Here in our review round-up’s we’re now about to hit some of the year’s monolithic franchise releases, with the first across the block being Activision’s Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The eleventh entry in the first person shooter series, this is the first to be primarily developed by Sledgehammer Games, though only for PS4, Xbox One and PC, with High Moon Studios handling the PS3 and 360 versions whilst Raven Software has been handed the reins of the all important multiplayer. Sadly Nintendo’s Wii U misses out on this year’s release after poor sales for Black Ops 2 and Ghosts over the last couple of years.
The game utilises a brand new in-house engine and has aimed to take advantage of the power offered by the new generation consoles, with a particular emphasis having been placed on making improvements to the animations.
Our very own Tef reviewed the game, scoring it a fantastic 9/10 and said “At the heart of Advanced Warfare is the exoskeleton and all of the possibilities it opens up, transforming the way that you get around amidst the futuristic setting. Yet it delivers on many more levels too, from a compelling story and cast of characters to the graphics and the vast array of options for multiplayer character and loadout customisation. Sledgehammer have shown that there’s life in the long-running series yet, and thrown down the gauntlet to Treyarch and Infinity Ward”
It looks like the game has been received very positively by critics from around the world, with many praising the fresh approach to the series.
Polygon – 9/10
“For whatever minor missteps Advanced Warfare makes with its story, it more than compensates with vision and remarkable execution. The latter has never really been Call of Duty’s problem — Ghosts notwithstanding — but Advanced Warfare adds enough and moves far enough forward with its new abilities to feel like a risk. Turns out, that’s just what the series needed.”
Joystiq – 4/5
“Despite the familiarity, it’s been years since a Call of Duty campaign was as coherent and fast-paced as this one. Within the confines of its franchise, which has yet to make much room for a mature look at the subject matter, Advanced Warfare works with aplomb and, at the very least, plays its Big Dumb Movie card wisely. If you’re running out of bad guys, borrow some from Hollywood.”
“For a future warfare title with drones and jetpacks, Sledgehammer’s success is partly to be found by looking to the series’ past, and by combining its own ideas with COD’s natural appeal it has reinvigorated the franchise.”
Gamespot – 8/10
“The last time Call of Duty had “Warfare” in its subtitle, it led to a well-received trilogy that deftly transitioned the series away from a well-trodden global conflict to modern-day combat. If the settings of today have run their course just as World War II did years ago, Advanced Warfare makes for a convincing foundation of futuristic yet relatable combat that is worth exploring and expanding further. The huge change in player mobility is less of a paradigm shift and more of an overdue retooling for an 11-year-old FPS franchise, especially in a year of mobility-focused shooters. Yet for all its predictability, Advanced Warfare is a deluge of action-film bravado, and it’s difficult to not be carried away by its tidal forces.”
Metro – 8/10
“All the components are there to make this a truly ground-breaking game and the failure to do so doesn’t even seem like a mistake, but a purposeful design decision to keep existing fans on board. That’s understandable of course, but it’s frustrating that while this is certainly the best Call Of Duty for several years it’s not quite the milestone it could have been.”
God Is A Geek – 9/10
“Sledgehammer have made some bold moves with their first Call of Duty title. With the addition of a new dimension and brand new weapon types, Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer feels great. It’s fast paced, it’s smooth, and it feels rather well balanced. Add to that a genuinely compelling single player, and Advanced Warfare does enough to reignite anyone’s interest in the series.”
Game Informer – 9/10
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s single-player campaign is a ridiculous summer movie romp with sobering visions of the future of weaponry. Bring popcorn, because the real fun begins with the multiplayer, where the wealth of customization options should have players coming back for game after game.”
Digital Spy – 4/5
“Sledgehammer Games hasn’t reinvented the first-person shooter franchise, but it does give it a shot of adrenaline, making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare one of the fastest, freshest and most thrilling entries yet.”
IGN – No Score
“Simply throwing a robot suit onto Call of Duty could have been a lazy path to making Advanced Warfare seem different from what we’ve played before, but the way Sledgehammer has integrated its enhanced abilities and choices into every aspect of how we fight went above and beyond. By designing the levels in the campaign, co-op, and multiplayer to facilitate those new mechanics, Advanced Warfare is granted a weight and importance that changes how Call of Duty feels in all three modes. This is a Call of Duty game to its core, but one that rehashes as little as possible while still retaining its strengths.”