Being least evolved doesn’t always mean bad. Sometimes it can be a good thing as if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But, that’s not the best approach to a sequel and can be considered lazy or phoned in. There were a lot of games this year that had sequels that didn’t change much from previous games or stepped back in some places.
This wasn’t the stark change that 2019’s Modern Warfare was at all. This was more of the same. A lot more of the same. While it’s all good and nothing was ruined there were a few steps backwards such as the UI and the awful stealth missions in the single-player campaign that Cold War did so well. Even the visuals weren’t a huge boost over 2019’s game. Still, it’s a great game with a hell of a multiplayer suite.