Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer: Not Sold Yet

It sure is nice to look at, but the general consensus is: Let's see some gameplay first.

Okay, so that new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer is out.

It's awfully pretty and many have commended the impressive graphics. Others have also noticed what appears to be a Titanfall-like influence, which may or may not go over well with the long-time CoD fans.

After perusing the many comments associated with the release of this trailer, I think the general consensus is that while visually accomplished, many gamers still have reservations. After all, Ghosts didn't exactly live up to expectations and as a result, the reputation of this series has taken another hit.

Can Advanced Warfare be the Modern Warfare of a new generation...?

They're still trying to pretend that the narrative is important, huh?

I don't really play multiplayer games much, so the single-player campaign is important to me, but I'm in the vast minority. Nobody is lining up at midnight on November 4 to grab the new Call of Duty because of the campaign. Nobody. I'm not saying nobody will play the campaign; I'm saying it runs a distant second to the multiplayer, which is what has made the franchise the most popular name in video games.

And yet, the developers continue to dump a huge amount of resources into the campaign. It's a little weird. Like I said, I love it. It means I might actually want to play Advanced Warfare. But for the majority of followers, they admit that they don't care in the slightest. Many don't even bother with the campaign; they just jump right into the multiplayer. That's the truth of the matter, and still we have what appears to be a flashy and perhaps even intriguing story.

What the heck, maybe it will be important to this production.

Not sure how you make this FPS formula fresh, but you gotta try

I'm not one of those people who blindly call for innovation in the FPS formula without offering some suggestions. All my suggestions would include added depth but if you do that, it'll come out like Bioshock. That's really not what the millions of fans want. I suppose the other option would be to include vehicles in the multiplayer, just like Battlefield, but that's more of a subjective issue. Doesn't necessarily make the experience better, I don't think.

At the same time, I do want to see some gameplay from Advanced Warfare that intrigues me. Maybe some first-person action that isn't related to firing a gun, or maybe even a puzzle or two. Yeah, I know, such things aren't a part of the standard FPS experience but if you're going to put an emphasis on the narrative, you have to at least try new things. It'll make me more interested, that's for sure.

We might be seeing brief glimpses of gameplay in that trailer and that might include some innovation, but I can't be sure.

At least Kevin Spacey is in it

That's almost enough to convince me right there. ;)

Published May. 2nd 2014
  • Cortalia
    Hmm... maybe their aiming to take the Gears of War Approach. I know the vast majority of people I played with played Gears for the Campaign or rather the Co-Op Campaign, not the multiplayer. It showed us that yes, there is a place for narrative and if it has the potential to increase your player base (as if CoD really needs that) , then why not give it a go.

    However, I think the scary thing is adding vehicles, if its not done right it could be a huge hit to the franchise. Nobody enjoys being over-camped by a un-killable tank because the system wasn't thought through.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I'm on the fence. On one hand, I keep being reminded of Killzone, and that intrigues me. On the other hand... it's Call of Duty. That said, while you know I'm a big fan of multiplayer, Fathoms, I'm actually more intrigued at what the single-player has to offer here. If they do it right, this could be entertaining (after it's on sale for around 20).

    TBH, COD multiplayer is rarely tweaked in a way I enjoy, and it's rather bland and same-y when compared to most of the multiplayer games I've played. It's fun in passing but it lacks a certain aesthetic pleasure and kinetic feeling. So if I grab this, I doubt it'll be popped in for multiplayer until after a finished SP playthrough.
  • zoLo567
    Senior Intern
    I am one of those gamers with reservations. I am glad they are trying a new direction, but I will wait to see how good these changes actually are
  • Federico Senence
    Featured Contributor
    I'll have to wait and see some gameplay. I haven't touched a CoD game since Battlefield 3. The possibilities in their multi-player are much better IMO. Of course, the fact it is "advance warfare" means they can get crazy with the weapons and equipment which is always interesting. Kevin Spacey may make the campaign pretty sweet but I doubt he'll help the multi-player.

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