Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2016

About Tony "OUberLord" Mitera

I've been entrenched in the world of game reviews for almost a decade, and I've been playing them for even longer. I'm primarily a PC gamer, though I own and play pretty much all modern platforms. When I'm not shooting up the place in the online arena, I can be found working in the IT field, which has just as many computers but far less shooting. Usually.


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PS4/XOne/PC Preview - 'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on July 7, 2016 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will immerse players in a war story that, for the first time in franchise history, extends beyond the reaches of Earth into the vast expanse of our solar system.

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During a theatre presentation for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, I was able to learn more about the upcoming entry to the franchise. While the second mission was the same as the one from Sony's press conference, the first was new to this particular presentation. In it, Switzerland is under attack, and the player has to fight street by street to reach a tower deeper in the city.

At the outset, a massive ship crashes into the city, and the ensuing dust and smoke transform the city streets into an incredibly murky soup of low visibility. The player's squad used headlamps to illuminate the murky environment and assist civilians, and then they made their way into an alley. Suddenly, a drop pod slams down in front of the player, releasing a few robotic enemies.

The robots seem slightly tougher to put down than human enemies, given their higher damage resistance and their sheer ability to keep fighting. Blow one in half with a shotgun, and the upper body might still claw its way toward you. They are also capable of grappling you, which you must counter to shake them off before blasting them away.

Along the way, the player used grenades and a spider-like mine that seeks out enemies and detonates on them. The player had other offensive options as well, such as hacking a robot within a dropship and detonating it, sending the whole dropship careening to the surface. Finally, the player was also able to call in friendly fire support to saturate an area with 30mm machine gun fire.

Once the player cleared the area, he was able to climb into a landed fighter and fly it into space. Once there, a dogfight occurred, which made it easier to see that the fighter has flares and missiles of its own to counter enemy missiles in addition to a 50mm cannon for harder targets. This allows the player to circle an enemy cruiser to destroy its external turrets before blowing it up outright.

An extended version of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered content was also shown in the trailer. In this version, it showed most of the beginning and end of "Crew Expendable," the mission where the player has to board an enemy vessel in a stormy sea and retrieve a dossier. The new graphics are incredible, from the lighting and shadow effects to waves crashing against the side of the hull. The remaster will be a great reason to replay the game and show off the power of the new consoles at the same time.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is shaping up to be a very interesting title. The Switzerland sections don't stray too far from a traditional entry in the series, and the second mission, which features zero gravity combat and dogfights, is a welcome breath of fresh air. Only time will tell where the bulk of the new game's content lies.

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