My reviews have finally moved to the next generation. Recently I bought myself a Playstation 4 and three games for it. Call of Duty: Ghosts, is one of them. Having played through it, do I think I had a good time? Sure. But there are better games in this series.
Plot: 7 out of 10
A very intriguing plot… for a CoD game not set in World War II at any rate. CoD: Ghosts is set in an almost apocalyptic world in which the player is a member of a covert ops group known as the Ghosts. The bad guys are the imperialistic Federation and its prime representative is Gabriel T. Rorke, a former Ghost himself who was turned bad by torture and hallucinogens.
While the story could certainly use some work, character interactions work pretty well. The respect everyone has for a veteran leader that everyone calls dad is well-done, along with the rivalry between Rorke and the Ghosts.
Graphics: 6 out of 10
Grading this is a challenge, since the next generation is new to me. But I feel as though the graphics are the weak link of CoD: Ghosts. They’re not badly done or anything, but the PS4 version (which I’m reviewing, as you can see in the Game Reviews page) looks rather last gen. The one impressive graphical effect is the blood splatter when you make a kill with your dagger. Unfortunately that will no doubt look so-so when a gore powerhouse (a new Mortal Kombat, maybe?) makes use of the PS4 and Xbox One’s capabilities.
Sound: 8 out of 10
Voice acting is fantastic. The music isn’t memorable, but it’s good enough.
Gameplay: 7 out of 10
This game is a mix of tactical shooting and stealth. There’s some nice gimmicks for a few missions that have you floating in space, swimming in the deep sea, and playing as a mentally controlled German Shepherd, Riley.
The rest of the game either has you doing either the old shoot-and-cover routine or sneaking around. There are no problems with this, but little new is added to the table. It’s good but no more than that.
Challenge: 8 out of 10
Fairly challenging and of above average length. I died a number of times trying to get through this game. That said, most of those were stealth levels where you’re as good as dead if spotted. That doesn’t say much about the A.I.
Overall: 7 out of 10
Compared to past games that functioned essentially as launch titles for new consoles, CoD: Ghosts is not going to be remembered the way Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64, Call of Duty 2, Halo: Combat Evolved, or Sonic Adventure are. Still, it’s a good game. Just not a great one.