I was one of many who sat down, ready to see this year’s Call of Duty revealed back in May. With the trailer dropping and showing space, futuristic combat and more tech… I’ve got to say that my eyes rolled. Many more around the world did too but, as the months have gone by Activision have changed my stance throughout the year. But that’s not the same for everybody and this COD Infinite Warfare release was always going to divide opinion. And it’s certainly doing so with the reviews so far, especially the public vote.
Here I’m going to talk about Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’s controversial space setting, the elements that could work for some but won’t for others. There will also be a number of cool trailers, gameplay and official facts if you missed anything. Or if you are undecided still, there are plenty of “facts” here not just this gamer’s ramblings.
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OK let’s have a look at this years Call of Duty and the decision to take the battle to space.
Since I’ve reminded you of when I first saw the first trailer, I’ll go back to E3 when the game got me the other way. It was in the middle of the PlayStation presentation that was outstanding throughout. With no big stage announcement or build up the screen sent right into some gameplay. It was presented really well, action packed and looked a top Sci-fi shooter… But I didn’t know what the hell it was.
I certainly wanted to though because I wanted to play whatever it was as soon as possible. Then the Infinite Warfare logo dropped on the screen I laughed. Activision totally got me and I was eating a little humble pie after not really being interested in the game to that point.
See the video in question below if you haven’t already.
No matter what you think, you can’t say that looks bad or poor to play. It just doesn’t look traditional COD but, you could argue that the past 3 or 4 haven’t been traditional either. The setting and structure around the space combat is what’s really going to promote the love hate response. But they had to expect this, surely?
Even if Infinite Warfare’s setting had received a positive initial reception, it was always going to be divisive for series fans. But can this be overcome if the game is something different from the competition and has enough top quality features so gamers can get past it?
Let’s have a look at the case for the defence of Infinity Ward here.
The Defence of The Sci-Fi Setting
1. The Other Shooters Are So Different
Being a space based game means they Infinite Warfare is going to feel very different from Battlefield 1. It has a bit of similarly to Titanfall 2 but even then, the idea is based around the giant Titans dropping in and mech combat half the time.
The battles in space and on the ground are going to feel very different, and for me, they look like they could be a lot of fun.
While the single player mode in Battlefield 1 is all about the individual War Stories (and something I loved). Infinite Warfare is going “seamless” with its campaign. They are avoiding loading screens and going for a smooth experience that keeps you engaged constantly. Taking on battles both in space, on space stations and on the ground.
This isn’t close to what Battlefield 1 is offering. Not negative or positive, just very different from top to bottom.
The excellent Titanfall 2 single player is about Pilot and Titan stranded behind enemy lines. A tale I’m calling a Robo-Bromance that I determined to see catch on (although Respawn and EA don’t seem to be taking me seriously!). This again is nothing like the direction COD is going in this time. Although, given the quality of it it’s going to take some beating as a single player story.
Multiplayer wise there will be similarities to Titanfall of course as we know Infinite Warfare will feel very much like Black Ops 3. The new RIGs system (more details coming up later) is where you’ll pick what is essentially a hero character. A system I thought worked really well in the previous release.
But will it all feel a bit too similar?
2. It Has All The Features to Be Amazing & Comes With Another COD
There are a number of features on the game, these are listed officially shortly with my highlights. But the one thing I would like to focus on first is Modern Warfare Remastered coming as a bonus with the special edition versions of Infinite Warfare.
Like the idea or not, it’s a great way to get people interested in the game.
2 games in one is always a good thing and for those thinking about the special edition anyway it’s great. For those who want standard the extra cost may feel more acceptable to pay considering what you’re getting. It’s not just some weapons and maps, is full game to play and one I’ve really been enjoying personally.
While people are upset you can’t get it separately, they would be insane to do such a thing and jeopardise sales of their main release. Most people only have a set amount of money for games and it’s usually a difficult choice. This whole package idea will get people buying the special editions since it actually feels worth it.
And do you really think they won’t just allow people buy it separately at some point in the future? I give it until after Christmas (opinion not fact but I’ll put a Twix on it, yeah that’s confidence for you!).
Right onto the features of Infinite Warfare that could make or break the game for you if you don’t know already.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a bold and creative step for the franchise and will lead players through an unforgettable journey as they engage in heroic battles with hallmark Call of Duty combat. The campaign spans our solar system, taking players on a journey from Earth to beyond our atmosphere. It’s grand scale war with unforgettable characters, rich emotional arcs, an epic new setting and blockbuster Call of Duty action.
Future War, Old School Fight
Set within a plausible future setting, the game puts players in the role of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable adversity, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer allows gamers to customize their play like never before, with the fast paced gameplay that Call of Duty is known for, giving players more ways to optimize their weapons and gear to their personal style of play.
Infinite Warfare introduces the most advanced tools of war: combat rigs, high-tech equipment, and unique prototype weapons. It’s an incredibly deep experience where everything – including weapons, equipment, lethals and tacticals – has been built around all types of play styles, and where players have the power to combine them however they want.
The mode features unparalleled customization, and the fluid, momentum-based system of Call of Duty: Black Ops III evolved to custom-fit the new combat, combining to create a frenetic gameplay experience that centers around frontline engagements where every second counts.
- Warfighter: Mobile Mid-Range
- Merc: Defensive Player
- FTL: Guerilla Tactics
- Stryker: Tactical Team Player
- Phantom: Sniper Stealth
- Synaptic: Run-and-Gun
My main thoughts go to the single player, as ever in games I personally believe it should be at least the same focus as the multiplayer. And I’m a bit split between what I want and what the Infinity Ward are going to deliver here.
Since we’re still looking at the defence I will say that what I have seen and played so far all looks very entertaining. The voice cast is also excellent so I expect they got some good script writers to go with them. Kit (Game of Thrones) Harington, Seth (Family Guy) Green, Peter (Robocop) Weller and even the Hoff are in this game.
That is one impressive looking cast and I expect the campaign to be well acted if nothing else. We might even get a song from the Hoff in there too!
Multiplayer wise, it’s going to be fast and fun. Everything that makes CoD what it is. As we move on to the concerns, I think we are going to see just why people are so divided and worried about this one.
The Concerns – Fans Want Something Different, But Not Necessarily Sci-Fi
There are a few points to raise here, but one thing that comes with an annual release is pressure. The have got to be innovative with the game, coming up with new ideas that fans want. But it’s clear that from the reaction to this sci-fi Call of Duty, that’s not what a lot of fans wanted for the direction of the game.
Sci-Fi isn’t easy either, there is a lot of details and lore that needs to be created to make good science fiction be believable. Look at Destiny as a point of reference where the game was very empty of storyline and facts unless you were willing to do a lot of online reading. Science fiction is essentially a future fantasy type narrative and requires a mass of history behind it to feel believable.
If they do it, then great. But I have my doubts given this is new to the developers too.
Infinity Ward did a wonderful job with Modern Warfare, and they can deliver on a great story. But it’s the whole feeling of believing in the future that this story is set within that can prove hard to create in Sci-Fi. And if they get it wrong everything will feel a little cheesy, even with such a top acting cast on board.
Lastly, the lack of significant change to the multiplayer is a huge concern for the game. It’s going to be a lot like Black Ops 3 from what it looks on the surface. So then, why not just play Black Ops 3 more? It’s a bit of a worry, although from streams online so far it looks a lot of fun. The new maps and RIGs my really work out but it could be too recycled given the focus they have gone to on single player.
Until I get my hands on this one later today I will remain optimistic but concerned that the game cannot live up to the competition already on the market as a game. But at the same time, it will still sell well to the hardcore fan even if they just argue about it during multiplayer matches.
What are your thoughts on Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare? Are you getting it? Are you NOT getting it this year. Let me know below using Disqus or Facebook Comments, I read everything posted and get back to those with interesting points. Hit me up on Twitter here and the Official MGL One too. Until next time gamers.