You’ll never be this good at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Or at least, I never will be. If you’ve been seeking shelter under a rock in the middle of nowhere for a while now, you may have missed some of the massive changes Advanced Warfare is making to Call of Duty’s multiplayer. That’s fine though, because this single video has your covered.

Advanced Warfare is shifting the playing field this year. Verticality is the next big thing in first-person shooters, and so the Exo Skeleton introduces that into the multiplayer mix. Maps are all about getting high and firing down, which you can clearly see in the neat little walkthrough below.

Sledgehammer Games Head Michael Condrey and Lead Multiplayer Designer Greg Reisdorf also offer up some hand advice on some of the new gadgets you’ll have access to. Grenades that mark enemies through walls and beautifully choreographed missile strikes only scratch the surface of Advanced Warfare’s futuristic arsenal. Hell Sledgehammer even threw in laser weapons. Lasers!

You also get a good look at some of the maps that Advanced Warfare will ship with, some of which offer some nice dynamic events that shake things up mid-match. Changing the landscape of a map has never been as important as it is now in Call of Duty, and I’m interested to see how having to change vertical routes will affect the flow of the game.

That’s something I had a big problem with when I went hands-on with the multiplayer a few days ago. It’s different, but Advanced Warfare’s movement doesn’t feel streamlined enough to keep the pace up. It could just be a case of having to adapt to a new movement system, but other similar games definitely felt more welcoming.

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Are Sledgehammer’s touches enough to get you excited about Call of Duty again? Or is it just the same animal with different stripes? We’ll all know soon, with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launching early next month.

Last Updated: October 7, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Matthew Holliday

    because quake 3 arena never had “verticality”

    some pretty cool visuals from the game though.

  • Guild

    I think I’ll give this one a few days before I buy it. Wait and see what the community thinks of it. It does look promising but so did Ghosts which turned into the worst cod made. I know more people playing Black Ops 2 than ghosts at the moment.

    • Matthew Holliday

      pretty much had the same thoughts about ghosts looking good befor release.
      ive never regretted buying a game so much.
      with that patch making your MP unplayable, i cant even play the game.

      • Guild

        If people confirm they have league and the movement isn’t broken like Sandy says then I’ll grab it. I think league was one of the best things about Black Ops 2 which they should have carried on. And I am happy they are bringing back Capture the Flag and Hardpoint. Blitz and domination are not great competitive modes

        • Matthew Holliday

          i just want some stability in the franchise again.

      • Shaun

        I’m new to call of duty (and all FPS’s) in that Ghosts is the first one i have ever played. So help me out. Why is Ghosts so bad?

        • Matthew Holliday

          I was a diehard CoD fan, since CoD2, played the AGASA clan league for CoD4 back in 2008/9, 250 hours on MW2 and 100 hours on MW3. etc…
          Ghosts was supposed to be the game that saved the franchise for me, so i had some heavy expectations coming into it.

          Ghosts came along and completely changed the feel of the game, not in the good way. the guns just didnt feel right, the kickback and audio didnt seem to fall into that sweet spot like the previous versions had. felt like i was shooting a pea shooter rather than a hardcore bringer of death.

          visually, the game was impressive, sortof, IF you had the right setup, but with minimum requirements being an nvidia 550ti, which had only been out a year, the game ran like dogshit on my PC. even with my AMD 7850, the game ran like shit.
          combined with the default FOV feeling like youre playing through a fisheye lense, anyone that wasnt running an i7 with a R3000 gfx card, would have to run a config to lower the min graphics, smooth out the edges and bring in a custom FOV changer.
          then they patched that and introduced a built in FOV changer, and set it so that anyone with a config was automatically perma banned. resulting in the servers losing 50% of their population with a single patch.

          Next patch they introduced “streamlined” matchmaking so that you were only matched up with people who had the exact same combination of DLC as you.
          so my day 1 edition ghosts with a single DLC weapon camo pack matched me with precisely zero people.
          i searched for an hour and finally got into a game hosted in RUSSIA.
          but i disabled all my DLC and managed to find one or two games, befor another patch landed

          the next patch only seemed to target about 50% of the online community, but essentially “streamlined” the matchmaking even more. however, this conflicted with the previous patch resulting in me not being able to find a game at all.
          resulting in a further 25% of the online community not being able to find a game whatsoever.
          phoning support doesnt help, with numerous people coming to the same conclusion, saying that it was unfixable.
          reinstalling the game, fresh downloads of the game, nothing fixes it.

          so yeah, I paid R450 for a day 1 preorder of CoD Ghosts, only to put in 8 hours total gameplay befor the game completely broke and resulted in me not being able to play at all.

          TL;DR:
          patch that breaks matchmaking which is unfixable, graphics optimisation akin to GTA4 & guns that feel like air rifles.

        • john booth

          To answer your question from a gameplay, and not a technical way…

          The maps released at launch were large, people stopped using UAVs, kill times reached an incredibly low level, and most importantly they went from score streaks in blops 2 to kill streaks again in ghost.

          What did this do? It made playing objective a non incentive, you could camp and remain basically unseen until you were shot at, many camping spots could be covered by an IED, which many players had 2, once you got hit with a bullet you could not fight back (in previous CoD’s if someone hit you once or twice, you could still turn on them and win a gunfight if you had the aim).

          One more thing that is not brought up enough is the K/D ratio being so publicly visible. Why is that an issue? Because it causes more people to exploit ghosts design flaws to make sure they keep their “important” K/D high. I was running with a clan for a couple months in the Diamond division and some of the guys were so good, they could drop at least one KEM. We won games so fast we didn’t even have to play on sundays to win(you can only play fri-sun in that division). Those same guys would still go into domination game modes and camp flags to keep their K/D, because it was so easy to do.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    [copy]
    +insert verticality
    +marketing
    +hype
    (paste)
    = profit

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You forgot the nano suit. I mean, pilot suit. Damn it, exo-skeleton. Yes.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        NOW ORIGINAL AND BESTEST

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          AND ORANGE! SO YOU FEEL LIKE THE DEVIANT PRISONER OF MARKETING AND CASH HUNGRY CORPORATE GREED THAT YOU ARE! BECAUSE ORANGE MAKES IT FEEL ALL OKAY!

          • Well they say Orange is the New Black! No, wait what?

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            You just killed the export industry. Now no one will buy our Oranges anymore. Damnit man, are you HAPPY?

          • Gleefully so!

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            Every single time a Brit can’t buy one of our Oranges, a Waitrose employee dies at the hand of an irate and fairly angry Queen. Just think about what you’ve done!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            He’s probably thinking about what fruit market he can decimate next, like the black spot he is.

          • Skoobaz

            Orange = Reminds me of HL3 = Sad Panda

          • Admiral Chief 0

            *sniffs

    • Hammersteyn

      – dog
      – fish
      – Space
      + Spacey

      • Admiral Chief 0

        +NanoSuit
        +GhostDenial

    • Guild

      I haven’t seen that much marketing and hype over this AW. Ghosts they pushed hard and I did buy into it with the pre-order which was an absolute waste. I’m a lot more wary of this one.

  • Ryanza

    Oh please. We all know who the best Call of Duty players are:

    http://s.pro-gmedia.com/videogamer/media/images/pub/large/cod_camping.jpg

    Let’s not forget that Call of Duty never changes.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      COD is WAR!

      • Ryanza

        I was going to say something about the French but let me not say it.

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          It isn’t War until someone pops a French joke. Do it, I say! This thread is beyond saving anyway. 😛

  • Hammersteyn

    The ps4 tag is lower case??? RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

    • Paid off them is! Dat true! Xbox One FanBOYZ!

  • Ryanza

    Call of Duty has been one of the major reasons why the gaming industry has changed, is changing, doesn’t know what it wants to be, can’t improve, only seeking money and not worried about making better games, ect.

    People need to stop buying Call of Duty. It’s as simple as that. If you want change for the better you will stop buying Call of Duty. I don’t buy Call of Duty anymore because that shit never changes and only gets worse every year.

    Don’t support Call of Duty.

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      I stopped supporting EA. But it never ends. It just never ends. 🙁

    • Guild

      What alternative would recommend for FPS? For people that enjoy the competitive side and enjoy playing multiplayer?

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        Paintball

        • Guild

          Do that already, not many places open at night.

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            You make a valid point. In that case, I haven’t got much for you. I fell off the FPS track after the first few CoD games. I just couldn’t do it anymore. No idea what else is out there that is better (or just isn’t a c+p derivative).

          • Guild

            After seeing how crap Ghosts was I tried BF4. I had moments when I enjoyed it but in general I got bored of it. Friends wanting to play the same map over and over. It just didn’t grab me like cod games do. They quick, fast paced games and I find them fun. I like the competitive side of FPS.

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            Well hopefully this new title will bring that back for you. It does look a little more aggressively quick than I remember. And to be honest, those quick movements are what I used to love about Quake when I fell in love with FPS to begin with.

            We believe!

          • Guild

            Let’s hope they haven’t screwed it up again.

            My first competitive FPS was Duke Nukem, then Quake 1,2,3. Loved those games. Pity I moved to console otherwise I’d know I’d be playing Quake Arena.

          • Hammersteyn

            Same here, I’m really looking forward to DOOM and I’m a little curios how the PVP might be.

          • Rags

            If you still have a PC post say 2003, come join us on Quake Live. It’s free too.

          • Guild

            I had a very nice gaming laptop which got stolen in April so I’m only on the console at the moment

      • Hammersteyn

        I don’t enjoy PVP but I tolerate it in Destiny, because rewards.

        • Guild

          The reason I got such a huge backlog of games is because of my competitive addiction to PVP. I just enjoy it too much. Destiny has been great for me in finding a balance with the PVP and PVE.

          • Hammersteyn

            I have to agree with that, I never played much pvp on consoles but Destiny has changed that. I’d say it’s 35% fun and 65% chore. I mean I’ve been tossed into PVPs where I just sit and wait for it to finish I get raped that hard.

          • Sageville

            We thank you for your participation (and free points)

          • Hammersteyn

            hahaha I still have to test out my new pew pew in PVP

          • Guild

            lol was fun last night finding you in the crucible last night. Saw you got an exotic halfway through the one game you lucky bugger.

          • Sageville

            That was actually the exotic bounty reward for “Bad Juju”.

            But I do agree that I should have been rewarded an exotic for my legendary gameplay.

            Also, BLERRIE TITANS!

            That is all.

          • Guild

            Nice. I still need to get an exotic bounty. The game doesn’t love me.
            I think I managed to powerslam you once. I got hit in that game but bloody hunter golden guns 6 times. Felt like that was all that kept hitting me

      • Matthew Holliday

        the most obvious answer is battlefield.
        but CoDs main appeal is that you dont have to commit any length of time in order to play it effectively. drop in for half an hour, play 2 maps and leave.
        battlefield doesnt quite get that.

        the smart mans answer is quake 3 arena.
        free to play on steam now and still as popular as ever.

        • Guild

          Not a huge fan of battlefield. Played bf4 and got bored of it and there doesn’t seem to be a competitive side for console or I haven’t found any tournaments. With cod there is a few tournaments and ladders that run.
          I agree with cod’s main appeal and that’s why I prefer it. Quick, intense games then its done. With bf4 I’ve sat in games that have almost hit the hour mark and you’ve ranked up 50 odd kills and you get to the point of just messing around trying to do obscure kills then.

    • Sageville

      Support COD and DRM!

    • Matthew Holliday

      its funny, because CoD has always cut corners on development costs by recycling games and selling billions of copies for 60$ a pop.
      meanwhile destiny cost half a billion.
      bioshock infinite cost half a billion because of a fancy new lighting system.
      and how much did GTAV cost again? was well over a billion.

      CoD has been a massive cash grab, while real developers have been dropping their heart and soul into development costs.

      • Ryanza

        Destiny didn’t cost half a billion. The 500 million is for the 10 year deal with Bungie. Meaning that 4 Destiny games = 500 million over 10 years.

        Bioshock Infinite didn’t cost half a billion. Around 100 million if not less is my guess.

        GTA 5 out of those listed should have cost the most. And that’s around 130 million.

        Those numbers are without marketing budgets. Bioshock Infinite less than 200 million and GTA 5 around 230 million with marketing budgets.

        The thing about Call of Duty and other yearly releases like Fifa and sports games is, that millions of people only buy those games every year and only play those games daily.

        So you have a gaming market flooded with games and millions of people not buying games and only playing Call of Duty everyday, only buying Call of Duty every year. Millions of people not caring that the money is not going into improving the medium. Millions of people not caring that the money is not going into new gaming engines and tech.

        I can go on forever about this. The introduction of Steam (DRM). The fall of PC gaming. The raise of Xbox 360 and Call of Duty. PS3 catching up with sales. Single player games like Tomb Raider, Drake, The Last of Us, becoming popular.

        So my hope is that now that the PS4 has become so popular, that there will be a lot more interest in new games and tech with support from gamers.
        But we do really need for DRM to cease from PC gaming so that PC gaming can raise and become popular again because PC gaming is where you will find gaming engines and tech and the gaming medium improve at a faster rate.

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    They had me until the customisable orange gear. What? I don’t want to look like an orange! What the bloody exoskeleton is this? Happy tree friends?

    • Admiral Chief 0

      I’d play a HTF CoD…

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        That’s because there is something very very very very broken inside of you. 😛

        • Admiral Chief 0

          HAI

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Safety first.

  • Hammersteyn

    The Mature warning in the beginning just wastes 5 seconds of everyone’s life.

  • Hammersteyn

    @3:27 Boost,dodge,slam,duck,dive DodgeCOD!

    • Guild

      That deserves an upvote!

    • Admiral Chief 0

      I’ve dodged every single CoD game, I should get a medal for that

      • Sageville

        You get one metric upvote for that comment.

      • Hammersteyn

        Or maybe it was never part of a Steam Sale 😛

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          ^ Lol.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Oh, no that was purposefully.
          I have NEVER spent ANY money on CoD

          • Skoobaz

            Arrrr! Lolz

          • Admiral Chief 0

            ARRRRRRRR

            But seriously, I got a few ARRRR copies waaaaay back when. And recently, just seeing videos or gameplay keeps me away

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          It has been, still not worth $15 for COD 1 😉

          • Matthew Holliday

            steam sale 30$ for MW3.
            walk into incredible connection and find it for R150, after i bought it a month earlier for R600.

            never again.

      • Rags

        You have a duty to play CoD 2 though!

        • Admiral Chief 0

          I did, waaaaaaaaay back when….arrrrrrr

  • “You’ll never be this good at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”

    The requirements of being good at COD is:

    Must be between the ages of 11-13
    Must have plenty of insults on other player’s mom’s

    Must have whiny voice
    Must have the ability to rage quit
    Must be able to use parent’s credit card in order to..order season pass

    Must understand that Battlefield is a much better game..Nope wait that only applies to 18 and older.

  • Tom Krager

    They finally did what everyone wanted and changed the game

  • Rags

    Verticality. Bro, do you even rocket jump?
    Or translocate?

  • Sloths

    I was in love with cod since the first ww 2 games. Then ghosts came out and ruined everything if this game fails to impress its kind of like the death penalty for cod. Really hoping it’s not

  • john booth

    I am wondering if it is worth getting at launch. CoD ghosts was absurdly bad. The franchise took a massive step back, after seeing what does and does not work in MP. I have only been playing madden and destiny lately, but I randomly decided to hop back on to ghosts to check out the experience again (been playing cod since the original, but haven’t played in months).

    Everyone that has a ps3 or 360 are playings blops 2, so I decided just to play some sqaud games and check out the new maps from the season pass. I had some fun hopping back on for a little while, but ghosts completely killed the nights of just spamming games online. It got to the point where after 2-3 games, I just wanted to play anything else available on ps4.

    The advanced warfare looks alright, but it could also be just hyped up BS. I feel like CoD marketing is starting to become like the previews for a comedy, then you watch it and realize the only funny parts in the movie were in the previews and you are let down, because you thought there was potential.

    I want to buy the game because there is nothing more fun than a night of a GOOD CoD on release. I almost lost a college job because of CoD4 when it came out lol, but I don’t know how this one will play out. Ghosts sucked ass for several reasons, and some of that was on the developers and some was on the player base. Everyone knows the people playing CoD are becoming more and more of “that guy”, exploiting anything they can to make someone rage when they kill them, so they can laugh with there friends in homeroom the next day.

    Advanced warfare will have all those players in it, so we will have to see how it will play out. Some of the things I have seen from the MP launch video seemed a bit strong and exploitable,

    Long story short… CoD needs to get it’s shit together or the “fanboys” that have kept them afloat through some rough times will move on. Ghosts was so bad, the pre orders for advanced warfare are at an incredible low. If they fail to produce with this version, they are screwed.

  • walt5104

    Well maybe this game with all of it’s new perks will eliminate those millions of pesky little campers and bring back more of an action packed run and gun style which is what was so lacking in Ghosts and IMO what made it so utterly boring and eventually unplayable.

  • Journey Silius

    Verticality is nothing new, Duke Nukem 3D had jetpacks all the way back in 1996 and you could fly to the top of the map or wherever you wanted. its just that FPS games got dumbed down in the 2000’s and kept you flat on the ground. So the “next big thing” is a suit which can let you jump kind of high, and surely they will follow this with the ability to “jetpack” even higher in upcoming games? At least, Id like to see it. It was one of the most fun aspects of some early FPS games, being able to fly around once you got the powerup.

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