Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pushed the boundaries this year and was an allround impressive game that I enjoyed playing. From all the cool features such as weapons, military gear and vehicles, to the compelling story line, amazing graphics, and halfway decent multiplayer. As well as the things that they could have improved such as voice acting, bigger maps, and a better third game mode.
It’s early November and you know what that means, the release of a brand new Call of Duty game. As it has been for the past 8 years there has always been speculation on how this game is going to turn out. It is usually divided into gamers which say that either the game will be good or it will flop. Gamer’s complain that Call of Duty is always the same every year but when it does something new, they will just bad mouth it and not even give it a chance. Watching some of the trailers and gameplay for Advanced Warfare I didn’t think the game would thrive as it just seemed too ridiculous for a Call of Duty game. You can never really judge a game until you play it for yourself because I was one of those people who thought this game was going to be a joke and it turns out that, in my opinion, it is the best installment since Modern Warfare.
The first thing I do in every video game is play the campaign first, even in Call of Duty games which are best known for the multiplayer. Right from the beginning to the very end I enjoyed the eight hours, on Veteran, that I put into this story and it was very much worth it. You are a soldier by the name of Jack Mitchell who is enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. The year is 2054 and you are battling alongside your lifelong best friend Will Irons in Seoul against North Koreans. This battle doesn’t end well as you see your friend die right before your eyes and this is where Jack’s life starts to change. Will’s father, Johnathon Irons (who is played by Kevin Spacey), is head of the worlds largest private military group called Atlas. This corporation has the most advanced military technology and, for the right price, will help you during battle providing an unfair advantage.
Probably the best known addition in this game is the exo skeleton. The exo skeleton is something that you will be using throughout the story, and it comes in two classes which are assault and specialist. You don’t get to choose which class you want to be, it’s pre selected before the start of each mission. There are Exo challenges during the campaign and when you complete them, you will receive a spending point which you can use to upgrade your exo allowing for things such as extra grenades, less recoil, increased health and many more. I was very delighted to see this finally implemented into a Call of Duty game. You will be able to use special gear that will allow you to slow down time, bring up shields, climb massive buildings and much more. The grenades might be my favorite feature in the story because instead of picking up different types of grenades, it is all in one. By holding down either the grenade or tactical buttons you will be able to cycle through the grenade that best fits your situation by simply pressing the X or Square button.
This story will always keep you guessing. It has many twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It’s not a very long campaign which I am used to with Call of Duty games. I can’t remember when one took me more than eight hours tops. I have been waiting to say this for a long time, the graphics have finally been improved and it looks great compared to its predecessors. Also the cut scenes are phenomenal, the characters look so real it simply blows my mind. However, the voice acting during some of the important parts really kill the mood, and there is very little eye movements which makes the characters seem lifeless. Other than this I am very pleased with what Sledgehammer has done with this story and can’t wait to see what they bring to the table in three years.
Now for the part that almost everybody buys Call of Duty for…The Multiplayer. I usually play multiplayer for a good twelve hours and usually get my fix until next year, unless my friends want to play or DLC comes out than I will pop the game back in. Most of the maps are very small which makes it hard to get a kill streak going because you are getting shot in the back or surrounded by enemies. Your exo suit comes in handy as it will give you all the abilities it does in story such as dashing, boost sliding, evading, and more. If you’re smart you can easily use this to get the jump on your enemies or get away from incoming fire.
The way you customize your class has been given a nice overhaul and makes it more challenging. To start off you get a max of thirteen points to customize your character however you please. You are now able to have a fourth kill streak but you will have to make some sacrifices for this. A nice new feature to kill streaks is the ability to customize them. Each one has different features, which will cost more points to obtain, that will aid you in combat. Take the UAV for example, you can add motion tracker for an extra two hundred points so it shows the area which your enemies are headed.
Exo Survival is a four player cooperative game mode that puts you and three other people against waves of enemies. Similar to survival in MW3 and Safeguard in Ghosts. You are able to upgrade weapons and your exo during the match. The game has a total of twenty five rounds and will reset after you beat the 25th round and will permanently increase the difficulty. If you play this by yourself you will not have as much fun as you would if you played with other people. The game mode is alright, nothing extraordinary but just something nice and fun to pass the time with your friends. It really doesn’t add much of a challenge so this mode is a slight letdown, until you beat it and that is where you will have to wait for the DLC to come out to get a real taste.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pushed the boundaries this year and was an allround impressive game that I enjoyed playing. From all the cool features such as weapons, military gear and vehicles, to the compelling story line, amazing graphics, and halfway decent multiplayer. As well as the things that they could have improved such as voice acting, bigger maps, and a better third game mode. Now we will have to wait another year to see what Treyarch will come up with and have to deal with all the bickering about how they release cod every year, which is always fun.