Call of Duty: Ghosts Review - multiplayer may still be thriving, but is this veteran past it?
Activision; Xbox 360 (tested), PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC; £39.85
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Arriving yearly in the pre-Christmas slot, sales of previous Call of Duty games have frequently broken records around the world since the series' inception back in 2003.
10 winters on, approaching the transition to a whole new console generation, what can Infinity Ward provide that we haven't already encountered in the deeply dug trenches of existing first person shoot-em-ups?
The single player campaign seems constructed from a Michael Bay guide to blockbusting setpieces, seismic events strung together with a thin plot that rather unbelievably manages to cast the military might of the USA in an underdog role. Due to the rise of an unlikely South American alliance known as the Federation, armed with stolen orbital superweapons, America finds itself menaced by its neighbours.
There's no sign of tangible impediment with regards to getting your hands on lethal ordnance though, as within minutes you'll be blasting helicopters from the sky with laser-guided rockets.
An amalgamation of space station explosions, earthquakes and scuba dives attempt to break up the corridor carnage, but it's clear the game engine is beginning to creak with old age, and it often feels disappointingly bloodless out in the killing fields. The novelty of taking control of attack dog Riley soon wears off, effectively re-skinning drone levels seen before in several titles.
(L-R) Ghosts squad member, a dog named Riley.
Online offers much more entertainment, with plentiful new modes and maps, including an excellent Skyfall inspired number. CoD still proves one of the most popular multiplayer titles available, a thriving community waiting obligingly to snipe you in the head at the earliest opportunity, with the online experience continuing to satisfy basic explosive needs.
However, it's difficult to hide the impression that this veteran has perhaps seen better days, and should consider taking a desk assignment to make way for fresher combatants.
Life & Style blogs
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 2 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£70000 - £90000 per annum + bonus + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: H...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst...
£40000 - £48000 per annum + bonus and benefits: Ashdown Group: European Recrui...