If you’d have asked me my thought of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare once I’d completed the first couple of levels, I would have said words like ‘boring’, ‘more of the same’, ‘just another COD game’, however about a third of the way through, the game stepped it up and notch and changed my mind.
Initially the game was very samey, basically a hand holdy FPS where you’re ordered to do pretty much everything. Within the first 30 minutes I’d already got sick of hearing the name ‘Mitchell’ (the name of your character). It was Mitchell do this, Mitchell do that, Mitchell come here. This did continue throughout the rest of the game, however seemed to chill out quite a lot after the first couple of missions, either that or I just stopped hearing it.
Story wise, the game started ok, nothing really special or new, then at around mission six it kicked it up a notch and for me, and this is where the game got good. I won’t go into spoilers, so I’ll leave the story there, but as you get with any Call of Duty game, you know your in for an action packed roller coaster with loads of deception. I will however say, that out of all the of the Call of Duty games, this was probably the most linear and easiest to follow.
Graphically, the game was very pretty, nothing really mind blowing now I’ve got used to next gen graphics, but have to admit, they’ve gone to town with the motion capture on this one, making the face details of the cast look pretty bloody realistic.
The sound design (as with any Call of Duty game) was good, explosions that made my room shake, and cross fire that made you want to duck. I guess if I do have any negatives about the audio, the spoken work by your colleagues was sometime a little low volume, and you had to be staring directly at them to hear what they were saying.
Gameplay, this is the part of the game I both loved and hated. Initially, I hated it, I found myself getting thrown back to the previous checkpoint over and over again for accidentally killing one of my own men. I understand war is war, and in the warzone you need to use some kind of camouflaged clothes…but when both teams are wearing exactly the same, and the only way you know who the enemy is, is to wait for them to fire at you…let’s just say, it got a little tedious. As you progressed a little further, you do pick up weapons that would highlight the bad guys in red, making the game playable.
My next bugbear was the quick time events…there were far too many of them for a first person shooter in my opinion. There was a particular section where you were chasing down a lorry, jumping from bus rooftop to rooftop, only to have a series of QTE’s to take out a van shooting at you, the problem was, the ‘press X’ button was never in the same place on the screen, and with the second or so timer you have to press the button, I found myself repeating multiple of these. I’m not sure exactly how they could have achieved the action sequences without the events, but they kept taking me out of the game.
My final bugbear was the hand holding. As mentioned above, you were told to do everything, which was good and bad. It was good in the sense that I didn’t really have to think throughout the game, making it one of those ‘brain out’ kind of games, however it became very annoying if you attempted to wonder off to find ammo of intel, to be screamed at every couple of seconds saying ‘Mitchell go do X’
I guess the final part of the game (or the main game for most COD players) was the multi-player. I had one match, got sniped a couple of times from rooftops and had enough. I can however see how the futuristic gameplay could be great fun, as (apart from the getting sniped a lot), it was really quite enjoyable.
All in all, a refreshing take on what was becoming quite a stale franchise, the futuristic weapons, vehicles and gameplay made it feel more like Crysis that Call of Duty, and this gets a huge thumbs up from me. Far from a perfect game, but an enjoyable way to spend eight hours.
Approx Time taken to beat – 8 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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