Call of Duty: Ghosts review round-up – all bark and no bite?

Call of Duty: Ghosts is out today and with the review embargo – which was 8am this morning – now lifted here’s a timely review round-up.

The Official PlayStation Magazine and Eurogamer, amongst others, reviewed the PlayStation 4 version, while other websites – such as EGM – settled for reviewing the current gen versions. As the likes of Eurogamer point out, they were invited to an event to review the game rather than play it from the comfort of elsewhere. You can bet this’ll be the case for a lot of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles en route this month too.

General consensus has it that Call of Duty: Ghost is pretty darn good, but still a missed opportunity. The Official PlayStation Magazine claimed that while playing it on PS4 it was easy to forget that they were playing on a next-gen console. EDGE echoed this, while adding that by the next time Infinity Ward gets to show off what they can achieve on the new formats it may be too late.

American sites such as IGN have given it an easier ride, with the exception of Destructoid who dished out the lowest review score so far – a mediocre 5/10.

Here’s what has been said:

7/10 – Eurogamer: “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”

8/10 – Official PlayStation Magazine: “There’s a lot of highly polished content in Ghosts, and although it’s disappointing to see that it doesn’t truly embrace next-gen possibilities”

8/10 – The Official Xbox Magazine: “A Call of Duty game with solid multiplayer, a forgettable offline campaign and a kooky extra mode thrown in just for fun. Exactly what you were expecting – but then, you knew that already”

7/10 – EDGE: “Many will be satisfied by the simple existence of a COD game on the day next-gen hardware launches, but this is a missed opportunity nonetheless”

8.8 – IGN: “Call of Duty: Ghosts’ robust multiplayer suite and refreshingly varied campaign make it one of the best in the series”

4/5 – DigitalSpy: “Despite an overriding feeling of familiarity, Ghosts is another excellent entry in the Call of Duty series”

7.5 – EGM: “Narrative issues and a lack of ingenuity in multiplayer plague what could’ve been an all-time great Call of Duty game. As is, Ghosts is still an enjoyable experience and shows that Infinity Ward can still hold the line—but the concept falls short of its true potential”

6.5 – Polygon: “Outside of the stellar Extinction mode, Ghosts follows more often than it leads, bringing with it familiar missions, modes and experiences”

7.5 – NowGamer: “It doesn’t put a foot wrong because nothing in Ghosts is daring to tread in new territory”

5/10 – Destructoid: “Contrary to the old saying, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Black Ops II demonstrated that with style. Ghosts, however, is a dog that simply doesn’t want to change”

7/10 – CVG: ” It’s fun, sure, but it’s not ground-breaking. But then, for the purposes of its audience, does it need to be?”

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