The thirteenth release of the Call of Duty series is Infinite Warfare. In this article, I am going to make a short review of the campaign mode. I will let you discover on your own the Zombie mode, while the Multiplayer mode is not worth mentioning. It brings absolutely no major innovation compared to its predecessor, Black Ops III. So stay tuned for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review.
Story & game set
The plot of the game is set somewhere in the future. You take control of Nick Reyes who is a Captain in the Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR). Your mission is to lead your troops in the fight against a hostile faction known as the Settlement Defense Front (SDF). The action takes place on Earth as well as other planets. The story begins in Geneva, and, as the game events develop, you will travel through the entire galaxy, fighting in space, on meteorits and warships. A thing that I didn’t enjoyed very much is that even the game is a first-person shooter and the story should be pretty straight, it somehow manages to get you confused at some point. There are a lot of abbreviations for all the factions involved in the plot. If you don’t pay close attention to them, who does what and why, you’ll get lost.
In general the developers made a consistent effort in making the game look good. The characters are build with close attention to details, like face expresions or gear. Also special effects like big explosions or crashing walls are somehow impressive. Then where do they lose big points? In my opinion they stopped to soon when it comes to details for the suroundings. Everything around you looks so neet. On the streets there are just a few cars, walls and statues. Inside there are tables with some screens on them, couple of very well aligned things, barrels and boxes to hide behind. I would have liked to see more details that would make you think that there were actual people living there, not only robots. A bag thrown away in a corner, a spilled cup of coffee under a table, maybe a bike next to a lighting pole and so on.
Gameplay & game experience
The game does what a shooter is suposed to. It gives you the impresion of continious action. You have a lot of really cool weapons to use in various scenarios. You get to run on streets while taking heavy fire, you try to escape incoming missels while flying in your fighter called “Jackal” or you can even hack into enemy robots software and control them. An aspect that I personaly enjoyed was the fact that **spoiler alert** at one point you get to kill John Snow. Ok, is not realy John Snow, is Rear Admiral Salen Kotch, the leader of the SDF, played by Kit Harington. Now who would have thought that he can actually die?
The controls are pretty easy to use. Switching between weapons can be done fast, jumping, ducking and moving around should also not create you any problem. There is only one exception when it comes to sprinting and engaging the turbo mode for your “Jackal”. There is a key combination that is not easy to get if you never played Call of Duty before. I saw many people having trouble with it, especially in the Authorize Operation D-Con side mission. If you don’t know this key combination, you cannot finish it. You can have a look at the below video where I explain what you need to do to pass this mission.
One thing that was disappointing for me was the fact that the campaign mode is pretty short. Not too many missions to play. Just a few main missions and a couple of side ones. If you are skilled enough I think you can finish this game in approximately 24 hours of playing.
Pros & cons summary
|Cool weapons to use||Not a very atractive story|
|Variety of playing scenarios||Lack of details in some scenes|
|The feel of continious action||Short campaign mode|
|Nice special effects||No major inovation in the multiplayer mode|
In the end Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is not the worst game. But still, if you compare it with other games from the same series, it doesn’t rise to the expectations. I would recommend it for the big Call of Duty fans. For the others, who didn’t play yet other games from this series, maybe start first with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remastered. It was released together with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.