Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Trailer Analysis and Impressions

Yesterday’s biggest news was obviously the reveal trailer and info blowout for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the much anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. While the Black Ops games haven’t really grabbed my attention, nor was Infinity Ward’s Ghosts the game I was hoping for, I liked Advanced Warfare‘s future setting quite a bit. To that point, there are a few parts of the Infinite Warfare trailer that have me intrigued.

9rbkqyThe first thing that stands out is an obvious potential for dogfighting missions in the campaign. Vehicle sections aren’t new to the series, but they haven’t exactly been the high point in any of the games either. I’m really hoping that Infinite Warfare‘s Jackal (the fighter jet you take control of) changes that. Much to the dismay of fans, Activision’s other huge shooter franchise, Destiny, failed to capitalize on space dogfights in its first iteration so here’s hoping Infinity Ward is able to do something memorable with them here.

One of my main complaints about Infinity Ward’s last game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, was that it tried to imitate the original Modern Warfare a little too closely at times. It was a pretty grounded experience with some stealth mixed into the action in the same way that the Modern Warfare trilogy was before it with the stealth missions trying a little to hard to live up to the iconic All Ghillied Up mission, ultimately falling flat.

l9dkgjWith that in mind, one part of yesterday’s Infinite Warfare trailer that sticks out to me as promising is this gif to the left. It’s not much to go on, taking up about two seconds of the three-minute trailer, but it gives me a very Dead Space or Alien Isolation vibe seeing a character lurking through a dark, disheveled hallway, presumably in outer space. Although it could just be a cool shot from a short break in the action, I’m really hoping for it to be indicative of a more tense and atmospheric section of gameplay.

So far, I’m liking the overall look of this year’s outing. While Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III made significant changes to the traditional Call of Duty gameplay, especially to player movement, Infinite Warfare is looking to take the narrative of the series one step further into science fiction. Gamers have been clamoring for a shake-up to the Call of Duty formula for quite a few years now and this could be just the thing to bring them back to the blockbuster series.

xk5rvpNow I can’t in good conscience wrap up this article without mentioning the short Modern Warfare Remastered bit at the end of the trailer. Since we know how Modern Warfare plays out from start to finish, a peek at the graphics is really the only teaser we need for now. Having played the first couple hours of it on my laptop last week with the graphics settings nearly maxed out, I can say pretty definitively that this should be the best looking version of Modern Warfare by a large margin. If just seeing Captain Price puffing his cigar in that helicopter isn’t enough to make you smile in anticipation, I’m not sure what could…

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