It has been two long years since I left the Call Of Duty franchise for the Battlefield franchise. Back in the early day’s of the PS3 generation, when I popped in my annual copy of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call Of Duty: World At War, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Call Of Duty: Black Ops, the graphics always “wowed” me.
However, after tiring of listening to weekly online COD racist remarks by players with microphones, juggernauts running around almost invincible as they stabbed me from 5 feet after I pumped 3 point-blank shotgun shells to their gut, and constantly dying and respawning over and over due to non stop kill streak air strikes, I decided to move on to the Battlefield franchise.
Over the past two years on Battlefield 3, I have enjoyed amazing detailed and colorful “wow me” graphics, huge maps, more players,vehicles, and destructable environments. However, with the new consoles on the horizon, I decided to kill some time and return to the COD franchise. Sadly, Call Of Duty: Ghosts is not the Call Of Duty I remember. Not to say the game is garbage, but I feel that the franchise is now “yesterday’s game.” Please feel free to jump in the conversation as I take you on my journey of returning to the COD franchise for the first time in years with my hands on impressions of my first two hours into the games multiplayer of my pros and cons.
One thing I can honestly say about every Call of Duty game I have ever played was the outstanding microphones. In shooters, communication is key and I am happy to say that Call of Duty: Ghosts has not lost a step in delivering online gamers fantastic microphone communication. There was no breaking up between conversations,the clarity is almost right there with a land line phone call. I really enjoyed the return of cracking jokes and talking shop with gamers again as I simply turned my brain off and ran around trying to steal my buddies care packages. In no way is this a jab at Battlefield, but the Battlefield experience was such an intense war simulation, I very rarely had time to crack jokes with my team members. Grade: — A+
I have made no secret that I believed the Battlefield franchise to be the best in the industry when it comes to sound. You hear every RPG whistle past your ears, you hear and feel every building collapsing around you. Within my first two hours with Ghosts, again I wasn’t wowed. The sound is not garbage, they are just simply solid. Kill Streak choppers still make you run for you life as you hear the gunner letting off round after round as it hovers above you. Vehicle explosions still go off with a bang. Sadly though, there is no fear like I had with Battlefield 3 where every bullet and missile sounds like you are right there in the thick of the battle. In addition, I felt that the sound of the simulated fake gun fire in the background to give the illusion of a real battle is no longer in the same league of the Battlefield franchise where every gun shot and missile you hear, is in fact a real player fighting for his or her life. — Grade: B
Graphics And Maps:
This is what frankly disappointed me the most. Like I mentioned above, Call of Duty graphics wowed me back in the day. Call Of Duty: Ghosts graphics are not necessarily horrible…there just a bit plain or almost generic. I almost felt like I was playing a current gen. port as opposed to the real next-gen. version. One thing that stood out was during a match I came across a snowmobile just sitting there like decoration. At that moment I truly missed the freedom of being able to hop in a Battlefield jeep and punching the gas. Now I will say that as the night went on, that some of the maps actually did improve. My two favorites would easily have been Whiteout (a nice snow map with plenty of routes), and Stonehaven (a Braveheart inspired castle map). The remaining 13 maps were solid, but nothing to write home to “Ma and Pa” about. — Grade: B
Nothing but smooth lag free frame rate on dedicated servers to report. I must admit, it was nice not having to spend 10 minutes going through the Battlefield filter to find a game for my party. You gather your party of friends in your lobby and you are playing a match in seconds. — Grade A+
Online Progression And Customization:
With up to ten “Create-A-Soldier” and load out options, players will enjoy months of fine tuning their custom gadgets,kill streaks, face mask, gun upgrades.However,even for COD vets, it is a bit overwhelming to understand. — Grade: B+
The Fun Factor:
I would be lying if I said I didn’t have fun. Once I came to the realization that the Call of Duty franchise is no longer the top dog and accept that Battlefield is by far the superior shooter, I was able to simply turn my brain off,let go of my expectations and simply run around shooting people, calling in kill streaks and just cracking jokes. Call Of Duty: Ghosts will be a fun online time killer…until I bring home my copy of Battlefield 4 that is. — Grade B+