Sixth Call of Duty game to be developed by Infinity Ward, Ghosts is the tenth overall COD series installment. The game was first released in 2013, and is playable on PS3. PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and of course the PC.
Like all COD titles, the game offers a single player campaign mode, an extensive multiplayer mode and a co-op mode where this time around, instead of zombies, players will be fighting the aliens. The main focus of Activision remains on the multiplayer, but the single player mode was done better than it has been in most other COD games.
From a gameplay and graphics perspective, COD: Ghosts is an improvement on the earlier COD: Black Ops 2 as the series continues to develop and become more in line with current technologies year after year.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Campaign
Unlike previous COD games which had most of their storyline set in the past, Ghosts offers a very current storyline that takes place in 2017, where the South American countries have united into a powerful Federation that now threatens the United States.
Inevitably, the two sides come into open conflict and the player enters the shoes of Logan and David Walker, sons of Elias Walker, who is a US Army Officer intimately related to the legendary Ghosts group, an elite unit of US special operatives.
As the campaign develops, the player is take to space, South America, the Antarctica and various other locations, where the struggle between the US and the Federation of Americans takes him. The campaign features some very compelling characters and believable storyline and is one of the longer in the series, easily extending to ten hours of gameplay.
While the orbital bombardment stations introduce in the game may be unrealistic to speak of in 2017, the rest of the story makes perfect sense and even the stations are not completely beyond imagining as such technology could exist in near future. More worrying is that the story sometimes introduces dialogues and scenes that don’t make all that much sense, but on the overall the developers did an ok job with the story and compared to other COD campaigns it surely remains one of the finer ones.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer
As always, the real focus of COD is on the multiplayer, and in Ghosts, this segment of the game was once again done terrifically. The game kept COD: Black Ops 2 Pick 10 system which allows players to customize their characters with weapons, perks and equipment as they choose but reduced the number of players per map to 12, which is actually quite a shame considering the maps are actually somewhat bigger in Ghosts.
The game offers over ten multiplayer gameplay modes, including Search And Rescue, Free For All, Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, Blitz, Drop zone and others. Each of the modes pits players in teams or a free for all setting and presents them with the various tasks they must complete to win the game.
The multiplayer gameplay is smooth and as awesome as ever and now offers some new options, with players being able to call for bombardment that will actually destroy parts of the map and obliterate the enemy team and other useful extras. The one place where multiplayer in COD: Ghosts kind of falls short is the number of players allowed, as the increased maps size really calls for more rather than fewer players and the developers failed to account for this altogether, capping the player numbers at 12.
On top of the regular multiplayer mode where the player will be combating fellow players, the game also offers an Extinction mode, which is a 4 player co-op mode in which players have to work together to combat an alien invasion. The mode is actually quite difficult to beat, with tons of aliens sprawling from all over the place and nearly impossible to contain, which makes for extremely fun co-op play and many hours of excitement and fun.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Graphics And Audio
Like most COD games, Ghosts looks and feels spectacular. Although now a few years old, Ghosts still looks remarkable, especially on the next gen consoles and the PC, while the PS3 version for instance looks a bit less smooth which is completely understandable, given the technologies in use.
Where the story fails, the graphical elements, the intense shootouts and spectacular explosions make the game very intense, to the point where we’d actually stop moving and get killed because we were too busy staring at an explosion that looked so genuine you’d feel a bit scared for your real life.
While it may not be one of the most popular COD titles of all times, Ghosts is surely a game worth playing. The single player campaign brings an exciting and compelling storyline that fits perfectly with the advanced gameplay engines the game introduces.
If you are looking for a great multiplayer game, Ghosts is a relative disappointment compared to some of the other COD games due to the fact only 12 players can play on a single map at a time and the maps are pretty huge, which will often leave us roaming the map without encountering an enemy for a while, killing all the fun in it.
Despite these little problems, COD: Ghosts looks and feels like a top notch FPS and is more than worth spending some hours playing. While there are better COD games out there, we give it a 7.8/10 for the overall performance with only a few minor downsides dragging it down in comparison to other COD titles.
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