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New ‘Call of Duty’ refreshes franchise, produces superior multiplayer

By Will Schubert ’15
THE ROUNDUP

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”—Activision- Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

9 out of 10

Activision released “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” in November and it helps bring back a dying franchise.

The past few editions of the games have been failures in my opinion. “Call of Duty Ghosts,”  “Modern Warfare 3,” and “Black Ops: Declassified” have had subpar campaigns and their multiplayer was nothing special.

“Advanced Warfare” brings about change by completely revamping multiplayer and producing an entertaining campaign.

The new multiplayer on Xbox Live is extremely engaging because you have the option to choose between so many abilities and weapons and it makes each game more exciting.

There are eight “exo abilities,” or special powers, for players to activate during gameplay such as invisibility, a shield, extra health, the ability to fly longer and silenced footsteps. These exo abilities make the game more exciting and give the player more options than in previous “Call of Duty” games.

The new exoskeleton gives players the ability to jump to extreme heights as well as smash into other players and kill them.

The general gameplay remains very similar to past versions but new weapons and abilities make it a lot more exciting. Players can navigate the map a lot faster using the exoskeleton as well as jump significantly higher.

The new weapons include a laser beam rifle and grenade rifle, as well as many other new weapons.

The campaign takes place in the year 2054 in North Korea. You start off as Private Jack Mitchell who is a U.S. Marine sent to South Korea to fight off a North Korea invasion.

During the course of the campaign Jack Mitchell is employed by one of the world’s most powerful organizations called Atlas. Jack’s job at Atlas is to defend the world from a terrorist organization called KVA who is wreaking havoc throughout the world.

The story is strong because it uses topics that are prevalent throughout the media today such as weapons of mass destruction, American intervention and political strife.

The campaign starts off strong, drawing the player in, but by the end it runs out of gas.

The characters lack a strong connection between them and it is hard for the gamer to be drawn in because they are constantly dying throughout the campaign.

The campaign is entertaining and multiplayer is much improved, but developers needed to develop a stronger story line for this game to reach its maximum potential.