Somewhere between Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 something happened… I would not call it something great, but it was something that made me lose interest in the COD franchise. As a COD player, After many sessions, I did not feel the need to jump online and play Ghosts after a few months after the game’s release, nor did I want to venture back into the world of Black Ops 2. The reason for this was I felt the franchise needed something more… something different… something exciting. While Ghosts was great, it became very stale, very quickly. Fast forward to 2014, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has finally captured my attention as well as brought back my passion for competitive and non-competitive gaming.
At Internet Solutions, which is based in Johannesburg South Africa, Megarom interactive held the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare South African Industry Friendly Invitational. The event saw media, folks in the industry, as well as community members go head-to-head in a battle for ultimate glory. The atmosphere was spectacular and there was plenty of food, drinks and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to go around for everyone.
During the evening we got to play some rather epic multiplayer matches. Most of the matches were played between 3 modes, which included: Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, and one of the newer modes to hit the COD scene – Uplink. For those not familiar with Uplink, it is essentially the COD version of Basketball. Players take the field, obviously armed to the teeth, and try their best to either throw a ball through a virtual hoop… or jump straight through it. It was by far one of my personal favourites as it is such an intense mode to play.
Overall the evening was fantastic! The ITF Gaming COD team placed 3rd overall, with HTXT in second place, and Lazygamer taking 1st place. Now, as stated earlier, I mentioned my lack of passion for COD over the past few years… so you are probably wondering what has changed. To kick things off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks great in the graphics department; however, looks are not always everything. One of the biggest reason why I am officially back on the COD scene is due to movement. Characters move more fluidly and the addition of the Exoskeleton and jet pack combo changes gameplay completely.
Movement plays a vital role in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as characters can now dodge bullets, escape the blast radius of exploding grenades, and high-tail it out of massive firefights with grace and style. The jet pack also allows you to reach areas that are much higher up as well as assist with getting from one side of the map to the other at a much faster rate.
The jet pack also allows players to essentially not feel like sitting ducks on the playing field. There were many times where I found myself in a few tight situations; however, with the high speed movements that the jet pack and Exoskeleton offered, I felt I either had a chance to escape… or I had the ability to take on my attackers as I could move around them fast enough to obtain a triple kill. This is one of the biggest reasons why I have felt the need to venture back into the world of COD. To add to this, a lot of the multiplayer modes require players to create and switch between classes. Some modes require speed and agility while others need a slower and more calculated approach.
When playing online, players also have the opportunity to select one perk for their Exoskeleton. These include a quick-deploy shield, temporarily generate health, or cloak themselves for a short period of time. There are more options; however, this will be covered in our upcoming review.