Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
COD with too much salt
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Format reviewed: PS4 Also available on: PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC Publisher: Activision
wisdom would have it that you can’t teach an old COD new tricks; that its formula was carved into a stone tablet years ago, never to be defied. But Advanced Warfare doesn’t care about that stone tablet. It’s here to change things. It’s here to give you something new: the freedom of the Exo Suit, which is definitely not ripping off Titanfall. No.
Your new techno- trousers offer up fresh movement options, and maps have been designed with that verticality in mind. Online multiplayer flourishes thanks to developer Sledgehammer’s willingness to splice COD’s slightly inbred DNA with outside influences such as Team Fortress 2. Singleplayer, though, doesn’t. The over- arching narrative of a corporation exploiting a global terror threat to gain a stranglehold on military resources is more than strong enough to keep things ticking over. Kevin Spacey adds not just A- lister glitz to the plot, but occasional moments of brilliant dramatic execution. Then you’re presented with a “Press triangle to pay respects” quick time event at an otherwise sombre military funeral, and the whole house of cards ( high five!) falls down.
Advanced Warfare is good at changing the pace by introducing lenient stealth bits to soothe your trigger finger after the last big gunfight, but it won’t ever admit the absurdity of its events. Stick to online play. Phil Iwaniuk
A whopping 3% of Advanced Warfare’s solo story is spent looking at your character’s hands. Thrilling stuff.
Kevin Spacey’s digital form is unsettlingly realistic.