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First glance: ‘Advanced Warfare’ a return to form for Call of Duty

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest first-person shooter in the Call of Duty franchise, developed by Sledgehammer Games, High Moon Studios, and with multiplayer development by Raven Software​​. It is available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.

In a departure from past Call of Duty games, which have focused on realism, Advanced Warfare speculates about what war will be like in 2054. Playable soldiers use a customizable exoskeleton, most notable for its mobility features that make the game faster and more vertically oriented in the style of sci-fi shooters. Futuristic weaponry includes a gun with a built-in 3D printer for creating extra ammunition, explosive drones, and even lasers.

Multiplayer is designed around the new exoskeleton abilities as well as a detailed customization system the franchise is known for. Players can customize their guns with different attachments, pick special abilities earned for a streak of good performance, and change the look of their avatar. The preponderance of futuristic equipment makes multiplayer feel more like science fiction than a simulation.

The game’s single player campaign stars a marine, Jack Mitchell, who is deployed to South Korea after North Korea invades. After a grisly wound, a private military company Atlas headed by Jonathan Irons (voiced by Kevin Spacey) gives Jack a cybernetic prosthetic and a chance to work for him. Contracted by the United States, you and your squad-mates fight terrorism and are asked difficult questions about the role of private military companies in the world.

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