Yea people that claim it's the exact same thing are just haters. A franchise isn't a franchise if it abandons its fundamentals, and a sequel/new edition brings improvements, changes and additions, so it's natural for familiar things to return that fans like, as well as some new things. but people just skim through the facts and ignorantly claim nothing's different, when there ARE differences, improvements facts that make COD Ghosts stand out and stand above its predecessors.
Being the biggest multiplayer overhaul since MW1, that in itself is INNOVATION for the franchise and the genre as a whole. Call of Duty Ghosts possesses various combinations of innovation, the communities have to really look at the big picture as well as indepth look at the differences, and realize it's not the exact same thing and there are new things alongside familiar things. Just because there are some features some people aren't interested in, doesn't give haters the argument that "nothing's new". It still is new, and those things are still valuable for players that want those features and will use them.
It's kind of like the new single player campaign, some people don't care about the campaign, and some don't care about the multiplayer, and vice versa, but both elements are important and signficant, even if someone doesn't care about something, someone else will. So everything counts.
Call of Duty Ghosts even makes breakthroughs that communities aren't giving full credit for.
I mean c'mon, the industry isn't just built around groundbreaking graphics and physics. When the dust clears, it will be the content, features, gameplay, customization, options and fun factor that will cause people to keep playing and enjoying it. And Call of Duty Ghosts on all platforms has OUTSTANDING graphics, if you wanna talk "bad" graphics, you just have to look at shooters like RE Operation Raccoon City. COD Ghosts meets the standards of great graphics while maintaining QUALITY framerate levels.
Call of Duty Ghosts innovates its series at greater levels than say, another Madden or FIFA game. Call of Duty Ghosts is innovative and revolutionary from various standpoints, while being faithful to itself, and that is a healthy fact. Even past and outside concepts can be reinvented and refined and still count as innovation, especially for the franchise itself. So that counts as significant steps forward.
The fact that the full list of Call of Duty Ghosts additions and improvements is so long to list,
while upcoming reveals will deliver more what has yet to be shown and confirmed, already establishes the reality that Call of Duty Ghosts is a NEW Call of Duty that is similiar, different AND better than the previous ones, and THAT is ground breaking in itself.