Every Easter at least one person you know will exclaim that Cardbury’s Cream Eggs have gotten smaller. It’s probably true and is yet another thing that can go on the depressing list of things that have cheated me in life. The thing that worries me is that this subtle shrinkage will start happening to games.
I would argue that this has already happened at least once before, as I swear that an eight hour game was not the norm in my Nintendo 64 days. Yet today we seem to accept it as a good length, having caved into the trend that most single player games have enforced for several years. Whilst I don’t always think eight hours is value for money, especially when you compare it to 100 hours of Skyrim, I can just about stomach it.
Having read reviews of Modern Warfare 3 I am increasingly disheartened that its campaign is between five and six hours long. Really? That short? I haven’t played the game but if it’s true then I might just chew my foot off in sadness. I’ve never thought that the raised RRP of Call of Duty was value for money, but I’m now even more against the series if the campaign is only six hours long.
Activision seems to be taking the piss out of me. I don’t know if I’m alone in thinking this, but they are very keen to undo just about every staple of a game that I enjoy. Reduced freedom to explore, enemies that won’t stop materialising until you cross an invisible thresh hold and repetitive arena based deathmatch multiplayer are all steps in the wrong direction. The significantly shorter single player portion is just the dog turd icing on the cake.
Ultimately, it’s all of these things which take Modern Warfare 3 off my Christmas list. I know that most people would argue that the real value of the series is multiplayer, but I find the chaotic, seemingly random, bullet lottery gameplay boring. I fell in love with the Call of Duty series for the campaigns, which have all been brilliant up to World at War. The mangled game beast it has become now fills me with disappointment and fuel to power my frustration of this sequel obsessed time we live in.