I remember when I sighed upon realizing that Activision was going to be including zombies in the Call of Duty series. Has there ever been a more obvious attempt to leap in and capitalize on an overplayed trend in video gaming? Well, obviously zombies make money, and when combined with Call of Duty's effortless ability to pull in cash, it proved to be a match made in heaven for Activision's bottom line.
Most also agree that it is one of the more fun uses of the Call of Duty gameplay, maybe even moreso than the actual multiplayer game.
Now that Call of Duty: Ghosts has already capitalized on zombies and Predator of all things, what is the next unrelated theme Infinity Ward is going to reach out for? Pirates?
I'm sorry I asked, but yes. Call of Duty is about to travel back in time to high seas of swashbuckling adventure thanks to the Munity Map which will sweep the franchise back into the Golden Age of Piracy. Mankind already struggles in the post-apocalyptic world of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the next threat to us all is the undead spirits of a crew of scalawags.
I mean, of course, right? Why would't pirates want to kill humans already on the brink of despair thanks to nuclear war and an invisible murderous alien. It's almost like a bad comedy of Airplane! proportions now with Infinity Ward continuing to pile on the threats. The fact that it is playing this setup totally straight just makes it even funnier.
As if Assassin's Creed and the other copious pirate themed games out there weren't enough! Now, even Call of Duty needs to have pirates! Single shot rifles, cutlasses, massive boats, the Jolly Roger. They even sing Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum! At least players get to use modern day weaponry to take down the undead, but this new idea is so silly that it might just work.
With zombies, pirates, and the Predator already taken care of, what else are we left with besides ninjas and dragons? What other video game and nerd cliches are going to inexplicably end up in Call of Duty next?