10th Nov2016

‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ Review (PS4)

by Paul Metcalf

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It is fair to say that Activision haven’t handled the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare well. The release of the game in such a restricted way created bad press, and an unpopularity around the release. The question is though, is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare actually any good?

There are certain rules I make for myself when I play Call of Duty, and that makes it a more tolerable game for me. One of those is to turn of voice chat, to get rid of the toxic nature of the game. While it is annoying that you can’t “block all” on the menus, it is a rule I stick to. Even taking that into consideration, I have become a fan of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Before I get onto the multiplayer though, what about the campaign?

Last year, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 I will admit I just wasn’t invested in the campaign at all. This year though I decided to give it a go, and was pleasantly surprised. While it may not be the best campaign mode when compared with other FPS games released this year it is actually entertaining.

One thing I will admit is the fact that the big stars putting their image and their voice to the game didn’t really pay off that well. Kit Harington for example does his best with what he has, but his character is basically “I’m a very evil man and I will shoot everyone who gets in my way, even my own men”. His role is to contrast Nick Reyes’ (Brian Bloom) style of leadership. While Harington’s character will do anything to win, Reyes will protect his crew. This comes at a big cost, and lots of deaths.

Even though the characters are slightly weak, the story itself though is fun. We get to take part in space battles, float through space mid battle and even have a choice of which missions which to select. One thing I did notice about some of these levels though is that they do feel a little short at times. You also feel like a badass at times when these missions are to do something like steal a prototype of a new spacecraft that will help you win the war.

Every year, as well as the main multiplayer portion of Call of Duty, we get the zombies mode. This time we have Zombies in Spaceland, set in the eighties. Featuring Paul Reubens and David Hasselhoff this is not only a love letter to the Eighties but also to corny zombie films. No matter how many times you’ve experienced it, zombie clowns always create a creepy moment. Thankfully Zombies in Spaceland is fun, and it will be interesting to see what the DLC drops will bring to this mode.

Now to multiplayer, this is a hit-and-miss kind of affair. The fact is, if you liked Black Ops then there is more than a chance that you’ll like Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer. The issues I have with it though are the fact that the actual gunfights seem to be partly based on luck (or who gets the most bullets impacted before the other person). For my taste there needs to be some balancing here to make the game feel a little bit less luck based.

The issue that may bug some people will be the obsession with supply drops. These drops not only provide cosmetic changes but also provide access to some weapons. The Quartermaster (who provides the slot drops) also handles the new armoury. While the armoury is interesting, especially how it unlocks perks for weapons, it too requires a kind of currency in the form of “salvage”. This salvage though is unlocked within game.

The fact that supply drops are becoming more of a focus within the game though brings in the problem with in-game purchases. You can earn keys without purchases, but to get them fast, especially the Rare Supply Drop, you probably need to put some money into the game. A good money-maker for Call of Duty, this appears to be something we just have to accept now.

What we have with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, in some respects, is more of the same Call of Duty we saw last year. The fact that this comes with new maps though, and a good campaign mode is a bonus. It is a shame that that Activision have shot the game in the foot with the whole Modern Warfare Remastered debacle, but if you are a Call of Duty fan, I’m sure Infinite Warfare is exactly what you want.

**** 4/5

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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