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COD: Ghosts review round-up: Old dog, new tricks

Some people think Call of Duty: Ghosts will be such a hit that it will even smash the record breaking GTA V sales. Let’s hear from reviewers around the world if Ghosts is indeed the game of the decade.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Review: Old dog, new tricks, by Scott Lowe on IGN 8.8/10

Call of Duty: Ghosts isn't a reinvention of the franchise, but proves there's still room for innovation within its existing formula. Though at the risk of overcomplicating things at times, its robust multiplayer gameplay, surprisingly fun co-op modes, and lengthy, challenging, and varied campaign makes Ghosts one of the best Call of Duty games to date.

Call of Duty: Ghosts: The Kotaku Review, by Patricia Hernandez NOT YET

Three men huddle around a campfire, eager to hear the story of an elite force of highly-feared soldiers. Ghosts, they're called. Two of the men listening—the sons, Logan and Hesh Walker—are skeptical. Surely the tale-spinning father doesn't expect them to believe such an outlandish story? They're skeptical, but we know the story is true, because games like these always feature an elite force of sorts. You're always in it. So before you hear the story, you already know—really, as soon as you look at the game's box, you know. You'll become a ghost.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts review: for the dead, by Russ Frushtick on Polygon 6.5/10

Call of Duty: Ghosts is mired in a distinct lack of ambition. Outside of the stellar Extinction mode, Ghosts follows more often than it leads, bringing with it familiar missions, modes and experiences. Ghosts feels like an accountant's sequel, with just enough content to justify a new installment. It just never goes beyond that.

Call of Duty: Ghosts review: Haunting season, by Dan Whitehead on EuroGamer 7/10

Ghosts, in and of itself, is a fine game. It ticks all the boxes and then blows the boxes up in glorious 1080p resolution (on PS4 at least). Those who only ever play COD will be more than happy with it, but those who have grown weary of the series will see more of their ambivalence justified this time around. Infinity Ward had a chance here to throw down the gauntlet for the next hardware generation, to set the new standard, to show that this hugely popular, much derided behemoth can dance to a different tune. It's chosen to play a Greatest Hits package instead.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts review: Let slip the dogs of war, by Shaun McInnis on GameSpot 8/10

From an exuberant campaign full of spectacle and variety to the way Extinction's unpredictable aliens force you to use those targeting skills in entirely new ways, Ghosts strikes an excellent balance between the familiar and the novel. This is a game that's keenly aware of the series' strengths, but doesn't find itself beholden to them. No matter what standard you apply, Call of Duty: Ghosts is a terrific first-person shooter.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts review: Haunted by the past, by Xav de Matos on joystiq 4.5/5

Call of Duty: Ghosts is a solid installment, but it lacks creativity and innovation. Its new engine already looks dated in the face of the competition, and it eschews many of the solid concepts seen in Black Ops 2. After Treyarch attempted to expand the established Call of Duty formula with risky campaign and multiplayer ideas, Infinity Ward and friends have ignored the franchise's innovative climb. Despite this, Ghosts still steals the show with more memorable missions than those found in Black Ops 2. And even with the loss of Pick 10, I still played the multiplayer for hours and had a good time.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts review, by Jeff Gerstmann on Giantbomb 3/5

Ghosts offers the same style of video game combat that Call of Duty has had since 2007. The core of it is still engaging and can be very thrilling, if you're receptive to this type of action. In fact, it's still my favorite online multiplayer shooter. But the bells and whistles surrounding the game are muted and missing, leaving behind that same core without giving you enough new and exciting reasons to come back. Even with the improved graphics to be had on next-generation consoles, I'd rather play Black Ops II.

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So, the verdict is that Ghosts will not be greater than GTA V. It is still totally worth playing.Keep an eye on GameZone for our Ghosts review by Call of Duty guru, Holden.

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