Leaping forward in “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”

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In 2007, the “Call of Duty” franchise dramatically changed, as the setting went from World War II to modern day. Now, in the latest installment, “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” we see the franchise once again jumping forward, but this time to a futuristic setting.
While the latest installment by Sledgehammer Games is not as groundbreaking, it still provides a breath of fresh air into the series that makes it worth experiencing.

Headlining this breath of fresh air are the gadgets and tools you are equipped with as a future soldier. Your exo-suit turns you into a super soldier, allowing you to double jump, boost and use specific abilities, such as cloaking, shielding and hovering, among many more. This adds to the customizability of the game, allowing you to tailor the game to your personal preference even more.

The single-player-campaign mode forces you to follow a comrade down linear corridors until you reach a battle arena, where you defend yourself and your team. This may sound familiar to “Call of Duty” fans as it is the same campaign formula the games have been using for years.

The story is not compelling and is cliche as it comes, but it does have fun set pieces to gaze at. Actually, gazing is the only reason I would recommend playing the single player campaign because this game looks gorgeous. The motion capture really shines, as the faces are the most realistic I have ever seen on a console video game.

Kevin Spacey stars in the game and delivers a fantastic performance, which is a relief considering I still have a poor taste left in my mouth from Peter Dinklage’s performance in “Destiny.”

The multiplayer is as addictive as ever, and of course it provides the player with tons of unlocks to keep you going. New to this game is the ability to completely customize your character, from clothing, to exo-suit and even gender.

The exo abilities change the way the game is played. I’ve put in around 20 hours online, and I am still seeing new and unique class combinations. The servers were inconsistent for a few days right at launch but were quickly patched and are now running great on my PS4.
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” moves forward in great ways while retaining the core elements that made the series great in the first place. If you have skipped the previous few entries, I would recommend giving this one a try.