March 23rd, 2011
Earlier this month, Call of Duty: Black Ops was named the best-selling game in American history. After four consecutive months at the top, nearly 14 million copies have been gobbled up, and it's still selling.
That's huge. And yet Black Ops was the seventh instalment in the series. Can anything slow this game down?
Bad Company 2 has held its own. But it's no where near as popular as Call of Duty. In terms of military shooters, the latter is still king -- still breaking records.
Which makes one wonder: What makes Call of Duty so immensly popular? "It's fun to shoot things," says Ninja Bread Man. And for much of the world (you know, those that don't have second amendment rights), Call of Duty is "the only way they can shoot stuff, short of military service," he says.
I'll buy that. But I also know war shooters existed long before Call of Duty.
Perhaps the real reason it's gained so much popularity is that it's trusted and reliable. Since at least Call of Duty 4, it's really hard to say there's been a "bad" game in the series.
Couple that with the event-like release (you know, everyone's playing it!), and you have a recipe for success.
What do you think? What makes Call of Duty one of the most popular series in gaming right now? And will it ever slow down?