Because this series has gained such an incredible amount of popularity, it's pretty much the "in thing" to hate on these games nowadays. I've got a sneaking suspicion a good portion of the negative reviews are from people that haven't even bought and/or played the game.
I played a decent amount of the multiplayer, which is what the vast majority of people are buying this game for, and it felt pretty good. Obviously there will be issues with lag at some point but I really didn't run into much. It uses the halo system for matchmaking to find players around your skill level, which I don't necessarily like but it's not something that bothers me too much. I really like the new pick 10 system for setting up my class. You can get multiple perks in the same category or put a bunch of attachments on a gun which I think is pretty awesome. UAVs now give you +10 assists every time a teammate gets a kill, which adds up to your next killstreak (which is based on points rather than kills), and I think that's a great idea.
If you like zombies, they've changed it up quite a bit but my first impressions were very good. I've heard you can basically complete challenges to get permanent perks. I'm not totally sure how it works but it sounds pretty awesome.
As for the campaign, I read some reviews complaining that it was a standard 4 hour CoD campaign. I told my friend this, who just finished the campaign and he couldn't believe that someone could even do that on recruit. So it's tough to judge by the amazon reviews who is just trying to hurt activision and who actually played the game. There are challenges in the game and if you do the 100% achievement thing it's going to be a huge pain, but I can get over that.
Anyway, I haven't played a ton but I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it quite a bit. Admittedly, I've been a huge fan of the zombies mode since World at War, so I might be a little biased toward treyarch, while other people seem to favor infinity ward. Either way, these games have a history of not dropping in price for a while, and a bunch of my friends already have it, so I pulled the trigger.
Thanks for the additional details. I judge Amazon reviews based on the consistency of the complaint. For instance, one major problem was some issue with nuke town preorder bonus not being available or something. Those folks gave it 1 star even though the gripe wasn't product based. I disregarded those cause who cares to me. This is good feedback though so I appreciate the response. Reps to you.
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