Gamescom 2013: Hands on with Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox One

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Earlier today I posted up my feelings of Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4 so it’s logical that I follow that up with my experience of Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One.

Unlike the Battlefield 4 experience however this one didn’t start off with much of a pre-amble. The games were played with Xbox One controllers but the rep didn’t say whether we were playing on an Xbox One or PC.

We were given some time to customise our characters using the new customisation options where we first get to choose a gender and then we could customise things like the head, clothing, kill streaks and the brand new load out options for perks.

The cat finally got his boat

Now instead of picking 3 perks you have a brand new load-out option where you have up to 10 points and you use them to purchase perks from a list of 36. Each perk has a different value and you can therefore end up with 10 low level perks or 2 or 3 high level perks.

The entire list can be seen here

Once we had selected our load outs and characters we jumped into a multiplayer lobby of 8 players and loaded up a game of cranked.

Cranked is a new multiplayer mode where each time you get a kill you become faster and more lethal, however the down side is that if you don’t kill someone in 30 seconds you will blow up. I can’t see the game being taken seriously by the eSports community but for the casual gamers looking for some fun it really is a great experience and once you kill someone and crank up you really do feel the urgency.

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The gameplay however was the most exciting change from Black Ops 2. Okay maybe change is a bit of a misnomer as the game is pretty much exactly the same after all. It’s Call of Duty and you run around and kill people so you know what you are getting.

Na na na na na, you can't hit me

But it’s so much smoother and better looking, it honestly felt like I was playing Call of Duty wrapped in a silk nighty with playboy bunnies on my lap. It was an incredible experience and they have taken some queues from Battlefield where you can now vault over low walls and keep on running. They have also added a new action where you can sprint into a sliding dive which is far more logical than the dolphin dive and while it feels awesome sliding in and taking out the enemy it has nothing on potting someone in the head as they slide into the room.

Another surprise for me is that Call of Duty: Ghosts has “levolution” as well but thankfully they aren’t calling it that. In fact they don’t seem to be calling it anything but it exists. There is a lot of verticality in the game and a lot of opportunity to change the level by using standard destruction or through mass explosive events.

Now I can’t quite explain exactly what happened but I was playing Cranked and owning (no seriously I was! The other guys really sucked), and I picked up a special Kill Streak called the MOAB (Mother of all Bombs). Setting it off wiped out the entire map and gave me a ton of kills but it also destroyed pretty much the entire map.

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All my old hiding spots were simply gone and the map was now a smoking pile of rubble with brand new choke points and opportunities. Since Call of Duty hasn’t spoken about this much I can only presume it’s not as advanced as the Battlefield version but Call of Duty fans don’t need to worry as they aren’t being left behind.

Unfortunately my time with Ghosts was cut short as the guys I was playing against had to make it to another interview so I didn’t get to see any further maps but, and I know you are going to hate this, I have to say I am going to seriously struggle playing Ghosts on the Xbox 360 as the Xbox One experience was just leagues ahead of what we are used to.

Look at the destruction

Looking back now I honestly cannot say which multiplayer shooter I’m most looking forward to. TitanFall is an excellent new addition and adds some great movement and verticality, Battlefield 4 is a vast improvement over Battlefield 3 and once again movement has been greatly improved and then Call of Duty: Ghosts is a solid improvement on everyone’s favourite franchise.

It actually doesn’t really matter which is your favourite as a shooter fan you are in for a treat in the next generation.

Check out the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal trailer to see some of the things I’ve mentioned in action… and yes it looks this good. Caution Eminem has a filthy mouth in the backing track so headphones are recommended.

Last Updated: August 28, 2013

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

    Great, we know what LG’s game of 2013 is going to be then! Too soon? trololol! Does look stunning though. When you say you wiped out the map, was everything just levelled so you could see everyone?

    • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

      If that happens I will leave

      • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

        You left out ‘again’

        • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

          Say what now?

          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

            What was LG’s MP game of last year? trololo!

          • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

            Oh, got it now. I thought you mean me leaving again.

            But I understand now

          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

            You don’t want me to draw a map for you? hahahaha!

    • No far more realistic, certain walls stayed upright but crumbled while others were completely destroyed.

      Beams fell from the roof to make new pathways

      Like this but totally different 🙂

      • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

        Why are they smiling!

        • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs


          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

            My thoughts too!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          asain people love to smile 🙂

        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          Insurance payout…

          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd


      • John of Vault 11

        Quite unlike the polystyrene walls of Red Faction Guerilla


      Call of duty black ops 2 won legitamatily because it was that good

  • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs




      • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

        Jim, is that you?

        • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd


        • John of Vault 11

          I think his vocabulary is limited to best, better and bestest.

          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

            And his grammatical ability, or lack there of, is shocking!

          • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

            i rite gooder. nebs cant keep up. im gangsta.

          • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

            only old people care about graamaer


    COD is the bestest!

  • Mossel

    Im not afraid to say Im excited for this game! Come at me, bro!

  • InsanityFlea

    No recoil on that rifle?? .. sis.
    BF4 looks far more advanced than this tbh.

  • guys…I played some of this..and even I thought it was pretty slick.

    • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

      WHO ARE YOU MAN????

      • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

        He is wisest and bestest

      • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

        Geoff is not the same Asian since he went to the land of beer, boobs and sausages.


      Oom Geoffrey says its good it must be good

    • ElimiNathan


  • OVG

    If those writers kill off COD DOG then I am not buying this game 🙁 simple.


  • OVG


    WIN finally for fcks sake. WIN.


    my body is read for xbox won and Call fo Duty GHOST.

    Guys can I review Call fo Duty Ghost? PLEASE pretty please my dad doest want to give me allowance any more because im grouned.


      i will rite it super awesome ok?

      • Hammersteyn

        You type like your keyboard is missing keys. Either that or your fingers are broken :-/

        • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

          ur not my dad or school. Ill type how i like to .

          • RinceThisdripdripdripdripdripd

            fdsoadsfnvfijsfdvjndscjndvs davdavnd vs! HA!

          • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

            fail you didnt use any reel words.

        • OVG

          He has trigger finger, it is like Tennis elbow but more bent 😛

    • Sure drop me a mail and I’ll set that up for you

      • No Longer SIR Twakkus

        Lol Gav, please do. Should be really entertaining. The bestest review of the bestest game ever!

        • Sageville

          Even I’m intrigued…

          I envision a hyperbole of “ZOMG!!1!!one!!!” filtered through a COD-or-nothing perspectatron and amplified with an Xbone positronic differential field.

          …and of course each word spaced with the punctuation “Like”.

      • nicksimp101

        The review will probably start off with, “Befour I even opened the game, I licked it, I licked COD 4 the most, but I think I will lick COD Ghosts more…”

  • Rock789

    Man, looking forward to these new titles… Every new article I read about Gamescom makes me lust for more!!


      same i cant wait.

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    I will wait to play Titanfall before I make a call, but for now BF4 is looking really REALLY good.

  • ElimiNathan

    I’m a huge battlefield fanboy but im gna buy this game and give it a go because it really seems like it deserves a play


      i am going to buy this game too

    • nicksimp101

      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! ;-p

      • ElimiNathan

        Haha it must be done!

  • MossySloth

    Heard some strange tale about how IW CoD will now allow cloud-based ranked dedicated servers (may have even heard it on here). Whether or not this CoD has dedicated servers will determine whether I buy it or not. I enjoy IW CoD far more than Tryarch’s BLOPS iterations, but this hosted shit is unbearable and reduces the life of the game significantly.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Hahaha! My poor credit card! I’m going to get Titanfall, BF4 AND COD Ghost! Should be sorted for a couple of years on my Xbox One with the three best FPS games on next gen! 🙂

  • GKage

    “while it feels awesome sliding in and
    taking out the enemy it has nothing on potting someone in the head as
    they slide into the room.”

    I laughed so hard at the thought of this. Knowing how COD players usually play, I imagined a group of 4 people on the same team just waiting in a room, lone player slides in like he’s in an action movie like “f it Im about to kill all of em within 2 seconds”, and just gets popped.

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