The critical reviews roll in for Activision and Infinity Ward’s first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which launches today on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The day Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare fans have been waiting for is finally here, as Activision and Infinity Ward’s latest entry in the long-running shooter franchise has been released across multiple platforms. Of course, with this being the case, reviews from gaming outlets are also getting published one after the other in order to give fans an idea of what to expect and if they should pick up the game’s standard version, Legacy and Digital Deluxe Editions for Modern Warfare Remastered, or abstain from buying it at all.
As evidenced by the reviews so far, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare apparently contains a lot of elements similar to more classic installments in the franchise. That said, the game definitely has heavy overtones of the science fiction genre to give fans such unexplored avenues like fresh stories and space battles, but it seems as if Infinity Ward may have hit the mark on its recently declared intentions to give the game a “World War II” feel.
Naturally, some critics see Infinite Warfare‘s reliance on such tried-and-true elements of past entries in the series as something to be excited about, as it gives the game a rock solid base from which to branch out. Other reviewers, though, have declared the developers leaning on older tricks and tropes to be unimaginative, as they would have rather seen fresher gameplay aspects in the main campaign and multiplayer.
Of course, with any review being a subjective experience, the best way for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare fans to be as informed as possible is to read and compare the opinions from different critics. So, read on to determine what they have to say about Activision and Infinity Ward’s latest first-person shooter.
GamesBeat (Dean Takahashi)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare delivers a familiar Call of Duty gameplay in an innovative new setting that should satisfy gamers who are tired of playing the same old thing.
Game Informer (Daniel Tack)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features a compelling single-player experience with plenty of optional missions for those looking for more, and robust multiplayer modes for players of every style, whether you’re leading the scoreboards in kill confirmed or goofing around with friends taking on an alien invader in an over-the-top amusement park.
Destructoid (Chris Carter)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare does just enough to stay above the curve and somewhat make up for the appropriately soulless Ghosts. The zombies team did an incredible job with Spaceland, and the multiplayer still ticks all of the right boxes with an ample locomotion system that has since been surpassed by Titanfall. But if you were expecting anything totally new, including the non-inventive space campaign, look elsewhere.
EGM (Ray Carsillo)
Infinite Warfare is one step forward; two steps back for Call of Duty. The multiplayer is still fun, but suspect microtransactions have left me wary. The campaign also gets more wrong than right with shoddy storytelling overshadowing the usually tight FPS gameplay. At the very least, we got a Zombies experience comparable to what we’ve seen in the past—and Modern Warfare Remastered was a fun stroll down memory lane.
GameSpot (Miguel Concepcion)
By venturing beyond Earth–and not just to other planets, but to space itself–Call of Duty found a canvas to produce its best story in years. It reinforces the notion that a game’s narrative is only as good as its characters.
GamesRadar (Leon Hurley)
It’s not quite a complete reinvention for the series but Infinite Warfare makes some refreshing changes to deliver a confident and exciting shooter.
Time (Matt Peckham)
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.
Polygon (Russ Frushtick)
There’s no doubt that Infinity Ward made a wise call in ditching the Ghosts franchise. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is one of the best campaigns the series has provided, with stellar writing and varied environments. While that level of ingenuity didn’t transfer over to multiplayer and Zombies, taken as an entire package, Infinite Warfare is a standout effort whose biggest sin is not trying to reinvent the wheel at every turn.
Score: 8.5/10 (Provisional)
While Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare initially received plenty of hate for its reveal trailer, for the most part, the game’s critical reception is generally favorable. Bearing this in mind, it’s highly likely that the test weekends for the shooter led to solid improvements when it comes to the beta changes made by Infinity Ward.
Now, the question remains as to whether or not Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will best its predecessors in the sales department. As many fans will recall, Black Ops 3 became 2015’s best-selling game despite receiving mixed reviews, so only time will tell if Infinite Warfare is able to take the crown this year.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.