Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer explained

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games has released a new 7 minute video showing the changes that have been made to the game’s multiplayer. As that’s the bit of the game that most gamers will be playing, it’s probably a good area to focus on. And it looks like it could actually be pretty fun.

For starters, there are actual changes coming; it’s not just a rehash of the things we’ve seen and played before. Yes, the new tech makes it all a little reminiscent of Titanfall – especially now that Titanfall’s got a mode that removes the mechs.

It’s the exo-suit that grants players these new abilities, like boosting, exaggerated jumping, dodging, dashing, sliding, and slamming. Coupled with the new Pick 13 perk system, it should manage to make Call of Duty feel fresh again. According to Activison, Advanced Warfare offers players “the greatest amount of customization in franchise history.” It looks like Activision’s actually taken a few risks with this new game; a move that could alienate the established player base.

Frankly though, it’s a set of risks that were sorely necessary after Ghosts, which was the very epitome of Call of Duty’s annualised copy and paste nature. Still, I’m not quite sold. I’ll probably play the single player because they’re great end-of-year, shut-your-brain-off popcorn entertainment – and because it features a digital Kevin Spacey.

As much as it’s changed, the multiplayer is still very much Call of Duty, and it’ll have to change quite a bit more to pull me back in.

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    I’ll play the MP sure, on these conditions:

    – R5 to me for each insult from a self entitled whine-bag I have to endure
    – R100 to me per 30 minute game play
    – R30k per month as “hazard pay”

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Why not just kill them? Again, and again, and again, and again. Best way to deal with someone like that.

      Half the time I’ve played online I haven’t even noticed when someone’s talking to me because the text in in a little corner & I’m focusing on what I’m doing.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Shhhhhhh! I’m looking for a payday!

      • Spaffy

        Heard some local the other night on BF
        “Tsek jou ma se P….”
        I died laughing

    • Matewis Jubilai

      Regarding these insults: is it really that distracting? Can’t you just mute them? or do the buggers sent chats as well?

  • Ryanza

    with all these movement features and what will you get:

    http://d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/black-ops-2-camper.jpg

    camping

    • Hammersteyn

      Bwahaha

    • You can change the game; you can;t change the players.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        COD, COD never changes? 😉

    • Sageville

      I always bring a tent to COD games… I’m fueled by anti-camper tears!

    • Matewis Jubilai

      That’s what I liked about TF2. The defending team has to camp of course, but because the front-line continuously shifts it doesn’t fall into the pattern of : “Ok, I can’t go around this particular corner because someone always camps at that other window”. The only aggravation was landing in a team where nobody wanted to play Medic 😛

      • Wardonkey1981

        What is TF2, im new to online gaming and am trying to find new games to play.

        • Matewis Jubilai

          Team Fortress 2. It is an incredibly awesome team-based shooter with classes: engineer, medic, heavy, sniper etc…

          • Wardonkey1981

            Thanks, i will check it out. Have been playing BF4 lately, getting bored of it.

    • MakeItLegal

      waka waka

  • Hammersteyn

    It’s like they saw Planetside and said, let’s combine most classes into the exoskeleton. Plus adding Kevin Spacey (and hopefully a decent SP campaign) I might, just might sully my hands with this.

  • Matewis Jubilai

    Sigh, I still yearn for the simpler days:

    • Sageville

      I used to make maps for counter-strike, it was awesome… now you need a whole dev team to make maps.

      Good ol days

  • Jonah Cash

    Just watched the video and I must admit I am tempted…. Have never played a Call of Duty but this does look like it could be a lot of fun!! I know… I know… I’ll go and wait in the corner….

  • MakeItLegal

    so halo ?

    • feispalm

      So TitanFall. Not halo.

  • Kromas of City17

    If only they would make a game mode with vehicles and less bugs than BF4 I would maybe buy a copy maybe … on a steam sale or humble bundle …. maybe.

  • Lothy

    I have wasted my money on 2 of the CoD games, so unless im getting a free copy I wont waste my money again easily

  • CAE9872

    I will happily buy it – its looking good. Yes even if it is a COD game! You haters will always hate…but given its a shooter it can hardly start having Mario type karts and tracks now can it…

    RED SHELL INCOMING…wait…that actually sounds quite cool!

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