Video Game Review – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
The Call of Duty series has always been the pinnacle of modern FPS, especially thanks to its extensive multiplayer experience. The series has received a new installment every year, and the last two games, especially Ghosts, were not as highly praised, mainly because they could not add something new to the already old formula. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes at a great time for the series as COD games need a refreshing addition to remain the most successful FPS on the market. But does the game live up to the hype? Let’s find out!
Most of the trailers put a lot of emphasis on Kevin Spacey and his antagonist role in the game. In fact, this is the biggest strength of the campaign alone, because on top of that, you get the normal blockbuster title you’d expect from a COD game. It has many hallways and rails filming locations, with only a few minor locations where you can go for a pseudo open world approach. The missions take full advantage of the futuristic approach that the game brings, as you will find yourself in a world full of drones, exo suits, and other interesting additions.
However, the campaign is short, around 6 hours and although it brings a lot of intensity, in the end it has a stale story in which Kevin Spacey does not shine as much. It’s an interesting story with a good ending, but it lacks replay value.
How to play
Most of us will be playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but most of the game mechanics can also be found in the single player mode. In addition to the normal shots you’d expect from the title, you can now make the most of an exo suit that is deployed with your character. The suit is one of the main additions in the title, because you can update it whenever you want and simply modify it according to your needs. The exo suit comes with some cool features, one of the best being the grappling hook that just turns you into Batman, because you can go from one place to another and ascend vertically without too much trouble. This can even be used as a way to grab enemies and kill them silently. The exo also has a jetpack-like boost that you can use whenever you see fit.
All of the exoskeleton’s functions can also be used in multiplayer, where players can jump into the air and kill enemies by doing that, or they can smash the ground to defeat enemies if they wish. This feature alone extends the multiplayer experience quite a bit, especially since your exo skills can be refined as you progress through the game.
The multiplayer experience also gets some new and interesting modes, like the Uplink or Momentum, each with a different experience. The uplink is a lot like basketball, where you just need to grab the other team’s ball and score, while Momentum is somewhat similar to Tug of War, though it does combine that with catch points. These two new game modes provide a great upgrade for the multiplayer experience, and combined with the exo skills, you get a ton of new content.
Graphics and sounds
From a solid point of view, the game is more or less as expected. The gun sounds are realistic, the music is action packed most of the time, and the voice acting is very good, especially in the case of Kevin Spacey, of course. Graphically, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is one of the prettiest COD titles to date, and it manages to bring a whole new set of interesting background designs, better character models, and improved lighting. Like most other COD titles, it’s not the most graphically impressive game, as it’s clearly a game that needs to be run on older computers as well, due to the large player base. Despite that, the game looks great and all the locations are fun to navigate or play.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the update that COD fans have long been waiting for. The campaign shows the true potential of the futuristic setting and the multiplayer aspect of the title is brought to life thanks to new game modes, the improved upgrade system and the star exo-suit. It may borrow some elements from Battlefield or Titanfall, but in the end it blends them seamlessly with the COD formula, giving us a nice evolved Call of Duty experience.