This game sucks. That's pretty much my opinion on the subject in a nutshell. It's not even that it does anything particularly wrong, though it does quite a bit wrong, it's that it is painfully generic in many places and outright boring in others. I thought Ghosts was a tremendously flawed game and an inferior successor to the Black Ops. games but this is worse.
Have I been harsh enough yet?
It's a shame too because I really had high hopes for this game. Kevin Spacey is a better quality of actor than is typically found in video games and actually has enough meat to act in. I also am a big fan of cybernetics, megacorporations, PMCs, and other pseudo-cyberpunk elements. Instead, the game seems actively averse to any sort of actual storytelling and the gameplay is marred down by gimmicks which take away from the gameplay rather than give.
|The war against North Korea was an interesting level and could have lasted the entire game.|
Jack is soon hooked up with a new team and sent after a Chechan Luddite terrorist group called the KVA. Atlas grows in power as the KVA brings the rest of the world to its knees. Shockingly, to anyone who hadn't seen the trailers which spoiled this fact, Jonathan Irons turns out to have been the main villain all along. The rest of the game is spent attempting to take down Atlas as it shows itself capable of fighting the entire world at once.
|"Press X to pay respects" is pretty much this game in a nutshell.|
Indeed, a large part of the story is undermined by just how safe it wants to play it. We have enough generic white male protagonist who is facing a fictional evil corporation plus a bunch of terrorists who hate technology (which is not an ideology many video game players are likely to get behind). As bad as Call of Duty: Ghosts was, it had a couple of moments where I cared (mostly related to the dog).
|Honestly, I'd work for Atlas. Evil or not, they can't do a worse job than the current administrations of the world.|
Kevin Spacey delivers a passable performance as Johnathan Irons but his character is mostly lacking depth, being a dime-store megalomaniac who never really shows all that much in the way of emotion. His subdued performance is exactly the wrong sort of thing for a man who rules Neo-Babylon and controls an army of mind-controlled soldiers. Troy Baker gives a somewhat uninspiring performance as the lead, who treats everything with a minimum amount of emotion. He's prone to narrating what he feels, which is just terrible.
|Frank Underwood, err Jonathan Irons, for World Dictator.|
In conclusion, I think this is a bad game. Modern Warfare is a hard act to follow, admittedly, but Black Ops was able to live up to its standards. Here, it just felt like they were half-assing it throughout. It is a hundred million dollar video game movie without an ounce of soul. The irony is the game charges forth with complete confidence it will get a sequel when this is very obviously a one and done deal.