Sunday, July 19, 2015

Why I Finally Stopped Sending the "Call" of Duty to Voicemail ...

So, I've got a bit of a confession (of sorts). You all know by now that I'm an avid gamer. I also love all different types of games. That also includes the FPS genre.  I mean, I've been hooked on Halo since the start, I'm digging Destiny, and I even had more late night Doom, Heretic, Quake, and Unreal matches than I care to remember.  There was even one time I had a business meeting with someone WHILE we were playing Unreal Tournament.

All that being said, I've managed to stay relatively clear of the Call of Duty franchise for quite a while. Yes, I'd cover announcements, info, etc., and I'd keep everyone informed, but I don't even remember the last CoD game I had in my personal library.  Admittedly, I got turned off of the whole thing years back with the overly competitive and toxic "gung ho" nature of people I kept seeming to run into in the multiplayer.  Eventually, I just walked away from it and ended up staying away.

These days, part of me has felt like I've just been out of it too long. So many people that play CoD have played for years.  Even those newer to it still manage have a die hard dedication to the franchise that would put most marriages to shame, committing hours upon hours and days upon days to it.  Meanwhile you've got people like me ... the guy who always says that the MOST important part of the game isn't the winning or the losing (though yes, I DO enjoy some competitiveness myself), but rather having fun.

See, to me, sure I want my team to come out on top, but I'm generally okay if we're not.  In Crucible on Destiny, I've had plenty of matches where I've ended up at the top of the heap, and plenty where I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel. Either way, though, I have fun (well, except when I'm killed with Thorn over and over and over ... but that's a different story).  In my CoD experience from the past, there's no other way to say it other than people took it WAY too seriously. I play games to unwind and relax ... not to end up MORE angry and stressed than when I started.

Then came Advanced Warfare ...

Okay, I'm a tech geek ... and I'm a sucker for injecting some extra scifi in my shooters. Even now, I STILL play the hell out of Titanfall and Halo on the Xbox One, and Destiny on the PS4. I'll dive headfirst into multiplayer on those (you kind of have to with Titanfall) without a second thought.  So when Advanced Warfare came out, I was SERIOUSLY tempted to give it a go.  After all, the hi-tech goodies were right up my alley.  Even so, I STILL couldn't bring myself to jump into CoD again right away.  So I let it slip by and ended up playing more of the other games in my wheelhouse ...

... until this weekend.

I happened to stumble across an ad for Wal-Mart (which is surprising in and of itself, considering how little I go there if I can help it). Wal-Mart was selling Call of Duty: Advance Warfighter Gold on the PlayStation 4, new, for $29.00.  Keep in mind, that's the game that's still currently selling most places for $50-60 new AND, being the Gold version, the $15 Havoc DLC pack ... for $29.  It's amazing how something like that can tip the scales of temptation.  I might have convinced myself I wasn't going to dive back into CoD after all these years and potentially throw away $50-60 ... but THIS was a deal too good to pass up.  So I made my way to Best Buy (remember what I said about not being a fan of Wal-Mart when I can avoid it?), and they price matched the ad ... plus hey, I got extra Reward Zone points.

As I write this, the game's update and DLC have just finished downloading, and the game should be ready to go.  It'll be interesting to get back into the swing of things and see how it goes.  Either way, it should be fun to give things a whirl.  Besides ... ZOMBIES IN EXO SUITS!!

... AND Bruce Campbell?!? (yes, I know it's part of the later DLC I still have to buy, but it's frikkin' Bruce Campbell)

Okay fine ... I'll answer the "Call".  I'll keep you posted on how my "reenlistment" goes.

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