Is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Worth Buying?

Ben Stegner 11-11-2014

November is upon us, which means another iteration of yearly franchises like Assassin’s Creed and, of course, Call of Duty. There’s been debate for some time about whether the franchise is becoming stale Are Gamers Sick Of The Call Of Duty Series? [MUO Gaming] Call of Duty is huge. Every November for the last 5 years, a new Call of Duty has hit store shelves, and every year it sells better than the year before. Even the years that... Read More , and newcomer Sledgehammer Games has attempted to bring CoD into a new era with Advanced Warfare. Does the team revive the series or fall into another predictable pattern? Read on to find out.


[Content Warning: Advanced Warfare is rated Mature and this review includes gameplay clips containing violence.]


As the game’s name suggests, the events of the story take place in the future, circa 2054-2061. You control Jack Mitchell, a private in the US Marines who is sent to defend Seoul, South Korea from North Korean invaders. Mitchell’s best friend, Will Irons, gets his arm stuck in a vehicle after he tosses an explosive into it and dies as a result.

Shrapnel from the blast destroys Mitchell’s arm, and as a result he is discharged from the service. After Will’s funeral, Mitchell is approached by Will’s father, Jonathan Irons (played by Kevin Spacey). Irons offers him a new advanced prosthetic arm and a chance to join Atlas, a private military contractor he owns. Mitchell accepts and joins the team.

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This all takes place in the first mission, and of course a few twists pop up along the way. The campaign is longer than last year’s Ghosts, but you can still finish its 15 missions up quickly (around 6 hours on Recruit). The new Exo suit plays a big role in the campaign missions, but it would have been nice to see it have more use. You’ll use the cloak capabilities in a stealth situation, a grapple to get around quickly and perform stealth kills, and mag-gloves to scale walls, but it’s only during scripted situations for the most part.


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Advanced Warfare allows you to upgrade a bit over the course of the campaign. Whenever you rack up enough kills, headshots, grenade kills, or collected Intel, you’ll be able to upgrade an ability of your suit. It’s a nice little addition to work for, but it doesn’t have anywhere near the depth of Black Ops II‘s campaign, which featured branching storylines depending on your actions, as well as ten challenges to achieve on each level. You could have spent a good amount of time in that campaign, but AW‘s is more of a one-time deal, unless you’re a trophy hunter The 7 Easiest PlayStation Platinum Trophies You Can Earn Want to earn some Platinum trophies without putting in the effort that some of the harder games? Here are seven games that will net you the easiest Platinums you can earn on the PSN! Read More .

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The graphics (played on PS4) are pretty and look much better than Ghosts, and there’s no frame rate drop issues present. A highlight are Advanced Warfare‘s cutscenes; they’re absolutely stunning and look as if Kevin Spacey and the other actors are right in front of you. The voice acting is quality Voices In Your Head: 7 Biggest Video Game Voice-Over Stars In the world of video games, there has been a lot of buzz around the new PS3 title Beyond: Two Souls because it stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. But this isn't the first time... Read More all-around just like the actors in Black Ops; your wingman, Gideon, is a great example. Your protagonist isn’t silent this time, either!


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Overall, the campaign isn’t as classic as the first Modern Warfare or as deep as Black Ops II, but it has a passing story, great acting, and plenty of cool, scripted moments. If you’ve played CoD stories before, you know what to expect for the most part.


No matter what other modes are added to the game, Multiplayer is what keeps players coming back to the Call of Duty series, and this year’s installment is no exception. Lots of previous elements are still here, including custom classes, familiar modes, and scorestreaks, but the core has been changed because of the Exo Suit.

In Advanced Warfare, you won’t feel confined at all. This game’s movement is the freest the series has ever been; you can boost jump, juke left, right, and back on the ground, and blast forward in the sky. No longer is the “whoever shoots first wins” rule in effect; you’re quick enough on your feet to run when danger rises. As a consequence of this, camping Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know All hobbies have their own terminology; sets of words and phrases that are only known to those actively involved. Gaming is no exception. What follows are 20 of the most common terms associated with gaming,... Read More becomes less prevalent, due to the fact that others have so many options to weed them out.


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In another neat move, Sledgehammer removed all placeable explosives from online play, so you won’t see any claymores or C4 anywhere. This reinforces the fast-paced movement and does away with random, cheap deaths. Unfortunately, grenade launchers are still available, but they haven’t presented an issue thus far. Weapon attachments are unlocked by challenges again, à la MW2, which we haven’t seen for a few games.

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The maps reflect these changes, too. Vertical elements play a huge part in the layout, so you can expect to take advantage of the Exo Suit jump regularly. More of a classic CoD vibe resides in these maps, so you don’t have eighteen different ways to get to a spot like you did in Ghosts.


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Black Ops II‘s Pick-10 feature, which allowed you to allocate ten points between your weapons, equipment, perks, and attachments, is back as Pick-13. The higher number allows for Scorestreaks to be included in the customization. Because of this, if you’re poor at stringing together multiple kills and just want more perks, you can completely ignore Scorestreaks and put those points where they’re more effective.

In addition to one grenade which can be either lethal or tactical, you can carry an Exo ability. These are short power-ups, like cloaking or the ability to move faster for a few moments, that can give you the upper hand in a duel.

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The class customization doesn’t stop there, however. Each Scorestreak can have additional abilities tacked on at the expense of a higher cost. For example, a standard UAV might require 400 points to be acquired; choosing to tag enemies on your mini-map as directional arrows instead of just dots will make it require 600 points instead. Each streak has several different attributes, and the risk-reward balance this mechanic adds is exciting.

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You’ll appreciate the Firing Range feature if you’ve ever been wary to try out a new gun. With the press of a button at the Create A Class screen, you’ll be placed into a shooting range with your chosen loadout, which allows you to test any weapon without actually going into a match. It loads instantly and can even be done in between online games, which is just awesome.

A few other features mix up the formula, as well. Character customization returns from Ghosts and it’s a bit more fleshed-out, allowing you to change your character’s gloves, boots, Exo Suit, and even knee pads. You can also save four different styles, giving you some variety.

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While you’re waiting for a match to begin, you’ll be able to check out everyone’s soldier in the Virtual Lobby, which is a cool touch (you can see all of the neat stuff you haven’t unlocked yet!). Custom emblems return, as well as plenty of challenges that reset when you Prestige. Gone is the multi-soldier system and absurd amount of perks from Ghosts; instead you Prestige after level 50 and reset nearly everything.

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Another all-new feature is Supply Drops, which feels like something out of Destiny Become Legend: 6 Tips for Destiny Beginners You can level up quickly and catch up with the guys and girls who have been playing since the beginning! Read More . By completing challenges or even just playing for a while, you’ll earn them from time to time. Each one contains a few items that can be used on your character, including specially modified weapons, exclusive equipment, or Reinforcements to use in-game, such as Double XP or a powerful Scorestreak. They’re great fun and add a further element of progression to the already-addictive Call of Duty formula.

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A few game modes make a return after being gone for a few years, including Capture the Flag and Momentum, which is the same as World at War‘s War mode. There’s also an all-new game mode called Uplink, which has two teams competing to grab a ball and drop it in their goal. The catch is that when you have the ball, you can’t use your weapon, so be ready to pass it off!

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Finally, if all of this futuristic stuff is too much for you, you can take it down a notch with Classic playlists, which let you play without the Exo suits.

Exo Survival (Co-Op)

Treyarch takes care of the iconic Zombies mode, so Sledgehammer placed a more traditional Survival mode into Advanced Warfare. If you’ve played the Survival mode in Modern Warfare 3, you’ll be at home here.

Survival tasks you and up to three others with surviving increasingly difficult waves of enemies. You’ll be able to choose between three different Exo Suit types: the light one give you free movement but can’t take much damage, while the heavy suit can handle lots of abuse but is slow and can’t juke. The Specialist is middle-of-the-road.

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There are two stations to utilize to your advantage. One lets you switch weapons, add attachments, and refill ammo. The other deals with your suit and lets you change your ability or upgrade Scorestreaks. You’ll need to survive to later rounds to unlock some of the gear, however. There are four maps (the same ones as in Multiplayer) on each tier, and you’ll need to spend some time in each of them to unlock the next set.

The Survival mode in MW3 was a bit boring; it’s been improved here, but not by a whole lot. Black Ops‘s Zombies certainly has more personality and atmosphere, but Survival is no cakewalk. You’ll certainly need teamwork and a strategy to get anywhere, as the enemies are too strong to just muscle through.

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Adding variety are objective-based rounds, where you have to collect dog tags, defuse bombs, or find intel (while still being shot at) in a set amount of time. If you succeed, you’re rewarded with upgrade points; if you run out of time, you are penalized (by the scrambling of your suit, for example) and must suffer through an extra-tough round. This mechanic puts the responsibility of staying alive into your hands.

Overall, this mode likely won’t pull you away from Multiplayer for too long, but it’s a nice aside and good fun with some buddies.

The Bottom Line

At first glance, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare may look like just another drop in the bucket of Activision’s mega-franchise, but Sledgehammer really did gamers a solid with their first solo foray. Advanced Warfare doesn’t reinvent the CoD formula or fundamentally change core elements, but rather offers a nice refresh with new game components that keep you thinking. You might forget about your Exo Suit’s ability to juke because it’s nothing that was ever there before, and that’s a great thing to say about a Call of Duty game.

Because of its refreshing, customizable online play, decent campaign with fantastic acting, and enjoyable Survival mode, my recommendation for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is to:

Buy this game.

If you’re sick of the Call of Duty formula or hate online shooters to begin with, you won’t find much reason to play Advanced Warfare. But for those who were disappointed by Ghosts, enjoyed Black Ops II‘s innovation, or have been wanting to get back into CoD, you’ll find an awesome package.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available for PS4 [version we reviewed], PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC for $60. It released on November 4, 2014.

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  1. rickythekid
    May 15, 2015 at 6:02 am

    I wont be buying the next one, bought all the previous ones but there is way too much cheating going on, so I won't be spending one more cent.

    Too much take away from the game experience, and is not worth spending money buying all the extra packs just so someone can win easier with a cheat, screw that.

  2. Anonymous
    May 12, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I like this installment of cod more then any other in the franchise. It is a good compromise of halo and cod,
    the fact that no- one uses mikes is a huge flaw in the online experience, the maps require team work in order to be enjoyable,
    as I play the game, there do seem to be a lot more campers Then their were a week ago.

    I also have Lag issues, which is frustrating don't get me wrong,
    But u can't blow up at square soft, or because cod doesn't have dedicated servers.
    Australia's best domestic internet speeds are still 10 times slower then Americas, and most of Europe. So unfortunately deal with it, write a letter or something.

  3. vonnie
    April 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Make modern warfare 3 for the new generation please I'm tired of this future shit.

    • Ben S
      April 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      MW3 was one of my least favorites. While a compilation pack with all maps from the older games would be cool, I highly doubt we'll see it happen.

  4. cc
    April 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Nope. Simply because you will be forced to download steam and steam is totally useless and terrible. Not worth the frustration.

    • Ben S
      April 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      This really has nothing to do with the game, though.

  5. Anonymous
    April 5, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I have played since cod 3. This is easily the worst. Back to BO2....

  6. Wolf-Severest93
    April 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    If you like the new exo system from this game a ton, and are up for a game with even more customization ability for gear, but don't mind sacrificing that you would be a pilot of a giant mech that you can literally change every little detail about, I suggest looking into Armored Core. I say this because I've seen so many people complaining how there's no game like this out there, and oh how they're severely disappointed in Titanfall for its entire lack of customization. I mean literally, if you haven't played this franchise, prepare to feel like your head just fell through your lap, because with all that Armored Core offers, the biggest disappointment is that hardly anyone knows about it. If you want my suggestion on where to start, I would have to say either Verdict Day, For Answer, or Last Raven. To get you started and get the feel of the gameplay, it does use a lot more controls than your average fps beware ahead of time, but thats because well... In giant robots where pretty much the sky is the limit, you have a lot of things you can eventually be able to do.

    On a note aside from that suggestion, I really like how they turned this around somewhat so far with this game. Seriously addicted to the exo zombies thing. Like ripping things apart with the starting pistol and mk14 just to see how far I can upgrade them before dying (usually get to around 15 - 20).

  7. Mo
    March 19, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Am currently having much more fun on battlefield 4...

  8. Mo
    March 19, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I am a big fan of cod... But this one is rubbish... I wish i could exchange or go back and get a refund... I mean what were they thinking? That exo play? Jumping to the moon... They just complicating things... Make it real make it modern if i want to jump five storeys i would buy spiderman but cod is known as a hardcore shooters game i just feel cheated... This game only attracts the young and new players but not the old hardcores... Stupid... Bring back the old cod black ops not this exo $#!+... Seriously...

  9. Jeff
    March 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    So the usual comments are, if you suck then you don't like the game. It's clearly, clearly the best COD in the entire series and I've played them all. The game has balance, no unforgiving continuous killstreak insanity of previous COD games. The build up system is new and makes you actually have to work to obtain the new items, in several different ways for a change.

    The multiplayer is very fast, and it takes some time to get used to, compared to previous games. It would take 5 rounds of Ghosts to equal one round of Groundwar in Advanced Warfare in terms of action. The pace is fast and explosive. I liked Ghosts to pick up and play for a round or two before I got bored, but this game never gets boring. Especially when you start to get used to the game and find your comfortable gun plus loadout.

    My only small, small complaint is the gun add ons. I'm level 35 now and I use several different load outs to keep it from getting stale, but I find it's way, way more time consuming now just to unlock a simple gun add on. I'd have to use the same gun the entire time just to unlock HALF of the gun add ons. And when you get the supply drop after a match, you keep getting the same gun add ons, I got about 5 grips and laser scopes now with supply drops.

    But that's only a small annoyance. At least there's no kill streaks that blow up the entire map and kill everyone on your team no matter what.

  10. chris
    March 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I usually never comment on these forums but felt the need to, this is the first cod that I had to return and the first cod that i didn't buy the dlc,i usually give games the benefit of the doubt and i thought all cod games were pretty good except this one, ghosts slipped a little but i still enjoyed it but this game is unplayable,i wouldn't say lag or cheaters are an issue but just the game itself and i referring to multi player,all my friends are hoping treyarch can save the cod franchise this November or else I'm done with cod...the exo suits are a joke, the guns are horrible, the killstreaks arent fun and not to mention everybody camps now bc there's no win loss ratios bc you don't show combat stats/records so why play for the hoping treyarch brings back headquarters or demolition instead of these other terrible new game modes they experiment with like uplink and bring back the combat records so People take a little pride in trying to win instead of laying down in one spot all game, please save cod treyarch and I'm not picky bc i think all cods were good except this one! ...hope this review helps

    • xen
      November 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      sooo... how's treyarch doing for you?

  11. Anonymous
    March 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Sledgehammer should disband, never make another game ever, and refund everyone for selling garbage.

    • Mo
      March 19, 2015 at 3:26 am

      I totally agree...

    • Anonymous
      May 24, 2015 at 3:27 am


  12. xxbaconxx
    February 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    i love advanced warfare it is a awesome game. Yea multiplier can be a little crazy sometimes but that's how cod is, and in cod 2 it is if you shot or see the person first you win but in advanced warfare if someone sees you first and you see them second you have a chance to escape and them come back and kick their ass.

    • Mo
      March 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

      Honestly i don't know what the creators were think... Worst game ever...

  13. Liam
    January 24, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Cod AW is pretty much the worst game I have played in the Cod series, while some of the others were in my top games of all time. I could list all the things I dislike in this game but its easier to say what I do like about the game.

    The fact that I can eject it do a huge dump on the case then burn it. As frankly that is all its worth.

  14. yea.... No
    January 14, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    TL;DR? Don't buy it, the stealth kill is only for a part of a mission, plot sucks ass characters that die have really dramatic moments but I still don't know his name.

  15. Squiggle McSquiggs
    January 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Someone thought to get me this for Christmas. I haven't really played a CoD game in a long time. I have a few but most of them were given to me and I just never played them all. Out of MW2 (given to me) Black Ops(given to me) MW3 (I bought) Black ops 2 (bought for me).I played MW2 what an awesome game. Are these people torturing me and think that giving me CoD games is the best ever torture? Ok they win that one.

    I like the Campaign on AW but if you have a crazy high speed internet the lag comp will get you every time you play online. Because I have 80 down and 20 up connection I get bullet sponged and 1 bullet killed way to much. I have less than 10 hours online since Christmas I now treat CoD as a game to mess about and chill with every once in a while.

    Nice idea with the exo suits but isn't that something that attracts 10 year old kids rather than adults? I just see a shed load of people flying around it's like Soldier/Astronaut war game. Pick 13 is good because you can customise your set ip exactly how you want it. Do you want just perks and no streaks? You can do it. Less perks and more attachments? you can make it possible.

    I just think this crazy phase of futuristic FPS is bring the franchise down and moving over to younger 10-18 year old player groups. All because they know mommy or daddy will shell out for DLC including customisation packs just for 10 minutes of quiet.

  16. M L
    January 13, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Advanced Warfare to me is a breath of fresh air into the lungs of the CoD franchise. After MW3 and Ghost (which to me was enjoyable because of Squads mode mainly) I didn't believe there could be another decent CoD game. My friend invited me over to play AW on his brand new Xbone, and my first thought was "yeah ok, the same game again, but with different weapons." That's not entirely wrong, but after playing it that first time I realized I shouldn't have been quick to judge a book by it's cover. AW grabbed me with the Exo movement, some of the cool weapons, the supply drops that let you get different versions of weapons, and the playability. I got the controls down my first multiplayer match, and had a decently good time. Like any game though, sometimes it's thoroughly unenjoyable, but through no fault of it's own. Lag, campers, griefers, and things like that are going to happen; they're staples of multiplayer gaming. I purchased myself an Xbone and AW was one of the first games I got, and I've put more hours into it than most of the other CoD games I played.

    I agree with most of Ben's views on the game. However, I haven't played much of the campaign as it just doesn't interest me. I've never really enjoyed CoD campaigns since CoD 2.

    tl;dr I was really skeptical, then I played it, and it was fun. I bought it, I continue to play it, and it's still fun. I would recommend it to those that enjoy FPS and other CoD games

  17. Nick
    January 12, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I have been playing the CoD franchise since almost the beginning. I fondly remember when each subsequent release improved on the last. In all honesty, AW makes Ghosts look like the greatest game ever released. I have not been having lag issues as most of the people commenting here have had but the game play just seems off. I find the graphics cartoonish and pretty amatuerish. The jet pack boosts destroy any element of "believability" the game has. I have witnessed people boosting and juking for what seems like 10 seconds and never touching the ground yet during that time are able to spin and move and shoot 3 people with pinpoint accuracy. With the addition of that boosts and the smaller map sizes all this game is is one big race to who lifts their rifle first. There is no strategy, it is just who is quickest on the draw. The maps remind me of a Nuketown type experience where it is just one big mosh of running and gunning.

    I like the ability to beef up kill streaks but at the same time it seems like every game I play the other team starts dropping System hacks repeatedly. It's ridiculous. I've always been a big fan of the CoD franchise and have played the shit out of most of the games but this one can't keep me entertained and playing for more than 30-45 minutes at a time, It just seems like a shoddy knock off of a CoD game. The weapons are terrible with most being useless. The perks are shitty and even the usage of grenades is clunky.

    Overall, I find this offering lacking imagination or any real advance in the series. Thankfully I purchased a hard copy of the game and will probably be trading it in for something else soon. I'm very happy I didnt buy the season pass for this off the get go.

  18. paul
    January 11, 2015 at 1:45 am

    the absolute shittest game ever released so much unwanted rubbish in the game pathetic exos,pathetic clothing ,pathtic guns,and the worse idea lets fly around the map, no claymores no bouncing bettys nothing its just all shit, not many games where sold because everytime i play its always the same people...

  19. CebVa
    January 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I am sick of all the online cheating. There is an easy way to put an end to it: match players. If you got 33 kills in the last game, you play with other 30+ kill players. 25 kills puts you in with the 20+ players. You can always opt to play "up" but you cannot play "down" more than one class. That way the cheaters will be gathered together and leave the rest of us alone. Cheating will cease to be fun for them because they won't have straight payers to bully.

  20. Jim
    January 8, 2015 at 4:24 am

    I have played all COD games since COD 4. This is, by far, the worst COD game. I have the fastest internet comcast offers and it still lags like crazy. You can't work a map like you could in every COD game before the horrendous camper paradise called Ghosts. There are too many ways to get to every place on the map. I've had over a 2.2 KD on every game since MW2. I have a 1.2 on this horrible game. It's really not even fun. I'm going back to MW3 and Black Ops...both have great maps and good spawning.

  21. Jose
    January 6, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I would like to buy it for pc. But I am new with this cods the last one I played was Cod 4 and my question is. Do I need to pay something extra in order for me to be able to play online?

  22. EddyBeGood
    January 4, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I purchased the Call of Duty:Advanced Warfare - Digital Pro Edition (Day Zero) (Full Game) digital download for PS4, having no previous experience with CoD

    I find that sometimes I am unable to move for no obvious reason, when I move back and try again it will move (this is just regular crawling or walking - why cant you crawl up stairs?)

    I finished the campaign on veteran reasonably quickly - my first shooter I bought was Quake long, long ago and I have been playing shooters ever since. I was not expecting the chaos of multiplayer...

    I fumbled round for hours trying to work out the weapons in the armoury..... playing was another eye opener even when I selected the option to play against fellow noobs, some of these so called noobs were running around with chain guns and I had absolutely no chance, once again I was back trying to figure out the weapons....

    My fellow teammates had their mic's on and were obviously very young kids who spent most of the time swearing - no constructive team communication was taking place.

    Having been an Administrator on Tankionline, I wonder If there if there is any form of moderation here.

    Lessons I have learnt,
    Dont buy an expensive game that requires season passes if there is no demo, having said that I did enjoy the campaign.
    Don't ever, ever buy a digital download as you cannot get rid of it.


  23. Anonymous
    December 31, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Ben Stegner this is the worst article ever! You clearly don't understand the franchise. Never has it been "whoever shoots first wins" and advanced warfare is infested with cheap deaths, random spawns and uncontrolled chaos. Did cods publicity team pay you to write this shit?

    • Ben S
      December 31, 2014 at 3:22 am

      This is the worst article ever? Really? You've never read one worse in your life?

      It's funny you say I don't understand the franchise, because I've put significant time into every call of duty game since the first Modern Warfare. I've gotten a platinum trophy on every one up until black ops 2, and beat each campaign on veteran. Trust me, I know the series.

      I was not paid to wite this by anyone relayed to call of duty.

  24. Wouldn't you like to know ;)
    December 29, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Tbh I loved call of duty ghost the most of the franchise been playing on 360 since call of duty 2 and I just bought advanced warfare digital so I could get the free Xbox one version I've noticed AW is sort of like Titanfall, halo, Destiny & cod all mixed up in one I love them for their story modes and things like zombies I came down to advance warfare or Halo Master Cheif collection I went with the two games over MCC but this is definitely at the very least a game worth renting at your local rental place or red box it's fun even the online mp is fun and the classic modes made me happy cause all the super jumping is iratating as hell so going classic is great I will probably be playing this til the Saints Row IV & Gat Outta Hell come in The mail around launch day but till then this game is actually more fun then all the other cod games but I still like ghost better but this game definitely changes the cod experience for the better

  25. Raf
    December 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Jumping around is horrific!
    Lags a lot too fast pace!
    Awful game

  26. Lonnie
    December 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    As of December 28th, I have to say, do yourself a favor and avoid the Advanced Warfare headache. I am 3rd prestige, campaign completed. And disappointed... This game is beneath BO2 by a mile. Where are all the positive reviews coming from? Sledgehammer??? 90% of the weaps are ineffective. Heavy and Akimbo weapons are instant death. Sniping is ridiculously overpowered, quick scoping and a bullet being shot from a sniper near you are guaranteed death. Weapon clips are incredibly small for the guns that are effective. And effective would be maybe one of the assault rifles, and one or two of the sub machine guns. Any other choice and Your dead in seconds. Severe lag spikes, getting stuck on things, erratic fast paced piss you off type play, exploiters shooting from inaccessible rooftops and wall exteriors. Terrible scorestreaks, that more often than not get maybe one kill. But you get killed while using the streak, and don't even get a chance to keep the streak going. And the spawns are the worst of any shooter I have ever played. Replays prove the laggy, inconsistent , overrated, mess this game is. I don't want to play a game that puts me on the edge of my seat at all times. There is no casual play, and this game is going to be over run by elitist fan boys who have too much time on their hands, no job, and lots of rude and obnoxious online friends who scream and play their garbage music constantly over the headset. And to be entirely honest, the Halo engine was a masterpiece with this air combat deal. Sledgehammer struck out with their advanced version. I'll see you guys in nuke town, where I can have a good time with my LMG and endless mags!

  27. Rog
    December 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I have never played such utter crap in all my days.. and for Ghosts, how is this game even bad? AW is a total pile of garbage, no enjoyment online the multiplayer system is the worst I have ever played.. CoD days are well and truly over with..

  28. Kamren
    December 18, 2014 at 2:52 am

    This games multiplayer sucks worst of any cod I have played so far. I mean if you like putting 8-10 bullets in someone's chest and they don't die then this game is for you lol. Not to mention the spawn system is the worst spawn system of any cod I have ever played! I'm tired of being spawned in front of someone or near someone! It's especially old when you kill someone and they get spawned behind you! I swear I die more in this game by being shot in the back then I do in gun fights! It's just really bad and for a game that took 3 years to make this crap, this shouldn't be happening I'm already done with sledgehammer they have failed epically!

  29. MistyDeathNyx
    December 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Totally sucks! I cant get into the game tried running manually from folder sas steam needs to be running but it is later launch from steam nothing happens like its not detected i seem to play even multiplayer now, i dont know why i get this message purchase the game when i already had the game in steam folder it could open up till the lobby for multiplayer totally like sims 4 having all the launch issues only able to play for days jus becuz of the free weekend which updated my game ,cuz previously it couldn't update the game this is the worse game ever at least i was able to fix sims 4 by redownloading alot of time I should have got it so well people maybe wait till next year when everything is fixed...wouldn't even be able to play it alrdy

  30. dmaster
    December 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    If you like shooting someone 10 times from behind, only to have them spin and kill you, then sure, this is a great game. I don't know what the deal is with the servers, but 1 out of 3 matches, are unplayable due to lag.

  31. Koen
    December 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I think this finally my last COD like Dagwin writes.
    The multiplayer is quite alright as for graphics and gameplay. But the thing is. There is no one there. All servers are empty. I can only play a good and full occupied CTF game at the time USA is playing. And they are not playing when it's noon in Europe.
    With all the other COD games I didn't have this issue.

    Getting online also gives problems. It very often kicks you out as there would be a network problem. Or you even can not get online.
    It's a pity, because the game plays pretty good. Ok it's fast but if you play it a while you get the hang of it.

    But I also made a very big mistake buying Ghost, and now with this game I spend +/- € 120,- in total on 2 games I had the less fun with in years.

    So for me it doesn't matter how good those reviews will be in november 2015 when there properly will be a next COD game. I'm NOT buying this CRAP anymore.

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:38 am

      I'm surprised you're having these issues. Are you playing on PC? I haven't had problems getting into a match.

  32. Mike
    December 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This game has ended cod for me, is not fun. I have played cod since cod 4. In Advanced Warfare the spawns suck, lags constantly and no is not my Internet it only does it in this game. This reminds me of Halo, you're a plasma grenade away and I don't like Halo. This will be the first cod game where I don't have 30 or 40 days played by the time the new cod comes out. If I have 5 days played that's too many. Out of 30 people in my clan 2 play that's sad. Cod is going the wrong way instead of advanced it needs to go back to its roots and get rid of the under barrel launchers (aka noob tubes) make people play with skill.

    • dawgin
      December 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

      I agree.. I bought every cod made and I suffered terribly with ghost, but this cod has broken my will.. I cannot begin to explain how many chances I gave AW , I thought it was me.. I changed sensitivity, play style, bought a new modem and even played every map offline till I knew them verbatim. This game is too fast paced, with shitty scorestreaks and campers on building s.. I played 200 online games with my clan mates and we all decided to sell and go play battlefield. Oh by the way does anyone else hate the ENDLESS SYSTEM HACKS ON CALL OF TITAN FALL-HALO SYSTEM HACKS EDITION

  33. likegame
    December 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    no, better to be free to downoald like nfs world

  34. Anonymous
    November 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I have played Cod from modern warfare, This game is by far the worst out of them all, It seems they have given us exo suits to try and take our minds off the completely outdated engine they are still running it on. No [real] dedicated servers means no matter what, you are going to encounter the same laggy issues over and over again, I would say you get about 3 games in 10 without some sort of lag which the kill cams and the ping bar constantly going up and down proves for you. I am so angry with myself for buying another cod game I just have that many friends who get together and play it that I thought this time somehow could be more like the original modern warfare. Until this game has moved to an updated engine I will not play this or any other cod again.

  35. Tom
    November 24, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Aw = Epic fail

  36. PSN iMacCheesy
    November 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Good article man. I would like to point out a few things though. There is most definitely a lag issue. The same old "On my screen I ran around the corner, on the killcam I wasn't past it". Supposedly they are going to have dedicated servers for this installment (just like Ghosts...which never happened). In hardcore mode I have also noticed that when you get killed, your character changes his outfit/exo somehow. For instance, I have the zombie head equipped with the zombie exo....but when it shows me getting killed suddenly I have on a helmet and a green exo. This game just doesn't feel complete. It's as if they went ahead and put it on the market and planned on us, the consumers, to find and point the flaws.

    Another thing that has been really bothering me- I purchased the digital copy of this game. Since doing that, every 30-45 minutes my system will freeze up. I have read that some people believe that is their HDD giving out....but this doesn't happen on any other games that I own. I could play for hours on BO2 or GTA5 with no problems whatsoever. But after 4-5 team deathmatches on AW, my system will freeze and I'll have to power down. I'm not a tech guy in any way, but deductive reasoning is telling me that it's something with the makeup of the game.

    I haven't encountered any cheaters yet (as far as I know), but I have seen a fair amount of "campers". When you respawn after dying, your next chance to kill/die is only a couple seconds away. This game just feels TOO fast paced, and doesn't really leave much room for strategy. You either run around like a madman, or you sit in one spot. There's not much in-between.

    Overall, this game isn't horrible, but I do feel like the franchise is heading into a downward spiral. They've already got my money, so it's too late for me lol! But I would highly suggest renting it before making the full purchase. I know people that absolutely LOVE this installment, and I know others that lost interest after a week. It's different things to different people. My personal opinion, as I said before, is that this game doesn't feel completed. There's so much more that could have been done to take take this series where it needed to go.

    You pointed out some food for thought in this article, good piece of work here. But I'd like to see a follow up article after you get to play on a normal connection lol. Cheers!

    • Ben S
      December 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts, and for understanding where I'm coming from. I've played the game at home on a normal connection and still enjoy it. A few annoying things have come up that I didn't notice right away, but overall I still think it's a good game.

  37. hugo
    November 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Excellent review! Objective and informative.

    However, I am waiting for someone to do a scathing review of how hacking and cheating is literally destroying the COD franchise. All games have their fans and their haters. CODAW is no different. There are always going to be those who simply do not like it.

    However, regardless of whether or not you are team MW2, 3, BO1, 2, Ghosts or AW, everyone has the same complaint: hackers and cheaters are literally ruining on line game play on the PC platform.

    Cheaters were showing up in AW as little as 6 hours after it's release. Two weeks later, many players report not being able to find a game without some hacker or cheater ruining the game.

    While AW does not yet have the variety of hacks and cheats that you will find in MW2 and 3, getting killed from across the map by some 13 year old Russian kid with a sniper rifle and an aim bot is something that AW failed to prevent. Give it some time and AW will inevitably have the variety of hacks and cheats that are available for all the previous COD games.

    At first, I was an ardent reporter of hacks and cheats. After I realized nothing was being done about the hacks and cheats (because I would continuously run into the same hacks and cheats after I reported them), I stopped reporting them. I find that using a reputable server admin program and hoping Im lucky enough to get host is the most effective way to deal with cheaters in the short term.

    But, dealing with cheaters should never be left up to the users. This is a matter that should be dealt with by the game producers and their 3rd party partners i.e. Steam etc.

    PC COD players look enviously at BF players who have dedicated servers and markedly less hacking and cheating. COD players are left with a resounding sense that the game manufacturer simply does not care about cheating and only care about getting the players' $60. I don't think they are wrong for feeling screwed. In fact, I think they are more than justified in feeling that way.

    At the end of the day, the bottom line here is any bug and glitch can be fixed with a patch or update. Hacks and cheats cannot be fixed so easily. As long P2P connections are required for multiplayer game play on the PC, there will never be any effective means to eliminate hacks and cheats. Only dedicated servers will provide any real relief from all the hacks and cheaters that are literally ruining this game.

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Thanks for your kind words and constructive comment!

      I don't play on PC (this review was PS4) so I don't feel the problem of hackers as much as you do, but it's interesting to read about how bad they are. I can't believe they breached this new game so soon. It's sad, and something needs to be done.

  38. Mex
    November 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I normally play XBOne but a lot of my clan (STA, represent!) doesn't have an XBOne so I went ahead and got the game on 360 and the difference in lag and level glitches is pretty remarkable. The very first map we dropped into (the solar tower one I believe) we couldn't find anyone from the opposing team. Eventually we found out they were all glitching inside the wall of one of the buildings and shooting through to get their kills. We finished the level and of course the opposing team all left, and I filed player reports, but does that really even do anything? I would suspect not if it's so prevalent in the game.

    I still enjoy playing the game but I'll leave lobbies where people are glitching and just report them afterwards. I honestly don't understand why people need to glitch to play, it surely can't be that fun, and it just ruins the competitiveness of the game (STA has internal rules that forbid any form of cheating or glitching). Of all the CoD games I've played, this would have to be my least favorite (I've played all since MW2).

  39. Alx
    November 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Hello every one.
    After paying and playing the game for two weeks i think a can give my opinion for this game...
    Is bad, the lag is like three times worst than black ops 2
    - you must have a super fast connection to enjoy the game
    - a camping paradise, part of the game but is annoying. If you want to kill few times YOU HAVE TO CAMP!!
    - respawn is just ridiculous, you kill someone and bammgg is in front, behind or next to you... Lol
    - secret rooms where players get in and they can shoot you but you cant shoot them..
    - people with radar on, red boxes is full of hackers.
    - one bullet and you are dead!!! Yep, the lag is so bad ill say 75% they kill you with one bullet (not sniper) from a mile away, but no i cant kill them from the same distance with the same weapon.
    - kill-streak is the worst i ever seen in a COD game, the SYSTEM HACKED.. Is in my opinion a the worst, is great for the other team but when you are in a dark map YOU CANT SEE ANYTHING!!! NOTHING!!!
    - i don't know if this is part of the lag but you get kill or you kill some one and a second latter it shows it, a waste of like 5 bullets... Some one have to explain me that... Why??

    I can't sell the game because i downloaded the game from sony, i wish i can get my money back lol
    So ill say rent the game first and see if you like it.

  40. Caine
    November 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I do NOT like this game one bit ! CoD 4 , MW2 was the best and they will never make it like that again i think if they re-released cod 4 or mw2 to ps4 or xbox one they would out sell aw ! aw has the worst lag EVER and the guns i mean 6 guns of each class then millions of the same gun with a different name wtf is that did they just run out of ideas ? the exo jump seriously what is this ? id just stick with titan fall ! also the campaign is good but it has glitched like battlefield 4 where they do an update and you lose your progress so i now have to collect ALL the intel again just to gain the platinum trophy ! watch out for that one too ! Soon as ive plat the game back to ghost !

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      why is it not out on my new ps2 or the new psp

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      why is it not out on my new ps2 or the new psp

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      why is it not out on my new ps2 or the new psp

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      why is it not out on my new ps2 or the new psp

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      why is it not out on my new ps2 or the new psp

  41. Milly
    November 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    everyone complaining about lag... GET BETTER INTERNET
    P,s Great article mate ;)

    • Caine
      November 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

      I have 100meg yet i still feel im 2 seconds behind

    • Sam
      November 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Better internet does not help. I have 75Mbs down/75Mbs up and the lag compensation just ruins the game. Besides being a cheaters paradise. They implemented too much in the way of abilities(excuses) for hackers to use. For instance health boost in the way of Exo Stim? So if I'm nailing someone in the back with a half a clip, he can use the excuse that he did not die cause he boosted his health and was able to turn around and kill me instead? What about all the flying fairies that can change directions in the air by way of the Exo Hover? Really, I've seen people in the air change directions 3 to 4 times, then come down for a slam and go back up, without ever touching the ground? So, sorry to say but your suggestion to get better internet is a total FAIL Milly. Any one thinking about purchasing this crap, should think again. Same issues as every year, with some new ones to boot. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!

    • micky
      December 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      them complaining about lag, get dial up, the lag compensation crap will up your gun power.

  42. Dakota
    November 17, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Wow, what a comment. So constructive! *Clap, Clap*

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Which comment were you referring to?

  43. Anonymous
    November 17, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Worst multiplayer COD and this is called progress. Lag makes this game useless for multiplayer even with fastest internet around. Not worth buying, rent for single player and purchase something else these holidays. I wish i could return it.

  44. Corey
    November 16, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I've had some very bad server lag at times. I'll shot an enemy to where he should be dead, but I end up dying. I watch the kill cam, and said enemy doesn't register any of the damage and it shows me shooting in a completely different direction. It gets inferiating at times. Other than that I really like the game. I'm not a huge CoD player, the only one I extensively played was Black Ops II, so this was surprising to me.

    • micky
      December 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      i bet you have a super fast internet connection, i know i do, and the times i get killed by 1 or 2 bullets is unreal, even though i empied a round of 32 bullets in the guy.

      i run and gun, but this lag compensation is making it hard to do it well.

    • KINGDANIS1337
      December 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      its because CoD AW dont have dedicated servers, its Player2Player connections, so if u f ex are in USA and join a match where the host is from Egypt (example!) you would proably have a really laggy time.

    • KINGDANIS1337
      December 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      or atleast P2P connections, i tink p stands for person (not sure)

    • Ben S
      March 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      P2P stands for pee-to-peer.

  45. james
    November 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

    to be honest i didn't mind the cod games at all ,but what i am noticing in the newer games and there campaigns , is more and more cut scenes and story mode that you are forced to watch, which you cant get out of or skip ,also im finding the game has less to it in the way of game play because of this, you enter a cut scene wait 10mins watching and doing nothing then get an achievement for that, then you have to press a single button when it flashes on screen for you to grab a weapon or something along those lines your always stunned or restricted you finally press the button on time you get more crappy cut scenes then the level ends , so you basically get an achievement for watching cut scenes and pressing a button ,you cant apply your own tactics no more in these games and you end up watching a poor acted mini movie that have more and more Hollywood actors mono logging in them then actual game play, this game advanced warfare is more like gi joe the movie and dose not feel as mature as other cods

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

      I don't think AW had more of a problem with cutscenes than previous CoD games, do you? It followed a similar format: Watch a cutscene, usually a few minutes into the mission you have to listen to some briefing or act something out, then you start. Felt standard to me.

    • Anonymous
      February 15, 2015 at 5:59 am

      I think this the worst cod ever advanced ware fare . Ha it's a bunch of astronauts with guns .. Maps are small .. I would rather play ghost .. Ghost little more real . Who ever put this game out should walk back words so kno one see there face.. How imbarrasen

  46. Mex
    November 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Online play* is what my last comment should have said.

    • kevin
      November 16, 2014 at 12:30 am

      Worst C.O.D. ever.

      Lag is horrible.

      And the introduction of these exo suits were a fail. As many have said , the boards are now mor complicated bc u may have a camper 4 stories above ur head.

      Campaign is awesome however but lets be honest...millions of people dont buy COD for campaign...its the multiplayer we want.

      Ive been a great cod player since MW. My kdr has been 2.0 for a good majority of the games. Except this kdr is 1.50 and the game sucks.

      I never wanna see another Sledgehammer game again.

  47. Mex
    November 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I have to disagree with your point about the exo suits are cutting down on camping. In my experience with the online plan so far, it seems to me that now the maps and suits opened up far more camping areas for people. I no longer have to watch around every corner but several floors worth of camping spots.

    • Mike
      December 22, 2014 at 2:51 am

      In my opinion this game is a step up from ghosts. There were so many bullshit kills in ghosts like getting killed by a guard dog 10ft away or how ridiculously easy it was to get streaks. These things make AW top ghosts any day. The multiplayer I liked more on ghosts though mainly because of footsteps. I get why they did this so everyone is on the same playing level but it doesn't give you any sort of advantage. Then the guns, basically all the subs in AW were crap you couldn't streak with them at all. The assault rifles are the only guns that are extremely good. The biggest thing that pisses me off about AW is the bal 27 and spawns. It makes me so mad that the only gun every one uses is the bal then you spawn right next tithe enemy just like ghosts. If they make footsteps much easier to detect and spawns better, I'd say this game is the best hands down but for now, I'm waiting till treyarch makes another cod.

  48. Rayan
    November 14, 2014 at 5:16 am

    that's because you sir sucks at your aim! that's why your enemy killed you with 5 bullets because he is a pro at good aim... I would say this game is worth buying for... COD is still the best of all FPS games.

  49. rick
    November 14, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I have lost so much trust in the game being fun ..... and 100 $ to get what other games had bundled in le sigh ..... want to love the game just can't

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:34 am

      I'm sorry you don't like it. Thankfully, there's a lot of other games out there to enjoy this holiday!

  50. Diego
    November 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    This game is not worth the 60 dollars. I would pay 20, its like a remake of cod black ops 2. With new gadgets. Same basic cod principles i shoot first, he turns around and kills me with 5 bullets. Only for 5 assault rifles??!? Really? I laughed when i heard the "all game multiplayer costumize" lolol i think cod ghosts has better graphics and clothing. And the guns look real. Not all foggy waiting to load. DONT BUY THIS CRAP. DEVELOPERS JUST THROW CRAP TO THE PUBLIC

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:34 am

      I wouldn't say it's a BOII remake. I think this game's graphics are a lot smoother than Ghosts's, plus it doesn't have the frame rate issue Ghosts had every 70 seconds.

  51. Dan
    November 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Multiplayer is a mess, I love everything except the multiplayer so far, finished all the Exo Survival and I have to say, pretty entertaining. I never played Ghosts because I heard it was a huge letdown, so the most recent one I played was Black Ops 2. So I'm gonna compare it to that.

    For the campaign I'd say BO2 wins because of the different endings you can get with your decisions; this one was good no doubt, but it lacked something.
    The multiplayer... meh, I'm new to the game still but it's just a disaster, I feel like you need your team more than before which is not exactly a good thing since everyone leaves the game when they please, I've been countless times left alone 1v6 in Search and Destroy, they all rush with their exosuits and you have no chance, which you could luckily kill them on other games of the series; not saying that it is bad relying more on team play, but I hate that your team just doesn't care and leave, some sort of penalization for this should be implemented.

    • Ben S
      December 12, 2014 at 1:33 am

      I agree; I hate playing team-oriented modes with random people because you can't rely on them and you usually end up losing because of it. But it's also hard to find time to play with friends. A jam for sure.

  52. Will
    November 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I've played every call of duty ever made, and by far advance warfare is the worst out there. I have no idea what they were thinking when they made this game. They ruined cod with the jet pack. Classic cod players who enjoyed cod for what it was would know exactly how I feel. Modern warfare 1 , 2 & 3 and ghost were the best cod hands down. Only people who weren't good at the game complains about it. Ghost was a great game in my opinion. I was waiting for advance warfare all year thinking it was gonna be another awesome cod franchise, and it turned out to be a huge disappointment.

    • Ben S
      November 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      I'm fairly sure you're wrong, as MW3 was more like an expansion for MW2, and Ghosts was pretty heavily panned. It's a lot to say this is the worst game yet after a week.

    • Will
      November 14, 2014 at 2:53 am

      This game is way too much fast paced. I get bored playing it very quickly. Like I said, I'm pretty sure most cod fans would agree with me on this. Most of the people I've been playing with since mw2 do.

    • Jack
      January 4, 2015 at 6:31 am

      I agree with Will on every level. I played through the campaign of AW in a day or so, after playing multiplayer for an hour I was bored as hell and immidiatly started playing the Modern Warfare series on multiplayer again (MW3 is my favorite out of them for the simple fact that I can play 2 player online with my roommate). I find they are much more revalant to the games roots and not that of games such as HALO.

    • Anonymous
      March 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      I agree, i LOVED ghosts and wondered why it got so much hate, i cant stand AW, it feels like it has too many buggy moments when near objects, such as randomly getting stuck on corners, grabbing ledges when your just trying to jump off something, hit markers are all wonkey, all in all i think AW is BY FAR the worst CoD ive played and ive playes them all

  53. Anonymous
    November 13, 2014 at 5:57 am

    You sir are a disgrace your conpletely wrong about the repetitiveness of the game yes the maps now have multiple levels but they are still riddled with campers who troll the whole system its bullshit i recomend nobody buys this game i think shooters as a whole are done thats why i stick to fifa a true skill game with true random outcomes, kids are still finding hacks for this terrible series i think its absolute bullshit

    • Ben S
      November 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Why am I a "disgrace" because your opinion is different from mine? I didn't encounter any campers at all when playing, and if you're having an issue then you clearly aren't using the new tools are your disposal to deal with them.

      That's all your opinion; FIFA is a completely different genre of game.

    • jan
      March 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm


  54. ian
    November 13, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Black ops 2 was the best by far, if only they could find a solution to the cheaters, and open the maps more i.e. be able to go anywhere, to me black ops 2 is more realistic thats why more people have left ghosts, and now advanced warfare, back to black ops more fun in my view, as i have only played advanced for three days and fed up with it already.

    • Will
      November 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

      You couldn't even jump on top of objects in black ops 2 how is that realistic?

    • Ben S
      November 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I liked Black Ops II for the most part. There were some annoying connection problems, but it was fun overall. I haven't heard of people leaving AW already, but that's interesting if it's true.

    • Gilfried
      November 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Black Ops 2 is not the best COD game, it therefore certainly isn't the best COD game by far. It would perhaps fill out the top 5. The Modern Warfare series beat it in every category.

  55. Anonymous
    November 13, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I've played every CoD bar Ghosts since World At War and, in my opinion, they've consistently been less enjoyable each year. After all I've seen and read of this CoD, however, I'm pretty excited to get it! GTAV bringing first person mode and 30 player lobbies to the new gen is what convinced me to finally get a PS4, but until it releases, I'll need something to play with friends when I pick one up tomorrow, and I think the new CoD will be that something.

    I've read that the download for multiplayer is separate from singleplayer, but can you download the multiplayer first and play it without needing to fully download the singleplayer? My internet is slow, so a 40gb+ install probably won't finish until I'm waking up for work. Normally I'd buy the disk version, but since the HDD is decently sized, I'm going to try to go all digital with the new gen.


    • Ben S
      November 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I think the series has bobbed up and down. I liked WaW and MW2 a lot, Black Ops was decent, and I didn't like MW3 or Ghosts much.

      I do feel that this one is a highlight for the series in recent years. I can't comment on the multiplayer download because I was sent a physical copy for the review, so it was ready to go for me.

      Hope you enjoy it and congrats on getting a PS4!

  56. Koziolp85
    November 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    The game is fun at times, mainly when the connection rate isn't going batty. The storyline is fantastic I would definitely play through it again. If your buying it solely for multiplayer it's worth waiting. They've announced that they're going to fix the lag and connection issues that are rather abundant right now. If you don't mind being one shot killed or watching a killcam where you didn't get a round off even though on your screw you had bit markers then pick it up now. For me I have it but I'm avoiding the multiplayer until it gets patched.

    • Ben S
      November 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      In my testing, I didn't feel that lag was a huge issue, but I was on a VPN connection and attributed problems to that. Glad to hear they're fixing this already.

  57. Anonymous
    November 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    As i can tell from your article, I believe you play a lot of Call of Duty and I used to play it a bunch until around Modern Warfare 3. From then on I kind of felt the game got a bit repetitive so I stopped playing and leaned more toward the Battlefield series. However, I have been hearing that this game is different and really changes the experience of Call of Duty, but on the other hand people also say that after a while it just turns into the same old cycle with horrible multiplayer conditions (bad attitudes, annoying players etc.) I can't seem to get a solid answer from anyone. Would you say that this game has changed enough to be a worthy buy?

    • Ben S
      November 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      It really depends. I've been playing CoD since CoD 4, and I too didn't like MW3 or Ghosts much. So far I like this game, but it is easy to be enthralled with a new one when it first comes out. A lot of the annoying stuff happens a bit after launch.

      I'd say that if you're hesitant, wait a bit. There's enough other great games coming out to enjoy.

  58. Matt Smith
    November 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Did you notice any lag issues? They were persistent and annoying for me. I ended up selling the game just yesterday because I was tired of it and if you can't play a CoD game at release, who cares?

    • Ben S
      November 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Interesting you ask, Matt, because the lag issues are what have annoyed me the most of anything in previous CoD games.

      Honestly, I can't comment on this because my college Internet blocks the game, so I was forced to use my VPN which is a fairly unstable connection. On release day, I played with my friend next to me for about an hour and it was nearly immaculate. I had a total blast.

      After that the results were less than great, but it was the VPN's fault, not the game's. Because of this, I really don't know about the lag yet. I'm sorry you had problems with it.

    • Rexdiamond
      November 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Same here totally feel let down brought all cod games on ps formats fter MW3 just weren't down hill since black ops I've thrown good money in bin .i downloaded on ps4 so think iam stuck with it may just delete . What's xbox 1 like

  59. Sashi
    November 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Sorry, but despite the review, I'm never buying another CoD game again. I play the games on PC, and if there's anything I've always noticed, it's how cheating is extremely prevalent. Instead of being full of spoiled 6 year old kids, the lobbies on PC are full of teenagers bragging about the hacks and aimbots they paid for, because there was never a reporting system (or at least one that actually worked) and Activision never cared in the slightest. If you got burned on multiplayer by cheaters, they'll just sell you another game next year.

    • Ben S
      November 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Don't apologize, Sashi. I appreciate your comment and you don't have to buy the game just because I liked it.

      I've never played AAA games on PC, and so I can image the cheating issues are worse on there. It's a totally different world, and I know Activision doesn't treat the PC platform well.

      Like I said, if you know you don't like CoD, this one won't change your mind. Thanks for reading and letting me know how you felt!

    • vikerii
      November 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I too was a PC gamer and was sick of all the halls and cheating. So for AW I broke down and bought a PS4. Have to admit I'm very glad I did. Not only are there no cheaters (that I've seen anyways), but now am game modes have plenty of full lobbies. In PC, it was hard to find matches for some game modes, but no such problem anymore.

      I'll still use PC for Battlefield because they are good at keeping hacks out and for single player games. But all cod and other multiplayer games I'll buy on PS4 from now on.

      Once I got past the idea of having to buy a console, I'm very glad I did this.