Last night I finished playing a few hours of Gears of War multiplayer (good times) to start on Call of Duty 3. I loved Call of Duty 2 on the Xbox 360—I can probably say it was my favorite launch game—so I was looking forward to playing the sequel. Or at least I thought I was, as I had to tear myself away from Gears of War to play it. I put the game in, downloaded the update that was already available—natch—and then off I went. I picked up my gun, plinked at the helmets and ran under something in the game's tiny tutorial, and then all the sudden I was in a gunfight.
The graphics were nice, the sound was as good as I remember from Call of Duty 2, but for some reason…I was almost instantly bored. I mean, it's Call of Duty, and it's not bad, but at the end of the day it's just another damn World War II shooter. It has some new levels and some tweaked graphics, and that's it for updates. I didn't really feel like I had any reason to continue past the first few levels. I had many other games to play and without being a bigger Call of Duty fan, I didn't feel compelled to see if there were any surprises waiting for me in the game. The only small change from the previous version is the inclusion of button presses to complete certain actions like grappling with an enemy soldier or placing explosions, that sort of thing. Great, so they played Resident Evil 4 and Indigo Prophecy.
If you love Call of Duty and can't get enough war shooters, you'll like this. It's good. I just didn't see anything new or even evolved enough to keep my interest. I don't know how long we can keep these war games coming without some kind of change. The cover mechanic as well as active reloading and the novel setting in Gears of War kept my interest, so clearly it's just not an issue with shooters in general, but the WW II genre in particular. How many more of these games can we make?