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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s E3 Presentation Put Me to Sleep

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The presentation I attended for E3 2014 for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has most likely put me off the series entirely. As any of my friends would tell you, I am not the biggest fan of the Call of Duty franchise. I was uncharacteristically harsh in my reviews for Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2 but I stand by with my viewpoint on how poor the games were in terms of developmental variety. I was more fair in my review for CoD: Ghosts but I still felt as though the game needed to grow into something bigger. Well, after witnessing CoD: Advanced Warfare I have easily come to the conclusion that the game franchise is now deader than the dreams of Final Fantasy VII Remake hopefuls.

I attended E3 this year with a lot of anticipation and excitement. Arguably the E3 right after a new console launch is the biggest and most important show because everything must be about one thing: games. After seeing multiple trailers for, and even having Season 5 of House of Cards spoiled for me due to Kevin Spacey’s reappearance, I was actually kind of stoked to see what Activsion had in store for me for my appointment on the second day of E3.

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I would like to put down a disclaimer right now before I get too ahead of myself. The game footage I saw was not a finished product and I did not actually play the game at E3. However, I was allowed to watch a developer play the game in a closed doors appointment that featured a level not shown to the public. My opinions are all subject to change and I would like to state that this is not a review of a game that has not come out yet. The final product could very well be better than what I witnessed, and for everyone’s sake I hope it is.

First I got to see the level where the Golden Gate Bridge gets destroyed. I swear, between movies and games, people in the entertainment industry just hate this structure. I am getting rather sick of this bridge getting destroyed, especially since I just saw Godzilla wreck that shit. However, that was not the reason why I was disappointed in this presentation. To be honest, that level was pretty average. It showed some of the new stuff that the game was bringing to the table. To the credit of Sledgehammer games, the new exo-suit appeared to actually change the gameplay.

It was after the bridge level where I actually started to fall asleep. I forget the purpose of this level or why it was significant enough to have me sit in a room and take notes on how the game looked. It was 80% stealth. I was watching someone crouch behind another character for 10 minutes watching enemies just walk by. Nothing else really happened. You don’t play Call of Duty for the damn stealth missions. You play it to shoot people who share different ideals from your character’s. Not to mention this stealth portion offered little to be excited about. Oh man I can use active camo. Shame I was only hyped about that 2 years ago from the futuristic Ghost Recon game. Maybe if this game was released instead of the last two Modern Warfare games it would seem more relevant.

But the presentation I saw bored me too much. It was poor on the planning portion and it really showed how dated Call of Duty actually is. The franchise is unable to evolve with the growing gaming industry. An exo-suit that allowed you to jump super high and go invisible for a few seconds is not enough to imply change to a franchise that has been going for so many years. Last year when I attended the CoD Ghosts presentation, I at least had someone telling me how great the rocks are looking with a new graphics engine. There was no commentary for this game. The gameplay they showed was exactly the same kind of gameplay I have been seeing for years albeit small changes to how the character moves. There are more differences in a new version of Street Fighter 4 than Advanced Warfare from Ghosts. I feel like this is going to be the game that really hits that final nail in the coffin that is Call of Duty. Time will tell, the game comes out later this year.

About Zach Martinez

Freelancer here at Armed Gamer, North American Video Game Correspondent for Following the Nerd, and a regular on Examiner.com, Zach has made somewhat of a name for himself at the age of 23. He has been writing professionally for just over 5 years now. He doesn't care about resolution or frames per second, he cares about what matters most, the games. You can reach reach him directly at zach.martinez09395@yahoo.com.

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