One thing that was lost amid all the talk surrounding the “Call of Duty: Ghosts” resolution disparity on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 was the quality of the game itself. The first reviews and reactions from gamers are in and it seems like “COD: Ghosts” is a pretty game that is on autopilot.
The biggest criticism of “COD: Ghosts” is its reliance on successful features and aspects of previous games in the franchise but with improved graphics. Destructoid had the harshest review of the game, giving it a score of 50 out of 100, noting the lackluster single-player campaign.
While many gamers will buy “COD: Ghosts” for the multiplayer experience, the solo campaigns should at least be something of a fun diversion, but Destructoid says the gameplay is tedious following a “paint-by-numbers” formula and offering the same set pieces, such as an aircraft sequence or frantic escape scenario, that have become standard for first-person shooters.
Reviews from Joystiq, Gamespot, Eurogamer, Polygon and Kotaku were more favorable in their scores, Gamespot gave “COD: Ghosts” an 8 out of 10 while other reviews hover around the 7 or 70 mark, but had similar complaints. Joystiq described the game as a “solid installment, but it lacks creativity and innovation” and says the latest installment in the “Call of Duty” franchise feels like a step backward from the changes that were seen in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” a sentiment that was echoed by other reviewers.
Kotaku also addresses another concern that will face any gamer that will be looking to purchase "COD: Ghosts," competition on next-gen consoles. "COD: Ghosts" was released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U and will also be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On the PS4, the game is being released alongside shooters such as "Killzone: Shadow Fall" and "Battlefield 4," and alongside "BF4" on the Xbox One, but there are other titles, as well as the consoles themselves, that are vying for attention and sales.
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Despite the lackluster innovation seen in other parts of the game, "COD: Ghosts" delivers in the muliplayer realm. There are small improvements, including a revamped avatar-modification mode, 15 maps and 11 different modes to choose from. Kotaku describes the multiplayer maps as "fast-paced" with areas and arenas that are well-designed to create plenty of action and engagement.
Based on the reviews, any changes in the multiplayer, as with the solo campaign, are minor and "COD: Ghosts" may not offer a lot in terms of a new experience but remains a solid game for fans. The next-gen versions are yet to be released and the reviews were filed prior to the public servers being online, which could affect the value of "COD: Ghosts," as evidenced by first-day bugs that affected "BF4" or the disaster that was the "SimCity" launch.