Every time a new Call of Duty game comes out, I play chicken with myself over prestiging. I look over my weapons and think about how much I have grown to love them. Do I really want to let go of my favorite gun? Will I even enjoy the game without access to Dead Silence ? And I promise you that my maniacal giggle will be absent without C4.
The only installment from the entire franchise that I have maxed out my prestige on was Call of Duty: World at War. I tried to do the same with Modern Warfare 2, but I only cycled around four times before the next game came out. By the time I was ready to prestige in Black Ops, they were announcing the next Call of Duty. With that in mind, I never rolled over once.
Each time a new Call of Duty game comes out, the max level increases. It started with level 55 in Call of Duty 4, and has increased all the way up to 80. With progressive leveling up to such a high number, it feels like it will take forever for me to reach the top. Sure, there are challenges and double XP to soften the blow, but I can't imagine wanting to make that super long journey again. On a side note, I really hate this idea of getting double XP codes from stuff like Mt. Dew and Doritos. Why does it have to be attached to the junkiest food on the planet ? Activision makes more than enough money on sales alone, so can we please let go of this cross-marketing thing ? It's annoying, expensive, and majorly unhealthy.
This year has been huge for single player games. With my life dedicated to other titles, I just don't see myself having time to play nearly as much Call of Duty as I used to. I know prestiging isn't a requirement, and I find the game totally fun without it. But it would be nice to have something else to go for once I've reached the max level. Maybe I will just obsess over stats and golden guns.