Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me – Why I’m Reluctant to Join the Call of Duty: Black Ops Hype Train


Call of Duty: Black Ops is set for release in the next few weeks and based on the pre-order numbers alone it’s almost certain to be a monsterous success. Could it outsell the Infinity Ward developed Modern Warfare 2? It wouldn’t necessarily be out of the realm of possibility.

Will I be jumping in on day one, contributing to its success? Ha. I really enjoyed Modern Warfare 2, but that game was awesome thanks to the developers at Infinity Ward (before 1/3rd of the company bailed). Call of Duty: Black Ops is being made by Treyarch, who made Call of Duty: World at War, which I was less than impressed by.

To be fair, I’ve followed some preview coverage for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and based on how it looks and how it supposedly plays, I’m intrigued by the game. However, I’m not about to overlook my experience with Treyarch’s last game in order to get the latest game with the Call of Duty name on it. I still get angry thinking about World at War’s excessive grenade spam and broken scripted events. Most of the reviews I read for World at War were positive, too, which makes me even more skeptical about how Black Ops will turn out.

At this point, there is nothing anyone can say or do to make me buy into this game. Sorry, Treyarch. Not at least until I play it myself. I refuse to pay money for this opportunity based on how poorly the last Treyarch experience went for me, so maybe I’ll check it out someday if it magically falls into my lap, sort of like how Modern Warfare 2 fell into my lap.

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