Even if the gaming community often judges the Call of Duty franchise for not taking enough chances from year to year, the review scores have always been impressive. It’s easy to ask for new features or a campaign that does a little bit more than blow up a building right in front of your face, but it’s difficult to deny the overall quality of this first-person blockbuster franchise. However, the recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts is the first of Activision’s gems to struggle a bit with the numbers. As of this writing, most versions of the game are hovering around a 75 on review aggregate site, Metacritic.
Does that mean you should just pass the game by and never give it a chance? Absolutely not. But when compared to the other Call of Duty games that have released over the last six years, the most recent scores aren’t too impressive. The PS3 version of the first Modern Warfare reached an average score of 94, while its two sequels hovered right around the same range. The Black Ops games floated about the mid 80s, showing just a bit of a slide from the Infinity Ward titles.
Currently, Call of Duty: Ghosts is at 73 on PS3 and 75 on Xbox 360.
Can this be the first big sign of franchise fatigue, or do you think that Infinity Ward just made a few errors in the core game that can be fixed the next time around? Either way, this is a good thing for Battlefield 4, which is going head-to-head with the juggernaut this fall.