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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's debut trailer goes a little House of Cards

Matt Gardner
Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Kevin Spacey, Sledgehammer Games, Trailers

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's debut trailer goes a little House of Cards

When in doubt, get Kevin Spacey in.

The first trailer for Sledgehammer Games' instalment of Activision's yearly cash cow is in, and it bestows a sparkly new subtitle on this year's game, as well as giving us a look at what Advanced Warfare actually means.

It means drones. Lots of drones. And the Golden Gate Bridge being blown up a whole bunch of times.

Spacey is heading up the cast for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, playing the role of a the head of a PMC prepared to go toe-to-toe with the US government. Imagine Frank Underwood with slightly less of a drawl and slightly more guns at his back. Lots of guns, in fact, and some highly trained personnel to use them. This might be the first time I've actually been excited for a Call of Duty plot in some time. It might still be overblown hokum, but I'm not sure Spacey's ever given a bad performance in anything.

Alright, K-PAX was pretty crap, but Spacey was still pretty good in it.

The trailer suggests that Sledgehammer are going for a spot of futuristic bombast, with setpieces galore glimpsed in the two-minute runtime. As well as flinging UAVs skywards, there seem to be parkour elements in there, a bunch of hoverbikes for the mandatory vehicle section, gloves that allow you to climb sheer surfaces, crazy mega jumps. It's like Modern Warfare had a baby with Halo. Call of Duty: Combat Evolved! (Too ligitious! - Ed.)

Trailers are designed to grab the attention, and Sledgehammer's gone and done just that, but this is just the first step. You have our eyes and ears, Sledgehammer, now let's have some juicy info please! As it happens, I don't think we've got long to wait.

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Late  May. 2, 2014 at 09:55

Looking good. I'm sure I'll get it. I always start the year saying I won't get it, then by summer I'm wavering, and then early November I'm out scouring for the best launch-day deal.

If it's got Kevin Spacey it has to be good. Have loved most of his films (and tv). There will, of course, be a twist at the end. COD usually has one, and Spacey usually has one, so it's a dead cert.

Not that I'll see much of him, mind. I play COD for the multiplayer - I've only bothered with the campaign in about half of the ones I've played.

Please be good. It looks promising, with it's parkour elements, it's big robotic-assisted power-armours, it's giant mechanised machines of war, and it's invisibility cloaks.
Actually, all of those things seem a bit familiar, somehow, but I can't quite place it. Anyway, hopefully Titanfall will keep me busy until November.

Breadster  May. 2, 2014 at 10:23

@Late I was like that. I'd always say I wouldn't get the next one and then ended up getting it anyway. I only played Black Ops 2 for a little while before trading it in though, and I actually didn't get Ghosts so it's unlikely I'll be picking this one up.

I'll still keep an eye on it as usual but I'd need to see something special to tempt me, and while it is only early days, this trailer still just looks like all the others.

Last edited by Breadster, May. 2, 2014 at 10:25
imdurc  May. 2, 2014 at 12:56

Looking good? I dunno what you watched, but I'm pretty sure I just watched a big long cut-scene with no gameplay. As usual, the jury's out on CoD. I loved Black Ops II, but then made the mistake of getting Ghosts when it was cheap. Terrible game.

When they release proper gameplay footage, I'll be more interested.

P.s. Isn't this CoD title a little close to Ghost Recon's "Advanced Warfighter"?

Late  May. 2, 2014 at 13:07

When they release proper gameplay footage, I'll be more interested.

Fair enough.
The trailer indicates more freedom of movement than we've seen in COD games to date, but as it's not gameplay footage we can't be sure. (And I assume they'd need a whole new engine, rather than yet another revision to the existing one - and if they were using a new engine we'd have heard about it by now, so perhaps the video is deceptive.)

Based on the scant footage we've seen I think it looks promising, though. I guess I'm a "glass half full" sort, today. Which is quite unlike me ;)

imdurc  May. 2, 2014 at 13:50

Yeah, I remember thinking the same about Ghosts when they debuted a trailer last year (the engine). And they even alluded to Ghosts as having a new and next-gen engine in BTS videos. Then it comes out and it's the same old, same old.

So, yeah, definitely can't look at trailers or BTS stuff and take it verbatim.

Banarchist  May. 3, 2014 at 08:15

Lets see first, whether they roll out the same 10 year old engine...

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Late  May. 3, 2014 at 12:50

In terms of the story, I wonder if there's a possibility of playing from two perspectives. One campaign where you're one of the paramilitary forces, under the instruction of Kevin Spacey, as you take down the government. One campaign where you're working for the president (Nic Cage, naturally) where you're taking down Spacey's forces.

Possibly that's a little bit C&C, though. Just don't invite Michael Ironside to the party. We don't want it all getting too cheesy.

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