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Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Review

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Call of Duty: Ghosts was released earlier this week, becoming the 10th Call of Duty game to be released since the game’s inception in 2003. Call of Duty: Ghosts delivers a ‘new engine, new world, new story, characters, and more.’ I’ve been playing MP now, since launch on Xbox 360, and as a hardcore Call of Duty fan, the game is what a Call of Duty should be. Ghosts delivers fresh feeling for a Call of Duty game. It’s not similar to any game before it, which is good.

Create a Solider 

Call of Duty: Ghosts shines with the new Create A Solider feature. This new feature is one of the best additions to a Call of Duty game ever. Being able to fully customize your character is fun, and it allows you to be an individual in the game. There’s tons of options available to customize – over 20,000 combinations. The load out selection is also great. It’s a big improvement over MW3’s, and personally, I prefer it over Black Ops 2’s Pick 1o system. The Pick 10 is integrated in a new way into the Perks. Ghosts puts a strong emphasis on the perks. You get up to 8 points to use, unless you remove your secondary, then you get 11. Each perk has a value based upon it’s usefulness. The perks I’ve come to use a lot is Marathon (yes, unlimited sprint from MW2 is back!), and Scavenger. I change the rest up with every class.

Strike Packages return from MW3 to Ghosts, and that’s a good thing. Strike Packages is the one of the best implementations for a kill streak system. It allows for different selections within each class, and different variety based upon your play style. Yes, Assault, Support, and Specialist return; but this time around, Support streaks are kinda of useless. MW3’s were really overpowered, and in Ghosts those are really underpowered. Assault’s are little better, although some streaks don’t do much to help your team out. Infinity Ward has taken fan feedback and reduced the amount of air support available. It’s nice to have limited objects in the air – makes focus on gun action. But, if someone does get a Helicopter, those are insane. It shoots missiles, follows the enemies around the map, and targets everything it sees.

Game Modes

Call of Duty: Ghosts is sort of lacking in game mode variety. Every Call of Duty to date has had more modes than Ghosts. Some really good modes, like Headquarters and Demolition, are gone. Those modes were very popular in MW3 and MW2, so it’s very interesting as to why they would remove them. Search & Destroy was also removed, but after fan feedback, IW’s adding it to the game again on Nov. 15th.

The new modes are more of the same. Blitz replaces Capture The Flag. I thought CTF would stay, as it’s a popular competitive mode, but no, it’s gone. Blitz isn’t the same as CTF at all. You just keep going through the enemy portal. First team to 16 wins. One thing Infinity Ward really needs to add is a spawn timer. That would change the mode, and possibly make it more appealing to competitive players. Cranked is a take on TDM, luckily TDM stayed in Ghosts. Cranked is made for people who hate campers. It’s the solution to people sitting in corners, and it forces you to move around and find the enemy. You get 30 seconds after every kill to get another, or you’ll explode.

HUD

Infinity Ward completely redesigned the HUD in Call of Duty: Ghosts. This is the first Call of Duty to get a completely redesigned HUD. The new mini maps is a great new addition; it takes up less space on the screen and shows more than before. You can see more “3D style” objects. The new leaderboards is very confusing. Although it does implement a requested feature – ability to show objective counts – it’s hard to understand. The leaderboard only appears in the top right – it doesn’t cover the screen. But, the font makes it hard to read. Sometimes you can’t even read it depending upon where in the map you are. The 6 and 8 look very similar, so it gets mixed up. IW also moved the kill feed up to the top right, which is really confusing. I keep looking to the old position, and think that the kill feed doesn’t exist.

But, out of every single thing, the most annoying thing about the HUD is the fact that, if you get hit by a tactical grenade, or a grenade explodes near you, the entire HUD shakes. I mean literally the whole thing. If you’re hit with a 9-bang, it makes it impossible to know if there’s enemies around you. The mini map shakes, and you can’t see much at all. It’d be okay if the bottom – gun ammo, etc – rumbled, but the whole thing isn’t okay.

Maps 

There’s 14 maps on disc for Ghosts (15 if you got Free Fall). These maps are overly colorful, way too big, and not as fun as I’d thought they would be. Some of these maps are way too big for current-gen. Playing games on map like Stonehaven takes forever. You feel as if you’d play three games in the time it takes to finish one game on this map. With every Call of Duty, there’s always one map that I’ve quickly connected to, and liked a lot. With Ghosts, one of the maps that brings fun action is Free Fall. These maps deviate way to much from the fast paced action gameplay that should be in Call of Duty.

Dynamic Map Events

When Infinity Ward announced dynamic maps, I was really excited. I thought this would change Call of Duty completely, and the maps would have dramatic differences from start to finish within a game. But, that didn’t happen. The events are subtle, some I don’t even notice, that this isn’t a big feature. Tremor has tremors every now and then. Octane, the gas station keeps falling in the same way every single time. I can’t seem to lockdown what exactly the events are on certain maps.

The two maps that really show off what dynamic events could really be are Strikezone and Free Fall. These maps deserve the name of ‘Dynamic Maps.’ Free Fall, as the name suggests, is a falling map. Free Fall pits you on a skyscraper that’s about to fall apart, and you are playing in between. The map itself keeps shaking, toppling over, sliding down. If every map was similar to this, then that would’ve been cool.

The new Call of Duty App

The new app that Beachhead Studio released is a big step forward for second screen and Call of Duty. You have the ability to change your load outs, and for the first time, you don’t have to back out of the lobby to receive the changes. As soon as you send the load out to the game, you get the option to accept it in-game (if you’re in the menus only, not in-game). Clans are back in Ghosts in a big way. The app lets you manage all the clan activity, roster, applications, clan tag, and more. You can design your emblem for the clan. If you’re on an iPad (iPhone support for this feature coming soon), you get a full second screen experience. You have the ability to pick which load out you spawn with after every death. The new app takes Call of Duty a step forward, but it’s nothing compared to Battlefield’s Commander Mode.

Overall, Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer isn’t exactly the best Call of Duty game. When Activision touted that Ghosts is by “the creators of the Modern Warfare series”, you take a step back and think that really isn’t true. The first thing you think about is “Call of Duty 4”, that’s how it all started. Call of Duty 4 was made by the original Infinity Ward. Today’s Infinity Ward can only be compared by name. So much has changed, and the gameplay in Ghosts shows that. There’s things Infinity Ward could and should have done differently in Ghosts. The new Create a Soldier feature is the only feature that really stands out as one of the best features in Call of Duty.

-Keshav

3.5/5


Second Opinion…

Ill admit, at first I had a ton of concerns when I started playing Ghosts, but after putting a few hours into the Xbox 360 and PC version I started to come around. This game has a lot of potential. DLC, title updates, and playlists changes could probably get it to the level that fans want it at. So without further ado, here is my pros and cons list:

Pros:

  • Character customization is a nice addition.
  • Every perk you can possibly think of.
  • Brand new and fresh U.I. (User interface/menus)
  • Dynamic maps (the maps that actually have them)
  • New sliding feature is awesome
  • Every single gun is available to purchase right away.

Cons:

  • Ranking up is too slow.
  • Squads mode is a cool addition that most people will never use.
  • Extinctions mode doesn’t quite capture the terrifying co-op experience that Zombies had.
  • Map variety (too many destroyed urban maps)
  • Not all maps should be called “dynamic”.
  • Lack of MANY fan favorite game modes.

You’re probably wondering why I left “maps are too big” from the cons list. Well it’s because Im one of the few people who are actually happy the maps are bigger. I dont enjoy getting in gun fights every time I spawn. I prefer the slower gameplay that CoD4 had when I could actually be a bit more tactical in the slower/larger maps.

-Victor

4/5

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Is Black Ops 2 being remastered? Rumors & leaks

Fans have been wondering for sometime if CoD: Black Ops 2 is going to be remastered, and we’ll answer that today.

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Several Call of Duty games have received the remaster treatment in recent years, and it’s left fans wondering if the mega-popular Black Ops 2 will get one. Here are all the latest rumors and leaks regarding a Black Ops 2 remaster.

The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 simply cannot be understated with the game being considered the greatest of all time by many. But fast-forward to 2021, and players want to know if this beloved entry in the CoD franchise will be remastered.

The premise of Call of Duty remasters was kickstarted by the 2016 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered title. Since then, we’ve also had the Modern Warfare 2 campaign be remastered, and there are rumors of Modern Warfare 3 being remastered, despite Activision saying it isn’t.

Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 being remastered?

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From what we understand, no, not at this time. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that any form of Black Ops remaster is in the works.

Naturally, people would think that Treyarch’s Black Ops may receive the same love that the Modern Warfare franchise has gotten, but alas it doesn’t seem to be the case.

Why isn’t Black Ops 2 being remastered?

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We believe there could be two strong reasons for Black Ops 2 not being remastered, one being that it would oversaturate the CoD market, and also that we’ve already seen a few of its maps recently.

If a full Black Ops 2 remaster were to exist anytime soon, it would mean that Activision would have the end of Black Ops Cold War’s run, 2019’s Modern Warfare, Warzone, Vanguard, and Black Ops 2.

One of the problems 2016’s Infinite Warfare suffered from is that it released with the full Call of Duty 4 remaster, and consequently, the player base was divided between the two games.

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Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War featured no less than seven Black Ops 2 map remasters throughout its multiple seasons, and they feel too fresh in the memory to warrant a remaster of the multiplayer.

We could see a remaster of the Black Ops campaigns, following the successful rerelease of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.


Activision may have some surprises and remasters up their sleeves, but for the time being, we can only speculate and ask you to keep checking in to see if anything becomes official.

Also, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Infinity Ward announces new Austin office as studio gears up for CoD 2022

The original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas for CoD 2022.

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One of the three developers behind the Call of Duty franchise is getting a new office. Infinity Ward is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas, in preparation for CoD 2022.

Infinity Ward is the developer behind the original Call of Duty game. Activision founded Infinity Ward in 2002, with the first Call of Duty title being released in 2003. This birthed one of the most iconic video game franchises to date.

Infinity Ward would go on to develop Call of Duty 2 in 2005 before alternating developers. Now, Infinity Ward is known for developing the Modern Warfare titles, which are released roughly every three years.

With Infinity Ward releasing the last Modern Warfare title in 2019, the developer is gearing up for another release in 2022. We don’t know what CoD 2022 will be just yet, but we do know that Infinity Ward is expanding its operations with a new office.

Infinity Ward Austin Texas office

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Today, Infinity Ward announced via Twitter that it would be opening a new office in Austin, Texas. This would be the fourth development hub for the company, with the other three being located in Los Angeles, Poland, and Mexico.

This also means that Infinity Ward is hiring. According to Infinity Ward, the Austin office is currently hiring for all positions, and you can find all of the available jobs posted on the Infinity Ward website.

Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in less than a month. It’s taking players back to WWII, where Infinity Ward is expected to bring the franchise back to modern times, with CoD 2022 speculated to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.

That being said, we have no official idea what to expect from Infinity Ward going into 2022, but with the significant success of Modern Warfare 2019, it will no doubt be a Call of Duty game plenty of players will love.

Regardless, Infinity Ward is planning something big, and the new office proves just that. So, if Vanguard isn’t your cup of tea, CoD 2022 is just a year away.

For more Call of Duty, check out the insane number of weapon camos for Vanguard, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 could be a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with dates.

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2022 is shaping up to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Gran Turismo, Horizon, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s an extensive look into the biggest games and potential release dates too.

The beginning of 2022 will signal over a year since the PS5, and Xbox Series X took video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.

There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course, PC, Stadia, and Steam are always on the march.

With 2021 already delivering Returnal, Resident Evil Village, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, Halo Infinite, Ratchet & Clank, and Far Cry 6, 2022 looks to go even bolder.

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Some genuinely iconic franchises and household names are expected to launch video games in 2022, so here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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Players got a juicy look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during the 2021 PlayStation Experience. Kratos and Atreus are set to battle with Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.

God of War Ragnarok looks like it’s expanded upon the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son.

Horizon Forbidden West release date: February 18, 2022

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Aloy is one of the standout protagonists in gaming during modern times, and her post-apocalyptic adventures are set to continue in Horizon Forbidden West.

She seeks to uncover even more truth and learn about the state of the world she resides in, all the while battling even more dangerous robotic creatures and nature itself.

Elden Ring release date: January 21, 2022

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One of the first games to arrive in 2022, Elden Ring is the next sinister and challenging game to come from the sadistic bunch at FromSoftware.

Their track record at producing brutal yet satisfying RPGs will be tested in the form of Elden Ring, their newest ‘Souls’ game. Unlike previous FromSoftware games, there seems to be a much deeper emphasis on the story with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin on board to help with the narrative.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus release date: January 28, 2022

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Unlike the typical dual-releases that Pokemon specializes in, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a standalone game that continues the growth shown in recent, mainline Pokemon titles.

Embracing the open-world nature of 2020’s Pokemon Sword and Shield, Arceus is a brand new adventure that will involve all the familiar, beloved elements of Pokemon games: obtaining them, training them, leveling them, and catching them all!

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction release date: January 2022

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Another spin-off, this time from the team at Ubisoft as they take a drastic turn away from the realism of simulated combat.

Instead, Rainbow Six Extraction delves into the world of the unknown, and non-human, as teams of three pull together to take down alien creatures called Archaeans. It will feature lots of the same gameplay mechanics and Operators from Siege, but with a darker, deadly twist.

Dying Light 2 release date: February 4, 2022

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The long-awaited sequel to the hit 2015 survival-adventure game, Dying Light 2 promises to bring more parkour-zombie-survival action that made the first such a breakout success.

Offering more open-world exploration, the player must scavenge, forge friendships (and weapons), and deal with both friendly and hostile forces.

As with the first Dying Light, players need to make the most of the precious daylight before night strikes, as the undead gets a bit more fidgety and murderous.

Gran Turismo 7 release date: March 4, 2022

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Polyphony Digital is infamous for taking their time between each Gran Turismo release to ensure every one is as polished as can be, and the PS5 looks set to make Gran Turismo 7 one of the best-looking games ever.

Like with God of War Ragnarok, the 2021 PlayStation Experience gave fans a glimpse into the high-speed action they can expect with Gran Turismo 7.

It’s learned from its predecessor’s mistakes and will launch with a complete career mode, and could be a bonafide system-seller for Sony and the PlayStation brand.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: 2022

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of the most anticipated games of all time.

Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that deviated from the conventions of traditional Zelda games. Many millions of copies sold later, and fans everywhere are desperate for the next chapter for Link in this gorgeous, sprawling version of Hyrule.

Call of Duty 2022 release date: 2022

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It wouldn’t be a year of video games without a major Call of Duty release, and we expect 2022 to be no different.

Given that there’s already a buzz about Call of Duty 2023, we would say it’s safe to assume that another Call of Duty game will release in 2022.

With Vanguard being set in World War 2, rumors are rife that the 2022 Call of Duty will be a Modern Warfare sequel.

Gotham Knights release date: 2022

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A Gotham City without the caped crusader is a strange thought, but that’s the threat that faces it as Bruce Wayne is dead.

In Batman’s place, his former proteges need to step up and protect Gotham, batting away any threats of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains. Featuring co-operative mode, players can take control of these plucky heroes and hopefully do Batman proud.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: 2022

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There have been many Harry Potter movie tie-in games, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.

Hogwarts Legacy will let fans worldwide finally live out their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game allows players to select their House, the classes they do, and customize their character, all the while fighting monsters and completing quests.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022.

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