I’ll be honest… I’m not sure how to even start this. All of my life I have been a gamer. In late 2009 I reconnected with some friends from my high school days after everyone had pretty much moved away. While some people’s hangouts are a local bar or club, mine was on the Xbox, in particular, in the Call of Duty Multiplayer. It was here that I would play with friends, some that I’ve never even met. Not all that long ago I attended the wedding of a guy I had played with but never met. I still speak to a woman in Wisconsin on a very personal level that I’ve never seen face to face. I have Call of Duty to thank for these relationships.
As time progressed, many of us dived into the zombie mode that came forth with World at War. Countless hours were spent in these zombies modes that expanded across all the different titles…
All of us spent the money too, to purchase the new games and DLC maps. We all wanted to play together and check out the new Easter eggs that were hidden within the levels. If I hadn’t met the individuals I had through play, I most likely wouldn’t have bought anything additional. That’s what really made those Call of Duty games for me. It wasn’t the story or the graphics. It was the connections I made with the individuals I played with.
In recent years, I have become very bored with the zombie franchise in COD. For me, they tried to cram too much into something that already worked on the most basic level. Infinite Warfare is the first title I have not purchased DLC content for. In fact, the only reason I purchased Infinite Warfare was due to the Modern Warfare Remastered edition. I, like most gamers, simply lost interest in the franchise.
Recently, I heard about the Zombie Chronicles DLC for Black Ops 3. Naturally, given my history, I was very interested to hear what this was. Zombie Chronicles is a DLC for Black Ops 3 that’s NOT included in the season pass. It is a remaster of 8 maps that span across World at War, Black Ops and Black Ops 2. Maps include “Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa, Kino Der Toten, Ascension, Shangri-la, Moon, and Origins.” The pitch here is that this DLC is supposed to bring the younger generations up to speed on the zombie lore…
Don’t get me wrong. I think that’s great. My son is a second-generation gamer and loves the zombie franchise. I often get asked “Dad, can we play zombies together?” I love the fact that others can experience the joy of playing the games I did, but… what about me? What about the person that has already spent the money for those maps?
It’s what really irritates me about a company like Activision and why I continue to find myself stepping away from their DLC and their titles as much as possible. At this moment, I have almost zero interest in purchasing Call of Duty WWII. I’ll most likely rent it from RedBox. I don’t know about anyone else but I remember money being tight when I played those zombie titles. I remember taking some extra shifts to make sure I could afford them. Now, maybe some others didn’t have to experience that but I did. If I want to relive those remastered maps with my friends…I have to pay again.
That’s right. No discount…Pay $30 to play an exclusive first on PS4. You know what Activision?? Get lost. I’m absolutely disgusted with your company and your DLC. I will not be purchasing the Black Ops 3 DLC and I won’t be purchasing the new COD either. Offer some kind of discount and respect to the players that have paid your salary and your vacations and kept your company going. Then I’ll at least consider continuing to throw some money your way.
Zombie Chronicles releases first on PS4 on May 16th (Don’t buy it) and Xbox One and PC at a later date. Cost is $29.99 (Disgraceful to previous owners)