Call of Duty: Ghosts is now available for PS3 and Xbox 360 and many critic reviews are lukewarm at best. Some reviews are glowing with near perfect scores, but agree that players looking for a plot or a new experience will be disappointed. Like Official Xbox Magazine (OXM) concludes with an 8/10: “Call of Duty is, and has always been, a series about instant gratification. It’s fast food gaming at its most refined, a continual adrenaline rush that never thinks beyond the next kill. Ghosts maintains that heady, intoxicating momentum of shoot, kill, win, reward – but pales at the thought of taking the franchise in any interesting new directions.”
Ghosts, in and of itself, is a fine game. It ticks all the boxes and then blows the boxes up in glorious 1080p resolution (on PS4 at least). Those who only ever play COD will be more than happy with it, but those who have grown weary of the series will see more of their ambivalence justified this time around. Infinity Ward had a chance here to throw down the gauntlet for the next hardware generation, to set the new standard, to show that this hugely popular, much derided behemoth can dance to a different tune. It’s chosen to play a Greatest Hits package instead.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is the best evidence in years of a franchise going through the motions… Ghosts is a step backwards from 2012’s Black Ops 2 — and the weakest game in the series since 2009’s Modern Warfare 2… Call of Duty: Ghosts is mired in a distinct lack of ambition. Outside of the stellar Extinction mode, Ghosts follows more often than it leads, bringing with it familiar missions, modes and experiences. Ghosts feels like an accountant’s sequel, with just enough content to justify a new installment. It just never goes beyond that.”
“Ghosts offers the same style of video game combat that Call of Duty has had since 2007. The core of it is still engaging and can be very thrilling, if you’re receptive to this type of action. In fact, it’s still my favorite online multiplayer shooter. But the bells and whistles surrounding the game are muted and missing, leaving behind that same core without giving you enough new and exciting reasons to come back. Even with the improved graphics to be had on next-generation consoles, I’d rather play Black Ops II.”
The Official Call of Duty Launch Trailer