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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review. Did Activision add life to a series that has become stale?

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Our Rating

Xbox One Version2.5
PlayStation 4 Version3
Single Player5
Multiplayer1
Rating is based on 5 being an average rating.
2.9
Reader Rating: (4 Rates)
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I’ve played every Call of Duty since the very first one. I never played them for longer than a few weeks until Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and have bought every version since then… until this year. This was the first year I didn’t buy Call of Duty and used Gamefly instead. I’ve grown tired of the acrobatics that have become the norm in the series. The netcode hasn’t been fixed in ages. There has been massive lag comp issues, or whatever you want to call it, since the late 360 days. These all played a roll in me not buying it and took a rental approach instead.

I don’t buy Call of Duty games for the single player. I play it, but it’s not the reason I buy. It’s not the reason most people buy it. The multiplayer is where the goods of Call of Duty is. After spending time with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 version, nothing has changed in the series with the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The netcode is still poor. There’s still massive swings in games that are not normal. I’ll play a game with the same teams, same map, same everything, and we’ll win a game by 30 deaths and the next we’ll lose by 50. That doesn’t happen. That’s not possible. That doesn’t happen in games that use wholly dedicated servers. The netcode in Call of Duty games is trash and it has been for a while.

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The weapons system, upgrade system, etc., is all standard stuff. Nothing really separates it from the recent previous releases except for a few new gadgets and different weapons. You can’t expect much different. Little variation will happen when you’ve been in the same acrobatic world for a few years. It’s going to take a game setting, like the 50’s through the 90’s, to get anything more than a variation of the weapons from the past few editions.

Graphics in a Call of Duty has never been a selling point. That doesn’t change with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Single player graphics are average. Nothing spectacular. However, the PlayStation 4 version looks substantially better than the Xbox One version. In multiplayer, the graphics on the Xbox One take a massive hit. I can’t understand why the graphics from the multiplayer cannot be on par with the single player? The Xbox One’s multiplayer graphics lack contrast, they’re washed out, and, many times, characters blend in with their settings because of the poor contrast. Like the single player graphics, the PlayStation 4’s multiplayer graphics are above the Xbox One’s in a fairly noticeable way. There’s more contrast. There’s more definition. Enemies don’t blend in much. If you have both systems, and you’re thinking of getting Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and you don’t have a controller preference, the PlayStation 4 version is the way to go. It’s an easy choice.

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The concerns I’ve had with the Call of Duty series the past few years have not been addressed. I made the right decision in not buying the game. The series has become a rental for me. I cannot give money into a series that has done nothing but change skins over the last three years or so. The netcode issues have not been addressed in ages. I’m not sure they will ever be. It’s going to take an entire engine rebuild to make that happen. With Call of Duty being a pump and dump series now, I don’t think there will be time to create a new engine and netcode. It’s going to take taking a year or two off and Activision won’t ever do that with their cash cow. The only way it will is if people’s pockets force them to. I hope it happens, but I’m not holding my breath. I’ll just rent the series to give it a try from now on. I wish the Call of Duty games would live up to the greatness of their commercials. Those are always awesome.

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12 comments

  1. Plainview 8 November, 2016 at 10:05

    FYI, you can also rate the game as well. There's user ratings. Bear in mind, the rating's we use here is a 5 being the average score. 2.5 less than averaged. 7.5 being better than average.

  2. Kvally 8 November, 2016 at 10:30

    Thanks for the review Plain. I like how you can add ratings as a community member now.

    As for your experience:

    "the PlayStation 4 version looks substantially better than the Xbox One version."

    I haven't personally experienced playing the PS4 version, but from what I have seen of the comparison videos, the differences have been minimal.

    "I can’t understand why the graphics from the multiplayer cannot be on par with the single player? The Xbox One’s multiplayer graphics lack contrast, they’re washed out, and, many times, characters blend in with their settings because of the poor contrast. Like the single player graphics, the PlayStation 4’s multiplayer graphics are above the Xbox One’s in a fairly noticeable way. There’s more contrast. There’s more definition. Enemies don’t blend in much."

    I haven't had any washed out issues on the Xbox One version. Though, as with any game, multiplayer always takes a hit compared to the single player on any console, including Windows PC.

    I will be getting a second copy of the game for my PS Pro, though it doesn't look like is doing too well on the Pro:

    http://wccftech.com/call-duty-infinite-warfare-ps4-pro-enhancements-focus-resolution-performance-drops-noticeable-ps4/

    It appears to perform worse than the standard PS4 due to their attempts at bumping up resolution.

    Unless I missed it, you didn't say whether or not you finished the campaign and what you thought of the campaign.

  3. Entreri804 8 November, 2016 at 11:23

    Thanks for the review Plain. I like how you can add ratings as a community member now.

    As for your experience:

    "the PlayStation 4 version looks substantially better than the Xbox One version."

    I haven't personally experienced playing the PS4 version, but from what I have seen of the comparison videos, the differences have been minimal.

    "I can’t understand why the graphics from the multiplayer cannot be on par with the single player? The Xbox One’s multiplayer graphics lack contrast, they’re washed out, and, many times, characters blend in with their settings because of the poor contrast. Like the single player graphics, the PlayStation 4’s multiplayer graphics are above the Xbox One’s in a fairly noticeable way. There’s more contrast. There’s more definition. Enemies don’t blend in much."

    I haven't had any washed out issues on the Xbox One version. Though, as with any game, multiplayer always takes a hit compared to the single player on any console, including Windows PC.

    I will be getting a second copy of the game for my PS Pro, though it doesn't look like is doing too well on the Pro:

    http://wccftech.com/call-duty-infinite-warfare-ps4-pro-enhancements-focus-resolution-performance-drops-noticeable-ps4/

    It appears to perform worse than the standard PS4 due to their attempts at bumping up resolution.

    Unless I missed it, you didn't say whether or not you finished the campaign and what you thought of the campaign.

    The reason with any competitive shooter for the Graphics being turned down for the multiplayer part is to maintain a consistent High frame rate for obvious reasons. Mine doesn't look washed out either but I always adjust my monitor settings and gamma  for each game.

  4. Kvally 8 November, 2016 at 11:31

    I always adjust my monitor settings and gamma for each game.

    My friend, you have WAY TOO MUCH TIME on your hands. One, I wouldn't know how to do that. Two, I wouldn't know when to find time to do that. Three, even if I did do that, I would need to have 5000 preset slots for each game's gamma setting because no way am I going to change dat shit for each GAME and remember my settings. Four, are you just crazy? And Five, go to One.

  5. Plainview 8 November, 2016 at 11:37

    Thanks for the review Plain. I like how you can add ratings as a community member now.

    As for your experience:

    "the PlayStation 4 version looks substantially better than the Xbox One version."

    I haven't personally experienced playing the PS4 version, but from what I have seen of the comparison videos, the differences have been minimal.

    "I can’t understand why the graphics from the multiplayer cannot be on par with the single player? The Xbox One’s multiplayer graphics lack contrast, they’re washed out, and, many times, characters blend in with their settings because of the poor contrast. Like the single player graphics, the PlayStation 4’s multiplayer graphics are above the Xbox One’s in a fairly noticeable way. There’s more contrast. There’s more definition. Enemies don’t blend in much."

    I haven't had any washed out issues on the Xbox One version. Though, as with any game, multiplayer always takes a hit compared to the single player on any console, including Windows PC.

    I will be getting a second copy of the game for my PS Pro, though it doesn't look like is doing too well on the Pro:

    http://wccftech.com/call-duty-infinite-warfare-ps4-pro-enhancements-focus-resolution-performance-drops-noticeable-ps4/

    It appears to perform worse than the standard PS4 due to their attempts at bumping up resolution.

    Unless I missed it, you didn't say whether or not you finished the campaign and what you thought of the campaign.

    Switching receiver source back and forth, there's a dramatic difference. Didn't finish the campaign. Have no desire to. It was boring.

  6. Kvally 8 November, 2016 at 11:39

    Switching receiver source back and forth, there's a dramatic difference. Didn't finish the campaign. Have no desire to. It was boring.

    If you were smart, which I know you are, you could have used the Xbox One snap feature 🙂

  7. Entreri804 8 November, 2016 at 12:02

    My friend, you have WAY TOO MUCH TIME on your hands. One, I wouldn't know how to do that. Two, I wouldn't know when to find time to do that. Three, even if I did do that, I would need to have 5000 preset slots for each game's gamma setting because no way am I going to change dat s*** for each GAME and remember my settings. Four, are you just crazy? And Five, go to One.

    I play on a BenQ gaming monitor. There's not 500 settings like on a standard TV. I just focus on contrast, color,  brightness and gamma . takes like 20 seconds .   also the beauty of this monitor it saves them in  your custom presets so I don't have to keep changing them

    based on what game I'm playing.

  8. Kvally 8 November, 2016 at 12:09

    I play on a BenQ gaming monitor. There's not 500 settings like on a standard TV. I just focus on contrast, color,  brightness and gamma . takes like 20 seconds .   also the beauty of this monitor it saves them in  your custom presets so I don't have to keep changing them

    based on what game I'm playing.

    So if you load up COD IW, you can go into the picture for your monitor settings and click on COD IW (assuming one could label the preset for your monitor)?

  9. TDbank24 14 November, 2016 at 20:46

    I like Infinite Warfare but the franchise has reached Final Fantasy status. Not a great Call of Duty game, but still a good game. If it was released in 2009 it would have been the business. Was just saying in the IW thread they really need to give up on the future stuff. Enough is enough.

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