Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Developed by Sledgehammer Games

Published by Activision

*What you are looking at is the first stage of Advanced Warfare*

*Please Note: This Review is for the PlayStation 4 Version*

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The Story:

In the year 2054; Private Jack Mitchell of the United States Marines participates in his first battle against North Koreans in Seoul however things go horribly wrong and his best friend and fellow Marine; Will Irons is killed in action aswell as losing his own arm in a devastating bomb blast which results in his dismissal from the military. Shortly after attending Will’s funeral; Jack is offered a position at powerful military contractor; Atlus by Will’s father, Jonathan Irons and offers Jack a prosthetic arm to fill in for his missing one. After working for Atlus for a while though, Jack starts to doubt whether or not he is gunning for the right side.

The Gameplay:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a First Person Shooter like the other entries in the series however it takes the rinse and repeat style of Call of Duty and turns it on it’s head adding new gameplay styles to the series. Most of the new abilities in game come from the brand new Exo Suits which allow you to do many new things such as the ability to double jump, wall climb, hover and even the ability to spawn a shield from your arm. These can also be enhanced due to something new to the Call of Duty series which is an upgrade system which allows for faster recharge times and many other features such as faster reload times which to me seems very reminiscent of the Crysis series. The array of both classic weaponry and futuristic weaponry is great with each weapon dealing different amounts of damage aswell as the fact that when you acquire a new weapon; You get the feeling that you want to try and master that weapon. The Multiplayer also works perfectly well and in all the times I have taken to it have not encountered a single problem; With multiple modes including the familiar Team Deathmatch and Infection in which if you are the infected player; you must kill members of the opposing team to convert them to your allies. The customization options available to players in the multiplayer menus are great with players being able to choose their outfit, weapons, Exo-Skeleton and even, their gender and appearance (You can even choose a Zombie). There is also the co-op mode called Exo-Survival which is not only fun to take part in but if you put enough effort in to get to the end; You even get a teaser of the upcoming Zombie mode.

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The Sound:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a great score which works well with its futuristic setting but the Score is not the best part of the sound section with that going to the Sound Effects and Voice Acting. The Sound effects sound brilliant with each guns particular ammunition sounding as though it is actually getting tested out in a real life shooting range and the laser sounds also help to give off the effect that the game is set in the future. The Voice acting in this game is top notch with Troy Baker once again taking the reigns as the protagonist character of Private Jack Mitchell while the supporting role of the game and truly the best performance in the game belongs to Kevin Spacey who puts in a fantastic performance as Jonathan Irons; The CEO of the Atlus Corporation with Spacey’s role not only containing elements of integrity and trust while also balancing it with Antagonism and a sinister agenda. There is also a fantastic supporting cast including Khary Payton (Starhawk) who portrays Knox, Paul Telfer (The Vampire Diaries) who portrays your best friend; Will Irons and many many more.

The Graphics:

This is the section where Advanced Warfare truly shines through with the title having by far the best visuals in a Call of Duty title since the franchise started and I would even go as far as to say that they are some of the best visuals I have seen on the current gen so far blurring the lines between Realistic and Animated. The details put into the maps are great with each map having its own distinctive style and it’s own unique layout.

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Lasting Appeal:

For obvious reasons with Advanced Warfare being a Call of Duty title; There is plenty of replay value to this game with the multiplayer obviously being the big replay factor for this title and with the upcoming DLC on the way giving players more reason to hold onto there games. The Single Player campaign can last quite some time if played in moderation plus the amount of collectibles and trophies to get just build on time but to be fair with the multitude of modes available at the players disposal. It’s pretty much a never ending game.

Final Thoughts:

In Recent Years; Call of Duty has been taking a nose dive becoming the same old copy and paste shooter however Advanced Warfare has truly saved it from that breathing fresh air into what was becoming a pretty stale franchise. Everything about this game for me has been pretty spot on apart from the game obviously getting pretty repetitive at times and while it doesn’t really affect my score of it, I am still disappointed at the lack of a good old WWII or Vietnam period instead of the Future all the time but all in all, I have to say that this game has truly got me excited for the future of this series in the many years to come.

My Score = 9/10

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The Good:

  • Impressive Story
  • Gameplay feels great
  • Upgrade System similar to Crysis
  • Phenomenal Voice Cast (Especially Kevin Spacey)
  • Stunning Visuals
  • Fun Multiplayer Modes
  • Customization options
  • Plenty of Replay Value
  • Exo-Skeletons

The Bad:

  • Can get easily repetitive
  • Set in the Future (again)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to Activision for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

 

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