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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Call of Duty: Ghosts PS3 Review

Updated: 11/27/2013 5:05 PM
Created: 11/27/2013 3:15 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I am a huge fan of the “Call of Duty” games, and I have been playing them for a few years now.  I really enjoy their campaign modes and most of all playing multiplayer.  I can easily spend a full evening playing online with friends and other people trying to defeat the other team while I am gaining experience points to get the best weapons.

This past week, I got the opportunity to play Activision’s “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for the PS3, and I had a blast.

“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is a first person shooter, and I was wondering why the game was called “Ghosts.”  I learned that “Ghosts” in “Call of Duty” are a specialized military organization. After playing campaign mode, you know more about them.

In the campaign (story) mode you play as Logan Walker, who is the son of the captain of the Ghosts. At the beginning of the game, a space station, which is actually a very deadly weapon, is hijacked by an organization called The Federation.  The Federation wants to use it to destroy a bunch of U.S. cities.  A group of astronauts try to stop The Federation’s plan by destroying the space station.

In the explosion, the space station crashes to earth and destroys San Diego, along with other cities

Logan, his brother and father manage to survive the destruction. After a few years, Logan eventually joins the military and becomes a “Ghost” that is led by his father. 

More time goes by. During a mission, they learn that an American named Rorke has been working for The Federation.  The Ghosts capture Rorke and want to learn more about The Federation and what he is doing for them. While they are flying back to their base, Rorke’s men attack the plane and rescue Rorke. Now the Ghosts must try and find Rorke once again and find out what The Federation is up to.

I thought the story was pretty good and interesting. I liked the very beginning of the game when you are in space and fighting the Federation.  I thought that was something new, because you were floating around trying to shoot the enemies with a gun. 

I wanted to find out more about The Federation and also about what Rorke was going to do once he escaped from the Ghosts.  There are tons of exciting, fast-paced and action-packed scenes that kept the game flowing nicely.

The graphics are amazing.  The backgrounds and characters look so life-like and were very detailed.  At times, there were tons of soldiers on the screen. Bullets were flying and helicopters were flying overhead. Not once did the game slow down.  I thought that was very impressive.

Another thing I really thought was nice was that the game mixed the loading time with the cut scenes of the story. That was great because you didn’t have to sit and wait for the game to start. You were entertained with the story and you went right into the gameplay.

The controls were very easy to learn. If you are familiar with first person shooters, you will be able to pick up the controller and play with ease.  However, if you are not familiar with first-person shooters, learning the controls is still very easy because there are in-game tutorials that explain everything very well.  Plus when you come up to an item or something you can interact with, directions about the button you need to push and what it will do will appear on the screen. This is helpful.

There are many objectives to each mission. If you push the start button, a menu will come up that will tell you what you need to do in case you forget.

There are many different weapons that you will find and get while you are playing, and that makes playing a lot of fun, because you never know what weapon you will come across, and you can also pick up weapons from downed soldiers.

In “Call of Duty: Ghosts” there are a few different modes you can play that are really fun.  You can play the campaign, multi-player, squads or extinction.

In squads, you can build a team and play against other players from around the world, which is really very exciting. 

The multi-player is extremely fun and I can spend many hours playing this. There are so many different types of games that you can play. The online games include: team death match, blitz, infected, hunted, free for all, team tactical, kill confirmed, search and destroy, search and rescue, and domination. 

When you first go into the multi-player menu, you have a bunch of choices. You can create a soldier or a clan, do a private match or find a game to jump into. You can also look at your operations, which are challenges that you can complete to unlock different weapons and items.

I thought playing online was great.  I played for over 10 hours, and not once did I get disconnected from a match or experienced any weird glitches.  I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, but it never happened to me.

My favorite mode, which is a new one for “Call of Duty” is called “Extinction.”  It is awesome because you fight aliens.  You can play a solo match and have people randomly jump into your game, or you can find a public match and play with three other players. 

Your mission is to take a drill and destroy alien hives.  You set up the drill, and it starts drilling the hive automatically.  While that is going on, tons of aliens start to attack you, and you must try and fight them until the drill destroys the hive.  There is a meter on the screen that shows you how much time it’s going to take for the drill to destroy the hive. The aliens attack you and the drill.  As you destroy the aliens, you will earn money, and you can use the money to buy weapons and items to help you fight the aliens.  I thought this mode was very challenging and a lot of fun. 

One thing that I need to mention is that if you have “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for the PS3, you can upgrade to the PS4 version for only $10.00.  There is a coupon in the game with a PSN code that will let you do this.  I thought this was great for people who got this for the PS3, and then got a PS4.  They don’t have to pay full price for another game.

I really enjoyed Activision’s “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for the PS3.  I liked the campaign mode and thought the graphics were amazing.  The multi-player mode was a blast to play, and the controls were very easy to learn.  I absolutely loved extinction mode, and I know other players will also enjoy it as much as I did.  I would highly recommend this to fans of the “Call of Duty” series and to players who are looking for an action packed game that will keep you entertained for many hours.


“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is rated “M” for blood, drug reference, intense violence and strong language.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.

Photo courtesy of Activision

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