The Call of Duty franchise has been around for quite some time. We’ve seen the series take the European stage in World War II, and we’ve recently seen a return to modern combat in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. While each installment happens to be different in its own little way, Infinite Warfare plays it safe on multiple fronts, all while providing the same, good-old fashion, Call of Duty experience.
The man from Westeros
Though it’s very explosive in nature, not to mention full of camaraderie, bloodshed and death, the narrative found in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is anything but original. I’m not saying it’s godawful (in fact, at times it can be very emotional and exciting), but it isn’t award winning either.
The premise of the game is simple: Kit Harrington, who plays Infinite Warfare’s antagonist, wants to rule the world, and it’s up to a group of rag-tag, frag-throwing individuals, plus one robot, who must save the world from its destruction. And that’s pretty much it.
New look, same feel
The multiplayer found in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the same type of multiplayer experience you would come to find in previous installments. Though it has new maps, weapons and loadouts, these new additions hardly add depth to the “stick to what works” formula that Call of Duty games keep tucked in their back pocket and pull out annually.
You’ve probably heard the saying before, “Same old Call of Duty” from friends or family members who enjoy the franchise or at least purchase the latest installment on an annual basis. Sadly, there’s merit to that saying this time around as Infinite Warfare lacks nuance, each playable game type is essentially a re-skinned version of typical online multiplayer modes. Most, if not all, game modes that you’ve seen in previous Call of Duty games, like Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed or Capture the Flag, make an appearance in Infinite Warfare. A new mode to the series, Gun Game, which is essentially Halo’s Big Team Battle, pits large teams against one-another. Though its premiere is appreciated, it’s nothing that we haven’t seen in the past in similar titles.
The new futuristic weapons in Infinite Warfare feel about the same as modern day weapons would in let’s say, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Although these new tools of war present a fresh and stylish look on outer space weaponry, their functionality is unfortunately no different when compared to their modern day contemporaries.
After playing Infinite Warfare multiplayer for several hours, lag issues were very few and far between. But as time went on, I would frequent the thought that this Call of Duty game, in regards to online multiplayer, was playing it too safe, scared to break away from the franchise monotony, not willing to take a risk that fans of the series would love and eventually come to expect. The only question for developer, Infinity Ward, is when will the time come for a new, Call of Duty multiplayer experience that has yet to be seen?
Not your typical theme park
Like it’s competitive multiplayer counterpart, Infinite Warfare returns Zombie Mode, which also plays it safe. It sticks to the typical minutia found within this particular mode that we’ve all seen before: running and blasting through hordes of zombies with or without friends and boarding up windows and other areas that would normally grant the walking dead access to your location, and so on.
To its credit, the scene has been set within an ’80s amusement park that provides a huge playground for individuals and their brain-feasting enemies. Should you perish, zombie fighters are granted access to classic Activision arcade games, which is a nice distraction from the mode’s insanity, and at times more enjoyable than zombie mode itself.
It’s certainly easy to lose track of time in Infinite Warfare’s Zombie mode, especially when you’re randomly placed in an amazing group of like-minded survivalists. This mode also plays and feels the same as previous versions, which is disappointing without nuance, but good for the consumer who expects much of the same old stuff.
By and large, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a good addition to the franchise’s long catalog of installments. Though it’s online competitive and cooperative modes feel about the same as previous titles, the campaign was explosive and filled with enough action and camaraderie that you’ll want to make time to play. Glossing through the story once is enough to fill your cup, and should you finish the story and want more, there’s nothing wrong with a refill.