Shortly after it was published, Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare reveal trailer has faced a significant amount of negativity from its audience with nearly 1.3 million dislikes out of 14,421,193 views. In fact, Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer is now considered to be “the most disliked non-music video on the whole of YouTube” according to Metro. But before I investigate why people were so upset, even though I kind of have a clue about a couple of reasons, I’ve decided to watch the trailer myself and see how I think of it given that I’ve been a big fan of Call of Duty® since I was a teenager. Interested? Let’s give it a go.
Okay, let’s talk about the positives and the negatives about this. Because if we’re gonna dig, we may as well dig for both good and bad. Not just pick the bad and leave the good.
To be honest, my very first impression of Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer was the impressive graphics, which to me looked a bit better than its predecessors. Not by much, but still impressive. The second element that got my attention was the repetition. Although I agree that it’s still too early to judge, but Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare does not appear to be much different than Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, and to be honest that was a little disappointing.
In my opinion, the beauty of Call of Duty® lies between the World Wars and the Modern Warfare eras. I remember the first time I’ve played Call of Duty® when I was a fan of Medal of Honor game series, if you remember those. The first Call of Duty® game I’ve played was Call of Duty® 3. And at that time I was truly memorized by the wonderful graphics and realistic sound effects and the storyline itself. As a matter of fact I was so stunned by the game play I’ve decided to power off my console just so I can enjoy it at a later time when I’m more free! I was, and still in love with World War game sets.
However, part of me was craving to see a Call of Duty® game that is set in modern times. And eventually I got what I desired. A masterpiece called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. And to me that was as far as things can go. But as a gamer rather than a designer, I did not really bother to think where the series should go from there. I liked some of the next attempts such as Call of Duty®: Ghosts and somewhat Call of Duty® Advanced Warfare but by the time I’ve tried Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare I’ve really had enough of futuristic settings and was ready to go back to the good old fashion Call of Duty® for not only I grew bored of the repetition of the recent Call of Duty® games but also I wanted, and still want, to see what will another World War style Call of Duty® can possibly look like using the breathtaking technologies and tools that are available to the video gaming industry today. Because if someone has managed to create a masterpiece such as Call of Duty® 3, only God knew what can a new one look like. Only until the new Battlefield 1 trailer came out which to me looked like a dream come true.
To be fair though, Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare does seem to have a lot of potential. For example, the space scenes look stunning, the general absence of laser guns is good to an extent (I liked to see less laser weapons but not this much less.) The general atmosphere of the game looks good. Though again, I was hoping to see more improvement and less repetition from the few previous games.
By the end of Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer I was overall excited about the game despite of the disappointment. But soon I was hit by yet another exciting/disappointing news. The good news was that a remastered edition of my old time favorite Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare is coming out at the same time as Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare. The bad news was that from what I gathered you must purchase that included with Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare for the suggested retail price of $79.99. Something I’ve imagined would piss off a lot of gamers, and I was right.
This basically means that in order to own either Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare or Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare, you must get the two by paying the rough price of nearly 80 bucks. Now let me tell you, the repetition issue has only made me 75% interested, whereas the mandatory bundle deal has brought down my interest to 40. While it could have raised my interest to 85 or even 90% if you had the option to buy them separately. Which I admit I would probably have decided to purchase the Legacy Edition any way. It’s just that selling the two games in a bundle gives me the feeling that they do not seem too confident about Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare which is why they’ve included Call of Duty®: Advance Warfare Remastered Edition forcing people to buy them together. While they could very easily make more from selling the two games separately if they were confident that Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare is able to break selling records standing alone without the help of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare Remastered Edition.
The bottom line is, Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer looks good, and should by no means be used to judge the whole game because one, you can never judge a game by a video, something all pro gamers should be aware of, and two, there’s still time to make changes as Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare should not be released until November of this year. Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Reveal does have a lot of exciting elements such as the huge ships and space missions which we still don’t know for sure how we can utilize those, but generally there does seem to be a lot of potential within the concepts. Although I was hoping to see something different like maybe a World War set or a Retro style gameplay.
My ideal concept for an upcoming Call of Duty® would be a modern set where something happens and pushes civilizations to create retro worlds, but yet part of the modern world would still exist such as weapons etc… Now imagine what can be accomplished for Call of Duty® by using those concepts? Better yet, how about adding remastered versions of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty® 3 and sell them separately or within a collectible bundle? I’d personally be willing to pay $120 to obtain all three. But, it is what it is, and all we can do now is keep our fingers crossed and hope for an exciting gaming experience and some changes to the purchase plan. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more exciting blogs and opinions.