Is Call of Duty still the King of FPS?
2. When it comes to Halo, CoD Black Ops II had just as many advances in game play as Halo 4. Halo improved graphics and physics, whereas CoD mastered the art of creating engaging and difficult to play Zombie maps. Halo is easily the 1st runner up to Call of Duty. I believe that CoD will stand fast, however, and retain its dominance over the FPS market.
3. When it comes to Team Fortress 2, the lesser known FPS from Valve Co., CoD brings a better class selection capability, a more professional-looking game, improved physics, a more balanced game play, and a massively superior graphics engine. This game is as good as gone when stood up next to its rivals.
Call of Duty is widely considered to be the best, most well known, and fastest FPS on the market today. The competitors to this mega gaming franchise have been left in the dust by ACTIVISION's latest installment, CoD: GHOSTS. I anticipate the same welcome that every CoD since Modern Warfare has received.
When it comes to video games, what truly defines a “King”?
When it comes to selling numbers we don't really have a good definition. Sure, out of the best selling FPS games COD does sit high up, but falling under that same definition that means that Wii sports is the King of All games as it is the best selling video game ever released with 82 million copies.
So, we look at ratings. In this definition we suddenly have a vastly different playing field:
And that is what makes a great game, quality over quantity. The Half life series isn't big, but it is thrilling, it focuses on breathtaking graphics, Impressive storyline that offers an immersive experience. It bonds with the player and leaves a mark that makes the player yearn for more without relying on multi player. Bioshock, Crysis and Killzone all do this as well. They leave a mark, they change in more than just game play, they change their mood, they truly try to stick with the player and lure them into their world with a promise of sweets and thrill, terror and sorrow and pure entertainment. They stretch further than the simple FPS genre, and that is why they are more deserving of being the kings of FPS.
Just because you have not heard of a franchise that has often been states as being one of the greatest FPS games ever released and sold millions of copies does not mean that it does not exist.
Half life proved it's advantage over the competition, it became a legend in the video game industry, we actually have an official term that describes “Pro half-life” and “post half-life” to describe the changes that appeared in the fps genre. BioShock also had a similar impact, it went against the typical hit and run style that Cod has placed its value on, it brings you into a world where nothing is as it seems. It created a detailed world that offered players something they had never seen before. The original had one of the greatest plot twists known to video games. It brought something new to the world with each game. It told us that an FPS is more than the guns, more than the war, more than what Call of duty has to offer.
Dear readers of this debate; Here I have spent three rounds explaining that a game expands past the number of copies they sell. I look at the quality of the games themselves. In my limited 2000 characters I fixate on what makes the games great. My opponent however is fixated on an entirely different topic: For he has spent 6000 characters in 3 rounds fighting for the topics “A game is defined by how many copies it sells” and “COD is better than Battlefield or Halo” I have cited numerous sources and websites to prove my point, be they reliable or not, while my opponent cites none.
Just because a franchise has a large following does not ensure it's quality. If Cod is the King of games it should have ranked better in top ten lists, it should have been able to produce better arguments than selling more copies than a specific franchise. It didn't. The debates you listed aren't even debated, they are wars between franchises. Bigger debates include Nudity in games, Unfair male-to-female character proportions, overuse and addiction, social isolation, and the biggest of all, that violence in video games affect behaviour, something that was sparked by the gruesome gore and violence in mortal kombat that was realised a full 11 years before COD.
To conclude, COD is not the King of FPS games. There is no king of FPS games because there is no definition that everyone agrees on. What games you prefer does not change someone else opinion, and I hope that you'll see that games go beyond the capitalistic definition that money is everything, that selling is more important than the art form of video games.
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