It’s May the 2nd, 2016 and Activision along with developer Infinity Ward are ready to reveal the next annual installment in the Call of Duty franchise. 3 and a half action packed minutes later we learn of Infinite Warfare, a game that would continue to pull the ever-popular shooter further away from modern day to continue to explore a more futuristic theme.
The unanimous swarm of hatred that followed the trailers release saw fans of the series pick up the pitchforks to vote overwhelmingly negatively in response. 6 months on from that reveal and the video has managed to muster a whopping 3,333,753 negative to a paltry 547,991 positive votes. Fans didn’t want Infinite Warfare back then and they voted firmly with their feet, instead favouring a remastered version for one of the franchise’s greatest achievements – Modern Warfare – over a new addition, but even that came with a catch. Fans were forced to purchase special editions of Infinite Warfare in order to access a download for the remastered 2007 classic; if fans weren’t already up in arms over the reveal, Activision was certainly not looking to calm those waters.
It’s November the 4th, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare finally launches worldwide across multiple platforms and to be honest, it was never going to receive an overly poor response from video game critics now was it? Infinity Ward simply don’t make bad video games, they merely made a bad choice in setting in the eyes of fans. Whilst EA DICE’s World War 1 epic Battlefield 1 proved to a great move for the series and the studio alike, fans of the COD franchise were still frustrated, still not in favour of the route Infinity Ward had taken with their beloved shooter, but after a successful multiplayer beta this past October, were those fans finally beginning to warm to the idea of war in space?
With the release of Infinite Warfare comes the lifting of its embargo and to no surprise, the game scores rather well across a multitude of noteworthy publications.
Rating Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 9/10, Game Informer‘s Daniel Track praised the game for it for its campaign and wrote, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features a compelling single-player experience with plenty of optional missions for those looking for more.” Miguel Concepcion of Gamespot also heaped praise on the Infinite Warfare‘s single player story citing it as one of the best in years, “By venturing beyond Earth–and not just to other planets, but to space itself–Call of Duty found a canvas to produce its best story in years.”
With a clearly strong single-player campaign to look forward to and the usual frolics that accompany the franchise’s multiplayer and outstanding zombie modes, will those who voted so unanimously back in May feel differently now?
Of course, high scores aren’t likely to sway the heads of the most ardent of COD fans, they’re not likely to come rushing back because the game rated highly, but they most likely will anyway. Why? Because they love the franchise. The fans are and will always be one of the primary reasons Call of Duty is the name it is today and to feel betrayed because of its current direction is only natural because of that very love. Infinite Warfare might not reach the level of adulation past titles garnered, it might not be the game to venture back in time rather than forward with it. But that by no means makes it the worst addition to the franchise and certainly one worthy of your time if you can find the willpower to put down Modern Warfare Remastered for just a second.
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