CALL OF DUTY®: ADVANCED WARFARE

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With Advanced Warfare, Activision is taking the extremely successful gọi of Duty mostly lớn places it’s already been, which is to lớn say this is a game about war, shooting, explosions and guns. But it’s also taking a stab at some realistic futurism with the ‘Exo’ suits your character gets khổng lồ wear, which augment your ability khổng lồ navigate your environment và deal damage khổng lồ your enemies, and weapons that boast some plausible improvements over their counterparts of today. And of course, Kevin Spacey is all over the place.

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Here’s a disclaimer up front: I don’t usually spend that much time playing these kinds of games. My interests favor swords, sorcery, giant rolling Katamaris & colourful characters. That said, I also cut my teeth on classics like Medal of Honor for the PC, and the early Tom Clancy Rainbow Six và Ghost Renhỏ games. Still, I’m coming khổng lồ hotline of Duty: Advanced Warfare with only a casual knowledge of the games in the series that precede it.

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That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s single player chiến dịch. It struck a good balance between exposition, basic instruction & making sure you get khổng lồ the action right away at the beginning, jumping you right in at the start & only then peeling baông chồng for the traditional “oh here’s some training simulation” to refine the basics you pick up in the initial live combat opening màn chơi.

What surprised me about Advanced Warfare most might’ve sầu been how much I enjoyed its story. The plot, while both predictable & shallow, was nonetheless solidly put together, well-told & well-acted by both the animated characters (which look fantastic on the PlayStation 4, by the way) & the voice actors behind them, which include Spacey in a key role that’s probably really best described as the lead, given his screen time, Troy Baker as the player character Jack Mitchell, và Gideon Emery as the creatively-named “Gideon.”

While the story isn’t going lớn blow anyone away, even with its big ‘twist’ (which you should be able to lớn see coming from basically the opening cutscene) it’s sort of lượt thích any good big budget action movie, in that it’s a simple story, well-told, with a focus on action và special effects that makes up for the laông chồng of a deep narrative. Again, I’m not the most familiar with this series, but as far as action games go, this is one of the better recent entrants from a story perspective.

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On the gameplay side, gọi Of Duty delivers typically solid first-person shooter action. The fundamentals are all well done, as is the new arsenal of weaponry. Each gun can be found throughout the game outfitted with a number of different sights & scopes, & you’ll find pretty quickly that you’ll likely prefer one type over another. Tracking down the right weapon variant for your play style adds to lớn the experience, và I quickly found I’d become either frustrated when I couldn’t find a weapon with a threat indicator, or feel a wave sầu of relief wash over me when I could.

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As for the Exos, the exoskeleton augmentation suits that soldiers wear in điện thoại tư vấn Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, they vày indeed offer fun gameplay tweaks, including the ability lớn jump much farther than you can normally in games like this, a hover break for steep descents, grappling hooks for zipping around maps and quietly taking down bad guys, và much more. Each mission has a different loadout, and pretty rigorously guides & limits your use of these new features, but in multiplayer it’s up to you to determine what powers you carry, & how you use them.

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Multiplayer is a part of Hotline of Duty that is markedly improved in this generation, in part because the Exo’s really open up the game for the kind of fun that the series’ ultra-realistic approach just couldn’t offer, as opposed to something lượt thích what Titanfall or the Halo series provides. The Exo’s abilities make it easier for new players to run away when they need lớn, & the Combat Readiness Program that lets new users slowly immerse themselves in multiplayer without verbal assaults or even a stable identity lớn be ashamed of is a terrific touch.

Of course, I still suchồng at Hotline of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer, và I’m easy fodder for more experienced players in standard games. The inclusion of the excellent co-op assault mode makes for terrific local cooperative multiplayer experiences, however, and I’m old school enough that this more than makes up for an online multiplayer component that’s still dominated by the most dedicated, mostly obnoxious hardcore players.

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In short, call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a reboot of sorts for the series, và one that for this player proved enough of a hook to lớn get me inlớn the franchise, whereas previously I had little interest. Too often, studquả táo can rest on their laurels with a successful series, but Activision has done a lot more than that here, và the result is a great game.