Call of Duty is one of, if not the, biggest gaming franchise to ever be created. The games, published
by Activision, come out yearly and sell millions of copies each. This year marked a change from the standard two year development cycle between Infinity Ward and Treyarch adding a new developer into the mix known as Sledgehammer Games. It’s been noticed that sales of the Call of Duty games have been decreasing over the past few years, but Sledgehammer intended to change that with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Advanced Warfare is the first Call of Duty game to really try to change up the games formula. The series has always pretty much been a run and gun type of game, but Advanced Warfare added something called the Exo Suit to your character. It gives you new abilities like cloaking, generating a temporary shield, and the ability to jump extra high. While most abilities don’t change game play too much, the extra high jumping and ability to dash have had a significant impact on how the game plays out. No longer are you stuck to the ground and stairs for now much more of the game takes place in higher up areas with you jumping and dashing through abandoned cities in the Middle East as well as parts of America. No longer are you running around the ground and hiding in buildings as you are now busy scaling buildings and running from roof to roof. Prior to playing the game my initial worry
was that the newly implemented mechanics would make the game feel too much like Titanfall but Sledgehammer really did a good job. The Exo system in Advanced Warfare manages to accomplish the same high ground feeling set by Titanfall but still manages to feel original in its execution. As far as stories go, the Call of Duty franchise has always been over the top and Advanced Warfare is no different. In order to avoid spoilers I won’t discuss it too much. The story is set in a future America, in which a private company called Atlas has dedicated themselves to becoming the most powerful company in the world, creating weapons, technology and even fixing the Middle East. The plot actually plays on a lot of current issues in the world and rolls the story out in a relatively believable way. The story is solid, and the cast is incredible. Obviously the big name in the game is Kevin Spacey and his role is suited perfectly for him. That said all characters in the game are well defined and both look and sound great including the ever incredible Troy Baker (from hits such as Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham City just to name a few) as the protagonist. Advanced Warfare continues to keep up the trend of ridiculousness ever present in Call of Duty games with more explosions, vehicle crashes, bridge collapses and all the overall insanity you’ve come to expect. Interestingly the most interesting points in the game for me were actually a few short instances in which you are forced to stealth your way through situations. It was a nice change in pace for the series and was one that was executed in a very well done manner.
It seems however that the most important aspect of the game to most players is multiplayer. The online modes feel especially well done in Advanced Warfare. When it comes to game types you have the same selection as you would always have in the Call of Duty games plus a new mode called Uplink. In the end most game modes consist of getting the most kills, or getting the most of captures or deliveries. It’s all about winning and Advanced Warfare makes sure to allow you to go into war in whatever way you want. There is a nice selection of weapons which continue to unlock as you progress through the ranks. Unlike most Call of Duty games Advanced Warfare uses the Score streak system enabling you to call in special systems like a UAV, a missile strike or what amounts to being a space laser by obtaining a set number of points via kills or captures. The maps are all very well designed and are absolutely great fun to play on. Overall I’ve got to say I’ve been enjoying the maps in Advanced Warfare more so than any of the Call of Duty games since the original Modern Warfare. Of course the game keeps up with the tradition of its challenges and rewards system that you’ve come to expect without much change. The biggest issue I’ve had among the multiplayer is the lag but if you’ve been a longtime player of COD multiplayer that shouldn’t really surprise you.
The last feature in the game is a mode called Exo Survival; a co-op survival game type consisting of 25 rounds of waves of enemies, each round increasing the enemy’s difficulty. While I haven’t sunk much time into Exo Survival it seems to be your standard wave killing game mode. There isn’t much change to the gameplay other than the addition and use of your Exo suit. It’s saddening that Zombies, the more popular survival game mode, wasn’t included in Advanced Warfare. There is some hidden content indicating that Zombies may make a return as downloadable content but it’s disappointing to see the mode missing from the base game.
To close the review off I have to say I was really surprised by Advanced Warfare. I went into it
expected to be disappointed and it turned out quite the opposite. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is a
visually stunning and completely enjoyable game. From the amazingly crafted story to the incredibly
well built online multiplayer, Sledgehammer Games has created an amazing game. It’s been the most
enjoyable Call of Duty game I’ve played since the original Modern Warfare and it’s a game that I hope
sets the standard of quality for any and all Call of Duty games to come.
• Beautiful Graphics
• Fun and rewarding game play
• Great story
• Long lasting multi player with well designed maps
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out now on Steam, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360