There aren’t a lot of people out there that haven’t enjoyed a great game of Call of Duty and those that claim they haven’t aren’t really worth knowing anyway.
The CoD series has brought so much into a gamer’s life. It’s even brought retired gamers out of retirement. Who could turn down the opportunity to play what is arguably the best first-person shooter to date? Kids used to always say they wanted to be professional footballers but now there is a dream career challenger; the dream of being a Pro CoD gamer, playing in a champion of champions’ tournament such as this one.
So lets take a look at the latest in the series – Infinite Warfare. Like its predecessors, there is an unmistakable similarity in the game play but with enough variation to make it worthwhile buying it. Having released a new game every year since 2005, there are a lot of games to take into account when weighing up the ultimate CoD game.
For many, the original charm of the debutante Call of Duty ranks right up there, based on sentiment alone. You never forget your first, do you?
Looking at chart success alone, Black Ops 3 broke the week-by-week record for CoD, dominating the gaming charts for 11 consecutive weeks. However, it is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that has sold the most copies/downloads to date (well over 30 million).
Of course, it would be unfair to judge the quality of the game purely on the speed of sales or the overall sales, as the newer versions will always be at a disadvantage. However, Infinite Warfare topped the UK Christmas gaming charts of 2016. The sales of Infinite Warfare compared to Black Ops 3 were reportedly down 50%.
Stats like this suggest that the CoD franchise may be nearing it’s sell-by date but most genuine gamers will tell you that there are few FPS games that can compete with them.
Let’s not dwell on the stats too much because ultimately it is the experience that counts. Infinite Warfare brings some great features to the table. With an interstellar setting, it is anything but a replica environment of previous versions.
The visuals are well regarded among critics but Infinite Warfare doesn’t win many fans for its inclusion of celebrity actor Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow). It’s questionable just where that idea originated from (perhaps purely based on them being the most used acronyms among the cooler generations?) but we’d rather keep the CoD world and the GoT world separate, thank you very much.
Whilst it could still be far too early to tell, it sadly looks like CoD has had its day with Infinite Warfare. Reviewers and experienced gamers like the guys at iwantcheats seem to be of the same opinion: Black Ops 3 is the ultimate champion of champions’ when it comes to the Call of Duty series.