Monday, November 18, 2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts Review (Xbox 360)

The Call of Duty franchise hasn’t changed too much over the years, and with its newest annual entry to the series, Ghosts, it’s definitely not a game changer. But, with that being said, don’t fix what isn’t necessarily broken.

Personally, I don’t play COD single player campaigns, so this review will be all about multiplayer. Although, I did hear mixed reviews concerning the campaign, but I’m sure its worth a play-through. I just like to dive straight into online play.

The game looks and feels exactly like you would expect. There have been a few minor changes, including new in-game animations when knifing, sliding, and hopping over obstacles. These do look cool but I found them slowing me down. It is easier to get shot or killed when you’re stuck staring a stab victim in the face. But you can shoot from the hip while pulling yourself over an object. The sliding is fun and helpful at times, and now you can look around corners, which does come in handy. Also, your kill/death ratio is always in the corner of the screen.

All the maps are fluid and fast paced, but some are too big and none stand out as series bests. The weapons feel more evenly powered. For instance, the pistols and submachine guns are no longer overwhelmingly strong. The new scopes are a nice touch, and there are so much more customizing options.

The new game modes are fun. My favorite is Blitz. It feels like capture the flag but when you reach the enemy’s base you teleport immediately back to your base. My only problems are that the game mode Grind isn’t available in the Xbox Live matchmaking and Ground War isn’t available on the 360 or PS3 versions. Ground War would make the bigger maps better.

This is a fun addition to the series but it isn’t flawless. Playing Team Deathmatch or Free-For-All on the bigger maps can get annoying. Unless you’re playing an objective based game mode, you can find yourself running around aimlessly sometimes. Also, the personal attack dog perk is great, if the dog is yours. 

If you are a fan of the Call of Duty franchise this is an easy buy to try out new perks, kill streaks and game modes. 8/10


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