Soothsayer extraordinaire, Michael Pachter believes that Treyarchs’s soon to be released Call of Duty : Black Ops won’t fare as well with the gaming press as Infinity Ward’s latest – believing that the press is going to be overcritical of Black Ops simply because it isn’t Modern Warfare 2.
Odd. I’m looking quite forward to Black Ops, simply because it isn’t Modern Warfare 2,
â€œI don’t know whether the gaming press will suddenly become more charitable than they have in the past, but my read on them as a group is that they are a hypercritical and bitter lot, and I think that they have the potential to find many things wrong with Black Ops, chief among them that the game is not Modern Warfare 2,â€ he said to IndustryGamers.
Pachter also pointed out that a Treyarch COD game has never gotten the critical acclaim of Infinity Ward’s titles.
â€œThe challenge is that Treyarch is called the â€˜other’ Call of Duty developer for a reason; the top review scores for the franchise on gamerankings.com are held by Infinity Ward games, with Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, the original Call of Duty, and Call of Duty 2 each receiving average scores of 89 or higher,â€ he said.â€œThe best reviewed Call of Duty game from Treyarch (World at War) received an 85.7% score, while Call of Duty 3 got an 82 rating.â€
â€œA read through of the reviews on Medal of Honor will show you that the gaming press is just waiting to compare Black Ops to Modern Warfare 2, and although Black Ops looks phenomenal, I’m not sure it will get the benefit of the doubt.â€
â€œWith that said, if the game gets a review score in the 90s, I think that the game has a chance to sell as well as Modern Warfare 2, due to a larger console installed base. However, competition is quite fierce this holiday, with competitive games like Halo Reach, Medal of Honor and Vanquish all in the marketplace, and anyone who buys one of those games will have $60 less to spend on other shooter games.â€
â€œThus, I must conclude that Black Ops won’t sell as well as Modern Warfare 2, but I do think that the Call of Duty franchise will continue to sell very well.â€
Treyarch are taking quite a few risks with Black Ops; Mixing things up, introducing interesting new game modes, removing sniper quickscoping and the like – and I certainly hope it pays for them. They’ve been living in Infinity Ward’s shadow for far too long now.
Black Ops will be available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 9th – just a day before Xbox live launches locally. I expect the Black Ops multiplayer scene on Xbox Live to explode locally.
Source : IndustryGamers
Last Updated: October 28, 2010