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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox 360 review and giveaway [gaming]
Posted by on Nov 24th, 2014

It’s no secret that i’m a massive fan of the Call of Duty franchise and the traditional combat that’s been a staple of the series. I loved that they kept it simple. Gimme an assualt rifle a knife, a few flash bang grenades and i’m happy so when i first started hearing about the new Advanced Warfare installment you can imagine my disappointment that it would be set in 2054 and the soldiers would be equipped with cybernetic skeletons that could make them jump higher, go invisible etc. My immediate reaction was that they ran out of ideas and jumped on the mechanically enhanced soldier bandwagon. Well i’ve just completed the single player campaign and coudn’t have been more wrong. The new technology isn’t at all  overwhelming and it’s actually added a layer that is fresh and well executed. The same goes for the multiplayer maps where the ability to jump higher has allowed for greater vertical variety and a quicker pace. I have an Xbox 360 copy of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare to give away so if you’re interested keep reading.

The low-down: The Atlas Corporation, a private military corporation, has emerged with the power to rescue humanity after a global attack on its military and infrastructure. Empowering soldiers with new, cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities and an advanced arsenal with new weaponry, vehicles and high-tech gear, you join the ranks of a highly-trained, specialized unit committed to restoring order.

Kick ass and take names basically.

That’s a screengrab from one of the most memorable moments in the single player campaign. You have to make your way across a four lane freeway in Lagos, Nigeria. Cars screaming past while bad guys are shooting at you from the other side.

Here’s a taste.

Kevin Spacey…ya he’s the main oke.

Right let’s get into it.

Presentation: Graphics are top class and you won’t get more realistic facial animation. Been a staple of the franchise, but really stands out. The amount of detail is staggering. The single player campaign has some epic levels with the combat moving from the crowded streets of Lagos, Nigeria to the bleached white tourist area in Santori, Greece to an exploding San Fransico bridge. These locations are set in broad daylight and were outstandingly presented. 

Gameplay: much the same as previous games in the franchise with you and several squad members making your way through a particular location while coming under enemy fire. AI is pretty good…you won’t be rushing into a fire fight without quickly getting your ass handed to you if you play on hard. Add in the new exoskeleton and advanced abilities and you’ll quickly adapt to boost jumping, scaling buildings, cloaking and using a grapple hook to fly across areas undetected. The storyline is normally nothing to write home about, but this time around they’ve done a pretty believable job.

Lastability: it won’t take you long to complete the single player campaign, but the multiplayer is what will keep you coming back day after day. Great selection of maps to start with and as always you can download bonus maps. The maps range from close combat to wide open spaces with a greater vertical component to make use of your new abilities.

Final thoughts: the biggest major change in the franchise for ages, but they’ve done an excellent job of incorporating futuristic warfare without compromising what fans loved about the series. Fast paced action set in great locations with new abilities will keep fans happy. Gets a hoo-raa 9 out 10

Right…now one of you is gonna walk away with a Xbox 360 copy of the game.

Tell me in the comments below why you want the game then head on over to Megarom games HERE and tell me which of the upcoming games you’d most like to get.

Will pick a winner early next week. Comp open to anyone in SA.

November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

At the moment my Xbox has a collection of Barbie stuff, mixed with a little dance central a smidgen of Toy Story and some weird skylander things!


xdvd says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

Brilliant game. I have this on PS4 but I would like to win this to give to my friend as a present. They should add Kevin Spacey to everything. He just makes it better. Although I have Assassin’s Creed Unity , I would like to play Assassin’s Creed Rogue as it seems really cool to play as a templar.

Belinda says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

I’d like the game to give to my boyfriend, as an “I’m-sorry-I’m-a-whiny-bitch-sometimes-thank-you-for-loving-me-anyway” gift. He puts up with tons of my work/friend/family stress so I reckon he could do with a bit of game time. He’s also been frothing at the mouth at the mere mention of this game so I guess that means it’s pretty cool?

And I’d also most like to get him Assassin’s Creed Unity, for all of the above reasons.

Looti says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

Sorry Sav, but you have got this wrong…

… Though I agree the campaign is epic, the multiplayer is frot. A selection of only 15 guns, all under-powered besides the AR’s. Coupled with that peer-to-peer hosting with lag compensation leaves you laggin jou gat off, in (mainly) international lobbies.

Hardpoint and CTF are back, good news, but unless you jamming in a private lobby, your online multiplayer experience will be blood-boiling to say the least. Disappointing, they even promised dedicated servers for AW. Alas, we have to play off each other’s backs.

But, cool graphics, dig the exo-suit vibes, and dig the campaign. All else, meh

Savage says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

I actually thought it was me and my connection with the lag issues. Do think the new abilities add a new spin to multiplayer with the vertical options and i prefer the pick 13 system than forcing rookies to use kill streaks they wont use. And there are tons of weapons. 34 unlockable i think. and each weapon has 10 variants that can be unlocked in suppy drops

alex says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

I’d like this Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, as I have been inspired by Francis Underwood to take it upon myself to better my standing in the world and become the next president of the USA, an through his example of leadership and continuous multiplayer CALL OF DUTY destressing session i hope to be THE MAN… oh and I really need it.

FaTCaT says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

Great game great review. The new movements makes it easier for the run and gun crowd to escape campers and the exo abilities adds more fun to ur game play! ! The weapons offer great variety, still hope they nurf the sniper as it is way OP! ! Would love to win the prize as our clan is looking for some serious sponsors. And this could be the start. #B0AR_CLAN #NUMBER 1 SA CLAN

Paul Boom Headshot says:
November 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

I’ve had all the COD games and my favourite was Modern Warfare. Would love to see how this one compares. Also what I love about the franchise is that the multiplayer allows for you to add bots on the map. Best way to practise and learn the maps. Unlike Battlefield.

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