The lights are on
During a recent livestream press event,
Activision revealed the new multiplayer modes that will be featured in
Call of Duty: Ghosts. Activision is calling this the biggest overhaul to
multiplayer since the first Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Here's a
breakdown of what you'll be playing this November.
After showing a trailer that featured dudes blowing each other up,
calling down airstrikes, and using drones to firebomb enemies,
Activision went into detail about Call of Duty: Ghosts new multiplayer
upgrades. Here are the highlights:
Customization: In the past, you customized a class, now you'll
be able to customize a soldier who you'll journey with across the
breadth of your Call of Duty experience. Ghost features over 20 thousand
customization possibilities, including details of how your soldier
looks, and whether you are male or female. You can customize a team of
up to 10 soldiers, who can all have different skillsets, and you'll earn
experience for each soldier you play. This is important because one of
the new modes in the game, Squads, allows you to let the AI control your
teammates as you play alongside them in various multiplayer matches.
New modes: In addition to the aforementioned Squads mode, Activision
showed off another new mode called Cranked, where players face a
countdown clock that ticks towards their death. Players can add to their
clock with each kill, and as they kill their movements speed up,
resulting in a fast paced, frantic match. Another mode, called Search
and Rescue has players resurrecting their friends. When players die,
they drop their dog tags. If a team member can get to those tags they'll
resurrect that player, but if an opponent gets there first, the downed
player will be out for the rest of the round.
Dynamic World: Ghost's maps won't be static areas like in
previous games, but will be fluid environments that change as the battle
ranges on. Players can open up new lines of sight by blowing holes in
walls. During the trailer, we watch one player shoot out the tanks at a
gas station and cause the station's roof to collapse on top of several
opponents. Traversing these environments will also be smoother thanks to
a number of systems that Infinity Ward has added to the game. Ghosts
features a new mantling system and a lean system that lets you lean
around cover without pressing a button. A knee slide also allow players
zip around the map and slide into cover quickly. Mobile:
Activision is hoping to expand your Call of Duty experience outside of
your consoles will a new Call of Duty mobile app that will integrate
with your online profile. With the new app you can check your loadouts,
profiles, squads, and prestige level. This app also adds some second
screen functionality by allowing you to pick your loadout for your next
spawn while playing the game.
All told, Ghost features 7 new game modes, 30 new weapons, and a host
of new killstreaks. A new
weapon class called marksman rifles now bridges the gap between rifles
sniper rifles. We're getting our hands on the game's multiplayer at a
special Call of Duty: Ghosts event, so stay tuned for impressions. If
you're interested in checking the game out yourself, Activision will be
touring Ghost through 10 cities around the world before launch,
including: London, Dubai, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Paris.
For more on Ghosts, read our hands-on impressions of the game's single-player from E3
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