Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the newest addition to the Call of Duty family and with this game hitting a lot of interesting new notes, it still looks to be at its core, the same popular shooter everyone knows. In Advanced Warfare players will assume the role of protagonist Private Mitchell, who is voiced by Troy Baker.
With this year’s iteration having a much stronger emphasis on private military corporations, Advanced Warfare will be focusing on a different emphasis in the game’s plot theme than any other before. The futuristic setting of the game is certainly presenting some impressive, new gameplay opportunities from both a single and multiplayer standpoint.
Let’s get straight to the biggest attraction in this year’s Call of Duty. It’s Kevin Spacey and not just Kevin Spacey, it’s also the fact that Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games are doing a fine job of being ambiguous when it comes to whether or not Spacey will be playing a good guy or bad guy.
With Infinity Ward and Treyarch already having established some incredible brands in the Call of Duty franchise, Sledgehammer Games certain has their work cut out for them, not just to be more successful, but to also strike a different cord within this universe. It’s certainly a nice start to reveal that Kevin Spacey will be in the game, but there’s plenty more Advanced Warfare needs to do to be successful.
The game’s plot is largely vague and unknown at this time and Activision is still being tight-lipped about any specifics, but that is where the game can really distinguish itself from other iterations. Not only the game’s plot, but also the implementation of new, futuristic technology is intriguing.
Soldiers in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will all be equipped with exoskeletons that allow them to transform the way they move throughout the world. It’s making an impact on the game’s stealth, combat and traversal. Gamers will not just be creeping up behind enemies and knifing them, they will be able to turn on their cloak shield that allows them to invisibly slip past any surrounding enemies.
New abilities like cloaking are timed and will run out, but it can also be rechargeable. Another new ability that will be in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the ability to slow down time and take out more enemies in a short period of time. The exoskeletons will allow players to boost around maps and provides some interesting new dynamics for gameplay, much like Titanfall’s jet packs did.
Grenades are yet another aspect of Call of Duty that have been altered. There will be different types of grenades that players can choose between whether it’s one that marks all enemies within a given area or smart grenades that after being thrown, track down a nearby enemy and detonate on impact.
Tanks are not just heavy artillery machines with deadly cannons, they now have newfound diversity in the ammo they can use. One of the types of rounds that can be shot by tanks are what seem to be heat-seeking grenades that are made for getting rid of enemy infantry.
For aircrafts, there is a laser-type round that disables and crashes aircrafts with a shot or two. Finally, there are some very, very powerful, new rounds that are more of your traditional for a tank. Those can be cycled in to take out other enemy tanks. All three types of weapons looked to be very simple to cycle through via the Y button on an Xbox controller.
Players should feel very good about the new additions coming to the single player version of Call of Duty. The emergence of new technology and ways to utilize it will certainly provide some great moments for players.
Another fantastic benefit of the new three-year development cycle for Call of Duty is the amount of polish in the game. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks absolutely gorgeous and the new cutscenes are extremely impressive. The amount of detail players we’ll be able to see in each character’s face will certainly help people connect more with them. While it may be sheer coincidence, it’s very good timing to have this technology around with an actor like Kevin Spacey on board.
Call of Duty fans should be thrilled about what Sledgehammer Games has in-store for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The single player version of the game is looking great and next to see is the game’s multiplayer.