After a pretty good singleplayer, I entered the multiplayer with mixed expectations. The single player was great but then again that’s what most COD games have in common. It’s the multi-player that seems to have a problem and I have to say, this time it’s pretty much as you would expect it to be!
Upon entering the multiplayer I was impressed by the customization options. You have a ton of customizability options, all of which are significant and you do get to customize roughly everything you want. There are multiple classes although at first you have the first 3 unlocked and the others get unlocked at certain levels.
You also get the black market and key-style system from BO3 which is good, but this is where the game starts to be quite similar to the previous one. And the gameplay does not stand here either. The main problem is that COD’s new entry is pretty much copy paste when compared to the previous one.
Sure, you have a few maps in space that take complete advantage of the new setting but other than that you have pretty much the same stuff. It’s not something that significant to begin with and it does take a little bit of time until you adjust to the entire experience.
The map design still has the same Titanfall-esque running on the wall, you have pretty much the same corridor shooting and the worst thing here is that the reaction time has decreased. It was already very low, and now you just get shot in half a second if you are a player with medium skills at COD.
Unless you play the game diabolically for days in a row without doing anything else, you will have a hard time getting many killstreaks. Plus, I already saw a few hackers in the game which also makes the experience even worse than expected.
Maybe the interesting thing here is that the game does have space maps. But the way they were created make them seem like regular maps ported in space. There are a few regions where you can fall in space, which is cool. Those maps are the highlight of the game in multi, but even they get boring rather quickly.
The game population at launch at least on PC is very, very low. In fact, Black Ops 3 which is almost 1 year old has more people playing than the new entry. Plus, aside from Team Deathmatch, you can rarely find people that play anything else. It really is something challenging for sure, but the gameplay does get pretty intense and rewarding to begin with.
While the gameplay can be interesting and it can get quite addictive, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare does feel a lot like Black Ops 3. It’s not a bad thing, but in a year when we were spoiled with top tier multiplayer like Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, we definitely expect something more compelling to come from Activision. I can imagine they will lose a lot of sales this time around, so it’s interesting to see where COD will go next. I do hope that they won’t opt for the same copy/paste route as it’s definitely bad for them!