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Infinite Warfare underwhelms

Novemeber 14, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Infinite WarfareFor Infinity Ward, space truly is the final frontier.

The Call of Duty franchise has almost every timeline and almost every conflict covered very well. Infinity Ward, the most potent of the Call of Duty developers, has taken the franchise off our orbiting mud ball into outer space with the latest chapter in the annual Call of Duty franchise: Infinite Warfare.

In Infinite Warfare, Earth as we know it, relies on outer space colonies to deliver resources to the otherwise starving planet. The United Nations Space Alliance (UNSA) represents all of Earth’s interests, political or otherwise. Of course, not everyone agrees with the UNSA and therefore we have the Settlement Defense Front (SDF), a group of sadistic radicals who have declared war on the UNSA.

Infinite WarfareCaptain Nick Reyes, the star of the campaign, is your standard, no frills action hero with is square jaw, rugged exterior and no patience for nonsense. Reyes is voiced by Brian Bloom, who turns in another fantastic performance.

So, essentially, without lightsabers or the Force, Infinite Warfare is Star Wars but in reverse.

Reyes becomes captain of the UNSA warship, the Retribution, but he isn’t the type of captain who sits in his command chair watching intergalactic reruns. Like Kirk and others, he is a hands-on captain leading various missions.

Voiced by Kit Harington, (Jon Snow in a Game of Thrones) the brutal Rear Admiral Salen Kotch is Reyes’ nemesis. Like Jon Snow, Kotch doesn’t smile, doesn’t laugh, he just grumbles most of the time.

Infinite WarfareKotch sparks a civil war by attacking Geneva. From there, the conflict blasts off into space where you will fight aboard ships, on planets and engage in ship to ship dogfights. New to the franchise are zero-gravity battles as well as those dogfights. The zero-gravity skirmishes are a bit frustrating at times but a grappling hook helps reel in those pesky enemies. The dogfights themselves are fun, even if they are simplistic. You don’t have much tricky flying or risky manoeuvres to do so you can concentrate on blasting the bad guys away.

All in all, the campaign suffices though it doesn’t really introduce anything new or exciting. There is no wow factor, nothing that will make gamers stand up and take notice.

This year's Zombies mode has a radical eighties twist. Players fight off a zombie horde that has invaded a theme park via schlock movie director Willard Wyler (Paul Reubens). There are four classic teenage characters to choose from: the Nerd, the Jock, the Valley Girl and the…Rapper? David Hasselhoff also appears as the park’s DJ. Mirroring the campaign, this mode is a lot of fun but the gameplay is not really all that unique.

Infinite WarfareThe multiplayer component does introduce Combat Rigs, which essentially amounts to different characters to suit your game style The class specialization works well but again it is not a standout feature.

The thirteenth chapter in the Call of Duty franchise, Infinite Warfare ticks all the first-person shooter boxes well making for a passable experience but not an overly satisfying one. There aren’t any failings on Infinity Ward’s part. It is just Infinite Warfare doesn’t offer anything that will really excite players. It not a bad game, it is just a very predictable game. It is clearly time for the franchise to get back to its roots and rediscover its identity.



Infinite WarfareCall of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
ESRB Rating: M for Mature

Official Site: https://www.callofduty.com/infinitewarfare

Rating: 7 / 10

 
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