Happy COD Day, everybody! Yes, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out, the first wave of reviews are live, and it rather looks as though Sledgehammer Games have breathed some life into the series. Activision are yet to send us our copy, so we're not going to have our review for a few days, but here's the critical lowdown thus far.
Digital Spy – 4/5
“Sledgehammer Games hasn’t reinvented the first-person shooter franchise, but it does give it a shot of adrenaline, making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare one of the fastest, freshest and most thrilling entries yet.”
Game Informer – 9/10
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s single-player campaign is a ridiculous summer movie romp with sobering visions of the future of weaponry. Bring popcorn, because the real fun begins with the multiplayer, where the wealth of customization options should have players coming back for game after game.”
Gamespot – 8/10
“The last time Call of Duty had “Warfare” in its subtitle, it led to a well-received trilogy that deftly transitioned the series away from a well-trodden global conflict to modern-day combat. If the settings of today have run their course just as World War II did years ago, Advanced Warfare makes for a convincing foundation of futuristic yet relatable combat that is worth exploring and expanding further. The huge change in player mobility is less of a paradigm shift and more of an overdue retooling for an 11-year-old FPS franchise, especially in a year of mobility-focused shooters. Yet for all its predictability, Advanced Warfare is a deluge of action-film bravado, and it’s difficult to not be carried away by its tidal forces.”
God Is A Geek – 9/10
“Sledgehammer have made some bold moves with their first Call of Duty title. With the addition of a new dimension and brand new weapon types, Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer feels great. It’s fast paced, it’s smooth, and it feels rather well balanced. Add to that a genuinely compelling single player, and Advanced Warfare does enough to reignite anyone’s interest in the series.”
IGN – No Score
“Simply throwing a robot suit onto Call of Duty could have been a lazy path to making Advanced Warfare seem different from what we’ve played before, but the way Sledgehammer has integrated its enhanced abilities and choices into every aspect of how we fight went above and beyond. By designing the levels in the campaign, co-op, and multiplayer to facilitate those new mechanics, Advanced Warfare is granted a weight and importance that changes how Call of Duty feels in all three modes. This is a Call of Duty game to its core, but one that rehashes as little as possible while still retaining its strengths.”
Joystiq – 4/5
“Despite the familiarity, it’s been years since a Call of Duty campaign was as coherent and fast-paced as this one. Within the confines of its franchise, which has yet to make much room for a mature look at the subject matter, Advanced Warfare works with aplomb and, at the very least, plays its Big Dumb Movie card wisely. If you’re running out of bad guys, borrow some from Hollywood.”
Metro – 8/10
“All the components are there to make this a truly ground-breaking game and the failure to do so doesn’t even seem like a mistake, but a purposeful design decision to keep existing fans on board. That’s understandable of course, but it’s frustrating that while this is certainly the best Call Of Duty for several years it’s not quite the milestone it could have been.”
Polygon – 9/10
“For whatever minor missteps Advanced Warfare makes with its story, it more than compensates with vision and remarkable execution. The latter has never really been Call of Duty’s problem — Ghosts notwithstanding — but Advanced Warfare adds enough and moves far enough forward with its new abilities to feel like a risk. Turns out, that’s just what the series needed.”
VentureBeat – 86/100
"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is worth your time. It delivers with its story, great acting, dialogue, the realistic facial animations, cool weapons of the future, and the welcome change in pacing from combat missions to stealth missions. I welcome the idea of using great actors like Spacey in a big-budget game, and I look forward to future versions of the game that marry Hollywood blockbuster actors with the blockbuster-style game play."
VideoGamer – 8/10
“For a future warfare title with drones and jetpacks, Sledgehammer’s success is partly to be found by looking to the series’ past, and by combining its own ideas with COD’s natural appeal it has reinvigorated the franchise.”
We'll have our own impressions for you soon. Let us know how you've been getting on with the game in the comments.