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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kotch and his men are all killed and the SDF are severely crippled as result of your actions, but almost everyone including Reyes has to sacrifice themselves in order to accomplish this. According to the final mission screen, there are only four survivors remaining of the ''Retribution'' crew. For comparison, the full crew complement was around 780.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kotch and his men are all killed and the SDF are severely crippled as result of your actions, but almost everyone including Reyes has to sacrifice themselves in order to accomplish this. According to the final mission screen, there are only four survivors remaining of the ''Retribution'' crew. For comparison, the full crew complement was around 780. In addition, it is ultimately unclear whether the war is actually over or not, given the grand leader of the SDF isn't revealed yet, or at all, in the matter.]]


* {{Expy}}:
** The United Nations Space Alliance is often compared to the United Nations Space Command from {{Franchise/Halo}}, as they are both the governmental, exploratory, and scientific agencies of humanity. The Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR) is often compared to the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), both being their parent organizations' most feared units.
** The Settlement Defense Front has drawn comparisons to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Principality of Zeon]] - both factions are comprised of [[http://charlieintel.com/2016/06/15/setting-stage-call-duty-infinite-warfares-story/ space-born colonists who consider themselves superior to Earthlings and the true inheritors of the Solar System and its vast resources, while re-purposing civilian drones and robots for military applications]][[note]]"[[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile Suits]]" in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' "Universal Century" timeline were originally civilian vehicles designed for space colony construction[[/note]].
*** The SDF also seems to have a strong resemblance to the Helghan Empire from the ''{{VideoGame/Killzone}}'' series in its view as the superior race over humans on Earth and their authoritative military government.
** The ''Retribution'' is one for the ''Battlestar Galactica''; both are carriers and the last of their kind (though Galactica is more a combination battleship/carrier while ''Retribution'' is essentially a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in space). ''Retribution'' even has dedicated fighter launch tubes like the ''Galactica'', and has a similar faster-than light (FTL) system.


** The United Nations Space Alliance is often compared to the United Nations Space Command from [[Franchise/Halo]], as they are both the governmental, exploratory, and scientific agencies of humanity. The Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR) is often compared to the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), both being their parent organizations' most feared units.

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** The United Nations Space Alliance is often compared to the United Nations Space Command from [[Franchise/Halo]], {{Franchise/Halo}}, as they are both the governmental, exploratory, and scientific agencies of humanity. The Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR) is often compared to the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), both being their parent organizations' most feared units.


* {{Expy}}: The Settlement Defense Front has drawn comparisons to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Principality of Zeon]] - both factions are comprised of [[http://charlieintel.com/2016/06/15/setting-stage-call-duty-infinite-warfares-story/ space-born colonists who consider themselves superior to Earthlings and the true inheritors of the Solar System and its vast resources, while re-purposing civilian drones and robots for military applications]][[note]]"[[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile Suits]]" in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' "Universal Century" timeline were originally civilian vehicles designed for space colony construction[[/note]].
** The SDF also seems to have a strong resemblance to the Helghan Empire from the ''{{VideoGame/Killzone}}'' series in its view as the superior race over humans on Earth and their authoritative military government.

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
** The United Nations Space Alliance is often compared to the United Nations Space Command from [[Franchise/Halo]], as they are both the governmental, exploratory, and scientific agencies of humanity. The Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR) is often compared to the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), both being their parent organizations' most feared units.
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The Settlement Defense Front has drawn comparisons to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Principality of Zeon]] - both factions are comprised of [[http://charlieintel.com/2016/06/15/setting-stage-call-duty-infinite-warfares-story/ space-born colonists who consider themselves superior to Earthlings and the true inheritors of the Solar System and its vast resources, while re-purposing civilian drones and robots for military applications]][[note]]"[[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile Suits]]" in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' "Universal Century" timeline were originally civilian vehicles designed for space colony construction[[/note]].
** *** The SDF also seems to have a strong resemblance to the Helghan Empire from the ''{{VideoGame/Killzone}}'' series in its view as the superior race over humans on Earth and their authoritative military government.


** [[spoiler:The game begins and ends with the playable character dying of suffocation after their were breached]].

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** [[spoiler:The game begins and ends with the playable character dying of suffocation after their were suit is breached]].

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** [[spoiler:The game begins and ends with the playable character dying of suffocation after their were breached]].


** [[spoiler:''Everybody'' aboard the ''Retribution'' by the end of the game. Once the ship crash lands on Mars, every survivor is forced to take up arms and participate in a vicious ground assault against the SDF, including non-combat personnel like Gator, Griff, and [=MaCallum=].[[RealityEnsues Most of them]] [[KillEmAll do not survive]].]]

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** [[spoiler:''Everybody'' aboard the ''Retribution'' by the end of the game. Once the ship crash lands on Mars, every survivor is forced to take up arms and participate in a vicious ground assault against the SDF, including non-combat personnel like Gator, Griff, and [=MaCallum=]. [[RealityEnsues Most of them]] [[KillEmAll do not survive]].]]



* MetaTwist: [[spoiler:ETH.3n is the funniest and most likable character in the game. He even faces some FantasticRacism to make hum sympathetic. Which tells us, even to those unfamiliar with COD's habit of tragic twist endings, he's going to have a tearjerking HeroicSacrifice. Which he does. You just don't expect the player character to be ''personally'' controlling his RobotBuddy. Oh, and the player character himself dies. And ''almost everyone on the ship you've been commanding the whole game''.]]

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* MetaTwist: [[spoiler:ETH.3n is the funniest and most likable character in the game. He even faces some FantasticRacism to make hum him sympathetic. Which tells us, even to those unfamiliar with COD's habit of tragic twist endings, he's going to have a tearjerking HeroicSacrifice. Which he does. You just don't expect the player character to be ''personally'' controlling his RobotBuddy. Oh, and the player character himself dies. And ''almost everyone on the ship you've been commanding the whole game''.]]

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* MetaTwist: [[spoiler:ETH.3n is the funniest and most likable character in the game. He even faces some FantasticRacism to make hum sympathetic. Which tells us, even to those unfamiliar with COD's habit of tragic twist endings, he's going to have a tearjerking HeroicSacrifice. Which he does. You just don't expect the player character to be ''personally'' controlling his RobotBuddy. Oh, and the player character himself dies. And ''almost everyone on the ship you've been commanding the whole game''.]]


* SharedUniverse: Takes place in the far future of the ''Modern Warfare'' subseries, as WordOfGod is that the ''Retribution'''s designation, SWC-141, was suggested in-universe by Russian delegates in remembrance of Task Force 141's rescue of President Vorshevsky, though apart from that they share no direct connections in terms of story.

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* SharedUniverse: Takes place in the far future of the ''Modern Warfare'' subseries, as WordOfGod is that the ''Retribution'''s designation, SWC-141, was suggested in-universe by Russian delegates in remembrance of Task Force 141's rescue of President Vorshevsky, Vorshevsky in ''Modern Warfare 3'', though apart from that they share no direct connections in terms of story.



** The setting has many similarities with the [=SyFy=] series Series/TheExpanse The Expanse]]; a colonized solar system, a hostile militarized Mars at odds with a UN dominated Earth, and much of the technology and equipment in the game would look right at home in that series, and vice-versa (the space suit and weapon designs in particular).

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** The setting has many similarities with the [=SyFy=] series Series/TheExpanse The Expanse]]; ''Series/TheExpanse''; a colonized solar system, a hostile militarized Mars at odds with a UN dominated Earth, and much of the technology and equipment in the game would look right at home in that series, and vice-versa (the space suit and weapon designs in particular).



* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:As noted above, you can do this to Kotch when you finally confront him in person.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: As much as the SDF think they're [[LaResistance a valiant coalition of insurgents]] struggling against the tyrannical governments of the Earth, they're shown to be a bunch of WellIntentionedExtremist[=s=], constantly seen at their worst during their invasion of Earth, seemingly timing it so that massive collateral damage and casualties will ensue. {{Lampshaded}} by Reyes and Salter during the "Black Sky" mission.

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* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:As noted above, you [[spoiler:You can do this to Kotch when you finally confront him in person.person and he starts his speech while dying.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: As much as the SDF think they're [[LaResistance a valiant coalition of insurgents]] struggling against the tyrannical governments of the Earth, they're shown to be a bunch of WellIntentionedExtremist[=s=], {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s at best, constantly seen at their worst during their invasion of Earth, seemingly timing it so that massive collateral damage and casualties will ensue. {{Lampshaded}} by Reyes and Salter during the "Black Sky" mission.

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* SharedUniverse: Takes place in the far future of the ''Modern Warfare'' subseries, as WordOfGod is that the ''Retribution'''s designation, SWC-141, was suggested in-universe by Russian delegates in remembrance of Task Force 141's rescue of President Vorshevsky, though apart from that they share no direct connections in terms of story.


* SharedUniverse: Takes place in the far future of the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' subseries.



** The setting has many similarities with the [=SyFy=] series [[Series/TheExpanse The Expanse]]; a colonized solar system, a hostile militarized Mars at odds with a UN dominated Earth, and much of the technology and equipment in the game would look right at home in that series, and vice-versa (the space suit and weapon designs in particular).

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** The setting has many similarities with the [=SyFy=] series [[Series/TheExpanse Series/TheExpanse The Expanse]]; a colonized solar system, a hostile militarized Mars at odds with a UN dominated Earth, and much of the technology and equipment in the game would look right at home in that series, and vice-versa (the space suit and weapon designs in particular).



* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:As noted above, you can do this to Kotch when you finally confront him in person. Doing this unlocks an achievement/trophy titled "You Know Nothing," a ShoutOut to ''Series/GameOfThrones''.]]
* StealthSequel: To the ''Modern Warfare'' subseries, taking place in its far future.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: As much as the SDF think they're [[LaResistance a valiant coalition of insurgents]] struggling against the tyrannical governments of the Earth, they're shown to be a bunch of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, constantly seen at their worst during their invasion of Earth, seemingly timing it so that massive collateral damage and casualties will ensue. {{Lampshaded}} by Reyes and Salter during the "Black Sky" mission.

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* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:As noted above, you can do this to Kotch when you finally confront him in person. Doing this unlocks an achievement/trophy titled "You Know Nothing," a ShoutOut to ''Series/GameOfThrones''.]]
* StealthSequel: To the ''Modern Warfare'' subseries, taking place in its far future.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: As much as the SDF think they're [[LaResistance a valiant coalition of insurgents]] struggling against the tyrannical governments of the Earth, they're shown to be a bunch of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, WellIntentionedExtremist[=s=], constantly seen at their worst during their invasion of Earth, seemingly timing it so that massive collateral damage and casualties will ensue. {{Lampshaded}} by Reyes and Salter during the "Black Sky" mission.


** [=DMR M1=] - A heavily modified [=M1=] Garand (wood body and all), though the original M1 Garand is also available

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** [=DMR M1=] DMR-1 - A heavily modified [=M1=] Garand (wood body and all), though the original M1 Garand is also available


*** Lieutenant Nora Salter, the "nuclear option with a ponytail", is Nick's trusted wingwoman who follows him into combat throughout the game, and easily the biggest and most prominent female badass in ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'' to date. [[spoiler:Tellingly, she's also one of only ''four'' crew members from the ''Retribution'' to survive the campaign, giving her badass credentials a significant boost.]]

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*** Lieutenant Nora Salter, the "nuclear option with a ponytail", is Nick's trusted wingwoman who follows him into combat throughout the game, and easily the biggest and most prominent female badass in ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' to date. [[spoiler:Tellingly, she's also one of only ''four'' crew members from the ''Retribution'' to survive the campaign, giving her badass credentials a significant boost.]]


** The first is ''Specialist'', which changes up the gameplay in a very [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Fallout-ish]] way; you can only heal via Nano-Packs (no regenerating health), leg shots slow your movement, headshots destroy your helmet and requires its replacement, arm shots hamper your ability to aim down sights or use equipment [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and you do not automatically reload your gun when empty]].

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** The first is ''Specialist'', which changes up the gameplay in a very [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Fallout-ish]] way; you can only heal via Nano-Packs (no regenerating health), leg shots slow your movement, headshots destroy your helmet and requires its replacement, arm shots hamper your ability to aim down sights or use equipment [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and you do not automatically reload your gun when empty]]. Did we also mention that your gun can be [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shot out of your hands?]]


** The ''Retribution'', as it doubles as an aerospace fighter carrier, troop transport, and space combat vessel. Like its [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3 predecessor's]] "safehouses", the ''Retribution'' is the home base of the player. Unlike true battlestars (which act like battleships once their fighters are launched and can take insane amounts of punishment), the ''Retribution'' is more of a carrier than a battleship; it can assault enemy positions effectively, but needs the support of other, smaller vessels to avoid being overwhelmed.

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** The ''Retribution'', as it doubles as an aerospace fighter carrier, troop transport, and space combat vessel. Like its [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3 [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsIII predecessor's]] "safehouses", the ''Retribution'' is the home base of the player. Unlike true battlestars (which act like battleships once their fighters are launched and can take insane amounts of punishment), the ''Retribution'' is more of a carrier than a battleship; it can assault enemy positions effectively, but needs the support of other, smaller vessels to avoid being overwhelmed.



* MechaMooks: Appearing similar to the ones from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'', the SDF use these bots as part of their infantry, though the UNSA also field them. Of special note is ETH.3n, Reyes's NumberTwo in the Jackal, who constantly tags along to help and accompany in SATO's missions.

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* MechaMooks: Appearing similar to the ones from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'', ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsIII'', the SDF use these bots as part of their infantry, though the UNSA also field them. Of special note is ETH.3n, Reyes's NumberTwo in the Jackal, who constantly tags along to help and accompany in SATO's missions.

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