Call of Duty: Ghosts has officially launched worldwide, and reviews of the game have gone up!

Here’s a round up of all the reviews from around the web:

Call of Duty: Ghosts is a solid installment, but it lacks creativity and innovation. Its new engine already looks dated in the face of the competition, and it eschews many of the solid concepts seen in Black Ops 2. After Treyarch attempted to expand the established Call of Duty formula with risky campaign and multiplayer ideas, Infinity Ward and friends have ignored the franchise’s innovative climb. Despite this, Ghosts still steals the show with more memorable missions than those found in Black Ops 2. And even with the loss of Pick 10, I still played the multiplayer for hours and had a good time.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is mired in a distinct lack of ambition. Outside of the stellar Extinction mode, Ghosts follows more often than it leads, bringing with it familiar missions, modes and experiences. Ghosts feels like an accountant’s sequel, with just enough content to justify a new installment. It just never goes beyond that.

Given the volatility of consumer behavior surround next-gen console launches, you might expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to play it safe and lean heavily on past formulas. Instead, it goes in the complete opposite direction and crafts its own path. In some areas, like the Campaign and Extinction, that works exceptionally well, but in others, such as the Squads mode, it falls woefully flat. Multiplayer is serviceable and fun if you aren’t looking for high level play and just want to have a good time, but it’s severely lacking in competitive features and customization that the series needs.

Call of Duty: Ghosts isn’t a reinvention of the franchise, but proves there’s still room for innovation within its existing formula. Though at the risk of overcomplicating things at times, its robust multiplayer gameplay, surprisingly fun co-op modes, and lengthy, challenging, and varied campaign makes Ghosts one of the best Call of Duty games to date.

Ghosts offers the same style of video game combat that Call of Duty has had since 2007. The core of it is still engaging and can be very thrilling, if you’re receptive to this type of action. In fact, it’s still my favorite online multiplayer shooter. But the bells and whistles surrounding the game are muted and missing, leaving behind that same core without giving you enough new and exciting reasons to come back. Even with the improved graphics to be had on next-generation consoles, I’d rather play Black Ops II.

The bottom line is that, after nine successful titles (though No. 3 was pretty weak), Activision has finally delivered a Call of Duty game that is a disappointment for me. I’ll play it. I’ll enjoy the multiplayer. But I thought that the multiplayer modes for Black Ops II were great. I don’t know why Infinity Ward couldn’t borrow more from those modes and just build upon them.

Ghosts, in and of itself, is a fine game. It ticks all the boxes and then blows the boxes up in glorious 1080p resolution (on PS4 at least). Those who only ever play COD will be more than happy with it, but those who have grown weary of the series will see more of their ambivalence justified this time around. Infinity Ward had a chance here to throw down the gauntlet for the next hardware generation, to set the new standard, to show that this hugely popular, much derided behemoth can dance to a different tune. It’s chosen to play a Greatest Hits package instead.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, , and Wii U, and coming day one for next-gen.

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  • Drago

    6/10 imo

    • Bigi345

      More like 8.5-9/10

    • MeisseN

      I know ur talking about BF4 xD

  • Charles Barkley

    These people who review the game are all noobs. Their review is irrelevant to likely everybody on this site.

    • Boris Guyon-Pelfrene

      Yes, because this game is perfect and there’s no way it’s flawed in any way possible. /sarcasm

      • Nathan Chappell

        He didn’t say that, he said that the reviewers most probably aren’t gamers, just people putting out reviews. You only have to look at some ghosts gameplays put out on IGN before release to see that there aren’t exactly any Call of Duty prodigies working at IGN, so their scathing review isn’t really relevant to people who play this game a lot and understand it more subtly. You can’t write a good review about a game after an hour of gameplay. Heck, I have 12 hours and have still not played Flooded.

        • Boris Guyon-Pelfrene

          Scathing review? 8.8 is not scathing. It’s in fact the best score Ghosts has gotten.

          If you think anything above 8 is still a “scathing review” there is something deeply wrong with you.

  • Guest

    As much as I love COD, this is one of the worst..

    • 3rdWorldMafia

      Disguised BF fanboy alert…..?

  • Vikerii

    How’s the hit registration?

  • kyr95

    i dont really care about the reviews i play it for myself to enjou it and the truth is i enjoyed it the campaign was one of the best ive played in a fps and the multiplayer although not so innovative as mentioned above feels more fresh with the brilliantly designed maps

  • falahcod

    They removed quickscoping in Ghosts 😀

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-jHuMHdx9Y

    • It still is the same,just dual render scopes

      • tha_online_gamertz

        there are differences, they removed hipfire crosshairs from the snipers and it now counts as a hipfire shot if you’re not entirely zoomed in.

        • Isnt that in bo2 too?

          • tha_online_gamertz

            no not at all.

    • Chasm

      I play with an assault rifle, but I picked op the L115, and the first bullet I fired (my first sniper bullet on this game) was a quick scope kill.

      • falahcod

        did you even click on the video?

  • Daniel Moore

    ” but it’s severely lacking in competitive features and customization that the series needs.” – Gamefront
    Lacking customization??? Have they even played it??? There is more customization here then all the previous Call of Duty games combined!

    • Zpr4y

      so true

    • Unreal

      not for competitive play like changing time in R&D matches

    • fsdgasdg

      he wasnt talking about appearence he was talking about settings customization for competitive

  • Jesper Mølby

    Look at the dislikes on all the reviews on youtube, seriously BF fanboys? And y’all call us the shitty community? We don’t go around and dislike every review from BF. You guys are pathetic.

    • HenryDF

      It really isn’t just BF fanboys, please don’t assume it is. I’m a fan of both CoD and BF (yes, I really am. It is possible), and I know plenty of other people who are too. I don’t go around disliking reviews from either based on what I prefer, and to generalise and just assume it is BF players is really pathetic. It’s the easiest example to turn to – after all, we see plenty of people coming on here, raging about CoD and telling you to buy BF4.

      Did it occur to you it might be people who might not enjoy the game, people who just think CoD is a stupid game and aren’t necessarily BF players, people who are just dickheads and dislike stuff randomly or people who might not have liked the video itself.

      I’m not saying that BF fans aren’t doing this stupid stuff, but to generalize and assume that it’s all fans really isn’t true. I’m as fed up of seeing people come on here and rant about how shit CoD is as I am seeing comments like this. Both types of comments are as bad as eachover. We all know that BF fans can be massive dicks and that they do do all of this disliking, but there is no need at all to post a comment like this.

      I know it’s an easy conclusion to turn to, and I know it’s a popular conclusion to turn to. But I’m getting really sick and tired of the pathetic comments basically saying “Let’s blame the BF fans!”. As a regular visitor on this site, I get annoyed enough with sad people calling the CoD community stupid for buying the same game every year etc., but I also try to come here to get away from all the BF hate on other CoD sites and vica versa. However there’s always one commenter like you who decides to go ahead and play the “BF fanboy” card, and it really isn’t a good card to play when you evidently know very little about the BF community altogether.

      I’m speaking on behalf of the mature BF players, the players who don’t feel the need to dislike CoD vids and post hate. This comment isn’t hate towards CoD at all – I love CoD, and if anything I prefer Ghosts over BF4. But to come on here and see this childish nonsense when I want to read about what people think about the game really puts me down.

      • Guest

        Sorry for saying that, and i also like both franchises. But look at the review on IGN for example. And see some of the stupid comments and statements

  • mac

    Well ign gave it a 8.8/10 even after the frostbite blowing away ghosts comment. Bf on pc got a 8.5

  • If the Spawns weren’t so god awful and the game had 9v9, I would love it. Still a fun game. Many great improvements such as hit detection. It’s amazing

    • 3rdWorldMafia

      Yep. Gotta love dedicated servers.

  • Epicsand

    CoD is a positive, but more of a negative on my life. The game is consistently good, but when you adopt the game, you adopt it’s haters.

    • ccrows

      Usually the more successful you are, the more haters you’re gonna get.

      Sadly it just comes with the territory…

      • Epicsand

        Yeah. I wish the negativity could disappear from gaming, and people could enjoy the games they want without being insulted. I pre-ordered the game, but I’m not sure if I should buy it or save the money for next year and stick with BO2.

        • Yeezus

          BUY IT. It’s without a doubt worth it. You’re only saying that because of these noob reviewers. The game is miles ahead of bo2 and is up for debate as my favorite cod of all time

          • Epicsand

            I bought it yesterday, and I agree. I don’t know why it’s gotten so many bad reviews. It’s a lot better than MW3 and BO2 imo, and those games got 9’s, but this is getting 6’s to 9’s. I used to respect reviewers like Polygon, Eurogamer and Venture Beat, and would’ve been happy with 7.5’s to 8’s, but giving it 6’s to 6.5’s is asinine, and Venture Beat saying Battlefield 4 was better in the headline of the Ghosts review was unprofessional.

  • ccrows

    I for one like the game a lot. There’s a ton of customization, and IMO the game plays smooth. IMO It definitely plays smoother than BO2.

    Also I’m not having the spawn issues as others are reporting, besides Spawns can be tweaked anyway.

    ^ For example Hijacked in BO2 got extra spawns in the map, and these maps are large enough for extra spawns if needed.

    Anywhoo… I like the game, and for those that are struggling out of the gate, give the Squads Mode a try since those points counts towards unlocking stuff in regular MP too… 🙂

  • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

    Sounds like I should just stick with BO2.

    • TheShadowReaper

      these reviews are dishonest and whoever wrote them doesnt respect himself more than a rock does. go buy the game. its amazing. dont expect big changes though, its still COD, but Ghosts feels like a fresh breath for the franchise. 9/10 for me.

    • HenryDF

      It’s far better than BO2, trust me.

      • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

        What aspects of Ghosts is better than BO2?

        • Dynamic maps, 10 Soldier System, 50+ Perks, Extinction, Squads, Clan vs Clan, Extremely Smooth gameplay, and the grass is dynamic and moves when you crawl through it (Im obsessed on how realistic that is) AND dedicated servers!

          • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

            So extinction is better than zombies and clan vs clan is better than league play, 50+ perks is better than Pick 10. Interesting. thanks, I’ll have to pick it up and find out for myself. I’m counting on your opinion. 🙂

          • Yeezus

            It really is a great game. All these reviewers are on the “hate COD” bandwagon. BO2, which I really liked, isn’t nearly as good as this game

          • Chris Mason

            Right now its just a tad buggy and they need to work out the lag comp a bit more but I still think its solid. I’ll vouchers for it.

      • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

        No offence but you sound biased, nothing wrong with being a fan of the game but these reviews sound like their coming from people looking at the game in a transparent manner for what it really is. Brutal honesty.

        • HenryDF

          The reviews are coming from people who have played the game for about 4 days – rushing through the features, trying to get as much from the game as they can and to make their review as plentiful as possible. There is a huge difference between playing the game for a few days before release and playing the game for a week or two after launch. The opponents are different, and you get a chance to see the game for what it really is, rather than comparing it to other CoDs and BF games in a review. Reviews have to be critical (apart from IGN’s reviews, they seem to just like to give an account of what happens in the game and then giving a paragraph of opinions), and you always see the bad side of a game when you read them.

          But really, you can’t deny that there’s a absolutely huge difference between reading reviews and playing the game itself. Ghosts is a huge improvement over BO2. I know the reviews say that it’s like any other CoD game…but ultimately, it’s a CoD game. I’m not sure what else they were expecting. There are some bad points, I’m not denying that at all. The maps are quite big compared to BO2’s rather small maps(but it doesn’t take long to get used to), the playlists still seem a bit bare, the whole Squad points system feels like IW were trying to get rid of the whole unlock-as-you-level-up system without…getting rid of it. And also Extinction needs to be expanded. If there’s anything you’re unsure of, please do ask, because I’ll be more than happy to give my honest opinion.

  • TheShadowReaper

    tbh Ghosts is a great game as its own and as a next installment in the series. the same applies when compared or not compared with other franchises such as BF. most of the reviews as shitty and miss the point of the game. and also a great deal of them havent played the game for more than 5 minutes. + many of these reviews are made by BF fans so…you get the point.

    • Mac

      The worst part of it is that people that are deciding whether or not to get the game are going to read these misleading reviews.

      • 3rdWorldMafia

        Yeah. Hopefully all the squeakers read the reviews and buy Killzone for PS3 😀

  • Poplur33

    Really who ever the hell giant bomb is ud rather play shit ops 2? Fuck competitive they failed nobody played that shit this game actually functions

  • Blaine

    I have a feeling most of these reviews jumped on the “Hate COD because it makes you cool” bandwagon. I personally love the game so far, but I’m playing on PC where I already have the next-gen graphics and then some. The only thing I dislike is how ALL the guns kill insanely fast and don’t take much skill.

    Still, I can’t believe they say this game doesn’t have enough innovation/imagination/ambition. The jump from MW3 to Ghosts is WAAAAYYY bigger than the jump from MW2 to MW3. MW3 felt just like a MW2 expansion pack, while Ghosts fees like an entirely new game to me. There is far more customization than there has ever been, the maps have real interactions for once, the new perk system is way different, and movement has changed significantly for the first time.

  • Dieter

    i found it surprisingly good, better than black ops 2 and mw 3, and the bots feature is awesome, customization is good, weapons are awesome and maps too!

  • tom

    lack of innovation?for real?

  • Chode King

    Lmao. At this point they could release Call of Duty: Cure to cancer and answers of the universe, with an all new engine like all game’s “new engines” (with past codes) and still have these dumbfuck gamers hate. They just need to silence the haters..

  • Well ive never read so many Battlefag comments on IGN/YouTube before, in one night. None of them are playing their game, they just stayed up till 5 Am bashing on CoD. Props to IGN for giving Ghosts a higher score then BF4. It deserves it.

  • Im actually enjoying the multiplayer – They’ve mixed up the map designs a bit more which is a good change from the boredom of MW3

  • King

    I feeling the people who did the reviews, haven’t even played the game yet…

  • KoolAidMan

    OK look I love call of duty..I mean I even have all the titles on Xbox and PC that’s how much I love COD but to be honest this is the worst COD I’ve played to date. So I am not gonna sugar coat it like other reviewers because I want COD to be a better game than this.

    Cons:
    1) The port to PC is utter shit there is no FOV slider the menu lags all the time not to mention the random game crashes and it needs 6GB of ram to play the game on minimum settings WTF! BF4 only needs 4GB ram on medium settings
    2)You die way to quick
    3) MSBS is sooooo over powered among other weapons
    4) The maps are to big for the XBOX version seeing there is no ground war but aswell for the PC version even in ground war
    5) OMG spawns are shit like in every IW game (Ialways get over it with time)
    6) No S&D in public Why? its the second most popular game mode in COD
    7) There is no ping/latency bar on XBOX and PC how am i suppose to know what my connection is to the server or host?
    8)The maps textures look shit visually not a next gen title at all. Whoever was the lead art design for the maps I assume is very depressed
    9)No game modes for competitive call of duty witch I enjoy watching from time to time like many others (where is HP and CTF why not include it in competitive and public playlists)

    Pros:
    1) I like the campaign it has a good narrative and character immersion
    2) Extinction mode I really enjoyed playing solo and with friends
    3) Love the new class setup
    4) Character customization are cool
    5) Marksman rifles are very fun to use (although some are very op)

    All said bad or good I feel like I was robbed with this Call of Duty: Ghosts not just my money but by my dedication and love of the series.

    Edit: I know most of these things can be fixed and I really hope they fix them

  • Yeezus

    Gamefront and IGN were the only two with any knowledge of what they are talking about.

  • Scotty Le

    A lot of reviewer right now say that the Campaign doesn’t have the depth or just boring. Which isn’t true. It is a brand new story, there are a lot more to talk about Logan and David. I feel like 99% of the campaign is worth it and well designed, except for the damn ending.

    Please don’t turn Logan into another f*cking Alex Mason now.
    Oh, and “Federation Day” deserved a spot in “Best campaign mission” for Ghosts.

  • qwerty

    IGN is everyone’s bitch! just look at what they said about cod ghosts on battlefield 4 box

  • Bmeowmix

    These reviews seem a bit exaggerated…

  • William Sullivan

    They need to fix these horrible spawns and I’ll be cook with it.

  • Mw

    Poor game like looks cartoonish campaign was gd online is pants mw2 mw3 far better than this pish!!

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  • AlexH

    Well… I have played Battlefield as well as Call of Duty. Yes COD is a ride that goes on from where the last stopped. But that is no bad ride. It is a shooter with again a very solid storyline. No you don´t play call of duty to have a 100% historically correct or realistic gaming experience. You play call of duty because you want a stable and entertaining gaming experience.

    The last is btw where BF lacks. It is full of bugs and unfortunately I expect it to stay that way since the last couple of frostbite games have also been ful of bugs.