There are a few given events that will happen every year: taxes, birthdays, holidays, and Call of Duty. For the last few years, Activision has released a new game in the Call of Duty series, all mostly carrying the same theme: a patriotic first-person shooter that takes place in the current setting. Recently, the series has begun a downwards slide into mediocrity, with gamers knowing what to expect from the next game before it's even announced.
A New Setting
The first thing you'll notice about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is that it takes place in a futuristic setting. While your typical militaristic weapons are present, futuristic weapons and ideas are now taking center stage: exoskeletons, hover bikes, drones and directed-energy weapons are just a sample of the innovations you'll find in this year's version of the game.
A Familiar Campaign
Despite the game's new focus on the future, the campaign is still rooted in that familiar Call of Duty mindset. In a future where PMCs reign supreme, Jonathon Irons, voiced by actor Kevin Spacey, makes a play at usurping the United States of America. Of course, you're the only soldier that stands between him and his goals.
Activision has so far revealed that two fan-favorite modes, Domination and Search & Destroy, will be making a return in the new entry. In a series first, players will also be able to play as characters from the main campaign in addition to creating their own character.
Customization options revealed so far include different colored guns and exosuits, in particular a very shiny golden exosuit.
For players who want to play classic multiplayer Call of Duty, playlists will be provided that disable the use of the exosuit.
Activision has recently revealed that Advanced Warfare will feature a four player co-op survival mode, where the objective is to survive against waves of enemies. Unfortunately, nothing more has been revealed other than the existence of the mode:
Next Generation First
Activision is putting all their energy into making Advanced Warfare a stand-out piece on the PlayStation 4. To fully focus on the PS4 version of the game, the last generation versions are being handled by a different development team entirely, leaving Sledgehammer Games free to focus entirely on the current generation.
Activision has revealed that they are aiming for "console parity" with the game between the Xbox One and PS4 versions, meaning they will both run at the same resolution and frames-per-second. What this means for PS4 fans is that the game will not look as good as it could on the PS4 simply because Microsoft is catering to the Xbox One to the detriment of other systems.
Activision has revealed the first details of the Advance Warfare Season Pass: Users who purchase the pass on PS3, and then move to the PS4 version of the game, will be able to upgrade to the PS4 Season Pass for no additional cost!
If you already own a PS4, this news isn't that exciting but it's good to see publishers thinking of ways to transition gamers from the PS3 to the PS4.
In addition, we know that all the content for the season pass will release in 2015 and will be multiplayer focused.
No Share Play
Share Play, the new feature for the PlayStation 4 that allows a friend to take over your game through the PlayStation Network, is not supported by Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Activision has explained why:
"Delivering a great gaming experience for fans is our top priority. We're focused on launching Advanced Warfare and ensuring that people have a great time playing it, which our fans seem to be. Share Play is a new feature that was introduced as part of the recent PS4 firmware 2.00 update. Our engineers didn't have access to it before it launched, so we haven't had a chance to evaluate it to see how it will impact the experience across all modes of play. Of course we wouldn't include a feature in our game without having the chance to test it."
Activision released the game on November 4th, 2014 for the PlayStation 4!
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Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/23/2014