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The Mysteries of Call of Duty: Ghosts

/ Jul 16th, 2013 No Comments


[adsense250itp]This November, Infinity Ward will be releasing the tenth installment of their popular Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Ghosts is going to be the first Call of Duty game on the next generation of consoles. Given the new platforms available, Infinity Ward aims to take a franchise into new territory. The Modern Warfare brand is gone. Ghosts is the new kid in town.

The Call of Duty series is mostly known for its fast-paced and ever popular multiplayer. What most people forget about is that the game also has a single player campaign. These campaigns set the tone for the game and influence the multiplayer section in many ways. The factions players operate as are those seen in the campaign, the maps are inspired from levels and regions featured in the story, and there are even in-map easter eggs for the pleasure of observant players. Call of Duty: Ghosts is the start of a new brand. It will feature a new campaign and a new universe for fans to jump into. Knowing Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Ghosts will probably be the beginning of a new series.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the plot details of the campaign in Call of Duty: Ghosts. The story centers around a group of special operations soldiers who go by the code name “Ghosts”. They operate in an America devastated by some unknown event. Some speculation has gone around concerning this event. What could possibly be so catastrophic as to derail the entire country and open it up to hostile foreign entities?

In the gameplay footage showcased at E3, the audience was shown a level called “No Man’s Land”, set a few miles north of San Diego. The terrain is devastated all over, clearly echoing the title of the level. The player first comes upon a house that is completely derelict, suggesting that this area, probably a neighborhood, has been hit by some sort of continual warfare for a while. But when the player moves on up ahead past the house, they are greeted with a grand view of an entirely devastated city. The is a giant crater in the center and a ruined church hangs off the edge of a cliff. What makes it even more eerie is the periodic rumbling that occurs every now and then. Clearly, something really bad happened in the USA of Ghosts.

Stealthily infiltrating an office building

Stealthily infiltrating an office building

Seeing all of this, one cannot help but wonder what might have happened. Judging by the massive natural havoc seen in “No Man’s Land”, and given that it is set in California, one could posit that the dreaded “big one” earthquake came and tore the state apart. Sounds plausible, but that would not explain the whole country falling apart. Some fans have claimed that a mass EMP attack is to blame for the country falling apart. This is plausible too and just as scary. Given just how much of our world (and our security systems) runs on technology, an EMP would have devastating effects on a nationwide scale. Problem is, however, EMPs cannot cause the amount of physical devastation seen in the level.

A more plausible scenario is that somehow, the nuclear arsenal of the US was hijacked and turned on itself. It explains both the natural devastation of the land and the systemic collapse of the country. Another point that would support this would be the presence of enemies in hazmat suits who wield geiger counters in their hands. Geiger counters are used to detect radiation levels, and if that is not an indication of something nuclear-level bad happening, then it is hard to say what is.

Speaking of enemies, something has to be said about them as no Call of Duty game is complete without them. Again, not much is known yet about the foes that will challenge the player, but chatter has it that the new bad guy is a multinational group of South American nations looking to capitalize on the fallen US. More details would be welcomed about this intriguing antagonist organization, but it is refreshing to see that this time the bad guys are not the Russians.

When Call of Duty: Ghosts releases on November 5, it will be interesting to finally learn what causes the US to collapse so completely that it has to rely on a group of special operations soldiers to protect it. Call of Duty: Ghosts will be out on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.


Sean Dhaliwal

Sean Dhaliwal

Associate Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean is a newcomer to Gaming Illustrated who is a recent graduate of California State University Fullerton, with a BA in English. He has interests in games in the FPS, RPG, and strategy genres.
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