5 Reasons Why Call of Duty: Ghosts Is The Worst Entry In The Franchise

Before I start listing the reasons, I would like to clear a few things. First, I am not from the Battlefield 4 camp; I have been playing Call of Duty since it first came out. Secondly, I have been playing the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts since its release, so some of the points don’t apply to the console release of the game. Anyhow, here are the 5 reasons why I think that Call of Duty: Ghosts is the worst entry in the franchise.

1. False System Requirements:

See, we PC gamers like to test everything out. If you say that these are the minimum system requirements, we are going to put it to the test just to make sure they are actually correct. So, the first thing that everyone focused on, when the minimum system requirements were released, was the 6GB RAM requirement. All the PC publishers list the system requirements for their games prior to their release and most of them let the game run, even if someone’s system doesn’t match those specifications. Same is not the case with Call of Duty: Ghosts. The game just refuses to run if your system’s RAM is less than 6GB. Almost 60% of people in my Call Of Duty group on Facebook were unable to run the game, thanks to the game simply not working if you have less than 6GB of RAM. Most were left wondering if this is the same game franchise that they love so much. A franchise that was known to accommodate even the users who had low to mid range gaming PCs. Many would say that it is the player’s fault for buying the game despite their system not meeting the requirements. However, the thing is the players thought those were the minimum recommended specifications. Who knew that they would be enforced. Hardly any AAA titles have enforced specifications.

After putting the game to the test it was confirmed that the game only required 1.5 to 2GB of RAM to run on low to medium settings and would hardly use 4GB of RAM at higher settings. Why the 6GB RAM requirement then? Well, here’s a question for you: What sounds more ‘next gen’, 2GB minimum ram requirement or 6GB? Maybe someone at Activision said that make sure that we list the minimum system requirements as high as possible, that’s the only way we can make it sound more like a next gen game. Here’s a screen shot that I took while playing the game at high settings with various applications running in the background.


2. No Field of View Settings:

Something that was readily available in the previous entry of the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, is not in the latest one. Infinity Ward should have learned a thing or two from Treyarch. First, they let the users draw FPS, simply via in game options without a need to run any external program, such as FRAPS, to know what frames you are getting. Secondly, they let you adjust the field of view according to your preference. I have been playing Black Ops II at 90 FOV and believe me, I am finding it really hard adjusting to Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 65 FOV. If you cannot provide such basic functions, then at least don’t patch an FOV fix when someone corrects your mistake. But no, the first thing they did was fix the FOV patch that let the players adjust their FOV settings, basically trying to say that “don’t mess with our game, or else we will ban you.”

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3. A Bit Too Complex:

Gone are the days, when you could simply pick up a Call of Duty game and understand its mechanics in a day or two. No, now it can take up to 2 months or even more to understand the game completely and adjust to it. It is slowly becoming more of a strategic shooter instead of a casual shooter that it is supposed to be. There were 16 perks in Black Ops 2 and there are 35 perks in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Instead of simply choosing 3 or 6 like the previous entries, you now have 8 points to spend on the perks, with each perk having a set cost of points.


Create a soldier, not a class. Now you have 10 different soldiers, each having different load outs and appearances. You can prestige each soldier once, meaning you can prestige 10 times. Also, they could have at least named the soldiers better. Seriously, two soldiers are named Chung and Chang, like Yin and Yang. One more thing I noticed was that the first soldier is named Stevenson. Even if you change the gender, the name doesn’t change. Now you don’t unlock guns simply by leveling up, you get squad points. Maybe the folks over at Activision have been playing a lot of free to play shooters recently. Each gun and its attachments now have a different value of squad points that you must have to unlock them. You earn them by playing the various modes in the game. Good luck spending months trying to figure out which perk and load out is best for your soldiers.

Soldier Customization

If you want to make a game more complex and add RPG elements to it, then please don’t release a new game every year. Give the players time to adjust to your new game, instead of announcing a new entry for 2014.

4. Maps Are Huge:

Call of Duty has always been known for its adrenaline pumping combat. You didn’t have to spend an enormous time searching and killing the enemy. Had I preferred that, I would have shifted to Battelfield a long time ago. Seriously, they should have understood this by seeing which maps were being played the most in the previous entries of the game. People hardly choose maps that are deemed huge. Most of the people used to play on Rust, Skidrow and Highrise in Modern Warfare 2 and Dome, Hardhat or Underground in Modern Warfare 3.

In Call of Duty: Ghosts, you will spend most of your time running around the map looking for enemies or camping in a spot, hoping for someone to cross your path. Sometimes I complete 2 laps around the map, before I spot an enemy. Ain’t nobody got time for that, if I may add. The smallest map in the game is the Free Fall map, but it’s only available to those who pre-ordered the game. Longer maps mean longer learning time. Add the latest scenery changing dynamics to it and you have to learn the same map twice.

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5. Search and Destroy not readily available:

Here’s the thing: while people don’t play this mode in public matches, it’s the most popular mode in private matches. In public matches, the main purpose of the player is to level up his character and to get acquainted with the various guns at his disposal. In private matches, specially in Search and Destroy mode where you get a single life each round, you put your experience to the test. I know what Activision did. They knew that people wouldn’t play Search and Rescue at all, so they got rid of Search and Destroy. They have announced that the game mode will return on the 15th of November with a simple playlist update. Such gimmicks just prove that they themselves don’t have faith in their newly introduced game modes.

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I want to add that I will still continue playing Call of Duty: Ghosts, despite all of its problems. The reason is that most of my friends have already bought it and fun is where friends are. Hopefully, Titanfall will change our minds and force us all to shift from this game. Most of the guys are saying that they will only buy a Call of Duty game developed by Treyarch and not Infinity Ward.

I think that the next entry in the series should be multiplayer only. A free to play Call of Duty is already being developed for China, so why not make it for everyone? There’s no need to release a new game every year. Take your time and give us a good game that people will remember and play for a long time.

Have more reasons to support my case? Let’s us know in the comments section below.

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  • John Crook

    Am i the only person that loves ghosts? realistic maps, realistic guns, no boost jumping, realistic health on standard multiplayer, DOGS!! fucking DOGS!!!!! Extinction, no gay zombies.

    Everyone complains that COD isnt what it used to be… well sorry guys but this was it, and you all slagged it off. so now we’ve got Infinite Warfare….. Thanks guys….

    Lot of campers, but who doesn’t love trolling a camper? shits all over black ops 3 if you ask me. I’d rather camp up a building than bounce around a map like im on a pogo-stick.

  • XRader

    If anyone says camping is a problem about the game im going to killl myself because its not activision’s or infinity ward’s fault its the players fault+ Ghosts is not complex i understood all mechanics in around 7 hours. If you look at how many people actually play other game modes other than TDM the other ones are nothing so Search And Destroy would be nothing also (28000+ on TDM, 400+ on Infected).

    Squad Points are actually easier to get than playing the game for 10h trying to get lvl 50, getting Squad Points is like getting 1-5 Squad Points every match which makes weapons easier to get which means you would have weapons you want faster and better weapons faster….For me Ghosts is the best…YES INCLUDING BO3 AND OTHERS….

    also every single friend of mine says that it doesnt have zombies..so?! extinction(aliens) is far more better than zombies and my friends say ‘extinction is extremely hard’ well if youre extremely noob at the game then thats obvious but when youre not extreme good but at least good then its easy as hell and except for just killing zombies,opening areas and buying guns you actually buy guns,kill aliens (which is much more fun), protect your teammates while theyre carrying the drill, the wave starts when you make the drill drill the nest, you protect a helicopter and its just fun! if you say it’s TOTAL worst of cods (including the first cod ever(Call Of Duty)) you are a weirdo.

    Thats all i have to say….

  • gohar uchiha

    One more thing cant play cod ghost multiplayer on pc i dont know do i have to download the ram fixer wtf if i had then dont have multiplayer option just got single player and dude story is better but i playing multiplayer more then a story but Still These guys must had to think about it

  • Yes

    I don’t agree with any reason

  • Guest

    90 FPS limit fucked the game for me.

    Unplayable on a 120/144 hz monitor, and no I’m not switching it to 60/75 hz what would be the point in that.

    Most ridiculous idea ever on a newly released game.

  • Javier Soto Bodensiek

    Yeah… I am a COD fan but you are right with your opinions :/

  • Jeff

    I especially agree with number 3 and 4. I know it sounds dumb but I miss the boundaries previous cods set up for classes. Pro perks were a staple of the series to me and now they’ve been thrown out like nothing, I miss being able to spend a few minutes deciding my classes and being done with them, rather than spending forever deciding which of the 50 stealth perks I wanted on my stealthy class. I liked having a certain restriction on attachments and grenades and being able to add a perk if i wanted more of one and I loved being able to pick 3 stealthy perks, pro them, and then feel like I’ve become a better player because I put time into the game. I understand they’re competing with battlefields customization options but they aren’t battlefield; they don’t need hundreds of different customization options, being restricted a bit makes the game less of a gamble and makes enemy classes easier to counter. I see an enemy in Ghost and I don’t know if he’s stealthy or if he’s going to run and gun me. In blops I could see that the other team was running stealthy and switch to a run and gun class without worrying that they might be running marathon, lightweight, etc under the ghillie suit.

    And the maps are atrocious. You’d think when everyone was begging for changes in their game that they’d pick something everyone hated, but instead they alter the one thing that has been a widely loved part of their game. Shipyard, rust, Nuketown, dome, hardhat, hijacked, I mean their most loved maps that they keep doing remakes of are requested for remakes for a reason. They even tried to make their scrapyard remake bigger with the underground bs. I don’t know why, when asked to change their formula, they change the best parts that are fine the way they are. It’s like a kid that keeps burning his hand on the stove no matter how many times you tell them no and guide them the right way.

    Unless I see something that blows me away, cod advanced warfare won’t even be on my considered buying list.

  • Johnny_h131

    You’re all retarded. Stop trying to find every little wrong detail in a game and get a life. It’s idiots like you that make games all boring because of your sleazy comments and opinions. Call of Duty Ghosts is a great entry in the franchise and I am highly certain that Ghosts 2 will be even better.

  • kip

    U fuckin dumbass faggot fazil, its their game to do what they want with. Its just evolving u stupid fuck! Your just mad cuz ur a bum and a hack. Get the fuck outta here ya hack!

    • VAM

      And you’re a 12 year old kid that lives with mommy and daddy, well probably just mommy and she lets CoD babysit you so you talk and act how you want. Also, if you wish to call someone “stupid”, learn the difference between when to use “your” and “you’re”. Also this is his opinion and he listed 5 reasons. Idiots like you kid, have no social skills, probably quit in 8th grade so you don’t know how to handle a discussion or disagreement without saying stupid shit like “u fuckin dumbass ( its dumb ass , two words btw )”

      Im going to check back on this post, and you BETTER not be posting anymore. You have lost your internet privileges, son. Now run along, look up stuff on google and try to get some manners when you talk to grown folks. I know this sounds harsh, but Im just trying to save you from a serious ass whooping one day, when you mouth off to a large black man in line at Kroger.

  • JWS

    The size of the maps I like. Equals out the field, creates strategy, and doesn’t cater to the gamer’s with the privilege of higher speed internet.

  • Mark K

    This is an awful review. It’s not even a review. It’s just a list of complaints, and the campaign isn’t even include, which is one of the best so far to be honest. (I never played BLOPS2 campaign)

    If you can’t figure out the squad system and the squad point and perk point system, you’re an idiot, especially if it takes you 2 months. (WTF?!) It’s not that hard, you play some games, you get a feel for a few guns. You get a few squad points, you spend them on upgrades for the gun, perks, or new guns. I’ve prestiged almost twice and I have well over 500 squad points just waiting to rebuy all my upgrades. Prestige is simple, you prestige, buy a new squad member and start all over again, in fact, all your upgrades (besides weapons/attachments) carry over, including camo’s and progress on operations.

    Maps aren’t huge… a few of them are very wide (Siege and the snow map), and yes they blow, but the rest of the maps are just ‘Tall’, making them seem bigger than they really are. The only general difference in size of the maps are height.

    If you’ve played a Call of Duty game before, you know exactly how this game is played. I skipped MW3 and BLOPS2 MP and decided to get this one, and I’m really enjoying it.

    It’s a shame that this is the first article that comes up when searching anything related to call of duty ghosts

    • Delta

      It’s not a review numbnuts
      Did it say ghosts review?
      It’s a rant

  • Jimmy

    Agree. Bought it on 360 and One. Just can’t stand it. Bugfield 4 is somehow playable after first patch on One.

    • Lewis Dorman

      You bought it on two consoles? Do you have more money than sense?

  • campdude

    Poorly optimized game.Old Engine should run better.

    And just for fun: Does not support windows XP. (black ops supported XP users).

    • VAM

      XP is over 12 years old. While it was awesome, you cant literally expect to run it for the rest of your life…I dont suggest 8 by no means, but 7 is where its at bro.

  • simbo slice

    I agree with your article completely, however, I think the biggest failure was the enormity of the maps. I could deal with the other drawbacks of the game but what made me eventually trade in the game was the maps. Another omission you forgot to mention was that there no Ground War in current gen.

  • Christopher Cioffi

    You also forgot to mention how the game is already hacked to shit. Hackers always find a way to hack CoD Day 1 on PC, Consoles you don’t see this much. But my brother has found 4 hackers already on ghosts (xbox 360) Youtubers like Jloco11 for example found one on ps3, and in the comment sections of that video, people are saying there are hackers on the next gen consoles. Seriously IW, pull your shit together, your’re anti-hack measures are crap and obviously you don’t give a fuck if you let your game get hacked just like that. At least Treyarch tries to fend off the hackers. I have yet to find a hacker in Black ops 2, as i find it more enjoyable than the crapsack Ghosts… I wish this game were a ghost and stop haunting us gamers with its problems and lies

  • Ertywerty

    Another negative point I’d like to add from what ive heard in other reviews also is the fact that there’s no Scorestreaks anymore…Now IMO it was great in BO2 I mean getting anything from an assist to picking up a dog tag would get u points to build up to the Scorestreak rewards, And i know some may like the 3 types of Killstreaks from MW3 & Ghosts the fact but lets face it going back to Killstreaks feels like a step back rather than forward, Whereas Scorestreaks were rewarding the player for assists etc.. In Ghosts it’s just a leaderboard number… Thoughts??

    • Brian

      Yeah i agree scorestreaks are by far the best

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  • PoopFlinger

    – no variety in boards, they’re all huge, no small boards to allow for players who like more action without running so damn much from the shitty spawn points in the far corners of these massive boards.
    – no tactical insertion: stupid move when you consider that the boards are ALL HUGE!
    – no bots. I know this isn’t a treyarch release, so this isn’t a surprise….
    – amen to the ‘circular board’ comment; there is no logic to the layout of these boards
    – the boards are generic at best. Uninspired and lacking in imagination. BO2 and MW3 had more character even with lower resolution. They missed the boat here, aiming to capitalize on better res and forgot to create good boards as a baseline… I don’t care if a shitty board is rendered slightly better….

    • Yes

      are you retarded?
      Only spawnkillers use tac insert people hate it
      there are bots
      Spawn system is the best it has ever been
      I would rather spawn on the end of the map than get spawnkilled over and over again
      there are only 3 huge maps rest are perfect
      fuck 3 lane maps those are created for spawnkillers
      BO2 is 100% the worst cod ever
      if you don’t agree you are a spawnkiller or a quickscoper, perhaps both.

  • Jack Mehauf

    Give me a COD with a co-op campaign, like WaW.

  • Martin

    U are correct not to mention all the spawn points are horrific and the game mechanics are completely screwed. Too much crap going on I miss my cod 4 best cod ever very simple and takes skill. Ps I hate you infinity ward. Your lucky you don’t meet im your fans in person 🙂

  • Dakan45

    So people whine about complexity and big maps? DAFUQ?

    • sk8erbyern

      This is not a Battlefield game. People are playing CoD because it is like an arcade shoot and run game with lots of action in multiplayer. However they are just deceiving people with irrelevant ideas like dogs or remote sentry or some mini-copter that lets you tag enemies. People want action and what we get? Less players on larger maps = DAFUQ? AND Action, yeah bending bullets, unregistered hts, OP weapons and pings and lags? Game is not fair to begin with that ridiculous NETCODE

      • Dakan45

        It averages aroud a 7.5 on metacritic so its obvious its a dissapoitment.

        • The not full of shit reviewer

          Don’t listen to any reviews higher than a 6 or 7 they are full of shit

          • Dakan45

            tell that to bioshit infinite. That game sucks. 9? 10? fuck no.

      • Dexter

        Lots of action? What game are you playing. Everyone runs around with Dead silence, thermals and silencers. It’s a lot of sneaking around and getting shot in the back. Or taking advantage of lag to run around a corner with smg and agility to shoot you before they show up on your screen and then marathon so they can run insanely stupidly fast to your spawn and spawn camp you.

  • killzoneisdaone

    Atleast the game works on my PC unlike Battlefield 4 with its constant server crashes and horrid hit detection :/

    im enjoying the multiplayer so far though…

    • Ben A


      • Delta

        Hey dipshit
        Cod has offline bots
        Bf4 has a shitty singleplayer
        Not everyone is magical on bf

        Please take your jerked off fingers off the caps

  • Abdou27

    Multiplayer only ?? NO !! not everyone have the money to pay for an xbox live gold …

    • Ben A


      • Delta6

        Are you serious
        “I can’t afford this”
        “OMG your disrespectful to the poor!”

    • Delta

      Well it feels like a good enough investment considering your paying full price for half a game and how far you can make it in extinction alone

  • anthology

    The squad point system is a good thing. Now you don’t have to play till max level to unlock your favorite weapon…

  • Victor

    One reason why I played Call of Duty because of its story. It is already a good game during the first release of MW and now it’s getting worst. Cmon guys don’t compete with Battlefield into thier multiplayer game. Everyone loves the story of COD.

  • Grenyn

    If it takes you two months to fully understand this game, then maybe you should stop playing games.
    I ran around looking for enemies in all of the Call of Duty games I’ve played, Modern Warfare to Black Ops II, Ghosts is definitely not worse in this regard.

    And you think the next Call of Duty should be multplayer only? You haven’t even mentioned the campaign in your post, and many people play Call of Duty for the story.

    • sk8erbyern

      You sir, you don’t know how to play and you are the one who should stop playing If you ran around looking for enemy in Cod4 and Cod5:WaW. And those who are playing CoD for the story should also stop playing either cause you are literally paying a small fortune for a 4-hour campaign.

    • Angry…Customer

      Regardless it’s a shitty fuckong game, and multiple reviews have said the campaign is just as fucked up as the shoddy multiplayer. Correction, most people play Cod for it’s online aspect hence it being one of the largest ongoing online communities. As for looking for people I haven’t had to do that since the first time I picked up Cod every other Cod I’ve been able to pick up where I last left off, except for this shit poor watered down 3rd world version of a game.

    • Delta

      Many people play cod for story? Are you fucking stupid?
      I do play cod for story and even I agree that the majority like 70 to 80% don’t even touch it while every plays mp
      The thing is singleplayer in ghosts isn’t that bad and I congratulate them for that but how stupid are the devs not to focus on multiplayer if its what everyone plays
      The devs don’t understand their fans

      Probably because there fans are douchebags

  • cXn-John

    IF they fix the game it has potential, i did not find the new perk system hard to understand and in actual fact found it quite good, it allows for a more personalized game style meaning that if you want a class that is set up for a specific purpose the extra diversity of the system makes for better for specializing. I am not some “fanboy” either i do hate the current broken state the game is in, it has some potential, some of the changes are radical but the game still feels like call of duty when you play it.

    There are many sour points about this release though. It is full of bugs, i have a dual card setup and i have to disable crossfire just to run this game, if i don’t i get really bad performance and stutter, i have to run the game in “NORMAL” settings with all extras removed, just to get playable consistent fps. The game itself has many shortfallings, especially in the area where Black Ops 2 have made good effort to fix problems with console style P2P matchmaking. There are no dedicated servers from what i have seen, as every single game i have been in from lobby have said, searching for best host at the top of the screen before starting the round. Activision tweeted that all version across all platforms would have dedicated servers.

    All in, the launch has been the worst so far, but the game if patched to allow the things that ALL fans of the Call of Duty should want to have included is issued, the game would be much better. Dedicated servers and a patch to fix all the menu and game lag would remedy much of the problems.

    • killzoneisdaone

      i think mw3 launch was worst. remember the FMG9’s?

      • Number 15

        Nothing will compare to pre-patch Akimbo Model 1887s in MW2.

    • Yes

      Bo2 matchmaking never got fixed it got worse

  • Raphael Kennedy

    This is spot on about ghosts, its an awful game not worthy of being called an AAA release.

    However one thing about the maps. theyre not too big, they arent close to most CoD4 maps or a lot of WaW and black ops 1 maps. However their layout is awful, truly. They have gotten rid of the two ends idea with the 3 or so routes from one side to another, instead they have made them circular, with no clear routes or directions. Creating true chaos punishing good and bad players alike

    What were seemingly chaotic maps in the previous maps took a while to learn but they had an air of order about them once you learned the maps you could predict players routes, their decisions on where to go. Take for example ‘Highrise’ in MW2, you had 4 routes the left side, then the tunnel, middle, and finally the right side (by the heli-pad). In each of these routes there were sub routes, over the helipad, under it, and for some of you around on the ledge. These were well designed maps, they didnt punish you for spawning in, or not checking all 4561314561615454 corners and windows around you like in ghosts. they had limited vertical play, and the vertical areas were usually exposed and only good for a quick kill or spotting other players. however in ghosts its become a clusterfuck where ever you go you get punished by the game, one person spawning behind you, another sitting in wait around a corner with a honey-badger (hideously over powered).

    Id also like to add that there is far too much foliage, far far too much. it lends its self to camping and for the love of whatever god you pray to IW you dont half make it look bad…. I get the setting of the game but nothing would be that overgrown in such a short period of time.

    As for the colour of the maps i studded illustration for a few years and even I had no idea that there were so many shades of gray and brown. It needs to change, players dont ‘POP’ like they used to, it takes an eagle eye to spot most of them, that is if they arent laying prone in a bush or long grass…..

    This is by far the most broken and disappointing release i have ever witnessed in the history of CoD. All i hope for is some form of free apology pack (maybe a new gun or two), a full refund for those who want it, for them to acknowledge that they prematurely released a game that was not finished nor of a standard that everyone who has been eagerly waiting and following this franchise deserves and a fix, for consoles and PC (which has suffered the most severe problems out of the 3 primary releases (360, PS3 and PC)

    Im sorry for this rant but i just cant get over how bad this game is. I feel like a fool for having bought it.