So by now we all know the name of the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Sounds like a comic book story arc gone badly wrong. And that, right there, is the real issue with the series.
According to Eurogamer, included with the new will be a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the game that took brought the WWII FPS bang up-to-date. And what’s that going to do?
Well, it makes gamespulp yearn for more adventures in that sane and vicious universe, rather than ridiculous Titanfall rip-offs, and colourful multiplayers with their odd tones and cheerfully colourful, LSD-damaged palette. It shows a certain level of confusion, a lack of direction. Are they making Battlefield? Are they making Overwatch? What does Call of Duty even mean any more?
It’s a bunch of steroidal Buzz Lightyear’s saying very important things.
The series seemed to lose its way after the original Black Ops. Even the enjoyable Modern Warfare 3 didn’t quite manage to capture the same atmosphere. And so long as Battlefield has parked its tank on the lawn of gritty, realistic shooters, Call of Duty doesn’t know how to respond.
Besides Kevin Spacey, we’ve struggled to remember a single character from the COD universe after Captain Price and Soap. +10 points if you can (No Googling). There’s not a single storyline mission that’s ever made any gamespulper shiver the way ‘All Ghillied Up’ did. And we’re hoping Infinity Warfare, developed by MW’s Infinity Ward, changes that.
If not, well, at least there’s always that remaster.
Call of Duty games are always blockbuster popcorn games – and gamespulp love them for that, and for its always solid, arcade-lite controls and gameplay. We could breach doors and bitch about campers all day long. But we’re hoping, with the remastered return of the King, that Infinite Warfare at least remembers its roots, and tries to build on that.
Which game are you most excited about – Infinity Warfare of Modern Warfare Remastered? Do you think the series is going in the right direction? Hit us up on Twitter and Facebook and let us know what you think.