Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the 2016 entry in the ongoing Call of Duty franchise, developed by Infinity Ward, with assistance from Treyarch, Beenox, Raven Software, and High Moon Studios, and released for Windows PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. It takes the series further into the future than it has ever been, with Earth now depleted of resources and dependent on colonies throughout the solar system for raw materials. However, recently a group of these colonies seceded in a bloody war (seemingly for the sole reason that their entire populations were moustache-twirlingly evil), forming the Settlement Defense Front. The story begins with the SDF opening a new offensive against Earth, with the player taking on the role of Commander Nick Reyes (voiced by Brian Bloom), a member of SCAR (Special Combat Air Recon) which appears to be a SEAL-like unit attached to Earth's space navy.
The following weapons appear in the video game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare:
Infinite Warfare features two types of weapons - ballistic and energy.
Ballistic weapons, like the M1 Garand or "NV4", fire conventional rounds and are able to penetrate some surfaces. They are also less effective against robotic enemies compared to energy weapons in the campaign. Each weapon type has access to different attachments. Unique attachments include Extended Mags, which increases magazine capacity and ammo in reserve, FMJ, which improve the weapons ability to penetrate surfaces, Hollow Point, which increases headshot damage multipliers and Rifled Barrel, which extends the damage range of the weapon.
Energy weapons, like the "Volk" or "EMC" fire blue energy rounds, which have a blue square muzzle flash, they regenerate/"recharge" rounds from the players reserve ammunition when not in use, the individual cells are not ejected when firing, unlike the shells of ballistic ammunition, shots reflect/bounce off surfaces instead of penetrating them like ballistic weapons, and they are more effective against robotic enemies in the campaign. Unique attachments include the Fusion Mags, which regenerate energy rounds while the weapon is holstered, Ram Servo, which allows shots to reflect twice, Particle Amp, which extends the damage range of the weapon, and the Faraday Slug will increase headshot damage multipliers.
Some energy weapons like the "Banshee" or the "Gravity Vortex Gun" feature more exotic ammo types that are different to the standard blue energy rounds. These include compressed air, beams of red energy and the rather unbelievable ability to fire black holes.
Most of the attachments do not alter the weapons visually, such as the Extended Mags attachment not altering the size of the magazines. Additionally, some attachments don't make a lot of sense - the Rifled Barrel attachment implies ballistic weapons do not have rifled barrels by default, which is preposterous, and the Stock attachment is available for weapons that do not have a stock, such as pistols, and it doesn't add a pistol stock to the weapon either.
The "EMC", standing for "Electro-Magnetic Compact", is an energy pistol primarily based on the Springfield Armory XD Subcompact, albeit a little larger. The slide reciprocates when firing, which also includes the battery. When reloading, the top rear section of the pistol (what would normally be the rear of the slide on a conventional pistol design) is removed and swapped out for a new battery. The pistol has a small trigger guard, and a larger framework piece around the trigger guard that helps secure the (unusable) underbarrel laser aiming module to the pistol, which is hardly necessary - the underbarrel rail should be more than enough to keep it on the pistol. This LAM is reminiscent of the one seen on the USP present in the original Modern Warfare trilogy.
In the single-player campaign, the weapon is used by both SATO and SDF forces, including Admiral Salen Kotch (voiced by Kit Harington).
The Glock 18C is the only secondary "classic" weapon available in the game; it is referred to as the "Hornet", referencing the Modern Warfare 2 mission "The Hornet's Nest", where a "G18" (actually a full-auto converted Glock 17 in the original MW2, but a proper G18C in the remaster, due to it reusing this very model) was the starting handgun. By default, it is fitted with a 33-round magazine by default, which only holds 20 rounds and 30 when using the Extended Mags attachment. Additionally, the "Cartel" variant of the "Kendall 44" seen below is based on a Glock 18C.
The "Hailstorm" is a massive fictional revolver bearing a distinct resemblance to the RSh-12 revolver. It is mechanically bizarre in several ways: it fires in three-round bursts, using a sort of en-bloc clip of four 3-round superposed load chambers in the cylinder (the game calls this a "chamber stack"). The rounds appear to have casings, which would not work unless they are some kind of combustible casing. While the name implies it is supposed to be some kind of Metal Storm-style system, the weapon appears to use a traditional firing pin, which would only be able to strike the rear cartridge's primer (while an argument could be made that the burst works through a deliberate chain fire, with each cartridge setting off the next, the recoil of the weapon would likely cause this to happen to all of the chambers when the weapon was fired, most likely causing the gun to explode); the hammer operates exclusively in single-action, striking the firing pin 3 times, despite there being no obvious reason for it to self-cock (normal self-cocking revolvers such as the Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver have some form of recoiling segment to cock the hammer, usually the barrel and upper frame). The cylinder is actually a shell in which the real, detachable set of chambers sits, with nothing obvious to hold it in place, and the weapon's cylinder is hexagonal, despite it only having 4 chambers to rotate between (12 shots total).
A striker-fired ballistic pistol resembling the Glock 19 is the UNSA standard issue sidearm in the game, chambered in a fictional "44 ACP" cartridge. By default it feeds from a 16-round magazine and fires semi-automatically, but can be upgraded with 24 round magazines and the ability to fire in full-auto. The weapon has the "Kendall Ballistics" logo on the slide. the description states it has an integral attachment (as the text appears in blue, "integral attachments" in this game usually means "things the gun does") called Lightweight Mold, which gives the weapon a very small hipfire spread compared to other pistols. The HUD icon has an unusable flashlight mounted on a pistol rail mount system, which is absent by default, but returns when an optic is equipped.
The "Kendall 44" has different magazine capacities in campaign and Zombies. It has 10 and 15 round capacities in campaign, and 8 and 12 round capacities in Zombies, fitting with the tradition of having the starting pistol in Zombies have 8 rounds. In campaign, when fully upgraded it gains the Full Auto upgrade, which functions the exact same way as the multiplayer Auto Sear attachment and turns the gun into a psuedo-Glock 18, despite a Glock 18 already existing in the game. The resemblance is even stronger with the "Cartel" variant, which has an engraved G18C-inspired slide.
Taurus Raging Bull
A visually altered Taurus Raging Bull appears as the "Stallion .44"; it was added via an update on July 25, 2017. It comes with top and underbarrel rails, a custom trigger, and a different trigger guard and rear cylinder latch; the front latch is also relocated upwards. Like in Call of Duty: Ghosts, it is used in single-action mode, but this time the player character fans the hammer when hip-firing, increasing the rate of fire in the process. Ironically, when used in akimbo, each revolver uses the "fast" fire rate despite the character cocking it with their firing hand's thumb. The weapon repeats the same mistake as in Ghosts of swinging out a non-empty cylinder with the hammer still cocked and having the hammer pulled before closing the cylinder on an empty reload. Due to its addition later in the lifecycle of the game, it is classed among the futuristic handguns rather than the "classic" weapons.
Added via update on February 28th, 2017, the "UDM" is a fictional full-auto machine pistol based on an SRU Precision bullpup conversion kit for Tokyo Marui airsoft Glock pistols. It features a stock, an integrated reflex sight mounted on the slide, and a 14-round translucent magazine inserted into the very rear of the grip frame. Oddly, its slide does not sit flush with the end of the frame and the description states it is made from "modular parts". In the game files, the weapon is called the "UDM45", suggesting it is chambered in .45 ACP.
The rarest variant, the "Stalker", effectively turns the weapon into a semi-automatic compact sniper rifle with a non-functioning suppressor and very obstructive low-zoom scope, accompanied with a longer barrel and handguard along with an extremely short, not-at-all-cheek-weld-compatible stock. The magazine capacity is reduced to 10 rounds, and damage is increased to the point where the weapon is as powerful as the much higher caliber M1 Garand or "DMR-1". The weapon loses the ability to be dual wielded.
The "FHR-40" is a fictional submachine gun resembling an FN P90, with a bolt locking recess resembling an H&K MP5. According to the game's description, it uses a magnetic bolt carrier to increase fire rate: presumably this means the bolt group is "floated" inside the receiver like a maglev train rather than being guided by contact with the receiver as in a conventional gun. The practicality of this is rather questionable, as the decreased friction of a magnetically suspended bolt would have very little effect on the operation of the weapon. This would also mean the weapon required power to function, not to mention the fact that when magnets are heated (for instance, when placed near the chamber of a submachine gun with an absurd fire rate), they lose their magnetism, which would render the weapon more or less completely useless as the bolt group would start to move around off-centre inside the carrier.
The Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II was added via an update on March 2, 2017. It is referred to as the "Trencher" in-game, and is classed among the futuristic submachine guns rather than the "classic" weapons, similarly to the Raging Bull.
Heckler & Koch UMP45
The Heckler & Koch UMP45 is one of the classic weapons. It is called "MacTav-45" in-game, as a reference to the protagonist John "Soap" MacTavish from the Modern Warfare series. The charging handle incorrectly locks back on its own before reloading an empty magazine, and the safety is on. Unlike in previous games, the UMP has a Surefure M900 foregrip, complete with unusable laser sight. It has 32 rounds in the magazine instead of the correct 25, which increases to 48 with the extended mags attachment. Like the "HVR" seen below, the weapon has a railed handguard.
".45 S&W" can be seen written at the bottom of the magazine, even though this caliber isn't available to any UMP in reality.
The "HVR" resembles a UMP45 with its stock folded and it has a permanently attached foregrip, like the "MacTav-45". It also has a railed handguard with rail covers and two bulky looking laser sight devices, which are non-functional. It also has an integrated "ELO" sight, and 26 or 39 round magazines. In singleplayer, it is the only weapon in the campaign that does not have a specified spawn location, and so can only be acquired from having it spawn randomly. The weapon has no built-in ability, and its final unlock is the ability to dual-wield it. The weapon has Japanese markings which read "Fujiwara", the name of the fictional company that make this weapon in-universe.
Interestingly, one of the variants of the HVR, the "Gemini", which can uniquely be dual-wielded in multiplayer, has the body of a Heckler & Koch USC, right down to the distinctive light gray coloration (albeit with a standard UMP barrel with a suppressor, rather than the USC's 16" one).
The "Karma-45" is a futuristic TDI Vector. It has two barrels, two ejection ports, and two magazines. Since only one of the magazines is replaced if less than half the rounds have been expended and it only has one trigger, presumably one of the magazines (and accompanying reciever) is emptied first, with the second one then being automatically switched to. It is known as the "CRB" in the game files, which refers to the civilian semi-automatic Vector that has a 16" barrel, and was the same name incorrectly applied to the standard Vector in Ghosts. The "Deimos" special variant has the stock removed and uses flush-fitting magazines.
The "VPR" is a double-barreled submachine gun added via an update on March 28, 2017. The weapon is directly based on the Heckler & Koch MP5K, while the "Yokai" variant is inspired by the full-size MP5A3. Unlike the Karma-45, it fires both barrels at once. The foregrip is the pistol grip of an AKM.
Assault & Battle Rifles
The Beretta ARX-160 returns from Call of Duty: Ghosts as the OSA (standing for Orbital Space Aeronautics). The model is ripped from Ghosts with no edits, judging by the fact that it still has an FN 40GL (with a missing trigger) mounted instead of a Beretta GLX160, and the magazine still has no rounds visible inside when reloading.
The M1 Garand appears in Infinite Warfare simply as the "M1". The in-game description states that its "top-loading clip" (written in blue text, signifying that it is an "integral attachment" which has gone from sometimes being an attachment in Ghosts to just meaning "a thing the gun does") can only be reloaded by emptying it. It is possible to eject a partially expended clip from the Garand using the clip latch, but this was not generally used as a method of reloading it in combat since real soldiers do not carry magical elves in their webbing to consolidate unfired rounds into nice full clips. On the gameplay side, this decision is likely intended for a retro WWII game experience, when old WWII first-person shooters followed the Garand manual-of-arms closely and thus did not perform mid-magazine reloads.
A modernized version of the rifle appears as the "DMR-1", sporting a VLTOR Cluster Rail, cheekpiece with cartridge holders, unusable laser sights, absurdly large muzzle device, and an scope by default, mounted off to the left of the rifle like the M1C and M1D marksman rifles. This version can have its clip ejected when partially empty. The "Spectacle" variant appears to be based on the T26 "Tanker Garand" carbine, with a muzzle device borrowed from a Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16. Unlike the regular M1 Garand you can reload the "DMR-1" before all 8 rounds have been shot.
The "EBR-800" is a fictitious sniper rifle/assault rifle hybrid based off the M1 Garand. The weapon shoots bolts of energy and is fed by large, side-loading batteries which hold 6 shots in sniper mode. Thanks to the unexplained properties of the energy rounds in this game, simply flipping the scope off to the left and shortening the barrel via no obvious mechanism turns the weapon into a full-auto rifle with 30 shots of energy ammo.
The "NV4" is an assault rifle available in game, essentially a VLTOR/Magpul themed custom built M4A1 Carbine fitted with various futuristic embellishments (even being referred to as the "M4" in the game files). The custom upper receiver has a VLTOR MUR-1A forward assist, and cutouts on the left side that resemble Battle Arms Development receiver or Gun Point GEN2 receiver. The handguard is based on the VLTOR CASV and is fitted with a pair of futurized AN/PEQ-2 laser modules (neither of which actually do anything). When optics are attached the top one disappears and the side-mounted one changes appearance. The rifle is equipped with a futuristic Magpul MBUS Gen 1 rear sight with illuminated white dots and an ammo counter. The stock is a futuristic take on the Magpul STR, with a sling loop placed on the top, similar to ACE stocks. The pistol grip is based on Magpul MIAD Gen 1, while the magazines are fitted with a futuristic interpretation of the Magpul Ranger Plate. It also has a sling based on Magpul MS3 GEN2. The word "Nova" is inscribed on the side of the weapon, this is perhaps what "NV" stands for in the weapon's name.
The weapon appears on the main cover art for the game, fitted with a suppressor and foregrip. Interestingly, some pieces of official promo art depict the weapon being disassembled by detaching the handguard, barrel, and stock from the receiver, despite one of the more distinctive features of M4 and/or AR-15-pattern rifles being the ability to separate the upper and lower receivers easily for transport and maintenance.
Reloading the "NV4" with the reload-speed-boosting Dexterity perk will have the user flip out the old magazine to the left instead of dropping it out.
On January 12, 2018, the "Honey-B" variant was added via an update. It features an integral suppressor described as modifying the firing characteristics "in a way reminiscent of a particular weapon from the past". The model does feature some cosmetic alterations, but none of them actually make it closer in appearance to a real AAC Honey Badger.
The "Type-2" is an energy based rifle heavily resembling the Magpul FMG-9; the game files indeed refer to it as "FMG". It can be split into two dual-wielded weapons at the player's discretion. Oddly enough, the P90 magazine-esque energy cell only feeds into the rear of these two weapons, begging the question of how exactly energy is transferred to the front gun when the two are detached.
An AKM somewhat resembling the customized AKM from Elysium appears as an energy-firing assault rifle known as the "Volk". It is fairly commonly used by Settlement Defense Front soldiers in campaign. It is referred to as "AKE" in the game files, presumably standing for "Avtomat Kalashnikov Energy".
The weapon has a large polymer barrel shroud with rail mounts, which presumably swaps out the standard barrel and gas system of the AKM for the energy round barrel, positioned slightly below where the barrel is on a normal AKM. The bottom rail has a non functioning laser sight attached to it. A polymer stock, in which the outline of an AKS-74 stock can be seen, is fitted to the weapon, adorned with wires and some sort of battery. The receiver has a top-mounted rail, complete with illuminated sights, along with what appear to be a pair of CPUs. As this weapon is presumably a normal AKM converted to fire energy rounds, these wires, processors and battery packs on the side of the weapon and on the stock may be some of the mechanisms that are normally inside the purpose-built energy weapons, which allow them to fire energy rounds. The magazine is now made of a translucent polymer, but it remains curved, despite the fact that the energy rounds are visible through the sides and they are visibly rectangular in shape, meaning the curve is only in the magazine in order to make it look more like an AK. Perhaps it is a 7.62x39mm AK mag, adapted to hold energy rounds like the battery packs of other energy weapons in-game. The magazine has a capacity of 28 rounds, but only 10 separate cells can be seen inside the magazine, implying each cell has enough energy for 2-3 shots. Said cells are not ejected when firing, just like every other energy weapon. Furthermore, the magazine well has been modified to the point where a normal AK magazine could no longer fit inside it, as it lacks the necessary locking mechanism found on the real AKM. This modified magwell somewhat resembles a G36 magwell, complete with the release paddle, which is correctly used when reloading.
The "Retro" and "Vintage" variant converts the weapon to a conventional ballistic weapon, rather than being an energy weapon, this means these variants have access to ballistic weapon attachments, like FMJ or Extended Mags. They also lose the auto-regenerating ammo and shot reflection traits of energy weapons, instead gaining the penetration ability of ballistic weapons.
First appearing as a VR gun simulator on board the Retribution, this weapon appears to be based on the FN SCAR-H. It was later added to multiplayer and Zombies as the "X-Eon"; there, it functions as a fully-automatic energy assault rifle which somehow changes its fire rate depending on whether the player aims down the sights or hipfires. Like the NV4, reloading with the Dexterity perk will also show a fancy mag flip.
Cheyenne Tactical M-200 Intervention
The Cheyenne Tactical M-200 Intervention appears as a "classic" weapon, where it goes by the moniker "TF-141", referencing the Modern Warfare series' fictional Task Force 141.
Another sniper rifle resembling the Intervention also appears, called the "Widowmaker", and is a truly bizarre sight to behold. Despite only having one barrel, it fires in 2-round bursts from a 12-round magazine (which, given its size in comparison to the casings that the weapon ejects, could barely hold 5); the weapon fires twice with each trigger pull, then the bolt is worked, and two spent casings are ejected from the weapon, along with any last trace of functional conceivability that the weapon might have had. The name seems to be a potential reference to Blizzard's game Overwatch, where a character named Widowmaker wields a (far more functionally plausible) burst-firing sniper rifle.
The "KBS Longbow" is a fictional high-powered bolt-action sniper rifle resembling a Remington MSR. Oddly enough, rather than having a traditional bolt handle, the entire pistol grip is used as a bolt handle pivoting to the right. It is chambered in the fictional "15x120mm" round, as seen when cycling the weapon. The weapon is manufactured by the fictional Kendall Ballistics company, which is presumably what "KBS" stands for.
The "Auger" is a portable minigun that was added via an update on March 2, 2017. Is is under the light machine guns class and resembles the M134 Minigun, but with three barrels instead of six, and a side-mounted grip instead of a top-mounted one. It has a holographic sight and a top mounted rail, along with a 64/96 round box belt, depending on if the extended mags attachment is used or not. In Zombies it has 80 and 120 round instead. The weapon fires while the barrels are spooling up, something that should not happen as the electric motor that powers the rotary barrels should make them barrels rotate full speed after a short delay. It also has no visible power source, although future technology may have advanced to the point where the necessary power source can be placed on the weapon, rather then being a separate piece of equipment like on current miniguns The rate of fire is much lower than the real 6,000 RPM of the M134, which makes sense, as lower firerates are more controllable for a soldier using a minigun as a handheld weapon.
The "Fury" variant grants the player akimbo miniguns, which is as daft as it sounds. The "Primed" and "Pumpkin Pummeler" grant the weapon the ability to immediatly fire at full speed, removing the need to spool the barrels, but the firerate is reduced.
The "DCM-8" (presumably pronounced "Decimate") is a fully-automatic energy shotgun that somewhat resembles the Monolith Arms P-12 prototype, a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun that fed from a box magazine very similar to that of the FN P90. The weapon in-game also has two cutlass-style pistol grips similar to that of the Heckler & Koch XM25.
The SPAS-12 appears in game as the "S-Ravage" (referencing well-known COD personality Sandy Ravage) and the "Rack-9", with the latter having a slightly shortened barrel, no stock, a strange pump handle and heat shield, and a shell-holder. Both are operated exclusively in pump-action. Oddly, a shell is ejected at the start of a reload, despite the pump not being worked and the ejection port not opening.
The "Smoothbore" variant of the "Rack-9" has a fixed stock and fires slug rounds rather than regular buckshot.
The "M.2187" is a futuristic version of the Winchester Model 1887, sawn-off like in previous games. Notably, rather than reloading through the action, the M.2187 reloads by replacing its magazine tubes entirely. It is fitted with a heat shield, side rails with covers and a futuristic sight with hologram reticle. When dual wielded, the player character spin-cocks the weapons like in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, despite the lever loops being too small to facilitate such a move.
The "Salvo" is a three-barreled variant of the M.2187. The receiver and lever returns to a less futuristic form closer to the original Winchester Model 1887, the pistol grip is switched out for a flintlock-styled grip made out of what's apparently ivory, two additional barrels are added, and the M.2187's detachable magazine is retained. The weapon is engraved throughout its barrel and receiver. The barrels and the pistol grip are apparently inspired by a 19th century four-barreled flintlock pistol of possible Indian or Ottoman origin which was auctioned by Sotheby's in 2012.
The lever action is also shown to rotate the barrels and extract spent shells after each shot. As the shotgun was meant to be used with the "Tri-barrel" attachment which allows it to fire its three barrels simultaneously, the lever action extracts three spent shells after each shot and chambers three fresh shells. In an apparent goof, these animations are also reused on the basic single shot mode resulting in extracting/chambering three shells after only one shell having been fired. However, when used in dual wield mode, it operates as a proper M1887 ejecting only one spent shell without rotating the barrels at all. In reality, this kind of antique multi-barreled weapons were usually hand-rotated.
The underbarrel FN 40GL returns from Call of Duty: Ghosts. It still has no trigger, and this time it is solely integrated to the Beretta ARX-160.
The "Howitzer" grenade launcher bears a striking resemblance to the China Lake Launcher, with a similar silhouette, the same pump-action cycling method and the same 3-round capacity. The ladder sight lacks the front sight, instead the ladder sight acts as a housing for a holographic optic, and it is angled at 45 degrees. A Magpul M4-esque stock is seen on the weapon.
The "Spartan SA3" is a fictional rocket launcher resembling the Carl Gustav M3. The weapon in-game is muzzle-loaded, unlike the actual Gustav that has a breech-loading casing system.
Mk 2 hand grenade
The "Blitzkrieg" variant of the MP28 is fitted with a flamethrower-looking device that appears to be a pneumatic launcher, which mounts an M1 rifle grenade adapter and allows it to fire a Mk 2 hand grenade. an Mk 2 hand grenade is also seen in the "Sunset" calling card.
A generic AK most closely matching a Norinco Type 56 is depicted in the "Assassin" calling card.
Colt Single Action Army
Two Colt Single Action Armys are depicted in the "Gunfighter" calling card.
Double Barrel Shotgun
A generic sawn-off double barreled shotgun is seen in the "Sawn-Off" calling card.
What looks like a Barrett M107 is featured in the "Boomstick" calling card.
Percussion Cap Pistol
A pair of double barrelled Percussion Cap Pistols are depicted in "The Original Akimbo" calling card.
Model 1874 Gatling Gun
The 1874 model Gatling Gun is featured in the aptly named "Handcrank" calling card.
The "Face Melter" from the Zombies mode is loosely inspired by the NES Zapper.