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Everyone who has been waiting for the release of the latest installment of the always-reliable Call of Duty series already knows whether or not they want to buy Ghosts. The 10th game in the series, Ghosts is a first-person war game developed by Infinity Ward. For those of you who are on the fence and have only heard about the game through the trailers on television, here’s a brief synopsis of the story:
Ghosts is set in a different timeline from the other games. In this world, attacks from space have devastated the United States, turning it from a superpower to an impoverished and vulnerable nation.
When an external threat invades, a unit of Spec Ops soldiers called the Ghosts launches a counteroffensive. With a pair of brothers in the lead, a dog and other faithful companions at their side, and their father calling the shots, the Ghosts will have to defend what’s left of the United States by any means necessary. Promotional materials suggest that players will be everywhere from the ocean to outer space.
Of course, the Call of Duty series doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on its single-player campaign. The bread and butter of the series is its multi-player, which has infinite replay value for its target audience. Activision, the game’s publisher, has spared no expense in promoting the multi-player.
One of their live-action trailers, called “Epic Night Out,” features Megan Fox in a small role, supposedly to represent the female characters gamers will be able to play as for the first time. The same trailer depicts four average men in combat gear, wreaking havoc in a ruined Las Vegas to the sound of Frank Sinatra’s “I’m Gonna Live 'Till I Die.” This is the polar opposite of the bleak, apocalyptic promotions for the single-player story.
If you are looking for a competent game to play on your Playstation 4 or your Xbox One, then you could do worse than Call of Duty: Ghosts. The series is the benchmark for first-person shooters, and, if those are your favorite games, then you’ve already made up your mind about Ghosts. If you’ve never played that kind of game or never wanted to, Ghosts is most likely not for you.

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