It’s hard to imagine Call of Duty having a rough road but the first PS4 and current-gen outing for the series in the form of Ghosts was just that. Though not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, it was a somewhat mixed bag when it came to the final execution. Of course, you’ve got a masterful multiplayer mode that almost makes up for any deficiencies elsewhere, but there is also a compelling single-player campaign that is not only worth a look but also a reminder of how fun these could be. As far as COD games go, it’s not the best, but it is far from the worst out there and it is something that every dedicated fan of the series should play.
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The Game Review
Graphically, of course, you’re looking at a game from 2013 and that means it’s a little rough around the edges here and thereby modern standards. It’s not that it is sloppy programming or bad design, it’s simply about the beginning of the new console generation and devs not knowing how to get the most out of the hardware yet.
Mechanically speaking, the quality of excellence you expect from this series is present and accounted for though it borders on the formulaic. The action-film approach to the overall aesthetic remains strong and perhaps goes a little overboard in places.
The campaign involves a hero named Logan Walker and if that name doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about this game, we don’t know what will. Set in a future where the Middle East has imploded and destroyed itself through nuclear warfare, the nations of South America have joined together in a federation and are leveraging their oil wealth to build power.
They begin invading the nations of Central America up to and including Mexico which of course brings them directly into conflict with the United States. In many ways the story is fun but totally unsophisticated – even quaint – by modern standards as it seems to also forget that fracking exists and that the various nations of South America are much more diverse politically than might be visible at first glance.
This doesn’t even take into account that it takes some time to build a global military force let alone one that could challenge the United States but we digress. One highlight that we think is worthy of note is the fact that there is an innovative, creative, and outright unique “alternative reality” storyline called “The Extinction” that we found superb and a breath of fresh air if you aren’t into the bro-action of the mainline campaign.
Where this game shines and where we love it is the multiplayer experience which features fourteen modes ranging from domination to team free-for-all to traditional deathmatch. It might be hard to enjoy these modes given the game’s age but there tends to be a dedicated community out there for each COD. If you can look passed its age and lack of a player base, we say go for it.