The beloved Call of Duty franchise switches gears for the first time in the series. We’ll be discussing if the shift payed off in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review.
|Type of game:||First-Person Shooter|
|Total Play Time:||8.5 – 10 hrs|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 @ 3.30GHz or equivalent
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
HDD Space: 70 GB
|Price:||$39.99 for PC/$49.99 for Console|
The World of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
The Call of Duty franchise is the undisputed king of first person shooters. While the franchise may not be your cup of tea, you can not deny the legacy that has been laid. Thirteen games later and Infinity Ward has decided to switch gears and give Call of Duty fans something new to shoot at. Gone are the battlefields of Earth, we’re headed into space y’all, let’s review how the new direction stacks up in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review.
Atmosphere and Location
First up in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review is atmosphere and location. By switching the battlefield from dirt to space, Infinity Ward has set off a chain reaction of franchise firsts. Firsts such as zero gravity environments, boost packs and grappling hooks. Another change of pace for the franchise is the ability to explore the solar system. Now you can visit new planets, satellites and asteroids.
Players will be controlling Captain Nick Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot. That’s right, you’re a pilot. Space aerial combat is also available in the game. Players will be in control of Reyes’ ship, the Jackal. It isn’t on rails which means total control for the user with minor limitations. The signature boots-to-ground gameplay that has defined the COD franchise is still very much in tact. In fact, you can go from aerial combat to boots-to-ground combat with no load screens.
Rounding out the new features is the hub world Retribution. This is where players will launch campaign missions, secondary missions for upgrades and skins for the Jackal, check progression and get new story details. Two game modes have also been added, Specialist and #YOLO. In specialist, players can shoot weapons out of hands and health regeneration only occurs with nano shots. In #YOLO, if you die, you must restart the game as there is no respawning from a checkpoint.
The COD franchise has always had great characters. Moving along in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review, we’ll take a look at characters. As stated earlier, players will control Commander Nick Reyes voiced by Brian Bloom; newly appointed Captain of the UNSA Warship Retribution. As Captain, he and his crew are tasked with defending the Earth and the rest of the Solar System from the Settlement Defense Front (SDF). When he and his crew aren’t shooting at SDF, they will traverse the solar system in search of resources on other planets and asteroids.
Adding to the new cast of characters are Reyes’ mentor Admiral Fredrick Raines (John Marshall Jones), his wingman Lieutenant Nora Salter (Jamie Gray Hyder), a robot sidekick named E3N “Ethan” (Jeffrey Nordling), the SATO Marines and their Staff Sergeant Usef Omar (David Harewood), Corporal Sean Brooks (Jason Barry) and Private Todd Kashima (Eric Ladin). Also helping to round out the cast of protagonists are Retribution Navigator Victor “Gator” Diallo (Omid Abtahi), Captain of the warship Tigris, Maureen Ferran (Claudia Christian), and Audrey “Mac” MaCallum (Claudia Black), Reyes’ Retribution Chief Engineer .
In direct opposition to Captain Reyes and UNSA is the SDF. Their leader is Rear Admiral Salen Kotch voiced by Kit Harington, commander of the starship Olympus Mons, and leader of the SDF. The SDF have no intentions of cooperating with the efforts of the UNSA. In fact, at the start of the game, they’ve declared war on them. Adding to the list of antagonists is senior commander Akeel Min Riah (Jim Pirri). UFC fighter Conor McGregor makes his first cameo appearance outside of a UFC game and arena as SDF Captain Bradley Fillion, and Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton makes his first video game appearance as Retribution Electro-technical Officer Carl Hamilton.
Next we’ll discuss story in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review. Set in the distant future, Earth has been drained of it’s natural resources due to the increase of population and industrial expansion. With the entire world on the brink, the leaders of Earth’s nations come together and form the United Nations Space Alliance (UNSA). The UNSA oversees trade, travel, land claims and all efforts relating to human space colonization. Before players take control of the game, certain events have already played out.
One of those events is the declaration of war on the UNSA by the SDF. Before the start of the game, the SDF were on the losing end of a war of secession following the creation of the UNSA. After breaking away from the UNSA, the SDF set it’s sights on the Solar System and it’s new outposts. The SDF’s goal is to take control of the resources that the various outposts have produced since the formation of the UNSA.
The game opens up with a UNSA special forces group heading to a secret facility to investigate recent SDF attacks, retrieve a prototype weapon and destroy the facility. While the destruction of the facility is a success, the group do not recover the prototype and they’re captured and executed. Back on Earth, Reyes pleads with upper brass to prepare counterattack measures, to which they respond with feebleness.
One of the reasons for the inaction is the Fleet Week celebration in Geneva. This celebration sees the entire UNSA fleet gather in Geneva. With everyone in one place, the SDF crash the party and deal a devastating blow to the UNSA. After a hard fought battle, there are only two UNSA ships left: the carrier Retribution and the destroyer Tigris.
DLC and Expansion Packs
Moving along in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review, Call of Duty’s Zombie mode, which has grown in popularity over the years, makes it return. This time around though, there’s a bit of a twist. For this go around you play as A.J., Andre, Poindexter and Sally; voiced by Ike Barinholtz, Jay Pharoah, Seth Green and Sasheer Zamata aspiring actors trapped in a horror film. The director of this film is Willard Wyler voiced by Paul Reubens.
Additional DLC plans include: Two new Zombie maps, in-game currency, supply drops and new maps. The first DLC pack, Sabotage, has already been released. It included 4 new multi-player maps and the first of two new zombie maps.
Finally, we move on to our verdict in our Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review. The initial reaction to the game’s trailer was met with intense resistance. Many fans seemed to doom the game before it’s launch. Post launch, general reviews have been good. Many fans of the series did not welcome the change, despite that, the game has gone on to acquire some great nods such as:
- Best Shooter at E3 – Game Informer
- 2016 Game Critics Awards “Best Action Game” – Nomination
While Infinite Warfare doesn’t provide much in innovation, the change of scenery is most welcome. In the saturated world of first person shooters, there’s only so many earth conflicts you can recycle. It’s good to see that Infinity Ward is bold and brave enough to flip their beloved franchise on its head. True some fans may have been lost along the way, but the prospect of a legion of new fans is too good to pass up. If you’ve been a fan for years and are not stuck in the past, check out Infinite Warfare.