CoD: Advanced Warfare (PS4) Campaign Review

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Call of Duty: Ghosts was a low point for the franchise. Questions concerning the franchise’s longevity were raised. Did Infinity Ward poison the Call of Duty well with their lack of effort? It may very well have for the general public but I’m too curious not to check out what the newest member of the Call of Duty rotation had in store for this long running franchise.

Sledgehammer Games’ first crack at this multi-million dollar franchise was a success on the campaign front. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s campaign easily ranks among the franchise’s best.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MP Trailer

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The campaign trailer and demonstrations for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare convinced me to pull the trigger on the FutureShop E3 pre-order. I was wowed by the visual upgrade and was looking forward to Sledgehammer Games’ futuristic take on the franchise. A shiny coat of paint can go a long way with me.

Today, the multiplayer trailer debuted and I’m left wondering where those impressive visuals went. This doesn’t look terrible by any means but it doesn’t scream “next-gen” to me. The scale isn’t there.

Okay. That’s fine. How does the gameplay look?

I’m reminded of Crysis 2’s multiplayer and the suit powerups which is a plus. I like the mobility that the double jump enables. I’m not too thrilled about the quick deaths or apparent lack of recoil though.

Charlie Intel has more gameplay videos. The high flying nature of the game reminds me of classic arena shooters from yesteryear. I can get behind that. Now if only they would confirm the existence of Gun Game…

Introducing Sledgehammer Games, the third CoD developer

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activision-logoActivision Blizzard added a third developer into the Call of Duty rotation. Starting next year, Sledgehammer Games will be releasing their very own Call of Duty game.

The good news is that Treyarch and Infinity Ward will be given additional time to work on their next Call of Duty instalments. The bad news is that I will have to wait until 2015 before we see Treyarch’s version.

Sledgehammer Games, lead by Dead Space creator Glen Schofield, worked on Modern Warfare 3’s campaign which wasn’t anything special. I’m skeptical but I’m also curious what they will introduce in their own title. Will it be more of the same or will they introduce their own twists and improvements?

Best of luck, Sledgehammer Games. You’ll need it if you’re going to rid us of the disappointment of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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