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Call Of Duty: Ghosts Demo Shows Off Dog Control. Yep

Played live, but looks identical to the demo we saw last week.

Last week TheSixthAxis was invited to a behind closed doors demo of the new Call of Duty, Ghosts. We were shown sections of three different levels, one of which was exclusive to E3 (at least for now).

Whilst it looked sharp enough, one of the things that stood out (in the first level shown) was the dog control – yep, you can control Riley. Our demonstrator (we didn’t actually get to play the game) explained that this was due to a fancy chip in the dog’s collar, but likely translates to just pushing left and right on the analog stick.

Regardless, the same demo – pretty much beat for beat – was also shown on American TV last night on the Jimmy Fallon show. The clip is below.

The other two levels we saw at E3 (seriously, the one above plays out almost identically, right down to the way Riley jumps in through the window and the resulting slow-mo exploding door) included an underwater stealthy section and a night-time raid of a data centre, which involved lots of climbing down a big building really slowly.

Ghosts is out later this year, across current and next gen platforms. The new engine for the game boasts some cool tessellation tech, which should in theory mean that even close up the models look rounded and rich.

And a dog.

27 Comments
  1. double-o-dave
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    What a great is idea… Let the gamer play as a dog! I’ve got nothing against dogs but I don’t want to play as one. Are they barking mad!
    I know, following the success of Duck Hunt, lets bring out Fox Hunt and you can play as a Foxhound.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:38.
    • double-o-dave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      Excuse the random ‘is’. It’s hard typing with these paws.

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:40.
      • Motalla
        Member
        Since: Dec 2011

        This has my vote for comment of the week.

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:04.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Woof!

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:29.
  2. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Killer dogs. Sure. Why not. This is what I’ve been waiting for.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:45.
  3. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Call of Duty’s gone to the dogs…

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:46.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      let me apologise in advance for what i’m about to do.

      bow wow, that joke is ruff. ^_^

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:01.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Haha ;) Cheap, but I couldn’t resist.

        I do enjoy the single player of Infinity Wards’ CoDs, as they’re pretty easy to pick up and play so I will probably get this. (Although I’ll probably get BF4 too)!

        Shame not much details has done into the character’s movement though, for example, his hands/arms remain rigid to the weapon when he jumps down. Playing as the dog is a bit gimicky, but I don’t mind, should be fun!

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:07.
    • Motalla
      Member
      Since: Dec 2011

      Chi-wa wa PWN german sherpard.

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:06.
  4. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    I’m usually not into Infinity Ward’s entrants in the series at all, but it now looks like they’re at least trying to not produce their usual clusterfuck.

    Question remains though, is it as good a game featuring a dog as Shadow Dancer.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:47.
    • double-o-dave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      No way! If my memory serves me correctly, wasn’t shadow dancer pretty much Shinobi but in a white ninja suit with a dog?

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:55.
    • jbni
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      CC, how did you add the link to your comment? Is this something only you red box people are allowed to do? Did you create it by the power of Greyskull?

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:40.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        I have the POWERRRRRRRRRRRRR!

        Just some HTML, anyone can add some basic tags to a comment, but not closing them properly can fuck up the page for everyone else.

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 12:01.
  5. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    play as a dog, but not a woman. >_<

    anyway, as somebody who doesn't care much for the COD series, i don't see anything in the latest game to really get me interested.
    though, i'm sure fans of the series will enjoy it.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 10:58.
    • Motalla
      Member
      Since: Dec 2011

      This gives dogy-style a whole new meaning.

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:07.
      • fattyuk
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        most women are dogs.

        Comment posted on 22/06/2013 at 16:27.
  6. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    It’s bound to play out pretty much identically, give how closely bound to set pieces CoD (and the rest of the genre, I might add) is.

    I’d personally expect Treyarch to be the team to start pushing the series out to a more open arenas of battle, and we are seeing BF4 seemingly bringing the open spaces and options from the multiplayer back to the SP experience, alongside Shadow Fall having great big spaces…

    So there is hope yet, but for Ghosts? I expect it to be scripted and absolutely controlled by the devs.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:09.
  7. jbni
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    After watching that my view still hasn’t changed – it looks quite awkward to control. Also, as Teflon says above, it looks heavily scripted. I’m guessing you can only use your dog in certain sections of the game.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:27.
    • double-o-dave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      Nope, I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that if you play & complete the whole game as the dog you get a gold trophy. I think the trophy/achievement is called something like ‘Crufts’.

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:33.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        For real?

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:40.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        No ;)

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:46.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        No sale then :(

        ;)

        Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 12:22.
  8. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Can it collect dogtags?

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 11:57.
    • double-o-dave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      Nope, but if you’re dog is caught fouling in the game you can collect a fine and lose Microsoft Points.

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 12:00.
  9. three_leg_jake
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    The dog better be a scorestreak reward in multi-player!

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 12:34.
  10. Broonba
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    I usually buy CoD to play online with my nephew, but TBH, Battlefield is looking the better bet this year. I’ve nothing against CoD Ghosts, I just feel that (minus the dog) it’s more of the same. As I’ve never bought any of the Battlefield games (apart from BF 1943 on PSN) it’ll be a totally new experience to me.
    Mind you, it’ll probably depend on whether I like BF3 from Plus or not.

    Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 19:18.
    • double-o-dave
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      You do realise there’s no lazer guns or light sabres don’t ya?

      Comment posted on 21/06/2013 at 19:45.

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