Call of Duty (COD) is one of the best selling game franchises in history. The most recent addition to the franchise Black Ops 2 sold 11 million copies globally in its first week alone. So what happens when you sit back and state “I know of games way better than any COD game”? Well I’m saying that. In fact, I’m saying I know of 5 games better than any COD, and here’s why:
5. F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin
An FPS/Psychological Horror game developed by Monolith Productions, F.E.A.R 2 takes everything you know and love about FPS games and simply makes it scary. The game itself is based around the origin of the main foe “Alma” and estranged and supernatural girl who haunted your every move in the first F.E.A.R installment. With enhanced graphics and a story that welcomes new players it’s totally fine jumping in at this stage in the franchise so don’t worry. Core elements such as Slo-Mo combat and intricate takedowns are still present but improved, weaponry is more advanced and the AI of NPC’s is superior making Project Origin simply F.E.A.R with improvements which, in this case, is exactly what you want. It maintains classic FPS elements and mechanics but with the added element of psychological horror sequences which makes it a much more enjoyable experience when compared to the basic FPS set up showcased in all COD games.
4. Ratchet and Clank- Tools of Destruction
One of the finest in the franchise, Insomniac Games ‘Ratchet and Clank- Tools of Destruction’ faces you with a restless Ratchet who, since saving the world a few times, as turned his thought to his history. He has never known anything of his past, his family, or his races’ ( the Lombax) origins. Not even his best buddy Clank the robot, can fill that void. Unfortunately for the duo the evil Emperor Percival Tachyon, the menacing leader of a race of insect-like monsters called Cragmites has developed a disliking to Rachet’s race and is hell-bent on wiping out the last-known Lombax in the universe. Ratchet and Clank steal Tachyon’s imperial warship in an opening battle and subsequently embark upon an adventure bigger than any they’ve ever experienced to defeat Tachyon and learn about the Lombax Race. With excellent graphics, simple and easy to master combat, classic comedy and entertaining NPCs, Ratchet and Clank- Tools of Destruction offers players a more relaxed shoot them up experience. Especially when compared to the onslaught of focus required when playing an online free-for-all match with glitching snipers and noobs with modded controllers on COD.
3. Fallout 3
A step down the RPG path but still offering large portions of FPS experiences, Fallout 3 is an open world RPG video game of massive proportions. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 200 years after a nuclear apocalypse that devastated the game’s world in a future where international conflicts between the USA and China culminated in a war in 2077. You play a character who is an inhabitant of Vault 101, an underground bunker designed to protect up to 1,000 humans from the nuclear fallout. When the your father disappears at the early stages of the game you’re forced to escape from the Vault and journey into the ruins of Washington D.C (The Captiol Wasteland) to track him down. Along the way you meet hundreds of NPC’s with their own personalities, enemies such as Super-mutants and Deathclaws and you gather supplies, clothing/armor and exotic weapons such as the ‘Fat Man mini nuke launcher’. Fallout offers up to 60 hours of gameplay with all the DLC which poops all over COD’s notoriously poor campaign experiences and also gives players some time to relax and pace through a game, beautifully isolated from the hustle and bustle of a COD lobby.
BioShock is an FPS from 2K Games set in the the underwater city of Rapture; built by a mysterious businessman named Andrew Ryan. Rapture was free from government, religion and other power structures meaning the population flourished until a genetic drug or “plasmid” called ADAM that gave users super-human powers caused Ryan’s utopia to descend into anarchy within a year. The game places you in the shoes of Jack, a military pilot who crashes above Rapture and seeks refuge within only to be hunted by the addicted residents known as “Splicers”. As well as fending off the addicts you also spend much of your time avoiding the deadly assaults of Big Daddies, brainwashed humans in weaponized diving suits that protect Little Sisters, young girls that collect ADAM from dead Splicers. To survive you’re able to equip a number of weapons and plasmids that give you unique powers that can be used in conjunction with the weapons or environment to defeat these unique and inspiring foes. BioShock offers innovative FPS combat sequences with fresh variety thanks to plasmid weaponry, super cool environments and immersive gameplay. A real fresh addition to the FPS genre that’s far more inspiring in all aspects than the regurgitated COD formula (Macho men+big guns+crap campaign+addictive multiplayer=COD).
1.Half Life 2
Half Life 2 is a FPS from Valve in which the you return to the perspective of the infamous Gordon Freeman as he travels around city 17 and battles the threat of the Combine Emipre. The game offers the same familiar mechanics as Half-Life, including health-and-weapon systems, you also start without items, slowly building up an arsenal over the course of the game through exploration and progression. A diverse set of enemies are present, which usually require being approached with different tactics: you can kill most enemies with his weapons, or make use of indirect means such as using environmental hazards like explosive canisters, gas fires or traps. The game maintains classic physics such as picking up items and using them to interact with the world and is further exploited upon the discovery of the Gravity Gun which utilizes the physics engine of the game and weaponizes it. Half Life 2 is an amazingly diverse and rich game making it a true example of genre progression, it brings new things such as physics and single perspective gameplay to the forefront of developers mind and its mechanics can be seen in many more modern games today. COD was new and interesting a long time ago but has become stuck in its ways adding very little to a genre it didn’t even create leading me to believe its popularity is grossly misplaced.
There you have it. Argue all you want ( Seriously, please do.. Below in the comment section) but these are true unsung heroes of a genre that has become dominated by the repetitive sludge spewed out year after year into the mouths of millions of hungry addicts. I can’t deny the games have their merits such as graphics and multiplayer but to break records and sell quite so many units? I don’t think that’s justified at all. This is for all of you who are looking to step back from the flock and play something fresh and inspiring.