PS4 Review: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Can COD topple Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2?

Infinite Warfare didn’t have the best start with a huge number of YouTube dislikes, while Modern Warfare Remastered got the opposite reaction. It also didn’t help matters that you needed to pick up the Legacy version of Infinite Warfare to access MW Remastered. I can see why they did it from a business point of view, but it did leave a lot of us with a sour taste before even playing the latest COD.
With an already tainted reputation, by no fault of it’s own…can the game speak for itself and prove the naysayers wrong? Can it take on the big shooters of the year and show that COD is still as relevant as ever?
The campaign is definitely the best in years. I was skeptical when they decided to take COD into space, but it works well within the story and with Kit Harrington (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones) as the villain, Infinite Warfare strikes back at the doubters with a decent story and well thought out levels that genuinely impressed and surprised me. It’s full on action from start to finish, plus it looks amazing in 4K on the PS4 Pro.

The multiplayer has always been the main course of COD since the original Modern Warfare, yet it feels like an after-thought this time around. It doesn’t do anything wrong per se, it just feels very familiar to Black Ops III’s multiplayer. It does introduce the new mech rig suits and new gadgets to use, but even with the new space setting…it’s not a huge leap from your typical COD multiplayer…which is no bad thing, it just doesn’t surprise as much as the campaign does.
Zombies returns with one map at launch, which is set in an 80s futuristic theme park with none other than David Hasselhoff behind the DJ deck. The game follows the same basic pattern as past Zombies modes and is just as addictive as ever, even if the Zombies mode does feel overused at this point. I would have honestly preferred another Extinction mode this time around…but maybe they’ll do that for next year’s game.

Visually, Infinite Warfare is stunning…running at 60FPS and up to 4K if you have the PS4 Pro. The campaign has some breathtaking areas and the cutscenes are well done. Voice-acting isn’t too shabby either, while the soundtrack is pretty impressive too.

The Verdict

Infinite Warfare definitely surpasses expectations with it’s campaign, but the multiplayer and Zombies mode feel much like last year’s game. I began by asking if Infinite Warfare could beat Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2…well it really comes down to personal preference of shooter, as each offers something different. Even if you are just picking up the Legacy edition just to play Modern Warfare Remastered, Infinite Warfare is still well worth a look.

Score: 8.5