Well here we are with another Call of Duty title to play and (hopefully) enjoy; since the series’ inception in the World War II era, the different titles have increasingly taken steep right turns in order to meet the demands of the fans and to create the best FPS game to date. So, here we have Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Set in the distant future, Earth’s resources have been nearly depleted; the major nations of the world unite and advance into deep space to colonize on various planets and their satellites throughout our Solar System. However this invites strife and challenge by the Settlement Defense Front, or SDF, the game’s primary antagonists. At the start of the game the SDF declares war by surprise attacking Earth. Here you take the role of Tier 1 Specs Ops Operator Captain Nick Reyes and command the starship Retribution in an attempt to regain footing throughout the Solar System and stop the SDF.
This is a very unique turn for the Call of Duty franchise; yes we have Black OPS II, Advanced Warfare and Black OPS III all set in the near or distant future, but this title is set to the point where you the player is engulfed in deep space warfare. You hide in asteroid fields for cover on secret missions; you dogfight against other fighters in low orbit or deep space during ship-to-ship battles. This is a Call of Duty title that takes ‘futuristic warfare’ to a whole new level.
The initial response when this title was first announced was heavily panned, mainly due to the whole futuristic warfare aspect. However upon the initial release, the opinions changed, as have ours here at RewindSTL. Now, the major aspect of this title that was so heavily panned yet eager for release at the same time is the remastered edition of Modern Warfare 4 (even though we think Modern Warfare 3 is the best title in the Modern Warfare series) that would come with a special edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and not just be released by itself (like other major remastered titles). This is something that we think should have been done separately, however in the end you got to think that with as much time and money has been put into this title, the developers have to make money somewhere.
Upon the first few hours of play-through of the main campaign, we were pleasantly surprised. It is a breath of fresh air to experience Call of Duty in such a light like this; hell, we weren’t prepared when slowly moving through an asteroid field and all of a sudden an enemy starship appears out of nowhere right above us. The scale of this game is just ridiculous; when not playing the main campaign missions, you have the option to take on side missions that can heavily impact, both good or bad, the main mission in the long run. These missions can be ship-to-ship battles in space or missions where you and your team infiltrate an enemy starbase or ship. Call of Duty is slowly moving into the RPG realm while still trying to stay true to the FPS realm as well.
For the multiplayer aspect, it was just ridiculous; if you didn’t reserve a copy of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy or Deluxe Edition then you are screwed right off the bat when attempting to play multiplayer. Those that reserved these aforementioned copies have already a much better advantage and will literally own you in gameplay with special perks and rare supply drops that garner them rare weapons even if they were a level 1 (I was forced to camp unfortunately for a bit just to level up and get decent weapons to successfully combat against these supped up players). Added there are not many maps that were released with the multiplayer gameplay, depending on the type of mode you choose. However there were considerably more maps released than Battlefield 1.
Mechanics-wise nothing has changed and control layout is generally the same like any other Call of Duty title; the small minor changes are due to the different types of firepower you can use and mainly just the scenery and story mode. Multiplayer is generally the same as well given small minor tweaks and added perks, however our major complaint was how supped up people were at the initial release of the title, giving them an unfair advantage because they just had more money they could throw down initially.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a title that stands out among its predecessors; it is definitely better than Advanced Warfare and (in our opinion) Black OPS III, however not the best in the series as a whole. If you like the whole deep space warfare aspect then go for it; pick up the title and have fun. If not, stick with the prior Call of Duty titles.