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The Hover Tank Dominates In Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Sledgehammer Games' Advanced Warfare takes the series into the year 2054. This grounded vision of the future sets a unique stage for the shooter, complete with ability-boosting Exo suits, hover bikes, and plasma energy rifles. Another of these technological military advancements is the hover tank. I saw the floating hunk of weaponized metal in action during a presentation at E3 2014.

The action begins during a trek through the Bulgarian Forest. The batteries on the advanced soldiers' Exo suits have died, leaving them to trek through the woods without augmented mobility. Making matters worse is a prowling chopper circling overhead like a vulture taking potshots at the escaping duo. The team nearly bites the dust when climbing a tricky cliff surface, but their cloaks kick back in just as the chopper's lights land on them. From here on in, the duo sparingly use their Exo's cloak as often as their slowly charging batteries permit. Heavily armored soldiers march by as they stick to the shadows, creating tense moments as I quietly hoped they'd remain unseen. The stealthy sequence reminds me of the beloved All Ghillied Up sniper mission from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The pair eventually meets up with the rest of their Exo-wearing squad and plans an escape from the dangerous woods. They're descending from a cliff overlooking a fast forest of trees. But something looks out of place; the trees are somehow too perfectly arranged and uniform to be real. Rappelling all the way down the cliff reveals that the enemy has veiled a large chemical and bio-weapon compound under an optical camouflage dome. The team breaks into the facilities, steals information, and sets the entire place ablaze before a hasty escape.

The team hijacks an enemy hover tank for their departing jaunt from the sabotaged compound. Shifting armor plates slide into place as the blue hover jets beneath it fire into action. The team seems surprised by the unfamiliar tech, but quickly learn how to control the beast. The Exo soldiers are immediately spotted as they glide out of the facility, forcing them to put their array of weaponry to the test. Anti-personnel missiles fire into the air in a quick volley, raining down on enemy soldiers from above like hellfire. Squads of a dozen soldiers or more fall under a single burst. A large plasma cannon weapon obliterates other enemy ground vehicles, but takes a moment to recharge. My favorite weapon is the EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) projectile, which the hover tank pilot uses to disable helicopters circling above as they helplessly fall to the ground and explode. While his hover tank escape section is linear by design, the tank didn't appear to be on rails of any sort.

The Bulgarian Forest looks like an exciting chapter in Sledgehammer's upcoming entry in the long-running Call of Duty series. The story-driven campaign (featuring Kevin Spacey), looks very exciting but we've yet to see how the new tech affects multiplayer. Hopefully Sledgehammer will show off soldiers boost-jumping across deathmatch maps in the near future. Advanced Warfare hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 4.

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  • Single player is looking and sounding great so far! That's saying a lot too, as single player modes in these types of games have seriously dropped off in recent years. This one is looking quite fresh with the future setting and new engine at play. Can't wait to see the multiplayer!

  • Some things never change... Namely, we're powering our exo-suits with batteries. Lawl.

  • Not a competitive shooter type, picked up Battlefield last year just to get a taste of next gen visuals, but love me a good FPS campaign (i.e. Resistance, Halo, etc). I've probably only ever purchased 2 COD games, as they do tend to focus on multiplayer but I gotta tell ya.

    Everything I've seen for COD:AW, I'm rather impressed. It looks incredible and it promises a meaty campaign. So yeah, I'm going to pick it up for sure and heck I may even give the multiplayer a try and like it.

  • I hope they don't have rocket boosted soldiers in MP because the only thing that the COD haters will say is "looks like COD is copying off of titanfall." ETC..ETC..ETC.. BLAH BLAH BLAH

  • Is this the best looking game at E3? Anyone else shocked at the visual fidelity of this game?
  • Call Of Duty=*** Rush

  • I still say they should have went with their third person idea for a new CoD, would have really added the much needed new coat of paint to the series. That said, I'm on the wall over this title but what excited me most is a quote I read from them that "The developers say that the story is the most deep of the series and that they want it to have a lasting impact upon people." We'll see if Sledgehammer can make me care about any of their characters as the past CoD's especially Ghosts could make me care less about their cookie cutter playable characters. Black Ops was the last one that I semi liked.
  • this is going to be very interesting. i think, at this point, people are going to judge CoD harshly no matter what they do, even as they play the crap out of it.

    i will be keeping my mind open to see what sledge has in store for us. honestly, it has always been the gameplay that kept me coming back. if they change it up too much, that may affect me negatively.

  • i love my fps's especially military shooters.this one is hot on my list.can't wait.

  • Does it still play like Call of Duty though, or has the sci fi changed everything?

  • I'll be passing on this installment of the COD series. Nothing here that excites me enough to buy the game. Ijs!