“Call of Duty: Ghosts”-most played game of 2014?

“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the latest installment in the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty franchise. After the Modern Warfare series came to a close two years ago, Infinity Ward decided that it was time for a new storyline, but instead of writing a new story, Infinity Ward took a leap of faith and went with a whole new universe: new story, new characters and a much awaited next-gen engine.

Written by Academy Award winner Stephen Gagham, Ghosts takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States of America in the year 2023, 10 years after an orbital weapons platform known as O.D.I.N was hijacked and its munitions were launched against the United States in order to cripple the superpower.

You play as Logan Walker (Viking 2), a former Navy SEAL sergeant.

He, his brother and a posse of other former members of the military have banded together to help reclaim America after a devastating “mass event” cripples the nation and sends much of the Western world into chaos and discord.

Now it is up to you to help defend what is left of the U.S. from the invading forces of various South American countries.

But like all Call of Duty titles, the most anticipated aspect of the game is its multiplayer. With over 25 new guns, brand new game types and a separate game mode known as “extinction.”

Extinction is a new contender against the heavily popular “Nazi zombies” game mode introduced by fellow developer Treyarch.

In extinction, you and three friends must hold out in an alien infested area until your current objective is complete or the alien hordes get to you first.

The multiplayer system in “Ghosts” is not much different from the previous games; you kill players and capture objectives to rack up points, get enough points and you level up.

But what sets it apart from the other CoDs is that you don’t have to be a high level to use a more powerful weapon. The player can purchase weapons using squad points that are gained from playing online.

The argument can be made that many if not all Call of Duty games are just the same game with better graphics, new guns and same chest-high walls.

While there are many points that could be made to support or disprove that statement, whatever the developers are doing right, they don’t seem to want to drive away from the billion dollar doughnut that is Call of Duty.

Call of Duty fans will not be disappointed with the latest installment of the franchise and newcomers to the series will be able to enjoy themselves with streamlined playing style and easy-to-navigate controls.

“Call of Duty: Ghosts” still holds its own in campaign and multiplayer and will likely be one of the most played games of 2014.