Call of Duty: Ghosts and Black Ops II are doing double XP all this week

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Activision have conceived a Halloween plan to spook shooter players on the eve of Advanced Warfare’s release. They’re going to tempt them back into Call of Duty: Ghosts, where they’ll be frightened by just how badly an iteration of the world’s favourite shooter can turn out.

I’m mostly kidding: while Ghosts’ campaign was limper that a Cormac McCarthy novel dipped in the bath, its multiplayer was perfectly solid – gently improving on Black Ops II’s template with scripted map-changing events. Play either game from today and you’ll be rewarded doubly for your kills.

“Double XP is coming to Ghosts starting on Monday!,” tweeted Infinity Ward. “Time to get that last prestige?”

“This will be the first time you’ve ever looked forward to a Monday,” added Black Ops originators Treyarch.

The event week will begin today, October 27 at 10am PST / 5pm GMT, and end at the same time on Friday, October 31.

Double XP weeks are part of the usual set of tricks Activision employ to keep CoD in the minds of its players before a new Autumn release. Advanced Warfare is out in just over a week, on November 4.

Our Fraser deemed Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer component to be “alright”.

“Like the campaign, the multiplayer simply doesn’t do enough to justify its existence when Black Ops II is only a year old, and added so much,” he wrote last year. “If you haven’t played the last few installments, however, then you could certainly do a lot worse than while away the hours mowing down fellow players.”

Which entry in the CoD canon do you find yourself most readily returning to for a few rounds?