New year, new story, same game you've played before
VIDEO GAMES -- The Call of Duty franchise has been building on itself for the past 13 years, but the latest installment, which takes you to space, seems to have fallen flat of its predecessors.
Infinite Warfare puts you in control of Lt. Nick Reyes who, after a massive attack on earth by the antagonistic Settlement Defence Front (SDF), becomes captain of the United Nations Space Alliance (UNSA) warship Retribution.
This game puts you not only on missions to take over ships, and attack SDF bases. but also gives you more time piloting a ship through dogfights in space.
While this game gives you more choices and freedom in terms of taking on missions, the game itself is a letdown for those big Call of Duty fans.
Like most other games in the series you must shoot your way through a plethora of enemies to get to you objective each mission. However, the game seems to fall a bit flat and is almost too repetitive from the 2015 release Black Ops III with human and robot enemies coming at you from all sides.
The piloting parts of the mission are also a bust, as all you do is attack the same type of enemy over and over while releasing flares to avoid damage.
The dogfights have no real excitement and definitely no fancy piloting maneuvers that would give a slight boost to this aspect of the game.
Infinite Warfare also comes out one week after the release of Titanfall 2 (read our review here), the game that's widely considered to have one of the best first-person shooter campaigns in a long time, and the new Call of Duty game just can't match up.
In fact, if you've played both games you'll notice the eerily similar premises and game play.
However, Titanfall 2 has clearly learned how to keep the game exciting by making you constantly adapt and use all of the skills at your disposal.
Infinite Warfare plays like all the others and you can pick the right place to take out all your enemies without ever having to worry about running out of ammo or having your foe find you.
While Call of Duty has usually delivered great games - look at their games like Ghosts, or Black Ops - Infinite Warfare probably won't be making a comeback.
The characters just aren't good enough to get behind, and the story just doesn't get you going.
Any game coming out now has a lot of competition in front of it, and there really isn't any room for mistakes. Perhaps the developers just assumed that the brand alone was enough to net them their projected goals, or maybe they truly thought the game they were putting out was stellar.
Either way, this entry into the Call of Duty series could use some work, let's hope next years game does better.