Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Finally I can say that the COD series has gone next gen. Sledgehammer Games working with Activision, has finally built a new engine for the Call of Duty franchise. And it looks amazing. Set in the future, COD Advanced Warfare deals with the usual terrorist threats and world in jeopardy storylines. Bad guys doing bad things, send in team of tough guys, insert many explosions and action filled cut scenes and boom, Single player campaign done.
Being the multiplayer leader amongst the FPS franchise, COD fans are only worried about one thing – Does it play well? From what has been released gameplay wise, even this hardened COD vet is impressed. The idea of it being in a futuristic setting was a tad concerning at first, what… so many others taking that route in the past, but upon seeing it in action, I think it’s a good step forward.
The arsenal is impressive, the ability to jump in a mech suit(think Titanfall) Guns have cool LED ammo screens (Think Halo…wait a minute…), smart grenades with homing options and most notable the mini jet packs which propel the player into the air kind of like a Buzz Lightyear, but angrier…
Looking at techniques used in the campaign, one instantly begins to think of potential strategies for their online skills. Jet Pack jumps whilst quick quick-scoping. Jet packing up to obscure parts of the map to set up camp for a snipe fest, throwing a smart grenade into a room where the other team is camping… oooooh there’s gonna be some fun times had.
Visually, Advanced Warfare looks stunning. Lighting and particle effects are very slick, coupled with the updated character models. Panning around the ruined cityscape, looks as close to photo realistic as it can currently get, thus drawing the player in to the zone. As of writing the Multiplayer hasn’t been revealed, but is slated to have the standard game modes such as free for all, Team Death Match and potentially a zombies mode!
Seems the guys are throwing some effort into this release after the subpar entries of recent COD games such as Ghosts and Black Ops 2. Kevin Spacey amongst others are cast to star in the campaign mode, so you can be assured, it will be a well-acted and dramatic rollercoaster of a campaign. The story telling aspect in the COD series finished with the conclusion of the Modern Warfare series with the tales of Soap and Price and since has failed to grab me emotionally since. So here’s hoping that with a new gen and a clean slate, things start to pick up again.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a huge release for the new systems and after the bitter disappointment of Ghosts, I’m hoping it’ll restore everyone’s faith in the series.
Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare is set to hit our shores on November 4 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC.