Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches today, and to kick the game off in style Dave, Charlie and I spent last night playing in an invitational Advanced Warfare tournament at Internet Solutions’ Chill Room here in Johannesburg. We couldn’t field a fourth member due to scheduling conflicts, but we were kindly helped out by a man we only knew as “Jimmy”. Turns out, he was pretty good.
Jimmy HTXT squared off against other industry teams in a round-robin knockout competition played on Xbox Ones provided by Microsoft, managing t0 fight our way into the finals where we squared off against the guys from Lazygamer. We didn’t win that final bout but we put up a good fight, losing by only the barest of margins in the end.
And throughout the tournament we had an absolute blast, because this year’s Call of Duty isn’t like previous years that featured somewhat recycled multiplayer with only a handful of new weapons, maps and perks to set them apart – it’s full-on, balls-to-the-wall fantastic thanks to the game’s exoskeletons – powered suits that give your soldier superhuman abilities – that let you move in ways you’ve never moved before in a COD game with double-jumps, scooting to the left and right to dodge fire and more. It’s really cool.
There’s also a new mode called Uplink that pits teams against one another in a basketball-with-guns-like matchup that’s both exhilarating and challenging; think “two teams of superhumans fighting each other to grab what is effectively a ball and attempting to carry it to their goal”. It was so much fun that I’d go so far as to say it will probably be the game’s most popular mode once players the world over get their hands on it today. The Capture the Flag and Seek and Destroy modes we played were cool too, but I think Uplink will be the star of the show for a while to come.
In short, COD: AW’s multiplayer is pretty damn good, and a decided improvement over previous years. The verticality introduced by the ability to double-jump and reach places you couldn’t otherwise get to really opens up the tactical options, and it’s all just as fast-paced as fans have come to expect from the franchise.
Having seen Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer in action, I am super-amped to see what the single-player campaign holds. Expect our official review soon.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.