1. Destructible Environments
This is a no-brainer. Typically, I would question whether it’s possible to do destructible environments well, but the Battlefield: Bad Company series has shown that it absolutely is. Since Battlefield: Bad Company released, two Call of Duty games have come out which have not included this feature, soon to be three. It’s understandable if the developers had not thought of it before and were already developing the game, but at this point it’s just ridiculous that Call of Duty hasn’t tried to make environments destructible. It would even out game difficulty (no more camping out in favorite spots) and would just be so much more fun. Black Ops will not include this feature, but hopefully when Modern Warfare 3 releases it will fix this.
2. Vehicles (good ones)
I’m not talking about the crappy vehicle sections in World at War, I’m talking about good vehicle integration into single player and multiplayer. I hate to keep pointing at Battlefield, but that franchise has successfully integrated vehicles in without making them seem like ‘special’ levels, but rather part of the game. In World at War, every vehicle level started in a vehicle and ended in one, without you being able to get in or out of it. In Battlefield, it’s just part of the game in both single player and multiplayer. It’s optional, but a lot of fun. I don’t see why Call of Duty can’t have this too.
3. A good story
This would round out Call of Duty perfectly. A story worth telling and caring about would make the game so much better. In Call of Duty 4, they almost got it down. There were a couple really emotional moments and the scripted events were great, but these were usually contained within individual levels rather than crossing over to the entire story. There’s a lot of great material to work with, and I hope that the developers could come up with something coherent that gamers could care about this time.
I’ve grown a little tired of shooting games, so to bring me back as a fan, Call of Duty really needs to go above and beyond with Modern Warfare 3. I know lots gamers will buy it anyway, regardless of what changes, but I think the developers would be doing a great service to their fans by including these features.