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Microsoft Opens With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Microsoft opened their show with the latest entry in Activision’s FPS juggernaut series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The demo opened with a group of four soldiers in a drop pod, falling into a city under fire. The pod crashes into a building forcing the occupants to exit high up in the building. The main character’s weapon has a display on it, which shows the amount of ammo in the gun, freeing up more of the HUD. After a short fire fight, they come to an open area where they drop to the ground floor below utilizing a sort of retro rocket to slow their descent near the bottom.
Once on the ground floor, they proceed outside, and we are afforded a glimpse of a great deal of the futuristic tech that the game will feature. Drop pods neatly land in the area, walking tanks advance forward, and some soldiers are wearing unique optic devices. After speaking to a soldier at what appeared to be an operation center, the team advances and we see a bit more of the combat in action. The main character has greater degree of movement in comparison to previous games, and is able to quickly jump onto different features in the environment, such as a bus stop and other barriers, allowing for a greater vantage point from which to engage enemies. After the firefight ends, a swarm of drones attacks, and the team pull doors off of cars to defend themselves.
At this point, the demo fast forwards to another firefight. During this sequence we see even greater amounts of maneuverability, as the main character displays the ability to dash back and forth while firing at enemies. More of the tech was on display, as the main character takes out grenades to employ, but rather than just throwing, they press a button and the grenade displays a change in what type it will be. After a few presses, it displays the word “smart” and then the main character employs it. Upon throwing the grenade into the air, it begins to propel itself at the enemies at an elevated position. Each grenade thrown afterward continues to utilize the smart setting.
After this firefight ends, a set piece takes place with the main character and another soldier planting an explosive in a flying carrier ship. The second character gets his arm stuck in a hatch, and both the main character and he struggle to free him. Finally, realizing the futility of their venture, the second character pushes the main character away as the carrier lifts into the sky. The p main character falls to the ground, as the carrier explodes, causing shrapnel to hit the main character. Other soldiers rush to his side and assure him he’ll be alright. They then begin to drag him away, and at this point we see that the main character’s arm has been severed.
Overall, the trailer displayed high quality visuals, and placed an emphasis upon the differences in Advanced Warfare versus other entries in the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be available November 4th of this year on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. While Call of Duty: Ghosts appeared on the Wii U, there is no indication at this time that Advanced Warfare will appear on Nintendo’s console as well.