GAME NAME: Call of Duty: Ghosts
DEVELOPER(S): Infinity Ward
PLATFORM(S): PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
RELEASE DATE(S): November 11th, 2013
For fans of first person shooters, the PS4 launch line up is certainly attractive. You have your pick from the excellent Killzone: Shadow Fall, Battlefield 4 and, of course, the always reliable Call of Duty: Ghosts. With the exception of Killzone: Shadow Fall, these shooters were made and ported across several platforms with the PS4 not being the primary system in either case. What this means is that they are prone to a few problems, such as the Battlefield 4 server crashes and, sadly, the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts has a few of its own flaws.
The story in Call of Duty: Ghosts is pretty much your generic Hollywood action movie plot, but if you want to know why you have to shoot hundreds of bad guys in the face, check out our PC review for a better breakdown of the plot. When Call of Duty: Ghosts was first shown off at E3 this year, one of the most noticeable improvements over the previous games was the visuals. With the long awaited launch of the next generation consoles finally over, developers Infinity Ward decided that 13 years with same graphics engine was a bit too long, so they gave the series a fresh coat of paint in anticipation for the shiny new systems. Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4 certainly does look better than any previous game in the series, however, it still lacks that next-gen wow factor seen in the other FPS launch titles.
The PS4 version runs at 1080p and for the most part looks fantastic, almost identical to the PC version, except there is one massive difference, the frame rate. During the single player campaign, there are often frame rate drops when the action gets intense or at checkpoints where the game saves. The most noticeable frame rate drops happen during Extinction Mode where you face off against waves of aliens and the promised 60 FPS often dropped below 30 FPS when things got really hectic, and it’s a shame because the PS4 certainly has the horse power to run things smoothly, it just hasn’t been optimized correctly.
Frame rate aside, there are not really any other problems with the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Matchmaking is pretty quick and time spent in lobbies is never more than a few seconds for the more popular game modes such as team deathmatch. One of the best things about the PS4 version of the game is the ability to play split screen in various modes. Sadly, the four player split screen has been watered down to just two players, but at least there are plenty of new modes to try out with friends. Extinction mode is the highlight of local co-op and is more than just a tacked on horde mode, so to speak. You can play with up to four players online or two offline, and if you enjoyed the Zombie mode in the Black Ops titles, you will love Extinction. The objective is to destroy alien hives by drilling towards them whilst trying not to die every ten seconds as countless waves of aliens come at you.
There are various traps throughout the maps that you can use against the aliens to try even the playing field, and you can buy new weapons and upgrade skills with the money you make from blasting the hordes away. The enemies range from fast leaping aliens that are relatively easy to put down, to large tank enemies called Rhinos that are massive bullet sponges that will charge at you. After placing a nuke at the main hive, you have to make your way back to the extraction point to finish the level, a task that is almost impossible as the running speed of your character is the same as a fully loaded pack donkey. Once you have had your alien blasting fill, there is a survival mode in the Squads section that will have you mow down hordes of enemy soldiers. It’s very similar to the survival mode found in MW3 and it’s great for a few rounds, but it’s not as polished as Extinction mode where you will probably spend most of your time.
You can also play classic deathmatch online or against bots during split screen which makes Call of Duty: Ghosts one of the must own titles if you plan on getting a friend over to enjoy some co-op action. Call of Duty: Ghosts for the PS4 does stumble a bit due to its frame rate issues, and there might be better single player campaigns out there, but when it comes to local co-op and online multiplayer, it’s tough to beat. It looks great and delivers a highly enjoyable online and offline experience that you will pump countless hours into. It may not be the first game you put into your system to show off its new graphical strength, but it will certainly spend the most time in your PS4 thanks to its addictive and creative multiplayer modes.