CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE
Publisher Activision Developer Sledgehammer (High Moon) Format 360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One Release November 4
Advanced Warfare’s new Biolab level was a perfect, and perfectly predictable, showcase for the E3 show floor, loaded with improbable COD moments and chances for Sledgehammer to show off its engine. Following a helicopter crash, protagonist Mitchell and company flee into a forest and use their EXO suits’ cloaking systems to evade enemies en route to a lab camouflaged beneath a holographic tree canopy, which is only revealed to be an illusion as the team abseil into the lab’s compound. Here, an intense indoor shootout culminates in a firefight with an armoured soldier and an escape via hovertank towards a clearing and helicopter pickup. Few games cram so much variety into one level and do all of it so well, but Advanced Warfare isn’t competing against just any other games – it’s competing against its past Call Of Duty brethren.