CoD Black Ops 2 Looks Too Camper Friendly
The first trailer focusing on Black Ops 2 multiplayer gameplay was released earlier today and although it has generated quite the buzz online, it looks a little too camper friendly. Camping has been a problem that has plagued the Call of Duty franchise for years (ever since the release of Modern Warfare 2 it has been a major design flaw). Many fans hoped that Treyarch would address the issue in their upcoming title, Black Ops 2, but instead it seems they have exacerbated it.
The trailer starts off good, showing a new type of electrical stun grenade which will definitely come in handy rooting out stationary targets. From then on out, it’s almost exclusively all about tools that will undoubtedly be used for camping.
The next feature shown in the trailer are some new weapon sights. Players will now have to ability to quickly switch from one type of sight to another when using hybrid sights. There were hybrid sights in Modern Warfare 3 but it took a little time to switch between them. Now players will be able to switch while already aiming down the sights. This will be very useful for campers that love watching doorways down their gun’s sights. Players will have even less of an incentive to move when they have both close-range and long-range sights on their gun.
The trailer moves on to show what looks to be a new killstreak reward, some sort of microwave emitter called the “Guardian.” Deployed like a stationary turret, it sends out waves that fry your opponent, thus slowing them down and rendering them vulnerable to your attack. Since it doesn’t appear to kill anybody by itself, it will require you or a teammate to camp behind it at all times. This does not promote movement. It promotes camping.
After displaying the Guardian’s camper-friendly potential, the trailer showcases a new flyable drone called the Dragonfire. It seems to work much like the Recon Drone in Modern Warfare 3 but instead of just tagging enemies, you can kill them with the equipped machine gun. This thing is going to be pretty powerful so don’t be surprised to see people camping in corners in an effort to ramp up their killstreak and earn one.
Then the trailer shows the new and improved riot shield. Players can now deploy their riot shields by sticking them into the ground and hiding behind them sort of like in Gears of War. This is the ultimate camper’s tool as people will now literally be able to make their own cubby holes to hide in (as if there weren’t enough places on Call of Duty maps to hide in already). Facing down shield-users was already frustrating enough because it simply was not realistic to see a guy with a riot shield safely deflecting hundreds of 50 caliber rounds. Now they can deploy the shield and continue to wield a gun normally while hiding behind it? Give me a break!
A killstreak called the A.G.R. is shown next on the trailer which is basically an improved version of Modern Warfare 3’s Assault Drone. Did we really need another one of these in the game? One has to wonder why there are so many drone-related killstreaks in Call of Duty these days. Players who use them are people who are afraid of dying and so will send out a machine in their place. This is clearly why drones are utilized more and more in real life but this is a video game. If you die, you just respawn instantly. Why do we need drones? What is wrong with going gun-on-gun? Drone killstreaks are for people obsessed with their k/d ratio because players can still earn kills with a drone, but if it gets shot down, they don’t get a death. It just ends the killstreak. Perhaps kills earned using drones should not count towards your total overall kill count? In fact, kills earned using any killstreaks shouldn’t count towards your total kill count considering it wasn’t you who earned them to begin with.
The trailer continues to go downhill as the sniper rifles come out. Instead of being stationary, like a normal sniper would be in real life, the trailer shows them running up to someone, raising their scope, and killing them in one shot. What is this, a Golden Gun? Looks like quick scoping will once again be a problem in Black Ops 2!
Overall, Black Ops 2 multiplayer really does look camper friendly. The only difference is there are even more tools for campers to call upon than ever before. If you’re a run-and-gunner, you might want to consider looking at Medal of Honor: Warfighter instead.
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