Analysts don't expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be a record-smashing title like its predecessors. Activision has anticipated a downturn as well.
Are the review scores earned thus far indicative of that downturn? If you check the Metacritic average scores for the PS3 version and the Xbox 360 version , you see a game that isn't breaking the 8 barrier. You also see an average user review score in the 2s.
Even major sources like Polygon (6.5), Destructoid (5.0) and Giant Bomb (6.0) aren't big fans of Ghosts , although one should also point out the 8.8 from IGN, the 8.0 from GameSpot and the 8.5 from Machinima. There is some discrepancy in the critical response, and it's no surprise to see a ton of people bashing the game in the user reviews. However, if you check last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops II , you will see a significantly higher score. Granted, we've still got a lot of critics who need to weigh in (including me), but that's a significant statistical difference.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest complaints stem from an apparent lack of innovation and freshness. Even the multiplayer isn't being viewed as a step forward, and many are starting to wonder if the franchise is in need of another overhaul. Maybe we need another Modern Warfare -like revolution…? Perhaps it will come in the new generation.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Ghosts