After Yesterday’s Xbox Event, I Officially Believe in Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts that is.  Now, I’m not much of an Xbox gamer; if you’re looking to categorize my gaming prowess, I definitely fall in the Sony camp; but please, fellow fanatics don’t hate me, I just like my PlayStation and all of the things it has to offer me in terms of exclusives.  Anyway, I watched the Xbox Reveal yesterday while sitting at work (not doing work, clearly) because I didn’t want to miss a single second of the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal.

I’ve been pretty excited about Call of Duty: Ghosts ever since the box art was leaked, I mean… it’s a really attractive cover and I’m a sucker for those Call of Duty covers (especially Black Ops, and Black Ops 2, for example); but that wasn’t the only thing that sparked my interest.  When I initially watched the teaser trailer I was intrigued; confused, but intrigued nonetheless because it was different, and there were masks, and all sorts of costumes, and I couldn’t quite make the connection but that’s the best kind of “intrigued” a person could possibly be.  So when I heard about the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal happening during the Xbox event, my ears perked up, I tuned into the Engadget stream via my iPhone, and I sat, and waited… and then my jaw dropped in amazement.

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It was the slow motion camera panning, the sad-but-beautiful music in the background, and the dramatic narration that tugged on my heart strings and literally made me cry.  It was also the silhouette of the solider petting his loyal companion (yes, omg, an actual dog) as the sun sets, the idea that you have no one but yourself and your team, and the world crumbling around you.  For that percentage of us who actually play the single player campaign when it comes to Call of Duty, this game looks… amazing.  I’m a fan of the way Infinity Ward does what they do in terms of storyline, and even though I don’t know much about the story itself, I just feel like it’s going to be the perfect blend of action, emotional distress, and captivation, which in the end is a slightly necessary (and extremely exciting) change of pace for Call of Duty.

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I’m excited to see how this game affects me; I know the sad-but-beautiful music won’t be there while I’m playing (which is probably a good thing because I wouldn’t be able to see through my tears), but what is going happen to my dog?  Is there going to be some terribly depressing cut-scene in which I have to watch my him take his last breath?  That will kill me emotionally; hell, I think that will just about make anyone sob a little.  I also feel like I’m going to fall in love with my team, or whoever is fighting alongside me because they are all I’ve got and when one of them dies, or all of them die, what am I going to do?  I’m going to feel empty, and sad, and vengeful, and lonely in a world where I will literally be on my own because I’m considered a ghost… and that is truly terrifying to think about.

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