You guys are gonna give me a brain tumor. You either like it or you don't. It's really really fucking simple.
I see this game being less judged as a game and more judged as a sequel. All I'm saying is, if this game never had a predecessor, would you bitch nearly as much? I mean, all I hear is "it's like all the other games" and never once hear anyone actually criticizing the gameplay. Seriously what the fuck?
Big whoop it's like the other games, like Halo or LoZ or TES or any other fucking game to ever have a goddamn sequel isn't like that? Have you ever played a sequeal that WASN'T similar to it's predecessor? MW3 offers a different story line, different side game (survival) and the same multiplayer with different guns, maps, etc. Halo is also like that. Different story line in each one. But the Multiplayer is the SSDD we always deal with. Skyrim is the same as Oblivion is the same as Morrowind. Some things changed but the core mechanics and how the game works never does. You still explore and kill. You still build your own character. You still do quests. They change the map, they take out or add in different skills, weapons, spells, some enemies, etc. Just like CoD or Halo adds new maps, different guns, different "perks", etc. But the core mechanics never change. And you act as if they were suppose to?
Sequels will never be what we want them to be, they will always and forever be the same game you played last year(s) with different shit. Becuase if they changed up everything, than how the fuck is that even a sequel? Like in Assassin's Creed, how in the hell is the same old insidious way of killing people any different than the last game? Sure some shit is different. New enviroments, different story line. The combat hardly changes and you still do what you did in last game in a different setting. But Ooohhh, AC is different from CoD sequels because, because....wait, it isn't. Ding ding, you win the dipshit award. All sequels are like the games before them. Expecting different is like simply expecting an entirely different game.
To put it simply, yeah. It's not anything anyone has ever seen before. Same graphics, same modes, different maps, guns, perks, pointstreaks, etc. You got a new Storyline, you got Survival mode. Wanting anything more different is just asking for another game that's not a sequel.
What I want to know is, how the fuck would you make it different? How would you save the series and change up everything? Apart from arbitrarily changing small things in the interface, or taking shots in the dark on big changes, of which, 90% would fail, there isn't anything you could do or come up with to help this series.
"Well in this Harry Potter sequel, lets have him work in a Deli Shop and use magic to help save him when he is in trouble at work. And his new best friend, John, could be the Deli's Owner who also happens to be Italian!" "Bill, sit down."
Big changes =/= Good changes Sequels are sequels. Deal with the fact they aren't different all the time.
Disclaimer: note that all aforementioned allusions to other franchises are entirely my opinion, and don't reflect nor imply anything about the similarity of the franchises' sequels to their original as fact. Also note that I am entirely entitled to my opinion in defending my position on the over critizing of a sequel for being a sequel. So try to hold back the nerd rage because I compared CoD to your favorite game or some shit.