Are Gamers Sick Of The Call Of Duty Series? [MUO Gaming]

Dave LeClair 07-02-2012

sick of call of dutyCall of Duty is huge. Every November for the last 5 years, a new Call of Duty has hit store shelves, and every year it sells better than the year before. Even the years that Treyarch, often considered the B-team for COD games, makes them, they still sell millions and millions of copies and smash every entertainment sales record under the sun. It is an impressive feat, and one that keeps netting Activision more and more money.


On the other side, each year more and more people start talking about how they are sick of Call of Duty. Message boards and comments sections were full of complaints about this year’s game, and people were jumping on the Battlefield 3 bandwagon as if it was going out of style. Analysts said Battlefield would close the gap and sell almost as much as Call of Duty. Then COD came out, and sold more copies than ever before. What does this mean? Is it all talk, or are people really getting sick of Call of Duty?

Why People Are Not Sick of Call of Duty

The obvious argument is that the game is still selling bazillions of copies with each release. People are lining up at their local game retailers at midnight just to get a copy a few hours earlier. Each year, Call of Duty breaks its own record for the highest selling entertainment product. How can you argue with these numbers?

The fact is; you cannot. Until I see a tangible slip in the sale of Call of Duty games, I will not believe that gamers are sick of them. People can cry about lack of change and innovation until they are blue in the face, but until they stop buying the games, they are just crying for no reason.

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Not only does COD continue to sell well, it sees gamers investing hundreds of hours. Log into Modern Warfare 3 any time of the day, and you will see hundreds of thousands of active players at any time, and even more during peak hours. Look up and down the leaderboard and you will see millions of high-level players, meaning they put a substantial chunk of time into the game. This means that not only are they still buying the game, but that they are continuing to play it, which will lead them right into buying next year’s game without question.


tired of call of duty

Nothing else can compete with Call of Duty. Until a viable competitor comes along, Call of Duty will sit atop the throne as the king of shooters. Battlefield 3 was supposed to be the great savior, and while it was certainly a smash success, it appeared to have no effect on the sales of COD. Someone needs to find a way to create that feeling that hooked gamers into the first Modern Warfare, and until they do, it is likely that Call of Duty will be the king until gamers get bored with shooters all together (which I do not ever see happening).

Why People Are Sick of Call of Duty

The message boards are blowing up. Complaints are pouring in about how sick people are of the Call of Duty formula. They are sick of seeing the same game over and over again. Five years of shooters that follow the exact same formula can become stale. Look what happened to Guitar Hero. It was bigger than sliced bread, and then it was forgotten because it became boring.

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Go listen to video game podcasts like the Giant Bombcast and Weekend Confirmed, and you will hear some of the best video game journalists talking about Call of Duty fatigue. They will tell you how the formula of the game is wearing thin on them. It is a scary proposition for Activision, who even acknowledge that they think about gamers becoming bored with the franchise. It is a real possibility that the public could get sick of COD.

tired of call of duty

With most of the previous COD games, the one thing people never complained about was the quality. Every map was amazing, and overall game play mechanics were spot on, but with this one, complaints started happening. It still had a solid 89 on GameRankings, but Call of Duty 4 had a 94 and Modern Warfare 2 had a 93. That is an appreciable drop, and it shows that critics might be getting a little sick of COD.

The Verdict

No, people are not sick of Call of Duty – yet. The facts do not lie; each COD is selling progressively more than the last. Until we see a downward trend in these numbers, it is impossible to say that Call of Duty is on the down-swing. The people who are claiming to be sick of it are a vocal minority, and they just do not have significant enough numbers to provide any noticeable effect on the sales of the franchise.


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The review scores are a little scary, but in the end, there is nothing wrong with an 89. Many games would kill for an average review score of 89, so I do not think this is anything to sweat over yet. I think the time will come when Call of Duty will sail into the sunset, but I do not see it happening until something better comes along. Battlefield left a blip on COD’s radar, but it was not enough to hurt them. It will happen, but I do not think it be will for a few more years.

What do you think? Is Call of Duty in its prime, or on the down swing? Are you sick of it personally, or do you still love it? Let us know in the comments!

Related topics: Call of Duty, First Person Shooter, Multiplayer Games.

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  1. Bryan
    October 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I think its because the cod series is so good that people expect more from it yet nothing can touch it.

  2. darthkotya
    April 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    This was obviously written by a CoD fanboy.
    Sorry,CoD does not sit on the throne. It belongs to far better FPS games.

  3. Charlie Player
    July 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    i agree with that..we are kind of bored to play call of duty series..they should make it now Third person, or sci fiction,. or in the cool is that??

  4. ??????
    April 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Call of Duty is the best FPS i ever play on my crappy pc :) i couldn't find any other game in 2007-2009 period that is better then cod mw2 :) there is a tons of games but nothing like cod... cod is awesome and is getting more awesome with every new game so go shoot yourself if you are not agree ;) mw2 is the best looking game campere with the system requirements that it want.It's all about opinion. i don't like big maps, remote harriers and tanks and etc.... i just want to shoot somebody and the cod mw2 is the best game i have play on geforce 7 and 8. that's my opinion :)

  5. Science Pro
    March 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I'm not a COD lover.. I never played it. I'm a Halo lover

  6. Raze
    March 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I been playing this games for years now, and i love them, but in the last few weeks i start to play raze 2 with my mates, is a cool little game and am having so much fun a the office..hope my boss keeps looking the other way...

  7. Zorgy
    February 9, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I think something this article should mention is the vast majority of COD players and their actual attachment to "gaming". As a teenager, almost all of my friends who play COD (which is a very large amount) play ONLY that. They have bought a PS3 or Xbox for the sole purpose of owning a bunch of Call Of Duty Games.
    Compare this to some other people who actually play other games, or are even AWARE of other games.
    I agree with the statements that Battlefield could overtake COD, but it is not even close as of yet. Why? Because almost everyone I know hasn't played, or is even aware of Battlefield 3.

    Nice article though, I liked it.

    • darthkotya
      April 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Actually,BF3 has long overtaken CoD. The people you know don't represent everyone else.

  8. jello
    February 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I will always buy any new COD game, since I have not been disappointed yet.  MW3  is awesome, (ie graphics, sound, SP/MP, etc) .  Aimbotter/wallhacker detection is still a sore point with me, but I can quickly move around to cleaner servers.  I know they purposely keep the maps small, to increase the action, but how cool would it be to play on large maps like skyrim and fly jets, helos, tanks, jeeps like in BF3.  But, that would mean, since aimbots work in aircraft, it would lead to a total domination from the air, better to leave things alone I guess.   In conclusion, COD is worth the $60 every time it comes out for me..

    • Dave LeClair
      February 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I partially agree, in that I buy all of them too, but MW3 just didn't have the same impact on me as the previous ones. I still play it all the time and I love it, but it just doesn't feel as special.

  9. Cjegxter
    February 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    i tend to agree.but wat can i do.i dont how?

  10. SpeedDemon
    February 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Call of duty 4 modern warfare was the only decent one because it stepped away from world war era and moved into modern day stuff. All the other ones after that are same but with different campaigns. To me they should make one every 3 years or so not every year because it doesn't give them enough time to come up with something new and creative.

    • Dave LeClair
      February 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      I think every 18 months to 2 years would be the sweet spot for releasing them. Keeps it in front of gamers, but not so in your face as to have them all feel the same.

  11. Chris Hoffman
    February 8, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Certain segments of gamers are sick of it, and they're rather vocal.

    But just look at the sales: People in general aren't sick of it.

    Call of Duty is like the gaming equivalent of big budget summer action movies. The critics always pan them because it's the same thing over and over, but people always go see them.

    (For the record, I am pretty sick of Call of Duty. The first couple games were pretty decent at the time, though.)

    • Dave LeClair
      February 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      In a way I am sick of it, yet I still buy it and play it, so who knows lol

  12. Ricky Bello
    February 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I dont think just because a game sells bazillions of copies, it has to be good, i think they sell because theres nothing out there that can compete with them. so people just go ahead and buy the same game just to be in the cool area. but that mw3 game...Just #$#%$%^

    • Dave LeClair
      February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      But what about BF3? It is a similar game and should be able to compete and yet it couldn't even come close.

      • Faustenberger
        February 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

         Personally, I think the biggest obstacle to BF3's competition with MW3 is their inclusion of the online play code.  It hurts resale value when they want to trade in to get another game, and some of the ones still sealed in the games expired if they took too long to sell.

  13. Jeff Shields, Kleptonaut
    February 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Wow.  Jeff Shields of Kleptonaut here. What a pleasant onslaught of downloads in just a few days.  I'd love to hear from anyone who enjoyed the music. Tina, I have a neglected background in sustainability, but I doubt it's relevant to the music.

  14. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I played through all but the last one that came out and feel like they are just fine.  As long as it appeals to someone then they will continue to make them.  For me I loved almost every one in the series.  I will say I am not a multi player guy so I never played any online or if I did it wasnt very long.  I like the over the top stories and visuals.  Its like going to see that blockbuster hit of the summer.  There will always be one but will you really love it?  Probably not.  Its one of the few games I play every year where I know everything I am doing and how to do it, there is nothing to change in my eyes.  As long as the stories continue to be over the top and shocking at times then bring them on.  Its only a new game once a year so its not really that bad on my budget.

    • Dave LeClair
      February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      This is a good point. COD really is like the summer blockbuster of video games.

  15. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I tend to agree. I feel like eventually the bottom will drop out on the call of duty series. It is a good series, however I feel like they are starting to ignore innovation for visuals. I really hope that we see something new with the next one because Modern Warfare 3 felt like a Recycled Black Ops.

    • Dave LeClair
      February 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      People can only take so much of the same thing.