It's hard to talk badly about a game that sold over 1 billion dollars worldwide, because it's clear that they've done something right. In this case that 'something' was Call of Duty 4, a game that set the stage for a whole new generation of shooting games. But now that Modern Warfare 2 is actually out, it's really hard to justify playing it still. Cheaters and exploiters are naturally rampant in almost every single game with a multiplayer component, but Modern Warfare 2 is absolutely out of control.
So what do you do when cheaters ruin a poorly programmed game? Move on to another title, and hope its programmed better. Is it really a surprise to anyone that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Aliens vs Predator demos are doing so well? Aliens vs Predator might of had a lot of criticism surrounding its gameplay, but that didn't stop 14,000 people from trying it out over the span of a single weekend. Bad Company 2 squashes that by comparison, having been downloaded over 2 million times across Xbox Live and Playstation network, making it the most downloaded demo EA has ever released.
People are tired of cheaters, and even more tired of a company that (despite their 'best' efforts) have yet to really come through for them. Every patch they release doesn't seem to fix anything, in fact this most recent one has added a list of brand new exploits. God Mode, no recoil, spawning with an AC-130, and even forcing people to have no perks are just a few of the new exploits being discovered. It makes you wonder where that two billion dollars in revenue is even going.
But while this is clearly terrible news for Infinity Ward, it at least gives the competition a chance to really shine. Personally, I'm hoping that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will really work out. I've never tried a Battlefield title before, but I'm sure willing to give anything a shot at this point.