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7.7

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Game Reviews from around the web

100

It all adds up to the finest Call of Duty game yet, and it comes from the riskiest package. By and large, Call of Duty’s Warfare line has always maintained the slightest bit grounded, never quite leaping into the distant future by this much…But the leap is a success, underachieving tradition of Michael Bay films be damned.

100

A brilliantly solid, popcorn, sci-fi shooter with you behind the visor. This is, for our future space credits, the best Call of Duty package in years.

100

One of the most unique experiences of this genre in 2016 which includes exceptional gameplay, a fantastic story and truly riveting multiplayer. It’s definitely my favourite Call of Duty to date.

93

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare delivers a familiar Call of Duty gameplay in an innovative new setting that should satisfy gamers who are tired of playing the same old thing.

90

By speeding up wall-running and slightly upping the pace, everything feels snappier and more responsive. Combat still feels weighty and gunfire has some oomph to it – especially if you have a solid audio setup.

90

It’s great – I can see myself playing it for months to come – but it is just Call of Duty with a fresh lick of paint, and with competition as stiff as it is, no one could blame you for sitting this year’s game out. But to do so would be to miss out on one of the finest Call of Duty campaigns yet, and an online multiplayer that stands up with the best of them.

90

For all it accomplishes, and with very few drawbacks, Infinite Warfare feels like a full and diverse package that does the Call of Duty name proud.

90

Infinite Warfare’s campaign is can’t-miss for any sci-fi warrior, while ‘Zombies in Spaceland’ is a sweet surprise like late night cable from yesteryear.

90

Infinite Warfare delivers an exciting single player campaign, with compelling characters and enjoyable new gameplay elements. The multiplayer side of the game is thoroughly enjoyable, even if overall it feels like an incremental improvement over Black Ops III.

90

With the help of Naughty Dog alumni, the story is one of the most comprehensible and well-rounded in recent series history, even it can falter due to a lack of backstory. The multiplayer is a strong effort and introduces the neat Combat Rigs, although it can sometimes feel a bit like the little brother of Black Ops III.

90

Infinite Warfare provides a huge package with a lot of fun gameplay throughout. There’s something here for everyone, and enough to keep us all playing for another year.

90

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features a compelling single-player experience with plenty of optional missions for those looking for more, and robust multiplayer modes for players of every style, whether you’re leading the scoreboards in kill confirmed or goofing around with friends taking on an alien invader in an over-the-top amusement park.

86

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare doesn’t reinvent the franchise in any way. It brings back everything fans love about the game and that is an exhilarating single player campaign, a frantically deep multiplayer experience and one of the most memorable zombie games you’ll ever play.

85

There’s no doubt that Infinity Ward made a wise call in ditching the Ghosts franchise. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is one of the best campaigns the series has provided, with stellar writing and varied environments. While that level of ingenuity didn’t transfer over to multiplayer and Zombies, taken as an entire package, Infinite Warfare is a standout effort whose biggest sin is not trying to reinvent the wheel at every turn.

85

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a traditional game of this franchise, but it introduces sombre great new gameplay ideas like the combat in Jackals. A great experience the doesn’t deserve all the hate that it is receiving.

85

This year, we really thought Call of Duty Warfare Infinite was going to get crushed by Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, but the game manages to be a great episode, with a single player campaign worthy of interest and a well-rounded and fun to play multiplayer. You can believe us, it’s a good one.

85

Infinite Warfare has the best Call of Duty campaign since Black Ops 2, with surprising features like secondary missions, space combat, new and useful collectibles and specialist difficulty. Also, Zombies in Spaceland is a lovely new map trying to reinvent zombie co-op. On the other hand, the multiplayer feels like a Black Ops 3 déjà vu with not enough changes or improvements.

85

While Multiplayer feels largely like more of the same with a few new features and a fresh coat of paint, and Zombies in Spaceland is a goofy, funny romp through 80s nostalgia, the Campaign is where Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare really shines. Infinity Ward brings a level of narrative skill to the series not seen before, with a gripping space opera that makes this one of the best to come out of the series in a while.

85

Despite the fact that it doesn’t introduce any revolutionary feature, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a solid, well designed and rich in FPS content which will make all the fans happy.

85

The best campaign among the latest Call of Duty games is not enough to compensate for a conservative multiplayer approach and some technical issues. Great gunplay though.

85

Overly familiar multiplayer, but tells a compelling story.

83

One of the few Call of Duty games that offers a better campaign than its competitive portion. On the single player side you’ll find a great experience, but the multiplayer part of the game isn’t as bright as we were expecting. Infinity Ward has followed Treyarch’s step, making this game feel more like an expansion than a new game.

82

In order to jump even further than Black Ops III when it comes to improvement, Infinity Ward had to do a great job. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare isn’t that breath of fresh air we were promised in any of its three modes, but still, it tries to do it better than the last time. Multiplayer takes no risks, using already successful formulas. The campaign keeps aiming for the showoff. The Zombies are, however, the most enjoyable part with a rearrangement of difficulty and a really interesting map. If you are one of those that buys Call of Duty every year, don’t think about it: here’s your dose. But if you’ve been avoiding the franchise for quite some time, you could probably just move along.

82

Infinite Warfare is a really good game, with a great campaign and a multiplayer with all the vices and virtues of the previous one. But in a year with so many great shooters, it’s more obvious that COD needs a renovation in pretty much every aspect if it doesn’t want to lose the battle.

81

Good ‘ol COD hasn’t changed much. It’s still a frantic and explosive experience that gives its best in multiplayer. The single player campaign is well-executed, but a bit shallow.

80

Ever since entering the modern era, Call of Duty has rapidly improved its tech, but Infinite Warfare is not the pinnacle in this era of drones and starships. That said, there is a lot going on this year’s Call of Duty, including moments no game in the series has given us before. The campaign is a little dry, but multiplayer is deep and rewards you often, incorporating the best ideas from years past. Zombies continues to be a zany palate-cleanser for those that crave it, and your ticket lets you revisit one of the best shooters ever made. Infinite Warfare’s defects hurt the Call of Duty series much more this year, going up against several incredible and highly competitive shooters, but you still get your money’s worth if you enlist.

80

At the very least, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a much better effort from Infinity Ward when compared to Ghosts. Though the campaign hits all of the familiar beats, it still has a nice flow, and characters are likeable, if predictable. Zombies mode provides so many improvements to the formula that it can’t be missed, while the multiplayer mode changes don’t make it much different from what we saw a year ago. Despite the understandable fatigue players may feel toward the series by now, Infinite Warfare remains a solid offering in a season with multiple first-person shooter games hitting store shelves at the same time.

80

Redeems Infinity Ward, but is uninspiring. In the face of DICE’s efforts over the fence, this wasn’t the year to stick to the old formula. [Christmas 2016, p69]

Playstation Official Magazine Australia

80

It is quite strange, but it is the truth. This year’s CoD has a great single player campaign accompanied by a decent zombies mode, but the multiplayer mode is mediocre and not in par with previous installment of the franchise. Activision should take notice.

80

Thrilling and polished, Infinite Warfare is a generously loaded game but one that does nothing new against its rivals.

80

Infinite Warfare is a nice and solid game, but it is far more daring in the single player campaign rather than in the multiplayer modes. A classic CoD, in a sci-fi setting.

80

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a solid entry in the long-running franchise, but it fails to stand out in a crowded first-person-shooter landscape.

80

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare comprises a trio of game modes that are all very well produced and enjoyable to play through – but largely tread familiar ground in terms of their design. The spectacular-looking, well-written campaign packs strong characters and plenty of over-the-top moments, while Zombies in Spaceland is an enjoyable shoot ’em up romp that’s best played with a team. The multiplayer mode is perhaps the game’s weakest element. It’s slick and polished, but feels a little too much like a remix of Black Ops 3.

80

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a somewhat odd addition to the Call of Duty franchise. The online multiplayer does not offer any notable improvements, and the zombie mode is a fun romp but nothing more. On the other hand, the game offers an impressive single player campaign that feels fresh and interesting. If you want a great sci-fi game this is the one to get.

80

While Infinity Ward might have played it a little too safe when it came to the competitive multiplayer mode, the improvements in the single-player campaign and Call of Duty: Zombies are substantial. The single-player campaign, in particular, hooked me, and I hope that future campaigns in the Call of Duty universe get the same care.

80

A beautiful campaign is marred by an underwhelming story, but with solid multiplayer and Zombies to boot, there’s plenty to like about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

80

In any other year, we’d probably be more in awe of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. But in 2016’s heavily contested battleground, its just one powerful combatant among many.

80

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare does that what CoD does best. High tempo combat of huge scale, but now in a space setting. You feel like being part of a movie. Zombies made by far the biggest growth. The multiplayer is fine, but feels like Black Ops 3 Plus.

80

A spectacular singleplayer and enjoyable Zombies mode will keep you going for a while. The multiplayer is business as usual, but lacks the X-factor that made Black Ops III such a treat.

80

This year’s Call of Duty greatly improves the campaign, with a solid Zombie mode and a good cast. Focus on story hurts the multiplayer, where Modern Warfare Remastered is a better option if we decide to spend more on the Legacy edition.

80

Infinite Warfare breaks the Call of Duty rules for campaigns, but it lacks Call of Duty’s usual magic for its multiplayer side.

80

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare succeeds in most aspects of a solid sci-fi shooter. However, a lackluster and rushed story takes away from what could have been a full and complete campaign mode. Luckily where the story lacks, the gameplay and solid mechanics Call of Duty deliver.

80

This is a sci-fi game for Call of Duty fans, not a Call of Duty game for sci-fi fans. Make your purchasing decision accordingly.

80

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is chock full of content. The campaign, multiplayer, and zombies modes all add up to a game that will keep you playing for hours. These individual modes might have their faults, with the campaign being particularly skippable if you just want that base action gameplay. The multiplayer remains true to its roots, even with the big shift in setting. And Zombies is the highlight of the experience in a lot of ways, offering a great co-op experience. All together, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a winner. It just might not be the biggest winner the series has had.

80

It’s not quite a complete reinvention for the series but Infinite Warfare makes some refreshing changes to deliver a confident and exciting shooter.

80

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. It reinforces the notion that a game’s narrative is only as good as its characters.

78

Even though the AI behavior shows well-documented stupidity from time to time, this is one of the best campaigns in recent CoD-history. And while the multiplayer doesn’t stray, the competition feels fresher this year.

78

The single player campaign is the freshest and most exciting Call of Duty has been in years. It’s at its best when it veers away from the series staples and genuinely tries new things. Conversely, its multiplayer isn’t – essentially rehashing last year’s effort. Zombies? Well, it’s Call of Duty Zombies, only with an 80’s makeover.

77

There’s a massive amount of content in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, though especially if you played Black Ops 3 last year there’s little of it that’s particularly impressive.

75

A great campaign and a wonderful zombies mode can be entertaining for players that don’t want the online experience, but the multiplayer mode is a complete chaos and a mixture of previous installments.

75

Infinite Warfare was two things: a triumphant return to form for Infinity Ward, but also a return to safety and sameness in at least two of the three pillars. Multiplayer, while solid and highly replayable, is fraught with deja vu and I have concerns that some of the OP, built-in gun perks will devolve this into pay-to-win.

75

Activision and Infinity Ward have decided to play it safe, offering a solid and tested formula, without any relevant additions that could rejuvenate the structure of the game, the gunplay or the multiplayer.

75

Call of Duty Warfare Infinite comes to the market with a lot of content, but little that is truly innovative. The campaign goes smoothly and lasts six hours, with no major twists. Specialist, perhaps, is the most interesting element of the mode and seems deliberately hidden and not valued properly. Jackal and Zero-G are interesting, but also have little space in the game. As for the multiplayer, there are new classes and the introduction of the crafting and “Mission Teams”, of great interest for a greater involvement in the progression of the character, partially fails to evolve the game mechanics and gunplay. Zombies in Spaceland has no real problems but, apart from the madness of the situation and the many easter eggs, it repeats more or less the same concept of the series. In summary, a solid product that doesn’t dare, but perhaps it should. Because the contents are so many and not bad, but the fun is sometimes hard to come by.

70

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare does little to really push the series forward in a meaningful way, beyond the addition of space combat. Although well written and acted, its story is still too binary and lacks the subtlety of real-life geopolitical conflict. Amazing, its short campaign can feel too long in places, and its stop-and-start pace suffers in comparison to its shooter peers. Multiplayer and Zombie modes fare better, and for many players, that will be good enough.

70

Infinite Warfare is a strong return for Infinity Ward on the campaign front, and a lacklustre event in multiplayer. Zombies in Spaceland is the themepark experience you never knew you always wanted, with the right crowd. Together, it’s a fun but safe three pillar entry in the Call of Duty series; then there’s the fourth pillar, for a price. Modern Warfare holds up extremely well for a nearly decade old game. Its campaign is still fantastic, and its masterful, yet dated, multiplayer is a blast; it’s clunky and at times deeply frustrating, but it’s pure Call of Duty.

70

You can’t accuse Infinite Warfare of being light on content, but most of what’s here has been seen many times before, and none of the modes represent franchise high points. Also, the multiplayer microtransactions are off-putting.

70

The best single player campaign Call of Duty has produced in years provides a decent story with some really impactful moments. The set pieces are as good as ever and the cinematics look phenomenal. Zombies in Space is a nice idea and well-implemented, but will be a disappointment to hardcore fans of the mode due to its relative simplicity. Unfortunately the multiplayer is a bit of a let down. Too few changes make this feel like a rehash of Black Ops 3 and the new ideas fail to hit the mark.

70

The game’s best moments use the story’s futuristic and space-bound setting to find new dramatic opportunities or simply show off how far video-game graphics have evolved since 2003’s Call of Duty.

70

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the definition of a decent game. It’s fun in short doses and will keep you amused for just long enough to make you feel like you got your $60’s worth. That said, it’s definitely a step back from last year’s Black Ops III, which impressed in almost every regard, and despite being packed with features, modes, and more futuristic fanfare than any Call of Duty before it, a world of laser guns and space battles might not be where the franchise’s time is best spent.

70

Even though Zombies in Spaceland and multiplayer are just more of the same, as a whole, it’s hard to find an FPS on the market as fully-featured as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The campaign is the surprise highlight, with heart-pounding action, jaw-dropping graphics, and fresh ideas for the series, making it worth checking out even for those disappointed by its sci-fi themes.

70

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a complete and total package. But the problem is the multiplayer. It does not feel anew.

70

I’m genuinely saddened that Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer doesn’t stack up to previous entries, as every year I look forward to jumping back into Call of Duty and spending a good few months shooting up stuff. The fact that another game comes in the box that is better than Infinite Warfare in almost every way is pretty damning. It’s still one of the best shooters ever made, but a game that has come out a decade later should still be able to compete.

70

An awkward mishmash of the innovative and the overly familiar, that in the end represents no clear step forward for the franchise.

70

The campaign’s story is interesting, and even heartbreaking, but it’s weighed down by repetitive gameplay and lurks in the shadow of the great moon that is Modern Warfare Remastered…Then there’s the multiplayer, which is the same great stuff that you always wanted with some new, tasty additions, but isn’t anywhere near as good as that on offer over in WWI with Battlefield 1.

70

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare took risks, some successful, others less. The multiplayer is still extremely efficient, the Zombie mode is fun and the single player campaign offers impressive Hollywood-like sequences… But it remains “ordinary” and not surprising at all.

70

Infinite Warfare is just about average with a few sparks here and there. The game feels a lot like the few of the other CoD titles I have tucked away on my shelf but with a few shiny upgrades. Same great mechanics, same beautiful visuals, familiar platform, and the baddest Call of Duty game since the original in Modern Warfare Remastered makes this an average title that won’t disappoint the die-hard Call of Duty fan.

70

The campaign and Zombies are definitely worth playing, but the multiplayer is as likely to leave people feeling frustrated as it is to see a fair and fun match, especially with so many other shooter options that have upped the ante out there.

70

Infinite Warfare is a good game, but certainly not the best shooter of this fall.

70

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare does just enough to stay above the curve and somewhat make up for the appropriately soulless Ghosts. The zombies team did an incredible job with Spaceland, and the multiplayer still ticks all of the right boxes with an ample locomotion system that has since been surpassed by Titanfall. But if you were expecting anything totally new, including the non-inventive space campaign, look elsewhere.

70

nfinite Warfare is one step forward; two steps back for Call of Duty. The multiplayer is still fun, but suspect microtransactions have left me wary. The campaign also gets more wrong than right with shoddy storytelling overshadowing the usually tight FPS gameplay. At the very least, we got a Zombies experience comparable to what we’ve seen in the past—and Modern Warfare Remastered was a fun stroll down memory lane.

70

Sadly, despite setting off to explore new settings and backdrops for its blockbusting action, Infinite Warfare finds itself treading in the footsteps of others. The campaign is a good and refreshing twist of putting you in command and having you dogfighting in space, and Zombies is the most accessible rendition of the mode yet, but turn to the multiplayer, the beating heart of any COD game and we’ve been here before.

70

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a solid experience with a standard approach to the genre. The main problem is that Infinity Ward hasn’t found a way to make the game remarkable.

65

Those looking to jump right back into a tight, predictable multiplayer experience will find exactly that with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. A lack of focus overall puts this year’s outing in the driver’s seat over the shark, but Zombies and some saving graces in the campaign keep this from being a total loss.

65

There’s a surprisingly good campaign in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but the multiplayer doesn’t deliver.

65

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is very much like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate in that it’s a promising show of energy for a series that desperately needs a break. Despite alternating studios and the claim this game took Infinity Ward three years to make, the backbone of this series is tired and needs a considerable rest. Incremental updates just aren’t cutting it, especially not so soon after the financially less successful but creatively superior Titanfall 2. Still… good campaign while it lasts.

65

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is the most disappointing multiplayer shooter I’ve played in recent memory because it has too many poorly balanced mechanics and systems to create an enjoyable arcade shooter experience.

60

Playing it year after year, it’s hard to tell whether the series’ creative contradictions are a sign of progress or implosion. It’s a game for a culture that wants both at the same time.

60

The IW campaign is great, but not long or replayable enough to warrant a full-priced purchase on its own.

60

If there’s ever been a polarising game, then it’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The campaign is a whopping amount of fun, and the addition of space combat is a large part of that. Still, there’s a distinct lack of progress in both Zombies (as fun as it can be) and Multiplayer that damages the game’s replay value, and then there’s the unacceptable implementation of microtransactions. The single player may be stellar, but the multiplayer has come crashing down.

50

Oh, and there’s a zombie mode. The idea there is that you shoot things that look like how you feel when playing Infinite Warfare.

50

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare brings a fun single player campaign to the table, despite the lackluster characters and the shallow storyline. The multiplayer is what keeps me coming back, but with the latest maps being awkwardly designed, I’m spending most – if not all – of my time on Terminal, a map from Modern Warfare 2, which basically sums up the problem of the series. Call of Duty is in dire need of a gameplay revolution, and it shows from the most basic of movement patterns to how I’m shooting my gun.

50

An assemblage of hits and misses, that’s the measure of this year’s Call of Duty. I could say something about publisher Ubisoft pulling back from its annualized Assassin’s Creed franchise, or how even Doctor Who gets a break. But it’s probably simplest to remind that it’s shooter season, and this year, the alternatives are formidable.

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Infinite Warfare takes the series to its logical conclusion, delivering one of the best single-player campaigns in ages. But the trademark multiplayer modes need a serious overhaul.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is three very different games. It’s a character-driven military sci-fi action adventure with spaceship battles and a villain carved from the finest cedar. It’s a lighthearted co-op survival game with a bitchin’ period theme and some classic tunes. And it’s Black Ops III’s competitive multiplayer with a fresh coat of paint. I suppose it’s easier to push boundaries if you take them one at a time.

Infinite Warfare is not a bad Call of Duty. I’ve played nearly every game in the series, and as someone who sees the merits of the systems that make up the moment-to-moment experience of playing a shooter like it, I enjoyed myself, sometimes a good deal. But Infinite Warfare stalls out in the terrestrial shadow of itself and the political context it’s trying to run from. It wants to be a lot of things, but ultimately it’s a lesson: We can go as far into the cosmos as we want, but we can’t go alone. Our problems are stowed away in the cargo hold, and they’re coming with us.

Summary

Redeems Infinity Ward, but is uninspired. If you like the formula, fine but don't expect too much new.
7.7

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