days it made 550 million dollars, which until then was never reached. This game was very good, but Infinity Ward blundered immensely with the online form of play. Many people were able to hack the game and create many glitches: the javelin glitch, care package glitch, the list goes on and on. Infinity Ward did fix these, but refused to fix things such as the One Man Army Grenade Launcher exploit, and arguably many overpowered guns. Once people realized that Infinity Ward was ignoring their players, many people refused to play the game. Many even returned to Call of Duty 4, seeing it as a more balanced game. Personally, I only played private matches with my friends because I was fed up with online play. What made much of the community mad was that the online manager did promise to fix the OMA Grenade Launcher exploit, but never did. This turned off many players. This continued for a year until Black Ops was released.
The world was forever changed on November 9, 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops was released. In the first 5 days it made 650 million dollars, which blew Infinity Ward’s record out of the water. Treyarch has really listened to its online community with this game. They payed attention to ALL complaints of MW2 and did their very best to fix them. They got rid of OMA, and made it so tactical insertions could not be used in Free For All to boost killstreaks and other things. They even listened to the one player that did not like snipers, and did their best to get rid of sniper power. But in the first week Treyarch released 8 updates fixing everything they deemed unfair. To my best knowledge, that is more than Infinity Ward released in the whole life of MW2. These updates created the theme that Treyarch really cares about their community.
In my opinion, although Infinity Ward has created the greatest video game series created, Treyarch really took it over the edge with their support of the community. What do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments below!
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