While Call of Duty may have lost momentum over the last few years, Infinite Warfare – Legacy Edition looks to solidify its position as one of the best in the series. With all new game mechanics, and the inclusion of Modern Warfare Remastered, Infinite Warfare aims to lure veteran players back to the series, while also being friendly enough to newcomers to the series.Set in a near-distant, but still somehow far away cosmic future where militant rebel martians have taken over Earth, Infinite Warfare hits all the spots expected when it comes to their annual iteration to the CoD (Call of Duty) franchise. With more explosions and standoffs than you can shake a fist at, those who are returning to the series will find the game familiar and very easy to slip into. Not to be forgotten, new players to the series will also find the controls simple to get used to, the adjustable difficulty system friendly, and the multiplayer lobbies filled with a variety of players with differing skill levels.

The defining feature of the Legacy Edition is the inclusion of a remastered version of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. While a handful of PS3 titles are available for purchase on the PSN store, Modern Warfare never made the cut, which left players envious of their Xbox friends who had full access to the game on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Now for the first time since the Playstation 4’s release, players can go back and replay what may very well be the defining game of the series. Please note though that while Modern Warfare Remastered is included in the Legacy Edition, it is a separate download that weighs in between 44.6GB and 53.6GB, depending on your region. Consuming a whopping 130GB in total for both Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare remastered, those with limited disk space on the console may need to remove some old games, or consider investing in an external hard drive.As with other entries in the series, you’re not going to find yourself overwhelmed with the length of the campaign. The story mode can be completed in just shy of 9-10 hours for those who take their time. Anybody wanting an extra challenge can test their skill with the Veteran difficulty, which should help you to squeeze a bit more out of your playthrough. As with previous entries though, the multiplayer portion of the game is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time.

You’ll find all of the multiplayer game modes you’ve come to expect over the years, including the infamous “Team Deathmatch”, “Free for All”, as well as “Search and Destroy”. Several new game modes have also been introduced to freshen things up. “Defender” may feel very similar to Halo’s Oddball game mode, in the sense that players are tasked with holding possession of a drone for as long as possible, building a lead the longer you have control of the drone. “Frontline”, while new to the series, borrows elements from TDM. It’s more or less the same thing, however players spawn at team owned bases, which provides them with various armors to combat being targeted right from spawn.

Customization is another returning feature, that allows players to equip their character with various different classes and perks. Whether you’re a sniper seeking out the best shot, or a newbie with a spray-and-pray attitude, you’ll find yourself impressed with the range of weapons and attachments that unlock the further you develop your multiplayer experience. Various perks grant tweaks to your character such as longer sprint times, improved accuracy, and even the ability to stay hidden from enemies on the map, just to provide that competitive edge.

Exoskeletons from past entries to the series have no been replaced with Combat Rigs. Easily modifiable via the class modification screen, players will find a range of various additional perks that strengthen the core aspects of the class you’ve chosen. Combat Rigs also provide the player with the ability to maneuver fluidly through wall jumps, jet bursts and slides.

One of the most common complaints about Call of Duty is its tired graphics and recycled content. Like with the previous Infinite Ward title in the series, Advanced Warfare, the graphics engine provides great results. The colors are vivid, the backdrops are stunning, and the level design feels like there was some thought put into it this time around. Whether you’re maxing everything out on your PC, or playing on a console, the game looks great, and runs without a hitch. The PC version does look slightly sharper with the inclusion of higher resolution textures and anti-aliasing effects, however due to technical limitations on consoles, AA is not a feature you will find on your PS4 copy.Those who argue the series has been played out for too long could possibly be right, but for diehard fans, picking up Infinite Warfare will be a no-brainer. With the promise of hundreds, if not thousands of hours of gameplay, in addition to the inclusion of Modern Warfare Remastered, there is plenty to love for the price. If you’ve got the cash to spare, the Legacy Pro Edition can be purchased for an larger sum, which also includes the season pass for all of that added DLC goodness throughout the year. Gamers on a budget can pick up the base game for Infinite Warfare at a reduced cost, however Modern Warfare Remastered is not included. Infinite Warfare is far from groundbreaking, however it’s unequivocally a marked improvement from prior games. There’s certainly more than enough content, it’s just a matter of how familiar it feels to you.

This review is based on a retail copy purchased by the author.
Played on a standard PS4.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4)