Assuming you aren’t still spending all of your time on Battlefield 1, you might be playing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare when it launches tomorrow. The latest entry in Activision’s long running first person shooter series heads to space and beyond, and had a fairly successful multiplayer beta test a few weeks back, but multiplayer isn’t all there is to the game.
Activision’s detailed some of the game’s modes on its official blog, and they’re definitely including some special touches for the more hardcore (or masochistic) fans of the series. These are Specialist Mode and YOLO Mode.
Specialist Mode is unlocked by beating the game’s campaign – the difficulty doesn’t matter, you just need to clear the final level. Activision says it’s “intensely realistic”, and while its realism is yet to be seen, it seems difficult for sure. Once Specialist Mode is enabled you won’t be able to regenerate health automatically, instead using Nano Shots to recover health when possible. These take up slots in your equipment, and helmets do, too. Helmets are the only way you’ll be able to survive a headshot, and they’ll actually break in this mode. After breaking, you’ll need to find a replacement – and fast.
The biggest change comes with how damage is handled. It’s possible to have individual limbs crippled, such as your legs and arms. Leg damage impacts your movement, which is bad enough, but arm damage can disable ADS (aim down sights), equipment, or even knock your gun out of your hands.
YOLO Mode contains all of Specialist’s changes, and is unlocked by completing Specialist. There’s one vital change that comes with it, and it’s the one in the name: dying sends you all the way back to the start of the campaign. No do overs, no second chances, just a clean slate and the ability to try again. It looks like a challenge, and it should be fun to see just how many people actually complete it.
If you would like to pre-order Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for your Xbox One, check it out in the Microsoft Store. If you’d like to pay an extra $20 to get the Legacy Edition (which includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered) you can find that here.
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