The current Xbox 360 first-person shooter scene is dominated by two games: Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops and while I’m a fan of both, I’ve noticed that one game caters to female gamers a lot more than the other – and following are reasons why Halo: Reach is more ” female friendly ” than Call of Duty: Black Ops.
If you’ve ever played both Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo: Reach, you may have noticed that way more female gamers flock to Halo: Reach than Black Ops. Some attribute this phenomenon to Call of Duty: Black Ops‘ more skilled strategy and gameplay, but most jump to that conclusion based on the assumption that female gamers don’t know how to kick ass in an FPS – which they most certainly do.
I play Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo: Reach on a daily basis and I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard or saw a female gamer in Black Ops – but on the other hand, I have several female gamers on my friend’s list that I play with daily in Halo: Reach. I’ve often thought about why Black Ops lacks having a large female population and I think I’ve figured it out; Halo: Reach caters to female gamers way more than Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Black Ops is a guy’s game: there are no female in-game characters, voices, or lead campaign characters in Black Ops and other than a few character emblem add-ons, Call of Duty: Black Ops appears to exist in a world without women – but Halo: Reach provides an even landscape for both female and male gamers.
As soon as a gamer boots up Halo: Reach for the first time, they’re prompted to customize their in-game Spartan’s settings – and one of the first character customization options focuses on gender. Right off the bat Halo: Reach lends its support to female gamers by providing the option for a female Spartan and sweetens the deal by changing the anatomy of their in-game character; adding feminine sound effects and giving gamers the option to change their Spartan’s armor to feminine colors with feminine emblems. In addition to giving options for both male and female in-game customization, Halo: Reach also features strong female campaign characters like Jun, Dr. Halsey, and Cortona.
I love playing Halo: Reach as much as I enjoy playing Call of Duty: Black Ops, but I’ve always been puzzled as to why I can’t sway my Halo: Reach loving female gamer friends to play Call of Duty [which they call Call of Booty, Call of Doo Doo, and Call of Doodie] and after looking at the male/female bias in Call of Duty I can kind of see why they don ‘ t want to play it.
For more, read 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Features You’ll Have to Get Used to If You’re Used to Playing Halo: Reach, 5 Gaming Features that Make Call of Duty: Black Ops Equally as Noob Friendly as Halo: Reach, and Five Halo: Reach Features Call of Duty: Black Ops Needs to Steal Immediately
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