Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
In a new look at Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, we had a chance to see the perils of space up close. While the demo was entirely hands-off, we got a solid look at a mission that takes Captain Reyes and his team to an asteroid mining base that has gone off course, headed straight into the sun.
The rapidly spinning rock has thrown off the day-night cycle, which poses a hazard for the team. Direct rays from the sun heat the surface to 900 degrees, meaning rapid death for any soldier caught outside.
This leads to some tense moments of dashing between buildings. We didn't get to see much combat, but the sqaud runs afoul of some mechanical enemies as it continues to search for survivors.
The demo was largely narrative with minimal gameplay. Unfortunately, we didn't get our hands on Infinite Warfare, in contrast to direct experience with Black Ops 3 at last year's Gamescom. Activision is likely saving it's meaty reveals and opportunities for Call of Duty XP in early September.
The real treat of the video presentation was an extended look at one of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered's most memorable moments. "Shock and Awe", the tenth mission in the game, features an air attack on antagonist Khaled Al-Asad's stronghold.
The mission includes two ground rescues amidst heavy fire, concluding with the detonation of a nuclear weapon that sets the rest of the game's plot in motion. The updated version of one of Infinity Ward's best entries looks wonderful, with completely revamped textures and effects. The enormous detonation that closes the mission was impactful in the original, and looks simply stunning in this updated edition.
The facial animation doesn't seem to have been given quite the same amount of attention, but that stands out because of how good everything else looks. Pieces of buildings and scaffolding crumble, explosives detonate spectacularly, and particle effects of sand and dust clouds contribute without obscuring the action.
Provided the remaster plays as well as the original, Modern Warfare will be a remaster done right. And for those spending the extra $20 on the Infinite Warfare Legacy edition, the price seems right for the amount of content and care on offer.