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E3 2014 – Hands off with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Another year, another Call of Duty right? Yes and no. With three studios now working on the franchise, there’s a definite trend towards Activision releasing more distinct adventures into warfare and advanced fish AI. Sledgehammer is up to bat next, and while their latest entry doesn’t stray too far from the usual COD fundamentals, it just might be the prettiest Call of Duty released so far.

At the E3 booths this year, we got a another look at a few new levels of the annual shooter. As usual, it’s the regular mix of Baysplosions and heavy-handed OO-RAH action, but COD fans would riot if it were anything else. The game does look phenomenal however. Facial expressions pop easily, the voice-acting is top-notch and a ton of smaller details have been added for the hell of it, even if most gamers won’t pick up on them.

For instance, lighting technology has improved, with those effects being seen in the game on the terrain, characters and even dilated pupils. Such small, unnoticed design elements, but they do add a subtle touch to the game.

As for how it plays, don’t expect this latest entry to be a massive departure from earlier COD games. Advanced Warfare can still run and gun with the best of them, as those core mechanics aren’t exactly in need of a change. But the new exoskeleton suit abilities will help you out in a crisis, while new enemy variants that use all manner of technology and drones to take you down will provide a departure from the usual slaughter of grunts.

Throw in some decent vehicle levels, and while the next Call of Duty game won’t be the massive evolution that critics have been asking for, it will be sticking to its guns to provide the usual summer blockbuster action.

Last Updated: June 17, 2014

33 Comments

  1. Personally I thought the voice-acting sounded a bit spacey.

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 17, 2014 at 08:51

      Hahahahaha

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    • HvR - THE Average GAmer

      June 17, 2014 at 09:26

      Could do with a bit of bacon

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      • Mark Treloar

        June 17, 2014 at 11:52

        With Bean, but that would be short lived.

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  2. Pieter Kruger

    June 17, 2014 at 08:37

    Wasn’t impressed at all! Will be picking up the new Battlefield instead!

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    • rah

      June 17, 2014 at 09:42

      it really good

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  3. Badass Eyepatch Man

    June 17, 2014 at 08:39

    “But the new exoskeleton suit abilities will help you out in a crisis

    http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/312/563/05d.jpg

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  4. Ryanza

    June 17, 2014 at 08:48

    My guess, Lazygamer review of CodAW – 8.5
    User review of CodAW – just fuck off already.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 17, 2014 at 08:52

      Wow, I was just about to write something along the same lines…lol!

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  5. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 17, 2014 at 08:54

    • Hammersteyn

      June 17, 2014 at 09:09

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 17, 2014 at 09:13

        Except I feel like that today, which is Tuesday

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 17, 2014 at 09:57

          I hate Mondays so much so that even if the week started on a Wednesday I would still call it Monday.

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    • Alex Hicks

      June 17, 2014 at 10:50

      But that isn’t paint drying …

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  6. MakeItLegal

    June 17, 2014 at 08:58

    Skip ….

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  7. Sith JJ

    June 17, 2014 at 08:58

    Oh look, a new COD!
    *goes off to do something else

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    • MakeItLegal

      June 17, 2014 at 08:59

      *this

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  8. Rince&exhale

    June 17, 2014 at 09:06

    Oh yay… Yawn.

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  9. Hammersteyn

    June 17, 2014 at 09:11

    But will it have DLC?

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    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 17, 2014 at 09:13

      Don’t be silly, OFCOURSEITFLIPPENWILL

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  10. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 17, 2014 at 09:15

    • Sith JJ

      June 17, 2014 at 09:26

      I’d play the crap out of this
      Who doesn’t want to be a gun-wielding Dorito?

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      • HvR - THE Average GAmer

        June 17, 2014 at 09:26

        *Purple dildo wielding Dorito

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 17, 2014 at 10:29

      Game of the YEAR!

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  11. Mossel

    June 17, 2014 at 10:29

    I started to really get into BF3 multiplayer this past week and man oh man was I missing out. It is better than CoD in every possible way. Will never go back.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 17, 2014 at 10:29

      You have seen the light. The banana is pleased!

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      • Mossel

        June 17, 2014 at 10:39

        I guess you can say… the mossel pleased the banana!

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    • Alex Hicks

      June 17, 2014 at 10:52

      Great. I actually re-downloaded BF3 because of the origin free game thing. Played it a bit; and it was great fun. I played it in preference to BF4. Except for last weekend; when I went back to the latest.

      What’s your origin ID? We can jam sometime …

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      • Mossel

        June 17, 2014 at 11:13

        Mossel89. Yeah I need friends on origin! So lonely on there…
        I still struggle with punkbuster error. For some reason I can ONLY join the WAGE Large maps conquest server. All the others kick me.

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        • Alex Hicks

          June 17, 2014 at 12:14

          hhhmmm. will add when at home. Have you tried reinstalling punkbuster from the website directly? you can also search for a utility called PBSetup which will help you diagnose the issue.

          I’ve had Punkbuster issues before. Either way – catch you on line sometime. Although, I don’t really play the way I should, because I game with zero communication from my side; other than chat – which isn’t so good for coordinating.

          Also, that 89 better not be a birth year, cause now I feel old.

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          • Mossel

            June 17, 2014 at 12:32

            I’ve tried all the online “fixes”. Last resort is to get telkom to give me a static IP.
            89 is obviously my favourite sexual position. xD
            lol at least I’m still an 80’s baby! Conceived to the sweet tunes of Def Leppard and Aerosmith in the background.

          • Alex Hicks

            June 17, 2014 at 13:24

            Dude … I was born the year Def Leppard were formed. 🙁

          • Mossel

            June 17, 2014 at 13:33

            lol that’s actually the same year as my brother. Want to hear something completely messed up? Teenagers were born in 2000.

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