Infinity Ward returns to the helm in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Set in the distant future when humanity has become a space-faring species, capable on interplanetary travel and creating reliable AI. Infinite Warfare is the next step in the evolution of Activision's hit first-person shooter franchise.
Freeform space combat, revamped class mechanics, stunning visuals and solid campaign, the new Call of Duty has all the markings of an engaging, energetic science-fiction action game. Futuristic setting Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare moves the technologically advanced setting known from Advanced Warfare further along. Now set in a distant future, Infinite Warfare takes full advantage of this opportunity.
You will take command of a massive military spacecraft serving as the hub location, pilot a customizable jet-fighter through space battles, use energy weapons and wear advanced battlesuits granting you unique abilities. There is even an robotic companion featuring fully functioning and stable AI. Infinite Warfare gameplay is a complete package for any enthusiast of first-person shooters and science-fiction.
Gripping single-player campaign The main character of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is Nick Reyes, formerly a Lieutenant of SCAR (Special Combat Air Recon), now a field-promoted Captain of military carrier Retribution and, by extension, the troops stationed aboard it. As some of the last defenses of Earth, they will fight against the forces of fanatical Settlement Defense Front. SetDef is led by Salen Koch, voice-acted by Kit Harrington of the Game of Thrones fame.
The story will be divided into core story missions progressing the plot and numerous optional side missions fleshing out the setting and letting the players visit more locations. The missions will take place across various planets and even asteroids of the Solar System. Improved class-based gameplay Multiplayer classes are based on Combat Rigs.
Each rig is a specialized cybernetic suit granting the wearer's powerful abilities as well as weapons and tactics unique to each rig. There are six Rigs available in Infinite Warfare, suited to serve different purposes on the battlefield. Warfighter - the mid-range, assault class, perfect for players who love being on the offensive FTL - incredibly fast combat rig, suited for players enjoying run-and-gun playstyle and close encounters Merc - the heavy weapons specialist, slower, but with powerful damage output to make up for it Phantom - the sniper class, excellent for stealth and long-range combat Stryker - equipped for team-support and enemy suppression Synaptic - a remotely operated drone equipped with SMGs and prepared for close quarters combat For further customization all Combat Rigs can pick one each from 3 available Payloads and 3 Traits unique to each Rig.
It all adds up to the finest Call of Duty game yet, and it comes from the riskiest package. By and large, Call of Duty’s Warfare line has always maintained the slightest bit grounded, never quite leaping into the distant future by this much...But the leap is a success, underachieving tradition of Michael Bay films be damned.
Infinite Warfare provides a huge package with a lot of fun gameplay throughout. There's something here for everyone, and enough to keep us all playing for another year.
Overly familiar multiplayer, but tells a compelling story.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare succeeds in most aspects of a solid sci-fi shooter. However, a lackluster and rushed story takes away from what could have been a full and complete campaign mode. Luckily where the story lacks, the gameplay and solid mechanics Call of Duty deliver.
Activision and Infinity Ward have decided to play it safe, offering a solid and tested formula, without any relevant additions that could rejuvenate the structure of the game, the gunplay or the multiplayer.
Even though Zombies in Spaceland and multiplayer are just more of the same, as a whole, it’s hard to find an FPS on the market as fully-featured as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The campaign is the surprise highlight, with heart-pounding action, jaw-dropping graphics, and fresh ideas for the series, making it worth checking out even for those disappointed by its sci-fi themes.
An assemblage of hits and misses, that's the measure of this year's Call of Duty. I could say something about publisher Ubisoft pulling back from its annualized Assassin's Creed franchise, or how even Doctor Who gets a break. But it's probably simplest to remind that it's shooter season, and this year, the alternatives are formidable.