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Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts photo
Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts
by Jim Sterling

While Call of Duty is often regarded as the epitome of the annualized, cynically produced, lazily constructed videogame franchise, I've always maintained that both Infinity Ward and Treyarch expended much more effort than they were ever given credit for.

Whether it's the underestimated storytelling prowess of Modern Warfare or the noble efforts to revitalize the COD formula with Black Ops, the overwhelmingly popular series is far more cognizant of its own criticisms than many like to believe. 

My defense of the consistent quality of Call of Duty has certainly caught criticism of its own. Indeed, I am lauded as a hypocrite for daring to suggest that Modern Warfare 3 was not objectively, factually, a mediocre game. I still believe that, and I still have respect for Call of Duty as a series. However, I've always been mindful that the gravy train cannot last forever, and as "military shooters" are in 2013 what World War II shooters were in 2008, it's high time Call of Duty underwent another dramatic transformation, the likes of which gave us the original Modern Warfare

Black Ops II was a step forward in this regard, an earnest attempt to inject fresh life into a flagging idea. By comparison, Ghosts is not only a failure to capitalize on the goodwill Black Ops II earned, it's a disappointing step backward. 

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1:15 PM on 11.04.2013

Infinity Ward talks 720p for CoD: Ghosts on Xbox One

It was good of Infinity Ward to finally come out and confirm that, yes, Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 720p natively on Xbox One and is upscaled to 1080p. Resolution matters to certain people -- some much more than others -- an...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 11.04.2013

Want absurd numbers? Here's a Call of Duty infographic

Call of Duty is a cultural phenomenon; we all know that by now. Still, the numbers that the franchise puts up are staggering. Not only does the series make truckloads of money, but it also consumes countless man-hours of time...

Darren Nakamura





11:00 PM on 11.02.2013

Bro! It's Megan Fox sniping in a Call of Duty video

Activision's Call of Duty: Ghosts hits this Tuesday, and I can't think of a better way to get hype than with a video that shows absolutely no gameplay. Joking aside, while the live-action trailer "Epic Night Out" is nothing ...

Wesley Ruscher

10:00 AM on 10.31.2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts is upscaled at 720p on the Xbox One

A lot of rumors have been flying around in regards to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin has addressed them once and for all. For starters, Ghosts runs at 1080p on the PlaySt...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 10.31.2013

Watch eight minutes of Call of Duty's alien horde mode

GameSpot has a quick look of Call of Duty: Ghosts' new Extinction mode, which seems to be Infinity Ward's take on Treyarch's zombies -- with aliens in it. But if you take a closer look at Extinction, it looks like there's a ...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 10.30.2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts perk system explained

In a recent post on Call of Duty.com, the perks system for Ghosts has been detailed, shedding a bit more light on how you'll acquire them, and what they do. For starters, there are now 35 perks in total, all of which have a "...

Chris Carter



Aliens invade Call of Duty: Ghosts in new Extinction mode photo
Aliens invade Call of Duty: Ghosts in new Extinction mode
by Jordan Devore

[Update: Official trailer added. Extinction is described as a "1-4 player cooperative game mode featuring a unique blend of fast-paced survival action, FPS base defense, scavenging and class leveling." Get to the chopper.]

I've always found Treyarch's Zombies mode to be a fun bonus for the studio's otherwise fairly serious Call of Duty games and have longed for Infinity Ward to offer something similar in its titles. Seems we may be getting exactly that in Call of Duty: Ghosts if an image of a loading screen for "Extinction" (shown below for the spoiler averse) is to be believed.

Aliens? Yeah, looks like it. There's been an official teaser that matches the design of the creature as well as achievements for Ghosts that reference the mode. Neat. I'd assume we'll hear more from Infinity Ward leading up to launch but, if not, that's only a week off.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction Mode Teased, Loading Screen Image Leaked [MP1st]

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1:45 PM on 10.25.2013

These are the final Call of Duty: Ghosts system specs

Sometimes, I feel like I'm writing the same story twice since history does tend to repeat itself. In this case, I literally am! Those minimum system specs for Call of Duty: Ghosts have been finalized by Infinity Ward and ther...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 10.21.2013

It's more Call of Duty: The launch trailer for Ghosts

It dawned on me this morning how close we're getting to November. A few more nights spent watching horror movies and, before I know it, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be out. Heck, the launch trailer is already here, featuring fa...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 10.11.2013

Get Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition on PC for $18

[Update: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition has sold out at this price. The other deals still appear to be available.] It was only a couple of days ago that the Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition launched in North A...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 10.10.2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts clan features detailed

Clans are of course back in Call of Duty: Ghosts. A new feature this year is that clans are now cross-platform. So you can be part of the same clan as your friends regardless of the platform. The free Call of Duty app also h...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 10.09.2013

Final Fantasy XIII cost $65M; Mario Kart Wii made bank

Graphs.net has a nifty graphic illustrating which games cost the most to make and which are the highest grossing. Some of numbers might surprise you. For instance, Final Fantasy VII is still one of the most expensive games ev...

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 10.09.2013

Eminem's new video is packed with COD: Ghosts imagery

[Video watchers: Explicit lyrics warning!] It has been awhile since we've seen a music video that was so heavy on the cross-promotion. Somehow, Eminem's "Survival" crams so much Call of Duty: Ghosts promotion in without bein...

Dale North





9:00 AM on 10.09.2013

Gamers: The Official Picture

Screenshot taken of the comment section of BF4Central.com, in a post about the upcoming Battlefield 4 Battle Packs.  As you can see, it manages to capture absolutely everything about the modern gamer in just two short statements.

Jim Sterling

11:30 PM on 10.07.2013

You'll need 6 GB of RAM for Call of Duty: Ghosts

The system specs for Call of Duty: Ghosts have appeared on GeForce and they're worth a look for a couple reasons. Namely, there's the higher-than-expected minimum RAM requirement. And although it's something I'll need to get ...

Jordan Devore