A little while back I was given the honour of spending some quality time with the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer; giving the new game modes a try as well as trying out some of the new kill streaks.

Not multiplayer

Game Modes

Ghosts will ship with your standard game modes of death match, free for all and most of the  usual suspects but there are two new exciting modes that I got play and thoroughly enjoyed. 

We’ve spoken about the first before, Cranked, where every time you get a kill you crank up and become faster and more powerful but you also have a timer that counts down and if it hits zero you explode. This ensures camping and stealth quickly become a thing of the past and keep the game moving nicely.

I hope to see a lot of this in the eSports area of gaming to mix things up a bit.

The next mode I tried was a new one called Blitz which was explained to us briefly as a sports type game where you need to score points by going through portals. Yes it didn’t make any sense to us either.

Bring it

But the game is pretty simplistic really. Each team has a portal that they need to defend. Your objective is to get to your enemies portal and jump through it to score a point. Once you score a point the portal is disabled for 10 seconds and then opens up again. The first to get to the set score you win.

If your team works well together and shares the offense and defensive duties then you can dominate but if you start getting greedy the opposition can take over your portal and just walk through every 10 seconds. It’s like a simplified, faster version of capture-the-flag. 

Killstreaks

The next thing we were shown were a couple new killstreaks that have been added to the game.

These are broken down into categories to balance the game where the support guys get to arm up with the Night Owl which blocks incoming projectiles and also acts like a personal radar for close quarters. The assault guys can get their own guard dog and a Maniac which is a juggernaut armed with a knife and unlimited sprint.

Now I’m one of the few people who really have no interest in the dog being added to Call of Duty Ghosts but the ability to call up your own guard dog is awesome. The dog will stay with you and attack anyone who tries to sneak up on you or comes close. Then if you are killed the dog will try make his way back to where you spawned taking people out along the way.

So if you are a good protector that dog can stay with you the entire game.

As for the marksman they haven’t been forgotten with the ability to deploy 4 Satcoms, the UAV replacement. Once you have al 4 down your radar turns into a directional radar and your team can see exactly where everyone is going.

One of the killstreaks removed by popular demand is the Stealth Bomber, apparently the community was not a fan of that one and as such it has been put down.

Call of Duty Ghosts

Soldier Customisation

The other major addition to Ghosts is the ability to customise your soldiers and it doesn’t start and end with the choice of gender. No in fact Infinity Ward are promising over 20 000 different combinations for your soldiers from their head shapes to different camo, face paint, patches and background textures.

Oh and those sexual emblems that you just can’t get away from won’t be an issue in Call of Duty: Ghosts thanks to the emblem creator being removed.

This is once again one of those things where we can’t have nice things thanks to a minority of people who haven’t even seen half the things they are creating in Call of Duty. And last but not least the gender or body that you pick will not have any difference in the game as all soldiers have the exact same hit boxes.

Other Stuff

All in all the game is a marked improvement on the current Call of Duty we are enjoying and there has been a lot of work put into refining the little things in the game such as the guns, movements and visuals.

A big change is the new dual render technology that Infinity Ward is able to do with their new engine. Now when sniping instead of you only being able to see what you are zoomed in on you will be able to clearly see the zoomed in section and then external to the scope you can see a blurred render of the environment. This should make sniping easier which to be honest worries me. Sniping is already a problem in COD in my opinion; though at least quick-scoping is going the way of the dodo. 

Thankfully my flight was later that evening so I got to gate crash the next group and play more of the game again. As a fan of the Call of Duty series I can honestly say this is the most exciting edition of the game since Modern Warfare 2. Whether it will be able to live up to the expectations of the COD Army only time will tell.

One thing is for sure though, you are going to want to play this on a next gen system.

Last Updated: September 30, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

22 Comments

  1. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    September 30, 2013 at 12:37

    New Killstreaks sound cool

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 30, 2013 at 12:43

      The dog does sound very useful.

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  2. Airborne

    September 30, 2013 at 12:40

    I wanna play this now, Dammit!!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 30, 2013 at 12:42

      It does sound cool. They did change the game a lot not to be labeled a copy and past franchise anymore.

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      • Airborne

        September 30, 2013 at 12:47

        S’true… Although Gavin is right, it should be much better on NextGen! Now, all i need is a 60″ screen!

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  3. Hammersteyn

    September 30, 2013 at 12:41

    The COD Army?

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 30, 2013 at 12:45

      O_O

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      • Airborne

        September 30, 2013 at 12:49

        erm… could be “doggy style”?

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    • Airborne

      September 30, 2013 at 12:46

      Yoh! Is that Call of Duty or Canine on Drilling?

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 30, 2013 at 12:54

        Canine on crack?

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        • Airborne

          September 30, 2013 at 13:00

          Carry On Doggy?!?! O_o

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    • Lara's John

      September 30, 2013 at 13:08

      It feels like that’s what’s happening to you in some FPS games when you’re a newbie.

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 30, 2013 at 14:31

        Yeah, BF3 was a prime example. Couldn’t even get out of our base thanks to a spawn camper with a helicopter.

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  4. Tarisma

    September 30, 2013 at 13:00

    Sounds cool

    But on a much more important note who’s excited for GTA V online?

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    • Lara's John

      September 30, 2013 at 13:09

      I am.
      PC, online. That’s the big dream.

      Reply

  5. MossySloth

    September 30, 2013 at 13:18

    But will it have proper, ranked, dedicated servers?

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    • Lara's John

      September 30, 2013 at 13:19

      It’ll have fish that swim away.

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  6. Umar Jaeger

    September 30, 2013 at 14:25

    • Hammersteyn

      September 30, 2013 at 14:27

      I see what you did there

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  7. MacDoodle

    September 30, 2013 at 19:33

    Seriously keen for this, it is a pity about the emblem creator but that said I really won’t miss those juvenile sexually frustrated emblems u see on so many players names, if I enjoy this on current gen then I’ll definitely get a copy on ps4 later next year

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  8. Ryanza

    October 1, 2013 at 11:40

    Hands on with Call of Duty = LAG LAG LAG

    Now with all the shit they added to that old engine of Call of Duty, expect the online matches to break down and frames rates to drop to it’s knees, whenever you do anything in the game.

    Don’t be fooled. Call of Duty online is going to be a SHIT experience because they will not built a new engine from the ground up, in this day and age in gaming.

    Do Not Support Call of Duty!!!

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  9. Johan du Preez

    October 8, 2013 at 14:19

    Oh look its MW2 wait Black ops no wait MW4 dammit they all look so similar so hard to tell 🙂

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