At Call of Duty XP this past weekend we got to play a short demo of Infinite Warfare’s Zombies mode, and there’s something surreal about headshotting zombies while Animotion’s “Obsession” plays in the background. At one point I turned a corner and accidentally went down an amusement park slide, shooting a group of zombies as I landed. A lot of them wore legwarmers and side ponytails. They can breakdance. David Hasselhoff is the DJ.
This is developer Infinity Ward’s first foray into Zombies (a mode pioneered by CoD: Black Ops developer Treyarch), and it’s seeking to differentiate itself. As far as gameplay goes it follows in previous versions’ footsteps, but it’s a big thematic leap from anything we’ve seen before. It’s not creepy, it’s campy, even more so than the Jeff Goldblum-powered mode in Black Ops 3. And so far, that ‘80s horror-movie feel works in Zombies in Spaceland’s favor.