Gamescom 2016: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is An Almost Irresistible Package

Gamescom 2016: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is An Almost Irresistible Package

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Lee Abrahams

It takes a pretty strong bit of PR spin to try and take positives out of your launch trailer being one of THE most disliked in YouTube history and it’s going to take probably a lot more than just goodwill to sway all of the fans back into viewing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare with a lot more positivity. In a way it’s hard to read too much into the initial feedback from the general public as, frankly, they have historically rushed out to buy the latest Call of Duty on launch day come hell or high water. So it might just be idle histrionics with no real weight behind it, which is good in a way as the overall package here has a lot to recommend it.

Assuming you splash the cash that is.

If you lay down some money for the Legacy Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare then you’ll get Infinite Warfare, the remastered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare plus 10 of its best maps for multiplayer, as well as the Zombies in Spaceland mode. Not a bad deal, if you’re prepared to pay a decent amount for a remastered game that is. We got to see all three aspects of the bundle in action so let’s take it from the top.

First of all we have the maligned campaign. In truth it seems like a massive leap forward from the last sci-fi flavoured entries, Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III, as while those games introduced cybernetics and robotic drones it was still grounded in a real world setting, a realistic story arc (sort of) and some very good performances. Infinite Warfare puts paid to all of that and sees you zipping through space, landing on a rock with your team and then bouncing around in spacesuits and jetpacks to explore an asteroid that has been blasted out of orbit. Then, when it all kicks off, you find yourself blowing apart hordes of angry droids.

It looks and feel more like a Halo game than a traditional Call of Duty title, which is maybe why so many fans have yet to take to it. Combat though certainly looks and plays out like a traditional COD, plus the game is predictably full of over the top set pieces and wall to wall action. The graphics look impressive, and the team around you interacts and behaves in a believable manner, so it will no doubt be easy to get swept up in the story. It might not look like the COD you're used to, but hopefully it should still be a fun diversion.

For us though the real excitement is the additional game. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered looks superb. The graphical leap is noticeable and we got to see a playthrough of the entire Shock and Awe level, which was certainly one that will stick in players' minds. It’s still the same great game, but a lot of time and care seems to have gone into making it look and sound the absolute best it can be. Considering it's still regarded as the best COD ever made by most fans, then it’s almost worth picking up the Legacy Edition for this game alone and considering Infinite Warfare as the back up. Sure you may have played it all before, but we’re champing at the bit to go back and give the remaster another go.

Finally we got to see a taste of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's Zombies in Spaceland mode. Zombies has rapidly become a firm Call of Duty favourite and most people spend more time uncovering all of the Easter Eggs in each new entry than they do in the campaign or even online (well, maybe not ALL people – someone has to kill all those noobs). This time around you have the usual cast of four characters: Andre, Sally, A.J. and Poindexter, each voiced by some notable names, each with their own line in banter.

Trapped in an amusement park by a sadistic horror film director who promised to make them all stars the gang have to find a way to escape, with the help of an enigmatic DJ voiced by none other than David 'The Hoff' Hasselhoff himself. It looks as ridiculous and neon-soaked as you’d expect, with weapons ranging from an exploding Boom-Box to lasers and rollerskates to zip around on. If it’s an 80s stereotype then it’s probably in here to be honest.

As a package, with a host of multiplayer maps we didn’t get to see and a bunch from the remastered Call of Duty 4 if you choose to buy that version, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a package that seems to cover a lot of bases. Then again the new campaign could prove to be a step too far into sci-fi territory for long time fans, and has taken a lot of the series' grounded realism with it. That’s probably fine if you just want a bombastic shooter, which we have no doubt Infinity Ward can deliver. However, it’s kind of telling that we’re more excited by an old remastered game and a parody filled zombies mode than the main event. You can expect Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to sell bucketloads, regardless of what anyone says about it, when it launches this year.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches on 4th November.

Comments
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  • I was going to pick this up just for the next part of the alien invasion. But that got dumped for Zombies in Spaceland. I lived though the 80's so that looks interesting. Modern Warfare in it sold me the pre order edition. Seems like a pretty good deal. Hopefully the campaign and multi player will be better then Ghost.
  • Getting the Legacy Edition via Amazon Prime, so I see it as paying about $64 for 'Modern Warfare Remastered.' Couldn't care less about anything else inside the case.
  • Almost Irresistible?? you having a laugh?
  • One positive thing I can say about the current CoD games is that since the new engine they look amazing. Not too keen on this future warfare gimmick but I'm dying to play the MW remaster. My favorite CoD game of all time. Will wait until it's sold separately.
  • I want to try this version of Zombies, to see if it matches up to Treyarch's.
  • I never liked zombie mode to begin with.
  • @5 LOL.
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